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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2 c. 1934 Babe Ruth Champions 1" buttons, Quaker Cereal origin, around time Babe retired. Cracks
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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1.25" button for 1939 centennial
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationFootball & Basketball Pins JMD-1512330352 - Football & Basketball Pins JMD-15123
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17 assorted vintage football and basketball pins, some with original pinbacks
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationHeydt's Yankee Bread BB Button JMD-1509430353 - Heydt's Yankee Bread BB Button JMD-15094
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1.25" catcher button with original pin back
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationLarry McLean BB Button JMD-1512130354 - Larry McLean BB Button JMD-15121
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Original .8" Larry McLean Cincinnati Reds button. C 1906-1912
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMontana Grizzlies Button JMD-1509630355 - Montana Grizzlies Button JMD-15096
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1" 1938 with original pin back
Current Bid: 25.00
Estimates : 50.00 - 80.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationNational League BB Button JMD-1509530356 - National League BB Button JMD-15095
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1" 60th year. Yankees vs Giants in World Series
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationRoger Hornsby Brown BB Button JMD-1512230357 - Roger Hornsby Brown BB Button JMD-15122
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1.25" button, 1935 Brown's Boys Club Member with picture of Roger Hornsby, original pin back, cracks
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSt. Louis Browns Pins (2) JMD-1509730358 - St. Louis Browns Pins (2) JMD-15097
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2 1" pins. 1 with original pin back, other cracks no pin back. C. 1935
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
 
 
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2 c. 1944 6" St. Louis Cardinals pins. Era of Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter. 2 different, 1944 National League Champs, and cardinal with tape ...
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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24 c. 1920's Cardinals Pennant buttons, 1.25", original pinbacks
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSt. Louis Cardinal Pins-Very Nice Condition! JMD-1509930361 - St. Louis Cardinal Pins-Very Nice Condition! JMD-15099
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The 2 best from this collection, the Cardinal is vivid red. 1.25" pennant and World Series Booster. Original pin backs, c. 1920's
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSt. Louis Cardinal World Series Booster Pins (26) JMD-1510030362 - St. Louis Cardinal World Series Booster Pins (26) JMD-15100
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26 1.25" C. 1920'S with pin backs, some toning
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSt. Louis Cardinals Pins-Choice JMD-1509830363 - St. Louis Cardinals Pins-Choice JMD-15098
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Some of the best quality of this collection, 1.25", red cardinals. Pennant, World Series Booster-cracking. C. 1920's, original pin backs
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationWard's Sporties BB Button JMD-1509330364 - Ward's Sporties BB Button JMD-15093
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1.25" button with Frank Frisch photo
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9 4.5'" Ingots, heavy probably babbit
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationCrocker Renaldo Spurs JMD-1501330366 - Crocker Renaldo Spurs JMD-15013
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Pair of 5.25" SPURS, C. 1950'S
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationKelly Bros Spurs JMD-1505330367 - Kelly Bros Spurs JMD-15053
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Pair of c. 1920's KELLY Bros spurs 7"
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Pair of 6.25" spurs, engraved
Current Bid: 50.00
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationMostly Mexican Spurs JMD-1505730369 - Mostly Mexican Spurs JMD-15057
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5 spur pairs, mostly Mexican
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Sign In to Subscribe to Lot Closing NotificationSpurs by Crockett (2) JMD-1507130370 - Spurs by Crockett (2) JMD-15071
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1 pair of Crockett spurs c. 1940, other pair unmarked
Current Bid: 75.00
Estimates : 150.00 - 400.00
 
 
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