George McClellan Shelf

Rare and important Victorian black walnut historical shelf.  It features a carved bust of General George McClellan in the center. For a photo and information about this Civil war figure see this link:  https://www.battlefields.org/learn/biographies/george-b-mcclellan.   There are “C” scroll carvings on each side of the bust.  A carved eagle standing on a globe is below that.  The top has an American shield set within a banner with incised stars.  The famous Kittery Maine carver John Haley Bellamy is believed to have been the maker.  Information on him can be found at this link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Haley_Bellamy.   A great piece of Victorian Civil War Americana art!   

Circa:  1865.    Dimensions:   17″ H   x   11.5″ W   x   6″ D.    Condition:   Good original finish with a rich patina.   There is are two minor age cracks in the carving of the frame.  Price:   $3250.gms1 gms7 gms6 gms5 gms4 gms3 gms2