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Offering this vintage/early heavy metal barbed wire stretcher right out of a recent South Dakota estate. There is a patent date cast into one of the moving parts of “Dec – 8 – 85”, the year is pretty hard to interpret but I believe it an 85 (1885). I did not find any other manufacturer’s marks. The tool measures about 35” in length when in the pictured drawn in position but extends out to nearly double that length. The metal is aged and shows some wear but I don’t see any metal castings broken. The walking ratchet mechanical movement works well. An absolutely wonderful piece of Americana offered with a buy it now.