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Precision Built By Engineers!

No Clips To Buy!

Modern Streamlined Design!

One Outlay Only!

Non Scratch Base!

The box presents many superlative benefits to be gained from the purchase of this fastener. But don’t be put-off, the Clipless Paper Fastener by Mosda is one smart little machine. Made from economical materials and using the no longer protected under patent Bump Paper Fastening Process the Mosda Fastener was inexpensive, easy-to-use, and successful.

The Mosda Fastener weighs 7 ounces and measures 3.5″ L x 2″ W x 3″ H. It uses the Bump Fastening Method which was about forty years old when the Mosda Fastener was introduced and they devised a new-style body which was wonderfully designed for desktop use. This body style would be copied sometime after it was introduced in the U.S. by Chadwick-Miller who sold a near identical fastener under their name starting in the late 1950’s. This design is in fact still available to this very day. This was made using steel and aluminum parts. The steel parts were painted in a grayish-green crackle finish and the plunger knob was a smoothly painted grayish-green. The two sides were a very thin brushed aluminum. It was designed to fasten up to eight sheets of paper at a time.

Introduced in the U.K. in 1947, it wasn’t available in the U.S. until 1954. It was also available in other countries such as Canada and Australia.

Mosda was started in Birmingham, England in 1946 by Maurice Davis and Louis Heaps. This was the successor company to their previous company of Davis & Heaps which mainly manufactured lighters. The Mosda moniker was derived from the name of the owner, Maurice (Moss) Davis, using the first letters of his first and last names. Mosda manufactured a number of items but they were most known for their lighters which they continued to make. Mosda went out of business officially on December 31, 1968.

1949 British Industries Fair Ad

1949 British Industries Fair Ad

interior view

interior view

Other Information:


  1. The London Gazette. Mosda Limited. London: HMSO, 7 January 1969, pages 237 and 242
  2. Vartan, V.G. United Press Staff Correspondent (1954, October). No Refill Costs for Fastener. The Evening Republican, Columbus, IN, page 10
  3. Editors (1946). Index. The Foundry Trade Journal, page 438
  4. Mosda Period Series Automatic Table Lighter , Table Lighters Collectors Guide.  Accessed February 2016 from http://table-lighters.blogspot.com/2011/04/mosda-period-series-automatic-table.html.
  5. Mosda, Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History.  Accessed February 2016 from http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/mosda

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