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Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you …”

– The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR)

Edward C. Rochette, the 5th Garrideb, and his wife Maryann started a small business selling Holmesian gifts in 1990. The business was called Sherlock, Stock & Barrel Company. Pictured above was their first advertising flyer that was sent to folks who replied to this announcement from the December 1990 issue of the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press:

Sherlock, Stock & Barrel Co. (Box 8261, Colorado Springs, CO 80933) has sent a flier offering a variety of Sherlockiana, including honey, an art medal, a door-knocker lapel pin, a paperweight, and a feather duster.

This flyer is important to us as it confirms that Alex Shagin’s 1990 Sherlock Holmes art medal was struck in both bronze and sterling silver and both were struck to order. Mintage would be limited to 100 numbered examples. The bronze medal would sell for $75, while the silver medal was available for $175.

On a personal note, you’ll see a door knocker lapel pin advertisered in the above flyer. Rochette was wearing that lapel pin a few years later when he had a discussion with your editor that would lead to this group being formed many years later.

Blau’s September 1991 issue of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press would have another blurb about Sherlock, Stock & Barrel:

Sherlock, Stock & Barrel (Box 8261, Colorado Springs, CO 80933) offers a new sales list, with sculptures by Cheryl Harness, medals by Alex Shagin, and a varied assortment of Sherlockian pins.

We now have a second medal of Shagin’s advertised, this one featuring Conan Doyle. Again, mention is made that pieces are limited to 100 hand-cast, serially numbered and signed examples.

Below is the order form that accompanied the second sales list. Note that the price for the sterling silver medal of Sherlock Holmes is now offered for $150, a savings of $25 from the previous sales list.

Thanks to the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, for sharing these scans with us!

 

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

“If I were a sculptor …” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) The American Numismatic Association bestowed its Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture this year (1990) on Alex Shagin of Los Angeles, California. He was presented with an engraved, 14kt-gold medal donated by the Franklin Mint of Franklin Center, Pennsylvania. Born… Continue Reading

Numismatist Profile – Alex Shagin (2011)

Numismatist Profile – Alex Shagin (2011)

“Without art, a coin collection is just another form of bookkeeping.”  – Alex Shagin Alex Shagin’s life has always been about artistic freedom and enduring coins. It’s been a long, but rewarding challenge for this defender of classical medal design. Born in Russia near Leningrad, on January 21, 1947, Alexander George Shagin is the only… Continue Reading

Alex Shagin’s 1991 Portrait Medal of Arthur Conan Doyle

Alex Shagin’s 1991 Portrait Medal of Arthur Conan Doyle

“… it bore some resemblance …” – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST)       In 1991, Alex Shagin, a former head engraver with the Leningrad Mint, cast a medal featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, which was marketed by Sherlock, Stock & Barrel, a firm owned by Edward C. Rochette, the 4th Garrideb of our scion.… Continue Reading

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) One of our group’s earliest goals was to attempt to track down coins from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal coin collection. We were able to locate a price list that Manfra, Tordella & Brookes produced in 1968 of Doyle’s ancient… Continue Reading

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

“… one who had been a whaler.” – The Adventure of Black Peteri (BLAC) Earlier this month, listings for a fantasy 10 pound Scottish banknote featuring Arthur Conan Doyle began appearing on some of the major online auction services. The front of the note features a left-facing portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the background, appears… Continue Reading

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) 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… Continue Reading

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