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The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

“You are an early bird …”

– The Valley of Fear (VALL)

In 1982, two professors at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — Fred Saules and Frank Vacante — organized a group of 18 Sherlockians to form a new BSI scion, Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers. The group takes its name from the final Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear.

In the story, Holmes learns of the Scrowers, a secret society in the Vermissa Valley region of the United States. Boss McGinty, the leader of the Scrowers, is arrested while waiting to ambush Birdie Edwards, a detective from Pinkerton’s investigating the case. Doyle wrote this story after learning the real-life story of the Molly Maguires and their clashes with mine owners and authorities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Care to guess where Wilkes-Barre is located?

So the group was named Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers as the members are watching out for Birdie Edwards….

The group met twice a year and seems to have become inactive around 2014 or 2015. According to John Pforr, BSI, the group made these badges to present to members who gave presentations or provided other outstanding services to the group.

OBVERSE: • Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers • / (right facing profile of Sherlock Holmes, with pipe & wearing deerstalker cap) / Master Bird Watcher

REVERSE: (blank)

Brass, Round, 42 mm, suspended from a red, white & blue ribbon

 

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

Get Sherlock Holmes Themed Personalized Checks

Get Sherlock Holmes Themed Personalized Checks

“Have you your cheque-book?” – The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (BERY) The hardcore Sherlockian numismatist now has the option of getting checks printed with Sherlockian themes. These could be the perfect way to send your payment for a club meeting dinner or paying for purchases in the Vendor Room during the BSI Weekend in… Continue Reading