The Blue Carbuncle
“It’s a bonny thing,” said he. “Just see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil’s pet baits. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the gallows and the prison?
The Devil's Foot
“Among other things I exhibited this powder, and I told him of its strange properties, how it stimulates those brain centres which control the emotion of fear, and how either madness or death is the fate of the unhappy native who is subjected to the ordeal by the priest of his tribe. I told him also how powerless European science would be to detect it.”
We spent a lot of time scrutinizing footage from the show, looking at each component of the Devil’s Foot, from the bottle itself, to the root and crushed powder within, and the font, size and aging of the label upon it.
Presented here is the Relics Collection facsimile of the Granada screen-used prop. A devilishly Sherlockian addition to any fine collection of poisons, potions and toxins.
The Red-Headed League contract
"I could tell you tales of cobbler’s wax which would disgust you with human nature."
The signed contract is a three-color silkscreen print on 70lb, 11"x14" aged paper. Signed by Mr Jabez Wilson and witnessed by Mr Duncan Ross, a custom RHL wax seal over threaded ribbon executes the document. Also included is the notice of the dissolve of the Red Headed league, just two months later. All dates match those referenced in the Granada Series, not the original stories. See annotated books for more info.
The Musgrave Ritual
“It’s simply a copy of the singular old observance called the Musgrave Ritual. A ceremony peculiar to our family, which each Musgrave has to go through on his coming of age.”
The ritual is handwritten in the calligraphic style and spelling of the 17th century and silkscreen printed on 11"x17" aged and accurately distressed 90lb paper. The text of the Ritual matches the on-screen prop which differs slightly from the recitation by John Watson and Reginald Musgrave in the Granada episode.
The positioning of the text and the placement of the distinctive folds and tears were all carefully considered in the creation of this Sherlockian Relic.
The Sign of Four warning card
"By the way, a curious paper was found in papa’s desk which no one could understand. I don’t suppose that it is of the slightest importance, but I thought you might care to see it, so I brought it with me. It is here."
The Falls Of Reichenbach
"It is, indeed, a fearful place. The torrent, swollen by the melting snow, plunges into a tremendous abyss, from which the spray rolls up like the smoke from a burning house. The shaft into which the river hurls itself is an immense chasm, lined by glistening coal-black rock, and narrowing into a creaming, boiling pit of incalculable depth, which brims over and shoots the stream onward over its jagged lip. The long sweep of green water roaring forever down, and the thick flickering curtain of spray hissing forever upward, turn a man giddy with their constant whirl and clamor. We stood near the edge peering down at the gleam of the breaking water far below us against the black rocks, and listening to the half-human shout which came booming up with the spray out of the abyss."
Woodcut printed on 24"x36" cardstock.