BRIGHTON (CBS) — Adam D’Agostino is determined to solve a mystery and he has only a few clues to work with.
He was cleaning the basement of his mother’s Brackett Street home in Brighton when he found a gold wedding band on the floor amid pieces of crumbling mortar from the wall. “I thought it was a piece of copper. I grabbed it, looked at it, and realized it was a wedding band,” he said.
WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.
He believes the 18 carat gold band fell out of the wall after being mistakenly encased inside when work was being done to reface it, probably several decades ago.
Tiny initials engraved on the inside read “ALF to EHD” with a year of May 1st, 1934.
“It’s real interesting because it makes you wonder about the history of the house, and who owned it beforehand.”
A carpenter by trade, D’Agostino has several theories about the owner, given the large size of the ring which is probably a man’s, and not just any man.
“I think this person was a mason. I definitely think he was very strong. When you do masonry work your hands get stronger like a rock,” he said. And he takes it one step further, believing the homeowner back in 1934 was doing his own work refacing the wall of the basement, when he mixed mortar and the ring slipped off his wet finger.
“He probably dropped it in a batch of mortar and slapped it in there.”
He knows the chances are slim, but he’d like to find owner. He’s been searching the Registry of Deeds and has found two previous homeowners and a bank repossession, but no match for the initials.
He knows it holds sentimental value to someone who never knew the secret the wall possessed all these years.
“Someone at sometime got married with this wedding ring, probably had children and lived in this house,” he said.