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Guide to the Robert Ensko Inc. Records
1787-1798, 1908-1978 (bulk 1934-1970)
 MS 200

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Elise Winks and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 30, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series III. Inventories and Financial Records, 1929-1971. 34 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series includes various accounting and financial records for Robert Ensko Inc. These especially include records related to Ensko's inventory of silver objects, including invoices from silversmiths, engravers and other dealers to Ensko; index cards, stock purchase journals, photograph albums, and other forms of inventory records; and accounts payable ledgers. The series also includes accounting and bill payment records related to client/customer transactions and general business expenses. The earliest years of the incorporated firm are represented in the series with its corporate tax returns.

Arrangement

The series is organized in three subseries:

Subseries III.A. Bill Payment Files (circa 1934-1969)

Subseries III.B. Stock Books & Other Inventories (1932-1978)

Subseries III.C. Accounting Records (1929-1971)

Subseries III.A. Bill Payment Files, circa 1934-1969. 18.17 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes the files of bills/invoices paid by Robert Ensko Inc. from about 1934 to the close of the business in 1970. These bills include both general business expenses and payments to dealers, silversmiths, and other firms for silver reproductions and antiques, as well as to engravers.

Certain suppliers of silver objects appear frequently across the years, including Captain I.M. Harris & Co., I. Freeman & Son, Michael Feinberg Inc./Feinberg English Silver Inc., Ralph Hyman (London), H.D. Robbins & Co., Reed & Barton, L. Tobert (New York) and B. Tobert (London), and Tuttle Silver Co. Other dealers appear less frequently but still have a considerable presence at times including N. Bloom & Son, Williams Comyn & Sons Ltd., Currier & Roby Inc., Reginald Davis (London), Elgin Silversmith Company, International Silver Co., Victor Obler Company, J. Ortman, William B. Meyers Company (Newark, NJ), and Wakely & Wheeler (London), among others. Bills from two engravers stand out in their volume: William Carbine (from the 1930s until perhaps the mid-1950s) and H. Sigal Inc. (which appears on early invoices as Hillel Sigal).

Although there is a substantial volume of bills from suppliers of silver objects, much of the bills paid files consist of general expenses, including those for shipping, photography, utilities, employee health benefits and other insurance, catering, office and display supplies, florists, various taxes, accounting services, legal matters, and the like.

The subseries also includes some petty cash receipts, mostly from the late 1940s and into the 1950s, and cancelled checks, checkbook stubs, and bank statements for various years, especially from the 1950s.

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged with bills paid files first, followed by the petty cash and banking records.

The bills paid files retain their original order, which includes multiple sets of bills arranged alphabetically by vendor. The sets advance in rough chronological order from the 1930s to 1970. Invoices from the 1960s are loose in two boxes but in rough alphabetical order.

The petty cash and bank statements/cancelled are in chronological order.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 48 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes three sets of invoices paid by Ensko: a) circa 1934-1936 (bulk, 1936), almost entirely product-related (no general business expenses); b) circa 1937-early 1940, with both product and general expenses, though this set appears incomplete (has only letters E-O); and c) circa late 1940-1941. Also, one folder of bills paid to engraver William Carbine (1937-1942), with some other invoices including those from engraver Hillel Sigal (circa 1934-1936).

circa 1934-1941
Offsite-Box: 49 Bills Paid (RESTRICTED)

Scope and Contents

RESTRICTED: These files require conservation vacuum treatment before they can be used. The box holds two sets of invoices paid by Ensko. Because of their condition, they were not closely inspected, but they appear to include all invoices (product and general business) for circa 1942 and invoices from Ensko's major product suppliers for circa 1941-1945.

circa 1941-1945
Offsite-Box: 50 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

There are two sets of bills in this box: circa 1943-45 and late 1945-46, with a few invoices back to 1942. The 1943-45 set appears to have few of the major suppliers and these are likely in the preceding box.

circa 1942-1946
Offsite-Box: 51 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes a few invoices from 1946-1950, especially from engravers William Carbine. Bulk of box are invoices from circa 1951-1952, A-R.

1946-1952
Offsite-Box: 52 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes 1951-1952, S-Z; 1953-1954, A-Q

1951-1954
Offsite-Box: 53 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes 1953-1954, R-Z; 1955-1960, A-B and William Carbine, 1953-1956.

1953-1960
Offsite-Box: 54 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes 1955-1960, C-E and F (only I. Freeman & Sons)

1955-1960
Offsite-Box: 55 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes 1955-1960, F (excluding I. Freeman)-H (including Captain Harris)

1955-1960
Offsite-Box: 56 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes 1955-1960, I-R (excluding H.D. Robbins)

1955-1960
Offsite-Box: 57 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes 1955-1960, R (only H.D. Robbins)-T. This set includes invoices from engraver H. Sigel.

1955-1960
Offsite-Box: 58 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes 1955-1960, U-Z.

1955-1960
Offsite-Box: 58 Shipping-related payments

Scope and Contents

Includes: Railway Express Agency prepaid shipper's forms (1959-60), Postal Service declarations of value of registered mail for shipped items (1965, 1969-70), and UPS pick-up records (1970).

1959-1970
Offsite-Box: 26 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

This box and the next holds loose invoices and statements sent by vendors to Ensko for payment. Roughly alphabetical order by vendor. Includes both general business expenses and those related to core business (engravers, dealers of silver). This box holds letters A-H, including: Philip Aaron (engraver), Captain I.M. Harris & Co, J. Freeman & Son Inc., Michael Feinberg Inc., Elgin Silversmith Co., Williams Comyn & Sons Ltd., and N. Bloom & Son Ltd.

circa 1961-1969
Offsite-Box: 27 Bills Paid

Scope and Contents

Includes vendors H-U with, among others: Jack Lamberti Inc., Reed & Barton, H. Sigal Inc (engravers), Thomas Silversmith Inc., and Wakely & Wheeler (London).

circa 1961-1969
Offsite-Box: 42 Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Generally appears to include various pending transactions from around 1969-70, that is just after the death of Stephen G.C. Ensko. Includes invoices, A-Z (1969-70) from, among others I. Freeman & Son, H. Sigal Inc., and Wakely & Wheeler; orders from New York Racing Association and related invoices to Ensko (1970); letters regarding resolutions of outstanding credits to clients; and pending matters at Ensko's death, 1960-70.

1960-1970
Offsite-Box: 43 Petty cash, cancelled checks, bank statements

Scope and Contents

Cancelled checks (1940); petty cash receipts (1947, 1949, 1950); bank statements with cancelled checks (1950)

1940, 1947-1950
Offsite-Box: 44 Petty cash receipts
1952-1954
Offsite-Box: 45 Petty cash receipts, cancelled checks, bank statements

Scope and Contents

Petty cash receipts for January-June 1955 and for 1957; none for the later months of 1955 and 1956. Bank statements with cancelled checks for 1957 and January-June 1958 (see next box for continuation)

1955, 1957-1958
Offsite-Box: 46 Petty cash receipts, cancelled checks, bank statements

Scope and Contents

Petty cash receipts for 1958-1959. Bank statements with cancelled checks for July-December 1958 and 1959.

1958-1959
Offsite-Box: 47 Checkbook stubs

Scope and Contents

There are various gaps in the books. Here are the date ranges and related check number ranges: December 1949 (check #16831)-August 30, 1951 (check #18841); October 23, 1951 (#19094)-January 1954 (#22858); March 11, 1954 (#23116)-May 17, 1954 (#23367); December 30, 1954 (#24125)-May 26, 1955 (#24377); and December 24, 1956 (#26889)-November 20, 1959 (#31925). One of the books still has some blank unused checks in it. The other books only have the check stubs.

1949-1959

Subseries III.B. Stock Books and Other Inventories, 1932-1978. 9 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The subseries includes various forms of records reflecting the inventory over time of Robert Ensko Inc. A set of stock books includes a comprehensive view of Ensko's purchases from 1932-1970. The coding in these books likely relate to the codes found in other parts of the collection, including on sales tickets and the stock index cards. There are photographs in the subseries, including small photos in the "stock catalogues" and two albums from the 1960s. And the series includes the extensive sets of index cards used to record inventory at the object level, with purchase and sale information.

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged by document type.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 73 Stock Books

Scope and Contents

Includes six volumes that appear to be a complete run from July 1, 1932 to March 31, 1970 of objects purchased by Robert Ensko Inc., source and cost, with other data.

1932-1970
Offsite-Box: 73 Liquidation and Estate Matters

Scope and Contents

Includes several auction catalogues from 1970, some clearly related to sales of Robert Ensko Inc. inventory, others perhaps just reference points. Also includes documents from 1978 in connection with the resolution of silver objects in the estate of Dorothea J.W. Ensko (wife of the late Stephen G.C. Ensko).

1970-1978
Offsite-Box: 74 Photograph albums of sterling silver reproductions inventory

Scope and Contents

2 albums of photographs of objects numbered 1-59 with lists of related information. From the list it appears that a third volume is not in the collection.

1960s?
Offsite-Box: 74 Stock Catalogue of Silver Reproductions

Scope and Contents

Includes a set of two books for 1958, revised 1961, and a second set of three books for 1963, revised 1967. Each contain pages with a brief object description, supplier, cost, and sales price. Many pages also include a small photograph. There are also two other similar books, but are undated.

1958-1967
Offsite-Box: 74 Inventory Worksheets

Scope and Contents

Includes various worksheets and calculations related to inventory for 1954.

1954
Offsite-Box: 74 Inventory Worksheets

Scope and Contents

Includes 5 pads of lists of objects. Mostly undated, but some references to 1948.

1948?
Offsite-Box: 114 Index cards: Objects in inventory (Box 1 of 7)

Scope and Contents

These seven boxes include sets of index cards related to Ensko's inventory over time. The cards were not reviewed sufficiently during processing to say definitively what their interrelationship is or what the notations all mean. But generally the cards appear to indicate date(s) of acquisition and dates of sale. Some cards have more detail than others. There appear to have been at least 4 numerical sequences/sets of cards over time: one initiated in the early 1930s, a second starting in the mid-1930s and extending to 1954, a third ranging from 1955 to 1967, and a fourth from 1968-1970. But there are other sets of cards related to inventory that are unclear as to how they relate to the others. Also, cards initiated in one year/period may have notations of a different year/period on them.

This first box holds what appears to be an early set of cards, dating from the early 1930s. The box also holds the beginning of a much larger set of cards that were initiated in the mid-1930s and eventually ended in the mid-1950s; this set continues in the following boxes.

1930s-1940s
Offsite-Box: 115 Index cards: Objects in inventory (Box 2 of 7)

Scope and Contents

This box continues the set of cards begun in the 1930s and that extends to 1955.

1940s-1950s
Offsite-Box: 116 Index cards: Objects in inventory (Box 3 of 7)

Scope and Contents

This box continues the set of cards begun in the 1930s and extending to the mid 1950s.

1950s
Offsite-Box: 117 Index cards: Objects in inventory (Box 4 of 7)

Scope and Contents

This box concludes the set of cards begun in the 1930s and ending in 1954. The box also includes the beginning of a new set of cards in 1955 and that extends to the mid-1960s.

1950s-1960s
Offsite-Box: 118 Index cards: Objects in inventory (Box 5 of 7)

Scope and Contents

This box continues the set of cards begun in 1955 and that extends to 1967.

1960s
Offsite-Box: 119 Index cards: Objects in inventory (Box 6 of 7)

Scope and Contents

Ths box concludes the set of cards begun in 1955 and that ends in 1967. The box also holds a relatively small set of cards for the years 1968-1970. And it also holds some miscellaneous sets of stock cards ranging across the decades.

1930s-1970
Offsite-Box: 120 Index cards: Objects in inventory (Box 7 of 7)

Scope and Contents

This box holds various miscellaneous sets of inventory cards, some which appear to range to the 1930s. Some cards appear to relate to silver objects owned by the estate of Dorothea Ensko. There are also cards with dealers and other contacts which were found with the stock cards.

1930s?-1970

Subseries III.C. Accounting Records, 1929-1971. 6.83 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The subseries includes various accounting records, especially sales/accounts receivable and inventory purchase/accounts payable records. The subseries also holds some of the earliest records of the firm after its incorporation in 1929, including early tax returns and sales journal. Check registers, payroll records, and other accounting records are in the subseries. None of the journals, ledgers, etc. are complete, though there are substantial periods of time covered by some.

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged by document type. All are noted in the container list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 76 Volume : 1 Sales book

Scope and Contents

One volume started in January 1932 and continues through the year. Includes entries showing client name, item purchased, and price, with other data. The volume includes opening entries by customer dating from 1929-1931 that appear to be unsettled purchases as of the journal's start in January 1932.

1929-1932
Offsite-Box: 76 Volume : 2-5 Sales books

Scope and Contents

4 volumes, one for each year. Includes daily entries showing client name, item purchased, and price, with other data.

1937-1940
Offsite-Box: 76 Volume : 6 Repairs and "Wants" book

Scope and Contents

One volume. The first 65 pages include a sales record of repairs and engravings by client for 1935. Pages 69-91 include a record by client of their acquisition "wants" (see series IV.A for other "wants" lists from a later period).

1935-1941
Offsite-Box: 76 Folder : 7-8 Ledgers

Scope and Contents

2 volumes of ledger accounting records: 1929-34, 1935-43.

1929-1943
Offsite-Box: 76 Volume : 9 Journal

Scope and Contents

One volume of monthly summaries of accounting transactions.

1936-1941
Offsite-Box: 76 Volume : 10 Journal

Scope and Contents

One small notebook with records of daily sales with client name and price. No object descriptions, but cross-reference to order ticket number.

1955-1958
Offsite-Box: 77 Folder : 1-17 Accounts payable and accounts receivable worksheets

Scope and Contents

In 10 workbooks and 7 folders of loose sheets. Roughly chronological. Appears to have some gaps, including 1945-46.

1938-1953
Offsite-Box: 77 Folder : 18 Accounts payable

Scope and Contents

Includes a record of Ensko's transactions by dealer. Details only include date of transactions and amount, but provides a broad overview of the scope of business Ensko executed with each dealer over the decades. The bills paid files would provide the object level detail. This volume only appears to include Ensko's transactions with silversmiths and other object dealers, not transactions of a general business nature.

circa 1946-1970
Offsite-Box: 77 Folder : 19-20 Accounts payable registers

Scope and Contents

Two volumes that record daily transactions with silversmiths and other dealers. Similar in content to the accounts payable volume above, but these volumes are in the form of daily transaction journals rather than organized by dealer account.

1951-1970
Offsite-Box: 78 Volume : 1-5 Accounts receivable/sales books

Scope and Contents

5 volumes: August 1952-January 1954, January 1954-September 1956, October 1956-November 1959, December 1959-December 1962, then gap, and January 1968-March 1971. The volumes are a running daily list of sales made with client name, order ticket, and cash/receivable data.

1952-1971
Offsite-Box: 78 Volume : 6 Petty cash journal
1946-1955
Offsite-Box: 78 Folder : 7 Pawnbroker descriptive cards

Scope and Contents

Packet of slips. All are blank forms.

undated
Offsite-Box: 79 Volume : 1-3 Check/transaction register (Box 1 of 2). Flat oversize box

Scope and Contents

Includes a record of Ensko's check payments in sequence, allocated to expense type. This box holds the first 3 volumes of 5: May 1953-May 1955, June 1955-December 1959, and January 1960-December 1961.

1953-1961
Offsite-Box: 80 Volume : 1-2 Check/transaction register (Box 2 of 2). Flat oversize box

Scope and Contents

Includes the 4th and 5th of 5 volumes, continued from above: January 1962-December 1963, then gap, January 1966-August 1968.

1962-1968
Offsite-Box: 81 Sales book/tax payments (Box 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes worksheets in order ticket sequence (roughly chronological) showing amount of sale and various tax amounts related to it. Please remove the sheets from the box carefully: The sheets are loose in the box, but are in correct order (the pages are numbered 1359-2989).

1954-1966
Offsite-Box: 82 Volume : 1 Sales book/tax payments (Box 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

One volume continues from above.

1966-1970
Offsite-Box: 82 Folder : 1-2 Various tax filings (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Robert Ensko Inc was incorporated in 1929 and these files hold the firm's early corporate and other tax returns (1929-1932). Also are various payroll, excise, and other tax filings for the 1950s. For the 1940s, there is only a statement of financial condition for 1948.

1930-1950s
Offsite-Box: 82 Folder : 3-6 Various payroll records (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes earnings records for various employees for various years and hours and overtime slips.

circa 1947-1957

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