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His Last Bow

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

“I grudge Altamont nothing.”

– His Last Bow (LAST)

     

On October 23, 1978, the group Altamont’s Agents was formed in Albany, New York, meeting at a pub that was named Holmes and Watson, Ltd. This group would go on to be recognized as a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars.

In 1989, the group would have the above pictured lapel pin manufactured by I/R Miniatures. The pin was designed by Charles A. Meyer, BSI and would be sculpted by William F. Imrie. The pin shows Holmes sporting the whiskers that made up the bulk of his “disguise.” The back of the pin has the reverse design of an 1896 British shilling, which was a day’s pay for a member of Holmes’s Baker Street Irregulars.

The pin was cast in Britannia metal and 221 pins were made.

They did a very nice job of replicating the shilling for this pin. Compare the pin to a real shilling below….

Thanks to Evelyn Herzog, wife of John Baesch, the 25th Garrideb, for sharing this with us

Souvenir Card issued at Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Denver

Souvenir Card issued at Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Denver

“… had partaken of an excellent dinner.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) It was a lovely evening on August 2, when members of The Fourth Garrideb and Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients arrived at the Blake Street Vault in lower downtown Denver for the Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner. The American Numismatic Association was… Continue Reading

Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

“Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) Earlier this year, the Greek Ministry of Finance authorized the Bank of Greece to issue two “collector” coins featuring the philosopher Diogenes. Many of you are probably familiar with the mention of the Diogenes Club, the familiar haunt of Mycroft Holmes, in… Continue Reading

Eille Norwood in The Dying Detective

Eille Norwood in The Dying Detective

“… the actor in some strange drama …” – The Adventure of the Yellow Face (YELL) Readers of Frank Mentzel’s Data! Data! Data! features have seen Eille Norwood’s name many times in the film listings for each story. After all, Norwood did appear as Holmes in 47 shorts. Only three of Norwood’s films are currently available for viewing… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Dying Detective

Data! Data! Data! – The Dying Detective

“‘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 composed… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Dying Detective

The 17 Steps: The Dying Detective

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Dying Detective THE INVASION OF MRS. HUDSON’S FLAT We are given a few examples of Mrs. Hudson’s long-suffering nature in this tale, the first of which being: “Not only was her first-floor flat invaded at all hours by throngs of singular and often… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box: Lady Frances Carfax

From Watson’s Tin Box: Lady Frances Carfax

“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) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares… 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

Data! Data! Data! – Lady Frances Carfax

Data! Data! Data! – Lady Frances Carfax

“‘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