Series looking at the value of household junk. Tim and Zorina Walsh invite Gloria Hunniford and John Cameron to search their beautiful 15th century home on the Isle of Wight.
Browse content similar to Walsh. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Nothing like a really good burst of fresh air!
Hello and welcome to the programme that searches your home
for all those collectibles and antiques to take off to auction to sell.
I think we are all a bit guilty of having bits and bobs and stuff that we've collected
over the years or maybe had handed down through the family, and we never get
around to doing anything with it until we have a really good reason.
Well, on good authority, I understand that the couple we are about to meet today
have a really big incentive to sell lots of their things.
So let's hope that we manage to help them raise a lot of Cash In The Attic.
'On today's Cash In The Attic, this piece of 19th-century pine
'may appeal to someone other than the auction-goers.'
Perhaps an auctioneer might want one.
That's true. And we know a few of those!
'I may not have hit quite the right note with this 1940s gramophone...'
# Da da da da-da-da Da da da da-da-da... #
Awful! On sale day, John makes a promise he may live to regret.
If it doesn't make £50, I'll eat my catalogue.
Find out what happens when that hammer falls.
Today I am in the small village of Roud
on the absolutely beautiful Isle of Wight.
We are about to meet Tim and Zarina,
who spent much of their time running a wonderful charity.
They're hoping that their house clear-out will raise valuable funds.
Tim and Zarina met over 20 years ago when they worked together in the health service.
Tim was a consultant surgeon, and Zarina was a secretary
at St Mary's Hospital right on the island here.
'They married in 1997, and moved into this absolutely delightful
'500-year-old thatched house, once a safe haven for Oliver Cromwell and his men.'
Our hosts are now retired, but two years ago, they founded a charity
to educate doctors in southern Sudan.
Now, this is a cause we hope to support today.
Our expert John Cameron has more than 20 years' experience
in antiques and wastes no time starting our search.
Tim and Zarina, this is what I like to see on Cash In The Attic.
How are you? You're hard at work already finding things.
How are you, Tim? Lovely to meet you.
It's such a beautiful setting.
-Great house! How long have you lived here?
Well, we are so glad to be here today, but I'm always fascinated to know why people call us in.
I was watching the programme, and you had somebody doing it for a charity.
-And I said to Tim, "Why don't we have a go for our charity?"
-And what's your charity?
It's called the St Mary's Hospital Isle of Wight Juba Teaching Hospital Link.
We try to help by sending trainers out there to train their local health care professionals.
Obviously, we are going to need to talk about that
in great detail later on.
How much are you hoping to raise?
I thought we should hope for the air fare for one person, which is £634 -
-at the moment.
-£634, to be precise!
-I will tell the auctioneer that he has got to make that at least.
So that would be an air fare to get a doctor out there?
Doctor, nurse - any health care professional.
We have John Cameron, our expert, here today, of course.
So maybe we should go and find him and see what he has unearthed,
because he's pretty good at rummaging.
This Grade II listed house is idyllic,
and everywhere you look, it's packed full of interesting objects,
even in the garage.
Now, this is the man, Tim, who has been rooting around in your drawers!
-You make it sound so sordid!
This is a very majestic piece, I have to say.
It is obviously a lectern. Where is this from?
This was in the medical education centre for many, many years.
-At the hospital where you worked?
-The local hospital, yes. And then when they moved
into the new buildings with the new equipment, it was discarded.
I always had my eye on it, but I've had a little bit of reservation from my wife.
-Hence it goes!
-She didn't seem to want me to have it.
It is a 19th-century lectern, as you've said.
We can tell it's 19th century looking at the front of the drawers.
Those original turn-pulls could have quite easily been on a chest of drawers of that period.
So it is a 19th-century piece and it is made of pine.
I'd certainly suggest having it stripped down and wax polished.
But what is somebody going to do with this?
Perhaps it would end up in a restaurant, in the foyer, where they take the bookings from.
-Or perhaps an auctioneer might want one.
And we know a few of those.
So we come to... I guess it is hard to put a price on this, really.
It is a difficult one, but if we treat it like a chest of drawers, I think we would be
looking around the £100 mark for it, so I think, even in this condition,
I'd want to estimate it at £80-120.
-I think that's jolly good.
-I think so.
Positive thinking. And just looking around, Tim clearly doesn't like to see anything go to waste.
I wonder if he is a real horder.
That could bode very well for our search.
Upstairs, Zarina comes across something given to her almost 40 years ago.
Known as Elegance, this Royal Doulton figurine was a very popular model
and should fetch £30-40 at auction.
Tim, why are the curtains drawn?
It's in order to see... the use of this,
which is an editing machine for this old cine camera and projector.
-Where did it come from?
-Well, I was given this years ago by an uncle.
He'd had it for a few years, and I think he probably got a bit fed up with it.
-So he gave it to me.
-It certainly looks a technical piece of equipment.
We've got some big names in the production of camera equipment.
We've got Bolex and Paillard, that's two different companies.
Certainly after the war, there was a collaboration between Bolex and Paillard, all Swiss companies,
to produce these popular hand-held cine cameras.
I just love that you squeeze the trigger like this... GENTLE CLICKING
They just give a wonderful sound, don't they?
-So you'd be happy to put these into auction?
I haven't used it for years.
-It's been in a cupboard.
-There is a market for this sort of thing.
It often surprises me how little sometimes things can make,
but I guess that reflects the amount that were produced.
But it is going to appeal to two sorts of people.
Mostly serious historians for camera and cinema equipment,
but I think the three items together make a wonderful display. Lovely aesthetic appeal.
I would suggest something like £50-100 for the lot.
Better than sitting in the cupboard and doing nothing, so...
But what I would love to do is, can you show me how this editing machine works? It is fascinating.
All you have to do is just turn that.
And you can see your film on the little screen.
I'm sure they'll cause more than a flicker of interest come auction day.
'In the bedroom, I spot this early 20th-century carriage clock, and downstairs, I have seen two others.'
There is a Victorian marble example and an Edwardian mantel clock with wooden inlay.
John thinks if we combine them into one lot,
they should bring in £150-200.
In the spare bedroom, our expert finds two Beswick horses
which have been sent along by a friend from Tim and Zarina's charity.
Beswick horses are very collectible, and John reckons
this mother and foal should easily reach £40-60.
Zarina keeps the search going downstairs,
but in the bedroom, Tim's keen to show me another of his favourite things.
So, Tim, where did you get it?
Well, this was in the loft of a house my parents moved into in Jersey.
I am going to test you out now.
I've got my hand on the winder, cos this used to be my job back in my parents' house.
So will you do the rest of it if I give it a bit of a wind?
Yes, of course I will.
Do we know what this record is you're putting on?
We'll soon find out.
MUSIC: "La Donna E Mobile" By Verdi
# Da da da da-da-da # Da da da da-da-da. #
Are you having a party without me?
Oh, there you are. How about this?
And it plays!
I think they are wonderful. They have a timeless quality.
Whenever we have one in the sale room, there's always a temptation to wind it up.
It always sets people in a good mood.
This particular model is a table-top gramophone, as I know you know.
It is the HMV, His Master's Voice.
This one, probably around the mid-1930s.
You can see it's the Model 104, oak-cased.
And what a fantastic sound. Value-wise, about £40-60,
-around the £50 mark at auction.
-Is that all?
We sell them quite often. They don't tend to make hundreds unless they are the horn type.
Are you disappointed by that, Tim?
Not particularly, no. I am very happy with that amount.
# La la la la-la-la La la la la-la-la... #
'So out of tune!
'But will this musical treasure appeal to any of the bidders when it goes under the hammer?'
And why the long face, John? Surely the going isn't as rough as all that?
That is a remarkable price today.
All that intrigue is still to come.
Meanwhile, our search for collectibles is still in full swing.
Zarina is unpacking some Victorian wine glass coolers.
Each one would've been filled up with iced water and then the glasses were placed upside down
inside them, with their stems resting on the fluted edges.
They should fetch £30-50.
Also winging its way to auction is this late Victorian page turner with a hallmarked silver handle.
Tim inherited it from his mother and John values it £30-£50.
Whilst I continue the search, John thinks that Tim and Zarina are slacking on the job.
-Guys, have you ever heard the saying "many hands make light work"?
-We WERE working!
We were thinking of putting this into the auction.
Leave a nasty big hole in the hallway.
-A lovely big hole, you mean.
-You want to get rid of it! Oh, I see.
It's Tim's but I'd like to get rid of it.
-What's the story behind it, Tim?
-I bought it in a junk shop in Bath.
It was in pretty poor condition, so I did it all up.
And my mother, who had it in her house for years and years, thought
my restoring of the upholstery wasn't good enough, so she's actually had it done professionally.
Well, as you know, it's a chaise longue.
That form of furniture has been around for thousands of years.
In fact, early examples have been found in Egyptian tombs,
and there are also examples of them on ancient Greek pottery.
This piece here dates to about 1900.
It's Edwardian, very typical of that period.
I have always thought they are undervalued, certainly in recent times.
At auction, I think we would be looking at about £80-120.
That would be good, because all it has done is used to have the telephone on.
Anyway, I think we have still got some rummaging to do,
so talking of those many hands making light work, let's continue rummaging.
He's tough! The items we're finding today should hopefully raise £634
to fly one trained health professional to southern Sudan.
Tim and Zarina are certainly passionate
about improving the health standards in this war-torn African country.
Now, it seems an unusual charity, so what is the origin of it?
It started about two years ago,
when a group of us at the hospital got together, and there was a consultant
who comes from southern Sudan and obviously he had an interest and he was part of the group.
The health care indicators for southern Sudan are probably the worst in the world.
3% maternal mortality.
13.5% of children do not reach the age of five.
Is it very hard to watch that kind of suffering when you're there?
It's heart-breaking to see it.
As a professional, you have to deal with that.
Is it a pure lack of facilities?
It's a lack of facilities, but particularly a lack of skills.
One state which has a well over a million people, there is only one hospital and two doctors.
From a practical point of view, what do the medical staff do when they get there?
They undertake intensive training of the local health care professionals.
They undertake teaching sessions, which may be formal, they go and work on the wards with them
or in the delivery room - for example, with midwives.
We have a number of meetings to try and influence the way that the hospital is run.
Do you sometimes feel that what you are doing, albeit very worthwhile, is still just a drop in the ocean?
What we're trying to do may be just a drop in the ocean,
but the ocean will be less for that missing drop.
We are all so deeply impressed by their devotion to this good cause,
we're determined to help them search for items that'll bring in the money.
John's been scouring the bookcases in Tim and Zarina's lounge and has come across
a set of six silver teaspoons made by the Birmingham company Barker Brothers back in 1931.
They belonged to the grandfather of one of Tim
and Zarina's charity friends, who has very kindly sent them along.
With luck, they should bring in £20-30.
This painting by Italian artist, Arsenio De Boni was a gift from Tim's daughter, Vanessa.
But it's no longer his cup of tea so off it goes to auction with a £15-£30 estimate.
Now, we're all having one last big push to try and find another item that can go to auction.
Perhaps one of Tim's childhood collections could be just the thing.
This looks like a fascinating collection. How many have you got here?
-I haven't a clue.
-Well, don't start counting them now!
I can tell you that in the Natural History Museum,
they have over three million specimens.
That is something, isn't it? So, where did they come from?
It started when I was a boy, probably about nine or ten.
It started off as a bit of a hobby, and then it became part of a field study for A-level biology.
There has long been an interest in nature,
and certainly when you go back to the ages of voyage and discovery,
new species were coming back and being brought back by naturalists.
And certainly, the books that were produced around those times would have fuelled young minds,
and people would have wanted to study them.
So it is something that, although today people frown on it a little bit,
in the past, this was in the name of education.
And we have some wonderful specimens here.
I don't suppose, though, you have the world's largest butterfly,
the Queen Alexandra Birdwing in here by any chance, do you?
No, these are all British.
Listen, you're getting very technical here.
Zarina and I have been flitting around like butterflies ourselves
trying to raise all the money. But these are amazing.
What do you think? Do people still collect these at auction?
There are still collectors of specimens such as these,
so yes, we sell all sorts of taxidermy at auction these days.
There is the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981,
which prohibits them now, but these are old specimens,
and they have been caught and mounted,
and so it would be the right thing to preserve them
and use them for study for future generations.
-Have you got to the price yet?
-No, we haven't.
Looking at it, I think it is a good collection.
It is in a useful collector's cabinet.
It should make something like £150-200 at auction.
-Good heavens. I didn't think it would be that much.
-It is amazing.
-You're in shock!
I wanted him to give it to a local school or something.
I have been doing my sums, and I have to look the figure up,
because yours is a very unusual amount that you were aiming for.
You were looking for £634 precisely.
Well, I'm terribly pleased to tell you that you have £715.
Good heavens, that is fantastic.
-Is that good?
-That is great.
-That will pay for a visa as well.
And a cup of coffee at the airport while you're waiting!
What a great result for Tim and Zarina,
and what a busy day it's been here on the island.
We have unearthed a real assortment of items to take to auction.
Here are the most interesting.
There's the 19th century pine lectern.
It's an unusual piece of furniture, and could reach £80-120.
Then there is also the post-war cine equipment,
which belonged to Tim's uncle.
At £50-100, that should be snapped up.
Plus that Edwardian chaise longue,
which Zarina desperately wants to get rid of.
Hopefully, it won't lounge around for long, valued at £80-120.
Still to come on Cash in the Attic,
we dissect every one of John's valuations.
I feel like I'm under the microscope here today.
And when Tim's butterfly collection is sold,
he makes a surprising announcement.
-I thought John was over estimating that.
Now you tell me!
All will be revealed when the final hammer falls.
So it's been a few months now since we visited Zarina and Tim
at their beautiful Grade 2 listed home here on the Isle of Wight.
And we've taken their items to Island Auctions
to sell them off for what I think is a really good cause.
They're hoping to raise a very precise sum of £634
to send a medical colleague to the Sudan,
where they do a lot of really, really good work.
So I do hope that their items do exceptionally well when they go under the hammer.
These auction rooms are in Shanklin,
a busy town in the south-east corner of the island.
Sales are held over two days each month,
and we're here on day one for antiques and collectibles.
Tim and Zarina's items have been here for a few days now.
I hope they are looking forward to watching their treasures go on sale.
Well, Zarina and Tim, how absolutely gorgeous to see again.
-Are you well?
I hear since we did see you last that you've been to the Sudan and back?
-We have indeed.
-What was the object of that mission?
We're trying to develop accommodation out there for the visiting trainers.
Did a bit of teaching in surgery, all sorts of things.
-How many weeks were you there?
Did you take your camera with you?
Not this camera, no.
We're going to raise the money to send another medical colleague of yours to the Sudan,
I think we'd better get in position for the auction.
-Here we go.
We're all in place now and so is our first lot.
It's the oil painting of an Italian coastal scene.
Do you know anything about it?
He was known as Arsenio De Boni.
Not a huge amount of his work on the market.
We've got £15 to £30, but it's not an unpleasant Italianate scene,
so let's see how it goes.
Somebody start me at £40.
30 here. Commission bid at 30. Two, can I say?
32, 34, 36, 38.
And 40, and two, 44.
46, 48. And 50.
It's £60 here. Five anywhere?
65, and 70. And five.
Selling at 75. All done?
Yes, the bidders certainly liked the look of that one and the silver spoons go down a treat as well.
-£30, all done at 3-0 and selling.
-HE BANGS HIS GAVEL
They hit the top estimate of £30.
Next up is the Victorian silver and ivory page turner.
Let's hope it's a head turner.
Someone start me at 30 for that. 30 anywhere?
34, 36, 38, 40, 42.
44, 46, 48. We're selling at 48.
50 in a new place.
Five? 50. One more? 60?
Yeah, and five?
Reluctant. 65 on the right.
We're selling at 65. All done?
-That was a fantastic price.
A lot of interest, about five different bidders on that.
I'm excited. Another great result.
The bidders obviously like Tim and Zarina's items
and John's proved right again with his estimate
on the Doulton figurine.
£34 at the back. 34.
All done then at 34. Selling at 34.
John, you've done all right again.
I feel like I'm under the microscope here today.
Our medical couple's items are selling like hot cakes today.
Not a single one has sold for less than the lower estimate so far.
Let's hope this pattern continues with the HMV wind-up gramophone.
55, 60, five, 70, five.
100, 110, 120?
130, 140, 150, 160?
170, yep? 180.
190, then. We've got 190.
Commission bid at £190. All done at 190?
-That is the highest price I've ever got for one of those in 20 years.
These Isle of Wight bidders don't mind paying a bit more
when they really like something.
Will they be as keen on the next lot,
the four wine coolers that belonged to Zarina's mother?
They're up for £30 to £50.
30 if you like. £30, and five.
40, five, 50, five.
Way above the estimate.
60, five, 70?
65 here. 70 anywhere?
It's 65 and selling at 65. All done?
Another fantastic result.
At the halfway point, we've made an impressive headway
towards our £634 target and we've got 459 in the kitty already.
Let's hope our luck continues.
If you've been inspired by their progress
and would like to raise money at auction,
bear in mind that there are charges to be paid, such as commission.
These can vary from one sale room to another
and it's always worthwhile checking in advance.
Next up on the rostrum are the Beswick horses valued at £40-£60.
Going to start at £35.
-35 with Tim.
44, 46, 48?
And 50, five?
60, 62, 64, 66, Olly?
68, and 70.
And five, sir?
Go back in fives. 75, and 80, Olly?
80, then, and selling at the 8-0.
Across the board all, the different items we have had,
-they're all doing very well.
This is a very lucky auction house for us!
They're certainly having a very good run here.
The Bolex camera, projector and Haynor editor
are going before the bidders next.
48 and 50.
48 at the back. 50 anywhere? 50 here. Five anywhere?
It's £50 here. All done at 50. We're selling at 50.
Five, 60, five, 70, and five.
80 and five.
£80, gentleman at the top of the stairs at 80.
We're going to sell at £80. All done?
Right in the middle of John's estimate and a great result.
Up next, the only item with a reserve on it.
It's the button-back chaise longue.
In the movies, it always looked so marvellous to have this lady
sort of draped along the chaise longue, you think, marvellous!
But again, are they in demand, John?
Not hugely. I've put £80-120, which I think is about right.
-You've got a reserve on this Tim?
-We've got a reserve of £50.
If it doesn't make £50, I'll eat my catalogue!
Someone start me at about £40.
-Two can I say?
-£40 here. 2 anywhere?
42, 44, 46, 48 and 50.
Five? 50 at the back. Five anywhere?
60 and five. It's 60 right at the back. We're selling at 60.
All done at 6-0? And selling at £60?
-Now, that's a steal.
-That is quite poor.
I was going to start tearing pieces off the catalogue,
-but he got over £50. That was cheap!
-That's a bit disappointing.
At least we didn't need to hold John to his word!
Still, it's the first item today not to reach his lower estimate.
Things are soon back on track though as the pine lectern goes under the hammer.
All done at 80. We're selling at 80 in the centre. All done at £80.
It sells bang on its £80 estimate,
followed quickly by the three clocks, valued at £150-£200.
£188 then, for the three of them.
I said 150-200, so we were in the middle.
-You're doing well today.
-Not too bad.
-You are beating your average.
-I want to come here again!
Another sensational result, and it's not over yet,
as we have one last item to sell.
It's the display cases packed with butterflies
that Tim has been collecting since he was a boy.
To be honest, I'm a bit nervous about this lot
because it isn't everybody's cup of tea,
and we've got quite a lot riding on it.
150 is our bottom estimate, but I'm hoping somebody
will at least fall in love with the collector's cabinet, so fingers crossed.
Someone start me at £100.
110, 120, 130, 140?
150 here, then. It's 150 in the front. 160 anywhere?
150, then. We're going to sell it for 150. All done?
-That's a good result, isn't it?
-That's a very good result.
-I didn't think... I thought John was overestimating there.
Oh, now you tell me!
It's always good to finish on a high.
Tim and Zarina must be delighted,
and I can't wait to give them the final total.
How much did you want precisely?
£634 was the air fare.
To be accurate!
You have the grand total of £1,097!
-How about that?
Tim and Zarina recently went back to southern Sudan
and are looking through the video they filmed whilst they were there.
It's a district hospital,
but it serves a population of about half a million people.
There's no running water, for instance, in the hospital.
When the surgeons scrub, they do it from a barrel.
The money they raised at auction
will be used to send out a medical colleague
to help improve health care standards in the region,
so well done, them!
If you'd like to raise money for something really special
and realise a dream of your own,
it's very easy to join us here on Cash in the Attic.
All you have to do is to fill in the form on our website -
I hope I see you here one day.
In the meantime, thank you for your company and bye-bye.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Series looking at whether household junk could be worth a small fortune. Tim and Zorina Walsh invite Gloria Hunniford and John Cameron to search their beautiful 15th century home on the Isle of Wight. They hope to sell their unwanted antiques and collectables in order to fund their friend's charity healthcare mission to war-torn Sudan.