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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Ross Rifle Co 1910 Rifle 1910s JMD-1187410400 - Ross Rifle Co 1910 Rifle 1910s JMD-11874
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Ross Rifle Co., 1905, Ross Rifle Co., M-10, bolt-action sporterized carbine.303 cal, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip. Blade front/flip and notch rea
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (160.00 + 35.20) x 1 = 195.20
 
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Ross Rifle Co Enfield Rifle 1950s JMD-1182210401 - Ross Rifle Co Enfield Rifle 1950s JMD-11822
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Ross Rifle Co, Enfield.303 British, hooded front/flip rear sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: Cl 74, JMD Oval Tag: 3515, Condition
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Ross Rifle Co Enfield Rifle 1950s JMD-1182410402 - Ross Rifle Co Enfield Rifle 1950s JMD-11824
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Rifle, Ross Rifle Co, Enfield, .280 Ross, blade front, rubber butt plate. SN: *007, JMD Oval Tag: 820, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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Ross Rifle Co. 1905 Rifle 1920's JMD-1185310403 - Ross Rifle Co. 1905 Rifle 1920's JMD-11853
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Ross Rifle Co., 1905, Ross Rifle Co., M-10, bolt-action sporterized carbine.303 cal, smooth fore/pistol grip. Blade front/ladder rear sight, metal but
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (140.00 + 30.80) x 1 = 170.80
 
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Ross Rifle Co. M-10 Rifle 1940s JMD-1185110404 - Ross Rifle Co. M-10 Rifle 1940s JMD-11851
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Ross Rifle Co., M-10, sporterized carbine.280 Ross cal. Blade front/ladder rear sight, interesting action. SN: 17508, JMD Oval Tag: 6627, Condition: V
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (425.00 + 93.50) x 1 = 518.50
 
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Rudoph Haemmerli-CIE- SWISS Anschutz Rifle 1930 JMD-1031510405 - Rudoph Haemmerli-CIE- SWISS Anschutz Rifle 1930 JMD-10315
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This is an unusual Schutzen style target gun chambered in 7.7 mm. This gun is full of unusual contraptions to find accuracy. SN: 1179, JMD Oval Tag: 7
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to f**********k for (1,050.00 + 231.00) x 1 = 1,281.00
 
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Russian Budapest Rifle 1940 JMD-1079810406 - Russian Budapest Rifle 1940 JMD-10798
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This is a bolt-action rifle of Russian origin. Budapest markings from WW11, In 8 mm. SN: C 14353, JMD Oval Tag: 7987, Condition: Good, >> FFL ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Russian Mauser 98 Rifle 1950s JMD-1081810407 - Russian Mauser 98 Rifle 1950s JMD-10818
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This is a Russian made Mauser 98, chambered in .22-250 with an engraved receiver and a bull barrel. SN: 9174D1, JMD Oval Tag: 4752, Condition: Excelle
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to C*******5 for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Santa Fe 1949 Rifle 1940s JMD-1176710408 - Santa Fe 1949 Rifle 1940s JMD-11767
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Rifle, Santa Fe, Mod. 1936, sporterized, French Mas 7.5 Carbine, bolt-action, blade front/ladder adjustable rear sight, sling swivel front and cut w/b
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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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Sears, Robuck & Co Ranger Rifle 1950s JMD-1178810409 - Sears, Robuck & Co Ranger Rifle 1950s JMD-11788
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Sears, Roebuck & Co, Ranger.22 S, L, L.R., pump action, blade front/leaf adjustable rear sight, ribbed fore/smooth pistol grip, plastic butt pla...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Sharps Model 78 Rifle ? JMD-1013810410 - Sharps Model 78 Rifle ? JMD-10138
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The model 1878 Sharps never caught on because it does not have an exposed hammer. Now you find it as a sporterized caliber in .219 -Zipper. Used like
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to m********u for (950.00 + 237.50) x 1 = 1,187.50
 
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Sharps Model 78 Rifle Post 1878 JMD-1013710411 - Sharps Model 78 Rifle Post 1878 JMD-10137
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Only 2000 model 1878s were made; almost new, sporterized, heavy barrel chambered for .219 Zipper. Heavy Barrel with double set triggers SN: 6174, JMD
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,700.00
Sold to g*******t for (1,150.00 + 287.50) x 1 = 1,437.50
 
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Smith Corona Model 03-a3 Rifle 1940s JMD-1257110412 - Smith Corona Model 03-a3 Rifle 1940s JMD-12571
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Smith Corona, Springfield model 1903A3, 30-06, 5 round magazine, blade front sight, box rear sight, sling swivels attached, metal butt plate. SN: 3663
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to t******m for (650.00 + 143.00) x 1 = 793.00
 
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Soemmerda 71 Rifle 1940s JMD-1226510413 - Soemmerda 71 Rifle 1940s JMD-12265
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Soemmerda, 71, bolt-action, front blade sight, no rear sight, steel butt plate. SN: 8359, JMD Oval Tag: 2675, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (80.00 + 17.60) x 1 = 97.60
 
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Spanish Mauser 1893 Rifle 1940s JMD-1151610414 - Spanish Mauser 1893 Rifle 1940s JMD-11516
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Spanish Mauser, 1893, 7.75mm, sporterized, blade front/notch rear sight, metal butt plate, covered front w/ elevated ladder rear sights, sling attache
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (80.00 + 17.60) x 1 = 97.60
 
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Springfield 15 Rifle 1950s JMD-1109710415 - Springfield 15 Rifle 1950s JMD-11097
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This is a Springfield, model 15.22 with the bolt missing. SN: 2173576, JMD Oval Tag: 7667, Condition: Poor/Parts Gun, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <&...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (55.00 + 13.75) x 1 = 68.75
 
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Springfield 1894 Rifle 1894 JMD-1067910416 - Springfield 1894 Rifle 1894 JMD-10679
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This is a Springfield rifle, model 1894, chambered in .30-40 Krag in excellent condition. SN: 14874, JMD Oval Tag: 3957, Condition: Excellent, >&...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to r*****G for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Springfield 1894 Rifle 1909 JMD-1155710417 - Springfield 1894 Rifle 1909 JMD-11557
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US Springfield, 30-40 Krag, bolt-action w/ internal magazine, sporterized, blade front sight w/ rear peep sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, cheek res
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to B****7 for (190.00 + 47.50) x 1 = 237.50
 
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Springfield 1895 Rifle 1895 JMD-1151510418 - Springfield 1895 Rifle 1895 JMD-11515
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This is a Springfield model 1895 Krag carbine.30-40 Krag, blade front/ladder rear sight, sling swivel, metal butt plate. SN: 27439, JMD Oval Tag: 7598
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Springfield 1896 Rifle 1896 JMD-1068910419 - Springfield 1896 Rifle 1896 JMD-10689
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This is a model 1898 Springfield carbine, unmodified. SN: 38028, JMD Oval Tag: 7642, Condition: Excellent, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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