An old stapler

These days there are items of office equipment which are just about universal. We are all familiar with paper fasteners including the staple. We expect our staples to come in lengths of about 50 with a machine that is able to do the whole job with one press of the handle.

But it wasn’t always so. Early staplers used single staples, which had to be carefully placed on the machine before use. We have one of these machines at Market Lavington Museum.

McGill's stapler at Market Lavington Museum

As we can see this says McGills patent single stroke staple press with a patent number of 756.

We are indebted to the Early Office Museum at for the following information.

This machine was produced with a number of superficial variations.  The basic information is as follows:

McGill’s Single-Stroke Staple Press No. 1
Patented 1879 ~ Advertised 1880-1913
Made by Holmes, Booth & Haydens
New York, NY

The inventor was George W McGill, who patented many types of paper fasteners during the 1860s through to the1890s.

You can see the range of patents by putting the following in the address bar of your browser and hitting “enter”:

This stapler had been used by a Market Lavington building firm. Some of us think it is an item of great beauty.

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