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Welcome to the show that searches your home for hidden treasures

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which we then sell at auction.

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Most people at some time in their life

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inherit various heirlooms, but which ones are valuable

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and which ones can you afford to throw away?

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That's the question everybody asks, and today we hope to find an answer.

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Will we find some very valuable heirlooms

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on today's Cash In The Attic? Time to find out.

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'On today's Cash In The Attic, a 19th-century train timetable

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'gives us a glimpse into the glamorous world of Victorian travel.'

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I love the way they list all these really important people,

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then we get "Third Class", and there's not a word!

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And Jonty gets into his Peckham mode

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when he assesses some gold-sovereign jewellery.

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Somehow there's a Del Boy feel to wearing a sovereign.

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What do you think?

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On auction day, our experts' estimates are slightly out.

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Jonty, you got that one wrong!

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But it's great when you get it wrong that way round.

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Find out if all comes right when the hammer falls.

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I'm going to sell it for 50.

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Today I've come to Buckinghamshire to meet Keith Davies.

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He's called in the Cash In The Attic team to help him raise some funds

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for one of his sons, who's flown the nest and gone to study abroad.

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Keith is the only son of a wartime globetrotting couple

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who liked to pick up a souvenir from every place they visited.

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Keith's parents have now died, and he's inherited their collections

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and those from their siblings, too. This means his home,

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which he shares with his wife Penny and sons Leslie and Mark,

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is absolutely full of exotic and eclectic items

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from the four corners of the world.

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Keith's son Leslie now has the family travelling bug,

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and is in America. Keith's wife is at work today,

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so it falls to his youngest son to help with the rummage.

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And joining me is our expert antique hunter, Jonty Hearnden.

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Mind your feet! Whoo!

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Oh, look! It's got a real cottage feel!

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-Oh, look at the beams!

-Mind your head on those.

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I haven't got a problem, look. I'm so little!

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Jonty gets to work straightaway. He's certainly got his work cut out,

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as I've heard this family want to raise £1,000.

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Tell me, who are you looking at there?

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These are photographs of Leslie. Just looking and reminiscing, really,

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of the old pictures of him before he went to America.

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He's gone off to study and do a university course,

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and we're looking to raise some money to pay for his fees

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and help towards the fees, because it's so expensive in the States for education.

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-Do you miss Leslie, I take it?

-Oh, yes. Yes, we do.

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It's four months, five months... 1st of August he went,

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and we miss him big time, yeah.

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-What are you studying?

-Film studies.

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-Are you enjoying it?

-Yeah, it's really good.

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It's really good fun. I've got lots of friends, and it's good fun.

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So we need to raise £1,000 for Leslie's tuition fees in America.

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Let's see if Jonty's found anything yet. Got a lot to get through!

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Keith is lucky to have so many international collectables

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with fascinating family provenance. They come thanks to his parents,

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and we'll find out more about how they acquired them later.

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It doesn't take long before Jonty finds something from their travels.

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This is a lovely room. Ah, there's Jonty!

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-I have been hard at work.

-What have you found?

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I've found a lovely little case here. This is a cigarette case.

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-And a cigarette box.

-Right.

-Inside this one here

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is a picture. Who's that?

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That's a photograph of my mother. This was a cigarette case

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that was given to my father,

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I presume as maybe a wedding gift, or maybe an engagement gift.

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And it says here, "To my darling Les, all my love, Nan".

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Mum, from a very young age, was always called Nan.

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-It was Nan Davies.

-Lorne, I've been looking for a hallmark on here,

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and I haven't been able to find one, but I do have a little number here -

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833.

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Now that obviously means that this case is solid silver,

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but it wasn't made in the UK.

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This possibly could have come from the Egyptian-jeweller friend

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-that they had.

-All sounds very exotic!

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Yeah. When it comes to selling an object like this in an auction sale,

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we cannot call it solid silver, by law.

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We have to call it white metal. Whereas this box is.

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If you look on the side here, lovely crisp, clean hallmarks,

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and it's got the inscription "Thomas Hugh Davies".

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That was my grandfather. That was a gift from the company he worked for,

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-for long service.

-So, where do we stand in terms of the value

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-of these items, then?

-The problem we have is,

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it's been incredibly personalised,

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so therefore they just have to be sold for their weight.

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But, having said that, they're still worth £60, £80.

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OK. Well, let's hope we can take these to auction

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and get £60 to £100. That would be wonderful, wouldn't it?

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-We're a tenth of the way there.

-It's gone up!

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THEY LAUGH Optimistic!

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Absolutely! Well, why not? They're both lovely objects,

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and to get £100 - let's be positive.

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I really like Keith's enthusiasm.

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Let's hope it does make nearer the £100 mark for him.

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In the bedroom, Jonty finds a cameo brooch and ring

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which belonged to Keith's aunt Ethel from Sunderland.

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These examples are from the early 20th century,

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but are quite good quality, so Jonty values them accordingly

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at £80 to £100.

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And Keith looks like he may have struck gold already.

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-Ah, Jonty!

-Yeah?

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Look what I've got here!

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Two fabulous pocket watches.

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-So, where were these from?

-That's Grandfather's,

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and he gave them to me when I was about 13.

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And the smaller pocket watch was from my great-aunt Maggie.

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Let's have a look at this gent's one first.

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Have you ever looked at the back of it?

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-Yes. Little engravings on the back.

-OK.

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This is interesting. This is not a British-made pocket watch.

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This is an American one, because we can see here

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that it's the American Watch Company,

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Waltham, Massachusetts.

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They were a very big watchmaker.

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In fact they made millions of watches

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in the late 19th century. They went out of business in the 1950s.

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The great news is - I've just had a look on the back here -

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this is what they call ten-carat gold,

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which we don't use in this country, which is very good news indeed.

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Tell me about this small ladies' pocket watch.

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I would presume that was, sort of, late 1800s, type of...

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-Over 100 years old.

-Well, you're about right,

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and you can tell that by looking at the decoration on the outside.

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Look at all the chasing on the reverse and on the side here.

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It's very, very busy, so this has to be late 19th century,

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possibly early 20th century. Let's see if we can get to the back of it.

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Ah! That's really very good news indeed.

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I suspected so. Because this casing here is nine-carat gold.

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But look at the condition of that on the inside! Isn't that wonderful?

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-That's almost mint.

-Why should it not be?

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It's always been enclosed.

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That ladies' pocket watch is in very good condition,

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this not so, so as far as value is concerned,

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on a poor day we're looking at £200, but on a good day,

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as much as £400, so that's a very good find.

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-That's excellent.

-So, rather than being stuffed in a drawer,

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you could turn that into a really useful...

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-Bit more tuition fees coming our way!

-That could be very useful for you.

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These family heirlooms from Keith's adventurous parents

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certainly have an international theme.

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In the bedroom, Keith has come across something from his childhood.

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It's a toy van made by Budgie,

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one of the British die-cast toymakers of the 1960s.

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Keith assumes he didn't play with it much as it's in very good condition.

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It comes with its box. It's not as valuable as other well known makes

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such as Dinky and Matchbox, so it gets a slightly lower valuation

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of just £20 to £30.

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Thanks to Keith's family's collecting eye,

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it looks like we may be able to help son Leslie

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with a good portion of those tuition fees.

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We've seen some really lovely items,

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and most of them seem to have come from your mum and dad.

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A lot of those are from rather glamorous locations.

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So, tell me about the connection there.

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I think Mum left home when she was about 16 and went dancing.

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And then, as war broke out,

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Dad was in the Pioneer Corps in Palestine.

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And when they had leave periods, they would go to places like Cyprus.

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Went to Cyprus, met Mum.

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They got together in about '43,

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then about 1944, I think, they got engaged,

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and all the time they were travelling around the Palestine,

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the Middle East, Egypt,

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and all those, in those days, far-off places.

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It does all sound quite exotic and glamorous,

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-but there was a war going on.

-Yeah. It was difficult for them

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as a young couple that had met,

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because Mum was entertaining the troops,

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Dad was obviously with the Pioneer Corps,

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and I think they had this relationship,

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a distant relationship, lots of letters to-ing and fro-ing,

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before they got together and finally got married in Jerusalem.

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What are your memories as a little boy, then?

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-You're an only child, aren't you?

-Yeah. I was an only child,

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although that's sometimes a disadvantage.

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As a child, Mum would always be there.

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She was always there, because they didn't work in those days.

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Mum was a housewife. When I went to secondary school,

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Mum reincarnated herself, I suppose,

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because she started a dancing school, so she went back to dancing.

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What are your thoughts on these objects now, given the family connection?

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Sentiment. It's nice to have it,

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but the trouble is, they're all items you're not going to be using.

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They're going to stay in a drawer, never use them.

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No-one's ever going to see them,

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so we're not actually gaining any pleasure from it.

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-Shall we go and see if Jonty's got anything to add to the pile?

-Yeah.

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Jonty's exploring one of the bedrooms.

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But has Mark laid his hands on another one of those intriguing family heirlooms?

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Hi, Jonty. I've found something of interest for you.

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Good. I'd like to hear.

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-A ring and a pennant-type brooch.

-Yes, OK.

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Oh, wow! They've got sovereigns inset inside them,

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in the middle there. Where are they from?

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They were originally my great-aunt's.

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She used to wear them quite often. The brooch she would wear daily

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with scarves and things like that. We're not sure she wore the ring,

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but she did wear the brooch.

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It was very fashionable, in the late 19th century

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and throughout the 20th century, for many people

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to convert their sovereigns into jewellery.

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You were simply wearing your money, wearing your wealth.

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If you could afford to buy a sovereign, or a half-sovereign,

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why not turn it into a ring, because it is solid gold after all.

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But somehow there's a touch of the Del Boy about them.

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I certainly wouldn't be caught wearing that.

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-You sure?

-No. It's not for me, I'm afraid.

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-So can we sell this pair?

-Oh, for sure. Yeah.

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They're not strictly a pair. I imagine they were converted

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probably at the same time.

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In the brooch, the half-sovereign here is 1905,

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so that's Edwardian,

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and this one is a similar age. This is 1914,

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so the beginning of the First World War.

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We're selling just at the right time,

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because the market is really at an all-time high as we speak.

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Five years ago, I would value these

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at between £60 and £80. In today's market, at auction,

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-we're looking between £150 and £200.

-Brilliant!

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-So that is very good news.

-Good job you came now, then!

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Good job you showed them to me!

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-I'll give those back to you for safekeeping. We'll carry on.

-OK.

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Obviously half-sovereigns are half the weight and half the gold content

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of a full sovereign.

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At auction, will the gold have the Midas touch with the bidders?

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110, 120, 130, 140.

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-Will it reach Jonty's estimate?

-150. In the room at 150. 160.

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Will it go higher still? Find out later.

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All that excitement is still to come.

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But as our rummage continues here in Buckinghamshire,

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going by Jonty's lowest estimates, so far we stand to raise £510

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at auction. So we're doing quite well.

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'In my search, I spot these two old teddy bears

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'that belonged to Keith's mother.

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'He unearthed them when he was clearing her house after she died,

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'so they're at least 50 years old.

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'Unfortunately they're not very valuable,

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'only getting a £20 to £30 estimate from Jonty.'

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-Here we are, Lorne.

-Oh, what have you got there?

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-Jonty?

-Let's have a look.

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This is a silk time-bill, it's described as,

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and it's an old Indian train journey

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that took place in 1876, I think.

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-That's right. Yes.

-For the Prince of Wales'...

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journey through from Delhi to Lahore.

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So, is this, like, an itinerary, then,

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a train timetable that he was going to use

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to get to where he was going?

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I'm not sure whether it's a timetable, but if you look here,

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it has all these carriages, and it tells you who's...

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-Who's in every one.

-Oh, yeah! Carriage!

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I love the way they list all these important people,

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and then we get "Third Class", and there's not a word!

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You have second class, third class, and that's it.

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-That's it. They won't mention those.

-THEY LAUGH

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How did this come into your possession, then?

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This probably came from my great-uncle Rich,

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who was a bit of an eccentric and went travelling around the world

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in the mid-'60s, and went from Victoria Coach Station to Bombay

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-on a bus.

-I think that was just insane.

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-He did rather stupid things.

-He got there, did he?

-Yeah!

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I can only presume that he's picked this up on his travels,

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because he certainly wouldn't have been alive

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in that sort of timetable date.

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Now, the condition is pretty poor, because it's made of silk,

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and silk does perish quite badly. Now, this is a rare item,

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but it doesn't necessarily make it incredibly valuable.

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I just find it fascinating, and a lot of other people will, too.

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So what sort of price do you think?

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I would put £20 to £30 on it,

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and just see what happens in the auction sale.

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I think we go for it.

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Perhaps this is what is known in the trade as a sleeper -

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something that could surprise us with a high result on auction day.

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Jonty makes the next discovery in the hall -

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two French spelter figures of children.

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Again, they came from Keith's parents,

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who became interested in making money from antiques when they retired.

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But a lot of the items they bought were never sold on,

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and were left for Keith to inherit.

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Jonty reckons this pair should attract some attention

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at £50 to £80.

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Keith's son Leslie is the person we're raising the money for today.

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But, as he's now living in America, I get the low-down on him from his brother Mark.

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So, this was Leslie's bedroom before he went away.

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-It's big, isn't it?

-Nice and big. He got the bigger room of the two.

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-SHE LAUGHS

-Right. So, what's this?

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This is a wakeboard. It's the snowboarding equivalent of water-skiing.

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You're behind a boat, and you get towed at 30 miles an hour,

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and it's all about doing the biggest, baddest trick you can do.

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-Your parents must have a fit.

-Not the best thing to watch your child do,

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but as a participant, it's exhilarating. It's great fun.

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-This all looks quite expensive.

-Oh, it's very expensive.

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The kit itself here is about £500, £600 worth,

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and if you add on your memberships and each time you go out behind a boat,

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-it all starts to add up.

-You've got lots of medals here.

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-These are Leslie's medals?

-Came second in one competition,

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third in another, and the best one we have of him

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is Best Crash award, where he completely totalled himself

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in a competition and had memory loss for a day,

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so we had a lot of fun taking the mick out of him.

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What has he gone to America to do? Is it linked to this sport?

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He's doing physiotherapy, and it connects with this,

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because in wakeboarding there's a lot of impact injuries,

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and it helps to know a good physiotherapist

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once you get out of those crutches and get walking again,

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so it's quite linked, really.

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It's been quite tough for your mum and dad.

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They get quite emotional talking about it.

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Every time Les comes up in conversation, they're welling up.

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But they're pleased for him because this is an avenue for him to follow.

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-So they were pleased.

-And what has it been like for you?

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Obviously you grew up together, share the interest in this sport,

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-and now he's not here.

-Yeah, it was weird.

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We used to go down the lake together,

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we're on the same football team. We've done a lot together -

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same school, and he's always been there,

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but then he's gone, and it's quite strange adapting to that

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-and getting used to it.

-What are your plans for going out there?

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Hopefully in August the whole family will be going out,

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so it'll be good to get back together again.

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It will be. There'll be lots of tears then.

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I'm sure there will be. Lots of hugs and kisses.

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There'll be tears if Jonty doesn't find some more stuff to sell. Let's see how he's doing.

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I'm not sure where our expert's got to,

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but Mark makes an interesting discovery downstairs.

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It's a Victorian cast-iron doorstop

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in the shape of the puppet, Mr Punch.

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It belonged to Keith's great-aunt Maggie,

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who worked as a governess for families in France and England.

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Jonty values it at £30 to £40.

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The house is just full of interesting objects

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collected by Keith's parents and family,

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and Mark is keen to show Jonty yet another one.

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Jonty, this could be of interest. I'm sure we could sell this at the auction.

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Let's have a look. Wow! OK... So, where was this beauty from?

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It came from my great-aunt, and she's passed it down

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with the other things you've found today.

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I notice here that it's perpetually at quarter past three,

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but it's not even that. We're missing the minute hand.

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This is a late 19th-century French mantel clock.

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It's a classical style, so it's classical referencing,

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but you've got all these other 19th-century details,

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so if you look at the plinth which is surrounding this marble base,

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all of this gilded decoration is very 19th century,

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that sort of heavy, OTT feel about the whole thing.

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So if we turn it on its side here,

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we can see that the detailing on the back is the same as the front,

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and there's a reason for that. On a mantel shelf,

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particularly in France, you would have a mirror on the mantel shelf,

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so it would reflect the back of any clock,

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so it was important that the back was as detailed as the front.

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So, do you remember the clock working?

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It used to. It used to sit on the fireplace,

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and my brother and I were playing in here with a tennis ball,

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and accidentally hit the glass dome that surrounded it and smashed it,

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and it's never been the same since, really.

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You're right. Clocks like this would have come in a dome case,

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and not only was that design but had a practical purpose,

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to stop all the dust laying on top of it,

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so all the movement would have been dust-free.

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As far as value is concerned, what do you think?

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-I'd be guessing around the £40 mark.

-It's worth a lot more than that,

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double that, so in the catalogue,

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the auction estimate would be between £80 and £100.

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It's a pity that we don't have the hand.

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It's replaceable, but not to worry about that,

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because dealers just want to buy something

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-they know they can trade with almost straightaway.

-Excellent!

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-Very good find. Onwards and upwards!

-Let's go.

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It seems Mark's great-aunts had a great eye

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for collecting quality items. In the bedroom,

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it looks like Keith might have found something sparkling,

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but there's no stopping Mark at the moment.

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In the snug, he's come across something else that has family connections.

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It's the war medals that were given to Keith's father

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and his great-uncle Oswald for their services during the wars.

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These war medals, however, are fairly common,

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and that is reflected in Jonty's estimate

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as he values them at £50 to £80.

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-So, how have you found today, Mark?

-It's been really good.

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Are you surprised at some of the stuff your mum and dad have got?

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-I haven't seen half of this before. It's been in boxes.

-Hello!

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-Oh, do I see diamonds?

-We do.

-Oh, hello!

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And whose ring is this?

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This is actually my mother's engagement ring.

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Your mother's? This looks like a man's ring to me.

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No. This is definitely Mother's engagement ring.

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It was made for her by a jeweller in Cairo

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who was a personal friend of hers.

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That's a proper knuckleduster! Excuse me.

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-We're being polite. Can I have a look?

-Certainly.

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-So, how many diamonds have we got in here?

-Ten.

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Yes, you're right. We've got eight smaller ones,

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and two large ones on the ends.

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And those diamonds are inset in a very fine platinum ridge.

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The band itself, the ring itself, is gold, probably nine-carat gold.

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-Mark, what do you think about this?

-It's certainly different.

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I couldn't give it to someone as an engagement ring.

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-I think it would be given back.

-It has a very modern feel.

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-When do you think this was made?

-This would've been 1944.

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They were married in '44, in December,

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so round about '43, '44. It was an engagement ring,

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but they met and married fairly soon after meeting.

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For a lady in that period to be wearing a ring like that

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-would have been very unusual.

-It's very avant-garde.

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It's completely different to the style of jewellery

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that would've been made just before the war and straight after the war.

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We know there's ten diamonds in that ring,

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but do we know the carat weight of them?

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That'll make all the difference, won't it?

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I would hazard a guess between two and three carats.

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We would have to properly assess the clarity of those diamonds,

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because I think they're not the best,

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but as far as value is concerned, an auction value is concerned,

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we're looking at between £500 and £600.

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-What do you think about that?

-Superb. I think that's good.

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I'm quite pleased that we've got nearer our target,

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and £1,000... Nearer to £1,000.

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Well, it certainly has taken us a lot nearer our target,

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because, as you say, you wanted £1,000

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towards Leslie's education, or the fees for him studying in America,

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and thanks to the ring, the value of everything going to auction

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comes to £1,260!

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-Oh, really?

-That's pretty good.

-That is good, isn't it?

0:23:110:23:14

-That's fantastic.

-The ring's made all the difference.

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How wonderful! That's great.

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There was certainly a Middle Eastern flavour to our items today.

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I can't wait to see how they all do when we take them to auction.

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There's the two gold pocket watches.

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Will they tick all the boxes for the bidders,

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with an estimate of £200 to £400?

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The early 20th-century sovereign ring and pin

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which belonged to Keith's aunt. With the price of gold being so high,

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they should reach their £150 to £200 estimate.

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And not forgetting the silk train timetable,

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for the Prince of Wales's journey from Delhi to Lahore in 1876.

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His valuation was only £20 to £30,

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but who knows what it might fetch on the day.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic - I think Jonty is punch-drunk

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after the sale of the Victorian doorstop.

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That's the way to do it!

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And what has us reacting like this?

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-That's just bizarre.

-I'm stunned.

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I'm absolutely stunned.

0:24:210:24:24

'All will be revealed when the hammer finally falls.'

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Now, it's been a few weeks since we met Keith and his son Mark,

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and we found some lovely items in their home,

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including that Indian railway timetable with a royal touch,

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and the Egyptian ring. We've brought those and other items here

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to Chiswick Auction House in West London.

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Remember, Keith's looking to raise around £1,000

0:24:480:24:51

so he can send the money to his other son, Leslie,

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for his tuition fees in America.

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Let's hope today the bidders are feeling very adventurous

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and help us make our money.

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These general auctions take place every Tuesday.

0:25:010:25:04

Today there are almost 800 lots,

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and dealers and experts alike are eyeing up everything on offer.

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Keith and Mark have never been to an auction before,

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and I wonder if they're feeling anxious about how well all their family heirlooms will do.

0:25:160:25:20

-Hi, guys!

-Hello.

-Hello. How you doing?

0:25:220:25:24

Wonderful, auctions. I love them. You're got your doorstop here,

0:25:240:25:28

and in here... Anyone for a chocolate?

0:25:280:25:31

-They're actually still in the tin!

-Put those away, quick.

-From 1900!

0:25:310:25:35

Can you believe it? Amazing. Are you looking forward to the auction?

0:25:350:25:39

I'm a little bit nervous, not knowing what's going to happen.

0:25:390:25:42

So we'll wait and see.

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I'm not nervous, but we never know what will happen at auction either.

0:25:440:25:48

-How are you feeling, Mark?

-It's going to go well.

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We'll make a lot of money and it should be good fun.

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The show is underway, so let's hope Mr Punch gets us a good audience.

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Come on!

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The auction room is packed, and with all the lots available online too,

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let's hope there'll be plenty of interest in Keith's belongings.

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The first to come up is my favourite - that Victorian train timetable

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with the royal connection.

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You've still got a low estimate on that, for what it is.

0:26:140:26:17

It's a simple document. There's a bit of damage.

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That's why I put £20 to £30 on it.

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But the truth is, nobody knows what it really is worth.

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Right, OK. Let's see, shall we?

0:26:250:26:27

There's interest in this straight off, I'm glad to say.

0:26:270:26:30

I'm bid £20. Straight off with me at 20.

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22, everywhere. 22.

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25. 28.

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30. 32.

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£32, the middle there. 35.

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38. 40. Five.

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50. Five.

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£60 with Terry.

0:26:450:26:47

Anybody else? 65 here. 70.

0:26:470:26:50

Five. 80. £80 there, further away. At 80.

0:26:500:26:54

Anybody else? At £80. I'm going to sell it for 80.

0:26:540:26:57

-There it goes.

-£80! That's really good, isn't it?

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How about that? That put a smile on your face.

0:27:010:27:03

-Jonty, you got that one wrong!

-It's great when you get it wrong that way round!

0:27:030:27:07

'What a great start! More than double Jonty's top estimate.

0:27:070:27:11

'Let's hope this sale bodes well for the rest of Keith's heirlooms

0:27:110:27:15

'coming under the hammer today. Next up are the two teddies

0:27:150:27:18

'that belonged to Keith's mum, priced at £20 to £30.'

0:27:180:27:22

I think I've looked after them,

0:27:220:27:24

and Jonty seems to think I've over-loved them,

0:27:240:27:27

so they are a little worn.

0:27:270:27:29

I would rather see an over-loved teddy bear than an under-loved one.

0:27:290:27:33

Let's see what they make.

0:27:330:27:34

£10 to go for them. Surely, for £10?

0:27:340:27:37

Ten I'm bid there. In the middle, for £10.

0:27:370:27:39

And 12 I'll take from somebody else. At £10.

0:27:390:27:42

12. 14.

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£14 here. At 14. Anybody else?

0:27:440:27:47

At £14. 16, standing.

0:27:470:27:49

18. 20.

0:27:490:27:51

22. £22, then.

0:27:510:27:53

With the lady at 22. At £22. You all done?

0:27:530:27:55

22. And going for 22.

0:27:550:27:57

£22! That's £11 a bear.

0:27:570:28:00

Oh, how do you feel?

0:28:000:28:02

I find it really sad when I see my childhood stuff go.

0:28:020:28:06

I guess after the excitement of the first one, we've got to have a few downers!

0:28:060:28:10

'It was still within Jonty's estimate, though,

0:28:100:28:13

'so not too disappointing.

0:28:130:28:15

'The next lot is the boxed Budgie van.

0:28:150:28:18

'Keith didn't play with it very much, so it's in good condition,

0:28:180:28:21

'and its price is £20 to £30.'

0:28:210:28:24

£10 for the lot. Ten I'm bid. 12 there.

0:28:260:28:29

14. 16. 18. 20.

0:28:290:28:31

-22. 24. 26.

-There's lots of bidders in the room today. Fantastic.

0:28:310:28:37

34. 36. 38.

0:28:370:28:39

40. Five.

0:28:390:28:41

50. £50 in the doorway, then. Anybody else, at £50?

0:28:410:28:44

-£50. I'm going to sell it for 50.

-Excellent!

0:28:440:28:47

-Happy with that?

-That's good.

-That's not bad, is it?

0:28:470:28:51

'£20 over the top estimate is very good indeed,

0:28:510:28:54

'and the box certainly helped. Keith seems delighted with that sale.

0:28:540:28:58

'Let's hope we can keep that smile on his face with the next lot,

0:28:580:29:01

'the inscribed silver cigarette box and case.

0:29:010:29:04

'The estimate is £60 to £80.'

0:29:040:29:07

Start me at £30 for the lot. Surely, for 30?

0:29:090:29:11

I'm bid 30. Five.

0:29:110:29:14

40. Five.

0:29:140:29:16

£45, not quite... £50. With Albert at £50.

0:29:160:29:20

And five. 55 in front of you, Albert.

0:29:200:29:22

60. £60 with Albert.

0:29:220:29:24

Anybody else at £60? At £60, and going, then, for 60.

0:29:240:29:28

'We're doing pretty well here today.

0:29:280:29:31

'The bidders certainly seem to like Keith and Mark's lots.

0:29:310:29:34

'Now, how will that Victorian cast-iron doorstop do,

0:29:340:29:38

'in the shape of Mr Punch?'

0:29:380:29:40

Question for you - how do you know that it's antique?

0:29:400:29:43

Because there are loads of reproductions of these around.

0:29:430:29:46

You can tell it's original because it has all the original paintwork.

0:29:460:29:50

It's Victorian paintwork. That's how you can tell the difference.

0:29:500:29:55

What do we want for this? £30 to £40?

0:29:550:29:57

-It's worth every penny. Don't be surprised if he makes more.

-Right. Let's see!

0:29:570:30:01

There's a bit of interest in Punch. I've got a £30 left bid.

0:30:010:30:04

With me at £30 for Punch. 32. 35.

0:30:040:30:07

38. 40. 42. 45.

0:30:070:30:11

48. 50.

0:30:110:30:12

-55. In the room at 55. 60.

-Lots of hands going up.

0:30:120:30:15

-Look at this.

-£60 in the blue. 65. 70.

0:30:150:30:19

Five. 80. Five.

0:30:190:30:21

£85. With 85.

0:30:210:30:22

Anybody else? At £85. 90.

0:30:220:30:25

95.

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-£95, then. At 95.

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:30:280:30:31

-Now, that's the way to do it!

-That's amazing! £95.

0:30:310:30:34

-That is good!

-Pretty good for a doorstop.

0:30:340:30:38

'Incredible! More than double the top estimate.

0:30:380:30:41

'Mr Punch certainly knows that's the way to do it at auction.

0:30:410:30:44

'Keith's next lot is the collection of war medals.

0:30:440:30:47

'Let's hope they can repeat Mr Punch's performance

0:30:470:30:50

'at £50 to £80.'

0:30:500:30:52

Be sorry to see them go, but what am I going to do with them -

0:30:540:30:57

leave them in a drawer and never look at them,

0:30:570:30:59

so we'll see what happens.

0:30:590:31:02

I'm bid £60. Straight off with me at £60.

0:31:020:31:04

65. 65.

0:31:040:31:06

70 with me. 75. 80 with me.

0:31:060:31:08

85. 90 with me. 95 in the room. Against commissions at 95.

0:31:080:31:12

-Wow!

-Wow!

0:31:120:31:13

At 95. 100 there in the middle. Are you giving up?

0:31:130:31:17

-110.

-Great.

-120.

0:31:170:31:19

120 in the middle of the room. At 120.

0:31:190:31:21

In the hat, at 120.

0:31:210:31:23

-At 120, then...

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:31:230:31:25

-What a result!

-That was great!

-Another good one.

0:31:250:31:28

-We're on a roll, aren't we?

-It's going well.

0:31:280:31:31

'We certainly have the sort of items the buyers are looking for today.'

0:31:310:31:35

We're halfway through the lots we're going to be selling.

0:31:360:31:40

So far we've made £427, so almost halfway there.

0:31:400:31:45

-Your items have done really well.

-We're second-half players, as well,

0:31:450:31:48

so bring on the second half!

0:31:480:31:51

Jonty's got something he wants to show me,

0:31:510:31:53

so shall we leave you to get the sausages, as Mr Punch once said?

0:31:530:31:57

If you've been inspired by Keith's success

0:31:590:32:01

and would like to raise money at auction, remember there are charges to be paid, such as commission.

0:32:010:32:07

These vary between salerooms, so it's always worth checking in advance.

0:32:070:32:12

While Keith and Mark take a break, Jonty's gone all teetotal

0:32:120:32:15

and is itching to show me something that reflects the tea-drinking tastes of a bygone era.

0:32:150:32:20

We're having a break, so I thought I'd invite you for a cup of tea.

0:32:220:32:26

Well, yes. A rather glamorous cup of tea,

0:32:260:32:28

because it's even featured on the front of the catalogue.

0:32:280:32:32

The distinctive decoration style of this tea caddy

0:32:320:32:35

tells us this is Tunbridge Ware,

0:32:350:32:37

and it's an amazing amount of work that's gone into this caddy.

0:32:370:32:41

The way this is done is that the people who put this together

0:32:410:32:45

had very long sticks, and cut them up into tiny, tiny shreds.

0:32:450:32:50

So here on the top here we have this castle,

0:32:500:32:53

and running round the outside we have this band of flowers and swags.

0:32:530:32:58

It really is stunning.

0:32:580:33:00

I like the shape of this. It's not just square on the sides.

0:33:000:33:03

It actually bends. It's wonderful.

0:33:030:33:05

Yes. That's a very Victorian shape, as well.

0:33:050:33:08

That's why you can sometimes date boxes

0:33:080:33:11

just by the style or the shape of the box itself.

0:33:110:33:14

So the date of this would be around the middle of the 19th century,

0:33:140:33:17

so we're looking at 1850, 1860.

0:33:170:33:20

It was very popular as a Victorian icon,

0:33:200:33:24

and it was all produced in Tunbridge in Kent.

0:33:240:33:26

That's the reason why we have the name.

0:33:260:33:28

If we open up the inside, you can see the colour it would originally have been.

0:33:280:33:33

So the outside has just faded naturally.

0:33:330:33:36

-So what sort of estimate has it got?

-In the catalogue it's £300,

0:33:360:33:39

which I think is about the money, because once upon a time, these were very expensive in auction sales.

0:33:390:33:45

But I just wanted to show you a bit of quality.

0:33:450:33:48

Well, that distinctive piece pulls in the money,

0:33:480:33:51

as it sold for £480.

0:33:510:33:54

We're back in position, ready for Keith and Mark's next lot,

0:33:540:33:57

the 19th-century French mantel clock.

0:33:570:34:00

It's valued at £80 to £120.

0:34:000:34:03

I'm assuming you won't be sad to see this one go. Am I correct?

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Not really. I think my dad was more upset when I broke the vase on it.

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If we get some money for it, I'll be happy.

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Bit of interest in that straight off. I'm bid £70.

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At £70. 75. 80.

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85. 90. In the corner at £90. Anybody else?

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95, fresh bidding. £95. You all done?

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At £95. Near the mirror, £95 and going.

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95...

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£95! That's not bad, is it?

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Happy about that? That was in the middle of the estimate,

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but we've been used to selling way over the top!

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-Spoiled us, hasn't it?

-But it is... That's good.

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'So, a good start to our second half,

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'and we've still got lots of jewellery and gold to come.

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'But up next is the pair of spelter figures of children.'

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You do see these come up from time to time.

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Yes. They were very popular in the turn of the century,

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so they're about 100 years old, and most of them are made in France.

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My great-grandmother had a pair of these, but she was from the East End of London.

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Right. We want £50 to £80, then? Let's see what we can get.

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Interest in those, surely. Start me at £30 for them.

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£20 for the spelter figures. Unusual subject. For £20.

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Does nobody want, for 20? 20 here. 22.

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25. 28. 30.

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32. 35. £35, near to me. At 35.

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38. 38 in the middle of the room.

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At 38. At £38. Is all I'm bid at 38? I'm going to sell them at £38.

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At £38. All done? £38.

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-Disappointing.

-Shame.

-We were doing so well,

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-and that was just slightly lower.

-Is it disappointing,

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-or are we getting spoilt?

-I think we're getting a little spoilt.

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-What do you reckon, gents?

-Possibly, yes.

0:35:490:35:52

'Well, that's a shame. The pair of spelter figurines

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'are the first item today to disappoint.

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'The next lot is the half-sovereigns.

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'This year, gold has hit record highs,

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'so now's a great time to sell and cash in.'

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Right! Now, here we go. Into proper money now.

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We've got two half-sovereigns set in a 15-carat ring,

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and a 15-carat pin brooch. Now, where were these from?

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These are from my great-aunt Maggie, and she used to wear the brooch

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with a scarf, and I remember her, as a child,

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when we used to visit her in Banbury, she would have this brooch with the scarf on.

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-So, what do we want for these, then?

-Prices are going up.

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All of a sudden, £150 to £200.

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I've got interest in these straight off. I'm bid £100 for them.

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With me at £100. 110. 120.

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130. 140.

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-150. 160, everywhere. 160.

-Everywhere!

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180. 190.

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200. And ten.

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220. 230.

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240.

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240, further away. At 240. Anybody else?

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At £240. 240 is the bid.

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-£240!

-£240!

0:37:030:37:06

The vast majority of that money

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is in the fact that gold has risen so much,

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because literally, in the last 18 months,

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it's more or less quadrupled.

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'I think Keith is just delighted that they've sold

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'for such a good price - £40 over the top estimate.

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'The next lot is more jewellery, an early 20th-century cameo brooch and ring

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'that belonged to Keith's other aunt, Ethel, who lived in Sunderland.

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'We'd like to get our £80 to £120 for these two.'

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What are they worth? Start me at £50. Surely, for 50?

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The two cameos, for £50. Does nobody want them?

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-I'm bid £50.

-£50. OK.

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£55. All I'm bid now, at 55?

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At £55. Not quite enough, for 55.

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At £55. No? Not sold. Sorry.

0:37:500:37:53

-We have an unsold.

-My goodness! Not sold!

0:37:530:37:56

I never thought I was going to be saying that to you today.

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-In fact, there we are.

-Bit of a surprise, isn't it?

0:37:590:38:01

Bit of a shock.

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'Well, the auctioneer obviously used his discretion,

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'and decided that the two cameos were worth more than the £55

0:38:070:38:10

'offered in the room.

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'How will the next lot fare? It's the two watches,

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'on sale for £200 to £400.'

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For my money, this is one of the star items,

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the two watches. We've got the gent's pocket watch,

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the American one, but the beautiful ladies' one, as well.

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I think they've got to go, because they'll only stay in a drawer,

0:38:270:38:30

but the little one is beautifully engraved,

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and I do like it. I'm beginning to think I'm going to miss it,

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but what's the point of having them in a drawer?

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Start me, £100 to go for the lot. £100 for them, surely.

0:38:410:38:45

-£100. 110. 120. 130. 140.

-Come on!

0:38:450:38:48

£130? Is that 130?

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At 130 for the watches.

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£130.

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130, not quite enough.

0:38:540:38:55

-Gosh!

-Unsold!

-That's unbelievable.

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-Unbelievable!

-We've gone right back.

-What happened there?

0:39:000:39:03

-No interest in the room whatsoever.

-That's just bizarre!

0:39:030:39:06

I'm stunned. I'm absolutely stunned.

0:39:060:39:09

'Poor old Jonty! He was so sure those watches would fly.

0:39:090:39:13

'But at least the auctioneer didn't let them go for a silly price,

0:39:130:39:16

'and Keith can try and sell them on another day.

0:39:160:39:19

'And now we have the final lot. It's that large Egyptian engagement ring

0:39:190:39:23

'with ten diamonds, that was Keith's mother's.

0:39:230:39:26

'Jonty valued it at £500 to £600.'

0:39:260:39:29

-Have you put a reserve on that?

-I think we did,

0:39:320:39:35

because I was concerned that it might go for not enough

0:39:350:39:39

as to what I thought it was.

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-So there is a reserve on it.

-Do we know what that is?

0:39:410:39:43

-It's a discretionary reserve.

-Discretionary. OK.

0:39:430:39:46

The auctioneer is selling. Let's see what happens.

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Is it worth... Start me, 400. 400 for the ring. Surely, 400? And 20.

0:39:490:39:54

-440. 460.

-Come on!

0:39:540:39:55

£460 for that ring.

0:39:550:39:57

At £460. 460. Anybody else?

0:39:570:40:00

-At 460. Not quite enough, 460.

-SHE GASPS

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-No!

-Oh, my word!

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-£460, and it's not sold.

-We were doing so well,

0:40:060:40:10

and all of a sudden we've come to a full stop.

0:40:100:40:13

What do you think about the ring not selling?

0:40:130:40:15

Everything that we thought was going to do really well hasn't done well,

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and some of the items we were not expecting to do well

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has done fantastic.

0:40:230:40:25

'I think Keith has just summed up how unpredictable an auction can be.

0:40:250:40:30

'But you have to take the good with the bad. What we need to know now

0:40:300:40:33

'is whether our unsolds have affected our target.'

0:40:330:40:37

Well, you wanted £1,000, didn't you, to send over

0:40:380:40:42

to the tuition in America.

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We've got two major things that haven't sold -

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the gold pocket watches and the gold ring.

0:40:470:40:50

-But you have made £800.

-Much better than nothing,

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because we've still got those items, and I know we can put them somewhere,

0:40:530:40:57

and I'm sure we will get our thousand or more, so that's fine.

0:40:570:41:02

-Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

-It's like a roller coaster.

0:41:020:41:06

Is it like this when you're body-boarding?

0:41:060:41:08

It's a bit different. I'm keeping my hands in my pockets so I don't buy anything silly,

0:41:080:41:13

but it's been a really enjoyable day.

0:41:130:41:15

Hi. How are you?

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A few days later, Keith and Penny break the news of their earnings

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to son Leslie by webcam.

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Mark and I went to the auctions,

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and we've managed to raise you a healthy amount of money.

0:41:280:41:32

So when I send this £800 over to you,

0:41:320:41:36

don't spend it on anything other than your tuition fees,

0:41:360:41:42

and look after the money carefully.

0:41:420:41:45

"Thank you very much. I really appreciate it."

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That's fine, son. You're welcome.

0:41:480:41:50

Leslie originally went to the States on a gap year,

0:41:500:41:53

but decided to stay, and is now studying physiotherapy in Texas.

0:41:530:41:57

-Mind how you go!

-See you soon. Bye!

0:41:570:42:00

What he's doing now is a life ambition for him.

0:42:000:42:04

He's got some good results. He's got some good grades.

0:42:040:42:07

It looks as though he's going to stay the distance,

0:42:070:42:10

and it's fantastic, so I'm over the moon. Proud, really proud.

0:42:100:42:14

-Me, too.

-You, too?

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Keith Davies' eldest son Leslie needs a little help with his studies in Texas, so the family enlists the help of Lorne Spicer and expert Jonty Hearnden to search their home for valuables to sell at auction.


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