THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The Metropolitan Police in London are asking for information relating to the theft of an historic US/UK pocket watch from an antique store in Islington.
The 14 carat gold watch was presented by former US President Woodrow Wilson, and is inscribed "From the President of the United States to Charles J Lawrenson, the master of the British steamship Nubian, in recognition of his humane services in effecting the rescue at sea on March 7th 1914, of the master and crew of the American schooner Julia A Trubee." (A photograph of the inscription can be seen below).
The watch, which has an estimated value of between £17,000 and £20,000, was taken from Pierrepont Arcade in Islington on Saturday, December 12. At 12:30pm, a man entered the shop and claimed he wanted to buy a vase. His payment was declined, and while a shop worker returned the vase, the man is believed to have opened a display cabinet holding the watch before leaving the shop with the item.
PC Joshua Brown, from Central North Basic Command Unit at the Metropolitan Police, said that "The owners of this watch are very distressed. The item had been in their family for a long time and I would urge the person who stole it to return it as soon as possible."
Antiques dealers and others interested in artefacts with US/UK links are being asked to remain vigilant, and if you see the item, to please contact the police on the UK telephone number 101 or via Twitter (@MetCC), quoting CAD 1857/15Dec, or by anonymously contacting CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
A CCTV image of an individual the police would like to speak with in connection with this case has also been released, see news.met.police.uk/images/cctv-2106418.