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From Watson’s Tin Box: The Musgrave Ritual

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Musgrave Ritual

“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)

Inside Tin Box-Dobry
“… he returned presently pulling a large tin box behind him. This he placed in the middle of the floor, and squatting down upon a stool in front of it he threw back the lid. I could see that it was already a third full of bundles of paper tied up with red tape into separate packages.” – WTB MUSG 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 Musgrave Ritual. 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!

WoodenBox w-Slding Lid
“He dived his arm down to the bottom of the chest, and brought up a small wooden box, with a sliding lid, such as children’s toys are kept in.” ~ WTB MUSG Evidence Box

Ball String w-woodenPeg& Compass3 discolored metal discs & Brass Key

“From within he produced a crumpled piece of paper, an old-fashioned brass key, a peg of wood with a ball of string attached to it, and three rusty old discs of metal.” ~ WTB MUSG Evidence Box

"... a copy of the questions and answers in the singular old observance called the Musgrave Ritual." ~ WTB MUSG Evidence Box
“… a copy of the questions and answers in the singular old observance called the Musgrave Ritual.” ~ WTB MUSG Evidence Box
"It was a linen bag, which contained within it a mass of old rusted and discoloured metal and several dull-coloured pieces of pebble or glass." ~ WTB MUSG Evidence Box
“It was a linen bag, which contained within it a mass of old rusted and discoloured metal and several dull-coloured pieces of pebble or glass.” ~ WTB MUSG Evidence Box
'"By Jove!" cried my client, "that's Brunton's muffler. I have seen it on him, and could swear to it." ~ WTB MUSG Evidence Box
‘”By Jove!” cried my client, “that’s Brunton’s muffler. I have seen it on him, and could swear to it.” ~ WTB MUSG 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.

WTBWatson’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.

Data! Data! Data! – The Musgrave Ritual

Data! Data! Data! – The Musgrave Ritual

“‘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 a local community college. It is composed… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Musgrave Ritual

The 17 Steps: The Musgrave Ritual

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Musgrave Ritual (MUSG) THE YOUNG GUYS’ APARTMENT Watson reports that Holmes “was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction.” Then he admits, “Not that I am in the least conventional… Continue Reading

A Coming Plague (1971)

A Coming Plague (1971)

“There’s an east wind coming, Watson.” – His Last Bow (LAST) I am sure that many of us have been concerned and perhaps upset by the coming of Decimalization. It strikes me as being one of the most idiotic things since the United States tried Prohibition. Surely a lot of tourists have had difficulties with… Continue Reading

British Coins Central To Holmesian Stories (1993)

British Coins Central To Holmesian Stories (1993)

Sherlock Holmes as sketched by Sidney Paget, considered the master Holmes portraitist. We all know who Sherlock Holmes was, the greatest detective of Victorian England in all of literature. I’ll be willing to bet that most readers of this column have also read some, if not all. of the stories that are called by fans… Continue Reading

Nicolaus Copernicus Commemorated on Coins, Medals and Banknotes

Nicolaus Copernicus Commemorated on Coins, Medals and Banknotes

“… he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the solar system.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Watson was amazed that Holmes did not know or care that the earth revolved around the sun.  Holmes went on to comment that  ‘you say that we go round the sun. If we went… Continue Reading