Wednesday - 03 September 2014

Goodwood the latest victim in spate of trophy thefts

02 April 2013Written by ATG Reporter

Sports clubs are being warned to be on their guard after the latest raid targeting trophies took place at the Goodwood Collection in West Sussex.

Several were stolen during a break-in at the members' sporting club, The Kennels, on March 11, and a reward is now being offered. The two most notable trophies seized are The Mobil Oil Trophy,1931, and The Chichester Show Sheep Trophy,1916.

The former is by Skinner & Co., London, and distinctive for its shallow circular bowl supported by half-clad, winged female figures. It stands 16½in (42cm) high. The latter is a more typical two-handled cup and cover, by D&J Welby, London standing 9¾in (25cm) high. However, it is applied with an oval medallion with the image of three sheep, standing.

The Kennels Club premises at Goodwood, near Chichester, once housed the Duke of Richmond's hunting hounds, and were designed by classical architect James Wyatt.

These latest thefts come after a series of recent raids on golf clubs also targeting trophies at a time of relatively high bullion values. Since last August a number of clubs in Surrey have been hit, including Farnham, Hindhead, Tandridge and the Bramley Golf Club in Guildford. One of the items, the Silver Frigate Trophy - the emblem of the 116-year-old Farnham Golf Club - has been valued at £100,000).

A website, www.golfclubmanagement.net, reported: "In August, Branshaw Golf Club in Yorkshire had 12 trophies - which were later recovered - stolen, while last month Seaford Golf Club had 20 trophies taken, which were later found destroyed in a burnt-out car. Windlesham and Laleham golf clubs, both in Surrey, have also been hit." Bamburgh Golf Club in the North East was also said to have been a target.

If you have any information on the Goodwood theft contact police by calling 101. The crime serial reference is 2394 of 110313.

Antiques Trade Gazette is the weekly bible of the fine art and antiques industry. Read articles like this every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette or ATG app. Click here to subscribe today.

Back to top