English horn

about 1830
Wolfgang Küss (Austrian, about 1779–1834)

Object Place: Vienna, Austria


Length 77 cm (30 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, brass

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



In F. The lowest tone is e. Ten keys. The tube is bent in the middle at an angle of 120 degrees. Boxwood, stained dark red-brown, ivory tips. Made in six parts: a brass staple slightly bent back, a molded ‘bulb’ with an ivory tip, left-hand body-joint, an ivory 120-degress elbow, right- hand body-joint, and pear-shaped bell with the Liebefuss. The brass cup- shaped keys are b (open), c’ (open), c’-sharp, d’-sharp, f’, f’-sharp (in conjunction with hole), g’-sharp, b’-flat, c”, and the speaker key. All keys are mounted on knobs. The b and c’-sharp key have long levers operated by the left little finger; the b’-flat key also has an extended lever operated by the right thumb. Domed keys with SATK.


Stamped on all sections: [imperial eagle] / Küss / Wien


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