This is a very special saxophone indeed! It is written with the left hand down, right hand up. Most likely, it was a “special order”; you can see from the placement of some of the keys that this was not a common way of doing things. What’s more, is that a stamp that was found when restoring the instrument (done by Nico Bodewes) indicates that it was built in the factory of Adolphe Sax! I found it on a flea-market in France in the summer.
In my doctoral thesis I wrote about the topic of these stamps. I plan to translate parts of my doctoral thesis to English, so that the information becomes available for a larger audience. The original quad-lingual version of my doctoral thesis can be found HERE.
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