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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Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Shotgun, AB2227, Single-Barrel 1850s JMD-1047220800 - Unknown mfr. Percussion Full-Stock Shotgun, AB2227, Single-Barrel 1850s JMD-10472
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This is a percussion full-stock fowler; maker is unknown but made by a master craftsman. It has a brass band for stock attachment. May be of European
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to d**********e for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Alois Kupkh Gmunden Bohlerstahl Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-1225220801 - Alois Kupkh Gmunden Bohlerstahl Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-12252
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Alois Kupkh Gmunden name in gold leaf, black-powder, Bohlerstahl, SxS 16 ga, dual hammer/triggers, bladed front sight w/notched rear sight, engraved w
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to r*****c for (600.00 + 132.00) x 1 = 732.00
 
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American Arms Co. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880's JMD-1206520802 - American Arms Co. SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880's JMD-12065
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American Arms Co., SxS, 10 GA, Damascus Barrel, hammered, double triggers, smooth fore/checkered pistol grip, rubber butt plate. Crack in stock at wri
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s******0 for (180.00 + 39.60) x 1 = 219.60
 
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American Gun Co. SxS Hammer Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-1174620803 - American Gun Co. SxS Hammer Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-11746
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Shotgun, American Gun Co., 12 Ga, SxS, dual hammer/triggers, no front sight/no rear sight, checkered pistol grip, curved shoulder stock, rubber butt p
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Baker Gun Co Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-1208020804 - Baker Gun Co Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-12080
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Baker Gun Co, SxS, 12 GA, bead front sight, dual set triggers, checkered fore/pistol grip, dog engraved right receiver plate, rubber butt plate. SN: R
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 0****1 for (190.00 + 47.50) x 1 = 237.50
 
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Baker Gun Company Black Powder Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890's JMD-1206920805 - Baker Gun Company Black Powder Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890's JMD-12069
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Baker Gun Company, Black Powder, 12 GA, SxS SN: 46203, JMD Oval Tag: 9402, Condition: Poor-Good, >
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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Baker Hammerless Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-1207420806 - Baker Hammerless Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1890s JMD-12074
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Baker, Hammerless, SxS, 12 GA, Damascus barre bead sight, engraved: hunting scene left/right side plate. 30" barrels, circle target pattern lef...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Sold to 0****1 for (1,000.00 + 250.00) x 1 = 1,250.00
 
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Baker Maker of L.C. Smith SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1875 JMD-1025020807 - Baker Maker of L.C. Smith SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1875 JMD-10250
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This is a beautiful 10 ga. SxS Baker Maker of L.C. Smith hammer gun. Damascus barrels in excellent condition. SN: N/A, JMD Oval Tag: 6659, Condition:
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to h********@.. for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Baker Pat SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1878 JMD-1203720808 - Baker Pat SxS Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1878 JMD-12037
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Baker Pat, SxS, 10 GA, bead front sight, Hammered, dual triggers, rubber butt plate. SN: 5399, JMD Oval Tag: 6743, Condition: Fair, >
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to h********@.. for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Baker, T. NY Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880s JMD-1171620809 - Baker, T. NY Shotgun, Double-Barrel 1880s JMD-11716
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Shotgun, Baker, T. NY, 10-gauge SxS, "genuine Damascus, choke bored", fixed sights, metal butt plate. SN: 9868, JMD Oval Tag: 863, Conditi...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to j*******1 for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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