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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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing Notification1893 Columbus Print JMD-1001430000 - 1893 Columbus Print JMD-10014
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Printed for the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America. Possibly a Columbian Expo. piece. In original frame, 33.5 x 45.5" Water stai...
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Lot of 11. 1) Biblical chromo litho. 26 x 30" Artist is O. Slemner. 2) Windmill print. Artist unknown. 26 x 21" deep seated frame. 3-4) Tw...
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Lot of 4 different. 1) 25.5 x 35.5" Greek myth: "Hero waiting for Leander" print 2) JE Baker print of young woman. Original frame c.1...
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Lot of 4. 1) Houses in Venice. Claude Duval. 21.5 x 27.5" in original frame. c1900. 2) Cove-beach scene, western Europe. 29.5 23.5" c. 188...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationFramed Rome Engraving JMD-1000830004 - Framed Rome Engraving JMD-10008
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Framed 45 x 35" Engraving of ladies in Rome.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMaxfield Parrish Print JMD-1001330005 - Maxfield Parrish Print JMD-10013
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Two figures with scenic backdrop. Copyright the House of Art, NY. 22 x 34" original frame, borken glass upper left.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationThree Classic American Prints JMD-1001830006 - Three Classic American Prints JMD-10018
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1) Custer's Last Stand print. 1896. Poor condition with soiling and warping. 29 x 42" Original frame. 2) Framed print of our national capit...
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Clear 10.5", c. 1910-20
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBeer Advertising pieces JMD-1511030008 - Beer Advertising pieces JMD-15110
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Three beer advertising pieces. Falstaff plaster, some damage, repaired elbow holding the bottle, about 13 x 21". Muehlebach's Pilsner, plas...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationLarge Advertising Bottles JMD-1510830009 - Large Advertising Bottles JMD-15108
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Five large glass advertising bottles. Calvert Whiskey, 25" tall, amber glass; old hickory Bourbon, 29" tall, amber glass; Calvert Reserve ...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationGin Wood Bottle Model, Art, 19thc JMD-1510930010 - Gin Wood Bottle Model, Art, 19thc JMD-15109
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19.5" tall, 6" square gin bottle that is an artisan's piece. Constructed of wood parts attached with crude square nails, this piece ha...
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Approx 15 small to medium size horse and rodeo pins.
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Lot of approx. 20 branding irons, some with ID. Please inspect.
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PRE 1920 pair of spurs
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationUS Cavalry Wishbone Spurs JMD-1502130014 - US Cavalry Wishbone Spurs JMD-15021
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4 pairs of US Cavalry wishbone spurs, 1 set is early
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Fantastic classic Oklahoma cowboy hat. Marked Hominy Trading Company, Hominy, Oklahoma. John B Stetson Company, 3xBeaver. Silk detached on the inside.
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Lot of 3 antique ladies riding saddles. c1880-1920. Poor condition. Please inspect.
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Lot of 24 cow themed center mounts. Hand-punched leather. Various condition. Approx. 20-22" wide. Horns removed.
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Lot of 33 floral themed center mounts. Hand-punched leather. Varying condition. Horns removed. Approx. 20-22" wide.
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Lot of 35 hand-punched leather longhorn center pieces, each with one horn remaining.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationAntique Buffalo Mount JMD-1002830020 - Antique Buffalo Mount JMD-10028
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c.1900 buffalo mount. Probably belonged to one of the last Western buffalo herds. Poor condition, but classic Western piece.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMatched Longhorn Pairs JMD-1002630021 - Matched Longhorn Pairs JMD-10026
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Lot of approx. 30 matched longhorn pairs, as stored and presented. Please inspect. Perfect for Western home or office décor.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSeven Belt Longhorn Center Mounts JMD-1002330022 - Seven Belt Longhorn Center Mounts JMD-10023
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Lot of 7 center mounts with Western belts. Three of them have half-horns. The rest have the horns removed. Hand-punched leather. Approx. 22" wi...
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Lot of approx. 100 single horns. Perfect for Western crafts, jewelry, home or office décor. Please inspect.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSix Double Longhorn Mounts JMD-1003130024 - Six Double Longhorn Mounts JMD-10031
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Lot of 6. Four are larger and two are much smaller. Perfect for home or office décor. Please inspect.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationTen Longhorn Center Mounts with Unusual Patterns JMD-1002230025 - Ten Longhorn Center Mounts with Unusual Patterns JMD-10022
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Lot of 10. These have non-floral or cow themes, such as Texas stars, a wagon, horseshoes, etc. Hand-punched leather. Includes 2 which are possibly pre
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationAmmunition Die-Set JMD-1000930026 - Ammunition Die-Set JMD-10009
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The process of making a bullet. Made by Frankford Arsenal. 13.5 x 14.5" in curio box frame
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationFramed Cartridge Belt with Bullets, Spencer Rimfire JMD-1001530027 - Framed Cartridge Belt with Bullets, Spencer Rimfire JMD-10015
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Belt full of ammunition. "Unoffical Cartridge Belt, USA prototype. 1866-74." For Spencer Rimfire. Curio box frame. 27.5 x 38"
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationFramed Military Ammunition Display JMD-1000630028 - Framed Military Ammunition Display JMD-10006
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Fantastic! "The Rank and File. Military Ammunition, 1866-1903, field-gallery." Approximately 90 pieces mounted. Nice dispay of the evoluti...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSide-Arm Service Ammo Display JMD-1001030029 - Side-Arm Service Ammo Display JMD-10010
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1866-1918. Many different makers. In 18 x 20" curio box frame.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationTwo Ammunition Displays JMD-1001130030 - Two Ammunition Displays JMD-10011
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Lot of two framed ammo displays. 1) Speer Bullets, 1864-1964. No glass. 11 x 21" 2) Hornady Bullets. Grand Island, Nebraska. 14 x 22" No g...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationWinchester Big Game Rifles & Ammunition Poster JMD-1000330031 - Winchester Big Game Rifles & Ammunition Poster JMD-10003
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As originally framed. Possibly post-1930. Sharp colors. 19 x 29" We did not remove from frame.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing Notification1902 Model US Officers Sword JMD-1238530032 - 1902 Model US Officers Sword JMD-12385
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Wolfson Trading Co., NY.; etched blade with military patterns, 33" blade, slight curve, with metal scabbard. JMD Tag: s322
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Pair of African (?) origin knives with hand crafted sheaths.Leather taassel ends, blade length 9". No makers. JMD Tag: s464, s465
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationAmerican Fraternal Swords JMD-1239330034 - American Fraternal Swords JMD-12393
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Five different Fraternal swords. Some unmarked. A)Brass scaled pattern handle, made by Henderson Ames, Kalamazoo, Mich, no scabbard; b)no maker, no in
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Three Asian swords with hand carved bone scabbards. While these might be conside may represent something else. Two have small brass hand protection pi
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationAsian Vintage Swords JMD-1231530036 - Asian Vintage Swords JMD-12315
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Two vintage Asian origin(?) swords. One with srude reed wrapped scabbard with carved heqad, 23" blade, the other very crude carved wood handle ...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBayonet Group JMD-1212530037 - Bayonet Group JMD-12125
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Three different bayonets. A) no maker, possibly Korean war, 6.5" blade, no sheath; b) sesmi-modern, Viet Nam? With sheath; c)wood handle, 16&qu...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBayonet Swords JMD-1219630038 - Bayonet Swords JMD-12196
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Two bayonet swords, with metal sheaths, identical design, on the top of the blade: "Mre de Ormes de Tulle Novembre 1877", second "Mre...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBayonets JMD-1219730039 - Bayonets JMD-12197
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Three bayonets with brass handles, all three different, though similar appeaering. A) F S hallmarks, broken blade end; b) no marks, heavy construction
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationCentral European Swords (2) JMD-1236530040 - Central European Swords (2) JMD-12365
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Bavarian sword, "In Treue Fest", no maker, engraved 2 sides (c1930), no scabbard, 33"; second has no maker, slight curve, metal scabb...
Current Bid: 110.00
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Large military style knive with wood sheath, marked Ohligs, with US eagle and the date 1861. US military style wood handle, heavy duty. SN L261. JMD T
Current Bid: 50.00
Estimates : 100.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Early european crossbow. Ornate carved Ivory or bone inlays. Trigger mechanism with trigger guard. 22" crossbeam of iron, 28" stock, flip ...
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Start Price : 3,000.00 | Estimates : 6,000.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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No manufacturer shown, bow 19" across, stock 26" long. "GOK, 1918" on leqther.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationDecorative British Sword JMD-1236230044 - Decorative British Sword JMD-12362
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27" small blade, nearly a "foil", brass and inlaid motehr of pearl handle JMD Tag: s303
Current Bid: 50.00
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationEarly European Swords (2) JMD-1218430045 - Early European Swords (2) JMD-12184
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Two early swords of very similar design but different ages. A) Handle with design similar to B) but has a basket, and B) does not. 34" blade wi...
Current Bid: 160.00
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationEarly US Military Swords JMD-1235330046 - Early US Military Swords JMD-12353
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Two swords of indentical design but differing ages. The first has engraving with gold wash highlights. The key insignia is a shield with 13 stars over
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationEarly Western European Sword JMD-1231230047 - Early Western European Sword JMD-12312
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Contains a house crest within the engraved patterns. More research necessary. Deer horn and brass handle23.5" blade. Appears to easily pre-date...
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationEur-Asian Sword Group JMD-1234430048 - Eur-Asian Sword Group JMD-12344
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Five large swords of differing designs, possibly from Persia to parts of Asia. Needs inspection. Average blade length 22", four with wood scabb...
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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A) no mfg, bone and brass handle, 23" blade Persian-style pattern engraving; B)Egyptian style, brass inlay in blade, 12.5" blade, no mfg.;...
Current Bid: 325.00
Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
 
 
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