“Commissionaire, sir,” he said, gruffly.
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Dr John Watson

At this period of my life the good Watson had passed almost beyond my ken. An occasional week-end visit was the most that I ever saw of him. Thus I must act as my own chronicler. Ah! had he but been with me, how much he might have made of so wonderful a happening and of my eventual triumph against every difficulty!

Scotland Yard

“I’d rather have you than Scotland Yard, Mr. Holmes.” (Sergeant Coventry)
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Billy the page

Billy had opened the door, but the name which he announced was an unexpected one.
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Evans had indeed done great service and caused several worthy C. I. D. men to sleep the sounder.
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Scotland Yard, London

“I have been down to see friend Lestrade at the Yard.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Scotland Yard, London

“Stop! Where are you going?”
“To Scotland Yard.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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The Crown Diamond

Whilst the adventure of The Mazarin Stone is generally considered to be one of the weakest entries in the Holmes canon, what is less recognised is that the story exists in another form, a short one-act drama called The Crown Diamond.

The play was first performed on the stage of the Bristol Hippodrome in 1921 with Dennis Neilson-Terry as Sherlock Holmes. What remains unclear is which version was written first. Most commentators point to the play as being the originator of the story because this explains the lack of a personal narrative by Watson. Is this conclusive evidence?....

The Crown Diamond: An Evening With Mr Sherlock Holmes (1921)
"The Crown Diamond" is an alternate version of the short story ‘‘The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone’’ though it predates its counterpart by some months. The short story was adapted from the play, this is the reason that the narrative is told in third person rather than by the traditional narrator Watson.
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“Now, what would you regard as final evidence against the receiver?” (Sherlock Holmes)
“The actual possession of the stone.” (Lord Cantlemere)
  • Possession of stolen goods is a crime in which an individual has bought, been given, or acquired stolen goods some other way.


“These modern gramophones are a remarkable invention.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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“Would you care to put your revolver out also? Oh, very good, if you prefer to sit upon it.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Loaded cane/stick

....his thick stick half raised, he approached the silent figure.

For an instant he (Count Sylvius) half raised his loaded cane once more.
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Shark and Gudgeon

“Yes, and he’s a shark. He bites. The other is Sam Merton the boxer. Not a bad fellow, Sam, but the Count has used him. Sam’s not a shark. He is a great big silly bull-headed gudgeon. But he is flopping about in my net all the same.”

“I told him that I had a shark and a gudgeon in my net; now I am drawing the net and up they come together.” (Sherlock Holmes)


Madam Tussaud

“Well, strike me! Madame Tussaud ain’t in it. It’s the living spit of him, gown and all.” (Sam Merton)
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Hoffman 'Barcarole'

“I shall try over the Hoffman ‘Barcarole’ upon my violin.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Gasogene and cigars

“Is alcohol permitted? The gasogene and cigars are in the old place.”
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Sitting room at Baker Street, London

He (Watson) looked round him at the scientific charts upon the wall, the acid-charred bench of chemicals, the violin-case leaning in the corner, the coal-scuttle, which contained of old the pipes and tobacco.
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Mazarin diamonds

The missing diamond - the great yellow Mazarin stone.
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Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

“Count me in, Holmes. I have nothing to do for a day or two.”
“Your morals don’t improve, Watson. You have added fibbing to your other vices. You bear every sign of the busy medical man, with calls on him every hour.” Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

“I think he’s in bed and asleep,” he said.
It was seven in the evening of a lovely summer’s day, but Dr. Watson was sufficiently familiar with the irregularity of his old friend’s hours to feel no surprise at the idea.
“That means a case, I suppose?”

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“But why not eat?”
“Because the faculties become refined when you starve them. Why, surely, as a doctor, my dear Watson, you must admit that what your digestion gains in the way of blood supply is so much lost to the brain. I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix. Therefore, it is the brain I must consider.” Read More...

Deception practised on Lord Cantlemere

Deception practised upon Lord Cantlemere by Sherlock Holmes.

“One moment, sir,” said he. “To actually go off with the Mazarin stone would be a more serious offence than to be found in temporary possession of it.”
“Sir, this is intolerable! Let me pass.”
“Put your hand in the right-hand pocket of your overcoat.”
“What do you mean, sir?”
“Come — come, do what I ask.”
An instant later the amazed peer was standing, blinking and stammering, with the great yellow stone on his shaking palm.
“What! What! How is this, Mr. Holmes?”
I took the liberty — the very great liberty, I admit — of putting the stone into your pocket at the beginning of our interview.”

Sherlock Holmes - Old sporting man

“Yesterday there was an old sporting man.” (Count Sylvius)

Sherlock Holmes - Old woman

“You‘ve seen me as an old lady, Watson. I was never more convincing. He actually picked up my parasol for me once.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Sherlock Holmes - Workman

“Yesterday he was out as a workman looking for a job.” (Billy)


Holmes withdrew, picking up his violin from the corner as he passed. A few moments later the long-drawn, wailing notes of that most haunting of tunes came faintly through the closed door of the bedroom.


Then he threw open the table drawer and drew out a squat notebook.
“Do you know what I keep in this book?”
“No, sir, I do not!” (Count Sylvius)
“Yes, sir, you! You are all here — every action of your vile and dangerous life.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Wax facsimile of Sherlock Holmes

Dr. Watson could not restrain a cry of amazement. There was a facsimile of his old friend, dressing-gown and all, the face turned three-quarters towards the window and downward, as though reading an invisible book, while the body was sunk deep in an armchair.

Note from Sherlock Holmes to Scotland Yard

Holmes took out his notebook and scribbled a few lines. “Take a cab to Scotland Yard and give this to Youghal of the C. I. D. Come back with the police.”

Forged cheque on the Credit Lyonnais

“Here is the forged cheque in the same year on the Credit Lyonnais.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Robbery in the train de-luxe

“Here is the robbery in the train de-luxe to the Riviera on February 13, 1892.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Miss Minnie Warrender

“And the complete life history of Miss Minnie Warrender.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Old Mrs Harold

“It’s all here, Count. The real facts as to the death of old Mrs. Harold, who left you the Blymer estate, which you so rapidly gambled away.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Old Baron Dowson

“Really, sir, you compliment me. Old Baron Dowson said the night before he was hanged that in my case what the law had gained the stage had lost. And now you give my little impersonations your kindly praise?” (Sherlock Holmes)


“I’ll tell him that the stone is in Liverpool.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Lime Street, London

“One or other of us must slip round with the stone to Lime Street and tell him.” (Count Negretto Sylvius)

The street got its name from the lime burners who sold lime for use in building.

Amsterdam, Holland

“It can be out of England to-night and cut into four pieces in Amsterdam before Sunday.” (Count Negretto Sylvius)
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Whitehall, London

“I have the cabman who took you to Whitehall and the cabman who brought you away.” (Sherlock Holmes)

“If we could take it out of Whitehall someone else could surely take it out of my lodgings.” (Count Negretto Sylvius)
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“Come now, Count. You used to shoot lions in Algeria.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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“I followed him to old Straubenzee’s workshop in the Minories.” (Sherlock Holmes)

The Minories: a street between Aldgate and the Tower Of London; used to be occupied by gunsmiths, armourers, etc.; it takes its name from an old Abbey that used to be there, called the Minories.
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136 Moorside Gardens, N.W.

Address of Count Negretto Sylvius.

Van Seddar

“He knows nothing of Van Seddar.”
“I thought Van Seddar was going next week.”
“He was. But now he must get off by the next boat. One or other of us must slip round with the stone to Lime Street and tell him.”

Ikey Saunders

“I have Ikey Sanders, who refused to cut it up for you. Ikey has peached, and the game is up.” (Sherlock Holmes)


“I have the commissionaire who saw you near the case.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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“I have the cabman who took you to Whitehall and the cabman who brought you away.” (Sherlock Holmes)


“Tavernier, the French modeller, made it. He is as good at waxworks as your friend Straubenzee is at air-guns.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Yougal of the C.I.D.

“Take a cab to Scotland Yard and give this to Youghal of the C. I. D. Come back with the police.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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“I followed him to old Straubenzee’s workshop in the Minories. Straubenzee made the air-gun — a very pretty bit of work, as I understand.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Home Secretary

“....who seemed a civil, obliging sort of man.” (Billy)
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Prime Minister

“Why, we had the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary both sitting on that very sofa. Mr. Holmes was very nice to them. He soon put them at their ease and promised he would do all he could.” (Billy)
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Billy the page

The young but very wise and tactful page, who had helped a little to fill up the gap of loneliness and isolation which surrounded the saturnine figure of the great detective.
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Dr John Watson

It was pleasant to Dr. Watson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in Baker Street which had been the starting-point of so many remarkable adventures.

Lord Cantlemere

A thin, austere figure with a hatchet face and drooping mid-Victorian whiskers of a glossy blackness which hardly corresponded with the rounded shoulders and feeble gait.

Sam Merton the boxer

The prize-fighter, a heavily built young man with a stupid, obstinate, slab-sided face, stood awkwardly at the door, looking about him with a puzzled expression.

Count Negretto Sylvius

“Half-ltalian, you know, and with the Southern graces of manner when in the mood, but a devil incarnate in the other mood.” (Sherlock Holmes) Read More...

Dr John Watson

“The good Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. I was alone.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Credit Lyonnais Bank, Montpellier

Marie Devine cashed her cheque for £50 at the Credit Lyonnaise Bank. The cheque had been given to her as a wedding present by Lady Frances Carfax.

Wax bust of Sherlock Holmes

“The credit of the execution is due to Monsieur Oscar Meunier of Grenoble, who spent some days in doing the moulding.”

Mrs Hudson

Mrs. Hudson has made some change in that figure eight times, or once in every quarter of an hour. She works it from the front, so that her shadow may never be seen.

Whitehall, London

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Mrs Hudson

“Mrs. Hudson has risen to the occasion,” said Holmes, uncovering a dish of curried chicken. “Her cuisine is a little limited, but she has as good an idea of breakfast as a Scotchwoman.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Commissionaire - Mr Tangey

An old soldier from the Goldstream Guards.

Whitehall, London

Whitehall - where Mycroft Holmes worked.
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221b Baker Street, London

Home of Sherlock Holmes and at times Dr John Watson.
They (the rooms) consisted of a couple of comfortable bedrooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.
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Dr John Watson

Sherlock Holmes related this story to Dr Watson as one of his earlier adventures before he and Watson shared rooms in Baker Street.

Scotland Yard, London

Scotland Yard, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London. Founded on 29th September 1829, on a street off Whitehall, near to the Houses of Parliament, London.
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Mrs Hudson

Long sufferring Landlady of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Sherlock Holmes

“Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent." (Sherlock Holmes) (Study in Scarlet)
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