Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 478: Engraved, Gold Inlaid, and Kaye Signed Ruger No. 1 Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Engraved, Gold Inlaid, Kaye Signed Ruger No. 1 Single Shot Rifle with Scope

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Engraved, Gold Inlaid, Kaye Signed Ruger No. 1 Single Shot Rifle with Scope

Manufacturer: Ruger
Model: No. 1
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 243 Win
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/gold/coin
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 913
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 283
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1967, the first year of Ruger No. 1 production, and subsequently masterfully embellished. Manufactured without sights with a single gold band at the muzzle, engraving and gold embellishment around the rear quarter rib, and two gold bands at the breech. The coin finished action features floral scrollwork surrounding "RUGER/NO. 1" on top with a pair of howling coyotes in the desert on the left and a eagle preying on a road runner on the right. The lever is also engraved with scroll and features light gold inlay. The underside is signed "KAYE" likely for late Master Engraver Tommy Kaye. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered forend with ebony forend tip and pistol grip stock with engraved coin grey grip cap depicting a buck, raised cheek piece, and checkered trapdoor buttplate. Includes a Leupold M8-7.5X scope.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall as professionally embellished, retaining 99% blue, gold, and coin finishes, limited handling evidence, and sharp checkering on the stock and forend. The scope optics are sharp. Mechanically excellent.

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