1904 C.W.S. British Sport Series Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title C.W.S. British Sport Series
Year 1904
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Images Color
Type Miscellaneous
Number in Set

1904 C.W.S. British Sport Series Overview

This rare set is one of the numerous multi-sport issues that was produced internationally.

The set is probably best classified as a miscellaneous type as advertisers on the back vary, covering an assortment of products. Thus far, I have seen the following back advertising brands produced by a company named C.W.S. (though others could exist):

  • C.W.S. Cocoas and Chocolate
  • C.W.S. Federation Self-Raising Flour
  • C.W.S. Hand-Picked Green Peas
  • C.W.S. Mixed Bird Seed and Bird Sand
  • C.W.S. No. 1 Starch
  • C.W.S. Pioneer and Progress Luncheon Tongues
  • C.W.S. Tinned Rabbits
  • Wheatsheaf, Progress, Liberty, Mitchell, and Equity brands Salmon

The card fronts themselves picture generic depictions of a variety of sports and activities. As is the case with many of these international multi-sport issues, many of the cards are related to hunting or other loose variations of what we identify as sports today. But some major sports are included, such as hockey, golf, tennis, boxing, and wrestling.

The set is identified largely by the white clouded backgrounds that border a color scene. The title of the sport or activity is presented at the bottom, along with a card number. Checklists are printed on most backs (in the case of the cocoas and chocolates back, the advertisement takes up the full space and no checklist is presented).

The cards are quite rare, which is in line with many other early 1900 international issues. Cards of even the minor sports can command somewhat healthy prices of $15-$25 and cards of the major sports can be considerably more.

1904 C.W.S. British Sport Series Checklist

  1. Hunting
  2. Flat Racing
  3. Deer Stalking
  4. Swimming
  5. Yachting
  6. Coursing
  7. Tennis
  8. Football (Rugby)
  9. Golf
  10. Cricket
  11. Fishing
  12. Rowing
  13. Skating
  14. Lacrosse
  15. Hocey
  16. Boxing
  17. Polo (Horse)
  18. Polo (Water)
  19. Cycling
  20. Running
  21. Steeplechasing
  22. Curling
  23. Bowls
  24. Putting the Weight
  25. Wrestling
  26. Sculling
  27. Pigeon Flying
  28. Pigeon Shooting
  29. Throwing Hammer
  30. Tossing the Caber
  31. Country Running
  32. Hunting with Beagles
  33. Motoring
  34. Otter Hunting
  35. Hawking
  36. High Jump
  37. Long Jump
  38. Walking
  39. Red Deer Hunting
  40. Canoeing
  41. Trotting
  42. Coaching
  43. Flight Shooting
  44. Rabbit Shooting
  45. Cliff Climbing
  46. Snipe Shooting
  47. Grouse Driving
  48. Knur and Spell
  49. Football (Association)
  50. Fencing

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