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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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We're on the trail of treasures in your home that we can help you sell at auction.

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I bet you can't guess where I am today!

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I'm at Gosport on the south coast of England

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and this is part of our military history.

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It's called Fort Brockhurst.

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This is one of five forts built in the 1850s and '60s

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to protect Portsmouth and its vital harbour against a French invasion.

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Largely unaltered, you can still see the parade ground, gun ramps and moated keep.

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The fort was acquired by English Heritage in 1984.

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Now refurbished, it serves as a museum and store for a treasure trove of objects

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excavated from sites in the south-east and south-west of England.

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Well, there's certainly no shortage of treasures here at the fort.

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Let's hope that trend continues as we go in search of antiques and collectibles

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we can take to the auction.

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On today's Cash In The Attic, some intriguing historical war-time pieces.

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That's a nice part - "Issued daily, shells permitting."

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"Shells permitting"! Isn't that amazing!

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Jonty has a few surprises up his sleeve.

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The date is more like 1815 to 1820.

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I didn't think it was that old!

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And at auction, not everything goes our way.

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-Please!

-Nobody likes them!

-Higher than that!

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But by the end of the day, will it be smiles all round?

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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I'm on my way to meet a retired regimental couple.

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They've called us in to help them raise money

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for a very special trip.

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Retired Major Dick Field has called us in because he wants to give his wife, Kate, the trip of a lifetime.

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They live in this house, packed with a surprising array of historical items

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collected over his long army career.

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We're also hoping that Dick's twin sister, Lou, can join us later

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to help us with our search for collectibles.

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-Hi, Jonty!

-Good morning. How are you?

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I'm good. I've been at an old military fort doing a bit of history.

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-Is there a connection between that and the owners of the house?

-Yes.

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-They've both served in the military.

-I'm looking at this odd house name.

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-Any connection there?

-Go on, pronounce it!

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-I can't do that at all.

-Oi-noy-hoy! I don't know! Far East, do you think?

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Very Far East, as far as I can see!

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Let's find out. I'll go and meet them and you go look for bits and pieces.

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-Ah, there you are. Hello!

-Hello!

-Hello, Jennie.

-Hi!

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I met Jonty outside. He's gone to have a look around already.

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We were both fascinated by the name of your house.

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Was it "Oi-hoo-noy-hoy" or something?

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-"Hoy-an-hoy".

-Oh! We thought it was somewhere you'd served.

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No, it's a bit of a joke. It stands for "Ours Is A Nice House Ours Is".

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What's it all about? Why am I here?

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Kate's been a fantastic wife to me. She put up with me being away a lot,

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bringing up children and so on.

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It's her 60th birthday next year

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and I just want to say "thank you"

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and take her to America for a holiday.

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-Why America?

-We're going to visit friends and we'll soon have family over there.

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Our son is marrying an American girl. Her mum lives in Denver

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and has given us an invitation to stay with her.

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-Fantastic.

-We'll have a few days with her

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and a short time with our other friends near Las Vegas.

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How much money, then, Dick, do you think we could raise?

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We hope to raise about £500.

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£500.

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-So you're going to Las Vegas?

-We are, indeed.

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So this could be for the old slots!

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Fantastic! Shall we get started?

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-Let's do it!

-Right!

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That trip sounds amazing.

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But if Dick and Kate are to get anywhere near America, we've got our work cut out.

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I've spotted cupboards rammed with loads of interesting pieces.

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But Jonty's here to sort out the wheat from the chaff.

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He's spent his whole life in the antiques business and loves a fine piece of furniture.

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So not surprisingly, that's exactly what he's laid his hands on first.

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-There he is, looking around.

-I found this table tucked in the corner.

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-Does it have a history?

-Yes, it came from my great-aunt's flat.

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She lived in a Victorian flat block near London Bridge.

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I was taken there when I was eight after she died for my father to choose some furniture

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as a memento.

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He chose this and a small pedestal desk.

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Are you aware that it turns into something else, apart from a side table?

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-Yes, it turns into a card table.

-You know that. OK, let's have a look.

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-Swivel the top like that.

-All in working order.

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This is a place where you keep your cards and dice.

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And you fold it over to reveal a card table.

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-It's not in the best nick.

-No.

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There's a major problem with this card table.

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Once this would have been a very fine-looking card table.

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-How old do you think it is?

-I'm guessing about 1880, 1890.

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It's a lot older than that.

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-Really?

-A lot older.

-Really.

-The date is more like 1815 to 1820.

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-Gracious me. I didn't think it was that old.

-A table like this

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is made with veneer.

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Veneer is very tiny strips of timber placed onto another surface.

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That's how you can get this shape and also the inlay work as well.

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You can tell very clearly that it's Regency

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by looking at the base.

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You've got the stylised Acanthus leaves on the knuckle, or join.

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Just there in the middle.

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Further down, you've got these outswept legs, which are sabre legs.

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Sabre legs, again, very popular during the Regency period.

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Is it worth taking to the auction? What's the value?

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If this table had been in mint condition, at auction,

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it would be worth in excess of £1,000.

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But it needs so much doing to it.

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The baize needs replacing, repolishing,

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hundreds of pounds need to be re-invested in it.

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That has to be reflected in its value. Therefore,

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this table is worth more like £100 at auction. OK?

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-So in the catalogue it will read 80 to £120.

-OK.

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-More than I expected.

-I appreciate it needs work doing, money spent.

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-But that's fine.

-That's a great start. Very well done indeed.

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I'll fold that away in the corner and we'll look for more stuff.

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Good man. Lead on. We'll find something else.

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I was surprised with the valuation of the card table. It was more than I expected, given its condition.

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But I was more surprised at its age. I didn't realise it was nearly 200 years old.

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So, happy for it to go to auction.

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What a surprise.

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And a good start to the day.

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In true military fashion, we're all setting about the task in hand.

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Dick has found a hidden stash.

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He's hoping this might tickle Jonty's fancy.

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Jonty, look at these things I've dug out of a cupboard.

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Items of silver we'd put away.

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Wow. What have we got here?

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Everything in here is silver, actually.

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A little christening mug there. That's rather sweet. Where's this from?

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That's Kate's father's christening mug.

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Lovely solid silver. Initials R.E.S. Whose was this?

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It's Robert Edward Stafford.

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Lovely.

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That's really sweet. Perfect condition.

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-Are all these items for resale?

-Yes, absolutely.

-What have we got?

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-What on earth is that? A little bracelet?

-I served in Oman,

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training the Sultan's army for a little while.

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I went down the local market

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and being a magpie, I spotted it and thought, "That's a nice souvenir."

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It certainly looks silver, but again, because it's not hallmarked,

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you can't sell that as silver.

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-White metal.

-Yes. Yeah.

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Now, this is lovely. Look at this.

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A little charm bracelet.

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Look at all those charms.

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-Whose is this?

-That's Kate's charm bracelet.

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The chain was given half to her and half to her Uncle Doug's daughter,

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and it was actually a watch chain.

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He gave half to each

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and Kate has collected, over the years, the charms to go on it.

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All these look like they're silver.

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-Yes, they are.

-Lovely.

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There's 21. So a little key when she was 21.

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Charm bracelets were popular in Victorian times.

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Queen Victoria loved her charm bracelets. So everybody wanted one.

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They're back in vogue right now

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because for some time they've been out of fashion.

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Now is a very good time to sell.

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The more saleable of the charms are the ones with moving parts.

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Look at the little teddy with the moving arms.

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Very nice indeed.

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This is a dealer's lot, OK?

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It will be sold as a collection. Let the dealers decide what they want to buy and what they'll pay.

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They can decide what they'll sell them for.

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-Auction value 80 to £120.

-Excellent.

-Brilliant.

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-Any more collections for me?

-Come this way. Let's go!

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I wonder what other collections Dick and Kate have hidden away?

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Let's hope they're just as interesting.

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I'm not sure Jonty will consider my new friends a collection!

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But Kate has uncovered this selection of porcelain mice

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from Beatrix Potter, Brambly Hedge and Bunnykins.

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Together,

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they add another 40 to £60 to our total.

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What a magical start to the day!

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I think we deserve a little break!

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-Yes.

-Good idea!

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At our age, walking around all day!

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-You were both in the army. What did you do, Kate?

-I was nursing.

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I was training to be a midwife.

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-What was your rank?

-I was a lieutenant.

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-And Dick was?

-He was a sergeant.

-Does that mean that you had to salute your lady?

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-Yes.

-Excellent!

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-Only for a short time!

-Not for long!

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-Because you became a major.

-I did eventually.

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So life in the army, throughout your married life,

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what was that like?

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Did you both travel the world together?

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Sadly not. It was mostly me travelling the world and the family at home.

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I would go off somewhere, come back,

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go off somewhere, come back.

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The children called me "Uncle"!

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I'm sure not! That sounds quite tough.

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-It was tough.

-Yeah. It had its moments.

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Hence the need for a good holiday for Kate for her 60th. She's earned it.

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It must have been very tough for you, Kate, back home, bringing up the children

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-while he was away so much.

-Yes, you get yourself into a little routine.

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You allow the children to do things they wouldn't necessarily do

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because they weren't old enough. But when Dad comes home,

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it's "Why is he allowed to do that?" "Why is she doing that?"

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But you have to do that in order to carry on with the daily routine.

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-You're both retired now?

-No, I still work a couple of days a week.

-As?

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-I work in a ladies' dress shop.

-Dick, how is it at home? Do you miss the military life?

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I retired from the military in '95. I went to work for Victim Support

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and ran the witness service in Surrey.

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Yes, there's always elements of the military you miss.

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I had a good career and really enjoyed it.

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But you move on, you make another life. We've moved down here

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and we're near our relatives so it's really good.

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I like it, too. I'm having a lovely day here. But there is work to do!

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We cannot sit and chat. Lead on, Kate.

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It's a quick march back to our rummaging before Jonty notices we've taken a break.

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If we don't report for duty, he'll have us on a charge!

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I'm amazed by the amount of collections Dick and Kate have.

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-Jonty?

-Surely there must be some value in one of them?

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-What do you think of these?

-Oh, let's have a look.

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-Right. OK, any of these yours?

-One was mine.

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That one was my grandmother's.

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-Can I have a look at that one?

-You can.

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A little cluster of diamonds in the top there.

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Platinum studs.

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That houses the diamonds themselves.

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If you look at the actual ring itself, that's gold.

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That's probably 14-carat gold.

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Or a nine-carat gold. Can't really see because it's wonderfully worn away!

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-Yes!

-But again, just looking at the style,

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it's probably early 20th century.

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-And I see we've got an eternity ring here.

-Yes.

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That belonged to one of my sisters-in-law who died a few years ago.

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And that was passed on to me. It's slightly too small for me so obviously I can't wear it.

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-And a few dress rings as well here.

-Just a few, yes.

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Eternity rings of course are where the decoration runs all the way round the outside.

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If we look at this ring, it's very similar to your grandmother's ring.

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We have diamonds inset into the ring

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with those tiny platinum studs again.

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Very similar. These eternity rings

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are traditionally given on the birth of your first child.

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-So all this collection can go to the auction sale?

-They can indeed.

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We're looking predominantly at a collection of gold rings.

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Some are dress rings.

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We've got two, four, six, eight.

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At auction?

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-Three to four hundred pounds.

-Wow! That's amazing!

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Fantastic! Yep.

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Excellent. Got anything else like this?

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-We might have. We'd better go and look!

-Come on.

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I was very pleased with Jonty's estimate of the rings.

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Not really too much sentimental feelings about them.

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I'm quite happy for them to go to auction. No problem.

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Three to four hundred pounds for the ring collection is amazing.

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We're bounding along in our quest for things to take to auction.

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Guess what? I've uncovered another collection.

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This assortment of earrings, some handed down through the family

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and some bought at antique fairs.

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They add a healthy 50 to £80 to our kitty.

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I think Jonty's feeling left out! But not to be out-done, he's pulled together some interesting items.

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-Dick, Jenny.

-I was rummaging upstairs. What have you found?

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I've got a wonderful collection of Boer War memorabilia.

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Where's this all from, Dick?

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I've collected them from various sources.

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The interesting one is the glass plate. I went to a local auction

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and I bought a box of china for a couple of quid.

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-And when I got home, I found that in the box.

-You found it when you brought it back?

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I just took a punt on it and there we were.

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This is known as carnival glass. Very popular at the time.

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Very cheaply made. Mass produced. Designed to be almost given away.

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-I see.

-So that's the style, very typical of the turn of the century.

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You've got wonderful Boer War memorabilia.

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Particularly, I have to say, this Mafeking Mail newspaper.

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Almost like a newspaper cutting. A whole newspaper.

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-That's up my street.

-Wonderful, isn't it?

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It's a newspaper produced at the siege of Mafeking.

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The Mafeking Siege was one of the most singly most celebrated parts of the Boer War

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by the British. It made Baden-Powell a national hero.

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-Do you know all about the siege?

-Yes, he's mentioned in the paper.

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-Look, "214th Day of Siege"!

-The interesting part about this

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-is that the siege actually ended on the 17th May.

-Right.

-Really?

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-This is right towards the end of the siege.

-I must read that.

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The siege started in October of the previous year.

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That's quite extraordinary.

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-The nice part on there is, "Issued daily, shells permitting."

-Shells permitting! Amazing!

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There's another fascinating part about the Boer War here.

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It's essentially the second Boer War, which was 1899 to 1902.

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-Correct.

-This is a framed, what looks like a picture,

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-but are you aware this is a silk hankie?

-Absolutely.

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This is very interesting.

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This song, The Absent-Minded Beggar,

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was sung up and down music halls and theatres at the time

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to raise funds for the wounded of the war.

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We need to sell this as a collection.

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Somebody will pick this up, a dealer or collector.

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-We're looking at 80 to £120.

-Very good!

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-Is that OK?

-When you think what I paid for them, it's excellent.

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-I don't know what you paid!

-Very little.

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-Really? So that's a definite profit?

-I wouldn't think I've spent more than 20 or £30 on the whole lot.

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You're a shrewd one, absolutely.

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-Any more collections for me to see?

-One or two pieces.

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-Show us. Which way? That way.

-This way.

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We've had a lot of fun collecting them and researching them.

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But now they just sit in a cupboard

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and it's time for them to go and somebody else to get the pleasure.

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And to think some of those pieces date back more than 100 years.

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We're on fire here today.

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We can't help turning out more and more interesting pieces.

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I like this Wade figurine of Tramp.

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Dick and Kate are happy to let him go with Mrs Apple from Brambly Hedge

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and Beatrix Potter's Hunca Munca.

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They give us another 60 to £80.

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I wonder if Mr Fox here will be chasing them off?

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Looking around your house, I could not but help notice

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a picture of you and the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

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Yes, tug o'war is my big sport

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and I used to run a competition for Princess Anne.

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-Does she tug, pull, whatever the expression is?

-No,

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but she supports it. It's the Princess Royal's tug o'war

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and I used to be the secretary and organise it and run it for her.

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It's a great part.

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Do you take part in the tug o'war?

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-I wasn't a good tugger, but I was a better coach.

-Ah!

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Were you at the back, the front, the middle?

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I was near the front cos I'm only little!

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When you're not mingling with royalty, I know both of you love to go to auctions and car boot sales.

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-When did all that start?

-I suppose over the last ten, 15 years,

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probably more than when we were younger.

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-We've got more into it.

-So what sort of things are you looking for there?

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A variety of things. Miniature pictures, little pieces of silver,

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trinket boxes, little pieces of glass.

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-I like all sorts of things like that.

-So, Las Vegas,

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what are you looking forward to most about the trip?

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I don't know that I can say one particular thing.

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There's lots of things about it we're going to enjoy.

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We're staying with friends who live an hour's journey from Las Vegas.

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They've got a few things lined up. They have a party lined up for me.

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They said, "You won't know anybody there, but you're having a party."

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I hope you have a grand time in Las Vegas and all through the States.

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It's grand sitting out here in the sun.

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-I'm tempted to stay. Shall we leave Jonty to it?

-Yeah!

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No, we can't. Let's go and see what he's up to.

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He's got too much on his hands. Reinforcements have turned up just in time.

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Dick's twin sister Lou has finally arrived to help us sort through more of their collections.

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Straightaway we found these necklaces,

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many of which have been bought at car boot sales and auctions.

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That's another 150 to £250.

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And it looks as if Lou has got straight into the swing of things.

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Jonty?

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-What have we got there?

-I found this.

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Isn't that lovely? A little miniature we've got.

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-Do you know where it's from?

-Yes, they found it in a box of stuff they bought at auction.

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They paid £2 for the whole box.

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-No!

-Yeah.

-Wonderful.

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Now, it looks like this is a little hand-painted miniature.

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In the 18th and 19th centuries artists travelled the country

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and knocked on doors to see whether they could paint the owners and the family of the house.

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It looks late 19th century.

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So she could be 1880, 1890, quite possibly.

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The only way to tell whether this is an original or not

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-is to take it out of its frame. Shall we see if we can do that?

-Yes.

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If it's a facsimile, it'll have no value whatsoever

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but if it's a genuine watercolour, a genuine miniature,

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then we're talking value.

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That's a lovely original leather frame. That's beautiful. Now.

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Can you hold out your hand? There we go.

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If I give you the frame like that, nice and delicately,

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let's have a look at that.

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This is interesting. See the signature down in the corner?

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That's completely covered up by the frame ordinarily.

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That wouldn't be there if this was a facsimile.

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I'm very delicately putting my fingers across the surface of that.

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That is an original watercolour. She looks quite beautiful.

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-She is beautiful.

-I think this is charming.

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So at auction, I think she's worth

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60 to £80.

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-Very good!

-It's a great find.

-Yep.

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Well done. I'll put that back down there

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-and we'll do some more searching.

-OK.

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I was very surprised when Jonty valued that miniature at 60 to £80.

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And if it means that my brother and Kate can have an extra drink while they're on holiday,

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that's fantastic!

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No sooner has Lou arrived

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than she's disappeared again!

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She's obviously remembered she left the iron on at home!

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We're powering on towards the end of the day. Dick is in his garden shed.

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He and Kate have worked hard

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to put this enormous collection of Murano glassware together.

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Murano is an island just off the shore of Venice

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and glassware has been made there since the 13th century.

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However, in the 1950s and '60s, demand rapidly increased

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as tourists travelling to the area searched for souvenirs.

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Jonty values this collection at 80 to £160.

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Back in the house, we're all having one last rummage.

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And could Jonty literally have struck gold?

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That's very neat indeed!

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Guys, don't worry about that.

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-Have a look...

-I thought it was rather nice! But there we are.

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It is pretty, but I've found something that is absolutely beautiful.

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-Take a look at this.

-Ooh, a hunter!

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It is a hunter pocket watch.

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We've got this dust jacket on the outside.

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-That is so beautiful.

-Beautiful.

-Pristine condition.

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-Is it gold?

-Yes. It's 14-carat gold.

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-Wow!

-Presumably, Dick, you know all about this?

-Yes, I do.

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Yes, I bought it for myself as a retirement present.

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-Where did you get it? From a jeweller's?

-No, off an internet auction site.

-Did you?

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This is really beautiful. Just have a look at the chasing on the outside.

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There's so much detail. At the top here is a little mill.

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Down below it we have these flowers

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with decoration all the way round the outside.

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This pocket watch would have been made about 100 years ago.

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If we look at the workings in the back here,

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you can see just at the top it says it's made by the Elgin Watch Company from America.

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The Elgin Watch Company at the time were one of the biggest in the business.

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They were into mass-producing not only pocket watches

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but also wrist watches later on as well.

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But I have to say that the difference between earlier pocket watches

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which will be all hand made,

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all the mechanisms here will be made by machine at this time.

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So there's a difference in value. How much did you pay for it?

0:23:410:23:45

-£300.

-OK. I've been um-ing and ah-ing about value.

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As soon as I saw it, I thought, "Wow!"

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I immediately think, "What's the value?"

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I don't know whether at auction whether we could possibly get your money back.

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In fact I would put more of an estimate of 200 to £300 on it.

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-How do you feel about that?

-Yes, that's OK.

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I would like a reserve of 200, but yeah, that's fine.

0:24:050:24:08

I hope that when it comes to the auction,

0:24:080:24:10

I'm completely wrong about my £200 estimate.

0:24:100:24:13

-Let's hope it's a lot more.

-He's often wrong!

0:24:130:24:16

Good. Let's tell Kate about that cos we've finished rummaging now. Kate?

0:24:170:24:22

You can stop searching up and down round your house.

0:24:220:24:25

-Jonty found this wonderful hunter. Do you like it?

-I do. It's lovely.

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But for love of a good woman, your husband is willing to give it up.

0:24:290:24:33

-Aw!

-That's very sweet, isn't it?

-It is indeed.

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You were looking for £500 at the start of the day

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for spending money for your birthday celebration.

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But based on Jonty's lowest estimates, you will make your target of £500 and some!

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-You should make £1,180.

-Really?!

0:24:490:24:54

-That's amazing!

-Wow!

-That is amazing.

0:24:540:24:57

-I never expected that.

-No.

-Fantastic.

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Yeah, that would be a bit more than spending money.

0:24:590:25:03

It would. It'd pay for the tickets!

0:25:030:25:05

What a day!

0:25:060:25:08

I'm not sure I've ever seen so many collections in one house.

0:25:080:25:11

Just some of those heading to auction are...

0:25:110:25:14

The box of silver that Dick had hidden away in a cupboard.

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We hope someone will pay 80 to £120 for that lot.

0:25:190:25:22

The impressive assortment of rings that Kate uncovered in the bedroom

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could give us the princely sum of 300 to £400.

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And there's Dick's retirement pocket watch.

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I'm so impressed with him selling it to give Kate the holiday of a lifetime.

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We all hope it'll reach 200 to £300.

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But we'll have to wait until auction day to see if any of these items will sell.

0:25:420:25:47

Still to come on Cash In The Attic: Jonty's feeling very confident.

0:25:480:25:52

This is gonna sell. I'm sure. Convinced. Absolutely convinced of it.

0:25:520:25:56

-Ooh!

-Famous last words!

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And sales start very well.

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-Listen to this!

-Wow!

0:26:020:26:04

But will we still be cheering when the final hammer falls?

0:26:050:26:08

It's a couple of weeks since we were at Gosport with Dick and Kate.

0:26:150:26:18

Today we've brought their collectibles to Lawrences Auctioneers at Crewkerne, Somerset.

0:26:180:26:24

They want to celebrate Kate's 60th birthday in some style

0:26:240:26:28

in Las Vegas.

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They need at least £500 in spending money for the trip.

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Let's hope they hit the jackpot today when their items go under the hammer!

0:26:330:26:37

The doors have just opened and the auction house is starting to fill

0:26:390:26:42

with people looking to bag a bargain.

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They look as if they know their onions and I've spotted someone who most certainly does.

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-Jonty, good morning!

-Jennie, how are you?

-Dick's watch.

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-I think that is beautiful.

-Yes, it's a really good quality item.

0:26:530:26:58

He's got a reserve on it which makes absolute sense

0:26:580:27:01

-because this is a very fine quality item.

-It's beautiful.

0:27:010:27:04

-It deserves a good buyer. Are we in the right place?

-This is the right sort of auction room.

0:27:040:27:09

We've got an eclectic mix of goodies.

0:27:090:27:11

I particularly like his Boer War collection. All the plates.

0:27:110:27:15

I think that will do very well as well.

0:27:150:27:18

Fingers crossed all goes well for them and they have a great time in Las Vegas.

0:27:180:27:22

-Let's see if they've arrived.

-OK.

0:27:220:27:25

There's a fantastic buzz in the room.

0:27:250:27:27

I feel good about our prospects today. I wonder whether Dick and Kate feel the same.

0:27:270:27:32

-Good morning! Hi!

-Lovely to see you.

-Good to see you again.

0:27:320:27:35

How do you feel about selling your Boer War memorabilia and everything else?

0:27:350:27:40

-Things have to move on. We might collect something else.

-Ooh!

0:27:400:27:44

Dick, we've been looking at your pocket watch.

0:27:440:27:47

-I assume you've put a reserve on it?

-Yes, I put a reserve

0:27:470:27:50

at your bottom estimate of £200.

0:27:500:27:53

-Great.

-Do you think it'll make it?

-I hope so. It's a really nice watch.

0:27:530:27:56

-How are you feeling, Kate?

-Quite excited, yes.

0:27:560:27:59

-A great deal of anticipation.

-Good.

0:27:590:28:02

-We want to get you to Las Vegas with lots of spending money.

-Absolutely.

0:28:020:28:06

Let's find a spot for the auction. Come on.

0:28:060:28:09

If you're planning to buy or sell at auction,

0:28:090:28:12

bear in mind you'll face charges such as commission.

0:28:120:28:15

Check with your auction room for details.

0:28:150:28:17

I can see that our bidders are ready.

0:28:170:28:20

I hope they're willing and able to part with their cash for our items.

0:28:200:28:24

Time for our first lot.

0:28:240:28:26

This lot is a collection of porcelain mice.

0:28:260:28:29

-Whose collection was this?

-They're mine. One was my mum's.

0:28:290:28:33

-The little lady mouse.

-Is this part of your collection

0:28:330:28:37

-or all of it?

-Of the mice collection, yes.

0:28:370:28:41

-All the bits are going?

-Yes.

-Right.

0:28:410:28:43

-40 to £60 is what we're looking for.

-Excellent.

0:28:430:28:47

-AUCTIONEER:

-'Interest here. I have to start at £32. At £32 with me.'

0:28:470:28:52

35. 38.

0:28:520:28:55

40. At £40 in the room. I see a new bidder. 45.

0:28:550:28:58

48. 50. Five. 60?

0:28:580:29:01

Five. At 65. All done?

0:29:010:29:04

I sell at 65.

0:29:040:29:06

-KATE:

-Excellent!

0:29:060:29:08

-That's a good result.

-Brilliant.

0:29:080:29:10

-Happy with that!

-Yep!

0:29:100:29:13

What a fabulous start. £5 over Jonty's highest estimate.

0:29:130:29:17

We're nibbling away at that £500 target.

0:29:170:29:21

Everyone in the room seems very on the ball.

0:29:220:29:24

Let's hope they recognise the quality and historical importance of our next lot.

0:29:240:29:29

This is going to be fascinating. I can't wait. All your Boer War memorabilia.

0:29:290:29:34

I find it unquantifiable, how much it's gonna make.

0:29:340:29:37

-You say 80 to 120.

-That's what I put on it, but I've seen a lot of people looking at it.

0:29:370:29:42

Dick, I'm pleased to see that you were brought up very well

0:29:420:29:46

because you brought a clean hanky to the auction room!

0:29:460:29:49

-Oh!

-But framed!

-Absolutely, yeah.

0:29:490:29:53

Two bids very close together. I have to start at £75.

0:29:530:29:57

-Straight in.

-At £80 in the room.

0:29:570:29:59

At £80 in the room. All done?

0:29:590:30:01

Selling at 80. All done?

0:30:010:30:03

-That's good.

-I got very excited

0:30:050:30:08

with a bid of 75 and then it ended!

0:30:080:30:10

It was short and sweet, but we've hit Jonty's lowest estimate.

0:30:100:30:14

And everyone's happy.

0:30:140:30:16

I'm pleased with the price the Boer War items made.

0:30:160:30:19

I didn't think they'd make that much.

0:30:190:30:22

There was no personal attachment to them.

0:30:220:30:25

They were just items I'd bought. So I was happy with that.

0:30:250:30:28

From one collection to another.

0:30:280:30:31

It's time for that box of silver Dick had hidden in a cupboard.

0:30:310:30:34

Jonty's estimate, 80 to £120.

0:30:340:30:37

Interest here.

0:30:370:30:39

-Commissions. I have to start at £75.

-Ooh!

0:30:390:30:42

80. Five?

0:30:420:30:43

90. At £90 in the room. At 90.

0:30:430:30:47

All done? I sell at 90.

0:30:470:30:49

Well, that's not a bad result for something tucked away, gathering dust!

0:30:500:30:55

I'm very pleased to get £90 for the silver collection.

0:30:550:30:58

That was £10 over the bottom estimate.

0:30:580:31:01

Again, I didn't expect to get that much, so very good. Pleased with that.

0:31:010:31:05

The room is bulging at the seams with people wanting a bargain.

0:31:050:31:09

Let's hope someone wants a fine collection of rings.

0:31:090:31:12

We're reckoning on 300 to £400 for these.

0:31:120:31:16

This is the big one. Your rings.

0:31:160:31:18

-They're from your side of the family.

-Both sides of the family.

0:31:180:31:22

OK. And we reckon they might fetch?

0:31:220:31:24

I put 300 to £400 on it. We've got so many, haven't we?

0:31:240:31:27

I'm crossing everything now!

0:31:270:31:29

-Let's see what happens.

-£300, we want.

0:31:290:31:33

-I have to start at 140. At 140 with me.

-More!

-At 140.

0:31:330:31:38

All done? Selling at 140. All done.

0:31:380:31:41

-Unsold.

-Oh, no!

0:31:420:31:44

-Unsold!

-Oh, well.

0:31:440:31:47

We won't be having any chips in the casino, then!

0:31:470:31:50

On the other hand, you're taking the rings back with you.

0:31:500:31:53

It might have been silly to let them go for 140.

0:31:530:31:57

Yes. We can try again.

0:31:570:31:59

Well done, the auctioneer, on that one.

0:31:590:32:01

The rings live to fight another day.

0:32:010:32:03

But now we need some big hitters

0:32:050:32:07

to keep us on track to hit that £500 target.

0:32:070:32:10

And we've got more jewellery coming up.

0:32:100:32:12

Jonty, will we make £150?

0:32:130:32:15

Well, I hope so. The rings have just not sold

0:32:150:32:19

so it doesn't bode particularly well.

0:32:190:32:21

But let's be positive rather than negative.

0:32:210:32:23

I've put 150 to £200 on it. Let's see what happens.

0:32:230:32:27

Interest here. Commissions.

0:32:270:32:30

I have to start at 180.

0:32:300:32:32

£180.

0:32:320:32:34

..200. 210. At 210 in the room.

0:32:340:32:37

210. All done?

0:32:370:32:39

I sell at 210.

0:32:390:32:40

-There we go! How about that?

-Wow!

0:32:400:32:44

That makes up a bit!

0:32:440:32:45

That's more like it. £210 towards that holiday of a lifetime birthday present for Kate.

0:32:460:32:52

The people of Somerset are treating us well.

0:32:550:32:58

OK, we're half-way through now.

0:32:580:33:01

-You were very nervous at the beginning.

-I was a bit,

0:33:010:33:04

-but I'm fine now. It's good.

-You wanted £500 to take to Las Vegas.

0:33:040:33:08

And at the halfway point,

0:33:080:33:10

you've got an astonishing £445!

0:33:100:33:14

-Excellent!

-That's not bad, is it? Yes, excellent.

0:33:140:33:17

I'm quite surprised, actually. I had to double-check.

0:33:170:33:21

Let's take a break. I'm gonna look round and see what I can spot.

0:33:210:33:25

Good idea. Let's go.

0:33:250:33:26

What a wonderful end to the first half of the sale.

0:33:260:33:29

The bidders aren't going anywhere. They're here for the duration.

0:33:290:33:33

What are you doing here, Jonty?

0:33:350:33:36

I'm in the store room of the auction room, a great place to find all sorts.

0:33:360:33:40

-What have you found?

-This lovely little box.

0:33:400:33:43

What do you think this is made for?

0:33:430:33:45

Well, would it be something a queen might keep her crown in?

0:33:450:33:50

You could do. Do you think the queen has her crown in one of these boxes?

0:33:500:33:54

-It wouldn't fit in there.

-Have a look at this.

0:33:540:33:58

Do you know what those compartments are for?

0:33:580:34:00

Now I think it's a beehive!

0:34:000:34:02

No. This is a knife box. You store your cutlery face down

0:34:040:34:10

with the handles facing upwards.

0:34:100:34:13

-I've never seen anything like it.

-No?

-No.

0:34:130:34:15

-How old is it?

-These are always late 18th century.

0:34:150:34:18

This is a late 18th-century knife box.

0:34:180:34:21

-What's it made of?

-Mahogany. It's the era of mahogany.

0:34:210:34:25

The closer you look, the more detail there is.

0:34:250:34:27

On the top, the stylised inlaid decoration.

0:34:270:34:31

And down the front, have a look at the front.

0:34:310:34:34

This cross banding is rosewood.

0:34:340:34:36

Boxwood stringing,

0:34:360:34:38

and the little, I suppose, ebony dots, stylised dots.

0:34:380:34:43

And again a nice boxwood string

0:34:430:34:46

that joins them all up,

0:34:460:34:48

with a little arrow head at the top.

0:34:480:34:50

What do you reckon? Will it go for a song?

0:34:500:34:53

If it was in mint condition, a lot of money. The market demands pristine condition.

0:34:530:34:58

If you look closely, there's quite a bit of damage to the front.

0:34:580:35:02

-So in the catalogue this would be 400 to £600.

-Really?

0:35:020:35:06

-Amazing, isn't it?

-That's almost the target we're looking for.

0:35:060:35:10

-Back to our auction.

-Back to business.

0:35:100:35:12

Alas, the knife box won't go under the hammer for a few weeks.

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Let's hope the bidders appreciate its true worth.

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That's what we're hoping for with our remaining pieces from Dick and Kate's house.

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We've recharged our batteries and are raring to go.

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It's eyes down for the collection of glassware Dick had in his garden shed.

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-We want 80 to £160 for these.

-Where did you buy these?

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At car boot sales, auctions, antique fairs.

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I presume you didn't pay very much for any of them?

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Tried not to!

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I have to start at £30.

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£30 with me.

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Five. 40. Five. 50.

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Five. 60. Five. 70.

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- Five. At 75. 80. - Keep going!

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At £90 seated. 90. All done? I sell at 90.

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-£90.

-It's good.

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-Not too bad.

-Got to be optimistic about it.

-That's fine.

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A tidy little sum.

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We're straight back into the swing of things with another £90.

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There's no stopping the bidders in this room.

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What will they make of the miniature watercolour portrait?

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I have to start at £55. 60.

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Five. At 65 in the room.

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65. All done at 65.

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-65.

-That's all right.

-Not bad.

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No messing about with that lot.

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That's £65 more towards the Las Vegas trip.

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All our items are flying today and there's plenty more to come.

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Next up, Tramp and his friends from Brambly Hedge and Beatrix Potter.

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Kate, are you fond of these ornaments we're gonna sell now?

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Quite fond of them, but again, it's something else that needs a new home.

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-OK.

-They don't fit in with other things we've got.

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Ornaments like this sometimes really take off.

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-So at £60 I think it's...

-See what happens.

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Interest here. I have to start at £45.

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45 with me. 50. Two.

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55. At 55.

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In the room. All done? ..58.

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60. At £60 to the lady.

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60. All done? I sell at 60.

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-How about that?

-That's not bad.

-60.

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Yeah, that's the estimate.

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Bang on Jonty's lower estimate.

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We can't put a foot wrong today.

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Dick and Kate have clearly been collecting well over the years.

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Next up is the card table dating back to 1815.

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It's seen better days. The baize and veneered surface are in need of restoration.

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But I wonder if anyone will see any potential in it?

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We want 80 to £120.

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Interest here. Commissions.

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I have to start at 120.

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120 with me.

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At 120 with me. All done?

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Selling at 120.

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How about that?

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-£120.

-Top of estimate.

-Straight in.

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Jonty's estimate was spot on and it keeps the cash rolling in nicely.

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That dream holiday and the bright lights of Las Vegas are drawing ever closer.

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We're nearing the end of the auction.

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We've only got two items left to go under the hammer.

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Earlier on, Kate's collection of rings didn't sell but her necklaces did.

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I wonder how her earrings will fare?

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Jonty's estimate, 50 to £80.

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Kate, I hope you've got lots of earrings at home,

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cos you're about to say goodbye to these.

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-Why have you chosen these to go?

-They're ones I haven't worn for a long time.

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I just thought they needed to go.

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-OK.

-They need a new home.

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-I have to start at £20.

-Higher than that.

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At £20. Are you all done?

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-Selling at 20.

-Nobody likes them!

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-OK.

-I think that means unsold.

-Yeah.

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Jewellery is so unpredictable today.

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But we still have plenty to smile about.

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Our final item

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is Dick's retirement pocket watch that he's selling for the sake of Kate's birthday present.

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-How are you feeling, cos the pocket watch is coming up.

-Nervous again.

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-Why does this one make you more nervous?

-It's such a beautiful item.

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Such good quality. I'm nervous that people won't recognise that.

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-That's why you put the reserve on.

-Absolutely.

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This is gonna sell. I'm convinced of it. Absolutely convinced.

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-Ooh!

-I hope so!

-Famous last words!

-Here we go.

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Interest here. Lots of commissions.

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I have to start at 240.

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-It's gone!

-250. 260.

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270. 280.

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290. At 290 in the room.

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300. At £300 standing. 300.

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Are you all done? Selling at 300.

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Yes! Brilliant!

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Well done. Congratulations, sir.

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-Thank you.

-Well done.

-That's a very good result.

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-Brilliant.

-That's so good.

-Yes.

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What an amazing end to the day.

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£300 makes Dick his money back on the watch

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and must also bring our total to a very nice amount.

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I can't wait to work out the figures!

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You knew at half way that you were doing pretty well.

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You wanted £500. You're going to be 60 and... It's horrible, isn't it?

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-Don't talk about it!

-I am, too!

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Go off to Las Vegas, lucky you!

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Well, I can tell you that your birthday present you'll take with you is...

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£1,080!

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-My word!

-Wow!

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Fantastic!

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-Fantastic!

-You've topped the thousand!

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Brilliant!

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It's been a pleasure. We've had fun working with you.

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Happy birthday, Kate!

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-And you when it's yours.

-Enjoy your trip.

-Thank you very much.

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Kate's birthday trip isn't happening for another year

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so in the meantime, she and Dick want to make sure they can hit the ground running in Las Vegas.

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They pop down to their local casino to learn what it's all about.

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Place your bets, please.

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-Oh! 13.

-13.

-Nowhere near it!

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Unlucky for some and unlucky for Kate.

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But if at first you don't succeed...

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All on the one.

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No more bets, thank you.

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It's an odd!

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A win, already!

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It looks as if they're into the swing of things.

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I am overwhelmed with his gesture to celebrate my birthday.

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It wasn't one I was looking forward to, but I am now!

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A little flutter at the local casino has got Dick and Kate excited for what's to come.

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It's gonna be great, it really is.

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-Certainly is.

-What a way to celebrate your 60th.

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Don't keep saying that!

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-Just "my birthday".

-You're worth it, darling.

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You're worth it and I'm really pleased we've raised enough money

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-on Cash In The Attic to take you out there.

-Fantastic.

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A fabulous result for Dick and Kate.

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What a way to mark a very special birthday.

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If you'd like to raise money for something special

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and you have some antiques hidden around the house,

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then why not apply to come on the show?

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You can find the form on our website:

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Good luck, and maybe see you next time on Cash In The Attic.

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Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune.

The Cash in the Attic team are in Hampshire to help a retired army major raise the funds to take his wife to Las Vegas to celebrate her 60th Birthday.


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