National Cash Register, Model 1852-E

This large cash register has a wood and metal exterior painted black, and five columns of keys. The keys in the leftmost column indicate the type of transaction. Right of these keys are four columns of 9 keys, the leftmost for $90 down to $10, the next for $9 to $1, the next for 90 cents to 10 cents, and the last for 9 cents to 1 cent. Hence the machine can have purchases entered of up to $99.99. It is a National model 1852-E, made by National Cash Register Company of Dayton, Ohio. It has serial number 2925055 and dates from 1929.
The paper tape for dispensing receipts is on the left. Above the keys are indicators showing the type of transaction and the amount. A wide cash drawer is at the bottom of the machine. The machine is electrically operated, but there is a place for an operating crank on the right side.
According to the donor, the register was used at Mosely's Jewelry Store on U Street in Washington, D.C. It has an indentation from a 32-caliber bullet, produced in one of the many times the store was robbed. The base price for this machine new was $350.00 in 1927.
Equipment Research Corporation, Business Machines and Equipment Digest, 1928, vol. 1, section 10–1, p. 18.
Accession file.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cash register
date made
National Cash Register Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 53 cm x 61 cm x 43 cm; 20 7/8 in x 24 1/32 in x 16 15/16 in
place made
United States: Ohio, Dayton
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
maker number
Cash and Credit Registers
Computers & Business Machines
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Cash and Credit Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Steven A. Levy and Lois R. Zuckerman

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