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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 12:53 pm 
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I've encountered a small problem during my work with older auction catalogues. Often times the listings will contain abbreviated reference citations. I'm accustomed to seeing these, and most are fairly easily expanded, but some leave me scratching my head.

For example, many of the listings will reference W numbers (either Wait, Wismer or Wolka, depending on the state). Sometimes it's hard to decide which is intended since the reference sources would overlap. Some are even less clear, such as "M." or "R." for states (such as NY) you would not expect to have a Medlar listing or a Rockholt or Rosene listing.

Another that had me scratching my head was "Sprinkle". "Hatie" was another that came up in several listings. I got the sense these were periodicals of the time.

Does anyone have a comprehensive list of reference sources used by auction houses from the 1950s to the 1980s?

- Greg


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