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.

Date Made: 1929

Maker: National Cash Register Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Ohio, Dayton

Subject: Mathematics, Business

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Credit Line: Gift of Steven A. Levy and Lois R. Zuckerman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0899.01Catalog Number: 1986.0899.01Accession Number: 1986.0899Maker Number: 2925055

Object Name: cash register

Physical Description: metal (overall material)glass (overall material)rubber (overall material)paper (overall material)plastic (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 53 cm x 61 cm x 43 cm; 20 7/8 in x 24 1/32 in x 16 15/16 inoverall: 30 in x 41 in x 23 in; 76.2 cm x 104.14 cm x 58.42 cm


Record Id: nmah_690695

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