Field Cash in the Attic


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Pat and Bernard Field want to raise money for a Colombian children's charity. Lorne Spicer and Jonty Hearnden help to look for potentially valuable items in their home.


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Welcome to the show that searches out the hidden treasures in people's homes.

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We then get them all valued, and take the worthwhile ones to auction, raising funds for the family.

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Some people like to have a clear-out to get rid of clutter, others know their collectibles have potential,

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and it's a couple like that that we're going to be meeting later on in Cash In The Attic.

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On today's Cash In The Attic, we find valuable furniture of all shapes and sizes.

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-Ecclesiastical furniture.

-Yes.

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A tiny weeny chair.

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And an Edwardian-style carriage clock reveals a special secret.

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Now, what I love about the case is the fact we have got this little door here. Look at this.

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-Yes.

-Un-slide that.

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Then, at auction, a set of antiquated scientific instruments give us all a surprise.

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-Fantastic.

-It is good, isn't it, yes.

-That's excellent news.

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Find out what happens when the hammer falls.

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Today, I have come to Fakenham in Norfolk to meet a very special

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couple who want to raise money for something very close to their heart.

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It's a charity.

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Pat Field and her husband Bernard have been happily married for 28 years.

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Throughout her life, Pat has been passionate about helping and caring for other people.

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Today, she manages a successful charity shop which helps children in Colombia.

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Her husband Bernard is a retired scientist, and he also helps out at the shop.

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I am joined today by antiques expert Jonty Hearnden,

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who is going to help our couple raise some cash for a special cause.

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There's some nice furniture in there if you want to have a look, Jonty.

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-This will be good.

-I'll go and find Pat.

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-Ah. Good morning.

-Hello, Lorne. Nice to see you, welcome.

-Thank you very much.

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Yes, I have a lovely journey here, it's a beautiful part of the world, isn't it?

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-It is.

-Yes, north Norfolk.

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And why have you called in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, we work for this a charity, Let The Children Live.

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Street children in Colombia.

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And, an offshoot of that now is that we are forming a boys' choir.

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And of course it all takes extra money.

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And we feel we would like to do something to give them a boost.

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-And the things we're going to be looking at?

-Some of the items we will see today,

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we have donated personally.

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-Oh, OK.

-We have literally raided our attic.

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In terms of raising the money for this boys' choir,

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how much would you like to raise from the items that we sell?

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Ideally, in the region of £300.

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-We have set the target low because then anything else we do make above that will be a bonus for them.

-Right.

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So we need to raise £300 towards funding the Colombian boys' choir.

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So let's go and speak to a former choir boy himself, Jonty Hearnden.

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Pat and Bernard have lived in this charming bungalow for eight years,

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and it looks like it is full of all sorts of interesting collectibles.

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So hopefully there will be no trouble in raising their target of £300.

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Our expert Jonty has a lifetime of experience of assessing antiques,

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and he has already spotted a rather handsome piece of furniture.

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-So you have found something then?

-Yes. I have found a lovely bureau bookcase.

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Is this all empty, Pat, in preparation for being sold?

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Yes, it is. Already dusted.

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Good for you. Most people don't bother dusting before we arrive!

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Let's take a good look at the cabinet itself. It is a bureau bookcase.

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We have got the glazed bookcase on the top here which, as you know, is independent to the bureau.

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This can easily be screwed to the base.

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But the timber that has been used is walnut, so, veneered walnut.

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So all of this is 18th century in style.

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We have these lovely two glazed doors to the bookcase.

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Then, down below, we have this bureau.

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If I open it up, these arms come out at the same time.

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They are mechanically connected this way, like so, so the whole thing is supported instantly.

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You have these pigeon holes and these two drawers on the inside.

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Fold it back up again.

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Down below, three drawers. The legs are early 18th century in style.

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You are saying "in style" a lot.

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So what is the actual date of the piece of furniture? Obviously it is not that early.

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18th century in style, yes, but this is a 1920s interpretation of an 18th century piece of furniture.

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And in terms of price?

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At auction, the estimate would be £50-70.

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Is that OK with you, Pat?

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-Very, yes, very. Thank you.

-OK.

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It's a good start. But there's still a long way to go.

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Jonty is heading in the right direction when he comes across a brass compass in a wooden case.

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At first glance, it might appear to be Army issue,

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but it is, in fact, a reproduction.

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Still, Jonty thinks it could fetch north of £50.

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I am checking out Pat's jewellery boxes in the bedroom.

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While Bernard spies something he thinks may be of value too.

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-Jonty?

-Oh.

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A couple of items here I thought you might be interested in.

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Yes. Show me?

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They're microscopes.

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-Biological microscopes.

-Right.

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I picked them up over the last five or six years.

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-I have always been interested in scientific instruments.

-So where did you acquire these?

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-From car boots, basically.

-Let's have a look at this baby one first.

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We are missing the mirror down at the bottom.

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-Yes.

-But we have got... Does this look like we have got three different lenses down the bottom?

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It's three lenses. By taking two off you have got a very low power.

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You put one on and it's medium power. You put all three on and it's a higher power.

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It's about times 200, I think.

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-Really?

-I've not seen one like that before myself.

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But for me, the star of the show is this much larger one here.

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-Yes.

-Tell me about this one?

-This has only got one objective.

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There may have been others, which are obviously not here.

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The objective unscrews, and you can replace it.

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It's giving, I think, about times 100, as it stands now.

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And it's got this lovely, substantial cast-iron...

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It's quite peculiar, this stand, because it can go two ways.

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-There's flaps there, so it can go up.

-It can be flipped over.

-Yes.

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-It is probably 1881-1890.

-Something like that.

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-So it's a good 120-130 years old.

-Good. That's gratifying.

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That's lovely.

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So, a proper Victorian microscope. Of course, the Victorians had this passion. Science was growing.

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And every gentleman that had the spare time, had the spare cash, wanted to be his own scientist.

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Have his own microscope on the side.

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Yes.

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And it would be in this lovely mahogany case,

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-with all the appliances.

-Yes.

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If you can get the hands on one of those, they're worth a fortune.

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-Yes.

-But of course, this is not in its box.

-No, no.

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And we might have a few pieces missing here.

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But it's still going to add interest to the auction.

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Value at auction, £50-70.

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-I'd be very pleased with that.

-Excellent.

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While we continue rummaging, I stumble across something of

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Bernard's that's really quite unusual. It's a brass inclinometer.

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In everyday language, it's an instrument for measuring angles.

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It dates back to the 1930s or '40s,

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and Jonty thinks a collector may play £30-50 for it.

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Pat is always happy to take in any unwanted bits and bobs for her Colombian charity shop.

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So, her spare bedroom seems to have turned into the junk room.

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Amongst all the clutter, Jonty finds this 19th century piano stool

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which he thinks may make £40-60.

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In the meantime, Pat has found a piece of furniture that is definitely a bit odd.

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Jonty, Lorne?

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-This might interest you.

-Oh.

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A piece of ecclesiastical furniture.

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-Yes.

-A tiny weeny chair.

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It's a tiny chair, and it came from a convent, a Carmelite convent.

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When the sisters sold the house, they had to dispose of all the contents.

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And I was given this one, which was made for, I suppose you would call her the Mother Superior.

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-And she wasn't very tall. And would not sit on a chair where her feet dangled.

-Oh. OK.

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So, the story goes that she had a series of these chairs made.

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How did it actually get to you? What's the connection between you and the convent?

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I got to know them. And I used to make them cheese scones for breakfast.

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-That sounds good.

-Yes.

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One thing led to another.

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And, well, they wanted me to have something to remember them by.

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So, can we sell this?

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Yes.

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-I hesitated, because I've got great affection for it.

-OK. OK.

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-Let's have a look at it in detail.

-Yes, please.

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I'm going to pick it up actually.

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And of course it's made of oak.

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You can often tell oak by the weight, the density of oak.

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But if you were to have a look at the back of the chair and look at the top, all of that is hand-carved,

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including the cross in the middle.

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If you have a look at the legs down below, that's in Victorian style. Shall we put it down again?

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I fear we are not going to get too much for it.

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Because I don't think we are going to have

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sub-five foot nuns wandering around the auction room

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-putting their hands up.

-Although you never know!

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It would make a nice hall chair.

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It's a lovely piece of furniture, but my criticism of it is it is just too low.

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So therefore, value, £20-30.

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How do you feel about that?

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If it comes back with me, then all well and good.

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All right. We can leave the chair behind for this moment in time,

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and see if we can find something else of more regular proportions.

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OK. This way, let's go this way.

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What a lovely story, I hope whoever bids for it appreciates the history behind this chair.

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In the study, Jonty finds a solid silver communion dish

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with a Birmingham hallmark dating it back to 1930.

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Pat also acquired this from the Sisters of the Carmel.

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Jonty values it at £30-40.

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It is Pat's turn to have a root around the spare bedroom,

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now a treasure trove of neglected objects waiting to find a home.

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She discovers some old brass miners' lamps that date back to the 19th century,

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and a set of 20th century opera glasses.

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They are not hugely valuable, but Jonty is optimistic that

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at auction a dealer might buy them as a job lot.

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So he prices them together at £20-30.

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Bernard's not slacking either, and finds a very special memento from his past.

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-Jonty?

-Yes.

-I wonder whether you might be interested in this?

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-It's a French carriage clock.

-Oh, right.

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It was given to me when I left my company I worked for after 30 years.

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-Wow.

-So.

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-You might have a look at it.

-Oh, wow. So, it is in its original leather case here.

-Yes.

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So is this the little plaque?

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Yes. It is inscribed saying... after 30 years' hard labour!

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-So you actually got the carriage clock.

-There's a little knob to press there.

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There it is. Let's have a look. Wow, look at that.

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It's beautiful.

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Now, what I love about the case is the fact we have got this little door here.

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Look at this. If I un-slide that, put the lid back over.

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It shows that you can take the clock wherever you want to go, but you don't have to take it out of

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the case, you can still see the face without actually having to take the mechanism out of the box.

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It's lovely. And it really does add value to have its original leather case.

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Now, the vast majority of carriage clocks of this style

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tend to be late 19th century or early 20th century.

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They were very fashionable at that time.

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And the vast majority of them were made in France.

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If I look at the dial here, the enamelled dial,

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we have a severe chip in the top corner. We have a chip on actual glass,

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which is not too much of a problem.

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-But, price, we're looking at £80-120.

-Lovely.

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Thank you very much for that. That's a real find.

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So, it looks as though Bernard's 30 years' service has paid off,

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with that lovely carriage clock now on its way to auction.

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And, don't forget, it will help raise money for the Colombian children's choir.

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Jonty also finds this very fine German tea set, given to Pat by a friend,

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which he values at £20-30.

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And Bernard digs out yet another item

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from his past that Jonty thinks could be lethal.

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Bernard, what have you got there?

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-This might interest Jonty.

-Let's have a look.

-My old violin.

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I thought it was a machine gun.

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It's all there, look.

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Ah, wow, look at that.

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When you say old, how old is this, Bernard?

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-Well, my mum bought it for me second hand in 1940-41.

-Right.

-In Slough.

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-Yes.

-And you play, I take it?

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Well. Yes.

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I started lessons before that, and I went to the choir school at Eton,

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Eton College Choir School.

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And there, they allowed me to have lessons from one of the Eton masters.

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So it brought me on quicker. And I played a lot of music with my dear old dad,

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because he played the piano, and his father had played the violin.

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-So, it gave a lot of pleasure to him and a lot of pleasure to me, I can tell you.

-Another item from Bernard.

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-What a generous husband you have.

-Absolutely.

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Wonderful. It's a violin made in the classical way.

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We have a spruce front here and the maple sides. Wonderful.

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And they never really seem to sell in excess of £100.

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-So it's going to be less than that.

-OK.

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So, on order to attract the right person, or hopefully more than one person,

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we are looking at £40-60.

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-Is that OK with you?

-OK, yes.

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The main thing would be to get it being used again and doing a little bit of good for the charity.

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Well, we wanted £300 towards the Colombian boys' choir, didn't we?

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Do you think we have raised that much?

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I would be surprised.

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-I would be surprised.

-I am very happy to be the bearer of good news, then,

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because the value of everything going to auction comes to £430.

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-Oh, that's wonderful.

-Yes.

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So the next time you see your violin,

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somebody hopefully will be giving a little tune at the auction house.

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And TLC.

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Bernard has fond memories of that violin, so I do hope it will do well at auction.

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Also going to the sale are: The French carriage clock.

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Bernard got it as a thank you present

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from his firm after 30 years' service.

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Hopefully we can turn it into £80-120 at auction.

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And, at £50-70, Bernard's brass microscopes

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will certainly encourage bidders to take a closer look.

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And the brass mirrored compass,

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a handsome navigational piece

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that will hopefully attract some interest at £50-70.

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Find out how much these

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and the Fields' other items will raise on auction day.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic: Our family discover the ups and downs of the sale room.

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Are you disappointed with that?

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-Very disappointed.

-Just a little.

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But, what goes down must always go up, fortunately.

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-You must be pleased with that.

-I'm absolutely thrilled for you.

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Find out what happens when the hammer falls.

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It's been a few weeks since we visited Pat and Bernard at their home in north Norfolk.

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We found plenty of antiques and collectibles to bring to their very local auction room,

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Keys in Aylesham. So we're just hoping that

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today we can make the £500 they're looking for, and that there's plenty of bidders here ready to buy.

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Jonty valued all our auction items at £430 on rummage day.

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And, despite the £300 target, Pat and Bernard have set us a new challenge to make £500.

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£200 more than expected.

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Today's midweek auction is a busy one, so let's hope

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the Fields' mix of items help us meet our new target.

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At six foot three, Jonty's wondering how anybody could ever sit on this little chair.

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-Good morning, Jonty.

-Hello.

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Ah, you found the chair?

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-I have indeed.

-We're here at an auction that's right in Norfolk.

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Lots of country furniture. Hopefully it should do well.

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It's a lovely thing, it's a one-off, a bespoke piece of furniture.

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All of that's hand-carving. I think it's a really sweet little chair, it should do well.

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I'm hoping that Bernard's two microscopes will do incredibly well.

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Very good quality.

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And he's got the inclinometer as well, so those three scientific instruments I'm very hopeful for.

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I know they're here because they've been walking the dogs out in a car park.

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So, come on, let's go and get them in.

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If you're thinking of heading to auction to raise money for something special,

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do take note that auction rooms may charge additional fees, such as commission and VAT.

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Fees vary from auction to auction, so it's best to inquire in advance.

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All items from the rummage made it safely to auction, except one, the German tea set.

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Pat and Bernard accidentally broke the set in transit,

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so we'll have to live without the £20-30 it may have raised.

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As the auction gets under way, our first lot is the Mother Superior's custom-made oak chair.

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It's a unique item with a fascinating history,

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so hopefully its modest price tag will get the bidders going.

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Can you start me at £10?

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I have £10 to start here. At 10.

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12 bid. 15. 18.

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20 bid. At 20.

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22 bid. 25 bid. 28. 30.

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2. 35. 35 on the right-hand side.

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At 35. At £35.

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-Well, I was hoping for a bit more for you.

-£35 is better than £25.

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Well, Jonty may have wanted more for it, but

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it raised £5 over his top estimate, so a good way to kick off the sale.

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Now, our next lot is made up of two 19th century brass miners' lamps,

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plus a pair of opera glasses, all for £20-30.

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It's a nice mixed lot, Jonty.

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Yes, and miners' lamps are always attractive, good sellers as well.

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And opera glasses, amazing, I never know why they sell, but they always seem to.

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-Useless things.

-Yes.

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I'm bid 10 for the start for those. At 10. 12 bid. 15. 18. 20. 2. 25.

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28. 30. 30. The front row, I've got it at 30.

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30. Any more, quickly? Sold to the front row...

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2, fresh bidder. 32. 5. 35.

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8, sir? 38. 38, 38?

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On the door now then at 38.

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-That's good.

-Yes, it all helps.

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-Selling at 38.

-Very good.

-£38, that's good, isn't it?

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The opera glasses and miners' lamps may be a strange mix of a lot,

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but somebody obviously thought they

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were a winning combination, as they fetched a better price than we expected.

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Now, our next lot is the George V silver-gilt communion dish.

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It's engraved "Carmel Convent, Cambridge, 1930", which I think

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you felt would make a difference to the price, Jonty?

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Yes, I certainly think, without the engraving there, we would have more value.

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I appreciate that.

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But it has a scrap value.

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But you have to remember here, as we are selling it here in the auction, you have to make a profit as well.

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-But you put a reserve on it, haven't you?

-Yes. £65.

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Because of the high price of silver currently, there's seven ounces of silver there, standard silver.

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So that's what the silver's worth, if not more now, as the price of silver goes up.

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I'm bid £40 to start.

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At 40. At 40? 40 only. 5 bid.

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50. 5 bid. 60. 60. 5 bid. 65. 65.

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Bidding on the back. 65. 65.

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70 then? Sells then at £65 only.

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-We got the result.

-£65, are you happy about that?

-Yes.

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Well done to Bernard for putting in a reserve.

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It certainly paid off as it sold for over double Jonty's lowest estimate.

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Our next lot is the reproduction brass surveyor's inclinometer,

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if I've pronounced that right. Where did this come from?

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I saw it at a car boot, and I like instruments of this sort,

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so I bought it and here it is today.

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Can you remember what you paid for it at the car boot?

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Something like £25.

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-Jonty, what have you put on it?

-I've put £30-50 on it, so it would

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be nice if we could double, maybe triple what you've paid for it.

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It would, wouldn't it? Let's see.

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I'm 15, a low start. At 15. 18.

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20. 2 bid. 25 here. 28. £30.

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At 30. 32 bid.

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32. Lady's bid, I've got. 35.

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-38.

-That's good.

-Yeah.

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42.

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45. 48. 50 bid. 55. 60 bid.

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60? 60.

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The gent takes it at 60.

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Any more quickly? It goes for 60.

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-Yes.

-Well done.

-That's good.

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What a surprise. The 20th century inclinometer

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used for measuring angles

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must appealed to the technical bidders in the crowd.

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Our next lot, I think, is going to be one that you're

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going to be rather sad to see go, because it's the violin.

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I feel like playing it in rather sombre tones now.

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Yes, I'd like to have one last go.

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£40, I'm bid, for the start for the violin. At 40. 40. 5 bid. 50. 5.

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60. 5. 70.

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5. 80. 5. 90. 5.

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100. 100? All over then.

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Sells to a commission bid for £100.

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-You must be pleased with that?

-I'm thrilled you, absolutely thrilled for you.

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I don't think any of us saw that coming.

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What a wonderful outcome for a much-loved item.

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We've had a good run of luck, so I'm sure Pat and Bernard are curious to know how much we've raised so far.

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The good news is that, so far, you have actually banked £298.

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Really?

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-So we are well on the way to your £500.

-Oh, that brilliant.

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-Well done.

-Are you pleased with that?

-Absolutely, Lorne, thank you.

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-And we've sold absolutely everything so far.

-Yes. All sold.

-Thank you.

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We are over halfway towards Pat and Bernard's

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£500 target, and there are still many more interesting items to come.

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Up next is the Victorian piano stool, priced at £40-60.

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I'm bid £20 for a low start on the stool. 20. 2 bid. 25. 28.

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30. 30. Only 2 bid. 32. 32.

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35. 35. 35. 38. 40 bid. At 40.

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We've got the lower end of the estimate.

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Sells now at 40.

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-£40. Are you happy with that?

-That's another 40.

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How fitting that the Fields' neglected music stool

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has gone to raise money for music students.

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Now, the next two lots don't disappoint.

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The 18th century style bureau met Jonty's lowest estimate

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with a sale of £50.

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At 50 only.

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And another reproduction, the brass mirrored compass

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set off in the right direction and managed to climb to £38.

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Our next a lot is the French carriage clock,

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which I think is rather down to you, Bernard.

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-Yes.

-You had to do a bit of work to get this.

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30 years' hard labour, really, with my old company. But it was worth it.

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30 I'm bid for a low start. 30.

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5 bid. 40. 5 bid. 45 only. 45. 45.

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50 I've got. 50. 50. 50. Putting it on the back-burner, then, 50.

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Takes it to the back and sells at 50 only.

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Are you disappointed with that?

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-Very disappointed.

-Just a little.

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Well, probably not what Bernard wanted to see considering all of those years of hard work.

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Just before the sale, the auctioneer told me

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there was a great deal of interest in these historical microscopes.

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Maybe we can surprise Bernard with a result which will make up

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for the poor price realised by his carriage clock.

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Now, the next lot is not one but two microscopes.

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-Bernard's toys.

-My toys, yes.

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-Have you actually used them?

-Yes, yes. A little bit.

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Well, we are hoping for £50-70.

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I hope a bit more than that, too.

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And I'm bid £80 for the two microscopes.

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-Started at £80.

-Yes. Lovely.

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85 bid.

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90 bid. 90. 90. 90 for the two.

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At 90, and gone.

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-£90.

-That's fantastic.

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It is good, isn't it?

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That's excellent news.

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I'm glad to see that we ended on a high note.

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And, all in all, a fantastic day here in Norfolk.

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I'm sure Pat and Bernard will be thrilled with the amount we were able to raise for charity.

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-It would have been nice to get more, but at the end of the day you wanted to raise £500.

-Yes. And?

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-And you've actually banked £566.

-Well done.

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-That's good.

-So what sort of difference is that going to make?

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All the difference in the world. Thank you, thank you, Lorne.

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Pat couldn't be more thrilled that every penny will be

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helping Colombia's street children fulfil their musical dreams by participating in the new choir.

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THEY SING

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We had this idea and thought, let's do this for the children.

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Today, she's presenting the money to the charity's founder, Father Peter Walters.

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It was a totally unexpected boost to our funds, so we are delighted with it and very grateful.

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Pat and Bernard Field want to sell items from around their home to raise money for a Colombian children's charity that is close to their heart. Lorne Spicer and Jonty Hearnden help with the search.


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