Condition: Excellent, superlative original condition
Additional Information: The attribution to John Haley Bellamy was determined based
on comparison of the subject gangway board and four known and documented
examples crafted by Bellamy for decorative purposes abord the bark-rigged screw
sloop-of-war USS Enterprise launched at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in 1874. Numerous
stylistic attributes exist between this piece and the other Bellamy gangway boards
crafted for the Enterprise, particularly the shield surmounted with eagle, construction of
eagle’s body and its posture/attitude. The manner with which the eagle’s talons are
rendered atop the shield’s rim perfectly relate to other known examples. Stylistically the
way the eagle’s feathers are rendered, and the symmetry and thickness of the piece are
congruent with the other known USS Enterprise gangway boards. Further testimony to
the pieces’ authenticity is the proper oxidation being extant upon the untreated back of
the carving; the metalwork is authentic to the later nineteenth century. Analysis of this
piece and comparison between it and the four known documented examples of USS
Enterprise gangway boards crafted by Bellamy reveal that the piece was personally
carved by John Haley Bellamy, with no other hands at work. In conclusion, this USS
Enterprise gangway board stands as a truly rare and important surviving piece of
woodworking that the celebrated Bellamy executed for the United States Navy. 1.” Exceedingly rare, today only four are known to still exist. Indeed, all four gangway
boards appear to hail from the bark-rigged screw sloop-of-war USS Enterprise”, [fig. 5.4] See American Eagle – The Bold Art & Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy by James A.
Craig, pp. 69, 70, 71 and 72. (1. As quoted from James Craig’s book.) Mr. Craig has
examined and documented the carving; notarized three-page letter of authenticity
accompanied the piece.
Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf
John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914] Date/Period: 1866-1872
Condition: Excellent, small, veneered mend to .5” shallow back section of scroll.
Additional Information: Crafted by the firm of Titcomb and Bellamy, manufacturers of
emblematic frames and brackets, at their 11 City Square, Charlestown, Massachusetts
studio, under the direction of John Haley Bellamy.
The determination is based on comparison of this shelf and several examples of
Bellamy’s work. Numerous stylistic attributes exist between this piece and authentic
documented Titcomb and Bellamy creations of this particular design, principally
concerning the textured dimpling displayed in the scroll bearing the inscription “JAN. 1ST
1863,” the scrollwork border and the parallel tick-marks repeated throughout this effort,
the execution of the chain, quill pen, and laurel wreath iconography; the shield displayed
at the bottom…and the serpentine “S” cuts, as-well-as the symmetry, thickness, and
weight of the piece.
Bellamy, the firm’s designer oversaw several apprentices and assistants in the
manufacture of masonic-themed brackets, frames, and clock cases of his original
conception. The pieces were machine cut before artisans made detailed cuts with hand
tools. Analysis determines that apprentices made the basic machine cuts, with
assistants and Bellamy being responsible for executing the finishing surface cuts that
define the piece and its distinctive personality. This what-not shelf is atypical in that it is
to date the only known and documented Grand Army of the Republic shelf in existence.
Long rumored to have been part of Titcomb & Bellamy’s product line however
heretofore never verified, the shelf is of inestimable scholarly value. This piece ranks
with a rare, elite grouping within Bellamy’s oeuvre adding considerably to our
understanding and appreciation of this highly talented American artist.
John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting
Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914)
Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy Date/Period: Circa 1860-1870
Condition: Very good, the brackets supporting shelf appear to be carved by different hands.
Additional Information: A fine and rare example…what-not shelf, likely custom-made;
carved and pierced imagery is probably the product of the master woodcarver himself. A
pair of stared American streamers joined by incised star and a bowed American shield
surmount the scalloped shelf with molded edge. A never-before-seen portrait bust of
mustached man is centered by scrolls beneath which is displayed a spread winged
eagle clutching a globe.
Works by Bellamy are represented in many prominent museum collections, including
but not limited to the Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA, The American Folk Art
Museum, New York, NY, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, and Shelburne
Museum, Shelburne, VT, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg,
VA, and Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI.
Carved Wood paper mache Mold, Cat Seated on Haunches, Rich Patina Date/Period: 1920s
Measurement: Height: 12.25"
Condition: Very good, no cracks, as expected, typical knife scar on left side
Additional Information: Carved in the round, a very folky sculpture in great surface;
Folk Carving, Whimsey Tower, 14 Puzzle Balls, Only 5/8 Inches Square
Height: 14-inches, Delicate Date/Period: 1860-1900ish
Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint
Anonymous Date/Period: Early 20th Century
Measurement: Height: 6.25"
Material: Pine, polychrome, brass pail
Condition: Excellent original condition, old repair to wrist that does not distract
Additional Information: The barefoot man, his sleeves rolled up, wearing shorts
supported by suspenders wears a hat. The figure retains original painted surface
displaying a dry patina.
Detailed Carving of Navy Admiral or Captain, Chapeau de Bras, Epaulettes Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: 22" x 15" x 3.5"
Condition: Pine, minor repair to shrinkage crack in base
Tip of nose has been long gone yet displays very well.
Additional Information: Very detailed with ship in background; carved sails, billethead,
rigging and sea. Great attention to uniform detail. Great color and patina.
Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element Date/Period: Antique
Measurement: Height: 13.5"
Condition: Light shrinkage lines, weathered surface, loss and thinning to paint,
Tip of nose is abraded; wood loss to base of left proper shoulder.
Additional Information: An original hand carved figure depicting a Shakespeare like
bust in a dry surface/patina
19th C. Folk Art Figures, Man and Woman
Carved & Painted,; Maine, Circa 1870’s
Purportedly Used as Display
in Augusta Tailors Shop
These were picked out of an attic 40+ years ago, sold by Jim Julia in 1989.
The lady was missing her left arm and much of her bonnet; man was also missing left
arm; his thumb and tip of index finger missing; three of is carved buttons which were
carved and inset are missing, one intact. The figures may of had shoes. Restoration to
arms masterfully executed by a respected expert. Both figures in good surface, some
heat scorch to man’s left arm. Pre restoration pictures available. Figures display well.
(Woman height: 15"; Man height: 16")
( 1310-75 ) 
Chinese Ink Stone, Fu Dog Guards the Ink Pool
Anonymous, Antique (likely 17th to 19th centuries)
Carved pool within incised square border supported by bracket feet joining scalloped aprons; carved of a single piece of stone. (10 x 8 x 5")
Antique Bluestone Carving, Young Woman in Long Dress, Eyes and Shoes Painted
Unknown Artist, likely Mid-19th Century
Bluestone is quarried in western New Jersey, Pennsylvania and eastern New York
and appears in other hues, mostly shades of grays and browns. Blue-tinted limestone found in the
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia fades from blue to light gray. (A crack in her neck was long ago mended,
else fine and original. Height: 9”)
Carved Wood Folk Art Rocking Desktop Ink Blotter, Lion, Best Patina
Anonymous, Likely Unique, 19th Century…Circa 1860ish
(Minor wood losses to underside of corners that don’t distract, otherwise fine.
(8.5 x 3.5 x 3.5")
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