Premier Estate Sales Network’s event in Missouri City, Texas turned out an unexpected story of family heirlooms when Emil Knodell purchased a handcrafted walnut chest topped with marble for the modest price of 125 dollars.
An enchanting story for treasure hunters and history aficionados. At the sale, Emil Knodell who comes from Bellville, Texas purchased the chest drawers to be placed in his house. When trying to load the chest for transportation back to his home, metallic sounds were heard from its insides. It was discovered that beside the three obvious, beautifully embellished drawers, a secret compartment had been built inside.
To Mr. Knodell’s surprise, the metallic sounds came from a small treasure hidden in the secret compartment. This drew the exclamation:
„And we opened it up and three of us looked in and it was like the ‘Hardy Boys.’ Holy smokes, jackpot!”
What drew the exclamation were the diamonds, rubies and emeralds alongside cold and silver coins all stacked up against the walls of the secret compartment. Paper money from around the world, stamps and Civil War medals held them company. The small fortune is estimated at approximately 10,000 dollars so far. Nonetheless, Mr. Knodell has no intention of following the finders-keepers rule.
He declared that it would simply feel unrighteous to keep the belongings that are probably dear to another family. He also added:
“I bought the chest drawers. I didn’t buy those things. If I kept them, I would never feel right about it. There would be a cloud over the whole thing.”
Searches for previous owners have started and found that the rightful owner would be the son of the last known owner.
And, as a beautiful ending to a story, the officials of Primer Estate Sales Network said that it was established that the family delightful trinkets will be returned on Thursday.
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