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Saxophones Charles Foote Stencil?

Paul Warner

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Hi all. Just been shown a gold lacquer Charles Foote 'stencil' tenor and wondered if anyone might have any info. Footes, of course, are well known for percussion ware and double basses from their shop in Golden Square, Soho, but I wasn't previously aware that they carried an 'own brand' saxophone line in earlier years.
Country of manufacture is engraved as Paris France and nothing more. My guess is that it is an SML stencil from around 1950 and has a similar bell brace, similar keywork and similarly milled bell rings to pictures of early SML models I have found, even looking a little like the so called Coleman Hawkins model they produced for the American market.
Haven't had a chance to blow it yet. Would really appreciate any help given.
 

Paul Warner

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Teignmouth, Devon
Had another look today. It also says on the bell that it is the Super "REF" model, and the production number is 8921. there is no floral style engraving and the bell guards are the simple wire type. I would guess that it dates from the 30's, but was informed that it is supposedly about 60 years old (may just have been when the current owner bought it secondhand). Don't know if it is significant, but the case looks identical to that of early SML models I have seen on the web.
 

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