Saturday, January 19, 2008

Stapler of the Week Archive- Hotchkiss No. 52

Hotchkiss No.52 steel grey and metal finish

Another great Hotchkiss plier stapler, the No. 52 varies slightly from the No. 54 previously featured in the Stapler of the Week. The No. 52 seems to allow one to clear jammed staples by means of the "patented spring front plate", where as the No. 54 does not appear to have this feature. The box (pictured below) boasts "This Hotchkiss Model No. 52 may be carried in pocket or briefcase" and advises one to "Ask about Hotchkiss Model No. 53 for Heavy Duty Industrial Work" as the No. 52 is recommended for light duty work. Along with the stapler, the box also contains a operating instructions and a guarantee bond in both English and Spanish translation. The instructions are said to apply to the No. 51, 52, 53 and 57 pliers and do not mention the No. 54. I can only imagine what it was like to see a shelf stocked with boxes of these staplers and the virtues of each individual model.

Hotchkiss No. 52 box printed paper on cardboard

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, January 19, 2007.

Hotchkiss No. 52 steel and potmetal black and copper finish

Update to the Stapler of the Week, January 18, 2009.


Anonymous said...

I have a No. 52 last used commercially to attach name or number tags to clothing to be cleaned in a cleaning plant in the 1950s. Anyone know where I can find staples for this? It works better than any modern hand staplers I've seen and my wife ran an office supply store before we retired. It uses No. 54 staples. The box is labled "1000 No. 54 wire staples for use in Star-Hotchkiss-Compo No. 54 pliers 3A-54 staplers".
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Anonymous said...

I have 2 of these beautifully constructed pliers. One has all the Hotchkiss No.52 stampings on it , wheras the other has no stamps on it whatsoever -otherwise identical ,, curious. They take a 4mm staple . I use the Bambi,

or possibly the staples for the Rapid S51 staple plier which looks vaguely similar to the Hotchkiss 52 see it at URL

the staples are 4mm shank