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Jun 20, 2018

"pulling a large tin box behind him" [MUSG] 

We're accustomed to referring to Watson's famous tin box, held in the vaults of Cox & Co. Inside were contents that we were not meant to see: heretofore unseen tales of Sherlock Holmes.

But Holmes himself was in possession of his own tin box, and boy did it contain a few...


Jun 13, 2018

"a shocking habit,—destructive" [SIGN] 

 

It's June, which is the month of the Queen's birthday. What a perfect time to look at the "patriotic V.R." that Sherlock Holmes adorned the wall of 221B Baker Street with.

 

But Sherlock Holmes didn't stop there. He had some other habits that were rather destructive when it...


Jun 6, 2018

"I pocket my fee" [STUD] 

 

How much money did Sherlock Holmes make from his clients? And when did he begin making money? 

 

We went back to an early piece of Sherlockian scholarship by Robert Keith Leavitt, first published in Vincent Starrett's 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes for inspiration. We run through Leavitt's...


May 30, 2018

"Bring me the books" [BLUE]  

Sherlock Holmes was a consultant—or more properly, a consulting detective—but he was a consultant, nonetheless. And consultants need clients, who in turn pay the bills. 

 

But have you ever stopped to think about how Holmes went about collecting his fees? We don't know anything about...


May 23, 2018

 "I could easily dispose of the mythical" [SILV] 
 
There are assumptions and myths mentioned throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories. Whether they're believed by clients, Scotland Yard inspectors, or others, they throw our attention elsewhere. 
 
And the Sherlockian world has had its own fair share of myths to...