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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

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

“You are an early bird …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In 1982, two professors at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — Fred Saules and Frank Vacante — organized a group of 18 Sherlockians to form a new BSI scion, Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers. The group takes its name from the final Sherlock Holmes novel, The… Continue Reading

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

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

“‘I was going to say that my practice could get along very well for a day or two, since it is the slackest time in the year.” – The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA) Photo by Larry Feldman, Staff Surgeon of DWNP As a result of our recent Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner… Continue Reading

The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

“‘Then he paid up his two guineas…“ – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) In 1952, Thomas L. Stix, Sr. started the New York Silver Blaze at the Jamaica Raceway in honor of the story of the same title by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The race was an annual (well, almost) race at various tracks around… 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

Garridebs in the News – October 2016

Garridebs in the News – October 2016

“Look at the headlines …” – The Adventure of the Stock Broker’s Clerk (STOC) One of our newer Garridebs, Jeff Rock aka Inspector Baynes, recently edited a book on the 1787 Fugio Cents that circulated in the states during the confederation period. From the press release: Many colonial collectors remember Rob Retz and know that when… Continue Reading