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“Has Anything Escaped Me” – Sherlockian News

“Has Anything Escaped Me” – Sherlockian News

“In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful…”

– The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR)

A few quick items for consideration:

The folks at Yes.Fit, who brought you the Baker Street Bound virtual race medal last year, are doing a new virtual race called The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Pictured to the left is the medal they are issuing for the race, which features a fingerprint and a magnifying glass. There is no mention of Sherlock Holmes nor are there any other design elements such as the deerstalker or pipe.

Both of the two design elements of the medal are fairly common in other mystery and detective stories. Your editor can easily add at least two dozen other numismatic items that feature either a finger print or magnifying glass.

If we were to produce our catalog of Sherlock Holmes numismatic items today, we would not list this medal since it is so generic. If you disagree, please drop your editor a note and offer up your rationale for including this medal in the listings.

For those interested in purchasing this medal, click HERE. They are currently offering a sale until 12 Noon on Monday, April 17th.

Our friends at Watson’s Tin Box will be holding Scintillation of Scions X this June 9-10 in Linthicum, Maryland (near BWI airport). Back in 2014, this event was the first Sherlockian event your editor ever attended. It is one of the best Sherlockian events on the east coast according to many attendees and some would argue for the entire country.  Further details and registration information can be found HERE.

The Rosenbach in Philadelphia is current showing the exhibtion “Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives” until September 1st. We have a large number of Garridebs in the mid-Atlantic region that can make a quick trip to see this display. One of the highights being shown is the original manuscript of The Adventure of the Empty House. HERE Click for more information.

     

This is a nice wooden puzzle, called Sherlock’s Seven Cent Solution,that was custom designed by a magician named Diamond Jim Tyler . It measures 3.75 x 3.75 inches and fits into the palm of your hand. The seven pennies are included. Begin with an empty board. The object is to start on a vacant circle and to move it once along a connecting line to another empty circle. This must be done with all seven pennies leaving the eighth hole vacant. Most people can do four or five pennies, but doing all seven takes a knack. You can find more information at purchase these games by clicking HERE.

The upcoming week of April 16 – 22, 2017 has been designated National Coin Week by the American Numismatic Association. This year’s theme is Conflict & Courage – Money & The Military in recognition of the centennial of United States entering World War I. National Coin Week is intended to promote coin collecting and we encourage our members and readers to take a few minutes to introduce the joys of coin collecting to others.

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

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives Medal

“He lives as in a strange dream.” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) The Universal Sherlock Holmes by Ronald Burt De Waal and 14th Garrideb, George A. Vanderburgh has been a tremendous reference tool to your Mycroft as we first attempted to discover what Sherlockian numismatic items existed. Every once in a while,… Continue Reading

The 1949 Inaugural Medal of BSI Member Harry S Truman

The 1949 Inaugural Medal of BSI Member Harry S Truman

“The leader alone retained his stern, impressive expression.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) The polls indicated that a Presidential candidate would win the general election handily. However, when the votes were tabulated, the other candidate was victorious. Are we talking about the recent 2016 Presidential election? No, we are referring to the 1948 Presidential… Continue Reading

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

“I have been making a fool of myself” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumbi (ENGR) Your editor grew up during a time when there were only three television networks and a handful of independent UHF television stations. Those independent stations would often show the old movie shorts featuring the slapstick of The Three Stooges.… Continue Reading

The Presidential Inaugural Medals of BSI Member Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Presidential Inaugural Medals of BSI Member Franklin D. Roosevelt

“… whose massive head and resolute expression marked him as leader. “ – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) We have discussed before how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was awarded an honorary membership in the Baker Street Irregulars in 1942, which can be read HERE. With the 2017 President Inauguration a few days away, this seems like a… Continue Reading

The Lady Carfax Memorial Walk Medal

The Lady Carfax Memorial Walk Medal

“She walked up the Kennington Road …” – The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax       In the January 1992 edition of Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, he commented: The American Volksmarch Association and three local Sherlockian societies will sponsor a “Lady Carfax Memorial Walk” in Black Forest, Colorado, on July 25 (a special… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

“… aid us in our search.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) Our next HolmeWork assignment is once again the result of a brief paragraph in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the December 1998 edition: A new flier from Carolyn and Joel Senter (Classic Specialties, Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219) <www.sherlock-holmes.com> offers souvenirs (the… Continue Reading

The Ballad of the Queen’s Shilling (1965)

The Ballad of the Queen’s Shilling (1965)

What a beautiful coin the shilling is which bears the famous Wyon head! J. C. Horsley, RA—victim of Whistler’s savagely contemptuous “Horsley soit qui mal y pense!” —did a sketch of the 19-year old Queen, and William Wyon engraved the head for a medal struck to commemorate the Queen’s first visit to the Mansion House. HM liked the Wyon head so… Continue Reading