Condition: Neat split at top long ago repaired with metal plate attached to back.
Loss to drop final device at base. Displays well.
Additional Information: Bellamy operated a workshop in the Masonic Hall,
Charlestown, Massachusetts employing his brother Elijah and several carvers. The
shop produced intricately carved shelves, frames, and other objects. This Masonic shelf
is accompanied by a letter in Bellamy’s hand from Charlestown (during John Bellamy’s
time in Charlestown) to his father in Kittery, Maine regarding his brother Elisha sending
him ten dollars. Bellamy signed his letter: In Haste, Your Son, John H. Bellamy. This
letter penned by John Bellamy early in his career at Charlestown demonstrates the
initial success producing Masonic shelves in Charlestown; also refers to his brother
Elisha, who was working with John producing Masonic shelves, clock hutches, frames,
From 1866-1872 Bellamy and partner David Titcomb operated workshop in a space they rented within the Masonic Hall building in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He employed several carvers, including his brother Elijah.
They made frames, clocks and shelves. This walnut shelf is intricately carved featuring an array of Masonic symbols true to his carving vocabulary.
(Excellent original condition; mentioned for accuracy is a tight shrinkage fissure to underside of shelf close to the bracket that does not distract or compromise the integrity. Height: 22"; width: 12"; depth: 6.25")
Double gavel pendant, double hourglass pendent, secretary badge, star centering heart-in-hand and crossed keys. Each piece averages 3.5 to 4-inches, good condition.
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