Antique National Cash registers were an item in huge demand during the 1980's to mid 90's, no antique store or boutique was complete without one. The National Cash Register Company was founded in 1884 in Dayton, Ohio and was the first producer of the mechanical cash registers. The machines made during the late 19th Century to the first quarter of the 20th Century had ornate metal cases that came in brass and cast iron with nickel, bronze and copper oxidized finishes, the brass variety being the most popular.
Values for the national registers depend on their size/model and condition, in the current market fully restored model 562's can retail for over $3000.00, down about $1000.00 from their peak value in the early 1990's. At auction comparable machines generally go for under $1800.00 in the current market.