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. Back-Action Percussion Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-1053220040 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-10532
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This a combination shotgun/rifle. The bores are 12 ga. while the rifle is .40 cal. The bottom barrel uses a spur hammer. No trigger guard. SN: N/A, JM
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to p**********n for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1860's JMD-1187120041 - Unknown mfr. Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1860's JMD-11871
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Unknown maker, percussion Half-Stock, SxS, 20 gauge, dual blade front /fixed rear sights, ramrod, German silver patchbox storage, crescent brass butt
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Estimates : 400.00 - 900.00
Sold to s******0 for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1880's JMD-1229520042 - Unknown mfr. Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1880's JMD-12295
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Unknown manufacturer, 16-gauge SxS, dual hammer/triggers. Engraving on side/ top. Hammers are engraved and very ornate. Checkered hand rear hand grip.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to r*****c for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-1194420043 - Unknown mfr. Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-11944
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A Combo, Rifle/Shotgun, Unknown manufacturer.40/16 Gauge, blade front/V notch fixed rear sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, metal crescent butt stock. SN
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (140.00 + 30.80) x 1 = 170.80
 
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Unknown mfr. Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1890s JMD-1224220044 - Unknown mfr. Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1890s JMD-12242
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16-gauge, SxS, dual hammers/triggers. blade front sight w/notched rear sight, engraved, top lever release. Checkered hand grip. metal butt plate. SN:
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to p**********n for (190.00 + 41.80) x 1 = 231.80
 
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Unknown mfr. Fowler Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-1189620045 - Unknown mfr. Fowler Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-11896
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Unknown manufacturer, Kentucky, SxS, dual hammers/triggers, ramrod, fixed sights, smooth fore, brass patch storage, brass butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Ova
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1840s JMD-1053020046 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1840s JMD-10530
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This is a interesting rifle shotgun combination gun. It is .44 cal., smooth bore; .44 cal. rifled; and 16 ga. shotgun. The right hammer must strike tw
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to s******0 for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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Unknown mfr. SxS Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1890 JMD-1083020047 - Unknown mfr. SxS Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1890 JMD-10830
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This is a combination rifle/shotgun, maker unknown, SxS combo, 11 mm/ 9 mm. Condition fair. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7160, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to q********k.. for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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Unknown mfr. SxS Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1890s JMD-1083420048 - Unknown mfr. SxS Combo Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1890s JMD-10834
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a combination rifle/shotgun, maker unknown, SxS combo in 16 ga./ 7 mm. SN: 11610, JMD Oval Tag: 7158, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to j*******T for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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W. Filman Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-1195420049 - W. Filman Combo, Rifle/Shotgun 1850s JMD-11954
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A rifle/shotgun marked W. Filman on the barrel, E. K. Tryon, Philadelphia on the lock, .34/20 Gauge, SxS, octagon barrels, ramrod, dual hammer/trigger
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to L********1 for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Rook Over/Under Combo, Rifle/Shotgun, Over/Under 1880s JMD-1025420050 - Rook Over/Under Combo, Rifle/Shotgun, Over/Under 1880s JMD-10254
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This is a Rook rifle over and under combination rifle chambered in 6 mm and 8 mm. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6613, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to x********s.. for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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Illegible Fowler Combo Combo, Shotgun-Rifle 1850s JMD-1190620051 - Illegible Fowler Combo Combo, Shotgun-Rifle 1850s JMD-11906
Holabird Western Americana Collections
16 Gauge/ .50 cal. SxS, Illegible manufacturer, Fowler/ rifle combo, hammer gun, dual triggers, ramrod, fixed sights, metal butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD O
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to s******0 for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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Belgian Drilling 1890s JMD-1166420052 - Belgian Drilling 1890s JMD-11664
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Belgian, 5mm, blade front/ notch rear sight, no fore grip, cheek rest stock, sling attachments, metal butt plate. SN: 5273, JMD Oval Tag: 6649, Condit
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Unknown mfr. Drilling 1850s JMD-1185020053 - Unknown mfr. Drilling 1850s JMD-11850
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a combination shotgun and rifle. Maker unknown. 16-ga. Single-hammer, .36 cal underhammer, ornate engraving, silver inlays. Two ramrods. The t
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to k*******2 for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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London Warranted Fowler Fowling Piece 1830's JMD-1059720054 - London Warranted Fowler Fowling Piece 1830's JMD-10597
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This is a full-stock flintlock fowler made in Lehigh or Reading Co. Pennsylvania. 46 in barrel in 28 ga. Uses a London warranted lock. SN: N/A, JMD Ov
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to b*******j for (850.00 + 212.50) x 1 = 1,062.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Belgin Machine Gun (registered) 1870 JMD-1105520055 - Unknown mfr. Belgin Machine Gun (registered) 1870 JMD-11055
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This is a single shot rifle maker unknown, from Belgium with a skeleton butt stock and a 30 in. barrel. Caliber unknown. C. 1870's. SN: N/A, JMD...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to s******0 for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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British blunderbuss Musket 1790s JMD-1197220056 - British blunderbuss Musket 1790s JMD-11972
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Musket, British blunderbuss, Percussion.85 cal, ramrod, brass butt plate, British proofs on barrel, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 10612, Condition: Very Good
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to x********s.. for (850.00 + 187.00) x 1 = 1,037.00
 
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Brown Manufacturing Bolt-Action Three-Banded Musket Musket 1870s JMD-1056020057 - Brown Manufacturing Bolt-Action Three-Banded Musket Musket 1870s JMD-10560
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Brown Man. bolt-action rifle c. 1870's. About .58 cal. in good condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9411, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 800.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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Danzig 1839 Musket 1860s JMD-1199620058 - Danzig 1839 Musket 1860s JMD-11996
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Danzig, 1839.69, Flintlock Musket Converted to Percussion, ramrod, smooth stock, metal butt plate. SN: 14, JMD Oval Tag: 7661, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to p**********n for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Drisket & Waroux Musket 1860 JMD-1042020059 - Drisket & Waroux Musket 1860 JMD-10420
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a two-band musket made by Drisket & Waroux as import musket during the Civil War. It is unclear whether the D&W was used by either t...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to u*****L for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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