He dived his arm down to the bottom of the chest, and brought up a small wooden box with a sliding lid, such as children's toys are kept in. From within he produced a crumpled piece of paper, an old-fashioned brass key, a peg of wood with a ball of string attached to it, and three rusty old disks of metal."Well, my boy, what do you make of this lot?" he asked, smiling at my expression."It is a curious collection.""Very curious, and the story that hangs round it will strike you as being more curious still.""These relics have a history, then?""So much so that they are history."
From Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 1903