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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Burnside, Providence RI Carbine 1856 JMD-1191820000 - Burnside, Providence RI Carbine 1856 JMD-11918
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Burnside, Providence RI.54 cal, blade front/notch rear sight, sling swivel attached, metal butt plate. One of the first breech loading percussion carb
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******r for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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Marlin 1893 Carbine 1893 JMD-1096820001 - Marlin 1893 Carbine 1893 JMD-10968
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This is a Marlin, model 1893, carbine in .30-30 as a parts gun. SN: 7758, JMD Oval Tag: 4953, Condition: Poor/Parts Gun, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to D*****6 for (600.00 + 150.00) x 1 = 750.00
 
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Poultney & Trimball, Baltimore, USA, mfg by Amn.Mach. Wks, Springfield Mass. Smiths Patent, 1857 Car20002 - Poultney & Trimball, Baltimore, USA, mfg by Amn.Mach. Wks, Springfield Mass. Smiths Patent, 1857 Car
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Poultney & Trimball, Baltimore, USA, mfg by Amn. Mach. Wks, Springfield Mass. SmithÕs Patent, 1857.48, Percussion carbine, half octagon, ha...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Spencer Carbine Carbine 1860s JMD-1029620003 - Spencer Carbine Carbine 1860s JMD-10296
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This is a Spencer Civil War carbine in .52 caliber in fair condition but original. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7039, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to s******0 for (850.00 + 187.00) x 1 = 1,037.00
 
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Springfield 1873 Carbine 1884 JMD-1012920004 - Springfield 1873 Carbine 1884 JMD-10129
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This is a beautiful model 1873 Trapdoor Springfield carbine with a neat trapdoor in the butt plate for a cleaning rod. It includes a saddle ring on sl
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (700.00 + 175.00) x 1 = 875.00
 
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Belgian style Combo 1880s JMD-1202220005 - Belgian style Combo 1880s JMD-12022
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Combo, Belgian style, 16 Gauge/9mm, Tilt-Barrel Combo Gun, iron sights, hammer/dual triggers, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, cheek rest stock w/do
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********e for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Frank E Harter, Lockhaven, PA Combo 1885 JMD-1201220006 - Frank E Harter, Lockhaven, PA Combo 1885 JMD-12012
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Frank E Harter, Lockhaven, .36/10-gauge, O/U, dual hammer Tilt-Barrel, PA, Rare cartridge combo gun. SN: 107, JMD Oval Tag: 6901, Condition: Excellent
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to t******m for (550.00 + 121.00) x 1 = 671.00
 
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P. R. Back-Action Percussion Combo 1850s JMD-1052420007 - P. R. Back-Action Percussion Combo 1850s JMD-10524
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This is a three barreled shotgun/rifle combination. The top barrels have back-action locks while the bottom barrel has bottom mounted spur hammer. An
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to p**********n for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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Unknown mfr. (US?) Combo 1850s JMD-1184820008 - Unknown mfr. (US?) Combo 1850s JMD-11848
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Unknown manufacturer (US?), dual hammer/trigger w/underhammer, 12-gauge SxS/.34 cal, blade front/ V notch fixed rear sight, metal crescent butt plate.
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to p**********n for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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Unknown mfr. SxS Combo 1890 JMD-1083920009 - Unknown mfr. SxS Combo 1890 JMD-10839
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This is a combo rifle, maker unknown, SxS 9 mm and .22 rifle. SN: 1664, JMD Oval Tag: 6863, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to D*****6 for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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