Just out of curiosity, do you mean it is a felony because it's currently unlawful to possess a serial numbered item with the number removed, or because of the tax evasion long ago?Such a beautiful horn, but a felony to possess. Would you risk it?
They didn't have the two key guards on the bell keys in 1953, it's older.Looking at the stamping on the bell to bow brace I'd guess that the serial number is 52684...which would be a 1953-ish SBA.
The number listed on the paper is 55130. It looks like the paper is supposed to be supporting documentation for the purchase of the 'Sax and accessories' but that serial number is too new for 1953, and too new to match the date written on the paper: 19/9/50...and that serial number is up into the Mark VI range. In my opinion, the documentation does not match the Sax...I'm not sure what is going on here.
It is too bad that the logos and serial number have been defaced...otherwise it is a gorgeous Sax...
Edited to add that a 1950 SBA would be in the 396XX to 433XX serial number range according to the Pipher serial number list.
Well, according to the exchange rate listed here, it was approximately 349.9 French francs to the dollar in 1950, which would make the 1950 cost roughly $157.56 USD.according to one reference i found, the french franc was valued at 400ff / 1usd. that would make the purchase price less than $150 - does that seem reasonable?
i don't know anything about selmers, does this look like a legitimate sba sans logos?