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Wooden Nickels from Altamont’s Associates

Wooden Nickels from Altamont’s Associates

“But thanks to my cheque-book and the good Altamont all will be well to-night.”

– His Last Bow (LAST)

In the last several weeks, we have seen groups of wooden nickels, including 2 with Sherloockian themes, being offerred repeatedly on a major online auction service. We are making the assumption that both woods were issued by a former Ohio based group known as Altamont’s Associates. There are several reasons for these assumptions – (1) the one wood is clearly labeled Altamont’s Associates, (2) the Sherlockian design of both  woods share some elements, and (3) all of the other woods were from Ohio-based businesses. Altmont’s Associates was last mentioned in The Baker Street Journal of December 1983 and Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, shows the group as inactive in his database of Sherlockian scions.

OBVERSE: (interwined drawings of Altamont and Sherlock Holmes)

REVERSE: Altamont’s Associates / a / scion / of the / Baker Street / Irregulars

38mm, Round, Wood

OBVERSE: (solid caricature drawing of Sherlock Holmes, facing left)

REVERSE: the / world’s / first / consulting / detectve

38mm, Round, Wood

 

The Year in Sherlockian Numismatica – 2018

The Year in Sherlockian Numismatica – 2018

“… we have very properly laid in the new almanack …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) With the release of the Baker Street Alamanac 2019 earlier this month, we though that now would be an appropriate time to reprint this adapataion of our article that appeared in the 2018 Alamanac. When The Fourth Garrideb was… Continue Reading

2020 Wooden Nickels Issued by Junior Sherlockian Society

2020 Wooden Nickels Issued by Junior Sherlockian Society

“… .thickly wooded round …” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) This January’s BSI dinner featured another wooden nickel produced by the Junior Sherlockian Society. Sponsored by the Beacon Society, a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars, they are searching for children and youth eager to develop an understanding and appreciation of the great detective… Sherlock Holmes. The wooden nickel… Continue Reading

Bob Fritsch Issued His Second Sherlockian Wooden Nickel

Bob Fritsch Issued His Second Sherlockian Wooden Nickel

“… I see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain …” – The Red-Headed League (REDH) Robert F. Fritsch, the 7th Garrideb aka The Coiner (by the zinc and copper filings in the seam of his cuff), issued a Sherlockian wooden nickel during last summer’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. This is Bob’s second Sherlockian wooden… Continue Reading

The 2019 Junior Sherlockian Society Wooden Nickel

The 2019 Junior Sherlockian Society Wooden Nickel

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) It wasn’t all that long ago that we wrote a post about the wooden nickels given out by the Junior Sherlockian Society at the 2018 BSI Annual Dinner. This January’s dinner featured another wooden nickel produced by the Junior Sherlockian Society. Sponsored by the Beacon Society, a scion… Continue Reading

Junior Sherlockian Society Issued Wooden Nickel at 2018 BSI Dinner

Junior Sherlockian Society Issued Wooden Nickel at 2018 BSI Dinner

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) We’ve had posts before where we’ve discussed souvenirs being issued for the annual Baker Street Irregulars dinners that are held every January in New York, such as Peter E. Blau’s annual publication or our own group’s souvenir card that was produced this January. This January’s… Continue Reading

Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner In Dallas A Success!

Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner In Dallas A Success!

“… had partaken of an excellent dinner.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) A combination of ten Sherlockians and numismatists turned out for the Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner held March 3, 2016 at the Green Door Public House in Dallas, Texas. TFG was in Dallas as part of the American Numismatic Association’s National… Continue Reading

Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels At BSI Weekend 2016

Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels At BSI Weekend 2016

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) This upcoming week, Sherlockians converge on New York City for the BSI Weekend. Your beloved (?!?!) editor is arriving on Wednesday, January 13th and will be out and about with fellow Sherlockians through Sunday the 17th. I hope to see many of you… Continue Reading

Two TFG Members Issued Sherlockian Themed Wooden Money

Two TFG Members Issued Sherlockian Themed Wooden Money

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) In 1995, the 7th Garrideb Bob Fritsch issued the above wooden nickel, which he called “A Baker Street Shilling.” In the April 1995 issue of Scuttlebutt From The Spermaceti Press, Peter E. Blau called this “an imaginative Sherlockian wooden shilling as his calling card. OBVERSE: (silhouette bust of Sherlock… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Wooden Nickel for 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money

TFG Issues Wooden Nickel for 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) The Fourth Garrideb will be giving away the above pictured wooden nickels at next week’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois. This event, sponsored by the American Numismatic Association, will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from Tuesday, August… Continue Reading