lisabel (lisabel) wrote in little_details,

Walking Stick Etiquette

This is, admittedly, a rather odd question, but it's a detail that has been bothering me for some time. I have a character who has a bum foot and needs to use a walking stick in order to get around. The novel is set in Regency England and I have searched such strings as "walking stick etiquette", "proper cane etiquette" and other variations on that theme as well as tried some 19th century etiquette handbooks on Google Books, all without finding the answer to my query.

So, given that my character uses his cane out of necessity and not as a foppish accessory, (and thus has it with him at all times as opposed to just when promenading) what would he do with it if he attended someone's dinner party? Dining chairs of the period did not have arms, as far as I know, and it would be rather awkward having it at table or on the floor by his feet. Would a servant take it and store it some place and then bring it to him at the end of the meal, or if he needed it?

Again, I realize this is a strange sort of question but any help or points in the right direction would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance :)

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