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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Central European Swords (2) JMD-1236530040 - Central European Swords (2) JMD-12365
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Bavarian sword, "In Treue Fest", no maker, engraved 2 sides (c1930), no scabbard, 33"; second has no maker, slight curve, metal scabb...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to y*****6 for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Civil Was, US Military Ohligs Knife JMD-1231330041 - Civil Was, US Military Ohligs Knife JMD-12313
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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
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Estimates : 100.00 - 500.00
Sold to a******a for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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Early Crossbow  JMD-1067730042 - Early Crossbow JMD-10677
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 12,000.00
Sold to j******0 for (2,500.00 + 625.00) x 1 = 3,125.00
 
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Crossbow, 20th Century JMD-1246530043 - Crossbow, 20th Century JMD-12465
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No manufacturer shown, bow 19" across, stock 26" long. "GOK, 1918" on leqther.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 600.00
Sold to s**********3 for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Decorative British Sword JMD-1236230044 - Decorative British Sword JMD-12362
Holabird Western Americana Collections
27" small blade, nearly a "foil", brass and inlaid motehr of pearl handle JMD Tag: s303
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to k*********w for (275.00 + 60.50) x 1 = 335.50
 
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Early European Swords (2) JMD-1218430045 - Early European Swords (2) JMD-12184
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to s**********3 for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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Early 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
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to a******a for (1,000.00 + 250.00) x 1 = 1,250.00
 
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Early Western European Sword JMD-1231230047 - Early Western European Sword JMD-12312
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Contains a house crest within the engraved patterns. More research necessary. Deer horn and brass handle23.5" blade. Appears to easily pre-date...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to j******0 for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Eur-Asian Sword Group JMD-1234430048 - Eur-Asian Sword Group JMD-12344
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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Euro-Mediterranean Swords JMD-1218130049 - Euro-Mediterranean Swords JMD-12181
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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.;...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (650.00 + 162.50) x 1 = 812.50
 
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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
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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...
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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. ...
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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...
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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
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Andrea/ Ferara, 31" blade, hilt slightly loose, very fancy brass handle and hilt. Damaged leather scabbard. JMD Tag: s513
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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
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two heavy duty swords with baskeet handles. "E(?) S. Jung/ 1858", 24" blade; "Jung" on the other, also 24" blade. JMD...
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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 ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 900.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,150.00 + 287.50) x 1 = 1,437.50
 
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