A collection of 61 wooden handed carved guns has been added to the massive collection of firearms and other rare artifacts at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in downtown Claremore. The wooden replicas range from common to very rare. The new display opened July 29th.
The wooden guns were carved by the late D.L. Daggett of Osawatomie, KS. Daggett took 17 years to complete the replicas finishing in 2007. His daughter Marion Schliesser donated the collection to the Davis Museum.
“The detail on these wooden guns is very precise. Mr. Daggett had to have handled and disassembled the actual piece to create these carved versions,” stated J.M. Davis Museum curator Jason Schubert. “You have to examine them very close. This is the finest detail of accuracy of carving hand guns I have ever seen. They weight just a fraction of what the actual weapon does. Some weight just a few ounces,” said Schubert.
Assisting Schubert in cataloging, assembling and creating the display is (left) Nick Wheeler of Verdigris. Wheeler is a summer intern at the museum working on service hours to qualify to become a member of the National Honor Society. He will be a sophomore this fall at Rejoice Christian High School in Owasso.
The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum is open Mon-Fri from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 Pm to 5:00 pm. It is located in downtown Claremore at 5th street and J.M. Davis Blvd.