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Lot 15092

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J.C. Cox Double-Sided 19th Century English Pub Till. Fine. An early device for keeping track of over-the-counter payments at public houses and other businesses, with coin shelves on both sides of the central tower. The tower contains a mechanism for depositing coins in a frame of sliding bars or receptacles between two plates of glass. With every transaction, the cashier slides a lever as the new coin is deposited and the mechanism shifts, allowing the coin from the previous transaction to fall into a lower compartment. A bell rings every time the lever slides. This process repeats itself through several iterations, until the coin falls into a locked money box in the base. Both customer and cashier can easily see the coin tendered for payment in the glass-walled compartments, making it easy to resolve disputes about improper change. Constructed of wood, brass, and thick panes of glass, the base contains two inset bowls for loose change and a locked drawer. An enameled oval plaque on the tower reads INVENTOR & PATENTEE/J.C. COX/174 QUEEN VICTORIA ST. LONDON. EC. The drawer contains keys and official letters of patent number 2986 to Jehu Christopher Cox, dated June 15, 1883. Approximately 16 x 19 x 6 inches. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.HID05401242017

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