Antiques series. Banoo Petit is in dire need of replacement windows. She invites Chris Hollins and expert Paul Hayes into her Luton home to look through her mementos.
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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.
It's a tale of two countries today - England and India.
It's a real eclectic mix of items. Find out what they are next.
'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,
'a valuable lesson in Indian tradition for Paul.'
Anything that's in 13s is lucky and anything that's cracked is unlucky?
My life is very unlucky!
'Our young helper's advice is a step too far for the lady of the house.'
-Take a leaf out of his book.
-It's not his money!
-A good point.
'And a packed auction brings us a surprising result.'
'Find out what happens when the hammer falls.'
I'm in Luton to meet a lady who wants to raise some money
for a few additions to her home.
'Indian-born Banoo Petit first came to England with her husband Phil
'in the early 1960s, settling in Luton and going on to have two sons.
'Sadly, in 2008, Phil passed away and, after a career as a seamstress,
'She's proud of her heritage, which has roots in both India and Iran.
'She enjoys sharing her experiences with 11-year-old grandson, Anish.
'Living in Scotland, he's a regular visitor to the house,
'which, according to Banoo, might be in need of a bit of TLC.
'Having such a fascinating history
'makes me think she'll have plenty of items of interest.
'With many years of experience in antiques and collectables,
'who better to guide us than Mr Paul Hayes?'
-Do you need a referee?
-Full time. Come on in.
Hello, what a lovely garden. You're Banoo?
-Who called Cash In The Attic?
-Why did you have us in?
I just want to do the outside of the house and decorate it a bit better,
so that my children say, "Mum, you're living in a nice house."
I also want to raise some money for the window replacement.
-How much do you want to raise?
-I need more than 500, but I'll be quite happy with 500.
You've drafted in some young talent.
-Anish, are you interested in antiques?
-Yeah, I love antiques.
I like the stuff from the olden days that my dad and uncle played with.
And I love things from foreign countries.
So, £500 is what we want to raise. Is he a hard worker?
Most times he's quite lazy! But he does help me a lot.
We're not going to have any laziness today.
-Paul in there would have our guts for garters. Ready?
'Banoo has lived in this comfortable and orderly house for over 40 years.
'There's tantalising evidence of her heritage everywhere you look.
'Paul may already be serving up our first item.'
-I've made a start already.
-Are you making dinner?
There'll be a lot of dinner for three!
This is lovely. It's a type of tray, not so much a plate.
In Iran, we have the food in the middle.
Four or five people sit round.
All we do is bring it forward, whatever we want.
And eat it. Not in abundance, just a little at a time.
Nobody feels, "He's having more. I'm having less." It's evenly divided.
I often think this is so underrated.
Imagine the length of time
it's taken to put these designs on.
It's the golden age of the Raj - 1890s, 1920s.
This represents the garden of paradise.
India, Persia, that sort of region was very barren.
To have lush plants, gardens and animals
was only for the wealthy, the Shahs.
This floral decoration
is harping back to luxury.
-The elephant indicates more about India.
-Elephants and cows.
You've got the garden of plenty. It's a great thing to have.
I think it's wonderful. They actually engrave the surface
then rub it with a black ink to give it definition.
In this condition, they're fantastic.
They're a type of occasional table.
-You set the legs up and use it when you liked.
-How much is it worth?
-It looks SO exotic.
The sad thing is, somebody's spent hours and hours on these,
but there are lots and lots of them around.
If I said around the £50 mark?
-How does that sound?
-You sure you want to let it go?
-There must be sentimental value.
-No. My father is gone.
My husband is gone. Soon I will be gone!
-And the boys don't want to have it!
-You haven't got a violin to sell?
'That's not a bad start.
'It's good to see Banoo firmly focused on that £500 auction target.
'Anish discovers a bit of Boy's Own nostalgia with a family connection.'
-Ah, now, Anish.
-These are good.
-Whose were these?
My dad and my uncle.
-They're still in good condition for playing with.
-These are 1970s.
A bit like my age, I suppose. Did you play with similar things?
No. PlayStation and football.
People buy these because they're trying to remember their childhood.
I can remember toys like this.
The basic concept with Action Men is that they always had blue eyes.
Always had a scar on his cheek. He was copied from the American GI Joe.
You'd have the army, navy, the pilots, the aircraft,
the Jeeps, mountaineering.
There's a massive collecting area.
The Jeep looks in excellent condition.
-What happened to this?
-The paint's been scraped off.
Somebody's given it a paint job.
-If I said £20 to £40, how does that sound?
'Will there be a battle when those Action Men go under the hammer?'
-< 12, 15, 18...
-There you go!
28. 30. 32. 35. 38. 40...
'Find out later if they're victorious at auction!'
Thank you both for that.
'Paul's got his eagle eyes on another choice collectable,
'this set of three vintage walking sticks.
'A carved pair from the 1930s, which Banoo picked up in Nepal.
'Plus a more modern but impressive onyx example she found in Egypt.
'There's a keen collector's market for antique sticks.
'We're hoping these will walk out of the saleroom.
'We've got plenty of work ahead, but I want to catch up
'with our fascinating host.'
-I know you came from India. Whereabouts?
-From Bombay, but it is called now Mumbai.
-Beautiful part of the world.
-It is. Yes.
How many brothers and sisters did you have?
-Five sisters and two brothers.
-That is a big family!
My father wanted a boy at the end so he kept trying!
What sort of lifestyle did you have? Your father was an entrepreneur.
We had a very good life. Never went hungry.
-What did your dad do?
-Well, he had three restaurants and three cafes.
Then he started having American free style wrestling.
He brought those people down to... from America to India.
He started all sorts of things before he passed away.
-He died very early.
-How did you meet your husband?
He lived two buildings away from our house.
He used to come and play table tennis in our house.
And I just fell in love with him. We got married very soon.
You came to London on honeymoon.
My father bought us a ticket for the ship.
It took us 12 days to reach England.
And, um... We decided to stay here.
Do you miss living in India or are you really settled here?
I used to miss, but not now. I'm quite happy here.
My family is here now.
We're going to learn more about you and your culture. That means we'd better get back to some work.
'Banoo gets stuck back into the search
'and unearths an impressive reminder of her extensive travels.
'This lovely garnet necklace came from an antique shop
'in Egypt in the 1980s. Paul hopes it'll make...
'Anish may only be 11, but has a good eye for collectables.
'This model steam tractor engine by the British Mamod toy company
'was an unusual gift for Banoo in the 1960s.
'Paul values it at...'
-There we are.
-What have you got?
-Come in the middle.
-This was given from my father to us.
Whenever I went to India, every time I came back, I got something.
In '63, I got this.
We could use these as finger bowls, but because it's so pretty
I didn't want to spoil it.
Then I thought of using it for starters, peanuts, cashew nuts.
Then I thought it might stain,
so it's just lying in the cupboard.
So these are as-new condition.
You've got this gold-plating, 22-carat.
Also, what they've done with the silver,
they used an acid to give a powder effect.
That's highly polished. Then this wonderful soft interior.
I like that, that matt design. Very clever, like a frosting effect.
Good for ice cream!
These are definitely silver. Silver IP - Indian Purity.
Lots of them were made from German coins.
They were melted down and made into silver items.
To sell it as silver has to come up to a standard.
In India, they have 80% pure.
Here in the UK, we have 92.5%
so it's a bit lesser grade than British silver.
-How many have you got?
-12. Everything in our country, 12 or 13.
12 I can understand. 13?
13 is a lucky number in our country.
Everything we buy is in 13s.
I've learnt something else today.
-Are we going to be lucky with this?
-I think we are.
Silver's doing particularly well, especially a dozen-set.
So if I said £10, £15 each...
Yes. 150 reserve, and maybe more.
'Banoo is quite a tough cookie and that's good,
'but we'll need all the luck we can get to reach our £500 target.
'but he then finds this stylish lady's watch,
'given to Banoo as an anniversary gift by her late husband.
'This dates from the early 1980s and Paul thinks that with this name,
'plus being plated with 9-carat gold, we could wind up with...'
'Also going to auction
'is this collection of art nouveau metal plaques
'set as one item.
'Depicting fairies and other creatures,
'we're hoping it'll conjure up...'
-What do you think of this?
That's very attractive, isn't it?
-Is this the best china?
-Yes, for special occasions.
With my friends from London.
We use these sort of things, dinner plates
and side plates,
-but not the dishes itself, the dinner dishes.
-So you have some dinner dishes as well.
-Yes, the dinner plates.
-How many have we got?
People do often buy dinner services in 13.
If you break one, you've got one left. Like a baker's dozen.
There would be 12 cups and saucers. What happened to the other one?
Apparently, one broke.
If there is a breakage in the house, we throw it away because that's unlucky.
-I'm learning every day. 13's lucky. Anything cracked is unlucky.
My life is very unlucky at the moment!
You have 11 cups and saucers.
The way they're sold is called a trio.
So you have a cup, a saucer and a side plate. That's called a trio.
This was developed in 1973.
A firm called Royal Doulton and the pattern's called Harlow.
The royal blue and the gold is very nice.
There's not too much design on it. It's very elegant.
If I was being realistic, if I said around the £100 mark...?
-Is that all right with you?
-I'll take a chance.
-Well, let's put the kettle on.
'Hang on a minute. There's no time for refreshments.
'We appear to be doing well.
'I'm hoping a final push will turn up something seriously valuable.'
Oh, hello! Quality! Quality!
That was given to all my sisters and brothers,
from my father.
He said you can do what you like with it,
put it in a ring or a necklace.
-I decided on a bracelet.
-Why do you have gold given to you?
Mostly they give it to the girls in case they have a divorce.
-The girls can sell the gold.
-It looks like our sovereign.
-Do you know who this is represented on the front?
-The Shah of Iran.
-And on the back?
-It's the flag of Iran.
-A lion with a sword in his hand.
-I've never seen one like this.
It's very similar to our sovereign, which would be the King of the day.
In our case, Queen Victoria, King George. In this, the Shah.
So this will be 22-carat gold
and instantly recognisable anywhere in the world.
You could trade this in. It's worth its weight in gold.
How much is it worth?
How does that sound?
I would rather go for £400 to £500.
-Does that mean you want to take this to auction or think about it?
-I'll have to think about it.
It probably has more family value than monetary value we can realise.
That's about it. We've had a great day. Some really fascinating items.
I've learnt lots of things today about Iranian culture.
We've done quite well because, if we do bring the coin to the auction,
we reckon, conservatively, we could raise up to £750.
-How do you feel about that?
-Puts you over your target.
But that doesn't mean I can let go something like that.
OK. So maybe £550.
Which is still over the target. I like the way he thinks.
He's the optimist. Take a leaf out of his book, Grandma.
-It's not his money!
-That's a very good point as well.
-Anyway, best of luck.
-And it's off to auction.
'Not a bad day's work, but I think Banoo still needs convincing about the value of some of her items,
'not least that gold coin - more of that later.
'At least £150 we're hoping for that set of Indian silver bowls.
'A gift from Banoo's parents, will they shine in the saleroom?
'The Royal Doulton tea set has been in the family for over 40 years.
'And this garnet necklace, given to Banoo on her wedding anniversary.
'Let's hope the bidders think it's as beautiful as we do.
'Still to come on Cash In The Attic,
'some impressive bidding gets the thumbs up from Banoo.'
£20 over your reserve.
That's fantastic! Fantastic result!
'But will one item make an unwelcome return?'
I don't want to take it back!
'Find out when the final hammer falls.
We had a great day in Luton.
Not only did we find interesting items, we also learnt about Banoo's Persian culture.
She's hoping to raise £500 for her new windows.
So we've brought her items to TW Gaze Auctioneers.
Let's hope for a bit of luck as they go under the hammer.
'This saleroom is at Diss on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.
'There's plenty of bidders keen to bag the best lots
'Paul and I find Banoo outside, having a browse.'
-There you are, outside!
-Are you buying something for the garden?
-We don't want any buying. We are selling today.
-Are we missing one? Where's the little one?
He is in school. He lives in Glasgow so he couldn't make it.
What a good boy. The big question is did you bring that gold guinea?
That's fair enough, but it does mean we have got our work cut out.
-Never mind. We'd better whiz inside. Come on.
'That's a blow, but Banoo has an eclectic mix of interesting pieces.
'Let's hope the bidders are interested in what she's offering.
'As we take our places, first up is that group of Action Men,
'once much loved by Banoo's son, but hopefully going to a good home.'
Starting at £10. Ten I have. Who's at 12?
-It's 12. 15. 18. 20...
-There you go.
..25. 28. 30. 32. 35. 38. 40...
..50. Five. 60. Five.
70. 70's on commission. 70 I have.
Is there five? We'll sell and away for £70...
-How good was that?
'Who would have thought it?
'It goes to show there's a keen market for childhood collectables.
'Perhaps we won't miss that gold coin after all.
'Next under the hammer is that intriguing set of walking sticks.'
Three walking sticks. We're looking for £20 to £30.
15? £10 and start me there. Ten I have. Ten. 12.
15 is bid. Where's the 18?
It's 15 for the walking sticks. We will sell at the £15.
Are we all done...?
-Disappointing that one, Paul.
-I thought they'd walk out the saleroom.
Someone needs a caning.
'We don't advocate violence, but we were hoping they'd do better.'
Up next, we've got the brass table. You like this table.
Yes, I do like this table.
It's a lovely table here at £15.
It is here to go for £15. Is there £15?
Ten to get on, then? Anyone at all for £10?
No. Going to pass that one by.
It's such a nice table. You'd hate to see that go for £10.
-I don't want it back!
I don't want to take it back.
'That beautiful piece does deserve to sell for a decent price.
'Today's bidders aren't quite biting yet.
'I wonder if we can stoke up some interest with this lot.'
It's not often you come to an auction to find a steam engine!
This is a model but this saleroom has a big section outside where they sell that sort of thing.
That should appeal to these buyers.
40. 40 I have. Are you two, sir?
42 behind. Are we five?
One more, sir? 45.
Are you eight? It's a good example. 45 I have. We sell at 45...
They like their toys around here.
'That's £5 over Paul's estimate
'and a much-needed boost for our total.
'We're now looking for serious bidding if we're going to make serious money.
'So can the art nouveau plaque hit its estimate?'
40? £30 to get on. It's an interesting piece.
30 I have. Who's the two?
-32. 35. 38. 40. Two.
45. 48. 50.
Five. We sell at 55...
Yes! Very good!
-Would that have been expensive when you bought it?
-That's made a profit. Love profit!
'A profit is what we need on all our items
'if we're to reach our target.
At the halfway point, we've made £185.
'Not bad, but with a £500 target, the only way is up.
'Like Banoo, if you're thinking of heading to auction
'remember that commission and other charges may apply, so check with the saleroom first.
'Next lot, the Royal Doulton dinner service
'which we're hoping will make...'
£70 will start me. A good Doulton name. 70 is bid.
Who's the five? 75. 80. Five. 90. Five.
95 I have. Where's the 100?
Selling at £110...
'Great result. After a low-key first half, we could be in with a chance.
'This next lot will really need to do well.'
A nice wrist watch, a Gucci one
Do you not wear it?
Not so much any more. It's just in the box with the guarantee in it.
I put this in at £100 to £150. Nice to have its box with it.
It's very funky, very modern.
-Let's hope a lady here takes a shine to it.
£50 and start me. A Gucci watch for £50.
55. 60. Five.
70. Five. 80. Five.
At 85 and we'll go...
Ooh! 85's a good price, I think, for that.
'£15 under estimate isn't a disaster but there's still a way to go
'if Banoo's to get new windows.
'Will this next lot give our auction some much needed sparkle?
'It's the garnet necklace and we're hoping for at least...'
It's a good necklace here at £70. 75. 80. Five.
-Is there 100? The bid's 95.
-Away they go.
-How do you feel about that?
That face says it all. Come and have a cuddle.
'Not quite the result we wanted,
'but Banoo shouldn't be too downhearted.
'I'm hoping we could finish with a flourish.'
Last up, the big item.
I really like these silver Indian bowls.
-There is a reserve on this, isn't there?
The lowest end of my estimate, £150 reserve.
It's the bowls here at 110. 120. 130. 140.
150. 160. 160 I have.
Is there 70? Good bowls here for 160. 170 new bidder.
Where's 80? We sell at 170...
That's £20 over your reserve.
Fantastic. Fantastic result. What a result!
'It's lovely to see a big smile from Banoo.
'Those bowls proved a tasty treasure for one bidder.
'The question is, have we reached our target?'
-That's the end of the day. Have you enjoyed yourself?
Two handsome men and me in the middle! I have enjoyed myself.
You wanted to raise how much? £500?
You wanted to do some work at your house. I think you'll have some good work done.
-The grand total today is £645.
-No. I can't believe it. Really? With my two items not gone?
-How good is that?
You've got a little bounce in your step. £645.
-Have you enjoyed yourself?
'A few weeks after the auction and Banoo's put the money
'towards some home improvements.
'This is how her house looked.
'And here it is with double-glazed windows finally installed.'
I think the windows look very nice. The house looks bright and open.
I'm pleased with them, and the money helped a lot.
If you want to raise some money for something special
and you think you might have hidden treasures, why don't you apply to be on the show?
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Banoo Petit is in dire need of replacement windows. She invites Chris Hollins and expert Paul Hayes into her Luton home to look through her mementos, many of which reflect her family's origins in India. With a target of £500 in mind, will Banoo's carved brass table and antique silver dessert bowls convert into a double-glazed auction triumph?