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1905 "Originals" All Blacks Jersey; Manawatu Knitting Mills; 1905; 2005/284/1

1905 "Originals" All Blacks Jersey
About this object
The design of this almost skin-tight, collarless jersey worn by Taranaki farmer Jimmy Hunter during his stint with the 1905 ‘Originals’ All Blacks, bears a strong resemblance to the high-performance modern rugby jerseys worn today. Made from fine wool with a quilted, waxed linen yoke (to repel water) around the shoulder, the neck was edged with leather and laced up the front. The distinctive jersey caused much comment on the ‘Originals’ tour of Great Britain, and the tour itself gave the fledgling All Blacks’ name and game greater currency and popularity abroad.
Maker Role
Date Made
Medium and Materials
Wool knit, linen, leather
Inscription and Marks
"M" embroidered above hem front right
70(H base of collar to hem)x 42cm (w: across shoulder between sleeve seams) x44cm (w: at hem) x 44 cm (Length of sleeve)
Credit Line
Purchased by the New Zealand Rugby Museum in 2005
Object Type
Playing Jersey
Object number


all blacks

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