Two Carved Walking Sticks, 19th century, one with a carved ivory knop with relief-carved braid and centered with a gold disk engraved with the names "Prentiss M. Rugg" and "Arthur P. Rugg," supported on a tapering octagonal shaft made of bone and exotic wood segments; the other with an ivory knop over a carved bone shaft with spiral, fluted, and geometric relief-carved decoration, lg. 34 3/4, 34 1/2 in.
Note: The walking stick with the engraved names was likely a gift, given to Prentiss M. Rugg or Arthur P. Rugg. Prentice Mason Rugg, a farmer from Sterling, Massachusetts was the father of Arthur Prentiss Rugg (1862-1938),who served as the fifteenth Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Minor cracks on the ivory knop of the Rugg walking stick also a small loss on one of the thin dark wood segments, also a chip on the base of the stick.