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. Flintlock Fowler Shotgun 1770s JMD-1021220780 - Unknown mfr. Flintlock Fowler Shotgun 1770s JMD-10212
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a French smooth bore rifle that has been re-used as a fowler. The giveaway is the front sight which is not needed on a fowler. The stock is wa
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to d*******f for (800.00 + 200.00) x 1 = 1,000.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Fowler Shotgun 1850s JMD-1181220781 - Unknown mfr. Fowler Shotgun 1850s JMD-11812
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Unknown, Fowler, 20 ga, SxS, dual hammer/triggers, SN: N/a, JMD Oval Tag: 1331, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********A for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Full-Stock Kentucky Shotgun 1850s JMD-1026620782 - Unknown mfr. Full-Stock Kentucky Shotgun 1850s JMD-10266
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle with an Ohio origin. The lock was made by locksmiths Thomas and Charles Neave of Cincinnati. The Neaves were iron
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to R*****2 for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Shotgun 1840's JMD-1064720783 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Shotgun 1840's JMD-10647
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle from Ohio about .33 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 8671, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Japanese Shotgun 1890s JMD-1250120784 - Unknown mfr. Japanese Shotgun 1890s JMD-12501
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Unknown Japanese, black-powder 28 GA, bead front/ notched rear sight, checkered pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3030, Condition
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********A for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Fowler Shotgun 1770 JMD-1056820785 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Fowler Shotgun 1770 JMD-10568
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This is a percussion fowler converted from a Brown Bess stock design. Verrrrrrrrrry long barrel about .70 cal. Also known as a "Long Tom" ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to b*********A for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Boys Shotgun 1850s JMD-1055820786 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Boys Shotgun 1850s JMD-10558
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This is a full-stock rifle that may have been shortened for a boy. In 16 ga. with a crack in the stock at the wrist. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6341, Cond
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to d**********e for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Percussion Shotgun 1840s JMD-1020220787 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Shotgun 1840s JMD-10202
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This is a full-length percussion fowler in 20. ga. Condition is fair. The maker is unknown with a Golcher style lock. The ramrod is a replacement. SN:
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to R*****2 for (140.00 + 30.80) x 1 = 170.80
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1850s JMD-1134520788 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1850s JMD-11345
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Shotgun, no trigger guards, 30 ga, Percussion, Cain Gun, with stock, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 282, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 800.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to k*******2 for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1850s JMD-1189820789 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1850s JMD-11898
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Unknown manufacturer, 16 GA, shotgun, ramrod, fixed sights, Under hammer Percussion 33" Barrel skeleton stock, metal frame shoulder stock. SN: ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to j*****y for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1860s JMD-1196420790 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1860s JMD-11964
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Shotgun, 20-gauge, Unknown manufacturer, octagon to round single barrel, ramrod, smooth fore/pistol grip, metal butt plate. Unique firing system unkno
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1870s JMD-1188020791 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1870s JMD-11880
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Single-Barrel, Black Powder, 12-gauge shotgun, bead front sight, possibly converted from A French musket. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2640, Condition: Fair
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Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1880s JMD-1182820792 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1880s JMD-11828
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Unknown manufacturer, 16-gauge, single-shot, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3584, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********d.. for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1880s JMD-1223020793 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1880s JMD-12230
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Unknown manufacturer, single barrel, dual trigger, checkered pistol grip, cheek rest, wild life scene engraved, metal butt plate, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Ta
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1890s JMD-1188220794 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1890s JMD-11882
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Shotgun, Unknown manufacturer, octagon to round barrel, Rook Shotgun, Swing-Block, Black Powder, 8mm. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2461, Condition: Good, ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (85.00 + 18.70) x 1 = 103.70
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1890s JMD-1220220795 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun 1890s JMD-12202
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Unknown manufacturer, 16 GA, serial number verified, multiple places, black-powder, bead front no rear sight. SN: 1, JMD Oval Tag: 6916, Condition: Go
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Single-Shot Shotgun 1860s JMD-1029820796 - Unknown mfr. Single-Shot Shotgun 1860s JMD-10298
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Marked from Lancaster, Pa. a parts donor gun. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1363, Condition: Poor, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to d**********e for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Swing Block Shotgun 1865 JMD-1050720797 - Unknown mfr. Swing Block Shotgun 1865 JMD-10507
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This is a swing block paper cartridge rifle imported from Germany about 1865 in good condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7820, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to R*****2 for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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US Springfield 1884 Shotgun 1884 JMD-1039220798 - US Springfield 1884 Shotgun 1884 JMD-10392
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a model 1884 Springfield trapdoor in a carbine design without any barrel bands. The bands were removed possibly at a later date. SN: 48560, JM
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to h********@.. for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Whitney Arms Co, CT 1866 Shotgun 1866 JMD-1195220799 - Whitney Arms Co, CT 1866 Shotgun 1866 JMD-11952
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lever-Action Shotgun, Whitney Arms, C. Howard, patented, blade front/fixed rear sight. No fore grip, smooth pistol grip, lever-action metal butt plate
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to d**********e for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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