Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Priceless artifacts stolen from Dyckman Farmhouse

From the NY Post:

A mahogany writing table from the late 1820s, two elegant perfume bottles dating back almost 200 years and a collection of antique jewels were among 43 artifacts swiped when the city Parks Department renovated the storied Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, The Post has learned.

City records obtained yesterday by The Post reveal an alarming list of period pieces, lavish d├ęcor and jewelry stolen when the Parks Department and the nonprofit Historic House Trust hauled belongings out of the Inwood museum for an interior renovation.

Thieves also nabbed two pins made of gold, sheet metal and diamonds and dating as far back as 1800. One of them was adorned with 13 diamonds.

Also stolen was a cherry cradle owned by the Dyckman family.

A museum official said it was impossible to assign a value to the artifacts.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sooner or later they will all show up and the thief will be arrested. Remember the autograph thefts from the Roosevelt Museum in Long Island a few years ago?

These things are unique, they cannot be disguised.

Sam said...

my old neighborhood!
I remember school trips to that place. What a shame. I hope the pieces are found and returned in good condition

Anonymous said...

Inside Job or a drug addict.

Bowne House Life Member said...

Anyone want to look into Bowne House?

snicker snicker snicker

Anonymous said...

These things are unique, they cannot be disguised.


Dont kid yourself, they have been ripping the pipes out of Queens historic properties (designated and not) for years.

The bricks of Old Astoria Village line the patios of Houston.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so they don't assign someone (or several people) to keep a hawk's eye watch over people they let in to the place? Pretty darn stupid.

Anonymous said...

Historic House Trust has a lot of explaining to do.

Anonymous said...

Re: Old Astoria Bricks in Houston.
It's old fair, after all, we have the namesake of Ft Worth buried under Fifth avenue.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2063429/the_general_buried_under_new_yorks.html?cat=8

Anonymous said...

its a shame no respect for the DYCKMAN FAMILY THAT HOUSE MEANS ALOT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY HAS BEEN ROB. WOW SORRY 2 HERE THAT