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. Musket 1815 JMD-1027720080 - Unknown mfr. Musket 1815 JMD-10277
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a contract musket dated 1815 of the Federal period. It is if the Charleville, French design with three brass bands. No markings as to the gunm
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to p**********n for (500.00 + 110.00) x 1 = 610.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Musket 1840s JMD-1189520081 - Unknown mfr. Musket 1840s JMD-11895
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Musket, Unknown manufacturer, blade front sight, brass ramrod, sling swivels, brass butt plate. Possibly the East India pattern. SN: 31, JMD Oval Tag:
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Musket Musket 1840s JMD-1189920082 - Unknown mfr. Musket Musket 1840s JMD-11899
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Unknown manufacturer, contract percussion full-stock Musket.58 cal, octagon barrel, blade front/notch fixed rear sight, stock in nice condition, brass
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Unknown mfr. Short Barrel Musket 1840s JMD-1192920083 - Unknown mfr. Short Barrel Musket 1840s JMD-11929
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Unknown musket, Short Barrel, .67 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7302, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to c******y for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Unknown mfr. Single-Barrel Musket 1860s JMD-1182020084 - Unknown mfr. Single-Barrel Musket 1860s JMD-11820
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Unknown manufacturer, 16-gauge Single Barrel Shotgun, hammer, smooth fore/pistol grip, metal butt plate. SN: 48, JMD Oval Tag: 7496, Condition: Fair,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to C*******p for (160.00 + 35.20) x 1 = 195.20
 
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Unknown mfr. Three-Banded Percussion Musket 1830s JMD-1050420085 - Unknown mfr. Three-Banded Percussion Musket 1830s JMD-10504
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a three-band musket .69 cal. with a Potsdam lock. Imported to the U.S. needing arms. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7530, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to C*******p for (170.00 + 37.40) x 1 = 207.40
 
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Unknown mfr. U.S. Contract Musket Musket 1840s JMD-1189720086 - Unknown mfr. U.S. Contract Musket Musket 1840s JMD-11897
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Maker unknown, contract musket od French designs.72 cal., brass ramrod, front sight incorporated into the front barrel band, fixed rear sight, 36 on s
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to f********l.. for (160.00 + 35.20) x 1 = 195.20
 
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US Norwich 1863 Musket 1863 JMD-1041220087 - US Norwich 1863 Musket 1863 JMD-10412
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Norwich model 1863 musket. The barrel has been shortened. Condition is fair. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7512, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to a****y for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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US Springfield 1852 Musket 1852 JMD-1040220088 - US Springfield 1852 Musket 1852 JMD-10402
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a model 1852 Springfield rifle that could have seen action in the early Civil War. Now converted to a shortened stock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag:
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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US Springfield 1863 Musket 1863 JMD-1040020089 - US Springfield 1863 Musket 1863 JMD-10400
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a model 1983 Springfield in percussion, with a shortened stock. .58 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7099, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to d*******f for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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US Springfield 1863 Musket 1863 JMD-1041620090 - US Springfield 1863 Musket 1863 JMD-10416
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a model 1863Springfield that has been reassigned duty as a shotgun; the sights have been removed. Condition is fair. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 70
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to a*****k for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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S. P. Hendricks Kentucky over/under DBL Rifle Over/Under 1840's JMD-1063320091 - S. P. Hendricks Kentucky over/under DBL Rifle Over/Under 1840's JMD-10633
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an over and under percussion rifle. One barrel is rifled the other smooth-bore. Solid walnut stock Signed S. P. Hendricks; late architecture o
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to s******0 for (600.00 + 132.00) x 1 = 732.00
 
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A. Carnahorn Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-1064220092 - A. Carnahorn Percussion Full-Stock Rifle 1850 JMD-10642
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is full-stock Kentucky rifle marked " A. Carnahorn". It is believed that this gun is a North Carolina gun due to the patchbox design ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to x********h.. for (5,750.00 + 1,437.50) x 1 = 7,187.50
 
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A. Wufflein Phildelphia Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1870's JMD-1062720093 - A. Wufflein Phildelphia Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1870's JMD-10627
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Andrew Wurfflein half-stock Kentucky bench style target rifle. Andrew and brother John built rifles from 1840-1870's in Philadelphia, ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to p********a.. for (850.00 + 187.00) x 1 = 1,037.00
 
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A.E. Whitemore Back-Action Percussion target rifle Rifle 1860 JMD-1062620094 - A.E. Whitemore Back-Action Percussion target rifle Rifle 1860 JMD-10626
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a heavy weight target rifle complete with scope and false muzzle starter in good condition. Target shooting muzzleloaders was a very popular s
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to t******m for (7,250.00 + 1,595.00) x 1 = 8,845.00
 
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Adams Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1196320095 - Adams Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-11963
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A Kentucky half-stock marked "Adams" of Ohio (Hutslar p. 153).43 cal, octagon heavy barrel, ramrod, brass patchbox, cheek rest stock, bras...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to y********c.. for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Allen & Wheelock Single-Shot Target Rifle 1860 JMD-1023220096 - Allen & Wheelock Single-Shot Target Rifle 1860 JMD-10232
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Antique Allen & Wheelock Falling Block Rifle in .42 Allen Rimfire, made circa the early 1860s in Worcester, Massachusetts. Fewer than 2, 000 of ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to s******0 for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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American Musket Rifle 1850s JMD-1180620097 - American Musket Rifle 1850s JMD-11806
Holabird Western Americana Collections
American, Rifled Musket.50 cal, octagon barrel, blade front/notch rear sight, cheek rest, brass butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1939, Condition: Fa
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to d*******f for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Atkinson Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1199520098 - Atkinson Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-11995
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Atkinson, Kentucky Rifle.33, octagon barrel, ramrod, engraving on side plate, cheek rest stock, brass butt plate, and left side compartment. (James At
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to b*******j for (750.00 + 187.50) x 1 = 937.50
 
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attributed to J. Gorsuch orElias Bird Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1063520099 - attributed to J. Gorsuch orElias Bird Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10635
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in .35 cal. With rich dark honey colored tiger stripe maple. In good overall condition. Attributed to J. Gorsuch o
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Estimates : 700.00 - 1,400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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