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Barbed Wire Sample - Glidden, Two Twisted Strand, Two Point, Illinois, 1874 Object Reg. No: ST 046174

Glidden's Winner. Two twisted strand wire with two point barb around strand. This was the wire that the Supreme Court of USA declared the winner in the legal fight over patents.

Patent No: 157124 Nov 24, 1874 by Joseph F. Glidden of De Kalb, Illinois.

Part of the Jack Chisholm Fencing Collection.
Acquisition Information:
Bequest from (Estate of) Jack Chisholm
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 46.5 cm (Length), 2 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: agriculture, barbed wire, fencing, fencing wire, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Jack Chisholm Fencing Collection, Jack Chisholm Fencing Collection - Highlights
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Fencing
Tertiary Classification: barbed wire
Patentee: Mr Joseph Glidden, Illinois, United States of America, 24 Nov 1874
References: Jack Glover Reference No: 69 Harold L. Hagemeier Reference No: 316 B
  1. [Book], Jack Glover - Sunset Trading Post, The 'Bobbed' Wire VI Bible, Cow Puddle Press, /04/1980, 1998
  2. [Book], Harold Hagemeier - Devil's Rope Museum, Barbed Wire: Identification Encyclopedia, Harold Hagemeier - Devil's Rope Museum, Amarillo, 1998, 1980


Kay Posted on 27 Jan 2010 1:56 AM
How has barbed wire change the world? What is the Innovation on Barbed Wire?
Discovery Centre Posted on 02 Feb 2010 5:06 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kay, there are a few references on the significance of the invention of barbed wire, including: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/barbed-wire/index.html and http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG99/cook/barb1.htm Museums of barbed wire exist in Texas and Kansas, and both have online sites. Other interesting sites on barbed wire are http://calearth.org/building-designs/what-is-superadobe.html and http://www.wildlifefriendlyfencing.com/WFF/Home.html
Kay Posted on 09 Feb 2010 2:15 AM
I have searched through every web page on the internet dealing with Barbed Wire for my History Day Project and it seem's that nothing is helping me. I want to learn more about the use of barbed wire during the war. Got any ideas? :)
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Feb 2010 4:01 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kay - assuming you've had no luck with the above links, I would suggest you try an organisation like the Australian War Memorial, particularly if you're looking for military uses of barbed wire.
Kay Posted on 10 Feb 2010 1:56 AM
I have looked upon the website that you have given me and I have found nothing that is of interest to me. This is very difficult. I thank you for your help and information:) If there is any other information you would like to share, I would appreciate it.
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Feb 2010 11:42 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kay - Perhaps you could visit a State or local library to look at books relating to military history and farming. Within these subject areas you may find references to the use of barbed wire in history.

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