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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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
 
 
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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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