Hi, it is definitely a soprano, very well preserved, original case and mouthpiece. The number, "1" should be from 1901, according to lists I have found online. You can see the number in the photo.I'm not an expert, but I higly doubt it is a 1901 saxophone, seems more recent than that.
Some old horns don't have the full range of the sax, so it may be because of that. Could it be a sopranino instead of a curved soprano?
Thanks for your reply! Very helpful. I bought this in an antique store in Stockholm. It is so easy to play! Have no idea how much it is worth. I usually play a Buescher alto 1929 which is great.Probably from around 1930, perhaps a bit earlier given the lack of high E/F, although interesting because it has same-side bellkeys which usually indicate post-1920's.
But not 1901 because the key touches on pinky table and spats would not have looked like that, and bellkeys would certainly not have been on same side of bell. Plus it is engraved VKS....
Beautiful horn, I sold one like this a couple of years ago. It was not unusual for older vintage sopranos, both straight and curved, to be keyed only up to high Eb (Baritones were like this, too). If you look on eBay at old sopranos you will likely find some like this....2 side keys, 2 LH palmkeys.
In the US worth around $750usd or so. If it were keyed up to F it would be worth double. But yes, the one I refurbished was a very sweet playing instrument.Thanks for your reply! Very helpful. I bought this in an antique store in Stockholm. It is so easy to play! Have no idea how much it is worth. I usually play a Buescher alto 1929 which is great.
It certainly doesn't look like it needs a lot of restoration. At least from the pictures, the pads look great, as does the overall finish of the horn. The high F key wasn't standard on sops until mid 1920s and the lack of it still doesn't mean it was before 1930. It's a gorgeous-looking instrument!In the 20s and 30s, the pitch standards were in flux, so you might figure out how the horn is pitched before you invest a lot of money restoring it. You can read about the evolution of pitch standards on Wikipedia.