Antiques series. Linda Shiers calls in Aled Jones and Jonty Hearnden to help find collectables she can sell in order to finish renovating a former guest house into a family home.
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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.
Very often, items passed down from generation to generation have an interesting history.
Take this sign, for instance.
There's a great story behind this sign. Don't take my word for it.
Let's go and meet the family who can tell us more.
Coming up on Cash In The Attic, a Victorian diamond ring brings out the old romantic in Jonty.
-With this ring, I thee wed.
-Yes. Will you marry me?
At auction, a prediction is made about our little cupboard.
-It's going to go for over 100, I think.
I think you've lost your marbles.
And all will be revealed when the final hammer falls.
Today, I'm in Norfolk on my way to meet Linda Shiers,
who's called in the Cash In The Attic team
to help her raise some money for some home improvements.
Linda's spent a lot of time and money converting this old guest house into a family home.
Today, she's joined by her mum, Daphne, who's going to help look
for valuables in order to raise some cash to completely finish the work.
The property is a Victorian detached house and Linda lives here
with her husband Andy and son Anthony, aged 14.
I'm delighted to have Jonty Hearnden with me.
His knowledge will stand us in good stead.
And while he gets the rummage underway, I go and meet our hosts.
-Hey, Linda, Daphne. How are you?
-Fine, thank you.
-How are you?
-I'm good, thanks. What are you doing there?
-We're looking at our house when we first moved in and what we've done to it since.
-How long have you been here?
-Have you really?
-And what about you, Daphne?
-I live in Galston.
-Close by then.
We're going to build a bungalow in our garden for Mum.
We've got planning permission and we're waiting for Mum's house to sell.
OK. She doesn't look too happy about that.
A big decision, but we've decided to do it.
-Have you been in your house a long time, then?
-Wow! That's a long time.
So why have you called in the Cash In The Attic team, then?
Well, the next room is the lounge, which needs completely stripping out.
We're going to have new coving put in, and I've seen some nice furniture.
And how much money are you hoping to raise?
About seven or £800 would be nice, if we could, towards some of it.
Seriously fancy furniture, then.
Well, there are a few items that I require.
Much to my husband's disgust.
Do you think we'll find treasure in this house worth £800?
Yes, a few little bits and pieces, hopefully.
Well, Jonty's on hand, our expert. He's already having a scout around.
-Shall we go and see how he's getting on?
Well, Linda's large, detached house
is going to take some rummaging, as it has 14 rooms and each one appears to contain some interesting items.
With so many rooms to explore, I think I may need directions to find our expert.
Jonty, why are you loitering in the corner?
-Have you been a bad boy?
-I've seen a sign.
-And what does it say?
There are four or five signs.
This one says Moor Lane, but there's some fabulous street names and they're all London signs.
Here they've got Houndsditch, all sorts.
Now of course, street signs, certainly in London,
have been changed and upgraded and they've been modernised, literally throughout history.
And as a consequence, signs like this have been put on the open market.
And if you've got signs of very famous streets' names like Shaftesbury Avenue or Oxford Street,
something like that, which are global street names, I mean everyone around the world knows those very
famous streets, then they can fetch huge sums of money. A lot of money.
-But I reckon that we're looking very conservatively around £50 a street sign.
So we're looking at just here, just these four or five. Is it five?
-There's five there, yes.
-Five street signs, two to £400, just like that.
Just like that. Well, those signs have
certainly pointed us in the right direction with our auction fund, and we're all happy with the price tag.
In the junk room, Linda's mum, Daphne, has dug out this large collection of old postcards.
Linda started collecting them 35 years ago
but for a long time they've just been stuck in the drawer.
Some of the most collectible postcards are Victorian or
early 20th-century ones, and quite a few of Linda's are from these eras.
She has 120 in total, most in mint condition.
Jonty thinks they could fetch 30 to £40 at auction.
And then Linda spots these two early 20th-century yellow glass ornaments.
She bought the first one herself,
but the second was bought by her father to match.
She has a sentimental attachment to them and is undecided about letting them go to auction.
Whether or not Jonty's conservative
estimate of 20 to £30 will change her mind remains to be seen.
What have we got here?
I don't know what they're made of or called but...
OK. Now, first of all, we need to work out whether they're bronze
or an imitation bronze. Pick one up.
Now they're quite heavy but if they were to be bronze,
-you would really struggle to pick those up.
Yes. Let's put them back down again very quickly, because they look rather imposing there.
So we've got a male and female figure.
So they're made of spelter.
Well spelter is an imitation bronze.
It's a zinc alloy and it was very fashionable in the late 19th century
and early 20th century to make spelter figures because they were a lot cheaper than bronze.
But the interesting part about these figures here, and do you know, I've never really seen this before,
but let me show you this young lady here.
Turn the base upside-down.
Now, that's a new base, which means that the whole figure,
the pair of figures here, are reproduction.
-But as far as value is concerned, they're not going to be
-the same figure that they would be if they were original.
But they're still worth putting to the auction sale,
so we're looking at what, 30, 40, £50 at auction.
Yes. Yes, about that.
-Yes? That would be good?
-Mm-hm. Right, well let's leave them there.
-I think they look great.
Well let's hope the bidders like the look of them too.
Linda's taken by a silver tray which might be antique.
And I'm wondering about some porcelain in the kitchen.
Jonty's taken by a grubby piece of furniture in the utility room.
It's an early 20th-century pine meat cupboard
and Linda bought it at a car-boot sale a few years ago.
Jonty reckons it's a kind of shabby-chic that would appeal
to bidders at the auction, and says it could be worth £30 to £40.
Well, going by Jonty's lowest estimates so far,
it looks like we stand a good chance of raising around
£300 towards the French furniture, which Linda would like to add as the finishing touches to the house.
So far, so good.
-Well, I'm glad to have a sit down.
-It's going well, isn't it?
-Yes, really good.
So, this is your dining room, one of the rooms that you want to change? It looks fantastic.
It's half finished. We've had it plastered and I've painted but other things need doing.
I need new chairs for the dining table,
some units over there and just, you know, general decorating.
But we're nearly there. Getting there.
And you live in this massive house with just yourself and your son. And your husband.
Well, my husband, who's away for about six months of the year.
-So what exactly does he do?
-He's an ROV pilot.
-Of course he is.
Which stands for Remotely Operated Vehicle, which are like little
submarine-type things that go under the water and they've got arms, manipulators and cameras.
You're pulling my leg now, aren't you?
And they control them from a cockpit on the top. They call it flying because they use like a joystick.
How did you meet your husband?
I met him at the office I was working in. He was in the yard helping his brother, who's also an ROV pilot.
As I walked through to get a coffee, I saw this nice bottom, and I thought, ooh, that's a nice bottom.
And he turned round and he thought, ooh, and then it went from there, really.
That was one of the moments where you regret asking the question.
-At least now I know. And he obviously gets on with mother-in-law because she's always here.
Yes. Well, most weekends when he's not here and most weekends when he is here, really.
-No, not always.
-Not always, but a lot of the time.
It's been fascinating hearing your stories and talking to you, but I think we should carry on the hunt.
-Come on, let's go.
-Ok, let's go.
Jonty has been distracted by a toy car in the bedroom, but I've spotted
this Crown silver-plated and cut glass biscuit barrel.
Linda bought it from a local antique shop a few years ago and paid £8 for it.
Not a bad investment, as Jonty reckons
she would get 20 to £30 for it now, so it goes into our auction haul.
-Hey, guys, look what I've found. Where are you?
-We're in here.
Oh, there you are. Look, I found these upstairs.
-I like those.
-Shall we go and take a look?
-Yes, go on.
Yes, I've had these quite a while.
They've been under Anthony's bed, actually, in his bedroom.
Well, having a look closely, certainly at this one here,
these aren't original photographs insofar that if you look at the writing here, it's a little bit
-blurred, it's a little bit fuzzy, which means therefore these are copies of the originals.
But Lowestoft was known as a fishing port.
Locally they collected or they fished for herring,
known as "little darlings", which is a lovely thought, isn't it?
How much money do you reckon we'll raise?
Well, they're certainly worth putting into the auction sale.
They'll be sold as a group of four. We're looking at another 30, £50.
It's better than a slap in the belly with a wet fish.
-That's very true.
-Let's hope cod is on our side when we go to the auction.
-See what I did there? Cod?
Oh, dear. Note to self, no puns allowed.
Things are moving along nicely, though, in Linda's house.
The team is uncovering gems at every turn and I'm wondering what might come up next.
Now, tell me about this ring here. It looks like a dress ring.
This was my nan's ring, which was my nan's, and then my mum had it and then she gave it to me.
And you've never worn it or worn it very rarely?
I did. Very rarely, very rarely.
Now, what we have is a nice sizable diamond which looks about a carat or just under.
That, in turn, is surrounded by two smaller diamonds and then the shoulder of the ring
have the tiniest, tiniest diamonds inset in there.
And it looks from the cut of the diamond that it's not brilliant cut and this, as a consequence,
will be probably Victorian, so late 19th-century, I would imagine.
-Does that make sense to you?
-Well, auction value, we're looking at 150, £250 at auction.
I think it's beautiful.
Can I see it on, actually? Does it fit you?
-Erm, I think it might go on that finger.
-With this ring, I thee wed.
Will you marry me?
Don't it make you sick?
As we continue the search of this vast house, I think Daphne has her eye on those delicious cakes.
Oh, no, I'm wrong. It's the table she's interested in.
Apparently Linda bought it off the previous owners of the house.
It's made of sturdy pine and is early 20th century.
It gets the thumbs-up from Jonty, anyway,
who gives it a 30 to £40 valuation.
But Linda wants to see if Jonty can identify a piece of furniture in her lounge.
So, tell me, what are you doing with a water meter in your front room?
I acquired it from my brother who works for the water company.
And they were taking a load of stuff out of a big building that was
just being thrown away, basically, because they were moving, I think.
And he asked if he could have it and he was given it by his boss and now it's in my lounge.
So you thought, I know what will make my house look special.
-I'll have a water meter.
-Because my tastes have changed, as they do with
us women, it's not going to go with my decor when I redecorate the room.
So I want to sell it.
It's intriguing. Now, we've got the makers here.
Glenfield and Kennedy from Kilmarnock.
Now what I do happen to know is this company here merged in 1899, so this piece of kit,
this water meter, is therefore post that time.
Now what I do know is that Thomas Kennedy found a gap in the market in the 1820s
for creating metres like this. What did you pay your brother for it?
I think it was about £300.
Might have been a bit more, I can't really remember.
OK, OK. Value.
Well, I reckon we're looking at four to £600 at auction and maybe more.
It just depends, but I think it's fascinating.
-You just said four to what?
-Four to £600 for a water meter. How about that?
I've never seen one in someone's living room.
-Isn't it amazing?
-Amazing. Well, I can tell you that the hunt is over, for today at least.
And with all the goodies that we've found today
and Jonty's lowest estimates, we're hoping that you'll raise
something in the region of £940.
-Oh, good. That'd be good, wouldn't it?
-Bring on the French furniture, say I.
-Yes, yes, yes.
Yes, yes, yes indeed. Well, I'm really looking forward to this
auction and we have a collection of fascinating items that I'm sure will interest the bidders on auction day.
There's the fabulous diamond ring that's been handed down to Linda from her maternal grandmother.
That should really stand out, with an estimate of 150 to £250.
And those five London street signs which Linda's father-in-law bought.
Jonty reckons these could do really well too, and valued them at 200 to £400.
And that unusual water meter, which came from Linda's brother,
who used to work for a water company.
That was given a whopping 400 to £600 price tag.
Still to come on Cash And The Attic, Linda gets the jitters after the first good sale.
-I'm really surprised.
-Well, especially when you said
-they were in an office and then in a box.
-My heart's going...
And she reveals to us her nickname.
-They call me the Car Boot Queen.
-Oh, do they?
-Now you tell us.
Find out what else happens when the hammer finally falls.
So we've come to TW Gaze auction rooms here in Norfolk.
We've brought all of Linda's items, hoping to raise between £700-£800 for that room redesign.
Let's hope the eager bidders are here when the hammer falls.
These auction rooms are in Diss, a town that straddles the borders
of Norfolk and Suffolk, about half way between Norwich and Ipswich.
It used to specialise in livestock and agricultural, but these days offers a
range of antiques and collectables in their Friday and Saturday sales.
So fingers crossed that Linda's lots stand out and appeal to the bidders.
Oh, Jonty, you shouldn't have! You've bought me a ring.
-That's our star item, is it?
-Well, we've got some great news.
I thought this was a nice ring, but I was a bit conservative in the house.
I couldn't quite see the clarity of the stone, the diamond in the middle there, so I put £100-150 on it.
But bringing it in here and having a closer examination, the clarity of the stone is very good news indeed,
the stone in the middle there is three-quarter carat,
so all of a sudden we've gone up to £400-£500, which is wonderful.
They're after £700 or £800 to redo a room, so we're well on the way.
Let's see what happens with this.
Well, that new price for the ring has pushed up the total we're hoping to achieve by £250.
In the end, though, Linda couldn't bear to part with the yellow glassware,
but at least that only knocks £20 off our original target.
I wonder if she's feeling any regrets about saying goodbye to some of her other things today?
-Morning, ladies. How are you?
Saying a final farewell to your signs?
-Will you be sad to see them go?
Not really, no. They've been in the summer house for a while. We'll be glad to get rid of them.
You want to raise £700-£800, let's hope you do it. Have you been to an auction before?
I have, yes, quite a few, many years ago with my brothers,
-but I haven't been to one for a while.
Let's hope you raise the money. £700-£800 for that brand-new room.
The auction is about to start. It's getting quiet,
-so let's make our way into position.
-OK, let's go.
If like Linda you're keen to raise money for something
special by selling at auction, do bear in mind that there are charges to be paid, including commission,
which vary from one sale room to another, so it's always worth inquiring in advance.
Well, the first of her lots to come up today is
the four 20th century reproduction black and white images of Lowestoft,
with an estimate of £30-£50.
-Yes, they're great and we're not too far away
from where they were taken, so hopefully we'll get a bit of local interest.
£40 for these. 40.
30. £20 to get on. 20 I have.
-22. 25. 28. 30.
38. 40. 42. 45.
48. 50, 55. 55. Are you 60?
It's 55 on my right now. Where's the 60? We're going for £55.
We asked for a man from Lowestoft and there he is.
I didn't think they'd go for that, I'm really surprised.
-Especially when you said they were in a box.
-My heart's going...
That's a very good start for Linda.
If she's having palpitations already
I wonder how she's going to cope with the rest of the auction.
Next up is the Crown silver plated and cut glass biscuit barrel that I found.
Jonty, if you remember, valued it at £20-£30.
-What's the story behind this one?
-Well, I was walking up our local arcade
in our town and saw it in the window, £8, which I thought was a very good price.
I'm hoping it will make more than £8.
-Let's hope so too.
-Have you ever had any biscuits in it?
£10 and start, a lovely piece. 10, 12, 15, 18, 20. 22. 22 I have.
Is there 5? It's 22 in the corner.
Come on, come on.
£22, are we all done?
That's not bad I suppose. More than what I paid for it.
Exactly, and Jonty's lowest estimate was 20, so you're £2 over that.
-Oh, you're difficult to please!
I think that first sale set the bar quite high,
so this result seems like a bit of a let down.
In other words, we've been spoiled.
The next lot of Linda's to come up are the two spelter figures
with an estimate of £30-£50.
£30. 30 I have.
30 - 2, 5, 8 is bid. 38 I have.
Is there 40? 40 straight in front.
40 standing and is there 2? Sell at £40.
-Well, smile then. There we go.
That's how we like to see you.
I think Linda's going to be a tough one to please today!
That sale price was bang in the middle of Jonty's estimate.
Will she be happier with this next lot, I wonder,
the post cards she's collected for 35 years?
Let's hope they reach Jonty's estimate of £30-£40.
They've been in a drawer under the bed for 20 odd years.
-I'm showing my age now.
-It's probably about time to get rid of them
-if they've been in the drawer for 20 years.
Start me in here, £40 for these. 40?
30. 20 I'm bid. The post cards, 20 is bid.
22, 25, 28.
28 I have. Is there 30?
It's 28 at the moment. We will sell at 28. No, sorry.
So before you, unsold for that one.
The auctioneer obviously didn't think £28 was enough for those post cards.
And who knows, maybe Linda will now do something with them after all these years.
Her next lot is one of her star items, that diamond ring which has the new estimate of £400-£500.
And I start straight in here, just at £300.
It's 300 I have, where is the 20?
It's a lovely ring here at £300. Where is 20? 320.
340. 340 I have. Is there 60?
It is 340. 360. 380. 400. 400 with Sharon and where's 20?
Away for £400.
What a turn up, so we got there.
-Good news all round.
-More money for the furniture.
Linda is obviously delighted with that sale, which just reached our new estimate.
Now, what will the bidders make of her next lot, that old meat cupboard?
-I bought it at a car boot, very cheaply.
-It's seen a bit of action as well, hasn't it?
Yes, a dog's been clawing at it, by the looks of it, on the door trying to get to the meat.
-How much did you pay for it?
I put £30-£40, let's see who's nearest.
-It's going to go for over £100, I think.
You've lost your marbles.
Straight in at £25. It's 25 I have.
Where is 8? 28. 30.
32. 35. 38. 38 I have.
Is there 40? 40 bid. Are you two?
It's 40 now in the gallery. Where's the 2? We sell at £40.
-That's a good car boot investment.
-It was, wasn't it?
See, I've got an eye. They call me the Car boot Queen.
Do they? Now you tell us!
Linda certainly made a good profit on that cupboard,
reaching the top of the estimate no problem.
The next five lots are those impressive London street signs.
On the advice of the auction house
these signs are being sold separately.
Have you got a reserve on any of them?
-I think a discretionary one of £40, I think.
Some of them are in better condition than others, so it depends on if anybody lives on that street.
But when the first sign, Cloak Lane
near London's Canon Street in the city goes before the bidders...
Unfortunately that one's unsold.
I wonder if Linda is regretting putting that reserve on.
Houndsditch near Liverpool Street is up next.
55 we have. Where's the 60?
We'll sell her at £55.
-£55. There we go.
-That one went.
-That was good, what was it?
-55 for Houndsditch.
-I don't understand why the first one didn't go and that one did.
One was better quality, the first one had a lot more wear, this one was really
-crisp and clean.
-The next one is St Bride Street, just off Fleet Street.
Its condition is quite good, so we're hopeful it will sell.
Sell at 48.
-Still on gear, which is good.
-Well done. It's a good sign.
It's a good... Oh.
Oh. I couldn't resist it and thankfully neither could that bidder.
The fourth one for Moor Lane near Moorgate
is another that looks in good shape so it should be snapped up.
Sell away at £55.
-Maybe somebody lives on a moor.
As far as I recall there aren't many moors in Norfolk, but who knows,
we're all just delighted it was a good sale.
The final London street sign is for Whitefriars Street
near - would you believe it - Blackfriars.
It's not in the best of condition, but we all live in hope.
Unfortunately we can't sell that one.
Everyone has won because you've sold some and you get to keep some.
Yes. Put them up somewhere. I don't know where, but somewhere.
Put them in that drawer where you kept the cards for 20 years.
Considering two of them didn't sell, that seems like a fair price
and I don't think Linda is too disappointed.
She has two more lots to go.
The penultimate is the pine kitchen table which she bought from the previous owners of her house.
It has a price of £30-£40 in the catalogue.
I'm going to start straight in at 30. It is 30, I have.
A lovely pine table here at 30.
32. 35. 38.
50, 55. 60, 65.
65 I have. Is there 70?
Selling at £65.
-That is good.
-I can't believe it.
-Have you got another table in its place?
-I have, a bigger one actually.
Dinner parties just won't be the same again around at Linda's.
And now we have come to that unique item she had in her lounge.
Everyone has one, haven't they? The water meter.
The million dollar question, are we in hot water with this?
It's a rare item. Might be a tricky item to sell
because it's such an unusual thing to have in an auction sale.
It's a lot of money, £400-£600.
-For a water meter?
-For a water meter, yes.
I start in here at £400. It is 400 I have. Where is 20?
A barograph at £400. 420. 440.
460. 480. 500. 520.
520 still with me. Is there 40?
520 at the moment, where is 40?
We will sell away at £520.
-Well, I never!
-Well, I never.
-Well, well, well. how about that?
Was she putting on a Welsh accent then? Not bad.
Well, that was a great sale to end on and I think we're all very keen
to know exactly how much we've raised.
-I think you might shout.
-Oh, yes. It's almost double.
-Oh, wow. Isn't that good?
That's great. Thank you so much.
Nothing to do with us. It's been good.
It's been a lovely day. Thank you.
With the clear out of antiques Linda and Daphne head into Norwich
to buy furniture to revamp Linda's lounge.
-I'm buying the furniture in advance. Once the room is decorated it will be really lovely, won't it?
She's been doing up the house for the last ten years,
so you would think it would be done by now wouldn't you!
We've done upstairs, downstairs is still to be done and the lounge is being done before Christmas.
Definitely. Without fail.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Linda Shiers has been renovating a one-time guest house into a family home and needs an injection of cash to finish it off. So she asks her mum, Daphne, to help look for collectables that she can sell, with extra help from Aled Jones and Jonty Hearnden.