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Gloria Hunniford and the Cash in the Attic team meet Jan and Trevor Baker, who are on a mission to raise some cash to buy furniture for their Spanish holiday villa.


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On this beautiful day,

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it's hello and welcome to Cash In The Attic,

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the programme that searches out treasures around your home

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and then sells them for you at auction.

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Today, I'm in the very charming village of Ightham,

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near Sevenoaks in Kent.

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And this place is home to the very famous Ightham Mote.

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It's a truly spectacular manor home

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dating back some 650 years to the medieval period.

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Previous lucky owners of the manor include Sheriffs, MPs and courtiers,

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and in the 1500s, it was bought

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by one of Henry VIII's favourite servants, Sir Richard Clement.

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The house is surrounded by a deep moat

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and it's a location that just oozes history.

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Even the dog house is Grade 1 listed, and you know what?

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I'm going to be in it if I don't head off and start looking

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for antiques and collectibles to sell under the hammer.

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

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We give a family some good news.

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I'm surprised. I didn't think it'd be as much as that.

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And it just gets better and better.

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Between £350, maybe £550.

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Fantastic! That is good money, isn't it?

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But will the outlook be so sunny when we get to auction?

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Does anybody else want to come in? 140. Not enough.

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We'll find out when the hammer falls.

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I've come to this very picturesque village in Kent to meet a couple

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who just love all things Spanish,

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so they're hoping that the Cash In The Attic team can help them

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raise enough money at auction to enjoy living La Vida Loca.

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This large detached house is the picture of peace and tranquillity,

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and it's home to retired banker Trevor Baker and his wife Jan.

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They've been married for 16 years and both have children

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from previous marriages, and now they have grandchildren as well.

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When they're not with family, this pair share a love of golf and gardening, two hobbies

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harmonious with the other passion in their life, the Costa Blanca.

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-Good morning, Jonty.

-How are you?

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I'm good. I do take you to the best places, don't I?

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You do, because I know that you live in Kent.

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I do. I live about five miles away as the crow flies.

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You can drop in for tea on the way home!

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But strange enough, beautiful area and yet the people we're going to meet, they just adore Spain.

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So, a lot of Spanish around today. How is your Spanish?

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It's not that good, but you haven't seen me dance the salsa, have you?

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You're right. I think life's too short for that! But have you got your castanets?

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-Oh, I do, I do.

-"Oh, I do, I do" that's good. Let's go and meet them.

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Jan and Trevor, how very nice to meet you both.

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-Gloria.

-Thank you for allowing us to come and see you today.

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-It's no problem at all.

-Beautiful area. Do you love living here?

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Yes, it's very nice and quiet.

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Let's establish why you've called in the Cash In The Attic team.

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-Well, we want to change one or two things in the house, Gloria.

-The house in Spain?

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The house in Spain and we're going to change some things here as well.

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But some of the items that I inherited from my parents' grandparents don't really fit,

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and it would be nice to see them put to good use

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and we will obviously benefit when we do the refurbishment here and in Spain.

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So, Jan, what are we likely to find?

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Well, we've got some...furniture.

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There's a nice little desk which is quite small,

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and Trevor's father used to sit at the desk and do the farm accounts when Trevor was a little boy.

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There are some ceramics and a little bit of silver.

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But ironically, it would have all probably finished up in the skip

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if Trevor had been getting rid of it all, because...

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he didn't think that there was any value there,

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and we didn't really want it - we're not collectors.

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So I rescued a few items and brought them back here.

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-So Jan saved it all in a way?

-She did indeed, yes.

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She probably recognised there was something there anyway that I didn't.

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I was just happy for clearing the house and getting on.

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How much are you looking for?

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What would you be happy with?

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I supposed if we raised something like 800 to 1,000,

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that would be ideal,

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because what we are really looking to do first

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is develop or refurbish the dining room in Spain.

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And to be able to buy some nice pieces of Spanish furniture

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for the house there would be great.

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Well, I'm looking forward to seeing what you have

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in this very beautiful house.

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-So, shall we go and start rummaging a bit and meet Jonty?

-Yes.

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It sounds like we could be in for a treat today.

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Old family heirlooms can hold surprising value.

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But a quick look round this spick and span house

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suggests we might have to rummage hard to find them.

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Everything is tucked well out of sight.

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Well, almost everything, but Jonty's not fobbed off easily.

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Jonty, are you sure you've got the time

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to be lolling around looking at things?

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I've always got time to look at a good clock.

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It's a very pretty clock, I have to say.

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-Where's it from?

-It's from the farm house.

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It's from the days of my grandmother and father,

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so I'm assuming it came into the family some time between

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buying the farm in 1914 to when I can remember it in the early '50s.

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What do you know about the clock?

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The only thing I know about it is somebody in the family,

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probably my grandmother, said she thought it had a French background

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when she actually acquired it,

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but that's from vague recollections of my childhood,

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-and that's many years ago now.

-OK.

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Well, this clock can only be French.

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All this gilded decoration here, all this mounted, gilded decoration is Rococo - French.

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18th century. But it's not 18th century. It's more turn of the century.

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When I say, "Turn of the century", we're talking about a clock that's about 100 years in date.

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-So this is a reproduction of an earlier style.

-Right.

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Originally, if this was going to be an 18th century clock,

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then these mounts here would be gilded bronze or brass, known as ormolu,

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and a very, very expensive process to do, and very tricky as well.

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It involved mercury, so if you can imagine just how dangerous that would have been.

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And today, you can't make ormolu like you used to.

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It's now an illegal process.

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And you were about to say,

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"Had it been ormolu, it would be worth a fortune."

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-We could be talking about a lot of money.

-How much?

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The clocks really would range from £10,000 to £30,000,

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but it would have been a larger clock and they really are works of art, these mantle clocks.

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Now, Mr Picky has noticed that there's a chip here.

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Has that happened recently or have you always known that chip?

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I've not been conscious of having made that chip,

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so I think it's always been there. At least not in my time.

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That's an enamelled dial and, as a consequence, quite difficult to repair.

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So how much would you expect to get for this clock?

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It's going to be in excess of £100, so we're talking about £120, £180, that sort of ballpark.

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-I think it's a really pretty clock.

-It is good, yes.

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So it's going to be interesting to see what it sells for.

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We're very interested to see what happens.

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-Right, we have to move on if we're to get your £800 to £1,000.

-Yes, indeed.

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But at least we're over £100 with this one, hopefully. That's good.

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So, Trevor's happy, but how does Jan feel?

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I'm quite happy to let it go.

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I was never very attached to it. It's not really my sort of thing.

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And because we don't use the lounge all that much,

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we just never got round to winding it up.

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Well, now it's time to get down to business.

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Hold on - maybe I was wrong about it being difficult to find things.

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Already, I've come across this gorgeous Victorian punch bowl.

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It's Staffordshire, always popular with collectors, but as it has

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some hairline cracks on the bass, Jonty values it at a low £30 to £40.

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Downstairs in the dining room, Jan's raiding the family silver.

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Jonty, look, I've got all this silver stuff.

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There must be something here that's worth something.

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Wow, look at that!

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-It's got an inscription on the tray here.

-Yes.

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What's all that about? "Presented by the Greenwich London Borough Council to Daniel McCayna."

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That's my father, and this set,

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the tray with the coffee and tea pots, the sugar bowl and the milk jug,

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were presented to him on the occasion of him working

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for 30 years for what was Woolwich Borough Council

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and then in 1965, with the creation of the Greater London Council,

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it became Greenwich Borough Council.

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Well, always when I look at silver items, you've got two completely different prices,

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one for solid silver, so we're looking for the hallmark, and one for plated silver.

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So we need to establish, right from the outset,

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from this coffee pot, what we're looking at.

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And can you see? Even though it's rubbed away, this says

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-"EPNS",- electroplated nickel silver.

-Yes.

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So this is all plated, I'm assuming,

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because if the coffee pot is, everything else will be as well.

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So this is not really worth very much?

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It's, sadly, not worth a great deal at all,

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because collectors, people who trade with this kind of ware,

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really are looking for silver,

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and the market for electroplated silver has really fallen by the way.

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But if you have to sell it... Are you keen on selling it?

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Because of the inscription, I think I'd like to keep the tray.

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-The actual set can go.

-So, for your whole collection, you're looking really between £50 and £100.

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I'm surprised. I didn't think it would be as much as that.

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It's the only item that we're selling

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that was from my side of the family, and yes,

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it did have a small amount of sentimental value, but,

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quite honestly, we drink our tea out of a mug these days, don't we?

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Not a silver tea pot.

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And it's one less thing to polish as well.

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This house is like a treasure trove, each room contains another gem.

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Trevor's found this pair of Victorian opaline vases.

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Opaline is a form of glass and it has a gorgeous opaque sheen

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which is created by adding tin or stannic oxide and,

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unlike a ceramic, it can't be fired,

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so the floral image would have had to have been hand painted

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using specialised enamelled paints.

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Jonty thinks £25 to £35 would be a fair price for these.

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Our collection of items

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is steadily growing, so I take a moment to find out more about Jan and Trevor.

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Jan, I know I'm partial to Kent - I only live about five miles away,

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but what do you like about Kent?

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I was born and brought up here, so it's home to me.

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We actually lived nearby for a few years before we came here

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and Ightham is just a very attractive area to live.

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But what is it about Spain you really like?

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Climate is a good start.

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It is a lovely way to spend the deepest part of winter.

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It's the local culture that I like most of all about Spain, actually,

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the fact that I've now been learning Spanish for a few years

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-and I can communicate with people.

-Have you made any faux pas?

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No, but Trevor's daughter made an interesting one when she was there recently.

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She was there last week with some friends for her hen party

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and they were having a nice meal out together,

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but one of the friends has an allergy against butter,

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and they asked whether the paella had a "burra",

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and that means, did the paella have a donkey in it?

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So, with your brand new house in Spain, this lovely villa, and the Cash In The Attic team,

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what exactly are you going to spend the money on?

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I think generally we'd like to replace the dining room furniture,

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because the custom in Spain is for houses to be sold furnished, and the

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Dutch people who sold the house to us left a rather unattractive orange pine dining suite.

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-It sounds delectable(!)

-Yes, so it needs to go at the first opportunity.

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I know that Jonty will be missing us, so enough slacking on our behalf.

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I think we'd better go and find some more lovely things to take to auction.

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You've got so many rooms - show me which one I'm going to.

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Well, it sounds like Jan and Trevor have plenty of projects on the go,

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and we'd better find some more items before we vamoose to auction.

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Jan's come across a handy mahogany occasional table

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on a tripod support. This versatile little table

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could carry a value of £40 to £60 at auction.

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With its rich brown hue and fine grain, mahogany was a favourite of the Victorians.

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And in the hall, Jonty's discovered another historic object.

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I had to come and see this famous desk,

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because you were saying earlier on, Trevor, this is the one

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that your grandfather and father used to write all the bills at.

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Certainly my father. I couldn't remember my grandfather.

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But this used to sit at the end of the what we'd call the living room,

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ie the room we actually lived in, as opposed to the front room.

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What's your opinion of it, Jonty?

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A lot of people say brown furniture is dead,

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but pedestal desks are not dead.

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A good quality pedestal desk will always sell

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because people still can use it.

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To me, this looks like dainty, almost like lady's size.

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I agree. It's quite a small desk.

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And as far as pedestal desks are concerned,

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this is really as small as they get, because the name "pedestal desk"

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really explains what it is.

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The writing surface sits on two pillars, two columns of drawers, and this is what we've got here.

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So if it was any narrower, you literally couldn't get your legs into the hole.

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-You certainly wouldn't!

-No, I would have a problem with this one!

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You're much too tall for that. So what's the wood exactly?

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This is mahogany. Mahogany tends to be quite a red colour,

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but this has faded into a nice sort of nutty brown colour, but the grain tells me that it's mahogany.

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The great thing about desks, for me, is always look inside a drawer.

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I pulled this out earlier.

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Can you see? Inside an old desk has to be sign of ink.

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There's always ink stains inside an old desk.

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-And not a nail in sight as far as I can see.

-No, that's all dovetails.

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You're going to miss it! I don't know how you're letting this go.

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-I really don't, honestly.

-What age would you put on it, Jonty?

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You can date furniture by the handles,

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because the pedestal desk was fashionable really in the middle part of the 18th century,

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all the way through to this period, where we're talking 1860, 1870.

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-Ask him how much. Quickly.

-Go on. How much do you think, then?

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Well, we're going to look at a really great figure

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of between £350, maybe £550.

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-Fantastic! That is good money.

-That's good.

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I might have to knock them all down to get to it first!

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-Let's keep searching, though.

-Let's go this way.

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That's a great total. And we continue our search bolstered by our progress.

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I find this charming silver cruet set.

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It could make a stylish centrepiece at someone's dinner table for £20 to £30. And speaking of dining...

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Hey, Jonty, you're not thinking of selling all my blue and white China, are you?

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I thought I might. I have to say, my eye has gone to these huge lovely good quality meat plates here.

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-Can we sell these?

-Yes, I think so.

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They're a little bit large for today's living, I think.

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I'd like to hang on to the rest,

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because it's quite decorative here on my dresser.

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These are the ones that have got real age to them. Where are these from?

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These, of course, are from the farmhouse in the Cotswolds.

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Now, I'm sure you know the pattern that this is.

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This is the willow pattern.

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But do you know the story of the willow pattern?

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Not really. It's something to do with a father chasing

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the young woman and her lover across the bridge.

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But I don't know very much about it.

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Well, that's exactly who you can see here.

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The story really is based in the palace, here.

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It starts off at the palace, here.

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There was a rich Mandarin, he had a daughter called Koong-se.

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and a lowly accountant named Chung who fell in love with Koong-se.

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They eventually eloped before the arranged marriage

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to a very wealthy Duke could take place.

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So this is the wealthy Duke sailing towards the palace

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on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.

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They managed to escape and they lived for many a happy year on this island here.

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Well, I'm very pleased to hear that, then!

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It didn't end as a happy end. There was no happy ending there.

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The Duke eventually caught up with them,

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took his revenge and killed them both.

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The gods took pity and turned them into two beautiful birds.

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So that is the story of the willow pattern.

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And it is, by far, the most popular pattern

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that the ceramics factories of the 19th and 20th centuries produced.

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If it had been a rarer pattern,

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these plates would be worth quite a substantial sum of money because,

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if you are collecting blue and white transfer wares, you're looking for something really quite unusual.

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Definitely worth selling. Ballpark £50 to £100.

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Yeah. Yeah.

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-Happy?

-Yeah, I think I'd feel happier if it was nearer the 100.

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Well, we'll see because also...

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-I have to be cautious because of the pattern itself, OK?

-Yeah.

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-If it had been any other pattern, £100 no problem. All right?

-Fine.

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I'll leave those here and we'll carry on searching.

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I had in mind a figure of about £50 each for them 40 to 50 each, I think.

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So I would be disappointed if we only got 50,

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but we'll see what happens on the auction day.

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We certainly will.

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And another item to test out is this willow pattern bowl.

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Jan wrestled with sending it to auction

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and decided it could join the meat plates at £20 to £30.

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As Jan has already mentioned, most of the antiques in the house

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come from Trevor's family home in the Cotswolds.

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While the others continue the search, I take a moment to find out more about his family.

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Trevor, tell me a little bit about your farming background.

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I grew up on a farm on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds.

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In fact, the farm had been in the family for, I think, three generations.

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Did you never fancy yourself, then, as Farmer Trevor?

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No, my dad asked me and we did talk about it, but I always intended doing something else.

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Then what's the history on your mother's side?

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My mum's history is actually quite interesting.

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She came over here just before the war from Germany

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because she was Jewish and, obviously, at that time,

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you needed to get away from Germany.

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So she became a nurse in the Radcliffe hospital

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and met my father in Oxford.

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So our background is sort of all her family split up

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by what happened in the Second World War.

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I'm taking it there weren't too many German speaking people

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in the Cotswolds at that time? How did she adapt?

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I think she always found life different from what she was used to

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when she was a girl growing up in Germany,

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but those are the times where people

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had to make as good a life as they can and she had her own life there,

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but it was a very different life to the one she was used to.

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What does your family overall feel about

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all these things that have very special memories

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being broken up and sold off through Cash in the Attic?

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Well, I think, as generations pass, things that you find...

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memorable and have a history to them, they lose track of,

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and it is probably time for those pieces to move on.

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I think we'd better get on with looking at some more of these things that did come from the farm.

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So, Farmer Trevor, let's go.

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While we've been chatting, Jonty has found another fine example of Victorian furniture.

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This tilt top table would have been used for cards and games in the Victorian parlour

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and Jonty puts a value of £200 to £300 on it.

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And in the garden, Trevor's made a surprising find in the shed.

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Someone likes to see their plants up close.

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Jonty, I've just been looking for these. Are these of any interest?

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Opera glasses. Yes.

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Now, what I find absolutely intriguing about these opera glasses

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is that they are from Paris and they've got "Le Jockey Club"

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stamped on them as well.

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So what are you doing with a pair of Parisian opera glasses?

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Well, that's a good question because whereas I actually have been to the opera with Jan

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in the last couple of months, my father never did in his whole life.

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He actually had these in the cupboard at home and unless somebody else in

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the family were opera goers, he certainly wasn't.

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These were very fashionable in the 19th century.

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This style of glass is known as Galilean

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and this was invented in 1820.

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The Jockey Club of Paris still is in existence today.

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It houses the International Federation of Jockey Clubs

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-essentially it's almost like the HQ of racing.

-Right.

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They were very big in the 19th century, which is when these would have been made.

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Because they've...seen better days, and the case,

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we're not going to get top dollar for them, but £20, £30.

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Yeah. As I said, they were in my father's desk,

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I think, or cabinet and just sat there for years. I never saw him use them.

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Excellent. Now, where's Gloria?

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She's not down there.

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Where am I? Well, I wish I could say I'm having a siesta,

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but I am working jolly hard, Jonty.

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There's so much to sift through, we've all fallen into a kind of a daze,

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but it looks like Jan is on form.

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Jonty, what do you think of this?

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We're talking about the cabinet?

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-Yes.

-OK. Where's this come from? Is this part of your family?

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This is something else that came from Trevor's family home

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and I don't really know anything about it.

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This is a mahogany display cabinet

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and the inlay gives us an indication as to what age this cabinet is.

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This inlay work was revived from earlier Georgian designs

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in the latter half of the 19th century, so you're talking 1880 onwards.

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An interesting point - if you look at the shape of the door,

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more often than not, that door would have glazing bars.

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I like the fact that we have this shaped door.

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I also love the gallery around the top - French in influence.

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So this cabinet is much better quality than most

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Edwardian or late 19th century cabinets that you will see.

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-Is it English, or is it a French cabinet?

-This is English.

-It is?

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English display cabinet. Definitely worth putting in the auction sale.

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-Where have the other two got to?

-I think they're...

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You know, Jonty, I'm never far away from you!

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So you were talking about an interesting piece.

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-This is it, is it?

-Yes, it is.

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-Beautiful cabinet.

-It's really good quality. Really good quality.

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-At auction, £200 to £300.

-Wow.

-That's not bad.

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That's a good price, isn't it?

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-You wouldn't have thought so.

-I didn't expect that.

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I'm thrilled to bits to tell you

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that, already, if everything goes to plan at auction, you have £1,125.

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-Wow.

-Isn't that good?

-Where did that come from?

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Aren't we glad that she saved all those pieces from the skip!

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So, it's muy bueno all round. What a fabulous result.

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And some of the items that Jan and Trevor will be saying adios to include...

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the reproduction of a French mantle clock.

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This ornate time piece could fetch as much as £120 to £180.

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This gaudy Welsh Staffordshire bowl

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could pack some punch at auction at between £30 and £40.

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And will this table tip the balance?

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Their Victorian antique could bring in £200 to £300.

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Coming up next on Cash in the Attic,

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someone's getting into the Spanish vibe.

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-Buena suerte en la subasta.

-Excuse me. Hark at him!

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But will the bidders be so enthusiastic?

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It's like extracting teeth.

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With more and more surprises in store.

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I can't believe that.

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Will our items be pulling in the bids?

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Find out when the hammer falls.

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Now, a few weeks ago, we visited Jan and Trevor Baker in their home near Sevenoaks in Kent

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and we brought all their collectibles here to the Chiswick Auction Rooms in West London.

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Just to remind you, they want to raise £800 to help decorate their holiday home.

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So let's hope they have lots of good bidders in here today so they can live the Spanish high life in style.

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Ole!

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The sale room in this charming Victorian building

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is brimming with anticipation as buyers keen to find a bargain sift through the antiques on display.

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Ever punctual, Jonty has his eye on the ornate mantle timepiece.

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Spot on time, Jonty. I like this clock, actually. It's good.

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Looking forward to meeting the Bakers again?

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I am. I've been practising my Spanish. Buena suerte en la subasta.

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Excuse me. Hark at him! No idea what it means, but it sounds good.

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It means, "Good luck at the auction", or at least I think it does!

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We shall see. At least you can't do hasta manana because this auction is going to start pretty soon.

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-Absolutely.

-But the clock, of course, we know might do all right.

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-What else did you like?

-I liked the Victorian postal desk.

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It's clean and it's good quality, so it should walk out the door.

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-It's a lovely desk, I must say. Shall we find the family?

-Let's do it.

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It is certainly packed here at Chiswick,

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but it's always difficult to tell which way an auction will go.

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Now, generally, the smaller items tend to appeal to collectors,

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and modern tastes means that antique furniture doesn't always sell so well.

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We have a few items in that category.

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Fingers crossed they catch the eye of the bidders.

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Jan is here, but where's Trevor?

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Jan, taking a lingering look at your lovely unit!

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-Yes, it's looking good, isn't it?

-And no Trevor.

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No, I'm afraid he had a long standing arrangement

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for a golf day today, so that took precedence, I'm afraid.

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So his handsome stand-in is who?

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-This is my son, Mike. My eldest son.

-Hello.

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-Have you been to an auction before?

-No.

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-But I'm very excited to be here.

-So he's the auction virgin, then.

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We're always happy to have one. Have you been to many, Jan?

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Not many in recent years, but when I was young

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and the children were very small, I used to go to quite a lot.

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We've been having fun with

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-what I think is probably bad Spanish from Jonty.

-So bad, I'm not going to repeat it!

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Presumably, Mike, you go to Spain quite a bit to have your holidays?

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I haven't actually been to the new house,

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-but I do enjoy going to Spain.

-So you've got a vested interest

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-in how much money is raised.

-Definitely.

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So, Gloria, we'd better get to work, then.

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I think we should. We want to raise as much money as possible for Spain.

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The auction is about to start.

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But if you're interested in selling or buying at auction,

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then please bear in mind that you will have commission, VAT

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and other charges to pay, so do check first.

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We file into our places,

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hoping our first item will throw things into focus.

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Lot number 20A now.

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The pair of binoculars, French Jockey Club binoculars.

0:27:060:27:10

The first item up is the pair of binoculars which, mysteriously,

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we found in your potting shed.

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In the greenhouse, yes! I don't know what they were doing in there.

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What's your prediction for these, Jonty?

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£20, maybe £30, but just let the market decide on this one.

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Here they come.

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£20. I'm bid at £20.

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I'll take 22, 25, 28, 30.

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30, 32, £30.

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Gone for £30, then.

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-That's really good.

-Hey! Your top estimate.

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-Very good.

-Good start, yeah.

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So, Jan's happy,

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but we face a challenge with our next item,

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the willow pattern meat plates.

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In the rummage, Jan was hoping they'd fetch a good price.

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I have to be honest and say

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I actually really like willow pattern plates,

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so I'm sort of sorry you're selling these,

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but you're glad to get rid of them, aren't you?

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I am. They're just too big.

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£20 to start me off.

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22?

0:28:050:28:07

25, 28, 30?

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At £28,

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I'm going to sell for £28.

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£28, it's gone. £28, then.

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-Disappointment, isn't it?

-That really is disappointing.

0:28:170:28:20

Oh, dear. It seems the large size put off the buyers as well.

0:28:200:28:25

Perhaps this more modest sized willow pattern bowl will do better.

0:28:250:28:29

26A, Victoria Staffordshire bowl, blue and white. £20 for it?

0:28:290:28:34

£10 for it?

0:28:340:28:36

No hand moves.

0:28:360:28:37

No bid at all at £10? No-one likes it at £10?

0:28:370:28:40

No-one's bid, I don't think.

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No bids, not sold.

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Ouch. A disappointing result.

0:28:440:28:46

And when the occasional table then fails to reach its lower estimate...

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All out at £38, then?

0:28:510:28:52

Sold at £38, you've got it.

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..We're beginning to feel a little uneasy.

0:28:540:28:57

All eyes are now on the French mantle clock.

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I want to tell you, Jan and Mike, I found Jonty this morning,

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early, before the auction started, obviously,

0:29:030:29:06

really looking very strongly at this little clock.

0:29:060:29:08

It's got a great shape, hasn't it?

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Yes. Classic French form with ormolu mounts and I valued it over £100.

0:29:100:29:15

The room's a little bit asleep at the moment,

0:29:150:29:17

but I'm hoping we're going to get that.

0:29:170:29:19

Start me at £100 for a cheap start. £100 for it?

0:29:190:29:21

Can't believe no one's moving. Gonna bid me £100?

0:29:210:29:24

You are - £100? 110?

0:29:240:29:25

120, 130, 140,

0:29:250:29:29

150, 160, 170, 180.

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Take 180 and we're done. 190, 200.

0:29:340:29:40

-210, 20...

-It's fabulous, isn't it?

0:29:400:29:45

..30.

0:29:450:29:46

At £220.

0:29:460:29:48

230. 240.

0:29:480:29:50

You're doing the same. Yes or no, please.

0:29:500:29:52

£230. Gone.

0:29:520:29:56

-230.

-230, fantastic. Isn't that good, Mike?

0:29:560:29:59

-Much better.

-Yeah, much better.

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What a timely comeback that was!

0:30:010:30:04

£230 is a handsome sum towards our Spanish villa fund.

0:30:040:30:09

Let's hope our next item serves up a similar result.

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Lot number 50A now. The Georgian mahogany occasional table.

0:30:130:30:17

There it is. Tall top, single pedestal base.

0:30:170:30:19

-Do you remember this one?

-I do. It has some sentimental value for me

0:30:190:30:23

because Mum used to put the Christmas tree on this every year

0:30:230:30:26

with all our presents around the bottom.

0:30:260:30:28

-So it means something to me.

-How can you do it to him?

0:30:280:30:31

Are you going to get a tad emotional now?

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Yeah, I might do, but I'll forgive her!

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Start me at...£200? £200 for it.

0:30:350:30:40

£100 for it? £100.

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110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170...

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..170, 180, 190, 200.

0:30:490:30:53

-And 10, 220...

-Can't believe it!

0:30:530:30:56

One more bid. 220, 230?

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At £220. Selling for 220, all out.

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-We got that.

-Hey! Result.

0:31:030:31:06

-Result. Well done!

-Jonty must be the expert.

0:31:060:31:10

It may have had memories for Mike,

0:31:100:31:12

but with the funds from this table's sale

0:31:120:31:14

going to the family's Spanish holiday home,

0:31:140:31:16

he'll have a whole new set of experiences to look back on.

0:31:160:31:20

It's certainly been an unpredictable morning.

0:31:200:31:22

I want to let you know that I'm definitely having a hot flush.

0:31:220:31:26

A, it's very, very hot in the auction room and,

0:31:260:31:28

B, with the up and down prices, I am absolutely exhausted.

0:31:280:31:32

This is the halfway mark, then.

0:31:320:31:34

You're looking for £800 to help with the decoration in Spain.

0:31:340:31:37

Well, I am thrilled to be able to tell you at the halfway mark,

0:31:370:31:40

you're already at £546.

0:31:400:31:43

-My goodness. I can't believe that!

-Isn't that fabulous?

0:31:430:31:46

-That's really good.

-That is so good.

0:31:460:31:49

We had a bit of a disappointing start

0:31:490:31:51

and then a really exhilarated end as we come up to the halfway mark.

0:31:510:31:56

That's fabulous.

0:31:560:31:57

After that thrilling first half, it's time for a welcome break.

0:32:020:32:06

But while Jan and Mike pop off for a quick cuppa,

0:32:060:32:08

Jonty's made a cracking discovery.

0:32:080:32:11

I wanted to show you this plate

0:32:120:32:14

because I always admire good quality in antiques.

0:32:140:32:17

This is what we're looking at here.

0:32:170:32:19

This plate is valued between £200 and £300.

0:32:190:32:22

I have to say about five years ago, it would be more like £400 to £600.

0:32:220:32:26

-Who made it?

-If you have a look on the back,

0:32:260:32:28

this is an under-glazed blue shape of the beehive.

0:32:280:32:33

That means that it's come from Vienna.

0:32:330:32:35

There were various factories in the late 19th century,

0:32:350:32:38

when this would have been made.

0:32:380:32:39

As we see on the back, it says this is Achilles,

0:32:390:32:42

so the subject matter here is the learning,

0:32:420:32:44

or the education of Achilles.

0:32:440:32:46

And is it all hand painted?

0:32:460:32:49

-Everything that you see here is all hand done.

-Everything?

0:32:490:32:55

Absolutely everything. And this is literally...this is literally gold

0:32:550:32:58

that you're touching here as well.

0:32:580:33:00

This is gold leaf.

0:33:000:33:02

Well, this is certainly not a simple plate.

0:33:020:33:05

I think it's a great thing.

0:33:050:33:06

As I say, I'm not quite sure whether I want it in my own home,

0:33:060:33:10

but I can see why people appreciate it.

0:33:100:33:12

I'm going to let you carry it down the stairs to the auction room!

0:33:120:33:15

With the auction about to recommence, we file into our places

0:33:210:33:25

for the second half and a new auctioneer takes the stand.

0:33:250:33:29

After the exciting first half,

0:33:290:33:30

we're all keen to see what the next part of the sale will bring,

0:33:300:33:34

but will our first item after the break cut the mustard?

0:33:340:33:38

Lot 322A, the silver three piece cruet set.

0:33:380:33:41

-I believe you bought this actually at an antique fair?

-I did, yes.

0:33:410:33:45

-Where was that?

-Several years ago at Ardingly,

0:33:450:33:48

the big south of England antiques fair.

0:33:480:33:50

What did you pay for them?

0:33:500:33:52

I think I paid about £80.

0:33:520:33:55

I put it a lot lower than that.

0:33:550:33:58

OK, here's the item.

0:33:580:33:59

£10? I know this is worth £10.

0:33:590:34:01

Ten, I'm bid. Thank you, at last. £10.

0:34:010:34:03

It's worth more than that. But I can sell at £10. 12.

0:34:030:34:08

It's like extracting teeth. 14,

0:34:100:34:12

16. £20, then, in the corner is bid for it at £20. £22.

0:34:120:34:18

£22, there in the middle of the room at £22. At £22, then.

0:34:180:34:25

Well, the auctioneer did a good job there at pushing the price up

0:34:250:34:29

and £22 may not be at much as Jan paid, but it's still on estimate.

0:34:290:34:34

So, when the opaline vases sell under estimate at £10,

0:34:340:34:38

we're not too concerned. Next up is one of our star lots,

0:34:380:34:41

the Victorian writing desk.

0:34:410:34:43

Now, this is one of my favourite lots of the sale.

0:34:430:34:46

A lovely Victorian pedestal desk.

0:34:460:34:48

It's nice and clean, ready to go home.

0:34:480:34:50

Whoever wants to buy it, they can just walk out of the auction room.

0:34:500:34:53

You put a reserve of £250 on it.

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That's fine because I put £350-£450 estimate on it, so we should be OK.

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342A is a desk.

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342A.

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£200 for the desk? 200, 210, 220.

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£220 for that desk, at £220.

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At 220. At £220.

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Nobody else want 230?

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£220. 220 then.

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Not sold, I'm afraid.

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I have a funny feeling that deep down,

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although Trevor has said yes, we can sell that

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but deep down, I don't think he does want to sell it!

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I think you're probably right.

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Otherwise, he wouldn't have put on such a high reserve.

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It's disappointing that it didn't go above the reserve,

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but as the desk came from Trevor's family, it's right and proper

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that it should go at a price that reflects its value.

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It doesn't help our total, though.

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We need our next lot to make a really good show of it.

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It's a very fine inlaid Edwardian display cabinet

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and we're hoping for £200 to £300.

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So, French in its style, Jonty?

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Well, it's Art Nouveau style, really. It's late 19th century.

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£200 to £300 worth of antique.

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You've got a reserve on it, haven't you?

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Yes, because we wouldn't like to see it go for next to nothing.

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Who will start me for £100 for the display cabinet?

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100, 110, 120,

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130, 140.

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£140 for a display cabinet.

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£140. Anybody want me 150?

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£140...

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Gone at £140, at 140.

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Anybody else want to come in?

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140. Not enough.

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Not enough.

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I'll tell you what, though,

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I think it's better that it goes home and sits in your sitting room.

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I do. I think it's criminal in some ways to give things away,

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if they're worth a lot more and if they're worth a lot to your family.

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It seems the bidders aren't as keen on furniture today,

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but Jan could always leave the cabinet

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and the writing desk in another sale.

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After that poor run, the collection of silver items

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with an estimate of £50 also failed to sell.

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Start me for £20 for the silver plate.

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20, 22, 24, 26. £26 for it?

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For £26, I'll take. At £26, it's not selling for 26...

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At £26. Anybody want to come in?

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No? At £26...

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Not sold, I'm afraid.

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And we're left feeling a little bewildered.

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So disappointing! But on the other hand,

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why would it suddenly be a no-sale

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with the auctioneer just taking that decision?

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He uses his estimate as a guide as to where he should be selling.

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So he takes it up to a reasonable figure

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and then offers it into the room.

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So he went up to £26 and then would have looked round the room for bids,

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no bids, bangs the gavel down.

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That means that it's unsold.

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But we mustn't be too downhearted.

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We did brilliantly well in the first part of the auction.

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Our last item

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on the blot today is this colourful Staffordshire bowl.

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This could do really well, but it did have some hairline cracks,

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so Jonty is playing it safe with a low estimate.

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This bowl is beautiful,

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very colourful, and would have been used as a punch bowl, I guess.

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So did you ever use it like that?

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We just used it as an ornament.

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Why did you not put some Pimms or something

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out of this beautiful punch bowl?

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Probably because we didn't think of it.

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-What's your appraisal, Jonty?

-The market isn't great for these things.

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They're decorative, but no more than that,

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so I'll have to put a lower figure on it,

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so around the £30 mark is what we're looking for.

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Let's console ourselves with the thought that if it doesn't sell...

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We'll all have Pimms in the garden.

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Here it comes.

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Must be worth £10. 12, 14, 16, 18, 20.

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£20 for it?

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£20, 22.

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24, 26, 28,

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30, 32, 34.

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£34, then. 38, 40,

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42, 44, 46, 48, 50,

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5, 60, 5.

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70, 5, 80, 5.

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90, 5, 100. 110, 120.

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120 then for the lady at £120.

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At 120. At £120, then, it's 120.

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-That is fantastic!

-What a result, eh?

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Why did do you think it went for so much more than you thought?

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There's obviously two dealers that really, really wanted this,

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and one was determined.

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You noticed the card just stayed up until the hammer fell.

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She was prepared to buy it, like, almost at any price.

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-£120. That's a really great result.

-And your wee face was brilliant!

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I don't know, talk about highs and lows!

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The bowl sold for four times its estimate,

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but was that enough to get us to our target?

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Just to refresh your memory, of course, £800, we were hoping for

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to do a bit of redecoration in your new place in Spain.

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Bearing in mind you did exceptionally well

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in the first part of your auction,

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and in the second part of the auction, you had three no-sales,

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which means you're going home with some of your pieces.

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Despite that, you've got the grand total

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which, I think, is terrific, of £698.

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-That's not too bad, is it?

-I think that's terrific, don't you?

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I'm amazed, considering we had the desk and display cabinet unsold.

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Which were the biggest items.

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I think your other items did exceptionally well.

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You've done very well, considering.

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It's one week later

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and with just under £700 towards their Spanish casa,

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Jan and Trevor have a plan for when they return to Spain.

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The money we raise from the auction

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we'll use to refurbish the villa in Spain, but it would be nice

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to come here today and learn to cook paella

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because we've got a group of friends coming in October

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and we're looking to see that we can produce a fantastic meal for them.

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They've come to Jan's Spanish school

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for a very special day with an experienced paella chef.

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Let's cook some paella!

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I'm really looking forward to learning a bit of Spanish cookery

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because we've been eating paella

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for years and it's about time I learned how to cook it.

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A veritable feast of the senses.

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Paella's one of those dishes everyone in Spain has an opinion on.

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Originally from Valencia,

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we think of it as being a seafood dish,

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but all sorts of ingredients can find their way into it.

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Perhaps the ordinary people

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might not be able to afford the langoustinos.

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Rabbit. Very popular.

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-In Valencia, they do snails as well?

-Yes. It's nice.

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The largest ever paella was made in Valencia

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and fed over 200,000 people.

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I'm sure Jan and Trevor

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aren't planning to feed quite that many people,

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but they are keen to test out their new skills on their friends.

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Looking forward to getting back to Spain, actually,

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and entertaining our friends with a wonderful paella meal.

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Gloria Hunniford and the Cash in the Attic team are deep in the heart of Kent to meet Jan and Trevor Baker, who are on a mission to raise some cash to buy furniture for their Spanish holiday villa.