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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV Series)

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Channel Granada Television
Creator John Hawkesworth
Genre Detective
Broadcast 1984-1985
No. of Seasons 2
No. of Episodes 13
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett
Dr. John Watson David Burke
Mrs. Hudson Rosalie Williams
Professor Moriarty Eric Porter
Mycroft Holmes Charles Gray

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a British 1984-1985 TV series, starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and David Burke as Dr. Watson. Thirteen short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were adapted into the series.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was followed by three more TV series, also starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes, but with Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986-1988), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991-1993), and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), and two feature-length made for TV movies: The Sign of Four (1987) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988).

The following weapons were used in the television series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:


Bulldog Revolver

Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) uses a Bulldog revolver in "The Naval Treaty" (S01E03) and "The Solitary Cyclist" (S01E04).

Belgian copy of a Webley Bulldog - 32 caliber
The revolver that Holmes used to "draw" monogram of Queen Victoria on the wall in "The Naval Treaty". Judging by the size of spent ammo, the revolver is chambered in medium caliber, about .38 or .32.
Holmes aims his Bulldog at Williamson (Ellis Dale) in "The Solitary Cyclist".
The cylinder is seen.
Holmes aims the revolver at Carruthers (John Castle).
Holmes holds the revolver in the scene in Williamson's house.
Watson (David Burke) holds Holmes' Bulldog.

Single Action Army Artillery Model

Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) uses a Single Action Army Artillery model revolver in "The Dancing Men" (S01E02) and "The Greek Interpreter" (S02E02). Cartwright (Charles Cork), the leader of gang robbers in "The Resident Patient" (S02E04), has same looking revolver. This gun appears to be some European replica rather than original Colt.

Replica Colt Single Action Army Revolver - .45 Long Colt. This is the screen used gun.
Holmes' revolver on the table in "The Dancing Men".
Holmes holds the revolver at Abe Slaney's head.
A general view of the scene.
Another view of Holmes' revolver.
Arrested Slaney under Holmes' and Inspector Martin's (at the left) revolvers.
Holmes takes his revolver when he goes after the villains in "The Greek Interpreter".
Holmes checks his Colt.
Holmes holds one of the abductors, Harold Latimer, at gunpoint.
Cartwright holds a Colt in a flashback scene, depicting the robbery of the Worthington Bank in "The Resident Patient".
He fires at bank employee.
The flame bursts of the cylinder, proving that the muzzle of the gun is blocked.
Cartwright warns his accomplices about keeping the secret.

Velo-Dog Revolver

Irene Adler (Gayle Hunnicutt) uses a nickel plated Velo-Dog Revolver with pearl or ivory grips in "A Scandal in Bohemia" (S01E01).

Nickel plated Velo-Dog revolver with exposed hammer, Liege, Belgium
Irene Adler chases two burglars, hired by the King of Bohemia, out of her house under the threat of the gun. The white grip is seen.
A closer view of the gun.
A side view of the Velo-Dog.
Irene Adler with the revolver.

Harrington & Richardson Premier

Hilton Cubitt (Tenniel Evans) owns a compact top-break revolver in "The Dancing Men" (S01E02). Harrington & Richardson Premier seems to be a decent (though not necessary) guess.

Harrington & Richardson Premier 2nd Model, 4th Variation - .32 S&W
Hilton Cubitt takes a revolver from a drawer when his wife is afraid of someone outside the house.
Cubitt takes the revolver when he's woken up by suspicious noises in the middle of the night.
A good view of the gun.
The revolver next to dead body of Hilton Cubitt.
Watson examines the revolver.
The revolver on table.
Inspector Martin (David Ross) holds same looking revolver (most likely same prop reused).
Inspector Martin aims the revolver at arrested Abe Slaney (Eugene Lipinski).
A flashback scene shows the revolver in hand of Elsie Cubitt (Betsy Brantley).

Webley RIC

Carruthers (John Castle) holds a Webley RIC No. 1 Second Pattern in the climactic scene in "The Solitary Cyclist" (S01E04).

Webley RIC No. 1 Second Pattern - .442 Webley
Carruthers checks his revolver.
Carruthers holds the gun.
Carruthers checks his revolver prior the confrontation with Woodley and Williamson. In this scene the primers of the cartridges are definitely spent, unlike the previous scene with this revolver.
Carruthers, hiding his face with a fake beard, holds a RIC. In previous moment he was briefly seen with a top-break Webley .455 revolver (see below).
Carruthers fires at Woodley.

Webley .455 Revolvers

Webley .455 pre-Mk VI revolvers are seen in several episodes, used by Carruthers (John Castle) in "The Solitary Cyclist", by Dr. Watson (David Burke) in "The Speckled Band" (S01E06) and "The Copper Beeches" (S02E01), and by Blessington (Patrick Newell) in "The Resident Patient" (S02E04). Very possibly a single prop was used in all these episodes. Several closeups allow to make a guess that the revolver may be a Mk III (less likely), Mk IV or Mk V.

For comparison: Webley Mk IV - .455 Webley
In "The Solitary Cyclist" Carruthers' (John Castle) Webley RIC switches to a top-break Webley revolver due to a continuity error.
A view of Watson's revolver in "The Speckled Band". The cylinder to frame lock is of a model that was issued on Mk III.
Watson holds the revolver when he and Holmes sneak in Dr. Grimesby Roylott's estate.
Watson holds his revolver in the climactic scene.
Watson confronts Jephro Rucastle (Joss Ackland) in "The Copper Beeches".
The cylinder to frame lock looks more like Mk IV or Mk V models.
Watson fires at the locked door.
Watson fires at a guardian dog that attacks Rucastle. The front sight matches Mk IV or Mk V models.
Deadly frightened Blessington holds a Webley .455 revolver in "The Resident Patient".
Another view of the scene. This revolver also seems to be Mk IV or Mk V.

Webley .455 Mk VI

Dr. Watson (David Burke) uses a Webley .455 Mk VI in "The Red Headed League" (S02E05). Of course, this revolver doesn't fit Victorian era.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
Watson checks his revolver when he and Holmes prepare for the ambush on the burglars.
Watson with the revolver in hand.

Nagant M1883

A Belgian Nagant M1883 is used by Williamson (Ellis Dale) in "The Solitary Cyclist" (S01E04) and by John Clay (Tim McInnerny) in "The Red Headed League" (S02E05). This particular model looks nearly same as the Belgian M1887 but with unfluted cylinder.

Belgian Nagant M1883 - 9.4x22mm Nagant
"Reverend" Williamson uses his revolver instead of holy symbol during the secret marriage ceremony between Woodley and kidnapped Violet Smith in "The Solitary Cyclist".
Another view of Williamson's revolver.
Williamson threatens Carruthers. Note that the chambers of the cylinder are filled with some white substance, like the greasy putty of cap and ball revolvers.
Watson (David Burke) holds the revolver, surrendered by Williamson.
In the climactic scene in "The Red Headed League" John Clay raises his revolver...
...but Holmes knocks out the gun with a blow of his hunting-crop.

Adams Revolver (?)

What appears to be an Adams Revolver is seen in the scene in "The Crooked Man" (S01E05), describing the memories of Henry Wood about the events of Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Adams Mk II revolver - .450 Adams
Sgt. James Barclay (James Wilby) gives a revolver to Corp. Henry Wood (Michael Lumsden) who is going with a report from a besieged fortress.


Sharps Pepperbox

A Sharps Pepperbox is used by Wilson Kemp (George Costigan) in "The Greek Interpreter" (S02E02) and by Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) in "The Final Problem" (S02E06). The screen gun, perfectly seen in "The Final Problem", is an Uberti replica.

Uberti replica of Sharps Pepperbox - .22 Short
Wilson Kemp aims his Pepperbox at the Greek interpreter Mr. Melas (Alkis Kritikos) who translates Kemp's speech to beaten and bound Paul Kratides in "The Greek Interpreter".
Kemp appears second time at Melas and orders him to go under the threat of the gun.
Now the pistol is in hand of Mycroft Holmes (Charles Gray) who secretly taked it from Kemp.
Holmes' Pepperbox in "The Final Problem".
Holmes holds the gun during the visit of Prof. Moriarty.
A closeup of the Pepperbox in same scene.
Another good view of the gun in the final shots of the series.

Single Shot Pistol

In one scene in "A Scandal in Bohemia" (S01E01) the King of Bohemia (Wolf Kahler) recalls his past time with Irene Adler (Gayle Hunnicutt). In this scene Irene shoots a single shot breech loading target pistol, likely a Flobert system.

Belgian Gallery Pistol - .22
Irene Adler fires a target pistol.
A side view of the pistol.
Irene Adler hands the empty gun to an officer, accompanying the King (at that time the Crown Prince).
Flobert-style hammer can be seen.

A different single shot breech loading pistol is used by Abe Slaney (Eugene Lipinski) in "The Dancing Men" (S01E02).

Broqua & Scholberg - .44 Russian. Used as an example of single shot breech loading pistol of roughly similar outlook.
A flashback scene shows Abe Slaney holding his pistol.

Rifles and Muskets

Enfield Pattern 1853

In the scenes in "The Crooked Man" (S01E05), describing the memories of Henry Wood about the events of Indian Rebellion of 1857, British soldiers are armed with poorly seen long guns. Enfield Pattern 1853 is a likely guess.

Enfield Pattern 1853 - .577 Ball
Blurry view of long guns in hands of running soldiers.

Enfield Pattern 1856 Cavalry Carbine

What appears to be an Enfield Pattern 1856 Cavalry Carbine is also seen in hands of a British soldier in the scene of Indian Rebellion of 1857 in "The Crooked Man" (S01E05).

Enfield Pattern 1856 Cavalry Carbine - .577 caliber
A soldier aims his carbine.

Percussion Cap Musket

A percussion cap musket, seemingly a hunting rather than a military gun, is seen on the wall in a village pub in "The Solitary Cyclist" (S01E04).

A percussion cap musket is seen on the wall (the one at the bottom).

Various Muskets

A antique carbine with typical Jezail buttstock is seen on the wall in a village pub in "The Solitary Cyclist" (S01E04). It seems to lack any kind of lock and is possibly non-firing decorative "wall-hanger".

An antique carbine is seen on the wall (the one on top).

Full-length muskets, some with typical Jezail buttstocks, are used by Indian rebels in "The Crooked Man" (S01E05).

For comparison: Jezail Musket
Muskets lean against a tree.
Rebels with muskets on march.
A man at the left holds a Jezail.
A barrel is seen.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in hands of a Gypsy in "The Speckled Band" (S01E06) and of a traveler in the Alps in "The Final Problem" (S02E06).

For comparison: Remington Model 1889 - 12 Gauge

A Gypsy goes on hunt in "The Speckled Band".
One of the men in a group of mountain travellers holds a double barreled shotgun with exposed hammers in "The Final Problem".



Several cannons are seen in the barracks of a Lancer regiment in "The Crooked Man" (S01E05). Due to "skeleton" carriage, they can be identified as blank-firing signalling cannons, commonly used in Victorian era for military and coast guard duties.

A cannon near the gates.
Another cannon.

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