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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Fancy Decorative Sword, German JMD-1219330050 - Fancy Decorative Sword, German JMD-12193
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Made by GDN BAUS,Solingen. Engraved patterns, gold ine over bluing, carbed wood handle with silver extremeties. JMD Tag: s509
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Fancy Dress Sword with Gold Plate JMD-1218530051 - Fancy Dress Sword with Gold Plate JMD-12185
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Foils (2) JMD-1508130052 - Foils (2) JMD-15081
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two foils, only one marked. J.H. Lau New York JMD Tag: s714, s234
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimates : 80.00 - 200.00
 
 
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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
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
 
 
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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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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 500.00
 
 
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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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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
 
 
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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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