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Conan Doyle's Real-Life Model for Jonas Oldacre's Tailor

28 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2012 Last revised: 15 Jun 2017

Leslie Katz


Date Written: June 14, 2017


In the Sherlock Holmes adventure, 'The Adventure of the Norwood Builder,' there's reference to the Norwood builder's tailor. The paper seeks to demonstrate that the tailor being referred to was a real-life company, Hyam & Co Limited. The paper also discusses anti-Semitism in the Sherlock Holmes Canon. In that connection, it supplies information about the original of the character "Sam Brewer" in "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place." It also discusses, among other questions about Irene Adler, whether she was Jewish.

Keywords: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, Hyam & Co Limited, anti-semitism in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, Sam Brewer, Sam Lewis

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Katz, Leslie, Conan Doyle's Real-Life Model for Jonas Oldacre's Tailor (June 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

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