Couple Find 'Time Capsule' of Lost Items Behind 1900 Mantlepiece: 'Rained Treasures'

A rural Pennsylvania couple has shared the "time capsule" of treasures they found behind their mantlepiece while restoring their 1900 house.

Victoria Bowser took to TikTok to show what the couple found, with items dating back over the last century, revealing a lot about the lives of previous homeowners. The video wasn't completely met with support from all 4 million viewers, however, with concern that some of the items could be haunted.

Bowser and her husband, Zane Bowser, began restoring the first floor of the 1900 farmhouse in 2019, three years after Zane moved in. Previously, four generations of the Steele/Beckett family had lived there—making them the certain owners of these items.

On the first day of restoration, May 6, 2019, they took to the mantle in the future dining room. "This was when the fun started," they wrote on social media. "Our first day and the house literally rained treasures."

"I had been chomping at the bit to see what was behind the fireplace in this room so Zane grabbed the corner of the mantle and pulled," wrote Victoria. "An old Ace, Queen and Jack card came peeking out."

The video can also be seen here.

The playing cards read "Frank Steel" on the back, who Victoria explained in the video was the son of the man who built the house, born in 1894.

As shown by their now viral TikTok video, there was far more than just a few playing cards. The couple discovered a ring with a pink gem, a business card for a dressmaker named Mildred S. Bierbower, coins from 1855 and 1856, buttons and a receipt or shopping list from Kittanning Market.

The shower of treasures also included a vest pocket dues book, bobby pins, a clothing pin, a ticket stub, what appears to be a paying-in form for Slate Lick Council with debit and credit spaces to fill in along with a card reading: "For county auditor J.O. Reddinger of Manor Township. Subject to the decision of Republican Primaries. September 21, 1915."

Images showed the items sprawled on the floor, seemingly after decades of being stuck behind the mantelpiece, likely lost and fallen down.

After moving into the separate-level house in 2016, with a "liveable" upstairs, Zane focused on the outside of the building, according to Victoria's social media posts. After their wedding on the land in 2018, Victoria moved in.

Now, the couple has a child together and are continuing to restore the house, documenting the ride on social media. As shown by other TikTok videos, the couple also found whiskey bottles in the walls, which they joked are the cause of the wonky structures, and seven layers of wallpaper behind the paneling—both of which gained them views in the millions.

For most viewers of the "time capsule" treasures, concern lies in the potential paranormal activities caused by Victoria trying on the ring in the video.

"Very cool, but there's no way that ring isn't haunted," commented one user.

It doesn't phase Victoria though, who says it was of no concern in a video response. "Don't worry, we already visited the grave of the girl who died in our house," she point-blank told the camera. "In 1927, a 3-year-old girl died in the house, after accidentally setting herself on fire."

"I would not have put that ring on," said one TikTok viewer.