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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Dreyse Needle Gun Shotgun 1880s JMD-1252420750 - Dreyse Needle Gun Shotgun 1880s JMD-12524
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Dreyse, Needle Gun, 16 GA, blade front sight, checkered fore/pistol grip, cheek rest stock, extensive engraving. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6220, Conditio
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to k*******2 for (475.00 + 104.50) x 1 = 579.50
 
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Edward Maynard 1859 Shotgun 1882 JMD-1113020751 - Edward Maynard 1859 Shotgun 1882 JMD-11130
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This shotgun is marked " Edward Maynard", model 1859, It is a lever actin shotgun in 12 ga. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6223, Condition: Excell...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to k*******2 for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Enfield Enfiled P53 Shotgun 1853 JMD-1012220752 - Enfield Enfiled P53 Shotgun 1853 JMD-10122
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Smoothbore. Converted Enfield muskets by Snider into swing block shotgun. Converted in 1860's as overage of muskets and Enfield round equals 12 ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
Sold to x********s.. for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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European Shotgun 1890s JMD-1227220753 - European Shotgun 1890s JMD-12272
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Shotgun, European, 20 gauge, single barrel, hammered, steel butt plate, no front or back sight, SN: 21, JMD Oval Tag: 2069, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to s******0 for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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G Wilheilm Flintlock Shotgun 1770 JMD-1021920754 - G Wilheilm Flintlock Shotgun 1770 JMD-10219
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a flintlock fowler 1770-1790s. The stock has been shortened and is unaltered flintlock ignition. There is a crack in the stock at the wrist. B
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to e****i for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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GL, Belgium Flintlock Half-Stock Fowler Shotgun 1970s JMD-1057620755 - GL, Belgium Flintlock Half-Stock Fowler Shotgun 1970s JMD-10576
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a beautifully made flintlock fowler from Belgium in 12 ga. c. 1970's. The finish is excellent with beautifully color-casehardening on th...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to k*******2 for (400.00 + 88.00) x 1 = 488.00
 
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I. Ellert in Aschaffenburg Shotgun 1880s JMD-1226220756 - I. Ellert in Aschaffenburg Shotgun 1880s JMD-12262
Holabird Western Americana Collections
I. Ellert in Aschaffenburg gold lettering top barrel rib, 16-gauge, SxS, dual hammer, bead front sight, checkered fore and pistol grip on stock, some
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to h********@.. for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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illegible Shotgun 1850s JMD-1187020757 - illegible Shotgun 1850s JMD-11870
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Fowler, Kentucky Underhammer, illegible manufacturer, 12 Gauge, 40" single octagon to round barrel, ramrod, brass butt plate, cheek rest, brass...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to k*******2 for (130.00 + 28.60) x 1 = 158.60
 
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J. F. Stolley Shotgun 1850s JMD-1196520758 - J. F. Stolley Shotgun 1850s JMD-11965
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J. F. Stolley, left hand Kentucky Rifle.69, octagon barrel, bead front sight, ramrod, 1/2 stock, crescent butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2020, Con
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Jose Arancuren SxS Shotgun 1850s JMD-1017820759 - Jose Arancuren SxS Shotgun 1850s JMD-10178
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This shotgun uses the pin fire technology of the 1850's. It uses back-action locks and an under-guard release lever. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 9355...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to b*********A for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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