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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Joseph Golcher Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1007120240 - Joseph Golcher Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-10071
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This is a very plain Kentucky full-stock rifle with a Joseph Gulcher back-action lock. It appears to be all original and with set triggers. SN: N/A, J
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to c******h for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Joseph Golcher Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1007920241 - Joseph Golcher Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-10079
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle with a Joseph Gulcher lock double set triggers and iron hardware trigger guard. The lock looks to be a replacement
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to y********c.. for (1,800.00 + 396.00) x 1 = 2,196.00
 
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Joseph Gultcher Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1194720242 - Joseph Gultcher Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-11947
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Maker unknown, Kentucky Full stock, blade front/notch fixed rear sight, brass butt plate. Jos. Golcher lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9265, Condition: F
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (170.00 + 37.40) x 1 = 207.40
 
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Joslyn Arms.Co 1864 Rifle 1860s JMD-1193520243 - Joslyn Arms.Co 1864 Rifle 1860s JMD-11935
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Joslyn Arms. Co, JOSLYN Model 1864.58 cal, blade front/flip notch rear sight, Swing-lock carbine, saddle ring, steel butt plate. SN: 15907, JMD Oval T
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (700.00 + 175.00) x 1 = 875.00
 
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Joslyn Arms.Co 1884 Rifle 1840s JMD-1193720244 - Joslyn Arms.Co 1884 Rifle 1840s JMD-11937
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Joslyn Arms. Co, JOSLYN Model 1864.52 cal, blade front/flip notch rear sight, Swing lock carbine, saddle ring, metal butt plate. SN: 1126, JMD Oval Ta
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (750.00 + 165.00) x 1 = 915.00
 
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Kudba Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1055920245 - Kudba Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10559
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This is a half-stock rifle in a maple stock with good figure. About .42 cal. In fair condition due to stock repairs. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1986, Cond
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to b********d.. for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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L. Adams Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1052620246 - L. Adams Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10526
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This is a .40 cal. target rifle in half-stock percussion. The maker is "J. Adams" of Cincinnati, Ohio SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6230, Conditi...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to j*****y for (225.00 + 49.50) x 1 = 274.50
 
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L. Eriksen Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1112920247 - L. Eriksen Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-11129
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle marked "L. Eriksen", In .50 cal. Beautiful curly maple stock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1937, Condition: ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to j*****y for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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L. Ghriskey Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1051020248 - L. Ghriskey Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10510
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle and the state origin is unknown. It has a beautiful patchbox, beautiful striped maple but in fair condition with a
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to y********c.. for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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L. Romano Rifle Co. Maynard Model 1 Rifle 1870s JMD-1200820249 - L. Romano Rifle Co. Maynard Model 1 Rifle 1870s JMD-12008
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Maynard, Model 1.36. Black Powder, Lever type breech loading, blade front/flip rear notch sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, metal butt plate, known for
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to p********m for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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L.Eckeberecht Jaeger Rifle 1840s JMD-1184920250 - L.Eckeberecht Jaeger Rifle 1840s JMD-11849
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L. Eckeberecht, Jaeger Musket, octagon barrel, ramrod, engraved side plates w/hunting dog, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, cheek rest stock, metal
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to p********m for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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LANCTRIPA Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1056920251 - LANCTRIPA Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10569
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This is a no-frills full-stock Kentucky rifle about .45 cal. Percussion ignition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7064, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to R*****2 for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Lehman Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850 JMD-1014620252 - Lehman Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850 JMD-10146
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This is a full-length Kentucky rifle marked Lehman on the lock. The barrel length is 44 inches. A contract gun in percussion. with set-triggers and be
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to s******0 for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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Leman Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1044120253 - Leman Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10441
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This rifle is a Lehman rifle possibly of Ohio origin. In .36 cal. The stock is cracked at the wrist. It has a flip-up peep sight at the tang. Beautifu
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to j******4 for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Leman Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1055520254 - Leman Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10555
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This rifle is marked Leman with a heavy barrel and walnut stock. In overall excellent condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2083, Condition: Excellent, ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to 5******t for (160.00 + 35.20) x 1 = 195.20
 
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Leman Lancaster Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1195720255 - Leman Lancaster Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-11957
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A Leman Lancaster, half-stock Kentucky rifle, octagon barrel, ramrod, blade front/notch fixed rear sight, round cheek rest, with patchbox, crescent bu
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to p********a.. for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Leman Lancaster Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1058120256 - Leman Lancaster Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10581
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This is a half-stock rifle marked "Leman" of Lancaster. Pa. About .35 cal. in poor condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7299, Condition: Poor...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to k****Y for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Leman Lancaster Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1007720257 - Leman Lancaster Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-10077
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This is a full-stock Leman rifle with plain hardware. Full length barrel with original Golcher style lock. Curly maple tiger stripe wood. The side pla
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to O*****y for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Leman Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1031020258 - Leman Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10310
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This is a Leman rifle with a back-action lock. The hammer is missing. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1209, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to k****Y for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Libodoise Rifle 1867 JMD-1030520259 - Libodoise Rifle 1867 JMD-10305
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This is a three-band musket made by Libidoise and with a 1867 cartouche on the stock. It also has British proof marks. An interesting specimen where t
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to c******t for (650.00 + 162.50) x 1 = 812.50
 
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