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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Whitney Arms Co Revolver 1860 JMD-1123021160 - Whitney Arms Co Revolver 1860 JMD-11230
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Revolver, Whitney Arms Co, Modern restoration. Navy, Six shot 7.5"octagon barrel, Percussion Revolver, brass trigger guard, copper (?) frame, w...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******2 for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Whitney Arms Co Revolver 1860s JMD-1124821161 - Whitney Arms Co Revolver 1860s JMD-11248
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Revolver, Whitney Arms Co, Brass frame, 6Ó-barrel belt pistol, wood grips. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3190, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d**********e for (1,600.00 + 400.00) x 1 = 2,000.00
 
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Whitney Arms Co Revolver 1865 JMD-1124021162 - Whitney Arms Co Revolver 1865 JMD-11240
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Revolver, Whitney Arms Co, Civil War backup belt pistol, Five shot. 4"octagon barrel, wood grips, brass trigger guard, Belt Pistol. SN: N/A, JM...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to l****J for (550.00 + 121.00) x 1 = 671.00
 
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XX-PN Revolver 1960s JMD-1137321163 - XX-PN Revolver 1960s JMD-11373
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A percussion revolver, XX-PN, REPLICA OF NAVY COLT 1851 brass frame and trigger guard/ Back strap, octagon barrel, wood grips. Very Nice hand gun. SN:
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to b*********J for (225.00 + 49.50) x 1 = 274.50
 
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Belgian Pinfire Revolver, Carbine 1870 JMD-1096321164 - Belgian Pinfire Revolver, Carbine 1870 JMD-10963
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This is a Belgian made revolver/ carbine, Pinfire cartridge black-powder in 11 mm. C. 1870's. Condition is good. SN: 1239, JMD Oval Tag: 2805, C...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (1,350.00 + 337.50) x 1 = 1,687.50
 
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Osgood Gun Works Over/Under Revolver, Over/Under 1880 JMD-1137021165 - Osgood Gun Works Over/Under Revolver, Over/Under 1880 JMD-11370
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Revolver, Osgood Gun Works, over and under, 8 shot, double barrel, double caliber, .22/.30, spur trigger. BP cartridge. Very rare. SN: N/A, JMD Oval T
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Depose Set Gun 1840s JMD-1116921166 - Depose Set Gun 1840s JMD-11169
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This is known as a Set Gun, made by Depose, in about 16 ga. This would be used as a trap cannon. C. 1840's. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 8367, Conditi...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
 
 
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F Ruthe P. 1857 Set Gun 1857 JMD-1148721167 - F Ruthe P. 1857 Set Gun 1857 JMD-11487
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Set Gun, F Ruthe P. 1857, Fur related gun, shoots a spear, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 10891, Condition: Very Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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