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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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMisc. Ribbon Collection JMD-1503730200 - Misc. Ribbon Collection JMD-15037
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Approx 50 late 19th early 20th century ribbons
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Approx 50 armbands and ribbons c. 1880-1915
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBlaine & Logan Presidential Ribbon JMD-1510630202 - Blaine & Logan Presidential Ribbon JMD-15106
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Pink (faded red), 5" long "A full crop this year".
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Approx 20 assorted IOOF ribbons and a breastbadge
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Lousianna Expo, 1904 railroad ticket agent badge with railroad medal, and wonderfule piece we havent seen before. This is an unknown So-Called Dollar,
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1885, 8", no hanger device.
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Lots of pipe stems, tobacco tinsold cigars, 10+ old cigar boxes etc, not all in photo
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Approx 100 high school and college vintage sports pins, small to large sizes with original pin backs
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Approx 20 small to medium size winter/skiing sports pins. Mostly original pinbacks
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Lot of 6. 1) Deer mount. 34" across. 4-point male. Damaged mount. Likely c.1920. 2) Mature male Elk mount. 46" across, 40" tall. 3) F...
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Attached to table with lever for pulling wine corks
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Approx 50 mostly WW2 pins with original backs, small to large sizes.
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2 boxes of beer steins: box of misc ceramic antiques; box of cowboy 3D art; box of ceramic jugs and figurines, 2 boxes early 20 th century dolls: 3 bo
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Choice FD Jones signed ad dated dec 13 1898. small chip on base repaired.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationVintage Cigar Holder and Case JMD-1512430214 - Vintage Cigar Holder and Case JMD-15124
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5.5" wood holder. 5" metal case "Drink Rhomberg's Pride"
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationRare British Pocket Knife JMD-1502830215 - Rare British Pocket Knife JMD-15028
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Folding knife with blade and awl. 5" handle
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19th century, 16", missing 1 row of coins.
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Very rare large 23", 19TH century, with hanging coin globe. Missing top coins. Impressive!
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2 19th century money sword used by Chinese immigrants. Usually found near Nevada or California mining regions. Loose coins
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10 pieces, largest 30"
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German belt buckles and WW2 era items
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Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Approx 20 military patches and shoulderboards? Some German
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Approx 30 US military insignia pins
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Approx 30 German WW 2 buckles, pins, booklets etc
Current Bid: 80.00
Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationWW2 Patches JMD-1505130224 - WW2 Patches JMD-15051
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12 US, France and German WW2 Military patches
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2 mining pins/badges. Baker Mining Jubilee and Rodeo, 1911 Missouri School of Mines
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c. 1910 pair of carbides by Suzuki, Tokyo. 7" plus handle
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMining Survey Chain JMD-1507230227 - Mining Survey Chain JMD-15072
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Metal mining survey chain, not measured, links 11"
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationModern Bright Red Stone Knives JMD-1211730228 - Modern Bright Red Stone Knives JMD-12117
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Red jasper, possibly artificial, 10" knives by an unknown knapper.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationModern Large white chert Projectile Points JMD-1212230229 - Modern Large white chert Projectile Points JMD-12122
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About nine points varying in size and style by a modern Knapper, found in box marked Modern in Museum archive.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationModern White Chert Points and Kinves JMD-1211630230 - Modern White Chert Points and Kinves JMD-12116
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14 long buff colored chert projectiles and knives, from a box marked "modern" in Museum archive. Unknown knapper. 9-12" long.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationAncient Clay Artifacts and Carved Bone JMD-1511430231 - Ancient Clay Artifacts and Carved Bone JMD-15114
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Clay tube and head 2.5", carved bone 1"
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationArizona Pueblo Clay Pot JMD-1518030232 - Arizona Pueblo Clay Pot JMD-15180
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Small 3" clay pot, pieces glued together, no patterns, incomplete.
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Nineteen axes from differing locales composed of differing rocks, from grantics to other porphyrys. Generally 4-9"
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBanner Stone group JMD-1525930234 - Banner Stone group JMD-15259
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Five carved banner stones, used for weights for the Atlatl most with labels (missouri)
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBark Peeling Stone JMD-1572630235 - Bark Peeling Stone JMD-15726
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A large well used long sstone for "bark peeling" , from Orangeville, Ohio (1920's label). 22" long
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4.5" tall. Old museum label says "Human effigy found excavating for Panama canal" xxxsthmus
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationBroken Indian Large Hammer JMD-1505930237 - Broken Indian Large Hammer JMD-15059
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6" stone head, 21" detached wood handle
Current Bid: 50.00
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationCarved Stone Faces JMD-1517830238 - Carved Stone Faces JMD-15178
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Unusual sandstone carved faces. Assumed North American, no location data known.about 6". The lot also includes a partial sandstone center body...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationChert Hoe Group JMD-1511130239 - Chert Hoe Group JMD-15111
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13 chert hoes, probably midwestern, 4-6"
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Start Price : 70.00 | Estimates : 140.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationChert Hoes JMD-1515530240 - Chert Hoes JMD-15155
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Three midwestern chert hoes. About 4 x 9".
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationChert Projectile Group JMD-1511330241 - Chert Projectile Group JMD-15113
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White chert tools and points. Four large hand tools, up to 3 x 9". Some of the pieces here have been adhered to a small frame. (2 Bennington ma...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationChert Scrapers JMD-1515130242 - Chert Scrapers JMD-15151
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Nineteen chert scrapers, mostly midwestern white chert. Only onle labeled with provenance- Doniphan Co. Kansas. Generally 3-5"
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22" stem, red clay bowl, note uncoiling
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationChisel Point Hammers JMD-1517230244 - Chisel Point Hammers JMD-15172
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Fourteen chisel point, often poilshed, hammers. Variety of sized from about 4 to 8".
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Six hammers or tomahawks with a carved flat botton and deep grooves for attachment to a handle. Nearly uniform is size but multilithic compositions.
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Flaked and chipped double bit axes, , 5 count, 4-8". One has a label showing Doniphan Kansas, 1929.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationEarly Midwestern Pots JMD-1522730247 - Early Midwestern Pots JMD-15227
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The label from the musseum states this is mid-mississippian. 6" x 6" pot. Repairs to lip. The second pot is missing part of a side and is...
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2 carved stone, 2 shaped clay, Small sized
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Two large flint blades, about 3 x 5"
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