Stock book (Nos. 1-7750)

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 1-7750, including stock 1-1104 (pp. 1-109) transferred from the company's preceding stock book [Ref. JSP/01/05] and stock 1105-7750, acquired July 1936-January 1945. 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. Entries for October 1944-January 1945, stock number 7466-7750, on loose sheets. Key to stocktaking marks on inside cover and list of stock to be marked down on last page. Ruled paper. Handwritten. 1 volume. 674 pp., with loose additional list, 44 pp. (entries on 23 pp.). Bound. Blue marbled endpapers. No cover. No spine.

Access Information

Closed under data protection legislation until 1st January 2029


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