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Sherlock Holmes and Cheques, Part II

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques, Part II

‘I think twelve thousand pounds is the sum that I owe you, is it not?’

– The Priory School (PRIO)

Sherlock$12000The other month, we posted Lee Poleske’s article on Sherlock Holmes related checks. The British Banking History Society has shared three other checks of banks mentioned in the Canon.

Capital and Counties Bank CheckThe Capital and Counties Bank Limited, where Sherlock Holmes maintained his account
at the Oxford Street branch. No Oxford Street branch cheques have ever been found.

Cox & CoDr. Watson maintained his account at the 16 Charing Cross branch of Messrs. Cox and Co. who were bankers to the Indian Army – later taken over by Lloyds Bank, Ltd. (see below).

Cox and Co Check with Indian BranchesLloyds Bank cheque with Cox and Co overprint from 1920s.

For those interested in British banking history, fiscal paper or checks, a membership in the British Banking History Society is highly recommended. You can get more information about joining the BBHS here.

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Many people collect checks connected with specific bank ‘family trees’, others from banks connected with a certain town or city. Many collectors also collect cheques signed by famous people, but perhaps more challenging is collecting cheques associated with fictional characters. One of the best known fictional characters in the world, and one of my favorites,… Continue Reading

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

“The Capital and Counties Bank, Oxford Street branch, are my agents.” – The Adventure of The Priory School (PRIO) London in 1894, when Sherlock Holmes returned from his incognito foreign journeying, was enjoying the Golden Age of British Imperial investment and expansion, bringing an enormous accretion of wealth to the Capital City of the Empire.… Continue Reading

Coins of the Canon – The Money of Late Victorian England (2008)

Coins of the Canon – The Money of Late Victorian England (2008)

Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain from 1837 until her death in 1901. During the 64 years of her reign, Britain turned to the remote parts of the world and established a colonial empire of such extent and prosperity that the world has never seen its like. Over the years of her reign, the bust of… Continue Reading