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21 November 2023, 12:17

Antique National Cash Register: Features a Rare Early 20th Century Lot

Antique National Cash Register: Features a Rare Early 20th Century Lot
In the world of antiques, there is something magical about owning objects that transport us back to a distant time. One such unique artifact is a National brand cash register. It's available right now on Violity for a fixed price.
The photo shows an antique National Cash Register Co. cash register manufactured in the 1900s in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Originally intended for use in large restaurants, this device has also found application in the retail sector. The package included four keys and two special metal “controls”.
The photo shows an antique National Cash Register Co. cash register manufactured in the 1900s in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Originally intended for use in large restaurants, this device has also found application in the retail sector. The package included four keys and two special metal “controls”.
The first cash register was invented by James J. Ritchie in 1879, and he received the first patent for the device in 1883. This invention was a key step in the development of retail trade, turning the process of customer service and financial accounting into a convenient and efficient task.
Over time, cash registers have undergone significant changes. They have become smaller, more functional and equipped with new technologies.
Early models had four holes for individual waiter keys (A, B, F, G), thus ensuring accurate sales records. The package also included two “controls” for management, which allowed them to view the current sales amounts and the shift results. A surprising feature was the "secret" back cover: an internal counter recorded the number of openings, providing an additional level of security and control.
 However, despite constant innovation, antique cash registers have become a kind of chronicle of the past, remaining monuments of technological development.

Antique cash registers, such as the one described by National, were often used in barbershops. Their miniature size and sophisticated design made them ideal for small businesses of the time.
These machines not only provided accurate financial records, but also added aesthetic splendor to the space.
The National brand behind this antique cash register was founded in the late 19th century.
National Cash Register Co. (NCR) was founded by John Henry Patterson in 1884 in Dayton, Ohio, USA. This is where the story of a successful business began, which brought qualitative changes to the world of trade and finance.
NCR was ahead of its time in innovating its cash registers. Thanks to National, devices have appeared in the world that can perform not only accounting functions, but also provide a variety of reports, automate processes and facilitate the work of traders.
The copy is in good condition. The price of this cash register is ~1900 euros. This figure is not only a reflection of the accessibility of the sigh of the “old times”, but also an invitation for collectors and history buffs to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of ancient technology.

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