Kies Basset Horn

Kies Basset Horn

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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.

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Object Name
basset horn
date made
Kies, W.
place made
Austria: Vienna state, Vienna
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
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 cm
barrel: 2 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 3.175 cm x 4.445 cm
joint: 4 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in; 10.795 cm x 3.4925 cm
joint: 10 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 26.3525 cm x 4.445 cm
joint: 6 1/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 15.875 cm x 4.1275 cm
joint: 6 1/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 4.7625 cm
joint: 6 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in; 16.51 cm x 4.7625 cm
bell: 5 9/16 in x 4 7/8 in; 14.12875 cm x 12.3825 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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