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The Conan Doyle Shooting Competition Medals of the NRA of the United Kingdom

The Conan Doyle Shooting Competition Medals of the NRA of the United Kingdom

“He pulled me out once from under the rifles of the Boers …”

– The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN)

After returning home from serving in the Boer War, Arthur Conan Doyle became a huge advocate for the local citizens to learn how to fire rifles and other small firearms as a measure of homeland defense. During his time in South Africa, he saw how effective the Boer citizens and farmers were with with their gunfire on the approaching British military forces.

Doyle wrote a letter to The London Times on November 1, 1900 advocating the teaching of proper usage of rifles to civilians. In his letter, he is quoted as “there is a great untapped source of military strength in that large portion of the population who would willingly learn the use of the rifle, but who are unable to join any organized body of Volunteers.” You can read the full letter HERE.

He would go on to become one of the founders of the Undershaw Rifle Club and that is discuessed in this article/interview in The Strand, In 1901, Doyle agreed to serve on the newly formed Rifle Clubs committee of the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom.

Since that time, the NRA UK and it’s member clubs have held many day-long shooting competitions,and on many of these ocassions, one shooting competition of the day is called The Conan Doyle in recogintion of his advocacy of these clubs. There are many generic NRA UK ribboned medals that feature a bar proclaiming CONAN DOYLE.

 

Medals of the 1911 Prince Henry Tour and Arthur Conan Doyle

Medals of the 1911 Prince Henry Tour and Arthur Conan Doyle

“It’s my race anyhow…” – The Adventure of the Silver Blaze (SILV) During the summer of 1911, Prinz Albert Wilhelm Heinrich von Preußen of Prussia arranged for a multi-country auto race as a gesture of goodwill for the upcoming coronation of King George V. Starting in Hamburg on July 4, 1911, the Prince Henry Tour… Continue Reading

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

“… he had put up for auction …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In late 1968 and early 1969, the New York firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle via private transations with individual collectors and Sherlockians. Shortly afterwards, some of these coins… Continue Reading

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

“My publishers give me a most discouraging account of its sale.” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) The ancient coin collection of the late Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, celebrated author and creator of the Sherlock Holmes mystery thriller series, has been acquired by the firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York,… Continue Reading

Paris Mint Displays Leygue Collection (1/31/1979)

Paris Mint Displays Leygue Collection (1/31/1979)

“… during this exposition …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Sculpture and medals of French artist Louis Legue went on display at the Paris Mint in November, 1978, to remain through February, 1979, according to Pierre DeHaye, Director of the Mint. The exposition is under the patronage of the Minister of Economics in France. Leygue was born… Continue Reading

It’s A Pretty Little Thing – Peter E. Blau’s Souvenir for the 2001 BSI Dinner

It’s A Pretty Little Thing – Peter E. Blau’s Souvenir for the 2001 BSI Dinner

“It’s a pretty little thing …” – The Adventure of The Mazarin Stone (MAZA) Outer Cover of Peter E. Blau’s 2001 Seasonal Souvenir Inside Contents of Peter E. Blau’s 2001 Seasonal Souvenir A long-standing tradition at the annual January dinners of the Baker Street Irregulars is that many members and attendees issue a souvenir of some… Continue Reading

The 1978 Arthur Conan Doyle Medal by the Monnaie de Paris

The 1978 Arthur Conan Doyle Medal by the Monnaie de Paris

“… enthusiastic admiration of the French …” – The Adventure of The Naval Treaty (NAVA) In the Spring 1979 issue of The Sherlock Holmes Journal (Volume 4, Number 1, Whole Number 52), Editor Nicholas Utechin has this nugget in his Editorial Notes feature: New Objects Pride of place-just-goes to the newly available Sir Arthur Conan Doyle medal produced… Continue Reading

Period Americana’s Sale 50 Auctioned Off A Coin From ACD’s Estate

Period Americana’s Sale 50 Auctioned Off A Coin From ACD’s Estate

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby’s or Christie’s.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Period Americana, a Boston, Massachusetts-based auction house recently conducted their Sale 50: Ephemera, Revolutionary War, Civil War, RPPC Timed Sale. Of interest to us is Lot 177: Lot 177: Coin from Sherlock Holmes’ Conan-Doyle collection Est: $350 –… Continue Reading