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By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

The Secret Compartment In This $100 Dusty Old Dresser Contained An Unbelievable Treasure.

When you get more than you bargain for, usually, that's not a good thing. However, in the case of Emil Knodell, getting more than he paid for meant that he was treated to some awesome treasures that hadn't been seen in years.

Knodell is an antiquer, spending a lot of his spare time at estate sales scoping out the goods. He recently purchased a $100 dresser from an estate in Missouri City, Texas. "It had a nice marble top," Knodell said in an interview. I hoped to use it in my dining room.

Knodell is an antiquer, spending a lot of his spare time at estate sales scoping out the goods. He recently purchased a $100 dresser from an estate in Missouri City, Texas. "It had a nice marble top," Knodell said in an interview. I hoped to use it in my dining room.

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When he and a staff member from the sale tried to move the dresser, they heard a strange racket coming from inside. All the drawers were empty, so they couldn't figure out where the noise was coming from. Then they noticed a panel on the bottom - only it wasn't a panel, it was a secret compartment.

When he and a staff member from the sale tried to move the dresser, they heard a strange racket coming from inside. All the drawers were empty, so they couldn't figure out where the noise was coming from. Then they noticed a panel on the bottom - only it wasn't a panel, it was a secret compartment.

Emil Knodell

"When you look at the front of it, it looks like it has three obvious drawers with molding on the base, but the bottom has a secret drawer that opens up," Knodell said. The secret drawer contained old currency, jewelry with emeralds and diamonds, a lock of hair, military dog tags and even Civil War memorabilia.

"When you look at the front of it, it looks like it has three obvious drawers with molding on the base, but the bottom has a secret drawer that opens up," Knodell said. The secret drawer contained old currency, jewelry with emeralds and diamonds, a lock of hair, military dog tags and even Civil War memorabilia.

Emil Knodell

Most people would consider keeping the find, but for Knodell, it was out of the question. "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."

Most people would consider keeping the find, but for Knodell, it was out of the question. "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."

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Knodell was able to contact the son of the deceased, and all of his father's treasures were returned.

Next, this man realized his Navajo blanket was worth way more than he ever dreamed. It's a true rags to riches story!

Source: abcnews.go.com

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