Derby Museum and Art Gallery is renewing its appeal for information about the theft of a large number of coins, medallions and watches from the reserve collections store.

Around 1,100 small objects were taken. The theft was discovered by staff carrying out a routine inspection.

When the museum and police distributed images of the stolen artefacts nationwide, an antiques dealer in Birmingham came forward with some of the items, leading to the recovery of more than 100 pieces, including a large number of 17th century trade tokens.

Some of the most important missing pieces are a group of about 40 watches and watch movements, including three made by the famous Lunar Society member, John Whitehurst. Mainly dating from the 18th and 19th century, these pocket watches are clearly identifiable as they usually have the maker’s name and a serial number engraved into the metal.

Other missing items include a very early Derbyshire football medal awarded to a Fred Cropper of Derby in 1888 and a tug of war medal won by Mr F Burton in Derby’s peace celebrations at the end of the First World War.

Derby Museums trustee Jonathan Leach said: ‘It is extremely sad that the people of Derby are deprived of seeing and enjoying these important collections. We are appealing again to the public to come forward if they have come across or been offered any small historic coins, medals and watches that may have a connection to Derby. The Museum will happily check any items against its records and we are very grateful for any assistance.”

Additional Info

Police Incident Number05/2013
Police ForceDerbyshire Constabulary 0345 123 33 33