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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One mortar and three pestels. No location data. Stone mortar is about 9" diameter.
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22" handle, oval head
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29" handle, conical head
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationStone Knife group JMD-1518630303 - Stone Knife group JMD-15186
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About 50 stone knives from the Davis Collection. No location data shown, probably midwestern. Great variety and "wow" factor.
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10" diameter, 4" tall. Carved granite. No location data.
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Two stone pipe beginnings. Basic carving completed, needing to finish holes and designs. Larger is 10"
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Nine stone sinkers, several with old museum labels showing an Oregon source. 4-8" in diameter. Used as fishing weights, possibly with nets.
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About 35 stone tools from the midwest. Labeled loacations include Jefferson and Boone Counties, Missouir and Alma Kansas. Geberally 6-9", white...
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Group of about 16 diversified use stone tools. Includes "stemmed hoe", three holed rocks for sinkers, scrPERS, HOES AND OTHERS. Size varie...
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This eclectic group of points was on display at the museum for fifty years. These ornate little bird points are as cute as it gets, made of varied col
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationTomahawk or Stone Hammer Collection JMD-1517530310 - Tomahawk or Stone Hammer Collection JMD-15175
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Significant collection of 24 large hammers with chiseled point and groovedhead for attachment . Many locations are found on early labels from the 1920
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Turtle shell ratttle on covered and painted stick, 17"
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationUnusual Awls and Points JMD-1515330312 - Unusual Awls and Points JMD-15153
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About 35 pieces. Clearly from multi sources. Note the differing styles of the awls. The backs of many of the points have an adhesive from museum mount
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Four pieces, one from Eden, Kansas collected 1929; another labeled Cherokee Co., OK. Largest about 6"
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The musseum label was missing from this unique piece, that has red and black painted portions, We suspect South American, but do not know. 10" ...
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationVintage Figural Clay Pipe JMD-1506730315 - Vintage Figural Clay Pipe JMD-15067
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c. early 1800's head pipe, 14.5"
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Paiute water basket. Single loop handle, 8" tall, 8" diameter. Red pine pitch seal. Classic.
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1 pair wooden shoe, 2 pairs old attachable ice skates
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Large group of "woodland" points as identified by the old curator. Perhaps 150 points here, not counted. This is a classic Missouri point....
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39" gray, multi-color beaded belt
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7 early clay pipes, figural etc, plus a metal protector case
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5 pipes, 2 are clearly pre 1900, 2 shaped clay
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Approx 16 old clay pipes from American southeast, some with old museum labels
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationExpo Medals (3) JMD-1501630323 - Expo Medals (3) JMD-15016
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1.25" white metal 1884, 1.6" St Louis, 1.6" St. Louis
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1.75" 1887 with eagle, 1.75"1902, 1.5" 21st encampment x2
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3" copper inauguration medal. 1893
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1.75" copper?, some wear
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JM Davis personal collections-2.75" 1936 Centennial Expo copper lucky Penny and 1.5" SILVER Museum medal
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationLivestock and Byrd Medals (3) JMD-1501530328 - Livestock and Byrd Medals (3) JMD-15015
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1.25" brass Admiral Byrd 1928-30, 1" white metal Gut Heil, 1.5" brass 1904 Newcomb's Tavern
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMcKinley Inauguration Medal JMD-1501230329 - McKinley Inauguration Medal JMD-15012
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3" copper William McKinley inauguration medal. 1897
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMcKinley Medal JMD-1502030330 - McKinley Medal JMD-15020
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1.5" copper McKinley 1898 medal
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3 white metal British badges
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationFarming Medal, Silver JMD-1523430332 - Farming Medal, Silver JMD-15234
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c. 1920 silver farming medal, 1.5"
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Fairfax 2110, Gen. Haller 1923, WW1 Mercantile Marine
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationGeneral US Grant Medal JMD-1513930334 - General US Grant Medal JMD-15139
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2.5" copper medal
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationJames Buchanan Medal JMD-1513830335 - James Buchanan Medal JMD-15138
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3" copper medal. Was wrapped in oil cloth
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2.5" copper medal
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationJQ Adams Medal JMD-1514030337 - JQ Adams Medal JMD-15140
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2.5" copper medal
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationKnights Templar Medals (3) JMD-1521830338 - Knights Templar Medals (3) JMD-15218
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3 medals 1.25-1.5", copper and white metal
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMissouri School of Mines Fortieth Anniv Medal JMD-1510730339 - Missouri School of Mines Fortieth Anniv Medal JMD-15107
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silver colored medal, 1.3" diameter, 1911. rare.
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationRare Cooperage Medals  JMD-15192.130340 - Rare Cooperage Medals JMD-15192.1
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4 and partial medals, midwest
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3x Veiled prophet 1902, 1891 Sunday School, 1913 grocers torn breastbadge, 1937 American College of Physicians. North St Louis Business Mens Assoc-con
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3" copper medal.
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3" copper medal by WC Barber of the US Mint. 1873.
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4 WW2 themed medals
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationZachary Taylor Medal JMD-1513730345 - Zachary Taylor Medal JMD-15137
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2.5" copper medal
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Foreign coins, currency and some WW2 military
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Copyright 1908. Taft is the latest president. In period frame (molded tin on wood). Metal work on frame is chipped. Print is waterstained at far right
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Fourteen ribbons with badges. Red River Division No. 578. Charter issued June 24, 1901. Generally very nice condition. Each is approx. 8 x 2.5"...
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2.5" NY Black Yankees vs.Birminham Black Barons May 30, 1942. Toning, dent, cracks
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