Francie, who blogs at North End Journal, mentioned the term "the good silverware" the other day.
Those people of my generation who were raised in families that were not wealthy, and with parents who had lived through the The Great Depression, will likely be familiar with the "good" concept.
"Good" in this context is the opposite of "Everyday."
You had your "good clothes," which were worn to church and other dress-up public occasions, and your Mom had her "good" china and "good" silverware," which were used for special events such as Christmas dinner or a visit by the minister.
The rest of the time, you wore your everyday clothes and everyday shoes, and ate off the everyday plates with everyday knives and forks.
I suspect that, in a time when people don't even dress up for weddings and funerals, this will be regarded as a bizarre concept for most folks under the age of 60.
Do you still have items that you keep "for good?"
I do. Those childhood lessons stick.