Posted 5 years ago
These are two neat office staplers that were made around the turn of the 20th Century.
The lighter tan colored stapler is made by the Bates Company. They still manufacture staplers today. The difference being that today, staplers use the common premade staples held in a row by glue. This Bates stapler has a spool of brass wire (located at the rear of the stapler). As you press down on the plunger, a small piece of brass wire is trimmed and inserted under the paper punch where a perfect staple is formed and inserted into the paper pages where it is bent over as a staple.
The stapler in the rear of photo #1 is an Ever Ready stapler. (that's right, it could be the same company that today makes flashlights and batteries).
The difference between the Ever Ready stapler and the Bates stapler is that the Ever Ready makes it's staples from a spool of flat 1/4 " wide steel sheeting that is also wound on a spool. It works similar to the Bates stapler, except that the staple is a flat (wider) piece of staple. The Ever Ready stapler has a pat. date of 1902.