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John Haley Bellamy Carved Shelf Clock
Titcomb & Bellamy, Manufactures of
Emblematic Frames & Brackets
11 City Square, Charlestown, Massachusetts, Circa 1870 - SOLD
Numerous stylistic attributes relate this clock to other documented Titcomb & Bellamy
works, principally the arrangement of masonic symbols, the telltale treatment of the
Masonic G, the compass, stars, globes, pilasters, and their Corinthian capitals. Other
shop traditions include the horizonal “X” pattern carved in the base molding, and the
wings centering the dial. The stock thickness and weight are constant with the firm’s
oeuvre. This timepiece is unique whereas it is the only known example of this size.
Because of its proportions and the clockwork, it is probable that it was made to serve as
a personal alarm clock rather than a clock employed by a Masonic lodge.
Bellamy served as designer for the Titcomb & Bellamy firm which employed
apprentices and assistants in the manufacturing of Masonic themed brackets, frames,
and clock cases…Bellamy’s original conceptions and designs. Pieces were initially
machine cut before artisans made more detailed cuts with hand tools. From analysis of
this clock it is determined John Haley Bellamy was responsible for executing the
finishing surface cuts and carvings making the clock so special.
This clock was chosen to be featured within Bold & Brash – The Art of John Haley
Bellamy, a major retrospective of Bellamy’s art and woodcarving career at Discover
Portsmouth  For additional information and comparisons see American Eagle –
The Bold Art & Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy by James A. Craig.
[Height: 11.5"; width: 10"; depth: 2.75"]
Scroll Saw Fretwork Cathedral-Form Clock,
Three Spires, Gingerbread
Anonymous Maker, Circa 1880 to 1910ish
Large, intricate and wonderful! - SOLD
(Very good condition, we had minor issues corrected; height: 45”, depth11”, width: 22”)
659-160 - SOLD
Massachusetts Shelf Clock, Aaron Willard, Boston, Massachusetts (1757 to 1844)
Circa 1825, Mahogany, mahogany veneer and white pine
Painted on the dish dial; Robert Gould Shaw - SOLD
The case with shaped crest and original brass eagle finial over the upper Eglomise panel inscribed "Aaron Willard/Boston" within elliptical reserve; in front of the dished dial having a white painted face is the original Eglomise plate decorated with American shields and oak leaf motif. The lower case with central mirrored medallion is said to have been enameled black by a family mourning the death of Robert Gould Shaw in 1863. The case containing a weight driven, brass eight-day movement is often referred to as a "dish dial" shelf clock.
The case, made of the best mahogany, retains its original surface with a rich, warm patina; and continues to a cushion molded base resting on turned brass feet. The case is die stamped on the dust board “619", a very identifiable detail commonly found in Boston timepieces whose cases were made by Henry Willard, Aaron Willard Juniors brother-who worked within the Willard clock-making compound at Boston.
The dial, hands, pendulum; winding crank and movement are all original with the surface of the dial remaining in very good condition with only minor, as expected losses. We cannot read the lettering on left side of hands; on the right, clearly inscribed is the name “Robert Gould Shaw”. The movement is complete, and in excellent condition.
(Loss of scroll to crest which we are able to expertly restore; H: 36”)
We have other information related to purported provenance which at this time is supposition. Please call for additional information.
223-19 - SOLD
Clock, Shelf Clock, Triple Decker, Strap Movement
Ralph and John B. Terry
Eight day, time and strike, mahogany veneered case - SOLD
The R. & J.B. Terry partnership was short-lived; they were in business for two years. This example, a true triple-decker features a carved and gilt eagle pediment above the pierced dial-aperture glazed with silvered mirror glass. The dial, with Arabic numerals has been restored; restoration to chapter ring and dial center. The mahogany veneered case, in three sections is flanked by ebonized and gilt columns; top and bottom turned and split; the middle section features full tapered columns. The glasses are original; some in-painting; seen through the scalloped roundel in middle section is a reverse painting on glass, depicted is Andrew Jackson. The case is raised on slightly protruding base resting on gilt ball feet. Minor imperfections include some paint and gilding restoration. This attractive clock which measures 37 by 17 by 5 1/8" is in running condition.
570-222 - SOLD
Clock, Shelf Clock, Triple Decker, Great Eglomaise
Birge, Mallory and Company
Circa 1838 to 1843 - SOLD
Original glasses and putty, faux smoked decoration, retains good label
A mahogany containing 30-hour movement; case with carved gesso and gilded fruit basket splat, turned, gilded and smoke grained columns flanking the painted wooden dial with Roman numerals features gilt spandrels and open dial center displaying strap movement. The dial section surmounted by a carved, gesso and gilt fruit basket; centered by faux grained half columns with gilded capitals. The mid-section features an outstanding reverse-painted tablet flanked by free standing gilt columns, lower section with faux smoked half columns and door framing the excellent reverse-painted tablet. The printed maker's label remains intact. The carved and gesso pediment with shrinkage cracks; dial with shrinkage fissures; lower glass tablet cracked at upper-right; missing ball feet. All else fine.
(H: 35.75"; W: 17"; D: 5")
570-227 - SOLD
Benjamin Franklin Bronze and Slate Figural Mantle Clock
Paris, France, Third Quarter 19th Century - SOLD
Seated figure of Franklin with scientific apparatus surmounting base inset with enameled dial and gilt brass mounts; the dial signed Mercier.
(Movement is missing bell, bezel on reverse is without glass: 22”, W: 14”, D: 7”)
1121-23 - SOLD
Large Figural Bronzed Metal Clock, George Washington and the Constitution
Probably France, Retailed by Robins, Clark and Biddle, Circa 1876
Retains original Japy Freres movement (Paris), Marble Base
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested - SOLD
(Dial signature is mostly illegible, generally good condition; H: 25.5", W: 28", D: 9")
232-347 - SOLD
Novelty Clock, Topsey, Cast Iron, Blinking Eyes
Attributed to Bradley and Hubbard
Circa 1865 to 1875 - SOLD
The cast iron case in the form of a black woman; thirty-hour lever escapement, paper dial; mechanical drive providing automaton motion to the eyes which move up and down following the action of escapement. Old repaint now with dry patina; clock doesn't run; screw missing from left boot; ready and worthy of restoration.
505-61 - SOLD
Traveling Alarm Clock
Mid-18th Century - SOLD
The engraved and shaped arched dial, ball feet, and beautifully turned heavy pillars suggest that this clock was made between 1730 and 1760; perhaps in Germany or Austria. The base of back-plate is rather crudely engraved-B London-perhaps an owner. There is an old repair to pendulum; hands may be old replacements with all else fine including movement. (Height: 5.25"; width: 3.25"; depth: 1.5".)
843-65 - SOLD
Gallery Clock, Marble Dial, No. 20
E. Howard and Company
Unusual engraved and gilt Arabic numerals, painted minute markers - SOLD
Marble dial remains in excellent condition as does the white painted case housing the eight-day weight driven timepiece; internal hand counter-balance, Geneva stop, recoil escapement; large black open trefoil hands. (28 by 28 by 5")
423-12 - SOLD
Pillar and Scroll Clock
19th Century - SOLD
As depicted, an elegant shelf clock, the dial with raised gilt spandrels; raised gilt ornamentation within chapter ring. This attractive time piece has typical restoration including feet, reverse painted tablet, and other minor imperfections.
Dimensions: 31.25" high, 17.25" wide, 4.5" deep.
431-49 - SOLD