OK. There is a story associated with this horn that I'll share, but not vouch for its veracity - too many old family stories turn out to be nothing more than a story. I will check the serial number when I get home (thought I had it written down), but I think this is a 1926 or 1927 Conn trumpet. It is in beautiful condition with no dents or dings- we all have been very careful with it over the close to 7 decades it has been in the family.
The story is, my father and his parents were visiting Chicago back in the late 20's, maybe very early thirties and attended a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The director announced that after the performance the lead trumpeter (or a guest performner, I don't know really) would be selling his personal horn. My grandfather hustled up after and bought it for my dad, who was a young budding player at the time. This much I beleive is largely true. Suppsedly the horn is gold plated - I don't know if that is true or not. It features heavy engraving as you can see, with an indian character. At one tme I guess you could tell who engraved horns by the motif and style, but I don't know if this is the case.
Can you tell me what model this is? Could it really be gold plated? I had trouble with the third valve 20 years ago and one brace was loose so based on local recommendations I sent it off to a supposed expert in the Elkhart area whose name I cannot now remember. The resolder was not great, and the third valve never was as smooth as it had been and now it is just plain sticky. I suspect some child of mine was goofing with the horn recently because now the first valve only moves an inch or so, and I cannot get it out; something is catching internally that I cannot see. Sigh. And it appears one of the little 'knobs' has gotten detached from the first valve slide. So I need to send this out to a real expert to have the valves gone through again and the first valve slide repaired. Any recommendations there?