Further following of an equestrian trend: an absolutely beautiful pair of handmade leather riding boots, 50p (!) from the Ditchling jumble sale. The stamp inside reads ‘Poulson, Skone & Co and J. Gane of Eton, 53 Jermyn Street, St. James, London SW1’. How upper-crust does that sound?
These are men’s boots, slightly short up the shin and with elasticated inserts (all the better to tuck those breeches in; they could well be military-issue for a dress uniform, given the studs on the heels for plug-in spurs) but don’t look too odd with black tights and a skirt; they’re on the big side for me, but nothing that an inner sole and a thick pair of socks can’t sort.
Poulson & Skone – a name new to me – seems to be a long-established bespoke shoe- and boot-making company, now owned by New & Lingwood, an Eton College outfitters with shops in Eton & at 53, Jermyn Street. They made footwear for Dunhill pre-buyout, and army boots before that, judging by the results of an eBay search – though the current new range of shoes starts from £450. And these boots – which must have cost a fortune, and which are still in immaculate condition – ended up at a jumble sale in aid of Ditchling Playgroup… it just goes to show that you can still (occasionally) unearth some really good-quality finds.