Davis Gun Collection, Claremore, Oklahoma

Today presents a folio of the amazing gun collection of J.M. Davis, who spent a lifetime selecting and displaying the tens of thousands of items shown below. Most notable is the fact that there are no duplicates in the collection, which covers several centuries of gun making history.

The collection is shown here in it’s late 1940’s location, the Mason Hotel in Claremore, OK, which Davis purchased both for the hotel itself and as the display venue for his growing collection. At this time, the collection was more than 15,000 items. Over time the collection outgrew even the numerous rooms and corridors of the hotel, and a new building was constructed specifically to house the collection: the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum. The hotel was later closed and has since been demolished.

Original Location of Collection

Original Location of Collection

John Monroe Davis, 1887 - 1973

John Monroe Davis, 1887 – 1973

Above the Front Desk at the Mason Hotel

Above the Front Desk at the Mason Hotel

Display group near Front Desk of Mason Hotel

Display group near Front Desk of Mason Hotel

Main Lobby

Main Lobby display of guns in Mason Hotel

Main Lobby display of guns in Mason Hotel

Guns displayed on 2nd floor of Mason Hotel

Guns displayed on 2nd floor of Mason Hotel

Various rooms in the Mason Hotel with guns displayed.

Various rooms in the Mason Hotel with guns displayed.

Guns displayed in 2nd Floor hallway of Mason Hotel.

Guns displayed in 2nd Floor hallway of Mason Hotel.

Dedicated room in the Mason Hotel for saddles and tack.

Dedicated room in the Mason Hotel for saddles and tack.

One corner of the Saddle Room in the Mason Hotel

One corner of the Saddle Room in the Mason Hotel

Back Cover of folio for Davis Gun Collection

Back Cover of folio for Davis Gun Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last image is of the nearby memorial to Will Rogers, the actor, humorist, journalist and aviator of the early part of the century who was born and lived nearby.

These colorized photos date from the late 1940’s.

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