Trea­sure trove found in­side pi­ano

The Herald - - NEWS -

A SUB­STAN­TIAL amount of gold – de­scribed as “po­ten­tial trea­sure” – has been found hid­den in a pi­ano.

The dis­cov­ery of the “stun­ning” cache of gold items was made by the new own­ers of the up­right pi­ano when they de­cided to tune the in­stru­ment, which they had been given.

They “swiftly re­ported” their dis­cov­ery, and the items are be­ing kept safe in an unknown lo­ca­tion “un­der lock and key”.

Pe­ter Reav­ill, of the Bri­tish Mu­seum’s Por­ta­ble An­tiq­ui­ties Scheme, said: “We can’t say what it is ex­actly be­cause we are try­ing to track down the po­ten­tial true own­ers.

“The cur­rent own­ers did not know what to do but they came to the mu­seum.

“They laid this stuff out and I was like ‘whoa’, I’m an ar­chae­ol­o­gist and I’m used to deal­ing with trea­sure but I’m more used to me­dieval broaches.

“I have never seen any­thing like that.”

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