A Silver Sixpence In Your Shoe?

I am surprised at how many people have never heard this portion of the old rhyme…

                                   Something Old, Something New

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

and a Silver Sixpence in your shoe!


This is a wedding poem originating in England dating around the Victorian Era. For hundreds of years brides have been collecting good luck charms, old, new, borrowed and blue, but in 1967 when the British Government stopped producing the sixpence coin, the last line in the rhyme was made obsolete.

A sixpence, made of silver and worth 6 pennies was to be placed in the left shoe of the bride to be by her father, symbolizing his wish for her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.

DSC_0545The British sixpence was minted in England from 1551 to 1967 but they stopped using silver to make it in 1947. After 1967 the last line in the poem was omitted as the coins were not as common and when they stopped circulating the coins in the 1980’s the rhyme in its original state was virtually unknown. Thus, todays brides really have largely not even heard of a sixpence much less known that is was the completion to the poem mentioned most often for good luck in a new marriage.

So, I give a sixpence to every bride who purchases a gown here at the store. It is my wish for their happily married life filled with joy and prosperity!


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