a family heirloom: one of a set of 12 coin-silver spoons (six
teaspoons and six tablespoons) that Mary Curtis purchased in
1865. The 14-year-old farm girl had strung tobacco to earn the money.
years later (see photo), two
years before her 1937 death, she sold the family farm. She gave
the spoons to her granddaughter Ann Buckingham, who became my mother.