Family Traditions: Were Your Baby Shoes Bronzed?

About My Bronzed Baby Shoes

Image: Bronzed Baby Shoes

Joanne Boling Dickinson’s
Bronze Baby Shoes

Mom and Dad said I was a late walker at 15 months old.  They also said I had early and great verbal skills.  And, from the time I was a toddler I wanted to get the last word.  When I couldn’t, I would silently tap (as in imitating a stomp) my foot and that meant the conversation was over and I got the last word!  Whether this “cute” behavior prompted them to bronze my shoes or it was just family tradition, I don’t know.  I do know, though, that my two brothers shoes were never bronzed. (ha-ha)

The History of Bronzing:

Believe it or not, I researched the tradition and found limited stories about specifically bronzing baby shoes.

In brief comments by Deana Case||Love to Know Member, she noted that bronzing dates back prior to the sixth century and bronzing tools were used around 1500 B.C. to make statues. You can still find bronzed statues, picture frames, dishes, and other items that have been parts of family households for centuries.

It just makes sense that, likewise, baby shoes were bronzed to keep alive tender memories of early childhood.  You may find baby shoes cast in bronze, pewter, gold, silver, and even porcelain.  And, as you can tell my mine, above–they remain a lasting family keepsake–and now a family antique!

Bronzing companies are still around.  They will bronze anything and everything that you feel was meaningful in your family’s life or history.  There are even new products and processes that take on the bronzing look that you can do on your own.  The easiest resource is to search “bronzing” on the web.


2 thoughts on “Family Traditions: Were Your Baby Shoes Bronzed?

  1. Just for the record bronzing shoes seems to be associated with religious traditions of the west ….noting the verses in the Bible revelation 1:15 . His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.


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