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.
Today we've brought you to Gloucester and I am already in awe about what the day might bring
because we've started out here in the magnificent surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral.
People have gathered at this site for 1300 years and the cathedral's seen all manner of historic events,
including the coronation of Henry III and the burial of Edward II.
The heart of the building is Norman, but there are additions in every style of Gothic architecture,
including a 15th-century central tower, which is 225 feet high.
In recent years, it's been a perfect filming location for scenes from the Harry Potter movies.
It's also one third of the famous annual Three Choirs Festival.
Well, there are lots of antiques here, but I don't think they want us to rummage around the cathedral,
so we'll head off to another local landmark where we'll find plenty of treasures to take to the auction.
'Coming up on Cash In The Attic - we're rummaging in an astonishing location.'
-It's absolutely amazing.
'And hearing great stories.'
So you mean the Krays would have been down here drinking and partying? Oh! That is amazing.
'But things turn stormy at auction.'
'So will our fairytale have a happy ending? Find out when the hammer falls.'
Well, I promised you a landmark and here it is,
just a few miles from the cathedral.
This early 19th-century manor house is where we're rummaging today.
And I for one can't wait.
'Set in 130 acres, this magnificent house is home to horse-mad couple, Vanessa and Peter Wegmann.
'They met at an antiques fair 14 years ago and have a gorgeous, 16-month-old son called Henry.
'Vanessa is passionate about pedigree dogs. She exhibits and judges at UK competitions.
'Peter came to England from Switzerland 40 years ago with just a suitcase and £300 to his name.
'But he's since had a very successful career as a jockey and in ceramics engineering.'
-Jennie, how are you?
-Did you arrive by coach and horse?
-No, but this whole setting demands it!
-So just how big is this house?
-Well, I gather there are 32 rooms we can rummage in.
-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!
It's absolutely amazing.
Well, hello! Hi!
-You're obviously Vanessa.
-I guess you're Peter.
-And this is the star of the show.
-How old is he?
-He's 16 months old.
And I have to say - what a fantastic house! It is absolutely brilliant. How long have you lived here?
-What was it like when you moved here?
Oh, in a terrible state. It was totally derelict, really.
I couldn't even move in. It was so bad. And it needed a complete refurbishment.
New roof and all new bathrooms.
A new kitchen. A new marble floor in the hall - everything.
Well, from what I've seen, you've done an absolutely magnificent job.
So, Vanessa, why are we here in this great house of yours?
Well, I have decided that enough is enough.
We have the contents of FOUR houses just in this one house and it's far too much for anyone to bear.
And Peter has been an avid antiques collector all of his life and the accumulation of that is here.
OK. You're going to get out of hand in a minute as well. I can see that. Something's got to go. OK.
-So, how much do you want to raise and what's it for?
-We'd like to raise between £800 and £1,000.
-£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.
And recently, he's been involved in charity races at racecourses like Worcester and all over the place.
We really, really want to raise money for this pony and get Henry into the racing scene.
Are you going to be a jockey?
-We'd better get you on that pony. So we want £1,000...
-..for Henry's pony.
-Will you show me round your lovely house?
-I would be delighted.
-Let's see if we can get up!
'I just can't wait to start looking around Peter and Vanessa's magnificent house.
'It was built in 1810 by a sea captain
'who was said to be related to none other than Horatio Nelson himself.
'Peter's collecting has filled room after room with beautiful things
'and we've got an exciting but full-on day ahead.
'Jonty is like a child in a sweet shop. And in the drawing room, he's mesmerised by gorgeous antiques.'
-Here he is! Look. Hey!
-Hi! Wow! You have some AMAZING items.
This is wonderful. What about this little travelling case here?
They're my perfume bottles. They're very sweet.
-And they are for sale as I no longer use them.
-I thought it was a set of boules when you opened them.
-Honestly, I did!
-It's interesting. We'll have a look at just one. They're wonderful.
So we've got a set of six little scent bottles on the inside here.
We've got a brass top. But in the inside, little glass stoppers.
And they're all in perfect condition. It's wonderful.
A little set like this will be 19th century
because it was in the 19th century that you needed travelling perfume bottles
because one dispensed perfume into smaller containers like this.
Because early in the 20th century, manufacturers started distributing their perfume in their own bottles.
Not only is the glass in perfect order, but have a look at the case as well. This is lovely.
It's a leather case with the brass banding on the outside, designed for travelling. Isn't that wonderful?
-Where did you find it?
-Well, Peter bought this at an auction in Nantwich about 30 years ago.
-And I believe he paid, at that time, about 40 quid.
-So I don't know what the value is today.
-He was a clever cookie, as in today's market, at auction,
-value will be between £150 and maybe £300.
-(You don't say!) My word, that's such a lot of money.
Let's go and look elsewhere. Where shall we go?
The perfume bottles, well, £150 to £300, I thought that was a fantastic estimate,
considering Peter paid 40 quid for them, so we're quids in there.
'It's a fantastic start, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.
'With so much ground to cover, we all spread out around the house and hope we don't get lost.
'Everywhere you look, there are fascinating items to admire or try to play.' It's not going to happen!
'Jonty's in his element today. On the landing, Peter's found something that deserves closer inspection.'
-Hey, Jonty, what do you think of this?
-What have we got? Let's have a look.
Oh, a ship's clock.
-These are called ship's clocks. They are generically in this form, in this barrel shape.
And usually they were made to a very high specification.
This clock was probably made around the turn of the century.
The face actually looks like a port hole. And the handle here looks like the handle of the wheel of a ship.
But they were designed to place in the interior of boats and ships.
And more often than not, the workings were made to a high specification,
because it mattered when you were on the high seas that regular time was kept.
But this ship's clock has seen better days.
If you look at the face, this is a painted dial. And of course there's lots of chips on it.
I suspect that we're looking around the £100 mark, so the estimate in the catalogue will read £100-£150.
-That sounds good to me.
-Is that good?
Excellent. Shall we go this way?
'While I try to get my bearings, everyone else is rummaging intently.
'Jonty's eye is drawn to this hallmarked silver cigar case
'and he values it at £80 to £120.
'The house has bowled me over, so I can't wait to look at the grounds.
'So leaving our expert rummaging, Vanessa, Peter and I head out to the stables.'
-So who's this then?
-This is Captain Stockford.
-Yes, he had no name when I bought him.
-And then because he was such a boisterous horse,
I named him after my friend who died just a year before I bought him.
-Tell me about your life as a jockey. How did that all happen?
-Well, that was a struggle
because I came from abroad and didn't have the right contacts.
I was struggling and I was quite successful as far as riding was concerned.
-And you've been on some really big racecourses?
-Literally all of them.
But it was difficult to make ends meet.
-Have you ever won?
-No. That was the problem.
-Did you come second?
-Everybody said, "I'll let you have a ride when you've ridden a winner."
If you don't get any good horses, then it's difficult to win.
-So how did you two meet?
-We met after an antiques fair in Bath. We were having drinks in a hotel.
And I thought, "Who is this handsome, distinguished, older guy with the most fabulous shoes on?"
-You are right. Look at those shoes. Look at those shoes.
-You can always tell a gentleman by his shoes.
And that was it, you know.
We were smitten with each other. And we haven't looked back since.
-That was 14, 15 years ago?
-14 years ago.
-What did you think when you saw this house?
"What a fabulous place!" Peter told me that he looked after a few horses here. And this went on for a year.
And then when I said to him, "Why didn't you tell me you owned this house?" He said, "I had to be sure."
-Very shrewd move.
-I didn't want to think that she was a money-grabber, you see.
-You proved yourself.
-You look very happy together. You've got your lovely little boy, Henry.
-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.
-No, a little one to start off with.
-Well, we're not going to do it by standing here, so back inside.
-Rummaging. Come on.
With such fantastic facilities, there's every chance Henry will ride in the Grand National one day.
But if we're to fund his first horse, we need to keep on searching.
Inside, our expert's eyes light up when he sees these collectable silver smoking accessories,
including three hallmarked silver cigarette cases,
two vestas or portable boxes used for keeping matches dry,
and a lighter.
Jonty thinks they're worth between £80 and £120.
Upstairs on the landing, Vanessa comes across something she's not particularly fond of.
Jonty, are you there?
-What do you think of this?
-Is the chair for sale?
-It is for sale.
OK. What have we got? Let's stand back. A-ha! I know exactly what this chair is. I suspect you do too.
-I do as well.
-It should have a hinged seat here, yes?
To reveal a commode. There you go, very convenient.
-I don't think it's ever been used, at least I hope not.
-Not in your lifetime.
-Not in my lifetime, no.
This was made about 100 years ago. You tell that by the style of the chair, particularly the back rail.
-This is intricate design, late 19th century. So this chair is about 100 years old.
OK. What do you think it's made of? Because the carving on these spindles is really intricate.
Yes. Certainly with this brown colour. And the fact that there is a lot of turning. This is beech.
-So it was stained to look like mahogany.
-Because mahogany was a much more expensive timber.
-I didn't know that.
-And we've got those turned legs. Now, those legs are much more of an earlier period.
-Those turned legs first came to fashion, really, about 1830.
But if you look at the carving here on the back, this is much later.
And if you look at the style of the chair, it shows that this would've been made about 1890, maybe 1900.
I didn't know that. That's fascinating.
Now we won't get a vast fortune for this at auction. But still, £40 to £60. Are you happy about that?
-I don't mind. I'd like it to go. Please.
-Excellent. One for the auction sale. Let's carry on.
'Our fund for Henry's pony is building steadily. And we're barely halfway through the rummage.
'Vanessa adds a collection of silver and white metal hip flasks to our hoard. Some are leather-mounted.
'And Peter bought them over the years to use when he's out riding.
'As a lot, they should fetch us anywhere between £100 and £120.
'There's a cellar under this house with a fascinating history.
'But as Jonty heads down there, even he's not prepared for such a treasure trove.'
Oh, my goodness me! This is absolutely astonishing!
-Isn't this amazing?
-What have you found, Jonty?
-It's a proper, proper basement, this, isn't it?
It has its own history. Not the previous owner but the owner before used to go to London nightclubs,
and he was friends with the Kray brothers. And in return, they came here and spent weekends here.
So you mean the Krays would've been down here drinking, partying...? Oh! That is amazing!
I wonder what they planned down here in the cellar, the Kray brothers?
I've been casting my eye through this collection.
I've never seen such a large collection of brass candlesticks.
But throughout it all, I've managed to pick out, not brass, but a pair of silver candlesticks.
Now, the column is Corinthian.
And you can tell that by the capital, the style is Corinthian.
But the pan itself is in very good condition.
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.
And I've tried to look very closely as the light is not at its best,
but there are very clear hallmarks down on the base here.
And we see on the side here,
it's got the head of Queen Victoria, which means that duty would've been paid on this pair of candlesticks.
And the date, the capital "M", means that this pair are dated 1887.
So this pair of candlesticks...
They're both in very good order, made in the late Victorian period.
-Value at auction, wait for this, £200 to £300.
-Oh, that's good.
I paid 150 for them.
That's a result. I want to spend the rest of the day here, I really do.
-Well, I tell you what, you go over there.
-Peter, you follow me.
'It's intriguing to think what might have gone on here.
'In the main part of the house, Vanessa's still on the hunt,
'while in the basement, Peter picks out seven brass candlesticks.
'Jonty suggests putting them into the auction with a bronze jam pan and an antique copper saucepan.
'He estimates the lot at £40 to £60.'
-You've got animals all over the place. You've got the horses and dogs. And that's your domain?
Since 1980, I've been involved with showing dogs. I'm a breed specialist with shih-tzus and Boston terriers.
And also Japanese Akita.
And I've judged these breeds all over the country. I've been abroad judging. I've been to Ireland.
I've been to Jersey judging. It's a fantastic hobby.
But that's not what you did as a career. You're a bit of an actress?
For ten years, I've been working as an actress and a supporting artiste. I've not had any big roles.
-What sort of stuff do you do?
-I do bit parts. I can hang around and I can be a body in Casualty.
Or maybe I could walk up in EastEnders and say, "Would you like a cup of tea, guv'nor?"
-I just do little things.
-Peter, you obviously know a lot about antiques. The house is strewn with them.
-Where did you learn it all?
-Well, I learnt over the years.
I started at the young age of 12 when I bought my first copper pot for three francs in Switzerland,
when I was on holiday.
And then I sold it when I got home to my mother for five francs.
-Oh, you didn't!
And that's how I started. And then in my teenage years, I kept buying and selling things.
And built up quite a clientele.
By the time I left home at 18,
I had about just over 1500 francs in my bank account, just a dealing account.
So that was quite a good thing.
-He's an entrepreneur.
-He really is, yeah.
-I can't believe you did that to your mother. Did you ever tell her?
-She was probably very proud of you.
So now you've got this lovely house. You've got Peter AND you've got young Henry, of course.
What's it like being, if you don't mind my saying, a rather more mature mother, cos I'm one too?
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.
-And Henry has come along and made my life so complete. I'm just over the moon.
-I bet it's exhausting, though?
He is tiring, I must say!
I'm going to tire you some more now by making you go round the house and find some more pieces. Come on.
-After you, Jennie.
-Thank you very much. Here we go.
'Well, it's clear that Peter's always had an eye for antiques,
'explaining the wealth of stunning items around their magnificent home.
'I find these three continental bayonets. Of course, display weapons like these should be kept safely
'and auction houses will only sell them to reputable bidders.
'Valued at £80 to £120,
'they're another addition to our growing pile of goodies for auction.
'Jonty's chomping at the bit to take a look at Peter's study.
'It's crammed with things that he's collected. And one of his interests immediately stands out.'
-What about all these plates here? We've got John Wayne. We've got Indians.
-Well, these are my favourites.
-So I'm not selling these.
-Is there anything here that we can sell?
-Well, the only thing, Jonty, I think I would consider is this.
-The globe? Can I take a look?
-Yes, if you would, please.
-How long have you had this?
-Well, I've had this for at least 20 years.
-Why did you buy it?
I just thought it looked the part.
It just created a certain fascination.
Well, that's the reason why people want to buy globes like this, simply because it sums up a bygone era.
Now usually there's a maker's label on globes. And here it's right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
This eight-inch terrestrial globe was made by the Geographia Limited Company in Fleet Street, London.
This would've been made early 20th century, so we're looking at a globe that's probably 80 or 90 years old.
-And the other amazing thing is, can you see how much pink is on this globe?
-It makes you feel proud.
Well, it just shows you. If you look, when I spin the globe,
-can you see literally why "the sun never sets on the Empire"?
And I love the fact that it has that "tobaccoey" hue to it.
-Which looks like it has some real age to it as well. The stand is in good condition.
So this is worth putting into the auction sale. At auction, £60-£80.
-Is that OK?
-Right. I'll leave it back here on the shelf.
I'll carry on here because just this room alone has so much to look at.
You go there. I'm going this way.
Jonty mentioned that it had been a bit tarnished from smoke.
And I think I probably contributed to that
because the study is one place where I like to smoke my cigars without Vanessa moaning.
'Don't let Vanessa hear you saying that, Peter.
'The globe is another good addition to our ever-growing pony fund, but we're still some way off our target.
'Fortunately, there's no shortage of items to look through today and I find these two novelty ashtrays.
'They're converted cylinder heads from the engine of a car and I think they're rather fun.
'They're unusual which makes them hard to value.
'Jonty estimates them at £40-£60
'and we'll just have to see what the bidders make of them at auction.
'With our rummage day nearly over, it's time to tackle the impressive entrance hall.'
-Oh, look, I think I need a bit of help on this.
-What have you got?
-It looks lovely to me.
-That's rather nice.
-What's this, Peter?
This I bought as a claret jug.
Ah! You like your wine, I know. You like your wine.
-Yes. I see.
This is very good quality.
A lot of these carafes that you see tend to be silver-topped, of course, in this style.
But the best quality ones are genuine silver, not silver-plated.
If we look round the side here, lovely crystal-clear hallmarks. Those are very nice indeed.
This one is late 19th century and you can tell by the decorations.
This embossed decoration round the top is late 19th century in style.
-There should be hallmarks on the inside. Lovely big hallmarks.
If we look at the crystal cut base here, this is in very good order.
There's no chips or breaks on it and dealers will love that.
It's distinguished by the name "claret jug" or "carafe"
simply because it has this separate spout here and individual handle,
-where decanters, you pour by the neck.
-What would it fetch?
-We're looking at a value of £250 to £300.
-Yeah, that would be good.
Hey, Vanessa! You can stop rummaging now. Come on, come out.
Look what... Well, I found it. Peter is willing to part with it.
I think it's lovely and Jonty says it might be worth £250.
-Not bad, eh?
-That's the end of our rummaging. We couldn't have wished for a better venue. It's been amazing.
-What an experience!
-Well, I couldn't have asked for better guests.
Oh, it's a love-in. Official!
Will you love me when I tell you that... You were wanting £1,000, so you can get Henry this little pony.
I can tell you that if Jonty has got his sums right, then hopefully you will make your £1,000.
Indeed, you should make £1,220.
I can't believe it. That'd be fantastic if we did.
-That's great news. Well done.
-We could get a saddle as well, then!
'Well, what a day! We've been spoilt for choice at Peter and Vanessa's incredible house.
'Here are some of the highlights of today's rummage.
'The pair of Victorian silver candlesticks from Peter's basement.
'They're fantastic quality and should make between £200 and £300.
'The collection of cut-glass perfume bottles in a leather travel case.
'Peter paid £40 for them 30 years ago,
'but Jonty has given them an estimate of £150 to £300.
'And finally, the 19th century carafe.
'It's in perfect condition
'and we're hoping the bidders will part with at least £250 to £300.
'Still to come on Cash In The Attic, will our antiques be winners at auction?'
-What do you think?
-How about that?
'Or will they fall at the first hurdle?'
-That's going home.
-We'll leave it here for the next auction!
'We'll only find out when the final hammer falls.'
Jonty and I had an amazing day with Peter and Vanessa in their lovely manor house in Gloucestershire.
Today, we've brought all the pieces we found to Chiswick Auctions in West London.
Remember, Peter and Vanessa are great horse lovers
and they want to raise £1,000 for a pony for baby Henry.
So let's hope the bidders here today are gonna be generous when our items go under the hammer.
'The auction rooms are buzzing with bidders arriving from far and wide.
'We just hope it bodes well for our items.
'Our expert Jonty Hearnden is already here, taking a last look at the perfume bottles.'
-Good morning. Didn't we have a great day?
-What a day, what a house!
When I got back, my house seemed so tiny, it really wasn't fair!
There was one point I thought I'd lost you or I'd lost myself!
I don't think I saw all of the house. 32 rooms!
What I love about Peter and Vanessa is they're just doing this for fun. They love auctions, don't they?
They really do. But everyone's got something to sell.
There's always something spare in a house that you can take to auction
and reinvest the money into something you want to buy.
-We do that on a daily basis.
-Peter had so many lovely things and didn't want to sell most of them!
Peter was a reluctant seller, but we have managed to wheedle out some really good quality items,
including this beautiful scent case with the six bottles.
-We've got some class acts.
-Let's see if Peter and Vanessa have arrived.
'Well, arrived they have and just in time to take one last look at the commode.'
-You're gonna be pleased to say goodbye to this.
-I most definitely am. I don't like this item.
-How are you feeling about being at the auction?
-Super. Just the job.
-Have we put any reserves on any of the items?
-The claret jug, £200.
-Not a problem at all.
-Everything else can go.
-I like the sound of that.
-Let's find a spot. It's about to start.
'If you're thinking of going to auction, remember, various charges such as commission will be added.
'Make sure you check with your auction house for details.
'With the sale already under way, we find our positions at the back of the room,
'ready for our first lot of the day to come up.
-'It's the fun novelty ashtrays.'
-I love these.
I found these, those funny cylinder heads that you turned into ashtrays. They're unusual, so quirky.
I feel they could really take off.
-Where did they come from?
-They came from the factory. A bloke who worked there gave them to me as a present
because I lent him a horse for breeding, a mare for breeding.
They bred some foals, so he felt a bit guilty and he gave me those as a present.
Start me at £20 for them? 20 I'm bid straight away.
22. 24. 26.
28. £28 I'm bid now.
30 anywhere? 30 there.
-32. 34. 36. 38.
-A lot of interest.
40. £40 I'm bid there. In the middle at £40. 45 there.
50. £50 in the orange there. At £50.
And 5, anybody else? They're going for 50. Anybody else want to come in?
-I'm very pleased about that.
-Very good estimate. I'm very impressed.
'I don't know what we'll do with Jonty's ego if this continues.
'But with the ashtrays selling for mid-estimate, it's a great start.'
I admired really Jonty how he valued them
because they are not antiques and it's very difficult to give them any form of value.
He was dead on, so congratulations, Jonty.
'I wonder how precise he'll be with our next lot?
'It's more smoking paraphernalia - three hallmarked silver cigarette cases, two vestas and a lighter.
'Jonty has valued them at £80 to £120.'
I'm already bid £60. With me at £60. 65.
70. 75 in the doorway there. At £75.
At 75. Going for £75 then.
-At £75. It goes for 75...
-It's sold - £75.
-Five under, that's all right.
-Are you happy about that?
'Jonty wasn't quite so accurate, but it's still a reasonable result
'as the silver smoking items sell just £5 under estimate.
'Next up, it's the striking, silver hallmarked cigar box,
'estimated at £80 to £120.'
Straight away, I'm bid £80.
90. 95. 100.
And I can take 105 because I've got 110.
115 in the room against commissions. 120.
130. 140. 150.
-That's more like it. Come on.
180. 190. 200.
-240. With the lady at £240.
240 then. For £240...
-What do you think?
'An incredible result - that's double its highest estimate!
'I can't wait to see how our next lot does. It's an acquired taste, though, according to Vanessa.
'Jonty is hoping we'll get between £40 and £60 for it.'
-You really don't want to take this one home.
-I'm convinced they should sell it as a champagne bucket.
-That is a revolting idea.
Is it worth £20? £20 to start me? £10 then? 10. 12.
14. 16. For the commode at £16.
-And 18, anyone?
-He's got to let it go.
-18 anywhere? £16...
Not sold, I'm afraid.
-It's not sold.
-You're taking it home!
-We'll leave it here for the next auction!
'Oh, no, the commode didn't sell!
'But Vanessa is adamant it's not going home with her.'
To say that I'm disappointed is an understatement.
I am gutted, believe you me. It's staying here and it's going in the sale again next week.
'We're nearly halfway through the auction and next is the ship's clock
'which Peter acquired when he was a coastguard.
'We're looking for £100 to £150.'
Nice lot, this. Start me for £60 for the clock?
60. 5. 70.
£70 for the clock. And 5, somebody?
For £70. At £70. At £70, it's not sold then.
-What do you think about that...?
-We'll take it home with us.
'Peter isn't too disappointed to take the clock home.
'But it's not good news for Henry's pony fund.
'After a fantastic start, we seem to be stalling a little.
'We've got really high hopes for our final lot in this half.
'It's the stunning, silver-mounted, cut-glass claret jug
'which Jonty raved about, giving it an estimate of £250 to £300.'
Bit of interest in it already, I'm glad to say. I'm bid £180.
180. 190. 200.
-And 10. In the room at 210.
230. 240. 250.
-How high is it gonna go?
290 there. 300.
-Further back at £300.
£300. There at 300. 310.
310. There in the middle now at £310.
At 310 then...
-That's really good.
-Well done with your guess, yes?
-Are you happy?
That's a really good price for a beautiful object.
'A brilliant result! As Vanessa said,
'a quality price for a quality item.
'It brings us to the halfway point in renewed spirits.
'I'm looking forward to telling Peter and Vanessa how we're doing.'
-OK, well, we're halfway through.
-It really has been a bit, you know...
-It has, yes, up and down.
You're looking for £1,000 for Henry's little pony.
-At this halfway stage, obviously, you'd expect to have 500.
Well, you've actually made already £675.
I can't believe it. Gosh, Henry's going to have a super pony at this rate! I'm delighted.
So we don't have to buy a donkey then!
-I must say, with two unsold items, that's pretty good going.
-It is. Wonderful.
'What a first half! While Peter and Vanessa take a well-deserved break,
'Jonty and I have a look around the saleroom and he's spotted something that's got him all fired up.'
-Look at this. This is really very exciting.
-Is it a little ashtray?
Well, I suppose it's a little, hand-beaten sugar bowl.
-It's rather humble.
-Is it pure gold?
-It's not made of gold, but this is gilt metal.
Take a look at this. We've got some very exciting marks here.
-This is Josef Hoffmann.
-Is that hand-crafted?
-It's all hand-beaten.
-Some of his domestic goods are in the Metropolitan Museum
and the Modern Art Museum in New York.
What's so important about this piece is it is monogrammed by him here.
-And this is his collective that was started around the turn of the century, the Wiener Werkstatte,
which terminated, I think, in 1932.
Now, in the catalogue, they have estimated it at between £150 to £250.
-But this should do an awful lot more than that.
-It's all down to who designed it.
-So it pays to look carefully.
-I shall remember that.
-Watch this being sold.
'It's fascinating to learn about something that looks insignificant,
'but is so rare and has such an intriguing history.
'We take our positions for the second half of the auction
'and we soon find out if Jonty's prediction is right about the little gilt bowl.'
This is the Josef Hoffmann bowl that I found just a minute ago.
-Let's see what happens.
£900. All done, £900... Thank you, Keith.
'£900 is nearly four times the bowl's top estimate.
'Its unique design history really has proved to be valuable.
'It's back to our items. Our next lot is a selection of brass, bronze and copper items from the basement
'with a collective estimate of £40 to £60.'
Guys, I want to take you back 20, 30 years.
You'd walk into any pub, there'd be horse brasses, any mantel shelf, brass candlesticks.
Now they've all gone and there's a reason why it's all gone.
It's all in Peter's cellar!
-That's true. It is true.
-I've worked it all out now.
I'm already bid a healthy £40 for it. With me at 40. 45.
50. Still with me at £50.
55 there. 60. 65. 70. 75. In the room then at £75.
-We don't get it, do we?
-No, I don't understand it.
-It goes, 75...
-How about that?
-That's very good indeed.
-I can't believe it.
Another good job by the consultant.
'What a great result, exceeding all our expectations!
'It's clear that Peter has a canny eye when it comes to collecting.
'The globe is another example of his wise investments and it looked wonderful in his study.
'Jonty has given it an estimate of £60 to £80.'
I'm bid... I can start the bidding at £60 immediately.
-Straight in at £60.
75. 80. 85. 90.
-Listen to this.
-95. 100. 110. 120.
-Standing at £120.
-It's going for 120. 120...
-That's a very good result.
-It is. I'm thrilled with that.
-Is it something you liked?
-I did like it, but not that much to keep it.
'We're on a roll as the globe sells for double its lowest estimate.
'Maybe that'll pay for Henry's pony's saddle.
'It's time for the enchanting perfume bottles in the leather case
'to make an appearance, but will they charm the buyers?'
-Is it worth £80 to start me? £60 then? 60?
65. 70. 75.
80. 85. 90.
£100. Nearer to me at £100. It's still not very much money for £100.
110 there. 110 there. At £110.
At £110, it's not quite enough.
-The auctioneer didn't think that was enough money - £110. He didn't think it was enough.
-What do you think?
-I don't think it was enough. If it had gone to 150, I would have been pleased.
'Well, that's disappointing.
'We all had high hopes for the scent bottles.
'And that's our third "no sale" of the day.
'We've just three items left to sell
'and I wonder if the bidders will take to the three continental bayonets?
'They're not in the best condition
'and Jonty thinks his £80 to £120 estimate might be ambitious.'
50. £50. That lot at £50.
And 5? £50 for the bayonets. And 5, anybody? For £50 then.
-At £50. They're not selling for 50...
-The rust got the better of them.
-We don't mind taking those home.
'They might be happy to take the bayonets home,
'but this auction is turning into a bit of a roller-coaster.
'Next up are the hip flasks,
'including three made of silver and one of white metal.
'We're hoping for £100 to £120.'
Is the lot there worth £50 to start me? 50 I'm bid.
65. 70. 75. 80.
£80. 85 behind you.
120. Nearer to me at £120. At 120 then...
In the room then... 130, just in time.
-It's taken off again.
140. Still my original bidder at £140. It's going for 140...
-Very good. Well done. Good eye.
'£140 is £20 above top estimate and a great result.
'We're now down to our very last item -
'the stylish, hallmarked, late Victorian, silver candlesticks
'Jonty picked out from Peter's vast collection.'
Jonty found these two silver candlesticks and you think they're worth...?
-I put £200 to £300 on them.
-£200 to £300.
-I forgot they were down there.
Right, OK, that's amazing. So it's "Cash in the Cellar"! Let's see how we do.
Again there's commission interest in the lot. I'm bid £180 to start.
-180 quid already?
210. 220. 230. 240.
250 in the room against commissions. Anybody else want to come in?
At £250. I'm selling them for 250. 250 then...
Short and sweet, wasn't it? £250.
-How about that?
'Short, sweet and slap bang in the middle of Jonty's estimate -
'a fantastic end to the auction!
'But just how much have we managed to raise?'
-You're looking for £1,000.
Well, I think, clip-clop, clip-clop, he's gonna have it
because you've made, in fact, £1,260.
-Well done, sir.
-Jennie, thank you so much.
-A kiss, I think.
I think we were saved genuinely by really good quality items.
-Well done. I hope you enjoy yourself with your little boy.
'Shortly after their fantastic result at auction
'and braving a particularly chilly winter's day,
'Vanessa and Peter take Henry along to the Cotswold Trail Riding Centre
'for his first ever ride on a pony.'
We're looking at the type of pony, hopefully, we'll be able to get Henry when he's three or four years old.
-This one is a bit too big for you.
'After meeting the horses, Henry is lifted into the saddle for the first time.
'At 11 hands high, 12-year-old Lewis is just the kind of pony that is suitable for Henry -
'small, calm and sweet-natured.'
Turn right. This is his first go on a horse.
Henry enjoyed it. I was surprised he loved it, despite the cold.
And he was happy on the horse.
He doesn't want... Good boy.
'So has it been a worthwhile experience?'
We've got some really good ideas now about the type of pony suitable for Henry. Thank you, Cash In The Attic!
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.