Stima Adding machine

This handheld instrument has nine parallel brass rods with holes in them. The holes in each rod are numbered from 1 to 9. Numbers are entered by pulling down rods with a stylus. The total appears in a set of nine holes at the bottom of the instrument. A lever on the side may be set so that a number entered is recorded in another set of nine holes that are immediately below the columns. The machine also has a carry mechanism; a white plastic zeroing button that is pulled out to zero the result register; a brown plastic button that is pushed to zero the entry register; a white plastic button used for subtraction; and decimal markers. Instructions are stored with the object and its leather-covered velvet-lined case. The stylus is missing.
Ernst Martin, Die Rechenmaschinen, second edition, p. 454.
Currently not on view
date made
Steinmann, Albert
place made
Schweiz: Neuchâtel, La Chaux-de-Fonds
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
brass (overall material)
aluminum (?) (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
velvet (overall material)
overall: 4 cm x 14 cm x 17.5 cm; 1 9/16 in x 5 1/2 in x 6 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Victor Comptometer Corporation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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