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In 1885, Henri Selmer started making clarinet reeds and mouthpieces as Henri Selmer & Cie. In 1898 he opened a shop in Paris and started making clarinets. In 1904 they won the gold medal at the World Fair in Saint Louis.
Brother Alexandre opened a shop in New York in 1909, selling Selmer clarinets and mouthpieces, but the USA company was sold to George Bundy in 1927.
In 1928, two brothers Ben and Lew Davis started Selmer UK, focusing on licensing, importing and distribution.
In 1931, Selmer Paris took over the Millereau Company and started making brass instruments.
Today, Selmer still exists and is well known for their clarinets and saxophones.