The British have a dashed good collection of cultural artifacts in their various museums, but lately the coves have had a hell of a time hanging onto it. On Saturday evening a “nationally significant” medieval jug valued at $1.2 million was stolen from the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton, joining a spate of recent thefts at local museums that have left investigators scratching their heads and shaking their fists at the fiends who made off with the loot.
More details from the BBC, what?
The jug is a very rare example of metalwork that can be associated with royalty from the 1400s.
It is decorated with coats of arms and badges and is inscribed with the words “My Lord Wenlok”.
In May 2005 it went up for sale at Sotheby’s and was nearly sold to New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
The dispatch is cheerfully free of information about how the thief stole the ruddy thing.