Barbless wire

Barbless wire

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Barbless ribbon wire from holding pens at a ranch north of Crystal City, Texas.
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Wire-Stretcher.

Wire-Stretcher.

Date: April 17, 1894
Creator: Hughs, George W.
Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and inexpensive wire stretcher that "may be readily employed for taking up the slack of a fence wire at a point between fence posts" (lines 13-15). It also cuts wire and removes staples.
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Wire Stretching and Splicing Tool.

Wire Stretching and Splicing Tool.

Date: April 30, 1895
Creator: Bauve, Odelon Joseph la
Description: Patent for a wire stretching and splicing tool used when repairing barbed wire and other wire fences. It connects the ends of broken wires by bringing them together and twisting them. It has a wire gripping device, an adjustable end that corresponds to the wire gripper, a way to separate the above listed parts and bring them back together again, and a clamping device.
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Wire-Tightener.

Wire-Tightener.

Date: January 1, 1895
Creator: Glenn, John William
Description: Patent for a wire-tightener that stretches "the wire after it has been secured to the post, and to take up any slack which may exist therein, owing to causes arising subsequent to the first stretching of the wires" (lines 10-13). It has similar features of other wire-tightener but is simple and efficient.
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Wire-Stretcher.

Wire-Stretcher.

Date: October 9, 1894
Creator: Austin, John W.
Description: Patent for a wire-stretcher meant for making barbed wire fences that is more efficient than other wire-stretchers. It has a bent plate, a split hook swiveled to the plate, a rotatable rod that goes through the plate, stretching wire that is secured to the rod, and the split hook is attached to the wire.
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Wire-Coiling Machine.

Wire-Coiling Machine.

Date: October 9, 1894
Creator: Crowder, George Washington
Description: Patent for a wire-coiling machine that improves on a previous patent (No. 296,806), that was granted to Wildermuth. The improvement allows for either left- or right-handed use, by making the crank movable to either side and by "providing the upper end of the post at opposite sides with stationary cutter blades and a single movable cutter adapted to be shifted for operation with either one of the said fixed cutters" (lines 28-32).
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Trolley-Catcher.

Trolley-Catcher.

Date: October 30, 1894
Creator: Cobb, Woodson D.
Description: Patent for a simple and efficient trolley pole that can be "dropped to a position of safety when the trolley wheel leaves the wire, whereby the pole is prevented from coming in contact with the supports of the trolley wire, the feeders, &c." (lines 10-14). The pole is easily re-engaged.
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Wire-Stretcher.

Wire-Stretcher.

Date: October 30, 1894
Creator: Crisp, James E.
Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and inexpensive wire-stretcher that enables "one person to stretch fence wires conveniently for the purpose of mending them, or for stapling or otherwise securing them to fence posts in constructing fences" (lines 13-17).
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Wire-Stretching Spool-Carrier.

Wire-Stretching Spool-Carrier.

Date: August 14, 1894
Creator: Williams, Thomas P.
Description: Patent for a wire-stretching spool-carrier that can be easily mounted to the back of a wagon and can stretch wires to the desired amount of tension. Coils are on the mount on the wagon.
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Slat-and-Wire Fence-Machine.

Slat-and-Wire Fence-Machine.

Date: January 30, 1894
Creator: Haley, Anslem J.
Description: Patent for a simple and compact wire-fence machine that can be hand operated and aids in the construction of a wire fence. The machine stretches and maintains tension while twisting and securing the wire to a post. The machine also twists wires together.
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