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March 7, 2010 11:00 AMCalender

Two Carved Walking Sticks

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2494Location: BostonDate / Time: March 07, 2010 11:00AM


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.
Estimate $300-500

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.


Arthur P. Rugg, Massachusetts, Commonwealth Day, Supreme Judicial Court, Arthur Prentiss Rugg, Chief Justice, fifteenth Chief, Prentice Mason Rugg