I saw the Reichenbach, but I fell for you.
We've been longtime customers of Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont. Established as a mom-and-pop operation in the 1990s, they expanded from a simple newsletter to a catalog to an online presence in relatively short time. That the ties are all handmade in Vermont by local employees made it even better.

The company offers bow ties in a variety of materials such as woven or printed silk, linen and satin, in a number of sizes such as butterfly, slimline, very slimline, diamond point, and as pre-tied or self-tie models. For those not interested in bows, they also offer necktie versions of each pattern, as well as scarves for ladies, pocket squares, cummerbunds, vests, ascots and children's ties. Each pattern has a name that evokes something about the pattern, whether it's the colors, the design, where it's from, etc.

Imagine our surprise then, when browsing their summer sale, that we came across a bow tie that is inescapably Sherlockian: it's called Reichenbach Falls.



As described on the site:
We totally fell for this dramatic stripe featuring a group of three narrow white-flecked stripes of navy, blue and orange, woven in Dijon-yellow silk.

Curious as to the reason behind the selection of this name, we reached out to Beau Ties Ltd. to see if they could tell us anything. They replied, with an acknowledgment that they were aware it that was the scene of the meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, but beyond that, there is no resident Sherlockian on staff.

Not deterred, we began browsing through the entire inventory to see if we could pull out other references to Sherlock Holmes. We discovered no fewer than 45 patterns that could be reasonably connected to the Canon in some way, either through their names or patterns, and we provided quotes to support that. [Reference: if you need a guide to the four-letter Christ abbreviations for the Canon, you can find them here.]

Can you find more?

Admiralty

Admiralty bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"I have never seen the Prime Minister so upset. As to the Admiralty - it is buzzing like an overturned beehive." [BRUC]


St. Basil

St. Basil's bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"several rough-looking men called during that time inquiring for Captain Basil" [BLAC]


Summer Day

Summer Day bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"It was seven in the evening on a lovely summer's day," [MAZA]

Trout

Trout bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Well, sir, I've heard there are trout in the millstream and pike in the Hall lake." [SHOS]


Willoughby

Willoughby bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"the lamentable death of young Willoughby Smith" [GOLD]


All American

All American bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"It is always a joy to me to meet an American." [NOBL]


Patriotic

Patriotic bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Arthur was the most single-minded, chivalrous,patriotic man upon earth." [BRUC]


Jasper

Jasper bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Let me bring Sir Jasper Meek" [DYIN]


Broad Street

Broad Street bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"At the end of Broad Street it ran right down to the water's edge, where there was a small wooden wharf." [SIGN]


Golden

Golden bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"He unfolded it and disclosed a golden pince-nez, with two broken ends of black silk cord dangling from the end of it." [GOLD]


Draughts

Draughts bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"When he was sober he used to be fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me." [FIVE]


Collegiate series

Red and Black

Red and Black bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Colonel Ross's Silver Blaze (black cap, red jacket)" [SILV]



Green and White

Green and White bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Our own colors, green and white." [WIST]


Green and Gold

Green and Gold bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Then there entered an inner guard, with a green and gold sash across his chest." [VALL]


Blue and Silver

Blue and Silver bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"She was enveloped in a loose dressing-gown of blue and silver," [ABBE]


Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"at my request he has played me some of Mendelssohn's Lieder" [STUD]


Postmark

Postmark bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

Some eight mentions in the Canon, including "bearing the Fordingbridge postmark" [GLOR]


Autumnal

Autumnal bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"the only problem which we have still to solve is how to while away these bleak autumnal evenings." [NOBL]


Poe

Poe bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"You remind me of Edgar Allen Poe's Dupin."
"He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine." [STUD]


Chase

Chase bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"the wild chase down the Thames" [SIGN]


Bates

Bates bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Mr. Marlow Bates was a stranger to both of us." [THOR]


Cadogan

Cadogan bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Must see you over Cadogan West." [BRUC]


Sloane


Sloane bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"I shall be the Hans Sloane of my age." [3GAR]


Fitzroy

Fitzroy bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"His name, it appears, was Fitzroy Simpson." [SILV]
"Fitzroy McPherson was the science master, a fine upstanding young fellow" [LION]


Tudor

Tudor bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on the distaff side." [NOBL]


Hanover

Hanover bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it would be at St George's, Hanover Square" [NOBL]


Britannia

Britannia bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"She might almost personify Britannia." [LAST]


Florida Avenue

Florida Avenue bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man, and became a planter in Florida," [FIVE]


Riviera

Riviera bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Where would you like to go - Cairo, Madeira, the Riviera?" [3GAB]


Regal

Regal bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"following his gaze I saw the picture of a regal and stately lady in Court dress" [CHAS]


Thoreau

Thoreau bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." [NOBL]


Horse Galloping

Horse Galloping

"It has been in some points a singular case," said Holmes, flicking the horse on into a gallop." [TWIS]


Griffin

Griffin bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"two high park gates with heraldic griffins towering above them" [SHOS]


Barrow

Barrow bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"the singular contents of the ancient British barrow" [GOLD]



Light Blue Ribbon

Light Blue Ribbon bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"I was blue ribbon at that time," [CARD]


Harvey

Harvey bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"If ever you write an account, Watson, you can make rabbits serve your turn." [NORW]


Lord Howe

Lord Howe bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

How was First Lord of the Admirality (see above), plus 
"Standing as it does near the corner of the street, it commands a view down Howe Street," [REDC]


Dandy

Dandy bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"He had changed little, was dressed like a young man of fashion - he was always a bit of a dandy" [MUSG]


Duke

Duke bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

There are multiple mentions of this title, including many of the Duke of Balmoral, but the most familiar is " `Holdernesse, 6th Duke, K.G., P.C.' " [PRIO]


St. James

St. James bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"This strange, languid creature spent his waking hours in the bow window of a St. James's Street club" [3GAB]


Cummings

Cummings bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"in the company of Mr. Joyce Cummings, the rising barrister " [THOR]


MacPherson

MacPherson bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Come in here, MacPherson." [SECO]


Parliament

Parliament bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"we drove swiftly past the Houses of Parliament and over Westminster Bridge." [LADY]


North York Moors

North York Moors bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"This northern air is invigorating and pleasant, so I propose to spend a few days upon your moors, and to occupy my mind as best I may." [PRIO]


Middlebury VIII

Middlebury VIII bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd.

"Watson, do you remember seeing any cow-tracks today?" [PRIO]



Think about the above ties as a potential gift to the Sherlockian in your life (or yourself!). Perhaps there's a connection to his or her investiture, a color associated with a home scion society, or some other affiliation. And who knows? Perhaps the Beau Ties Ltd. team will feature a Sherlockian section of their next catalog!

All images courtesy of Beau Ties Ltd.
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