This U.S. vet bought an antique chest with a marble top from an estate sale after the owner passed away. When the ex-soldier found treasures hidden in a secret compartment, he decided to do what any upstanding military man would do.
Ex-Marine and retired marketing director Emil Knodell is fascinated with collecting antiques. So when he learned of an estate sale of a man who had died in Missouri City, Texas, Knodell went to scoop some treasure.
When Knodell arrived at the sale, a vintage chest with a marble top, which dated back to around 1890, soon drew his attention, and he decided to buy it at a reduced price of $100.
“Because it has a nice marble top, I hope to use it in my dining room,” Knodell, from Bellville, Texas, told ABC News.
Knodell heard a rattling sound when the chest was loaded in his car. After further examination, he found a secret compartment, inside which the real treasures were hidden.
“There were rings, diamonds, gold, and all kinds of stuff. It was a real adrenaline rush. Both of us were in shock for a second,” said Jeff Allen, who helped Knodell to load the chest.
Both of them immediately decided to return the treasure to its owner.
“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,” said Knodell.
Emil Knodell purchased a chest of drawers for $100 last weekend in Missouri City, Tex. — and found a hidden section full…
“I’m an old ex-Marine and I try to do the right thing. Jeff also, the man in charge, his immediate reaction was, ‘Let’s call the owner.’ There was never a question of anyone keeping it; it was: ‘This is fantastic. Let’s call the owner and get the stuff back to them.’”
They got a hold of the estate owner, the son of the man who died.
“He remembers that dresser in a house in Michigan when he was a little child—in his grandfolks’ house,” Allen said. “And he had no idea there was a hidden compartment.”
Though this incident happened in 2015, this inspiring story takes us back to the good ol’ days when people believed in honesty, honor, and doing the right thing … even when no one is looking over their shoulder. Remember those days?
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