North West Wales

Antique Eisteddfod chair, marked 1889, is stolen

The 1889 Eisteddfod chair
Image caption The chair was inscribed with three lines or sunbeam symbols

An historic Eisteddfod chair has been stolen along with other antique furniture in a burglary in Gwynedd.

The hand-made oak chair, 120cm (47ins) tall, inscribed "Corwen 1889" and "Eisteddfod Gadeiriol," was taken in Bethesda on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The haul also included an oak bureau and table, a brass Buddha's head, paintings and other ornaments.

The thieves forced their way in to the house in the Coed Y Parc area of the town.

The chair is believed to relate to a local eisteddfod rather than the National Eisteddfod, which was held in Corwen 1919.

North Wales Police have appealed to anyone who is offered any of the distinctive antique furniture to contact them.

Det Con Arwel Jones, of Bangor CID, said: "Sometime between midday on Tuesday and early evening Wednesday, thieves forced their way into a house on the outskirts of Bethesda and stole several items, some being very distinctive.

"A ground floor window was forced open and the quantity of items stolen suggests to me a vehicle off some kind must have been used to take the items away."

Anyone who has any information has been asked to contact Dc Jones on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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