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Two Sherlockian Tokens From Pendleton Detectives

Two Sherlockian Tokens From Pendleton Detectives

“He was a young but trusted member of the detective force …”

– The Valley of Fear (VALL)

 

In the southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi, the firm of the Pendleton Detectives have been doing business since 1920. As seen in the images of their sign, ashtray and matchbook, they have used a caricature of Sherlock Holmes in their advertising. They would use this image again in 1968, when they would strike a brass token.

OBVERSE: PENDLETON DETECTIVES, INC. / 1920 / (Sherlock caricature, facing left, with deerstalker, pipe and magnifying glass) / 1968 / · FACTS AS FOUND SINCE 1920 ·

REVERSE: NATIONAL CORPORATION SERVICE INC. / (security guard caricature, facing right) / SINCE 1920 / · YOUR SECURITY IS OUR BUSINESS ·

24mm, Round, Brass

To celebrate their 60th anniversary in 1980, they would issue yet another token.

OBVERSE: PENDLETON DETECTIVES, INC. / 1920 / (Sherlock caricature, facing left, with deerstalker, pipe and magnifying glass) / 1980 / 60th ANNIVERSARAY /· “FACTS AS FOUND” ·

REVERSE: PENDLETON GUARD & SECURITY SERVICES / (security guard caricature, facing right) / 60th ANNIVERSARY / · “YOUR SECURITY IS OUR BUSINESS” ·

31mm, Round, Brass

Pendleton Detectives are still active today. We are not aware of any further tokens being issued for any subsequent anniversaries. Hopefully, they will consider something for their centennial in 2020.

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

“Thanks to the telephone…” – The Adenture of the Retired Colourman (RETI) Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make… Continue Reading

Suffolk County (NY) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

Suffolk County (NY) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

“You wouldn’t squeal on a fellow?” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In 2018, the Detective Bureaus of the Suffolk County Police Department issued a challenge coin prominently featuring Sherlock Holmes. Suffolk County is located in the middle of Long Island, New York. OBVERSE: (5 stars) THE ART OF THE SQUEAL (5 stars) / (right facing Sherlock… Continue Reading

Largo (FL) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

Largo (FL) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

“… gentlemen of the police force …” – The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (LION)       In 2017, the Police Department of Largo, Florida issued a series of challenge coins for its various departments and divisions. The challenge coin issued for the Investigative Services Division features the likeness of Sherlock Holmes. OBVERSE: (star) LARGO… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

“… something precious, something which he could not bear to part with, had been left behind.” -The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Pathtags are a single-sided custom metal tag about the size and weight of a U.S. Quarter Dollar coin. These are generally considered to a signature item to be traded with others, often in geocaching or… Continue Reading

An Update about the Fantasy 10 Pound Kingdom of Great Britain Banknotes

An Update about the Fantasy 10 Pound Kingdom of Great Britain Banknotes

“You see, but you do not observe.” – A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) The original 2015 issue Back in 2015, we first reported about a fantasy £10 banknote of the Kingdom of Great Britain that features Sherlock Holmes and various images from the stories of the Canon. Since that time, we have seen hundreds of listings on… Continue Reading

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

“… a premature examination of accounts exposed my deficit.” – The Adventure of the Gloria Scott (GLOR) This editorial cartoon by Sam Rawls first appeared in the February 27, 1985 edition of The Atlanta Constitution. It’s interesting to see how Holmes and Watson have been worked into editorial cartoons over the years – I have two in… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Starbucks Rewards Gold Cards

Sherlockian Starbucks Rewards Gold Cards

“… I shall order you a cup of hot coffee …” – The Adventure of  the Speckled Band (SPEC) In today’s modern age, it is becoming more common for folks to not carry any cash with them. We’ve done numerous posts on this site about prepaid phone cards. With marketing efforts, such as gift or reward cards,… Continue Reading