Steel post for barb wire entanglements; Unknown; C 1914 - 1918; CR1977.1061


Steel post for barb wire entanglements

About this object

Twisted posts used for barbed wire entanglements during war. Placing twisted wire posts for barbed wire barriers in No Man's Land was usually done at night to avoid becoming a target. The curly-bottomed fence posts could be silently turned into the ground by inserting a bar through the 'eye' on top - thus avoiding the noise of trying to drive them in with mallets and an enemy sniper's bullet. Small piece of fine wire tied to second loop from the top.
Metal rod with screw one end, 4 loops at intervals up the post.



Maker Role


Date Made

C 1914 - 1918

Place Made


Medium and Materials



H 1650mm, Screw Dia 70mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

World War I

Subject and Association Description

The World War I steel stake became known in the British Army as a "corkscrew picket". The corkscrew picket was made from a steel bar which had its bottom end bent into a spiral coil. It also had three loops or "eyes" (some even had four) formed, one at top, one at midway and one just above the corkscrew spiral.

Credit Line

From the collection of the Cromwell Museum

Object Type

Object, military structure

Object number


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