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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Bacon Arms Revolver 1864 JMD-1123821100 - Bacon Arms Revolver 1864 JMD-11238
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Bacon Arms, Factory engraved .31 caliber 5 shot pocket revolver with 10 cylinder stops for resting hammer in between the chamber when not in use for s
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to T********k for (800.00 + 200.00) x 1 = 1,000.00
 
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Baron Manufacturer and Co Revolver 1860's JMD-1126521101 - Baron Manufacturer and Co Revolver 1860's JMD-11265
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Baron Manufacturer and Co revolver with a 4 in. barrel. Nickel finish engraved. fluted cylinder, round barrel, and wood grips, good conditio
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (700.00 + 175.00) x 1 = 875.00
 
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Beads Revolver 1856 JMD-1127521102 - Beads Revolver 1856 JMD-11275
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Revolver, Beads, REM-BEAL 3RD MODEL POCKET, 4 in barrel, Percussion Pistol Revolver, checkered wood grips, no trigger guard with spur trigger. SN: N/A
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******k for (425.00 + 93.50) x 1 = 518.50
 
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Belgian Baby Hammerless Revolver 1896 JMD-1149121103 - Belgian Baby Hammerless Revolver 1896 JMD-11491
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Revolver, Belgian, Baby Hammerless, 5mm, wood checkered grips, folding trigger, no trigger guards. Patent 1896. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3267, Condition
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Belgian Bulldog Revolver 1870s JMD-1133821104 - Belgian Bulldog Revolver 1870s JMD-11338
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Revolver, Belgian, Bulldog, .38 cal, Five-shot, folding trigger. Nickel plated. SN: 190, JMD Oval Tag: 355, Condition: Very Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (190.00 + 47.50) x 1 = 237.50
 
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Belgian Bulldog Revolver 1880 JMD-1129021105 - Belgian Bulldog Revolver 1880 JMD-11290
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Revolver, Belgian, Bulldog, 7.5 mm, wood grips, folding trigger, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2559, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Belgian Revolver 1860's JMD-1126921106 - Belgian Revolver 1860's JMD-11269
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This is a Belgian revolver in .38 Pin fire, 5 in barrel, brass frame, wood grip, lanyard ring, Condition is very good. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2786, Co
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t****r for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Belgian Revolver 1870s JMD-1128421107 - Belgian Revolver 1870s JMD-11284
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Revolver, Belgian, 10mm, Large frame six shot. Pinfire. 6Ó-barrel, wood grips, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2482, Condition: Excellent, >
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimates : 300.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Belgian Revolver 1870s JMD-1129821108 - Belgian Revolver 1870s JMD-11298
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Revolver, Belgian, 8mm, 4" barrel. Pocket Revolver, wood grips, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 499, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Belgian Revolver 1875 JMD-1129221109 - Belgian Revolver 1875 JMD-11292
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Revolver, Belgian.36 cal, Copy of Moore revolver, blade front sight, checkered wood grips, natural finish, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 543, Condition: Good
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to d**********e for (1,250.00 + 312.50) x 1 = 1,562.50
 
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