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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Vintage Long Blade Knives JMD-1231430100 - Vintage Long Blade Knives JMD-12314
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three vintage (pre-1900) long blade knives of differing design. A) possible turtle shell handle, A. Sauerland & Co. with a vignette of a staemer...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 500.00
Sold to q******q for (110.00 + 24.20) x 1 = 134.20
 
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Vintage Swords with Baskets JMD-1508330101 - Vintage Swords with Baskets JMD-15083
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Four swords, two with scabbards. Two are unmarked. One is illegible on a worn blade, another has generic etched patterns. JMD Tag: s1, s21, s701, s25
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Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to s**********3 for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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Misc. Badge Assortment JMD-1500130102 - Misc. Badge Assortment JMD-15001
Holabird Western Americana Collections
22 assorted badges and pins
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to v*******v for (50.00 + 11.00) x 1 = 61.00
 
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Badge, Medal and Button collection JMD-1510130103 - Badge, Medal and Button collection JMD-15101
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection on board from the Davis Museum, various topics. One of the most interstig is a fire department ribbon and hanger from St. louis, 1891. abou
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Bank Badge JMD-1523030104 - Bank Badge JMD-15230
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1937 American Institute of Banking, St Paul, MN
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Estimates : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to 2*****s for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Breast Badge and Ribbon Collection JMD-1508830105 - Breast Badge and Ribbon Collection JMD-15088
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 60 pieces, many with medals. Mostly IOOF. Killer lot for the medal collector. Please inspect.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Breast Badge Collection JMD-1508930106 - Breast Badge Collection JMD-15089
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Knights of Pythias. About 60 pieces. Another fantastic medal group. C1890-1920. Please see!!
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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Breastbadge Collection JMD-1519730107 - Breastbadge Collection JMD-15197
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 30 breast badges in various condtions. 1 large button, small buttons, not all in photo
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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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Breastbadges (4) JMD-1519830108 - Breastbadges (4) JMD-15198
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Harris Light Cavalry 1907 and 1901, 2 Ironton, OH IOOF-1 partial
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to r*********k for (40.00 + 8.80) x 1 = 48.80
 
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Gen. George Custer, Buffalo NY Breastbadge JMD-1519930109 - Gen. George Custer, Buffalo NY Breastbadge JMD-15199
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nice General Custer photo, 1897 Buffalo, NY
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to m*****o for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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