Family history etched in silver

Silver spoons are on my mind.  I’ve just taken down the kitchen Christmas tree (the longest a tree has ever remained!!!).

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Looking at all these spoons and thinking about the family stories they have to tell….

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……I can’t believe it is my turn already!!!  I am now the grandmother with the young granddaughter who will someday use the silver previously passed down to me.  How well I remember my grandmother, Lena, explaining the provenance of teaspoon, demitasse or souvenir spoon; names, initials, dates and places engraved on some, and the story behind others.  Her words are etched in my memory as surely as the engravings on the silver.

S.E.D.  –  Susan Eliza Downs,

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my great grandmother after whom I am named.

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Lena may have received this spoon to commemorate her eighteen birthday in 1908.

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The following year she was married to George Wallingford Downs.

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Quoting Lena from a note she left with this hammered sterling sugar spoon:

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My sugar spoon given to me as a wedding present – by Edith Goodwin.  1909  LMD

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Lena took her maiden name, Miller, as a middle name when she married.  Her mother,

Mary Elizabeth Judd Miller

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passed this set of teaspoons on to her only daughter, Lena.

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My father’s baby teeth marks in the bowl of one of the spoons.

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Mary Elizabeth Judd Miller also passed her mother’s serving spoon (one of six) on to Lena,

M.A.J. – Mary Ann Judd

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the other five given, one each, to Lena’s five brothers:

Benjamin, Thomas, Bernard, Wallace, and Frederick

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Lena Miller Downs

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and this is just the beginning…..

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Family history etched in silver

  1. Suzanne Bingham

    I’m loving everything I see on your site! Thank you for sharing !

  2. Terry Foil

    Love this! Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:51:19 +0000 To: rgfoil@msn.com

  3. Wonderful heirlooms. Thank you for sharing.

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