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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Avery Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1045720100 - Avery Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10457
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle in good condition. The lock has a strange operating system with an external leaf spring and a beautiful Christmas
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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B.A. and Company Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1046220101 - B.A. and Company Back-Action Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10462
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Rifle, B. A. Company, back-action percussion half-stock, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2078, Condition: Good, >
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Ballard Carbine Falling Block Rifle 1870s JMD-1094220102 - Ballard Carbine Falling Block Rifle 1870s JMD-10942
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This is a Ballard falling-block carbine chambered in .44 black-powder. Made in the 1870's. SN: 16464, JMD Oval Tag: 7526, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to b********d.. for (400.00 + 88.00) x 1 = 488.00
 
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Ballard Single -Shot Falling-Block Rifle 1870 JMD-1071020103 - Ballard Single -Shot Falling-Block Rifle 1870 JMD-10710
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This is a Ballard rifle chambered in .44 rimfire black-powder. SN: 12903, JMD Oval Tag: 9044, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to t******m for (425.00 + 93.50) x 1 = 518.50
 
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Ballard Single-Shot Rifle 1885 JMD-1095120104 - Ballard Single-Shot Rifle 1885 JMD-10951
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This is a Ballard single-shot rifle, chambered in .45cal. SN: 10227, JMD Oval Tag: 3099, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to b********d.. for (475.00 + 104.50) x 1 = 579.50
 
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Bay State Arms Co. Rook Rifle 1890s JMD-1114020105 - Bay State Arms Co. Rook Rifle 1890s JMD-11140
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This is a Bay State Arms Co., Rook rifle in falling-block design chambered in 7 mm. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 4939, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********v for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Belgian Revolving Rifle 1840s JMD-1071220106 - Belgian Revolving Rifle 1840s JMD-10712
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This is an experimental Belgium made revolving rifle C. 1840's. .40 cal. in excellent condition.27 in. barrel. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 8891, Cond...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to t******m for (950.00 + 209.00) x 1 = 1,159.00
 
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Belgian Rifle 1880s JMD-1137820107 - Belgian Rifle 1880s JMD-11378
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Rifle, Belgian, 7mm, Pocket Pistol, SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1250, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*********v for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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Benjamin Franklin, Hahn, Crosman Arms Co., Challenger Arms Sport, HM QuackenBush. Collection of 13 R20108 - Benjamin Franklin, Hahn, Crosman Arms Co., Challenger Arms Sport, HM QuackenBush. Collection of 13 R
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This is a collection of air rifles; Benjamin Franklin, Hahn, Crosman Arms Co., Challenger Arms Sport, HM QuackenBush. Collection of 13, SN: N/A, JMD O
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,350.00 + 337.50) x 1 = 1,687.50
 
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Biddle Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1063920109 - Biddle Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10639
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This is a half-stock Kentucky rifle with a straight grain maple stock. The maker is "Charles Dartt & Co." and the lock is marked Biddl...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to f********e for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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Bohler Black Powder Rifle 1880's JMD-1241120110 - Bohler Black Powder Rifle 1880's JMD-12411
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Bohler Blitz Stahl, single-shot, Black Powder, hammered, octagon barrel, blade rear sight. Engraving: Buck left/right side, bird bottom of trigger gua
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (800.00 + 200.00) x 1 = 1,000.00
 
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Bown & Tetley Pittsburgh PA Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1064520111 - Bown & Tetley Pittsburgh PA Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10645
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This is half-stock Kentucky rifle built by Bown & Tetley of Pittsburgh PA. In excellent condition, 184201846. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1658, Condi...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to b*********v for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Lot Withdrawn20112 - Lot Withdrawn
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Start Price : 6,000.00 | Estimates : 12,000.00 - 18,000.00
 
 
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C Bird & Co., Phila Long Rifle Rifle 1840s JMD-1053420113 - C Bird & Co., Phila Long Rifle Rifle 1840s JMD-10534
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This is a marriage of parts with a new stock. Marked on the lock C. Bird & Co. Phila. excellent condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7471, Conditio...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to C*******p for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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C. Guntermann in Dusseldorf Rifle 1840s JMD-1228420114 - C. Guntermann in Dusseldorf Rifle 1840s JMD-12284
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Jaeger rifle, .cap & ball muzzle loader, Guntermann in Dusseldorf name in gold inlay with three gold inlay rings. Also has embossed gold plate i...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 900.00
Sold to H****l for (650.00 + 162.50) x 1 = 812.50
 
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C. Svendsen Rifle 1850s JMD-1031220115 - C. Svendsen Rifle 1850s JMD-10312
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This is a .40 cal. Schutzen style target rifle in percussion ignition. Very good condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 11429, Condition: Very Good, >
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to H****l for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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C.A. Rice Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1060620116 - C.A. Rice Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-10606
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This rifle is a half-stock of walnut and the lock is marked "C.A. Rice" a back-action percussion gun with balls still in the capbox. SN: N...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to d********v.. for (160.00 + 35.20) x 1 = 195.20
 
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Carl Gustoffs STADS. GEVARSFAKTORI Bolt-Action Rifle 1904 JMD-1096120117 - Carl Gustoffs STADS. GEVARSFAKTORI Bolt-Action Rifle 1904 JMD-10961
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This is a Carl Gustoffs STADS. GEVARSFAKTORI, Bolt Action rifle. A model M94 carbine. chambered in .303 British. SN: 28830, JMD Oval Tag: 2901, Condit
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to t******m for (425.00 + 93.50) x 1 = 518.50
 
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Chas Kline Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1186220118 - Chas Kline Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-11862
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Chas Kline, KENTUCKY FULL STOCK.45 cal, tiger stripe maple wood stock, silver dog inlay. The Kline name appears in a number of tax records for gunsmit
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to J******d for (400.00 + 88.00) x 1 = 488.00
 
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Col. Colt Revolving Rifle 1855 JMD-1064420119 - Col. Colt Revolving Rifle 1855 JMD-10644
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This is a Colt revolving shotgun chambered for 12 ga. The stock is rough but all original at 36 in. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 8896, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to C*******p for (587.00 + 146.75) x 1 = 733.75
 
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