Thursday, August 2, 2018

Walking Canes and Such #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Walking Canes and Such

Colonials made use of a variety of walking canes.   Not the silver-handled ones, like the British Lords carried or like one sees in the movies.  Fred Astaire may have used one to glamorize his dancing, however, the practical use by the farmer who daily attended his overseer and crops or the aging gentleman is obvious.  A cane may be referred to as a "stick' bebaucse it was made of ivory, whalebone, ebony and other valuable woods. Canes were made from Malacca or rattan, bamboo and other hardy reeds. It was the quality canes which distinguished a person's wealth and social status. During the early part of the 18th century,  London gentlemen were required to have a license in order to carry a walking stick or cane. Cane use was considered a privilege, and gentlemen had to abide by those rules or lose the privilege.  It was fashionable for men to carry a cane as part of his daily attire and to break this code of etiquette was considered a violation of good manners. 
Comments are welcome..

Genealogy Records in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
Get More Genealogy Real Estate free genealogy help JOIN 8 Genealogy Websites

No comments:

Post a Comment