Basset-horn in E-flat

about 1820
Grenser & Wiesner (German, 1817–1826)

Object Place: Dresden, Germany


Approximate length of air column 118.5 cm (46 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, horn, ivory, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In E-flat. Boxwood, varnished dark brown. Ivory rings. Horn knee. Brass bell. Cocuswood mouthpiece (later). Made in seven parts: mouthpiece, barrel (later), upper bodyjoint, knee (120-degree bend), lower bodyjoint, kasten, and bell. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. Sixteen square keys (Young type C) of brass (c, c-sharp, d, e-flat, f, f-sharp, g-sharp, b-flat, b, c-sharp’, e- flat’, f’, g-sharp, a’, and speaker), mounted on rings, blocks, and brass saddles. At least five keys (b-flat, b, c-sharp’, e-flat’, and f’), mounted on brass saddles, appear to be later.


Stamped on kasten: [crown] / H. GRESNER / & WIESNER / DRESDEN; stamped on upper and lower bodyjoints: [crown] / H. GRESNER / & WIESNER


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