Prepared to do anything, prepared to burn
As previously posted in our expansion on this Radio Times article, Sherlock’s production designer Arwel Wyn Jones has said of Moriarty’s magpie seal (seen on the envelopes he left as clues in The Reichenbach Fall) that:
The magpie seal was inspired by the music playing on Moriarty’s headphones as he staged his daring break-ins.
That piece of music was taken from Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” opera (The Theiving Magpie). As can be seen above, the stamp used was directly inspired by a CD cover of a live recording of the opera.
If you’d like to incorporate Moriarty’s magpie seal into your graphics (or just use it in general), aliceinhatland has recreated the design and made it available to download as a FREE Photoshop brush. You can download it here.
The brush is also the correct dimensions for creating your own wax seal at www.customwaxnseals.com.
Voici le sceau utilisé par Moriarty pour sceller les enveloppes envoyées à Sherlock dans TRF.