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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.

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Awarded Medal of Freedom

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Awarded Medal of Freedom

“… one of the most honoured.” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) At a White House ceremony yesterday, President Barack Obama honored retired NBA basketball player and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and 20 others, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian award from the United States government. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not… Continue Reading

The Decorated Judy Dench of “A Study In Terror”

The Decorated Judy Dench of “A Study In Terror”

“… she is a most consummate actress …” – The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (CARD) The 1966 film A Study in Terror featured noted actress Judi Dench in just the third film of her long and illustrious career. Dench would play the role of Sally, who assisted her uncle in running a hostel / soup kitchen.… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Stewart Granger

Faces of Holmes: Stewart Granger

“… besides being an incomparable actor.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) On February 12, 1972, the American Broadcasting Company televised a new version of The Hound of The Baskervilles, starring Stewart Granger as Sherlock Holmes and Bernard Fox as Doctor Watson. This was the first version to be filmed in color in the United States. The… Continue Reading

The Indian General Service Medal of Colonel Sebastian Moran

The Indian General Service Medal of Colonel Sebastian Moran

“This, gentlemen, is Colonel Sebastian Moran, once of Her Majesty’s Indian Army …” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) After the arrest of Colonel Sebastian in The Final Problem, Holmes and Watson retire to 221b Baker Street. While conversing, Watson mentions that he was not familiar with the Colonel. Holmes looks through his index… Continue Reading

Faces of The Woman: Charlotte Rampling

Faces of The Woman: Charlotte Rampling

“… I have been trained as an actress myself.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Charlotte Rampling got her start in acting during the 1960’s, being an extra in the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night. With a few other acting roles, she landed the role of Meredith in Georgy Girl. She would expand her repertoire with French and… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty: John Huston

Faces of Moriarty: John Huston

“… the actor in some strange drama …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) John Huston was an Oscar winning screenwriter, director and actor with a career that spanned over 50 years. Many of the films he was involved with are considered classics – The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African… Continue Reading

Dr. Watson’s Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Dr. Watson’s Afghanistan Campaign Medal

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) With that comment, within the first two hundred words of STUD, we are given a strong viewpoint of Dr Watson’s regarding his participation in the Second Anglo-Afghanistan War of 1878 – 1880.… Continue Reading

The Decorated Major Sholto

The Decorated Major Sholto

“He destroyed us all. And he gets a medal for it.” – The Sign of Three In The Sign of Three episode of BBC’s Sherlock, Major John Sholto appears at John Watson’s wedding in his full military uniform. He commented to John that he was allowed to retain his uniform due to a special dispensation. Sholto is displaying nine… Continue Reading

The Punitentiary: The Three Garridebs

The Punitentiary: The Three Garridebs

“I remember the date very well, for it was in the same month that Holmes refused a knighthood for services which may perhaps some day be described.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Holmes, I can’t believe that you would refuse a knighthood. Few have done more than you in serving royalty and persons of high… Continue Reading