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ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL RUGBY UNION JERSEY WORN BY JOHN GUY GILBERNE BIRKETT (1884-1967) believed be his ‘International career jersey’ and worn on the Harlequins player’s England debut, versus Scotland in the Calcutta Cup match of 1906The jersey in traditional all white with fine cotton collars and with felt rectangular patch stitched to chest having a finely embroidered red, maroon, and pink English rose with two tone green and brown stems with five leaves. The sleeves are in the three-quarter length style for the England team during that period, two original buttons remain intact and there is a stitched name label to the inside of collar ‘JOHN BIRKETT’.As with the John Birkett’s England cap (Lot 574) the jersey is in super condition without notable damage. Please see Lot 574 John Birkett’s associated England cap in this auction with regards to John Birkett’s playing career, records, and achievements which include being the top try scorer and most England caps gained, the first try scorer at Twickenham and winner of the inaugural 5 Nations Championship in 1910. In this early period of International Rugby Union, players were expected to retain their jerseys for matches, even after players returned to International duty from a 4–5-year hiatus of military duty in World War 1. The English Rose badges at the time were individually embroidered for each player with differences in detail. Lot 578 in this auction is an album containing John Birkett’s England team photographs. In his debut photograph in 1906 against Scotland, one can see through a magnifying glass that the different tones of black and grey on the stem and leaves match the emblem on the jersey, proportions seem to be correct as does the angle of the stem and rose. John Birkett did play in other jerseys which can be seen in the team photographs, but we believe this to be his debut jersey and used on several England appearances. Copy of the 1906 photograph shown with this description but is not part of this lot.Auctioneer’s Note:Making his debut with Birkett in 1906 versus Scotland was James ‘Jimmy’ Peters who was the first black rugby player to represent England, and the only black player until 1988. Also playing for England was Belgian John Raphael, part of a millionaire banking family, who also played first class cricket and was killed in his home-country in 1917 during the Battle of Messines. While Adrian Stoop, the legendary Harlequins whom which their ground ‘The Stoop’ is named after played at half-back. The captain was V H Cartwright who was president of the RFU in 1928/29. In the Scottish line-up was Kenneth Grant McLeod, who was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame for his all-round sporting ability, winning 9 caps for Scotland while also playing for Manchester City FC, cricket for Lancashire and was a successful golfer too. Also in the Sottish team was British Lions captain David Bedell-Sivright who was killed during the Gallipoli campaign.The match was played at Inverleith, Edinburgh on the 17th March, 1906, watched by some 20,000 spectators. Against expectations, after a terrible losing streak of six matches, England were the victors 9 points to 3 (3 tries to one). The victory was despite England’s forward Simpson not completing the match due to injury sustained in scoring the winning try. Newspapers including ‘The Referee’ commended the English Selection Committee and bringing in John Birkett for his debut, while The Daily Mail wrote ‘Birkett, the young Harlequins centre, whose claims to international honours have been advocated throughout the season, showed himself to be possessed of rare judgment and a considerable amount of pace; he had a hand in the obtaining of all the three tries scored by his side’. The reports of Birkett’s debut being a glorious success continued in The Morning Post, The Field and other newspapers.Provenance: the vendors of the Birkett Sporting Archive are the great grandsons of J G G Birkett (1884-1967), and the great-great-grandsons of Reg BirkettSee our digital catalogue for this collection with further images here
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Cardiff, Cardiff
CF11 8RR
United Kingdom
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