American Ship and Commerce Corporation


SKU: 3876or
Product Details

Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the American Ship and Commerce Corporation dating back to the 1930's and 1940's. This document, which is signed by the company Vice President and Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 1/2" (w) by 7 1/2" (h).


This certificate features a beautiful vignette of a pair of allegorical females in front of two maritime-themed scenes.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The American Ship and Commerce Corporation was incorporated on July 18, 1919 by George Herbert Walker (maternal grandfather of President George H. W. Bush) to be subsidiary of the W.A. Harriman & Co., with contractual power over the affairs of the Hamburg-Amerika line. 

    The Hamburg-Amerika line was used to ship American weapons to Germany.

    The company was also engaged in passenger transport and shipbuilding and controlled or owned United American Lines, Inc.; Thirty-Nine Broadway, Inc.; the Shawmut Steamship Co.; Wm. Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Co.; the Federal Steel Foundry Co.; and the De La Vergne Machine Co.