Doctor Watson's revolver is a Webley RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) Second Pattern, a more realistic choice by the producers than many, since the piece at least has the virtue of having been produced prior to Watson's Army service, which began in 1879. Since officers purchased their own sidearms at that time, a penniless army surgeon picking one up second-hand before shipping out to India rings true.
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The issue of "The Strand" arrives at Baker Street which contains Watson's account of "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb", dating the events to March 1892. Holmes' comment that it is "Appropriately accompanied with inaccurate and melodramatic illustrations" is a nice acknowledgement that neither Woodward nor Hillerman reflect the sleuths as depicted in Sidney Paget's artwork accompanying the tale.
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