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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Unknown mfr. (Springfield?) Rifle 1840s JMD-1184220400 - Unknown mfr. (Springfield?) Rifle 1840s JMD-11842
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Unknown (Springfield?), Percussion Musket.70 cal, cheek rest stock, smooth pistol grip, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1235, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Unknown mfr. 1869 Rifle 1869 JMD-1197720401 - Unknown mfr. 1869 Rifle 1869 JMD-11977
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Unknown manufacture, 1869, Parlor Gun, blade front, V notch rear sight, checkered pwrist, metal butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6642, Condition: Go
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to b*********e for (450.00 + 99.00) x 1 = 549.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1050620402 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10506
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This is a full-stock back-action lock percussion rifle about .42 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6548, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 800.00
Sold to m***n for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1055620403 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10556
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This is a ful stock percussion rifle made in Germany about .63 cal. in good condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1964, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to m***n for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1058620404 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10586
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Rifle, Unknown, back-action percussion full-stock. SN: Jas Golcher lock, JMD Oval Tag: 6970, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to m***n for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1042620405 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10426
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This is a back-action percussion rifle about .54 cal. The stock has been artificially striped. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 945, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to m***n for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1045220406 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10452
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This is a back-action percussion lock half-stock rifle. The hammer is missing. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1976, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********t.. for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1051220407 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10512
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This is a very plain straight grained walnut stock with a back-action lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6277, Condition: Fair, >
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 800.00
Sold to m***n for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1057220408 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10572
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle with a walnut stock and a back-action percussion lock. About .38 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6532, Condition: Fair
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to m***n for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1860s JMD-1045820409 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1860s JMD-10458
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This is an unmarked back-action percussion lock half-stock breach loading rifle. Clearly a proto-type before the metalic cartridge era. It is about .4
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to l****J for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion over and under Rifle 1850 JMD-1061020410 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion over and under Rifle 1850 JMD-10610
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This is a back-action percussion over and under, chambered .45 cal./.45 cal. maker unknown. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9118, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion trade rifle Rifle 1850 JMD-1036020411 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion trade rifle Rifle 1850 JMD-10360
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This is a back-action lock trade gun with British architecture. In .62 cal. A brass cress is inlet into the stock at the wrist. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag:
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to y********c.. for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Black Powder Rifle 1840s JMD-1185920412 - Unknown mfr. Black Powder Rifle 1840s JMD-11859
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Unknown manufacturer, Black Powder, 11 mm, bolt-action, blade front/ ladder rear sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, metal butt plate. Two Crosses on rear
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to A********e for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Black Powder Rifle 1880's JMD-1241420413 - Unknown mfr. Black Powder Rifle 1880's JMD-12414
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Unknown, Black Powder, breach loader, gauged @ 10.65mm, wood stock, cheek rest, single-shot hammered, octagon barrel, sling attachments. SN: N/A, JMD
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to l****J for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Converted Small Calliber to European Parlor Rifle 1850s JMD-1190220414 - Unknown mfr. Converted Small Calliber to European Parlor Rifle 1850s JMD-11902
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Rifle, Unknown manufacturer, Converted Small Caliber to European Parlor, For Parlor Shooters, Similar to Darts SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3348, Condition:
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. European Gallery Gun Rifle 1880s JMD-1041420415 - Unknown mfr. European Gallery Gun Rifle 1880s JMD-10414
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This is a beautifully detailed European made BB pellet gallery gun. Maker unknown. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7117, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to b********t.. for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Experimental Rifle 1850 JMD-1061520416 - Unknown mfr. Experimental Rifle 1850 JMD-10615
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This rifle is of an unknown maker chambered in .38 cal. Experimental design. 1850's SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2155, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to m***n for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Unknown mfr. Flintlock Half-Stock Rifle 1860 JMD-1059820417 - Unknown mfr. Flintlock Half-Stock Rifle 1860 JMD-10598
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This beautifully built half-stock rifle was made by V. Powell and the barrel made by A. Black. This is a Maryland made gun with a honey tiger stripe m
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to b********d.. for (1,100.00 + 242.00) x 1 = 1,342.00
 
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Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Unknown mfr. Full-Stock Flintlock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1060020419 - Unknown mfr. Full-Stock Flintlock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10600
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle with an unexplained percussion system for ignition. It uses the frizzen spring to hold a powder cover but without
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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