Back in 2008 when 2 men from Germany, Dave Denton and Uwe Ladwig, first informed me that my mysterious Hüttl alto was actually a Hammerschmidt stencil horn, they also provided some history about the company. One of the things that they mentioned was that Hammerschmidt made saxophones for Great Britain and Japan under the names Lafleur and Lafleur De Luxe.
Until recently I had never seen a Hammerschmidt-stencilled Lafleur. That changed when Dave Laker from the U.K. contacted me about his recent eBay purchase.
Dave bought an alto off the on-line auction site, that has the following engraved on its bell:
J.R. LAFLEUR & SON LTD.
LONDON PARIS AND NEW YORK
Source: Dave Laker
A couple of things that are notable about this saxophone are that while it is a De Luxe model, it is lacking the full pearl treatment, and extra key work (2) that the De Luxe Hüttls had. The Lafleur De Luxe does however have a G# trill key.
Because the of the size of the various vintage saxophone galleries on my site—and the lack of their searchability—I have created a separate area of my site called Bassic Sax Pix. Bassic Sax Pix allows you to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily. I have therefore stopped updating the individual Hammerschmidt and Hammerschmidt Stencil galleries here, and have copied all of the information already contained in these galleries over to the Hammerschmidt galleries at Bassic Sax Pix.
New Hammerschmidt and Hammerschmidt stencil horn images continue to be added regularly to the galleries at Bassic Sax Pix. If you are looking for photos of Hammerschmidt stencil horns, I recommend you jump to the bigger, and more searchable galleries. Fear not however, I will continue to add more stencil names to this list as I find them. They will just link to the new galleries.