Restoration of Rusty 1914 National Cash Register - With Original Lit Top Sign, St. Paul Saloonkeeper

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This all-original 1914 National Cash Register has its original owner's glass sign - Frank Matschinger, who operated Astoria Cafe in St. Paul, Minnesota and sold Yoerg's Beer. The restoration tackles a jammed machine, restoring power to the motor, rust and crud, a surprise inside, tear down, and lots and lots of sanding and polishing bronze surfaces.

A subsequent owner of this machine was Como Park Pharmacy, as evidenced by a hand-painted glass sign on the other side. Because this cash register was used at a bar, it has unique keys like "Cigar," "Lunch", and "Pint", and was designed to face the back wall behind the bar, so no number indications are shown on the back side. The tag indicates a serial number and the model number 442-E-L (series 400 with four rows of keys with printer, Electric, Lighted).

The label underneath the case drawer shows the original purchase date of April 17, 1914 by Frank Matschinger, a German immigrant to St. Paul.

If you have any questions about restoring antique cash registers, drop a comment below. Another excellent resource is the Cash Register Collectors Club (crcci.org).

00:00 Rusty antique cash register
01:18 Disassembly - taking apart old cash register
02:20 Antique cash register wiring diagram
02:32 How to open an old cash register
03:32 Original NCR cash register top lit sign
05:45 Stuck keys on an antique cash register
06:50 Broken springs on an old cash register
07:30 Receipt printer disassembly National Cash Register
08:15 Yoerg's Beer, St. Paul, Minnesota
09:58 Astoria Buffet, St. Paul, Minnesota (Astoria Hotel, Astoria Cafe, Wabasha St)
11:05 Key removal, buffing, polishing, antique NCR cash register
14:45 Crank handle refinishing NCR register
15:24 Electric motor on NCR cash register 452-E-L
15:38 Dash pot, NCR
18:10 Lit top sign, antique National Cash Register
19:49 Como Park Pharmacy, St. Paul, Minnesota
22:45 Refinishing the wood base on an old cash register
23:36 Frank Matschinger, St. Paul, Minnesota saloonkeeper Astoria Cafe, Wabasha St
30:10 Receipt printer reassembly
35:10 Reassembly of an antique brass cash register
36:31 Before and after of a restored NCR cash register with lit top sign

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17 May 2021




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James S.
James S. 3 aylar önce
Take note: This machine still works. It's a hundred years old . With proper care this machine will work a hundred years from now. Nothing electronic will last that long.
SixArmedSweater 2 gün önce
It will it you replace the capacitors and batteries and bulbs and such.
Sailor Arwen
Sailor Arwen 12 gün önce
@jamesick an old machine will still work when electricity is unavailable. It also doesn’t create waste because it’s still able to be used
Romy Gime
Romy Gime 13 gün önce
They still are better excellent quality than the electronic crap now days
Paulo Cesar Gomes
Paulo Cesar Gomes 17 gün önce
They were made to last for centuries when properly cared for. A true masterpiece.
premium d0ormat
premium d0ormat 19 gün önce
(because they're made to not last so we can keep buying things)
DwightMS1 Aylar önce
I love the way things looked back then. Everything was ornamented. Everything was beautiful: cash registers, park benches, lamp posts. Beautiful job.
Bill Bradley
Bill Bradley Aylar önce
I was a cash register technician in my youth and I worked in the 80's with one of the last NCR trained technicians on the old "Brassies". Thank you for keeping one more alive.
Queen Of Wands
Queen Of Wands 4 aylar önce
I did a little research and I found this: “Cost of Class 400 new in 1909 ranged from $75 to $400, possibly higher depending on the options added.” This is a 452 model and had all the bells and whistles so I’m sure it was in the higher range of $400+ which equates to $10, 920 in today’s dollars! Pretty fascinating!
The Nose Knows
The Nose Knows 4 aylar önce
Oh WOW 😂🤣👍🏼👍🏼✌🏼✌🏼💙💙
Steve Kingston
Steve Kingston Aylar önce
Nothing is made nice like this anymore. That is a piece of art.
Sheevlord 4 aylar önce
I did not expect a seemingly mundane object like a cash register to be so ornate and complicated. It must've costa fortune back in the day. And it's built like a tank too. Even has special washers that prevent nuts from coming loose from vibrations. Nice to see this unusual piece of history back in working order, looking like new again.
Mcsymm McSymm
Mcsymm McSymm 3 aylar önce
@Barney Fife, it was nothing to do with president. The corporations moved their factories to China for the lowering a cost of productions.
Barney Fife
Barney Fife 4 aylar önce
That was the day when things were made to last and products Made In the USA lasted. It was Made in the USA in the late 60's to early 70's. In 1973 was when the President gave to China a lot of manufacturing and afterward manufacturing was being shipped off to other countries as well and the Made in the USA died. We have been running around 'servicing each other' since then which is why we have realized poor quality products and having to buy them more often. Even today, we can buy "Made in the USA" products such as stoves/ranges, but the parts are made in China or elsewhere. It was sad to see the industry in my area become a ghost town with all of those empty buildings rotting.
David Tatum
David Tatum Aylar önce
Beautiful. Both the craftsmanship of the item itself as well as your expertise bringing it back to life. I wish things were made this well today.
Татьяна Ставрова
У меня нет слов для восхищения! Обожаю смотреть такие ролики по восстановлению старых антикварных вещей! Супер!!! 👋👋👋💯💯💯
Rex Lex
Rex Lex 7 aylar önce
How did he remember where everything goes? Just imagine someone designing something that complicated back then! Yikes!
Melody 3 aylar önce
Once you know how something works generally everything only goes in one place. Different size screws are where the problems come in...
christian elgin
christian elgin 3 aylar önce
Take pictures and take more pictures...
krunal solanki
krunal solanki 3 aylar önce
He can refer his own video on TRvid
Giovana Lima
Giovana Lima 3 aylar önce
He filmed it
Ra Fer
Ra Fer 4 aylar önce
Why the fuck is this question even asked? Is there not a camera to document everything?
HMFan2010 3 aylar önce
Beautiful work. These mechanisms were pieces of art in their own right; thank you for restoring it to its former glory. Would have loved to see a printed receipt!
the lorax
the lorax 3 aylar önce
Amazing job, mate. Machines deserve love too. Greetings from Australia.
Ginger Umali - Art That Plays and Prays
I found a National cash register in salvage condition which I wanted to restore. But after watching this video, I was appalled at the level of intricacy, precision, engineering, and not to mention patience and elbow grease needed to take on such a humongous task. I wouldn't know how to put together all the parts once they're disassembled. That alone would make me abandon the project. Thanks for doing this restoration. You brought back a piece of history to full glory and it's amazingly, jaw-dropping beautiful!
Ginger Umali - Art That Plays and Prays
@Queen Of Wands Good idea! Thanks for the encouragement :)
Queen Of Wands
Queen Of Wands 4 aylar önce
Write down each step and take lots of pictures/videos so you know what piece goes where. C’mon you can do it!
Robin Young
Robin Young 3 aylar önce
Beautiful machine. The intricate details are amazing. The fact you could take it apart and put it back together with repairs is insane! Sand blasting is so satisfying. Looks great!
Connie-Jo Nellis
Connie-Jo Nellis 6 aylar önce
What a transformation! While I might have the patience & skills to take the old apart, I have neither to fix it and put everything back together. Obviously you have both. I congratulate you! Thanks for sharing this awesome transformation!
Howling Wind
Howling Wind 3 aylar önce
I don't know how you remember where everything goes when you put all together again! I like your videos very much. Cheers from Tasmania!
Ирина Скубани
Превосходная работа! Заслуживает высшей оценки реставрации ! Сам кассовый аппарат по своей механизации и красоте даже не сравниться ни с одним современным компьютером !
Jim Klugman
Jim Klugman 6 aylar önce
I thought this piece was in fantastic condition, as seen in the beginning of the video, with all of the patina and aging from it's 100+yr life span. I wasn't really convinced that it needed this level of restoration. After watching the video and seeing the care, skill and reverence put into this project, I'm am astounded by the effort and the result. This item could be considered a treasure BEFORE the restoration, but even more so now. You're equal parts historian, engineer, craftsman, guru and artist. Simply OUTSTANDING work! Please keep posting these projects!
Shelby Fitzpatrick
Shelby Fitzpatrick Aylar önce
Thank you for these videos. You’ve helped me with my anxiety. I cannot express how much I enjoy watching you restore items. This has to be my favourite at the moment. The love and attention you put into these items is amazing - thank you. ❤️🇨🇦
Pseudonayme 77
Pseudonayme 77 21 gün önce
From the days when everyday items like cash registers were made like works of fine art. The perfect blend of engineering, art and functionality👌 Great video! More please 👍
Ben Berlin
Ben Berlin 6 aylar önce
I'm amazed at how complicated this machine was. And a testament to a time when mechanical prowess and art could be one in the same.
Sig Guy
Sig Guy 3 aylar önce
Very nice restoration! I have to admit, I felt a great deal of anxiety at about 1:30 when you popped off the covers and I saw how complicated everything was inside - i thought there was no way you’d get everything back together! But you did, gave it a stunning makeover, and it looks like it did the day it was made. Very well done - Cheers
Jacqueline Layne
Jacqueline Layne 3 aylar önce
Somewhere Mr.Frank is thanking you for restoring his legacy Beautiful craftsmanship Thank you for your dedication
Rico Winterhaven
Rico Winterhaven Aylar önce
It’s amazing how much the technology for cash registers have changed over the years, but many of these new registers, ATMs, self-checkout terminals and such that we use today were made by the same company that made this old beauty: NCR.
Thomas Kraus
Thomas Kraus 8 gün önce
I used to repair typewriters (as a hobby) so I have a good feeling what you went through to get that beautiful register gleaming again. A job, respectfully well done. Thanks for the video. Too bad I can only hit the like button once!
Àçìḑ 20 gün önce
Amazing that such an intricate and old piece of machinery, still works so well after so long.
Rob Crissinger
Rob Crissinger 5 aylar önce
You Sir have done James Ritty proud. Thank you for the skills and for keeping a part of history alive!
Nick Maione
Nick Maione 5 aylar önce
Nice restoration. I like that the paper elements were preserved. I would have liked to have seen the printer print and the light lit, though.
ElBrooklyn1 4 aylar önce
Towards the end….after he shows a time lapse of each panel being added to the chassis - and just before he moves into the before-and-after montage - he quickly rings up a sale and the drawer opens. For about one second the display lights up.
Trabajé para NCR 40 años en el departamento de servicio técnico, es un orgullo ver la restauración de tan hermoso modelo de caja registradora, gracias
pointman1921 5 aylar önce
Wow, amazing job. It looks stunning. The amount of experience and time put into this really paid off. Great job!!
adam miller
adam miller Aylar önce
Great job! Thankfully there are people out here like you that preserve history
Michael Cameron
Michael Cameron 3 gün önce
Beautiful work. You don't see a machine like this everyday.
Сергей Сушинов
It's great when an old thing gets a second life👍 My respect to the master.
KT Kilntime
KT Kilntime Aylar önce
I am absolutely blown away by your attention to detail. You make it look so easy, but this video shows that you really know so much about machinery, electronics and restoration. Absolutely beautiful. I am a new subscriber!
Iman Amin
Iman Amin 5 aylar önce
Excellent job, thank you for sharing! I was surprised at all the tiny pieces…it would’ve driven me nuts, but you handled it all delicately and professionally.
Escott Amezcua
Escott Amezcua 6 aylar önce
Awesome job I was able to transport myself in time and hear what the saloon was like it’s so cool to see restorations like this and that’s so cool how hard you work to complete it thank you for all your videos
Mauro Gilberto
Mauro Gilberto 5 aylar önce
Trabalho de mestre! Parabéns!
Donna Holenski
Donna Holenski 2 aylar önce
What a beautiful machine and what a pleasure to watch you restore it. One of my favorites and I watch quite a few. Thank you for sharing.
Jade Skye
Jade Skye 6 aylar önce
Wow! This is absolutely magical, you sir are a restoration wizard 🧙‍♀️
Maria 🇧🇷
Maria 🇧🇷 2 aylar önce
Que linda toda restaurada, ficou magnifica. Parabéns pelo trabalho 👏👏👏👏👏👏
Alison Sloan
Alison Sloan Aylar önce
Just wow. I think if Frank Matschinger could see this he’d be amazed! Fantastic restoration!!
R. Berg.
R. Berg. 6 aylar önce
This was an amazing restoration. Loved the history lesson as well. What amazes me is that someone long ago sat down at a drafting table and designed this beautiful machine by hand. That person then took it to a machine shop where every single piece of this intricate system was made……no computers, no CAD, no lasers etc. …..just craftsmen with knowledge that has, for the most part been forgotten until someone with a unique talent and desire brings it back to life. My hats off to you sir. Amazing job.
Dean Grein
Dean Grein 2 gün önce
What a great restoration! Thanks for saving this piece of Americana from the brass scrap heap!! I looked up the proprietor and he was an interesting man. Keep the videos coming, sir! Are you able to say how many manhours it took and the cost of restoration?
Paulina Rittscher
Paulina Rittscher 5 aylar önce
MAGNIFICENT JOB! I wonder a restored piece like this one would go for?
Rodrigo Reitz
Rodrigo Reitz 16 gün önce
Excelente trabalho de restauração. Parabéns! (Excellent restoration work. Congratulations!) - Quanto tempo você levou para concluir o trabalho? (How long did it take you to complete the job?)
Tina 3 aylar önce
I would love to know how much this cost originally. We loved the bit of history and back story also! Thanks for that. It adds so much to the project. Kudos for finding that info.
RainyDayLady 26 gün önce
What a beautiful machine. Not just how it looks on the outside now, but the engineering! You did a great job. 🤗🖖💕
Ole Nielson
Ole Nielson 5 aylar önce
Wow!!! That's a LOT of moving parts to keep track of! My only wish is that the wooden top (under the register mechanism) could have seen a little more love, but hey, no one sees it anyway. Great work! Tis truly a thing of beauty.
chavez carlos
chavez carlos 19 gün önce
Que hermosa y compleja máquina, respeto total para sus diseñadores y para este trabajo de restauración. 🙌🏻👏🏻👍👍
OhhowHelovesus777 6 aylar önce
All those little parts working together, and covered in gilding from head to toe. They sure made a glorious contraption didn't they. Thanks for taking all that time to restore it, it looks great.
Sally Buskey
Sally Buskey 5 aylar önce
Being a Cashier for some 30+ years, it was a thrill and a pleasure to see this cash register from 1914 being brought back to life. Hopefully to either be put on display or to be used again. Amazing...
Julian Smith
Julian Smith 21 gün önce
A simply wonderful restoration, and I admire the patience and the skill necessary to bring this earlier work of art back to life. I only wish that the light on top would’ve been lit for the final photos.
Vickie L
Vickie L 5 aylar önce
That was an amazing restoration!
OcarinaSapph1r3 -24
OcarinaSapph1r3 -24 6 aylar önce
I never fail to be surprised at the level of artistry & detail in things from the past- just a cash register, & yet, it looks so much more complex & beautiful than its modern equivalent....
Mike Jones
Mike Jones 2 aylar önce
Never thought I would find such beauty in a cash register. The craftsmanship is astounding. Great restoration brother.... job well done.
Linda Fickus
Linda Fickus 5 aylar önce
I love to see old things restored. This is a beautiful machine. Beautiful job!
Алексей Л
Алексей Л 3 aylar önce
Как же добротно раньше делали все вещи ! How durable are all the things made in the good old days!
Degmar Lemes
Degmar Lemes 6 aylar önce
Esta registradora é uma obra de arte. Beautiful!!🌹🌷
Ranawake Jagath M.A.
Ranawake Jagath M.A. 4 aylar önce
Indeed, this video is a TRvid treasure, I hope this is a very rare machine! The entire video is very informative and educative. It says many things about past technology and how the then inventors thought and designed their work. Thank you very much for sharing this video.
A Oculta - Análise Sobrenatural
Ficou maravilhosa! Parabéns!!! 👏🏼
Илья Баев
Илья Баев 3 aylar önce
Комментарий в поддержку видео и канала, а также труда мастера который отреставрировал эту кассу.
mark Twisted
mark Twisted 26 gün önce
its not just a cash register, its a work of art, thanks for the wonderful video
Rosário Barroso
Rosário Barroso 3 aylar önce
Amei! Meus parabéns! Belíssimo trabalho!
V bee
V bee 5 aylar önce
This piece is a work of art--we are so grateful you saved it. I kept thinking….how are they ever going to get it all back together in working order?!? Silly me; of course you did. (and, good save on the pharmacy sign.) 👍🏻
Rose Clout
Rose Clout 6 aylar önce
My goodness this is just incredible work. Well done!
Knut Knutsen
Knut Knutsen Aylar önce
This mechanism is incredible! Marvellous restoration work!
Super241946 6 aylar önce
Stunning, awesome restoration,,,,,,,,kudos to the guy who conceived it, and the engineers who built it.
Steven Wheat
Steven Wheat Aylar önce
5:39 What an amazing machine!! Total work of art.. And the finished product is pristine
xKrieaa Aylar önce
Why is no one talking about how he ate with the dirty gloves on rip 9:13
Michele Crown
Michele Crown 5 aylar önce
What an incredible piece of machinery and history. And amazing restoration!
Nia the Gulf Gypsy
Nia the Gulf Gypsy 28 gün önce
For me this isn't just an incredible talent in restoring a piece of history -- Which is rare enough in itself. It's also about appreciating the amount of attention they once paid in making a practical device, beautiful. Look at the detail in the body of the register - It's detailed and compliments the structure of the register.
turbo panther
turbo panther 27 gün önce
What a fantastic machine and what a great job you did! I restore antique typewriters and can appreciate the time and effort that goes into a restoration.
Marcos Eduardo
Marcos Eduardo 24 gün önce
Linda peça restauração de finíssima qualidade parabéns
Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor 4 aylar önce
The most complicated piece of machinery I have ever seen, I think you were very courageous to tackle this
owl3764 7 aylar önce
Pretty on the outside, but I felt the inside could have used a little more love. A good de-grease and re-grease. I cringed a little at still seeing the gunk in gears as the sides went back on. Understandable if you're doing it for a price though. Looked great and works again. I enjoyed.
KimmyR3 4 aylar önce
yeah.. It was cringey.. I started skipping the video after I realized it wasn't gonna be cleaned and fully rebuilt..
GrayRealities 4 aylar önce
Not sure if it’s working 100% a function demonstration was never documented on the video just simply opened the drawer never seen the printer print anything out :(
Muy bien reparado, Lo felicito. Me tocó verlas trabajar hacían mucho ruido cuando se registraba
svictoriapastars 3 aylar önce
This was amazing to watch! Beautiful restoration! 😍
MrDad47 5 aylar önce
To me, as soon as you took the cover off it looked like a work of art. You did a truly amazing job restoring it back to it’s original beauty. Thanks for sharing that experience.
christian elgin
christian elgin 3 aylar önce
How many hours did it take you from start to finish? Looks very complicated, yet satisfying to watch! Great job!
Kevin Marrett
Kevin Marrett 3 aylar önce
If there were a store with a cash register like this, I would literally patronize that store just to see the register.
Too Cute Puppies
Too Cute Puppies 4 aylar önce
Wow! I am SO impressed! I have never seen one of these restored and I love seeing it as I imagine my grandmother would have. I love this! ❤
LindaLooUK 6 aylar önce
What a beautiful machine and so lovingly restored. Thank you for sharing your work. 🥰
Joel Leet
Joel Leet Aylar önce
One wonders at what it would take to make all the parts for this cash register and assemble it back in the 1910's, much less invent it. Just one of thousands of amazing things made by amazing people in that time period.
Jairus Morford
Jairus Morford 8 gün önce
This is amazing! one of the most complex disassemblies I've ever seen. Much Respect!
Guilherme Wiethaus
Guilherme Wiethaus 2 aylar önce
Excelente. Reparação top. Gosto de ver a história sendo preservada.
mq12891 22 gün önce
Being from Ohio I have seen so many of these beautiful machines. The old ones are works of art.
Barbara Henry
Barbara Henry 2 aylar önce
Thank you for adding to my education, what a wonderful demonstration of the intricate work that can technically now still work. It would be cool to see a receipt from it today but finding the right paper rolls probably not so easy. Your precision, patience and excellent skills are mesmerizing to watch.
Stardust Wolfstadt
Stardust Wolfstadt 6 aylar önce
This makes me wonder about his family. I would hope they would see something like this and be touched by it. Amazing to see things like this restored.
JM Walker
JM Walker Aylar önce
So inspiring to see your restoration! Absolutely beautiful!
Simone Sales
Simone Sales 6 aylar önce
Fico impressionada com seus trabalhos,parabéns,sou artesã,queria Mmmmmm muito saber essa maravilhosa arte👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🥰🥰🥰
jackie palfreman
jackie palfreman 3 aylar önce
Fascinating to watch , I admire your patience and skill . Thanks for taking us along on the restoration journey .
sherman4195 Aylar önce
Impressive work. A LOT of experience with these machines to take it apart and remember where everything goes. I salute sir, 😁👍🏻
Людмилп Гівргізова
Не кассовый аппарат а произведение искусств. Какую красоту делали раньше да и жизнь была интересной. Реставрация заслуживает особой похвалы. Прекрасная работа 👍👍👍👏👏👏
channelsixtysix066 6 aylar önce
Gotta love those iron castings. The quality of them is truly something. Oh crap! 20:04 At least it wasn't original lettering. Though my background is electronics, I'm fascinated by mechanical devices like these. I can watch videos like this forever. Beautiful restoration. How much does the complete unit weigh?
channelsixtysix066 6 aylar önce
@BOM Reviews Wow, about 56kg. No one was ever going to make off with it, just by carrying it out the door, back in the day.
BOM Reviews
BOM Reviews 6 aylar önce
I did put it on a scale at one point, I think it was 125 lbs
sopwithpuppy 24 gün önce
Watched the entire video without skipping any bits because it was mesmerizing, and superb work. I have only one problem. I would have LOVED to see a printed receipt. When the video ended, I saw a box showing the receipt printing process. Great video.
Hee-hoo 6 aylar önce
This is my first video from this channel, but I can already tell I’m gonna keep coming back. I love how they gave the known history on the register! It makes it feel 100% more satisfying seeing it finished. If the original owner were to see it all fixed up I know he’d be through the moon.
Hee-hoo 6 aylar önce
@BOM Reviews the fact you share the history of the piece is definitely unique and helps you stand out! I can’t wait to see what other content you choose to make!
BOM Reviews
BOM Reviews 6 aylar önce
Thank you! I know there are a lot of restoration channels - I hope to add a little more in the way of history and fun.
Элина Толмачёва
Потрясающе! Как делали раньше вещи - прочно, качественно и с любовью! А реставратор - просто волшебник!
Nisa R
Nisa R 6 aylar önce
The workmanship in those days was amazing! The beauty and artistry of everything was so visually appealing! You did a fantastic job!
Chris Cyrus
Chris Cyrus 6 aylar önce
You are amazing man to put all this back together but like me I love the old relics of the past and you did a great and excellent job on it I'm proud of you keep up the good work
ionara 5 aylar önce
Muito bom...🤩👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
S Lantos
S Lantos 6 aylar önce
Thank you for revealing the beauty and artistry of this incredible early 20th century machine. Amazing restoration job!
S Lantos
S Lantos 6 aylar önce
Ok is eating wood filler a large problem in your neck of the woods 🤣
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