Is there an anglophile in your life who is about to get married or could do with an extra bit of good luck? Then why not offer them one of these very lucky England gifts?
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
and a silver sixpence in your shoe.
I'm sure every bride to be has heard or sung that rhyme and made sure her father had one of the lucky coins to hand to place in her shoe before she walked down the aisle to wish her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.
Sixpence pieces have been with us since the reign of King Edward VI. They were first struck in 1551 and have been legal tender in Great Britain until the decimalisation in 1971. Throughout the ages, they've turned up as the lucky charm in many Christmas puddings and bridal shoes. During World War II, they became good luck charm by Royal Air Force aircrew who have them sewn behind their wings or brevets.
Whether you choose cufflinks, a watch, a pendant or a single coin ready to fit into a dainty slipper, you're in the excellent company of brides, servicemen and countless children through the ages!