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. Shotgun 1940s JMD-1146410850 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1940s JMD-11464
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Shotgun, Unknown manufacturer, 20 ga, Meant for trapping animals. Camo paints. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3615, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRE...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Volunteer Arms. Single-Shot Shotgun 1920's JMD-1243410851 - Volunteer Arms. Single-Shot Shotgun 1920's JMD-12434
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Volunteer Arms., Single-Shot, 12 ga. shotgun. Manufactured by Crescent Fire Arms Company made for and sold by the Belknap Hardware Company of Louisvil
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (80.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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Walther, German Shotgun 1930's JMD-1209210852 - Walther, German Shotgun 1930's JMD-12092
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Walther, German, 12 Gauge, semi-automatic, bead front sight, grooved top rear sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: 1671, JMD Oval
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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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Walther, German Shotgun 1930's JMD-1209410853 - Walther, German Shotgun 1930's JMD-12094
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Walther, German, 12 Ga, bead front sight, groove top rib sight, checkered fore/pistol grip stock, no cheek rest, rubber butt plate. SN: 5182, JMD Oval
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (450.00 + 99.00) x 1 = 549.00
 
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Walther, German Shotgun 1930's JMD-1209610854 - Walther, German Shotgun 1930's JMD-12096
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Shotgun, Walther, German, SN: 2991, JMD Oval Tag: 4476, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (550.00 + 121.00) x 1 = 671.00
 
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Western Field XNH-480C Shotgun 1960s JMD-1202010855 - Western Field XNH-480C Shotgun 1960s JMD-12020
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Western Field, XNH-480C (Noble MOD. 70).410, bead front sight, Grooved Forearm/smooth pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: Z66, JMD Oval Tag: 10251, Co
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to j******k for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Westley Ricahrds and Co. Single-Shot Shotgun 1950s JMD-1106510856 - Westley Ricahrds and Co. Single-Shot Shotgun 1950s JMD-11065
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This is a single-shot trap shotgun by Westley Richards and Co., In 12 ga. SN: T7064, JMD Oval Tag: 8223, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED &...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (600.00 + 150.00) x 1 = 750.00
 
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Whippet C Shotgun 1940s JMD-1173110857 - Whippet C Shotgun 1940s JMD-11731
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Shotgun, Whippet, Model C.410 break action shotgun. SN: 2180A, JMD Oval Tag: 994, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to s******8 for (95.00 + 23.75) x 1 = 118.75
 
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Winchester 50 Shotgun 1960s JMD-1168110858 - Winchester 50 Shotgun 1960s JMD-11681
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Winchester, 50, 12 ga 2 3/4 chamber, bead front sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: 48345, JMD Oval Tag: 4731, Condition: Very G
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Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to b*******e for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Winchester Model 12 Shotgun 1920s JMD-1189210859 - Winchester Model 12 Shotgun 1920s JMD-11892
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Winchester, Model 12, 12 GA, pump action shotgun, ribbed fore/smooth pistol grip, Win-choke, padded butt plate. SN: 402775, JMD Oval Tag: 10169, Condi
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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