Fence-Making Machines

Missouri collector focuses on fence-making machines.

Detail of the rear (or bobbin side) of the Kitselman woven wire machine
Detail of the rear (or bobbin side) of the Kitselman woven wire machine. After three complete turns of the bobbins around the longitudinal wires, a series of gears and levers cause them to stop turning while the machine travels a fixed distance down the line. At that point, the bobbins are relocated so that they will now twist the stay wire on the longitudinal wire either above or below the previous twist. In this way, the device creates a net-like wire fabric.