Looking for antique pocketwatch stole...

Looking for antique pocketwatch stolen in Freeport in 1979

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Sydney E

Jamaica, NY

#1 Jul 13, 2012
Yes, I know this is a long shot, but I only just heard of it from my father today. It's old, circa the 1890s, though it may be older. Inside the names Giovannina(or Giovanina) and Ferdinando Sepe are engraved, as well as a date. The watch is gold and has a bird design on the outside. It also has metal covers that open in the front and back, which I believe is called a "hunter case".

As a graduation present his grandmother gave him the pocket watch, which she bought second-hand and had engraved for her husband for their wedding decades before. Many other things were stolen including graduation money, but the watch had the most sentimental value, because it was very significant that she gave the watch to my father considering all the children and grandchildren she had. It was packed away in a box along with various other belongings, so if you heard of a robbery where the culprits took only the already-packed boxes from a home, that's probably it.

I understand it could be anywhere by now, or even been broken down and sold for parts, but any information would be helpful and much appreciated even if you only vaguely remember coming across it once or hearing about it.

There were many other significant items in the boxes including various elephant statues and an eternity sphere, as well as pretty much everything my father owned at the time as he was just moving back home after graduation. Honestly all that matters to me is the pocket watch, but any information regarding the other items would be good too. Well, that and I have no specific details on the other belongings, so it would be even harder to track them down.

On the even slighter chance that you're reading this and know/knew or are the person who stole it, please at least let me know what happened to the watch and if there is any possibility of finding it in one piece/locating pieces of it anymore.

I'm going to keep the link to this post bookmarked, so even if you find it buried in the archives and read it years from now, don't hesitate to reply!

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