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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Belgian Pistol 1950s JMD-1131410970 - Belgian Pistol 1950s JMD-11314
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Belgian, 3mm, target rear sight, wood stock/grips. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 149, Condition: Excellent, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to s******8 for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Belgian Pistol 1950s JMD-1138410971 - Belgian Pistol 1950s JMD-11384
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Belgian, 8mm, Target Pistol SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2374, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Belgian Pistol 1960s JMD-1141810972 - Belgian Pistol 1960s JMD-11418
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Belgian, .22, Rolling block Pistol, blade dovetail front/ adjustable rear sight, wood fore/checkered pistol grip. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 629,
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to w********6 for (350.00 + 77.00) x 1 = 427.00
 
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Bernardelli Pistol 1950s JMD-1133510973 - Bernardelli Pistol 1950s JMD-11335
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Bernardelli, .22 short, Pocket Pistol, wood grips. SN: 7169, JMD Oval Tag: 5499, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to s****g for (70.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 87.50
 
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Bernardelli Pistol 1950s JMD-1133710974 - Bernardelli Pistol 1950s JMD-11337
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Bernardelli, Pocket Pistol, 6.35 mm, SN: RESEARCH, JMD Oval Tag: 9464, Condition: Fair, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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Browning Arms Pistol 1950s JMD-1120910975 - Browning Arms Pistol 1950s JMD-11209
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Browning Arms semi-automatic .25 cal. pistol. Made in Belgium. SN: 185696, JMD Oval Tag: 5486, Condition: Excellent, >> FFL IS REQUI...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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D-ARMESDES Pistol 1960s JMD-1134710976 - D-ARMESDES Pistol 1960s JMD-11347
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, D-ARMESDES, RANGER, .22 LR, Pistolette, plastic grip. SN: 429419, JMD Oval Tag: 3199, Condition: Fair, >> FFL IS REQUIRED <<
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to B****7 for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Deringer Corp. Pistol 1950s-60s JMD-1145010977 - Deringer Corp. Pistol 1950s-60s JMD-11450
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Deringer Corp., .22, Over and under, plastic grips, all black. SN: 5151, JMD Oval Tag: 4576, Condition: Very Good, >> FFL IS REQUIRED ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to n*******E for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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Essex Pistol 1890-1900 JMD-1136710978 - Essex Pistol 1890-1900 JMD-11367
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Essex.22, Target Pistol, blade front/leaf rear sight, checkered pistol grip. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9610, Condition: Poor, >> FFL IS R...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to D******L for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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European Pistol 1930s JMD-1139410979 - European Pistol 1930s JMD-11394
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, European, 7.5mm, octagon barrel, blade front. notch rear sight, wood grips. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2770, Condition: Good, >> FFL IS RE...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to w********6 for (55.00 + 12.10) x 1 = 67.10
 
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