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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Patented by Richard B. Perkins of Hornellsville, New York on July 5, 1892, patent number 478,170. Sometimes it takes years to locate and acquire that certain item for a collection. That is the case with the wire in the first photo. I was able to obtain the third one several years ago and had just about given up on the first when suddenly it appeared in a collectors auction. I was the fortunate bidder. This wire was designed as both an ornamental fence wire and barbed wire. The edges of the sheet metal strip were rolled over to add strength to the fence and the holes drilled in it were intended to reduce the weight of the finished product, and provide convenient holes for nailing the wire to posts.
    This is one of the rarest fence wires. Either it cost too much to manufacture or was designed too late in the game to be widely accepted. In any event I am thankful for the person or persons who saw fit to preserve specimens for future generations to enjoy.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      I’m totally amazed at the different types of barbed wire. I just thought they were all the same. I was looking through your posts and I really enjoyed seeing all the different kinds. My family lived in the country for decades. I used to climb this one mountain looking for chanterelles every Spring. About half way up, I tripped over something in the dirt. It was barbed wire. It was down six inches in some places. I followed it and it went right through the middle an oak. I always meant to bring cutters and remove it, at least where I traveled up and down but never got around to it. Had to be very old as a fence in that area, well I can’t imagine. Who knows? Thanks for such an interesting post.
    2. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 years ago
      I enjoy your collection..around here the old barbed wire is everywhere! I have a friend who makes crosses out of it!

    3. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 2 years ago
      Thank You Ms.CrystalShip and Brunswick. I enjoy your posts as well. Keep'um coming.

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