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Stapler of The Week: Bates Model C Brass Wire-Feed

Aceliner vs. Bates Model C - and you thought the Aceliner was a monster stapler! :D

Aceliner vs. Bates Model C – and you thought the Aceliner was a monster stapler! :D

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Poor old fellow. When I dug this one out from the pile of office supplies on the shelf at Deseret, I was intrigued by the size and shape, but didn't expect it to be working due to the obvious grime and heavy wear. To my utter surprise, it produced perfect staples immediately.

Poor old fellow. When I dug this one out from the pile of office supplies on the shelf at Deseret, I was intrigued by the size and shape, but didn’t expect it to be working due to the obvious grime and heavy wear. To my utter surprise, it produced perfect staples immediately.

Loading end for the brass wire reel.

Loading end for the brass wire reel.

Once the property of one Robert N. Taylor, according to the dymo residue.

Once the property of one Robert N. Taylor, according to the dymo residue.

The business end - the end of the brass wire, ready to be chopped off the spool and turned into a staple.

The business end – the end of the brass wire, ready to be chopped off the spool and turned into a staple.

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ooh, an oiling and maintenance chart :D

ooh, an oiling and maintenance chart :D

Serial number? B221930

Serial number? B221930 might also be the patent date in code, feb 22, 1930?

Anvil switches from Interfold to Exterfold staples.

Anvil switches from Interfold to Exterfold staples.

The wire spool feed end, lots of shiny brass wire left, probably over 1000 staples worth, if the spool produces 5000 when full.

The wire spool feed end, lots of shiny brass wire left, probably over 1000 staples worth, if the spool produces 5000 when full.

The Bates Model C was made from 1936 to 1968. This one was most likely made in the late 40's or 50's. Later models are painted cream and have an orange plastic topper.

The Bates Model C was made from 1936 to 1968. This one was most likely made in the late 40’s or 50’s. Later models are painted cream and have an orange plastic topper.

The staples made by the Model C are smaller than noremal pre-formed steel staples. Roughly the size of TOT-50 staples. One bonus: brass staples do not rust like steel staples can.

The staples made by the Model C are smaller than normal pre-formed steel staples. Roughly the size of TOT-50 staples. One bonus: brass staples do not rust like steel staples can.

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Updated: July 29, 2015 — 11:16 am

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  1. That is one burly beast. I cringe at what it would do to a finger.

  2. Neat make your own staples stapler.

  3. I love it! Very cool stapler.

  4. Whoa! I love that stapler. It looks like a machine that has purpose.

  5. A printer’s stapler, it works like a saddle stitcher!

    1. indeed! You can see why I had to have it, despite the condition. (:

  6. Recently found on a yard sale a German Delta Hefter 3DR (30’s-40’s) that works the same way. Worn military green paintjob, bought for almost nothing, and works great too ! Something to talk about with my colleagues.

    1. Wanna sell it?

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