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Financial Anaylsis of “The Man With the Twisted Lip”

Financial Anaylsis of “The Man With the Twisted Lip”

“Every pocket stuffed with pennies and half-pennies….”

– The Man With the Twisted Lip (TWIS)

 

“Every pocket stuffed with pennies and half-pennies….”
“For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no less than 26s. 4d.
“… had a writ served upon me for £25.” “In ten days I had the money and had paid the debt.”
“I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London could earn £700 a year….”

I’ve always found such writing offensive, as it trivializes the pain of grinding poverty and suggests escaping it is easy. English society in Holmes’s time was even more stratified that America today. So I decided to build a spreadsheet from these statements. I had to refresh my understanding of Sterling coinage to interpret the statements. My first discovery was that the math in the three passages is consistent. In each case, Boone is bringing in a bit over two pounds a day.

But the real question, to me, is does it work that way? Recalculating the data, I learn that Boone is taking in a bit over a pence a minute. Now we’ve got a yardstick to test these include claims. Are donors, like bees visiting flowers, giving this frequently? Remember, his take is in pence or half-pence coins. Watching beggars outside of Metro stations or camped at traffic lights, I simply don’t see that level of giving. The traffic light people only succeed when the light is red (every few minutes), and not that often.

I think it’s bunk.

This story originally appeared in the 2018 edtion of Irene’s Cabinet, published by our friends at Watson’s Tin Box, and is reprinted here with permission.

William (Bill) Mosteller is faux Sherlockian. When he reads a story, he worries whether it conforms to the source, the Jeremy Brett episode from Granada. He attends Scion society meetings because Mary Russell sent him.

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at Norwegian Explorers Conference

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at Norwegian Explorers Conference

“… at this conference.” – The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (MAZA) Our friends at the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota held their triennial conference this past week with the theme of “Dark Places, Wicked Companions and Strange Experiences.” Friday, August 9 also happened to be the fifth anniversary of our group’s founding. To celebrate the event,… Continue Reading

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

“… he had put up for auction …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In late 1968 and early 1969, the New York firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle via private transations with individual collectors and Sherlockians. Shortly afterwards, some of these coins… Continue Reading

More Post-Mint Modifications of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coins

More Post-Mint Modifications of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coins

“… there were several little changes carried out …” – The Adventure of the Speckled Band (SPEC) As this post is being written, just under 2,000 examples of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins are being offered for bidding or purchase on a major online auction service. It is amusing to see many of the… Continue Reading

CoinCollective’s Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence PNC & other Post-Mint Modifications

CoinCollective’s Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence PNC & other Post-Mint Modifications

“… there were several little changes carried out …” – The Adventure of the Speckled Band (SPEC) A United Kingdom collectibles company, CoinCollective, has created a philatelic-numismatic cover with the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coin, and several other items that may be of interest to those collectors that want “one of everything.”   This cover… Continue Reading

2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Philatelic Covers & Encapsulations from the Westminster Collection

2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Philatelic Covers & Encapsulations from the Westminster Collection

“Dear me, dear me! – the post office again!” – The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter (MISS) We have discussed previously the Philatelic-Numismatic Covers (PNC) that feature the 1993 British stamps that feature scenes from five stories from the Canon. With the recent release of the 2019 British Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins, it is natural that… Continue Reading

Strike Your Own Sherlock 50 Pence Coin at the Royal Mint Starting on June 28

Strike Your Own Sherlock 50 Pence Coin at the Royal Mint Starting on June 28

“… in the most striking manner…” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The British Royal Mint has announced that Stephen Raw, textural artist and designer of the 2019 UK Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coin, will be presenting on “Making Language Visible” as part of the of the Royal Mint’s Tales from the Mint program on Thursday,… Continue Reading

A Lucky Penny From Sherlock Homes of Indiana

A Lucky Penny From Sherlock Homes of Indiana

“…  I was lucky enough to find one.” – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge  (WIST) We mentioned that Sherlock Homes of Indiana had a surprise for us in our recent post on their encased cents that was an earlier HolmeWork assignment. Garry Huffman, the president of Sherlock Homes of Indiana, answered our questions about the encased… Continue Reading