Among the stolen items is a emerald intaglio and diamond ring that was a gift from Charles II to his mistress
Heirloom jewels valued at $1 million were stolen from one of England’s most famous stately homes in an overnight break-in that turned violent.
Goodwood House, located in West Sussex, is the estate of Lord and Lady March. The Daily Mail reports that an intruder used a ladder to enter a second-floor window at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Jan 13. Lady March, hearing the disturbance, interrupted the man. She was pushed, Lord March struck in the head, and then they were forced to open the safe containing the jewels. The couple was then tied up, freed only when a staffer arrived at 6:30 a.m.
“The theft of these beautiful and treasured items have left the victims Lord and Lady March devastated at their loss,” said detective inspector Till Sanderson. “We are doing all we can try to trace the stolen treasures, liaising with auction houses, stately homes, dealers and those with specialist knowledge.”
Authorities report that more than 40 items were stolen, including watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Among the stolen pieces: a diamond tiara (pictured, above right), circa 1820, valued at $570,000; an antique diamond necklace from the first half of the 19th century, valued at $285,000; and an emerald intaglio and diamond ring (pictured, above) that was a gift from Charles II to his mistress Louise de Kéroualle.
A suspect is in custody.
(Photos courtesy of the Sussex Police)