On the Great
Plains, a land barren of wood and rock for the traditional rail
and stone fences, the wire fence was a logical invention. Hundreds
of barded-wire designs were invented, and the more practical patents
were manufactured and shipped west at great profit. Today collectors
are carefully searching out that wire for both enjoyment and historical
This book was
designed to provide a well-organized identifying, classifying, and
cataloguing system for the many designs and variations of barded wire.
Nearly one thousand drawings and three indexes to patents, inventors,
and manufacturers provide an immediate means of identification.