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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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the show that uncovers the hidden treasures around your home

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and then helps you sell them at auction.

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Today we're in Surrey and I'm in the picturesque market town of Reigate,

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and the tranquil castle grounds here

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are certainly an escape from the busy bustle.

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The castle that once dominated the landscape here

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fell into disrepair in the 1600s,

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but much of the stone was used to build this gateway.

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It also contributed to the building of Westminster Abbey

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and St Paul's Cathedral,

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so let's hope that today we can build a fantastic result

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when our precious antiques go under the hammer at auction.

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'Coming up on today's Cash In The Attic:

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'What has this woman's husband done to deserve this?'

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He's got to suffer more before I give in.

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'And while I'm doing my best to be accommodating....'

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The field shelter.

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I mean the tractor.

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I mean the field shelter... Anyway...

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'Things only get worse.'

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If you send your secretary up the road to buy me a present

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and she comes back with black underwear, you'll be wearing it.

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But will all be forgiven when we get to auction?

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At £560.

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What reserve have you put on it?

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-Don't ask me!

-I can't remember.

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Find out more when we see today's collectibles go under the hammer.

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I'm on my way to meet a couple who love a challenge.

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They've called in the Cash In The Attic team

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to help them raise some much needed funds for a new project.

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It's an active life for horse-lovers,

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Malcolm and Anne Stevens,

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who run an equestrian farm in the village of Charlwood in Surrey.

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Malcolm deals with the maintenance of the livery yard

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and manages to fit in work as a director of a construction company,

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while Anne tends to the eight horses they have stabled here,

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as well as looking after a little band of chickens.

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But it's not cheap running the yard

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so they need all the help they can get to find hidden treasures

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that will raise enough cash to make life that little bit easier down on the farm.

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-Morning, Jonty!

-Hi Lorne.

-How are you?

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What have we got in store today?

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As you can see, we're on a very nice farm but it is on the large side.

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-I hope you're ready to muck in.

-You know me.

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I always come prepared.

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Thank goodness for that. Come on.

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Trust Jonty to have posh green wellies.

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I go in search of Anne and Malcolm, but that's easier said than done.

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Good morning. It's taken me ages to find you.

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You've got loads of outbuildings.

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-Yes.

-And you're hard at work?

-Absolutely.

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I guess you haven't called Cash In The Attic in to help bal the straw, have you?

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-Do you want to give us a hand.

-If you'd like to!

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I understand you've got some antiques to sell.

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All the collectibles we've acquired and inherited from family

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are in boxes, and they will probably never come out.

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-So is it all inherited?

-No, I used to collect things years ago.

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In his previous life.

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In my previous life, as we call it, before I became a mad farmer.

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So if you're happy to sell them and raise some money,

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have you any idea how much and what you want to spend it on?

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We've narrowed it down to two things

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that we're in slight a dispute about.

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-Anne would like a field shelter.

-For the horses.

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And I would like a front loader

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on the little Chinese tractor that we hand-built two years ago.

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Men never give up gadgets, do they?

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-No.

-Let's be honest.

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-We always want toys to play with.

-Toys for the boys.

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They both sound quite expensive,

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so how much money are you looking to raise?

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If we could get about £2,500, that would put us on the right track.

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It'd be fantastic.

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Then we could argue about what to spend it on.

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Before we have a domestic, we need to go and have a look at some stuff.

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There's no time for making hay if we're to raise £2,500

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to get either a front loader for this tractor,

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or a nice shelter for these horses.

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Mmm, I get the feeling I might be taking on the role of mediator today.

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You've got lots and lots of outbuildings.

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So, you've got stuff put absolutely everywhere

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so we'll have our work cut out today.

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Jonty's already here so let's hope he's found something of interest.

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And true to form, our antiques whiz

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has already uncovered some promising little numbers.

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Ah! There he is. Hello, Jonty.

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Hi, guys.

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This little collection - amazing, isn't it.

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They're all Gossware,

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which is all this amazing little decorative tourist pieces.

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Do you understand why they became so popular?

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It was because people used to go on day-trips

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and they'd buy one of these pieces of Goss with where they'd been.

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You're right and if I pick up this little urn,

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this one comes from Royal Leamington Spa,

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and it has the town's crest on it.

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If you look on the underside it says "WH Goss",

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that's the reason why it's called Goss crested ware,

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because it was William Henry Goss who first thought of this idea.

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They became very popular in the late 19th century

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and that was simply because the masses could afford to go on holiday,

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so this is their Brighton Rock.

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So what sort of value are we talking about?

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Looking at this whole collection here,

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we're looking at £80-120, that ball park.

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If they can all go to auction and make that sort of money,

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I'll be very happy.

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We'll decide who's spending that later.

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Let's see what else we can find.

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I'm happy to let the Goss go.

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It's something I've had for a long time, but time to move on.

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With the potential £80 for the farm fund,

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that's a wise decision and means we're off to a respectable start,

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but we've a long way to go, so let's not jump the gun.

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And Jonty's keen expert eye tracks down another lucrative find stowed safely away.

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Malcolm? Look.

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Ah, yes, one of my flintlock pistols.

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Is it? Have you got a collection?

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Well, not a collection, but that's a nice one, isn't it.

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Beautiful.

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What possessed you to want to buy a pistol like this?

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Ah. Well, 40 years ago when I was a young man,

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I happened to see this

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and I thought what a beautiful piece of equipment it was.

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Were you told anything about it?

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Other than it was an holster pistol,

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which would've been used by gentlemen on horseback.

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I believe it's English.

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It's a flintlock pistol, so the name suggests clearly what it's all about,

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so the flint strikes a small amount of powder in there

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and out comes your shot at the other end.

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They started making these flintlock pistols in the 1600s

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-but this isn't 1600s and it's not English.

-Oh!

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Have a look at this brass butt end.

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Does that not look like a minaret?

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-It does.

-Which gives a clue as to where it's from.

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It's from the Ottoman Empire, so it's Turkish.

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Right.

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This was made for the Ottoman Empire.

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If you look at the engraving, it really is fine detail.

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Everything about this is hand-made

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so certainly the Ottoman Empire, with their mass expansion,

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every adult male had to have something like this, so date-wise,

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I'm afraid it's not from the 1600s - it's more like early 18th century.

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And value today in the market, ball park, £100 - 150 at auction.

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Right.

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They have to be in very good order before you get huge sums of money for them.

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How do you feel about that?

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Yes. Disappointed, obviously.

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-Are you happy to put it in the sale?

-Erm...

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It'll more than likely go in.

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I was a little surprised it was Turkish.

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I did have some suspicions about it though.

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Because this flintlock pistol is for decorative purposes only,

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and never fired, it's exempt from a gun licence,

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but it's still wise to keep it locked away.

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The same goes for these swords, that Malcolm keeps secured in his office,

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which include a light cavalry sabre

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he thinks was used by Wellington's troops in the Battle of Waterloo,

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a Victorian dress sword and an infantry officer's sword.

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All together this impressive collection could make £100 at auction.

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The rummage continues apace. While Jonty and Anne round up the valuables,

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I go in search of Malcolm to find out more about his precious tractor

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and - surprise, surprise - just look where I find him.

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Hello, Malcolm. Is this it? Is this the tractor?

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Yes, this is the little tractor.

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Tell me about the gadgets you need for this.

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The bit I want to go on it, is a front loading shovel,

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which comes on the front here,

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which literally will pick up things from the ground, lift them up,

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carry them and tip them.

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It would make my life so much easier rather than having to

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put everything into a wheelbarrow, move the wheelbarrow and tip it.

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I could fix it to the front of the machine and it would be fantastic.

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-So you're telling me it's vital.

-I think so.

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When you came to see this place,

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what made you think, "I have to have it"?

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I drove in the gates and I just looked down the field,

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I saw the views and I thought, "I've got to have this".

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And we decided to come up here lock, stock and barrel.

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So, what do your friends and family think of all this?

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They think we're mad.

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Here we are, 60, 65, embarking on working six to seven days a week,

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but we enjoy it.

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We're looking to raise some money,

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but how do you feel about selling some of your collections?

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Well, I need to move on. Times have changed.

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We enjoy the outside life.

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I don't necessarily enjoy sitting indoors

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looking at my antique books

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or looking at some of my items that I've got.

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Obviously you need this vital piece of equipment for the tractor

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and Anne is really looking for this animal shelter.

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Who do you think's going to win?

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I think she's got a good chance of getting it.

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In that case, we need to find out if there's anything else to sell.

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Ah, what a softie, but Malcolm doesn't have to give in just yet.

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There's still plenty of work to be done.

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And not just for the rummage.

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While Anne nips off to catch up on some chores,

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our expert extraordinaire finds this Royal Doulton dinner service

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that Anne inherited from her mother.

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It's no longer produced by the world-renowned English pottery,

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so could cook up some interesting bids at auction.

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I'm not letting down the side either.

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Anne and I are conducting a thorough search of her bedroom,

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and it's not long before I stumble upon a bit of a gem.

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Oh, Ann, I think I've found something.

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This is really pretty. What's the background?

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That's come down through my family.

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It would've been my grandmother's.

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-It's beautiful. Do you wear it?

-I've never worn it.

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-Is it something you might think of selling?

-Yes.

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Jonty, are you out there? Here, look at this, it's lovely.

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Wow, I say! What a beautiful little brooch.

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Now, that's a ruby on the inside there, and the colour of the gold

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is nine carat, so that's a nine carat gold brooch.

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If you look at the box, because this is the original presentation box,

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it really is in pristine condition.

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That looks like it's never been opened. Quite extraordinary.

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Look at the style of the writing.

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This is the retailer, the goldsmith, you can date that simply by the box.

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-Really?

-That's probably 1880, so it's Victorian.

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Brooches like this have always been in fashion,

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really since the Bronze Age. They were known as fibulas.

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Can you tell whether that's a good quality ruby?

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They would really vary.

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What one needs to do is have a really close look under a microscope.

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Value-wise, you're not talking a huge sum of money because dealers

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have to buy this to make a profit, so you're talking, what, £50-100.

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OK. I would hope it would be the higher end, but there you go.

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Have you got anything else like that?

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I'm thinking a great big tiara, matching necklace.

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I've been searching!

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I've never worn it, my mother I can't recall ever wore it,

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so I don't think it has such a huge sentimental value

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that I'm not prepared to part with it,

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so I'm quite happy for that to go forward to the auction.

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Anne also decides that these hand-made Nao figurines

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she collects on trips to Spain can be given up for the farm fund.

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All three porcelain pieces date from the mid-1980s

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and were produced by veteran craftsmen

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at the pottery's workshops near the Spanish city of Valencia.

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There's no reining in myself or Anne,

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but while we're driving forward in our quest to hit our £2,500 target,

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we're being overtaken by an insatiable Jonty.

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Malcolm.

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Let's have a look at this. This is a beautiful beast.

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So, is this an old friend?

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Is it something you've used? Doesn't look like it!

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No, it hasn't been used.

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Historically, model yachts,

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model boats have been around since the ancient Egyptians.

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They were the ones who put their model boats into tombs

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to take them into the next world, the afterlife.

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-Oh, right.

-But really prior to the 18th century,

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the beginning part of the 18th century,

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ships, boats, yachts were not built from plans.

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They were just solely built by scale models.

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Ah.

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That's the reason why you see so many,

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certainly at maritime museums.

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You see these amazing, fabulous quality ships and boats

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in these wonderful cases, but also in the Victorian times,

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they used model yachts like this, of similar style, to be boys' toys.

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Not only were they boys' toys, they were grown-up boys too.

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You and I would be playing with these on the pond, for instance.

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This model here, however,

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is styled probably on a '20s yacht, between the wars.

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A yacht in full sail like this still looks very dramatic.

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That's why it caught my eye.

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Yeah. So we can certainly put that into auction.

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What did you pay for it?

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I didn't pay anything for it.

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Nothing at all?

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I relieved it from a skip.

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Excellent!

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Because we've got that and there's a small model yacht

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I've just seen up there as well, sitting up there.

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But we put those two together, at auction, 70-90 quid.

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Sounds like a good deal.

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-Onwards and upwards.

-OK.

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I'm very pleased with those.

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For something that I saved from being smashed to smithereens,

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a very good result.

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Very pleased with that. Thanks, guys!

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We're always happy to oblige, Malcolm.

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I have to say, the Stevens' home is giving up a wealth of treasures.

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Ann comes across these limited edition sterling silver plates,

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depicting traditional countryside hunting scenes,

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that might not be to everyone's taste but could add another £50 to the farm fund.

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While Jonty and Malcolm continue to scour every nook and cranny for more desirable collectibles,

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I want to hear from Ann all about her beloved livery yard.

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Hello, Ann.

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-Who's this?

-This is Bounty.

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Oh, he's lovely, isn't he?

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-Shall I stop him.

-Yes, hello.

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Hello. You're beautiful, aren't you?

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So, is this your favourite horse?

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He was my first horse, he was my 50th birthday present.

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Oh, how lovely.

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He said to me, "What would you like for your birthday?

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-Cos you're 50, you can have something special."

-Right.

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I said, "Yes, OK, but if you send your secretary to buy me a present,

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and she comes back with a load of black underwear for me,

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you'll be wearing it."

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So he said, "Give me a clue, what d'you want?"

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I said, "I want my own horse."

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And I got Bounty, so...

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He's with me for life now. So...

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So, do you ride a lot?

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Not as much as I used to,

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cos I'm 60 in May, and when we moved here, obviously,

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my time's divided amongst all the other jobs that we have to do.

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So, to make it less frantic, riding-wise,

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I have taught him Western riding,

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so I've slowed down all his paces, so he will now jog instead of trot,

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and in his past training, in English riding,

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you're always driving them forward to get a more active this and that,

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and now, I've asked him to do, don't do active, please,

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do flopping about more.

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And he's fine with that cos he's getting older as well as me!

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So, is the field shelter for him?

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It's to be shared, because we're at the top of the hill,

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we're very, very exposed to the high winds.

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So, I really need to have somewhere where the horses can just

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tuck themselves away from the wind and rain.

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And what's Malcolm's view on that?

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Well, he thinks that horses can just turn their bottoms to the wind

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and get on with it, because he's got more important things to spend the money on.

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Which is obviously a reasonably fair comment.

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And, um...

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So, yes, so, the little argument continues.

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But how important is this tractor appendage, then?

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He's got to suffer more, before I give in.

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Let's see how much he is suffering.

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Let's see if they've found anything to sell. Come on, Bounty.

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Ann and Malcolm are both determined

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to get their own way on the farm.

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Malcolm needs that front-loader for his tractor

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but Ann is desperate to give the horses a field shelter.

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I don't know how this is going to end, but we're galloping ahead with the rummage,

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we have to keep up the pace if we're to hit our £2,500 target,

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otherwise they'll both be bitterly disappointed.

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No-one is getting an easy ride,

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and if it is a competition, is Malcolm about to play his joker?

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-I've got these, Jonty.

-What have you got?

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-I've got a collection of medals...

-Oh, wow!

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Some from the First World War, and some from prior to that.

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Earlier than the First World War?

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Oh, yes. I've actually got that little collection there.

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What have we got here? This is the Afghan, Afghanistan medal.

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-Yes.

-1878. We've got an Indian elephant there,

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it kind of like sums up the whole atmosphere of the place.

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Quite extraordinary.

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-And a Crimea Medal.

-Yes.

-Wow!

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I actually have these two gentlemen's service history,

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where they enlisted, where they were born,

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what scars they had on their bodies, when they enlisted.

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How did you find all that out?

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Well, you can actually get that information from Government sources.

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So, all these medals here are 19th century.

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-Part of the Empire campaigns.

-Yes.

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So that's wonderful, what else have we got here?

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Again, exactly the same period.

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We've got these two bars as well, so that makes that interesting.

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When it comes to medals, it's not only the individual,

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it's also what they did,

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so if you've got that magic combination of a rare medal

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and an interesting recipient of that medal,

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then you're talking often large sums of money,

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cos those are the ones, the rare ones,

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that the collectors really want.

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Let's consider value, we've got the Indian General Service Medal,

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with the one bar, that's about £200 at auction.

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The one with the two bars is going to be more like 250 at auction, OK?

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The Afghanistan campaign medal here, the 1878 medal,

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that's going to be £160-£200.

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-Good.

-I can see here collection, just as a rough ballpark,

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probably around the £1,500 mark.

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-Fantastic.

-Are you happy about that?

-Most certainly.

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So, are you ready to let these go now?

0:20:400:20:42

I think so. I've got to let them go.

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Good, OK, let's soldier on.

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These medals could bring in more than half our £2,500 target.

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But it depends on the day,

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if the right collectors are there,

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whether they reach their full potential.

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Nothing in life is guaranteed,

0:21:010:21:02

that's why we're not leaving anything to chance,

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and every space is getting a thorough going-over.

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Meanwhile, Jonty, who just loves his furniture,

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looks enthralled...

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Ann?

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-Come and have a look at this bureau with me.

-Yes.

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Is there a story to this, or is it something you might sell?

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It does have a story, my mother worked in an office in London.

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And during the war, the offices were bombed,

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the staff were told to take out anything from the damage

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that they might like to have, my mother had always admired this desk,

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which, at the time, was limed oak.

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But this desk actually belonged to the office boy at the time,

0:21:430:21:47

and the name of the office boy was Hardy Amies.

0:21:470:21:51

Dressmaker to the Queen? Wow!

0:21:510:21:54

So, she took it home and cleaned it up,

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and then it lost the limed finish, and it's been like this ever since.

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So it's changed colour, it's now gone that sort of polished oak

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so it almost looks as you've cut the oak tree, it's more natural-looking,

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whereas limed oak, as the names suggest,

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-literally bleaches the oak, so it has that greeny hue to it.

-Yes.

0:22:120:22:16

If you look at the style here,

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it certainly looks like a pre-war piece of furniture.

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This is a bureau, so it's a full front.

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You've got these two arms that support that.

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Down below, we have this simple construction, the two drawers,

0:22:270:22:31

but from a stylistic point of view, these handles here are Art Deco,

0:22:310:22:35

so simplicity was the name of the game.

0:22:350:22:37

And then, on the base here, we're on these four square legs.

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Chamfered on the inside.

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I think this is a fabulous, fabulous story you've just told me.

0:22:420:22:46

But what we need is proof.

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For instance, if you had a picture of the office boy,

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the then-to-be or soon-to-be Dressmaker to the Queen,

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sitting at this desk, then it would make a fantastic story,

0:22:550:22:59

-it would therefore be something you could then sell on.

-Yeah.

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But just hearsay, I'm afraid, in our business, is not good enough.

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Doesn't mean anything.

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As a consequence, we're looking at £40-£60 only at auction.

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Would you consider putting that into the sale?

0:23:110:23:14

I'm not sure, I'd like to think about it, because it is quite dinky

0:23:140:23:17

and there's obviously some sentimentality.

0:23:170:23:20

We'll leave that there, you need some extra time to think about that,

0:23:200:23:24

so, we'll carry on searching.

0:23:240:23:26

I might not be able to part with it,

0:23:260:23:28

it's quite small, I can fit it into a corner, I might just keep it.

0:23:280:23:33

Ann does seem reluctant to give up this bureau with royal connections,

0:23:330:23:37

and as we're into the final stage of the rummage,

0:23:370:23:39

we'll need to give it everything we've got.

0:23:390:23:42

My efforts pay-off with these Royal Doulton figurines from the Miniature Ladies collection.

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They include Karen and Ninette models,

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created by popular designer Peggy Davies,

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who reigned at the pottery from the 1950s to the 1970s.

0:23:530:23:57

It's the home stretch, and Malcolm comes up trumps

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with a rather fierce-looking weapon,

0:24:000:24:03

but don't worry, it's normally safely locked away.

0:24:030:24:05

-Jonty!

-What have you got?

0:24:050:24:07

This is a French percussion rifle.

0:24:070:24:10

Wow!

0:24:100:24:12

-Quite extraordinary.

-It's...

0:24:120:24:14

So, it looks sort of early 19th century, doesn't it?

0:24:140:24:20

Yes, it is. It is, yes.

0:24:200:24:22

This will have been - it's a French rifle,

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it would have been used against the British Army,

0:24:250:24:28

during the Battle of Waterloo,

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and possibly all through the peninsula campaigns with Wellington.

0:24:300:24:34

So, if we are talking late 18th century, early 19th century,

0:24:340:24:39

we have to be talking £400-£700 for that kind of ball park.

0:24:390:24:45

Now, there's a question mark I have over this rifle.

0:24:450:24:47

Because I happen to know that there were literally

0:24:470:24:51

-hundreds of reproductions made in the 60s and 70s.

-Right...

0:24:510:24:54

-And they were made in India.

-Right...

0:24:540:24:56

And they were literally made of old parts.

0:24:560:24:59

So, have you had it to bits at all?

0:24:590:25:02

Yes, I have taken the mechanism out from the lock,

0:25:020:25:06

and stamped on the back of that is the maker's mark,

0:25:060:25:10

St Etienne, in France.

0:25:100:25:11

-Which would all make sense.

-Yep.

0:25:110:25:13

So that lock might well be original.

0:25:130:25:15

But when I look closely over here,

0:25:150:25:18

I'm a bit concerned that that's not 200 years' worth of wear there.

0:25:180:25:21

So, there are huge question marks.

0:25:210:25:23

Also, the width of the base of the barrel here.

0:25:230:25:26

On an original rifle, that shouldn't necessarily be the case.

0:25:260:25:31

So, we're talking two figures here. Possibly, £400-£700...

0:25:310:25:34

£400-£700 for that?!

0:25:340:25:36

Well, I've got a bit of a question mark on this rifle here

0:25:360:25:39

so I need to take it along to the auction room to do so more investigation.

0:25:390:25:44

-OK.

-So I wouldn't even bring a total into our final totals today at all.

0:25:440:25:47

OK. So, the verdict's out on that.

0:25:470:25:50

But we know you've had plenty of antiques and collectibles

0:25:500:25:53

that are very nice and saleable items.

0:25:530:25:55

-You wanted £2,500, didn't you, for the field shelter?

-Yes.

0:25:550:26:00

I mean tractor gadget, I mean the field shelter...

0:26:000:26:03

Anyway, for some very important stuff for the farm,

0:26:030:26:07

how do you feel it's gone today? Are you pleased with the valuations?

0:26:070:26:11

Yes, I think we're...

0:26:110:26:12

It looks as if it could be promising.

0:26:120:26:14

OK. Well, the grand total is £2,105.

0:26:140:26:21

To be fair, that does include the desk,

0:26:210:26:23

and I know you're in two minds about that.

0:26:230:26:25

So if the desk doesn't go to auction, it will be a little less than that.

0:26:250:26:29

-But certainly over £2,000, are you pleased with that?

-That's great.

0:26:290:26:33

We've got so much militaria here, so much militaria that I suggest

0:26:330:26:37

we take it all to a specialist sale

0:26:370:26:39

and all the other items can go to a general sale.

0:26:390:26:42

-You're going to be busy, aren't you?

-So are you!

0:26:420:26:44

If you're off to auction, who's going to be mucking out the stables?

0:26:440:26:48

Looks like that's me!

0:26:480:26:49

So, the Stevens' have got not one but two auctions to get ready for,

0:26:510:26:55

and some exceptional antiques and collectibles to set hearts racing,

0:26:550:26:58

including...

0:26:580:27:00

Ann's heirloom, the delicate Victorian bar brooch,

0:27:010:27:04

that could pin down £100.

0:27:040:27:06

The model yachts Malcolm rescued from a skip.

0:27:060:27:09

Jonty's valued between £70 and £90.

0:27:090:27:13

The striking collection of antique swords

0:27:150:27:17

that could cut a deal worth up to £150.

0:27:170:27:21

And a big question mark hangs over Malcolm's French percussion rifle.

0:27:210:27:25

Could it be the real deal and fire up our fund by £400?

0:27:250:27:29

Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

0:27:340:27:36

is it all doom and gloom in the general sale?

0:27:360:27:39

-£60...

-OK.

-What's your view on that?

0:27:400:27:43

Somebody's got a bargain.

0:27:430:27:44

Do things get more desperate at our military specialist?

0:27:440:27:48

If you are furnishing a pub or an old house

0:27:480:27:50

and you want something for the mantelpiece, it looks the part.

0:27:500:27:54

Or will we end up celebrating when we get to the military sale?

0:27:540:27:57

-How d'you feel now?

-Good.

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All will be revealed when the hammer falls.

0:28:000:28:03

It's less than a week since we were on the farm with Ann and Malcolm.

0:28:080:28:11

We found lots of interesting items, some of which we've brought here,

0:28:110:28:15

to Sworders auction house in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex.

0:28:150:28:18

Remember, Ann and Malcolm are looking to raise around £2,500,

0:28:180:28:23

and that money is going to be spent

0:28:230:28:25

either on a field shelter or a tractor front loader for the farm,

0:28:250:28:29

depending on who you speak to, of course.

0:28:290:28:32

Either way, we need to make plenty of money, let's hope we get off to a good start.

0:28:320:28:36

It's the first sale at Sworders' new auction house

0:28:360:28:39

just up the road from their old place.

0:28:390:28:41

A change of scenery hasn't put off the regulars, who have turned up eager to snap up a bargain,

0:28:410:28:46

including our very own Jonty,

0:28:460:28:48

who seems to have taken a shine to Malcolm's model yacht.

0:28:480:28:51

He's still a young boy at heart.

0:28:510:28:53

Good morning, Jonty. Feel like sailing away, do you?

0:28:550:28:58

No, that's going to be sailing out of the auction.

0:28:580:29:00

Now, we've obviously got quite a lot of people here already.

0:29:000:29:04

I'm interested to know if they've brought that desk.

0:29:040:29:07

I haven't seen it, so I'm not sure whether they have or not,

0:29:070:29:10

because Ann was very attached to that, a lovely story to it.

0:29:100:29:13

She also had that nice pin. Which she hadn't worn, but again...

0:29:130:29:17

She was keen on putting a reserve on it, and she has done that as well.

0:29:170:29:20

-So it may not be completely plain sailing.

-Right, OK.

0:29:200:29:23

Shall we go and find out what reserves we've got on what? Come on.

0:29:230:29:27

This is the first of two auctions for Ann and Malcolm.

0:29:270:29:30

Their general items go under the hammer today,

0:29:300:29:32

while Malcolm's military connection will go into a specialist sale in a few days' time.

0:29:320:29:37

-Good morning, how are you?

-We're very well.

0:29:370:29:40

What does it feel like to see your little bits and pieces here now?

0:29:400:29:44

Yeah, well, they look quite sweet on that table.

0:29:440:29:47

One thing we have not spotted is your desk, have you brought it?

0:29:470:29:51

No, I didn't bring it, it's still at home in pride of place,

0:29:510:29:56

and I just couldn't bring myself to let it go.

0:29:560:29:59

Too much sentimental value.

0:29:590:30:00

That's fair enough. Now, the brooch, in that lovely original box,

0:30:000:30:04

Jonty thinks you've put a reserve on that, is that right?

0:30:040:30:08

I didn't put a fixed reserve on it, I've left it with

0:30:080:30:11

a discretionary reserve on the estimate that Jonty placed.

0:30:110:30:15

What's a discretionary reserve, Jonty, how does that work?

0:30:150:30:18

It means that the auctioneer uses the lower end of the estimate,

0:30:180:30:22

and he usually uses 10%, sometimes 20%, discretion on that.

0:30:220:30:27

For £50, sometimes an auctioneer might sell at £10,

0:30:270:30:31

but if you've got that discretionary reserve, it's really £40 that he'll use as the the lower end.

0:30:310:30:36

But I have every confidence we'll do much better than that.

0:30:360:30:40

There's lots of people here, we want to make sure they dig deep into their pockets

0:30:400:30:44

Shall we get into position?

0:30:440:30:45

Come on, then, follow Jonty.

0:30:450:30:47

So, we're minus the oak cabinet,

0:30:470:30:49

that could have bumped up our total by £60.

0:30:490:30:51

But there is a specialist military auction to come,

0:30:510:30:54

so we're not solely relying on today's sale to hit our target.

0:30:540:30:59

Before we saddle up for the main event,

0:30:590:31:02

we get an idea of how our lots could perform from auctioneer James Fletcher.

0:31:020:31:06

The sun is shining, that always helps,

0:31:060:31:08

and there are a lot of goods on offer,

0:31:080:31:10

which should meet a ready market for those who are collecting items.

0:31:100:31:14

Do remember, if you are planning to buy or sell at auction,

0:31:160:31:19

you will have to pay various fees, such as commission,

0:31:190:31:22

which may vary between auction houses.

0:31:220:31:25

Right, morning, ladies and gentlemen...

0:31:250:31:28

Our auctioneer is in position, and there is a palpable air of anticipation,

0:31:280:31:33

with all the bidders at the ready.

0:31:330:31:34

We're straight in to our first lot of the day.

0:31:340:31:37

Lot 18a is the small wooden model of a yacht and a larger modern example.

0:31:370:31:44

The pristine model boats that Malcolm amazingly salvaged from a skip.

0:31:440:31:47

Malcolm, remind us how much you paid for this model boat.

0:31:500:31:53

They didn't cost me anything.

0:31:530:31:55

-So any money is good money.

-Is good money.

0:31:550:31:57

50 to start me...

0:31:570:32:00

Well, 30, then, surely...

0:32:000:32:02

-30, I'm bid at 30.

-£30, come on.

0:32:020:32:06

35, 40, 45, 50...

0:32:060:32:11

55, there at 55...

0:32:110:32:13

-This is good.

-Yes!

0:32:130:32:17

At 55, 60, five, £65...

0:32:170:32:21

Still there at 65...

0:32:210:32:23

At £65 - are you all finished and done with that at £65?

0:32:230:32:28

I'm selling at 65...

0:32:280:32:30

Well done, £65, and it came out of a skip!

0:32:310:32:35

I shall be going out with the horse and the cart,

0:32:350:32:38

going round all the skips in our area, picking everything out.

0:32:380:32:41

That's money for old rope,

0:32:410:32:43

even if the sale price sunk below our bottom estimate,

0:32:430:32:46

but it's a start.

0:32:460:32:48

OK, now, our next lot is the pair of sterling silver limited-edition plates.

0:32:510:32:56

Winter fox, and riding into the hunt.

0:32:560:32:58

What's the background to those?

0:32:580:33:01

My mother gave them to me,

0:33:010:33:03

I don't think she realised that I wasn't keen on fox hunting.

0:33:030:33:08

Right, OK.

0:33:080:33:09

Yes, rather a controversial subject,

0:33:090:33:12

but with an estimate of £50-£70 for the pair,

0:33:120:33:15

we can't complain too much if they help towards the farm fund.

0:33:150:33:19

I'm starting these at 65.

0:33:190:33:22

65, I'm bid at 65. £65... At £65...

0:33:220:33:27

At £65...

0:33:270:33:30

Are you all finished and done?

0:33:300:33:32

It's a maiden bid of £65...

0:33:320:33:36

£65. What do you think of that?

0:33:370:33:39

-I think that's quite good, actually. I'm happy with that.

-Yep.

0:33:390:33:43

Another satisfied customer, but it's a sale which is a sterling result

0:33:430:33:48

considering we've got a £2,500 target, so every little counts.

0:33:480:33:54

And when our next lot, the Spanish Nao figurines, go under the hammer,

0:33:540:33:58

they use their Mediterranean charm,

0:33:580:34:01

to go for £45 and help us nudge towards our target.

0:34:010:34:06

At £35, are you all finished and done?

0:34:080:34:10

The auction room hasn't thinned out, and with all of these bidders

0:34:100:34:14

still primed for action, we need them to stump up some cash.

0:34:140:34:17

So, next up is the collection of Goss Crested Ware which I found,

0:34:190:34:24

are you happy to see this going?

0:34:240:34:26

Yes, we are. It's been in a box for four years, hasn't it?

0:34:260:34:29

And I'm starting this at 55.

0:34:290:34:32

55, I'm bid at 55.

0:34:320:34:35

At £55.

0:34:350:34:37

At £55... At £55...

0:34:370:34:43

We'll have to leave that.

0:34:430:34:45

No, I think the only commission bid there was around £55,

0:34:450:34:48

and he hasn't sold it for that, so it means it'll be going back home.

0:34:480:34:51

How do you feel about that, Malcolm?

0:34:510:34:53

Well, we may leave it here for another auction.

0:34:530:34:58

A good idea, especially for Anne, who is keen to keep her dusting to a minimum.

0:34:580:35:03

We need as much cash as we can get to help Anne and Malcolm on the farm.

0:35:030:35:07

But things are looking extremely shaky now.

0:35:070:35:09

With Malcolm's military collection going to a specialist auction,

0:35:090:35:13

we've only three lots left in this general sale.

0:35:130:35:15

And so far we've hardly dented our £2,500 target.

0:35:150:35:20

We need to avert a mini disaster, but best keep on a brave face.

0:35:200:35:25

The Victorian pin brooch is up next, and unfortunately, it's more bad news.

0:35:250:35:30

On closer inspection, we've discovered that the ruby gemstone is in fact a garnet,

0:35:300:35:35

which is considerably less in value. But it still caught the eye of auctioneer James Fletcher.

0:35:350:35:41

The brooch always meets demand.

0:35:410:35:44

Victorian jewellery is individual.

0:35:440:35:48

Somebody will snap this up I'm sure.

0:35:480:35:50

-What would you like to see it go for?

-Ooh, 100!

0:35:500:35:53

That's not going to happen.

0:35:530:35:55

-I don't know.

-I have every confidence this is going to sell.

0:35:550:35:58

Remember, Anne has placed a discretionary reserve on the brooch's lower estimate of £50.

0:35:580:36:04

Do you know what? I do not think this is going to sell.

0:36:040:36:07

Don't say that.

0:36:070:36:09

At £35. At 35, 40, 45.

0:36:090:36:14

50, £50. There at 50.

0:36:140:36:18

All finished and done with at £50?

0:36:200:36:25

Sold at 50.

0:36:250:36:26

£50. So what do you think of that?

0:36:260:36:29

-That is OK.

-Are you happy?

0:36:290:36:31

Yes, I am.

0:36:310:36:32

Anne doesn't look too convinced but it's another sale and all for

0:36:320:36:36

a good cause, if it's going to help her horses get their field shelter.

0:36:360:36:41

The price that it eventually achieved was fair enough.

0:36:410:36:45

Disappointing that it was not a ruby stone,

0:36:450:36:48

but it was a fair price for the garnet.

0:36:480:36:50

Next the Royal Doulton miniature ladies go under the hammer and turn some heads.

0:36:530:36:58

To add £75 into the farm fund.

0:36:580:37:02

The end of the general auction is in sight and our last lot up for grabs, which will have to storm

0:37:020:37:08

to the final post if we're going to have any chance of hitting our elusive target.

0:37:080:37:14

60A is the Royal Doulton dinner and tea service.

0:37:140:37:18

With all the washing up this involved,

0:37:180:37:21

Anne was happy to let it go, but will they manage to clean up today?

0:37:210:37:25

25, then, at 25, £25.

0:37:250:37:28

30, 35, 40, there at 40.

0:37:280:37:33

45, 50? 50.

0:37:330:37:37

55, 60, £60. At £60.

0:37:370:37:43

You all finished and done?

0:37:430:37:45

Right, £60.

0:37:480:37:50

-What do you feel on that?

-Somebody has got a bargain.

0:37:500:37:53

-It's a beautiful set.

-You get a lot...for £60.

0:37:530:37:57

You do on that one.

0:37:570:37:58

The Royal Doulton dinner service just managed to pip

0:37:590:38:02

its bottom reserve, which sadly has been a bit of a theme today.

0:38:020:38:06

There is nothing we can do about that now as we have come to the end of the auction and the question is,

0:38:060:38:12

are we still in the race for our £2,500 target?

0:38:120:38:16

Right, that's the end of our lot that we've put into this general sale today.

0:38:160:38:20

The total comes to £360.

0:38:200:38:24

That is good.

0:38:240:38:25

But don't forget you have all those military items.

0:38:270:38:30

It'll be very interesting to see what happens to that.

0:38:300:38:33

Anne and Malcolm are looking positive,

0:38:330:38:35

even if they've only raised a fraction of the money they need.

0:38:350:38:39

Let's hope we can pull back from the brink at Malcolm's specialist military sale.

0:38:390:38:44

A few days after the general auction, down in Surrey it's life

0:38:530:38:57

as usual for Anne and Malcolm who have had time to mull things over.

0:38:570:39:01

The general auction was OK, but I think we were a little disappointed with the figures.

0:39:010:39:06

We raised £360, but we have a lot to do with the next one, possibly.

0:39:060:39:12

That is putting it mildly, but the horse lovers are still determined

0:39:120:39:16

to get something for their livery yard.

0:39:160:39:18

Malcolm and I have umming and ahing about what to do.

0:39:180:39:22

We have both come to the same decision that we're going

0:39:220:39:25

to go for the front loader, because it is more important at this stage.

0:39:250:39:30

This is where the front loading bucket is going to be ideal for me.

0:39:300:39:35

As the wind comes in and blows the sand into heaps,

0:39:350:39:38

I have to load it into the wheelbarrow and then

0:39:380:39:42

level it out into a low area.

0:39:420:39:45

We always have wheelbarrows in our hands moving hay, moving horse bedding,

0:39:490:39:53

picking up horse poo, but once we have the front loader...

0:39:530:39:58

..we will do it hydraulically.

0:40:000:40:02

What about Anne's field shelter?

0:40:020:40:04

The horses can cope perfectly well. We've got good stables.

0:40:040:40:08

If the weather is really rotten we can bring them in and they come in at night anyway.

0:40:090:40:14

The front loader is going to be far more important to have.

0:40:140:40:18

The field shelter might come another day, but it's not a priority.

0:40:180:40:22

Finally, decision made. Now to choose the right model.

0:40:220:40:25

There they all are.

0:40:250:40:27

-There is the actual one there.

-Oh, yes! Now, that...

0:40:270:40:30

-That would be the business.

-It would.

-Yes, it really would.

0:40:300:40:34

Malcolm really does want this...

0:40:340:40:37

the front loader. He is going to be over the moon if...

0:40:370:40:43

the specialist auction raises the money that we are looking for, it would be fantastic.

0:40:430:40:48

With over £2,000 needed to hit target, everything rides on the specialist military sale.

0:40:480:40:55

I have collected my medals and swords for a long time.

0:40:550:41:00

Yes, I am reasonably confident.

0:41:000:41:02

I think we could get a good result.

0:41:020:41:05

A few days later and true to his word, Jonty has travelled to

0:41:090:41:13

Cambridgeshire to get the low-down on Malcolm's military memorabilia.

0:41:130:41:18

He has already deposited the collection with military specialist and auctioneer Tim Blythe,

0:41:180:41:22

who's developed an interest in militaria as a youth.

0:41:220:41:25

If anyone can spot whether Malcolm's French rifle is the genuine article or not, Tim certainly can.

0:41:250:41:32

-Hi. Tim.

-Hi.

-How are you?

-How you doing?

0:41:320:41:34

-What d'you think?

-I've had a question mark over this rifle.

0:41:340:41:38

-I've got a couple of question marks.

-I think it's a reproduction, but it has been made

0:41:380:41:43

with some original parts, so it's not all bad news.

0:41:430:41:45

-What are the tell-tale signs we're looking for here?

-Most of all...

0:41:450:41:50

quality of the wood on the stock,

0:41:500:41:52

which isn't up to what you'd expect it to be.

0:41:520:41:55

Yes, that was a major concern of mine.

0:41:550:41:58

Also...

0:41:580:42:00

-the patch box on here.

-That looks too small for my liking.

0:42:000:42:03

It is too small. You wouldn't normally find that on a military musket.

0:42:030:42:08

That's not a good sign either.

0:42:080:42:10

The whole thing is probably something that has been brought in from India in the Sixties.

0:42:100:42:15

What sort of value would you put on that?

0:42:150:42:17

I would imagine not very much. Or is there still a market for this?

0:42:170:42:22

For a serious collector,

0:42:220:42:24

maybe not, but if you're furnishing a pub or an old house

0:42:240:42:27

and you want something for the mantelpiece, it looks the part.

0:42:270:42:32

-We'll see.

-What about the other parts of the collection? The swords, for instance?

0:42:320:42:36

The swords are very nice. We're very impressed by those.

0:42:360:42:39

Particularly this one, which is actually late...

0:42:390:42:43

..18th century.

0:42:440:42:46

Very good quality.

0:42:470:42:49

There's no signs of rust or wear or anything like that.

0:42:490:42:52

I could see the swords on their own getting up to £600-£800. Something like that.

0:42:520:42:58

Malcolm is going to be thrilled!

0:42:580:42:59

-Good.

-That's much more than I thought.

0:42:590:43:02

-What about the collection of medals?

-This is wonderful. You can see how much love

0:43:020:43:06

has gone into presenting these.

0:43:060:43:08

We have the regiments, the guys' numbers, absolutely everything,

0:43:080:43:12

service history from the 19th century, which is great.

0:43:120:43:15

This pair, particularly the star and the Sudan medal,

0:43:150:43:20

I can see those going for probably £200 for the pair. Good find.

0:43:200:43:24

-Brilliant, thanks so much.

-Thank you.

0:43:240:43:27

And we're still in the historic cathedral city in Cambridgeshire

0:43:320:43:36

for Anne and Malcolm's second specialist auction.

0:43:360:43:39

It has been a couple of weeks since we made £360 at the general sale, but remember we are looking to make

0:43:390:43:46

£2,500, so it is all down to the military sale in which Malcolm's

0:43:460:43:50

collection of guns, swords and medals goes under the hammer. Let us see what happens.

0:43:500:43:55

Anne and Malcolm arrive just in time to take

0:43:570:44:00

a good look around the auction house where the specialist militaria sale takes place.

0:44:000:44:05

Jonty, who's riding solo today, doesn't waste time in tracking them both down.

0:44:060:44:11

-It's the day of reckoning, isn't it?

-It is.

0:44:110:44:13

How are you feeling?

0:44:130:44:15

This collection has taken you years to get together and it's going to take literally minutes to sell!

0:44:150:44:20

Is there any particular one item that you're going to be sad to see go today?

0:44:200:44:26

-Or have you now...

-I've resigned myself that it's time to let go.

0:44:260:44:31

Have you put any reserves on anything?

0:44:310:44:33

-I have put three modest reserves on three items.

-Which ones?

0:44:330:44:37

The musket, the flint lock and one of the swords.

0:44:370:44:41

What about you? Are you happy to see the collection go?

0:44:410:44:44

I am perfectly happy to see them go because I never understood

0:44:440:44:47

the fascination of them in the first place.

0:44:470:44:50

It was Malcolm's hobby and interest.

0:44:500:44:53

-Plus you had to dust them.

-Dust them and put them on display.

0:44:530:44:57

-It's not a problem for me.

-We've got a really tough day today.

0:44:570:45:01

It's a big challenge because at the general sale we only made £360.

0:45:010:45:04

We have a target of £2,500 to aim for. There's a lot riding on this.

0:45:040:45:09

Are you ready to do battle? Literally.

0:45:090:45:12

Absolutely. Fingers crossed.

0:45:120:45:13

We haven't told Malcolm the values of his military collection simply because this is a specialist area

0:45:150:45:21

where prices are dictated by the bidders who are all experts in their military fields.

0:45:210:45:26

So, what does the auctioneer think?

0:45:260:45:29

We've taken a lot of phone enquiries about them.

0:45:290:45:32

They're very interesting, they're a little bit off the norm.

0:45:320:45:36

I'm very hopeful we're gonna get a bit of action in the room on these.

0:45:360:45:40

We're under starter's orders with the first of Malcolm's

0:45:400:45:43

-offerings within our sights.

-Right, this is the pistol.

0:45:430:45:47

-Lot 95, rather a nice one.

-Let's hope the sentiments are felt in the room

0:45:470:45:51

and this pistol gets us off the mark in our race to get closer

0:45:510:45:55

to our £2,500 target.

0:45:550:45:57

At £180, 190, 200. 210, here in the room at 210. 220.

0:45:570:46:02

230. It's still here. Goes then at £230.

0:46:020:46:07

At 230 in the room. Are you all done?

0:46:070:46:11

240.

0:46:110:46:12

At 240 now, new money at 240.

0:46:120:46:15

250, back here at 250.

0:46:150:46:18

Finished at 250?

0:46:180:46:20

-Well done.

-Yeah, fine.

0:46:200:46:23

-That's good.

-Malcolm doesn't look too convinced.

0:46:230:46:26

Maybe his nerves are kicking in.

0:46:260:46:28

It's a fantastic start, with his flint lock pistol going well over its estimate.

0:46:280:46:32

Lot 175 is the percussion musket.

0:46:340:46:37

-You put a reserve on this one?

-Yes, I have.

-All right. So are you taking it back or not?

0:46:370:46:41

We'll see.

0:46:410:46:44

Malcolm's French rifle turned out not to be the real deal.

0:46:440:46:47

That hasn't stopped him taking a gamble and putting a reserve of £190, which is above estimate.

0:46:470:46:52

100 I've got. At 100, 110.

0:46:530:46:54

At 110 only.

0:46:540:46:56

Done then at 110?

0:46:560:46:58

120, 130, 140, 150.

0:46:580:47:01

-160, 170, 180.

-I might be taking it home!

0:47:010:47:04

-190, at £190, is that it?

-You are.

-All done?

0:47:040:47:09

At £190, finished and done at 190?

0:47:090:47:14

He took it up to 190. That means there wasn't a bid in the room at 190.

0:47:140:47:19

The under bidder would've been 180.

0:47:190:47:22

So, putting a £190 reserve did backfire as the rifle's gone unsold.

0:47:220:47:27

Malcolm could be saying goodbye to that tractor front loader.

0:47:270:47:30

Jonty originally estimated Malcolm's handsome collection of swords at around £100.

0:47:340:47:39

But our military specialist stunned Jonty when he valued them at three times as much.

0:47:390:47:45

Remember, Malcolm's in the dark over this.

0:47:450:47:48

They're now being sold individually, so could he be in for a big surprise?

0:47:480:47:51

OK, this is the one we have big interest in.

0:47:510:47:54

Lot 1796, pan light cavalry sword. This is seriously cool.

0:47:540:47:57

What reserve did you put on that?

0:47:570:48:00

I can't remember now.

0:48:010:48:04

A couple of hundred quid on bid, 200, 220, 230, 240.

0:48:040:48:08

250, 260, 270. 280, 290.

0:48:080:48:11

300, at 300 now this side, at £300.

0:48:110:48:15

At 300 only, it goes then, 320, 330.

0:48:150:48:19

This is a good sword.

0:48:190:48:21

At £330, seated in the room. At £330, is that it? At 330...

0:48:210:48:27

I'm convinced that that was used at Waterloo.

0:48:320:48:35

We believe you, Malcolm, and that was a fantastic result at £330.

0:48:350:48:41

The rest of Malcolm's 19th century swords provide reinforcements for the troops

0:48:410:48:46

-when they come under the hammer.

-Finished and done at 150.

0:48:460:48:49

..at 160.

0:48:510:48:53

At 170, anybody else?

0:48:540:48:56

They win the battle to amass a total of £810.

0:48:560:49:01

-Well done. They've gone now.

-Yep.

-Aw!

-Aw!

0:49:010:49:05

I was very pleased with the result on that, very pleased.

0:49:060:49:09

It was... It was good. It was good.

0:49:090:49:13

What a difference a specialist auction makes.

0:49:130:49:15

Malcolm's military collection is storming the room here at Blythe's.

0:49:150:49:20

So much so that it finally looks like that £2,500 target could be within reach.

0:49:200:49:26

We finally get to Malcolm's medals that he's lovingly collected over a number of years.

0:49:280:49:33

They're also all going to be auctioned off separately.

0:49:330:49:37

Anne, have you ever really studied these medals, or was it always Malcolm's domain?

0:49:370:49:42

Always Malcolm's domain, but he can talk for hours on it over countless numbers of evening meals.

0:49:420:49:49

Once you...

0:49:490:49:51

press the right button on Malcolm he will talk for hours on the subject.

0:49:510:49:56

So let's hope for Anne's sake, and sanity, they all get snapped up.

0:49:560:50:00

This next medal issued in 1855 is from the Crimean campaign.

0:50:000:50:06

When did you buy that?

0:50:060:50:08

-About 35 years ago.

-Did you?

0:50:080:50:10

Hm. When I was a young man.

0:50:100:50:13

Lot 56, the Crimea medal.

0:50:130:50:15

Rather a nice one. Various bidding on this, I'll go straight in 100.

0:50:150:50:19

110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160.

0:50:190:50:21

With me at £160 now.

0:50:210:50:23

At £160, take 170, 170 here in the room.

0:50:230:50:28

The seated bidder of 170.

0:50:280:50:31

Down here in the room at 170.

0:50:310:50:35

-What a result!

-Good result.

0:50:350:50:37

£170 is a fantastic sale

0:50:370:50:41

and we still have so many more medals up for grabs.

0:50:410:50:44

Lot 69, the Indian General Service Medal, a very nice one again, various bids on this.

0:50:440:50:49

100, 110, 120, 130,

0:50:490:50:51

140, 150, 160, 170, 180. At £180,

0:50:510:50:55

all done then?

0:50:550:50:57

At £180...

0:50:570:50:58

-We got there.

-This is obviously very emotional for Malcolm,

0:51:000:51:04

who's seeing his 40-year-old collection of medals disappear.

0:51:040:51:07

But with medals going for the likes of £180,

0:51:070:51:10

his sacrifice will be worth it.

0:51:100:51:13

Lot 34, the Victory Medal, World War One.

0:51:130:51:16

Lot 48. 100, 110. 120, 130.

0:51:180:51:23

That's a heroic result, and so far

0:51:250:51:28

these medals alone have made over £1,000.

0:51:280:51:32

And we've still got one final lot of the day.

0:51:320:51:35

This is the Egypt medals. There's been a lot of interest.

0:51:350:51:38

It'll be fascinating to see where the hammer falls.

0:51:380:51:41

Lot 78 is the 19th century North Africa pair of medals.

0:51:410:51:45

Our military specialist was taken with these medals,

0:51:450:51:48

and reckons these could get enough interest to secure the £200 mark.

0:51:480:51:53

Rather nice these, various bids on these, at 190, 200.

0:51:530:51:57

And 10 I've got, 220, at 220 now.

0:51:570:52:00

230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, 290.

0:52:000:52:06

300, 310, 320, 330, 330, 340.

0:52:060:52:11

350, 360, 370.

0:52:110:52:14

You're here, you might as well.

0:52:160:52:19

370 behind you, 380.

0:52:190:52:21

390, I sell behind you at 390, 400.

0:52:210:52:25

410, 420.

0:52:250:52:27

430, 440.

0:52:270:52:30

450 I sell behind you, 460?

0:52:300:52:33

450 in the top corner, anyone else?

0:52:330:52:35

At £450, goes then at 450... 460.

0:52:350:52:40

470, 480, 490. At £490.

0:52:400:52:45

At 490 I sell behind you, 500?

0:52:450:52:49

500. 520, behind you at 520.

0:52:490:52:53

Goes then, seated at the back at £520.

0:52:530:52:57

530.

0:52:570:52:59

550 sir, 550.

0:52:590:53:01

At 550.

0:53:010:53:03

560. At 560, second row at £560.

0:53:030:53:09

-How do you feel now?

-Good.

0:53:120:53:16

I didn't expect to pay that much, but I was pleased to actually get them.

0:53:160:53:20

Because I collect that exact medal to them...

0:53:200:53:25

so there's the roll of 711 men.

0:53:250:53:29

I have now 28 of them.

0:53:290:53:31

So that's why I didn't stop!

0:53:310:53:34

And we're just glad this bidder turned up for all those men.

0:53:340:53:37

And his contribution brings our medals total to £1,706.

0:53:370:53:43

Way over estimate.

0:53:430:53:45

With that bumper result it looks like Malcolm's tractor front loader

0:53:450:53:49

could be winging its way to the farm.

0:53:490:53:51

So does that mean we've managed to trounce our target?

0:53:510:53:54

Now remember you wanted £2,500.

0:53:540:53:58

And in our first sale of course we only managed to get to £360.

0:53:580:54:04

Today's totals is in excess of £2,000.

0:54:040:54:08

You have made £2,766.

0:54:080:54:12

Good heavens!

0:54:120:54:14

-So the grand total is £3,126.

-Wow.

0:54:140:54:18

That's amazing. It really is good.

0:54:180:54:21

You can have half a field shelter.

0:54:210:54:23

Or a couple of planks to go towards it.

0:54:230:54:25

Two weeks later Anne and Malcolm are still reeling from such

0:54:320:54:35

an incredible result at the specialist auction.

0:54:350:54:38

It was fantastic. We did really well.

0:54:380:54:40

There were people there bidding on the day exactly what we wanted, exactly what we hoped for.

0:54:400:54:46

Most of my stuff has gone to people that are collectors, which is good.

0:54:460:54:51

-I'm very pleased.

-There's even more to celebrate.

0:54:510:54:54

Front loader's arriving today.

0:54:540:54:56

I am excited about it. I'm really looking forward to it. It should be great.

0:54:560:55:00

And with the new piece of equipment safely deposited, Malcolm wastes

0:55:040:55:08

no time in giving the hotly anticipated arrival a test drive.

0:55:080:55:13

It's going to take me, I think, a few hours to learn how to use all the controls.

0:55:130:55:18

You pull this lever like this to raise it up.

0:55:180:55:22

If I turn it to the right, watch what the bucket does.

0:55:220:55:25

Tips out, right?

0:55:250:55:27

-It's brilliant. It's gonna save me a lot of time, a lot of effort.

-So, can life get any sweeter?

0:55:270:55:33

I've managed to get my front loader, which I always wanted.

0:55:330:55:36

I jokingly said to Anne at the auction afterwards that I'd get her half a field shelter.

0:55:360:55:43

But I've been thinking about it.

0:55:430:55:45

She deserves a full field shelter, so we're getting a field shelter as well.

0:55:450:55:50

-A whole one? With sides and a roof?

-With sides and a roof, yep.

0:55:500:55:54

Fantastic. Thank you, Malcolm.

0:55:540:55:56

Ah, what a happy ending, and not just for Anne and Malcolm.

0:55:560:55:59

There are also some very lucky horses who can live happily ever after on the farm.

0:55:590:56:04

Life on the farm is just about to get a little bit easier thanks

0:56:100:56:14

to Anne and Malcolm battling through those auctions.

0:56:140:56:17

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0:56:170:56:19

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Series looking at the value of household junk. Ann and Malcolm Stevens know their farmhouse in Surrey needs to be de-cluttered. The trouble is, they can't agree on how to spend their auction proceeds. Will it be a stable for her horses, or a front-loader for his tractor? Lorne and Jonty face up to a boisterous rummage!


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