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Look out for family heirloom stolen in Letchworth burglary

6 Jun 2019

Police are asking antique collectors to look out for a 9ct gold pocket watch ornament dating from the 19th century which was stolen from a house in Letchworth Garden City.

The 120-year-old family heirloom, which measures 2 inches across and is inscribed, has a red-eyed buffalo on it and was taken from the home of the 88-year-old grandson of the man it was originally presented to in 1899.

Made by JD Clerkenwell, it bears Hallmark 375 and the inscription reads: "THIS TOKEN OF MERIT AND HONOR OF KNIGHTHOOD WAS PRESENTED TO PRIMO WILLIAM SAVILLE BY THE MEMBERS OF THE PHILANTHROPIC LODGE NO GLE 349 AS A MARK OF RESPECT FOR HIS SERVICES IN THE CAUSE OF BUFFALOISM AND THEIR REGARD AND ESTEEM FOR HIM AS A MAN MAY 17 1899".

Burglars broke in to the home in Eastholme Green sometime between 9pm on Saturday, June 1 and 10am on Tuesday, June 4.

Detective Constable Lea Parker, who is investigating, said: “This gold plaque presented to the victim’s grandfather in 1899, is obviously of considerable sentimental value. I would appeal to anyone with information to get in touch, especially keen antique buyers, who may be offered this family heirloom for sale.”

Anyone with information can contact DC Lea Parker by emailing, report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat, which can be launched here.

You can also call the non-emergency number 101, quoting 41/50197/19.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form 

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