Stephen Chambers Posted November 29, 2010 Share Posted November 29, 2010 Your query is interesting in that normally Crabb numbers never exceeded 5 digits, however, during the late 1930’s there is possible evidence in the existing records that the year was included in some numbers*. Unfortunately, it seems that for the period 1935 –1941, the instrument details were recorded on poor quality cards, only the last one of which has survived today. *This card shows that instruments made between Feb 39 – Jul 40 had the usual ID number preceded, I presume, by the year number. The first two instruments incidentally being ‘48 English’ for J E Dallas, the numbers being 399435 & 399436. And, on opening it up, I find that a 30-key, mahogany ply-ended, riveted-action, Crabb Anglo that I have from that era (externally numbered 9267 on the label) is internally stamped with the number 369267 - the 36 being presumably the year it was made. Though that doesn't explain a similar-looking one (with a hook action) numbered 91882... Geoff??? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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