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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1893 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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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to v*******v for (45.00 + 9.90) x 1 = 54.90
 
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Eleven Framed Art Pieces JMD-1001730001 - Eleven Framed Art Pieces JMD-10017
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Estimates : 100.00 - 600.00
Sold to u********m.. for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Five Victorian-style Framed Prints JMD-1001230002 - Five Victorian-style Framed Prints JMD-10012
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Four European Framed Prints JMD-1001630003 - Four European Framed Prints JMD-10016
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Framed Rome Engraving JMD-1000830004 - Framed Rome Engraving JMD-10008
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Framed 45 x 35" Engraving of ladies in Rome.
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Maxfield Parrish Print JMD-1001330005 - Maxfield Parrish Print JMD-10013
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two figures with scenic backdrop. Copyright the House of Art, NY. 22 x 34" original frame, borken glass upper left.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to v*******v for (35.00 + 7.70) x 1 = 42.70
 
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Three 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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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to h********h.. for (70.00 + 15.40) x 1 = 85.40
 
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Antique Pipe Bottle JMD-1512530007 - Antique Pipe Bottle JMD-15125
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Clear 10.5", c. 1910-20
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Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to c******l for (35.00 + 8.75) x 1 = 43.75
 
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Beer Advertising pieces JMD-1511030008 - Beer Advertising pieces JMD-15110
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Large Advertising Bottles JMD-1510830009 - Large Advertising Bottles JMD-15108
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Five large glass advertising bottles. Calvert Whiskey, 25" tall, amber glass; old hickory Bourbon, 29" tall, amber glass; Calvert Reserve ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 500.00
Sold to q******q for (50.00 + 11.00) x 1 = 61.00
 
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Gin Wood Bottle Model, Art, 19thc JMD-1510930010 - Gin Wood Bottle Model, Art, 19thc JMD-15109
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Estimates : 100.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to w********r.. for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Rodeo & Horses Pins JMD-1502730011 - Rodeo & Horses Pins JMD-15027
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 15 small to medium size horse and rodeo pins.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (55.00 + 13.75) x 1 = 68.75
 
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Group of Branding Irons JMD-1002930012 - Group of Branding Irons JMD-10029
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of approx. 20 branding irons, some with ID. Please inspect.
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to u********m.. for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Buermman Spurs JMD-1502330013 - Buermman Spurs JMD-15023
Holabird Western Americana Collections
PRE 1920 pair of spurs
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Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to b********d.. for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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US Cavalry Wishbone Spurs JMD-1502130014 - US Cavalry Wishbone Spurs JMD-15021
Holabird Western Americana Collections
4 pairs of US Cavalry wishbone spurs, 1 set is early
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to r*****7 for (90.00 + 22.50) x 1 = 112.50
 
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Hominy, Oklahoma Stetson Cowboy Hat JMD-1003230015 - Hominy, Oklahoma Stetson Cowboy Hat JMD-10032
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******y for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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Three Antique Ladies Riding Saddles JMD-1002130016 - Three Antique Ladies Riding Saddles JMD-10021
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 3 antique ladies riding saddles. c1880-1920. Poor condition. Please inspect.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to s******0 for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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24 Cow Themed Longhorn Center Mounts JMD-1002030017 - 24 Cow Themed Longhorn Center Mounts JMD-10020
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 24 cow themed center mounts. Hand-punched leather. Various condition. Approx. 20-22" wide. Horns removed.
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Estimates : 480.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to u********m.. for (100.00 + 25.00) x 1 = 125.00
 
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33 Floral Themed Longhorn Center Mounts JMD-1001930018 - 33 Floral Themed Longhorn Center Mounts JMD-10019
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 33 floral themed center mounts. Hand-punched leather. Varying condition. Horns removed. Approx. 20-22" wide.
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Estimates : 660.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to u********m.. for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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35 Longhorn Mounts w/ One Horn JMD-1002530019 - 35 Longhorn Mounts w/ One Horn JMD-10025
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 35 hand-punched leather longhorn center pieces, each with one horn remaining.
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,400.00
Sold to r*****c for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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