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Clinton Beck Local Antiquities Expert and Vice President of the Wild Rose Antique Collectors Society uncovered a stolen treasure from National Museum.
Fifteen years ago Clinton Beck was sold a Top Hat that had an interesting story attached to it. Supposedly it belonged to Sir John A MacDonald. It was also supposedly taken from a museum.
“I hear many interesting stories about provenance on items as sellers believe that this will increase the value.” says Clinton Beck President of Beck Antiques & Jewellery Inc.” In most cases there is no proof other than rumors and hearsay.”
The top hat in question was purchased and inspected and appeared to be quite normal and of good quality Victorian heritage. It sat quietly on the top shelf of his Antique store for almost 10 years.
Recently Clinton heard a similar story about a Top Hat at a party when discussions of Sir John A MacDonald came up.
“I was stunned to hear a similar story and realized that the hat in question was sitting on the top shelf of my store.” says Beck, “I immediately took the hat down off the shelf to inspect it and had my senior Estate Appraiser John Horrigan go over the top hat.” As he was inspecting the hat and searching for a museum reference number he rolled back an inner band and found the missing museum reference number.
“We were both ecstatic that we potentially had found a missing Canadian treasure.” says Beck “We immediately started contacting museums in Ottawa and Quebeck to see if anyone recognized the number on the hat.”
“After several weeks of searching and hundreds of emails, we finally received the following email from Quebec.”
First I would like to thanks you for contacting us and recognizing the number, on the hat, as a potential museum number.
After doing some research in our archives we can confirm that the hat is part of the National Collection here at the Canadian Museum of History. The story you have, about this hat is accurate, except for the John A. MacDonald’s part has there is no reference, in our file, of the hat being related to him. Effectively the hat was stolen in 1975 from an exhibit at the Victoria Building here in Ottawa.
We are please it has been found after all these years and would be very happy to discuss the return of it to the museum and the reuniting it with its original hat box.
I look forward in hearing from you
Superviseur, Gestion des Collections
Supervisor, Collections Management
Collections Management and Conservation
Canadian Museum of History
Tel: 819-776-8471 Fax: 819-776-8300
“It is a really special to find a Canadian Treasure
Blessed with an unusually warm Friday we hauled our counters and display cases into the Howard Johnson Hotel for the first coin show of the year and we were ecstatic! Looking at the other exhibitors we felt right at home. Banners, signs and displays were being put into place ready for the crowds in the morning.
The morning came hard with snow and freezing temperatures. It looked bleak for the Edmonton Coin Show weekend but as 10 am struck people were walking through the door. Then more people and more people and more. The bleak outlook on the day turned into a euphoric frenzy with collectors, exhibitors and interested parties making their way through the show.
A weekend has never felt like an hour but with so much going on, so many conversations and all the fun had, it was an awesome weekend. Thank you to the Edmonton Numismatic Society for organizing another successful show.
Go to our website www.becknumismatics.com to see our vast selection of coins and complete your own collection! We are updating daily so keep checking back for new coins.
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“Happy homecoming for Luigi statue stolen from Edmonton antique shop in the summer”
BY ANDREA SANDS, EDMONTON JOURNAL JANUARY 20, 2015
When Clinton Beck opened the front door of his jewelry shop to welcome customers Monday morning, a two-metre-tall surprise guest was peering in at him through the window.
A wood-and-fibreglass statue named Luigi, which had stood for about 10 years outside Beck Antiques and Jewelry, was back after a mysterious six-month absence.
“I was shocked to see him,” Beck said Tuesday morning.
“There’s not a scratch on him. He looks identical to when he left.”
Luigi disappeared June 25 from his regular post, standing just left of the shop’s front door at 10447 124th St. and facing the street.
Luigi was popular with customers and passersby, who often stopped to pose for photos.
Staff had forgotten to wheel Luigi inside the night he was stolen, Beck said.
On Monday morning, Luigi made a happy homecoming,
“He was on the right side of the front door, and he was looking in the window instead of facing out,” Beck said. “We moved him right back to where he was supposed to be and he’s standing out there right now, facing the street. There was no note or anything attached to him. He was just there.”
It looks like Luigi was well taken care of while he was gone, Beck said. The statue, with a grey moustache, newsboy hat and sweater vest, was clean and dry when he returned.
Beck thought Luigi would come home sooner, since he isn’t easy to conceal and there was lots of publicity when he went missing. “It’s sort of a hard thing to hide.”
The statue barely fits through a door and whoever returned it likely needed a truck to haul Luigi home, Beck said.
“But we’re not asking any questions. We’re just happy he came back.”firstname.lastname@example.org
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