I got it off of ebay for $50 and had to pick it up in Lincoln on Sunday. It's not totally functional, but I hope to get it restored.
What I know so far is that it is a National Cash Register and was made in 1948. It is electric with a crank for times when the power goes out. At least it used to be electric until I cut the cord off today. The guy described the motor as 'humming' when he plugged it in. He neglected to mention the sparks and plumes of toxic smoke. I say toxic because my lungs still hurt. That's no huge worry for me. I wanted it as a large cash box that would be hard to steal. The guy who sold it to me never had any luck getting the drawers open. You can see where he tried to pry the drawers out and even where he tried to remove the bottom. luckily for me I own a screw driver and know how to use it. It took about an hour for me to disassemble it and get the 3 of the 4 drawers open. The latch on the bottom one is stuck, but I'll worry about that later.
The whole thing weights upwards of 200 pounds. Right now it's on the floor until I get both boys up here to help get it to the counter. I wanted a cash box that was harder to steal than my current bunny box and this fits the bill. Eventually I'll find someone who can get it running again for me. The motor is shot but the gears and so forth are in fantastic shape. I've never seen any machinery of this age that is so pristine and well oiled. Like I said I want to get it fixed, but until this it's still a very cool cash box.