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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Cordy Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1970s JMD-1158210960 - Cordy Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1970s JMD-11582
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Single-Barrel, Cordy, 12 ga, Dog scene. Nice wood. 30" barrel. Made in Belgium. SN: 27633, JMD Oval Tag: 8278, Condition: Excellent, >> F...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to p*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Eig-Eibar Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920's JMD-1186110961 - Eig-Eibar Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920's JMD-11861
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Single-Barrel, Eig-Eibar, Spain, single barrel.410, bead front, engraved retrievers on side plates, guaranteed for smokeless powder stamped on right s
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to p*******f for (70.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 87.50
 
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Gustloff Werke Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920s JMD-1230310962 - Gustloff Werke Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920s JMD-12303
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Gustloff Werke O/U, 12 ga shotgun, front bead sight, rubber shoulder pad. Scroll work engraved sides and top. SN: 53620, JMD Oval Tag: 8168, Condition
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s*******e for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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J.P. Sauer & Sohn Original Duralumin Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1930s JMD-1188810963 - J.P. Sauer & Sohn Original Duralumin Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1930s JMD-11888
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Single-Barrel, J.P. Sauer & Sohn, Original Duralumin, 12 GA, hammerless, blade front/V notch rear sight, checkered fore pistol grip, padded butt...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to t******m for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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Lancelot Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1960s JMD-1202910964 - Lancelot Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1960s JMD-12029
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lancelot, Single-Shot, 12 GA, Engraved. SN: 11397, JMD Oval Tag: 8184, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to f********i for (70.00 + 15.40) x 1 = 85.40
 
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Unknown mfr. Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920's JMD-1204110965 - Unknown mfr. Single-Shot Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1920's JMD-12041
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Single-Barrel, Unknown manufacturer, Single shot, bead front sight on vent rib, checkered fore/pistol grip, nice engraving, cheek rest stock. SN: 1278
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to b*******e for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Yokohama, Simmons guns specialty, Kansas City Shotgun, SS 1950s JMD-1220910966 - Yokohama, Simmons guns specialty, Kansas City Shotgun, SS 1950s JMD-12209
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Simmons Hardware guns specialty, Kansas City, Single barrel shotgun, 12-gauge, blade front/no rear sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, some scrimshaw,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to y*****6 for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Flare Gun 1940s JMD-1135510967 - Flare Gun 1940s JMD-11355
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Flare Gun, Tear Gas Gun, revolving retention ring missing. SN: RESEARCH, JMD Oval Tag: 10471, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Lake Erie Chemical Co. Flare Gun 1930s-40s JMD-1120610968 - Lake Erie Chemical Co. Flare Gun 1930s-40s JMD-11206
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Flare Gun, made by the Lake Erie Chemical Co.of Cleveland, Ohio. From the 1930-1940's. In good overall condition. 4 in. barrel. SN: N/...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to 3******r for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Armi-GALESI-GALESL-BRESIC Pistol 1950s JMD-1134910969 - Armi-GALESI-GALESL-BRESIC Pistol 1950s JMD-11349
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Armi-GALESI-GALESL-BRESIC.22, No Mag, Italian, fake pearl handle, holster. SN: 101783, JMD Oval Tag: 1864, Condition: Fair, >> FFL IS ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to s****g for (80.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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