Morning gents I managed to add another piece to my collection last night I found this Wolseley pattern khaki pith helmet for sale on a little sleeper site I visit from time to time and at a very agreeable price I might add
The Wolseley helmet was named after the Army Chief of Staff during the late Victorian era, Sir Garnet Wolseley. It consisted of cloth over cork or pith (often from the sola plant).
I do believe Wolseley pith helmets of this style were produced until late 1943 early 1944 and were eventually replaced by the Indian pattern sola pith helmet or otherwise affectionately known as the Bombay Bowler
This particular example is 1942 dated and nicely /l\ marked and was manufactured by Sutton and is in a size 6 3/4 the foil for the most part is still intact It would appear by the sellers pictures to be in very decent condition with some light soiling on the exterior and IMO from the look of the liner seen very minimal usage .
I am still undecided if the rear brim has a slight factory upwards curve to it or this was caused by it resting on the rear brim I will need to do a little more research and look at a few more period images I do believe these were only produced with the foil in the interior between 1941 and 1943 and it was adopted to help with shielding the heat.
Regards Mark K