The instrument most associated with the Sherlock Holmes adventures is the violin. Holmes, of course, plays the violin but he and Watson also attended a concert at which it was played (in The Red-Headed League).
|Holmes listens to a violin concert in The Red-Headed League|
However, an instrument that gets a mention and which we hear sadly little about today is the Jew’s Harp.
|Parker from Granada's Empty House|
This was mentioned in The Empty House as the instrument of choice of one Parker. Parker was in the employ of Colonel Sebastian Moran.
"..I recognised their sentinel when I glanced out of my window. He is a harmless enough fellow, Parker by name, a garroter by trade, and a remarkable performer upon the Jew's harp. I cared nothing for him. But I cared a great deal for the much more formidable person who was behind him, the bosom friend of Moriarty, the man who dropped the rocks over the cliff, the most cunning and dangerous criminal in London. That is the man who is after me to-night, Watson, and that is the man who is quite unaware that we are after him."
The instrument is very far from dead. Would it surprise you to know that there is even a website for devotees?
|A Jew's Harp|
Is there some mileage in a new Sherlockian Group where the entry requirement is the ability to play this instrument?
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