Old Irish Field Gate 'Closer Bar' - Ireland
Old Irish Field gates were hand made in the blacksmiths forge - no mass production here ... each gate was unique and made to the owners specifications and requests... people could identify and know who owned what ground and fields because of the way a gate was made - eaither the design of the cross bars and curved rails or by little designs the ordinary 'lay' person didnt notice such as the actual bar closer... as can be seen on this gate closer ... it isnt just a straight forward bar to keep the gate closed... it has a design - Clever eh??? It was a sign of wealth ownership and solved disputes over who claimed what... land in Ireland is precious... hard fought over and blood spilt many times on it !!!
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