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“Has Anything Escaped Me?” – Sherlockian Miscellaneous

“Has Anything Escaped Me?” – Sherlockian Miscellaneous

“In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful…”

– The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR)

A collection of possible items of interest —

Gregory L. Zentz, the 18th Garrideb, has shared with us an online database that provides both numismatic and intrinsic coin values called CoinTrackers. That guy pictured on their logo looks familiar.

The 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, has mentioned the multi-level marketing program of Shopping Sherlock in his Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press on a few occasions in the past. We recently came across this picture of them presenting a “golf tournament” sized check for a million dollars as part of some promotion in 2014.

We’ve also talked about the Sherlock Holmes Pub in Edmonton before, back when they installed a BitCoin ATM at one of their locations. Visitors to their Bourbon Street Pub location have been attaching money to the bar for over 30 years. Tourists leave their mark on the pub by writing their names or quotes, drawings, or whatever on the currency and then fasten it to the walls of the bar.

Picture by the Sherlock Holmes Hospitality Group

Over the years, the proprietors would take the money down, but tourists would resume the tradition of attaching money to the bar. Management made a decision to take whatever was attached to the bar annually and donate that sum to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The pub would also match the donations in their contribution.

Our next item comes from France. Thomas Riboulet and Anthony Stan have packaged a magic trick set with instructions called Sherlock’oin. In this illusion, a selected and signed card is lost in the middle of the deck. The illusionist puts all the cards back in the box and then borrows a coin from the audience. The coin is signed by a spectator and the illusionist makes the coin magically disappear. The signed coin reappears instantly in the box and in the middle of the deck on the signed card! The kit can be found for purchase on an major online auction service.

 

Our last item is the Sherlock Watermark Detector. While primarily designed to be used with postage stamps, it can also be used on paper currency and other fiscal documents to detect watermarks.  Full details can be found HERE.

Canada Issues $200 Gold Coin Featuring the Amazon

Canada Issues $200 Gold Coin Featuring the Amazon

“… the derelict Marie Celeste …” – J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement Almost four years before the name Sherlock Holmes was seen in print, Arthur Conan Doyle had published J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement in the January 1884 issue of The Cornhill Magazine. Doyle was one of the first to publish a fictionalized version of the mystery of the ship Mary Celeste, which… Continue Reading

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

“… when we had this comic interlude.” – The Adventure of The Three Gables (3GAB) Your editor has fond memories of rushing home from elementary school in order to watch the old Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons that were syndicated to a local UHF TV station. There was also the Saturday morning show that appeared on… Continue Reading

Heritage Auctions’ May 2, 2014 Auction Lot Description of the Toronto Irregular Plate

Heritage Auctions’ May 2, 2014 Auction Lot Description of the Toronto Irregular Plate

“There is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) LOT #36265 – Original Brass Plate Celebrating Sherlock Holmes and the Publication of Vincent St… – Heritage Auctions April 2, 2014 Rare Book Sale, New York We recently reprinted Jon Lellenberg’s 2014 article on The Mystery of The Three Irregular… Continue Reading

More Commentary Regarding Those Three Irregular Plates

More Commentary Regarding Those Three Irregular Plates

“It immensely adds to the zest of an investigation …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) During the December holiday season, I reached out to Jon Lellenberg regarding his article in the January 18, 2014 of the Saturday Review of Literature that we have just reprinted here on our site as The Mystery of the Three Irregular Plates. Mr.… Continue Reading

Who Is R. Tait McKenzie?

Who Is R. Tait McKenzie?

“He had once been a skilful sculptor and had earned an honest living …” – The Adventure of The Six Napoleons (SIXN) Who is Robert Tait McKenzie, the Canadian born sculptor who created the Three Hours For Lunch Club medal?  Here is the biographical summary that the University of Pennsylvania has for him in the introduction… Continue Reading

BSI Member Peter Calamai Appointed To The Order of Canada

BSI Member Peter Calamai Appointed To The Order of Canada

“…this young stranger from Canada…” –The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN)                         Peter Calamai, a Master Bootmaker of the Bootmakers of Toronto and “The Leeds Mercury” of the Baker Street Irregulars, was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, it was announced December 26, 2014.  Calamai will… Continue Reading

Edmonton’s Sherlock Holmes Pub has a BitCoin ATM

Edmonton’s Sherlock Holmes Pub has a BitCoin ATM

For those Sherlockians and numismatists near Edmonton, Alberta in Canada, check out the Sherlock Holmes Pub located on the campus of the University of Alberta. That’s the one located at 8519 112th Street Northwest. According to BitCoin Newz, this restaurant installed a Bitcoin ATM (Automated Transaction Machine) at that location. The initial press release read… Continue Reading