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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Elesot & Co. Half-Stock heavy barrel Kentucky Rifle 1850 JMD-1033220150 - Elesot & Co. Half-Stock heavy barrel Kentucky Rifle 1850 JMD-10332
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle made in Ohio with a Hixon lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2136, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Elison Brothers Memphis Kentucky Rifle 1790 JMD-1021520151 - Elison Brothers Memphis Kentucky Rifle 1790 JMD-10215
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This half-stock rifle is marked Elison Brothers of Memphis Tenn. however the origin of this rifle is from Pennsylvania. The gun wears an original flin
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (2,200.00 + 550.00) x 1 = 2,750.00
 
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Enfield Rifle 1868 JMD-1027820152 - Enfield Rifle 1868 JMD-10278
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This is a model 1868 Enfield three band musket in excellent condition. Cartouched on the right stock. SN: 1575, JMD Oval Tag: 6880, Condition: Good,...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to d*******f for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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Esterr. Wafffb.ges Model 1876 Rifle 1870s JMD-1018220153 - Esterr. Wafffb.ges Model 1876 Rifle 1870s JMD-10182
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This is a sporterized bolt-action gun built in Germany and dated 1876. It is beautifully appointed with proof marks and a beautiful Mannlicher stock.
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to b*********v for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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European? Rifle 1880s JMD-1009020154 - European? Rifle 1880s JMD-10090
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Unusual possible prototype commercial trap gun from Europe or Belgium. Possibly 12-gauge black-powder cartridge SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2875, Condition
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to h********h.. for (180.00 + 39.60) x 1 = 219.60
 
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Evans Repeating Rifle 1871 Rifle 1868 JMD-1193620155 - Evans Repeating Rifle 1871 Rifle 1868 JMD-11936
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Rifle, Evans Repeating Rifle, 1871.44 Evans Short cal, partial hooded front/adjustable rear sight, sling swivels, metal butt plate, attached, CWS carv
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,500.00
Sold to s******0 for (900.00 + 198.00) x 1 = 1,098.00
 
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Evans Repeating Rifle 1871 Rifle 1870s JMD-1193820156 - Evans Repeating Rifle 1871 Rifle 1870s JMD-11938
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The rear loading Evans rifle was manufactured between 1873-1879. The loading was similar to the Spencer repeating rifle. The Evans however required a
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to b********d.. for (1,050.00 + 231.00) x 1 = 1,281.00
 
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Evans Sporting Rifle Rifle 1876 JMD-1194020157 - Evans Sporting Rifle Rifle 1876 JMD-11940
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The rear loading Evans rifle was manufactured between 1873-1879. The loading was similar to the Spencer repeating rifle. The Evans however required a
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to s******0 for (700.00 + 154.00) x 1 = 854.00
 
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F Moser Fribigen Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1029220158 - F Moser Fribigen Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10292
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle built in Ohio by F. Moser Fribigen and owned by M. Eggler. Excellent construction. Large bore. SN: N/A, JMD Oval T
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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F. N. Barger Percussion Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1870 JMD-1031420159 - F. N. Barger Percussion Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1870 JMD-10314
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle in about .37 cal. The bore has been untouched indicated by the star pattern embossed at the muzzle. A Goulcher sty
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (800.00 + 200.00) x 1 = 1,000.00
 
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