Bates Numbering Machine


Accession Number: 2011.psy.51


Blue and yellow cardboard box containing a metal numbering machine. It has a metal frame, six numbered wheels and a release plunger. In addition to the machine, the box contains a pencil and a ready inked pad. The cardboard box is covered in writing including the name of the object, directions on how to use it, and the type of ink required.

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Primary Materials:

metal, paper, cardboard, wood (pencil), ink


Manufacturer’s information engraved on the front of the instrument, “Bates Manufacturing Co, Orange, NJ, USA.”.

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Height = 7, Width = 8, Length = 17; Numbering Machine: Height = 16, Width = 3.5, Length = 6.5

Function: Hand-held numbering machine.


Excellent. Tape is keeping the ink pad sealed.

Associated Instruments:


Bates Manufacturing Co, Orange, NJ, USA.

Date of Manufacture:


Dept. of Psychology, University of Toronto

Historical Notes:

Edwin G. Bates invented the Bates numbering machine. The Bates Manufacturing Company patented it in 1893.
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The instrument is made up of four different components: the box, the numbering machine, the ink pad and the pencil.