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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

Holmework Assignment: The Diogenes Club of Tokyo Medal

Holmework Assignment: The Diogenes Club of Tokyo Medal

“Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) On December 17, 2017, the Sherlock Holmes Collection of Daniel Posnansky was sold at auction by the firm of Profiles in History. This post will focus on the medal pictured above. The lot was described as follows: 291. [Sherlockiana.] Vintage silver pendant metal for… Continue Reading

The BSI Investors’ Newsletter of February 9, 1950

The BSI Investors’ Newsletter of February 9, 1950

“… never made but one investment in my life …” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) Image by ProfilesInHistory, from the Daniel Posnansky Collection catalog Back in January 2016, we discussed the stock certificates of the Baker Street Irregulars, Inc. from the late 1940’s. You can read that post HERE, with illustrations of two BSI stock… 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

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

Sherlock Holmes and the American Bank Note Company Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and the American Bank Note Company Mystery

“A printing press” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) One of John Richard Flanagan’s three illustrations in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, as published in the October 25, 1924 issue of Collier’s I was first introduced to the famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, in my fifth-grade… Continue Reading

TFG Issued 3 Souvenir Cards in 2018

TFG Issued 3 Souvenir Cards in 2018

“It is a little souvenir  …” – A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) During the course of this year, The Fourth Garrideb has issued three souvenir cards to commemorate gatherings of our group. Souvenir Card for the 2018 BSI Dinner and Gaslight Gala Our first card was issued on January 12 for the annual dinner of the… Continue Reading