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Enter Sir Hubert and the (off) white tie.

Sir Hubert comes to us courtesy of Nick Pelling’s Cipher Mysteries. He recently made an observation or two over there concerning the name written on the tie, as pictured. This is what he opened with:

I’m sorry to be late to the party, but doesn’t this say F Kean Jr?

Well, yeah. Maybe.

“I’m sorry to be late to the party, but doesn’t this say F Kean Jr?”

“And that’s why the singlet (only) has the name Kean. Ties would be easy to confuse, and it wouldn’t be obvious which was Sr’s and which was Jr’s. But only Jr wore singlets?

“Please tell me I’m the 27,856th person to suggest this and I’ll go away again?”

You’d need to label the ties Sr and Jr if both father and son wore similar ones. But if only Jr wore those singlets…

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. If all the named items were white(-ish) and went in a boil wash with other people’s stuff, maybe that’s why they were named. Answers aren’t always complicated.

    But who wore a white tie in 1948? That remains a much better question to be asking, I still think.

    March 30, 2021
  2. Clive #

    Were any of these items used in Freemason ceremonies? Just a thought

    March 31, 2021
    • Travelled that road long ago Clive, it went nowhere.

      March 31, 2021
  3. Andy Baader #

    As others have already pointed out elsewhere, the tie is probably standard military issue. They’re part of British army issue to this day. You can buy WW2-era original US issue. And I’ve no doubt you’ll also find an Australian and/or New Zealand equivalent.

    March 31, 2021
  4. Clive #

    If it was ‘Jr’ that would suggest an American, not British individual?

    April 2, 2021
    • Maybe so. On another note: it doesn’t seem likely that whoever tossed the book into Freeman’s car didn’t know what implications would result from finding the Harkness phone number written on the back cover. So, he either didn’t care or did it deliberately.

      April 2, 2021
      • Andy Baader #

        Or he made a calculation of the least-worst option in a moment of extreme peril.

        Something like: almost anything would be better than being caught in possession by his immediate pursuers.

        April 2, 2021
        • That’s a turning point for some. Those who believe he (SM) dumped it himself V those who think Olive’s watcher was the one in peril.

          April 2, 2021

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