Stock book (Nos. 1-5143)

Scope and Content

Stock book of John Sparks Ltd, dealer in Chinese art (London). Book used by the company to record goods acquired, held and sold. Covers stock numbers 1- 5143, including numbers 1-431 (pp. 1-47) transferred from the company's preceding stock book [Ref. JSP/01/09] and stock 760-4954, acquired April 1955-October 1959. Stock entries arranged by month of acquisition, subdivided by source of acquisition (name of private seller, dealer or broker). Book records: stock number, previous stock number [if any], description of good, Sparks’ valuation code, stocktaking marks, stocktaking valuation [?] and date of sale/disposal. Key to stocktaking marks on inside cover. Ruled paper. Handwritten. 1 volume. 682 pp. (entries on 665 pp.). Bound. Blue marbled endpapers. No cover. No spine.

Access Information

Closed under data protection legislation until 1st January 2043


Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Conservation work undertaken on the volume in 2016. Leather cover removed due to red rot degradation.

Archivist's Note