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Type: Stubbe Large Fromed Cross

Patent: #287337

Date: October 23rd, 1883

Invented By: John Stubbe, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania


Barbed wire, often referred to as "devil's rope," is a fascinating aspect of American history. It played a significant role in the development of the American West, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Barbed wire was invented in the late 19th century as a solution to the problem of open-range grazing. Prior to its invention, the vast expanses of the American West were largely unfenced, leading to disputes over land and grazing rights among cattle ranchers, homesteaders, and farmers. Traditional fencing materials like wood or stone were scarce and expensive, making it impractical to fence in large areas.


The invention of barbed wire revolutionized fencing practices. It consisted of a strand of wire with sharp barbs spaced along its length, designed to deter livestock from crossing it. The introduction of barbed wire allowed for the rapid and inexpensive enclosure of land, marking the end of the open range era and the beginning of large-scale ranching and agriculture.

Stubbe Antique Barbed Wire

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