Discovering the 322 National Cash Register
Recently I came across an antique cash register. I learned so many cool things about them lately so I wanted to share it forward with you guys! I first want to say if you have any knowledge you want to share or any questions, please leave me a comment! I always love chatting about antiques. Here's how it all started.
This is definitely and item that I have had my eye on for along time. Depending on the register and date they can go for a lot of money. Being so young and starting off in life that's just not even possible nor do I need an expensive cash register.
Here she is from the side. I quickly styled for fall and staged with a pumpkin and a 1 gallon amber bottle.
I always wanted one of these because I love having my own business and really enjoyed seeing old registers in other businesses over the years. It's so charming and special. I just adore the details you can't get on anything today.
I'm a believer in fate so when I have something on my list of antiques I want for my collection I wait it out. I think I have 100 things ranging from furniture to little tiny trinkets. I'm in no rush so I know that when the time is right I'll find what I'm supposed to. I never go looking for anything in particular for this reason and makes hunting for anything antique or vintage way more enjoyable. No pressure, no expectations--just fun.
Check out the detail on this! Definitely swoon worthy!
I stumbled on this cutie cash register a week or two ago and just worked out to be the right situation. I only saw a picture of it so I didn't get any details and I was okay with that to take the risk since she looked pretty. I'm still learning how to figure it out since I know nothing about operation one of these treasures. I've never even touched one so I've done some research.
Mine isn't in perfect condition. On one of the buttons the "60" is missing--it's some kind of sticker or insert so it doesn't bother me. It's part of the story. Another important detail to know is the brand. This is a "National" and the model is a 332. It appears to be nickel pated brass and I think that it goes back to 1908 or 1909 in the patents. I'm trying to figure out for sure but some other ones I've seen that look like mine seem to fall in that range. From what I have gathered so far, it's from 1912. There's some ways that you can date them which I found so fascinating. They stopped making the bass registers in 1915 for WWI. Makes total sense so I know that mine is at least 1915 or less.
I pulled this next information about the National 332 from this website:
They share some really great picture of this piece. Mine is nowhere near is perfect as the one pictured and doesn't have the marble.
- manufacturer: National Cash Register Company; Dayton, Ohio
size: 17.5"L x 17"H x 16.25"W
description: Polished solid brass, dolphin case, cash register model 332 with wood base. Total adder, 22 keys: 1 cent through $3.00 denominations. Marble till. With out top sign and gold coin door.
information:The model number represents certain features about this machine. The first three means it is a 300 series, the second 3 represents that it had 22 keys, and the 2 means that it had improvements and that it has 1 cent key arrangements (any model number ending in an even number had 1 cent arrangements and odd numbers had 5 cent arrangements). Original drawer tag information: custom built for: Compton & Co., Metropolis, IL. Sales agent for NCR: W. B. Norris. Finish C. Red brass - Polished.
The "National" is inscribed on different parts and you can see it on the money drawer. Speaking of money drawer, it's so pretty and made of wood. I haven't figured out how to open it without taking the lid off because the buttons need some work. I can't push them down yet. I'm lucky that my dad can play around with things like these. They're over 100 years old and I don't know where its been or gone through so sometimes the parts in side need some oil or gentle wiggling.
This is the view with the casing on the front opened up. Theres a little lever to push and open up the drawer. Part of the fun is discovering how to use antiques. I still haven't figured out if there's another way to open the drawer without opening up the front and pressing that button. There's also a bell but it doesn't ring right now. With the sticky keys there's not much we can push around or experiment with until they're taking care of!
It also needs cleaning. What I love sharing with you guys is real authentic life. I could have fixed this all up or make it look perfectly clean but personally I love seeing how thing are found and then cleaned etc. I love sharing the progress and discoveries in antiques and part of that is the ware, dust, and dirt. This is truly how I found it and I'm excited to rediscover this piece and to clean it up.
This is a view the drawer open from the side. Here you can see how pretty the wood is and how it's stood the test of time. It's over 100 years old and looks pretty darn good.
I was really waiting to come across an antique one versus vintage just for personal preference. I like how ornate and intricate this one is and the color of it too. The character and charm makes it absolutely perfect. I love imperfections because I like not having the pressure of perfectionism. I think it's also a reason why I love antique treasures.
All of the cash flags are inside. I love displaying them around in my decorating when I find the actual flags from salvaged registers. This is exactly why those are treasures to me. Just look at where they came from!
The white piece you see on the front is glass. It would stand the test of time to the wear and tear better than say marble. it's missing two screws on top to secure it, but honestly I'm just happy this part didn't get lost or damaged. I can figure out some replacement screws without a problem.
I feel like we were meant to cross paths. I love the condition it's in--I think because I'm happy to have found one and I'd be happy with anything: I'm easy. I can't explain how much I love the charm and that goes for all antique pieces really.
Again, if you have any information, questions or comments about this cute register, please leave me a comment.
Also check out my YouTube tour of this sweet register.