J.M. Davis Private Collection Firearm and Artifact Auction

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Introduction to the J.M. Davis Private Collection Firearm and Artifact Auction

J.M. Davis ran the Mason Hotel in Claremore, Oklahoma, for his entire career, from 1917 onward. From the age of seven in 1901 until 1965, he was an inveterate collector of all firearms, as well as artifacts reflecting history in Oklahoma and the Mississippi Valley region. To preserve his collection in perpetuity, he created the 40,000-square-foot J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum in Claremore, which is today managed by the State of Oklahoma. It is the largest firearms Museum in North America.

The museum is a must-see for any weapons collector, displaying an incredible amount and variety of weaponry and famous felon, outlaw, and law enforcement personality items from history.

Proceeds of this sale directly benefit the long-term care and maintenance of the Collection. None of the items in this sale are out of the current museum exhibit displays. Nearly all of the items have been stored away, out of public view, since at least 1965 (54 years!), long before the modern era when most of the well-written and researched reference and table-top books on antique firearms were published. As an example, none of these weapons were known to R. Larry Wilson, a prolific firearms writer and author of approximately 60 books on antique firearms, who as a young man and budding firearms scholar, worked for Colt about the time this part of the collection went into storage.

The sale hosts more than 2200, antique to modern (probably none more recent than 1965) firearms, swords, crossbows and knives. In addition, there is a large section of Americana, featuring Native American stone and pottery items, primarily from Oklahoma and the Mississippi Valley. Items of cultural significance that are not in the sale are designated for, or already transferred to, the Oklahoma State Museum.

Davis was also a button, badge, medal and pinback collector, and there are more than a thousand items in this category, mostly in like-kind groups.

The two-day preview prior to the sale is a must for any serious collector.
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Arisaka 99 Rifle 1942 JMD-1157210100 - Arisaka 99 Rifle 1942 JMD-11572
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Arisaka, Mod 99, 7.65 mm, sporterized, bolt-action, ladder rear sight, smooth fore and pistol grip, cheek rest, metal butt plate. SN: 28628, JMD Oval
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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Arisaka 99 Rifle 1942 JMD-1158810101 - Arisaka 99 Rifle 1942 JMD-11588
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Arisaka, Mod 99, 7.65 mm, military stock, bolt-action, blade front sight w. ladder rear sight, sling attachments, sling swivels, steel butt plate. SN:
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Arisaka Model 99 Rifle 1940s JMD-1221210102 - Arisaka Model 99 Rifle 1940s JMD-12212
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Arisaka, Mod 99, 7.65 mm, original stock, bolt-action, blade front sight w. ladder rear sight, sling attachments, metal butt plate. SN: 9208, JMD Oval
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (65.00 + 14.30) x 1 = 79.30
 
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Arisaka Rifle  JMD-1225110103 - Arisaka Rifle JMD-12251
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Sporterized, bolt-action, single-shot rifle, covered front sight, no rear sight, custom stock w/pistol grip. Inlaid oak on walnut fore grip and bottom
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Estimates : 600.00 - 900.00
Sold to x********s.. for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Arisaka Rifle 1940s JMD-1221810104 - Arisaka Rifle 1940s JMD-12218
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Arisaka, Mod 99, 7.65 mm, original stock, bolt-action, blade front sight w. ladder rear sight, sling attachments, steel butt plate. SN: 122, JMD Oval
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Arisaka Rifle 1942 JMD-1157410105 - Arisaka Rifle 1942 JMD-11574
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Arisaka, Mod 99, 7.65 mm, sporterized, bolt-action, blade front/ladder rear sight, sling swivels, checkered fore and pistol grip, cheek rest, metal bu
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (90.00 + 19.80) x 1 = 109.80
 
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Batavia Pump Action Rifle 1909 JMD-1110310106 - Batavia Pump Action Rifle 1909 JMD-11103
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This is a Batavia model #1 pump action .22 long rifle. It has a folding front sight. SN: 3984, JMD Oval Tag: 9152, Condition: Very Good, >> FF...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Belgian Black Powder Rifle 1895 JMD-1029910107 - Belgian Black Powder Rifle 1895 JMD-10299
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An unusual bolt-action black-powder gun made in Belgium. About .47 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3357, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <&...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to a********7 for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Belgian Bolt-Action Rifle 1895 JMD-1110110108 - Belgian Bolt-Action Rifle 1895 JMD-11101
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This is a Belgian made, bolt-action rifle in 9 mm black-powder., SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6416, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Belgium Brevete 1912 Rifle 1940s JMD-1176910109 - Belgium Brevete 1912 Rifle 1940s JMD-11769
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Rifle, Belgium Brevete, 1912.22 short, blade front/ notch rear sight, checkered pistol grip, no butt plate. SN: 45565, JMD Oval Tag: 7520, Condition:
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (90.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 112.50
 
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