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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Cole Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1860 JMD-1063820120 - Cole Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1860 JMD-10638
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a half-stock target rifle made by "Cole". The bore is .45 cal. and it includes a false muzzle for starting. Well cared for gun in ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,000.00 + 250.00) x 1 = 1,250.00
 
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Colt 1855 cylinder rifle Rifle 1855 JMD-1065520121 - Colt 1855 cylinder rifle Rifle 1855 JMD-10655
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Colt revolving rife in about .56 cal. complete with loading lever. Model 1855. The stock is of walnut in good condition. No forearm. SN: 495
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to h********h.. for (1,150.00 + 253.00) x 1 = 1,403.00
 
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Colt 1855 Revolving Model Rifle 1855 JMD-1065720122 - Colt 1855 Revolving Model Rifle 1855 JMD-10657
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is Colt's revolving rifle of 1855. In good condition with a musket style forearm. SN: 374, JMD Oval Tag: 7982, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to C*******p for (1,900.00 + 418.00) x 1 = 2,318.00
 
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Colt 1855 Revolving rifle musket Rifle 1855 JMD-1066120123 - Colt 1855 Revolving rifle musket Rifle 1855 JMD-10661
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is Colt revolving rifle in musket design with forearm and loading lever. SN: 3634, JMD Oval Tag: 7978, Condition: Excellent, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to V****3 for (2,400.00 + 600.00) x 1 = 3,000.00
 
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Colt 1864 Rifle 1867 JMD-1041520124 - Colt 1864 Rifle 1867 JMD-10415
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a model 1864 Colt musket in very good condition. Unmolested and full length. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7307, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to L********1 for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Colt Kentucky Rifle 1830's JMD-1052920125 - Colt Kentucky Rifle 1830's JMD-10529
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This rifle uses a Carl A. Baken octagon barrel with a Colt P.F.A. Co. lock-plate. It appears to be all original with a walnut stock. It has double set
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to b*********v for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Colt Lightning Rifle 1880s JMD-1229420126 - Colt Lightning Rifle 1880s JMD-12294
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Colt Lightning, 22, pump (slide) action, octagon barrel. blued finish, case-hardened hammer, and a walnut stock. Manufactured by Colt from 1884 to 190
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to 5******t for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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Colt Lightning Rifle 1880s JMD-1256120127 - Colt Lightning Rifle 1880s JMD-12561
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Colt, lightning, slide action 22, blade front/rear sight, rubber butt plate, stock. SN: 66776, JMD Oval Tag: 8833, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to D*****6 for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Colt Lightning Rifle 1885 JMD-1176420128 - Colt Lightning Rifle 1885 JMD-11764
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Rifle, Colt, Lightning.22, slide action, blade front/ adjustable leaf sight rear sight, rubber butt plate. SN: 3866, JMD Oval Tag: 7300, Condition: Go
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Colt Revolving Rifle 1855 JMD-1065920129 - Colt Revolving Rifle 1855 JMD-10659
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Colt revolving rifle model 1855 complete with walnut stock and loading lever. SN: 4822, JMD Oval Tag: 8885, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to R*****1 for (2,200.00 + 550.00) x 1 = 2,750.00
 
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Conestoga Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-1066820130 - Conestoga Percussion Half-Stock Rifle 1850s JMD-10668
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Tis is a half-stock rifle, marked Conestoga, percussion lock. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 987, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to O*****y for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Conestoga Rifle Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-1049520131 - Conestoga Rifle Kentucky Rifle 1840's JMD-10495
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an Ohio gun made by John Gibbs of Lancaster, Ohio. John learned his gunsmithing skills in Lancaster, Penn. This gun is made in the old-world o
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to b*********k for (1,400.00 + 350.00) x 1 = 1,750.00
 
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D. Markez Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-1008320132 - D. Markez Kentucky Rifle 1840s JMD-10083
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This a full-stocked Kentucky rifle that has a forward section missing. Marked D. Markez. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 7968, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to f********e for (180.00 + 39.60) x 1 = 219.60
 
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D.R. Hilliard, Caxxish, N.H. Rifle  JMD-1193020133 - D.R. Hilliard, Caxxish, N.H. Rifle JMD-11930
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A D.R. Hilliard rifle of Caxxish, N.H., octagon bull barrel, ramrod, special target sight, brass butt plate. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6682, Condition: P
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Davidson & Son Rifle 1850's JMD-1006620134 - Davidson & Son Rifle 1850's JMD-10066
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a beautiful tiger-stripe half-stock Kentucky rifle possibly of Ohio origin. The inlays are of German silver. A stock repair forward of the loc
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to f********e for (300.00 + 66.00) x 1 = 366.00
 
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DFCM Rifle 1880's JMD-1240520135 - DFCM Rifle 1880's JMD-12405
Holabird Western Americana Collections
DFCM (?), 22 rifle, octagon barrel, iron sights w/bladed rear. checkered handgrip, cheek rest stock SN: 58427, JMD Oval Tag: 7257, Condition: Very Goo
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to t******m for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Donas (Spain). E. gala on hammer Rifle 1820s JMD-1197420136 - Donas (Spain). E. gala on hammer Rifle 1820s JMD-11974
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Donas (Spain). E. gala stamped on hammer, Converted Flintlock to Percussion block, cut down musket, octagon to round barrel, some engraving, metal but
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to b*********v for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Dutchwerk.werkerfurt Single-Shot Rifle 1800s JMD-1095720137 - Dutchwerk.werkerfurt Single-Shot Rifle 1800s JMD-10957
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a Dutchwerk, Werkerfurt, Single-Shot, rifle chambered in .22 black-powder. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 1245, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (80.00 + 17.60) x 1 = 97.60
 
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E. Allen and Co. Single-Shot Rifle 1880 JMD-1023920138 - E. Allen and Co. Single-Shot Rifle 1880 JMD-10239
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an Ethan Allen and Co. single-shot target rifle in good condition. SN: 2381, JMD Oval Tag: 6915, Condition: Good, >
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to s******0 for (350.00 + 77.00) x 1 = 427.00
 
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E. Hall Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-1199320139 - E. Hall Full-Stock Kentucky Rifle 1850s JMD-11993
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Unknown manufacturer.38, octagon barrel, iron sights, half-moon brass inlay on cheek rest, tiger stripe wood, E. Hall on barrel, metal butt plate. SN:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 2*****I for (170.00 + 42.50) x 1 = 212.50
 
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