My ears started twitching (and not from the usual bugs).
There is a Conn from 1916 in Saxpics that has high E and F keys.My ears started twitching (and not from the usual bugs).
OK so here is one thing yet to be mentioned, and it is fairly important when it comes to valuation:
The sax is only keyed up to high Eb, if I am correct in interpreting the pics (I see only 2 side keys then the F# trill key below the two; and 2 palm keys stacked above the upper stack...and if you compare your horn to the second like which @Wade Cornell provided, you will see the eBay horn - although absurdly priced considering it needs an overhaul - has the 3 side keys and the LH palm keys are no longer in-line with the upper stack).
A curious and somewhat puzzling reality...since the eFlay horn is OLDER than the OP's horn, so one would expect the opposite....
OK, so....that is the bad news.
Yes, that's very interesting ! I suppose it was still of an era where high Eb in Sops and Baritones was still the norm....It's just that in these cases, unlike say the Baritone (which would only require a different upper bow soldered on, then the add'l keywork; IOW just a few pieces grafted on to the stock high Eb-equipped Baritone)....the BODY tubes of the non-F soprano and the high F one are actually different, because besides just one added tonehole - the tonehole placement of the latter is completely different (it isn't just drawing one additional tonehole into the existing Eb bodies what I'm sayin'). Just interesting.
The pads may not be as bad as I thought.
It has a “gold wash” bell.
Yup, goldwash bell helps resale...and has a modern case too....sooooo...could be this sax actually is in playable shape now, or nmeeding relatively minimal tech servicing; which would be a plus for you, Mark.The modern mouthpieces also give clues to it having been played (somewhat) recently, so not likely to be original pads or strictly a closet horn.
Is this some kind of certification you need for insurance? It will most likely be very different from what it is actually worth on the open market. Not that in the ebay links neither of those horns are sold yet. The second one is a stupid price. I think round about $1000 is most likely if it is in very good playing condition. But an insurance appraisal should be a lot higher, ie what it would cost if you had to quickly get one and pay through the nose at a dealer.Now how do I get a real appraisal?