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The Watson Investigations Medal from Fiesta San Antonio 2017

The Watson Investigations Medal from Fiesta San Antonio 2017

“And a singularly consistent investigation you have made, my dear Watson…”

– The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY)

The city of San Antonio, Texas holds a annual spring festival each May that is simply called “Fiesta.” First started in 1891 as a simple parade to remember the Battle of the Alamo, the event has grown to become a 10 day plus celebration made up of over 100 different events. The 2017 version was the 126th celebration.

in 1971, the practice of giving out medals at the Festival started and slowly grew over the years. In the 1990’s, the production of these medals increased exponentially and have maintained their popularity to this day. KENS 5, the CBS affilate produced a report on the origin of the Fiesta Medals, which you can see HERE.

For the 2017 incarnation of Fiesta, Watson Investigations, a San Antonio based private investigation firm, had the medal pictured above manufactured. Watson Investigations was founded in 1991 by Andrew Watson.

OBVERSE: Watson  (caricature of Sherlock Holmes with deerstalker cap, walking to the right, with a magnifying glass) / Investigations / FIESTA / 2017

REVERSE: (blank, except for maker’s mark of AYMdepot.com / Made in China)

Rectangular with rounded corners, 45 mm high by 41 mm wide, Closionne, Black Fabric Ribbon

Fiesta San Antonio will next be held April 19-29, 2018.

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