Man Finds Hidden Treasure in Cabinet He Bought for $100 – And Then Does the Unthinkable
When Emil Knodell from Bellville, Texas bought a wooden cabinet at an estate sale, he had no idea he’d find a small fortune inside.
When Emil Knodell first came across a gorgeous cabinet during a rumage at an estate sale, the 67-year-old’s eye was immediately drawn to its marble top, it high quality wood and the finely carved pattern that adorned it.
When the seller told him the cabinet was 125 years old and that its age reduced the its price tag to $100, Emil knew it was a steal. But he had no idea just how much.
The Hidden Treasure in a Wooden Cabinet’s Secret Compartment
While tipping the dresser on its side, Emil and his friends heard rattling sounds from inside. All the drawers were empty, but they discovered a secret compartment at the very bottom filled with currency, jewelry with emeralds and diamonds, a lock of hair, military dog tags and even Civil War memorabilia.
We were loading onto the truck. It sounded like a metallic waterfall. And we opened it up and three of us looked in and it was like the ‘Hardy Boys.’ Holy smokes, jackpot!Emil Knodell
The Honest Man Who Returned a Secret Treasure to Its Rightful Owner
Emil didn’t have the treasure appraised, but it was clearly worth a lot. Still, instead of cashing it all in, he called the estate executor, who is the son of the man who had died.
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. It’s a feeling more than anything else. I’m an old ex-Marine and I try to do the right thing.Emil Knodell to ABC News
The seller remembers the dresser in his grandparent’s house in Michigan when he was a child but had no idea there was a hidden compartment.
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To express his gratefulness for returning the family heirlooms, the seller offered part of the findings to Emil as a reward, but Emil said he wouldn’t accept items that didn’t belong to him.
The world can be a greedy place, so it’s nice to know that honest people like Emil still exist. It’s important to do the right thing, even when no one is looking.
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