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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E. Whitney Revolver 1860s JMD-1123521120 - E. Whitney Revolver 1860s JMD-11235
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E. Whitney, Beautiful square back trigger guard Whitney .32 caliber percussion pocket pistol with adjustable period aiming sight on the top strap. Ver
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Estimates : 500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to j*****y for (1,900.00 + 475.00) x 1 = 2,375.00
 
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Ells Pocket Revolver 1850s JMD-1124721121 - Ells Pocket Revolver 1850s JMD-11247
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Revolver, Ells, 2ND MODEL POCKET, Factory engraved Ells pocket revolver .28 caliber percussion. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 10871, Condition: Very Good, ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t****r for (750.00 + 187.50) x 1 = 937.50
 
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H&R Arms Co. Revolver 1890 JMD-1145821122 - H&R Arms Co. Revolver 1890 JMD-11458
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Revolver, H&R Arms Co., .32 Smith & Wesson BP, Five shot, blade front sight, wood grips. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 4232, Condition: Good, >
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Harington & Richards Revolver 1889 JMD-1145221123 - Harington & Richards Revolver 1889 JMD-11452
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Revolver, Harington & Richards.32, wood grips, blade front/rear sights, Double action with smooth hammer. 5" barrel. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag:...
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Javelle Pinfire Revolver 1840s JMD-1130321124 - Javelle Pinfire Revolver 1840s JMD-11303
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A percussion revolver. Engraved with a 4 in. barrel. Two kill marks on the grips Percussion Revolver. SN: RESEARCH, JMD Oval Tag: 4791, Condition: Goo
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*********x for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Lefaucheux Revolver 1870s JMD-1130021125 - Lefaucheux Revolver 1870s JMD-11300
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Revolver, Lefaucheux, 8mm, Pocket Revolver, 4" barrel. Wood grips. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 484, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to w*****w for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Lefaucheux Revolver 1870s JMD-1130221126 - Lefaucheux Revolver 1870s JMD-11302
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Revolver, Lefaucheux, 8mm, Large frame. 12 shot. Original finish. Engraved. 4" barrel. Lanyard ring. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1718, Condition: Ex...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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Liperi Revolver 1875 JMD-1144021127 - Liperi Revolver 1875 JMD-11440
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Revolver, Liperi.22, Pocket Revolver, George Washington and American shield on grips. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 8836, Condition: Good, >
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Co Revolver 1850s JMD-1125121128 - Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Co Revolver 1850s JMD-11251
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Revolver, Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Factory engraved burl wood stocks, Manhattan patent infringement copy of a Smith & Wesson #1 bre...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Co Revolver 1860's JMD-1126121129 - Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Co Revolver 1860's JMD-11261
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This is a Manhattan revolver in .36 cal. Manhattan was a direct competitor to Colt but lost a law suit about patent rights. This one has an engraved f
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to k******7 for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Manhattan Fire Arms Revolver 1865 JMD-1124221130 - Manhattan Fire Arms Revolver 1865 JMD-11242
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Revolver, Manhattan Fire Arms, Excellent condition, Five shot. 4" octagon barrel, Percussion Pocket Pistol, brass trigger guards, wood grips. S...
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Manhattan Fire Arms Revolver 1883 JMD-1134421131 - Manhattan Fire Arms Revolver 1883 JMD-11344
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Revolver, Manhattan Fire Arms.38 cal, Unusual for 1880s pocket pistol. Double action. SN: 1363, JMD Oval Tag: 11246, Condition: Good, >
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Manhattan Firearms co Revolver 1850s JMD-1125921132 - Manhattan Firearms co Revolver 1850s JMD-11259
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Manhattan Firearms co, Civil War Pocket revolver, Percussion Revolver, wood grips, natural metal, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 270, Condition: Very Good, ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to p*******5 for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Manhattan Firearms Co. Revolver 1860s JMD-1124421133 - Manhattan Firearms Co. Revolver 1860s JMD-11244
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Manhattan Firearms Co., 6" octagon barrel Pocket navy revolver .31 caliber percussion, brass trigger guard, wood grips, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Massachusetts Arms Co. Maynard Patent Revolver 1845 JMD-1122221134 - Massachusetts Arms Co. Maynard Patent Revolver 1845 JMD-11222
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This is a Massachusetts Arms Co., revolver, Maynard patent, .26 cal, Original bluing. Ivory grips. Factory engraved. Percussion Revolver Pocket Pistol
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to H*********k for (1,200.00 + 300.00) x 1 = 1,500.00
 
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Merwin & Hulbert Co. Revolver 1883 JMD-1128621135 - Merwin & Hulbert Co. Revolver 1883 JMD-11286
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Revolver, Merwin & Hulbert Co..32 cal, Nickel, Double action. Break top, Seven shot. Folding hammer. 5.5" barrel. Plastic grips SN: N/A, JM...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to r*****U for (800.00 + 200.00) x 1 = 1,000.00
 
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Mexican Colt Revolver 1880s JMD-1138021136 - Mexican Colt Revolver 1880s JMD-11380
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Revolver, Mexican Colt.22, wood grips, blade front sight, Made in Belgium for the Mexican market. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2546, Condition: Very Good,...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Patent Model Revolver 1850's JMD-1124521137 - Patent Model Revolver 1850's JMD-11245
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Revolver, beautiful and rare factory engraved burl-wood griped pocket revolver. excellent as original. Octagon barrel, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 5272, Co
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Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold to H*********k for (1,050.00 + 262.50) x 1 = 1,312.50
 
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Remington Revolver 1870s JMD-1120021138 - Remington Revolver 1870s JMD-11200
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This is a Remington spurt rigger bird's head ivory grip revolver. A five shot .38 cal. pocket revolver. 1870-1885 c. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1123...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 900.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Remington Revolver 1870s JMD-1120421139 - Remington Revolver 1870s JMD-11204
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This is a Remington pocket revolver with a 2 in. barrel and nickel-plated finish. Chambered in .38 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 11235, Condition: Good,
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to M*****8 for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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