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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James Warner, Springfield, Mass Rifle, Carbine 1860s JMD-1220820650 - James Warner, Springfield, Mass Rifle, Carbine 1860s JMD-12208
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James Warner, Springfield, Mass, Indian Gun. Pinched blade front and folding leaf rear sight graduated to 800 yards, blue barrel, brass frame with eje
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to D******L for (1,300.00 + 286.00) x 1 = 1,586.00
 
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Massachusetts Arms, Maynard patent 1845 Rifle, Carbine 1850s JMD-1197820651 - Massachusetts Arms, Maynard patent 1845 Rifle, Carbine 1850s JMD-11978
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Carbine, Massachusetts Arms, Maynard patent, 1845, carbine.55, Paper patch, Rimfire, blade front/rear ladder sight, small for stock, metal butt plate.
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to b*********e for (1,800.00 + 396.00) x 1 = 2,196.00
 
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Richardson & Overman, Philadelphia Rifle, Carbine 1860s JMD-1199420652 - Richardson & Overman, Philadelphia Rifle, Carbine 1860s JMD-11994
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Richardson & Overman, Philadelphia, Gallager.52, blade front/folding leaf rear sight, metal butt plate. This carbine was invented by Mahlon Gall...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to b********d.. for (800.00 + 176.00) x 1 = 976.00
 
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Sharps Model 63 Carbine Rifle, Carbine 1859 JMD-1013620653 - Sharps Model 63 Carbine Rifle, Carbine 1859 JMD-10136
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This is a model 1863 saddle ring carbine Sharps rifle. Chambered for .54 cal. Beautiful wood on a Civil War era weapon. Serial number 90880 built in 1
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Start Price : 1,250.00 | Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Hans Lidel Swing Barrel Rifle, Double-Barrel 1885 JMD-1098120654 - Hans Lidel Swing Barrel Rifle, Double-Barrel 1885 JMD-10981
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This is a black-powder double rifle in 12 mm. It has fine grade checkering with an added horn pistol grip which was common. A French style release lev
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to A******l for (1,800.00 + 396.00) x 1 = 2,196.00
 
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Rigby Black Powder Rifle, Double-Barrel 1885 JMD-1097920655 - Rigby Black Powder Rifle, Double-Barrel 1885 JMD-10979
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This is a highly ornate Rigby hammer double rifle with swing release barrels; a swing beaver forend lease, a grip special barrel sight; full pistol gr
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to w**********s for (3,100.00 + 682.00) x 1 = 3,782.00
 
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W. Forster Black Powder Rifle, Double-Barrel 1890's JMD-1220520656 - W. Forster Black Powder Rifle, Double-Barrel 1890's JMD-12205
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Double-Barrel rifle, "W. Forster" maker, Black Powder, SxS, Hammered, double triggers, extensive engraving, blade front/notch rear sight, ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to k*******2 for (2,500.00 + 550.00) x 1 = 3,050.00
 
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T. Davidson Co. Black Powder Rifle, Double-Barrel, SxS 1850s JMD-1108520657 - T. Davidson Co. Black Powder Rifle, Double-Barrel, SxS 1850s JMD-11085
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This is a half-stock Kentucky double rifle; rare. Signed "T. Davidson Co." on the locks. A black-powder muzzle-loader in /36 cal. each bar...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to j******0 for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Kentucky Rifle, Jaeger 1850s JMD-1184720658 - Unknown mfr. Kentucky Rifle, Jaeger 1850s JMD-11847
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Jaeger style Kentucky smooth-bore, maker unknown.58 cal, octagon barrel, ramrod, fixed sights, engraved, checkered fore/pistol grip, patch box cover m
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to J*****B for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Albright Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-1064020659 - Albright Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle, Kentucky-Style 1850s JMD-10640
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This is a full-stock Kentucky rifle built in Pennsylvania made by "Albright" on the barrel and uses a Dunlap Jr. lock. In overall fair con...
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Estimates : 900.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (900.00 + 225.00) x 1 = 1,125.00
 
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