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. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850's, modified JMD-1196720450 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850's, modified JMD-11967
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Half-stock Kentucky rifle, .40 cal., 1850's, modified re-done stock, octagon barrel, blade front/V notch fixed rear sight, ramrod, crescent bras...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to A*********s for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1044620451 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10446
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle with a Goulcher lock. About .58 cal. with a pronounced Roman nose stock. In beautiful tiger stripe maple. Honey co
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 900.00
 
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1060420452 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10604
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle mounted in walnut and German silver inlays. The barrel in .42 cal. with two gold bands at the breach. The side pla
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to R****0 for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1060820453 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10608
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in .42 cal. maker unknown. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1984, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to m***n for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1061620454 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10616
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This half-stock Kentucky rifle is in .38 cal. In good condition Walnut stock. "J. Henry" lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 985, Condition: Good...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to r*********t for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1061820455 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10618
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This rifle is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in walnut in fair condition. 32 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2079, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to m***n for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1062020456 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10620
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in walnut at .44 cal. in fair condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2023, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to m***n for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1063420457 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10634
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle with beautiful tiger stripe maple. In .52 cal. Condition is fair. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1927, Condition: Fair, ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to b********d.. for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1065820458 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10658
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This a half-stock Kentucky rifle; maker unknown, percussion half-stock of walnut SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6200, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to m***n for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1067020459 - Unknown mfr. Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-10670
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This is a Kentucky half-stock rifle Maker unknown, percussion lock .32 cal. Stock in of straight grain maple. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 862, Condition: F
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to h********h.. for (225.00 + 49.50) x 1 = 274.50
 
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