J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum

330 N J M Davis Blvd, Claremore, Oklahoma

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The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum is located in Claremore, Oklahoma.  The Museum houses over 20,000 firearms and firearm related items.  The Davis Museum contains guns from all around the world including Kentucky rifles, a Gatling gun, black-powder guns of all types, cannons, rare Colts, Winchesters, elephant, whaling, and outlaw guns. Besides firearms, the collection contains 1,200 German beer steins, statues by John Rogers, music boxes of the late 19th century, swords, knives, Native American artifacts, household antiques, a large boot jack collection, local cattle brands, hundreds...Read More
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    1864 Buffalo Bill rifle hits the mark for $18,125 at Holabird’s auction of the J.M. Davis collection

    CLAREMORE, Okla. – An 1864 J.M. Stevens & Co. presentation rifle engraved “from Buffalo Bill to Night-Hawk & Broncho Bill” scored a bull’s-eye for $18,125, and a pre-1845 S. Hawken Kentucky half-stock walnut rifle rang out for $15,000 in an auction held July 26-28 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore. 1864 J.M. Stevens & Co. presentation rifle engraved “from Buffalo Bill to Night-Hawk & Broncho Bill” and one of J.M. Davis’s prized possessions ($18,125).Holabird Western Americana Collections About 2,400 antique firearms from the private collection of J.M. Davis – part of the largest privately held firearms collection in the world, one spanning multiple conflicts and generations –were offered in the three-day event. In addition to antique firearms, the sale also featured swords, knives, projectile points, Native Americana, historic Midwestern pottery, pinbacks and ribbons. Pre-1845 S. Hawken rifle having a Kentucky half-stock of walnut with a full engraved lock that appeared original and a barrel flat marked "S. Hawken" ($15,000). The money raised will provide ongoing funding for the preservation, conservation and upkeep of the J.M. Davis Collection, presently housed at the museum that bears Davis’ name in Claremore. The museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Davis first displayed his burgeoning collection at the Claremont Hotel back in 1929. Davis and his wife Addie had purchased the hotel in 1917. In 1965 the J.M. Davis Foundation was set up to manage the collection, which had become huge. The Buffalo Bill Cody rifle was one of J.M. Davis’s prized possessions. It was on display at the Mason Hotel in Claremore until about 1968-1969. It never made it into the huge public display of more than 20,000 guns at the J.M. Davis Firearms Museum over its 50-year lifespan. As such, it was unknown to most modern antique firearm experts and was truly a fresh-to-the-market rifle. Major chert knife and projectile point collection, including about 100 points averaging about 4 inches long, a significant number of them labeled for the source ($3,875). The S. Hawken rifle had a Kentucky half-stock of walnut with a full…