Re: Alto conn gold pearl artist engraving made for lafleurLondon
It's a transitional model actually, from 1932. Probably more like a 6M than a Chu Berry. There was a lot of experimentation during this period, not only with keywork and design, but also different types of finishes, etc. It is an artist model, probably made specifically forJ R Lafleur, of London. I'm not familiar with that name, but my guess is that he was an artist of the time and may have contributed to the design of the horn. In any case, this sounds like a very interesting horn, and probably a very valuable example as well. It's not uncommon to see Artist series horns from that era sell for $3500 or more, and I would say that yours is probably worth all of that.