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Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list”

– The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

The Order of the Crown of Italy – Knight (Fifth Class)

In 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle visited Italy with his brother-in-law, E. W, “Willie” Hornung (the novelist who created the gentlemen burglar “Raffles”). During his tour, King Umberto I of Italy conferred the Order of the Crown of Italy upon Doyle and made him a Knight.

There are five classes of the Order – Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight. Doyle’s honor was the lowest of the five classes available. The order was established by Umberto’s father, King Vittorio Emanuele II, in 1868 to commemorate the unification of Italy that occurred in 1861. The Order was awarded fairly liberally, for both civilians and military merit.

The Order is an 18 karat gilt cross and enamelled in white. Having curved edges, there are “Savoy” knots between the four arms of the cross. The obverse of the badge features the Iron Crown of Lombardy on a background of blue enamel. An eagle, in black enamel, bearing the Savoy cross is on the reverse of the Order and has a gold background. The Order hangs from a ribbon that is red, white and red.

The Order has not been awarded since Italy became a Republic in 1946.

 

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Classical Numismatic Group conducted an online auction of ancient coins that closed on September 28, 2016. One lot would be of interest to the Sherlockian numismatist: Sale 383, Lot: 458. Estimate $100. Sold for $240. This amount does not include… Continue Reading

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

“But thanks to my cheque-book …” – His Last Bow (LAST) The website of Famous-Celebrity-Autographs.com has numerous offerings of reproductions of checks signed by celebrities and other famous people. One such celebrity would be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They are offering a reproduction of a $15 check that he wrote on June 7, 1922 and was drawn… Continue Reading

The Order of St. John

The Order of St. John

“… a chivalrous gentleman …” – The Adventure of The Illustrious Client (ILLU) If you happened to be reading The London Gazette on August 5, 2016, there was a notice of new appointments to the Order of St.John. Congratulations to the 36th Garrideb, Michael Quigley SBStJ, on his appointment as a Serving Brother of the Order of St.… Continue Reading

An Annotated Copy of the May 9, 1913 Sotheby’s Auction of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

An Annotated Copy of the May 9, 1913 Sotheby’s Auction of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby‘s …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) A few weeks back, we published a post illustrating the three pages of the 22 lots of coins from the Arthur Conan Doyle collection, that was auctioned on May 9, 1913.  Thanks to Dr. Ted V. Buttrey of the Fitzwilliam Museum… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Many people collect checks connected with specific bank ‘family trees’, others from banks connected with a certain town or city. Many collectors also collect cheques signed by famous people, but perhaps more challenging is collecting cheques associated with fictional characters. One of the best known fictional characters in the world, and one of my favorites,… Continue Reading

A Tray From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Cabinet

A Tray From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Cabinet

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) In the Fall 2014 newsletter of the BSI Trust, there was an announcement that a 10”x 11” coin tray which housed coins belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had been donated to the BSI Trust. In talking to Andy Solberg,… Continue Reading

MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

“… Watson, there is something very attractive about that …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) In our recent post about the 1968 sale of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ancient coin collection, the price list referenced that all the coins would be in an attractive folder that would certify the coin was from the collection.… Continue Reading