Tear Down That Wall!

Lorenzo de Medici 1500s Italian Nobleman

Any kind of enclosure that served to hide a person’s activity potentially holds a secret hidey hole. It could be as simple as a loose brick covering a cranny hiding a long forgotten marble collection to a special section of floor under which lie a lock box full of gold coins.

 

Remodeling a home can be quite rewarding for the spirit as well as yielding fantastic treasures as one couple in Austria recently found out when workers renovating their several hundred year old house, discovered a secret room. As the workers broke through an ancient door they discovered part of a suit of armor and a sculpture every bit as old as the house itself. Experts informed the lucky couple that the artifacts had originally belonged to 15th century Italian statesman Lorenzo Medici. There are no clues as to how the nobleman’s belongings got behind the wall of this family house in Austria, but the owners auctioned the items off for 8.8 million Euros, which equals more than $12 million!

Then there is the sad tale of Bob Kitts, a contractor in Cleveland, who was gutting a bathroom in a client’s home when he discovered a metal box wedged between the studs under the medicine cabinet. Pulling the box loose Kitts pried the lid open and discovered that it contained over $25,000 in 1920s currency! “I almost passed out, it was the ultimate contractor fantasy,” Kitts told the Associated Press. With the owner at his side Kitts found another box in the bathroom with $100,000, and two more boxes with various valuables.

Of course, money does strange things to people: Now Kitts and the homeowner, who was a high school classmate, do not agree upon how to share the cache. (pun intended) Undoubtedly, the lawyers will end up the biggest winners from this treasure hunt.

Often as not, the unexpected discovery of treasure can bring out the best in us all as illustrated by Dr Fred Ravens a Boston Dentist who had hired workmen to tear out a wall to make room for his neighboring office.

“I was looking out the window in between patients and the fellow was pulling the wall apart and the next thing I knew I saw a flutter of money,” Ravens told reporters in a December 15 2011 interview. A total of $2,500 in cash was recovered. Ravens distributed some of the money to the workmen but returned the bulk of it to the previous owners who reportedly were “stunned” at his action.

The oddest discovery I have heard about involves 450 year old mummified cat that was found behind the walls of a funeral directors home in Ugborough (UK) near Plymouth

Mummified cats warded off witches

The cat, which is in recognizable shape and still has its claws and teeth, may have been placed in the walls of the house in Devon, to ward off evil spirits. Richard Parson, who owns the house told reporters; “I cannot throw it away so we plan to put it back on completion of the building work. But my wife is not all that keen on it, as she says she will have bad dreams.”  He added: “Apparently 400 years ago people put cats behind walls to ward off witches. It clearly works as, since we have lived in the village, we have not seen sight or sound of any witches.”

A very historic find was made when Carmen Artache and her husband, Balmes Rosa, restored a 200-year-old house in Bloomville, N.Y., in the Catskills. In the process of revealing the original structure, they discovered a closet hidden behind a wall, and a trove of old papers inside that included more than 200 letters, notices, articles and other documents that had once belonged to S. B. Champion, the founder and editor of The Bloomville Mirror, a weekly newspaper published from 1851 to 1871. Almost all the documents, which were in a canvas bag, were from the Civil War years, and included everything from a local boy’s Army enlistment paper (Champion notarized it), to a love poem written by a soldier to his Mary back home. Champion evidently traveled with the army and his publication routinely provided first-hand accounts of the war effort. In a January 1863 letter from Virginia he wrote about the rations required to feed a regiment, “It will be seen that the men are not starved, he reported, most of them are getting fat and I can see that they look healthier, act more lively and appear better satisfied than when I was last here.”

Another issue of the paper contained a longing personal ad placed by a gentleman seeking the company of a female “correspondent to beguile the loneliness of a winter’s eve”; and a notice warning that all dogs, except foxhounds, would be shot if seen trespassing on a farmer’s land.

The finders of Champion’s archives say they will likely donate the papers to a museum.

So there you have it folks, now go tear down a wall and find your treasure.

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Related subjects: http://southpadretv.tv/tear-down-that-wall-1264/ Any kind of enclosure that served to hide a person’s activity potentially holds a secret hidey hole. It could be as simple as a loose brick covering a cranny hiding a long forgotten marble collection to a special section of floor under which lie a lock box full of gold coins.

http://southpadretv.tv/the-safe-4/ Steve Hathcock and Monty Cantu open an old safe to reveal…………But our real story is revealed in the following: Let’s just say that the treasure we found inside that antique safe pales when compared to the value of the contents of a similar strongbox that was lost a 150 years ago. The Mexican American War had ended with the February 2, 1848 signing of the Treaty of Hidalgo. Provisions in this document assured landowners that title to their property would not be taken from them by the victorious Americans……

 

 

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