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Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein

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Fictional character.



In the Sherlock Holmes stories

The King of Bohemia, by Sidney Paget

Client of Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia, asking the detective to recover a compromising photograph of him with Irene Adler.

  • aka Count von Kramm
  • aka The King of Bohemia


« A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules. His dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked upon as akin to bad taste. Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined with flame-coloured silk, and secured at the neck with a brooch which consisted of a single flaming beryl. Boots which extended half-way up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence which was suggested by his whole appearance. He carried a broad-brimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upper part of his face, extending down past the cheek-bones, a black vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, for his hand was still raised to as he entered. From the lower part of the face he appeared to be a man of strong character, with a thick, hanging lip, and a long straight chin, suggestive of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. » (SCAN, 134)


  • He could hardly have been less than six feet six inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules. (SCAN, 134)
  • His dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked upon as akin to bad taste. (SCAN, 135)
  • From the lower part of the face he appeared to be a man of strong character, with a thick, hanging lip, and a long straight chin, suggestive of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. (SCAN, 139)
  • He had a deep, harsh voice and a strongly marked German accent. (SCAN, 140)
  • Grand Duke of Cassel-Falstein, and hereditary King of Bohemia. (SCAN, 171)
  • He had a high, white forehead. (SCAN, 172)
  • He came incognito from Prague. (SCAN, 174)
  • Some five years ago, during a lengthy visit to Warsaw, he made the acquaintance of the well-known adventuress Irene Adler. (SCAN, 176)
  • He was thirty. (SCAN, 215)
  • His future spouse was Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, daughter of the King of Scandinavia. (SCAN, 238)
  • He was in the Langham Hotel under the name of Count von Kramm. (SCAN, 258)


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