For sale is an original early 1900s McCASKEY CREDIT REGISTER made by the McCaskey Register Company, Alliance, Ohio. This credit accounting system for a GENERAL STORE is a mechanical filing system used to store business records that was used in tandem with the McCaskey Cash Register to form the McCaskey System. The accounting system is a lettered and numbered multi-leaved hinged box style system designed to fit inside a wooden box. Each leaf has numbered clips to hold credit slips and each number would belong to a customer’s account. The front leaf is marked with the company logo and a variety of patent dates between 1899 and 1913. This beautiful quarter sawn oak wood cabinet and leafs with multiple drawers was their deluxe unit. The McCaskey Company was founded in 1903 and made these registers until about 1912. After 1912 and through 1953, the company transitioned to making mechanical and electric units. The cabinet measures 27 1/2″ Tall, 22 3/4″ Wide and 21″ Deep. A very uncommon antique general store item that may work well for storing vintage Victorian trade cards or cabinet photo cards. Would look great as a store decoration or next to a National Cash register.
The slits on top was designed to hold paper tags that had a customer’s name and clip number. The first draw below the top pulls out with a center wooden knob. This drawer has two separate compartments to store receipt booklets. The larger drawer below that one was used to store three rows of index cards with customer information. This drawer has been modified to convert two of the rows into a larger storage space. However, I have the two original wood slate parts to easily convert the drawer back to its original configuration. This cabinet is also missing a glass panel that rested over the top panel. Overall this cabinet is in excellent working condition.
The McCaskey Register Company of Alliance, Ohio, manufactured systems for keeping track of accounts and credit registers from its organization in 1903 until its purchase by Victor Adding Machine Company in 1953. The firm was started by Perry A. McCaskey, a grocer in Lisbon, Ohio, who took out a patent May 19, 1896, for a “bill and account file” (#560523). He also patented a more complex “credit-accounting appliance” on December 30, 1902 (#717247). McCaskey continued to assign patents to the McCaskey Register Company through 1907, although ownership of the firm passed to others and several other inventors contributed to the product.