Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    William Frank "Doc" Craver: Diving Horse Show Ephemera. "Doc" Carver (1851-1927) was a celebrated marksman who operated Wild West shows concurrently with Buffalo Bill, briefly in partnership with Cody, and is credited with originating the "Diving Horse" act that became a fixture at Atlantic City's steel pier until the 1970's. The act was first introduced in 1894 and continued under Carver's personal supervision until 1924. The "main attraction" of this lot is a 17" x 24" stone lithograph poster titled "Great Carver Show. 40 Foot Plunge on Horseback. The California Girl's Daring Ride" (internal tears and loss at folds, chipping to edges, affixed to a scrapbook page). The verso has various news clippings related to Carver and the show. Sold together with a 17" x 24" display board with two affixed silver prints of Carver and a 1934 newspaper article about him and a 16" x 23" album page with news clippings and advertisements on each side dating back to 1895. Despite protests from animal rights' groups, only one of Carver's horses perished after a dive into the Pacific Ocean. The Carvers always insisted their horses received the highest level of care.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    14th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,557

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 27 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search