Maine/New Hampshire, 1836-1914

Circa 1872-1900 carved pine spread-wing eagle plaque retaining its original paint.

Nicely articulated curved tongue and piercing eye, both painted red, and gracefully sweeping wings with refined feathers. Red, white and blue American Liberty shield at its breast. Mellow patina. Unsigned, as typical of Bellamy's work. Accompanied by a letter of authentication from James A. Craig, a curator and author specializing in Bellamy's work. Craig writes the staining scheme is original to the time of manufacture and notes the rarity of this example because of the three stars on the shield, rather than the typical single star, and that it was stained to resemble mahogany rather than bearing the typical white milk paint or gilding.
Height 6". Length 25".
Condition: Original untouched condition. Eagle's head does not sit perfectly flush on body. Scattered minor loss of finish and paint. Small nicks. Two pairs of nail holes at the top of each wing, presumably from mounting, but one hole caused minor damage to front of left wing. UV examination reveals some small paint restorations to the flag.

The absence of a condition report does not imply an object is free of defects. All items may have normal signs of age and wear commensurate with their age; these issues will likely not be mentioned in the condition report. Please contact Eldred's before the auction with any condition questions. Questions about condition will not be answered after purchase. Condition reports are provided as a courtesy, and we are not responsible for any errors or omissions. Important note on frames: Frames are not guaranteed to be in the same condition as they are in the item photograph. Due to handling and shipping, many frames, especially antique ones, are prone to losses. If you have questions about the condition of a frame, please contact us prior to the auction. 

  • Provenance: Reference:
    A similar eagle is illustrated in The Bold Art & Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy by James A. Craig (Portsmouth Marine Society, no. 34, 2014), p. 99.

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