Records of Distin & Co

When the factory & stock were purchased by Boosey & Co, the operations were not immediately integrated, but were conducted as separate businesses for nearly six years. The Distin & Co stock books record numerous items 'sold' to Boosey & Co, and the Boosey & Co stock books from 1868 to 1874 record a number of items 'sold' to Distin & Co. There are very few sales in the Distin & Co stock books recorded to overseas customers, so it is probable that Boosey & Co (then at 24 and 28 Holles Street) quickly took over the exports of Distin instruments.

Collection Information

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