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1905 - Originals All Black Jersey - New Zealand - Rugby Memorabilia Society

For sale in Graham Budds 3 day Auction of Sporting Memorabilia on November 9th was a 1905 New Zealand ‘Originals’ All Black Jersey worn in the Test match v England played at Crystal Palace on December 2nd 1905. It was being sold by Falmouth Rugby Football Club and was originally owned by their England international fullback John Jackett.

This Jersey sold for a hammer price of £24,000 (£29,040 inclusive of buyers premium)
£19,230 goes to Falmouth RFC (These figures are correct if the pubished terms on Graham Budds website applied)

The following is the catalogues description of the Jersey:

neck label inscribed ‘WALLACE & GIBSON, THE KASH, NEXT EVENING POST, WELLINGTON’ silver fern badge, canvas overlay to the shoulders and upper chest and back, leather neck line extending down the lacing-v, black colour very good, original lacing, tear & period repair to middle of back from neck line and also small period repaired tear across right collar bone, right sleeve un-seamed along most of length, various hole punctures to body The Original All Blacks, also simply known as "The Originals" were the first New Zealand national rugby union team to tour outside Australasia.

They toured the British Isles, France and the United States of America during 1905-1906. Their opening game was against Devon on 16 September 1905 whom they defeated 55-4. Such was the surprise that some newspapers in Britain printed that Devon had scored 55 points and not the All Blacks. Edward “John” Jackett of Falmouth RFC was selected to make his England Test Match debut in the Test Match v New Zealand played at Crystal Palace 2nd December 1905. New Zealand won the match 15-0. Winger Duncan McGregor scored four tries, with Fred Newton scoring the other. Jackett swapped his shirt with one of the Original All Blacks, whose identity is unknown. The shirt remained in the Jackett family until the 1970s, at which time it was presented to Falmouth RFC. Jackett, who was born in Falmouth 4th July 1878, played in a total of 13 matches for England, his last appearance being in the 1909 Scotland match at Richmond. He also played for Cornwall who were essentially the Great Britain rugby team that competed at the London 1908 Olympic Games, being the reigning county champions. He was awarded a silver medal together with his elder brother Richard Jackett following the 32-3 defeat to Australia. John Jackett also toured with the 1908 British Isles team to New Zealand and Australia. In 1911 Jackett switched codes and played fullback for Dewsbury winning a Challenge Cup winner’s medal in 1912 following the 8-5 defeat of Oldham at Headingley. The New Zealand touring team went on to defeat every English side that they faced, including a 16-3 victory over English county champions Durham. As well as England they defeated the national teams of Scotland & Ireland and suffered their only loss of the 35-match tour when defeated 3-0 defeat by Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. The 1905 All Blacks tour of Britain went on to achieve legendary status within the rugby world and New Zealand in particular. They scored 976 points and conceded only 59, and thus set the standard for all subsequent All Black sides. The tour also saw the first use of the All Blacks nickname and established New Zealand's reputation as a world class rugby nation as well as the famous black shirt becoming an international sporting icon.

LOT 589
The guide price for this Jersey was £20,000-£30,000
Buyer’s Premium inc VAT/Sales Tax: 21.00%
Online commission inc. VAT/Sales Tax: 5.94% (if using the saleroom to bid)
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Graham Budd Auctions
Peter Douglas-Davies
Rugby Memorabilia Society