Sometimes when you move into a new house, the previous owner may leave behind the odd belonging. These are never normally of any worth, perhaps some garden tools or cleaning utensils.

However, when Matt Czar and his wife moved into their new abode, they didn’t expect to find this hidden beneath the floorboards..

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It was in fact Matt’s wife who initially noticed something odd about the floor in one of the wardrobes. She asked him whether he was aware that they had a trapdoor.

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Matt hadn’t even noticed the small latch on the floor. Out of curiosity, they decided to try the handle and explore what lay beneath. 

Upon initial inspection it seemed that there was nothing out of the ordinary in the hole, aside from dust and dirt.

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However, upon closer inspection, they discovered a wooden box tucked underneath one of the sides.

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They carefully lifted the wooden case out of the dirty hole, taking a better look at their discovery. 

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The intricate box had been placed on some plastic sheeting, meaning it had hardly weathered at all under the floorboards.

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Unfortunately the box was locked shut, and with no sign of a key, Matt decided to try and open it using tools to try and find out what lay inside.

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Using just a screwdriver and a hammer, Matt was able to prize open the lid of the heavy box.