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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Enfield 303 British Bolt-Action Rifle 1942 JMD-1096410150 - Enfield 303 British Bolt-Action Rifle 1942 JMD-10964
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an Enfield rifle in .303 British. A bolt-action with a spoon handle bolt. A carbine with a Mannlicher stock. SN: 22, JMD Oval Tag: 3149, Condi
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to b*********e for (225.00 + 49.50) x 1 = 274.50
 
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Enfield Bolt-Action Rifle 1950s JMD-1099210151 - Enfield Bolt-Action Rifle 1950s JMD-10992
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an Enfield, bolt-action model 4MK1. CHambered in .303 British in good condition., SN: 92CO498, JMD Oval Tag: 3540, Condition: Good, >>...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to g*********g for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Enfiled Battle rife Rifle 1920's JMD-1185510152 - Enfiled Battle rife Rifle 1920's JMD-11855
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Enfiled, Battle rife.303 cal, full military stock w/cleaning rod, dovetail, front/ ladder rear sight, sling swivels, metal butt plate. SN: 1162, JMD O
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Erfurt 71 Rifle 1940s JMD-1229110153 - Erfurt 71 Rifle 1940s JMD-12291
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Erfurt, K98, bolt-action, 8mm, checkered handgrip area, iron front sight with elevated rear sight, cheek rest on stock, brass butt plate. SN: 468, JMD
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********d.. for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Erfurt 88 Rifle 1891 JMD-1098010154 - Erfurt 88 Rifle 1891 JMD-10980
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Erfurt, Mauser model 88, in 7.9 mm with a Mannlicher stock and spoon bolt. SN: 2279F, JMD Oval Tag: 6758, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to b*********e for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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Erfurt KAR98 Rifle 1900s JMD-1240410155 - Erfurt KAR98 Rifle 1900s JMD-12404
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Erfurt, 1K98 sporterized, bolt-action, 8mm, checkered handgrip area, iron front sight with elevated rear sight, cheek rest on stock, brass butt plate.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to n**********9 for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Erma M1 Carbine Rifle 1970s JMD-1008810156 - Erma M1 Carbine Rifle 1970s JMD-10088
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Erma M1 Carbine model of a WW2 M1 Carbine. This is a commercial shooter version of famous paratrooper arm, An excellent replica shooter version of a f
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Etat Belge Birmingham military Rifle 1940s JMD-1165810157 - Etat Belge Birmingham military Rifle 1940s JMD-11658
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Etat Belge Birmingham, military, BELGIUM SYSTEM 1889 CARBINE, 7.65mm, internal magazine, blade front/ ladder rear sight, sling swivels, metal butt pla
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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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European Rifle 1930s JMD-1222010158 - European Rifle 1930s JMD-12220
Holabird Western Americana Collections
unknown manufacturer, octagon barrel, engraving right side plate dog, left side plate deer, double set triggers, checkered pistol grip, cheek rest, ru
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to f********l.. for (425.00 + 93.50) x 1 = 518.50
 
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FAB. NAT. D'armes De Gerre Belgin Rifle 1930 JMD-1156510159 - FAB. NAT. D'armes De Gerre Belgin Rifle 1930 JMD-11565
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FAB. NAT. D'armes De Gerre Belgin, 9mm, blade front/ladder rear sight, sling attached, metal butt plate. stock in nice condition. SN: H8053, JMD...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to B*********l for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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