Wire & Tool Auction
The Barbed Wire Collector
Page One: Books
Page Two: Books,
Page Three: Wire
Being a Collector
Joseph F. Glidden
The Antique Barbed Wire Society is committed to
preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the historical heritage of
barb wire and barbed wire related items, and enlisting interest and
support for an on-going organization. The Antique Barbed Wire Society
headquarters is located in La Crosse Kansas, the "Barbed Wire Capital
of the World." The Larry Greer Research Center, also located in La
Crosse, has the largest known collection of patents related to barbed
wire and fencing tools. This information is available to Society
members by appointment.
It is our hope that you will become interested in barbed wire by
accessing our site. The official publication for the Antique Barbed
Wire Society is “The
Barbed Wire Collector.”
Each issue has a variety of information about the hobby and may include
barbed wire and tool auction, patent information on barbed wire and
barbed wire related items, and
barbed wire for sale. Other subjects that have been included in “The Barbed Wire
Collector” are; ‘new find’
wire drawings and descriptions, museums that display barbed wire, war
wire, items that were manufactured for a purpose other than fencing but
used for fencing, postage stamps and seals that have barbed wire on
them. Please see the membership page to learn how to receive this
We continue to add new barbed wire inventor and historical information
to our website.
Books, art prints, and wire may be purchased at the On-line store.
There are currently six state organizations that each gather annually for a barbed wire show. We have included the show information for the current year in the Showdates category.
The Antique Barbed Wire Society (ABWS) is the only international
organization in existence. There are currently members from all over
the U.S., England, Australia and the Netherlands.
The Symposium meets in October of each year at the ABWS building in La Crosse, Kansas. A variety of topics are discussed including technology, pricing of wire, tools, staples and posts, and the changing roles of individual state organizations. All members of ABWS are invited to attend.
This hobby and the supporting organizations have been fortunate to have
committed individuals who are willing to share their information,
expertise, and collections with others who may be interested. We hope
to hear from you soon.