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Series looking at the value of household junk. Helen and her daughter Lisa from the idyllic countryside surrounding Darlington attempt to agree on what should go to auction.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the programme that helps you hunt

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for hidden valuables in your home then sells them with you at auction.

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Today I am in County Durham in the north-east of England.

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It's an area that is home to a spectacular cathedral,

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historic coal mining and the first-ever steam train.

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It's currently here at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum,

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which has recently undergone a ?1.7 million facelift.

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I'm on my way to meet a lovely lady and her daughter who live in

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the heart of the countryside just outside of Darlington.

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They called in the Cash In The Attic team to help them raise money

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to fund a project that means they'll get even more pleasure out of this beautiful countryside.

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'Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic - John whets our appetites with some tasty valuations.'

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Is it a bread-and-butter price, John, or can we put some jam and cream on it?

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'A fine old piece of naval history sets sail for auction.'

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Taking a last look at Grandfather's desk? Yes. Second thoughts about it?

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of Darlington is the home of keen photographer Helen Crute.

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It's the ideal location for Helen to indulge in her passion for photography,

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whilst her daughter Lisa uses the spacious grounds as a paddock for her three Shetland ponies.

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This mother-and-daughter duo just love the outdoor life, but we're here to hunt for antiques.

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So I just hope it doesn't prove to be too much of a struggle keeping

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these girls indoors today.

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Good morning, John. Good morning, Angela.

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I see you wearing your city slickers pin-striped suit, but look, we're in green welly country here.

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I'm sticking out like a sore thumb. If you'd have told me, I'd have brought my wax jacket.

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Interestingly, the family we're about to meet have lived in this area for years,

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but they've got a strong sea-faring connection.

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Ah, well, let's hope we find some hidden treasure today.

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I'm sure we will, John-lad. So lead the way.

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Permission to go ashore?

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Permission granted, John, because with such stunning surroundings

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And that's the River Tees?

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Yes. It is such a fabulous location.

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We're delighted to be here, but why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, I am a hoarder.

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I come from a family of squirrels, and I just have so much stuff.

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I've got thimbles. I've got cameras. I've got pens.

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I've got plates. I've got mugs.

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My children keep saying, "for goodness' sake, Mother, get rid of it."

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So it seemed like a good idea.

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Is this a good idea, Lisa? You want her to have a clear-out?

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Yes, it's long overdue. There's a lot of stuff to sort through.

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When we've sold it, what are you hoping to spend the money on?

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Well, Lisa is very into horses, and she has three Shetland ponies, which she likes to drive,

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and we need a new carriage for one of them, so we thought we will try and aim to get one of those.

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Get a new carriage. How much is a new carriage going to cost you?

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?700 is the target for Lisa's new carriage and one

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person who has already cracked the whip on our search for collectables is antiques expert, John Cameron.

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John, I'd like you to meet Helen and Lisa.

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Hello, Helen, Lisa. Hello.

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What a pretty little table. What's the story behind this one? It was my grandmother's table.

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My grandmother lived with us from me being about three and I don't remember it not ever being around.

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Tell us all about it, John? It's called a tilt-top table.

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They're often called supper tables or wine tables, even tea tables - tripod, snap-top, tilt-top.

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You hear a variation of names there.

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A pretty standard format, but the good news is the top and base are

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original together and there are a couple of tell-tale signs.

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One, if it's been used on another table, you'll often see the redundant screw holes.

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But this is a perfect fit. There are no redundant screw holes.

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In the auction house these days I would expect this to make around ?120-180, something like that.

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Is that the kind of price you would be happy to see it go at, Helen? I guess, yes.

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I wouldn't be happy to see it go, but I would rather it went to someone to have it and use it,

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instead of trying to find a corner. Yes, it does stand in the corner,

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but it looks daft stood in this corner!

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It will look lovely in somebody's house. We've got a great start.

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We're out of the starting gate with an estimate of ?120 for the tilt-top table.

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Let's hope we can keep up the good work and that there's no shortage of items to look at.

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Lisa examines this 1920s sheet music cabinet,

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hoping it might add nicely to the fund,

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but sadly John values it at a modest ?25, hardly music to our ears.

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We'll need to do something better than that if we're to afford the new carriage for her pony.

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What's the story behind them? My mum had a thing for Doulton figures.

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She had a lot. My mum-in-law liked them as well.

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This particular figure here, Diana, there's about four or

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five versions of Diana that Doulton have produced over the years.

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This is the first version.

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Now, of the first version, there are three varieties.

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You have the first one, which is pink and turquoise.

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The second variety, which is just turquoise.

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And then the third which is pink, and I think this is the third version.

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Sadly, the other two versions are more expensive.

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They're all fairly early figures.

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They were all introduced kind of pre-war and enjoyed different lengths of production.

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Well, I think these particular two here are probably slightly more valuable than those two.

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I would put these in at about ?50-70 each and those at about 40-60 each.

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So you would be happy for them to go at that? Yes, I think so.

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Yeah? Yeah.

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Let's put them down somewhere safely before there were three! Yes.

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It's disappointing these figures are not the most desirable of the Diana range of

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Doulton ware, but nevertheless, ?180 is not to be sniffed at.

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Lisa's determination to raise the money for

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her pony's carriage is obvious, but she fails to find anything of interest in the spare room,

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but Mum, Helen, has more luck - finding a ship's barometer valued at ?30-40.

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As Helen and John continue to hunt for valuables, I head to the paddock

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to find out more about Lisa's beautiful Shetland ponies.

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Lisa, have you always been wanting to ride and drive horses?

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Yes, as all young girls, I think I always wanted a horse when I was

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a child, always going for riding lessons, you know?

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But three ponies and all three have different personalities.

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You can tell when you get to know them. Shetlands always look so cute when they're in the shaft

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in front of a little trap, but what was the attraction for you of learning to drive?

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It's just the love of the Shetlands.

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They're such lovely ponies, such characters.

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I have three and each one has a different personality.

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Obviously I can't ride Shetlands, so driving is the next thing to do.

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What sort of a trap are we going to see you and Coriander in?

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I'd like to get something I can take to shows.

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I've got a little carriage at the moment, but it's basically an exercise cart.

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It has got old motorbike wheels on it. It's not very pretty, but it's functional.

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I'd like something that's a little bit smarter that's going to

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make her look nice - nice and new and shiny.

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And bring home the rosettes. That would be nice!

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OK, bye, Coriander.

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We're just going to raise some money for your new trap.

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since the mid '60s, and values it at ?50-100.

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'And I may just have found something myself.'

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John, come and join us a moment because I think you might want to look at this desk.

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Helen, tell us about the history, the family background to it.

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Yes, my grandfather, as you know, was a captain, and he used to go to sea and take his desk with him.

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This was the desk he used to take on board ship with him.

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He was the captain of the Empire Windrush, which was the ship that brought the first immigrants from

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the Caribbean in June 1948, and there's a very good chance this desk was aboard ship with him.

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It looks a little bit tired, if I'm brutally honest, but then that's

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consummate with the wear and tear that it's undergone and its age.

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Nice to see those handles. They're original, but where you've got those little loops

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going down and they knock the wood, if you have a look, you

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can see there's bruising under each one of those handles, which shows they've been there all that time.

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about ?100-150, might make a bit more, but that's where I'd want to start the bidding.

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Is ?100 acceptable, do you think, Helen?

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Yes, because it does need work doing to it.

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I'd rather it went for ?100 and somebody restored it than have it

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sit in my storeroom festering and deteriorating as it has.

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And it'll take not just the desk, it will take all that history with it for that ?100.

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Shall we go and see what else we've got lurking in this house?

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So it's off to auction for this quite historic piece of furniture.

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'On the mantelpiece, I discover this Ancient Order Of Foresters

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'transfer-printed bowl which John thinks could fetch between ?30-40.

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'There are collectables all over Helen's house, and John thinks

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'this collection of brassware

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'could fetch between ?20-30.

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'But it's not just the house that's full of interesting items.

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'There's more to see in the grounds.'

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I happen to think it's a load of rubbish.

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So you got me in here to get this fireplace out?

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Yes, you know, that would be good.

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It used to be in the house when we first moved in.

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It was in the living room, had an open coal fire in there.

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Mum and Dad did some alterations about eight, nine years ago, and it's been dumped in here ever

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since, and it's in the way and really, if we could get rid of it, it would be great.

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These fireplaces date from the 19th century.

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They're made of cast iron and they were made literally in their millions by big foundries.

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Iron founders, like Colebrook-Dale and many others and it kind of went along with the explosion in

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the population and the growth, the amount of housing that was going up, and so every household in the land

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had a cast-iron fireplace of varying sizes, and some were grander than others, but they were made

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to standard sizes, so you'd be able to go and

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But nevertheless, it's still a sellable item.

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Sometimes you can come across an original fireplace

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where the tiles would actually be worth more than the fire surround. Really?

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They were made by people like Minton and Doulton and many other

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well-respected household name potteries from the Staffordshire area.

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Occasionally you'll find the tiles are worth more than the fireplace.

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But I think we can sell this. It seems to all be there.

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Not huge sums because not everyone is looking for a big cast-iron

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fireplace, but I still think we'd get ?60-80.

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On a good day, possibly ?100, but certainly ?60-80.

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That would be brilliant. I just hope my mum will let me sell it!

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You just want it out of here. I do, definitely!

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Come on. Let's see what else we can find. This looks like a virtual TARDIS in here.

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?60-80 isn't bad for an item that has been left out in the cold.

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Let's hope it heats up the auction room.

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This sounds like a right trip down memory lane here.

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These are photographs from your early days because you were an industrial photographer? I was.

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What is that, exactly?

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It can be all sorts of things.

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I was employed to take photographs inside the glass tanks.

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We did visiting dignitaries.

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We did passports of the directors and scenes of accidents,

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which in a glass works, there was quite a lot of.

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It could have been a bit gruesome, I think.

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It was on one particular occasion.

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There was somebody chopped the end off his finger in a lathe

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and they wanted a photograph of the lathe with the finger in it.

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And I had to go and take the photos, and all the men were standing in a big semicircle, around watching me,

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"Oh, yeah, what's going to happen here?"

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Waiting for you to pass out? Yeah, I think so.

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But you didn't. Oh, no way!

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'Thank goodness for that. I think one hobby is quite enough for Lisa, and with the pony's

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'carriage still some way out of reach,

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'we need to get back to looking for goodies to take to auction.

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'We'll leave no stone unturned today and Helen comes across

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'something gathering dust in the study.'

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John, you know I said I came from a family of squirrels?

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Yes. Well, I seem to have squirreled these away. Are they worth anything?

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Fountain pens. I know you've all been working hard, ladies,

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don't think I'm not a gentleman, but do you mind if I have this seat?

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I think I've been working harder. OK. Where did these come from?

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Some of them were my father's, some of them grandfather's, some of them were my father-in-law's.

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My husband always uses a fountain pen.

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He hates using biros and he's always had dozens of pens and I just seem to have accumulated them.

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The most common one you will see, and the classic of all,

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is this one here, the Parker 51.

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Well, you'd be happy to sell these?

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Yes, they're just cluttering up the drawer.

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What about the cameras on the shelves? Would you be happy to sell those?

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For much the same reason.

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Again, they deteriorate just sitting around in the damp.

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I know there's a strong link with photography in the family, but they're not ones you're attached to?

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No. What do you think, this lot together?

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It's a real stab in the dark, for you and me.

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What do you think they'll make?

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Lisa? Oh, I don't know. Come on. ?30?

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I haven't a clue. Come on, just a figure?

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Higher or lower?

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Um...?50.

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Well, funnily enough, you've both hit my estimate

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because I would have suggested ?30-50, so I'm happy.

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It doesn't look like I'll offend anybody.

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So, we'll go with ?30 or ?50, and we'll see who was closer, yeah?

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OK. All right. Yeah, right. I'll say ?40, I was in the middle! OK!

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John hopes that by adding the cameras to the lot, it'll appeal to a wider range of bidders.

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Let's just hope he's right.

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It's been a busy old day with much to see.

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We've searched high and low and just when I thought there was nothing else to discover, an item

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turns up that's amazingly managed to remain completely unnoticed all day...

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until now.

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Helen? Now, I couldn't fail to miss this tangerine vase here.

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No, it's quite obvious, isn't it? Yes.

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Now, this is something that's really eye-catching, and something that's a definite goer for auction.

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Really? But we need to get your feelings about it first

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before I start helping myself to everything.

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Which I am inclined to do from time to time.

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Is this something you're attached to? Not specially. No?

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We bought it, I would think, in the early '70s, because at the time it went with our colour scheme and I

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It's a very modern glass, if you like, but Whitefriars is actually quite an old firm.

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It was first established in the 17th century.

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In the post-war period in this country, we were very heavily influenced,

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or our glassmakers were, by what was going on in Scandinavia and some of their organic forms and

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very subtle colours, and Whitefriars were soon to take up that lead and produce wares in that kind of vogue.

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In the 1950s they employed a talented designer called

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Geoffrey Baxter and he introduced and designed their textured range, of which this vase is one.

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Do you like this? I did. You don't now?

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I love the shape and I do love the feel of it, but I don't like the colour.

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I absolutely love this. This is my favourite colour.

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It's tangerine, it reminds me of Christmas when tangerines come out, it's like a big boiled sweet.

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Are we back to food again with you, John?

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Lovely piece of Whitefriars, that, isn't it? Going to auction?

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It is very collectable.

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I think this vase, today at auction, would be at least about ?80-120.

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Really? Do you remember what you paid for it when you bought it?

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It wouldn't be anything like that!

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Well, ?80-100, that's a terrific addition to our total.

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I have to tell you, while John was talking to you about Whitefriars, I was doing a bit of maths.

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I have to tell you, while John was talking to you about Whitefriars, I was doing a bit of maths.

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If we take the lowest estimate on everything that John has looked at today, we should certainly make a

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pretty good sum towards the total that you want, a bit more than ?700,

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actually, because we could be in line for making

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?805. Wow!

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You are joking? No, I'm not. I think we should be getting Coriander,

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in the traces, ready to go, because we're that much closer to that trap.

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I was very surprised with the valuation for the tangerine vase.

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I can remember that from when I was a really small child in our house way back in the '70s

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It looks like we're on target for raising that ?700 to buy Lisa's Shetland pony a brand-new carriage,

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because heading off to auction, we have a mixed lot,

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containing an assortment of pens and vintage cameras. Estimate, ?30.

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A tilt-top table valued at ?120-180.

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A vintage dress discovered by John deep in an old wardrobe

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with an estimate of ?50.

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And the Victorian desk which once sailed the high seas

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aboard the steamship Windrush.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, concerns grow as items fail to light up the auction room.

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We go up in smoke this time at ?15.

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And dreams of a new carriage hang in the balance.

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A bit disappointing. Oh, never mind.

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at Golding Young's auction house.

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Their goal is ?700, because they want a smart trap for those Shetland ponies of theirs.

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Let's hope that today we get some really brisk bidding when their items go under the hammer.

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All of Helen and Lisa's items have arrived safely,

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and hoping that they prove popular with the bidders is our expert John Cameron.

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Morning, John. Morning, Angela.

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That is the most amazing colour.

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Do you know, I think it's the most vibrantly coloured thing in the room today.

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It's a real tangerine dream. Isn't it?

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I wonder if it's going to be a bit emotional for Helen,

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because she is getting rid of things that have a strong association with her grandfather.

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Yeah, but they've got the bit between their teeth,

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and they really want that cart, don't they?

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They do, don't they? I bet Lisa will be glad to see the back of that fireplace from her tack room.

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Let's hope the bidders warm to it.

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Yes. Second thoughts about it?

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No.

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Not really. It's got to go.

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One and a half thoughts, but not second thoughts. Have you put a reserve on it?

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Yes. I would hate it just to go for buttons, so I've put a reserve of ?100 on it. That's a good idea.

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I'm glad you took my advice and put a note of provenance there about the desk.

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That should help. That explains the background to it.

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That's really good, because anybody that buys this now knows it belonged to Captain John Graham Almond, OBE.

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And they're buying the story.

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Yeah, and I stuck a photocopy of his captain's ticket in the drawer just so they can see that as well.

0:24:240:24:31

You'd make a good auctioneer.

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I doubt it!

0:24:330:24:35

She's not auctioning today, but the auctioneer is in place,

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and the sale room's filling up, so shall we go and take our places?

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Yep.

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'As the bidders have one final look at today's lots,

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Lot 121A, our 16 assorted character jugs, Doulton and Beswick factories and various others.

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Who's going to start me at ?100? ?80? ?50?

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?30? Come on!

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Thank you, ?30. Somebody in the room, starting him off at ?30.

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?35, bid ?40? ?40 bid.

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?45. ?50, 55, 60, 65, 70.

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5 now? At 70 bid. 72, if you like?

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72?

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No, last call then, down here all finished. 72. Two fresh bidders.

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75, 78, bid 80. 80 bid. 80? No.

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78, we're over here. Bid 80?

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Going at ?78.

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That's not too bad.

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?2, under my estimate.

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I tell you what, it was more than a ?2 sigh of relief!

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The character jugs, obviously, they were just below the low end estimate,

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'Next up, it's an item that I'm hoping will have really caught the bidders' attention.

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'Well, they could hardly fail to miss it.'

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Now, I'm waiting to see what happens on the bidding for this tangerine Whitefriars vase,

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because it looks pretty outstanding in this room, doesn't it, John?

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It does, it glows. It does rather.

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No second thoughts about it, now it's here?

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No, I'm quite happy to see that go.

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It's grown on me a bit. Seeing it in the room today,

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it looks so nice and shiny, it's quite nice.

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'Well, fingers crossed that Lisa's not the only one

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'who's been won over by the vase. We're looking for ?80.'

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Lot 129A is a Whitefriars tangerine vase with a rustic finish to it.

0:26:490:26:56

What shall we say? Start me at ?100?

0:26:560:26:58

?50 anyone?

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50. ?60 do I see?

0:27:000:27:02

At 60. ?70, do I see?

0:27:020:27:22

'but we can't be too downhearted, it is another ?60 in the kitty.

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'Next up, a lot that's not quite so garish as the Whitefriars,

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'but something that caught my eye nonetheless.'

0:27:310:27:34

I found this next lot, which is a whole box full of brassware, isn't it?

0:27:340:27:38

You're obviously not somebody who enjoys cleaning brass?

0:27:380:27:41

No, we cleaned it all to come to auction, and we were exhausted!

0:27:410:27:45

'Let's see if all that polishing has rubbed off on the bidders.

0:27:450:27:49

'We're looking for ?20-?30.'

0:27:490:27:52

Lot 137A is brassware, a good selection in there.

0:27:520:27:56

Everything you can imagine, if you want a piece of brassware.

0:27:560:28:00

Who's going to start me at ?30? ?30? ?20 to go then, surely? ?20? ?10?

0:28:000:28:05

It'll scrap for more than this. ?10?

0:28:050:28:07

Ten? Fiver? Just need you to scrap for it now. Five bid, eight now.

0:28:070:28:13

Do I see it, at ?5 I'm bid,

0:28:130:28:32

'So, the brassware fails to shine in the auction room,

0:28:320:28:35

'selling for ?5 under estimate.

0:28:350:28:38

'I must be losing my touch!

0:28:380:28:41

'Maybe we'll fare better with our next item,

0:28:410:28:43

'the somewhat neglected fire insert, which John has valued at ?60.'

0:28:430:28:47

I'm guessing, Lisa, that you'll be glad to see the back of this Victorian tiled fire insert,

0:28:470:28:53

cos it's been taking up room in your tack room, hasn't it?

0:28:530:28:56

It has. It's been in my way for quite a number of years now, so I'm quite glad it's gone.

0:28:560:29:01

And nowhere in the house that you could use it?

0:29:010:29:03

No, it doesn't fit in with our design any more.

0:29:030:29:08

So, have you filled the space where it's stood?

0:29:080:29:11

I think my saddle's standing there now.

0:29:110:29:13

Let's hope we don't have to take it back!

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Lot number 145A is a Victorian fire insert with tiled fields to either side.

0:29:150:29:21

Who's going to start me at ?50? 50?

0:29:210:29:42

15. Only takes two to join in.

0:29:420:29:44

?20 now? ?20 bid? No, at ?15.

0:29:440:29:46

?18 now, do I see?

0:29:460:29:48

At ?15 bid. Are we all done and finished at ?15?

0:29:480:29:51

We go up in smoke this time at ?15.

0:29:510:29:54

I think he got it right, went up in smoke there.

0:29:540:29:57

They got themselves a bargain, I think.

0:29:570:29:59

I can honestly remember back in the mid '80s and early '90s, they were going for several hundred pounds.

0:29:590:30:06

It's quite shocking.

0:30:060:30:08

'Failing to set the auction house alight,

0:30:080:30:10

'we achieve just a quarter of the estimate for the fire surround.

0:30:100:30:14

'But somehow I don't think it's going to be greatly missed.'

0:30:140:30:17

Somebody's got a bargain there, haven't they, ?15 for that?

0:30:170:30:21

Can't say I'm that bothered, at least it's not in my tack room any more.

0:30:210:30:24

'Next, an item to which the girls may have more of an attachment.

0:30:240:30:28

'It's their seafaring family history,

0:30:280:30:30

'the ship's barometer, which we're hoping will fetch upwards of ?30.'

0:30:300:30:50

32, do I see? At ?30, your bid, sir. At ?30 bid,

0:30:500:30:53

2 anywhere else? Nobody else?

0:30:530:30:54

All done and finished, then, going at ?30.

0:30:540:30:57

?30. Now, you are really nervous about this auction, aren't you?

0:31:000:31:04

I am. I'm terrified. Why?

0:31:040:31:06

That nobody wants my things!

0:31:060:31:09

'Well, someone certainly wanted Helen's ship's barometer, paying ?30 for it, bang on estimate.

0:31:090:31:16

'Our next lot is something that I think is really rather special.

0:31:160:31:19

'It's the 1960s ball gown with elegant gold embroidery,

0:31:190:31:23

'and it comes complete with a pair of matching satin gloves.

0:31:230:31:27

'John's valued it at ?50.'

0:31:270:31:29

153A is the satin and gold thread work evening dress and gloves.

0:31:290:31:34

Start me at ?50. 50.

0:31:340:31:37

30 to go, then, surely? ?30, anyone, 30? 20?

0:31:370:31:40

?20 bid. 22, do I see now?

0:31:400:32:00

All done and finished at ?48.

0:32:000:32:03

Just again, ?2 under our lowest estimate.

0:32:040:32:08

I've got the ?2, I'll put it in.

0:32:080:32:10

'I think we should be quite satisfied with that result.

0:32:110:32:14

'Just ?2 short of its estimate,

0:32:140:32:16

'which seems to have been a theme at this auction so far.

0:32:160:32:20

'With six items sold, it's time for me to do my calculations,

0:32:200:32:24

'and find out how much we've raised towards the ?700 target for that new pony carriage.'

0:32:240:32:30

We've reached the halfway stage,

0:32:300:32:32

and I think it's true to say that we've had a few surprises and a few disappointments as well,

0:32:320:32:37

but at the halfway point, we've only made ?246 so far.

0:32:370:32:41

So there's a way to go yet, but no problem.

0:32:410:32:44

All the best stuff's yet to come, so why don't we just go and take a breather?

0:32:440:32:48

I like to hold books, I like to smell them.

0:33:100:33:13

There's a wonderful feel about them. And look at how beautiful they are.

0:33:130:33:17

Some of these old books have amazing illustrations and work on the covers. I just love old books.

0:33:170:33:22

When you go to auctions, a lot of general auctioneers, they pile books in boxes,

0:33:220:33:29

and I think the person that really can spend some time looking through,

0:33:290:33:32

and knowing what they're looking at, is really likely to uncover a gem.

0:33:320:33:36

So what should we be looking for? There's a table full of books here.

0:33:360:33:40

What should we be looking for to know this is something that's worth buying?

0:33:400:33:44

You want classic titles in early editions.

0:33:440:33:46

You want beautiful bindings like this, and any sort of provenance that can go with it.

0:33:460:33:50

But it's a fascinating area of study.

0:33:500:33:52

I really could spend hours looking through books.

0:33:520:33:55

So, never be in a hurry when you're looking at your books.

0:33:550:33:59

Number 321A are the four Royal Doulton figures as catalogued.

0:34:220:34:27

There we go, the four Royal Doulton figures, they ought to be, what, ?150, ?200 minimum?

0:34:270:34:33

Who's going to start me at ?100, and we just count from there?

0:34:330:34:36

?100 bid. Oh, good! 10 now for the four Doulton figures?

0:34:360:34:41

110 surely? At 100 bid, 110, 120, 130. At 130, 140.

0:34:410:34:46

Well done. 140, 140. 5 do I see?

0:34:460:34:50

?140 bid. 5, surely?

0:34:500:34:51

At 140 bid, 5 anywhere else?

0:34:510:34:54

Going at ?140.

0:34:540:34:56

And it was a gentleman that bought them.

0:34:560:34:59

We were hoping for more than that, weren't we, John?

0:34:590:35:02

That's ?10 each less than I'd expect them to make.

0:35:020:35:05

A little disappointed with the Doulton ladies.

0:35:050:35:08

We were a little under estimate.

0:35:080:35:09

But I guess the market isn't there that used to be there.

0:35:090:35:27

'which John has valued at just ?25. Surely it's got to be worth that?'

0:35:270:35:32

Lot number 328A is the music cabinet.

0:35:320:35:35

Nice music cabinet on cabriole legs with dropped front drawers.

0:35:350:35:40

Who's going to start me at ?50? 50? 30?

0:35:400:35:42

Surely ?30? We all need dropped front drawers at times. 30?

0:35:420:35:46

20? ?20. At 20 bid, 2 now do I see?

0:35:460:35:51

2 anywhere else? 22, 25 now. 25 shown at the front.

0:35:510:35:54

You can see it being held up.

0:35:540:35:56

At 25 now, 22, bid 5 anywhere else? 22 bid. 5 now do I see?

0:35:560:36:01

Go on, have another one! At 22 bid.

0:36:010:36:03

5, surely? At 22 bid, 5 or not?

0:36:030:36:06

22 bid, all done? Going then at ?22.

0:36:060:36:10

THEY SIGH

0:36:100:36:12

That's just under.

0:36:120:36:14

22. You were hoping it might make 25.

0:36:140:36:17

So I suppose we weren't too far off, but I suppose unless you do have sheet music at home,

0:36:170:36:39

Lot 336A is the Ancient Order Of Foresters, a transfer-printed bowl.

0:36:390:36:44

Who's going to start me at ?30? 30?

0:36:440:36:46

20 to go then, surely. ?20? 10 if I must.

0:36:460:36:49

10, 12, 15 bid, 18, bid, 20 now?

0:36:490:36:51

At 18 bid. 20 now, surely? 20, do I see? ?20 bid.

0:36:510:36:56

22, front row. 5 do I see? 28 and 30 now.

0:36:560:36:58

There's two people who want it!

0:36:580:37:00

You're out again everywhere else. At 28? Front row bid then, selling at ?28. Thank you very much.

0:37:000:37:06

28. Oh! Nearly there.

0:37:060:37:10

Just under, isn't it?

0:37:100:37:11

Not another ?2, is it?

0:37:110:37:14

'John's going to be out of coins before long at this rate.

0:37:140:37:17

'?28 for the bowl.

0:37:170:37:18

'Again, it's just short of its estimate, but it's good enough.

0:37:180:37:23

'The bidders aren't fighting over our items,

0:37:230:37:25

'which doesn't exactly fill me with great confidence when it comes to our next lot,

0:37:250:37:29

'Helen's collection of old pens and classic cameras.

0:37:290:37:49

At 40 bid, 2 anywhere else now? 2, do I see? It's your bid, make no mistake.

0:37:490:37:53

At 40, we're done, we're finished and selling at ?40.

0:37:530:37:56

That's good, top of the estimate, John.

0:37:560:37:59

There's always a first time!

0:37:590:38:01

'Well, that's more like it, a terrific result,

0:38:010:38:04

'and not before time. ?40, top estimate.

0:38:040:38:08

'Is this be the sign of things to come?

0:38:080:38:09

'I certainly hope so, because coming up next we've got the most sentimental lot of the day.'

0:38:090:38:14

You've actually put a reserve on this, haven't you?

0:38:140:38:22

Of ?100. If you have to take it home, where would you put it?

0:38:220:38:26

I don't know, but I'll find somewhere.

0:38:260:38:28

Just to keep it in the family?

0:38:280:38:30

Yeah. I'm not prepared to let it go for anything less than ?100.

0:38:300:38:33

344A is a late Victorian twin pedestal desk.

0:38:330:38:37

The provenance of this lot, which you have seen on the caption,

0:38:370:38:58

Please, please, please. ?50 bid?

0:38:580:39:00

60 do I see? At ?50 bid, 5 bid.

0:39:000:39:02

60 bid, 5 bid, 70 bid, 5.

0:39:020:39:03

At 75, we're going into headwind now. 75 bid.

0:39:030:39:07

80, 85, 90, and 5 now. 95, may I say?

0:39:070:39:12

At 95? 100 now, surely? 100, do I see?

0:39:120:39:16

100? 100 bid. Great. So it's going.

0:39:160:39:19

At 100 bid, any more now? At 100, we're done, we're finished?

0:39:190:39:22

All done and finished, and going at ?100. Thank you very much.

0:39:220:39:26

Did it. You were right to put that ?100 reserve on it, and that was what it went for.

0:39:260:39:31

Your judgment was absolutely right on that.

0:39:310:39:34

Oh, well, it's gone!

0:39:340:39:37

It needed some restoration, so that was probably fair.

0:39:370:39:40

'So, the historic desk is bang on its reserve, and not a penny more.

0:39:400:39:47

'Time for our last lot of the day, the tilt-top table,

0:39:470:40:09

No, it just stood with two of the Doulton ladies standing on it.

0:40:090:40:13

Lot 353A is a Georgian supper table,

0:40:130:40:16

this time with nice tilt-top and tripod base.

0:40:160:40:20

Who's going to start me at ?150? 150? 100 to go, surely?

0:40:200:40:23

?100 bid. 110 now, do I see? ?100 bid.

0:40:230:40:26

10 now, surely? At ?100 bid.

0:40:260:40:27

Any more now? At 100 bid, 10 anywhere else?

0:40:270:40:30

110, 120, 130. 40 now?

0:40:300:40:33

I'll take 5 anywhere else. At 130 bid. 5 anywhere else now?

0:40:330:40:37

130. Going at ?130. Thank you very much.

0:40:370:40:42

The lady in the front, ?130.

0:40:420:40:44

Pleased with that? Yes.

0:40:440:40:46

'And so am I. What a relief! ?10 over estimate,

0:40:460:40:49

'and another healthy contribution to the carriage fund.

0:40:490:40:52

'Phew, what a day!'

0:40:520:40:54

End of the auction, and a bit like your ponies, Lisa, we galloped towards the finishing line there.

0:40:540:41:21

?706.

0:41:210:41:24

So we got there! Just!

0:41:240:41:26

So, can I have my ?6 back?

0:41:260:41:29

It's been two weeks since Helen and Lisa made a fantastic ?706 at auction,

0:41:340:41:39

and they've been out to buy the new trap.

0:41:390:41:41

Really looking forward to getting it out for the first time,

0:41:410:41:44

and putting Cori in it for the first time for our first drive.

0:41:440:41:48

Hopefully she'll take to it all right. Fingers crossed, everything should be great.

0:41:480:41:52

Cori definitely seems to approve of the new, lighter, streamlined piece of kit,

0:41:520:41:57

and the ladies waste no time in heading out onto the road for a test drive.

0:41:570:42:02

'It's great getting out for the first time.

0:42:020:42:04

'I was quite excited when we got going.'

0:42:040:42:06

Cori was a little bit nervous and impatient when we were first putting her in.

0:42:060:42:28

Hopefully we're going to get a lot of use

0:42:280:42:30

and a lot of pleasure out of it, aren't we? Yeah.

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Series looking at the value of household junk.

Helen and her daughter Lisa Crute live in the idyllic countryside surrounding Darlington. Lisa keeps Shetland ponies and loves nothing more that riding them through the country with the use of a trap. But will mother and daughter agree on what should go to auction, and what should stay?