Object of the Month

Accounting Book

February 2021

Every month, the Museum of the Oldest Appellation in the World highlights one of the objects on display at our permanent exhibition. Discover the object of the month and find out more about our history.

Over the centuries, Real Companhia Velha has driven the entire region through rigor and innovation, values that have always characterized the Company. And that is also evident in its accounting scope, due to the implementation of the double entry bookkeeping method, during the 18th century. According to the Company statutes (1761), this innovative technique was used in the account books “to facilitate the extraction of balance sheets and daily examination about the states of Company and its dealings”.

This account book selected as object of the month represents this scope of the Company and is on display in the fifth nucleus of the permanent exhibition in the Museum of the Oldest Appellation in the World. In the exhibition area that highlights the company’s accounting evolution.

Material
Paper, ink and leather

Date
19th century

Collection
Real Companhia Velha

Dimensions
Height: 56 cm x Length: 39 cm x Width: 5 cm