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Catalog Number 2014.02.01
Object Name Register, Cash
Dimensions H-18 W-16.5 L-27 inches
Medium Wood/Bronze
Date ca. 1908
Notes 359-2-2C National Cash Register.
(a) The cash register is constructed primarily of bronze and wood. The top of the register has a glass top with a rotating metal bar. Attached to the center of the metal bar is a rectangular wood block. The front and back of the block is painted red with a black "B" painted in the center and the other two sides of the block are painted solid black with a white letter "A" printed in the center. Both sides of the cash register are constructed of bronze with a raised garland design across much of the surface. In the center of each side is an a large wreath with a large, raised tear-drop style design. The ground outside the large center wreath is covered with the same raised tear-drop style design, but on a much smaller scale. The outside edge of this side also has a raised border that is similar in design to a braided rope. The very top of the side panel is designed to represent what looks like an ornate piece of crown molding. There are two screw holes at the top of the side panel, one of which is missing. Inside the braided rope border there are three screws along the back side, two along the very short front side, and one on the curved top side. In addition, inside the center wreath, but near the bottom is what appears to possibly be a key hole. There is another possible key hole which is outside the wreath, near the back side.

The front of the cash register is also constructed of bronze, but has a curved (convex) surface. There are two hinges at the top of the cash register, on the front. Between the two hinges is a small oval shaped bronze plate. Engraved in the center of the plate is the following serial number "742144W / 359-2-2". The same design found on the proper right side of the cash register can also be found on the front of the cash register, but in a slightly larger scale. Positioned in the center is a large oval in the design of a wreath. Within this wreath is another oval and within this oval is a very large scroll design. Surrounding the outside of the ovals are more the the tear-drop like designs, the same as what are found on the proper right side of the cash register. Along the bottom front of the cash register is the numeric pad, which is composed of 16 buttons across the top and 17 buttons across the bottom. Each button is marked with a different amount. Beginning wtih the top, each button has a solid black ground and then the number is printed in white. Beginning on the proper right of the numeric pad, top row, the first number is "$10", followed by "$9", "$7", "$5", "$3", "$1", "90", "80", "70", "60", "50", "40", "30", "20", "10" and "½ / PINT". The bottom row of the numeric pad begins with "QUART" which is on a solid red ground followed by "PINT" which is on a solid yellow ground and then the rest of the tabs have a solid black ground and are labeled "$8", "$6", "$4", "$2", "95", "85", "75", "65", "55", "45", "35", "25", "15", "5", and "NO / SALE" on a dark orange ground. Each tab on the numeric pad has it's own slot for sliding up and down when pushed. The bottom of the base has bronze sides except in the front where the two cash drawers are located. The other sides, however, all have the same raised design found on the rest of the register.

(b) and (c) - Drawers to the cash register.
Both drawers are primarily constructed of wood and the face of each drawer has a bronze cover plate. The front of each drawer again has the same design as the rest of the cash register. Each drawer has a handle in the center with, what appears to be, a woven leaf design. Directly below the handle, NATIONAL" can be seen in large raised letters. The edge of the cover plate is lined with a stylized braided cord design. Drawer (b) is stamped with the black letter "A" on both sides, near the front. Drawer (c) is stamped with the black letter "B" on both sides. Each drawer is subdivided on the inside. Drawer (A) has seven different compartments - in front there are four compartments, which measure 4 x 2½ inches. In the back of the drawer there are three compartments which measure 7½ x 3½ inches. Inserted inside the back three compartments is a spring loaded "v" shaped bar, which, most likely, holds paper money in place. Attached to the back of the drawer is a metal spring that is located approximately in the center. There is a metal bar that runs down the top of each side of the drawer. Drawer (c) is subdivided in a similar fashion, however, the third drawer in the back has been divided in half and one of the metal "v" shaped bars is missing out of the middle compartment.

On the bottom of drawer (a) are two attached paper tags. The tag attached along the side of the drawer has the following inscription (a portion of which can be found under "Inscription Maker's Mark"). "MANUFACTURED BY THE NATIONAL, CASH REGISTER CO., DAYTON, / NO. 742144 Date 7-14-09 / This Register/ Built For / Chas. Carlson, Norris, Mont. / Sold By W. J. Macculey, Butte, Mont. / Size / Finish / Number 58983 359-2-2-C 742144 / This register has this day been thoroughly tested and inspected, and is mechanically correct. Should the / register get out of order, from ordinary use, any time within two years from date of shipment, we will repair / it FREE OF CHARGE, providing you send it to our factory, or nearest agency having a repairman capable of / making such repairs, transportation charges both ways on same to be paid by you. However, should you desire the services of our mechanic at your place of business instead of sending the register to our office or / factory, you agree to pay cost of said mechanic's journey to and from your place of business. Provided, also: / 1. That no alterations or additions are made to the machine except by us or our authorized representatives. / 2. That the register shall remain the property of the original purchaser. / 3. That such supplies of paper, ink, etc., as may be necessary for the successful operation of the register, / shall be purchased from this Company, thus insuring a proper quality, which can always be purchased from / us at very low prices. /THE NATIONAL CASH REGISTER COMPANY / DAYTON, OHIO, U.S.A. / By John H Patterson / President".
The cash register was originally sold to the Norris Bar in 1909 and was purchased by the club in the early fifties.

The 300 series was known as a total adder meaning that all keys added to a central total that could be read at the end of the day. It was a one shot register meaning that you had to add up the items for each customer on a paper & ring the total, the register would open & display that total. In this case you had two separate total, one for each drawer. For this era it had many features that helped the owner control & safe guard their money.

It further had an inventory system that was built for a liquor store. With the quart, pint & ½ pint keys, they built specail separate counters that added one each time these keys were used. This could give them a count of each type of liquor sold. This was really the beginning of an inventory system.
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