Here we have something of a mystery stapler, the Regal No. 35. Regal staplers were sold in the U.S. by Bostitch but always had the Regal name stamped on them. As far as I can determine there were four different office-use staplers (there were tackers and electric staplers made by Regal and sold under the Bostitch name also). These were the Model 15, the Model 25, the Model 35, and the Model 45. Of these four, the models 15, 25 and 45 were made in much greater numbers and are fairly common even today. This is the only Model 35 I have ever seen. I’m surprised by this fact as this is a very cool and practical stapler.
This model measures 5″L x 1″W x 1.75″H and weighs 5.5 ounces. It is polished steel with no plastic parts at all unlike its siblings. As you can see from the picture it is clearly marked in sans serif lettering REGAL No. 35. On the bottom of the plate it is inscribedMADE IN JAPAN FOR BOSTITCH INC. PATENTS 108314 424084 428085 428245 428246
If you look up the above patent numbers you’ll see that they are for what appears to be random items. Furthermore, the numbers are only 6 digits long which if they are U.S. utility patents puts them in the late 19th century or mid 20th if they are design patents. Could these be Japanese patent numbers perhaps?
The model 35 does not use standard staples. As it is on the smallish side it very likely takes Regal 25 staples. The Regal 25 being a mini “Tot” sized stapler.
I’ve commented before on multi-tools and their tendency to have a lot of trade-offs in usability. But the model 35 is actually easy to use as both a stapler and remover. It is well-balanced either way and in actuality the stapler body can add leverage for more difficult to remove staples.
Another place you’ll often find Regal staplers is with any of the brass novelty staplers. You’ve seen these, Ted Arnold, Kenneth Lane and whatnot. They often made staplers in shapes like parrot heads, alligators, trains, and such. Every one of these I’ve seen used Regal for the stapler mechanism and usually Regal 25’s.
Bostitch sold Regal model 25 staplers while they were a division of Textron. Bostitch was part of Textron from 1966 until they were acquired by Stanley in 1986. Recently, I discovered a model 45 that I can date to 1964 when Bostitch was not part of Textron. It is likely that all Bostitch Regal model staplers were manufactured in the same timeframe. That would date all Regal staplers as being manufactured between 1964 and 1986.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find out any information regarding any of the Regal staplers but have come up almost totally empty. I’ll keep trying as I like a good mystery. But I wish I could get Hercule Poirot to help me with this…