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Posted 6 years ago


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1) Hagemeier #124 B Dobbs-Booth Curved Point Horn Barb. Patented by John Dobbs of Victor, Iowa in 1875. This variation did not involve the horns being soldered to a staple, rather two "s" shaped barbs were soldered together at the bottom of the "u". Look closely at the image. I'm curious how many others like this are out there. Let me know.
2) Hagemeier #1329 B Miller Tied-on Arched Barb. Patented by Charles Miller of Sycamore, Ill. The barbs are thin, but high tensil steel and there are five barbs per 18".
3) Hagemeier #197 B Thompson Single Strand Rider Barb. Patented by Salmon Thompson of Masonville, Iowa in 1880. This small variation (barbs are 1.125" in length) is somewhat asymmetrical with one of the fins (lower barbs) longer than the other.
4) Hagemeier #11136 B Cook Triangle Sheet Metal Barb Link Wire. Patented by Joseph Cook of Chicago, Ill in 1882. A recent acquisition from the Clayton, New Mexico show. I will be posting other Cook patents in my collection but I'm sure there are more variations out there.


  1. Alan, 6 years ago
    I have 3 of those wires, I don't have that variation of the Cook wire. I have been out of collecting wire since 2007 and not by choice. This wonderful economy of ours has kept me out of permanant work since then. While I was collecting, I had 11 "rare" wire plaques made by the late Joh Mantz. I obtained most of my wire through Dan Sowle and Jim Goedert. Every time I got a new wire or wires, I felt like a kid on Christmas Morning. I still have my collection but I often wonder what the future holds, hopefully not a shopping cart with all my posessions. Nice to see these posts and keep on collecting!

    Alan Herbruger
    San Jose, CA.

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