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Ancient Auction Label Question!

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Does anyone recognise the origin of this ancient auction sticker? 
Puttick and Simpson? Sotheby’s? Philips etc? (Or early Bromptons) ;) 

I know the early Sothebys catalogues had this kind of green colour and styling for the catalogue covers, so I’m wondering if they may have used this type of sticker?


Do any of you knowledgeable folks have any thoughts?

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What makes you think it is an “auction” sticker. It could just as well, and probably more lightly, be an inventory sticker from some music school or church hall

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2 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

What makes you think it is an “auction” sticker. It could just as well, and probably more lightly, be an inventory sticker from some music school or church hall

Or someone's phone # was 551-3158.  :)

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What kind of violin is it? I kinda doubt the major auction houses would put a sticker with that kind of adhesive on the top any violin that they were auctioning.

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It’s quite a fine old English cello circa 1830 in completely original condition with the original fittings. My guess was that 551 was the lot number and 3158 was the consignor number. But then again it could be an inventory number or a customs thing, etc?

Then again, did the old major instrument auctions offer over 500 lots? My worry is that it’s from a provincial general auction and then I’ve no chance of tracing its provenance. 

I was hoping someone had seen an old auction sticker like this maybe remaining on an instrument case or something...

 

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24 minutes ago, A432 said:

Wouldn't you start your inventory with number 1 ?

No. Myshop inventory gives each Instrument a 4 figure number, which enables me to find the purchace document in my bookkeeping

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On 10/7/2019 at 10:30 PM, Wood Butcher said:

Will be tough to remove without annihilating the varnish, and could be hiding something terrible underneath.

soak in hot (not boiling) water and it should come off quite easily.

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