Last week, our home in Camps Bay was burgled and many of our family heirlooms, (some items have been in the family for generations), were stolen. While it’s unlikely that any of these items will be recovered, I wondered whether you could bring it to the attention of your members and alert them to the possibility that these items finding their way into their stores, markets or online platforms.
The stolen items include family silver (listed below) and antique jewellery, inherited from my mother, my mother in law’s family, our grandmothers and great grandmothers. Notably, the cutlery from the two canteens bear two family crests – one a greyhound, the other a crane.
As I’m certain your dealers know, it’s illegal to deal in stolen goods, so please could you ask them to look out for the following, we would be eternally grateful:
- Silver knives, forks, spoons (from two canteens bearing the crests above);
- A wooden case of six bone-handled fish knives and forks;
- A round antique Japanese tea caddy;
- A small silver milk jug;
- A silver wine funnel
- A small ornate, dated (in the 30s I think) silver trophy, bearing the name of Wendy Johnston who had won a horse riding competition on a horse called Rippon;
- A smaller silver tea caddy, which opens asymmetrically;
- A small silver matchbox with flint;
- Silver ice tongs (bird claw design);
- Ornate silver grape scissors;
- A silver toast holder;
- 2 silver candlesticks
- A medium-sized rectangular silver dish with lid
- Another silver candle holder with silver snuffer;
- A small silver cigarette box (pictured in the bottom left corner of the photograph)
- Two sets of condiment spoons on stands;
- A deep silver bowl with rim design.
Please ask your members to look out for antique silver jewellery, most notably:
- A Victorian engagement ring set in original lead, with filigree pattern and five diamonds;
- A small brown leather case containing antique (aquamarine, garnet, two plain gold wedding bands, etc) and costume rings, brooches and earrings (cameo, pearl, etc)
- A red leather jewellery case containing 9 antique seals (6 of which are on rings) – these also bear the family crests noted above.
- There are several jewellery boxes that contain costume and paste jewellery dating back to the 1920s.
- A small leather suitcase containing several antique Victorian miniatures (some included in the featured photographs) wrapped in tissue paper. These are family heirlooms (some include locks of hair) that bear family names. They may be signed Platt or Boucher.
Please, we would be so grateful if you could put the word out to see whether any of the above items can be identified and returned to us.
Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.