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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:Signatures

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Here is a collection of Arthur Conan Doyle's signatures from his letters or from his dedicaces.

Conan Doyle usually exclusively signed "A. Conan Doyle" until 1903 and a mix of "A. Conan Doyle" and "Arthur Conan Doyle" after 1903, but he also signed sometimes "A.", "A. C. D.", "A. C. Doyle", "Arthur Conan Doyle, M.D." But he never used "Sir" in a signature (actually only once in a dedicace).



Authentication

His signature is easy to authenticate. Here is some basic rules :

  • The A of "Arthur" existed in 2 forms : curved (1893~1925) Signature-acd-a-curved.jpg and straight (1889~1904 and 1925~1930) Signature-acd-a-straight.jpg.
  • The "t" bar of "Arthur" is almost always separate from the "t" and placed to the "right" of the "h" Signature-acd-t-bar.jpg.
  • The D of "Doyle" has a typical form : the bottom has two curves and the top a loop linked to the "o". D2-Letter-acd-1889-01-19-mystery-of-cloomber.jpg
  • The "o" and "y" of Doyle are always linked. With "y" like a "4" Signature-acd-oy-separated.jpg. Often the "le" was clearly separated from the "Doy".
  • The form of the "Doyle" evolved in 3 phases :
    • Signature-acd-doyle-form1.jpg "Doyle" with a well written "y" (1880s-1904)
    • Signature-acd-doyle-form2.jpg "Doyle" with an "y" as a single line (1904-1925)
    • Signature-acd-doyle-form3.jpg "Doyle" not very well written with an "o" and "y" as a single sign (1926-1930)

There is exceptions to all this rules. Better written when Conan Doyle tried his best or when he had time, and worst written when he was in a hurry. A complete authentication must be supplemented with the study of the rest of the letter or dedicace.


Conan Doyle's signatures written by himself

Below are only dated signatures. Click on images to see the full letter.


1889

Signature-Letter-acd-1889-01-19-mystery-of-cloomber.jpg


1890

Signature-Letter-acd-1890-03-14-hemingsley-p2.jpg

Signature-letter-acd-1890-11-26-chapman-recto.jpg


1891

Signature-Letter-acd-1891-09-21-stoddart-p4.jpg


1892

Signature-Letter-acd-1892-05-04-bell-p3.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1892-05-07-editor.jpg


1893

Signature-Letter-acd-1893-01-04-david-thomson.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1893-08-ruby-paulson-verso.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1893-11-05-trains.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1893-reid.jpg


1894

Signature-Letter-acd-1894-01-13-h-verner-dobson-ski.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1894-06-03-reid.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1894-06-04-methuen.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1894-06-26-pond.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1894-07-11-smith.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1894-10-22-major-james-b-pond-verso.jpg

Signature-1894-10-26-signature-card-lucheon-chicago-home-franklin-h-head.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1894-12-06-addison-irving-bacheller.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-ca1894-napkin-press.jpg

Signature-Dedicace-acd-1894-edward-arnold-england-in-egypt.jpg


1895

Signature-Letter-acd-1895-09-30-critic.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1895-11-04-cheque.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1895-ainslie-jerusalem.jpg


1896

Signature-Letter-acd-1896-06-12-douglas-ainslie.jpg


1897

Signature-Letter-acd-1897-01-herbert-stone.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1897-02-08-smith.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1897-08-20-bram-stoker2.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1897-to-s-s-mcclure-about-esquemeling.jpg


1898

Signature-Letter-acd-1898-05-anglo-american-dinner.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1898-06-20-bram-stoker.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1898-10-06-major-pond.jpg


1900

Signature-Letter-acd-1900-russell-cavalry.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1900-the-scotsman-election-p4.jpg

Signature-Letter-acd-1900-09-21-parliament-p4.jpg

Signature-Greeting-photo-1900-12-conan-doyle-waterval-prisoner-s-tunnel.jpg

Signature-Greeting-photo-1900-12-conan-doyle-waterval-prisoner-s-tunnel2.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1900-editor-boer-war.jpg


1901

Signature-Letter-acd-1901-smith-houn-p2.jpg


1902

Signature-Letter-acd-1902-dr-ernst-p2.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1902-professor-herrlich.jpg


1903

Signature-Letter-sacd-1903-grant-richards-american-rights.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1903-grant-richards-thanks.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1903-03-18-grant-richards-p2.jpg


1904

Signature-Letter-sacd-1904-03-02-prescription-hay-doyle.jpg

Signature-Dedicace-sacd-1904-07-28-the-refugees-longmans-green.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1904-12-19-robson.jpg


1905

Signature-Letter-sacd-1905-01-17-debtor.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1905-03-27-LLD-degree.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1905-04-29-robson.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1905-07-28-harvey-p2.jpg


1909

Signature-Letter-sacd-1909-changes-to-fires-of-fate-play-p5.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1909-Jakeman-wages.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1909-10-04-Carnegie.jpg


1910

Signature-Letter-sacd-ca1910-to-h-a-saintsbury.jpg

Signature-Postcard-acd-1910-03-17-bram-stoker-verso.jpg


1911

Signature-Letter-sacd-1911-01-16-collins-edalji.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1911-06-12-reservation.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1911-07-24-schwensen.jpg


1912

Signature-Letter-sacd-1912-08-23-sh.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1912-12-01-the-speckled-band-and-fires-of-fate.jpg

Signature-Postcard-sacd-1912-12-04-waudby-recto.jpg


1914

Signature-Letter-sacd-1914-05-11-sir-alfred-turner.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1914-08-23-german-firms.jpg


1915

Signature-Letter-sacd-1915-04-24-GB-next-war.jpg


1916

Signature-Letter-sacd-1916-01-06-german-ships.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1916-06-29-casement-sentence.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1916-07-09-f-e-smith-casement.jpg

Signature-Hodder-stoughton-1916-a-visit-to-three-fronts-signed2.jpg

Signature-Hodder-stoughton-1916-a-visit-to-three-fronts-signed1.jpg


1919

Signature-Postcard-sacd-1919-06-24-stephen-paget-verso.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1919-07-03-reverend-g-bainton-p4.jpg

Signature-George-h-doran-1919-the-vital-message-titlepage-signed.jpg


1920

Signature-Letter-SACD-1920-01-11-h-s-hodges.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-ca1920-to-sir-courtenay.jpg


1921

Signature-Dedicace-sacd-1921-01-the-vital-message.jpg

Signature-Postcard-sacd-1921-04-23-james-thin-verso.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1921-08-17-gerald-carlton-jr.jpg

Signature-Dedicace-sacd-1921-the-wandering-of-a-spiritualist-hodder-stoughton.jpg


1922

Signature-Dedicace-sacd-1922-george-h-doran-the-wanderings-of-a-spiritualist.jpg


1923

Signature-Hodder-stoughton-1923-our-american-adventure-titlepage-signed.jpg


1924

Signature-Dedicace-sacd-1924-01-three-of-them-mrs-walney.jpg

Signature-Card-sacd-1924-patrick-braybrooke.jpg

Signature-George-h-doran-1924-our-second-american-adventure-titlepage-signed.jpg


1925

Signature-Letter-sacd-1925-07-04-jessie-verso.jpg


1926

Signature-Letter-sacd-1926-03-08-general-enesy-p2.jpg

Signature-Notecard-sacd-1926-09-30-views-spiritualism.jpg


1927

Signature-Letter-sacd-1927-04-05-Gollancz.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1927-04-24-fabricius-deep.jpg


1928

Signature-Letter-sacd-1928-10-godfrey-foster.jpg


1929

Signature-Letter-sacd-1929-06-20-north-europe-lecture-tour-verso.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1929-10-12-carleson.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1929-10-25-gillette.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1929-11-01-04-carleson-land-of-mist.jpg

Signature-Dedicace-sacd-1929-gilbert-fades-the-parasite.jpg


1930

Signature-Letter-sacd-1930-01-30-budapest.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1930-03-23-to-geo-doran.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1930-04-carleson-about-hannen-swaffer.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-ca-april-1930-carleson-health-state.jpg


Conan Doyle's signatures written by Alfred H. Wood

Alfred H. Wood was the secretary of Arthur Conan Doyle from 1897 to 1930. Conan Doyle dictated him some letters which Wood will sign for Arthur Conan Doyle with most of the time his tiny monogram "W." then "A.H.W." underneath the signature.


1904

Signature-Letter-sacd-1904-09-16-robson.jpg


1906

Signature-Letter-sacd-1906-02-14-schutz.jpg


1907

Signature-Letter-sacd-1907-05-24-contribution-edalji-fund.jpg


1908

Signature-Letter-sacd-1908-08-25-grete-beyer-trial.jpg


1924

Signature-Letter-sacd-1924-08-27-goblin-photo.jpg


1925

Signature-Letter-sacd-1925-01-23-ernst-brundenberger.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1925-11-20-prohibition.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1925-12-10-rdv-in-town.jpg


1926

Signature-Letter-sacd-1926-02-01-declined-invitation-stockholm.jpg

Signature-Letter-sacd-1926-06-09-declined-invitation-stockholm.jpg


1927

Signature-Letter-sacd-1927-11-17-dr-johanna-w-de-stoppelaar-card.jpg


1928

Signature-Letter-sacd-1928-01-19-refusing-invitation.jpg


Conan Doyle's signatures written by others

These were written for Conan Doyle by unknown (yet) writers. Most probably his wife(s) or children.


1895

Signature-Letter-sacd-1895-02-18-golf.jpg


1900

Signature-Letter-acd-1900-02-03-irvine-burns-club.jpg


1902

Signature-Letter-acd-1902-01-28-the-war-in-south-africa.jpg


1903

Signature-Letter-sacd-1903-01-17-about-the-cause-of-truth.jpg






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