Hornblower Cash in the Attic


Hornblower

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Hello. Welcome to the show that finds treasures in your home and helps you sell them at auction.

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I wonder how many of you started collecting several years ago

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and now find everything's taken over your home.

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That's exactly what's happened to the lady I'm meeting today.

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But she's hoping her passion will bring her some cash in the attic.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic:

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Jonty finds some ostrich fans and makes a promise he may regret.

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Now I've got two, I can do a fan dance.

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Oh, absolutely!

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Come on!

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And he's rather taken with a French art nouveau bust.

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Lots of young maidens always had this wonderful simpering look.

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At auction, he certainly bowls over our maidens.

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That is wonderful! I can't believe that!

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Find out what happens later in the show.

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Yours, sir.

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I'm in the tiny village of Alstonefield, Derbyshire.

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It's really beautiful. I'm about to meet a lady

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who thinks an old frock is twice as good as a new one.

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She's hoping that some of those old frocks and other bits and pieces

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will help raise enough money to treat a good friend to a splendid outing in Bath.

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Nottie Hornblower and her husband Chris

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have lived in this beautiful 17th-century farmhouse

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for more than 30 years.

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Nottie began collecting vintage clothing

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before she moved to the farmhouse.

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12 years ago, she converted the old barn next door

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into a costume museum

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to exhibit all her wonderful dresses.

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Two of her good friends, Coralie and Pat, help run the museum.

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They also lend a hand with fashion shows and costume talks.

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They're here today to help us.

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There'll be time to have a look around the museum later.

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But first stop is the farmhouse.

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I'm hoping our expert Jonty Hearnden will make a head start

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armed with his 20-plus years of knowledge about antiques.

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A-ha!

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Nottie Hornblower!

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I've been dying to say that!

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It's such a fantastic name, it really is.

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-And you are?

-I'm Coralie, Nottie's neighbour.

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-You live just there?

-Yes.

-You're so lucky. This is a beautiful part of the country.

-Hmm.

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-Why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

-I'd like to take my friends, Coralie and Pat,

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down to Bath to the costume museum.

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Cos I've never been

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and they've never been.

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We'd love to stay in a nice hotel

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and go to the museum the next day.

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Because they both help me in different ways

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in connection with my museum, so it's a little thank you to them.

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-I think they'll enjoy it.

-How much money do you think you'll raise?

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I'd like to raise £500.

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-£500. Do-able?

-I hope so.

-Yes?

-It would be great.

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-Have you rummaged round Nottie's place before?

-Never. But I'm looking forward to it!

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It's very exciting. You'll find out all sorts you didn't know!

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OK, girls, let's get going. £500.

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This house is truly wonderful.

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It's so cosy, even the cat can't resist a nap on the sofa.

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Every room is filled with all sorts of fabulous pieces

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that Nottie has collected over the years,

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adding character and charm.

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Just as I thought, Jonty's made himself at home, and is already giving the china a once over.

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-A-ha! Here he is.

-How are you doing?

-Fine, thanks.

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I'm pleased you're in here. Would you look at the dress on the chaise longue?

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This one here? OK.

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-Wow! Look at that! Isn't that amazing?

-Isn't it?

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-Isn't it fantastic?

-It feels so wonderfully heavy.

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-That's all the...

-Silver beads.

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Not only have we got this wonderful diamante decoration on the front, but it's similar on the reverse.

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So where did it come from?

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I bought it about 12 or 15 years ago from auction.

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I paid about £150 for three.

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I think it's absolutely charming.

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Date-wise, we're looking at about 1925, 1932.

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So it's always late 1920s because it was only by 1925

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that the Roaring Twenties really hit the big scene.

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-Is that kind of flapper time?

-Absolutely. Flapper girl.

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They wore all sorts of bits and pieces, didn't they?

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They wore fantastic head-dresses, feather boas, long cigarette holders.

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It is a bit provocative, isn't it, just how see-through that is.

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-Yes.

-All the layers that you'd have to wear underneath.

-Or not, as the case may be!

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Possibly not!

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-It's very House of Eliott.

-It's absolutely charming.

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I think this is wonderful.

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As far as auction value is concerned,

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it's certainly worth putting into the sale.

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And I think

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this is worth between 100 and £150.

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That's absolutely fine, but I'd like a reserve of 100 on it.

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That's a great start, actually. But we've much to do. So put the dress down

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and let's find something else. Come on.

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And so we begin our search for anything else that might cause a bit of a stir at the sale.

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I spot this early 20th-century silver-plated tea set

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and a pair of solid silver candlesticks.

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Nottie bought these at an auction three years ago.

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She had them on show until recently,

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when she decided the room they were in was too cluttered.

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They should hopefully fetch 35 to £80.

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If it's a bit more living space she's after,

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then I'm sure Jonty will have some ideas.

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Ah, there you are hiding.

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I'm looking through this chest of drawers.

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-What about the chest of drawers itself?

-I never thought about that.

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-It's a possibility.

-How long have you had it?

-About 1968.

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-You remember that?

-Yes, it was the year I got married.

-OK.

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-A friend's aunt sold this to me for £15.

-OK.

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Let's have a look at this particular piece of furniture in detail.

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This is a mid-19th-century Victorian pine chest of drawers.

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I've noticed on the front here

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there's a few markings or paint marks

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which is where it has been stripped.

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I think it was white.

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I think we had it stripped.

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These were made by very good craftsmen indeed.

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If I just was to open a side drawer here,

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-have a look down the side. Can you see those lovely hand-cut dovetails?

-I can.

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-Extraordinary.

-I've not studied it before.

-The quality is second to none.

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The only thing missing on this piece is you would have had bun feet on here.

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But that's fine because it still looks very comfortable as it is.

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Price for this, I would put 40 to £60 on it.

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-Still happy to see it go?

-Yes.

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Coralie is busy rummaging for things to take to the sale.

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But Jonty has found an impressive walnut-veneer writing box

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and Edwardian school writing slope in elm.

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The walnut box was a typical household item of the period.

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It was used to store everything you need for writing letters.

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The slope would have been used in a school. They're valued at 20 to £30.

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I can start the bidding here at £20.

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But will they fetch the price we're looking for?

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One more? Seems cheap for the two.

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-Come on!

-32.

-That's good.

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We'll find out how much they make later in the show.

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Nottie's home offers us plenty more places to rummage

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as we track down pieces to take to auction.

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So far, we stand to make £195

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based on Jonty's estimates, less than half our target.

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So we decide to broaden our search out into the costume museum.

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Nottie's interest in vintage clothing

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started when she was working in a charity shop.

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She came across a huge variety of second-hand clothes

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and after a while was able to spot a real quality piece.

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She's amassed a huge collection that includes outfits and accessories

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dating from 1790 up to the 1970s.

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Well, this is it, is it?

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-Yes, this is the costume museum.

-It's so cute, it really is!

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-This is an old hay barn.

-Yeah, I can see that, yeah.

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Good gracious, Nottie, this is a revelation, it really is!

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I thought you'd be surprised.

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Wonderful. What are these, Victorian?

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And Edwardian.

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How wonderful. And you must be Pat?

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-That's right, Jennie.

-Busy at work?

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Yes, it takes quite a long time to dress these models.

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-When does this date from?

-It's about 1952.

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Pat, have you worn any of these?

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Yes, I get roped in when there are shows near where I live in Nottingham.

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But I don't like being a Victorian, Jennie.

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I don't start enjoying it until about the '30s onwards!

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The Victorians are hard work!

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Lots of hooks and eyes and buttons and bows!

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It's so extraordinary here. When did it all start?

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I opened on June 2, 1997.

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But the collection has been amassed over 35 years.

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-What made you do it?

-It's like a drug.

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I just absolutely adore costume, vintage costume.

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Do you get involved in the history?

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That's my favourite bit. I love hearing Nottie tell the stories

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and who wore the outfits before they came to the museum.

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Where have most of the costumes come from?

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I'd say 70% have been donated.

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30% I've actually bought at auction

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or off dealers or charity shops.

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But I do love going to auctions.

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-But sometimes I pay far too much for things!

-I'd love to spend hours looking round,

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-but we should try to find something to take to our auction.

-Yes.

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-Good idea, Jennie.

-Let's go this way.

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It's so fascinating.

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Coralie and Pat have been extremely supportive over the years

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which is why Nottie is keen to treat them to a trip to Bath

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and a visit to the fashion museum there.

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We need Jonty's advice on what's most likely to raise the cash

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in this specialist attic.

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Remember I told you that thing about Jennie?

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Just keep it to yourself. What are you trying to play here?

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You've got glasses on. No, look this way.

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No, look this way.

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It goes...

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PLAYS DISCORDANT NOTES

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-What are you up to, young man?

-I'm having a conversation.

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-I didn't know you'd snuck in here.

-What an amazing building!

-Fantastic.

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I wanted to look at these beautiful fans.

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I must have had that one about 18 years or so.

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-Is it British made?

-Yes, it has to be British made.

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There's a lot of British tradition when it comes to fan making.

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If you look at the actual supports here to the fan,

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if you look closely,

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it looks like tortoiseshell.

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It has a lovely transparent feel to it. But that's resin.

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It's imitation tortoise-shell. Date-wise, 1920, 1930.

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But that's really very beautiful.

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And there's another one here as well. A wonderful contrast to the black.

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It's slightly larger. But look at those beautiful white ostrich feathers.

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So where was this one from?

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It came in a job lot. It said in the catalogue, "ostrich feathers".

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There were three or four fans, all very similar,

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three feather boas and three feather capes.

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-How much did you pay?

-For the job lot, £30.

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-Whoa! That's fantastic!

-I know. It was my lucky day!

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-Pat, what do you think of them?

-They're beautiful.

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It's a shame we don't get to use them these days.

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Because they're in such perfect condition, like your beautiful dress,

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enthusiasts, like you, will want to buy these.

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We're looking for the two, 30 to £50.

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Oh, that's absolutely brilliant!

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Now I've got two, I could do a fan dance!

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Absolutely! You said it! Come on!

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Come on!

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These are my club fans - Derby County, black and white!

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You're going to wish you didn't say that!

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Actually, it's a relief we don't have time for Jonty's fan dance!

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Even though it's apparently the talk of Oxfordshire!

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Our search around the museum has only brought in an extra £30.

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So we still have much work to do. But perhaps Coralie's next find will help.

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In the kitchen, she's spotted these 20th-century marble scales.

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They would have been used in a cheesemonger's or delicatessen

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and should hopefully make 15 to £25 at auction.

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I spot a great piece in the dining room, a 19th-century American wall clock.

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It's not in great condition, though, so Jonty estimates 50 to £70.

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We still have quite a way to go if we want to give Nottie that trip to Bath.

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We need to keep up the hunt for more quality pieces.

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But it looks as if our expert has a proposition for our host.

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Now, Nottie, I've found this really attractive dress ring.

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It's probably Edwardian, maybe a bit earlier than that.

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In a drawer. I was wondering if this is an object we can sell.

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-Yes. Yes, I think so.

-If we take a closer look - I'll pop it back in the box.

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We've got six cut amethysts, lovely pink amethysts.

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But surrounding those are these tiny little pearl stones.

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The actual setting, the clasp, everything you see here

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is all 9-carat gold.

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I've found something else. Let me give that to you.

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Also in the drawer were these two lovely ladies' hat pins.

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Same sort of age as the ring. Late 19th-century, early 20th-century.

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The one at the back here has that lovely horseshoe for good luck.

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The other one, if you look very closely,

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is a very, very tiny sapphire.

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-Oh!

-Probably the smallest sapphire I've ever seen.

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But that's what that is.

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So if we put these three items in together, because they're all gold,

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we're looking at 80 to £120 at auction.

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-Wow, that's fantastic.

-Good, isn't it?

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Let's find some more goodies.

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I'm still scouting around for more antiques

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to top up our fund for that trip to Bath

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and Jonty's digging under the bed

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where he discovers an interesting little lot.

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It's a Meakin art deco tea set.

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The Alfred Meakin Company was set up in 1874,

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producing ironstone china and white granite-ware.

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In the art nouveau period, they also manufactured patterned tiles

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and in the 1950s created dinnerware used on the London to Edinburgh railway service

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pulled by the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive.

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Jonty values the tea set at 15 to £40.

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Nottie loves the farmhouse, but it's not just her husband she shares it with.

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As Coralie knows only too well!

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So you two have been neighbours for how long?

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I've lived here eight years.

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I've lived here 31 years.

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I've heard there's some strange things about this house.

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I used to hear dreadful noises. I couldn't explain them

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and things disappeared.

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I used to get in the car in the night and drive to my mother's.

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I was so scared.

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-Have you actually seen a person?

-Yes, I have.

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I was sleeping in the attic room and my mother-in-law was in another bedroom.

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And the door opened about five in the morning.

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And I thought she was asking me if I wanted a cup of tea.

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There was this figure in white. I sat up and said, "No, thank you."

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And it just disappeared.

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-Good gracious!

-I did come to terms with it cos I was sick of things disappearing.

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So I marched up there - I think I'd had a drink -

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and I said, "OK, I've had enough of you. Where have you put my brooch?"

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And from that day, I've had no problems.

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Coralie, do you find the house spooky?

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Not really, no. I like it.

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It's a very, very, um...warm, warm atmosphere in here.

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I know you're very keen on the museum of costumes.

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You do some of the modelling.

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When Nottie asked me to model for her, which I do occasionally,

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it's just such a privilege to wear some of these costumes.

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They're so elegant.

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And it's just lovely to bring them to life.

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What about this day out in Bath, then? What will you be doing?

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We're definitely going to the museum.

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I've wanted to go there for at least 30 years,

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and we're thinking about going to try the baths as well.

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Have this wonderful treatment which is healing and therapeutic.

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-Don't forget the champagne!

-No, we're definitely having champagne.

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You're not getting champagne and you're not getting to the museum unless we get back to work.

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Come on, ladies. Off we go.

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'Champagne and hot baths.

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'Sounds fantastic! I'm a little spooked about the ghost, though!'

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Jonty's still looking for frills and feathers to go with the fans.

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Maybe he is going to do that dance after all!

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But there's no stopping Nottie as she produces this 1870 framed sampler

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that she bought at auction a few years ago.

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Samplers were made in the 18th and 19th centuries

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by schoolchildren and cultured ladies

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as a way of practising the alphabet and numbers.

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They were then used as decorative items.

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Jonty reckons it'll make double numbers in the sale at 20 to £50.

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-Jonty, what do you think of this?

-Can I have a look?

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A head of a maiden. Young girl.

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-Where's this from?

-I think she came from a friend

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who goes to France and has her own antique business and she buys from flea markets and things like that.

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"Le Jour", we have imprinted on the back there.

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"The day".

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Yes, she's art nouveau French, so she's about 100 years old.

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The French loved art nouveau.

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Much more so than we did in Britain.

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They embraced art nouveau much more than we ever did.

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That's what we're looking at here.

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It's free-flowing.

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Lots of young maidens always had this wonderful simpering look

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and it's very saleable.

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It creates the effect. Now this is made of terracotta.

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All the decoration you see on the outside here is all hand painted.

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-Do you like it?

-I do. I do very much. Think she's saleable?

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Yes, she is definitely worth putting in to the auction sale.

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I like the fact that she has her head at a slightly jaunty angle.

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That will endear a lot of people to her.

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The other great thing is it's not chipped or broken in any way.

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That happens to terracotta.

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Value, I think she's worth 80 to £100.

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-Fantastic.

-Good.

-Great.

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-Wonderful. Well found.

-OK.

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So the French maiden is off to the sale room.

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We're hoping she'll bowl the bidders over!

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With our rummage coming to an end, we search for anything to guarantee money in the sale

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so the girls can head off to Bath for a weekend of pampering

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and that trip to the fashion museum.

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I have to say that the ghost has been good to us today.

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But we're lucky it didn't spot Nottie's next glittering find!

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-Jonty, look what I've found.

-I say.

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-Look at that. Is that a sovereign there?

-I think it is.

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Wow. So where's this from?

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Mother bought it for me in the 1960s.

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The sovereign is dated 1909

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so it's an Edwardian sovereign. Solid gold, 24-carat gold.

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But the mounting itself, there's a mark here that says 9-carat gold.

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There we have the king himself on the front.

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And of course a 9-carat gold necklace as well.

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That's very nice. What else have we got here?

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It's a little medal of some description.

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On the front here we've got a stag

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in a small ringed enclosure.

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I've turned it around. I see it says J.Bilbie. Does that mean anything to you?

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-Yes, it's my grandfather.

-Oh, right. OK.

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-So this would have been a medal and it's Marhay CC...

-Marehay.

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-..Cricket Club.

-Yes, he was a great cricketer.

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"Junior Champion, 1910".

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I find that fascinating because that is 9-carat gold.

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To actually win something solid gold was a prize worth having.

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It's fascinating that somebody would win a medal that...

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There you are. We were wondering where you'd got to.

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We've got a gold necklace there with a sovereign in the middle.

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Wow!

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And grandfather's cricket medal.

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We'll put the two together at auction. 100 to £150.

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That's very good!

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If I take Jonty's bottom estimates for everything, add on £100.

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You wanted £500 to take Coralie and Pat down to Bath

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to the costume museum. It's lovely. I've been and it's very nice.

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-Do you think we've made it?

-Yes. Let's hope so.

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-I hope so.

-OK. Add that £100 to Jonty's other estimates.

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We reckon, actually, you should make £585.

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-Great.

-Brilliant.

-That's very good.

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That's a relief.

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I think, ladies, you could have quite a night out, and a day out, for that.

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Indeed. Plenty of champagne!

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Absolutely!

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I'm starting to get a good idea about what this trip is all about!

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I'm hoping the pieces we have on offer will raise that much-needed £500 or more on the day.

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Among the items going off to the sale room

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are the 9-carat dress ring and two gold hat pins

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that Jonty found rather charming.

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He gave them an estimate of 80 to £120.

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And there's the French terracotta bust of a maiden that Coralie found.

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Jonty valued it at 80 to £100.

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And the 1920s beaded dress that brings back memories of risque flapper girls.

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With any luck it should bring us another 100 to £150.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic:

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there's disappointment with the framed Victorian sampler.

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-Cheap. That was cheap.

-Very cheap.

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But Nottie is delighted when her gold items go under the hammer.

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Oh, wow!

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Fabulous!

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Find out how all her lots do when the final hammer falls.

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It's yours. Well done.

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What a joy it was to discover that costume museum.

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And we made some great finds too in Nottie's fabulous farmhouse.

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Today we've brought everything to Bamber's Auctions at Matlock in Derbyshire.

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Remember, Nottie wants to raise £500

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so that she can take two friends to the Bath costume museum

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and have a glass or two of champagne along the way.

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Let's hope the bidders here are feeling generous

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when her items go under the hammer.

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This Derbyshire sale room holds regular fine art, antique and general auctions.

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It's a magnet for collectors and dealers in the area hoping to spot a bargain.

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Nottie's items have been here for a few days to allow them to be viewed.

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-Hi, there.

-Ah, Jennie, my number one fan! I can tell!

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I tell you, I don't envy your task today cos it must be quite hard

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to put a true value on something like this

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in what is essentially a general sale.

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It is tricky, but having said that, I've seen fans of a similar quality sold before.

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These are very good quality, in perfect condition.

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That's why I put 30 to £50 on them.

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-Just like that lovely dress.

-The flapper dress, yes. I've noticed

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there aren't many others around. Is that a problem?

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It's the only dress in the sale

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which for me is a bit of a concern

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cos we don't have like-minded lots in the sale

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which means will it attract the right buyer?

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Having said that, there's always somebody out there

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or who views sales like this

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with an eye for a beautiful dress.

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-Let's see if they've arrived.

-OK.

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It doesn't take us long to find Nottie, Coralie and Pat.

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It seems all eyes are on that sparkling 1920s dress.

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-Good morning, ladies!

-Morning, Jennie.

-How are you?

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-Nice to see you and your lovely dress!

-It's gorgeous.

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Have you put a reserve on your dress?

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Yes, I have. I put £100.

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How are you feeling generally about the auction

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-now that you can see some of your items on display?

-Well,

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I do feel a little bit nervous.

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-You've got your girls here to support you.

-Yes, I have.

-OK.

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Nottie's been to auctions before, on the look-out for costumes.

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But it's an unusual experience for her to be a seller, and not buyer.

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I wonder if she can resist the temptation to splash out today?

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The first of her lots is the French terracotta bust

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which Jonty really liked

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and priced at 80 to £100.

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This is a recent purchase, yes, Nottie?

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-It's about two years.

-OK.

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It came from France.

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-Have you put a reserve on it?

-80.

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I'll start at £55. 60, now.

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55. 60, do I see?

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At 55. 60? 60 and five.

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70. Five with me. 80.

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At 75 it's with me. Do I see 80 now?

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At 75. Do I see 80?

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At 75 it remains with me. Do I see 80?

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No? That's not sold.

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Unsold! So close!

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So close.

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That's a bit of a blow, and not a good start to the day.

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Maybe Nottie's next offering,

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the early 20th-century silver candlesticks and tea set

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will be more to the bidders' tastes, at 35 to £80.

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Where are these from?

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The tea set and candlesticks came from a local sale room.

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-What was it about them that you liked so much?

-They were quite regal.

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I envisioned me sitting there, pouring tea!

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-Do you remember what you paid for them?

-Something, only about 25.

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We're going to make a profit, I hope. Fingers crossed.

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Let's see how we go.

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I can start the bidding here at £30, and two do I see?

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At £30. Two, now?

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At 30 and two. 32. 35. 38.

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35 absent bid. 38 in place.

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At 38. 40 and two.

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At £40 with me and two now?

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At £40. Absentee bid. At 40.

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£40.

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-Brilliant.

-That brought a smile to your face!

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She likes to see a profit!

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Just over Jonty's lower estimate.

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I hope that bodes well for the rest of the day.

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Next up is the 9-carat gold jewellery.

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The sapphire ring and the hat pins.

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We're hoping for 80 to £120.

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Nice little lot. I have three bids.

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One of 44, one of 58,

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and one higher.

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So £60 starts us. £60 and five do I see?

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At 60. And five.

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70 with me. And five?

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It's against you. At 70 with me and selling.

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At £70. 75, do I see?

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-70.

-Just under.

-That's OK.

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£10 under Jonty's estimate this time.

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But Nottie's still very upbeat and looking positive.

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Her next lot to go under the hammer are the writing slopes,

0:28:110:28:14

priced at just 20 to £30.

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I can start the bidding here at £20. Two do I see?

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At £20 and two now. 22. 24. 26.

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At £26 for the two. 28 here.

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At 28 and 30. 30 and two?

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One more? Seems cheap for the two.

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Really? At £30 to the left.

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At 30.

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-Come on!

-32.

-Good.

0:28:360:28:38

At £32 it's here. 34 for you?

0:28:380:28:42

34 behind now. 34. 36.

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Seems reasonable at that. At 34. Any advance? At £34.

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Yours, sir.

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That's a very satisfactory result

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and another good one for Jonty.

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I remember him promising us a dance with some ostrich feather fans.

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He's missed his chance, now,

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as they may be about to be snapped up.

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I'm intrigued to see how these do, your fans, which are gorgeous.

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I'm just a bit worried they may not find someone who'll buy them in this marketplace.

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They're the right colours for the area.

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I hope a Derby County supporter finds them!

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One's black and one's white.

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£30 at least, then.

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Start the bidding here at £30. 30. And two do I see? For the two of them.

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At £30 and two now. £30. 32.

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35. 38. 40.

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£38. It's the lady's bid to the left.

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I'm selling at 38. 40 do I see?

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At £38. Any advance?

0:29:370:29:39

Do you want 40?

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-40, yes. 42.

-Got there, just!

0:29:410:29:43

41, then?

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41.

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42.

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No?

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At £41 to the left.

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At 41? Lady's bid at £41 is against you.

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Sure? At 41 and selling.

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It's yours. Well done.

0:29:580:30:00

With a pound to spare!

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Another promising result there.

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Nottie looks as if she's enjoying being on this side of the sale!

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Her next lot is something she bought at auction a couple of years ago.

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The marble scales.

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She had them restored. Jonty valued them at 15 to £25.

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I'll start the bid at low end at £10.

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12 do I see? 12, sir. 15. 18. 20.

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22. 25. 28.

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Shakes his head at £28.

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28, new place. And 30. And two. 35.

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-38.

-Ooh!

-Another shake of the head at 38.

-Brilliant.

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40, now? 40 do I see? 40.

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The lady's bid now at 40.

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And two with me, and five.

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45 for you?

0:30:430:30:45

One more? You might get it. 45. 48.

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Sorry. 48 and 50 now.

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At £48.

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It's with me at 48. And 50 anywhere?

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£48. Are you sure?

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At 48.

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-Brilliant.

-That's great!

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-That was brilliant.

-Yes.

-Good find, Coralie.

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That's the first item today to exceed Jonty's top estimate.

0:31:040:31:09

Let's find out how we're doing.

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-Have you enjoyed it so far?

-I have, yes.

-Yes.

0:31:120:31:15

Right, we're trying to make £500 for you today.

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We didn't sell the bust, which is a bit of a blow.

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You've actually made 233, so you're not far off.

0:31:220:31:26

-Ooh, that's not bad at all.

-It's not bad.

-No.

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Now, if like Nottie, you have a special reason to raise some cash,

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and are thinking of heading to auction, remember that commission and other charges may apply.

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So check the details with the auction house first.

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A general auction like this is an ideal place to find valuable antiques

0:31:420:31:46

on sale for reasonable estimates - if you know what you're looking for!

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Our antiques hunter has spotted something that could make a fine investment.

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-What have you found?

-Hi, Jennie.

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Essentially, I'm looking at here a bookcase

0:31:580:32:01

that's an office filing cabinet, essentially.

0:32:010:32:04

-It's a very posh filing cabinet!

-Well, it is.

0:32:040:32:06

These were created and patented by the company Globe Wernicke in 1899.

0:32:060:32:13

It was known as their elastic bookcase!

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Does that mean you could add to it if you wanted to?

0:32:150:32:19

-All these sections here stack on top of one another.

-It's fantastic.

0:32:190:32:23

-You could use that now for DVDs or anything.

-Absolutely perfect.

0:32:230:32:27

Now, when I was first in the business, the auction game,

0:32:270:32:30

these were absolutely the flavour of the month.

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Everybody wanted to buy them. When there's rapid inflation in any market,

0:32:330:32:38

there's usually a fall down the other side.

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So now they're much more, I would suggest,

0:32:400:32:43

much more affordable now.

0:32:430:32:45

I'll give you 40 quid for it!

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Well, fine, but it's worth a lot more than that.

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-What's it worth?

-In the catalogue, it's estimated between 80 and £100.

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I think it's a bit more than that.

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Really, in the catalogue, it should read 100 to 150.

0:32:580:33:02

-That is amazing. That's wonderful.

-Now,

0:33:020:33:05

a lot of people think their garage door is a modern concept.

0:33:050:33:08

Up and over. Have a look at this.

0:33:080:33:11

-Oh, my...

-That's up and over! How about that?

0:33:130:33:16

-Brilliant.

-I'll shut it up cos it's time to get back to the auction.

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It is. Come on. Very nice, though.

0:33:200:33:22

Well, Jonty wasn't far wrong.

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The bookcase topped the auction estimate and his.

0:33:260:33:30

It sold for £180, which just goes to show

0:33:300:33:35

that well-cared-for pieces of furniture are still popular.

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We're hoping that Nottie's last six items will prove attractive here

0:33:390:33:44

and help her raise the £270 she still needs

0:33:440:33:47

to pay for that special trip to Bath.

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We have that wonderful flapper dress with a reserve of £100,

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and the gold jewellery coming up later.

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But her next lot is the art deco Meakin tea set

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priced at 15 to £40.

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-Were you aware there were a few chips and breaks on it?

-No, I wasn't, actually. No.

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I put 15 to £40, a big wide estimate,

0:34:080:34:11

because of the damage, but I'm sure it'll sell.

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I only paid about £10, I think, for it.

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I can start the bidding at £15, and 18 now.

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At £15 and 18?

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18, sir. 20.

0:34:220:34:24

And two beats it. 22 seated.

0:34:240:34:26

At 22. 24 now.

0:34:260:34:27

-Ooh!

-At £22 and four do I see?

0:34:270:34:30

At 22. It's with you.

0:34:300:34:32

-£22.

-That's OK.

-Good. It's a profit.

-She's a happy lady!

0:34:320:34:37

-Double your money!

-A big profit!

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A good start, then, to our second half.

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I reckon Nottie's already thinking about the bubbly in Bath!

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Next, the pine chest of drawers that Jonty thought would do well and raise at least £40.

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It's a good thing and I've got one, two, three, four, five bids on it

0:34:530:34:57

all very similar. The lowest one is 45.

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The under-bidder is 65. £70 starts it and five do I see?

0:35:000:35:04

-At £70 and five pounds?

-I can't believe that.

0:35:040:35:06

Brilliant.

0:35:060:35:08

Very close as usual. At £70.

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75? Thinking? No?

0:35:100:35:12

At £70 it's against you.

0:35:120:35:15

£70. Any advance?

0:35:150:35:18

Brilliant. 70 quid, just like that. How about that?

0:35:180:35:21

Brilliant. Absolutely.

0:35:210:35:22

Another great result there.

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£10 over Jonty's top estimate.

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The Victorian sampler is up next.

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It's a lovely piece, so I hope it makes its 20 to £50 estimate.

0:35:300:35:34

When did you buy it, and how much did you pay?

0:35:350:35:37

I bought it about five years ago and I paid £25 for it.

0:35:370:35:42

Right. So we're looking for an investment return.

0:35:420:35:45

And £20 is bid. At 20 and two now? £20 and two, do I see?

0:35:450:35:49

At 20 and two. 22.

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25. 28. £28 and 30 now?

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30. 30 with me and two?

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With me at 32.

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Absentee bid at 30. 32 do I see?

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At £30. It's with me at 30.

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Any advance?

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Oh, cheap. That was cheap.

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Very. Very cheap.

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We couldn't double your money, I'm afraid.

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-But it's sold.

-That's right. Bargain.

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-How are you feeling?

-I'm OK about it. I only paid 20.

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I thought it might have fetched a bit more.

0:36:170:36:19

You never know how things are going to turn out at auction.

0:36:190:36:22

Now it's time for my favourite item,

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that dazzling 1920s beaded flapper dress.

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OK, it's the big one. It's the dress.

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For which you are demanding at least £100.

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It's got a reserve because it is in very good condition. It's worth that.

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Ladies, gut instinct. Is it going to sell?

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I hope so. A phone bidder, maybe, on the line from Bath!

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It's a great lot. The beading and the work that's gone into that, it's fantastic.

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I've one absentee bid, and a telephone as well.

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Telephone bidder. That's good news.

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I'll start it at the absentee bid. Two telephones.

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At £60 with me and five do I see?

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We've got two phones. 65 for the first phone.

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65. 70. Five.

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80. Five.

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90. Five.

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-100. And ten?

-You're away!

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No.

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You're out. At £100 it's with me. 110 at the back? No? At £100.

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Absentee bid against both phones.

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At £100. Great for a party.

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Anybody else? At £100 and selling.

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Oh, disappointing!

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We got it away but we needed more, really.

0:37:360:37:39

Nottie was certainly hoping for more

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but it did reach her reserve.

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Maybe she's just a bit sad to see it go.

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We're nearly at the end, now. Just two more items to go.

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Let's see how we do with the American wall clock.

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We're hoping for at least £50.

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It's lovely. I'm surprised you're parting with it.

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It lived upstairs in my husband's study.

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Every time you walked on the floorboards, it would ding!

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-So it annoyed you?

-It annoyed him, I think!

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So it's time to get rid of, yes?

0:38:070:38:09

50 to £70 is my estimate.

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Ready?

0:38:110:38:13

Nice lot. I've got one, two, three bids on it. £65 starts. It's 70 now?

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At £65. 70 do I see? 70.

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70, sir. 70 and five.

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80. Against you.

0:38:230:38:25

-£75 against you on the left.

-Brilliant.

-At 75

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and 80 now? One more?

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You're one more?

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At 75. Any advance.

0:38:330:38:34

Yes! Great!

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That's brilliant, cos it cost nothing.

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£5 over Jonty's top estimate.

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That's a fine result and Nottie looks thrilled.

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But no time for celebrating just yet.

0:38:480:38:51

The last lot up today is the gold sovereign and medal.

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Can we make £100 or more?

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We've almost saved the best till last. It's a lovely gold sovereign.

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-How do you feel about selling it?

-I'm not worried. I've never worn it.

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My mother bought it 40 years ago and it's just lain in a box.

0:39:060:39:10

You're selling just at the right time. Gold is selling very well.

0:39:100:39:14

It's going up. Let's see what happens, OK?

0:39:140:39:16

I can start the bidding at £100.

0:39:160:39:19

100. 110 do I see?

0:39:190:39:21

At £100. 110, sir. 120. 130.

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140. 150.

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-160 on the set.

-Listen!

-170.

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At 160 here. 165. Alf?

0:39:300:39:32

165. 170.

0:39:320:39:34

175. 180.

0:39:340:39:36

-Ooh, isn't it... I can't believe it.

-190.

0:39:360:39:40

195.

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200.

0:39:410:39:43

200. 210.

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And more.

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Top of the stairs at £200. Are we all sure?

0:39:480:39:51

At 200. Any advance?

0:39:510:39:53

Oh, wow! That's fabulous!

0:39:550:39:58

We've got there!

0:39:580:40:00

Jennie!

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-That's brilliant!

-Oh, girls!

0:40:030:40:04

We've got there!

0:40:040:40:06

We've arrived in Bath!

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That's a fantastic result and a brilliant end to our day here.

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No wonder Nottie and her friends are delighted!

0:40:140:40:17

Do you think you've made your target?

0:40:170:40:19

Er... I think we might have done and sneaked in there.

0:40:190:40:24

At the start of the day you wanted £500 to go to the costume museum in Bath.

0:40:240:40:29

-You've actually made £730!

-You're joking!

0:40:290:40:33

Oh, wow!

0:40:330:40:34

I can't believe it!

0:40:340:40:36

Pat!

0:40:360:40:38

Jennie, isn't that great!

0:40:380:40:40

Jonty, thank you!

0:40:400:40:43

That is wonderful! I can't believe that!

0:40:430:40:46

It's absolutely fabulous!

0:40:460:40:48

We're going, girls. We're on our way!

0:40:480:40:52

The Georgian town of Bath is famous for its sweeping crescents and Roman spas.

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But it has something slightly less well known, that Nottie has long wanted to visit. The fashion museum.

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It's a great shame that Pat can't join us, but we'll try and enjoy the day anyway.

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We'll take her a memento back.

0:41:140:41:16

Nottie and Coralie head straight for the dressing up area

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where they get to feel the romance and glamour from the age of the crinoline underskirt.

0:41:210:41:26

-Come on, Coralie. Try this on.

-Do I have to?

0:41:270:41:31

Oh, you don't mind. Go on! Step into it.

0:41:310:41:34

Why, Miss Scarlett!

0:41:360:41:37

Ooh, look at that!

0:41:370:41:40

Absolutely wonderful!

0:41:400:41:43

You shall go to the ball!

0:41:430:41:45

So has this museum lived up to Nottie's expectations?

0:41:450:41:49

It was a great experience.

0:41:490:41:52

I loved it. Really loved it.

0:41:520:41:54

-Now we're going to the spa to have our glass of champagne.

-Absolutely!

0:41:540:41:58

-Or two!

-Or three!

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Notty Hornblower runs a small costume museum beside her Derbyshire home. She seeks inspiration at the larger fashion museum in Bath and wants to treat her friends to a day out there. Jennie Bond and Jonty Hearnden help them search for valuables to send to auction, to raise funds for their adventure in the spa city.


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