Category Archives: Agatha Christie

Poirot the Traveller


Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) consults his travel guide book in Death on the Nile from the famed series Agatha Christie's Poirot. The guide book was published in  1907  The Nile. Notes for Travellers in Egypt . The author E. A. Wallis Budge (27 July 1857 – 23 November 1934) was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. He made numerous expeditions to Egypt and the Sudan on behalf of the British Museum to buy antiquities, and helped it build its collection of cuneiform tablets, manuscripts, and papyri. He published many books on Egyptology, helping to bring the findings to larger audiences. He was knighted in 1920 for his service to Egyptology and the British Museum.

The Nile. Notes for Travellers in Egypt - Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._A._Wallis_Budge

Poirot in the Kitchen: Jubilee Egg Cup

Hercule Poirot in the kitchen
Poirot washes his King George V & Queen Mary silver jubilee egg cup

Hercule Poirot can be seen in the kitchen of his flat in the screen capture from the ITV series Agatha Christie's Poirot. He is busy washing dishes, no doubt applying order and method. The egg cup in question is a King George V & Queen Mary silver jubilee Porcelain Egg cup that dates to 1935.

Seen on eBay: King George V & Queen Mary silver jubilee porcelain Egg cup - Click picture to go the the eBay listing

A gift for Miss Lemon

Poirot reveals a gift from his trip to Egypt

In the episode The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, Poirot (David Suchet) presents Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) with a statue of the goddess Bastet on his return from his trip to the Valley of the Kings. Miss Lemon was mourning the loss of her cat "Catherine the Grate" and Poirots gift was much appreciated.

Poirot tells the story of the cat from the Egytian Tomb
Miss Lemon is delighted with her gift

  An original statue of Bastet was presented to the British Museum in 1939.

Bastet Egyptian Cat Statue Gayer-Anderson Museum Replica

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Hasting’s Leica Camera

Hastings uses a Leica DRP Camera Ernst Leitz Wetzlar

In Wasp's Nest ( Agatha Christie's Poirot)  Captain Hastings uses his latest gadget,  a Leica DRP Camera, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar No. 438227 with a leather case, as seen in the photos below from a similar one seen on eBay. Click any of the photos to see more details of the camera on ebay.

Hastings uses a Leica Camera like this one in Wasp's Nest

Camera Detail: Leica DRP Camera Ernst Leitz Wetzlar No. 438227

Poirot’s Old World Globe


The globe on Hercule Poirot's desk is an ancient world globe with Latin text. It adds interest to his desk but is not much use as a map of the world for someone who values mathematical precision and accuracy. However it is highly visible on Poirot's desk in many scenes and one just like it can be found on eBay as I discovered.

Latin Globe on brass stand

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This ancient world globe on brass stand is about 8" tall and is stamped Made in Italy along with Mod. Dep.

The shape of the stand and the detailing on the map match the globe on Poirot's desk. It is for sale on eBay.com this week.

A closer look at the detail on the globe

Hercule Poirot’s Aftershave Cologne

Poirot applys his new G.F. Trumper Aftershave in the eposide "HOw Does Your Garden Grow?"

In the acclaimed TV series Agatha Christie's Poirot (David Suchet) is seen using the vintage Geo F Trumper Aftershave Cologne in a crown top bottle such as the Wellington (1876) which is a vintage fragrance well suited to the era of the original novel.


Gift Idea: Buy it on Amazon

Boirot buys Cologne from Mr Trumper
G, F Trumper, 9 Curzon St., London

Reference : https://www.trumpers.com/product_detail.cfm?product=111547189

Hercule Poirot’s Elephant Statue

Poirot's Study: Notice the white elephant figure on the left of the picture.

In  Agatha Christie's Poirot S13 E1 Elephants Can Remember we notice a seated elephant ceramic piece in the screen capture above of a scene in Hercule Poirot's study. This classic TV series starring David Suchet, the definitive Poirot, is a masterpiece and known for it excellence in production design with wonderful sets and period locations so its a delight to spot details in the set dressing.
I located a pair of present day bookends that are a close match so it is possible that single elephant seen on the show was one of a pair. Perhaps one one on the show was a 1930's piece but you can have the more recent pair below at an affordable price on eBay : https://www.ebay.com/itm/Urban-Trends-Trumpeting-and-Sitting-Up-Elephant-on-a-Platform-Bookends-Set-of-2/391923951377

Travelling with Agatha Christie

Cream Tea with Clotted Cream and Scones - a favorite of Agatha Christie
Cream Tea with Clotted Cream and Scones - a favorite of Agatha Christie

I called in to Marks and Spencer yesterday to pick up some of their clotted cream - fortunately it was in stock - it is frequently sold out here in Ireland and hard to find anywhere outside of the UK,  appparently because it does not travel well. I began to appreciate traditional cream teas (the cream is not actually served in the tea but on the scones) after I read an account in Agatha Christie's autobiography about her taste for the local Devon clotted cream   Continue reading Travelling with Agatha Christie