Auction Date: 18/08/2021 at 10am
Very rare 1910 British Lions (Anglo-Scottish side) Rugby Tour to Argentina Cap: now recognised as one of 3 “Lost Lions” tours - dark blue cap with red and white cord braiding to panels (no tassel), c/w a bold braided rose and Argentina 1910 legend to the centre – c/w makers Castell & Son 13 Broad St Oxford label – the team comprised 16 English and 3 Scots and managed by the famous R V Stanley of his November Oxford University match fame. Details of the full team are found British Lions Rugby Wikipedia site which included Henry Whitehead of Manchester RFC, Lancashire and North of England – an incredible find which has survived the test of time - although with faults it’s nevertheless an extremely rare and important “Lions” cap from a highly successful undefeated tour. Note: In 1910, a British side toured South Africa for the fourth time and was, however, the first official tour which had the official sanction of the four home unions. Concurrently, R V Stanley, more famously known as Major Stanley of Oxford, later an England selector, organised a side to tour Argentina. John Raphael, the England fullback, was selected as the captain of this team, branded by Stanley as the England Rugby Union team. The hosts referred to the team as the Combined British, perhaps more appropriate given the squad included three Scots. The tour was also part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the May Revolution. The people of Argentina termed it the "Combined British", also known as "Great Britain XV". The match was played at Sociedad Sportiva Argentina of Palermo and Argentina lost 28–3. The only try for the Argentine squad (the first international try) was scored by Buenos Aires FC player Frank Heriot. Argentina's most notable players were captain Oswald St John Gebbie and Barry Heatlie, a South African who played for the Springboks. The Combined British played six matches, winning them all - for Argentina, this tour marked the start of international rugby union and the test against the Combined British on 12 June 1910 was the first Test in the Argentine national team's history.