Kies Basset Horn


This basset horn was made by Wolfgang Kies (Küss) in Vienna, Austria around 1818 to 1822. It is a 10-keyed basset horn in F, made of boxwood with ivory ferrules and has square brass keys and a brass bell. This basset horn is stamped:


This basset horn was acquired from the collection of Leopoldo Franciolini in 1892. Leopoldo Franciolini (1844–1920) was an Italian antique dealer who flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is remembered as a fraudster who sold faked and altered historical musical instruments.

Date Made: 1818 - 1822

Maker: Kies, W.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Austria: Vienna state, Vienna

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Related Publication: Densmore, Frances. Handbook of the Collection of Musical Instruments in the United States National Museum.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.095295Accession Number: 26256Catalog Number: 95295

Object Name: basset horn

Physical Description: boxwood (overall material)ivory (overall material)brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 4 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 in; 91.44 cm x 12.065 cm x 13.97 cm x 2.54 cmbarrel: 2 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 3.175 cm x 4.445 cmjoint: 4 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in; 10.795 cm x 3.4925 cmjoint: 10 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 26.3525 cm x 4.445 cmjoint: 6 1/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 15.875 cm x 4.1275 cmjoint: 6 1/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 4.7625 cmjoint: 6 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in; 16.51 cm x 4.7625 cmbell: 5 9/16 in x 4 7/8 in; 14.12875 cm x 12.3825 cm


Record Id: nmah_1119376

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