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The Cash team are in Essex helping Frank and Lynn Marns, who want to buy their granddaughter a princess bed. They hope that their inherited collectables will provide the funds.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that searches homes for hidden treasures and sells them at auction.

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I'm in Dedham, Essex, known as Constable country,

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but also renowned for painters like Sir Alfred Munnings, and this is his house.

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The largest collection of his work is here,

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Castle House art museum, his former home.

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Famous for paintings of race horses,

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Munnings was an influential painter of his generation,

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with a career spanning more than 70 years until his death in 1959.

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His wish was to leave his pictures and estate to the nation

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and Lady Munnings set up Castle House as a memorial.

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It's open to the public from Easter to October

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and one of the highlights is Munnings' garden studio,

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left much as it was when he painted here.

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There can be no questioning the quality of Munnings' work.

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We'll be looking for quality items in the hunt

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for antiques and collectables that we can sell at auction.

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'Coming up,

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'our expert's getting some insider knowledge...'

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What do you say? ..I think you're worth that.

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'..and some items bring out the magpie in him.'

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Jingle, jingle, jingle! We definitely like that!

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'But not all our lots find new homes at auction.'

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-I do wear it occasionally.

-You'll wear it more than occasionally now!

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'So, will we have made our target when the final hammer falls?'

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I'm in Thorrington, Essex, to meet a couple who've called in the team

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to help them raise funds for the smallest member of the family.

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'This cosy bungalow in a quiet corner of Essex

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'is home to retired electrician Frank and his wife, Lynn.

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'They have been married for a fantastic 45 years

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'and have a close-knit family with two children and four grandchildren.

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'Since moving from their previous family home,

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'the couple have more collectables than they have space for.'

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-Morning, James.

-Morning, Lorne. Cold old day today.

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At least the sun's out. Great family today.

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Inherited stuff from 14 aunts and uncles! Loads to go through.

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-I've got some idea of what's in store.

-Are you up for it?

-Of course I am.

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-Good morning.

-Hello.

-Nice to see you're ready for us(!)

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Obviously, you've called Cash In The Attic in. Who did that?

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-I did.

-Oh, did you?

-Yes. On a whim!

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-Did you think it would happen?

-No.

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Shows how wrong you can be! What did you want us here for?

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We've down-sized and we've got a lot of stuff in the loft.

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Thought we'd see if we can make something on it.

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So you brought things you thought would fit in and now they can't?

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-Yes.

-The items we're going to sell, where are they from?

-Inherited.

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From aunts and uncles.

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My mum was a widow so I had a lot to do with my aunts and uncles.

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That's where a lot of bits have come from.

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Frank, what do you want to raise money for?

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We'd like to raise £500

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for our youngest granddaughter's princess bed she's keen on.

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She's two years old and that's her dream.

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So we'd like the money for that and to decorate her bedroom also.

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Let's see if we can make the £500 for Hannah. Let's find the expert!

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'Lynn and Frank sound like doting grandparents.

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'What a fantastic target today.

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'With so many collectables, I'm glad our expert James Rylands is here.

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'No saleable treasure will fail to catch his eye.

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'He's made a start already.'

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-Hello, James. There you are.

-Hi.

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Lynn, I've seen loads of Royal Doulton figures.

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-Where are they from?

-I collected some but a lot are from my aunts.

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-They had them in their houses?

-When I was young.

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Both of these ones, the balloon seller and old balloon woman,

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were both modelled in 1940

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by a well-known modeller called Leslie Harradine.

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She revolutionised the figures at Doulton with bright primary colours

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and very decorative figures.

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Each one is marked with a HN number.

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For instance...

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For a collector of these, it means you can identify which model it is.

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That, in the past, is what's made them so popular at auction

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on internet sites as well.

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Value on the three, at the moment, is in the region of £60 to £100.

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-They have been worth more in the past.

-Yes.

-They really have.

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The popularity has dropped back a little bit in the last few years.

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-They're still very saleable but not quite as much.

-An acquired taste.

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'It may be our first money in the kitty,

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'but £60 doesn't seem like a huge amount.

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'I think Lynn was hoping for more.'

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I'm not certain I want to let them go for his valuation.

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I might put a higher reserve on them.

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They have been in the family a while and I'm sorry to see them go.

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'Lynn's quite attached to the balloon sellers

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'so we'd better get on with the hunt for more items.

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'Frank's in the kitchen and has come up trumps with a gold necklace

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'which James hopes could bag us a handsome...

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'Lynn's got another lot to add - three more Royal Doulton figurines.

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'They top up our fund by...

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'Back in the kitchen, Frank's got another lot our expert might be interested in.'

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Frank, I hope you're not having a cigarette, are you?

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That's what it is, isn't it?

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I'm not quite sure what this is.

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It's a Vesta case. They were popular towards the end of the 19th century.

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On the original ones, you'd have had lots of non-safety matches.

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There would have been a ridged surface where you could strike them.

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This one, because it dates to the 1920s, they've taken it further.

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See these lugs?

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That's where you'd have slotted in a book of matches.

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You flipped open the book, strike your match

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and off you go.

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Cigarette cases have always been collectable.

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Faberge made cigarette cases.

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Gold, silver, diamonds. Some very richly ornamented.

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What I like about these is they're nice and plain, almost timeless.

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I can see "Boodle & Dunthorne, Lord St, Liverpool".

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Very up-market jewellers. They're still going.

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Their headquarters are in Regent Street, London.

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And they're still in Lord Street, Liverpool.

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-Let's look at the hallmark.

-They must be 60 years old.

-They are.

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Here we've got an anchor,

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which means it's hallmarked in Birmingham.

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A lion passant, which means it's silver.

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And an X, that's the date letter. 1922.

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I don't know what it would cost to fill these with cigarettes now.

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What do you think the two are worth empty?

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I wouldn't like to say.

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-Is the value in the silver?

-There is value in the silver.

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Silver is trading quite high.

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I think they're worth more than melt price.

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Bear in mind they're well made examples.

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-Probably £30 to £50. How does that sound?

-Very reasonable.

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It was interesting what James said about the cigarette and match cases.

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Valuation I thought was quite good as well.

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Also, the information that he came out with about the retailer.

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He traced it back to its origins, which was interesting.

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'Our couple's bungalow has treasures tucked away all over the place.

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'I leave Mr Rylands for now and catch up with our grandparents.'

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So, how did you two meet?

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In a pub at Manor Park.

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-He followed me home.

-Really?

-And I dawdled!

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LORNE LAUGHS

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How long have you been married?

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45 years next February.

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And we knew each other three years before that. It's a long time.

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-Where are you from, originally?

-I'm from Manor Park.

-Plaistow.

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What made you come up this way?

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We had a touring caravan, which we bought in 2000.

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Unfortunately, it got stolen.

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We decided to get a static caravan cos we thought they can't take that.

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We bought one at Bentley Country Park, which is this area.

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We just liked the area.

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When Frank retired, we moved out here.

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-What made your grandchildren move?

-Because they came to our caravan.

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And they liked the area.

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They were going to buy a house together so they picked this area because it was cheaper at the time.

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You're from a large family?

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There was a lot of aunts and uncles. My mother came from a family of 11.

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She was a widow. Our dad was killed during the war.

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The aunts and uncles, I spent a lot of time with, they looked after us,

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me and my two sisters, during our growing-up years.

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They were always there for us.

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One of the aunts, when she died,

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left her house in Gidea Park to her four nieces.

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So some of it was there. The rest sort of came...

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My mum and my older sister went to live in the house at Gidea Park.

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Then they moved to Somerset so bits went with them.

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Eventually, unfortunately, they've gone, and I've got it.

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How important is this bedroom to Hannah?

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She's looking forward to her princess bed.

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She was in special care when she was born

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for a few days, which was worrying, because her lungs weren't formed.

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But she's fine now and is going to be a princess!

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How often does Hannah come round?

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I look after her two or three times a week,

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depending what my daughter-in-law's doing and if Tommy's at school.

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She's here quite often.

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'I feel Hannah will be over the moon with her bedroom.

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'We need a few more finds before our princess can sleep in style.

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'Our prince of the antiques world has valiantly carried on the search.

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'He's found a silver bracelet...

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'And it seems we've got a jewellery theme.

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'I've spotted another sparkling lot.'

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James, Lynn. Are you there?

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I take it this isn't yours.

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-No. Bit too big for that!

-This is Hannah's.

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-I bet this isn't Hannah's.

-No. That is mine.

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-Where did that come from?

-That was given to me by my father-in-law.

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What a nice father-in-law, handing out gold left, right and centre!

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Gold it is. It's a nice gold sovereign.

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They're called sovereigns

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because you've got the sovereign, Queen Victoria,

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looking magnificent towards the end of her life.

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-Looks like her later years.

-Can you read that date?

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No.

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I think it's probably the 1890s,

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looking at her portrait on the back.

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When these were in circulation in Victorian times -

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they revived making them in 1817 -

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the average shelf life for a sovereign was 15 years.

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After that, a bit of gold had been rubbed off.

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They enacted a law in 1895 saying

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if your sovereign wasn't the correct weight, you could trade it in.

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In other words, they were re-circulating them all the time.

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They reckon there are only a million sovereigns in circulation

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which are in mint condition,

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the same condition as when they left the mint.

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From a collector's point of view, that's quite important.

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This one, for instance,

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has been put in a gold mount and worn as a necklace.

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What that's done, of course,

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it's probably damaged the edges of the sovereign.

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So from a collector's point of view it doesn't have as much value.

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This was £1 in the 1890s, so what's that worth today?

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-What do you think?

-100?

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Not bad. Probably about £150 would buy you the same thing now.

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In terms of value of THIS coin, it's probably between £100 to £150.

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-What do you think?

-Yes. That's very good.

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A lot of that is dependant on the value of gold at the time.

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It's been going up and down.

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Anybody interested in this, they'll weigh it

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and work out what the gold cost is on the day of auction.

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-Are you happy with that valuation?

-Very happy.

-Good. Let's crack on.

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The sovereign that James valued, I thought that was excellent.

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Courtesy of my father-in-law cos he gave that to me. That was great.

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That's a fifth of our target in one go.

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'We're moving towards £500 for Hannah's bed.

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'Grandmother Lynn adds another few pounds to the kitty

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'when she decides to send this Spode vase to auction, too.

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'And I made a timely find when I spot these three gold watches

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'in one of the bedrooms.

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'They top up our fund by...

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'And James spotted an unusual lot next door.'

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What's this? Ooh, look!

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You suffocated him in a plastic bag!

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Poor little chap! Where did he come from?

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That came from Lynn's sister for my eldest son, and he's 42.

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So it's 42 years old.

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-How did she get hold of it?

-She worked for Merrythought.

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She worked for Merrythought. There's the sign.

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-Now ceased trading.

-Brilliant.

-It's done the rounds of the family.

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-Each of your kids had it?

-Yeah. And my oldest two grandchildren.

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-You can see it's been a bit...

-I think he survived remarkably well.

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He had a refurb. The eyes are new.

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And the tail has a more contemporary look!

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-That was done by Merrythought.

-She took it back?

-Yeah.

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One of the perks of working there was to get things done on the sly!

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Do you know who this is?

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That's Jerry, Jerry mouse.

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Absolutely. Tom and Jerry.

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He's a bit bigger than you expect on the TV.

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And I can see, as you say,

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after going through all those kids, he has been through the wars.

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He's got a lot of staining.

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I'm glad you had some work on him.

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It's a plush material, which a lot of bears...

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Merrythought were more well known for making teddy bears.

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They did have licences with Disney and some of the film companies

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for making their characters for a short period of time.

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They are quite collectable.

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Even though he's in not very good condition,

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I think collectors would be interested.

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-What do you think he might be worth?

-I don't know. Difficult to say.

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Even though he's in this condition...

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What? ..Yeah. I think you're worth that.

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-Jerry says he's worth £30 to £50.

-I'm sure he did!

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-And a bit of cheese. How does that sound?

-Yes.

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I'm not going to put him back in the bag to suffocate.

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-Let's find something else.

-Yes.

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'Frank seems pleased.

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'With £30 towards the new bed,

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'I've taken a fancy to Jerry mouse myself!

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'Our rummaging is nearly over but Lynn's got one more item for the auction haul.'

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Look, Lorne. I probably want to part with these. What do you think?

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Oh, very nice. A couple of charm bracelets.

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Shall we see if Prince Charming is interested? James, are you there?

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-What have you got?

-A couple of charm bracelets.

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Ooh. Jingle, jingle, jingle. We like that! What have we got?

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What looks like a gold one and a silver one.

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-Where are these from?

-My aunt who was married to the jeweller.

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They came via him, really.

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-Insider trading?

-It might have been. Yes.

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Each link is hallmarked 9 carat gold.

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Each charm is 9 carat gold as well, and each means something different.

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Charms have been with us for thousands of years.

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The Egyptians had them.

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A medieval knight going into battle would have a charm.

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Queen Victoria really put them on the map. She was very keen.

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Then it was something the nobility would collect from wherever they were going.

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Soldiers in the First and Second World Wars would bring back charms from France.

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Each of these little charms has a meaning. You've got a padlock.

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-Do you know what that signifies?

-No.

-Your dreams will be unlocked.

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-That would be nice.

-Here's my favourite.

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-That one with a 10 in it.

-10 shilling note!

-That's it!

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I'll tell you what I love, it's written on the side here,

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"In emergency, break glass." When ten bob was worth ten bob!

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You ran out of petrol, you had your own cash supply!

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On your way to the party, you smashed the glass and had ten bob.

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Probably fill up the car!

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There are people who like wearing charm bracelets.

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How many have we got? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

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And that's got loads on it.

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They're quite weighty so there's quite a lot of metal.

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The two together... Do you have any idea of value?

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-No idea.

-I would think the two together certainly £120 to £180.

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-That's not bad.

-That's very good.

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Will you ever wear them again?

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I'll never wear them again. They're in the jewellery box.

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They need to go to a good home at a good price.

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That sounds like a good price to me.

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I'll call Frank in and we'll do a tot-up of the total.

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Frank, are you there? Come in, my dear.

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A couple of charm bracelets have charmed our total a little higher.

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-Has today been good fun?

-Great fun.

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-You wanted £500 so you can create Hannah's princess bedroom.

-Yes.

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Do you think we've got near that total?

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Um... I don't know, to be honest.

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-Frank?

-Yeah. Must be, surely.

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The value of everything going to auction comes to £550.

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-Brilliant. Well done.

-Lovely!

-Very good, yeah.

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-The next time you'll see your things will be on display at the auction house.

-Look forward to it.

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'Lynn and Frank's bungalow really came up trumps for us.

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'We've got a fantastic selection of items to put towards Hannah's bed.

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'The trio of Doulton balloon sellers

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'which we hope will make the top end of James' valuation.

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'The adorable Jerry mouse

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'will hopefully win the bidders' hearts and their wallets.

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'And jewellery of all shapes and sizes,

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'with the highlight being the silver and gold charm bracelets.

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'They're our most highly valued lot.'

0:21:370:21:41

It's a few weeks since we looked around Lynn and Frank's bungalow.

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We found plenty to bring here to Sworders auction house in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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They're looking to raise £500 so they can turn one of their bedrooms

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into a princess bedroom for their granddaughter.

0:22:000:22:04

Let's hope that the bidders are feeling generous when our items go under the hammer.

0:22:040:22:10

'There are plenty of bidders here already.

0:22:100:22:13

'Dealers or amateur collectors, I hope they like our items.

0:22:130:22:18

'We've got a great collection of lots to sell, but I know James Rylands has taken a shine to them.'

0:22:180:22:26

-All that glitters IS gold! Or silver.

-It is! Charm bracelets.

0:22:260:22:31

They're actually coming back into fashion.

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Being gold, quite desirable.

0:22:340:22:37

-Also, while talking about gold, we've got the sovereign.

-Oh, yes.

0:22:370:22:42

-I'm hoping that'll also do well.

-We've also got the balloon sellers.

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-Three of those.

-Yes. I get the feeling they're close to her heart.

0:22:480:22:52

I think she's putting on a reserve.

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If you've got a really good example it'll do well.

0:22:540:22:58

-It's about the best and the rest.

-We've got the best to help us today!

0:22:580:23:03

Let's find our family.

0:23:030:23:06

'James is sounding hopeful, so fingers crossed the bidders agree.

0:23:060:23:11

'We catch up with Lynn and Frank saying goodbye

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'to those much-loved figurines.'

0:23:150:23:17

Good morning.

0:23:170:23:19

-So you have brought all three balloon figures?

-All three. Yes.

0:23:190:23:24

-How do you feel about selling them?

-Um, OK, but...

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-I've had them a long while.

-Have you put a reserve on them?

-Yes.

0:23:290:23:34

-What's the reserve?

-£100.

-You're very wise.

0:23:340:23:37

I think they do mean a lot to you.

0:23:370:23:40

We've got some nice gold but also one of my favourites, the Jerry.

0:23:400:23:44

-Oh, yes!

-It's a long time since I've seen one.

0:23:440:23:47

I don't think Merrythought made many of them.

0:23:470:23:51

It's one of the rarer models.

0:23:510:23:54

Let's hope somebody picks up on that. There's a lot of people here.

0:23:540:23:59

So hope they put their hands in their pockets.

0:23:590:24:02

-Shall we get in position?

-Yes.

-Pop them down there safely.

0:24:020:24:06

We don't want the balloon to burst.

0:24:060:24:09

-No, we don't.

-Not till we've sold them! Come this way.

0:24:090:24:14

'With half our lots being jewellery related,

0:24:140:24:17

'I hope there are plenty of magpie-like collectors

0:24:170:24:21

'as we'd like to see them fighting over Lynn and Frank's lots.

0:24:210:24:25

'It's time to let battle commence as our first lot takes centre stage.

0:24:250:24:31

'Will it strike the right chord?'

0:24:310:24:34

A silver Vesta case and a cigarette case.

0:24:340:24:38

-What do we want for these, James?

-We've got £30 to £50.

0:24:380:24:43

Good quality, so let's hope someone's going to strike a light!

0:24:430:24:48

AUCTIONEER: Start us off. £20 for the silverware.

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£20 for it. £20 is bid. The lady's bid.

0:24:510:24:55

The vesta and cigarette case. 22. 25. 28.

0:24:550:24:59

30. 32. 35. 38.

0:24:590:25:02

40. Lady's bid at £40. 42 anywhere else?

0:25:020:25:05

£40 is bid. Two anywhere else?

0:25:050:25:09

All done and finished at £40...?

0:25:090:25:12

-£40. That's midway point. Are you happy with that?

-Yes.

0:25:120:25:17

Good. Excellent.

0:25:170:25:19

'We're off to a solid start.

0:25:190:25:22

'If we're going to get Hannah the bed of her dreams,

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'we've a way to go.

0:25:260:25:28

'Hopefully, our next item appeals to the bidders' nostalgic side.'

0:25:280:25:34

Next is one of my favourites, described as "a Merrythought mouse".

0:25:340:25:39

But we all know it's Jerry from Tom and Jerry.

0:25:390:25:44

-Where's this from?

-Merrythought.

0:25:440:25:47

My sister bought it for my children so it's old and well used.

0:25:470:25:52

Well loved! We like to say in the teddy bear trade. Not well used!

0:25:520:25:57

-What do we want for this, James?

-I like well loved not well used.

0:25:570:26:03

£30 to £50 which, bearing in mind it's quite a rare model,

0:26:030:26:07

I think that's modest. Let's see how we get on.

0:26:070:26:11

I've got my fingers crossed.

0:26:110:26:13

Where do we start that one? £30 for it? £20 for it?

0:26:130:26:18

£20 for the mouse. Who wants that at £20? A Merrythought mouse there.

0:26:180:26:24

Ten?

0:26:240:26:26

£10 is bid. 12. 15.

0:26:260:26:29

£15 is bid. 18 anyone else now? The Merrythought mouse, there?

0:26:290:26:33

At £15 is bid. I'm going to sell at £15.

0:26:330:26:36

All done and finished, then, at £15.

0:26:360:26:41

-I'm really disappointed with that. £15. That's a steal!

-I think so.

0:26:410:26:46

Goes to show it is swings and roundabouts.

0:26:460:26:50

That is a pretty miniature mouse price.

0:26:500:26:53

'At just half the estimate, it's a disappointing result.

0:26:530:26:59

'Hopefully, our third lot will get us back on track to our £500 target.

0:26:590:27:05

'The description is certainly impressive!'

0:27:050:27:08

"The Copeland Spode globular vase!"

0:27:080:27:11

-It sounds posh.

-Certainly does!

0:27:110:27:15

The Japanese type decoration. Great maker.

0:27:150:27:18

Let's see how the punters react.

0:27:180:27:20

Start us at £20. The Copeland Spode vase in the prunus pattern for £20.

0:27:200:27:26

-£10 for it...?

-No-one seems interested in this.

0:27:260:27:30

We'll pass if there's no interest.

0:27:300:27:33

No bid.

0:27:330:27:35

Oh, dear. That's unsold. He couldn't get £10 for it, so I think that's fair enough.

0:27:350:27:42

-Would you have wanted it selling for a tenner?

-Not really.

0:27:420:27:46

Back to the mansion to reside in splendour!

0:27:460:27:49

In the wardrobe!

0:27:490:27:53

'The bidders weren't prepared to dig deep for the pretty Spode vase.

0:27:530:27:58

'Lynn's not letting it get her down.'

0:27:580:28:01

I was a bit disappointed but I'll take it home.

0:28:010:28:04

It'll go back in the cupboard.

0:28:040:28:07

'Onwards and upwards as we've plenty more items to sell.

0:28:070:28:11

'The first of our Doulton lots is about to try its luck.'

0:28:110:28:14

"Three Royal Doulton ladies.

0:28:150:28:17

"Figure of the Year, Lynnette and the young Miss Nightingale."

0:28:170:28:21

We start here at £40. £40 is bid.

0:28:210:28:25

I'll take five in the room. 45...

0:28:250:28:28

Got bidding going on here.

0:28:280:28:30

..60.

0:28:300:28:32

Five. 70...

0:28:320:28:34

£70!

0:28:340:28:36

..80. Five.

0:28:360:28:38

90. £90 is bid.

0:28:380:28:41

95 anyone else?

0:28:410:28:43

Commission bid is here with me at £90. 95 anywhere else?

0:28:430:28:46

95. 100...

0:28:460:28:49

-Oh, my goodness!

-..£100 still on commission.

0:28:490:28:52

We're selling at £100. All done...?

0:28:520:28:55

-James your estimate was appalling!

-Fantastic!

0:28:550:28:59

It'll be interesting to see how we get on with the others, the ones that you really like.

0:28:590:29:05

I must admit, I'm quite surprised.

0:29:050:29:08

One of them had the head stuck on! That makes so much difference!

0:29:080:29:13

-£100, that's great, isn't it?

-Brilliant.

0:29:130:29:16

'We're all impressed with that,

0:29:160:29:18

'selling for over double James' conservative estimate.

0:29:180:29:22

'The bidders didn't mind about the damage for an overdue addition to the princess bed fund.

0:29:220:29:29

'Let's hope the Doulton collectors haven't spent all their cash!

0:29:290:29:33

'We've an even more important set of figurines up for sale next.'

0:29:330:29:38

It's our big lot.

0:29:380:29:41

We've got high expectations on our three balloon figures.

0:29:410:29:45

"Biddy Penny Farthing, the Old Balloon Seller and the Balloon Man."

0:29:450:29:49

Lynn, you've got a reserve of £100. We know you like them.

0:29:490:29:53

Let's hope they make your reserve. If not, you won't be disappointed.

0:29:530:29:58

-No.

-I've got a feeling they'll do OK.

0:29:580:30:02

We're starting here at £50.

0:30:020:30:05

£50 is bid. Five. 60. Five.

0:30:050:30:09

70. Five. 80. Five. 90.

0:30:090:30:12

Five. 100. Stay at five. 105. 110.

0:30:120:30:16

15. 120.

0:30:160:30:18

Keep going. You don't have to stop.

0:30:180:30:20

120 bid here. 125. 130.

0:30:200:30:24

35 takes it from the commission.

0:30:240:30:27

135. 140. 140, the gentleman's bid.

0:30:270:30:31

Stay at five if it helps, madam.

0:30:310:30:35

£140 is bid. We're selling at £140...

0:30:350:30:39

-£140, are you pleased with that?

-Yes. Yes.

0:30:390:30:43

-Well, at that price, you're happy to let them go, aren't you?

-Yes.

0:30:430:30:48

-Are you surprised by the prices?

-Yes. I really am.

0:30:480:30:51

It's good news.

0:30:510:30:53

'After all our worries

0:30:530:30:57

'the figurines smash through their £100 reserve.

0:30:570:31:01

'Although they did have a special place in Lynn's heart.'

0:31:010:31:04

I will miss them because I've had them a long while, but very pleased.

0:31:040:31:10

'That's the attitude! It's all money towards the new bedroom.

0:31:100:31:15

'The first half of our sale has flown by and it's time to see how healthy the princess fund is.'

0:31:150:31:22

We've got a bit of a break until your other lots come up.

0:31:220:31:26

I've done a quick tot-up and, so far, you've made £295!

0:31:260:31:32

Excellent. That will get the bed.

0:31:320:31:34

-That'll pay for the bed?

-The princess bed.

0:31:340:31:38

All we've got to do now is worry about the rest of the room.

0:31:380:31:42

At this rate, we can buy a bunk bed.

0:31:420:31:46

We've got a break. James, you've got something you want to show me?

0:31:460:31:51

I've got a bit of social history to show you.

0:31:510:31:55

I'll show you the coffee bar and he can show me whatever he's on about!

0:31:550:31:59

'While Lynn and Frank put their feet up, James won't let ME!'

0:31:590:32:04

'With all these antiques on display, he simply can't stop working.'

0:32:040:32:09

-What have you got there?

-It's a Georgian sampler.

0:32:090:32:13

The reason they're called that is often they were done by young girls

0:32:130:32:17

in the Georgian and Victorian era

0:32:170:32:20

and it was for them to do samples of their embroidery

0:32:200:32:24

and also to learn their letters, their alphabet.

0:32:240:32:28

It was a social skill to be good at embroidery.

0:32:280:32:31

-Can we see the age?

-Absolutely, you can.

0:32:310:32:35

It says "Sarah Crofts.

0:32:350:32:37

"Her work in the 8th year of her age."

0:32:370:32:41

She did this when she was eight! Then it's dated 1782.

0:32:410:32:46

-It's well over 200 years old.

-That's extraordinary.

0:32:460:32:50

If you look at the quality of this

0:32:500:32:53

it's very fine needlework.

0:32:530:32:56

They're usually done in silk or woollen stitches on a linen ground.

0:32:560:33:01

The detail on this is terrific. The stitches are really small.

0:33:010:33:07

As you expect from a young child.

0:33:070:33:10

Over the years, when they're hung in sunlight,

0:33:100:33:14

the dyes they used in the wools and silks was vegetable based,

0:33:140:33:19

and susceptible to fading

0:33:190:33:21

in direct sunlight.

0:33:210:33:23

If you own a sampler, never have it in direct sunlight.

0:33:230:33:28

You can see the lion here.

0:33:280:33:30

He'd have once had bright colours. Now you can barely see him.

0:33:300:33:35

I love them. I think they're romantic pieces.

0:33:350:33:38

Maybe this was a little girl who lived in a very grand house.

0:33:380:33:43

-Your imagination runs riot.

-What's the estimate on this?

0:33:430:33:48

In terms of value, the problem is the moths get at these, they fade.

0:33:480:33:53

There are four of these in the lot One is probably worth £20.

0:33:530:33:58

That's really a reflection of the condition.

0:33:580:34:02

It's such a shame, isn't it? This is a true antique.

0:34:020:34:07

It should be worth more but it goes to show condition is everything.

0:34:070:34:12

For me, it's a real social comment on what it was like in those days.

0:34:120:34:18

'That eight-year-old girl in 1782 would have had no idea

0:34:180:34:22

'we'd be looking at her sampler over 200 years later. Well spotted!

0:34:220:34:29

'If James has inspired you to buy or sell at auction,

0:34:290:34:32

'the sale room will add commission onto your bill.

0:34:320:34:36

'Your local auction house will be able to give you the details.

0:34:360:34:41

'It's time to put down the hot drinks and get back into position.

0:34:410:34:46

'Our remaining lots are jewellery related.

0:34:460:34:48

'I hope there are some collectors in the room.

0:34:480:34:51

'First is the gold sovereign dated 1893.

0:34:510:34:56

'James hoped this would be literally worth its weight in gold.'

0:34:560:35:03

Going to start the bidding here at £75.

0:35:030:35:06

80. Five. 90. Five. 100. Gentleman has it in the room at £100.

0:35:070:35:13

Ten is next. At 110. 120.

0:35:130:35:17

130. Good year 1893. £130 is bid.

0:35:170:35:23

At £130. 140 anyone else? Selling at 130...

0:35:230:35:27

-£130. I think that's quite good.

-That is.

-Good.

0:35:280:35:33

'£30 over James' low-end estimate.

0:35:340:35:37

'A cracking start to the second half of our sale.

0:35:370:35:41

'I don't think Lynn will miss it, either.'

0:35:410:35:44

The gold sovereign, I thought that was an excellent price.

0:35:440:35:48

That was a present but, once again, I haven't worn it for a long while so that was good.

0:35:480:35:54

'It's certainly a top-dollar price for the sovereign.

0:35:540:35:57

'I hope it bodes well for the rest of our jewellery lots as we've another four.

0:35:570:36:03

'Next is the trio of gold watches.'

0:36:030:36:07

A Condor ladies' cocktail watch.

0:36:080:36:11

Two others by Avier and Regency. £20 for these.

0:36:110:36:16

All the watches there for £20. £20 is bid. At £20.

0:36:160:36:22

I'll take two where, now? 22.

0:36:220:36:25

25. Sells, then, in the cap.

0:36:250:36:28

Are we all done and finished at £25? We're going to sell...

0:36:280:36:32

Oh, dear.

0:36:330:36:35

'That's half James' lower estimate.

0:36:350:36:38

'But after the sovereign's success,

0:36:380:36:40

'we can afford not to worry much.

0:36:400:36:43

'Hopefully, the next piece will see more pounds rolling in.'

0:36:430:36:47

Next is a gilt metal necklace. Where's that from?

0:36:470:36:50

-I bought it in Jersey. It's Jersey gold.

-Very nice.

0:36:500:36:56

Let's see how we get on.

0:36:560:36:57

The gilt metal costume necklace. Where will we start that? £20?

0:36:570:37:03

-The costume necklace for £20...

-Surely we can get that for it?

0:37:030:37:08

Costume necklace for £10. Any interest at all at ten?

0:37:080:37:12

None whatsoever? We'll pass on that, I'm afraid.

0:37:120:37:16

-Unsold!

-I do wear it occasionally.

0:37:160:37:19

You'll be wearing it more than occasionally now!

0:37:190:37:24

'Lynn's looking on the bright side but it's our second unsold lot.

0:37:240:37:30

'With another two jewellery items to sell, I'm a bit concerned.

0:37:300:37:34

'We haven't reached our £500 target.

0:37:340:37:37

'Although our couple has made enough for the new bed,

0:37:370:37:40

'we need to make the rest of the makeover fit for a princess.

0:37:400:37:45

'Perhaps silver will be more to the bidders' taste.'

0:37:450:37:49

Our next lot is a silver bracelet.

0:37:490:37:52

-Birmingham 1961, before my time!

-JAMES LAUGHS

0:37:520:37:57

-I don't know why you're laughing.

-It's within my time!

0:37:570:38:02

Start it off. Silver bracelet. £20 for it.

0:38:020:38:06

£20 for the silver bracelet. Who'll start me at £20? Ten?

0:38:060:38:10

-Ten for a silver bracelet...?

-Oh, dear.

0:38:100:38:14

£10 for it? Ten for the bracelet? We'll pass on that, then. No bid.

0:38:140:38:20

Hm. That's not sold, either. It seems that we don't have jewellery dealers here on the lower end.

0:38:210:38:29

We were fine with the sovereign.

0:38:290:38:31

But on the purely decorative level, it doesn't seem to be here.

0:38:310:38:36

'Two unsold lots in a row. It's not good news for our target.

0:38:360:38:42

'Our couple can take them home but we'd all have liked a few more pounds instead.

0:38:420:38:49

'If the bidders won't splash the cash, there's nothing we can do.

0:38:490:38:53

'We've just one item left to sell so we are all hoping James was right

0:38:530:38:58

'about there only being collectors of top quality jewellery here.'

0:38:580:39:04

Two charm bracelets. One with 21 charms and one with nine.

0:39:110:39:15

Where will you start that? £100 is bid.

0:39:150:39:19

£100 is bid. I'll take ten where, now?

0:39:190:39:21

£100 is bid. 110 where for the charm bracelets?

0:39:210:39:24

110. 120. 130. 140.

0:39:240:39:27

150 in the corner has it. 160 anywhere else?

0:39:280:39:32

160. 170.

0:39:320:39:34

180. 190.

0:39:340:39:36

Gentleman's bid in the corner and selling at £190.

0:39:360:39:41

Are we all done at £190?

0:39:410:39:44

-Brilliant!

-£190!

0:39:440:39:46

That's lovely. Yes.

0:39:460:39:48

-Frank, are you happy with Lynn not wearing that?

-Yeah.

0:39:480:39:53

-But you've got to buy her lots more jewellery?

-No.

0:39:530:39:57

Careful!

0:39:570:39:59

'Frank may seem like a tough cookie, but I've a feeling he's a softie.

0:39:590:40:04

'The bracelets charmed the bidders and it's a fantastic final sale.

0:40:040:40:09

'Time to see whether the charm bracelets have taken our total to a royal level.'

0:40:090:40:16

That's your last lot sold.

0:40:160:40:19

You wanted £500 and the total, bearing in mind we've had a couple of no sales, comes to £640!

0:40:190:40:28

That's brilliant! That will do the room as well.

0:40:280:40:32

-Well done. Excellent.

-Pleased with that?

-Very good.

0:40:320:40:36

There we go, then. I hope she enjoys her bedroom. How wonderful.

0:40:360:40:41

-She can afford to be a real princess!

-Yes!

0:40:410:40:44

'A couple of weeks after raising £640 at auction,

0:40:480:40:52

'Lynn and Frank have been doing a spot of bed shopping.

0:40:520:40:57

'And their guest of honour is due to arrive soon.'

0:40:570:41:00

We've just got back from the shop. Hannah is on her way round.

0:41:000:41:05

Frank had better get that bed made. I'm going to put the kettle on.

0:41:050:41:10

'While Lynn relaxes with a cuppa, Frank starts putting it together.

0:41:100:41:15

'It's not an easy job, but Granddad soon gets the knack.

0:41:150:41:19

'Before long, the bed is ready for the seal of approval

0:41:190:41:24

'from its special owner.'

0:41:240:41:26

That's the bed made up. I think it looks really good.

0:41:260:41:30

I hope Hannah feels the same.

0:41:300:41:32

There's nothing in there!

0:41:320:41:35

You'll have to put something in at home.

0:41:350:41:38

Hannah is very pleased with the bed, absolutely over the moon.

0:41:380:41:42

I can't wait to see it in her newly decorated room - probably by granddad.

0:41:420:41:48

The Cash team are in Essex helping Frank and Lynn Marns raise £500 to buy their youngest granddaughter a special princess bed. They are hoping that their bungalow full of inherited collectables will provide the funds.