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John Haley Bellamy, Carved Mahogany Gangway Board, USS Enterprise
A Rare Woodcarving Executed by Bellamy [1836-1914] for the US Navy
Date/Period: 1874


John Haley Bellamy, Carved Mahogany Gangway Board, USS Enterprise A Rare Woodcarving Executed by Bellamy [1836-1914] for the US Navy, entire view 1

Measurement: Overall height: 27"; width: 15.5"; depth: 3"

Material: Mahogany and brass

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.

$56,000.00

1411-2


John Haley Bellamy, Carved Mahogany Gangway Board, USS Enterprise A Rare Woodcarving Executed by Bellamy [1836-1914] for the US Navy, entire view 1

John Haley Bellamy, Carved Mahogany Gangway Board, USS Enterprise A Rare Woodcarving Executed by Bellamy [1836-1914] for the US Navy, entire view 3

John Haley Bellamy, Carved Mahogany Gangway Board, USS Enterprise A Rare Woodcarving Executed by Bellamy [1836-1914] for the US Navy, back view

John Haley Bellamy, Carved Mahogany Gangway Board, USS Enterprise A Rare Woodcarving Executed by Bellamy [1836-1914] for the US Navy, detail view



Folk Art Relief Carved Plaque, Woman in Defensive Pose, Armed Woodland
Camp, Volcano
Date/Period: 19th century


Folk Art Relief Carved Plaque, Woman in Defensive Pose, Armed Woodland Camp, Volcano, entire view

Measurement: 19.5" x 14.25" x 2.25"

Material: Hardwood, possibly white walnut, polychrome, dry patina

Condition: Very good, commensurate with age

Additional Information: Unknown subject by anonymous artist. The barefooted
longhaired woman wearing blue robe clutches a long knife in her right hand. The subject
is posed in what appears to be a wooded camp; over her left shoulder are crossed long
arms [guns] and a red, blue, and white flag that may be French. Perhaps the clue is in
the volcanic mountain flanked by mountain peaks. Does anyone know? Please share
your translation. Thanks!

$4,100.00

987-37


Folk Art Relief Carved Plaque, Woman in Defensive Pose, Armed Woodland Camp, Volcano, detail view

Folk Art Relief Carved Plaque, Woman in Defensive Pose, Armed Woodland Camp, Volcano, back view



Civil War Carved Marble Match Safe with Soldier
Date/Period: 1860’s


Civil War Carved Marble Match Safe with Soldier, entire view

Measurement: 8.5” x 5” x 6”

Material: Marble

Condition: Very good

Additional Information: Anonymous work depicting a soldier in uniform laying against
a tree stump

$795.00

1130-6




Carved Card Case, Foliate, Tavern Scene
Date/Period: Late 19th Century


Carved Card Case, Foliate, Tavern Scene, entire view

Measurement: 5” x 3.5” x .5”

Material: Maple

Condition: Very Good

Additional Information: Gentlemen smoking pipes seated at a table laden with bottles
and glasses. Other side is foliated. Lid slides. Competently carved.

$445.00

1130-15


Carved Card Case, Foliate, Tavern Scene, entire view 2

Carved Card Case, Foliate, Tavern Scene, entire view 3



Folk Art, Acoustic Stinged Instrument, Probably Southern United States
Picker found this in Virginia
Date/Period: Circa 1900


Folk Art, Acoustic Stinged Instrument, Probably Southern United States Picker found this in Virginia, entire view

Measurement: Height: 42.25"; width: 8.5"; depth: 2.25"

Material: Wood appears to be walnut, red pigment

Condition: Condition is good, commensurate with frequent use, thinning painted
surface; original bridge and carved tuning keys.

Additional Information: This unique primitive/folksy acoustic instrument was found in
the Southern United States. The headstock, neck, and body were carved from the solid;
top is applied. The surface wear and patina suggest that this instrument was played
often and regularly.

$1,150.00

281-172


Folk Art, Acoustic Stinged Instrument, Probably Southern United States Picker found this in Virginia, entire view 2

Folk Art, Acoustic Stinged Instrument, Probably Southern United States Picker found this in Virginia, entire view 3

Folk Art, Acoustic Stinged Instrument, Probably Southern United States Picker found this in Virginia, detail view



Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf
John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914]
Date/Period: 1866-1872 - SOLD


Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914], entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 18.75: width: 11 3/16”, depth: 6”

Material: Walnut

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.

SOLD

1411-3


Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914], entire view 2

Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914], entire view 3

Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914], entire view 4

Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914], detail view 1

Titcomb & Bellamy, Grand Army of the Republic What-Not Shelf John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914], detail view 2



John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting
General George McClellan
Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914)
Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy
Date/Period: Circa 1860-1870


John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, entire view

Measurement: Height: 17"; width: 11.5"; depth: 5.5"

Material: Walnut

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.

$6,350.00

1292-2


John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, entire view 2

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, entire view 3

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, detail view 1

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, detail view 2

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, detail view 3

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, detail view 4

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, back view

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, detail view 5

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, detail view 6

John Haley Bellamy Carved Wall Bracket (Shelf), Patriotic, Full Portrait, Eagle, Bunting Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1836-1914) Possibly Titcomb & Bellamy, detail view 7



Folk Carving, Whimsey Tower, 14 Puzzle Balls, Only 5/8 Inches Square
Height: 14-inches, Delicate
Date/Period: 1860-1900ish


Folk Carving, Whimsey Tower, 14 Puzzle Balls, Only 5/8 Inches Square Height: 14-inches, Delicate, entire view

Measurement: Length: 17.75"

Material: Carved Wood

Condition: Fine and original

Additional Information: Obelisk openwork,14-sections containing spheres.

$395.00

171-166


Folk Carving, Whimsey Tower, 14 Puzzle Balls, Only 5/8 Inches Square Height: 14-inches, Delicate, detail view 1

Folk Carving, Whimsey Tower, 14 Puzzle Balls, Only 5/8 Inches Square Height: 14-inches, Delicate, detail view 2



Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint
Anonymous
Date/Period: Early 20th Century


Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint Anonymous, entire view 1

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.

$1,625.00

314-65


Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint Anonymous, entire view 2

Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint Anonymous, entire view 3

Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint Anonymous, entire view 4

Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint Anonymous, detail view 1

Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint Anonymous, detail view 2



Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element
Date/Period: Antique


Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 13.5"

Material: Walnut

Condition: Light shrinkage lines, weathered surface, loss and thinning to paint,
Tip of nose is abraded; wood loss to base of left proper shoulder.
Displays well.

Additional Information: An original hand carved figure depicting a Shakespeare like
bust in a dry surface/patina

$1,500.00

879-132


Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element, entire view 2

Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element, entire view 3

Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element, entire view 4

Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element, entire view 5



Chinese Ink Stone, Fu Dog Guards the Ink Pool
Anonymous, Antique (likely 17th to 19th centuries)


Chinese Ink Stone, Fu Dog Guards the Ink Pool

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")


Chinese Ink Stone, Fu Dog Guards the Ink Pool

Chinese Ink Stone, Fu Dog Guards the Ink Pooldetail

$795.00

1322-10




Antique Bluestone Carving, Young Woman in Long Dress, Eyes and Shoes Painted
Unknown Artist, likely Mid-19th Century


Antique Bluestone Carving, Young Woman in Long Dress, Eyes and Shoes Painted
Unknown Artist, likely Mid-19th Century, entire view 1

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”)


Antique Bluestone Carving, Young Woman in Long Dress, Eyes and Shoes Painted
Unknown Artist, likely Mid-19th Century, entire view 2

Antique Bluestone Carving, Young Woman in Long Dress, Eyes and Shoes Painted
Unknown Artist, likely Mid-19th Century, entire view 3

$2,475.00

195-48




Carved Wood Folk Art Rocking Desktop Ink Blotter, Lion, Best Patina
Anonymous, Likely Unique, 19th Century…Circa 1860ish


Blotter, Lion, Best Patina Anonymous, Likely Unique

(Minor wood losses to underside of corners that don’t distract, otherwise fine. (8.5 x 3.5 x 3.5")


Carved Wood Folk Art Rocking Desktop Ink Blotter, Lion, view 2

Carved Wood Folk Art Rocking Desktop Ink Blotter, Lion, view 1

$2,275.00

928-82





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