Excerpted from an Ancient Origins article:
Better check out all your dresser drawers, you might have a treasure from the Viking Age hidden therein that you don’t even know about. (Ed.)
3 JUNE, 2019 - 19:01 ED WHELAN
an old heirloom looks likely to make a lucky family a fortune when it goes to auction. They found one of the Lewis Chess pieces that belongs to one of the most famous chess sets in all of history. The Lewis Chessmen are one of Scotland’s most prized historical treasures. The discovery of the medieval chess piece means that we almost have a complete set of these extraordinary Norse chessmen.
Stored in a Drawer
The find was made in Edinburgh and in a family home. According to the BBC “the Edinburgh family's grandfather, an antique dealer , had bought the chess piece for £5 in 1964.” It appears that he bought the chess piece without fully realizing its significance, even though the grandfather had catalogued the item. According to the Daily Mail , “it can be assumed that he was unaware he had purchased an important historic artifact .” The family who owns the item want to remain anonymous.