One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who buys wool from a producer, grades it, and sells it to a manufacturer.
- ‘Lewes Wool Fair - On Friday last, the annual fair for the sale of wool was held at Lewes, in Sussex, and was well attended by numbers of the most respectable wool-staplers from London and elsewhere, and by the farmers of the eastern division of the county.’
- ‘Every eight miles or so was the country town, where lawyer, corn merchant, wool-stapler, saddler, veterinary surgeon, doctor, draper, milliner and so forth lived.’
- ‘He was the third of five children (two sons, three daughters) of a prosperous wool-stapler, Alfred Hirst, who went blind at 27, and his wife, Mary Wrigley.’
- ‘In 1822, his father Daniel could afford to leave the farm and start his own business in Bradford as a wool-stapler.’
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