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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Ammunition and Firefighter Buttons (3) JMD-1523130150 - Ammunition and Firefighter Buttons (3) JMD-15231
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 small buttons. 2 Peters ammo, 1 firefighter. Original pinbacks
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to Y*****y for (80.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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ANTI Hitler Items JMD-1520230151 - ANTI Hitler Items JMD-15202
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 Small buttons, Hel-Mit
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to B****7 for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Auto and Motorcycle Buttons (2) JMD-1521430152 - Auto and Motorcycle Buttons (2) JMD-15214
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Small, medium and large. Ford, Goodyear, Delco, Yale Motorcycle and more
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Bawdy Pins (3) JMD-1513030153 - Bawdy Pins (3) JMD-15130
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 female bawdy pins
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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Christmas Buttons (8) JMD-1526430154 - Christmas Buttons (8) JMD-15264
Holabird Western Americana Collections
8 Santa Claus and Christmas buttons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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Dimples Club Buttons (2) JMD-1523830155 - Dimples Club Buttons (2) JMD-15238
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 oval buttons, St. Louis
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Start Price : 20.00 | Estimates : 40.00 - 60.00
 
 
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Elgin Watch Advertising Buttons JMD-1502930156 - Elgin Watch Advertising Buttons JMD-15029
Holabird Western Americana Collections
11 Elgin promo watch face buttons, some with ribbons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to u********m.. for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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End Prohibition Buttons (8) JMD-1519230157 - End Prohibition Buttons (8) JMD-15192
Holabird Western Americana Collections
8 small, some humerous, buttons
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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General Button Collection JMD-1505430158 - General Button Collection JMD-15054
Holabird Western Americana Collections
200 or more buttons, mostly small, some medium
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Hardware Buttons (11) JMD-1520430159 - Hardware Buttons (11) JMD-15204
Holabird Western Americana Collections
11 small to large hardware buttons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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Humerous Buttons JMD-1505830160 - Humerous Buttons JMD-15058
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 40 c. 1930-40humerous buttons, mix of medium and large
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to B****7 for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Marbles Buttons (5) JMD-1524030161 - Marbles Buttons (5) JMD-15240
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5 small marble buttons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*******f for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Milk Products Buttons (13) JMD-1523530162 - Milk Products Buttons (13) JMD-15235
Holabird Western Americana Collections
St. Charles, Happy Circle Club and more
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
 
 
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Music Buttons (6) JMD-1519630163 - Music Buttons (6) JMD-15196
Holabird Western Americana Collections
6 music buttons,,1940 Oshkosh Music Fest, Seybold Piano, Shawano Music Fest and more
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to v*******v for (20.00 + 4.40) x 1 = 24.40
 
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Pop Culture Buttons (25) JMD-1523230164 - Pop Culture Buttons (25) JMD-15232
Holabird Western Americana Collections
25 small with Superman, Felix the Cat, 4 Horseman and many more. C. 1930's to 50's
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to l******4 for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Railroad and Bank Buttons and Breastbadges JMD-1520530165 - Railroad and Bank Buttons and Breastbadges JMD-15205
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 railroad, 4 bank
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to D*****6 for (45.00 + 11.25) x 1 = 56.25
 
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SpanishAmerican War/Maine Buttons JMD-1521030166 - SpanishAmerican War/Maine Buttons JMD-15210
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 20 small US warship buttons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to d*******f for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Sports Related Buttons (16) JMD-1523930167 - Sports Related Buttons (16) JMD-15239
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Small fishing, boating, baseball, golf etc
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to D*****6 for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Stetson Hat Buttons (4) JMD-1523330168 - Stetson Hat Buttons (4) JMD-15233
Holabird Western Americana Collections
4 small oval Stetson Hat buttons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to m********1 for (65.00 + 16.25) x 1 = 81.25
 
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Three Wall Mounted Clocks JMD-1003030169 - Three Wall Mounted Clocks JMD-10030
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 3 wall mounted ornate 19th century clocks. All are missing numerous parts. 1) 40" tall, 16" wide. Marked CW. 2) 58" tall, 27&q...
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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Tex Arcana Leather Fireman Helmet JMD-1211530170 - Tex Arcana Leather Fireman Helmet JMD-12115
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Tex Arkana FD
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Daggers (10) JMD-1504330171 - Daggers (10) JMD-15043
Holabird Western Americana Collections
10 vintage daggers, 7 to 10.5", 1 mother of pearl handle
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Pocket Knives (13) JMD-1504230172 - Pocket Knives (13) JMD-15042
Holabird Western Americana Collections
13 vintage folding knives
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to f********e for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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US Military Insignia Group JMD-1516530173 - US Military Insignia Group JMD-15165
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 30 pins and insignias, buttons etc, WW2 etc
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (70.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 87.50
 
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Hollywood Stage Actress Pins JMD-1500830174 - Hollywood Stage Actress Pins JMD-15008
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 45 small Hollywood stage actress pins with original pinbacks. Phots and names-Lillian Russell, many more
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to v*******v for (25.00 + 5.50) x 1 = 30.50
 
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Large Pin-Cylinder Music Box JMD-1526730175 - Large Pin-Cylinder Music Box JMD-15267
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Working condition with brass mechanism, nice wood case. Approx 6x25x10". Unmarked
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to q******q for (325.00 + 71.50) x 1 = 396.50
 
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Regina Large Copper Plate Music Box JMD-1512730176 - Regina Large Copper Plate Music Box JMD-15127
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pat. June 27, 1893. Large custom wood cabinet specific to the machine, records stored in shelves underneath, 8 shelves, about 12 large copper plate re
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to g*********B for (850.00 + 212.50) x 1 = 1,062.50
 
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Hand Cranked Phonograph by Victrola JMD-1512630177 - Hand Cranked Phonograph by Victrola JMD-15126
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Victrola Talking Machine Co. In Manufacturers cabinet with 4 shelves underneath, similar in designe to the Regina. Lacking the speaker horn. Very good
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Iwo Jima WW2 Photos JMD-1520730178 - Iwo Jima WW2 Photos JMD-15207
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 30 3.25x4.75" WW2 original photos
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (85.00 + 21.25) x 1 = 106.25
 
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Notre Dame Framed Enlarged Photographs JMD-1000530179 - Notre Dame Framed Enlarged Photographs JMD-10005
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 2. 1) First is a front view. C.1900-1910. Flat oak frame. 29 x 38" 2) Second view is in a faux marbeled maple frame, 31 x 38" Avera...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to v*******v for (50.00 + 11.00) x 1 = 61.00
 
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Bakery Pins JMD-1522030180 - Bakery Pins JMD-15220
Holabird Western Americana Collections
8 small bakery pins
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Booze Pins (4) JMD-1522530181 - Booze Pins (4) JMD-15225
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Anheuser Busch ginger ale, Four Roses., Nelson Distilling, Corkscrew Club
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to v*******v for (30.00 + 6.60) x 1 = 36.60
 
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Newspaper Pins (3) JMD-1521230182 - Newspaper Pins (3) JMD-15212
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Billboard and 2 Boston Herald
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to l******4 for (35.00 + 8.75) x 1 = 43.75
 
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Shoe Related Pins JMD-1520130183 - Shoe Related Pins JMD-15201
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 17 shoe pins
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
Sold to m********1 for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Food, Coffee, Tobacco Pins (12) JMD-1526530184 - Food, Coffee, Tobacco Pins (12) JMD-15265
Holabird Western Americana Collections
12 small and medium pins. Heinz pickle-repaired?, Lion Coffee, Walker's Austex and more
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Schottens Chief Blend Coffee Pins JMD-1523630185 - Schottens Chief Blend Coffee Pins JMD-15236
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 small oval stickpins
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (65.00 + 16.25) x 1 = 81.25
 
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Catlinite Pipes (2) JMD-1521930186 - Catlinite Pipes (2) JMD-15219
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 Catlinite bowls, 1 with unusual pattern, miss matched stem
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (600.00 + 150.00) x 1 = 750.00
 
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Carved Pipes (4) JMD-1506130187 - Carved Pipes (4) JMD-15061
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2.5" Meerschaum dog in case-broken, 5" African etched rhino c. 1880-1900, 7" brown in case, 8.5" in case with broken tip
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to R*****2 for (90.00 + 19.80) x 1 = 109.80
 
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Corncob and other pipes JMD-1507830188 - Corncob and other pipes JMD-15078
Holabird Western Americana Collections
9 corncobs, conventional and stick pipes
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*******f for (70.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 87.50
 
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Meerschaum Pipes (3) JMD-1506230189 - Meerschaum Pipes (3) JMD-15062
Holabird Western Americana Collections
4" mans face, well used, end of handle broken. Meerschuam style hunter 6", Meerschaum children 4.5", All cased
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Vintage Chinese Carve Clay Pipe JMD-1506330190 - Vintage Chinese Carve Clay Pipe JMD-15063
Holabird Western Americana Collections
21" Bamboo stem
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
Sold to v*******v for (40.00 + 8.80) x 1 = 48.80
 
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Presidential Pins JMD-1500330191 - Presidential Pins JMD-15003
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 70 Presidentail and political pins, Chester Arthur, Willkie, Wilson and more
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (375.00 + 93.75) x 1 = 468.75
 
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Work Union Pin Collection JMD-1500430192 - Work Union Pin Collection JMD-15004
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 100 small and large union pins c 1920's to 40's
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Antique Horse Shoeing Print JMD-1000730193 - Antique Horse Shoeing Print JMD-10007
Holabird Western Americana Collections
From the original Picture by Edwin Landseer, R.A. London, May 1, 1848. FG Moon, her Majesty's publisher. 35 x 43" in original frame. Heavil...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Stone Mountain Monument Print JMD-1000230194 - Stone Mountain Monument Print JMD-10002
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Stone Mountain Monument Print. Lith. By Foote & Davies, Atlanta. Minor foxing and toning. ...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Advertising Ribbon Collection JMD-1503430195 - Advertising Ribbon Collection JMD-15034
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 25 advertising ribbons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to f*****E for (20.00 + 0.00) x 1 = 20.00
 
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Assorted Pins and Ribbons JMD-1503330196 - Assorted Pins and Ribbons JMD-15033
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 20 assorted pins and ribbons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to j***d for (35.00 + 7.70) x 1 = 42.70
 
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Civil War Vets/ Spanish American War Ribbons JMD-1503630197 - Civil War Vets/ Spanish American War Ribbons JMD-15036
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 20 ribbons
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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IOOF Ribbons JMD-1503130198 - IOOF Ribbons JMD-15031
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 20 early 20th century IOOF ribbons
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Ironton, Oho Ribbon Collection JMD-1503830199 - Ironton, Oho Ribbon Collection JMD-15038
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 40 Ironton, OH ribbons, c. early 20th century
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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