Re: Stolen - 1920s to 40s records, letters, 1920s shoes, Cassandra book
Posted by yorksgirl
June 09, 10:18PM
Yes stolen during move. Caught: a) a woman who had been paid to help move (not the actual moving firm) putting my property into a car of a friend who she said was there to give her a lift home; and b) a near neighbour was caught red handed by the removal co, trying to run into her flat with a 1930s chair. The removal guys were only out of sight of the van for about 20 secs at a time. Got several items back from that lovely lady - including an Ercol table, and another antique kitchen chair.
Can't really say anymore. Although will mention that she does boot sales in the area.
Although I had retrieved a few items from her, it seemed likely she had more that she was not admitting to but the police would not help - they refused to search her flat.
I suppose removal firms will always get blamed when things are stolen during a move even though it may actually be a light fingered neighbour. This woman was very fast on her feet and I would not have believed she would have had the bare faced cheek to be running up to the removal van in broad daylight and stealing large items. If she hadn't been caught doing it I would have presumed (logically) it was the removal company! Although they were partly responsible, I booked 3 people so there would specifically be one person just covering the door and the van while the others went in and out...but they turned up with just two guys.
unique pair of black wedge heel satin and silk 1920s sandals, highly embroidered with flowers, colours still vivid. Size 4.
Small bucket chair, think it's sycamore wood - it's a blonde wood - was part of an Art Deco bedroom set (now no longer a set, of course...).
Very ornate Polish box, dark wood with highly decorative enamelling and metalwork.
x2 antigue dining chairs, oval tops, dark wood, blue Liberty fabric seats.
Various non unique non vintage items: Dremel set, large circular saw, which was brand new, a metal 5 arm chandelier.
I could go on. Reward still offered for any information leading to identification of the thief / thieves.
If you have been offered any of these items for sale I would be very grateful to hear from you and confidentiality definitely and entirely respected. Thank you for reading.
Natty - thanks for your message too. I have looked on ebay, didn't realise Loot was still going! But I think it is likely they may have tried to sell my stuff via boot sales or for some of the records, specialist sellers. Some of the blues records were apparently very rare, I never got round to making a list or taking pics as they had just sat on shelves for many years.