Petit Cash in the Attic


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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.

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It's a tale of two countries today - England and India.

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It's a real eclectic mix of items. Find out what they are next.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'a valuable lesson in Indian tradition for Paul.'

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Anything that's in 13s is lucky and anything that's cracked is unlucky?

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My life is very unlucky!

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'Our young helper's advice is a step too far for the lady of the house.'

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-Take a leaf out of his book.

-It's not his money!

-A good point.

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'And a packed auction brings us a surprising result.'

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How's that?

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£70!

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'Find out what happens when the hammer falls.'

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I'm in Luton to meet a lady who wants to raise some money

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for a few additions to her home.

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'Indian-born Banoo Petit first came to England with her husband Phil

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'in the early 1960s, settling in Luton and going on to have two sons.

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'Sadly, in 2008, Phil passed away and, after a career as a seamstress,

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'Banoo retired.

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'She's proud of her heritage, which has roots in both India and Iran.

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'She enjoys sharing her experiences with 11-year-old grandson, Anish.

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'Living in Scotland, he's a regular visitor to the house,

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'which, according to Banoo, might be in need of a bit of TLC.

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'Having such a fascinating history

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'makes me think she'll have plenty of items of interest.

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'With many years of experience in antiques and collectables,

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'who better to guide us than Mr Paul Hayes?'

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-Do you need a referee?

-Yes, please.

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-WHISTLES

-Full time. Come on in.

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Hello, what a lovely garden. You're Banoo?

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-Yes.

-Anish?

-Anish.

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-Who called Cash In The Attic?

-I did.

-Why did you have us in?

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I just want to do the outside of the house and decorate it a bit better,

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so that my children could say, "Mum, you're living in a nice house."

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I also want to raise some money for the window replacement.

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How much do you want to raise?

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I need more than 500, but I'll be quite happy with 500.

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You've drafted in some young talent.

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-Anish, are you interested in antiques?

-Yeah, I love antiques.

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I like the stuff from the olden days that my dad and uncle played with.

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And I love things from foreign countries.

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So, £500 is what we want to raise. Is he a hard worker?

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Well...sometimes.

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Most times he's quite lazy! But he does help me a lot.

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We're not going to have any laziness today.

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-Paul in there would have our guts for garters. Ready?

-Yes.

-Follow me.

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'Banoo has lived in this comfortable and orderly house for over 40 years.

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'There's tantalising evidence of her heritage everywhere you look.

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'Paul may already be serving up our first item.'

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-There's Paul.

-Ah, hello.

-Hi.

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-I've made a start already.

-Are you making dinner?

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There'll be a lot of dinner for three!

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This is lovely. It's a type of tray, not so much a plate.

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In Iran, we have the food in the middle.

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Four or five people sit round.

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All we do is bring it forward, whatever we want.

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And eat it. Not in abundance, just a little at a time.

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Nobody feels, "He's having more. I'm having less." It's evenly divided.

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Wonderful engravings.

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I often think this is so underrated.

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Imagine the length of time

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it's taken to put these designs on.

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It's the golden age of the Raj - 1890s, 1920s.

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This represents the garden of paradise.

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India, Persia, that sort of region was very barren.

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To have lush plants, gardens and animals

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was only for the wealthy, the Shahs.

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This floral decoration

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is harping back to luxury.

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-The elephant indicates more about India.

-Elephants and cows.

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You've got the garden of plenty. It's a great thing to have.

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I think it's wonderful. They actually engrave the surface

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then rub it with a black ink to give it definition.

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In this condition, they're fantastic.

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They're a type of occasional table.

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-You set the legs up and use it when you liked.

-How much is it worth?

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-It looks SO exotic.

-It is.

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The sad thing is, somebody's spent hours and hours on these,

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but there are lots and lots of them around.

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If I said around the £50 mark?

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-How does that sound?

-That's fine.

-You sure you want to let it go?

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-There must be sentimental value.

-No. My father is gone.

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My husband is gone. Soon I will be gone!

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-And the boys don't want to have it!

-You haven't got a violin to sell?

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'That's not a bad start.

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'It's good to see Banoo firmly focused on that £500 auction target.

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'Grandson Anish is hard at work, whilst I have a rummage

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'through some of the many books around the house.

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'Banoo's got the same idea.

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'Anish discovers a bit of Boy's Own nostalgia with a family connection.'

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-Ah, now, Anish.

-Hi.

-These are good.

-Yeah.

-Whose were these?

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My dad and my uncle.

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-They're still in good condition for playing with.

-These are 1970s.

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A bit like my age, I suppose. Did you play with similar things?

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No. PlayStation and football, that's my hobbies.

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People buy these because they're trying to remember their childhood.

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I can remember toys like this.

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The basic concept with Action Men is that they always had blue eyes.

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Always had a scar on his cheek. He was copied from the American GI Joe.

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A clever invention in the 1970s was this flock hair, very realistic.

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The original ones didn't have that.

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They did all sorts of pursuits.

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You'd have the army, navy, the pilots, the aircraft,

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the Jeeps, mountaineering.

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There's a massive collecting area.

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The Jeep looks in excellent condition.

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-What happened to this?

-The paint's been scraped off the whole time.

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Somebody's given it a paint job.

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-If I said £20 to £40, how does that sound?

-Good.

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'Will there be a battle when those Action Men go under the hammer?'

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-< 12, 15, 18...

-There you go!

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28. 30. 32. 35. 38. 40...

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'Find out later if they're victorious at auction!'

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Thank you both for that.

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'Paul's got his eagle eyes on another choice collectable,

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'this set of three vintage walking sticks.

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'A carved pair from the 1930s, which Banoo picked up in Nepal.

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'Plus a more modern but impressive onyx example she found in Egypt.

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'There's a keen collector's market for antique sticks.

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'We're hoping these will walk out of the saleroom.

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'We've got plenty of work ahead, but I want to catch up

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'with our fascinating host.'

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-I know you came from India. Whereabouts?

-From Bombay, but it is called now Mumbai.

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-Beautiful part of the world.

-It is. Yes.

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How many brothers and sisters did you have?

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-Five sisters and two brothers.

-That is a big family!

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My father wanted a boy at the end so he kept trying!

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What sort of lifestyle did you have? Your father was an entrepreneur.

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We had a very good life. Never went hungry.

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Always plenty of money in the house.

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He always gave us lots and lots of pocket money.

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-What did your dad do?

-Well, he had three restaurants and three cafes.

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Then he started having American free style wrestling.

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He brought those people down to... from America to India.

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He also started the Russian circus.

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He started all sorts of things before he passed away.

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-He died very early.

-How did you meet your husband?

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He lived two buildings away from our house.

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He used to come and play table tennis in our house.

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And I just fell in love with him. We got married very soon.

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You came to London on honeymoon.

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My father bought us a ticket for the ship.

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We came in the first class.

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It took us 12 days to reach England.

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And, um...we decided to stay here.

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Because I couldn't go back saying, "I haven't got a job."

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-It must have been quite tough to settle here.

-Very tough.

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We came with just £3. In '61 we were only allowed £3 each.

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My husband went for a job straight away.

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He came as a student but we didn't have the money to study.

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So he went into the British Telecom, which was then called Post Office.

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He passed the exam and he started working there.

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In those days, you could stand in a queue for benefits

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but we never thought we would do something like that.

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-Do you ever go back to India?

-Yes, every two years, three years,

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I go back to India to see my family.

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There's three sisters and one brother, and one in New Zealand.

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Do you miss living in India or are you really settled here?

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I used to miss, but not now. I'm quite happy here.

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My family is here now, so I'm quite happy.

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We're going to learn more about you and your culture.

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That means we'd better get back to some work.

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'We're seeing plenty of evidence of Banoo's cultural heritage.

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'This impressive souvenir of India but won't be coming to auction.

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'This ornately carved sandalwood stool is staying put, too.

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'Anish's quest for collectables is taking him to the garage.

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'Banoo's unearthed an impressive reminder of her extensive travels.'

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-Paul?

-Uh-huh?

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I've got this. I don't know if it's worth anything.

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It was given to me by my husband

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when we went to Egypt on one of the anniversaries.

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That's beautiful. How long ago was that?

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-I would say...1989?

-OK.

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I've only worn it once, to go with one of my saris.

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But it didn't bring my...

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It didn't bring it up to the level I wanted. It didn't show anything.

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Because it's dark, it just didn't work for me.

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It hasn't got any glitter.

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-Garnets. Is that your birthstone?

-No. My son's birthstone.

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What I like is the fact that it's set in a white metal.

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People don't like bright yellow gold these days.

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They go for white gold or silver.

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Look at the clasp. It says 925. Do you know what that means?

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-What does that mean?

-92.5% pure.

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Out of 1,000 parts, 925 of them are silver.

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It's the grading. So it's 92.5% pure.

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Which is up to the British standard.

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What I like is you can see the way the stones have been set.

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You can see through the stone.

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That's very important, otherwise that colour's lost.

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Precious stones will always be in a claw setting,

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so you see the light refraction.

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But the four precious stones

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are diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

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If these were rubies, we'd be retiring today!

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Garnet's a semi-precious stone.

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It's a nice example. It's nicely presented. If I said...

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-How does that sound?

-Yes. That's fine by me.

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'Perhaps not the estimate she'd hoped for but it all helps towards

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'Banoo's £500 kitty, as does another intriguing object found by Anish,

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'who may be 11, but has a good eye for collectables.

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'This model steam tractor engine by the British Mamod toy company

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'was an unusual gift for Banoo in the 1960s.

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'With many thousands produced, this was Mamod's most popular model.

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'It's boxed and in good condition so Paul values it at...

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'While Banoo is a lady with plenty of precious memories,

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'she's also very determined to reach that £500 target.

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'And the discovery of another family heirloom could prove a real boost.'

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-There we are.

-What have you got?

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-Come in the middle.

-This was given from my father to us.

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Whenever I went to India, every time I came back, I got something.

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In '63, I got this.

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We could use these as finger bowls, but because it's so pretty

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I didn't want to spoil it.

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Then I thought of using it for starters, peanuts, cashew nuts.

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Then I thought it might stain,

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so it's just lying in the cupboard, not being used at all.

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-It's a sweetmeat dish.

-Yes.

-It also looks like a little jug.

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It has an unusual shape.

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Yes. I wanted it looking silver and gold so I had it gold-plated.

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-In immaculate condition.

-Certainly is.

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It hasn't been used because I daren't in case I spoil it.

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What's the point of keeping it?

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-That's where we come in!

-You're right.

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You could use them for sweetmeats,

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but the problem is the salt on nuts or the juices from fruit

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can really pit the surface.

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So these are as-new condition.

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You've got this gold-plating, 22-carat.

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Also, what they've done with the silver,

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they used an acid to give a powder effect.

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That's highly polished. Then this wonderful soft interior.

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I like that, that matt design. Very clever, like a frosting effect.

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Good for ice cream!

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These are definitely silver. Silver IP - Indian Purity.

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Lots of them were made from German coins.

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They were melted down and made into silver items.

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To sell it as silver has to come up to a standard.

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In India, they have 80% pure.

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Here in the UK, we have 92.5%

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so it's a bit lesser grade than British silver.

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-How many have you got?

-12. Everything in our country, 12 or 13.

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12 I can understand. 13?

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13 is a lucky number in our country.

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Everything we buy is in 13s.

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I've learnt something else today.

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-Are we going to be lucky with this?

-I think we are.

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Silver's doing particularly well, especially a dozen-set.

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So if I said £10, £15 each

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you must have £150-200?

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-Yes. 150 reserve, and maybe more.

-Does that sound all right?

-Yes.

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'Banoo is quite a tough cookie and that's good,

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'but we'll need all the luck we can get to reach our £500 target.

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'Paul spies a gilt-framed oil painting,

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'which is staying put for now,

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'but he then finds this stylish lady's watch,

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'given to Banoo as an anniversary gift by her late husband.

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'The House of Gucci was established in Florence in 1906

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'as a manufacturer of leather bags, before diversifying in the 1950s

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'with other luxury goods such as perfume and watches.

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'This dates from the early 1980s and Paul thinks that with this name,

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'plus being plated with 9-carat gold, we could wind up with...'

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You HAVE been working hard.

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He's not lazy at all. You said he was lazy.

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He is sometimes, but today he's been very good.

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-Have you enjoyed it?

-I've enjoyed it a lot.

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Family really does play an important part. Tell me about your sons.

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Neville is the eldest.

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He's a policeman for the Metropolitan Police.

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My second son, Tyran, he's a drummer

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and also a self-employed decorator and painter.

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-You see your grandmother now and again. Do you get spoilt?

-Yes!

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-Does he get spoilt rotten?

-Yes. When he comes here.

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-Now, your windows. They need repairing, do they?

-Yes.

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We definitely need some work

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because this winter it was really cold without the double glazing.

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Yes, that is the main thing that I want to raise the money for.

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So we need that £500. We're doing really well so far.

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It's been great learning about you but we need one final push. Are we ready?

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-Yes.

-Come on. Let's go.

-Come on.

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'Time is ticking away. We still haven't reached our £500 target.

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'Perhaps this piece could help. Bought by Banoo in the 1970s

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'It's a collection of metal plaques set as one item

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'depicting fairies.

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'It's a decorative art at its height at the turn of the 20th century,

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'known as Art Nouveau.

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'Pieces like these are popular so we're hoping it will conjure up...'

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-Paul?

-Uh-huh.

-What do you think of this?

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That's very attractive, isn't it?

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-Is this the best china?

-Yes, for special occasions.

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With my friends from London.

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We use these sort of things, dinner plates

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and side plates,

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-but not the dishes itself, the dinner dishes.

-Right.

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-So you have some dinner dishes as well.

-Yes, the dinner plates.

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-How many have we got?

-13.

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People do often buy dinner services in 13.

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If you break one, you've got one left. Like a baker's dozen.

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What you have here is a tea service.

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There would be 12 cups and saucers. What happened to the other one?

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Apparently, one broke.

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If there is a breakage in the house, we throw it away because that's unlucky.

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-I'm learning every day. 13's lucky. Anything cracked is unlucky.

-Yes.

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My life is very unlucky at the moment!

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You have 11 cups and saucers.

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The way they're sold is called a trio.

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So you have a cup, a saucer and a side plate. That's called a trio.

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They tend to be split up and used for decoration. People don't use sets like this any more.

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You've got some dinner plates and a big meat plate.

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A cup goes like that, the saucer goes behind it, then the tea plate.

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That's how it's displayed, a trio.

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The most important pieces here are actually...

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-these two. Do you know why that is?

-Why?

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Tea for two or tea for 12, you need the sugar and cream.

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They have to be in good condition, which they are.

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This was developed in 1973.

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A firm called Royal Doulton and the pattern's called Harlow.

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The royal blue and the gold is very nice.

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There's not too much design on it. It's very elegant.

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If I was being realistic, if I said around the £100 mark...?

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-That's fine, yes.

-If two people fancy it, it could do quite well.

0:21:110:21:15

-Is that all right with you?

-I'll take a chance.

-Well, let's put the kettle on.

-OK.

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'Hang on a minute. There's no time for refreshments.

0:21:220:21:25

'We appear to be doing well.

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'I'm hoping a final push will turn up something seriously valuable.'

0:21:280:21:32

-It's in good condition.

-Here. Look what I've found.

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Oh, hello! Quality! Quality!

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That was given to all my sisters and brothers,

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from my father.

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He said you can do what you like with it,

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put it in a ring or a necklace.

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-I decided on a bracelet.

-Why do you have gold given to you?

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Mostly they give it to the girls in case they have a divorce and the husband leaves them.

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-The girls can sell the gold.

-It looks like our sovereign.

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-Do you know who this is represented on the front?

-The Shah of Iran.

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-And on the back?

-It's the flag of Iran.

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-A lion with a sword in his hand.

-I've never seen one like this.

0:22:200:22:25

It's very similar to our sovereign, which would be the King of the day.

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In our case, Queen Victoria, King George. In this, the Shah.

0:22:300:22:34

So this will be 22-carat gold

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and instantly recognisable anywhere in the world.

0:22:370:22:41

You could trade this in. It's worth its weight in gold.

0:22:410:22:45

-How much is it worth?

-22-carat gold. It will weigh eight grams.

0:22:450:22:51

So I would say...

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-How does that sound?

-Er... I wouldn't say it's much.

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I would rather go for £400 to £500.

0:23:000:23:03

-Does that mean you want to take this to auction or think about it?

-I'll have to think about it.

0:23:030:23:10

It probably has more family value than monetary value we can realise.

0:23:100:23:16

That's about it. We've had a great day. Some really fascinating items.

0:23:160:23:21

I've learnt lots of things today about Iranian culture.

0:23:210:23:24

We've done quite well because, if we do bring the coin to the auction,

0:23:240:23:29

we reckon, conservatively, we could raise up to £750.

0:23:290:23:34

-How do you feel about that?

-Puts you over your target.

0:23:340:23:38

But that doesn't mean I can let go something like that.

0:23:380:23:43

OK. So maybe £550.

0:23:430:23:46

Which is still over the target. I like the way he thinks.

0:23:460:23:50

He's the optimist. Take a leaf out of his book, Grandma.

0:23:500:23:54

-It's not his money!

-That's a very good point as well.

0:23:540:23:58

-Anyway, best of luck.

-Thank you.

-And it's off to auction.

0:23:580:24:02

'Not a bad day's work, but I think Banoo still needs convincing about the value of some of her items,

0:24:020:24:10

'not least that gold coin - more of that later.

0:24:100:24:13

'At least £150 we're hoping for for that set of Indian silver bowls.

0:24:130:24:18

'A gift from Banoo's parents, will they shine in the saleroom?

0:24:180:24:23

'The Royal Doulton tea set has been in the family for over 40 years.

0:24:230:24:30

'And this garnet necklace, given to Banoo on her wedding anniversary.

0:24:300:24:37

'Let's hope the bidders think it's as beautiful as we do.

0:24:370:24:43

'Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

0:24:430:24:46

'some impressive bidding gets the thumbs up from Banoo.'

0:24:460:24:50

£20 over your reserve.

0:24:500:24:52

That's fantastic! Fantastic result!

0:24:520:24:56

'But will one item make an unwelcome return?'

0:24:560:24:59

Oh, dear!

0:24:590:25:01

I don't want to take it back!

0:25:010:25:04

'Find out when the final hammer falls.

0:25:040:25:07

We had a great day in Luton.

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Not only did we find interesting items, we also learnt about Banoo's Persian culture.

0:25:130:25:20

She's hoping to raise £500 for her new windows.

0:25:200:25:23

So we've brought her items to TW Gaze Auctioneers.

0:25:230:25:27

Let's hope for a bit of luck as they go under the hammer.

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'This saleroom is at Diss on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

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'There's plenty of bidders keen to bag the best lots

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'and a few bargains, too.

0:25:380:25:41

'Our own Action Man, Paul Hayes, is already here dreaming of boyhood days gone by.'

0:25:410:25:47

-Hello, Paul. Do you know what I love?

-Go on.

0:25:470:25:50

A respected antiques man in an auction room playing with Action Man.

0:25:500:25:55

We were all little boys! That's me and you!

0:25:550:25:59

Have you had a haircut?

0:25:590:26:01

-How much are we hoping for this?

-£20 to £40.

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There's quite a collection and the value tends to be accessories -

0:26:040:26:08

skiers, mountain climbers, the space outfit - so there's a big market for this.

0:26:080:26:14

We found some interesting items and we learnt about Banoo's culture.

0:26:140:26:19

It's amazing. You're always learning something.

0:26:190:26:23

I really enjoyed myself, actually.

0:26:230:26:25

You really liked the gold guinea.

0:26:250:26:28

What an important coin. Gold's doing very well.

0:26:280:26:32

But I haven't seen it in the auction here in the catalogue.

0:26:320:26:36

-I don't know whether it's come.

-We'll go and find her and find out. Leave it alone.

-Stand at ease!

0:26:360:26:43

'We'll need all the help we can get to reach that £500 target.

0:26:450:26:50

'Banoo's looking fairly relaxed, so fingers crossed she has good news.'

0:26:500:26:56

-There you are, outside!

-Are you buying something for the garden?

0:26:560:27:00

-No.

-We don't want any buying. We are selling today.

0:27:000:27:05

-Are we missing one? Where's the little one?

-Oh!

0:27:050:27:08

He is in school. He lives in Glasgow so he couldn't make it.

0:27:080:27:13

What a good boy. The big question is did you bring that gold guinea?

0:27:130:27:18

-No.

-You've kept it?

-Yeah.

0:27:180:27:21

-How much did we want for that?

-£200. A good chunk of your target.

-It was but I think I can get more.

0:27:210:27:28

That's fair enough, but it does mean we have got our work cut out.

0:27:280:27:33

-We have.

-Never mind. We'd better whiz inside. Come on.

0:27:330:27:37

'That's a blow, but Banoo has an eclectic mix of interesting pieces.

0:27:380:27:44

'Let's hope the bidders are interested in what she's offering.

0:27:440:27:49

'As we take our places, first up is that group of Action Men,

0:27:490:27:54

'once much loved by Banoo's son, but hopefully going to a good home.'

0:27:540:28:00

Starting at £10. Ten I have. Who's at 12?

0:28:000:28:03

-It's 12. 15. 18. 20...

-There you go.

0:28:030:28:07

..25. 28. 30. 32. 35. 38. 40...

0:28:070:28:11

SHE LAUGHS

0:28:110:28:12

..50. Five. 60. Five.

0:28:120:28:15

70. 70's on commission. 70 I have.

0:28:150:28:18

Is there five? We'll sell and away for £70...

0:28:180:28:22

-How good was that?

-£70!

0:28:220:28:27

'Who would have thought it?

0:28:270:28:30

'It goes to show there's a keen market for childhood collectables.

0:28:300:28:35

'Perhaps we won't miss that gold coin after all.

0:28:350:28:39

'Next under the hammer is that intriguing set of walking sticks.'

0:28:390:28:43

As we were rummaging, we found some walking sticks.

0:28:430:28:47

One was very unusual. Where did these come from?

0:28:470:28:50

We went to Nepal some years ago, 39 years ago.

0:28:500:28:56

We saw these carved sticks and we were very fond of it.

0:28:560:29:02

One was from Egypt, which has the onyx head.

0:29:020:29:06

That's right. One's got this onyx finish.

0:29:060:29:09

Quite nice. Three walking sticks. We're looking for £20 or £30.

0:29:090:29:14

15? £10 and start me there. 10 I have. 10. 12.

0:29:140:29:20

15 is bid. Where's the 18?

0:29:200:29:23

It's 15 for the walking sticks. We will sell at the £15.

0:29:230:29:27

Are we all done...?

0:29:270:29:29

-Oh, well.

-Disappointing that one, Paul.

0:29:290:29:32

-I thought they'd walk out the saleroom.

-They limped.

0:29:320:29:36

Someone needs a caning.

0:29:360:29:38

'We don't advocate violence, but we were hoping they'd do better.'

0:29:380:29:43

Up next, we've got the brass table. You like this table.

0:29:430:29:47

Yes, I do like this table. I did polish it a lot.

0:29:470:29:50

It has got all the letters that says it has been used for eating

0:29:500:29:55

-together as a family.

-I've had lots of these in the past.

0:29:550:30:01

I've never known what they were for. It's been an education.

0:30:010:30:05

A fascinating item. The amount of work that goes into it is wonderful.

0:30:050:30:11

20?

0:30:110:30:13

£15 and start me? It's a lovely table here at £15.

0:30:130:30:18

It is here to go for £15. Is there £15?

0:30:180:30:22

10 to get on, then? Anyone at all for £10?

0:30:220:30:26

No. Going to pass that one by.

0:30:280:30:30

-I'm glad. He's withdrawn it.

-Why?

0:30:300:30:33

Rather than sell it for less than we hoped for.

0:30:330:30:37

The buyers weren't here to buy that table.

0:30:370:30:40

It's such a nice table. You'd hate to see that go for £10.

0:30:400:30:45

-I don't want it back!

-Oh, dear!

0:30:450:30:48

I don't want to take it back.

0:30:480:30:51

'That beautiful piece does deserve to sell for a decent price.

0:30:510:30:56

'Today's bidders aren't quite biting yet.

0:30:560:31:00

'I wonder if we can stoke up some interest with this lot.'

0:31:000:31:04

It's not often you come to an auction to find a steam engine!

0:31:040:31:09

This is a model but this saleroom has a big section outside where they sell that sort of thing.

0:31:090:31:16

That should appeal to these buyers.

0:31:160:31:18

15 and start then. This lovely... 15. 18. 20. 2. 25.

0:31:180:31:24

28. 30. 30 is bid. Who's the 2? 32.

0:31:240:31:28

Ooh!

0:31:280:31:29

Are you 5, sir? 35. Are you 8? 35 in the corner.

0:31:290:31:34

38, new bidder. Are you 40? 38 in the gallery. Where's the 40?

0:31:340:31:38

We sell at 38... 40. 40 I have. Are you 2, sir?

0:31:380:31:42

42 behind. Are we 5?

0:31:420:31:45

One more, sir? 45.

0:31:450:31:48

Are you 8? It's a good example. 45 I have. We sell at 45...

0:31:480:31:53

-That's great!

-Fantastic!

0:31:550:31:58

They like their toys around here.

0:31:580:32:01

That's £5 over Paul's estimate, and a much-needed boost for our total.

0:32:040:32:08

But we're now looking for serious bidding if we're going to make some serious money.

0:32:080:32:13

Next, the fairy plaque. Tell me about it.

0:32:150:32:19

My sister, who lives in Swindon, goes to a lot of craft fairs.

0:32:190:32:22

She said would I like to come one day, and this caught my eye.

0:32:220:32:27

-You fancy this?

-I really like this item, this Art Nouveau style.

0:32:310:32:35

The stylised angels and dragonflies.

0:32:350:32:38

I can't quite make out whether these

0:32:380:32:41

are old brooches that someone's mounted, or they've been recast?

0:32:410:32:46

The end result is very pretty, unusual.

0:32:460:32:49

-That's why I fell in love with it.

-I'm an old romantic as well.

0:32:490:32:53

We're looking at £40 to £60.

0:32:530:32:56

40? £30 to get on. It's an interesting piece.

0:32:560:32:59

30 I have. Who's the 2?

0:32:590:33:02

-32. 35. 38. 40. 2.

-Yes!

0:33:020:33:06

45. 48. 50.

0:33:060:33:08

5. 55 is in the gallery.

0:33:080:33:11

It's 55 in the gallery. Where's the 60?

0:33:110:33:14

We sell at 55...

0:33:140:33:17

Yes! Very good!

0:33:170:33:19

-Would that have been expensive when you bought it?

-No. £15.

0:33:190:33:25

-That's made a profit. Love profit!

-Excellent.

0:33:250:33:29

'A profit is what we need on all our items

0:33:290:33:33

'if we're to reach our target. But it's still a good result for us.'

0:33:330:33:37

We're at the halfway stage. I think it's been tough going, Paul.

0:33:370:33:42

It's been great for toys! The Action Men, the steam engine.

0:33:420:33:46

-And the fairies.

-We'd never have predicted that at the start.

0:33:460:33:51

You wanted £500.

0:33:510:33:53

-The halfway total is 185.

-A bit disappointing.

0:33:530:33:57

But I'm hoping the next half goes better.

0:33:570:34:01

We've got some good things coming up.

0:34:010:34:04

Yeah. Fantastic items. That silver set.

0:34:040:34:07

They're very attractive, so fingers crossed.

0:34:070:34:11

Time for a quick break to regroup and keep our fingers crossed, right?

0:34:110:34:16

-Yes.

-Come on. Let's have a break.

0:34:160:34:19

'Like Banoo, if you're thinking of heading to auction

0:34:190:34:23

'remember that commission and other charges may apply, so check with the saleroom first.

0:34:230:34:29

'Whilst Banoo has a rest before we launch into the second half,

0:34:290:34:33

'it looks like Paul's been brought to book.'

0:34:330:34:37

-Paul, what have you got?

-I wanted to show you this.

0:34:370:34:41

-Look at this for bedtime reading!

-Is it a story?

0:34:410:34:45

No. It's an accounts ledger.

0:34:450:34:47

It's accounts with banks from January 1856 to December 1860.

0:34:470:34:54

That's a long time ago.

0:34:540:34:56

Includes the East India Company and the Baring Brothers.

0:34:560:35:00

That might be the bank.

0:35:000:35:02

The East India Company, very famous in the 19th century

0:35:020:35:06

for importing all the tea, the spices, the silks from China.

0:35:060:35:10

I love the calligraphy.

0:35:100:35:12

If you look at each individual page,

0:35:120:35:15

absolutely beautiful.

0:35:150:35:17

It must be hours upon hours of hard work.

0:35:170:35:21

There is hours and hours. Some of the deposits are quite small.

0:35:210:35:26

One entry I saw here was for £1,500.

0:35:280:35:32

This is 1850. That must have been a fortune.

0:35:320:35:35

Just an unusual thing to see, a bit of interest.

0:35:350:35:39

-Is this worth anything?

-It's a bit of social history.

0:35:390:35:42

These are important documents and it's in the auction for £40 to £60.

0:35:420:35:48

-46,000 there?

-No. 46 pounds, 16 shillings and 4 pence.

0:35:480:35:52

I'm always thinking I'm making more money! Let's go and find Banoo.

0:35:520:35:57

'Paul's instinct proved right, because that antique ledger went under the hammer for £45,

0:35:570:36:03

'which shows there's no accounting for the whims of the bidders.

0:36:030:36:07

'I wonder if Banoo's remaining lots will help her make the magic £500

0:36:070:36:13

'for those new windows.

0:36:130:36:15

'There's still that garnet necklace

0:36:150:36:17

'plus those 12 silver and gold-plated Indian bowls to come.

0:36:170:36:21

'Next lot, the Royal Doulton dinner service which Banoo and her husband

0:36:210:36:26

'bought back in 1957 for the princely sum of £300.

0:36:260:36:31

'Paul, however, has given it a more cautious estimate.

0:36:310:36:37

'It's in very good condition so you never know.'

0:36:370:36:40

£70 will start me. A good Doulton name. 70 is bid.

0:36:400:36:44

Who's the 5? 75. 80. 5. 90. 5.

0:36:440:36:47

-Yes!

-95 I have. Where's the 100?

0:36:470:36:50

It's 95 at the moment. 100. 110.

0:36:500:36:54

Are you 20? 110 is bid. Is there 20? Selling at £110...

0:36:540:36:59

-Well done!

-Not bad. Not bad.

0:37:010:37:04

That's amazing. There's loads of tea sets around.

0:37:040:37:08

-£110. Well done.

-Good stuff.

0:37:080:37:11

'After a low-key first half, we could be in with a chance.

0:37:110:37:16

'This next lot will really need to do well.'

0:37:160:37:22

A nice wristwatch, the Gucci one, bangle shape.

0:37:220:37:26

Was this a present from somebody?

0:37:260:37:28

It was a present when we went to America.

0:37:280:37:31

My husband bought it for me. Every other watch is loose on my wrist.

0:37:310:37:36

-This fitted me right, so he said he'd buy it.

-Do you not wear it?

0:37:360:37:42

Not so much any more. It's just in the box with the guarantee in it.

0:37:420:37:47

I put this in at £100 to £150. Nice to have its box with it.

0:37:470:37:51

It's very funky, very modern.

0:37:510:37:53

-Let's hope a lady here takes a shine to it.

-Yes.

0:37:530:37:57

£50 and start me. A Gucci watch for £50. 50 I have.

0:37:570:38:01

50 is bid. Where's the 5? It's a maiden bid at £50.

0:38:010:38:06

Is there 5? 55. 60. 5.

0:38:060:38:09

70. 5. 80. 5.

0:38:090:38:13

85 I have. It's seated at £80. Is there 90, sir?

0:38:130:38:18

At 85 and we'll go...

0:38:180:38:21

Ooh! 85's a good price, I think, for that.

0:38:210:38:24

-Better than the £50 it started at.

-I didn't think it would get there.

0:38:240:38:29

'£15 under estimate isn't a disaster but there's still a way to go

0:38:290:38:35

'if Banoo's to get new windows.'

0:38:350:38:37

'Will the next lot give our auction some much-needed sparkle?'

0:38:370:38:41

I'm always a little bit nervous when we have a beautiful woman

0:38:410:38:45

and beautiful jewellery cos sometimes you can't separate them.

0:38:450:38:48

-Are you sure you want this to go?

-Yes.

0:38:480:38:52

This was a present from my husband on the 25th anniversary in Egypt.

0:38:520:38:58

I love it, but when I wear it, it doesn't show up well on my skin.

0:38:580:39:03

-I might as well let it go.

-It's not Chris's colour.

0:39:030:39:07

Stop me bidding, won't you?

0:39:070:39:10

I'm going to start just below guide at 70. 70 I have. 75.

0:39:100:39:15

It's a good necklace here at £70. 75. 80. 5.

0:39:150:39:19

90. 5. 95 we have.

0:39:190:39:21

-Is there 100? The bid's 95.

-Away they go.

0:39:210:39:25

95...

0:39:250:39:28

-95.

-Yeah. He's sold it. He's used his discretion cos it's £5 short.

0:39:280:39:34

-How do you feel about that?

-All right.

-Ooh.

0:39:340:39:38

That face says it all. Come and have a cuddle.

0:39:380:39:42

'Hmm, not quite the result we wanted for that beautiful necklace.

0:39:420:39:45

'Banoo shouldn't be too downhearted, because we're almost there.

0:39:450:39:49

'I'm hoping we could finish with a flourish.'

0:39:490:39:52

Last up, the big item.

0:39:520:39:54

I really like these silver Indian bowls.

0:39:540:39:57

These are a lovely quality. I love that dusted finish, matt finish.

0:39:570:40:02

These were given to me by my father.

0:40:020:40:05

Every time I go, I get presents given to me.

0:40:050:40:08

-How many have we got?

-12.

-12 of them.

0:40:080:40:12

-It's gold-plated.

-There is a reserve on this, isn't there?

-Yes.

0:40:120:40:16

-The lowest end of my estimate, £150 reserve.

-I'll write that down.

0:40:160:40:21

Bids are on. I do start in here at 110. Where's the 20?

0:40:210:40:25

It's the bowls here at 110. 120. 130. 140.

0:40:250:40:30

150. 160. 160 I have.

0:40:300:40:33

Is there 70? Good bowls here for 160. 170 new bidder. Where's 80?

0:40:330:40:38

We sell at 170...

0:40:380:40:40

That's great. 170. That's £20 over your reserve.

0:40:400:40:44

Fantastic. Fantastic result. What a result!

0:40:440:40:48

'It's lovely to see a big smile from Banoo.

0:40:480:40:51

'Those bowls proved quite the tasty treasure for one determined bidder.

0:40:510:40:55

'The question is, have we reached our target?'

0:40:550:40:58

-That's the end of the day. Have you enjoyed yourself?

-Yes.

0:40:580:41:02

Two handsome men and me in the middle! I have enjoyed myself.

0:41:020:41:06

-I'm glad my sister didn't come!

-We've had a lovely time.

0:41:060:41:11

You've had a funny day. I think I've seen it all then we have Action Men.

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It shows where the market is, these funky toys, nostalgic toys very much in demand.

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-£75. Never saw that coming. I think you did well overall.

-I hope so.

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You wanted to raise how much? £500?

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You wanted to do some work at your house. I think you'll have some good work done.

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-The grand total today is £645.

-Ooh!

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-No. I can't believe it. Really? With my two items not gone?

-Yeah.

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-How good is that?

-Very good.

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You've got a little bounce in your step. £645.

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-Have you enjoyed yourself?

-I have.

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'A few weeks after the auction and Banoo's put the money

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'towards some home improvements.

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'This is how her house looked before.

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'And here it is with double-glazed windows finally installed.'

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I think the windows look very nice. The house looks bright.

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The house looks very bright and open.

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I'm pleased with them, and the money helped a lot.

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'And it's not long before Banoo is able to enjoy a whole new outlook.'

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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 pounds in mind, will Banoo's carved brass table and antique silver dessert bowls convert into a double-glazed auction triumph?


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