January 1, 2017
In honor of the new year, our featured item this month focuses on new beginnings, which may not be what comes to mind when you think of an antique store, but restorations are a huge part of our business. You’ve probably seen photos of our furniture restorations either on our Facebook page or on our website, but check out the before and after photos below. This cast iron coffee grinder dating from the late 1800’s was brought in by a customer. The restored version looks like it would have when it was new! Can’t you just imagine this in a general store?
Our featured recent acquisition this month is the antique cash register shown above. The cash register was invented in 1879 by Dayton, Ohio saloon owner James Ritty to keep employees from taking his profits. The machine he patented used metal taps with denominations pressed into them to indicate the amount of the sale. There was even a bell to “ring up” sales and an adding function that totaled the values of the key presses during a day. John Patterson, the founder of National Cash Register or NCR after previously owning a general store, purchased the rights to this Ritty’s invention for $6500 in 1884. Between 1888 and 1915, cash registers spread to nearly all retail establishments. See additional photos of this one at http://irongateantiques.com/recent-acquisitions/.
Now that it’s winter, please note that we have gone to our winter hours. We will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 until 6, but are closed on Sundays. We will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, both of which are Federal Government holidays.
If you are looking for a way to give back this month, please consider volunteering at the Joshua’s Hands Valiant Warrior Quilting Event in Purcellville January 13th-22nd. See http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html for details.
Thank you for your business and Happy New Year!
Lynne & Bob McCann