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A Second Gold Sovereign Awarded Presented by the BSI

A Second Gold Sovereign Awarded Presented by the BSI

“… the highest of honours …”

– A Study in Scarleti (STUD)

Peter E. Blau, right, presents the Gold Sovereign Award to Michael F. Whelan at the 2017 BSI Dinner – Photo by Will Walsh

Minutes before the conclusion of this year’s Bakers Street Irregulars annual dinner on January 6, 2017, Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, stood up and proclaimed “Eminent Bodymaster, I claim urgency!” and approached the podium to make a special presentation to Michael F. Whelan.

In recognition of Whelan chairing his 20th dinner as the Wiggins (leader) of the Baker Street Irregulars, Blau presented him with the Gold Sovereign Award in honor of his service to the group over these many years.

BSI members receive a shilling coin as a symbol of their membership. Those BSI members who have done “extraordinary devotion to the cause beyond the call of duty,” have been awarded the Two Shilling Award (two of our fellow Garridebs – Blau and Robert S. Katz – have been honored with this award). A gold Sovereign is the equivalent of 20 shillings.

This is only the second time that the Gold Sovereign has been awarded by the BSI. The other occasion was at the 1973 dinner where Commissionaire Julian Wolff was the first to be so honored. Mr. Blau’s comments to approach the podium were the same words as BSI member Jim Iraldi proclaimed at the 1973 dinner. You can read (and listen to the presentation) HERE.

In conversation with Blau, I have learned that the sovereign presented to Whelan was dated 1888. This ties in nicely with A Scandal In Bohemia, which took place in 1888 and where Holmes was given a sovereign by The Woman.

Julian Wolff, A Silver Dollar and A Gold Sovereign

Julian Wolff, A Silver Dollar and A Gold Sovereign

“Do you know anything of the commissionaire?” – The Adventure of The Naval Treaty (NAVA) Julian Wolff, M.D. – BSI Commissionaire 1961 – 1986 There are several members of our group that had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Julian Wolff, the Commissionaire of the Baker Street Irregulars from 1961 until he stepped down in 1986. There… Continue Reading

B. Max Mehl Offers a Brief Review of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Other Works

B. Max Mehl Offers a Brief Review of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Other Works

“My collection of M’s is a fine one.” – The Adventure of the Empty House (EMPT) Noted coin dealer B. Max Mehl published the following in the March 1918 of his house organ Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly: The Black Prince, What Coins Did He Strike? “An American boy” asks: “Are there any British coins of the Black Prince, and… Continue Reading

The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives On Medal

The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives On Medal

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you.” – The Advenyture of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, was kind to respond to last week’s HolmeWork assignment, and has provided us with a scan of Classic Specialities’ advertisement for the Sherlock Holmes Lives On medal. This ad appeared on page 36… Continue Reading

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, such as Gregory Hood. On July 18, 1978, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater aired The Absent-Minded League. This dramatization was written by… Continue Reading

A Conversation Pertaining to Aspects Concerning Counterfeiting of Coins in Victorian England.

A Conversation Pertaining to Aspects Concerning Counterfeiting of Coins in Victorian England.

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Writers are known, if not lauded, for their imaginations. Doyle’s imagination was in full form during his creation of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. The house / rooms / press descriptions were nothing short… Continue Reading