Tag #: 200411
Serial #: 96358
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“CLASS / A / Enharmonic / Patented / 50 Medals of Honor / B / Besson & Co. / “PROTOTYPE” / 198 EUSTON ROAD / LONDON / ENGLAND / * / A.P. SYKES / MELBOURNE” on bell. Very beautiful ornate floral design on bell around indentification marks. “BESSON & CO. / * / BREVETE” on 2nd valve.
The enharmonic system was an early Besson rival to the Blaikley system used by Boosey and Hawkes. While the Blaikley system is a compensating system, the enharmonic is a variety of full double, having full length slides for both the Bb and F sides of the instrument.