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Component Part Names (Identification)

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  • This field contains the names of the removable parts of the object.


  1. N.B.: Do not confuse the Object Name and Component Part Names 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 Object Name field. An element whose primary purpose is to complete the object it belongs to is a component part; use the Component Part Names field.

    Record for a box and its cover

      Object Namebox
      Quantity 1
    Component Part Names box; cover
      Number of Components 2
  2. This field is used in conjunction with the Number of Components field.

Entry rules:

  1. When an object consists of several elements, enter the name of each component part and separate each with a semicolon followed by a space. If several of the elements have the same name, enter this name in the singular, even if there is more than one, followed by a space and the total number between parentheses.
    Example 1

    Record for a cart wheel

      Object Namecart wheel
     Quantity 1
    Component Part Names wheel; axle; spoke (8)
      Number of Components 10
    Example 2

    Record for a chess game

      Object Namechess game
     Quantity 1
    Component Part Names chess board; pawn (16); king (2); bishop (4); knight (4); castle (4); queen (2)
      Number of Components 33
  2. When all the components of an object have the same name, it is not necessary to enter the number in parentheses.

    A cane comprising three sections

      Object Name cane
     Quantity 1
    Component Part Namessection
      Number of Components 3
  3. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the word. © Société des musées du Québec