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Object of the month- November 2012-‘NZ Cap’

New Zealand Cap

New Zealand Cap, Early 20th Century.

With the QBE Autumn Internationals fast approaching, here at Twickenham Stadium we are excitedly anticipating the invasion from the Southern Hemisphere. With so many amazing objects in our collection relating to all the different participant teams it has been difficult deciding which to choose.

We finally decided upon this early 19th century New Zealand cap. In black velvet and edged in silver braid it is in exceptional condition for having survived over a century. It is particularly interesting to note the year 1905. Since nicknamed ‘The Originals’; the national team from 1905 were the first New Zealand national side to tour outside of Australasia. Whilst visiting Britain they were christened with the nickname ‘The All Blacks’, a name that has stuck with the team ever since. There are a couple of theories about how this came into being; the first from a typographical error in a newspaper that was meant to print that the team played like it was made up of all backs, and the second from the colour of the player’s kit.