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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P.Oberhammer.konigl;baye;hofbuchsenmacher.Muchen Black Powder Rifle, Shotgun, Over/Under 1895 JMD-1020740 - P.Oberhammer.konigl;baye;hofbuchsenmacher.Muchen Black Powder Rifle, Shotgun, Over/Under 1895 JMD-10
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This is a highly ornate lever-action shotgun made in Germany; chambered 6.5mm and 16 ga. The gun is built with a severe off-cast for a right-hand shoo
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to k*******2 for (1,800.00 + 396.00) x 1 = 2,196.00
 
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Steele and Warren Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle, Smooth-Bore 1840's JMD-1060520741 - Steele and Warren Half-Stock Kentucky Rifle, Smooth-Bore 1840's JMD-10605
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This is an Ohio gun made with Steele & Warren or Albany, N.Y. lock. in fair condition about .54 cal. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1206, Condition: Fai...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to d*******f for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Stevens 722 Rifle, SS 1880s JMD-1095020742 - Stevens 722 Rifle, SS 1880s JMD-10950
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This is a Stevens model 722 single-shot rifle chambered in .22 black-powder. A rolling block design in very good condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 748
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Estimates : 300.00 - 800.00
Sold to b*********A for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Unknown mfr. Back-Action mule ear locks Over/Under 1850s JMD-1052820743 - Unknown mfr. Back-Action mule ear locks Over/Under 1850s JMD-10528
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This is an over/under back-action mule ear lock gun. One chamber is .44 rifled the other is .44 cal. smooth bore. This would be the equivalent to a .4
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to b*********A for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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American Gun Co./Crescent Fire Arms Co Black Powder Shotgun 1880's JMD-1245220744 - American Gun Co./Crescent Fire Arms Co Black Powder Shotgun 1880's JMD-12452
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American Gun Co (Trade Name), Black Powder, 12 ga., hammerless, double trigger. Manufacturer Crescent Fire Arms Company of Norwich, CT. SN: 194449, JM
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to h********@.. for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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American Gun Co/.Crescent Fire Arms Co Black Powder Shotgun 1880's JMD-1245520745 - American Gun Co/.Crescent Fire Arms Co Black Powder Shotgun 1880's JMD-12455
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American Gun Co. (Trade Name) Crescent Fire Arms Company of Norwich, CT, manufacturer, sold at wholesale by the H & D Folsom Company. This is a ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Ateliers de la Buire ˆ Lyon Shotgun 1880s JMD-1187820746 - Ateliers de la Buire ˆ Lyon Shotgun 1880s JMD-11878
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Shotgun, Ateliers de la Buire ˆ Lyon, 12-gauge, bead front sight, 33" Damascus Barrel Shotgun, brass butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2613, C...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********A for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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Bannerman, NY 1896 Spencer Shotgun 1890s JMD-1188420747 - Bannerman, NY 1896 Spencer Shotgun 1890s JMD-11884
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Bannerman, NY, Mod. 1896, 12 GA, bead front sight, double set triggers, metal butt plate, needs front stock. First pump shotgun series. Spencer shotgu
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (110.00 + 24.20) x 1 = 134.20
 
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Chicago Long Range Black Powder Shotgun 1880's JMD-1245320748 - Chicago Long Range Black Powder Shotgun 1880's JMD-12453
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Chicago Long Range Wonder (Trade Name), Black Powder, SxS Damascus Barrel, front sight bead missing, leather butt stock cover. Manufactured by Andrew
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to B*********l for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Crescent Firearms Company Single-Shot Shotgun 1885 JMD-1027620749 - Crescent Firearms Company Single-Shot Shotgun 1885 JMD-10276
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This is a single-shot 16 ga. shotgun made by Crescent Firearms with a Damascus barrel. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 3013, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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