Brass Cash Registers
 
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Inv. 7-2; National model 137

Serial number: 427313
Date Built: 2-1-1905
Cabinet Style: Art Nouveau
Finish: "CIB" or nickel plate over cast iron

National was the biggest cash register company around but a lot of smaller company's were building really cheap registers. They were cheaply built with cast iron cabinets instead of the nice bronze or nickel over brass cabinets. In order to protect their customer base, NCR built a really decent register with a cast iron cabinet to compete with them & win. This was the 135 principle. They made many models of the 135 from the 128 to the 147. The 128 was small & the 147 was larger. These were superior to the other machines so you will find a number of these around.

This model 137 is a great example of this series. It is unique & merited a complete restoration for one main reason. This customer may have bought the cheaper register but didn't fudge on some of the goodies. National offered any machine with personalized name plates front, back & on the top sign. Well this owner decided that he wanted his name on the front & back with an "Amount Purchased" top sign. As the main castings were mass produced from molds that were used in an assembly line, the name mold had to be one of a kind & poured with bronze which I know must has cost a lot extra. I have restored this machine to grade one condition. It has been newly nickel plated & lacquered. It has an original top sign, glass key checks, gold coin box with lock (to prevent the employees from giving out the gold coins as change) in the drawer & of course the almost never found name plates on the front & back. I didn't nickel plate the names but left them polished bronze. The contrast is nice. I also have a picture of the business from the outside.
Grade: “1”
Weight: 150 pounds approximate
Measurements: 18" wide, 15" deep, 21" high
Price:$3,500

 

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Inv; 162 National model 35-2

This is from my personal collection!!

Serial number: 285092
Date Built: 1901
Cabinet Style: Renaissance
Finish: “C” or solid bronze

The model 35 was introduced in 1892 with a fine scroll cabinet. It was a total adder machine meaning that all items rang, went into a central counter that would show the daily total. In 1898 they changed the Cabinet style to the Renaissance style which lasted till 1902. Over the years they made many improvements & this one has all of the bells & whistles. It has 31 keys with a ring up $9.99 with 4 special keys (No Sale, Paid out, Received on Account, & coupon book (very unusual). These had their own special activity counters so the owner could see what type of sales were rang. This one also had 2 operators totals. By pressing the "Coupon (B) key before a sale it would put that amount into a separate daily total. For that period this was a very advanced machine.

It also has a very sought after time clock on the left side, an original top sign, a metal coin slab instead of marble, glass key checks, a metal base ring instead of wood (the picture shows it sitting on a wood piece so that it doesn't scratch the counter), a gold coin box in the left rear drawer pocket with a lock (so that you could prevent your employees from giving them out as change), removable bill weights, a special designed printer & the most unique thing was a personalized name plate on the lower back. This one was cast right into the back where most were just screwed on. It says "The F. W. Katterjohn Const. Co. I did some research & found that it was located in Louisville, KY & they had 3 stores in that area.

It has been totally restored & works great. I am very proud of this one & hope it gets a great home.
Grade: “1”
Weight: 175 pounds???
Measurements: 27"wide, 17" deep, 27" tall with top sign.
Price:$5,500

 

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Inv. # 238-2 National cash register model 250

Serial number: 564616
Date Built: 1907
Cabinet Style: Fine Scroll
Finish: “C” or solid bronze

This is a model 250 which was only built for 2 years making it a bit rare. It is very attractive with a fine scroll bronze cabinet but the insides are a total adder just like the 313. I really like the corner caps that have the fine scroll on them. This is a really unusual one because it has a personalized name plate on the front lid "C. Sharrock". It sound a little Irish? It has been restored to working condition & is highly polished & lacquered which should last for 30 years & more. The indicators have been repainted & lettered, new glass, repro top sign, repro marble coin slab, repro wood base with National name plate. The key arms have been removed & nickel plated, the drawer has been refinished. It has been tested, lubed & adjusted so that it all works great. This is one of my favorites.

Grade: “1” or restored correctly
Weight: 80 pounds
Measurements: 17" deep, 11" wide, 17 1/2" tall without top sign or 22" with top sign.
Price:$3,500

 

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National Model #2 (inv #1)

Serial number: 2652
Date Built: July 8, 1886
Cabinet Style: Wooden cabinet with a deep drawer
          Note: the deep drawer had 2 levels. The upper level was for coins & could be slide to
          the rear to expose the bills.

Finish: This is a black Walnut wood (?) with burled veneer & “Honeysuckle” inlays & brass trim.

This register is my pride & joy. It is the oldest register that I have ever seen. I have been told that it was on display in the entrance of NCR World headquarters at one time. At one time it belonged to Don Booth. It has a black walnut wooden cabinet with burled wood veneer with brass & wood inlays called the “Honey suckle” pattern. The deep drawer was the premium machine in the first generation on The National Cash Register Co. It was built from 1884 to 1887. Most registers were to standard drawer. I don’t know whether it was restored by NCR or is original. I have had it for almost 20 years. There are very few of these around & only a few are in this condition.

It is in perfect condition & a grade one machine. It has a 2 piece drawer pull, sliding coin pocket in the drawer, finger rail, glass key checks, lid hook to hold the lid up, perfect counter & lid velvet, great indicators & original paper work on the back of the drawer. I added a new glass top sign to it.

Grade “1”
Weight: 75 pounds
Measurements: 17 1/2 “ wide, 16” deep, 28” high with sign
Price: $15,000

 

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Nation model #2 (inv 54-5)

Serial number: 13199
Date Built: 1889 (127 years old)
Cabinet Style: Honeysuckle pattern
Finish: layered nickel over flat brass

In the beginning National built their machines with a wooden cabinet with fancy inlays. This was expense so they started building the cabinets out of flat brass. They still wanted the fancy inlay design so the plated the register with copper, then nickel. Then they placed a stencil on it to establish the pattern & added more layers of nickel that raised the pattern. On this one they added a personalized name plate on the lid (Ole Jacobson ). This one is featured in the book The Incorruptible Cashier Vol. 2 on page 122.
This one has a lot of unique features about other than being 127 years old. It has the lid name, short key arms, rope finger rail, glass key check, a 2 piece drawer pull & has to be one of the first brass cabinet registers built. It is jammed (I might be able to fix it after a sale) & sold as is.

Grade: “2” or great original machine.
Weight: 75 pounds
Measurements: 17”W, 16”D, 18” H
Price: $3,500

 

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National cash Register model 3 (inv 5-2)

Serial number: 13204
Date Built: 1889 (127 years old)
Cabinet Style: wide scroll
Finish: copper & nickel plated over flat brass

When National started to build cash registers, the cabinets were fancy wood with inlayed designs. This was expense so they started to make them out of flat brass. They still wanted to have a fancy design in the brass so they layered the plating. This one has a great personalized name plate on the back (E. C. Davis). They copper plated it & put a stencil of the name on it & applied layers of nickel. This left a nice raised pattern in the cabinet & the copper plating was the letters. They also did it in other areas to give it a scroll pattern.
This machine has not been restored & is in original condition. For being 127 years old it looks & operates great. It has the early style 2 piece drawer pull & a great finger rail on the coin slab. Also short key arms & glass key checks. I have seen these with the twisted rope style rail & the fluted style rail but this one has both at the same time. The cabinet has raised trim on the edges. It has all of the paper work pasted under the drawer. In the old days they even pasted the operating instruction under the drawer. The name plate on the back is the largest & most elaborate that I have seen. It is really one of a kind.

Grade: “2” or great original.
Weight: 80 pounds
Measurements: 19”W, 16”D, 18 “T
Price: $3,500

 

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World Cash register (inv # 156)

Serial number: N/A
Date Built: around 1894 ?
Cabinet Style: Cast iron
Finish: Nickel plated

This is a World cash register. It is one of about 15 different register built under different names to compete with the National cash register. William McGraw started the Seymour cash register co. in 1894 & over the years built a lot of different registers. Each had a different design & name. They were cheap & some like the World cash register had a nice appearance. It is a detail adder style register meaning that each key arm had a separate counter wheel to add up a total.
I have restored this one to the best of my ability. The cabinet has been polished & nickel plated. The key arms have also been nickel plated. The indicators have been painted & lettered. I have had new key captions & some indicator signs remade. The cabinet is a great design & the indicator area is extremely attractive. It has a nice finger rail above the drawer. It really presents well. It works fairly well but should be considered a display piece.

Grade: 1 or restored.
Weight: 100 pounds?
Measurements: 20” W, 17” D, 22” W
Price: $2,000

 

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This is a model 250 (inv # 61-1)

Serial number: 585366
Date Built: 8-21-07
Cabinet Style: new fine scroll
Finish: “C” or solid bronze

The model 250 is a strange model. It has a fine scroll cabinet which is a bit different than the early fine scroll machines. I can’t find it in the book Vol. 2. I did find that it was abandoned in 3-1908. That means that they quiet building them. It was only built for 2 years but they built a nice one. The insides are just like a 50 or 313 only with a fine scroll cabinet. I find about twenty 313’s to every 250 I find. I think there were customers that had other machines with a fine scroll cabinet so they built them for those customers. It is a total adder meaning that all item rang up went into a central total.
I restored this one to grade “1” condition. It has been polished & clear coated for long life. The insides have been cleaned, oiled, adjusted & tested. The marble, glass, key checks & rings have been replaced. The indicators have been painted & lettered. It has a repro top sign. The key arms have been nickel plated & in general it works well & is a totally great machine.
The best thing about it is the personalized name plate on the back ( Louis Hood ). You will find dozens, maybe hundreds of front signs for every one that you see on the back. I also love the corner caps that hold the top sign. They used the fine scroll pattern on the top of each corner cap. The 313 is just pebbled. All in all, this is the one to have.

Grade: “1” or totally restored
Weight: 80 pounds
Measurements: 17” deep, 10 1/2 “ wide, 17 ½” high, with top sign 22” high
Price:$3,500

 

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This is a model 50 (inv # 42)

Serial number: 257405
Date Built: 1901
Cabinet Style: Renaissance
Finish: “C” or solid bronze

This is a very unusual machine. The model “50” is a small machine which is generally the most desirable. The renaissance cabinet was only built for 4 years (1898 to 1902). It has a printer which is a bit unusual for a small machine. It is a 15 key with a ring up of $1.95 with a “No Sale” key. It is the fore runner of the 316. It has articulated glass frames & a wood base with dental work design to it (unusual). It had a personalized lid name plate that has been ground off by a previous owner (this can be artfully made into your own name by a good engraver). It is missing the .35 key but the rest are glass. The drawer pull is missing but I put one in the drawer. It does work & would be a great project to restore.
The really great thing about this machine is the original glass to sign that says “Studebaker” on it. I have only seen one other like this & it was the larger one. If I were able to restore it I think I would find a drawing of a Studebaker & get it engraved on the lid. I am selling it in as is condition.

Grade: “3” or average condition.
Weight: 90 pounds
Measurements: 17” Deep, 12” wide, 17” high without Top sign or 23” with top sign.
Price: $2,000

 

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National Cash register model 216 (inv # 53-5)

Serial number: 631643
Date Built: 5-26-08. ( It is 108 years old.)
Cabinet Style: Fleur-De-Lis
Finish: Copper Oxide

The 216 is considered a “detail Adder meaning that it had a 30 position counter wheel for each key arm. If you pressed the 5 cent key it advanced the 5 cent wheel one notch displaying .05 on the wheel. The next time you pressed the 5 cent key it would advance to .10 & continue until it was up to $1.45. Each row had a second wheel above it so that a tab at the 30th position would move the top wheel to $1.50 the $3 etc. At the end of the night the owner had to write down the numbers from each or the upper & lower rows of wheels & add them all up thus it is a detail adder. These could be turned back to zero for the next day.
This is a fresh restoration of a model 216. It has been newly copper plated & black oxidized. It has been clear coated to last a long time. The wood base & drawer has been refinished. The indicators & red flash have been painted & lettered. The key arm & counter covers have been nickel plated. The counter has been rebuilt & new number strips installed. The glass has been replaced with the old green glass. The key checks & rings, marble & top sign have been replaced. The whole machine has been cleaned, oiled, tested & It works & looks great. The 216 is one of the most collectable small registers.
Grade: “1” or restored to like new condition.
Weight: 65 lbs
Measurements: 9 ½” W, 16” D, 16 ¾ H without the top sign & 20 ¾ with top sign.
Price: $3,200
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National cash register model 345 DD (inv: 213-2)

Serial number: 1197678
Date Built: 1912
Cabinet Style: Dogwood pattern
Finish: “C” or solid bronze

This is another unique machine. It was built in England? National had a factory outside of London & built machines with the pounds denomination. They were basically the same mechanism as the “US” 300 series except that the pound had 20 schillings per pound & 12 pennies per shilling so the add wheels & segments are different. The “DD” after the model number meant display & drawer. When a customer gave you a large coin such as a gold coin, you wanted to protect it by putting it in a separate locked drawer to keep it from being given out accidently as change. Also some customers would try to run a con game on you by giving you a $5 gold coin & then coming back claiming that he gave you a $10 coin. If you put the coin in the wheel, it would show for 5 transactions & then fall into the separate locked drawer. If he came back soon it could still be in the window or it would be in a locked box requiring the owner to unlock the box to see if there really was a $10 coin in it.

This register is in great original condition. The indicators & key checks are still nice & the machine works great. The Dogwood pattern is unique to Europe. The DD feature was mostly in Europe also but I have seen USA machines with this feature. The display window is complete & working. I made new plastic windows for it. It has a great black glass coin slab. It is highly sought after. There are very few of these around that are complete & working. This is a great machine for your collection.

Grade: “2” or great original
Weight: 115 pounds
Measurements: 23” wide, 17”deep, 17 ½” high
Price: $2,750

 

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National cash register display stand (inv S-1)

This is new replica of an original stand used in many stores to place the cash register on. I saw a few of these still in use when I started with NCR in 1961. The base is nickel plated cast iron, the post is a nickel plated steel, threaded at both ends, & a nicely routered oak table top. In the old days most floors were wood & there are 3 holes where you could screw it to the floor. The base is pretty heavy & will hold most small registers with good stability. They did make them larger & I have seen some huge machines on these stands. This one is meant to be used for the small to medium machines.

Note: If you have seen the National pin file Or desk spindle, you will see that the base is the same pattern only super large.

Weight: 50 pounds
Measurements: Assembled 36” high, base 18”diameter, top 20” by 20”
Price: $750
Note: I have 4 available at this time.

 

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National cash register model 562-EL-5F (Inv # 12)

Serial number: 598648
Built in: 1911 (103 years old)
Cabinet Style: Empire series
Finish: “C” or solid bronze

The model number breaks down like this. 562-EL-5F or 5xx means the 500 series, x6x means 6 rows of keys, xx2 means 2 printers(receipt & journal), E means electric, L means lights, 5 means 5 cash drawers & F means a floor cabinet.

These registers were built for large department stores & had separate cash totals for each drawer giving each operator their own cash responsibility. It was a total adder meaning that each item rang into a central total. There were some super advantages for the store owner to protect his money. It is a marvel of engineering & artistry.

This register is sold in as is condition. It is jammed but with all of the extras it really presents well. It has a nice quarter sawn oak base cabinet with the Bombay feet that have the nice brass boots on them. It has a 10” paper receipt supply reel. It has an electric motor & a lighted top sign. I installed non-working set of candelabra lights (can be removed). In general, it is complete & of course can be restored or enjoyed in its current condition.

Other than the fact that it is not operable, there are only 2 items that need attention. One of the Bombay feet is cracked in half. I have it & it can be glued back on. The leg is still very strong as I have moved it a number of times. The other is the wiring going to the lighted top sign has been remove at some time & it can be re-wired to make the lights work.

Grade: 3 or average
Weight: app. 500 pounds
Measurements: 24” deep, 34” wide, 72” high
Price; $4,000

 

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Manufactured by "Hallwood" No size M3295 (Inventory # 107-3)

Serial #: None
Date Built: ???
Cabinet style: Scroll
Finish: Solid bronze with nickel plated top sign.

Hallwood started in 1892. National actually bought them out but they came back as the American cash register co. in 1911. I would guess that thus one was built before 1900. They are a drawer operated total adder machine. This means that when you push the drawer in it stretches a spring for the next operation. They were a major competitor of National cash register. As with all machines other than National, these are few & far between.

This one has been restored inside & out to the best of my ability. It has been polished & lacquered, key checks & rings replace, indicators re-lettered, drawer re-finished, cleaned & lubricated. It works good with the exception of the indicators are a little off sometimes. It is rare & presents well. I do not have the proper keys for it.

It has a very rare original top sign in nickel. It didn't come with this machine but I have added it & it is the same as it would have been.

Grade "1"
Weight: 150 pounds plus or minus
Measurements: 21" wide, 20" deep, 25" high with top sign (20 ½" without)
Price; $4,500

 

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National Cash Register Co. Model "188" (Inventory # 133)

Serial #: 475549
Date Built: Dec. 22, 1905
Cabinet style: conservative Bohemian
Finish: Solid bronze with oak base & drawer top.

This is a very unique style of register. It is a lever operating machine meaning that instead of having key buttons, it has knobs that are positioned to the amounts & then you cranked it to open the drawer, add to the total adder counter & indicate the new amounts. This style of register was very popular in Europe but there were a series produced for the USA. It is fairly rare.

I bought this in this condition. It has a nice aged patina, with an original top sign, nice oak base & drawer top, gold coin cover in the left rear drawer pocket, works well & has a nice receipt paper supply reel. I do not have keys for it as they are rare.

Grade "2" or excellent original.
Weight: 105 pounds
Measurements: 21"wide, 16"deep, 24" high with top sign.

Price: $3,750
Reduced to: $2,995

 

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Osborn Cash Register Co. Model "3" (Inventory # 148-1)

Serial # 8332
Date Built: 1897
Cabinet style: "Bread box"
Finish: nickel or brass over cast iron

The Osborn Cash register Co. started in 1896. They produced 3 or 4 different model. All were the lid operated detail adder. You pressed the amount tabs & grasp the lid bar moving the lid down revealing the money pocket, adding the amounts to a counter just below the indicators & raising the new amount indicators. After making the correct change you raised the lid which locked into place. The cabinet on the "Osborn" model was made out of cast iron & was plated. Other models such as the "Imperial" was mostly nickel plated tin with cast iron sides. National bought them out so they were only built for about 4 years.

This one was restored in the past. The indicators are nice & the finish is good. It does have one small problem. The lid locking tabs are broken off. This doesn't really affect anything except that the lid can move without pressing a key. I do not have any keys for it. It is sold in as is condition.

This is a rare machine. I really like the button numbers in the little shields.

Grade "2" or previously restored
Weight: 80 pounds
Measurements: 11 1/2 " deep, 18" tall, 20 ½" wide
Price; $1600

 

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National model 416-E-L (Inventory # 98)
Serial number: 1163592
Built: 9-6-1912

The 400 series are very plentiful but this one is unique. The 410 series was usually a cheaper model with limited keyboard options & no printer. In this case the first owner opted to load this one up with all the bells & whistles. First it has a keyboard with $7.99 ring up with no clerk or no sale keys which is normal for the 410 series but he added a journal printer, motor, wood base with bronze drawer, gold coin box in drawer but he also added the piece-de-resistance with the double sided candelabra lights & a personalized top sign “Wm. Harding”. To find an electric 400 with lights both double and single is like the holy grail of cash register. This one has the light shades which are rare to find. Two are original & 2 were made by a body shop man. I can’t say enough about how unique this register is. I have rebuilt the motor, working mechanism, re-wired all of the lights, replaced the key checks & rings, indicator strips, polished & clear coated the cabinet & refinished the base & drawer. This is from my personal collection & I am very proud of the end results.

Grade: 1
Measurements: 17” deep, 25” wide with handle, 27” high
Weight: 190 pounds plus or minus.

Price: $9,000
Reduced to: $6,999
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National Cash register Model 11 (Inventory 135-1)
Serial number: S44099
Factory rebuilt in 1907
Cabinet style: Ionic Pattern
Finish: Nickel plated over cast iron.
 
The model 11 is a nickel plated cast iron machine introduced by National to compete with the many cheaply built registers of the time.
Even tough it was not brass it was still up to Nationals high standard of quality & workmanship. This is an 11 key detail adder in the candy store size. It has been toughly rebuilt inside & out. The cabinet, key arms, locks, counter covers, etc. It has been polished, nickel plated & clear coated. The counter strips replaced, the indicators painted & re-lettered, glass replaced, the drawer & base refinished & works great.
It has the original brass key checks. The top sign & drawer front are re-manufactured parts. Due to the rarity & great good looks of this machine I think it is a great buy.

Grade: 1
Measurements: 15 1/2 “ deep, 9 ½” wide, 17 ¾ high (with top sign 22” high)
Weight: 60 pounds

Price: $3,200
Reduced to: $2,495
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National model "5" (Inv. 48)
Serial number; 264710 Built; 1901
Cabinet style; Fine Scroll
Finish; All bronze

The model "5" was introduced early in Nationals history. It is a "detail adder" meaning that it has an add wheel for each key & an over run wheel above it. It would add one to each wheel & after 30 rings it would add one to the upper wheel. Note; the wheels were labeled like .05, .10, .15 up to $1.50. You had to write down the number for each wheel & add them up to get your total. I know this sounds ridicules in modern time but for that era it was very progressive.

Anyway this machine has all of the nice features like a bronze coin slab, glass key checks, reproduction 3 hump top sign, red indicator flash & beautiful drawer front with National in script on the front with a drawer pull as part of the "N". It has been totally restored, highly polished & clear coated, the indicators have been painted & lettered, the base & drawer refinished, key arms nickel plated, It has glass key checks & the rings were replaced, the counter labels have been replaced & all mechanical issues have been repaired.

Grade; "1"
Measurements: 16" deep by 10" wide by 22" high with top sign.
Weight; 65 pounds

Price; $3200
Reduced to: $2,950
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Bombay Floor cabinet, 9 drawer (Inventory # 147-2)

Bombay Floor cabinet, 9 drawer.
Inventory # 147-2
Serial # N/A
Built: 1-9-1913
Finish; Tiger Oak with brass trim.
 
NCR built the model 400 & 500. A few with a multi-drawer floor cabinets. After the machines died, many people removed them and kept the cabinet because of it great furniture appeal.  This one has 7 operator drawers and 2 file drawers plus a storage door. I have refinished the base & polished the letters on the front of the drawers. I also added the knobs & "National" in script on each side. This was on some machines but not others. The feet brass or boots have also been polished & lacquored. The top is worn but shows well after the refinish job. The back left corner was repaired years ago with nails. It will be a great base to display your prized register or other items. There is a delivery ticket under the top drawer; S/N 1217120, model # 572-7F, built 1-9-1913.
 
Grade 2
Weight 150 lbs
Size 45" H, 28" W, 21 1/2 D
Price $1,200
Reduced to: $999

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National Model 50 1/4 (Inventory # 174)

National Model 50 1/4

Serial Number 540787
Built in: 1906
Cabinet style: Dolphin pattern
Grade 1
Finish: “B” or Nickel plated

The model 50 1/4 Dolphin machine was a true "Barber Shop" machine. It rang up to $1.95. It has a printer with a slot in the front. This was so that you could insert a ticket & get it validated. Usually these were different colors so that each barber would have proof of how many haircuts he had done that day. This model preceded the 317 & has many nicer features like larger end caps, fancy drawer pull, replaceable center lid, etc. This has a new nickel plating, new wood base & is a great restoration.

Grade “1”
Weight: 85 pounds
Measurements: 16 ½ deep, 12 ½” wide, 22” high with top sign.

Price: $2,000

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National model 9 (Inventory # 6)

National model 9
Serial Number: 140618
Date 1897, oak cabinet with ebony shell pattern inlay.
Reproduction top sign.
Weight approximately 170.
W: 20" D: 16" H: 22"
Has bronze cast bill weights
Grade 2
Inventory # 6
Price: $3,200
Reduced to: $2,995

 
 

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