221b BAKER STREET/Los Angeles

221b BAKER STREET/Los Angeles

BSLA is an authentic sitting room recreation of the famed detective, Sherlock Holmes. Open for private viewing by appointment only.

FIREPLACE OVER-MANTEL

FIREPLACE OVER-MANTEL

"Jack-knifed" correspondence, Napoleonic bust and chiming clock await Mr. Holmes' return. A seven percent solution adds its own drama.

WATSON'S PISTOL

WATSON'S PISTOL

A Webley "bulldog" pistol was an inexpensive Belgian firearm favored by many a Victorian gentleman.

CHEMIST'S CORNER

CHEMIST'S CORNER

Placement between the hearth and window allowed for the quick disposal of any failed chemical experiment.

CHEMIST'S TABLE DETAIL

CHEMIST'S TABLE DETAIL

Surrounded by test tubes and beakers, the 1903 microscope is from a London firm and is ready to aid in any investigations.

SAFE KEEPING

SAFE KEEPING

Although there is no Canonical mention, many gentlemen considered a sitting room safe a necessity.

SIDEBOARD

SIDEBOARD

Our table features a Tantalus, as well as a selection of mementos gathered from various investigations. Note the elegant buffet lamp.

SUSSEX VAMPIRE

SUSSEX VAMPIRE

Victorians had a fascination with nature. Holmes would have appreciated the irony of a displayed bat.

SELTZOGENE, GAZOGENE

SELTZOGENE, GAZOGENE

These rare predecessors of the seltzer bottle are difficult to find nowadays. They were prone to crack and even explode when charged; as a result, a sturdier wire mesh replaced the wicker weave as time wore on. The gazogene on the right is a particularly rare and intact example that dates to 1851, manufactured by the Berit Company in Paris. The settee was an Anglo-Japanese design popular in 1870.

BEVERAGES

BEVERAGES

When properly charged with the required additive powder, the gazogene would complement any beverage. Such were the beginnings of the modern cocktail.

DINING TABLE

DINING TABLE

Our table is set for afternoon tea. A covered dish offers a tempting treat while an English bow-back chair provides proper seating. A "tin dispatch-box" awaits investigation.

TABLE DETAIL

TABLE DETAIL

In a nod to Holmes' favorite hobby, beekeeping. A close look at the 1881 lamp reveals a bee gathering. A rare volume on the subject awaits!

TABLEWARE

TABLEWARE

BSLA's rarest item is a set of mother-of-pearl handled and silver flatware. The "SH" inscription was a unique London flea market find.

TABLE DETAIL

TABLE DETAIL

A refreshing drink, a thoughtful pipe and cuffs for any culprit! Each will be needed when contemplating the paw cast suggestive of a "gigantic hound."

SETTEE

SETTEE

Holmes disdained the convention of proper seating. Still, coordinated parlor sets were considered an indication of social status. A variety of reading material is at the ready, aided by the comfort offered by a "bulldog" pillow.

DARK LANTERNS

DARK LANTERNS

This early oil fueled flashlight was first issued to London's famed police force. The brass example was of heavier construction for use aboard ships and called a "boat" or "signal" lantern. Many examples were manufactured in New York by the Dietz Company.

HOLMES' DESK

HOLMES' DESK

A student lamp, an early telephone and stationery items typically found in a Victorian desk await the detectives hand.

BOOKCASE

BOOKCASE

The eras' Encyclopedias' offer useful insights to terminology and phrasing. This mint edition dates to 1906 and was published in Endinbourgh. The great wax seal is that of Charles II and backs up the "Mazarin" stone.

REICHENBACH FALLS

REICHENBACH FALLS

BSLA is privileged to display four original steel engravings of the fabled Reichenbach Falls of Switzerland. These rare prints form an appropriate background for an "alpenstock." To the left, boxing gloves and a French "Legion of Honor" certificate acknowledge Mr. Holmes' other abilities.

BAKER STREET, CIRCA 1880

BAKER STREET, CIRCA 1880

More than a century ago, today's BAKER STREET consisted of Upper Baker Street, Baker Street and York Place. Its popular townhouses were first constructed beginning in 1720. Fine examples of this Georgian architecture remain today.

LONDON TOWNHOUSE, CIRCA 1880

LONDON TOWNHOUSE, CIRCA 1880

BSLA features a number of period townhouse photos. Awnings have no Canonical reference, yet, here they are!

PRESENT DAY TOWNHOUSE

PRESENT DAY TOWNHOUSE

The townhouses of the Marylebone district are largely intact and well maintained. The 18th century developer Henry William Portman saw that the residences were well built in a period before building codes.

TOWNHOUSE MODEL

TOWNHOUSE MODEL

After considerable research and numerous visits to London, I sculpted a representation of a townhouse row. Such groupings were meant to mimic the facades of more imposing buildings. See if you can find the "Man in the Window."

BOW WINDOW

BOW WINDOW

My research has yet to discover any evidence of a "bow" window along Baker Street. Such an expensive architectural detail would only be found on higher end construction such as found two blocks east along Abbey Road. However, for my fellow Sherlockians, BSLA has imagined it!

STANDARD WINDOW

STANDARD WINDOW

"Two broad windows" as described in SIGN. Architecturally correct to those found along Baker Street.

MEDIA PRODUCTION

MEDIA PRODUCTION

Upon occasion, BSLA has been the site for commercial production. Its detail has impressed nearby Hollywood art directors.

YOU'RE INVITED!

YOU'RE INVITED!

Here at BSLA, my investigations continue. Fellow Sherlockians are always welcome to visit.

© 2023 by The Painter. Proudly created with Wix.com

This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now