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Two Sherlockian Tokens From Pendleton Detectives

Two Sherlockian Tokens From Pendleton Detectives

“He was a young but trusted member of the detective force …”

– The Valley of Fear (VALL)

 

In the southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi, the firm of the Pendleton Detectives have been doing business since 1920. As seen in the images of their sign, ashtray and matchbook, they have used a caricature of Sherlock Holmes in their advertising. They would use this image again in 1968, when they would strike a brass token.

OBVERSE: PENDLETON DETECTIVES, INC. / 1920 / (Sherlock caricature, facing left, with deerstalker, pipe and magnifying glass) / 1968 / · FACTS AS FOUND SINCE 1920 ·

REVERSE: NATIONAL CORPORATION SERVICE INC. / (security guard caricature, facing right) / SINCE 1920 / · YOUR SECURITY IS OUR BUSINESS ·

24mm, Round, Brass

To celebrate their 60th anniversary in 1980, they would issue yet another token.

OBVERSE: PENDLETON DETECTIVES, INC. / 1920 / (Sherlock caricature, facing left, with deerstalker, pipe and magnifying glass) / 1980 / 60th ANNIVERSARAY /· “FACTS AS FOUND” ·

REVERSE: PENDLETON GUARD & SECURITY SERVICES / (security guard caricature, facing right) / 60th ANNIVERSARY / · “YOUR SECURITY IS OUR BUSINESS” ·

31mm, Round, Brass

Pendleton Detectives are still active today. We are not aware of any further tokens being issued for any subsequent anniversaries. Hopefully, they will consider something for their centennial in 2020.

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

“… this man here – is an actor.” – The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984). This would be Cushing’s last role as Holmes. My first introduction to Peter Cushing was as Grand Moff Tarkin in a 1976 movie Star Wars. I would later become familiar… Continue Reading

The Bank of Cumberland Elevener Fan Art

The Bank of Cumberland Elevener Fan Art

“But at length some sense came back to their crazed minds …” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in November 2015, we posted Can Anyone Lend Me A Benner? that featured fan art that was replacing Jane Austen on the (then) soon-to-be-issued ten pound note with Benedict Cumberbatch. I say we put Cumberbatch on the £10… Continue Reading

Christopher Morley Numismatica (And More) at Haverford College

Christopher Morley Numismatica (And More) at Haverford College

“… for which he is remarkable …” -The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA) On Saturday, October 24, 2014, Mycroft’s League of Philadelphia and the Grillparzer Club of the Hoboken Free State held a joint meeting to tour Haverford College’s collection of items relating to Christopher Morley, the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars. Given our recent… Continue Reading

Medals of Haverford College

Medals of Haverford College

“During my school-days…” – The Adventure of the Naval Treaty Many are aware of the Sherlockian tie-ins to Haverford College. Christopher Morley, founder of the Baker Street Irregulars was born at Haverford while his father taught mathematics there. Morley, along with his brothers Frank and Felix, would all later graduate from the College. Felix would later… Continue Reading

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

“Thanks to the telephone…” – The Adenture of the Retired Colourman (RETI) Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

“When an actor…” – The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS)   Clifford “Clive” Hardman Brook was born in London on June 1, 1887 – 17 November 1974 and would portray Sherlock Holmes in three movies. From the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: Maybe because he was British, Clive Brook was one of the stars of the… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

“… which will certainly be a triumph for Scotland Yard.” – The Adventure of The Norwood Builder (NORW) From the late 1940’s through the 1950’s, there was an internationally syndicated radio program called Secrets of Scotland Yard. Approximately 110 different episodes were recorded. The following broadcast, entitled The Bank of England Robbery, was heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation… Continue Reading