Devil's Rope Museum 

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Reply EDLIS Café
4:25 PM on December 27, 2016

Painted by a Nobel prize winner. Well done!

Hope you stock the catalogue for Beaten Path?

Bob Dylan - The Beaten Path. Halcyon Art Gallery : London, 2016. 9781907849398
377 pages , - 37 cm x 29.5 cm

Reply Chris Taggart
3:11 PM on December 21, 2016 
Went to the Devil's Rope Museum 2 years ago with a bunch of friends, LOVED the collection of "Mr. and Mrs. Barb Wire"!!!

Planning a cross country trip within the year, CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!!!!!!
Reply Arnold Chamove
8:14 PM on September 23, 2016 
there is a barb wire museum in Trinity Center, California collected by the Scott family.
Reply Danny Wright
12:55 PM on June 25, 2016 
The Devil's Rope Museums show for next year will be in Decatur Texas. It will be the weekend of April 7th-9th 2017.
Address: Decatur Civic Center. 2010 W. US 380 Decatur, TX 76234.
Reply Monte Hooper
8:13 AM on May 27, 2016 
Plan A visit soon!
Reply flavio fonseca
7:00 PM on October 4, 2015 
Na minha proxima visita ao EUA passarei ai para lhes conhecer. Muito interessante.
Reply Jim Newman
10:56 AM on July 18, 2015 
I am a barbed wire collector for the last 40+yrs starting in California and now in Florida and Vermont. I am a member of the Antique Barbed Wire Society and published in the Collector. I am writing a book on antique barbed fencing designs ( i.e. wire strands, sheet metal strips, metal bars, rods, etc.). It is entitled "The Point of It All." It will be published hopefully late this fall by Finney Co. of Minnesota.

In researching for the book I have found it difficult to establish what designs should be considered common and what should be considered rare. There are some designs such as Glidden's Winner #157,124 which are considered common by most collectors (expert opinion), and by some authors, e.g. McCallum and McCallum (1985). Based on my experience some designs were common in a particular region or state because of the presence of manufacturers and/sales men. In some regions a particular wire which might be considered as an unusual design, e.g Crandal's Zigzag #221158 was commonly used because it was preferred by certain farmers. In the case of Crandal's design I have found it in Upstate New York and in Vermont where sheep farming was common. Manufacturing info on specific designs in not readily available. How do you define Common and Rare? What designs in your collection do you consider Common and Rare? Any help would be appreciated. Is there someone I should call? Thank you,
Jim Newman
Reply Steve Masters
9:36 PM on February 26, 2015 
I love this stuff and all the history that comes with it. I am making a Texas Star out of the devil's rope I bought from you. I will send a pic when it is done. Placing another order now....

I wish you were not so far away.....but I may visit anyhow.

Steve Masters

Tomball Texas, formally US Navy, Formally Lompoc California
Reply barbwiremuseum
6:58 AM on November 3, 2014 
You will need to find someone interested in the plaque. I have them for sale here at the museum ranging in price from $28.00 up to $150.00 according to the number of wires and the plaque it self, etc.
Museum Management
Reply Montse Santacana
10:07 AM on November 2, 2014 
Hi Folks,
I wonder if any of you can help me out. I recently came across a plaque showing the historic barb wire used on Texas ranches in the 1880's. Would you know anyone who might be interested in something like this or can you point me to any local auctions that might be a good fit for this piece? It measures approximately 12 inches by 13 inches and has sample pieces of wire from Brinkerhoff, Burnell, Scutt, Shinn, Sunderland, Ellwood and Crandal.


Montse Santacana
Reply roccodesantis
4:02 PM on October 24, 2014 
Reply Dave Bean
7:06 AM on October 18, 2014 
Excellent Website, I will go visit the museum...Thank You
Reply Taipan land & Cattle LC
1:54 AM on October 12, 2014 
Nice history on barb wire.
10:13 AM on September 22, 2014 
Send your photo to and will try to get it identified for you

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