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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

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

“Which was it – Afghanistan or Iraq?” – A Study In Pink When the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) premiered their new series of Sherlock in July of 2010, devoted Sherlockians watched to see how the writers would take items from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories and update these items to the modern… Continue Reading

Beryl Vertue, BBC’s Sherlock Executive Producer, Honored With CBE

Beryl Vertue, BBC’s Sherlock Executive Producer, Honored With CBE

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” -The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)   On May 20, 2016, Beryl Vertue received the Commander of the British Empire from Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Gazette had the following commentary when it was announced on… Continue Reading

The Order of St. John

The Order of St. John

“… a chivalrous gentleman …” – The Adventure of The Illustrious Client (ILLU) If you happened to be reading The London Gazette on August 5, 2016, there was a notice of new appointments to the Order of St.John. Congratulations to the 36th Garrideb, Michael Quigley SBStJ, on his appointment as a Serving Brother of the Order of St.… Continue Reading

Steven Moffat Receives OBE Honor

Steven Moffat Receives OBE Honor

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list….” – The Adventure of The Bruce Partington Plans (BRUC) Earlier this year, February 4, 2016 to be precise, the co-creator of BBC’s Sherlock, Steven Moffat, received his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Prince Charles. The badge… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Roger Moore

Faces of Holmes: Roger Moore

“… possible actors in this drama …” – The Adventure of The Second Stain (SECO) Roger Moore, the British actor known mainly for his 12 years portraying James Bond and before that was television’s The Saint, portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the 1976 made for television movie Sherlock Holmes in New York. Moore has been decorated four times in the… 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