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Don, do the factory ever produce the advertised presentation cases? Also, look at the retail prices for stag and ivory grips! Current prices reflect the scarcity of these in collector hands! Thanks for posting. Brass Frame/Lee E
Supposedly, the only double case made was for Hugh O'Brian's pair of Jerred Engraved .44 flattops, #500 and 600.
Engraved Single-Sixes were sold in pairs, yes... but I have yet to hear of a pair sent out as such that were not shipped in the single case. In fact, as I remember, there are enough single guns out there that are known that were shipped as pairs that have at least one of the guns with a single case, that a double case like that is a near impossibility. Remember too, that when a distributor ordered a pair with matching numbers at $301, that distributor was left with the prospect of having to sell the two guns in the one case. Whereas if each example of the consecutive was individually cased, it not only was a better value ($16 for each case as opposed to $18 for a double case), but the prospects of a sale for that distributor were so much better.
The only exception might be some of the All blue engraved or Spanish engraved, but I'm not sure any of those late shipped guns even had a case with them... maybe the earliest shipped circa '55 and '56, but the guns that left late, which was most, might have been sold at a discount to the distributor just to get rid of them... therefore, a good reason not to include an expensive case with the sale from Ruger.