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Antique Stapler Gallery 
 ~ Wire Spool Stapling Machines ~

Model, Year, Maker

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Automatic Wire Stitching Machine
Patented 1880-82 ~ Advertised 1881-82
Snider & Hoole, Cincinnati, OH
Hasbrouck & Watson, then W. H. Hasbrouck, New York, NY
Replaced by a heavier model in 1883, which was advertised 1883-90.
1881_Automatic_Wire_Stitching_Machine_Snider__Hoole_Cincinnati_OH.jpg (41986 bytes)
Greenfield Automatic Paper Fastener
Advertised 1894
Greenfield Automatic Fastener Co.
New York, NY
1894 Greenfield OM.jpg (23761 bytes)
Ever Ready Stapler (subsequently Eveready Stapler)
Patented 1915-24 ~ Advertised 1915-42
Ever-Ready Fastener Co., Boston, MA
Eveready Mfg. Co of Boston, Boston, MA
There were several similar models.
fastener_plate06.jpg (26314 bytes)
1915_1917_Eveready_fully_plated.jpg (20707 bytes)
Spool O Wire Fastener
Patented 1917-21 ~ Advertised 1915-28
Hutchison Office Specialties Co., New York, NY (1915-22) 
(As of 1917, "Built for us by the Remington Typewriter Co.")
Remington Typewriter Co., Ilion, NY (1927)
Remington Rand (1928)
The Victor Safe & Equipment Co, Marietta, OH (1928-36)

1915 Spool-O-Wire Exterior OM.jpg (14617 bytes)
1915 Spool-O-Wire Inside OM.jpg (22105 bytes)
McGill's Fastener
Regd 850190
U. K.
Photo courtesy of Ken Craite
McGills_wire_stapler_Regd._850190_Ken_Craite.jpg (12793 bytes)
Bates Model A Stapler
Patented 1931 ~ Marketed 1930-31 ~ Advertised 1930-31
Later models:  Patented 1933-40 ~ Advertised 1931-50
The Bates Mfg. Co., Orange, NJ
1930 Bates Model A for OM.jpg (9090 bytes)
Primergo Stapler 
1933_Primergo_stapler_Germany.jpg (12853 bytes)
Delta Stapler
Advertised 1936
Similar to Bates Model A above.  Photo coming.

Bates Wire Staplers:  According to a statement made by the company in January 1931, “The original model of the stapler came into possession of the Bates firm four years ago, but was not satisfactory. The company’s engineers went to work on it and four totally different models were prepared in the next three years, each better than the last. The fourth model was tried out under actual working conditions, but certain imperfections were found, and the product went back to the engineering department for study. In the summer of 1929 the final model was turned out and tested until early in 1930, when distribution began in limited territory. Now the staplers are being offered all over the country.”  The “original model” to which reference is made in the preceding quotation is explained in U.S. Patents No. 1,610,632, Dec. 14, 1926, and No. 1,637,357, Aug. 2, 1927, both issued to Sven Svenson, Fond du Lac, WI. Svenson’s original application, which was filed in 1924, was based on a design that was substantially different from the Bates machine that was marketed.

Later in 1931, Bates introduced the Model B. According to a product description, “There are three basic and important improvements in this new model stapler. The base and the body are more heavily reinforced, the new patented refill can be quickly and easily inserted, with all separate parts eliminated, and last, the new wire refill is tangle proof and it is impossible for the wire to become snarled or loosened. From now on, orders for Bates staplers will be filled with the new model B. The new model B refill…will not fit the old Model A stapler.” (Sept. 1931)

Various styling changes were made during the 1930s. Earlier machines (1930-35, including Model A and Model B’s) have round knobs and open sides so that you can see the vertical spring. Later machines (1935 onward, including Model B’s) have rectangular "knobs" and closed sides.  The later Model B was $5.00 in 1936.  A lower capacity Model D was introduced in 1941 at $3.50. Model C was being marketed in 1950 at $6.50.

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