The Queen's Secret Service
Each box is unique, and takes on a life of it's own. You can learn more about their stories on this page!
The Bar Box And Elsa
Elsa Bueche was only 16 when she was recruited by the service. Having been a prostitute since the age of 12 she had a maturity level closer to a woman in her mid-thirties from the life she was thrust into. Blessed with beauty and brains she had risen quickly to the top of the list of “must haves” for the wealthy visitors to the Suvretta Ski region of the Swiss alps.
Abandoned by her Mother at age 10, Elsa was plucked from the streets by Madam Neeser who had seen the beauty hidden under the dirt and grime. Elsa slowly saw that the path for her had been chosen and she vowed to be the very best. Using her intelligence she quickly developed the skills necessary to achieve her goal by charming the older more experienced women in the brothel to divulge their secrets.
The Service wanted her more for her information gathering skills than her body, but they got both in the deal.
Tonight she rounded the corner in the 4th floor hallway headed to room 457 in the Suvrettahouse, one of the newest most prestigious hotels in Switzerland. Reaching the door she adjusts the curls in her long blond hair and makes sure her breasts are setting correctly in her corset. Taking a deep breathe to prepare for what was coming she picks up the box and softly knocks on the door of Count Rechstiener, the owner of Rechstiener Chemicals.
She must get the information tonight, the fate of the world depended on it and she would not fail, no matter what the cost.
The box she carries contains a fully functional bar which includes a mixing chamber and holds a substantial amount of the finest liqueurs and mixers. After spending a night with Elsa and her expert bar tending skills, the “mark” remembers only having one of the most exotic nights of pleasure they have ever experienced. The truth is, she never removes a stitch of clothing, the magic potions provide the experience and most importantly the information she pries from their drugged minds is soon on it's way to Whitehall, The Service's HQ.
In the year 1800 King George the III of England decided it was time to bury the hatchet with the Irish people, and after the Rebellion of 1798 the “Acts of Union” did just that. For the first time it would be known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. From now on the Parliaments of England and Ireland would work together, and Ireland would have a voice in the Government. Now that the two countries were united the bond between them would continue to grow stronger through the years. When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 the stage was set for a new group to come into their own, this is the story of the real British Secret Service.
The official records show that the Irish Guard was created on April 1st 1900 by Queen Victoria. In reality they actually started about 10 years prior to that. As the Queen aged she started to see things much differently, the world around her was changing faster than ever and old legends and myths suddenly seemed very real. The Queen realized that to keep herself, her family, and the Crown safe she was going to have to change with the times and so was her staff.
There was a group of dedicated soldiers and very well trained guards currently inside the Palace, could they be altered into a personal protection unit? With the help of Benjamin Disraeli one of her most trusted advisers and former Prime Minister, the Queen's Special Services is born. Hand selected and trained in secret, this first group answered directly to Disraeli, funding came from the Royal treasury at first but soon the information, ideas, and inventions created by this team made outside funding unnecessary. Great strides were made in those early years and the group quickly expanded and expertise was recruited as needed and soon some of the greatest scientific and forward thinking minds were in the employ of the Special Services branch.
This initial group of agents did such an outstanding job in the first 19 years that in 1909 they are officially recognized by the British government and turned into the British Secret Service we all know today. Originally divided into 19 different divisions (MI-1 – MI-19), they changed little until after the "Cold War" was settled. Today two of those groups still exists MI-5 and MI-6, the most recognized and decorated Covert Operations groups in the world.
I have faithfully collected the stories and recreated some of the objects that this initial group used to keep the Queen and the Crown safe from c.1890 – 1909 and what follows is their stories of heroism and ingenuity.
Throughout the early 20th century Airships quickly became the norm for long distance travel all over the globe, but they reached their zenith in 1923 and the skies were filled with ships of every shape and size.
A version of the communication device first started by Guglielmo Marconi in 1909 was later secretly improved by Antonio Mignani the butler of the Marconi family who worked with a young Guglielmo and got him started on his famous career of inventions focused around radio waves.
Antonio tried to educate Marconi and show him that by winding copper wire in a circular pattern he could not only increase the power output but could also increase the reception from 2 miles to over 20. Marconi was stuck on his designed and the “Butler” was soon discharged from the families service.
Soon after he was approached by A.E. Dolbear of Tufts College who himself was working on radio waves and the two collaborated until the genius of Mignani surpassed the professor and caught the ear of the leadership of “The Service” soon Mignani had the resources and assistance to shape and refine his designs into the device you see before you.
Used exclusively for ground to air communications this radio is based on Mignani's early designs. Later he modified his devices to house an Ipod/MP3 player, the sound could be played through either the external speakers or through the headphones by selecting the proper plug on the inside. This device was used for many years and saved countless lives due to the immediate communication it allowed coordinating attacks and allowing direction of fire for bombs delivered by the Airships.
The Radio Box
Recruited in 1912 Sebastian McDonald was only 23 years old when he was expelled from Trinity College in Dublin where he was studying for his Doctorate in the medical field. Sebastian was drawn to the supernatural and was convinced that “Homo Sapiens” were not the only species of humans to inhabit this world. His passion for the truth was not accepted by the faculty and his expulsion was quick and irrefutable upon discovery of his work.
Professor Sean O' Reilly was intrigued by Sebastian's beliefs and abilities, and he had been tasked with recommending outstanding or special students to the Director of the Irish Guard as possible recruits for the newly formed “Secret Service” now charged with protecting the Crown.
Sebastian eagerly accepted the invitation to join the service, once properly trained he immediately set his sights on finding a way to test bodies to see if they were something other than “human”. The resources and technology provided by others under the direction of the service allowed Sebastian's genius to blossom and the object you see here is his masterpiece.
Made to his exact design specifications this box contains the means to draw a fluid sample from any body and determine if that person is truly just human.
The box has the capability to determine 4 different sub-species of human, vampire, werewolf (lupine), faye (magic), other (alien), or a combination of these groups through DNA splicing. Sebastian worked out that these sub-species have a chain of DNA that remains undetected unless subjected to gamma radiation in a vacuum which allows them to be sequenced by the analyzer.
As a crime scene investigator Sebastian also designed the box to be a portable lab with test tubes, slides, and various chemicals to allow him to analyze anything from dirt to skin samples and prepare them for further study.
Sebastian’s Analyzer Box!
Designed by Dr. Gustav Von Gruden in 1908 to battle breaks in reporting back to Whitehall (HQ) while the team was on missions, this device solved the problem facing the UK and other areas of the world.
In 1912 the phone system in the UK and elsewhere were still in their early years and the system was not standardized across large areas of the country. Most phone companies were still privately owned and communicating across regions covered by different companies could be problematic at best. In 1913 the Post Office started to buy out local phone companies in the UK and a standardized system was being implemented. During the same time period telegraph services were being phased out in urban areas and was being allowed to deteriorate in the more rural areas.
In order to combat these issue Dr. Von Gruden came up with a device that could work on either system. The Communicator Box became an important part of any teams arsenal to help protect the Crown. Whether the team was in India, France, Germany, or the United States the Communicator Box could be adapted to any system and allow communication back to Whitehall for instructions or updates on the latest case.
This reproduction was made following Dr. Von Gruden's specifications although it is non-functioning it is still a wonderful example of ingenuity and the leaps in technology that were taking place during this time.
The Communicator Box
Sunil Bhat was the first Director of the Crime Scene Investigating section of “The Service”. He handpicked the majority of the first team of investigators and was responsible for their training and guidance.
The reproduction tool box on display here started what would turn out to be the most incredible adventure for a simple man with amazing talent. This box was actually built by Sunhil and was carried by him on every case he investigated. Made from simple wood construction and covered with found advertisements he always said the tool box reminded him of his humble beginnings in India.
Sunhil was recruited outside of Bombay when a group from the Royal Guards was involved in a shooting incident. A local man was killed by the Royal Guard and the locals were revolting saying the killing was unjustified. The local law enforcement was investigating and Sunhil was sent to do a examination of the scene. Through his diligence and attention to detail he proved that the local man had indeed charged the guard and provoked the attack much to the displeasure of the local village.
Sunhil proved himself time and time again, not only setting the standard for the investigators but also becoming a mentor to many in “The Service”. He was recognized by the Queen on two occasions receiving the “Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, and the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.
All through his career Sunhil stayed true to his humble birth and his beliefs, never forgetting the privilege he was afforded. He passed those ideals on to his students and the teams he worked with. Sunhil armed only with his skills and this simple box containing the basic tools needed, created the best CSI team the world has ever seen. Every country has benefited from the techniques and advancements in crime scene investigating made by this section.
The Tool Box
Queen Victoria was shocked when she found out that most myths and legends were based on facts and not just used to scare small children or entertain adults. Once the Special Services branch started to collect information on the movement and various organizations that the Vampire community had, her concern quickly elevated.
The information gathered showed that for the most part most Vampires lived very quiet lives, staying close to home and mostly to themselves. The stories of rampant slaughter of innocent people and bloodthirsty undead wandering the streets was a thing of the past.
Over the centuries Vampires realized that to have peace with the living that they would have to change how the did things. No longer able to rule whole villages through power and fear most Vampires settled into a very simple life. Surrounding themselves with large houses, vast wealth, and a loyal staff, they lived the life of the rich and famous. They tried to stay out of the lime light, (pun intended), and stuck to their own for the most part. Blood was in ready supply from humans who wanted to be involved with Vampires. There were homeless who sold their blood to buy food or opium, to high priced “pets” that the wealthy maintained. As long as they never drank from the Vampire and the blood loss was within reason a person could be bitten multiple times with no real ill effect, the thrill and connection associated with being fed on made the experience almost enjoyable to some.
The Vampire community was self policed and each region had its own group of governing elders, that handled any crimes or issues committed by Vampires. The Special Services group formed a division to maintain relationships with this community and was assigned a liaison from the Vampire governing body local to London. Most Vampire issues would still be handled by the Vampire council, but a team inside the Special Services was also created. The Queen was concerned that if a group of Vampires formed with the intent to harm her or the Crown they could do so using their strength and wealth, so she asked that a separate group be formed to keep rouge individuals in check.
The Vampire Squad was a specially trained group similar to today's SWAT teams. Consisting of 8 members and armed with backpacks similar to the one I recreated, this group was trained to kill vampires. Each pack was made from solid oak to protect from Vampires from handling them, and each held special power in the eyes of the Vampire community. Prior to being issued each pack was sent to Rome where it was blessed by the Holy Roman Father, the stakes were also blessed and have in Latin “It is Finished”, the last words Jesus spoke on the cross hand lettered on them. The quiver is removable for use as a regular pack, and padding allows for hours of comfortable use. Inside there are two compartments for storage, a drawer for garlic and wolfs bane, and a closed area for Holy Water.
There are three specially treated crosses on the box that will glow when a Vampire is within 100' of the pack, one on the door and two smaller ones on each side. The ink used to stamp the designs is a special mixture of Holy Water and pigments and produces a greenish light when placed in proximity of the undead.
Vampire Hunters Backpack
Evidence from cases solved by “The Service” unfortunately were not subject to be kept for years after the cases have been tried and the fate of the accused has been decided like today.
However, the item you see displayed here is a very special piece! It was from the very first case ever solved by this new group of special investigators now charged with protecting the Crown. This portable surgery kit sealed the fate of this “Mad Doctor”.
Dr. James Mc Tavish was more of a traveling physician than the permanent office type. He liked the freedom to chose his patients and his hours as these let him practice medicine as he saw fit. Specializing in disorders of the brain he saw mostly the poor and mentally unstable people in the villages around London.
Dr. McTavish was educated at the St. George school of medicine in London and he finished in the middle of his class, and that was the story of his life. Always part of the crowd never the best at anything. His interest in medicine developed when he was very young and he started off “treating” animals in his small village of Tottenham just north of London. He later took it further by dissecting the ones that succumbed to whatever ailed them, sometimes he helped them reach the end, with “It's for Science” as his justification.
His hatred of the crown came from the taxes that were levied on the poor and middle class to fund the construction and growth of London. Families were starving, sickness and suffering were the norms for those not blessed with great wealth. The Royals were getting pampered and the perfumers and clothier shops were busier than ever, as children openly starved in the streets. The “Loyal Subjects” were bearing the brunt of the pain and suffering and it had to stop.
His plan was to perform the trepanning procedure on the poor and mentally insane implanting a simple mind control device during the procedure. After implantation the exposed brain would easily receive the low frequency radio waves used to control the subjects. Once he had enough soldiers he would program them to attack the Palace and Parliament and then the power would be returned back to the people as it should be.