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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Mauser 1917/18 Rifle 1950s JMD-1076610240 - Mauser 1917/18 Rifle 1950s JMD-10766
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This is a Mauser 98, marked 1917/18, Chambered in .270 Winchester SN: 9991, JMD Oval Tag: 4811, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to x********s.. for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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Mauser 1952 Rifle 1940s JMD-1187710241 - Mauser 1952 Rifle 1940s JMD-11877
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Mauser action .30-06 cal, 1952 MANNLICHER, Bolt-Action Sporterized, checkered stock. SN: 12435, JMD Oval Tag: 2955, Condition: Very Good, >> F...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (650.00 + 143.00) x 1 = 793.00
 
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Mauser 88 Rifle 1917 JMD-1153610242 - Mauser 88 Rifle 1917 JMD-11536
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Mauser, 88, 8mm, original military stock, blade front. Ladder rear sight, sling swivels, internal magazine, metal butt plate. SN: 4977, JMD Oval Tag:
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Mauser 88 Rifle 1940s JMD-1106210243 - Mauser 88 Rifle 1940s JMD-11062
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This is a sporterized Mauser, model 88, bolt-action rifle in 8 mm, Mannlicher stock and deeply engraved barrel. It is fitted with a brass magazine doo
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Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (400.00 + 88.00) x 1 = 488.00
 
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Mauser 93 Rifle 1940s JMD-1221910244 - Mauser 93 Rifle 1940s JMD-12219
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Mauser, Model 93, bolt-action, 7mm, original stock, metal butt plate, covered front w/ elevated ladder rear sights, sling attachments. SN: 8391, JMD O
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1898 JMD-1019310245 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1898 JMD-10193
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This sporterized Mauser action is chambered for 8 mm and has a deeply engraved receiver and floor plate. Schnabel style forearm under a heavy barrel a
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to b********d.. for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1920's JMD-1156910246 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1920's JMD-11569
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Mauser, 98, 8mm, bolt-action, hood blade front sight/ladder rear sight, metal butt plate. SN: 1898, JMD Oval Tag: 6752, Condition: Good, >> FF...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1939 JMD-1152810247 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1939 JMD-11528
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Mauser, 93, 7.75mm, sporterized, metal butt plate, blade front w/ elevated ladder rear sights, cheek rest, sling attachments, padded butt plate. SN: 7
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1115210248 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11152
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Mauser 98 Sporterized Rifle from the 1940s, 7.9mm. SN: 10597, JMD Oval Tag: 4781, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (190.00 + 47.50) x 1 = 237.50
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1153010249 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11530
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Mauser, 98, sporterized, 8mm, bolt-action, blade front/ladder rear sight, Nazi markings. Metal butt plate. SN: 5112, JMD Oval Tag: 6751, Condition: Go
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1153410250 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11534
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Mauser, 98, sporterized, 8mm, bolt-action, blade front/leaf rear sight, sling swivels, brass mounted grommet on stock, metal butt plate. SN: 5976, JMD
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1154210251 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11542
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Mauser, 98, sporterized, 8mm, bolt-action, hooded front/ladder rear sight, checkered pistol grip, metal butt plate. SN: 4075S, JMD Oval Tag: 7595, Con
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********d.. for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1155110252 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11551
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Mauser 98, Sporterized, blade front/ladder rear sights, smooth fore/pistol grip, sling attached, cheek rest stock, plastic butt plate. Nazi markings,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to R*****2 for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1156310253 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11563
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Mauser, 98, sporterized, 8mm, bolt-action, Double set triggers, blade front/ladder rear sight, sling swivels, metal butt plate. SN: RESEARCH, JMD Oval
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to R******y for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1156710254 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11567
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Mauser, 98.270 cal, scope mount no sights, stock good condition, cheek rest, padded butt plate. SN: 6566, JMD Oval Tag: 6522, Condition: Good, >&...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to f********w.. for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1157110255 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11571
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Mauser 98, Sporterized blade front/ladder rear sights, smooth fore/pistol grip, cheek rest stock, padded butt plate. SN: 3780, JMD Oval Tag: 7312, Con
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1157510256 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11575
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Mauser, 98, sporterized, 8mm, bolt-action, blade front/ladder rear sight, sling swivels, metal butt plate. SN: 19, JMD Oval Tag: 6860, Condition: Good
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********d.. for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-1157710257 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1940s JMD-11577
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Mauser, 98, sporterized, 8mm, bolt-action, blade front/ladder rear sight, sling swivels, metal butt plate. SN: 3761, JMD Oval Tag: 6521, Condition: Go
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1941 JMD-1155010258 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1941 JMD-11550
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Mauser, 98, military, 8mm, bolt-action, original military stock/sights, sling swivels, metal butt plate. SN: 8980, JMD Oval Tag: 8029, Condition: Good
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Mauser 98 Rifle 1942 JMD-1026310259 - Mauser 98 Rifle 1942 JMD-10263
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Condition is good to very good on this WWII Mauser. It includes a Nazi marking which was quite collectible after the war. It appears to be unaltered o
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 5*****r for (900.00 + 225.00) x 1 = 1,125.00
 
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