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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Geometric Pattern and other Peruvian Bowls JMD-1522830250 - Geometric Pattern and other Peruvian Bowls JMD-15228
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Thin buff clay bowls, the largest has geometric designs on 2 palces along the edge. 8" diameter, 2.5" tall. Two other bowls of simialr co...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to v*******v for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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Grinding Stone Collection JMD-1527830251 - Grinding Stone Collection JMD-15278
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of 13 grinding stones of varying shapes, from pestels to manos. 3 to 12"
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to f*********e for (150.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 183.00
 
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Grit Tempered Mississippian Water Jug JMD-1522330252 - Grit Tempered Mississippian Water Jug JMD-15223
Holabird Western Americana Collections
7" tall, 8" diameter.
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Estimates : 700.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Group of Gorgets JMD-1526030253 - Group of Gorgets JMD-15260
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Carved and holed rocks from Tennessee and Ohio. Unusual
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Estimates : 200.00 - 700.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (650.00 + 162.50) x 1 = 812.50
 
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Heavy Pottery Bowl JMD-1525130254 - Heavy Pottery Bowl JMD-15251
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Chantxx Missouri (1920's label), 6.5" diameter, 3" tall.
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Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to v*******v for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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Human Effigy Peace Pipe JMD-1514930255 - Human Effigy Peace Pipe JMD-15149
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Used, hand carved, date unknown, possibly 1880-1900`, 18"
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Indian Game Balls JMD-1525730256 - Indian Game Balls JMD-15257
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of six game balls. Several labeled. Kansas, Michigan. From 1" to 3.5"
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to t*****4 for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Large Black Clay Pot JMD-1518230257 - Large Black Clay Pot JMD-15182
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large Black clay pot, 8" diameter, 10" tall. Label is unreadable, possibly medwestern. Early Native American pot.
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Estimates : 500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to v*******v for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Large Carved Stone Axes (2) JMD-1514130258 - Large Carved Stone Axes (2) JMD-15141
Holabird Western Americana Collections
19.5" handles
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Large Center Groove Sinkers JMD-1517430259 - Large Center Groove Sinkers JMD-15174
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Five large round center groove sinkers, generally 4-6", and eight elongated center groove sinkers, 4-9",
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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Large Chert Projectiles JMD-1511630260 - Large Chert Projectiles JMD-15116
Holabird Western Americana Collections
24 large projectiles ot possible spear points. Midwestern. Locations shown on several: Boone Co. Missouri; Beardstown, Ill; Pulaski Co, Mo.; Taney Co.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to j*****e for (475.00 + 118.75) x 1 = 593.75
 
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Large Chert Tools JMD-1515630261 - Large Chert Tools JMD-15156
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two large midwestern brown chert tools, 9" long. Unknown use.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Large Collection of Nebo Hill Midwestern Projectile Points JMD-1520630262 - Large Collection of Nebo Hill Midwestern Projectile Points JMD-15206
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 100 points from the Nebo Hill area of Missouri. Knowwn as Sedalia points, they date to 7000 years BP. Average is about 4" long.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to v*******v for (1,700.00 + 374.00) x 1 = 2,074.00
 
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Large stone knife group JMD-1518830263 - Large stone knife group JMD-15188
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 60 large stone knives, varying from about 3 to 8".
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Estimates : 300.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (900.00 + 225.00) x 1 = 1,125.00
 
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Light density stone tools JMD-1517130264 - Light density stone tools JMD-15171
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Seven hand carved stone tools made of diatomite, mudstone. Some are grooved, others carved for specific purposes, except here, the rock would break at
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Major Chert Knife and Projectile Point Collection JMD-1518330265 - Major Chert Knife and Projectile Point Collection JMD-15183
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large collection of about 100 points averaging about 4" long. A significant number of them are labeled for the source, such as: Nebo Hill, Exce...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (3,100.00 + 775.00) x 1 = 3,875.00
 
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Middle Mississippi Period Grit Tempered Jar JMD-1522630266 - Middle Mississippi Period Grit Tempered Jar JMD-15226
Holabird Western Americana Collections
6" tall, 5" diameter. Choice jat about 1000 years old from the midwest.
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Estimates : 500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to v*******v for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Midwestern Clay Pots JMD-1517930267 - Midwestern Clay Pots JMD-15179
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three midwestern clay pots. A) 1920's label from Jefferson Co., Missouri, 2", with small blue beadds inside, not known if this pairing was ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Mississippian Projectile Points JMD-1521330268 - Mississippian Projectile Points JMD-15213
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 100-200 points labeled by the old museum curator as Mississippian.Many are small "bird" points. All are light colored chert.
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to u********e.. for (750.00 + 165.00) x 1 = 915.00
 
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Modern Gray chert knives JMD-1519030269 - Modern Gray chert knives JMD-15190
Holabird Western Americana Collections
three fancy modern knapped chert knives, about 10"
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to J*******d for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Modern Long Stone Knifes JMD-1518930270 - Modern Long Stone Knifes JMD-15189
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Five modern knapped black chert projectile points and knives, up to 12". Unknown maker, marked "modern" in the Museum archive.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 500.00
Sold to r*****c for (65.00 + 16.25) x 1 = 81.25
 
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Oklahoma Region Moccasins JMD-1506030271 - Oklahoma Region Moccasins JMD-15060
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pair of beaded moccasins, nice bead work
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Old Pipes (3) JMD-1514530272 - Old Pipes (3) JMD-15145
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 old pipes of unknown origin. 3"-6.5"
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Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
Sold to v*******v for (250.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 305.00
 
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Ovate Stone Knife Group JMD-1518730273 - Ovate Stone Knife Group JMD-15187
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 12 ovate knives, including a rare perfectly round disc (the second we've seen in this collection). Chert from various locations, though no...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to f*********e for (80.00 + 17.60) x 1 = 97.60
 
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Pacific Island Grinding Stone JMD-1527930274 - Pacific Island Grinding Stone JMD-15279
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Spectacular Pacific Island grinding stone. 10 x 16 x 8" with mano.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to j*****e for (120.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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Paint Cup Rocks JMD-1525830275 - Paint Cup Rocks JMD-15258
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of nine rock paint cups, all with slight ground out sink to hold the paint. Many with labels (mostly Illinois). 1.5 to 5" diameter. Also ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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Panama Clay Pot JMD-1528130276 - Panama Clay Pot JMD-15281
Holabird Western Americana Collections
6" tall, 5" diameter clay pot from Panama. Old 1920's label.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (80.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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Pattern Bowl, Mexico JMD-1522930277 - Pattern Bowl, Mexico JMD-15229
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large bclay bowl 11.5" diamerter, 5" tall. Glue reapir. Red and purple patterns adorn the edge of the bowl while other geometric lines fil...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 700.00 - 2,500.00
Sold to v*******v for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Patterned clay Bowl, Iron County. JMD-1525330278 - Patterned clay Bowl, Iron County. JMD-15253
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3.5" tall, 7" diameter, stippled pattern around rim area. Red clay, black interior. Old museum (1920's) label says "Indian Iron ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to v*******v for (200.00 + 44.00) x 1 = 244.00
 
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Peruvian Effigy Bottle JMD-1513530279 - Peruvian Effigy Bottle JMD-15135
Holabird Western Americana Collections
6.5" tall, 5" diameter. Red clay. Probably pre-Columbian.
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Estimates : 300.00 - 900.00
Sold to v*******v for (170.00 + 37.40) x 1 = 207.40
 
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Pestels and Manos Grinding Stones JMD-1528030280 - Pestels and Manos Grinding Stones JMD-15280
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Seven stones, many with locations: Posey Co., Ind.; Warwick Co. Ind.; Eden, Kan.; generally 6"
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to f*********e for (100.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 122.00
 
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Polished Axes JMD-1511730281 - Polished Axes JMD-15117
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Threee polished grooved axes, 4-8". Midwestern
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (85.00 + 21.25) x 1 = 106.25
 
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Pottery Cup JMD-1525230282 - Pottery Cup JMD-15252
Holabird Western Americana Collections
St Francis County, Mo (1920's label), 3.5", painted patters surround.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to v*******v for (120.00 + 26.40) x 1 = 146.40
 
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Prehistoric stone awl and deer bone JMD-1527330283 - Prehistoric stone awl and deer bone JMD-15273
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5" long. 1920's label "Cliff dwellers"
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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Projectile Group JMD-1518430284 - Projectile Group JMD-15184
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 40 large projectiles and knives. Various rock types. Generally about 4" long. Locations shown: Dixon, Sedalia.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (850.00 + 212.50) x 1 = 1,062.50
 
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Projectile Group JMD-1518530285 - Projectile Group JMD-15185
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 40 large knife and projectile points, olny location shown is Wyandott Co. OK. Mostly chert. Includes five drills.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (500.00 + 125.00) x 1 = 625.00
 
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Projectile Point Collection JMD-1522130286 - Projectile Point Collection JMD-15221
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Major projectile point collection, all labeled by the old museum curator to style and palce of location. Perhaps 500-1000 points. This is a major midw
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (1,500.00 + 375.00) x 1 = 1,875.00
 
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Projectile Point Group JMD-1515230287 - Projectile Point Group JMD-15152
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 50 projectile points of white chert, grey and red chert. Many different styles, please inspect. One is labelled from Renz Co. NY. Also contains
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 700.00
Sold to d*******f for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Projectile Point, Knife Collection JMD-15206.130288 - Projectile Point, Knife Collection JMD-15206.1
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Major projectile point and stone knife collection. Most are labeled to style and place of origin, but not all. It is a significant colelction. Probabl
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 5,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (6,250.00 + 1,562.50) x 1 = 7,812.50
 
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Projectile Points, "Filed Grade" JMD-1521730289 - Projectile Points, "Filed Grade" JMD-15217
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Very large group of "field grade" labeled projectile points. Many are identified for source aqnd this lot desrves your attention and inspe...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to s********b.. for (450.00 + 112.50) x 1 = 562.50
 
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Projectile Points, Museum Mounted JMD-1522230290 - Projectile Points, Museum Mounted JMD-15222
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three museum mounted projectile point displays. "These projectiles served a dual purpose, some were used as arrow points, others were used as a...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to s********b.. for (550.00 + 137.50) x 1 = 687.50
 
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Pueblo Pot JMD-1525430291 - Pueblo Pot JMD-15254
Holabird Western Americana Collections
red clay, 6" diameter, 3" tall. Coiled clay, like a basket.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 900.00
Sold to j*****e for (55.00 + 13.75) x 1 = 68.75
 
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Red Clay Pipes (2) JMD-1514430292 - Red Clay Pipes (2) JMD-15144
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 red clay pipes, 1 repaired, mid 20th century, 23 and 28"
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Round Stone Tools JMD-1515730293 - Round Stone Tools JMD-15157
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Eleven round stone tools. Two show cross marks where the stone wa tied to a post for use as a weapon or hammer. Another is a very caerfully rounded bl
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to f*********e for (70.00 + 15.40) x 1 = 85.40
 
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Slingshot War Clubs (2) JMD-1514830294 - Slingshot War Clubs (2) JMD-15148
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 leather covered rocks on wood handles, big one has nailed leather, 11 and 20"
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to a******a for (225.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 281.25
 
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Some Figural Carved Pipes JMD-1505530295 - Some Figural Carved Pipes JMD-15055
Holabird Western Americana Collections
4 pipes, 2 frogs, bird and fish. 2.5 to 6"
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (160.00 + 40.00) x 1 = 200.00
 
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South American pottery figures JMD-1527530296 - South American pottery figures JMD-15275
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About five pieces, all under 4", except thee large 5" figure. Pre-Columbian.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Stone Axes (2) JMD-1514730297 - Stone Axes (2) JMD-15147
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 stone axes, 7.5 to 18" long, big one has modern handle
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (75.00 + 18.75) x 1 = 93.75
 
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Stone Axes, Labeled JMD-1513430298 - Stone Axes, Labeled JMD-15134
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Stone axes, five, from two locations in Kansas: Eden, Atchion County, and Doniphan. Other labels in the collection refernce a collection date of 1929.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (325.00 + 81.25) x 1 = 406.25
 
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Stone Beads and spindle whorls.  JMD-1527230299 - Stone Beads and spindle whorls. JMD-15272
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of about eight pieces, mostly with old 1920's labels, but location not often shown. Generally 1" and less.
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to f*********e for (60.00 + 13.20) x 1 = 73.20
 
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