NCR had a great deal of competition. Most of these registers also had top signs. Some even had the same top sign as NCR. These were blatant copies or my have been an outside design that both companies purchased for their registers. A lot of the competition registers were cast iron. A lot were cheaply built. Still others were not in business that long with very few sold. The completion signs are no where near as plentiful as NCR's. They are rarer for the reasons stated above. Being rarer isn't the same as being desirable or valued higher. I will show a few,
Hallwood Cash register Co. Real rare top sign.
American Cash Register Co. was probably NCR's biggest competitor. It was a restart of the Hallwood brand. They had a basic drawer operated register like Hallwood. They had an Eagle on top for one and an Owl on another. Both of these are reproductions.
They also came out with a series very much like the NCR total adder. They looked and operated almost alike. The top signs are almost the same. They had raised letters where NCR's were recessed. Have a look.
The Michigan Cash Register was really started at the end of the brass era. It was a cast iron detail adder but it was super cheap. There seem to be a lot of these still around. They followed the pattern of having a small, medium and large register. Both style of top sign can be found on any register. The small one I think was the earlier style and the more modern looking one was later.
The Peninsular Register was a for runner of the Michigan and looked and worked the same The top signs were different. I have two different styles. These also were cast iron.
This sign was also used on the Federal cash register.
The Western Cash register was produced by the Corbin Manufacturing Co (note; They built the same register under many names).
It was also a cast iron register. The one shown is a reproduction and has not been mounted yet.
The Imperial register was bought out by NCR and you may fine one of these with National on the lid. It is a tin or cast iron cabinet with a cast top sign.
The Security cash register was also a cast iron register.
The Ideal register was a bronze register and a cheaper casting in white metal. The top sign pictured is a reproduction.
The St. Louis was also a late entry and is a flat metal stamped cabinet. The better model is the embossed which is stamped in yellow brass or copper. The top sign is cast brass.
The Chicago Cash register co. The one style looks like the Ideal top sign?