This instrument was typical of the saxhorn form widely used in military and brass bands in a number of different sizes. It was one of many designs by Sax that Gautrot copied with little alteration. Gautrot was Sax’s most formidable rival and patent disputes embroiled them in multiple lawsuits.
Marking: Stamped on bell: [in banner] EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE PARIS / 1900 / HORS CONCOURS / membre du jury / Gautrot Brevete / S.G.D.G. / Paris / [anchor with "G A," to the left and to the right]
On valves, respectively: 3 2 1 On shank ring-clamp: N
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 189.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 189.