Basset-horn in F

about 1810–18

Raymund Griesbacher, Austrian, 1751 or 1752–1818 Austrian


Approximate length of air column 110 cm (43 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe , Musical Instruments


Musical instruments , Aerophones

In F. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Ivory rings and mouthpiece (later). Brass bell. Made in eight parts: mouthpiece, barrel, upper bodyjoint, knee (120-degree bend), middle and lower bodyjoints, kasten, and bell. Six fingerholes (the third doubled) and one thumbhole. Eight original square keys Young tyep A) of brass (c, d, e, f, f-sharp, g-sharp, a' and speaker), mounted on rings brass saddles with SATK. Six later keys (b-flat, b, c-sharp', e- flat', f', and g-sharp'), mounted on brass saddles with SATK.


Stamped on kasten and upper bodyjoint: [crown] / GRIES / BACHER / K.K. HOF / INSTR. MACHER / IN WIEN / 2; stamped on barrel, and middle and lower bodyjoints: [crown] / GRIES / BACHER / 2; stamped on mouthpiece: 5


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection