The homeowner had assumed that it was nothing more than junk. In fact, the metal box decaying under a tangle of ivy in his Staten Island garden had been left undisturbed for years. But when he eventually prized it open, the man discovered a haul of precious items that left him stunned.
Matthew Emanuel, who has lived on the property with his wife Maria for close to half a decade, works for the firm Bernard Herold & Co as a financial adviser. His house is located in the exclusive greenbelt neighborhood of Todt Hill.