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Work books

These are stock books recording the delivery of woodwind and brasswind instruments into stock by named workmen with dates, a brief description of each instrument, and the date of the sale to named customers.

Dates for each volume vary from instrument type to instrument type. Different instrument types had different serial number sequences, dispersed throughout the volumes. As a rough guide, the records begin in 1869 and end during the early 1940s.

The depression badly hit Rudall Carte (along with other instrument makers). Brasswind making ceased in 1939. The books show that the instruments were virtually unsaleable in the 1930s: some new instruments were "sold as secondhand" after being in stock for years.

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Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. More information on the objects listed on our website.
This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be some errors.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk