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The Bassett Adder

A continuous band adder made by J.H. Bassett, in Chicago. The only reference to this adder we have found is a small ad in the Scientific American, in 1911 (vol 104, p187). The 8 digit adder registers up to $999,999.99. Measuring 4 1/4” x 3” x 3/4”, the pocket sized adder resembles a tobacco tin, . The only innovation in the simple adder is a red flag appearing in the column to the left signaling when it is necessary to carry. It is marked on the edge “The Bassett Adder, Patents Pending” and on the back “Manufactured only by J.H. Bassett & Co., Chicago, ILL. USA”. One of the 7 red carry flags is out of place, but present. Otherwise the adder is in working order. The finish of black enamel with gold striping, numbers and decals is in fair condition, with scratches and dents.

the decal on back

Price: sold.
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