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The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

” I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco.”

– The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC)

The attendees of the 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner

Violin players. Bicycling enthusiasts. Coin collectors. There are numerous Sherlockian groups out there devoted to obscure mentions from the Canon. One of my personal favorites is The 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash that gathers annually in Indianapolis to enjoy a few cigars and partake in a few alcoholic beverages.

The April 28, 2018 gathering was the group’s 20th annual meeting and to commemorate the event, a medal was issued.

OBVERSE: 20TH / ANNUAL / MEETING / 140 / VARIETIES OF / TOBACCO / ASH (encircled by 16 stars within a laurel branch wreath)

REVERSE: (space available to engrave recipient’s name) / Crown TM

51mm, Round, Base-metal, suspended from a 22mm wide ribbon of silver and blue stripes of equal width

According to Steven Doyle, organizer of the group, only 18 medals were manufactured for the event, one per member.

Thanks to the 59th Garrideb, Monica Schmidt, for alerting us to this medal and for the pictures.

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

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

“It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started …” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) The Diogenes Club of Washington, DC is one of the newer scions of the Baker Street Irregulars, having been founded just a few months after our own group was formed in 2014. Organized by… 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

A. Carson Simpson – A Sherlockian Numismatist

A. Carson Simpson – A Sherlockian Numismatist

“… the best legal talent in the State” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Alexander Carson Simpson, (February 1, 1896 – October 21, 1965), served as the Special Master of the Consolidated Trial List of the Courts of Common Pleas in Philadelphia for 30 years. He was also an ardent Sherlockian and numismatist. Simpson graduated from the… Continue Reading

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

“I grudge Altamont nothing.” – His Last Bow (LAST)       On October 23, 1978, the group Altamont’s Agents was formed in Albany, New York, meeting at a pub that was named Holmes and Watson, Ltd. This group would go on to be recognized as a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars. In 1989,… Continue Reading

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

“You are an early bird …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In 1982, two professors at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — Fred Saules and Frank Vacante — organized a group of 18 Sherlockians to form a new BSI scion, Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers. The group takes its name from the final Sherlock Holmes novel, The… Continue Reading

Souvenir Card issued at Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Denver

Souvenir Card issued at Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Denver

“… had partaken of an excellent dinner.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) It was a lovely evening on August 2, when members of The Fourth Garrideb and Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients arrived at the Blake Street Vault in lower downtown Denver for the Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner. The American Numismatic Association was… Continue Reading

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

“‘I was going to say that my practice could get along very well for a day or two, since it is the slackest time in the year.” – The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA) Photo by Larry Feldman, Staff Surgeon of DWNP As a result of our recent Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner… Continue Reading