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US Patent: 166,511
Improvement in Wire-Barb Pinchers
John Dobbs - Victor, IA
Benjamin F. Booth - Victor, IA

USPTO Classifications:
140/102, 140/121, 140/69

Tool Categories:



A. F. Terry
Francis McArdle
H. E. Gilbert
J. E. Wilkins

Patent Dates:
Applied: Jun. 19, 1875
Granted: Aug. 10, 1875

Patent Pictures: [ 1 | 2 ]
John Dobbs and Benjamin F. Booth Pat. August 10, 1875
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This specialty pliers design has jaws that slide past each other, with notched faces to guide the legs of wire staples to form barbs on smooth fence wires.

A known example is marked "D&B PAT AUG 10 75." The two halves are identical, made of malleable cast iron. The pincers is also shown as #165 & #170 in "Collectors Guide For Fencing Tools" by Richard Smith and Richard Smith, Jr.

Dobbs and Booth had a series of patents relating to barbed wire and barbing tools. The "U" shaped barb appears in patent no. 171,105 granted Dec. 14, 1875.

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