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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Eig-Eibar Shotgun 1920's JMD-1185710800 - Eig-Eibar Shotgun 1920's JMD-11857
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Eig-Eibar, Spain.410, single barrel, Engraved retriever left/right side plate, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, plastic butt plate. SN: 41146, JMD O
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*****7 for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Electric City Shotgun 1920s JMD-1168610801 - Electric City Shotgun 1920s JMD-11686
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Electric City, 12 ga, single barrel, bead front/no rear sight, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: 1806, JMD Oval Tag: 2521, Con
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d**********1 for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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European SxS Shotgun 1930s JMD-1174410802 - European SxS Shotgun 1930s JMD-11744
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Shotgun, SxS, 16 Ga, hammerless, dual triggers, checkered fore/pistol grip, engraving breech and side plates, sling swivels, rubber butt plate. SN: 21
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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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Ewehr Stahl Shotgun 1890's JMD-1186910803 - Ewehr Stahl Shotgun 1890's JMD-11869
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Ewehr Stahl, 20 gauge, half octagon half round barrel. SN: 11989, JMD Oval Tag: 2006, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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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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Fine Arms. Co./Crescent Fire Arms Co SxS Shotgun 1920's JMD-1245410804 - Fine Arms. Co./Crescent Fire Arms Co SxS Shotgun 1920's JMD-12454
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No. 60 Empire Hammerless. . 12 ga., SxS, with Double Triggers with extractors, sidelock. Front sight bead missing. Fine Arms. Co (Trade Name Co) Manuf
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (85.00 + 21.25) x 1 = 106.25
 
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German Shotgun 1950s JMD-1110210805 - German Shotgun 1950s JMD-11102
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This is a German made semi-automatic shotgun in 12 ga. Maker unknown. SN: 5174, JMD Oval Tag: 4409, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED &...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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GEW EHRFABRIK-LIEPZIG & Son Drilling Shotgun 1920s JMD-1093510806 - GEW EHRFABRIK-LIEPZIG & Son Drilling Shotgun 1920s JMD-10935
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Very Unique 16-gauge over 8mm German or Austrian Drilling. This piece has exposed cocking levers instead of hammers. It also has a bone trigger guard.
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,050.00 + 262.50) x 1 = 1,312.50
 
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Hawthorne Viking EJN 450 Shotgun 1960s JMD-1202410807 - Hawthorne Viking EJN 450 Shotgun 1960s JMD-12024
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Hawthorne Viking, Model EJN350, bead front sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, copper colored receiver, padded butt plate Manufactured by LaSalle Gun Co,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*******e for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Hopkins & Allen Arms Company SxS Hammer Shotgun 1880s JMD-1255310808 - Hopkins & Allen Arms Company SxS Hammer Shotgun 1880s JMD-12553
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Hopkins & Allen Arms Company, SxS 12-gauge hammerless shotgun, bead front sight, checkered pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: 1949, JMD Oval Ta...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********o for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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LOT WITHDRAWN10809 - LOT WITHDRAWN
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Start Price : 5.00 | Estimates : 5.00 - 10.00
 
 
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M. Scvaas (sp?) Frankfurt Shotgun 1910s JMD-1224010810 - M. Scvaas (sp?) Frankfurt Shotgun 1910s JMD-12240
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M. Scvaas (sp?) Frankfurt, 16-gauge, SxS, hammerless, dual triggers. no front sight, engraved, top lever release. Checkered hand grip. cheek rest on s
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*******e for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Mauser Geha Shotgun 1940s JMD-1162810811 - Mauser Geha Shotgun 1940s JMD-11628
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Mauser, Geha, 12.ga, Bolt-Action Shotgun. SN: 5118, JMD Oval Tag: 2744, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*******e for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Mauser Geha Shotgun 1940s JMD-1163010812 - Mauser Geha Shotgun 1940s JMD-11630
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Mauser, Geha, 12 ga, Bolt-Action Shotgun, no sights, GEHA name plate inlaid rear stock, metal butt plate. SN: RESEARCH, JMD Oval Tag: 2746, Condition:
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (90.00 + 19.80) x 1 = 109.80
 
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Mauser Geha Shotgun 1940s JMD-1163210813 - Mauser Geha Shotgun 1940s JMD-11632
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Mauser, Geha, 12 ga, Bolt-Action Shotgun, no sights, GEHA name plate inlaid rear stock, metal butt plate. SN: 7046, JMD Oval Tag: 7983, Condition: Goo
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (95.00 + 20.90) x 1 = 115.90
 
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Mauser Giha Shotgun 1940s JMD-1166010814 - Mauser Giha Shotgun 1940s JMD-11660
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Shotgun, Mauser, Giha, 12 ga., bead front/notch rear sight, bolt-action shotgun, 26"-barrel, checkered pistol grip, large hole in shoulder stoc...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (60.00 + 13.20) x 1 = 73.20
 
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Mauser Giha Shotgun 1950s JMD-1165010815 - Mauser Giha Shotgun 1950s JMD-11650
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Mauser, Giha, 12 ga, bolt-action, shotgun, no sights, metal butt plate. SN: 9405, JMD Oval Tag: 2690, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (90.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 112.50
 
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Mauser Giha Shotgun 1950s JMD-1165210816 - Mauser Giha Shotgun 1950s JMD-11652
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Mauser, Giha, 12 ga. bolt-action shotgun, bead front sight, metal butt plate. SN: 1635, JMD Oval Tag: 9157, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRE...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to r******O for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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Mauser Shotgun 1940s JMD-1164210817 - Mauser Shotgun 1940s JMD-11642
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Mauser, 12 ga, 26Ó-barrel, bolt-action, bead front sight, metal butt plate. SN: 4042, JMD Oval Tag: 9159, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQU...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to R*****2 for (85.00 + 18.70) x 1 = 103.70
 
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Mississippi Valley Arms Company Single-Shot Shotgun 1930s JMD-1025810818 - Mississippi Valley Arms Company Single-Shot Shotgun 1930s JMD-10258
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Mississippi Valley Arms single-shot 20 ga. shotgun in very good condition. Casehardening is visible on the receiver. SN: 782141, JMD Oval Ta
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b**********2 for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Newport Arms SxS Shotgun 1930s JMD-1163810819 - Newport Arms SxS Shotgun 1930s JMD-11638
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SxS side by side, 28 ga, hammerless/double triggers, nickel receiver, blued barrels, rubber butt plate. SN: 36942, JMD Oval Tag: 6869, Condition: Exce
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to t******m for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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