[ Accounts of a Victorian haberdasher and draper. ] Five manuscript account books ('Bought Ledger', 'Cash Book', 'Day Book', 'Invoice Book' and 'Ledger') of 'Master F. Sussman', Victorian haberdasher and draper (in Norfolk?).
The five volumes are folio and uniform in brown marbled card wraps, with white printed label on cover of 'Merchants' Accounts, adapted to Dr. Brewer's Book-Keeping by single entry', with one of the follovwing printed beneath: 'Bought Ledger', 'Cash Book', 'Day Book', 'Invoice Book' and 'Ledger'. Each of the volumes has 'Master F. Sussman' written neatly across the label. The 'Invoice Book' has seventeen invoices neatly folded and tipped in onto five pages. These are itemised bills for the purchase of a curious assortment of materials, such as cloth, stained paper; sugar and molasses; umbrellas and parasols. As for example, by Mr. E Potter of Norwich, on 17 January 1857, from E. Willett & Nephew | Manufacturers': '1 Paramatta Cloth | 1 Bombasine | 1 6/4 Persian Cloth | 1 Striped Barege | 1 6/4 Serelane Cloth | 1 Black Babzarine | 1 Cold. Lama | 1 Black Filld. Shawl | 1 White | 2 Pink Barege | 1 6/4 Coburg Cloth | 1 Black Camblet | Wrapper'. The 'Bought Ledger' has 13pp., and contains the accounts of fifteen firms and individuals including William Evans, 173 Shoreditch, and T. Smith and Co.. Regent Street, and beginning with a double-column index of their names. It also includes 'Trade Expenses' and a 'General Balance'. The 'Day Book' has 19pp. and contains itemised accounts with various customers for a range of mainly haberdashery and drapery goods including 'Saxony Doe-Skin', twankay, blue silk velvet, white silk hose, printed drugget, and gunpowder tea. The 'Cash Book' has 8pp. of cash received from and paid to a number of firms, many of them from Norfolk. The 'Ledger' has 24pp. of accounts with various firms and individuals (again many from East Anglia), preceded by an index of their names. There is a strong East Anglian - and particularly Norfolk - element to these accounts, but a connection with the Cambridge firm of Orridge and Sussman, chemists, later run alone by Frank Sussman, cannot be discounted.