Stockbooks

These list the stock held by Distin & Co at 15 June 1868 and the 1st January for each of the years 1870-1874 ordered by type of instrument, and the instruments added between stocktakings in serial number order. Against each entry is the date of sale and customer's name (or if unsold a note that it is entered in stock again the following January). Many instruments were "sold" to Boosey & Co, especially in 1874 when it appears that stock was run down at Great Newport Street and transferred to Regent Street. The first mention of Regent Street is on 17 March 1874 when a "Circular Eb" was sold to "Boosey & Co Regent St". Instruments given out before but not completed by 30 April 1874 all have two serial numbers: the Distin & Co numbers (up to 26960, 12801) and the Boosey & Co numbers added later in red ink (3798-3895 and 14195-14344). The five digit numbers correspond to the entries in the Boosey & Co Stock Account Book. The four digit numbers do not correspond to any surviving documents, and may possibly refer to Boosey & Co New York stock numbers. The five digit numbers have been found stamped on instruments, but not the four digit numbers.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

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