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Angela Rippon and James Rylands help Amanda Dickson organise a treat for her husband's fiftieth birthday, using the items he inherited from his grandfather.


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Welcome to the programme that loves to rummage around your house, finding things we can auction

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so that you can raise money for a special project.

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The home we'll be visiting today seems to have been taken over

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by family heirlooms!

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The question is, which of those things will be leaving the house

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and what will the family spend the money on?

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Find out in today's edition of Cash In The Attic.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'I unearth a flowery secret about today's family.'

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-Is your mum a hippy, really?

-Yeah. Of course she is!

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And an infantry sword gives our expert James ideas above his station.

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I can now dub you Dame Amanda! How does that feel?

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Come auction day, he takes refuge in classic quotations.

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Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, loads of money. We like that.

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'Be there for the final crack of the gavel.'

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I'm in Wootton Bassett, just the other side of the M4 from Swindon,

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and I'm about to meet Amanda, who's ready to clear out the clutter.

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But she's also a collector. I think we're going to have a bit of a dilemma!

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Amanda Dickson and her husband Andrew have been married for 24 years.

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They have three daughters, Elizabeth, Anna and Sian.

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Eldest daughter Elizabeth will soon be giving them their first grandchild.

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Amanda wants to raise some money to whisk her old man away

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for his 50th birthday treat.

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Helping her search the house for items of value

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is middle daughter Anna,

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now in a gap year after finishing her GCSEs.

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James Rylands is our expert today.

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He started his antiques career at Sotheby's,

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and he's just the man to get our search for collectables underway

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while I meet our hosts.

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Wow, that is quite a collection of miniature bottles!

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Is this why you've called in Cash In The Attic?

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-You going to get rid of them?

-No, can't get rid of them.

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If we're not going to sell the perfume bottles,

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what sort of things will we be finding today?

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Things that's been left behind from my husband's grandparents.

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Anna, how do you feel about Mum getting rid of the family heirlooms?

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I don't mind. It's up to her and my dad what they want to do.

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-So, what are we raising the money for today?

-A cruise.

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My husband's 50th. He used to be in the Air Force and travelled a lot,

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and a cruise might just give him that bit boost.

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Get him over the trauma of being 50, is it?

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THEY LAUGH Something like that.

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How much is this going to cost, do you think?

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We don't know the initial, but obviously £500 to start us off.

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Well, that'll certainly get you out of Southampton Dock,

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but we won't get anywhere unless we find the things you want to sell

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and get a value on them, and I've got just the man for you.

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Tell James there's going to be a rummage, you can't keep him down. Shall we go and find him? Come on.

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Looking around the house, I see all sorts of things scattered about,

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so there's plenty to look at, and it doesn't take James long

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to find something that might be worth taking to the sale.

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See, I told you James enjoyed rummaging!

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You couldn't keep him away. What have you found in the cupboard?

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In amongst all your bits and pieces, this nice little wristwatch.

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If you look on the dial here, you can see "Eterna".

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That's the name of the maker.

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They've been around for quite a long time.

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The firm was started in 1856

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by two chaps, called Josef Girard and Urs Schild,

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and originally they started making pocket watches,

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and they were based in Grenchen in Switzerland,

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which at the time was an area of very high unemployment,

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so it was great that they were able to start a factory

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to employ lots and lots of local people.

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-So, whose watch was this, Amanda?

-It was my husband's father's.

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-Did your husband ever wear it?

-No.

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-Were you ever tempted to wear it?

-No. It's not that feminine for me.

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It's actually got quite an interesting ending,

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the story of this company, because in the 1990s,

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Eterna, the firm, was bought by Porsche,

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-the car manufacturers.

-Really?

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And they now market what was the Eterna range

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as Porsche watches.

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And what I love about this, it's utterly timeless,

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and that helps when it comes to value.

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For something that was just lurking in your cupboard, Amanda,

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-I think we can put something like £40 to £60 on this.

-Really?

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-Yeah.

-On something like that?

-I'm not sure...

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I've it a bit of a thing, and I can't seem to make it work,

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-but I'm sure somebody can get that sorted out.

-What do you think?

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-Could someone mend that for you?

-I can try.

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Will it make a difference to its price?

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Oh, definitely. If it doesn't work,

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people will think, "How much will this cost to get fixed?"

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If we can get this working, that will help the price.

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We should put that away and see what else is lurking

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-in cupboards in this house.

-Yeah.

-Yes. Let's go.

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A timely start to the day, but a cruise doesn't come cheap,

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so we need to keep up the momentum.

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It's difficult to know really where to start.

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'I strike lucky with this mid-1960s portable radio,

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'known as a Dansette Chorister,

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'and mass-produced in a variety of colours.

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'Teenagers of the day would've grooved to their first Beatles

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'or Stones songs on radios like this. It has a retro look

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'that's in fashion at the moment, but it does need a little TLC,

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'so James values it at £30 to £50.'

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-So, Anna, what have you got there?

-Um...

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Oh! That's a great magician's trick. The disappearing tablecloth!

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Do you know where it's from?

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-By the looks of it, China?

-You're absolutely right.

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You're going to get my job shortly.

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Well, it's absolutely from China, and you've got little clues here.

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-You can see this little Chinese writing here.

-Yeah.

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It's a brass tray table,

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-and I would think that it's probably about 100 years old.

-Really?

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Yeah. Yeah. About 100 years old.

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The sort of thing that would be brought back by someone

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maybe travelling over in the Orient early in the 20th century,

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-when China was just beginning to open up...

-Oh, right.

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..and a bit of Western trade was going on there.

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-I like the fact that it hasn't been over-polished.

-That's true, yeah.

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So obviously your mum or you haven't got out the old polishing cloth.

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If you did polish that, it would take away some of the age for me.

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The fact that it's got a slight tarnish on it

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means that you can pick out a lot more of the detail on here.

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What are we going to put? How many weeks' pocket money is that worth?

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-I wouldn't know, to be honest.

-How much pocket money do you get?

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-Well, I've got a Saturday job, so...

-How much do you earn

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-on an average Saturday?

-Um, about £20, so...

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OK. I think this should be worth a couple of weeks' wages for you.

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I'd say we'd probably put something like £35 to £50 on it,

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-something like that.

-Oh, my word!

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-Yeah?

-That's amazing, actually.

-Well, it is.

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I think I'm going to ask you to conjure up a few more lots for me!

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See what else you can find for me. Off you go.

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Amanda took on the main parental role when their children were young

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and Andrew was away working in the RAF.

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I've a hunch that her children's wellbeing wasn't Amanda's only concern.

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-That accent of yours has got nothing to do with Wootton Bassett.

-No.

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South Wales. ANGELA LAUGHS

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What's a girl from South Wales doing in Wootton Bassett?

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-Marrying a guy from the Air Force.

-And you've been married how long?

-23 years.

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-You've got three lovely daughters.

-We have.

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-Family's very important to you, isn't it?

-It is.

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We're expecting our first grandchild, so...

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Another one to the family!

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And also you've in a way added to your family,

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-because you were a childminder for many years, weren't you?

-Oh, yes.

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They bring lots of fun, laughter. Brilliant.

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Tell me about this holiday that you're planning for your husband.

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You want to take him on a cruise. Why is this so special to you?

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He's always travelled abroad, but it was always to do with work,

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so by having a holiday on a cruise,

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it'll be something for him to sit back and relax,

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cos I think he deserves it.

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And so do you.

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I don't know about me so much! THEY LAUGH

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He's got to put up with me!

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THEY LAUGH

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I'm sure that Andrew will appreciate Amanda's thoughtful gesture.

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But with a £500 target, we'd better keep up the search.

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Anna's doing a great job,

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finding two Santini figures which were given to her father by his mother many years ago.

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In Italy, people have a santini in their wallet or on their car dashboard,

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as the name also refers to a small saintly image.

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This adds £15 to £25 to the cruise fund.

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Ooh, Angela, I can see you've taken yourself back to your youth.

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This is a rather pretty little character, isn't it?

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Anna holding the dog.

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Angela, I'm not talking about that nice little girl,

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charming though she is.

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I was actually more interested with this baby chair.

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-Oh, the chair I was sitting on!

-Yes. Baby's chair.

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Absolutely! Where does this one come from, Amanda?

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-It's inherited from Grandpa.

-Grandfather?

-Yes.

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It's sort of multi-purpose, isn't it,

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because you wouldn't have been able to sit just on the chair.

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-You have to have it on that little table.

-Absolutely,

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and if we were being really posh about this, we'd call it a metamorphic piece of furniture,

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because what happens is that baby can sit up here on the seat at table

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with the grown-ups, but if baby wants to have a meal by himself,

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then, the chair lifts off and he can sit with his own little table to have a meal by himself.

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Not with the grown-ups. Originally there would have been an iron rod

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that ran up and fixes the chair on,

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so that when baby's in one of his more extravagant movements,

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couldn't then topple off the table onto the floor.

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In its day, it would've come from a very good home,

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and it was quite a sophisticated piece of furniture in many ways,

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so I would think, conservatively,

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-we can probably put something like £60 to £100 on it.

-Really?

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-How does that sound?

-Brilliant!

-Well, baby price!

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-THEY LAUGH

-Start... Start low,

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and you never know what might happen in the auction room.

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When the high chair gets to auction, the bids come in thick and fast.

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55. 65.

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£65 I'm bid now. £65. 70. Five.

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Find out just how high they go later.

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'Taking James's lower estimates, we're on track

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'to make £165 so far,

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'which means we're not even halfway towards Amanda's target yet.

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'Daughter Anna finds something that could get us further along.

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'It's a boxed 12-piece fish-cutlery set,

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'which belonged to her dad's grandfather.

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'Silver plated and with mother-of-pearl handles,

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'these blades could bring £30 to £40 to the cruise kitty.

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'We have Andrew's grandfather to thank for our next discovery.

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'It's a collection of cut-glass tableware,

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'and James thinks these should bring in around £10 to £15.'

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Andrew's grandfather certainly had a good eye.

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He served as a Royal Engineer in World War I,

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and whilst our host remembers him as a well travelled man,

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sadly little else is known about him.

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But perhaps our next find will give us some more information.

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Amanda, I think I know what's inside this box.

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Yes, I do. Excellent! Where did it come from?

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-Andrew's grandfather.

-It was. Right.

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Right, right, right. OK. That sort of figures,

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because I can see on the bottom 1917,

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so First World War. And do you know what it is?

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Some kind of compass?

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Well, it is a compass, you're right, but it's a bit more than that,

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because it's actually got, as well as having north, south, east, west,

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it's got one or two other little sort of gizmos on it.

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Vernier was a 17th-century French scientist,

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and he invented a new way of taking sightings

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to establish angles and distance,

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involving this sight which just flips over there,

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and you can actually...establish a very accurate sort of position.

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But what I love about it is, they're always fantastic quality.

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-Do you have any idea on value?

-I wouldn't have a clue.

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Well, in some ways, they should be worth more,

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-but my feeling is that we should put between £30 and £50 on this.

-Really?

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But it's actually not a lot of money

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for what essentially is, A, a bit of military history,

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but B, a superbly engineered piece of equipment.

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So let's hope that someone, or two people in the auction,

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get as carried away as I've just got describing it to you,

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and it fetches pots more! Now I'm going to navigate through your house

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and see if we can find something else.

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When Andrew left the RAF,

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he and Amanda decided to invest in a hobby

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that would make up for the time that they'd spent apart.

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So, you've found our van, Angela?

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And the flowers that go with it!

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This is absolutely fantastic, Amanda!

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-How long have you had this van?

-We've had it about five years.

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-Was it like this when you bought it?

-No. My husband and a friend, Paul,

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did the carpentry, and we did all the interior ourselves.

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Do I take it you'd like to have been a flower child of the '60s?

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-I'm afraid so.

-Is your mum a hippy, really?

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-Yeah. Deep down she is. I think so.

-Do the family have holidays in this?

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We have holidays, go to van fests, have a good time.

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-What do you do at van fests?

-You go to shows,

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and meet people that do things with their vans

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and see what's going on.

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I know you want to do something special for your husband.

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Is it going to be a '60s kind of celebration?

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-No.

-No?

-No. He's just reaching the age of 50,

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-and it'll be nice to take him on a cruise.

-Yes.

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-And leave the '60s behind for a while.

-Yes.

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And then come back to the van afterwards.

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-Of course!

-Would you ever get rid of it?

-No!

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THEY LAUGH

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Very groovy, and it certainly takes me back a few years.

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But we need to get back to rummaging.

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James is busy inspecting some jewellery,

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and Amanda has come across something else belonging to Andrew's grandfather.

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This box contains six World War I honours,

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including the Defence Medal, and some miniature replicas,

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about a quarter of the size of the originals.

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James salutes them with an estimate of £80 to £120.

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The search for collectables is going full steam ahead here in the Dickson household.

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James makes the next find.

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Could this be one to add to our auction haul?

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Amanda?

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What is this doing in your wardrobe?

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Don't know. You put it anywhere, don't you?

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-Do you know what it is?

-Dish.

-It's actually...

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..a butter dish.

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I'm just looking at the hallmark on it. It's a silver butter dish.

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Nice hallmark there on the rim. It's hallmarked Birmingham,

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made in 1901. So nice little Edwardian thing.

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And then in front here, you've actually got the butter knife.

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That's what tells you what it is. So in Edwardian times,

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social standing was very, very important,

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and something like this would have gone a long way to establishing your social station in life.

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You can imagine the Edwardian dining table

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groaning with silver salts-and-peppers, mustards,

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butter dishes like this... But even better is the fact

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that it's fitted in this fantastic quality leather and gilt-tooled case.

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So, family thing?

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Grandfather's.

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So, that would figure with the date of 1901,

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you know, things like that. Well, he obviously didn't use it much,

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which is to your benefit, because the better condition it is,

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the more people will pay for it. What's it worth?

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Well, for something just lurking in the back of your wardrobe,

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-I'd say that £30 to £50 has got to be a bonus, hasn't it?

-Brilliant!

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-Off it goes to auction?

-Of course.

-Off we go to find something else!

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I think Andrew's grandfather would be pleased his items are being sold

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so that his descendants can have a trip of a lifetime.

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'This watercolour also once belonged to that distinguished old soldier.

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'He fought in both wars,

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'and perhaps he was thinking of the forces' sweetheart,

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'Dame Vera Lynn, when he bought this picture.

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'Her famous song The White Cliffs Of Dover

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'was intended to lift the spirits of British soldiers.

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'Our expert believes the picture could be worth £35 to £70.

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'Our rummage day is drawing to a close.

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'Can we find anything else to add to the auction haul?

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'Perhaps James is on to a winner with his next discovery.'

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-Ooh, Amanda, this has caught my eye! You feeling lucky?

-Yes.

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Well, let me say I can now dub you Dame Amanda.

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-How does that feel? Yes?

-Brilliant!

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I'm not going to take this all the way out,

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because it really is a fearsome weapon.

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This is an 1897 infantry-pattern sword,

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and it was...

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an adaption of an earlier sword, so produced through the centuries,

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if you like, when the sword was one of the main weapons for soldiers.

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It's actually incredibly well made, and if I show you...

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Do you see the handle there? It's called shagreen,

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which was either shark or ray skin. It's got a slightly raised finish,

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which gives you a good grip when you're holding the sword.

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If I tell you the value on this is probably somewhere between...

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-£100 and £130...

-For a sword?

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For a sword.

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And the reason it's actually quite a lot, twofold.

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One is that it would cost you an awful lot more to buy something like this new today.

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But secondly, serving officers in the British Army today,

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when they start off as young subalterns,

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and have just graduated from Sandhurst or wherever,

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they actually have to have one of these,

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so I think it's likely that it'll actually be bought

0:18:570:18:59

by a young army officer...

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-Oh, right!

-..for use, and you've still got all the leather fittings.

0:19:020:19:05

It just needs a bit of tidying up. It's actually quite a nice example

0:19:050:19:10

of an 1897 infantry-pattern sword.

0:19:100:19:13

Whoa, James! I know we've got to raise money,

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but is this your new technique for getting money out of the auctioneer?

0:19:160:19:21

-Stand and deliver?

-I've just knighted Amanda,

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-rather than threatening her.

-It's a splendid sword!

0:19:250:19:28

Is this something that's going to auction?

0:19:280:19:30

-It is, very much so.

-How much do we think we might make on it?

0:19:300:19:33

Well, I put £100 to £130 on it.

0:19:330:19:36

That is such good news, because I've actually been doing some sums.

0:19:360:19:41

I've looked at everything that James has looked at today,

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and taken the lowest valuation that he's put on everything.

0:19:440:19:47

You want to raise £500.

0:19:470:19:50

Well, I can tell you that, at the lowest estimate,

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we should be able to make...

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£480.

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OK.

0:19:570:19:58

I know that's £20 less than you want,

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but when you get to the auction,

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you've only got to have two people bidding against each other

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because they want one of your items, and we'll make that money up.

0:20:060:20:10

-Are you both excited now about going to auction?

-Yeah.

-Oh, yeah.

0:20:100:20:13

-Let's go!

-And if we don't get the extra £20,

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we'll send James in with the sword.

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Send him into battle to get the extra money.

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THEY LAUGH

0:20:230:20:25

Swords ought not to be left lying around your home,

0:20:250:20:28

so do keep items like this out of reach of children.

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Your local auction house will advise you on how best to sell militaria,

0:20:310:20:35

but with luck, this one will make a stirring auction lot,

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alongside these fascinating pieces.

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The metamorphic Victorian high chair which comes apart

0:20:430:20:46

when baby needs a table for tea. James thought this would appeal

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to the bidders with a price tag of £60 to £100.

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He was also taken by that early 20th-century Chinese brass table,

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but gave it a conservative estimate of £35 to £50.

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Finally, the Swiss Eterna wristwatch

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was valued at £40 to £60.

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If Amanda gets it working, we could be in for an exciting time

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come auction day.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

0:21:160:21:18

James gives us a little taste of his refined upbringing.

0:21:180:21:22

Let me tell you, fish doesn't taste the same

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unless you eat it with a proper fish knife and fork.

0:21:240:21:27

'And I let slip a little secret.'

0:21:270:21:29

-I can't resist a man in a uniform.

-No!

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'Find out how it all goes when the hammer finally falls.'

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Well, it's been quite a few weeks now since we were with Amanda

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and her daughter Anna at their home in Wiltshire,

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where we discovered all sorts of stuff.

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We brought everything here today to the Chiswick auction rooms

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in West London, where we hope we're going to be able to raise £500

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towards a very special birthday treat for Amanda's husband.

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All we need now are bidders who'll be prepared to buy their items

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when they go under the hammer.

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There are some really fine pieces for sale in this auction,

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where, as usual, the bidders are on the lookout

0:22:100:22:14

for a truly special purchase.

0:22:140:22:15

And James is looking at something that just might appeal to them.

0:22:150:22:19

You could do a lot of damage with that, young man!

0:22:190:22:22

It's a bit worrying. I just love the quality of them.

0:22:220:22:24

They're always incredibly well made. They really are.

0:22:240:22:28

And this one's got a bit of family history to go with it,

0:22:280:22:31

-so that'll help it.

-And beautifully decorated on the blade.

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Every time I've seen a swashbuckling film,

0:22:350:22:37

it never occurred to me that the blades had decoration on, as well.

0:22:370:22:41

-You never want to get up that close to them. You could be in trouble.

-Too right!

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So, a bit of history, a bit of quality,

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and to buy these new, very, very expensive.

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That sword, along with most of Amanda's other mementos on sale,

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all came through the family.

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So, one last look, Amanda and Anna, before they go under the hammer.

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-Are you sorry to see them go?

-No.

0:23:050:23:08

-Move on?

-Move on.

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Your husband's grandfather was a remarkable man, clearly,

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because he started as an ordinary foot soldier,

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-but became a lieutenant colonel.

-He did.

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-So he rose up through the ranks.

-He must have been a very brave man,

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especially to be involved in the conflict for so long.

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And we've not just got the medals. We've got the miniatures of them,

0:23:250:23:28

-so what have you put them in at?

-That's important. £80 to £120,

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-so fingers crossed!

-Fingers crossed.

-Lots of people who collect medals.

0:23:320:23:35

Hopefully they're here today. Shall we go and take our places so that we can start the auction?

0:23:350:23:41

Today's auctioneer gets the sale started.

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£400...

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'Amanda's first lot takes to the stand.

0:23:470:23:50

'It's the collection of cut-glass tableware

0:23:500:23:53

'that came from Andrew's grandfather.'

0:23:530:23:55

-Have you never used this in the house?

-No.

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-It's just been an ornament.

-So just on a shelf somewhere?

0:23:580:24:02

-And nothing you fancy having, Anna?

-No. It's too delicate.

0:24:020:24:06

Too delicate. But actually, at £10 to £15,

0:24:060:24:10

-that's got a real fighting chance.

-It's not a lot of money,

0:24:100:24:13

-so onwards and upwards.

-THEY LAUGH

0:24:130:24:16

What are they worth? £10 to go. £5 to go,

0:24:160:24:19

for the glassware. Surely for a fiver, somebody.

0:24:190:24:21

Anybody want the lot for a £5 note? Oh, dear. Not a good start.

0:24:210:24:25

Could pass the lot for £5. Nobody want it for a fiver?

0:24:250:24:28

Sorry. Pass the lot.

0:24:280:24:30

Good heavens! That's amazing! Not sold, even for a fiver!

0:24:300:24:36

'Oh, no! Not a whiff of interest from the bidders!

0:24:360:24:40

'Not the best start for Amanda,

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'so I hope her next lot brings success.

0:24:420:24:45

'It's the silver butter dish in the form of a shell.

0:24:450:24:48

'Angela's grandfather is the man we must thank for this.'

0:24:480:24:52

James, silver always does well at auction, doesn't it?

0:24:520:24:55

Absolutely, because the melt price is very high at the moment,

0:24:550:24:59

so you've always got that as a starting point.

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But I love these little scallop-shaped butter dishes.

0:25:020:25:06

From a practical point of view, they're a nightmare,

0:25:060:25:09

trying to scrape the butter out of them,

0:25:090:25:11

but we're about to make that somebody else's problem,

0:25:110:25:14

hopefully at a good price.

0:25:140:25:16

£20 for the butter dish. 20 I'm bid. Thank you.

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22. 22, further away. 24. 26.

0:25:180:25:21

-28.

-Great! £28. 30 already.

0:25:210:25:25

32 here. 35 I'll take.

0:25:250:25:28

-Ooh!

-32 here. In front of me at 32. Anybody else at £32?

0:25:280:25:32

34. 36.

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-Couple of people who want it.

-42? £40.

0:25:340:25:37

It's with you at 40. Yeah. With you at £40.

0:25:370:25:41

-42.

-New bidder!

0:25:410:25:43

45...

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£45. Nearer to me at 45.

0:25:460:25:48

Yes. 48.

0:25:480:25:50

£48 with you, Albert. At £48. Anybody else?

0:25:500:25:54

£48, all done.

0:25:540:25:56

48! Just £2 short of James's top price on it.

0:25:560:26:00

-That was a good price!

-It was.

-That was quite exciting, wasn't it?

0:26:000:26:04

-It was!

-They say butter wouldn't melt!

0:26:040:26:07

THEY LAUGH

0:26:070:26:09

Very good, James!

0:26:090:26:11

I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief

0:26:110:26:14

that we've banked some respectable money.

0:26:140:26:16

Next, a memento that was a gift from Andrew's mother.

0:26:170:26:22

We have two Italian Santini figurines,

0:26:220:26:25

and their joint estimate is £15 to £25.

0:26:250:26:29

What's it worth? I'm sure you've viewed it. Start me £10 the lot.

0:26:300:26:34

£10 for the little Diana figure. £5 for it.

0:26:340:26:38

Five I'm bid in front of me. At £5. £6 I'll take from somebody else.

0:26:380:26:41

The two figures for a fiver. Doesn't seem a lot of money.

0:26:410:26:44

At £5, is all I'm bid. I'm going to sell them.

0:26:440:26:47

-At £5. They're going for £5.

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:26:470:26:50

Oh! £5 is all we got for them,

0:26:500:26:53

but you're not having to take them home.

0:26:530:26:55

No. That's a bonus.

0:26:550:26:57

We're on a bit of a seesaw here. One minute we're up,

0:26:580:27:01

then we're down. But at least they sold.

0:27:010:27:04

And now we're back to something from Andrew's grandfather,

0:27:040:27:08

his World War I compass in a case. Will this get us back on course?

0:27:080:27:12

Grandfather obviously had a very eventful First World War,

0:27:150:27:21

because we've got his pocket compass coming up now.

0:27:210:27:24

None of us can even dream of the horrors those guys went through

0:27:240:27:28

in the First World War, and a compass was a very practical thing.

0:27:280:27:32

When you went over the top, you needed to know where you were going,

0:27:320:27:36

and it's amazing - this one has survived, in good condition,

0:27:360:27:39

and still with its original leather box, which is great.

0:27:390:27:43

Bit of interest in it. I've got a starting bid of £10.

0:27:430:27:47

With me at £10. £12. 14. 16. 18.

0:27:470:27:50

£18 in the corner. At 18.

0:27:500:27:52

20 everywhere. 20 I'll take from there.

0:27:520:27:55

22. 24. 26.

0:27:550:27:57

28. 30.

0:27:570:27:59

No? £30, standing, there in the cap. At 30. Anybody else?

0:27:590:28:03

32.

0:28:030:28:05

35. Let's go. 38.

0:28:050:28:07

40. 42.

0:28:070:28:10

45.

0:28:100:28:12

£45 in the middle, then. At 45. Anybody else? In the cap, at £45.

0:28:120:28:16

You all done and finished? £45 it goes...

0:28:160:28:20

-That was a good price! Yes!

-I think we're happy with that.

0:28:200:28:23

Obviously now people know where they're going,

0:28:230:28:26

because they've bought the compass.

0:28:260:28:28

THEY LAUGH

0:28:280:28:30

That is a great result, just £5 under James's top estimate.

0:28:300:28:35

Maybe there are some militaria collectors here today.

0:28:350:28:38

That could bode well for the sword and the medals coming up later.

0:28:380:28:43

So, next up we've got the set of 12 silver-plated fish knives and forks.

0:28:430:28:49

Did you ever use these, Amanda? No? Well, my parents' generation,

0:28:490:28:53

they'd never have dreamt of having fish

0:28:530:28:55

without getting out the old fish knives and forks.

0:28:550:28:58

Beautifully presented in a case. Have you looked at these, Anna?

0:28:580:29:02

-Do you like them? Have you ever eaten with them?

-No.

0:29:020:29:05

Let me tell you, fish doesn't taste the same

0:29:050:29:07

unless you're using the proper fish knife and fork!

0:29:070:29:10

We've got £30 to £40 on them, in their original case,

0:29:100:29:13

so let's hope there are some more traditional buyers here.

0:29:130:29:16

I have seen several people looking at them very intently.

0:29:160:29:20

They could be about to bid for them. We'll soon find out.

0:29:200:29:24

I've got a little bit of interest. I'm bid straight off £35 for them.

0:29:240:29:28

With me at 35 for the fish eaters. At 35. 40.

0:29:280:29:31

45, with me. 50.

0:29:310:29:33

55. Still with me at £55, for those fish eaters. 60.

0:29:330:29:37

65. 65, still with me. On the book at 65.

0:29:370:29:40

70, fresh bidding. 75 with me. 80 in the room, against commission.

0:29:400:29:44

£80 for those fish eaters. At £80. You all done?

0:29:440:29:47

At £80 and going, then. £80.

0:29:470:29:49

Fantastic! That's double what we thought they'd make, James!

0:29:490:29:52

Isn't that wonderful? There are still people who have standards!

0:29:520:29:55

THEY LAUGH

0:29:550:29:58

Well, you would know, James! There are obviously some bidders here

0:29:580:30:02

who also recognise quality when they see it.

0:30:020:30:04

I wonder what they'll make of Amanda's next lot?

0:30:070:30:09

It's her Dansette transistor radio, in need of some restoration.

0:30:090:30:14

We're back to the swinging '60s now,

0:30:180:30:21

because we've got this wonderful little Dansette transistor radio.

0:30:210:30:25

-He's off already!

-We were there!

0:30:250:30:27

-He's off!

-I love this.

0:30:270:30:30

It's a great blue colour. It's got everything going,

0:30:300:30:33

and this sort of retro thing very much coming back in.

0:30:330:30:36

-We were there first time round!

-We were, James.

0:30:360:30:40

What's it worth? I'm sure you've viewed it. £10 for it.

0:30:400:30:43

£10 for the little radio, surely.

0:30:430:30:45

Nobody interested? £10? £5 for it, then.

0:30:450:30:48

£5 I'm bid at the back of the room. Jolly good. At £5.

0:30:480:30:51

£6 anywhere? At £5, by the mirror there. Are you all done at £5?

0:30:510:30:55

It's going to be sold for £5. A maiden bid of £5. It's going.

0:30:550:30:58

-£5 and going...

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:30:580:31:00

Well, it's £5 that you've taken out of the garage, really, isn't it?

0:31:000:31:05

-Absolutely.

-And you weren't using it.

-No.

0:31:050:31:07

-And it didn't have batteries in it.

-No.

-Bet they didn't know that.

0:31:070:31:11

-They've got to buy batteries, James.

-That'll cost more than a fiver!

0:31:110:31:15

-Exactly.

-THEY LAUGH

0:31:150:31:17

'It seems only one bidder wanted the job of restoring that old radio,

0:31:170:31:21

'but I'm sure they'll get hours of pleasure from it once they do.'

0:31:210:31:25

'So, I wonder how the kitty is looking so far?'

0:31:250:31:28

Halfway point, only one no-sale, which I am still speechless about.

0:31:300:31:35

I can't believe someone wasn't prepared to pay a fiver

0:31:350:31:38

for those glasses and that jug. Nevertheless, they have stumped up

0:31:380:31:42

on everything else we've had to sell today,

0:31:420:31:44

and we're not quite halfway there yet.

0:31:440:31:47

We're up to £183.

0:31:470:31:50

But we've got all of that World War I stuff

0:31:500:31:54

from your husband's grandfather,

0:31:540:31:56

and there is an interest in medals and World War I memorabilia,

0:31:560:32:00

so we hope we'll do better in the second half, James.

0:32:000:32:03

Everything to come. Everything to play for. Can't wait!

0:32:030:32:06

If you'd like to try your hand at buying or selling at auction,

0:32:060:32:10

do bear in mind that there are charges, including commission.

0:32:100:32:14

These will vary from one saleroom to another,

0:32:140:32:17

so it is always worth enquiring in advance.

0:32:170:32:19

The bidders here do seem to recognise quality,

0:32:210:32:24

but you'd need to look very closely at an item James has spotted,

0:32:240:32:27

just to be sure that it's the genuine article!

0:32:270:32:30

That's a very pretty little thing, James.

0:32:320:32:34

Do I get a whiff of imperial Russia from this?

0:32:340:32:37

You should get a whiff of Imperial Russia,

0:32:370:32:41

because the auctioneers have said that it's actually stamped Faberge.

0:32:410:32:45

-Oh, yes.

-In Cyrillic, on the bottom there.

0:32:450:32:48

But I think, given the estimate they've put on it

0:32:480:32:52

-of 700 to 1,000, I don't think they think it's by Faberge.

-No!

0:32:520:32:56

The great Carl Faberge. You remember the idea,

0:32:560:32:59

that he produced for the Russian royal family

0:32:590:33:01

in the early years of the 20th century

0:33:010:33:04

Imperial Easter eggs, and they are now hugely expensive.

0:33:040:33:07

Like?

0:33:070:33:09

-Certainly north of £1 million each.

-Ooh!

0:33:090:33:12

What do we think?

0:33:120:33:13

I think it's going to exceed its estimate of 700 to 1,000.

0:33:130:33:17

-Oh, very pretty!

-Good Easter egg for someone.

-Yes!

0:33:170:33:20

Crikey! James turned out to be right there.

0:33:210:33:23

That wonderful piece actually sold for £3,800!

0:33:230:33:28

Just goes to prove that, if you keep your eyes peeled,

0:33:280:33:31

sometimes you really can find something quite exceptional.

0:33:310:33:34

Amanda has six items left, including those World War I medals

0:33:350:33:39

and sword, for which we've got high hopes.

0:33:390:33:41

But her next lot on the podium

0:33:410:33:44

is the Chinese brass-topped occasional table

0:33:440:33:47

that used to sit in Anna's bedroom.

0:33:470:33:49

You'll be happy to see it go?

0:33:500:33:52

Definitely. It gets in the way a bit.

0:33:520:33:55

But it's practical! Didn't you ever use it?

0:33:550:33:57

-No. Didn't know what to use it for.

-I know why.

0:33:570:34:00

-Because you don't want to polish it any more.

-Now you know.

0:34:000:34:04

Little table there. Start me at £20 for it, surely.

0:34:040:34:07

For the little table. For 20. 22, 24.

0:34:070:34:10

26, 28. £28 for the table. At £28. 30 to my left.

0:34:100:34:15

30. Anybody else? £30.

0:34:150:34:17

To my left at 30. You all done at £30?

0:34:170:34:19

£30 and going, then.

0:34:190:34:21

Great!

0:34:210:34:22

-Just below, but still OK.

-Yeah.

0:34:220:34:24

I think both Anna and her mum are pleased with that result.

0:34:250:34:30

Money in the pot, for something they hardly used!

0:34:300:34:33

Next up, an English-school watercolour.

0:34:330:34:36

Not militaria, but the white cliffs of Dover may have some resonance

0:34:360:34:40

with collectors.

0:34:400:34:42

Start me at £20 for it, for the watercolour. £10 to go, then.

0:34:430:34:46

£10 for the watercolour. Ten I'm bid. 12, 14, 16.

0:34:460:34:49

£16 is all I'm bid for that. At 16. £18 here.

0:34:490:34:53

In front of me at £18. Anybody else at £18?

0:34:530:34:56

At £18 here, with the gentleman in the striped shirt.

0:34:560:34:59

You all done and finished? At £18 it goes...

0:34:590:35:02

What a shame that the watercolour sold for so little!

0:35:020:35:04

Only four lots left,

0:35:040:35:07

and with that target of £500 still some distance away,

0:35:070:35:11

everything rests on all of them doing well.

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Something quite rare in this sale now,

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because so much of what we've been selling came from your husband's grandfather,

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but this is one item at auction that didn't belong to him, isn't it?

0:35:230:35:26

It's the 1930s wristwatch. So, where did this one come from?

0:35:260:35:30

-His dad.

-And does your husband not wear it?

0:35:300:35:33

-No.

-I think you were saying it still works, doesn't it?

0:35:330:35:36

-It does, yes.

-What more do you want?

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What have we got on it? £40 to £60,

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and people love to be seen with something

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that says retro, that says quality,

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that doesn't say modern and horrible battery!

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£20 to start me, surely, for the watch. For 20. I'm bid 20.

0:35:490:35:53

22. 24. £24 for that watch. It doesn't seem...

0:35:530:35:56

26. 28. 30. 32.

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34.

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36. 38.

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-38 to my left.

-Nearly up to our 40.

0:36:030:36:05

-All done at £38?

-Oh, hang on.

-New bid at 42, do you want?

0:36:050:36:09

42. At £42. £42, I'm going to sell it, then.

0:36:090:36:13

-Over our lowest estimate. Well done!

-Just pipped through, didn't it?

0:36:130:36:19

That's a great result for Amanda,

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and a good price for the winning bidder.

0:36:210:36:24

The classic high chair is up next, for £60 to £100.

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It belonged to Andrew's grandparents,

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and converts into a table and chair as the child grows.

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So, was it used by children in your family? Just remind me.

0:36:360:36:39

Oh, yeah. My husband sat in it when he was small,

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his sisters and our children.

0:36:410:36:43

-Anna, I bet you don't remember sitting in this, do you?

-Not at all.

0:36:430:36:48

-And you clearly haven't sat in it since.

-No!

0:36:480:36:51

£50. £50 to go.

0:36:520:36:54

50. Five. 60. Five. £65 I'm bid now.

0:36:540:36:57

£65. And 70. Five.

0:36:570:36:59

80. Five. 90. Five.

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£95 I'm bid.

0:37:020:37:04

100. 110. You want 120, madam? 120. In the room at 120.

0:37:040:37:08

-£120 in the room now.

-Fantastic!

-120. Anybody else?

0:37:080:37:11

£120. I'm going to sell it, then. £120 it goes.

0:37:110:37:16

That's a terrific price. Your top price was £100.

0:37:160:37:20

-You were on the button.

-Double the low estimate.

0:37:200:37:22

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, loads of money.

0:37:220:37:26

-We like that!

-THEY LAUGH

0:37:260:37:29

What a great price for that high chair!

0:37:290:37:31

I'm sure it will become the centrepiece

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of another family's kitchen for years to come.

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So, we reach Amanda's last two lots,

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the militaria handed down through the family

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from a grandfather who clearly had such a distinguished military career.

0:37:440:37:48

And first up it's the infantry sword that's now more than 100 years old.

0:37:480:37:53

When we arrived today,

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I found James absolutely swashing the buckle with Grandfather's sword.

0:37:570:38:02

They cut such a dash, these guys, with their Sam Browne belts and then a sword on the side.

0:38:020:38:07

-And the medals.

-And medals as well.

-Can't resist a man in a uniform!

0:38:070:38:11

Well, YOU can say that.

0:38:110:38:13

THEY LAUGH

0:38:130:38:15

50 I'm bid. Thank you. 55. 60. £60 is all I'm bid

0:38:150:38:19

for that sword, now? Not enough. 65.

0:38:190:38:21

Thank you. 70.

0:38:210:38:23

-Come on.

-Going up!

-At 75.

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-At £75 in the middle of the room.

-75.

0:38:260:38:29

I can sell it at £75. You all done? 80, fresh bidding.

0:38:290:38:32

85.

0:38:320:38:34

90. 95.

0:38:340:38:36

£95, my original bidder. At 95.

0:38:360:38:39

At £95. You all done? £95 and going. 95.

0:38:390:38:43

Thank you, sir.

0:38:430:38:44

£95, just £5 short of our lowest estimate.

0:38:440:38:47

But not a bad return.

0:38:470:38:49

I thought that was going to sell for 60 quid!

0:38:490:38:52

-Really?

-The cut-and-thrust of bidding

0:38:520:38:55

eventually brought it nearly up to where we wanted to be.

0:38:550:38:58

So 95. Not bad.

0:38:580:39:00

At last! Their heirlooms do seem to be doing rather well.

0:39:000:39:05

So how will those medals do?

0:39:050:39:07

They're from both World Wars, and include some miniatures.

0:39:070:39:12

There is quite a market for medals, especially from the First World War,

0:39:120:39:17

and we've got the ones coming up from your husband's grandfather,

0:39:170:39:21

your great-grandfather, Anna. But also, tucked away on the end,

0:39:210:39:24

we've got a Second World War medal which shows that he served again

0:39:240:39:29

in the Second World War!

0:39:290:39:31

None of them are gallantry medals, but a nice collection nevertheless,

0:39:310:39:34

so £80 to £120.

0:39:340:39:35

And they've got the miniatures with them.

0:39:350:39:38

Yes. That's important, as well.

0:39:380:39:40

-Interest in the lot.

-Good, good!

-I'm bid £60 straight off.

0:39:400:39:44

With me at 60. Five. 70. Five.

0:39:440:39:46

80. 85.

0:39:460:39:49

-90. Five.

-Lots of people bidding.

-Going!

0:39:490:39:51

100. £100 there. At £100.

0:39:510:39:54

110 there, fresh bidding. 120.

0:39:540:39:56

-30. 140.

-Over our top estimate!

0:39:560:39:59

60. 70. 180. 190.

0:39:590:40:02

No? 190 in the middle of the room. 190.

0:40:020:40:04

Fresh bidding, 200. 210?

0:40:040:40:06

No? £200 there. 200.

0:40:060:40:08

Anybody else? At £200, at the bar. For £200. You all done?

0:40:080:40:12

£200 and going, then. 470. Thank you.

0:40:120:40:15

Wow! What a terrific result! What do you make of that, Anna?

0:40:150:40:19

-That's really, really good.

-£200,

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for your great-grandfather's war medals.

0:40:220:40:26

Well, I think it's great. You can't put a price on bravery,

0:40:260:40:29

but that was a pretty good attempt. And worth every penny.

0:40:290:40:32

There's no doubt that that excellent final sale

0:40:320:40:35

has made all the difference to Amanda's total.

0:40:350:40:38

'So, time to reveal the final sum!'

0:40:380:40:41

I did tell you the second half would be a lot more fun and exciting

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than the first half,

0:40:450:40:47

because we had all that wonderful World War I memorabilia.

0:40:470:40:51

The medals - were you amazed that they went for £200?

0:40:510:40:55

-Yeah, definitely!

-That was a terrific result, wasn't it?

0:40:550:40:58

And then, of course, Grandfather's sword.

0:40:580:41:01

£95. Well, it has all added up to a wonderful total,

0:41:010:41:06

which is actually more than the £500 that you wanted,

0:41:060:41:09

which means you can have the £500 holiday,

0:41:090:41:11

and you'll have some left over to spend on the new granddaughter,

0:41:110:41:15

because your grand total is...

0:41:150:41:18

-£688!

-Oh, wow!

0:41:180:41:20

Oh, good!

0:41:200:41:22

-Have you ever been to an auction before?

-No.

0:41:220:41:25

-What's this experience been like?

-Brilliant.

0:41:250:41:28

Well, £688 - that's a full 188 more than you expected.

0:41:280:41:32

-Have a great party!

-Thank you.

-Absolutely. Well done.

0:41:320:41:35

Amanda certainly hasn't let the grass grow under her feet.

0:41:390:41:44

She's already booked that birthday treat for her husband Andrew.

0:41:440:41:48

'We're going to Cyprus.

0:41:480:41:50

'My husband's been there when he was in the forces,

0:41:500:41:53

'so it's like going back in time for him.'

0:41:530:41:56

I can't wait! I wish it was this weekend we were going.

0:41:560:41:59

That's the two dips, the red-pepper hummus.

0:41:590:42:02

Whenever they visit new places, they like to sample the local cuisine,

0:42:020:42:06

so Amanda's come to a Cypriot restaurant for a taste of things to come.

0:42:060:42:10

This is very nice. It's lamb, some spices. Very nice.

0:42:100:42:14

I'd like to make it myself.

0:42:140:42:17

'The dips - well, that's the first time I've tried hummus,

0:42:170:42:21

'and I will, er, put it on my menu in the house from now on.'

0:42:210:42:26

If it's like this out there, I'll be fine.

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Amanda Dickson wants to organise a treat for her husband's fiftieth birthday. He inherited various items from his grandfather who served in both world wars, and Amanda calls in Angela Rippon and James Rylands to help sort through them.