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From Watson’s Tin Box: Shoscombe Old Place

From Watson’s Tin Box: Shoscombe Old Place

“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)

Sherlock Holmes had been bending for a long time over a low-power microscope. ~ WTB SHOS 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 Shoscombe Old Place 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!

‘Then I’ll make you my “Handy Guide to the Turf” ~ WTB SHOS Evidence Box
You had my note, Mr Holmes?’
‘Yes, but it explained nothing.’
‘It was too delicate a thing for me to put the details on paper. And too complicated. It was only face to face I could do it.’ ~ WTB SHOS Evidence Box
Why else would he give away her pet spaniel that she loved as if he were her child? He gave it a few days ago to old Barnes, what keeps the “Green Dragon”, three miles off, at Crendall. ~ WTB SHOS Evidence Box
He took a paper from his pocket and, unwrapping it carefully, he exposed a charred fragment of bone.
Holmes examined it with interest.
‘Where did you get it?’
‘There is a central heating furnace in the cellar under Lady Beatrice’s room. It’s been off for some time, but Sir Robert complained of cold and had it on again. Harvey runs it – he’s one of my lads. This very morning he came to me with this which he found raking out the cinders. He didn’t like the look of it.’
‘Nor do I,’ said Holmes. ‘What do you make of it, Watson?’
It was burned to a black cinder, but there could be no question as to its anatomical significance.
‘It’s the upper condyle of a human femur,’ said I. ~ WTB SHOS Evidence Box
‘Is there good fishing in that part of Berkshire?’
The honest trainer showed very clearly upon his face that he was convinced that yet another lunatic had come into his harassed life.
‘Well, sir, I’ve heard there are trout in the mill-stream and pike in the Hall lake.’
‘That’s good enough. Watson and I are famous fishermen – are we not, Watson? ~ WTB SHOS Evidence Box
Within a quarter of an hour we saw the big open yellow barouche coming down the long avenue, with two splendid, high-stepping grey carriage horses in the shafts. ~ WTB SHOS Evidence Box
‘I got your note, Mr Holmes. Sir Robert has not returned yet, but I hear that he is expected to-night.’ ~ WTB SHOS Evidence Box
With his lens he was eagerly examining the edges of the heavy lid. Then he drew from his pocket a short jemmy, a box-opener, which he thrust into a chink, levering back the whole front, which seemed to be secured by only a couple of clamps. ~ WTB SHOS 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.

Transcript of 3GAR Segment of Sherlock’s The Final Problem Episode

Transcript of 3GAR Segment of Sherlock’s The Final Problem Episode

“… an interesting story to tell…” – The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (VEIL) In addition to the numismatics of Sherlock Holmes, we do like to celebrate items that relate to our namesake story, The Adventure of the Three Garridebs. In this post, we will feature a transcription of The Final Problem, the third episode of… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – Shoscombe Old Place

Data! Data! Data! – Shoscombe Old Place

“‘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 teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: Shoscombe Old Place

The 17 Steps: Shoscombe Old Place

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) THE SCOTLAND YARD FORENSICS DEPARTMENT “Is it one of your cases?” Watson asks Holmes of his microscope study. “No; my friend, Merivale, of the Yard, asked me to look into the case.” If the matter of the dead policeman wasn’t Holmes’s… Continue Reading

John Richard Flanagan – American Illustrator of 3GAR

John Richard Flanagan – American Illustrator of 3GAR

“He is a man with a considerable artistic side to his nature.” – The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (ILLU) Illustrations for The Adventure of the Three Garridebs by John R. Flanagan in the October 25, 1924 issue of Collier’s John R. Flanagan provided illustrations for two Sherlock Holmes stories in Collier’s magazine – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs… Continue Reading

A Graphic Novel Version of 3GAR

A Graphic Novel Version of 3GAR

“… a highly sensational and flowery rendering of the whole incident.” – The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (SIXN) Usually, if you are looking to read The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, you’ll find it in The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the collection of the last 12 stories of the Sherlock Holmes Canon to be published. Perhaps, in some other… Continue Reading

Childhood Sketchbook of 3GAR Illustrator Howard K. Elcock

Childhood Sketchbook of 3GAR Illustrator Howard K. Elcock

“He is a man with a considerable artistic side to his nature.” – The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (ILLU) When The Adventure of the Three Garridebs was published in January, 1925 issue of The Strand, the five illustrations that accompanied the story were drawn by Howard K. Elcock, including the one pictured above. Now, we celebrate… Continue Reading

The Los Angeles Times Publishes The Three Garridebs on March 29, 1925

The Los Angeles Times Publishes The Three Garridebs on March 29, 1925

“The story has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had his stories published that would make up the Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, the stories were first printed in the United States in Colliers Weekly and in the Strand Magazine for the United Kingdom.… Continue Reading

Technicians Keep Diligently At Television Experiments (April 3, 1938)

Technicians Keep Diligently At Television Experiments (April 3, 1938)

Eye’s Deception of Mind Creates Real Television Problem Original Caption: A tense scene during the telecast of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Three Garridebs,”  featuring Sherlock Holmes.  Arthur Maitland as John Garrideb, Louis Hector as Sherlock Holmes If seeing were believing, the puzzles of television entertainment would be as simple as ABC, but since the… Continue Reading

The Baltimore Sun Publishes The Three Garridebs on March 22, 1925

The Baltimore Sun Publishes The Three Garridebs on March 22, 1925

“The story has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had his stories published that would make up the Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, the stories were first printed in the United States in Colliers Weekly and in the Strand Magazine for the United Kingdom.… Continue Reading