Asked on Sep 30, 2014

Calling all Antique Junkies!

JjarnettGwenTerri Turner


We went to a garage sale after their estate sale and this did not sell. It was WAY too cool to pass up. My husband bargained with the guy as he always does and we took it home for $20, how cool is that?!
This is a NCR, Class 1000
We were told it was brass. Would you attempt to clean it up or leave it alone? If you'd clean it up, what would you use?
6 answers
  • Brandy St Clair Lackey
    Brandy St Clair Lackey
    on Sep 30, 2014

    Leave it alone! It is beautiful like it is!

  • Barbara Valenti
    Barbara Valenti
    on Sep 30, 2014

    Soft cloth an brasso and elbow grease!

  • Terri Turner
    Terri Turner
    on Sep 30, 2014

    I would just rub with clear wax to enhance, Buff then leave it alone. DO NOT PAINT. It's beautiful.

  • Terri Turner
    Terri Turner
    on Sep 30, 2014

    Opps just realised it was brass. Ignore the comment I wrote above. Wax wouldn't work. I would use Brasso in a little unobvious spot and see how it looks. Otherwise clean with vinegar and leave as is. It's beautiful.

  • Gwen
    on Sep 30, 2014

    I worked in a grocery store with an old register we used like this. It would not have those streaks that appear like cat spray running down its back. That would not happen. I would attempt to clean it.

    • Amber Thach
      Amber Thach
      on Sep 30, 2014

      Hi Gwen, it looks like someone's tried to restore or put something over it. Not sure if it appears to be cat spray to me.

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  • Jjarnett
    on Jun 24, 2016

    Hi I am your Antique Junkie. I Go online to HBAC GROUP. This company restores cash registers. Email Phone#16077923343 You can send photos and they may tell you more and also give you a quote to restore. Read in their website how they tear apart and restore inside out. Personally, I don't know if your CR is all brass. It may be wood or another type metal. Does it still work? Does drawer open etc? If so, GREAT. For you, Get a soft toothbrush and your vacuum sweeper out. Whatever you do don't scrub it in anyway. You have a Gem. It still has all the printing and numbers. It will have a serial number somewhere. Type in the SN MN and any numbers you find. You can put the NCR with SN and probably find tons of info for you wonderful find. National started Co in 1884 -today. Your's is around 1916. It is officially an antique. $$$$

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