Ramute had an avid interest in the stories about Sherlock Holmes, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She was very active in the South Downers, a Sherlock Holmes society. One of Doyle’s stories was entitled “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” in which coded messages were written using dancing figures. Each distinct figure corresponded to a letter of the alphabet. In these decorated eggs, Ramute applied both the alphabetic and the encoded “Dancing Men” expressions. Or, is it possible that Ramute encoded a different message in the “Dancing Men”?
Some of the “Dancing Men” patterns were issued in limited edition quantities. These decorated eggs were initialled and numbered by Ramute.
Selections of Ramute’s Sherlock Holmes Eggs are also on display at:
Toronto Reference Library
University of Minnesota Library
Portsmouth City Council Museum