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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



ALFRED RUDOLPH WAUD (1828 – 1891)
Union Soldier Doing Laundry
Watercolor on paper, c. 1861 – 1866


ALFRED RUDOLPH WAUD (1828 – 1891)
Union Soldier Doing Laundry
Watercolor on paper, c. 1861 – 1866, entire view

A.R. Waud was an illustrator of Civil War and American frontier scenes, beginning his career as an artist-correspondent for Harper’s Weekly and assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He was one of only two artists present at the Battle of Gettysburg, and his sketch of the Battle of Pickett’s Charge may be the only image of the conflict by an eyewitness. The Library of Congress holds a large collection of his wartime sketches, and this watercolor appears to have been painted in the studio from a field sketch. Though this medium can be used for quick recording, even during a reprieve the precise application is more appropriate for a composed image that would later be reprinted in greyscake for Harper’s Weekly. The subject is uncommon for available Waud paintings, few of which have come up at auction or on the market in the past fifteen years.
(Frame: 28” x 23”; View: 16.5” x 21.5”)


ALFRED RUDOLPH WAUD (1828 – 1891)
Union Soldier Doing Laundry
Watercolor on paper, c. 1861 – 1866, sans frame

ALFRED RUDOLPH WAUD (1828 – 1891)
Union Soldier Doing Laundry
Watercolor on paper, c. 1861 – 1866, face detail

ALFRED RUDOLPH WAUD (1828 – 1891)
Union Soldier Doing Laundry
Watercolor on paper, c. 1861 – 1866, signature detail

ALFRED RUDOLPH WAUD (1828 – 1891)
Union Soldier Doing Laundry
Watercolor on paper, c. 1861 – 1866, back view

$2,950.00

281-87




Lady Liberty Watercolor, Liberty Cap, Eagle Perched on Shield
Anonymous, signed ML
Circa 1850 to 1900
The emblem of Liberty Holding Rose with Her Companion Bald Eagle on Shield


Lady Liberty Watercolor, Liberty Cap, Eagle Perched on Shield
Anonymous, signed ML
Circa 1850 to 1900, entire view

(The faux grained frame: 18 by 14"; sight-size: 13.25 by 9.5")

$2,135

232-285


Lady Liberty Watercolor, Liberty Cap, Eagle Perched on Shield
Anonymous, signed ML
Circa 1850 to 1900, scale view



Civil War Era Antique Rope Tension Snare Drum
Attributed to Henry Eisele or William Sempf, New York


Civil War Era Antique Rope Tension Snare Drum
Attributed to Henry Eisele or William Sempf, New York, entire view

Birdseye maple shell decorated with a painted patriotic eagle clutching an American
shield centered by olive branches; maple hoops feature a black painted scroll pattern
within border; ivory peep hole/vent gromet. Patented cast metal clips [2 missing],
original rope is imperfect and only one leather tightener is present; one snare strainer
present…heads are fine. We have a highly respected restorer specialist in Vermont.
(Height: 11.5"; diameter: 16.25")


Civil War Era Antique Rope Tension Snare Drum
Attributed to Henry Eisele or William Sempf, New York, entire view 2

Civil War Era Antique Rope Tension Snare Drum
Attributed to Henry Eisele or William Sempf, New York, detail view

$1,250.00

1348-1




Eagle Painted on Board, Original Condition, Dry Patina
Anonymous
19th Century
White pine
Powerful, iconic symbol with outstretched wings perched on scrolling device


Eagle Painted on Board, Original Condition, Dry Patina
Anonymous
19th Century, entire view

(Sign fragment mounted within carved frame measuring 17 by 20.75", 14 by 17.75" sight-size)

$2,300

935-7


Eagle Painted on Board, Original Condition, Dry Patina
Anonymous
19th Century, scale view
Eagle Painted on Board, Original Condition, Dry Patina
Anonymous
19th Century, frame detail



Drum, Lithographed Tin Drum, Portraits of Admiral Dewey, American Flags
Converse
Circa 1898


Drum, Lithographed Tin Drum, Portraits of Admiral Dewey, American Flags
Converse
Circa 1898, entire view

Chromolithographed Spanish American War expressing the patriotic fever of the Spanish American War period. The drum with similar decoration on two sides features Admiral Dewy - hero of the day. Admiral Dewey within patriotic shield ornamented with olive branches and centered by large American flags with 13-stars. The wood rims are painted red with gold stripe; skin heads, lead grommets, decorative rope, leather slides, and snare are original. Excellent Condition. (Dimensions: 8.75" H, 12" diameter.)

$1,295

232-207


Drum, Lithographed Tin Drum, Portraits of Admiral Dewey, American Flags
Converse
Circa 1898, scale view
Drum, Lithographed Tin Drum, Portraits of Admiral Dewey, American Flags
Converse
Circa 1898, emblem detail




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