Today’s assemblage 

The weather is turning to autumn. It’s time to consider heavier clothing. Discard the linen trousers and chinos for corduroy and super 100’s. Today I am wearing a Huntsman wool jacket with Turnbull & Asser orange corduroy trousers. The orange cords are very much the accent piece and pick up the orange fleck in the jacket. The shirt is T M Lewin, the pocket square is silk and made by Holland & Holland. The belt is brown suede made by Ermengildo Zegna. The shoes I am wearing today are suede Edward Green. These are not in the picture. The gold cufflinks are a family piece.

The waxed country coat 

My Purdey wax jacket. Well worn in. As it should be. If you buy a new wax jacket ( most people buy a Barbour ) ensure you arrange to have it run over by a tractor several times before appearing in public.

Permissible items to have in your pockets 

Hoof pick, baler twine, tangled dog leads ( never used ), a couple of cartridges, well used ear plugs, half packet of Polo mints ( for the horses), crumpled ticket from Gillingham Agricultural Show 1974, button and thread from old pair of Huntsman Savile Row gardening cords, salmon tube and half eaten black pudding and grouse Scotch egg wrapped in Hackett red polka dot hanky.

Items to avoid in your pockets – Made in Chelsea key ring, bacterial hand wash, Prada sunglasses, Gucci ‘G’ logo baseball cap, remote to entrance gates and a Swiss Army Knife

Cork helmet

Made by Hawkes & Co. Ltd. 1 Savile Row, London.  ( late 14 Piccadilly ). Made for Moloo Bros. Dar – es – Salaam. Moloo Bros. claimed to be the largest curio shop in East Africa.

This is a cork helmet as oppposed to a pith helmet. 

“Pith is not a type of cork. Pith comes from the plant aeschynomene aspera. This material was used – and still is – as floats for fishing nets, elaborate tiny sculptures, insulators, It is a very light material, however, not as resilient as cork. Although there were British made pith helmets, the majority were manufactured all over Asia, with the greatest production in India. All colonial powers wore helmets made of pith, however, primarily for civilian use. The British and Indian Armies wore pith and cork, of course, and one can find them worn by other colonial powers.
“English vernacular has embraced the terms “pith helmet” as the catch-all for any sun helmet. In some way, it’s like people using Kleenex for all facial tissue. Also, people use “solar topee” and the actual Hindi is “sola topee”, sola referring to the pith plant and topee meaning hat. The public changed “sola” to “solar” for sun. Language is a constantly evolving tool.”