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Premier Auction - Session II - March 25, 2023

Sat, Mar 25, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 1029

Carved Wood Ship's Bust of John Shultz Shriver

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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(Baltimore, Maryland, 19th century) 

John Shultz Shriver (1788-1855), President of Ericson Steamship Line, circa 1845, carved pine, gesso, paint on painted wood base, 31 x 24 x 17-1/2 in.


This carved bust of John Shultz Shriver (1788-1855) was original mounted on a steam propeller ship built by Harlan and Hollingsworth of Wilmington, DE for the Baltimore and Philadelphia Steamboat Company, also known as the Ericson Line. Shriver, in conjunction with the Cadwalader family in Philadelphia, controlled the transportation of merchandise between these two major Atlantic ports and New York. Shriver was Quartermaster for the American troops during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. He also rode with Peter Cooper on the first trial run of "Tom Thumb,", the first locomotive.


splits, some losses mostly at bottom from water damage, flaking, some crackle 

From the Estate of the Descendants of John Shultz Shriver, Mr. and Mrs. J. Alexis Shriver, Bel-Air, Maryland.