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Jennie Bond meets horse-mad Peter and Vanessa Wegmann who are hoping that a selection of their less-cherished collectables will help fund a pony for their 16-month-old son, Henry.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic where we find hidden treasures in your home and sell them at auction.

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Today we've brought you to Gloucester and I am already in awe about what the day might bring

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because we've started out here in the magnificent surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral.

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People have gathered at this site for 1300 years and the cathedral's seen all manner of historic events,

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including the coronation of Henry III and the burial of Edward II.

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The heart of the building is Norman, but there are additions in every style of Gothic architecture,

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including a 15th-century central tower, which is 225 feet high.

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In recent years, it's been a perfect filming location for scenes from the Harry Potter movies.

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It's also one third of the famous annual Three Choirs Festival.

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Well, there are lots of antiques here, but I don't think they want us to rummage around the cathedral,

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so we'll head off to another local landmark where we'll find plenty of treasures to take to the auction.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic - we're rummaging in an astonishing location.'

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-It's absolutely amazing.

-Wow!

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'And hearing great stories.'

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So you mean the Krays would have been down here drinking and partying? Oh! That is amazing.

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'But things turn stormy at auction.'

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-Unsold.

-Not sold.

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'So will our fairytale have a happy ending? Find out when the hammer falls.'

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Well, I promised you a landmark and here it is,

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just a few miles from the cathedral.

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This early 19th-century manor house is where we're rummaging today.

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And I for one can't wait.

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'Set in 130 acres, this magnificent house is home to horse-mad couple, Vanessa and Peter Wegmann.

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'They met at an antiques fair 14 years ago and have a gorgeous, 16-month-old son called Henry.

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'Vanessa is passionate about pedigree dogs. She exhibits and judges at UK competitions.

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'Peter came to England from Switzerland 40 years ago with just a suitcase and £300 to his name.

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'But he's since had a very successful career as a jockey and in ceramics engineering.'

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-Jennie, how are you?

-Hey!

-Did you arrive by coach and horse?

-No, but this whole setting demands it!

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-So just how big is this house?

-Well, I gather there are 32 rooms we can rummage in.

-Wow!

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-I'm going to have my work cut out.

-I think it's going to be a breeze. Shall we go in? It is so grand!

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It's absolutely amazing.

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Well, hello! Hi!

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-Hi, Jennie.

-You're obviously Vanessa.

-I am.

-I guess you're Peter.

-Yes.

-And this is the star of the show.

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-Henry.

-Hello, Henry.

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-How old is he?

-He's 16 months old.

-16 months.

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And I have to say - what a fantastic house! It is absolutely brilliant. How long have you lived here?

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-14 years.

-What was it like when you moved here?

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Oh, in a terrible state. It was totally derelict, really.

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I couldn't even move in. It was so bad. And it needed a complete refurbishment.

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New roof and all new bathrooms.

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A new kitchen. A new marble floor in the hall - everything.

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Well, from what I've seen, you've done an absolutely magnificent job.

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So, Vanessa, why are we here in this great house of yours?

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Well, I have decided that enough is enough.

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We have the contents of FOUR houses just in this one house and it's far too much for anyone to bear.

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And Peter has been an avid antiques collector all of his life and the accumulation of that is here.

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OK. You're going to get out of hand in a minute as well. I can see that. Something's got to go. OK.

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-So, how much do you want to raise and what's it for?

-We'd like to raise between £800 and £1,000.

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-£1,000 would be nice.

-Go for 1,000!

-OK, £1,000 to get Henry a pony as Peter was a jockey in his youth.

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And recently, he's been involved in charity races at racecourses like Worcester and all over the place.

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We really, really want to raise money for this pony and get Henry into the racing scene.

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Are you going to be a jockey?

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-We'd better get you on that pony. So we want £1,000...

-Yes, please.

-..for Henry's pony.

-We do.

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-Will you show me round your lovely house?

-I would be delighted.

-Let's see if we can get up!

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'I just can't wait to start looking around Peter and Vanessa's magnificent house.

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'It was built in 1810 by a sea captain

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'who was said to be related to none other than Horatio Nelson himself.

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'Peter's collecting has filled room after room with beautiful things

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'and we've got an exciting but full-on day ahead.

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'Jonty is like a child in a sweet shop. And in the drawing room, he's mesmerised by gorgeous antiques.'

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-Here he is! Look. Hey!

-Hi! Wow! You have some AMAZING items.

-Thank you.

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This is wonderful. What about this little travelling case here?

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They're my perfume bottles. They're very sweet.

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-And they are for sale as I no longer use them.

-OK.

-I thought it was a set of boules when you opened them.

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-Honestly, I did!

-It's interesting. We'll have a look at just one. They're wonderful.

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So we've got a set of six little scent bottles on the inside here.

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We've got a brass top. But in the inside, little glass stoppers.

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And they're all in perfect condition. It's wonderful.

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A little set like this will be 19th century

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because it was in the 19th century that you needed travelling perfume bottles

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because one dispensed perfume into smaller containers like this.

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Because early in the 20th century, manufacturers started distributing their perfume in their own bottles.

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Not only is the glass in perfect order, but have a look at the case as well. This is lovely.

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It's a leather case with the brass banding on the outside, designed for travelling. Isn't that wonderful?

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-Where did you find it?

-Well, Peter bought this at an auction in Nantwich about 30 years ago.

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-And I believe he paid, at that time, about 40 quid.

-Really?

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-So I don't know what the value is today.

-He was a clever cookie, as in today's market, at auction,

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-value will be between £150 and maybe £300.

-(You don't say!) My word, that's such a lot of money.

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Let's go and look elsewhere. Where shall we go?

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The perfume bottles, well, £150 to £300, I thought that was a fantastic estimate,

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considering Peter paid 40 quid for them, so we're quids in there.

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'It's a fantastic start, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.

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'With so much ground to cover, we all spread out around the house and hope we don't get lost.

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'Everywhere you look, there are fascinating items to admire or try to play.' It's not going to happen!

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'Jonty's in his element today. On the landing, Peter's found something that deserves closer inspection.'

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-Hey, Jonty, what do you think of this?

-What have we got? Let's have a look.

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Oh, a ship's clock.

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-These are called ship's clocks. They are generically in this form, in this barrel shape.

-Yeah.

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And usually they were made to a very high specification.

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This clock was probably made around the turn of the century.

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The face actually looks like a port hole. And the handle here looks like the handle of the wheel of a ship.

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But they were designed to place in the interior of boats and ships.

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And more often than not, the workings were made to a high specification,

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because it mattered when you were on the high seas that regular time was kept.

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But this ship's clock has seen better days.

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If you look at the face, this is a painted dial. And of course there's lots of chips on it.

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I suspect that we're looking around the £100 mark, so the estimate in the catalogue will read £100-£150.

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-That sounds good to me.

-Is that good?

-Yeah, champion.

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Excellent. Shall we go this way?

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'While I try to get my bearings, everyone else is rummaging intently.

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'Jonty's eye is drawn to this hallmarked silver cigar case

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'and he values it at £80 to £120.

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'The house has bowled me over, so I can't wait to look at the grounds.

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'So leaving our expert rummaging, Vanessa, Peter and I head out to the stables.'

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-So who's this then?

-This is Captain Stockford.

-Captain Stockford!

-Yes, he had no name when I bought him.

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-OK.

-And then because he was such a boisterous horse,

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I named him after my friend who died just a year before I bought him.

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-Tell me about your life as a jockey. How did that all happen?

-Well, that was a struggle

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because I came from abroad and didn't have the right contacts.

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I was struggling and I was quite successful as far as riding was concerned.

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-And you've been on some really big racecourses?

-Literally all of them.

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But it was difficult to make ends meet.

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-Have you ever won?

-No. That was the problem.

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-Did you come second?

-Everybody said, "I'll let you have a ride when you've ridden a winner."

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If you don't get any good horses, then it's difficult to win.

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-So how did you two meet?

-We met after an antiques fair in Bath. We were having drinks in a hotel.

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And I thought, "Who is this handsome, distinguished, older guy with the most fabulous shoes on?"

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-You are right. Look at those shoes. Look at those shoes.

-You can always tell a gentleman by his shoes.

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And that was it, you know.

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We were smitten with each other. And we haven't looked back since.

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-That was 14, 15 years ago?

-14 years ago.

-What did you think when you saw this house?

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"What a fabulous place!" Peter told me that he looked after a few horses here. And this went on for a year.

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And then when I said to him, "Why didn't you tell me you owned this house?" He said, "I had to be sure."

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-Very shrewd move.

-I didn't want to think that she was a money-grabber, you see.

-You proved yourself.

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-I have.

-Well done.

-Thank you.

-You look very happy together. You've got your lovely little boy, Henry.

-Yes.

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-And this is what it's all about. We're here to help Henry get one of these.

-Not quite as big as that one.

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-No, a little one to start off with.

-Well, we're not going to do it by standing here, so back inside.

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-Rummaging. Come on.

-OK.

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With such fantastic facilities, there's every chance Henry will ride in the Grand National one day.

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But if we're to fund his first horse, we need to keep on searching.

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Inside, our expert's eyes light up when he sees these collectable silver smoking accessories,

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including three hallmarked silver cigarette cases,

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two vestas or portable boxes used for keeping matches dry,

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and a lighter.

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Jonty thinks they're worth between £80 and £120.

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Upstairs on the landing, Vanessa comes across something she's not particularly fond of.

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Jonty, are you there?

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-What do you think of this?

-Is the chair for sale?

-It is for sale.

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OK. What have we got? Let's stand back. A-ha! I know exactly what this chair is. I suspect you do too.

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-I do as well.

-It should have a hinged seat here, yes?

-It does.

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To reveal a commode. There you go, very convenient.

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-I don't think it's ever been used, at least I hope not.

-Not in your lifetime.

-Not in my lifetime, no.

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This was made about 100 years ago. You tell that by the style of the chair, particularly the back rail.

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-This is intricate design, late 19th century. So this chair is about 100 years old.

-Oh, right.

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OK. What do you think it's made of? Because the carving on these spindles is really intricate.

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Yes. Certainly with this brown colour. And the fact that there is a lot of turning. This is beech.

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-So it was stained to look like mahogany.

-I see.

-Because mahogany was a much more expensive timber.

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-I didn't know that.

-And we've got those turned legs. Now, those legs are much more of an earlier period.

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-Those turned legs first came to fashion, really, about 1830.

-Right.

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But if you look at the carving here on the back, this is much later.

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And if you look at the style of the chair, it shows that this would've been made about 1890, maybe 1900.

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I didn't know that. That's fascinating.

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Now we won't get a vast fortune for this at auction. But still, £40 to £60. Are you happy about that?

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-I don't mind. I'd like it to go. Please.

-Excellent. One for the auction sale. Let's carry on.

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'Our fund for Henry's pony is building steadily. And we're barely halfway through the rummage.

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'Vanessa adds a collection of silver and white metal hip flasks to our hoard. Some are leather-mounted.

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'And Peter bought them over the years to use when he's out riding.

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'As a lot, they should fetch us anywhere between £100 and £120.

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'There's a cellar under this house with a fascinating history.

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'But as Jonty heads down there, even he's not prepared for such a treasure trove.'

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Oh, my goodness me! This is absolutely astonishing!

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-Isn't this amazing?

-What have you found, Jonty?

-It's a proper, proper basement, this, isn't it?

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It has its own history. Not the previous owner but the owner before used to go to London nightclubs,

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and he was friends with the Kray brothers. And in return, they came here and spent weekends here.

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So you mean the Krays would've been down here drinking, partying...? Oh! That is amazing!

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I wonder what they planned down here in the cellar, the Kray brothers?

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I've been casting my eye through this collection.

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I've never seen such a large collection of brass candlesticks.

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But throughout it all, I've managed to pick out, not brass, but a pair of silver candlesticks.

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Now, the column is Corinthian.

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And you can tell that by the capital, the style is Corinthian.

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But the pan itself is in very good condition.

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You're able to take this out and clean it. You'd be able to clean the wax on the inside, so that's good.

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And I've tried to look very closely as the light is not at its best,

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but there are very clear hallmarks down on the base here.

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And we see on the side here,

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it's got the head of Queen Victoria, which means that duty would've been paid on this pair of candlesticks.

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And the date, the capital "M", means that this pair are dated 1887.

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So this pair of candlesticks...

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They're both in very good order, made in the late Victorian period.

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-Value at auction, wait for this, £200 to £300.

-Oh, that's good.

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I paid 150 for them.

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That's a result. I want to spend the rest of the day here, I really do.

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-Well, I tell you what, you go over there.

-OK.

-Peter, you follow me.

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'It's intriguing to think what might have gone on here.

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'In the main part of the house, Vanessa's still on the hunt,

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'while in the basement, Peter picks out seven brass candlesticks.

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'Jonty suggests putting them into the auction with a bronze jam pan and an antique copper saucepan.

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'He estimates the lot at £40 to £60.'

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-You've got animals all over the place. You've got the horses and dogs. And that's your domain?

-Yes.

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Since 1980, I've been involved with showing dogs. I'm a breed specialist with shih-tzus and Boston terriers.

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And also Japanese Akita.

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And I've judged these breeds all over the country. I've been abroad judging. I've been to Ireland.

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I've been to Jersey judging. It's a fantastic hobby.

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But that's not what you did as a career. You're a bit of an actress?

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For ten years, I've been working as an actress and a supporting artiste. I've not had any big roles.

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-What sort of stuff do you do?

-I do bit parts. I can hang around and I can be a body in Casualty.

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Or maybe I could walk up in EastEnders and say, "Would you like a cup of tea, guv'nor?"

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-I just do little things.

-Peter, you obviously know a lot about antiques. The house is strewn with them.

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-Where did you learn it all?

-Well, I learnt over the years.

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I started at the young age of 12 when I bought my first copper pot for three francs in Switzerland,

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when I was on holiday.

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And then I sold it when I got home to my mother for five francs.

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-Oh, you didn't!

-Yes!

-That's outrageous!

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And that's how I started. And then in my teenage years, I kept buying and selling things.

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And built up quite a clientele.

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By the time I left home at 18,

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I had about just over 1500 francs in my bank account, just a dealing account.

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So that was quite a good thing.

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-He's an entrepreneur.

-He really is, yeah.

-I can't believe you did that to your mother. Did you ever tell her?

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-Oh, yes.

-She was probably very proud of you.

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So now you've got this lovely house. You've got Peter AND you've got young Henry, of course.

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What's it like being, if you don't mind my saying, a rather more mature mother, cos I'm one too?

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Well, I'm thrilled to be a mum at all. I'm very lucky to be a mum. And I've wanted a baby all of my life.

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-And Henry has come along and made my life so complete. I'm just over the moon.

-I bet it's exhausting, though?

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He is tiring, I must say!

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I'm going to tire you some more now by making you go round the house and find some more pieces. Come on.

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-After you, Jennie.

-Thank you very much. Here we go.

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'Well, it's clear that Peter's always had an eye for antiques,

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'explaining the wealth of stunning items around their magnificent home.

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'I find these three continental bayonets. Of course, display weapons like these should be kept safely

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'and auction houses will only sell them to reputable bidders.

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'Valued at £80 to £120,

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'they're another addition to our growing pile of goodies for auction.

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'Jonty's chomping at the bit to take a look at Peter's study.

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'It's crammed with things that he's collected. And one of his interests immediately stands out.'

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-Peter?

-Yes?

-What about all these plates here? We've got John Wayne. We've got Indians.

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-Well, these are my favourites.

-Are they?

-So I'm not selling these.

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-Is there anything here that we can sell?

-Well, the only thing, Jonty, I think I would consider is this.

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-The globe? Can I take a look?

-Yes, if you would, please.

-OK.

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-How long have you had this?

-Well, I've had this for at least 20 years.

-Have you?

-Yes.

-Why did you buy it?

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I just thought it looked the part.

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It just created a certain fascination.

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Well, that's the reason why people want to buy globes like this, simply because it sums up a bygone era.

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Now usually there's a maker's label on globes. And here it's right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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This eight-inch terrestrial globe was made by the Geographia Limited Company in Fleet Street, London.

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This would've been made early 20th century, so we're looking at a globe that's probably 80 or 90 years old.

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-And the other amazing thing is, can you see how much pink is on this globe?

-It makes you feel proud.

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Well, it just shows you. If you look, when I spin the globe,

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-can you see literally why "the sun never sets on the Empire"?

-Yeah.

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And I love the fact that it has that "tobaccoey" hue to it.

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-Yeah.

-Which looks like it has some real age to it as well. The stand is in good condition.

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So this is worth putting into the auction sale. At auction, £60-£80.

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-Yes?

-Is that OK?

-Yeah.

-Right. I'll leave it back here on the shelf.

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I'll carry on here because just this room alone has so much to look at.

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You go there. I'm going this way.

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Jonty mentioned that it had been a bit tarnished from smoke.

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And I think I probably contributed to that

0:21:050:21:09

because the study is one place where I like to smoke my cigars without Vanessa moaning.

0:21:090:21:15

'Don't let Vanessa hear you saying that, Peter.

0:21:150:21:18

'The globe is another good addition to our ever-growing pony fund, but we're still some way off our target.

0:21:180:21:24

'Fortunately, there's no shortage of items to look through today and I find these two novelty ashtrays.

0:21:240:21:30

'They're converted cylinder heads from the engine of a car and I think they're rather fun.

0:21:300:21:36

'They're unusual which makes them hard to value.

0:21:360:21:39

'Jonty estimates them at £40-£60

0:21:390:21:41

'and we'll just have to see what the bidders make of them at auction.

0:21:410:21:45

'With our rummage day nearly over, it's time to tackle the impressive entrance hall.'

0:21:450:21:51

-Oh, look, I think I need a bit of help on this.

-What have you got?

0:21:510:21:55

-It looks lovely to me.

-That's rather nice.

-What's this, Peter?

0:21:550:22:00

This I bought as a claret jug.

0:22:000:22:03

Ah! You like your wine, I know. You like your wine.

0:22:030:22:07

-Particularly claret.

-Yes. I see.

0:22:070:22:10

This is very good quality.

0:22:100:22:12

A lot of these carafes that you see tend to be silver-topped, of course, in this style.

0:22:120:22:18

But the best quality ones are genuine silver, not silver-plated.

0:22:180:22:23

If we look round the side here, lovely crystal-clear hallmarks. Those are very nice indeed.

0:22:230:22:28

This one is late 19th century and you can tell by the decorations.

0:22:280:22:33

This embossed decoration round the top is late 19th century in style.

0:22:330:22:38

-There should be hallmarks on the inside. Lovely big hallmarks.

-Yeah.

0:22:380:22:42

If we look at the crystal cut base here, this is in very good order.

0:22:420:22:46

There's no chips or breaks on it and dealers will love that.

0:22:460:22:50

It's distinguished by the name "claret jug" or "carafe"

0:22:500:22:54

simply because it has this separate spout here and individual handle,

0:22:540:22:59

-where decanters, you pour by the neck.

-What would it fetch?

0:22:590:23:03

-We're looking at a value of £250 to £300.

-Yeah, that would be good.

0:23:030:23:08

Hey, Vanessa! You can stop rummaging now. Come on, come out.

0:23:080:23:12

Look what... Well, I found it. Peter is willing to part with it.

0:23:120:23:16

I think it's lovely and Jonty says it might be worth £250.

0:23:160:23:21

-That's fantastic.

-Not bad, eh?

-No.

0:23:210:23:24

-That's the end of our rummaging. We couldn't have wished for a better venue. It's been amazing.

-Wonderful.

0:23:240:23:31

-What an experience!

-Well, I couldn't have asked for better guests.

0:23:310:23:35

Oh, it's a love-in. Official!

0:23:350:23:38

Will you love me when I tell you that... You were wanting £1,000, so you can get Henry this little pony.

0:23:380:23:45

I can tell you that if Jonty has got his sums right, then hopefully you will make your £1,000.

0:23:450:23:51

Indeed, you should make £1,220.

0:23:510:23:56

I can't believe it. That'd be fantastic if we did.

0:23:560:24:00

-That's great news. Well done.

-We could get a saddle as well, then!

0:24:000:24:04

'Well, what a day! We've been spoilt for choice at Peter and Vanessa's incredible house.

0:24:040:24:10

'Here are some of the highlights of today's rummage.

0:24:100:24:13

'The pair of Victorian silver candlesticks from Peter's basement.

0:24:130:24:18

'They're fantastic quality and should make between £200 and £300.

0:24:180:24:23

'The collection of cut-glass perfume bottles in a leather travel case.

0:24:230:24:27

'Peter paid £40 for them 30 years ago,

0:24:270:24:30

'but Jonty has given them an estimate of £150 to £300.

0:24:300:24:35

'And finally, the 19th century carafe.

0:24:360:24:39

'It's in perfect condition

0:24:390:24:41

'and we're hoping the bidders will part with at least £250 to £300.

0:24:410:24:46

'Still to come on Cash In The Attic, will our antiques be winners at auction?'

0:24:480:24:54

-What do you think?

-Brilliant.

-How about that?

-Well done.

0:24:540:24:58

'Or will they fall at the first hurdle?'

0:24:580:25:01

-That's going home.

-We'll leave it here for the next auction!

0:25:010:25:05

'We'll only find out when the final hammer falls.'

0:25:050:25:08

Jonty and I had an amazing day with Peter and Vanessa in their lovely manor house in Gloucestershire.

0:25:110:25:18

Today, we've brought all the pieces we found to Chiswick Auctions in West London.

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Remember, Peter and Vanessa are great horse lovers

0:25:230:25:26

and they want to raise £1,000 for a pony for baby Henry.

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So let's hope the bidders here today are gonna be generous when our items go under the hammer.

0:25:300:25:36

'The auction rooms are buzzing with bidders arriving from far and wide.

0:25:360:25:41

'We just hope it bodes well for our items.

0:25:410:25:44

'Our expert Jonty Hearnden is already here, taking a last look at the perfume bottles.'

0:25:440:25:50

-Hi, Jennie.

-Good morning. Didn't we have a great day?

-What a day, what a house!

0:25:500:25:55

When I got back, my house seemed so tiny, it really wasn't fair!

0:25:550:25:59

There was one point I thought I'd lost you or I'd lost myself!

0:25:590:26:04

I don't think I saw all of the house. 32 rooms!

0:26:040:26:07

What I love about Peter and Vanessa is they're just doing this for fun. They love auctions, don't they?

0:26:070:26:13

They really do. But everyone's got something to sell.

0:26:130:26:17

There's always something spare in a house that you can take to auction

0:26:170:26:21

and reinvest the money into something you want to buy.

0:26:210:26:24

-We do that on a daily basis.

-Peter had so many lovely things and didn't want to sell most of them!

0:26:240:26:30

Peter was a reluctant seller, but we have managed to wheedle out some really good quality items,

0:26:300:26:36

including this beautiful scent case with the six bottles.

0:26:360:26:40

-We've got some class acts.

-We do.

-Let's see if Peter and Vanessa have arrived.

0:26:400:26:45

'Well, arrived they have and just in time to take one last look at the commode.'

0:26:460:26:52

-Hi, guys.

-Hello, Jonty.

-Hello.

-Good morning.

0:26:520:26:55

-You're gonna be pleased to say goodbye to this.

-I most definitely am. I don't like this item.

0:26:550:27:01

-How are you feeling about being at the auction?

-Super. Just the job.

0:27:010:27:06

-Have we put any reserves on any of the items?

-The claret jug, £200.

-Not a problem at all.

0:27:060:27:12

-Everything else can go.

-I like the sound of that.

0:27:120:27:16

-Let's find a spot. It's about to start.

-Right oh.

0:27:160:27:19

'If you're thinking of going to auction, remember, various charges such as commission will be added.

0:27:190:27:26

'Make sure you check with your auction house for details.

0:27:260:27:30

'With the sale already under way, we find our positions at the back of the room,

0:27:300:27:35

'ready for our first lot of the day to come up.

0:27:350:27:39

-'It's the fun novelty ashtrays.'

-I love these.

0:27:390:27:42

I found these, those funny cylinder heads that you turned into ashtrays. They're unusual, so quirky.

0:27:420:27:48

I feel they could really take off.

0:27:480:27:50

-Where did they come from?

-They came from the factory. A bloke who worked there gave them to me as a present

0:27:500:27:56

because I lent him a horse for breeding, a mare for breeding.

0:27:560:28:00

They bred some foals, so he felt a bit guilty and he gave me those as a present.

0:28:000:28:07

Start me at £20 for them? 20 I'm bid straight away.

0:28:070:28:10

22. 24. 26.

0:28:100:28:13

28. £28 I'm bid now.

0:28:130:28:15

30 anywhere? 30 there.

0:28:150:28:17

-32. 34. 36. 38.

-A lot of interest.

0:28:170:28:21

40. £40 I'm bid there. In the middle at £40. 45 there.

0:28:210:28:25

50. £50 in the orange there. At £50.

0:28:250:28:28

And 5, anybody else? They're going for 50. Anybody else want to come in?

0:28:280:28:32

£50 then...

0:28:320:28:34

-That's brilliant.

-I'm very pleased about that.

-Very good estimate. I'm very impressed.

0:28:340:28:40

'I don't know what we'll do with Jonty's ego if this continues.

0:28:400:28:44

'But with the ashtrays selling for mid-estimate, it's a great start.'

0:28:440:28:49

I admired really Jonty how he valued them

0:28:500:28:53

because they are not antiques and it's very difficult to give them any form of value.

0:28:530:28:59

He was dead on, so congratulations, Jonty.

0:28:590:29:02

'I wonder how precise he'll be with our next lot?

0:29:030:29:07

'It's more smoking paraphernalia - three hallmarked silver cigarette cases, two vestas and a lighter.

0:29:070:29:13

'Jonty has valued them at £80 to £120.'

0:29:130:29:17

I'm already bid £60. With me at £60. 65.

0:29:180:29:21

70. 75 in the doorway there. At £75.

0:29:210:29:25

At 75. Going for £75 then.

0:29:250:29:27

-At £75. It goes for 75...

-It's sold - £75.

0:29:270:29:31

-Five under, that's all right.

-That's fine.

-Are you happy about that?

-Delighted.

-Good.

0:29:310:29:36

'Jonty wasn't quite so accurate, but it's still a reasonable result

0:29:360:29:40

'as the silver smoking items sell just £5 under estimate.

0:29:400:29:44

'Next up, it's the striking, silver hallmarked cigar box,

0:29:450:29:49

'estimated at £80 to £120.'

0:29:490:29:52

Straight away, I'm bid £80.

0:29:540:29:56

-£80. 85...

-See?

-That's great.

0:29:560:30:00

90. 95. 100.

0:30:000:30:02

And I can take 105 because I've got 110.

0:30:020:30:05

115 in the room against commissions. 120.

0:30:050:30:08

130. 140. 150.

0:30:080:30:10

-160. 170...

-That's more like it. Come on.

0:30:100:30:14

180. 190. 200.

0:30:140:30:17

-Oh, wow!

-210. 220.

0:30:170:30:20

230. 240.

0:30:200:30:22

-Oh, wow!

-240. With the lady at £240.

-£240!

0:30:220:30:26

240 then. For £240...

0:30:260:30:29

-What do you think?

-Brilliant.

-Well done.

0:30:290:30:31

'An incredible result - that's double its highest estimate!

0:30:320:30:38

'I can't wait to see how our next lot does. It's an acquired taste, though, according to Vanessa.

0:30:380:30:44

'Jonty is hoping we'll get between £40 and £60 for it.'

0:30:440:30:48

-You really don't want to take this one home.

-No.

-Definitely not.

0:30:480:30:52

-I'm convinced they should sell it as a champagne bucket.

-That is a revolting idea.

0:30:520:30:57

Is it worth £20? £20 to start me? £10 then? 10. 12.

0:30:570:31:01

14. 16. For the commode at £16.

0:31:010:31:05

-And 18, anyone?

-He's got to let it go.

-18 anywhere? £16...

0:31:050:31:09

Not sold, I'm afraid.

0:31:090:31:11

-It's not sold.

-You're taking it home!

-We'll leave it here for the next auction!

0:31:110:31:16

'Oh, no, the commode didn't sell!

0:31:160:31:19

'But Vanessa is adamant it's not going home with her.'

0:31:190:31:22

To say that I'm disappointed is an understatement.

0:31:220:31:26

I am gutted, believe you me. It's staying here and it's going in the sale again next week.

0:31:260:31:31

'We're nearly halfway through the auction and next is the ship's clock

0:31:310:31:36

'which Peter acquired when he was a coastguard.

0:31:360:31:39

'We're looking for £100 to £150.'

0:31:390:31:41

Nice lot, this. Start me for £60 for the clock?

0:31:410:31:45

60. 5. 70.

0:31:450:31:46

£70 for the clock. And 5, somebody?

0:31:460:31:49

For £70. At £70. At £70, it's not sold then.

0:31:490:31:53

-70...

-Unsold.

0:31:530:31:55

-Not sold.

-Oh, dear.

0:31:550:31:57

-What do you think about that...?

-We'll take it home with us.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

0:31:570:32:03

'Peter isn't too disappointed to take the clock home.

0:32:030:32:06

'But it's not good news for Henry's pony fund.

0:32:060:32:09

'After a fantastic start, we seem to be stalling a little.

0:32:090:32:14

'We've got really high hopes for our final lot in this half.

0:32:140:32:18

'It's the stunning, silver-mounted, cut-glass claret jug

0:32:180:32:23

'which Jonty raved about, giving it an estimate of £250 to £300.'

0:32:230:32:27

Bit of interest in it already, I'm glad to say. I'm bid £180.

0:32:270:32:31

180. 190. 200.

0:32:310:32:34

-And 10. In the room at 210.

-My word!

-220 there.

0:32:340:32:37

230. 240. 250.

0:32:370:32:40

-260. 270.

-How high is it gonna go?

-280. 290.

0:32:400:32:44

290 there. 300.

0:32:440:32:46

-£300!

-Further back at £300.

0:32:460:32:49

£300. There at 300. 310.

0:32:490:32:52

310. There in the middle now at £310.

0:32:520:32:55

At 310 then...

0:32:550:32:57

-310.

-310.

-That's really good.

-Well done with your guess, yes?

-Are you happy?

-Yes, ecstatic!

0:32:570:33:03

That's a really good price for a beautiful object.

0:33:030:33:06

'A brilliant result! As Vanessa said,

0:33:060:33:09

'a quality price for a quality item.

0:33:090:33:12

'It brings us to the halfway point in renewed spirits.

0:33:120:33:16

'I'm looking forward to telling Peter and Vanessa how we're doing.'

0:33:160:33:20

-OK, well, we're halfway through.

-Already?

0:33:200:33:23

-It really has been a bit, you know...

-It has, yes, up and down.

0:33:230:33:27

You're looking for £1,000 for Henry's little pony.

0:33:270:33:31

-At this halfway stage, obviously, you'd expect to have 500.

-Yeah.

0:33:310:33:35

Well, you've actually made already £675.

0:33:350:33:39

I can't believe it. Gosh, Henry's going to have a super pony at this rate! I'm delighted.

0:33:390:33:44

So we don't have to buy a donkey then!

0:33:440:33:47

-I must say, with two unsold items, that's pretty good going.

-It is. Wonderful.

-That's excellent.

0:33:470:33:54

'What a first half! While Peter and Vanessa take a well-deserved break,

0:33:540:33:58

'Jonty and I have a look around the saleroom and he's spotted something that's got him all fired up.'

0:33:580:34:04

-Look at this. This is really very exciting.

-Is it a little ashtray?

0:34:040:34:08

Well, I suppose it's a little, hand-beaten sugar bowl.

0:34:080:34:12

-It's rather humble.

-Is it pure gold?

-It's not made of gold, but this is gilt metal.

0:34:120:34:17

Take a look at this. We've got some very exciting marks here.

0:34:170:34:21

-This is Josef Hoffmann.

-Is that hand-crafted?

-It's all hand-beaten.

0:34:210:34:25

-Wow!

-Some of his domestic goods are in the Metropolitan Museum

0:34:250:34:30

and the Modern Art Museum in New York.

0:34:300:34:33

What's so important about this piece is it is monogrammed by him here.

0:34:330:34:38

-Right.

-And this is his collective that was started around the turn of the century, the Wiener Werkstatte,

0:34:380:34:44

which terminated, I think, in 1932.

0:34:440:34:47

Now, in the catalogue, they have estimated it at between £150 to £250.

0:34:470:34:52

-But this should do an awful lot more than that.

-Really?

-Absolutely.

0:34:520:34:57

-It's all down to who designed it.

-So it pays to look carefully.

-Yes.

0:34:570:35:01

-I shall remember that.

-Watch this being sold.

-I will.

0:35:010:35:05

'It's fascinating to learn about something that looks insignificant,

0:35:050:35:09

'but is so rare and has such an intriguing history.

0:35:090:35:14

'We take our positions for the second half of the auction

0:35:140:35:18

'and we soon find out if Jonty's prediction is right about the little gilt bowl.'

0:35:180:35:23

This is the Josef Hoffmann bowl that I found just a minute ago.

0:35:230:35:27

-Interesting.

-Let's see what happens.

0:35:270:35:30

£900. All done, £900... Thank you, Keith.

0:35:300:35:33

'£900 is nearly four times the bowl's top estimate.

0:35:340:35:39

'Its unique design history really has proved to be valuable.

0:35:390:35:43

'It's back to our items. Our next lot is a selection of brass, bronze and copper items from the basement

0:35:430:35:49

'with a collective estimate of £40 to £60.'

0:35:490:35:52

Guys, I want to take you back 20, 30 years.

0:35:520:35:55

You'd walk into any pub, there'd be horse brasses, any mantel shelf, brass candlesticks.

0:35:550:36:02

Now they've all gone and there's a reason why it's all gone.

0:36:020:36:06

It's all in Peter's cellar!

0:36:060:36:09

-That's true. It is true.

-I've worked it all out now.

0:36:090:36:12

I'm already bid a healthy £40 for it. With me at 40. 45.

0:36:120:36:17

50. Still with me at £50.

0:36:170:36:19

55 there. 60. 65. 70. 75. In the room then at £75.

0:36:190:36:23

-75.

-We don't get it, do we?

-No, I don't understand it.

0:36:230:36:28

-It goes, 75...

-£75.

0:36:280:36:31

-Good?

-How about that?

-That's very good indeed.

-I can't believe it.

0:36:310:36:35

Another good job by the consultant.

0:36:350:36:38

'What a great result, exceeding all our expectations!

0:36:380:36:42

'It's clear that Peter has a canny eye when it comes to collecting.

0:36:420:36:46

'The globe is another example of his wise investments and it looked wonderful in his study.

0:36:460:36:52

'Jonty has given it an estimate of £60 to £80.'

0:36:520:36:56

I'm bid... I can start the bidding at £60 immediately.

0:36:560:36:59

-Straight in at £60.

-Wow!

0:36:590:37:02

75. 80. 85. 90.

0:37:020:37:04

-Listen to this.

-95. 100. 110. 120.

0:37:040:37:08

-Standing at £120.

-Wow!

0:37:080:37:11

-It's going for 120. 120...

-That's a very good result.

0:37:110:37:14

-It is. I'm thrilled with that.

-Is it something you liked?

0:37:140:37:18

-I did like it, but not that much to keep it.

-OK.

0:37:180:37:22

'We're on a roll as the globe sells for double its lowest estimate.

0:37:220:37:26

'Maybe that'll pay for Henry's pony's saddle.

0:37:260:37:29

'It's time for the enchanting perfume bottles in the leather case

0:37:290:37:34

'to make an appearance, but will they charm the buyers?'

0:37:340:37:37

-Is it worth £80 to start me? £60 then? 60?

-Come on!

0:37:370:37:41

65. 70. 75.

0:37:410:37:43

80. 85. 90.

0:37:430:37:46

95. 100.

0:37:460:37:48

£100. Nearer to me at £100. It's still not very much money for £100.

0:37:480:37:53

110 there. 110 there. At £110.

0:37:530:37:56

At £110, it's not quite enough.

0:37:560:37:59

110...

0:37:590:38:01

-Oh, no!

-The auctioneer didn't think that was enough money - £110. He didn't think it was enough.

0:38:010:38:07

-What do you think?

-I don't think it was enough. If it had gone to 150, I would have been pleased.

0:38:070:38:13

'Well, that's disappointing.

0:38:130:38:15

'We all had high hopes for the scent bottles.

0:38:150:38:18

'And that's our third "no sale" of the day.

0:38:180:38:22

'We've just three items left to sell

0:38:220:38:25

'and I wonder if the bidders will take to the three continental bayonets?

0:38:250:38:30

'They're not in the best condition

0:38:300:38:33

'and Jonty thinks his £80 to £120 estimate might be ambitious.'

0:38:330:38:37

45.

0:38:370:38:39

50. £50. That lot at £50.

0:38:390:38:42

And 5? £50 for the bayonets. And 5, anybody? For £50 then.

0:38:420:38:46

-At £50. They're not selling for 50...

-Unsold.

0:38:460:38:49

-The rust got the better of them.

-We don't mind taking those home.

0:38:490:38:53

'They might be happy to take the bayonets home,

0:38:530:38:56

'but this auction is turning into a bit of a roller-coaster.

0:38:560:39:00

'Next up are the hip flasks,

0:39:000:39:03

'including three made of silver and one of white metal.

0:39:030:39:06

'We're hoping for £100 to £120.'

0:39:060:39:09

Is the lot there worth £50 to start me? 50 I'm bid.

0:39:090:39:13

55. 60.

0:39:130:39:15

65. 70. 75. 80.

0:39:150:39:18

£80. 85 behind you.

0:39:180:39:21

-90.

-Yes!

-95.

-Come on!

-100.

-Come on!

-Hey!

-110.

0:39:210:39:26

120. Nearer to me at £120. At 120 then...

0:39:260:39:31

In the room then... 130, just in time.

0:39:310:39:34

-140.

-It's taken off again.

0:39:340:39:36

140. Still my original bidder at £140. It's going for 140...

0:39:360:39:41

-Great.

-Very good. Well done. Good eye.

0:39:410:39:44

'£140 is £20 above top estimate and a great result.

0:39:440:39:51

'We're now down to our very last item -

0:39:510:39:54

'the stylish, hallmarked, late Victorian, silver candlesticks

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'Jonty picked out from Peter's vast collection.'

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Jonty found these two silver candlesticks and you think they're worth...?

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-I put £200 to £300 on them.

-£200 to £300.

-I forgot they were down there.

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Right, OK, that's amazing. So it's "Cash in the Cellar"! Let's see how we do.

0:40:120:40:18

Again there's commission interest in the lot. I'm bid £180 to start.

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-180...

-180 quid already?

-190. 200.

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210. 220. 230. 240.

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250 in the room against commissions. Anybody else want to come in?

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At £250. I'm selling them for 250. 250 then...

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Short and sweet, wasn't it? £250.

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-How about that?

-Happy?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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'Short, sweet and slap bang in the middle of Jonty's estimate -

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'a fantastic end to the auction!

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'But just how much have we managed to raise?'

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-You're looking for £1,000.

-We are.

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Well, I think, clip-clop, clip-clop, he's gonna have it

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because you've made, in fact, £1,260.

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-That's fantastic.

-Well done, sir.

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-Jennie, thank you so much.

-A kiss, I think.

-Yeah, super.

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I think we were saved genuinely by really good quality items.

0:41:070:41:11

-Well done. I hope you enjoy yourself with your little boy.

-Oh, yes.

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'Shortly after their fantastic result at auction

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'and braving a particularly chilly winter's day,

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'Vanessa and Peter take Henry along to the Cotswold Trail Riding Centre

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'for his first ever ride on a pony.'

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We're looking at the type of pony, hopefully, we'll be able to get Henry when he's three or four years old.

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-This one is a bit too big for you.

-Yeah!

-Yeah.

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'After meeting the horses, Henry is lifted into the saddle for the first time.

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'At 11 hands high, 12-year-old Lewis is just the kind of pony that is suitable for Henry -

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'small, calm and sweet-natured.'

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Turn right. This is his first go on a horse.

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Henry enjoyed it. I was surprised he loved it, despite the cold.

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And he was happy on the horse.

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He doesn't want... Good boy.

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'So has it been a worthwhile experience?'

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We've got some really good ideas now about the type of pony suitable for Henry. Thank you, Cash In The Attic!

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Jennie Bond is in Gloucestershire to meet horse-mad Peter and Vanessa Wegmann. Their splendid home is full of antiques and collectables and they are hoping that a selection of their less-cherished items will help fund a pony for their 16-month-old son, Henry.