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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US Springfield 1873 Rifle 1873 JMD-1039620600 - US Springfield 1873 Rifle 1873 JMD-10396
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This is a model 1873 trapdoor Springfield carbine in .45-70. The lockplate in beautifully blued and the stock has the military cartouche opposite the
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to j******0 for (1,150.00 + 287.50) x 1 = 1,437.50
 
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US Springfield 1873 Rifle 1873 JMD-1039820601 - US Springfield 1873 Rifle 1873 JMD-10398
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a trapdoor Springfield model 1873 with the cartouche of the US Cavalry on the breach trap door. SN: 157611, JMD Oval Tag: 7816, Condition: Goo
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to V****3 for (1,050.00 + 262.50) x 1 = 1,312.50
 
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US Springfield 1878 Rifle 1883 JMD-1041820602 - US Springfield 1878 Rifle 1883 JMD-10418
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This is a model 1878 trapdoor Springfield made in 1883. The inspector proof is visible as SWP 1983 in the cartouche. (S. W. Porter). SN: 24444, JMD Ov
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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US Springfield 1887 Rifle 1884 JMD-1039020603 - US Springfield 1887 Rifle 1884 JMD-10390
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This is a model 1884 trapdoor Springfield in a one band carbine design. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2697, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to x********s.. for (475.00 + 104.50) x 1 = 579.50
 
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US Springfield musket Brown Bess Musket Rifle 1860s JMD-1198620604 - US Springfield musket Brown Bess Musket Rifle 1860s JMD-11986
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US Springfield musket, Brown Bess musket .59, ramrod, blade front/adjustable rear sight, sling attachments, metal butt plate. Crack in stock right sid
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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V. Sauerbrey UN Rifle UN JMD-1009720605 - V. Sauerbrey UN Rifle UN JMD-10097
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Original Swiss 1869 trapdoor infantry rifle. In fine antique condition with good bluing intact. S.N 3152 Swiss Infantry rifle. Trapdoor system. SN: 31
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to t********r.. for (550.00 + 121.00) x 1 = 671.00
 
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V.Chr. Schlling Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1204520606 - V.Chr. Schlling Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-12045
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V.Chr. Schlling, Kentucky full-stock, hammered, single-shot.54, octagon barrel, iron sights, Fancy scrolled iron trig.gd., carving on pistol grip, sto
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Verndl Con 1855 Rifle 1867 JMD-1014920607 - Verndl Con 1855 Rifle 1867 JMD-10149
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1, 200-yard sight. Bayonet lug. In the whiteRotary-block breech, with an external hammer, Caliber: 11x42mm rimmed, ramp-and-leaf sight graduated from
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,800.00
Sold to t********r.. for (400.00 + 88.00) x 1 = 488.00
 
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virginia manufactory Richmond 1809 Rifle 1830s JMD-1256420608 - virginia manufactory Richmond 1809 Rifle 1830s JMD-12564
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Virginia Manufactory, Richmond 1809, cut down Kentucky short rifle, converted flint lock to percussion, originally dated 1809. 18" barrel SN: N...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to j******0 for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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W Wufflein Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1190020609 - W Wufflein Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-11900
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W. Wufflein percussion rifle, octagon barrel, no front sight (missing)/ V notch rear sight, checkered pistol grip, cheek rest, brass crescent but plat
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to h********@.. for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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