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, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1044020700 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10440
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This full-stock rifle is a "Poor Boy" design without a butt plate. It is full-stock percussion i about .42 cal. Thought o be Kentucky orig...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1049620701 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10496
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A full-stock Kentucky rifle with no ornamentation and with a Goulcher lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6726, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1056620702 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10566
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This looks to be a late recreation using old parts. A marriage of parts gun. The lock is marked "J. Golcher" about .36 cal. It has 12 inla...
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1059020703 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10590
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Rifle, Kentucky-Style, Unknown, percussion full-stock, SN: Iron tag w/ "PP" nailed to cheek, JMD Oval Tag: 7765, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to b********d.. for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1061220704 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10612
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This is a Kentucky full-stock rifle with a sideplate repair. bored at .41 cal. Maker unknown. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7147, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to c******l for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850 JMD-1034220705 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850 JMD-10342
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This half-stock is a marriage of parts and the stock is a replacement. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7150, Condition: Poor, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to h********h.. for (170.00 + 37.40) x 1 = 207.40
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1043020706 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10430
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle about .48 cal. that is octagon to round without a wedding band. Beautiful tiger stripe maple wood. SN: N/A, JMD Ov
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d******2 for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1054820707 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10548
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This rifle is a half-stock percussion gun about .42 cal. A walnut stock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6926, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to y*******l for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1860 JMD-1054420708 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1860 JMD-10544
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This is a walnut stocked rifle about .40 cal. In good overall condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6874, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 800.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to s******r for (190.00 + 41.80) x 1 = 231.80
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Target Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1045420709 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Half-Stock Target Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10454
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This is a Ohio origin target rifle. It has beautiful tiger stripe maple wood and a hooded front sight with a peep sight rear. Maker unknown. SN: N/A,
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Estimates : 500.00 - 900.00
Sold to 5******t for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1007420710 - Unknown mfr. Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10074
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle with a daisy patchbox finial in percussion ignition. The lock appears to be original to this gun. It has a beautif
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to c******h for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Unknown mfr. Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1007820711 - Unknown mfr. Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10078
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle with a wrist repair a beautiful capbox and Golcher style lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7439, Condition: Poor, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to k********G for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Warfield Kentucky Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1840's JMD-1026720712 - Warfield Kentucky Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1840's JMD-10267
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This is a full-length Kentucky rifle marked "Warfield". Origin is possibly Penn., or Ohio. It has an attractive capbox and the tiger strip...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 2*****I for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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xxxx cher in a scrolled ribbon Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1008420713 - xxxx cher in a scrolled ribbon Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10084
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This is a Kentucky full-stock marked XXXX Cher. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7341, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t****n for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Brown Bess Brown Bess Rifle, Military-Style 1840's JMD-1061120714 - Brown Bess Brown Bess Rifle, Military-Style 1840's JMD-10611
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This is a Brown Bess that has been converted to percussion at .60 cal. and may have been used as a shotgun. Some B-B architecture remains on the gun.
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Colt Rifle, Musket 1860s JMD-1200020715 - Colt Rifle, Musket 1860s JMD-12000
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Musket, Colt.58, cap& Ball, bead front sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, ramrod, metal butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2867, Condition: Good, &...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to x********s.. for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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G. Gulesntai Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle, Musket 1840s JMD-1192520716 - G. Gulesntai Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle, Musket 1840s JMD-11925
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G. Gulesntai, Kentucky full-stock rifle. about .67 cal, "CR" stamp left rear stock. The sideplate is characteristic of Lancaster County, T...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to b*********A for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Newheaven Kentucky Rifle, Musket 1855 JMD-1059520717 - Newheaven Kentucky Rifle, Musket 1855 JMD-10595
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This is a rifle built on parts using parts from older guns. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9055, Condition: Poor/Parts Gun, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to B*********l for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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P.J. Malwerrf & Co Alliege Rifle, Musket 1860s JMD-1198820718 - P.J. Malwerrf & Co Alliege Rifle, Musket 1860s JMD-11988
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Musket, P.J. Malwerrf & Co Alliege.54, blade front/ adjustable rear sight, sling swivels attached, metal butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9358...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,100.00 + 275.00) x 1 = 1,375.00
 
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Springfield Musket Rifle, Musket 1863 JMD-1060320719 - Springfield Musket Rifle, Musket 1863 JMD-10603
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This is a model 1863 Springfield musket in original condition. At .69 cal. very good condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9059, Condition: Very Good, &...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d**********e for (600.00 + 150.00) x 1 = 750.00
 
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