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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Babe Ruth Champions Buttons (2)   JMD-1509130350 - Babe Ruth Champions Buttons (2) JMD-15091
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 c. 1934 Babe Ruth Champions 1" buttons, Quaker Cereal origin, around time Babe retired. Cracks
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to l*****7 for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Baseball Centennial Button JMD-1509230351 - Baseball Centennial Button JMD-15092
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.25" button for 1939 centennial
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to J*******d for (85.00 + 21.25) x 1 = 106.25
 
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Football & Basketball Pins JMD-1512330352 - Football & Basketball Pins JMD-15123
Holabird Western Americana Collections
17 assorted vintage football and basketball pins, some with original pinbacks
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Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (65.00 + 16.25) x 1 = 81.25
 
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Heydt's Yankee Bread BB Button JMD-1509430353 - Heydt's Yankee Bread BB Button JMD-15094
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.25" catcher button with original pin back
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d******2 for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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Larry McLean BB Button JMD-1512130354 - Larry McLean BB Button JMD-15121
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Original .8" Larry McLean Cincinnati Reds button. C 1906-1912
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d******2 for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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Montana Grizzlies Button JMD-1509630355 - Montana Grizzlies Button JMD-15096
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1" 1938 with original pin back
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Estimates : 50.00 - 80.00
Sold to d******2 for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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National League BB Button JMD-1509530356 - National League BB Button JMD-15095
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1" 60th year. Yankees vs Giants in World Series
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to d******2 for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Roger Hornsby Brown BB Button JMD-1512230357 - Roger Hornsby Brown BB Button JMD-15122
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1.25" button, 1935 Brown's Boys Club Member with picture of Roger Hornsby, original pin back, cracks
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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St. Louis Browns Pins (2) JMD-1509730358 - St. Louis Browns Pins (2) JMD-15097
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 1" pins. 1 with original pin back, other cracks no pin back. C. 1935
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Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
Sold to t*******l for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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St. louis Cardinal large Pins JMD-1507430359 - St. louis Cardinal large Pins JMD-15074
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2 c. 1944 6" St. Louis Cardinals pins. Era of Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter. 2 different, 1944 National League Champs, and cardinal with tape ...
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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