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The Medals of the Hansoms of John Clayton

The Medals of the Hansoms of John Clayton

“We hired a hansom …”

– The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA)

Recently, we posted a HolmeWork Assignment asking about the 1997 DISI Award Medals, and Brad Keefauver, the 41st Garrideb, was quick to respond that DISI was the Downstate Illinois Sherlock Invitational that took place for two years, starting in 1996. Brad then posted on his Sherlock Peoria blog about DISI and other medals issued by the host scion, the Hansoms of John Clayton. From that, we learn there are four different designs and a total of 8 different medals available. You are encouraged to read Brad’s post to learn about the Hansoms, DISI and some of the goings-on that led to some of these medals as it is an interesting story.

We will list these medals in the order they were issued.

The 1996 DISI Award Medals (3 varieties)

OBVERSE: (right-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe, within a jagged black triangle) / The Downstate Illinois / SHERLOCKIAN / INVITATIONAL / 1st Place

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (gold colored), suspended from a 19mm wide red, white and blue ribbon

OBVERSE: (right-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe, within a jagged black triangle) / The Downstate Illinois / SHERLOCKIAN / INVITATIONAL / 2nd Place

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (silver colored), suspended from a 19mm wide red, white and blue ribbon

OBVERSE: (right-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe, within a jagged black triangle) / The Downstate Illinois / SHERLOCKIAN / INVITATIONAL / 3rd Place

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (bronze colored), suspended from a 19mm wide red, white and blue ribbon

The jagged triangle is intented to represent a mountain peak, symbolizing “a new pinnacle of Sherlockian achievement,” as Illinois is noted for their many mountains…..

The 1997 DISI Award Medals (3 varieties)

OBVERSE: (right-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe, within a black triangle) / D I S I / First Place

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (gold colored), suspended from a 19mm wide white and blue ribbon

OBVERSE: (right-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe, within a black triangle) / D I S I / Second Place

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (silver colored), suspended from a 19mm wide white and blue ribbon

OBVERSE: (right-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe, within a black triangle) / D I S I / Third Place

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (bronze colored), suspended from a 19mm wide white and blue ribbon

Medals were presented to the team members that placed in the individual challenges that made up the DISI competitions. The team that won the overall competition was presented a framed version of all three medals

The 2000 HJC Y2K Medal

OBVERSE: (right-facing bust profle of Holmes wearing a deerstalker cap with a  pipe, with an image of a hansom cab) / Y2K / +2704 /HJC

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (pewter colored), suspended from a 19mm wide white and blue ribbon

Remember when Y2K was a big deal?

The 2002 HJC 25th Anniversary Medal

OBVERSE: (left facing image of a hansom cab) / 25 / (right-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe) Years of (left-facing bust profle of Holmes with deerstalker cap and pipe) / Hansoms

REVERSE: (blank)

Round, 42mm, white metal (pewter colored), suspended from a 19mm wide blue ribbon

Our thanks to Brad Keefauver, the 41st Garrideb, for the information and the photos!

 

 

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… Continue Reading

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 Almanac 2019 earlier this month, we thought that now would be an appropriate time to reprint this adapation 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

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

TFG Issued Souvenir Card for 2019 BSI Weekend

TFG Issued Souvenir Card for 2019 BSI Weekend

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) For the second consecutive year, The Fourth Garrideb issued a souvenir card for the Baker Street Irregulars Weekend this past January. Attendees of the annual BSI Dinner, the Dinner for “The Woman,” and the Gaslight Gala received one of our 8.5 by… Continue Reading

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… 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