This couple moved into their first house in Pittsburgh, which they bought from the previous old lady owner who had been moved to a nursing home. The house is over 100 years old and its unfinished basement contained an interesting surprise.
Just some random boards and paneling, no big deal...
...until I moved the paneling aside. Do you see it?
...aha! A secret (not really that secret, it's pretty obvious) hole in the floor! Replete with a handy pryhole!
It took some prying and grunting...
The open hole...I wonder what I'll find inside.
The first item, what appears to be a silver fork, very tarnished. I didn't know exactly why this was stowed away, but on closer inspection...
1847! Whoa, that's old(ish). I quickly googled "1847 Rogers Bros" and was disappointed when I found this: http://www.centennialantiques.com/1847Rogers.html Oh well, onto the next item!
What's next? A small coin purse? Jingly inside?
LOTS OF COINS! Those are Indian Head pennies, 1905. Not worth too much, but still kinda cool. The big ones are silver dollars. The ladies with the "Liberty" headdresses are Morgan Silver dollars (1890 and 1878). The other lady is a Peace Silver Dollar (1928).
What else? I should add that every time I reached in, I got a little more nervous. There wasn't much light in the hole, and it was pretty deep and even though I have a beard and tattoos, I am not really that manly.
What's this? A copy of Demon Haunted World? This lady knew her stuff!! I wonder if there's any signed memorabilia from Neil Degrasse Tyson!
A beautifully fanned array of XBox 360 games? This is like a thrift store pickup! I better be careful kneeling down like this, don't want to take an arrow to the knee!
An Obama hat! Wow, this is one classy broad. She really knows her stuff. I bet she frequents r/politics!
Upon closer inspection, this too disappointed me. I don't so much mind the "Made in China" bit, but the 80% Acrylic? Come on, that's bush league! At this point, the hole was mostly empty, and I thought I could hear some scurrying. Hesitantly, I reached down...
...a cat! Looks to be an American Bombay. Healthy coat, rather stocky. I wonder what she'd been eating in that hole! Aww!
Whatever it was, she's in good health, and is quite friendly. I will keep her and name her Steve. Only one thing left in the hole, so I reach down, and what do I pull forth?
A safe! I'm having a devil of a time getting this open.