Good to hear from you again Chris! I'm glad you had a chance to connect with your history and included your family! That's awesome!!
I finally got around to photoing the gold plate Martin "De Luxe" model tenor sax from our museum's collection the other day. This is the most ornate Martin I've come across in over 20 years of looking. It has a big warm lush tone and the lower end speaks so freely that the horn practically plays itself. I've attached a few photos below.
If you want to check out the entire spread, I've posted 50+ photos in the Martin Handcraft page of the museum on saxophone.org. This is a true testament to what the word "handcraft" really was all about. I can't imagine how many hours went into the engraving, let alone the masking off and silver plate inlay.