A fairly new acquisition to my collection, the Arrow 200 has quickly become one of my favorite staplers. When this model was being sold it was the top-of-the-line model for Arrow Fastener Co. This 200 has a chrome-plated body with a black painted arrow-shaped base, is well-built and when the plunger is depressed makes a very satisfying clicking/whirring sound as it staples. It is also deceptively heavy coming in at 1 pound 5 ounces. The stapler is 7.5″L x 2″W x 4.25″H. This bad boy was made for the company president with some serious stapling that needed to be done!
There is very little information about Arrow staplers of any kind. Quite honestly, I initially found the model number of this one only after seeing an old scanned ad on the internet. There are no patent numbers or dates on this stapler. The word “Arrow” is cast on the forward part of the base and on the bottom of the base it states Arrow Fastener, Inc. New York, N.Y., Made in U.S.A., Pat. Pend. That isn’t a lot of information to go off of.
It does appear that this stapler is at least based on patent 2205709. This is the patent for all the Arrow model staplers in the ad, but the patent illustration closely matches the A-44. There are some style differences between the 200 and the patent illustrations but they are relatively minor. It is likely that the model 200 was introduced as a larger and more upscale version of the A-44. This patent was filed in 1939 and granted in 1940.
One of the keys at this point is the ad I mentioned above. The ad shows the 200 along with other Arrow staplers available for sale, specifically models 203, 105, A-44 and 11. Therefore, I know that the 200 was made in the same time period as these models. Models 203, 105 and 11 all show patents 2205709 and 2312142. Patent 2205709 was filed in 1939 and patent 2312142 was granted in 1943. Therefore, I think it’s reasonable to assume that the 200 was made sometime after 1943. This certainly fits the design of the stapler. Also, the pricing on the ad, it’s style, and the lack of a modern zip code leads me to believe that this was published in the early 50’s to early 60’s.
Recently I obtained a 1954 Arrow Fastener Company brochure which shows all the models available for sale that year. In this brochure it shows a picture of the model 200 and specifically names it as such. Along with the models listed above is shown the Model 202 (and several industrial and construction staplers) meaning all these models were available at the same time for at least a while. So I can state unequivocally that the model 200 was available in 1954. Further research leads me to believe that the model 210 replaced the model 200 as the flagship stapler for Arrow. As such I would estimate that the model 200 was available sometime between 1943 and 1959 but unlikely any later.
Executive style staplers are always made in smaller numbers and the model 200 seems to have had a shorter run than most. Also, many of the examples I’ve seen are in very poor shape, which is unfortunate. This is a great stapler and is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. If you find one in decent shape my advice to you is scoop it up instantly.
- Arrow Fastener Co Inc (1954), A Machine For Every Purpose In Every Price Range [brochure], Brooklyn, NY, Arrow Fastener Co Inc