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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Resident Patient

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Resident Patient

“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)

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“Are you not the author of a monograph upon obscure nervous lesions?” – WTB RESI 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 Resident Patient, 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!

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“… I was fortunate enough to excite considerable interest by my research into the pathology of catalepsy, and finally to win the Bruce Pinkerton prize and medal by the monograph on nervous lesions to which your friend has just alluded.” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
note-to-doctor
“Two days ago I received the letter which I now read to you. Neither address nor date is attached to it.” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
nitrate-of-amyl
” I had obtained good results in such cases by the inhalation of nitrite of amyl, and the present seemed an admirable opportunity of testing its virtues. The bottle was downstairs in my laboratory, so, leaving my patient seated in his chair, I ran down to get it.” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
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“For half an hour or so I discussed the old gentleman’s symptoms with him, and then, having prescribed for him, I saw him go off on the arm of his son.” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
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‘His cigar-case, then?’ – WTB RESI Evidence Box
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“He went over to the door, and turning the lock he examined it in his methodical fashion. Then he took out the key, which was on the inside, and inspected that also.” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
"I will take this photograph of Blessington which I see upon the mantelpiece, as it may help me in my inquiries." - WTB RESI Evidence Box
“I will take this photograph of Blessington which I see upon the mantelpiece, as it may help me in my inquiries.” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
nooseblock-hook
“The matter was so prearranged that it is my belief that they brought with them some sort of block or pulley which might serve as a gallows.” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
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“You must surely remember the great Worthingdon bank business,’ said Holmes” – WTB RESI Evidence Box
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“You must surely remember the great Worthingdon bank business,’ said Holmes” – WTB RESI 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.

WTBWatson’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.

Data! Data! Data! – The Resident Patient

Data! Data! Data! – The Resident Patient

“‘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 Resident Patient

The 17 Steps: The Resident Patient

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Resident Patient (RESI) WATSON BECOMES A BIT JADED “For in those cases in which Holmes has performed some tour de force of analytical reasoning, and has demonstrated the value of his peculiar methods of investigation, the facts themselves have often been so slight… Continue Reading

Jeremy Brett Featured on Fantasy £20 Banknote

Jeremy Brett Featured on Fantasy £20 Banknote

“… I’ve got more pounds to my name …” – The Adventure of The Gloria Scott (GLOR) A fantasy £20 bank note for the Bank of London, featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, was released for sale in late July 2016 on many of the online auction services. The notes are incredibly well detailed and at… Continue Reading

The Final Problem $2 Coin From The Cook Islands

The Final Problem $2 Coin From The Cook Islands

“… the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

“… reeling over, locked in each other’s arms.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature the scuffle between Holmes and Professor Moriarty near the Reichenbach Falls… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Final Problem

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Final Problem

“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

Radio Broadcast of Murder By Proxy – January 18, 1933

Radio Broadcast of Murder By Proxy – January 18, 1933

“… the last words in which I shall ever record …” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) We are pleased to share this recording of the January 18, 1933 NBC radio broadcast of Murder by Proxy. Edith Meiser adapted the script from Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem. This is the earliest known surviving recording of any Sherlock Holmes… Continue Reading