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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Spanish Pistol 1790s JMD-1126021000 - Spanish Pistol 1790s JMD-11260
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Spanish pistol about 1690's with an 8" barrel; octagon to round. Flintlock design 16 in. overall length. In poor condition. SN: N...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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Spanish Pistol 1870's JMD-1131721001 - Spanish Pistol 1870's JMD-11317
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This pistol is Spanish made .45, Copy of Remington rolling block 6 in barrel, wood fore/pistol grip, bead front sight, octagon to round barrel. SN: N/
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Springfield Pistol 1864 JMD-1138921002 - Springfield Pistol 1864 JMD-11389
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Springfield.62, Percussion Cap Pistol. A marriage of parts. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1632, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to a****y for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Springfield Pistol 1870's JMD-1136321003 - Springfield Pistol 1870's JMD-11363
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a trapdoor Springfield.45, modified to be a pistol. Blade front sight, notch rear sight. A modified percussion rifle. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to j******P for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Stevens Pistol 1890s JMD-1135221004 - Stevens Pistol 1890s JMD-11352
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Stevens, .22, Single shot, tip up barrel. 3", wood grips. SN: 52768, JMD Oval Tag: 3446, Condition: Very Good, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to y********o.. for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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SWST-AYDT Pistol 1870's JMD-1136121005 - SWST-AYDT Pistol 1870's JMD-11361
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, SWST-AYDT, Lever action, .22 black-powder target gun. Drop box, blade front/adjustable rear sight. checkered pistol grip, engraved. SN: N/A, J
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to f********l.. for (450.00 + 99.00) x 1 = 549.00
 
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T. Davidson Pistol 1850s JMD-1116821006 - T. Davidson Pistol 1850s JMD-11168
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Kentucky pistol. The lock was made by T. Davidson & Co. of Cincinnati, Oho. (Hustlar p. 29, 57) In percussion ignition. The barrel is ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********d.. for (900.00 + 198.00) x 1 = 1,098.00
 
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Tower Pistol 1960s JMD-1138321007 - Tower Pistol 1960s JMD-11383
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A flintlock pistol, the lock is marked "Tower GR" black-powder replica, Japanese. SN: E16, JMD Oval Tag: 4607, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (190.00 + 47.50) x 1 = 237.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Blank Firing Starter or Signal Gun Pistol 1880s JMD-1125021008 - Unknown mfr. Blank Firing Starter or Signal Gun Pistol 1880s JMD-11250
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pistol, Unknown, 12 Gauge Black powder, Antique blank Black powder shot shell starter/ signal gun ejector switch very rare. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 111
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to t******m for (140.00 + 30.80) x 1 = 170.80
 
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Unknown mfr. Fowler Pistol 1840's JMD-1057921009 - Unknown mfr. Fowler Pistol 1840's JMD-10579
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Brown Bess that has a second life as a fowler. The flintlock is ornately marked. The architecture is British and the barrel is at .46 in. SN
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 2*****I for (1,400.00 + 350.00) x 1 = 1,750.00
 
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