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From Watson’s Tin Box: The Golden Pince-Nez

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Golden Pince-Nez

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.”

The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

Back in September 2015, when we discussed The Golden Pince-Nez, Watson’s Tin Box was not yet sharing their evidence boxes with us. Since we are not discussing any story this month, we’ll use this opportunity to catch on past stories we have missed.

I see my notes upon the repulsive story of the red leech and the terrible death of Crosby the banker. – WTB GOLD Evidence Box

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few select items from their tin evidence box for The Golden Pince-Nez, with us here at The Fourth Garrideb. These evidence boxes were originally created by the late Paul Churchill, BSI, one of the founders of Watson’s Tin Box and contains both genuine artifacts and genuine faux reproductions that he (and others) created. These items create a great deal of discussion at their monthly meetings and we hope it will do the same here. Enjoy!

“… an exploit which won for Holmes an autograph letter of thanks from the French President …” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“… and the Order of the Legion of Honour.” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“Sherlock Holmes took the glasses into his hand and examined them with the utmost attention and interest.” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“She was engaged at the moment in hanging some curtains in the upstairs front bedroom.” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“It was one of those small sealing-wax knives to be found on old-fashioned writing- tables, with an ivory handle and a stiff blade.” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“‘No, sir; it is a Chubb’s key.'” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“‘Pray take a cigarette. And you, sir? I can recommend them, for I have them especially prepared by Ionides of Alexandria.” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“For the first time the old man stirred. ‘God bless you, Anna!’ he cried. ‘God bless you!'” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box
“He had bounded across the room and had wrenched a small phial from her hand.” – WTB GOLD Evidence Box

Thanks to the 42nd Garrideb, Denny Dobry, for the scans in this post. Thanks also to Debbie Clark, the 58th Garrideb, the current keeper of the evidence boxes.

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion in Columbia, MD, is one of the most active Sherlockian groups in the Middle Atlantic region, Generally meeting on the last Monday of each month, the meetings feature canonical toasts, good conversations and dining, as well as a discussion of the month’s featured story and an educational presentation. For more information about Watson’s Tin Box, please visit their website HERE.

PNC Cover for The Golden Pince-Nez

PNC Cover for The Golden Pince-Nez

“… for when I was in Siberia I had a letter from him …” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) In October 1993, the United Kingdom issued five different 24 pence stamps featuring Sherlock Holmes themes. In May 1995, a set of five different Philatelic – Numismatic Combination Covers (envelope with postal cancellation and a… Continue Reading

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Golden Pince-Nez

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Golden Pince-Nez

In this post, we peruse The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez looking for mention of monetary transactions and numismatic items. As always, the page numbers [seen here in brackets] refer to the relevant pages in The Complete Sherlock Holmes published by Doubleday / Penguin Books. The first paragraph [607] of this month’s adventure has the good doctor recounting the… Continue Reading

Medal Honoring The Death of Sadi Carnot, Assassinated President of France

Medal Honoring The Death of Sadi Carnot, Assassinated President of France

“… the tracking and arrest of Huret, the Boulevard assassin – an exploit which won for Holmes an autograph letter of thanks from the French President and the Order of the Legion of Honour.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Marie François Sadi Carnot, President of the Third Republic of France, was stabbed and… Continue Reading

Famous People Wearing Pince-Nez On Numismatic Items

Famous People Wearing Pince-Nez On Numismatic Items

“He unfolded it, and disclosed a golden pince-nez …” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Your editor freely admits he never heard the term “pince-nez” until he read the Sherlock Holmes Canon. The term “spectacles” was the wording I had always heard used to describe this style of eyewear. Probably the first “person” I… Continue Reading

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder

“… the terrible death of Crosby the banker.” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) In The Golden Pince-Nez, we are teased with the untold tale of “the terrible death of Crosby the banker.” Author Barrie Roberts authored a pastiche on this tale, Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder,” in 2002. Other than the mention… Continue Reading

The Inquisition: The Golden Pince-Nez

The Inquisition: The Golden Pince-Nez

“There can be no question…“ – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Hopefully, by now, you have read our September story – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez. Inquisitor Denny Dobry informs us there are 11 answers to 10 questions this month. Send your answers to Denny by September 25th for an opportunity to win a fabulous… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Golden Pince-Nez

Data! Data! Data! – The Golden Pince-Nez

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of the Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for the Community College of Baltimore County. … Continue Reading