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The collection of items that is considered lucky for a bride to take to her wedding.



The full version of the rhyme is said to be:

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

I've not been able to trace the source of this, or to confirm its accuracy. Nor is it clear where it originated. The rhyme was certainly in use by the late Victorian period and was printed in an 1894 edition of the Pennsylvania newspaper The Warren Ledger, where it was listed as a 'Puritan Marriage Custom'. The sixpence was a silver coin which was in use in the UK between the 17th and 20th centuries. Sixpences were also minted and used in Maryland, USA from the same date.

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