Monday 18 December 2017

Police try to bag antique Irish teapot thief

The missing teapot, which is worth around €1,100
The missing teapot, which is worth around €1,100

Trouble is brewing in Sussex, where the owners of a country home have been left boiling after one of their antique Irish teapots was stolen.

Police in Sussex are now in hot pursuit of the teapot, which is thought to have been made in 1806.

They are asking antique dealers in the area if someone tried to value the silver teapot, which is worth around €1,100.

There in an inscription on the side of the pot, which reads: “To John Boxwell of Sarshill – This prize is presented for the best tier of drilled wheat August 1808 – By James Harvey, Esq.”

The teapot weighs around 26 oz and has a number of noticeable marks on it, including an image of George II, a crown over a harp, and the letter M.

Police in the area are looking to speak to a woman was in the house while the owners were away and signed their names for a delivery made to the home.

She spoke with an English accent and is described as white, in her 40's, about 5'2", of slim build, with dark, swept back hair.

Local police are looking to speak with anyone who might have information on the burglary, according to  East Sussex Priority Crime Team's Detective Constable Gary Baker.

"We want to trace this woman and anyone who has been offered items of this type recently, in particular the silver teapot and anyone who saw anything suspicious around Wych Cross, east of the A22 in the Colemans Hatch Road area, between 18 and 20 December," he said.

Other items that were stolen include silver cutlery, special silver including a cake stand, ladle, teapot, earrings and rings, chocolates and wine.

Irish Independent

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