The set serves 8 to 10 people and has pieces I've never used. Two sizes of forks, spoons, knives, serving pieces, something called shrimp forks(?); there's a lot of it! The silver is of course a staple at family gatherings and holidays just as it was at my grandparent's house for years.
So I couldn't help but smile when I read in my grandmother's diary about their hope to "someday" have a complete set of silver. It's easy to forget that these precious pieces weren't always the treasured heirlooms they are today. Before they were a family tradition, they were a set of salad forks and a hope for more to come. Here's the diary entry:
May 25, 1934 - Friday
“Pug” went to a bridge party today and won joint high score. She got some salad forks for our silver as a wedding present. Maybe someday we will have a complete set. At least we are going to try. We have socialized so much this week that we are just going to bed tonite even if the President should call! Now!
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