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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Stockerau SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880s JMD-1157620840 - Stockerau SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880s JMD-11576
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Double-Barrel, Stockerau, SxS, 20 ga, Sporting arm. Pin fire. High grade. JR Albl is owner's name. Carved Panel hunting scenes. Cheek rest, slin...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to b****t for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Syracuse Forging Gun Co. New Baker Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880's JMD-1207120841 - Syracuse Forging Gun Co. New Baker Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880's JMD-12071
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Syracuse Forging Gun Co., New Baker, SxS, 8GA, hammered, double triggers, smooth fore/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: 3827, JMD Oval Tag: 2397, Co
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to f********l.. for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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Thomas Parker, British Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880s JMD-1206020842 - Thomas Parker, British Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880s JMD-12060
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Thomas Parker, British, 10 GA, hammered, dual triggers, bead front sight, smooth fore/pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7156, Con
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to s*******2 for (180.00 + 39.60) x 1 = 219.60
 
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Unknown mfr. Black Powder Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1870s JMD-1204920843 - Unknown mfr. Black Powder Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1870s JMD-12049
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Unknown manufacturer, Black Powder, 10 GA, Damascus Barrel. SN: 18340, JMD Oval Tag: 7808, Condition: Good, >
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Unknown mfr. Coach Gun Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-1230120844 - Unknown mfr. Coach Gun Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-12301
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Unknown manufacturer, 16-gauge, double barrel, Muzzle-Loading Black Powder Hammer Coach Gun possibly around 1850-60's SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 919...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to h********@.. for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Fowler Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-1181020845 - Unknown mfr. Fowler Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-11810
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Unknown maker, percussion fowler, SxS, 20 ga., Dual hammer/dual triggers, ramrod, brass plate repair on fore grip, checkered pistol grip, carving on b
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to j*******1 for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Fowler Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-1181620846 - Unknown mfr. Fowler Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-11816
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Unknown manufacturer, SxS hammer shotgun16 ga.brass wrist repair. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9061, Condition: Good, >
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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. Kentucky Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850's JMD-1062520847 - Unknown mfr. Kentucky Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850's JMD-10625
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This is a South Carolina gun at .50 cal. in a half-stock design. It uses a sideplate of Lancaster, Pennsylvania design and a southern design patchbox.
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to A*********s for (1,700.00 + 425.00) x 1 = 2,125.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Percusion Shotgun Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1840's JMD-1036920848 - Unknown mfr. Percusion Shotgun Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1840's JMD-10369
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This is a SxS percussion fowler from the 1840's minus the locks. Parts gun or donor gun. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7094, Condition: Poor/Parts Gun,...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j******4 for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-1185620849 - Unknown mfr. Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-11856
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Double-Barrel, Unknown manufacturer, Fowler 12 GA. SxS Percussion, dual hammer/triggers, ramrod, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, metal butt plate.
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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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Unknown mfr. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1840 JMD-1089720850 - Unknown mfr. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1840 JMD-10897
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This is a double-barrel shotgun, maker unknown, c.1840's SxS 12 ga. Double-Barrel, Unknown, SxS with Damascus barrels. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 23...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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W. Richards SxS Lifter Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1878 JMD-1024420851 - W. Richards SxS Lifter Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1878 JMD-10244
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This is s Wesley Richards 10 ga. SxS shotgun. It uses back-action locks and has a side lifter release. It is in fair condition. SN: 1172, JMD Oval Tag
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to j*******1 for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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William Moore Double-Barrel Hammer Shotgun Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1882 JMD-1013120852 - William Moore Double-Barrel Hammer Shotgun Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1882 JMD-10131
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Very nice black-powder. laminated Barrels, rare caliber. Damascus black-powder cartridge Hammer shotgun. Back-action lock SN: 67091, JMD Oval Tag: 871
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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J N Scott Fowler Shotgun, Kentucky-Style 1840's JMD-1037920853 - J N Scott Fowler Shotgun, Kentucky-Style 1840's JMD-10379
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This is a half-stock Kentucky fowler in 12 ga. The lock is marked J.N. Scott. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7429, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********v for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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DHHILLIARD Combo Shotgun, Muzzle-Loading 1840s JMD-1105320854 - DHHILLIARD Combo Shotgun, Muzzle-Loading 1840s JMD-11053
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This is a Muzzle-Loading shotgun by D.H. HILLIARD, a combination rifle shotgun in 16 ga. and 15 mm. 39 in. barrels in good condition. SN: N/A, JMD Ova
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to h********h.. for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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Unknown mfr. (British?) Shotgun, Muzzle-Loading, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-1185220855 - Unknown mfr. (British?) Shotgun, Muzzle-Loading, Double-Barrel 1850s JMD-11852
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Shotgun, Muzzle-Loading, Unknown (British?), Fowler SxS Percussion, dual hammer/triggers, ramrod, 10 GA, 40" barrels, possible market gun, V on...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to s******0 for (140.00 + 30.80) x 1 = 170.80
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion swivel breach Shotgun, Over/Under 1850s JMD-1065620856 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action Percussion swivel breach Shotgun, Over/Under 1850s JMD-10656
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This is a swivel breach shotgun, maker unknown, back-action percussion lock in good condition. The barrels are octagon to round with wedding bands. SN
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to b********d.. for (650.00 + 143.00) x 1 = 793.00
 
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Baker Three-Barrel Shotgun, Rifle 1870s JMD-1205420857 - Baker Three-Barrel Shotgun, Rifle 1870s JMD-12054
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Baker Maker of the LC Smith an early version of the LC Smith shotgun. Lyman Smith and Mr. Baker eventually separated and started their own company. Th
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Alexander Gun Company SxS Shotgun, Rifle SxS 1870s JMD-1030020858 - Alexander Gun Company SxS Shotgun, Rifle SxS 1870s JMD-10300
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This is a SxS shotgun and .22 long rifle combination gun. A turkey has been inlayed into the stock for someoneÕs favorite turkey gun. Fair cond...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Bernside Rifle Co. Kentucky Fowler Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1840's JMD-1052120859 - Bernside Rifle Co. Kentucky Fowler Shotgun, Single-Barrel 1840's JMD-10521
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This is a Burnside smoothbore at about .70 cal. or 12 ga. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7296, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (170.00 + 37.40) x 1 = 207.40
 
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