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Quantity (Identification)

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  • This field contains the number of objects described in the record.


  • N.B.: Do not confuse the Quantity and Number of Components fields. Objects are entities that may or may not have component parts. A piece that can be displayed by itself is an object; use the Quantity field. An element whose primary purpose is to complete the object it belongs to is a component part; use the Number of Components field.

    Record for a knife with a removable blade

      Object Name knife
      Component Part Nameshandle; blade (2)
      Number of Components3

Entry rules:

  1. Enter a whole number, without fractions or decimals.
  2. Enter "1" even if the object is incomplete, since this part of the object is considered an entity for inventory purposes.

    Record for a handle from which the cup is missing

      Object Namecup handle
  3. If you have a number of similar objects, you may create a single documentation record. In that case, the number in the Quantity field will be larger than 1.

    Record for a pair of gloves

      Object Name glove
  4. This field may not contain more than one entry. © Société des musées du Québec