Stock book (Nos. 1-6463)

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 1-6463, including stock 1-845 (pp. 1-41) transferred from the company's preceding stock book [Ref. JSP/01/03] and stock 578-3400, acquired August 1928-July 1936. 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 and list of stock to be marked down on inside back cover, dated January 1934. The stock book also includes a loose list of stock to be marked down [Ref. JSP/01/04 (2)], dated January-June 1935 (1 sheet). Ruled paper. Handwritten. 1 volume. 294 pp. (entries on 288 pp). Bound. Red and blue endpapers. No cover. No spine.

Access Information

Closed under data protection legislation until 1st January 2020


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