Numerous patents were taken out for different patterns of barbed wire in the 19th century. These are just two examples. The wire on the left, shaped like a ribbon with barbs attached, was unusual. It would have had little tensile strength and would have been difficult to strain. The other type is a more traditional pattern. However, the barbs are quite widely spaced and their points are quite short – it would have not been much of a deterrent to stock.
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Reference: MA_F.004337/44 (left); MA_F.004337/5 (right)
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