Vintage Velvet College Rugby Cap.
A wonderful six-panel green velvet cap with braid trim and tassel. It also has a braided emblem to the front of 'A Pelican in her piety, wings displayed'. It comes with an old rugby shirt that has the same crest on the breast, in pen under the collar is the name R. J. Rigden.
We believe this may be from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
The college is noted for the pillar sundial in the main quadrangle, known as the Pelican Sundial, which was erected in 1581 by Charles Turnbull. The pelican is a reference to the college's name: 'corpus christi' means 'the body of Christ', and the pelican was said to have offered its own blood to its children, just as Christ offers his body to his followers in the Eucharist. Because of the complexity of the coat of arms it is not suitable for use on items such as the college crested tie, where the pelican is used instead. The pelican also appears alone on the college flag and on top of the Pelican Sundial.
Manfred Schotten Antiques
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