Skip to comments.This Guy Was Exploring His Grandpa’s Attic. What He Found Is Mysteriously Awesome…Whoa.
Posted on 01/19/2014 3:05:02 PM PST by EveningStar
To most people, attics are just extra space in some houses that hold insulation and bits of dust. But, if you look closely enough, most attics have treasures tucked away inside them, forgotten in the years. One Reddit user, while exploring his grandfathers attic for hidden goodies, stumbled across this medical chest. Its a piece of history.
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Pawn Star Rick would offer 50 bucks, and the Chumlee would get high as a kite in the storeroom!
Well then, get to work and find out about it. Otherwise, it is not a "priceless piece of history." It's just an old piece that might as well have remained undiscovered.
Identify its country of origin and date, to start with, and then start looking for specific provenance, beginning by looking at the grandfather's history, like was he ever in Japan.
and your point is?...
...an Uncle of mind had two Japanese swords put away. He told me he would leave them to me when I was 14...*smiles*..
after he passed away back in and around 1996 or so....they disappeared....never saw them again.
My uncle just phoned me this afternoon. He’s sending me my Dad’s 1983 Mazda RX-7. He put a new engine in it last year.
It is Japanese.
Yes, I recognized the characters.
His point is to ping SunkenCiv. Is that a problem?
Something to help the Japanese after we dropped the two big ones to end WW2? Medicine labels are written in English & Japanese.
..nice car if well kept.
You’re right. They’re a bunch of duds.
It was. He had it wrapped in tarps in his barn, when none of my cousins was driving it.
I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Silver Bullet again. I’ll feel like I’m 19.
Several things stood out to me:
The bit of Scotch tape; a few shrink-wrapped items; what appeared to be a pair of small, corroded battery cells; the glass bottles that appeared to be sealed by melting the tops.
Lots of avenues for pursuing what it could be: pursue granddad’s career and interests; do a search for kinds of Japanese field first-aid kits; search the printed materials for dates; secure the help of a native-speaker/translator; maybe find a doctor with an interest in history to examine the contents and give an opinion about the age of the chest based on how the pieces were packaged and stored.
I can learn to drive manual on a car with a working transmission then.
Great observation! Could be!
Definitely Japanese, the date on the third photo S7 indicates “Showa 7” which translates to 1932. Imperial Japanese Army issue, obviously. There are museums in Japan that would pay a very pretty penny for that thing.
In 1975 my family moved to an old house in a small town North of Dallas (It is now a town of 100K but then it was 750) The house had belonged to a doctor back in the 1930’s and 1940’s and was lived in by his spinster daughter after he died. We found old medical implements,including a set of surgical tools, bottle of old drugs. It is amazing what you will find sometimes
When I got my grandmother’s sewing table out of her house after the 1998 fire, it was full of old notions, including a lot of needles and things that were manufactured in Occupied Japan in the late 40s. I sold the whole batch to an antique store in Norman.
Per the post above, the items in this article are older, though. Very interesting.
That’s his dirty secret ....
Way cool and incredibly rare.
Should sell it or donate it to a WWII museum like the one in New Orleans.
Priceless? No, not at all. Collectors of such things would pay something for it, but this makes it sound like it’s the only one of its kind in the world, which it isn’t. These were mass produced during war time, I would imagine there are a lot of these in surplus and many still in Japanese collectors hands.
It looks to be in very good condition for what it is and so it is a collectable but I doubt it would fetch more than a few hundred dollars.
Very interesting, that chest and contents belong in a museum somewhere.
My father gave me his G.I. survival kit for flight crews in the WWII Pacific Theater a while back. Very cool rectangular duck pouch with two sealed flasks inside for use as canteens after emptying. Medical items in one (including amphetamines) and general survival and fishing tackle in the other. Of course, the Hershey’s Tropical chocolate bars were lousy . . .
I would love finding such things...at estate or garage sales with open house, I head for the basement and the old garage that no one bothered with. Its amazing what most people find as junk that is a treasure from the past..
I'm Rick Harrison, and this is my pawn shop. I work here with my old man and my son, "Big Hoss." Everything in here has a story and a price. One thing I've learned after 21 years - you never know what is gonna come through that door."
I have a buddy, OK if I call him to authenticate it?