I always thought that silverware was important because when Dad would get out the roll of silverware from his mother, we thought they were very special. When we married, he gave us each a sample, so that we would own something that came from the grandmother that we had never met. So, when I inherited the six silver teaspoons from Grandma and Grandpa Wasden, I just rolled them up in the Pacific cloth and tucked them away. I don't know their history - anybody? The top picture shows three of those spoons. The next picture is a mystery - two rather ornate spoons with cabins on the handle much like the cabins on the Log Cabin Syrup spoon that is shown next. (When son Tony worked at Fredericks & Nelson at the mall in Olympia, he came home one day very excited because he had seen a similar spoon ((the Log Cabin Syrup spoon)) at a kiosk at an antique show that was at the mall, and it was selling for $25.) The bottom picture is of one of the peacock spoons that Mother prized, as well as the Log Cabin Syrup spoon. After Mother died, and Dad asked Judy, Ann, and me to divide most of her things, we gave a peacock spoon and a Log Cabin Spoon to each of you - 6 of each.
I'm coming to the conclusion that silver spoons come in sets of six. By the way, there is a reason for the saying about being born with a silver spoon in your mouth. The healing powers of silver are well known, and if you could feed your child with a silver spoon, the likelihood was that he/she would be healthier. I was struck, when at Kirtland, Ohio going through the historical sites of the Church, to see in a cradle a baby bottle with the sucking aparatus made of lead - and people wondered why infant mortality was so high! It is interesting that Mother had very few things that belong to her parents, but these six spoons were obviously important to her.