Basset-horn in F

about 1810–18
Raymund Griesbacher (Austrian, 1751 or 1752–1818)

Object Place: Vienna, Austria


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



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