Saturday, June 15, 2013

Something new to destroy.......

This is got to be the most butt ugly cash register I've ever seen.....

but the guts are pretty! can't wait for Jerry to start ripping up this one....
In our grand adventure - making jewelry out of  salvaged bits of machinery- Jerry and I have a hard and fast rule.  We don't take apart the pretty ones unless they are non-functional, and even then we might hesitate.   Becides, the pretty cost too much.

 The ugly ones can get taken apart even if they work... So imagine our joy when Jerry scouted out this brute of a cash register at one of the local Flea Market.  It is built like a tank ( this model runs approximately 70 lbs!!) and sort of looks like one.  In researching this, I discovered it's a NCR (National Cash Register brand) model 126(4) made in 1946. 

I'm guessing ( and this is conjuncture) this model is so very plain because the idea was companies would buy them and decorate them to match their chains.  I saw many models with a coke-cola theme, and one company had a bunch done up in bright pink! ( I think it was a gas station company?)

The one we bought doesn't look like it was ever altered in that way.  And got rained on, it's rusty/dingy/grey on the outside. the insides look great though.

It sort of works... the keys function, but the drawer sticks.  ( which is the prettiest part btw.. it's all beautifully polished wood  on the inside of the drawer.. Jerry and I are already talking about incorporating the drawer into our display somehow...

Jerry is taking accelerated classes this summer for his teaching degree, so his time to destroy is limited... still I might have to have this one "bumped"  up the list......

3 comments:

Mischelle said...

How exciting! Can not wait to see what comes out of this beauty.

Jewellery Online said...

Pity there is no cash in it:) So interesting the way you can create jewelry from what is ostensibly junk to others - very creative. Good blog too.

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CraftyHope said...

Oh! I like your rule and I cannot wait to see what guts you pull out of this beast. :)