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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Chelsea Pistol Flash Photo 1870's JMD-1131521050 - Chelsea Pistol Flash Photo 1870's JMD-11315
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Pistol Flash Photo, Chelsea, Probably for photography. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 232, Condition: Very Good, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to t****r for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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J. Griffith Cinn Kentucky Pistol from Rifle (registered) 1840's JMD-1056721051 - J. Griffith Cinn Kentucky Pistol from Rifle (registered) 1840's JMD-10567
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This is a full-stock Ohio gun using a J. Griffith lock. In walnut about .36 cal. Condition is fair with old stock repair. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1143,
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to u********e.. for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Pistol from Rifle (registered) 1840s JMD-1143021052 - Unknown mfr. Pistol from Rifle (registered) 1840s JMD-11430
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Pistol made from a rifle (registered), Unknown manufacturer.22 Pepperbox black-powder SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1142, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********e for (650.00 + 143.00) x 1 = 793.00
 
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Air pistols, Lot of 6 JMD-1149521053 - Air pistols, Lot of 6 JMD-11495
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Air Pistols, Lot of 6, Webly-Scott, Air Pistols, Junior 177, Ben Franklin, pellet, Brass barrel, pump lever, pot metal construction, Hy-Score target a
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Estimates : 260.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Crossman Arms Co, Hyscore Target Model Pistol, Air  JMD-1149321054 - Crossman Arms Co, Hyscore Target Model Pistol, Air JMD-11493
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Air Pistols, Lot of 5, includes Crossman Arms Co., JMD Oval Tags 242, 510, 3693, 3696 & 4598. CHECK YOUR LOCAL MUNICIPALITY FOR TRANSFER REQUIRE...
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Estimates : 240.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Pistol, Blank 1870's JMD-1140721055 - Pistol, Blank 1870's JMD-11407
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Pistol, Blank .22, Pocket Revolver, blanks, 12 shot. SN: 5, JMD Oval Tag: 3394, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to j******4 for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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ASOULTZ Pistol, Double-Barrel 1840s JMD-1120321056 - ASOULTZ Pistol, Double-Barrel 1840s JMD-11203
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This pistol is marked "ASOULTZ, J. Mathias Gihs." with a 4 in. barrel. It is a SxS double barrel percussion pistol. From the 1850's. S...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Belgian Pistol, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-1128021057 - Belgian Pistol, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-11280
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Pistol, Belgian, Pocket Double barrel. 4Ó-barrel, dual hammer/trigger, wood grip, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 587, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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Belgian Pistol, Double-Barrel 1860s JMD-1133621058 - Belgian Pistol, Double-Barrel 1860s JMD-11336
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Pistol, Double-Barrel, Belgian, Double barrel, checkered grips and engraved nickel plated. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 4250, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to R****0 for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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D.S Turmnsuhl Pistol, Double-Barrel 1840s JMD-1118921059 - D.S Turmnsuhl Pistol, Double-Barrel 1840s JMD-11189
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This is a double barrel pistol, marked "D.S. Tumnsuhl". The barrels are 4.5-in long and bored to about .42 cal. This gun would be worth ow...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to d*******r for (400.00 + 88.00) x 1 = 488.00
 
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