British servants during the Edwardian period would never touch silverware without white gloves as it would leave a trace of the oils from their hand or a fingerprint. Wooden measurement sticks with placement notches noted were used to push cutlery and make it evenly spread as well as how far to pull chairs out from the table. Chair backs were purely decorative as leaning against the back of a chair was seen as completely unacceptable. There are stories of nannies placing knives on chair backs to...
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