Masonic Shelf Bracket, What-Not Shelf Attributed to the John Haley Bellamy Workshop
Titcomb & Bellamy, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Walnut and parcel gilt, original surface
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")
Cupboard, Paint Decorated Wall Cupboard, Original Surface History
Maine, 18th C, Decorated C 1820-1830 - SOLD
Found in the Portland, Maine area, features orangey-red decoration against yellow ground; retains original “HL” hinges; original throughout. (75.5" x 39.5" x 17.5")
(Fine Condition; frame: 4.25 x 5"; view: 2.75 x 3.5")
1210-2 - SOLD
Gameboard, Reverse Painted on Glass, 19th Century
(Frame: 17.25" x 17.25"; view: 15.5" x 15.5")
Appears to be in original frame with original backboards.
The spandrels have been restored; five color board is untouched.
Windsor Stool, Medium-high Height, Delicate, Yarn Sewn Top, Original Surface
Unknown maker, circa 1780-1820
The circular top features concentric rings turned into the side; beautiful long legs pierce the seat then taper-and-swell to nodules…tapering again to small feet.
(Fine condition; height: 13.5"; seat diameter: 10.5")
Mirror, Dutch Ebonized Ripple Molded Frame, Looking Glass, Circa 1680
Large size period frame, overall: 22 by 24” , view area 13 by 10.5” - SOLD
Period example retaining original surface
Good condition with minor imperfections consistent with age, use and environment
Hepplewhite Work Table, Original Condition, Legs Spaced Wide Enough to Sit, Red Paint
New England, circa 1800
Pine, white and yellow
The thin overhanging top on plain apron [single drawer, original pull] joining tapered legs. The top displays an honest allover scrubbed finish; remaining surfaces retain original red with great patina. (Overall good condition, shrinkage gap to top that can easily be pulled together by our restorer or yours; height: 28.5"; top: 25.5 x 33")
Cupboard, Corner, Paint Decorated, Glazed Door, Molded Cornice, Paneled Doors
Bedford County, Pennsylvania, circa 1815-1820
Soft woods, finely grained, small size
Presented in an original and excellent surface, a remarkable example of Pennsylvania style graining. - SOLD
A small one-part grain-painted corner cupboard, robust crown-molding and dental molding above nine-light glazed door in white paint opening to a shelved white-painted interior over a double-raised-panel door. The whole raised on a molded and applied bracket-base joined by valanced apron. The cupboard remains in original paint; cleaned and restored by Peter Dean; some very minor scattered touch-up performed by Peter.
Restoration report is available.
Medieval Candlestick, Bunsen Burner Style
England, 15th Century
Simple socket on stem raised from a round low skirted base - SOLD
The stem features a finely cast, lathe finished central discoid knop with a top and bottom molding, a true English form differentiated from Continental forms by the absence of feet (or tripod) and aperture for candle ejection. The shaft stub may have been expertly peened with patina added; base is out-of-round. (6.5"x3.5")
Maine Farm House and Landscape Painting on Board
Signed, A.B. Fisk, 1874
Oil on Wood Panel - SOLD
Center chimney house with Ell, outbuilding and barn with ell within fenced farm landscape. The picture was painted on a very early furniture or architectural fragment displaying sawyers’ marks and a deep brown patina. (20.75" x 11")
Inclinometer, Plumb and Level Indicator, Rufus Porter, Circa 1847, Rare Type I
PLUMB AND LEVEL INDICATOR MANUFACTURED BY R. PORTER NEW YORK
An extremely rare first type inclinometer by famed inventor, artist and publisher of Scientific American, true Renaissance man- Rufus Porter… only the third we have handled in nearly forty-years! A very special piece of Americana that speaks to multiple collecting interests; appealing to level/tool enthusiasts and to followers of Rufus Porter.
Porter inclinometers of any type are very rare, the first type is almost unknown. This is destined to be the highlight of any advanced collection of inclinometers/levels.
The illustrated dial is printed on paper; dial face depicts masons using the device to construct/level a wall. The engraving is clear and mostly complete with some water damage and three small paper losses at lower left, the indicator needle retains 50% of original bluing and about 85% of weight gilding. The 8.75” glass appears to be original.
Based on when Porter first advertised his inclinometer in Scientific American (Vol. 2, No. 11, Dec. 5, 1846), it is believed he developed this device in early 1846.
While the later versions are marked “patent applied for”, no known patent was granted. Whereas so few of Porter's levels are known, we assume that he didn't produce these in quantity or for very long.
Spandrels center the chapter ring framing depiction of masons using the device. Finely joined walnut frame retains original finish; likely original glass. (8.75 by 8.75” )
Chandelier, Double Cone Finial on Tapered Column, Six Candle Nozzles - SOLD
American, Unknown Maker, Early 19th Century
Chandelier, tinned sheet iron, top tier featuring three nozzles with folded rims and ejection slits within bobeches having molded edges… on crimped and scrolled arms with wire reinforced edges. A most unusual lower tier consisting of three dished grease pans, each with folded rim and a single nozzle as previously described. Original wrought iron hanging hook. (Height: 22.5", diameter: 18")
Model Airplane, Army Biplane, Carved and Painted, Fine Original Condition
Curtiss Falcon WWI US Army Air Corps Biplane
Unknown Maker - SOLD
Carved of wood, original paint, excellent original condition
Wingspan: 55"; height:12"; length: 39.5"