Maureen Jackson, a former catwalk model, has fascinating stories to tell and wonderful items to take to auction in the hope of raising funds to visit her daughter in Abu Dhabi.
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Welcome to Cash in the Attic. We help you find the hidden treasures
around your home and help you sell them at auction.
Well, today I've come to the Kent town of Cranbrook, which is very picturesque.
And this is a fantastic windmill in good working order.
This is Union Mill and it's believed to be the second tallest surviving windmill in the British Isles.
Originally built for a lady called Mary Dobell to set up her son Henry in business,
the Union Windmill was built in 1814.
It measures 72 ft to the top of the cap.
When the mill went bankrupt in 1819, a union of farmers and businessmen took it over,
resulting in the name, Union Mill.
It has four sails, known as "sweeps" in the south-east, which wind permitting,
drive the mill to grind wheat and produce wholemeal flour.
So let's hope we find plenty of antiques and collectibles that will make us lots of "dough"
when they go under the hammer at auction!
Coming up on today's Cash in the Attic -
a pair of hand-painted plates prove to be more valuable than expected.
-You take this - I'm going to drop it!
-OK, follow me!
Jonty learns that the antiques are not just confined to the house.
-Well, I don't want you to have them in the garden a minute longer!
They must be rushed off to the auction sale.
There are pleasant surprises in store at auction.
£85. That's not bad, is it? Considering you thought they weren't worth anything!
Let's see what happens when the final hammer falls.
I'm on the way to meet two sisters who are very close
and have called in the Cash In The Attic team to help them
raise some funds for a family reunion abroad.
This beautiful six-bedroomed country house in rural Kent
is the cherished home of former catwalk model, Maureen Jackson.
She's lived in this house for nearly 40 years and it's been the perfect family home.
But her three daughters have long since flown the nest.
Unsurprisingly, Maureen misses them dearly, but with help from her sister Lynn, the girls have a plan.
Ah! Good morning, Jonty.
-This is fantastic, isn't it?
-Beautiful day, isn't it?
-A fantastic house to go through.
We're meeting two sisters today, one of whom has got a very glamorous past.
-So glamorous antiques, then?
-Well, let's find out, shall we?
I'll meet the family, you find some nice stuff for us.
Good morning, ladies!
-You have started already!
Yes, we have. We're having a little rummage.
Now, Mo, this is your house that we're going to be looking through.
You're the one responsible for calling us in. What have you got in mind?
I have three daughters,
one lives in London, one lives in New York, and one lives Abu Dhabi.
And it's to raise some money towards air fares, basically.
And also, my sister and I don't get much opportunity to get together because of our families,
so we were hoping there would be enough for a nice lunch.
-So, Lynn, does Mo need this clear out?
-She does! It's a family thing.
I'm a bit of a squirrel, but this is major squirrel league here going on!
-Has she got a lot of stuff to get rid of?
-An enormous amount of stuff!
Now what sort of figure have you got in mind, then?
I'd like to raise about 500 to go towards the air fares.
-And how much of that would be for lunch, Lynn?!
As much as possible, really! We'd like to go somewhere and be driven. Be driven home.
If we go to lunch in Tunbridge Wells or Eastbourne, we have to drive. It's always a devil to park.
-And we'd like to have a nice glass of wine, would we?
-We would indeed.
-And chill and toast each other.
-OK, so we need to raise £500 towards the air ticket
and so the two of you can get out and have a jolly nice lunch.
-OK. Perhaps we'd better get on with some rummaging and find some stuff to sell. Come on.
'It sounds like the house is going to be full of items to look at today.
'Which is exactly what's needed if we're going to afford Mo's plane tickets to Abu Dhabi.
'One man who has travelled extensively in search of antiques and collectibles
'is our very own antiques expert, Mr Jonty Hearndon.'
-There you are, Jonty.
I found the most amazing throw I've ever seen.
-It's beautiful. I love the colours.
-Where is it from?
It's from a relation, but my husband's family were all musicians, so they travelled widely.
So I have no idea of the origin of it.
I believe that it was something they draped over pianos at one point.
Now, the peonies give us an indication as to where this throw was made.
I don't know if you've ever looked at Chinese ceramics, for instance?
More often than not, the flowers that you see are peonies. This throw is from China, too.
But what's so extraordinary about Chinese embroidery and Chinese works of art
is that everything is hand-done.
-So everything you see here is all hand-done.
-What is the fabric?
-What is it?
-The embroidery-work is silk.
And the problem with silk, quite quickly, it does perish.
But I see this as very, very good condition indeed.
What very, very good price do you put on it then, Jonty?!
I wish I could put a very, very good price on it.
Because the bottom line is, what do you do with something like this?
Well, I can help you out there a bit, Jonty,
because there is a shop on the King's Road that takes these
and turns them into very, very, expensive but desirable dresses.
-I was going to say, you could wear it.
-Well, yes, as spotted on Gerry Halliwell, no less.
I was going to wear it as a shawl on one occasion.
The only thing I could think of was, I didn't want it on my piano!
But it really does pain me to put a very low value on it at auction.
Somebody will spend quite a lot of time doing something with it.
My hunch is that we're looking only at about £50 at auction.
-£40-£60. Which is terrible.
-It's a travesty, isn't it?
But that's the value at auction. How do you feel about that?
If I could put a reserve on it - it is so beautiful.
Maybe I'll come up with an idea of where to use it.
So if I put a reserve on it, and it doesn't go,
-then I'd be happy about that as well.
-Well, if it's displayed properly...
-..then I think we've got a good chance of it selling for more than that.
But we do need to raise a bit more money towards these flights,
not to mention lunch for the ladies, so shall we crack on?
'£40 doesn't sound like a lot of money for such a beautiful throw, but with high hopes for the auction,
'it's time to split up and commence a thorough search of Mo's stunning home.
'I can't resist looking at some of the wonderful outfits Mo has collected from her catwalk days.
'While upstairs, Mo herself decides that a set of four original paintings
'by artist A Hulk can go off to auction.
'Jonty thinks they should fetch between £100-£200.'
-What have we got there?
Well, they jump out a bit because they are not the blue.
-I actually remember Mo buying these.
I remember her telling us they were five bob for the two. Two pounds, seven and six each.
An interesting back stamp here. This is Copeland and Garrett. Now, this is from the Spode factory.
-Oh, is it?
-Have you heard of Spode?
-Yes. I've got Spode at home.
Well, Spode were the factory that really championed what you see around us here now.
She's got a lot of Spode as well here.
But in 1833, the factory changed its name.
And it changed its name to, as you can see here, Copeland and Garrett.
-OK? And they were only Copeland and Garrett until 1844.
So you can date these plates between 1833 and 1847.
Simple as that. Now we are seeing on this one,
a hand-painted rather than transfer printed decoration of a very early Hampton Court.
-Yes. It would be.
And you can see that, if you hold it closely,
and also run your finger across it, it's slightly raised.
-Can you feel that?
-That is amazing!
The whole thing is hand-painted?
And that is the same on this plate too. If you run your finger across there.
-That's amazing. These are actually hand...?
The decoration that runs round the outside is gilding. So again, that is real gold.
And on the inset here, that's gold leaf as well.
-So they are very, very special plates.
-They are wonderful.
-I don't think she knows about this.
-What value are they?
-Well, we are looking at £100-£150.
-You're joking me!
-Is that good?
Two pounds, seven and six?!
It's not bad. Not a bad return.
-That's fantastic news.
-Shall we go and tell her?
-No, you take this, I'm going to drop it!
-OK, come on!
The plates, I was completely blown away with. The valuation was phenomenal.
But to look at the detail, they are exquisite.
'I think Lynn was somewhat taken aback with hand-painted plates.
'Let's hope they have the same effect on the bidders when they get to auction.
'Up in the bedroom, Jonty discovers a Staffordshire china box
'from the Queen's Jubilee which he values at £20-£30.
'And I find a Limoges decanter and glasses depicting Napoleon
'which Jonty thinks could add another £40-£70 to the flight fund.
'We seem to be progressing nicely towards our £500 target.
'So I head out into the garden to find out more about the history of our former catwalk model.'
Now I know Lynn doesn't live too far away,
but you do seem to have an extraordinarily close bond, the two of you.
Yes, we do. Because our parents had a pub in the East End of London.
And of course, family life is very difficult.
And it was more so in those days.
And so, being the big sister, I used to take her everywhere with me.
And then when I eventually got married, she more or less...
well, she did, she moved in with us.
I understand you were married to someone rather famous? Tell me who you were married to?
A singer called Lonnie Donegan.
He was the originator of the skiffle movement and he went on to have many hits.
I think you're being quite modest,
because Lonnie Donegan was pretty much the hottest pop star of the day, really.
He was, at that time, yes.
-So how did you two meet?
-We met in a jazz club, actually.
I was only 16.
And we got talking and of course, in those days,
the band that was playing, you know, the girls made eyes at them.
And that's how it started, you know.
I understand you also then went into being a model, is that right?
Well, that was when the marriage broke up.
And I had two, well, babies to me.
One of two-and-a-half and one of five.
And I had to do something.
I was tall and, at that time, I was quite thin.
And so I tried it and was able to make a decent living.
I did that until I moved down here, by which time I had married again.
-You have a beautiful home here. It's fantastic. How long have you lived here?
Everybody comes and stays here.
It's one of those houses, you know. I looked after my father.
I even had one of his friends who lived here as well!
It seems you've been looking after everybody for a long time.
I think it's time someone looked after you.
Which we will be able to do if we make the money we need.
So shall we see if Jonty's been busy working?
Come on, then.
'Well, Mo has certainly led quite a life.
'And the excitement doesn't look like ending any time soon
'with her plans to fly out to visit her daughter in Abu Dhabi.
'And looks like Mo's not the only one planning a trip.'
-I'm off on my travels!
Are you now? This is lovely.
I know, this is a fabulous quality travelling case.
All these bottles here are silver-topped.
We've got hallmarks here, which is wonderful. Really fantastic quality.
-So is this another family piece then, Mo?
-No, I bought it at an auction.
Which I thought was a good idea until I tried to lift it!
Yes, it's very heavy empty - imagine it full!
This is a really good quality gentleman's travelling case.
And I say that because we've got gentleman's brushes here on the side.
And the reason why suitcases like this became popular, because travel became more popular.
In the late 19th century, the railways expanded to the whole of Britain.
So this case here would have been made around the turn of the century.
Now, it's monogrammed and this is obviously the owner. We've got WBA.
West Bromwich Albion!
You're absolutely right!
So the whole football team could fit in here! Do you remember how much you paid for it?
Well. it was about 10 shillings. So I guess roughly a pound, I suppose, today.
Did it have these marks on the top?
Some of them. Some of them were there. But I didn't know that there was anything inside it.
-Really? Until you bought it?
-No. Until I got it home.
That was a surprise!
So what sort of value are we talking about?
Well, your 10 shillings has turned into more like £100-£150.
-Oh, I didn't realise it was going to be as much as that.
But it's a nice feature piece.
But, you know, if the price is right, then maybe I will.
Well it sounds to me, Jonty, that you can't count on this being at auction on the day.
-So shall we find something else, just in case you decide not to bring it along?
-Come on, then.
It's a very good reminder of times gone by.
I'll possibly put it into the sale, but I'm still thinking about what I should do with that.
Well, we'll just have to wait and see if Mo decides to bring the travel case to auction.
So, we need to keep on looking for items we can definitely sell.
In the dining room, Jonty discovers a hallmarked silver canteen
which he values at £60-£80.
-Jonty, there's something here you might want to look at.
-What have we got there?
-Pocket watches, OK. What are you doing with four pocket watches in your house?
Well, I've got four pockets!
-So where are they from?
-Just collected them actually over the years.
-Is this collection something you might consider selling then?
Let's take a look at this one particularly because this is very typical
of a pocket watch around the turn of the century.
And for gents, particularly, who would own pocket watches like this, they were their pride and joy.
It was a big event to take this out of your breast pocket on your very grand fob chain
and, of course, it's down to the quality of your timepiece as well.
It shows you just how wealthy you are
and that's the reason why a lot of people would have spent in real terms
an awful lot of money on a pocket watch.
This one here particularly I see has lost its second hand.
That's not the end of the world, it could be replaced.
And I notice, which is wonderful news, that this is hallmarked so this is a silver case and, again,
if you look at this stylised engine turning, that's going to be around the turn of the century.
Now I notice all these other three are particularly in relatively poor condition.
It makes sense to sell all of these four together so our collection here
has got to be worth still a very handsome, what, £100 to £150?
Well, that's very good. I didn't expect it to be that much.
-That's a bonus.
-Shall I gather these up for you?
-It's all mounting up.
-That's the whole point.
The watches were a great surprise to me because most of them were broken
and I was very surprised at the price that Jonty suggested could possibly be achieved.
Well, only time will tell if the pocket watches reach their estimates but it's another good find.
In the drawing room Mo decides it's time to part with some of her old books
including a copy of The Life Of Napoleon Bonaparte by Sir Walter Scott,
which Jonty values at £50 to £100.
We're progressing nicely towards our £500 target but ideally we want to raise more
as the sisters have high hopes that they'll be able to treat themselves to a meal out before Mo's big trip.
Oh, I remember this. This came from our father's pub.
She's been polishing that for all those years, God bless her.
-She clearly doesn't want to throw anything away.
-Oh, no, she doesn't.
This worries me. I don't know.
You're very close as sisters, but it must be difficult getting time together.
-Everyone's life is so busy now.
-We're both very busy.
I've got five kids and, you know, seven grandchildren,
and she's in and out and rushing around like a lunatic.
This is why we'd love to have this lunch, just us, just the two of us,
and not having to drive there or back and that to us would be bliss.
So how important do you think it is for Mo to be able to get to Abu Dhabi?
Oh, it's vitally important. It really is.
She's got Leo now, her baby grandson, and Rebecca and Andrew, they're lovely,
but Rebecca with a young baby and it's the Middle East,
it's not like going to the Med, Spain or whatever,
yes, it's vitally important she goes over there.
Now obviously Mo's told me that she's bought stuff before at auction
-and I'm a little bit worried about that.
-This is what concerns me.
I think that possibly if the shawl does reach its reserve and it goes that she'll say,
"Oh, I quite like that." She'll say, "I quite like that, I quite like that,"
so we may come back with more than we sell,
but I don't think so because I think Abu Dhabi is a prime objective here.
-It's a good focus for her to have.
-And the lunch?
-I shan't forget the lunch!
Go on then, let's find some more stuff to sell, shall we?
'Well, there'll be no lunch for the sisters if we fail to raise the £500 for the flights for the Middle East,
'so it's on with the search and Mo's treasures aren't just confined to the house.'
I've brought you into the garden today
because I've got these two pots that I've been using in the garden.
I wondered what you thought as they're a pair?
They're nice and decorative. You may want to use them in the garden
but they're far too nice to be out in the garden. Where were they from?
They're from my in-laws' house, my father-in-law and mother-in-law's house. I've no idea.
I can't see any markings on them.
They're porcelain vases.
This is a very typical base to a Chinese ceramic, glazed vase like this.
Now the decoration here of these wonderful stylised dragons, Chinese dragons, is famille verte
and famille verte was very, very popular from a design point of view in the early 18th century.
This decoration here is not early 18th century,
the decoration isn't good enough,
so they're probably turn of the century vases, about 100 years of age.
The history of Chinese ceramics for me is fascinating.
They first started crafting... moulding pots 8,000 years ago. I find that quite extraordinary.
And we as Europeans were spellbound by this form known as porcelain.
We had no idea how they were made.
It was only at the beginning of the 18th century that we as Europeans discovered that art.
The rest is history because we ended up having our own historical referencing to ceramics
and creating ceramics in our own taste.
These are great, we can certainly put these into the sale.
Ballpark, £50 to £100.
Wow, that's very good.
-I don't want you to have them in the garden more than a minute longer.
-No, I'll take them straight in.
'That really is quite remarkable for two unloved vases left out in the cold.
'Back indoors, Lynn finds a Clarice Cliff honey pot with an accompanying ladle
'which Jonty values at £45-£75.
'And I spot something in the lounge I think would go even further towards our target.'
This is a beautiful, beautiful picture.
I love the frame. Where is this from?
What's the family connection to this picture, Mo?
It came from my husband's uncle by marriage.
So it was inherited by my husband.
The etching itself, we're looking at Caroline, Queen of England.
She married the Prince of Wales, the son and heir to the throne
but they fell out very quickly and famously she was banished
-from Westminster Abbey.
-Can I say something really sacrilegious?
She looks like a man in drag. She wasn't the prettiest.
You can see how the King wasn't very enamoured.
So many people have never heard of Queen Caroline, and certainly don't know the history.
It's because she was banished, almost wiped out of history books
because she was there by default, certainly for the Prince of Wales.
She was just a thorn in his side for most of his life.
I've never seen one with this sort of royalty thing going on at the top here.
I agree with you. This is a very rare thing to find on the top here.
But what you're looking at here is a gilt and gesso frame, which is very typical of a 19th-century frame.
What gesso is is a plaster of Paris mix,
so all this detailing here is plaster of Paris.
Once that's dried, you apply the gilding on top.
What sort of value are we talking about?
My guess is we're looking at probably £100 to £200, that kind of ball park.
Is it something you'd be happy to let go?
With a reserve on it.
What sort of reserve have you got in mind?
I would have thought £200 to £300.
I understand. I'll make sure it doesn't sell for anything you wouldn't be happy with.
We've run out of time for rummaging.
We didn't manage to find a cuddly toy, but apart from that we've found some very nice items.
You wanted £500 towards the flights to Abu Dhabi.
-And a lovely lunch. Do you think you've come anywhere near that figure?
-I don't think so.
Well, the value of everything that is going to auction comes to £705.
-You've gotta be kidding!
If you were to send the suitcase, I know you're thinking about that, that would make it £805.
-How about that?
-I had no idea about that.
-So that lunch you had in mind...
-Slap up meal, girls!
It will just about cover the lunch.
-You could turn it into dinner, be there all day.
I'm so pleased for the ladies, and all of the hard work searching Mo's beautiful home has really paid off.
So, heading off to auction, we have two Copeland and Garrett
hand-painted plates valued at £100-£150.
A collection of four silver gents pocket watches with an estimate of £100.
Lynn may have thought it was a man in drag,
but the portrait of Queen Caroline could earn us
a very attractive £100-£200.
But only time will tell if Mo decides to bring the fabulous travel case, complete with
the hallmarked silver top bottles and a manicure set.
It has an estimate of £100-£150, but can Mo bear to part with it?
Still to come on Cash In The Attic...
Jonty's expertise reaches new levels.
That's really good.
And some items fall way short of expectations.
-I wouldn't let it go for that money.
It's just over a week since we were with Mo Jackson and her sister Lynn at Mo's house in Kent
when we found plenty of antiques and collectibles
that we brought here to Chiswick auction rooms in west London.
Mo's looking to raise £500 towards the cost of flights to Abu Dhabi so she can go and see her daughter
but she also is hoping for a bit extra so she and Lynn can have a slap-up dinner.
So let's just hope the bidders are very hungry for her items when they go under the hammer today.
There's a flurry of activity at the auction house
with potential bidders keen to find out what's on offer.
But there's one person who has yet to discover a real beauty in the auction room.
-Lorne, she hasn't got much more beautiful, has she?
She hasn't, bless her.
But I wonder if the value of this particular picture is in the frame because...
It's such a shame if somebody separated it,
but this is a bit difficult to live with, isn't it?
She might well be. I think the Prince found that as well.
We've also got that fantastic throw, that gorgeous, huge throw.
Lovely colours. The big question - have they brought the travelling suitcase?
They might have used it on the way up here. Shall we go and find out?
Good morning, Mo. Hi, Lynn.
-So you've brought it then.
-We brought it up just in case.
-Looking forward to the auction?
-Very much so.
-Seen anything you like, Mo?
-I have, but I can't get it in my handbag.
That's a good thing or you'll never get the money for the flight,
let alone the lunch you're looking forward to.
Have you put any reserves on your items?
Yes, on the Caroline picture in the Royal frame,
I've put on £300
and on the Chinese silk shawl I've put £80.
-So, ready to crack on and sell some stuff? Come on then.
It's great news that the travel trunk has arrived at auction.
But with high reserves on some items,
we'll have to hope there's plenty of interest in our items today.
Remember, if you're planning to head to your local auction house
be aware that commission and other charges will be added to your bill.
Our first lot to go under the hammer today is the two Chinese vases,
which Mo kept in the garden of all places.
These sound very flash, but you actually had them in the garden.
I did indeed, I wasn't aware they were anything particularly special.
Let's hope the bidders think they're special.
We're after £50.
Am I bid £30?
35, £40. At £40?
Do I see 45? At £40, any advance on £40?
Going then for £40 only, are you sure?
£40 they're selling. £40.
£10 below estimate but considering they were found in a flowerbed
I don't think it's that bad at all.
Next up is another lot that Mo doesn't have high hopes for, but at least she kept these in the house.
This is a collection of pocket watches, all those that are damaged.
Yes, I didn't think they were worth anything.
Let's see what they are worth.
We are looking for £100-£150.
40 to start me, 45, 50.
Five, 60, five, 70, five, 80,
At £85 I have. 90 is it now?
At £85, do I see 90?
-I'm selling at 85 unless I see another bid.
-One more, one more.
They are going for 85.
£85, that's not bad considering you thought they weren't worth anything.
I wanted a bit more than that.
I'm sorry you're disappointed, Jonty, but Mo's more than happy.
I was very surprised they went for as much as they did,
they were all broken and I'm pleased they've gone and made some money towards the fares.
I think we should be quite satisfied with our progress so far.
Neither of our opening lots held any great sentimental attachment for Mo,
and we've already raised £125 towards the £500 for the flights to Abu Dhabi.
Next up is a collection of old books including the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, by Sir Walter Scott.
We're looking for at least £50.
It's supposed to be one of the earliest and most comprehensive biographies of Napoleon.
-£50-£100 then, Jonty?
-Yes, it will be interesting to see how it sells.
Volume in reception on 110A. £100 for that?
30 to start me. At £30. Do I see 35?
At £30, do I see 35 for the book?
Any advance on £30? 35, is it?
Any further bids on 30? No more?
Isn't quite enough, see the desk if you'd like to increase your offer.
-So it's unsold.
So not tonight, Josephine.
Well, that was a surprise.
Obviously no bibliophiles in the room today
and the books remain unsold.
Let's hope there are some royalists in for our next lot.
We're after £20.
-Any advance on £8 for that modest item?
-£8? Don't insult us!
I think that might be the lowest bid on record so far.
Failing to attract any serious bids,
the Queen Elizabeth box also fails to sell.
So there are no book fanatics in the room, no royalists, maybe they're all fashion gurus.
Let's hope so for our next lot.
Lot number 160A now, the oriental silk shawl.
It deserves an audience, it's such a beautiful piece.
And it's got such a provenance as well.
This is the one you put a reserve on.
Let's hope somebody here's going to be interested.
I'm bid £30 for it,
I'm bid 35 now, 40 I have,
40 with commissions, do I see 45?
At 45, and 50 I'm bid, 55, £60.
Come on. Keep it up.
65, gentleman's bid of 65. Do I see 70? Last chance.
At £65 it's selling.
-Not quite enough.
Well, that was disappointing
but at least Mo isn't too downhearted.
I'm surprised the shawl didn't sell because it is so beautiful,
but it didn't reach the reserve...
so I will take it home and try again some other time.
After a promising start, it looks like our latest lots are perhaps too specialised for today's crowd,
but thankfully, now we've got a bit of an old favourite when it comes to auctions.
Now, the next lot is an absolute top collectible name in the world of ceramics,
Clarice Cliff. So where did you get this from?
From a little hardware shop down the road.
Today we're looking for upwards of £45.
Lot 130A, 20 for that, 22, at £22.
25, 28, £30, 35,
£40 I'm bid. At £40 I have, do I see 45?
At £40, I'm selling at £40 unless I see 45 quickly. All done at 40.
-£40. I still think that's good for what you paid for it.
£40 for the honey pot, I don't think we should be disappointed with that,
considering our recent run of no sales.
Time to do my calculations and work out how much we've raised so far
towards the £500 for Mo's flights to Abu Dhabi, and of course, the meal out.
We are halfway through our lots, we've not done that well really
because the shawl is unsold, the book didn't go,
however, we have started ourselves off a bit towards our fund
because we made £165.
-I'm surprised, are you?
-Yes, I'm pleased about that.
At least we'll get lunch if nothing else.
-Let's hope we make more this afternoon.
We're only halfway through the auction, so we should keep positive,
but we've still got lots of good items to come,
and while Mo and Lynn take a quick tea-break, Jonty's got something special to show me.
-I wondered where you'd got to.
-Come and look at this collection.
This group here is a private collection of Meissen figures.
Meissen being the German factory, they were credited for inventing European porcelain.
Those first figures they produced, everything came from the factory
were Chinese based because that's what they would try to copy.
But soon thereafter they started producing European lines.
This is really what we are looking at here.
This is the earliest piece.
Our little cherub here, believe it or not, is about 1740, 1760 in date.
-If you have a look here, there's a lot of damage.
-What can you expect after that many centuries?
but collectors are very fussy and want figures like this to be in mint condition,
then you'll pay top dollar. But he's still worth £200-£300. I can't wait to see where the hammer falls.
You won't have to wait too long, the second half of the auction is about to start.
The next of our items is one of my personal favourites.
Lot number 370A now.
A fitted suitcase with part contents.
It's the travel trunk with the silver-top bottles and manicure set.
We are looking for upwards of £100 and it appears I'm not the only fan.
If that doesn't go, I said I'd buy it for my husband for his birthday
because he's a great West Bromwich Albion supporter.
But if it doesn't go, I don't know if we can carry it home.
Commission interest in this starting at £50 and five, £60,
five, £70, five, £80 I have.
£80. 85 now. At £80.
Any advance on £80? I have £80.
Commission bid. Do I see 85 in the room?
No more, at £80.
£80 then, that's not bad.
-It certainly helps.
-A bit towards it.
Goes towards our lunch.
We hoped for more than that,
but £80 is a good addition towards our £500 target for the tickets.
Let's hope our next lot of four watercolours
by the incredible artist, A Hulk, fare even better.
We're after at least £100.
What do you know about the pictures? Where did they come from?
They came from my husband's aunt.
And were just stashed behind an old armchair.
So we took them and had them framed.
50 to start me then. £50. And 60.
At £60, is it? 70 for lot 360A? At £60. Four in the lot at £60.
70 near me. 80. 90. 100.
Are you bidding? I've got 90 here.
Are you bidding 100? £90 the bid is, next to me.
At £90. No more? At £90 then. The bid's here.
-Happy about that?
Not bad! Just £10 under estimate.
I don't think Mo will miss them one little bit!
The Hulk pictures have gone.
I didn't particularly like them.
And so the money's going to a very good cause. So I won't have to put them up on the wall!
Next up, the two Copeland and Garrett hand-painted plates,
which Lynn rather took a shine to.
When you look at them under a magnifying glass, you can see,
particularly the Hampton Court one,
you can see all the reflection in the lake.
And they do look like they've been painted
with a brush the size of an eyelash!
Now, these have the wow factor, don't they? Or the X Factor, what ever factor you want to call it!
One thing is for sure, top quality.
So they're 19th century, Copeland, which is a fantastic name.
Why are these so special? Because in some ways, they're a bit old fashioned, aren't they?
Yes, but the quality is all there.
As we spotted, do you remember, Lynn? We had a good look at them.
And the decoration on the inside of the plates is all hand decorated.
It looks so good, like it should be transfer printed.
But it's all hand done.
-So very fine quality and they should sell.
-Let's hope so.
£50 for them. 30 then. £30. 35.
£40. 45. £50.
55? 55 I'm bid. On my left at £55.
At £55. Anybody else?
Those are unsold.
-Unsold, I'm afraid.
-That's a disappointment.
That's well under the estimate of £100-£200.
So he's used his discretion not to sell at that price.
So the plates fail to sell,
which is a real surprise, as we were all feeling rather optimistic about them.
And there's no sign of a smile with our next lot, either.
The portrait of Queen Caroline.
You've got a reserve of £300.
It's an engraving, isn't it?
-That's right. It's the engraving.
-Of a man in drag!
300 for it.
I'm bid £100 to start it.
£100 I have. 120. 140. 160.
At £160. Can I take 180? At £160.
Any more? Anybody going on from 160?
No further bids.
-I wouldn't let it go for that.
-I think you're quite right.
I'm very fond of her. I know she's not a beauty queen, but believe it or not, I miss her!
I think actually, Mo is very relieved that Caroline didn't sell.
And since Caroline has been taken down, of course, in the drawing room, there's a big hole up there.
And I think she'll be quite pleased.
And it's almost like it wasn't meant to be.
So it's back to the drawing room for Queen Caroline.
I'd have thought that would put a smile on her face,
but obviously not!
Our items are receiving mixed reception from the bidders.
But not just our items fail to achieve top dollar.
The Meissen figure Jonty fell for
sells for just £180.
£20 less than its bottom estimate.
Hopefully there's more interest in our Limoges, depicting Napoleon.
We're after £40.
20 to start me for it. £20 I'm bid here next to me.
At £20. 25. £30.
-35. £40. 45. £50.
-Next to me at £70.
-That's really good.
-I'm selling at 70, then.
Any advance at 70?
That is good.
It's good news, because the drinking vessels really should have been a set of six, but we only had five.
-Of course, yes.
-Somebody must have broken one and not told me!
-And not confessed, yes!
-I didn't like it!
What a great result! £70 - that's top estimate.
Despite five of our items going unsold today, Mo and Lynn have so far made £405.
With a target of £500 though, we're relying on our last lot,
the silver cutlery, to make up the remaining £95.
Jonty valued it at £60, so fingers crossed.
I'm starting the bidding at £40 after commission interest. 45.
£50. 55. £60. 65.
75 I have. At 75. Are you all finished in the room now?
75, it goes to my commission bid.
That is very good.
The silver canteen sells for £5 short of its estimate.
It's been a turbulent day at auction
and I've got a feeling the Jacksons might not have made their total.
But just before I break the news, there's a great result from the front desk of the sales room.
A couple of late bidders have come forward for two of our unsold items.
OK, thank you.
They've just managed to sell the throw
-for £80. So it's sold.
-That's all right then!
And remember the pair of plates? The Hampton Court scene?
And the Folkestone scene? That pair. They have got £55 for them.
Thank you very much, that's fantastic.
So, Lorne, add another £135.
Oh, well, that's good news, isn't it?
Now, we wanted £500, didn't we, for the lunch and flights to Abu Dhabi?
So do you think you've made the £500?
-No, I don't think so.
-We may be lucky to have got there, I'd have thought.
Well, actually, you banked £615!
-Fantastic! I really didn't..
-We can have pudding as well!
It's the day after the auction and there's no stopping the sisters
heading out for their much-deserved day of culinary delight.
Oh, this is wonderful!
And these girls certainly know how to do it in style.
-Here's to ladies.
-I think they think I'm a Spice Girl!
-They think they know you!
That you're some celebrity!
After bringing Tunbridge Wells to a virtual standstill,
the girls arrive at their restaurant of choice
ready for some first-class dining.
Well, having raised enough for the air fares to see my daughters, this is a lovely extra bonus.
And I can't say thank you enough to Cash In The Attic.
Hello, good afternoon.
-Thank you very much.
-How are you?
-Very well, thank you.
-A nice table for you over here.
-Thank you, sir.
For me, to be driven, to not have to worry about driving home,
to have a chance to put the slap on,
and get a little bit doodied up, is very special.
-And special time with my sister.
I'm off to Abu Dhabi at six o'clock tomorrow morning.
And I can't wait to see the whole family, especially Leo, my grandson.
My only grandchild. So it's very special.
And I'm staying for two weeks, so I'll have plenty of time to enjoy everything.
Mo and Lynn had a fantastic girly lunch thanks to the money they raised at the auction house.
And of course, there's some to go towards the flights to Abu Dhabi.
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Series looking at the value of household junk.
Maureen Jackson lives in a beautiful house in rural Kent. Now her family have grown up and are scattered all over the world, she wants to raise enough money to visit her daughter in Abu Dhabi. A former catwalk model, Maureen has some fascinating stories to tell and some wonderful items to take to auction.