Learn about Cash Registers

The cash register was invented in 1879 by James Ritty, saloon owner in Dayton, Ohio, to keep employees from stealing from the cash drawer. In 1883, he patented a model that resembled a clock and registered amounts of money.

Soon after the patent was granted, James Ritty sold the business, and it was quickly on sold to John Patterson who renamed the company National Cash Register Company and it dominated the market for cash registers for the next 100 years, over the period diversifying into other business equipment including point-of-sale terminals, auto teller machines, cheque processing equipment, barcode scanners and small computers.

The first registers were entirely mechanical, and did not keep a record of transactions, or print receipts. The employee was required to enter every transaction, and when finished the total key was pushed, the drawer opened and a bell would ring, alerting the manager to a sale taking place.

Later improvements were a drawer to hold cash and a roll of paper to record transactions. By the early 1900s, elaborate brass cash registers were made that were works of art. more...
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A 19th century 'National' extensively decorated cash register in working order

Vintage National Cash Register of small size in ornate gilt metal casing, drawer with white marble top

An early 20th century National cash register, silvered bronze frame, the narrow top with decorative relief scroll, value tags raised behind the top glass panels, the 11 button arms with values from 3D to 15/-, raised on a square conforming base with single

National brass Cash Register, c. 1900. Manufactured in Dayton, Ohio, USA, with white marble shelf, on wooden base. Height 53 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late Alida Haskins widow of Sam Haskins

An 'International' antique American brass cash register. 55 cm high, 59 cm wide, 38 cm deep.

Small antique National cash register, no 216, approx 42 cm high, 24 cm wide, 39 cm deep

1920's mahogany cash register by Gledhill of Halifax, Yorkshire

Vintage Australia Wiz, nickel plated brass and wood cash register, approx 54 cm long

American cash register by the National Cash Register Company Dayton, Ohio. Serial number 772788 210. Height 42 cm

National cash register, No 47 with J.L Johnson impressed to front

Antique National cash register, Ex Barbers shop Botany Rd Alexandria. in original untouched estate condition

An early 20th century National fancy large cash register, raised classical decoration with silvered finish, the base with two drawers, oak plinth and marble top, good original condition. Width 68 cm depth 40 cm. Height 46 cm complete with keys

A pair of Chinese famille vente, blue ground porcelain vases, 81.5 cm high, and a Chinese lidded vase, 26 cm high, all converted to lamp bases, a ranch style lamp and a pair of ovoid floral pottery lamps

A large National Cash Register, four drawers to base. Serial No. 1091201/557-4C. Width 79 cm

A rare small early 20th century National Cash Register with embossed decoration pre-decimal Australian currency

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