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From Watson’s Tin Box – The Abbey Grange

From Watson’s Tin Box – The Abbey Grange

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.”

– The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

Holmes drew a note from his pocket and read it aloud. ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few select items from their tin evidence box for The Adventure of the Abbey Grange with us here at The Fourth Garrideb. These evidence boxes were originally created by the late Paul Churchill, BSI, one of the founders of Watson’s Tin Box and contains both genuine artifacts and genuine faux reproductions that he (and others) created. These items create a great deal of discussion at their monthly meetings and we hope it will do the same here. Enjoy!

“I held my bedroom candle lit in my hand, and, by its light, behind the first man I saw two others, who were in the act of entering.” ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box
“Each of them had a glass in his hand.” ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box
“Holmes was down on his knees examining with great attention the knots upon the red cord with which the lady had been secured. Then he carefully scrutinized the broken and frayed end where it had snapped off when the burglar had dragged it down.” ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box
Quite so. As a matter of fact, that screw was not used. This bottle was opened by a pocket-screw, probably contained in a knife, and not more than an inch and a half long. If you examine the top of the cork you will observe that the screw was driven in three times before the cork was extracted. It has never been transfixed. This long screw would have transfixed it and drawn it with a single pull. When you catch this fellow you will find that he has one of these multiplex knives in his possession.’ ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box
“She never told me of those marks on her arm that you saw this morning, but I know very well that they come from a stab with a hat-pin. ” ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box

“The first officer, Mr Jack Croker, had been made a captain, and was to take charge of their new ship, the Bass Rock, sailing in two days’ time from Southampton. He lived at Sydenham, but he was likely to be in that morning for instructions, if we cared to wait for him.” ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box

“‘I believe that you are a wizard, Mr Holmes. I really do sometimes think that you have powers that are not human. Now, how on earth could you know that the stolen silver was at the bottom of that pond?'” ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box
‘Sit down, Captain Croker. You got my telegram?’ ~ WTB ABBE Evidence Box

Thanks to the 42nd Garrideb, Denny Dobry, for the scans in this post. Thanks also to Debbie Clark, the 58th Garrideb, the current keeper of the evidence boxes.

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion in Columbia, MD, is one of the most active Sherlockian groups in the Middle Atlantic region, Generally meeting on the last Monday of each month, the meetings feature canonical toasts, good conversations and dining, as well as a discussion of the month’s featured story and an educational presentation. For more information about Watson’s Tin Box, please visit their website HERE.

 

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

“… a very gregarious creature.” – The Adventure of the Silver Blaze (SILV) August 6, 2019 is the day that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu becomes available for purchase or rental to the general public. This is as good a time to review a couple of numismatic related items to the furry little detective.The movie was a derivative from… Continue Reading

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

“… a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the Navy, India, Canada, and the bi-metallic question …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) It was in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans  that we learned of Mycroft Holmes knowledge of the bi-metallic question. Bimetallism is the practice of a country using… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Abbey Grange

Data! Data! Data! – The Abbey Grange

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I taught twice a year for 10 years in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Abbey Grange

The 17 Steps: The Abbey Grange

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Abbey Grange (ABBE) THE LIGHTING SITUATION IN 1897 Watson writes, of Holmes’s first appearance: “The candle in his hand shone upon his eager, stooping face …” Why a candle? Gaslights and oil lamps were available weren’t they? If Holmes was waking Watson so he’d get… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Solitary Cyclist

Data! Data! Data! – The Solitary Cyclist

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I taught twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… 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

Elementary’s “The Price of Admission” Episode has a Coin Collecting Scene

Elementary’s “The Price of Admission” Episode has a Coin Collecting Scene

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) We’ve discussed the CBS television series Elementary a few times before on this site. This year’s episode of The Price of Admission (Season 7, Episode 3) has the cast investigating a murder that occurred at a foreign trade zone storage locker facility.… Continue Reading

Elementary Episode #149 has “Three Garridebs” Easter Eggs

Elementary Episode #149 has “Three Garridebs” Easter Eggs

“A very remarkable account,’ said Sherlock Holmes.” -The Sign of the Four (SIGN) The CBS television series Elementary is fast approaching its conclusion with 5 episodes remaining to be aired. The 8th episode of the current 7th season, titled Miss Understanding aired on Thursday, July 11, 2019. No numismatic connections in this episode, but we do have two “Easter… Continue Reading