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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R. B. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1061920300 - R. B. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10619
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in walnut bored at .36 cal. 40 in. barrel. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2061, Condition: Fair, >
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
 
 
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R. Mock Flintlock Full-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-1033620301 - R. Mock Flintlock Full-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-10336
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This Kentucky full-stock rifle is a marriage of parts. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2177, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (750.00 + 187.50) x 1 = 937.50
 
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RB Kentucky Rifle 1840 JMD-1042320302 - RB Kentucky Rifle 1840 JMD-10423
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This is a shortened full-stock Kentucky rifle and the maker's name is not legible on the barrel flat. The initials RB is cast into the lockplate...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to d*******f for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Remington Improved Model 6 Rifle 1889 JMD-1151020303 - Remington Improved Model 6 Rifle 1889 JMD-11510
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Remington, Improved Model 6.22, Target rifle, Swing block. Take down. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1408, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Rifle 1790s JMD-1128920304 - Rifle 1790s JMD-11289
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Rifle, 11-in barrel, cut down, Flintlock Black Powder. SN: 11, JMD Oval Tag: 4183, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to d***c for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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Robbins & Lawrence Percussion Rifle 1849 JMD-1046420305 - Robbins & Lawrence Percussion Rifle 1849 JMD-10464
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This is a percussion rifle made by Robbins and Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont with C. Dixon as sales agent. Dated to 1849. Robbins and Lawrence also mad
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to h********h.. for (1,250.00 + 275.00) x 1 = 1,525.00
 
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Rook Black Powder Rifle 1890's JMD-1180520306 - Rook Black Powder Rifle 1890's JMD-11805
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A Rook rifle, 7 mm black-powder, octagon barrel, blade front/leaf adjustable rear sight, checkered gore/pistol grip, stock repair at the wrist, Elk ca
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Rook Black Powder Rifle 1890s JMD-1104720307 - Rook Black Powder Rifle 1890s JMD-11047
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This is a Rook rifle made by Flobert Warnant in black-powder, swing lock in .38 cal. In poor condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9092, Condition: Poor,
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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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Rook Black Powder Rifle 1890s JMD-1104920308 - Rook Black Powder Rifle 1890s JMD-11049
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This is a Flobert Warnant Rook rifle in black-powder. Swing lock, in .38 cal. In poor condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9096, Condition: Poor, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (110.00 + 24.20) x 1 = 134.20
 
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Rook Falling Block Rifle 1890s JMD-1172820309 - Rook Falling Block Rifle 1890s JMD-11728
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Belgian Flobert Rook rolling block.32 rim, octagon barrel, bead front/ notch rear sight, metal butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 10276, Condition: Go
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b********t.. for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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