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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Unknown mfr. Newport Model Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-1179310940 - Unknown mfr. Newport Model Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1940s JMD-11793
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Unknown manufacturer, Newport Model, SxS.410, hammerless/dual triggers, blade front/notch rear sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, leather butt cover. SN:
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1910s JMD-1207010941 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1910s JMD-12070
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Unknown manufacturer, SxS, 16 GA, hammerless, double set triggers, checkered fore/pistol grip. SN: 2833, JMD Oval Tag: 10031, Condition: Excellent, ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to b*********e for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Unknown mfr. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1896 JMD-1017110942 - Unknown mfr. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1896 JMD-10171
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A n 1890's vintage shotgun with a copper wrist repair. SN: 45553, JMD Oval Tag: 2536, >> 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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Unknown mfr. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel Unknown JMD-1024810943 - Unknown mfr. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel Unknown JMD-10248
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Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Unknown, SxS shotgun, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 10015, Condition: Fair, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to H*****5 for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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US Springfield 1894 Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1894 JMD-1042210944 - US Springfield 1894 Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1894 JMD-10422
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This is a model 1894 Springfield chambered for .30-40 Krag. Issued to a soldier Sept. 1914. The name Jack Kelley is scratched into the butt stock. SN:
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Estimates : 800.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Valmet Helsinki Suomi Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1950s-70s JMD-1103610945 - Valmet Helsinki Suomi Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1950s-70s JMD-11036
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Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Valmet, Helsinki Suomi, SN: 10747, JMD Oval Tag: 8291, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to b*******e for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Valmet Helsinki Suomi Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1970s JMD-1103210946 - Valmet Helsinki Suomi Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1970s JMD-11032
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This is a Vamet double-Barrel 12 ga. shotgun model Helsinki Suomi, SN: 2783, JMD Oval Tag: 8260, Condition: Excellent, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to y*****6 for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Valmet Helsinki Suomi Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1970s JMD-1103410947 - Valmet Helsinki Suomi Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1970s JMD-11034
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This is a double-barrel, Valmet, model Helsinki Suomi, 12 ga. over/under shotgun. SN: 1221, JMD Oval Tag: 8258, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL I...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to s*******e for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Western Arms Co made by Ithaca Gun Co Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-1206410948 - Western Arms Co made by Ithaca Gun Co Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-12064
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Western Arms Co made by Ithaca Gun Co, SxS, 12 GA, hammerless, double set triggers, engraving of Retriever right side, smooth fore/pistol grip, leathe
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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Western Arms Co Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-1206610949 - Western Arms Co Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-12066
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Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Western Arms Co, SN: S1104, JMD Oval Tag: 6429, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Western Arms Co. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-1205310950 - Western Arms Co. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-12053
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Western Arms Co., SxS, 12 GA, hammerless, double triggers, bead front sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, padded butt plate. SN: 19975, JMD Oval Tag: 1
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to B*********l for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Zephyr SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-1017210951 - Zephyr SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1960s JMD-10172
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This is a beautiful SxS shotgun with original bluing and engraving on the receiver. Nearly new condition. SN: 1580, JMD Oval Tag: 10032, Condition: As
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to c********l for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Bohler Stahl Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Over/Under 1930s JMD-1255410952 - Bohler Stahl Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Over/Under 1930s JMD-12554
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Bohler Stahl, O/U Shotgun, 12-gauge, bead front sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, some engraving, cheek rest stock, padded butt plate. SN: 14300, JMD
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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European Over/Under Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Over/Under 1920s JMD-1208610953 - European Over/Under Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Over/Under 1920s JMD-12086
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Over/Under, 16 GA, beaded front sight on barrel rib, checkered fore/pistol grip, cheek rest stock, padded butt plate. SN: 14136, JMD Oval Tag: 8335, C
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to y*****6 for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Kodensha Nikko Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Over/Under 1970s-80s JMD-1158410954 - Kodensha Nikko Shotgun, Double-Barrel, Over/Under 1970s-80s JMD-11584
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Over/Under, Kodensha, Nikko, Nicely engraved. 12 ga, bead front sight, checkered pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: 8772, JMD Oval Tag: 10392, Condit
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Estimates : 300.00 - 700.00
Sold to y*****6 for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Browning 4 barrel Shotgun, Over/Under 1987 JMD-1247210955 - Browning 4 barrel Shotgun, Over/Under 1987 JMD-12472
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Made exclusively for Simmons Gun Company. Browning Superposed O/U in 12/20/28/.410-gauges all with 26 in. barrels with elevated trap rib. Leather carr
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (2,200.00 + 550.00) x 1 = 2,750.00
 
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H. Pieper SxS Combo Shotgun, Rifle 1900 JMD-1092010956 - H. Pieper SxS Combo Shotgun, Rifle 1900 JMD-10920
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This is a combination rifle/ shotgun made by Pieper. In 12 ga. and 11 mm. With a side lever release and back-action locks, . SN: 5549, JMD Oval Tag: 4
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to d*******f for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Baker Gun Company Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1960s JMD-1203910957 - Baker Gun Company Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1960s JMD-12039
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Baker Gun Company, Sterling Single shot, 12 GA, engraving on side plates, bead front sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, padded butt plate. SN: 42674,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Centuri-Liege Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1950s JMD-1108810958 - Centuri-Liege Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1950s JMD-11088
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This is a shotgun made by Centuri-Liege, a single-shot 10 ga. shotgun in good condition. SN: 182, JMD Oval Tag: 8178, Condition: Good, >> FFL ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*******e for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Cloke 16 Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920's JMD-1186510959 - Cloke 16 Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920's JMD-11865
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Single-Barrel, Cloke, 12-gauge, engraved but worn, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, rubber butt plate, sling mounts. SN: 120, JMD Oval Tag: 2530, Co
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to f********i for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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