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. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-1031820540 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-10318
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a marriage of parts gun. The lock is a replacement and the trigger plate no longer fits properly. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2024, Condition: Fair
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1030820541 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10308
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This gun has a back-action lock with the cheek piece on the right side (for a left handed person shooting a right handed gun?). The barrel is octagon
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1032220542 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10322
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This percussion full-stock Kentucky rifle is correct for a late period construction gun. Bird worked as a gunsmith with his son in Kenton, Ohio. Light
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 5******t for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1043420543 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10434
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle built in Ohio about 1850's. The wood is a lightly striped maple with a Goulcher style lock. In fair conditio...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1044220544 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10442
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a percussion full-stock rifle in about .50 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6790, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to F*****m for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1049220545 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10492
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An unmarked full-stock Kentucky rifle of Pennsylvania origin. Fair condition SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7903, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to m***n for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1049420546 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10494
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This is a percussion full-stock Kentucky rifle from (Tennessee).In good condition light colored wood about .44 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6348, Condi
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1049820547 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10498
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle of Ohio origin. In good condition and about .50 cal. Beautiful tiger stripe maple stock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 66
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1050020548 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10500
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle of Western Pennsylvania origin. No glitz all function on this percussion gun. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6681, Conditi
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1056420549 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10564
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a full-stock rifle in walnut about .40 cal. The lick is marked "Biddle". The Biddles were a family of gunsmiths in Ohio. SN: N/A, ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1860s JMD-1066620550 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1860s JMD-10666
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a full-stock military musket of unknown origin, percussion full-stock. 1860's. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2269, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to s******0 for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1950s JMD-1054620551 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1950s JMD-10546
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This appears to be a replica full-stock rifle in about .38 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6311, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to d*******f for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Boys Rifle 1850s JMD-1047620552 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Boys Rifle 1850s JMD-10476
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in walnut with a Henry Parker lock. About .50 cal. Maker unknown SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7131, Condition: Fair, &...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 900.00
Sold to d*******f for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1840s JMD-1021020553 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1840s JMD-10210
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This gun is a late period half-stock Kentucky rifle. The inlays as well as the capbox look to be added later. The original design was well executed. S
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to J*******7 for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-1033420554 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-10334
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a heavy barrel half-stock Kentucky rifle in poor condition. The stock is maple. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2167, Condition: Poor, >
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-1092820555 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-10928
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Kentucky half-stock rifle, maker unknown, percussion lock by Joseph Golcher. Beautiful curly maple stock in very good condition. Bird shaped
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1034020556 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10340
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This half-stock percussion rifle has a replacement stock and the alignment of parts is incorrect. It uses a Davidson, Ohio lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to f*****E for (100.00 + 0.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1034820557 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10348
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a back-action lock percussion rifle. The area around the lock needs a proper repair. If fair condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2137, Condition
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1042820558 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10428
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This rifle is in .45 cal. and is a Kentucky half-stock rifle. Has always been a half-stock design with under rib. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 898, Conditio
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to f*****E for (110.00 + 0.00) x 1 = 110.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1045020559 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10450
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in percussion. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1990, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to D*****6 for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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