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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Fancy Decorative Sword, German JMD-1219330050 - Fancy Decorative Sword, German JMD-12193
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Made by GDN BAUS,Solingen. Engraved patterns, gold ine over bluing, carbed wood handle with silver extremeties. JMD Tag: s509
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to s**********3 for (750.00 + 187.50) x 1 = 937.50
 
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Fancy Dress Sword with Gold Plate JMD-1218530051 - Fancy Dress Sword with Gold Plate JMD-12185
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Very fancy and expensive 19th c sword with gold palte on bluing on blade. Handle is damaged on one side. Possible "V" (Victoria?) on blade...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to s**********3 for (1,450.00 + 362.50) x 1 = 1,812.50
 
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Foils (2) JMD-1508130052 - Foils (2) JMD-15081
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two foils, only one marked. J.H. Lau New York JMD Tag: s714, s234
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Estimates : 80.00 - 200.00
Sold to s**********3 for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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French Navy Large Basket Swords JMD-1237230053 - French Navy Large Basket Swords JMD-12372
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pair of nearly identical French swords. Mfg Chatellerault, Mars 1842. Anchor engraved on both sides. The second was manufactured March 1840, also wi
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 800.00
Sold to v*********1 for (800.00 + 200.00) x 1 = 1,000.00
 
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German and Other sword group JMD-1237130054 - German and Other sword group JMD-12371
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three different swords. A)Eichman", 34" blade, large basket; B) w Clauberg, Solingen, 34" blade C) in brass inlaid circle "Prove...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to D*****1 for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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German Swords with Ornate Blades JMD-1235230055 - German Swords with Ornate Blades JMD-12352
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Three German swords with ornate blades, all different. A) no maker spelled out, but has a German crest on the blade, 32"; b)konigl. Bayer. 10. ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 900.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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German-made Sword JMD-1218930056 - German-made Sword JMD-12189
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Short sword of German manufacture with fancy ornate leather scabbard of special design. Swod length 15", mfd by "L… & Gunther/ Remsche...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to s**********3 for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Italian Dress Sword JMD-1218630057 - Italian Dress Sword JMD-12186
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Andrea/ Ferara, 31" blade, hilt slightly loose, very fancy brass handle and hilt. Damaged leather scabbard. JMD Tag: s513
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 500.00
Sold to s**********3 for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Jung Swords with Basket Handles JMD-1236330058 - Jung Swords with Basket Handles JMD-12363
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Two heavy duty swords with baskeet handles. "E(?) S. Jung/ 1858", 24" blade; "Jung" on the other, also 24" blade. JMD...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to s**********3 for (850.00 + 212.50) x 1 = 1,062.50
 
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Katana Swords (3) JMD-1234530059 - Katana Swords (3) JMD-12345
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three Katanas, all different, one possibly military. Each with plain scabbard. 19" blade, 28" and 28" blades. One with carved wood ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 900.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,150.00 + 287.50) x 1 = 1,437.50
 
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Knights of Pythias Fraternal Swords JMD-1255530060 - Knights of Pythias Fraternal Swords JMD-12555
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Three Fraternal Swords, none marked on the blade or handle, but the only one with a scabbard has the FCB of the Knights of the Pythias. Carved bone ha
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Lion Head Swords JMD-1218230061 - Lion Head Swords JMD-12182
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two very different swords with lion heads. A) gold palted brass "Yzerhouwer" on the blade, 30" long, no scabbard; b) unmarked curved ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to b********d.. for (375.00 + 82.50) x 1 = 457.50
 
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Lion Head Swords JMD-1218830062 - Lion Head Swords JMD-12188
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Two heavy duty swords with brass handles with lion heads alla s one piece handles. 18" blades, a pair. On top of the blade is a crown with an L...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to s**********3 for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Long Blade Knife Misc. Group JMD-1258430063 - Long Blade Knife Misc. Group JMD-12584
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five different long blade knives of different origin and vintages. A) 19.5" blade, no mfg, early 19thc; b) carved bone handle, blod letting gro...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to s**********3 for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Matching Military Swords JMD-1238430064 - Matching Military Swords JMD-12384
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Three matching military swords with metal scabbards. No maker, only the serial number at the top of the blades. All three idenitical. Perhaps c1900? J
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to l*****l for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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Medieval Sword, Western Europe JMD-1234130065 - Medieval Sword, Western Europe JMD-12341
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Fancy engraved blade with floral patterns, unusual animal skin with large plates and claw wrapping handle. Three linerar grooves at hilt end for blodd
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to t******m for (700.00 + 154.00) x 1 = 854.00
 
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Military Battle Sword JMD-1232330066 - Military Battle Sword JMD-12323
Holabird Western Americana Collections
in French, "manuf de Chatellerault Mars, 1851" engraved on the top edge of the sword. At the top of the blade are three stacked makers sym...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to L*****3 for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Military Bayonet Group JMD-1221030067 - Military Bayonet Group JMD-12210
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Five military bayonets of differing age, manufacture and design. A) S175K, 9.75" blade, no sheath; B) W.P. ERKIN, metal sheath, 10" blade;...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (190.00 + 47.50) x 1 = 237.50
 
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Military Bayonet Spikes JMD-1219430068 - Military Bayonet Spikes JMD-12194
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Eight different spikes for differing guns. Lengths range from 12" to 21". One marked Sherman. Lease inspect. JMD Tag: g751, g494, g761, g...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to d*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Military Bayonets (2) JMD-1212430069 - Military Bayonets (2) JMD-12124
Holabird Western Americana Collections
two bayonets, "42.CUL", 10: blade, metal scabbard and leather holder; :Carl Eichorn, Solingen"10" blade. Metal scabbard. JMD Ta...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to h*********1 for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Military Bayonets (2) JMD-1219530070 - Military Bayonets (2) JMD-12195
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Two military bayonets with metal scabbards that might not match properly. Both with similar handles, though one is brass and the other white metal.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to J******d for (110.00 + 24.20) x 1 = 134.20
 
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Military Bayonets (4) JMD-1220030071 - Military Bayonets (4) JMD-12200
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A) 14" blade, no scabbard, Carl Eickhoen, Solingen; B)same style blade, metal scabbard, 14", "Gottleib/Hammesfahe/Solingen, Foche. C)...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Military Swords JMD-1237430072 - Military Swords JMD-12374
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two similar swords, both with no maker. Nickle plated blades, similar patterned hilts that overall look identical, but have slight differences. Both w
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to v*******v for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Military Swords of Similar Design (3) JMD-1236130073 - Military Swords of Similar Design (3) JMD-12361
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The overall shape of the three hilts are identical, but the detail on each is different. Two with scabbards. All three have Lions heads at the top of
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 900.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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Mixed Group Swords JMD-1508230074 - Mixed Group Swords JMD-15082
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three swords of a varying nature, with scabbardsA) decorative with full barss handle, B) unmarked with brass and chain wire wrapped leather, c) kungen
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to s**********3 for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Mixed lot of Five Vintage Swords JMD-1508530075 - Mixed lot of Five Vintage Swords JMD-15085
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Five vintage swords of varying size and design. One is probably an American fraternal sword. The sword with the pectin pattern (sea shell) is very unu
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 700.00
Sold to s**********3 for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Mixed Lot of Vintage Swords JMD-1508430076 - Mixed Lot of Vintage Swords JMD-15084
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Four swords, only one with scabbard. All without any manufacturer's marks. Nice group, attractive, please inspect. JMD Tag: s15, s579, s619,s39
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to s**********3 for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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Nazi Knife & Scabbard JMD-1231130077 - Nazi Knife & Scabbard JMD-12311
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Classic Nazi knife and scabbard. German eagle at the top with insignia as part of the handle. Faux ivory in handle. JMD Tag: s729
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 3***6 for (1,450.00 + 362.50) x 1 = 1,812.50
 
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Nazi Sword  JMD-1219030078 - Nazi Sword JMD-12190
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nazi sword with swastika emblem. Made by AT. Coso, Solingen. 29", black metal scabbard. JMD Tag: s511
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 3***6 for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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Nazi Swords (3) JMD-1235130079 - Nazi Swords (3) JMD-12351
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three identical Nazi swords with scabbards. Each has silver hilt with brass inlay. Maker SMF, Solingen. Aluminum scabbard, blue cloth covered. One is
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to 3***6 for (1,300.00 + 325.00) x 1 = 1,625.00
 
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Ornate Vintage Knive Collection JMD-1233430080 - Ornate Vintage Knive Collection JMD-12334
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Fourteen knives. Wide variety and some rarities. Included unusual trigger knife by T. Mills & Bro., Philadelphia. Please inspect. JMD Tag: s574,...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (800.00 + 200.00) x 1 = 1,000.00
 
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Persia-style Knives JMD-1219230081 - Persia-style Knives JMD-12192
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Three decorative knives. 2 with sheaths. Curved blades, all less than 9". Includes inlaid pearl handle, layered multi-wood handle. JMD Tag: g6...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to s**********3 for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Persia-style Swords JMD-1232130082 - Persia-style Swords JMD-12321
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two swords, one with brass scabbard. Both curved baldes. Decoratice. Blades appx 8". Fancy design handles. JMD Tag: 421, 410
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Shortened War Blade Swords (2) JMD-1234330083 - Shortened War Blade Swords (2) JMD-12343
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two classic cases of shortened blades for war use. The first was a Katananow relegated to a knife with a handle 10" long; the second is an Ame...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to b********d.. for (140.00 + 30.80) x 1 = 170.80
 
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Spanis Swords JMD-1237330084 - Spanis Swords JMD-12373
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three swords: Possible military dress sword, gold plate over bluing, "Fabrica de Toledo", "Independencia", no maker, nickle scab...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to s**********3 for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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Two German Swords JMD-1239230085 - Two German Swords JMD-12392
Holabird Western Americana Collections
First sword: engraved both sides and top, nikle plated blade, "peninsula, Waterloo, Gohrde", filed artillery regiment; slightly curved bla...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Two Persian-style Curved Knives JMD-1218330086 - Two Persian-style Curved Knives JMD-12183
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Both similar, overall length 17", carved bone handles, Both have fancy silver over brass patterns. Very fancu hilts and scabbards, while the ba...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to v*******v for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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Unusual Miltary Bayonet JMD-1219830087 - Unusual Miltary Bayonet JMD-12198
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Alex Coppel Solingen, carved wood handle. 14" blade. No scabbard. JMD Tag: g373
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to v*******v for (95.00 + 20.90) x 1 = 115.90
 
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US Army Officers Model Sword, 1902 Model JMD-1238330088 - US Army Officers Model Sword, 1902 Model JMD-12383
Holabird Western Americana Collections
N.S. Meyer, Inc. "Colonial". 27" blade, metal scabbard. Etched blades, place for the name blank, but Star of David at end of blade. ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to R*****2 for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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US Civil War Sword JMD-1238130089 - US Civil War Sword JMD-12381
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Ames Mfg, Chicopee , Mass. Braass handle and hilt, 31.5", no scabbard, "US CSL 1864" JMD Tag: s18
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to p**********f for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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US Civil War Sword, Model 1860, 1865 JMD-1238230090 - US Civil War Sword, Model 1860, 1865 JMD-12382
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Classic Civil War sword made in 1865 for the US Military. Blade length 35.5" with metal scabbard. JMD Tag: s697
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to p*******5 for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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US Military Bayonets JMD-1212330091 - US Military Bayonets JMD-12123
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two bayonets marked "US", one stamped Arlington (16.5"), the other 1901 (11"). No sheaths. JMD Tag: g487g750
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to x********s.. for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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US Military BAyonets JMD-1219930092 - US Military BAyonets JMD-12199
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Six Military Bayonets, two with meatl sheaths, one with wood sheath. 16.5" baldes. One with broken handle. All marked "US" but some ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (700.00 + 175.00) x 1 = 875.00
 
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US Military Fancy Hilt Swords (2) JMD-1239130093 - US Military Fancy Hilt Swords (2) JMD-12391
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two swords with fancy white metal hilts. One is "US" with USA Eagle as a pictorial catved hilt "Jron Proof" on top of blade. &qu...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to d*******f for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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US Military Swords JMD-1235530094 - US Military Swords JMD-12355
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two swords, same exact design, different manufacturers. A) 33" blade, weakly marked "Ames Mfg, Chicopee Mass"; the other sword has 2 ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to s**********3 for (750.00 + 187.50) x 1 = 937.50
 
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US Military Swords (3) JMD-1237530095 - US Military Swords (3) JMD-12375
Holabird Western Americana Collections
These different military swords with similar hilts, all with metal scabbards. Curved sword, no maker, 64" blade; slightly curved balde, engrave...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 800.00
Sold to x********s.. for (350.00 + 77.00) x 1 = 427.00
 
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US Military swords (4) JMD-1239430096 - US Military swords (4) JMD-12394
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Four military swords of nearly identical design. Two with crossed gun handles, and two with an apparent rose with arrows out the end of the design. Th
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 600.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to x********s.. for (450.00 + 99.00) x 1 = 549.00
 
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US Military Swords, Large Baskets, WW1 JMD-1235430097 - US Military Swords, Large Baskets, WW1 JMD-12354
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two matching US Military swords, dated 1914 and 1918. Also marked SA(1914) and LF & C (1918). Sword length appx 35", straight. JMD Tag: s5...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to x********s.. for (700.00 + 154.00) x 1 = 854.00
 
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US Officer's Sword, 1902 Model JMD-1239530098 - US Officer's Sword, 1902 Model JMD-12395
Holabird Western Americana Collections
33" blade, engraved on two sides, made by Pettibone Bros. . Horn handle with carved wood. Metal scabbard. JMD Tag: s11
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to R*****2 for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Vintage Crossbow JMD-1247130099 - Vintage Crossbow JMD-12471
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Vintage crossbow, probably pre-1900, probably not complete. This piece has been imported, and has a US customs adhesive stamp on the stock. All the ir
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to j******0 for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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