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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Hildenn Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1060720200 - Hildenn Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10607
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in .42 cal. with a back-action lock in fair condition. Hildenn lock maker. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7273, Condition:
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to c******l for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Hopkins & Allen Arms. Drop Block Rifle 1880's JMD-1008520201 - Hopkins & Allen Arms. Drop Block Rifle 1880's JMD-10085
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This is .30 cal. rim-fire Black Powder cartridge rifle C.1880's. A single-shot target rifle falling-block action target rifle. SN: 140, JMD Oval...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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Hopkins & Allen Arms. Drop Block Rifle 1890's JMD-1008720202 - Hopkins & Allen Arms. Drop Block Rifle 1890's JMD-10087
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1880s Hopkins and Allen single-shot drop block .22 caliber BLACK POWDER cartridge target rifle. Octagon barrel with saddle ring receiver .Excellent sh
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Hopkins & Allen Arms. Drop Block Rifle 1890's JMD-1008920203 - Hopkins & Allen Arms. Drop Block Rifle 1890's JMD-10089
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1880s round barrel .22 caliber black-powder cartridge saddle ring target rifle. Drop block action. SN: 675, JMD Oval Tag: 6638, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (180.00 + 39.60) x 1 = 219.60
 
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Hopkins & Allen Arms. Falling Block 925 Rifle 1890's JMD-1186720204 - Hopkins & Allen Arms. Falling Block 925 Rifle 1890's JMD-11867
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Hopkins & Allen Arms., Mod 925.25-25 rimfire, Falling Block, scope mounts only, saddle ring, checkered fore/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Hopkins & Allen Arms. Falling Block Rifle 1870's JMD-1112720205 - Hopkins & Allen Arms. Falling Block Rifle 1870's JMD-11127
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This is a Hopkins & Allen Arms. falling-block rifle chambered in .32 Winchester centerfire black-powder. Condition is fair. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Ta...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Hopkins & Allen Falling Block Rifle 1890s JMD-1150220206 - Hopkins & Allen Falling Block Rifle 1890s JMD-11502
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Hopkins & Allen, Falling-block .22, blade front/ fixed rear sight, saddle ring, metal butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3061, Condition: Good, ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (190.00 + 47.50) x 1 = 237.50
 
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HSB & Co. Rey-O-Noc Rifle 1890 JMD-1113220207 - HSB & Co. Rey-O-Noc Rifle 1890 JMD-11132
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This rifle is made by HSB & Co., a model Rey-O-Noc. A falling-block .22 black-powder rifle. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 4542, Condition: Good, >
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 800.00
 
 
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illegible, Fond du Lac Rifle 1850s JMD-1195620208 - illegible, Fond du Lac Rifle 1850s JMD-11956
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This is a rifle built in walnut with a percussion lock. German silver trigger guard, toe plate and cap box. Beautifully made by a master. Marked illeg
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (700.00 + 175.00) x 1 = 875.00
 
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Ilsst Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1021420209 - Ilsst Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10214
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A beautiful half-stock percussion gun of large bore. An intricate brass rear sight. With swivels for a sling. The stock is maple and spectacular in co
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to b*********v for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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J Hapgood Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1191520210 - J Hapgood Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-11915
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A J. Harpgood, Kentucky rifle, octagon barrel, blade front/V notch rear fixed sight, ramrod, Hammer side plate engraved w/pheasants and stamped J. Har
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to c******l for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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J Henry Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1030420211 - J Henry Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-10304
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This is a full-stock flintlock rifle with a marriage of parts that look good. 42 in barrel. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1646, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to y********c.. for (1,100.00 + 242.00) x 1 = 1,342.00
 
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J Herny & Son Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1046920212 - J Herny & Son Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10469
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle. The lock is marked "J. Henry and Son" . It has a heavy barrel and two-barrel wedges in about .45 cal....
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to y********c.. for (1,300.00 + 286.00) x 1 = 1,586.00
 
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J Herny & Son Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1057720213 - J Herny & Son Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10577
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle and the lock is marked J. Henry and Son. Stocked in walnut and bored for about .30 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 972
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to p**********n for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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J McKee Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1057420214 - J McKee Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-10574
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This is a Kentucky rifle possibly of North Carolina origin.The lock is a modified, Dixie #1 lock from the 1980s. The rifle is old but the lock is not.
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to m********5 for (2,400.00 + 600.00) x 1 = 3,000.00
 
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J Windmer Black Powder Rifle 1840s JMD-1200720215 - J Windmer Black Powder Rifle 1840s JMD-12007
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J Windmer, Black Powder.18 cal, black-powder, blade front/V rear sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, brass receiver, brass butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval T
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*********e for (225.00 + 49.50) x 1 = 274.50
 
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J. C. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1058020216 - J. C. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10580
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle of Ohio origin with a walnut stock bored for .40 cal. in fair condition. Percussion ignition. Marked J.C. SN: N/A,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 800.00
Sold to b********d.. for (170.00 + 37.40) x 1 = 207.40
 
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J. Golcher Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1065120217 - J. Golcher Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10651
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This is a halft stock Kentucky rifle with a J. Golcher, lock. The stock is made for a left handed shooter in .38 cal. Improvised side plate. SN: N/A,
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to b*********v for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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J. H. Johnson Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1048720218 - J. H. Johnson Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10487
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This is a late period percussion rifle made by J. H. Johnston of Western Pennsylvania. Heavy barrel for target shooting. Possibly in the 16-pound rang
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to f*****E for (400.00 + 0.00) x 1 = 400.00
 
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J. Harding Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1046520219 - J. Harding Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10465
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This is a beautifully executed percussion rifle in half-stock about .36 cal. The manufacturer is J. Harding and the lock is marked "Lowell MASS...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to j*****y for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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