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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Defose SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1950 JMD-1024510880 - Defose SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1950 JMD-10245
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Defose SxS 16 ga. shotgun. Designed with a Greener cross-bolt locking system. SN: 3511, JMD Oval Tag: 10048, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to R*****2 for (110.00 + 24.20) x 1 = 134.20
 
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ECO SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1184110881 - ECO SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11841
Holabird Western Americana Collections
ECO, 12-gauge, SxS, bead front sight, checkered fore. SN: 31940, JMD Oval Tag: 10224, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to c****d for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Eibar SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960 JMD-1018310882 - Eibar SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960 JMD-10183
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This SxS shotgun is in near new condition and chambered in 10 ga. It is beautifully engraved and richly blued. SN: 1089, JMD Oval Tag: 10211, >&g...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (700.00 + 175.00) x 1 = 875.00
 
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EIG SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-1017410883 - EIG SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-10174
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an EIG SxS shotgun in very good condition with engraved scenes of ducks in flight. SN: 43109, JMD Oval Tag: 10018, Condition: Very Good, >...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to d*******f for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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EIG-BRSCIA Over/Under Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-1037410884 - EIG-BRSCIA Over/Under Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-10374
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an Italian import SxS shotgun C. 1960's. SN: 7066, JMD Oval Tag: 8288, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to r******O for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Eig-eibar SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960 JMD-1017710885 - Eig-eibar SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960 JMD-10177
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a SxS shotgun in very good condition. 1960's vintage. SN: 12 79, JMD Oval Tag: 10034, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to H*****5 for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Elien Arorbte Roubalx SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1177310886 - Elien Arorbte Roubalx SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11773
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Elien Arorbte Roubalx, SxS, 20 Ga, no sights, checkered pistol grip, no butt plate, beautiful wood. SN: 2348, JMD Oval Tag: 39
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Empire Arms Co SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920s JMD-1163610887 - Empire Arms Co SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920s JMD-11636
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Empire Arms Co, SxS, 12 ga, hammerless/double triggers, no sights, rubber butt plate. SN: 9437, JMD Oval Tag: 7951, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*****7 for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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Empire Hammerless 60 Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1176510888 - Empire Hammerless 60 Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11765
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shotgun, Empire Hammerless, mod 60, 12 Ga, two triggers, leather butt stock cover w/Justin MGS Co stamped in the leather. SN: 1511, JMD Oval Tag: 3493
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*****7 for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Enders Royal Service SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1177510889 - Enders Royal Service SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11775
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shotgun, Enders Royal Service, SxS, 16 GA, hammerless, two triggers, bead front, checkered fore/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: 231937, JMD Oval T
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to t******m for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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Enders Royal Service SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1180310890 - Enders Royal Service SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11803
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shotgun, SxS 12 ga., Enders Royal Service, SxS, SN: 284545, JMD Oval Tag: 912, Condition: Fair, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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Essex Gun Works Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1930s JMD-1170610891 - Essex Gun Works Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1930s JMD-11706
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Essex Gun Works, 28 ga, SxS, hammerless, dual triggers, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, bead front sight rubber butt plate. SN: 4996, JMD Oval Tag:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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European Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1930s JMD-1175210892 - European Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1930s JMD-11752
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shotgun, European, 12 Ga, SxS, hammerless/dual set triggers, bead front/no rear sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, rubber butt stock. SN: 74772, JMD O
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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European SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920's JMD-1179910893 - European SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920's JMD-11799
Holabird Western Americana Collections
European, SxS, 20 ga., SN: 4448, JMD Oval Tag: 3902, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to c****d for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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European SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920's JMD-1180110894 - European SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920's JMD-11801
Holabird Western Americana Collections
European, SxS, 20 ga., hammerless/two triggers, checkered fore/pistol grip, plastic butt plate. SN: 1647, JMD Oval Tag: 6808, Condition: Good, >&...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Far Nat Darmes de Guerre Herstal- Belgique SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920's JMD-1202310895 - Far Nat Darmes de Guerre Herstal- Belgique SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920's JMD-12023
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Far Nat Darmes de Guerre Herstal- Belgique, SxS, 12 GA, hammerless, dual triggers, sling attachments, checkered for/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to t******m for (225.00 + 49.50) x 1 = 274.50
 
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Folsom Arms Co. Knickerbocker Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1178510896 - Folsom Arms Co. Knickerbocker Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11785
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Folsom Arms Co., Knickerbocker, SxS, 16 GA 2-3/4 chamber, hammerless/two triggers, bead front, checkered fore/pistol grip, rubber butt stock. SN: 5671
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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French, Le Fusil Darne Brevette Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-1172410897 - French, Le Fusil Darne Brevette Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-11724
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shotgun, French, Le Fusil Darne, Brevette, 16-gauge, SxS Shotgun, slide shotgun, dual triggers, checkered pistol grip, metal butt plate, very unusual,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 600.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to b*********e for (400.00 + 88.00) x 1 = 488.00
 
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Heinrich Munch Aachen Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920s JMD-1257210898 - Heinrich Munch Aachen Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1920s JMD-12572
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Over/Under, Heinrich Munch Aachen, 16-gauge, some engraving, bead front sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, cheek rest on stock, metal butt plate. SN:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to e*********o for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Hersal Belgigue French Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1176110899 - Hersal Belgigue French Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11761
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shotgun, Hersal Belgigue, French, 20 Ga., SxS, checkered pistol grip. SN: 2124, JMD Oval Tag: 10017, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <&...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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