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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Kentucky Shotgun Shotgun 1840's JMD-1035520760 - Kentucky Shotgun Shotgun 1840's JMD-10355
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This is a percussion fowler shotgun with a Damascus barrel. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6135, Condition: Poor, >
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to R*****2 for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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Ketland & Co. Fowler Shotgun 1840's JMD-1058520761 - Ketland & Co. Fowler Shotgun 1840's JMD-10585
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This is a Brown Bess that was given a second life as a fowler. This gun started life as a Brown Bess and was later converted from flintlock to percuss
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 2*****I for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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La Azpeitiana Snyder Type Converted Shotgun 1880s JMD-1253320762 - La Azpeitiana Snyder Type Converted Shotgun 1880s JMD-12533
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La Azpeitiana, Snyder Type Converted Shotgun, 24 GA, leather sling attached, bead front sight. SN: 30, JMD Oval Tag: 2267, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to f*****E for (100.00 + 0.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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Mass Arms Co 1859 Shotgun 1860s JMD-1193420763 - Mass Arms Co 1859 Shotgun 1860s JMD-11934
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Shotgun, Edward Maynard, 1859, shotgun, 16 ga.(verify chambering), bead front/ladder rear sight, checkered wrist, brass butt plate, original nickel an
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to k*******2 for (450.00 + 99.00) x 1 = 549.00
 
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Mississippi Valley Arms Shot gun Shotgun 1885 JMD-1028720764 - Mississippi Valley Arms Shot gun Shotgun 1885 JMD-10287
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This is a Mississippi Valley Arms 12 ga. black-powder shotgun in fair condition. SN: 313048, JMD Oval Tag: 2532, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*********A for (70.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 87.50
 
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National Arms co Pat Feb 11 1877 Shotgun 1870s JMD-1220620765 - National Arms co Pat Feb 11 1877 Shotgun 1870s JMD-12206
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NATIONAL ARMS COMPANY Belgium Single-Shot Martini shotgun, 12-gauge, bead front sight, no rear sight. SN: 48, JMD Oval Tag: 4864, Condition: Good, &...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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Patent Brevette SGDG Shotgun 1890s JMD-1210420766 - Patent Brevette SGDG Shotgun 1890s JMD-12104
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Patent Brevette SGDG, French, ornate, magazine fed, black-powder Damascus octagon/round barrel, unique. Checkered pistol grip, rubber butt plate. SN:
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Estimates : 600.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to k*******2 for (3,400.00 + 748.00) x 1 = 4,148.00
 
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Possible Belgian Shotgun 1890s JMD-1109620767 - Possible Belgian Shotgun 1890s JMD-11096
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This is a side lever shotgun, possibly made in Belgium, maker unknown, in 12 ga. 1890's black-powder cartridge gun. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7701,...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold to 7**9 for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Remmington Replica Musket Shotgun 1960 JMD-1062920768 - Remmington Replica Musket Shotgun 1960 JMD-10629
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This is a Remington shotgun. Late manufacture with choke. 1960's. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 2230, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*********A for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Rook Shotgun 1885 JMD-1025720769 - Rook Shotgun 1885 JMD-10257
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This is 9 mm Rook rifle in sporting stock. SN: 269, JMD Oval Tag: 6612, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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