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Adventure of the Speckled Band

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Speckled Band

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Speckled Band

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.”

The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

Back in July 2015, when we discussed The Speckled Band, Watson’s Tin Box was not yet sharing their evidence boxes with us. Since we are not discussing any story this month, we’ll use this opportunity to catch on past stories we have missed.

“‘I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at twenty past, and came in by the first train to Waterloo.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few select items from their tin evidence box for The Speckled Band, with us here at The Fourth Garrideb. These evidence boxes were originally created by the late Paul Churchill, BSI, one of the founders of Watson’s Tin Box and contains both genuine artifacts and genuine faux reproductions that he (and others) created. These items create a great deal of discussion at their monthly meetings and we hope it will do the same here. Enjoy!

“‘Farintosh,’ said he. ‘Ah, yes, I recall the case; it was concerned with an opal tiara.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“… for my sister was troubled by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom to smoke.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“… I shall walk down to Doctors’ Commons, where I hope to get some data which may help us in this matter.'” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, scrawled over with notes and figures.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box

“I should be very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your pocket. An Eley’s No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen who can twist steel pokers into knots.” – WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“That and a tooth-brush are, I think, all that we need.'” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself, and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and sitting-room at the Crown Inn.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“Someone in the next room had lit a dark lantern.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott, clad in a long grey dressing-gown, his bare ankles protruding beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“‘It is a swamp adder!’ cried Holmes-‘ the deadliest snake in India.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“… how the slow process of official inquiry came to the conclusion that the Doctor met his fate while indiscreetly playing with a dangerous pet.” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box
“Then I thought of the whistle. Of course, he must recall the snake before the morning light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. ” ~ WTB SPEC Evidence Box

Thanks to the 42nd Garrideb, Denny Dobry, for the scans in this post. 

Thanks also to Debbie Clark, the 58th Garrideb, the current keeper of the evidence boxes.

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion in Columbia, MD, is one of the most active Sherlockian groups in the Middle Atlantic region, Generally meeting on the last Monday of each month, the meetings feature canonical toasts, good conversations and dining, as well as a discussion of the month’s featured story and an educational presentation. For more information about Watson’s Tin Box, please visit their website HERE.

A Coming Plague (1971)

A Coming Plague (1971)

“There’s an east wind coming, Watson.” – His Last Bow (LAST) I am sure that many of us have been concerned and perhaps upset by the coming of Decimalization. It strikes me as being one of the most idiotic things since the United States tried Prohibition. Surely a lot of tourists have had difficulties with… Continue Reading

The Punitentiary: The Speckled Band

The Punitentiary: The Speckled Band

“It was the band! The speckled band!” – The Adventure of The Speckled Band (SPEC) Holmes: I have been engaged to find a missing person, Watson. Watson: Indeed, Holmes! Tell me more. Holmes: Bartholomew Reed is challenging the current leader of a local trade union, Lathe and Plasterers United, for the presidency of their organization.  He… Continue Reading

Three Medals of The Speckled Band of Boston

Three Medals of The Speckled Band of Boston

“It is a nice household …” – The Adventure of The Speckled Band (SPEC) Photos by Richard Olken The Speckled Band of Boston, one of the oldest scions of the Baker Street Irregulars, issued medals at each of their annual meetings in April 2009, 2010 and 2011. Stadri Emblems made the three medals for the SBB,… Continue Reading

The Speckled Band of Boston Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Speckled Band of Boston Celebrates 75th Anniversary

“It was the band! The speckled band!” – The Adventure of The Speckled Band (SPEC) April 24, 2015 at the Tavern Club, in an alley off Boylston Street opposite the Common, was held the 75th anniversary dinner of the Speckled Bank of Boston. The officers, Keeper of the Band Daniel Posnansky, Herpeton Dean W. Fairbrother,… Continue Reading

The Inquisition: The Speckled Band

The Inquisition: The Speckled Band

“The events in question occurred in the early days of my association with Holmes …” – The Adventure of The Speckled Band (SPEC) July is here and that means it is time for our Inquisitor, Denny Dobry’s dastardly quiz – each monthly quiz is on the featured story of the month and this month is The Adventure of… Continue Reading

The Speckled Band – BBC Radio (1945) featuring Sir Cedric Hardwicke

The Speckled Band – BBC Radio (1945) featuring Sir Cedric Hardwicke

“It was the band! The speckled band!” – The Adventure of The Speckled Band (SPEC) On May 17, 1945, the British Broadcasting Company broadcast a dramatization of The Adventure of The Speckled Band featuring Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Sherlock Holmes. If the Hardwicke names sounds familiar to you, his son Edward took over the role of… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Speckled Band

Data! Data! Data! – The Speckled Band

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of the Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college. It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Speckled Band

The 17 Steps: The Speckled Band

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Speckled Band (SPEC) DR. ROYLOTT, MEDICINE MAN Upon getting his medical degree, Grimesby Roylott seems to have immediately left the country to seek his fortune, going to Calcutta, where we are told “by his professional skill and his force of character, he established… Continue Reading