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Oct 17, 2018

"the peculiar persecution of John Vincent Harden" [SOLI] 

 

The famous year of 1895 holds many wonders. Many of the cases in The Return of Sherlock Holmes took place in this year, and as you would imagine, many of the untold tales are mentioned during that timeframe.

 

And it would seem that if one has three names —...


Oct 10, 2018

"Pray take a seat" [MAZA] 

 

As we glance around the sitting room at 221B Baker Street, the famous lodgings of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, there's no lack of seating. In fact, one might have the pick of any number of seating styles. 

 

From armchair to basket chair, settees to sofas, we explore the seating...


Oct 3, 2018

"he could send some telegrams" [PRIO] 

"My correspondence certainly has the charm of variety," said Sherlock Holmes in "The Noble Bachelor." He could have been easily referring to the medium as well as the message.

For Holmes was an inveterate sender and receiver of telegrams. What was the messaging industry like in...


Sep 26, 2018

"either a very bad joke or an insult" [SILV] 

 

We occasionally hear "Mr. Cocksure" and "jack-in-office" thrown about as epithets in the Sherlock Holmes stories. But by and large, there is very little profanity in these Victorian and early Edwardian detective tales.

 

But Sherlock Holmes manages to insult and put down...


Sep 20, 2018

"come on to the Continent with me" [FINA] 

 

Watson occasionally accompanied Sherlock Holmes onto the Continent (i.e., Europe), but there were many other instances when Holmes's work took him there without Watson. And we, along with Watson, were later treated to tantalizing hints as to what happened.

 

What were some of...