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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Misc. Black Powder 1840's-1870's JMD-1067520900 - Misc. Black Powder 1840's-1870's JMD-10675
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Misc. black-powder guns. Parts guns lot of 10. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: None, Condition: Poor/Parts Gun, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 800.00
Sold to s******0 for (350.00 + 77.00) x 1 = 427.00
 
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Double-Barrel Pistol 1840s JMD-1140520901 - Double-Barrel Pistol 1840s JMD-11405
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Pistol, Folding trigger pin fire, wood grips, no trigger guard. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 106, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8***6 for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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A Waters Mulberry Pistol 1839 JMD-1118620902 - A Waters Mulberry Pistol 1839 JMD-11186
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This is a rare Asa Waters contract flintlock pistol. Waters had a several U.S. contracts for muskets and filled those orders until 1837 when he then b
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Estimates : 600.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to b********d.. for (1,050.00 + 231.00) x 1 = 1,281.00
 
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A.S.T. Hep Pistol 1840s JMD-1132320903 - A.S.T. Hep Pistol 1840s JMD-11323
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This pistol is marked " A.S.T., Hep", 2 in, Derringer Percussion Pistol SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 140, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******m for (225.00 + 49.50) x 1 = 274.50
 
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Lot Withdrawn20904 - Lot Withdrawn
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Estimates : 240.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Allen & Wheel Lock Pistol 1850s JMD-1123920906 - Allen & Wheel Lock Pistol 1850s JMD-11239
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Pistol, Allen & Wheel Lock, Double action only 5 shot percussion pocket revolver. With streamline hammer for quick, no hammer spur hang-up retri...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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Allen Pistol 1845 JMD-1122020907 - Allen Pistol 1845 JMD-11220
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This is an Allen "Gamblers" model pocket pistol chambered for .36 cal. It is a screw type barrel for lading with Ivory grips. SN: N/A, JMD...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to b********d.. for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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Ally Pistol 1840s JMD-1128320908 - Ally Pistol 1840s JMD-11283
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This is a percussion civilian pistol, marked "Ally", 8 in barrel, Black Powder Percussion, wood grips, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1700, Condit...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to b********d.. for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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B.A. and Company Pistol 1860's JMD-1123320909 - B.A. and Company Pistol 1860's JMD-11233
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Pistol, B. A and Company, A beautiful little factory engraved and rare. 32 caliber spur trigger pocket pistol burl wood grips, possibly silver-plated
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to m********8 for (800.00 + 176.00) x 1 = 976.00
 
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Belgian or German Pistol 1885 JMD-1127020910 - Belgian or German Pistol 1885 JMD-11270
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Pistol, Belgian or German.62, cal, Single shot. Flare barrel. High end rifling. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2767, Condition: Very Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 700.00
Sold to t****r for (2,700.00 + 675.00) x 1 = 3,375.00
 
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Belgian Pistol 1840s JMD-1138620911 - Belgian Pistol 1840s JMD-11386
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Pistol, Belgian, .22, Percussion Pistol, Re-handled. Has three kill notches on the barrel. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 4547, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to R*****2 for (140.00 + 30.80) x 1 = 170.80
 
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Belgian Pistol 1870-90s JMD-1126620912 - Belgian Pistol 1870-90s JMD-11266
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Pistol, Belgian, .22, Ornate and original. 10Ó-barrel, wood grips, octagon Tilt-Barrel SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3371, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (180.00 + 39.60) x 1 = 219.60
 
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Belgian Pistol 1875 JMD-1136820913 - Belgian Pistol 1875 JMD-11368
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Pistol, Belgian, .44 rimfire, Engraved Rusted & Pitted (the whole gun), Copy of double derringer. 3" barrel. Very rare SN none SN: N/A, JMD...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to j*****y for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-1135420914 - Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-11354
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Pistol, Belgian, .22, Single shot, wood grips, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1645, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*********v for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-1135620915 - Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-11356
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Pistol, Belgian, 3mm, Single shot, Pocket Pistol, wood grips, MIN. VEST POCKET. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1627, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to s******0 for (110.00 + 24.20) x 1 = 134.20
 
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Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-1137420916 - Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-11374
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Pistol, Belgian, 5mm, Six shot revolver with safety. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 5554, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to e****6 for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-1137620917 - Belgian Pistol 1880s JMD-11376
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Pistols (2), Belgian, Percussion Pocket Pistols, wood grips. Nice set. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tags: 1467 & 1468, Condition: Very Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to C**********8 for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Belgian Pistol 1885 JMD-1136420918 - Belgian Pistol 1885 JMD-11364
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Pistol, Belgian, 5mm, Converted from revolver. blade front/notch rear sight, black right/wood left grips. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1562, Condition: Fair
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*********v for (80.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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British Pistol 1790s JMD-1126220919 - British Pistol 1790s JMD-11262
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Pistol, British, 9" barrel. Flintlock Pistol. wood stock, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 10608, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 900.00
Sold to s******0 for (900.00 + 198.00) x 1 = 1,098.00
 
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