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Welcome to Cash In The Attic.

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Today, it's all about pieces from the Orient

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and there'll be some surprises

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when the lady we're about to meet hears the values.

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Stay with us to find out what happens next.

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'On today's Cash In The Attic,

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'we find a Japanese goddess with a difference.'

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She's not a raving beauty, is she?

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-Well, she's not!

-No.

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She looks as though she has a nasty smell under her nose.

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'And I wing it with my assessment of a Chinese container.'

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A Ching ding not a Ming ding?

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When it comes to sale day, our expert John hopes things go to plan.

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Well, I'm glad it's sold

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or else your mum would have cast me out into the wilderness.

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'Find out how much we raise when the gavel falls.'

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Today, I'm in Dorset and I'm on my way to meet Rosa.

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She's called us in to help raise money

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for a triple birthday celebration.

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'Rosa Blandford is joined today by her daughter Liz,

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'who lives nearby.

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'They've called us in to assess a house full of objects

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'that were collected by Rosa's father, many from the Orient.

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'She married in 1970 and she and her husband Howard had two children,

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'Liz and Richard.

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'Sadly, Howard died in 2004.

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'We'll hear more about her fascinating life story over the course of the show.'

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You can put things in it.

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'It's good to have John Cameron with me

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'and he gets our hunt for collectables underway,

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'while I go in search of Rosa and Liz.'

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-Hello, ladies.

-Hello.

-Hello.

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-It's nice to be inside. It's cold out there.

-It is, very.

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-You're obviously Rosa.

-Yes.

-And Liz.

-Yes.

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I can see the resemblance. It's very much in the eyes.

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Everyone says that.

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I was told there was an Oriental theme about the day,

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so tell me, what is this?

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Well, my father started travelling in the 1890s as a very young man

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and he loved the Far East, particularly Japan,

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so I think this is probably Japanese.

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-It's very beautiful, I must say.

-It's lovely.

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-Is this going in the auction?

-No.

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-Ah!

-I have my eye on that, Jennie.

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I'd like to keep that.

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Now, who decided to call in Cash In The Attic?

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Well, that would be me

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because it's my mum's 60th birthday this October

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and also my brother's 40th.

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-And a friend's 80th.

-And a friend's 80th, all in October.

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So we needed to get some money together to go away for a couple of nights.

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-Mum really wanted to go to the Cotswolds.

-Mm.

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-How much do you want to raise?

-We were hoping for about 2,000

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to cover it adequately.

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OK, well, that's going to be some party!

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-Oh, yes! Looking forward to it.

-It is.

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-So we'd better get started.

-Absolutely.

-Let's go rummage.

-OK!

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Lead the way. I love looking round people's houses.

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It's five years since Rosa moved into her bungalow here in Dorset

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and every room shows evidence of her father's passion for collecting.

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John's spoilt for choice. I don't think he knows where to start.

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A-ha. I told you John would've found something. What have you got?

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Well, I've seen one or two rather interesting pieces already,

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in particular this piece here,

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which grabbed my attention immediately.

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But first of all, I want to ask what you know about it.

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Very little, really, apart from the fact

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that my father would have brought it back between the 1890s and 1930s

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from the Far East, China or Japan.

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Now, the clue to its function is

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this rather conspicuous flat disc here on the top.

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And it's interesting that you've got this little glass vase of potpourri sat in there

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because it's actually a vase for arranging flowers.

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You've got some staining on there, which is possibly water damage.

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Where somebody's wiped that, they've taken away the patina.

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-Have you used it as a vase, Rosa?

-No. I was afraid to for that reason.

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-What do you think of it? Do you like it?

-Yes, I do.

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-I rather like these birds.

-Beautiful detail, isn't it?

-Mm.

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It's made of bronze, which is an alloy of tin and copper,

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and it's very hard.

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It's cast and because it's hard, it's great for holding detail.

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There's nice, sharp detail here.

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Date wise, I'd put this second half of the 19th century.

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However, I'm not 100% sure and I'm going to mull it over

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whether I think it's Chinese or Japanese.

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The form says to me Chinese.

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However, the quality of the detail around these cranes here

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and the asymmetry of that decoration

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suggests that it's possibly Japanese.

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At auction today, it should easily make between £400-£600.

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Oh, wow! £400!

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Sounds good to me. What do you think?

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Well, I really had no idea but, yes, it sounds fair enough.

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It does. I can feel that party spirit starting already.

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Let's go and see what else we can find. Come on.

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'Liz has popped out to the car

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'to bring in something from her own home,

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'while the rest of us continue with the search.

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'This Japanese teapot is in the shape of a house.

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'Rosa wonders if it might be worth selling at auction.

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'It's made of cast iron and in Japan it's known as a tetsubin.

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'It could be worth £100-£150.'

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John, I wondered if you could have a look at these for me?

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Wow! Now, that takes me back.

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-Are these yours?

-No, they belong to my husband.

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They were his when he was a little boy. He loved Star Wars.

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They are the original Star Wars toys.

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Well, let's have a look what we've got.

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I can zoom straight in on this one here,

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which, I guess, arguably, along with the Starship Enterprise,

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is the most popular and famous spaceship ever to grace the galaxy.

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And this one, a snow speeder

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and last but not least, another icon of the period,

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the X-wing fighter, Luke Skywalker's fighter ship

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that he famously crashed in the swamp in his quest for Master Yoda.

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Fantastic.

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There is a huge market for these things.

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It's mostly guys about my age, I think,

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trying to relive their youth

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and the ones who weren't lucky enough to have the big toys back then -

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they can tick that box now that they've got some money to buy them.

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At auction, I'd expect them to be making somewhere, for the four,

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at 200 top end, 250 top end.

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-About £150-£250.

-Wow, that's brilliant.

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And I suggest putting them together

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because what you really want is a collector that's after that

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competing against somebody that perhaps is after that.

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Now, you might have some more rummaging to do.

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I've got some important business going through these boxes.

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Right, OK! So we'll go and have a rummage, shall we?

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-No, I'm staying with these toys.

-OK! Lovely! Thanks, John.

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'Boys and their toys, eh?!

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'John's clearly quite a Star Wars fan.

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'I'm wondering if there might be something tucked away in this desk.

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'And Rosa's still tackling the kitchen.

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'She's spotted this bronze wood-cutter figure,

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'another piece of her father's.

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'We're all astounded when John says it could fetch between £200-£300.

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'And when that ornament gets to auction,

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'it attracts bidders from far and wide.'

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160, 170, 180.

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There's a telephone bidder. It's up at 180 now.

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'It sounds as if it's going to be an exciting sale.'

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Our search of Rosa's home is going well.

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Her father, Henry, worked as a cabin boy and travelled the world.

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He continued his adventures even after fathering Rosa

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at the age of 74.

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Henry lived until he was 89

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and his memory lives on in all the beautiful mementoes

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we've been finding.

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Rosa, I really appreciate this chance to sit down

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and hear a bit more about your father.

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He sounds such an extraordinary character.

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-These are some of the things he collected?

-Yes.

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He was travelling in the late 1800s. That seems incredible to me.

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Yes, well, he was born in 1876

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and he started travelling in the 1890s.

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Initially he was the cabin boy on a sail ship, apparently,

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and at one point the ship caught fire

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and - we used to have it - he rescued a half-burnt Bible.

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It was the only thing he could collect

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before he made it to the lifeboat.

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-How did he meet your mother?

-My mother was a nurse

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and war broke out

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and she was going to accompany a ship of evacuee children to Canada.

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While she was waiting for the call-up, she came to Bournemouth

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and there she met the first Mrs Cooper.

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She offered to look after her because she was an invalid, in bed.

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And they were only together for a week

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and became really good friends

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and then suddenly and quite unexpectedly,

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the first Mrs Cooper just died in her arms and...

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Then what happened?

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Well, my half-sister came down for the funeral,

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shared a double room with her, cried all night

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and said, "Please don't leave my father. Please stay."

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So in fact she refused the call-up when it came

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-and stayed as a housekeeper.

-So one thing led to another.

-Yes.

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It was just as well because the ship was torpedoed and went down

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and very few were saved, so she would have been lost.

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They married two years later.

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So they married. There must have been a huge age difference.

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Yes, my father was 65 and my mother 33.

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-JENNIE WHISTLES

-Wow! And did it work?

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Yes, they were married almost 25 years

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and they were very happy.

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Now, you described your mother as a bit of an eccentric.

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-How did that manifest itself?

-Well, one of the ways was driving.

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She didn't drive until she was well into her fifties

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and then she had a large Mercedes - this was in her seventies -

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and she used to take old people who were actually younger than her out for drives.

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But she was absolutely lethal.

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She'd be talking to them in the back seat

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and people said, "I saw your mother but I didn't dare wave."

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She'd take her hand off the wheel, a hand out the window. She had so many speeding fines.

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Rosa's mum Mary sounds like a remarkable lady.

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She lived to the ripe old age of 95 and died in 2003.

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Going by John's lowest estimates,

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we stand to make around £850 when we auction our discoveries so far.

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Since Rosa's target is £2,000, we're almost halfway there.

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John has come across a small folding chair.

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For once, it didn't belong to Rosa's father but her mother.

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It's Victorian and in very good condition.

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The estimate is £40-£60.

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-Look at this.

-What have you got, Rosa?

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Another Oriental item.

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Wow, now look at that. Isn't that fantastic?

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It's Japanese. We know it's Japanese because of the decoration,

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the asymmetry of that, the way this is not balanced.

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That's very typical Japanese. It's made of bronze.

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-So is it something you've paid much attention to?

-Not really, no.

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-When we look at what's going on, it looks like an artist.

-It does.

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We can see his paintbrush there. Someone's watching him.

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I wonder if he's painting that dragon. What do you think?

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It looks like it. And the other stylus down there, or brush.

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And when we look at it we can really see the metalworker's skill

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because it features some rather interesting techniques.

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Let's talk about zogan, which are types of inlay

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and here we've got taka zogan,

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which is when metal inlay stands proud of the surface.

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You can feel that.

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And hira zogan, which are inlays, if you feel them,

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are flush with the surface.

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So lots and lots of skill and effort has gone into this piece.

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Probably dating to the Meiji period,

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so we're looking at the second half of the 19th century,

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strictly speaking, that's about 1868 to about 1912.

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This is a wonderful thing. Have you thought about what it's worth?

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-No, not really.

-Do you know what? At auction, I wouldn't be surprised

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if that made somewhere between £500-£800.

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-Oh, gracious. Mm.

-Has that surprised you?

-Well, yes.

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It's wonderful to find that all these souvenirs,

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carefully collected by Rosa's dad Henry more than a century ago,

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are worth such incredible amounts.

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They have specialist appeal and we must do all we can to ensure

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that we take them to the most appropriate sale.

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Liz has turned her attention to a barometer.

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It was produced in Nottingham in the early 20th century

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and is made of carved oak.

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With a valuation of £70-£90, she's happy for it to go.

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Each new discovery brings more insight into Henry's eye for art.

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It seems his enthusiasm wasn't restricted solely to collecting.

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-So this is one of your father's paintings?

-Yes. He did hundreds,

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some watercolour like this and others in oil

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and he loved still life, as you can see.

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And there's an Oriental theme here, I see.

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Yes, they're all artefacts that we once owned.

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Most of them have gone but we still have this one.

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-Do you?

-Yes.

-Really?

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-Oh, goodness.

-And here it is.

-That is fantastic.

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There she is!

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Oh, John, have a look at this. Wow!

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Well, she is a goddess and she is a goddess known in Japan,

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where she is known as Kannon,

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but in China, where I think she originates from,

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she is known as Guan Yin.

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She is a goddess of mercy and forgiveness.

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She's carved rather beautifully from rosewood

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or a hardwood known as hongmu

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and she's been inlaid, if you have a look, very finely

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with these little silver wires.

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Date wise, I think she's certainly not that old.

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She's typically late Ching dynasty, if you ask me,

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which I think is late 19th century, possibly early 20th century.

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I have noticed the damage to her hand here.

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-What happened?

-Many years ago in another house, we had a home help.

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My husband was working in the garden and he heard a crash

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and he saw her pick something up but he couldn't see exactly what.

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After she'd gone, we discovered marks down the wall

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where she'd fallen and fingers missing.

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-And did he have mercy on her?

-We never said any more.

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-I mean, you know.

-What a shame.

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Because of the damage, I'd be a little cautious with my estimate.

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I do think she has a super quality about her

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but I think given that damage,

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I would put an estimate of about £200-£400, something like that.

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I must say, actually, she's not really very stunning, is she?

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-Well, she's not!

-No, she looks like she has a nasty smell under her nose.

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That's a good reason to send her to the auction.

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Well, our apologies to Guan Yin for seeming so disrespectful.

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We can only hope that she'll show mercy and forgiveness to us

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and perhaps even bring us good luck on auction day.

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We're spoilt for choice in Rosa's home.

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Everywhere you look, there's something of interest.

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There's a cupboard in the study where I find yet another of Henry's Oriental treasures.

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It's a bronze hand mirror from the Japanese Meiji period,

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which translates to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Its value is £50-£80.

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-A-ha! I see you're still rummaging. Excellent.

-Yes.

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This whole thing must be quite a trip down memory lane for both of you, isn't it?

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-Yes, it is, rather.

-It is.

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Liz, you didn't know your grandfather, did you?

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No, sadly, I never met him.

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I would have loved to but he passed away when Mum was only 14 years old,

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-so, yes.

-14!

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Yes, he was 89 but he'd written a letter when I was three

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to be opened on my 21st birthday

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because he knew that he wouldn't be there.

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What was that like, reading that letter?

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Well, that was quite emotional. really.

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It's quite difficult to read the slopey Victorian writing.

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I've still got it.

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Is it too personal to ask what was his main piece of advice to you?

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Well, the main piece of advice was to choose very carefully who I married.

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Very sound advice from a father. How wonderful.

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So you've been learning one or two things about your granddad.

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Yes, it's fascinating, really.

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I wish I'd met him. He sounds like a really amazing character,

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so I hope he'd be pleased that for her 60th we're doing this.

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We're going to go to a hotel in the Cotswolds for a couple of nights

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with the whole family -

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my two boys will be going and my brother's two children

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and hopefully meet up with the relatives on Saturday night,

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have a big party, Saturday night, a nice meal,

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and it will be lovely.

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-So it's your 60th and then it's your...

-My brother's 40th

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and also Mum's best friend Joy's 80th.

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And tell me a bit about Joy, then. She's one of your good friends.

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She is. She was a former teaching colleague

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and we've been friends for 20 years.

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Ah, you were both teachers. You spent years teaching drama.

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-Do you miss it?

-I thoroughly enjoyed it for 30 years

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but, no, I've moved on and I don't miss it at all now.

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And nowadays you're a full-time Christian worker.

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-That's right, yes.

-Where does that take you?

0:17:390:17:41

All over the place, actually.

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I'm using my speech and drama in speaking at various churches and organisations

0:17:430:17:48

all over the south of England.

0:17:480:17:50

-There's a lovely cohesion to your life, then.

-Yes.

0:17:500:17:53

OK. So we've got a big target today,

0:17:530:17:56

so you can have that wonderful celebration,

0:17:560:17:58

-so you know what that means - come on!

-Absolutely.

-OK.

0:17:580:18:01

'We're determined to explore every possible nook and cranny

0:18:020:18:05

'around this lovely home.

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'Liz wonders if one of Henry's old books will be worth showing to John

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'but Rosa gets to him first.'

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Look what I've found.

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-Ah, you're looking at a photo of my father.

-I am.

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-So this is your father?

-Yes.

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That was done about two years before he died. He'd have been 87.

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He certainly looks a real educated man,

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-a real scholar, doesn't he? A real academic.

-He was, yes.

0:18:260:18:29

Not a bad job. What have you got there?

0:18:290:18:32

Well, it's a chest.

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-So this is another one of Dad's items?

-Yes.

0:18:340:18:37

Wow. I'm not pleased to say but surprised to say not Oriental.

0:18:370:18:42

-Where do you think he got this?

-I don't know.

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I think this is certainly European and probably French.

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Looking at this cockerel motif here,

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that is something that's been associated with France for centuries.

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This is what I would call a medieval revival.

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When you look at these figures on the front

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with their suits of armour on there,

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they're very much from the 14th century, aren't they?

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And also the foliage and scrollwork -

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very ornate, very typical of that Renaissance period.

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The whole thing looks like a sort of treasure chest,

0:19:130:19:15

something you'd find on one of the Spanish armada ships.

0:19:150:19:18

Let's have a look inside.

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Here we are. Well, it's been lined, probably with zinc.

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That's something we often see inside tea caddies

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and it's copper, it's not bronze.

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But what is nice about it

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is that all this decoration which we can see in relief there

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on the top and around the sides

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has, indeed, been worked by hand.

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From inside, we can see it's been worked from reverse.

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That's called repousse work and embossing.

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You see it a lot on silverware and that is a skilful technique

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and very time-consuming.

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Well, I like it. The condition's good and it's quite quirky.

0:19:520:19:55

I think we should be looking at somewhere like £200-£300.

0:19:550:19:58

-Are you happy with that?

-Yes.

0:19:580:19:59

-Do you think Dad paid that?

-No. No way.

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Well, he obviously had an eye for a bargain,

0:20:020:20:05

-as well as an eye for quality and detail, didn't he?

-He did.

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OK, well, let's see what else we can find

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-and put this back down next to that picture of Dad.

-OK.

0:20:100:20:13

We're soon back with the Oriental theme,

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although Liz isn't quite sure what this is.

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John explains that it's a Chinese bronze incense burner.

0:20:210:20:25

It's late Ching dynasty,

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which is, roughly, from the 19th and very early 20th centuries.

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If you what it would have cost Henry when he bought it in the 1890s,

0:20:330:20:37

the value has matured very well.

0:20:370:20:39

Our estimate is £100-£200.

0:20:390:20:43

And guess what? It's not our last exotic discovery today.

0:20:430:20:47

Jennie, I've just found something here.

0:20:470:20:49

What have you got?

0:20:490:20:52

A very heavy item of my father's.

0:20:520:20:55

-It's a pot.

-Yes.

-You've found a pot.

-I remember this.

0:20:550:20:59

-It's wonderful.

-May I?

-Yes.

0:20:590:21:01

-HE GRUNTS

-It certainly weighs something.

0:21:010:21:04

-What do you know about it, Rosa?

-Not a lot, really.

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It's just one of the items that my father brought back from the Far East.

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The item is called a ding, which is a Chinese word for a vessel

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and the actual form of which has been around for thousands of years.

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They are ritualistic as well and would have been found in tombs

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and you could place foods in these or incense, things like that,

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things somebody would want to take with them into the afterlife.

0:21:250:21:28

-Is it really old, would you say?

-Well, let's come to that.

0:21:280:21:31

Look at this mark on the bottom.

0:21:310:21:33

The Chinese were great at showing their respect

0:21:330:21:37

for past emperors.

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You read these top to bottom, right to left.

0:21:390:21:42

The first character is "great" and the second one is "the reign"

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and that is a Ming symbol, so it's a great Ming emperor.

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Now, here, I believe, is the first name.

0:21:510:21:54

This is the Emperor Xuande and then the period here,

0:21:540:21:58

which would be 1425 to 1436, something like that.

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So that tells us who this is paying homage to.

0:22:030:22:06

I think it's possibly later than that, given what I just said

0:22:060:22:10

and that emperors do put dates from past periods.

0:22:100:22:14

It's probably Ching dynasty rather than Ming.

0:22:140:22:17

A Ching ding not a Ming ding?

0:22:170:22:20

-You said it.

-I like it a bit more now.

0:22:200:22:23

-Yes.

-I bet you do. That is fantastic.

0:22:230:22:26

Well, if I had to put it into auction today,

0:22:260:22:29

I'd place an estimate on this

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of £500-£800, something like that.

0:22:300:22:33

-Wow.

-Yes, really good.

0:22:330:22:35

Did you think it was worth something like that?

0:22:350:22:38

Well, it's very heavy and now I know how old it is,

0:22:380:22:41

even if it's Ching and not Ming, it's still old.

0:22:410:22:44

I think that means I can call time, actually,

0:22:440:22:47

and we can stop rummaging round the house, eh?

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And we started out saying we'd like £2,000,

0:22:490:22:52

so you can have your wonderful celebration.

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Based on John's lowest estimates,

0:22:540:22:56

we think, actually, at the auction, fingers crossed,

0:22:560:22:59

you might make £2,510.

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-Wow!

-Wow! Brilliant. Thank you.

-Yes.

-Excellent.

0:23:020:23:06

-So thanks a million and we'll see you at the auction.

-Great.

-Lovely.

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Well, a very successful day

0:23:110:23:13

and plenty of interesting curios to send to the auction,

0:23:130:23:16

including the Japanese bronze tray with all that intricate carving.

0:23:160:23:20

John was very taken with it and it should make £500-£800.

0:23:200:23:25

And there's the French coffer chest,

0:23:260:23:28

decorated in Renaissance revival style.

0:23:280:23:30

John was impressed and gave it an estimate of £200-£300.

0:23:300:23:34

And in complete contrast, we have the Star Wars toys

0:23:360:23:39

in their original boxes, sent along by Liz's husband.

0:23:390:23:42

We're hoping for £150-£250.

0:23:420:23:46

Still to come, as the sale gets underway,

0:23:490:23:51

Liz reveals an important fact about the barometer.

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-It doesn't work very well, I don't think.

-LAUGHTER

0:23:550:23:58

-I wish you'd said that before I put my estimate on it.

-Oh, dear.

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But when all the Oriental pieces go before the bidders,

0:24:020:24:05

the excitement really begins.

0:24:050:24:08

-Wow! Oh, my goodness.

-500, 550.

0:24:080:24:09

-Oh!

-At 550. Any advance on 550?

0:24:090:24:12

And the thrills continue until the hammer finally falls.

0:24:130:24:17

-Ah!

-I'm shaking.

-I know, so am I.

0:24:170:24:19

We heard some wonderful tales of adventure from Rosa and Liz

0:24:240:24:28

and because they've got so many Oriental pieces,

0:24:280:24:31

we've decided the best course of action is to have two sales,

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so today, we've brought just three items here

0:24:340:24:36

to a general sale at Lawrence's auction rooms at Crewkerne in Somerset.

0:24:360:24:40

All those Oriental pieces will be going to a specialist auction

0:24:410:24:45

in a few weeks, where we hope they'll attract the right bidders.

0:24:450:24:48

Now, remember, Rosa wants to raise £2,000

0:24:490:24:53

for that triple birthday celebration,

0:24:530:24:55

so let's see how far we can get today

0:24:550:24:57

when her first items go under the hammer.

0:24:570:25:00

So many of the valuable pieces that Rosa's selling

0:25:010:25:03

were collected by her father, Henry, more than 100 years ago.

0:25:030:25:06

It must be quite emotional to part with his treasures

0:25:060:25:10

but today we focus on three collectables

0:25:100:25:12

which hail from other sources.

0:25:120:25:14

All right, ladies and gent, are you ready for part one of our sale?

0:25:140:25:19

We've got a big target here - £2,000.

0:25:190:25:21

Today, I hope we can kind of get on the way.

0:25:210:25:23

We've got three items of yours coming up for sale.

0:25:230:25:26

-Are you feeling good about it?

-Yes.

-Yes. Fairly.

0:25:260:25:28

I think so, yes.

0:25:280:25:30

-Oh, well.

-The main things are yet to come, really.

-They are.

0:25:300:25:33

Yes, you've got your big fine art sale to come

0:25:330:25:36

but I'm hoping these three will get us on track for your target.

0:25:360:25:39

So the first item is that folding Victorian chair.

0:25:390:25:42

-Where did it come from?

-It was my mother's, originally.

0:25:420:25:45

It's probably quite old.

0:25:450:25:47

OK, well, here we go.

0:25:470:25:49

Start me here at £30 on this one, if you will.

0:25:490:25:52

£30 for this.

0:25:520:25:54

20, if it helps. £20? 20, 25?

0:25:540:25:57

30, 35.

0:25:570:25:59

Are you bidding, madam? No. 35. It's to my left at 35.

0:25:590:26:02

And I'm selling at £35. Are you all done at 35?

0:26:020:26:06

-Ooh.

-Oh, well. That was about right, wasn't it?

0:26:070:26:09

Just under our lower estimate. We like them to go inside if possible

0:26:090:26:13

-but £35 - are you OK with that?

-That's fine.

-Yeah.

-That's lovely.

0:26:130:26:17

Well, Liz and Rosa are obviously pleased,

0:26:170:26:19

which takes the pressure off a little.

0:26:190:26:21

Talking of pressure...

0:26:210:26:23

Right, your barometer's coming up. It's just here, isn't it?

0:26:230:26:27

I shall miss it, actually, because I like to tap it.

0:26:270:26:30

-It's too late now!

-I know, I know.

0:26:300:26:32

Liz, do you like this piece?

0:26:320:26:34

I do. I think it's lovely, actually, yes.

0:26:340:26:37

-But it doesn't work very well, I don't think.

-It does if it's high pressure.

0:26:370:26:41

-I wish you'd said that before I put my estimate on it.

-Oh, dear.

0:26:410:26:45

Bids start me here at 25. I'm looking for more.

0:26:450:26:48

30. 35?

0:26:480:26:49

40. 45? 50, 55.

0:26:490:26:52

60, now. At £60.

0:26:520:26:54

All done at £60, then? At £60 and selling...

0:26:540:26:57

-Wow.

-Yes.

-£60. Not bad.

-No.

-Considering it's not 100%.

0:26:570:27:03

-Are you happy with that?

-Yes.

-Yes?

0:27:030:27:05

It seems a fair result

0:27:050:27:08

and it's more money towards that special weekend celebration

0:27:080:27:11

in the Cotswolds.

0:27:110:27:12

Their final lot today is the collection of Star Wars figures,

0:27:130:27:17

still with their original packaging, which belong to Liz's husband.

0:27:170:27:21

The estimate is £150-£250.

0:27:210:27:25

Liz, I hope you won't to get into trouble

0:27:250:27:27

-because we're going to sell Star Wars now.

-Yes.

0:27:270:27:30

-What did you tell your husband?

-He does know I'm selling these,

0:27:300:27:34

otherwise I would be in trouble. He loves his Star Wars things.

0:27:340:27:37

But he was in two minds about selling them,

0:27:370:27:40

so I think unless they go for a good price,

0:27:400:27:43

I'll take them home with me and keep them for the children, I think.

0:27:430:27:47

Who'll start me at £110, if you will?

0:27:470:27:50

£110 for these?

0:27:500:27:52

At 110. 100, if you will?

0:27:520:27:55

At 100, then. Can't say less. At 100 only.

0:27:550:27:58

At 100. All done?

0:27:580:28:01

-Oh.

-Oh, dear.

-Well, sadly, the Force wasn't with us there.

0:28:010:28:05

We had one bid and it wasn't up to the reserve,

0:28:050:28:07

so it looks like you're taking them home

0:28:070:28:09

-and hubby's getting his Star Wars toys back.

-He won't mind.

0:28:090:28:12

That's fine, yeah.

0:28:120:28:14

What progress have we made? Well, we've got £95.

0:28:140:28:17

-Oh!

-Oh, dear.

0:28:170:28:19

-So we have quite a long way to go.

-Yes.

0:28:190:28:22

Never mind. There's the fine art sale to come.

0:28:220:28:24

-Do you think it's going to go OK, John?

-Well, we've got high value items to come

0:28:240:28:29

so it would really only take one of those to take off

0:28:290:28:32

and we'll hit our target.

0:28:320:28:34

It's a great sign that the auctioneers wanted to put them in their fine art sale.

0:28:340:28:38

I've got good feelings about it.

0:28:380:28:40

Well, it's all down to John and Liz now,

0:28:400:28:42

so let's see how they get on at the specialist sale.

0:28:420:28:45

The Blandfords' other nine collectables

0:28:460:28:48

are being sold at Duke's auctioneers of Dorchester.

0:28:480:28:51

They hold regular fine art sales,

0:28:510:28:53

which will offer the optimum chance for these Oriental pieces

0:28:530:28:57

to reach their best market.

0:28:570:28:58

John meets up with the auctioneer, Garry Batt,

0:28:580:29:01

to find out if there's anything in Rosa's collection

0:29:010:29:04

that's caught his eye.

0:29:040:29:06

The thing that I like personally

0:29:060:29:08

is this little Japanese bronze of a wood-cutter.

0:29:080:29:12

I just think it's beautifully, beautifully made

0:29:120:29:14

and it's just a pleasing object.

0:29:140:29:17

I think sometimes these things are tactile, they come to hand

0:29:170:29:20

and you want to kind of hold them.

0:29:200:29:22

So that's really my, I suppose, personal favourite object.

0:29:220:29:27

-And the other one?

-The other one is this tray down here,

0:29:270:29:31

which I know you like, as well.

0:29:310:29:33

And that, I think, is top, top, top quality

0:29:330:29:36

and it's top quality now that attracts interest in the market

0:29:360:29:40

and I think this could be one of those fliers, really,

0:29:400:29:44

and do very well.

0:29:440:29:45

Well, I don't mind admitting to you that like this tray,

0:29:450:29:48

I've got a few butterflies.

0:29:480:29:50

-And good luck.

-Thank you very much.

0:29:500:29:52

We need to make around £1,900 in this sale

0:29:540:29:57

to reach the family's target

0:29:570:29:59

and with so much hanging on this auction,

0:29:590:30:01

it's not surprising that there are butterflies in Liz's stomach, too.

0:30:010:30:05

-Right, we're here.

-Yes.

-It's the moment of truth.

-It is.

0:30:050:30:08

-I have to ask you, Liz. Are you nervous?

-A little bit

0:30:080:30:11

but very excited as well.

0:30:110:30:13

I hope you don't mind me telling you, I am, too.

0:30:130:30:15

Anything here you think is going to do quite well?

0:30:150:30:18

Well, the teapot that looks like a house,

0:30:180:30:21

because that's my mum's favourite, and the tray, which is my favourite.

0:30:210:30:25

I usually say we're in the hands of the gods

0:30:250:30:27

but in this case, we're in the hands of the Oriental deities, aren't we?

0:30:270:30:31

Here's our first lot.

0:30:310:30:32

-It is that Ching dynasty rosewood figure of Guan Yin.

-Right.

0:30:320:30:36

We've got £200-£400 on it.

0:30:360:30:39

It does have some damage to the hand

0:30:390:30:41

-but hopefully it won't deter our bidders.

-Lovely.

0:30:410:30:44

I've got bids with me. I've got £100 with me.

0:30:440:30:48

And 10? 120.

0:30:480:30:50

130. 140. 150.

0:30:500:30:53

150 is bid. Any advance on 150?

0:30:530:30:55

-150. 160. 160.

-Come on.

-170.

0:30:550:30:59

£170. Any advance on £170? This good-looking piece at 170.

0:30:590:31:04

-180. 190 commission.

-Go on!

-Ooh!

-190 commission.

0:31:040:31:07

-200? Yes, 200 is bid.

-Fantastic.

0:31:070:31:10

And 20 with me. At 220 with me on the book against the room.

0:31:100:31:14

Commission bid at £220.

0:31:140:31:16

I sell.

0:31:160:31:18

-Oh, that's good.

-How do you feel? Yeah, that's good.

0:31:180:31:21

She'll be pleased.

0:31:210:31:23

I should think Rosa will be pleased.

0:31:230:31:25

Thank goodness for the goddess of mercy.

0:31:250:31:28

She's added a very healthy amount to our fund.

0:31:280:31:30

The next lot is Rosa's favourite,

0:31:310:31:34

a cast-iron kettle in the shape of a house,

0:31:340:31:36

with mushroom decorations on the top.

0:31:360:31:38

It's called a tetsubin in Japan.

0:31:380:31:41

We're hoping for £100-£150.

0:31:410:31:43

Rather fun. Nice little object, here. Nice collector's piece.

0:31:440:31:47

Start me off, if you will, at £70, please, for this.

0:31:470:31:50

-70 bid.

-A bid straightaway at £70.

0:31:500:31:52

At £70. Bid at the front row there at 70.

0:31:520:31:55

70. At the back, 80. 90?

0:31:550:31:57

100 is bid. And 10? At 110. Any advance on 110?

0:31:570:32:00

We're over our estimate. That's great.

0:32:000:32:03

Any advance on 110?

0:32:030:32:04

120 bid. 130 now, then?

0:32:040:32:06

130 bid. 130. Are we done at 130?

0:32:060:32:09

At the back there. Going. I sell at £130.

0:32:090:32:13

The teapot sells.

0:32:130:32:15

Well, if we keep this up, we should get a lot closer

0:32:160:32:18

to the goal of £2,000, especially if the next lot sells well.

0:32:180:32:23

It's the carved bronze tray with lots of beautiful inlay work.

0:32:230:32:27

It's from the Japanese Meiji period, well over 100 years old,

0:32:270:32:30

and is up for £500-£800.

0:32:300:32:34

Everyone has a soft spot for it.

0:32:340:32:36

I love this piece.

0:32:380:32:39

This is my favourite, so I'm hoping it's going to do well.

0:32:390:32:42

The more you look at it, the more you appreciate just how much work has gone into it.

0:32:420:32:46

The auctioneer was enthusiastic about it as well, which is great.

0:32:460:32:49

And I've got bids with me starting at £200.

0:32:490:32:52

I'll take twenties now if I can.

0:32:520:32:54

220 bid. 240 anyone saying?

0:32:540:32:56

-At 220. Any advance on 220?

-Come on.

-Come on.

0:32:560:33:00

240, commission. 240.

0:33:000:33:02

260, 280.

0:33:020:33:04

-It's going now.

-300 and 20.

0:33:040:33:06

340, 360.

0:33:060:33:08

380, 400. And 50.

0:33:080:33:11

-Oh, wow. Oh, my goodness.

-500 and 50.

-Wow!

0:33:110:33:13

At 550. Any advance on 550? We're out now.

0:33:130:33:16

At £550. At £550 I'm selling.

0:33:160:33:20

-GAVEL BANGS

-Ah, that is brilliant.

-That's brilliant.

0:33:200:33:24

-I'm pleased about that.

-Wow. I'm shaking.

-Ah! So am I.

0:33:240:33:27

That's fantastic.

0:33:270:33:29

It was indeed. What a result for that beautiful tray.

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I hope the winning bidder will cherish it, too.

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Next it's the Japanese bronze censer,

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which is another word for a vase on legs.

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The estimate is £400-£600.

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-They often came in pairs...

-Right.

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..so I'm hoping that won't affect us too much.

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And starting off, if you will, at 150.

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I've 150 bid. I'll take 160 now, then. 150.

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160? 160?

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160, 180, 200.

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And 20, anyone saying?

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At 200. And 20. 240.

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260, 280.

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At £280. 300, anyone like now then?

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300. And 20?

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And 20. At £320. Now bid at 320.

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Any advance on 320? 340 right at the back.

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360? 360.

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Are we done? 380.

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-400.

-Oh, good.

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At 400 near me. At 400.

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Are we done? Going at £400.

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Oh, wow, that's great, isn't it?

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-I don't know about you but my nerves are shattered.

-I know.

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That's great, though. That's what you said, 400, wasn't it?

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Well, I'm glad it's sold

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because otherwise your mum would have cast me out into the wilderness.

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That's such a great result.

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The precious Oriental mementoes

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that Liz's granddad collected so carefully

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are going down a storm here.

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It definitely pays to send such unique items to the right market.

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The Japanese bronze wood-cutter figure is up next

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and it's the auctioneer's favourite.

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The guide price is £200-£300.

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-Do you like this one?

-Erm, I do, yes.

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It's not one of my favourites but, yes, I do like it.

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-So would you give it house room?

-Erm...

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There are others I'd prefer to give house room to, let's put it that way.

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I've got £100 bid for this. I'll take tens now if I can.

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At 100, the wood-cutter. 110.

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120, 130.

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140, 150 on the telephone?

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150 bid on the telephone. 150, 160.

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170? 180.

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A telephone bidder. He's up at 180 now.

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190? 200.

0:35:400:35:42

200 bid. 220?

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-220.

-Ooh, good.

-Over my estimate.

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260? 260's bid. 280?

0:35:470:35:50

No. This is going then now at £260 on the telephone.

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I sell...

0:35:530:35:55

-Oh, that's brilliant.

-Fantastic.

-Very good.

0:35:550:35:58

Well, Liz may not have liked it so much

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but the bidders certainly did.

0:36:000:36:03

It must have made quite an impression on our total so far.

0:36:030:36:06

-OK, Liz, I'm exhausted...

-Yes.

-..and we're only at the halfway mark.

0:36:060:36:11

How do you think we've done?

0:36:110:36:12

Well, I hope we've done well enough but I have no idea at all.

0:36:120:36:16

Well, I can tell you that we haven't done too badly

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because with half the items sold today, we're up to £1,655.

0:36:190:36:22

Wow, that is fantastic.

0:36:220:36:25

Oh, that's brilliant. Yes. Thank goodness.

0:36:250:36:27

-It's a weight off our shoulders.

-We're getting there.

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Now, if our progress today has inspired you to try buying or selling at auction,

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remember that charges such as commission will be added to your bill,

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so it's best to check these fees in advance with the sale room.

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Our auction continues with another Japanese piece

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from Henry's collection, the bronze mirror.

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It's not broken, so hopefully it won't give us seven years' bad luck.

0:36:490:36:53

-We want £50-£80 for it. What do you think?

-Yeah, I hope we get that.

0:36:530:36:56

We don't have a reserve, so we'll see what happens.

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30 bid. 30. 5?

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40. Any advance on 40?

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-40. 5 at the back. £45.

-45.

0:37:030:37:06

50, anyone saying? I've got £45.

0:37:060:37:08

50. Fiver, I'll take.

0:37:080:37:10

60.

0:37:100:37:12

5?

0:37:120:37:13

-Yes, come on.

-We're getting there, slowly.

0:37:140:37:16

Selling at 60 on the side, here.

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And 5 at the last minute.

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70?

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Might as well.

0:37:220:37:24

It's only money. It's not mine.

0:37:240:37:26

Oh!

0:37:260:37:27

70? No? I'll be had up for begging.

0:37:270:37:31

Going at £65, then, now. Everybody out and clear at 65?

0:37:310:37:34

Thank you.

0:37:340:37:36

-Well, that's OK.

-That was good.

-That's in estimate.

0:37:360:37:39

-In the middle. We can't complain at that.

-No, no.

0:37:390:37:41

No, we can't. John certainly seems to know a thing or two about Oriental pieces.

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His estimates for today's sales have been pretty good.

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Now, next up we have a bit of a break from the Oriental for a minute.

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-Do you remember the item?

-Yeah, I think this is the French chest,

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that we thought was bronze but it's not bronze.

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It's patinated spelter but it's a lovely thing.

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It really is decorative and in the Renaissance style, very French.

0:38:030:38:08

I've got £200-£300 on it. How do you think it's going to do?

0:38:080:38:11

I think Mum's put a reserve of 120 on it, so...

0:38:110:38:13

Well, that's not bad. At £120, somebody would have a real bargain.

0:38:130:38:17

It's French but don't hold that against it.

0:38:170:38:20

I've got 150 bid. Take 160 now.

0:38:200:38:23

160, 170, 180, 190, 200.

0:38:230:38:26

-There's some bidders.

-Mm.

-We're round about the 200 mark.

0:38:260:38:29

-And 20, now then. At 200.

-A little bit more.

-220.

-Good.

0:38:290:38:33

240, anyone saying? I've got 220 for this. Come along. 220.

0:38:330:38:36

220. 240 for this is bid. 260 now, then.

0:38:360:38:41

It goes at 240.

0:38:410:38:43

-OK.

-£240.

-Yes, pleased with that. That's again...

0:38:430:38:47

-Turned out to be a bit of a treasure chest.

-It did. That's great.

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It certainly did.

0:38:510:38:52

I wonder what the winning bidder plans to keep in it?

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And we're back to the Orient for our last two lots.

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First, it's the Chinese bronze incense burner.

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Now, I have to say, you do see things in varying quality

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coming out of the Far East at that period

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and I think this is a case in point.

0:39:090:39:10

Not the best quality of the items we've got here today.

0:39:100:39:14

What do you think of it?

0:39:140:39:16

Yes, I remember this one. It's got leaves for the handles, hasn't it?

0:39:160:39:20

If I'm slightly critical,

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the casting wasn't as crisp as it is on some of the pieces

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but it's still worthy of an estimate of £100-£200.

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There are Oriental buyers here, so hopefully they won't let us down.

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I have £70 to start me. I'll take 80 now, then.

0:39:320:39:35

-That's not bad.

-I've got 70. I'll take 80.

0:39:350:39:39

80 is bid. 80. 90 anyone want for this?

0:39:390:39:42

-I've got 80. Take 90.

-One more.

0:39:420:39:44

-80 on the book. There's a bid of 80.

-Come on, a bit more.

0:39:440:39:47

Selling then at £80. It's to sell, it goes.

0:39:470:39:50

I'm wondering why I put £100-£200 on it now

0:39:510:39:53

-but £80, it still contributes towards our target.

-Absolutely.

0:39:530:39:57

-We must be crawling somewhere near it.

-I hope so.

0:39:570:40:00

Well, it was quite a respectable sale price,

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considering John didn't think the quality was that good.

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And now it's our final piece, the ceremonial Chinese ding,

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which is something to be placed with a coffin.

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We're hoping for £500-£800.

0:40:120:40:16

I think with a piece like this less is more.

0:40:170:40:19

It has some nice roundels around the base,

0:40:190:40:22

crisp marks underneath and beautiful patination.

0:40:220:40:24

I can open bids with me at £300. I'll take twenties now.

0:40:240:40:29

From anyone. £300 is bid.

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At 300. And 20, please. 320.

0:40:310:40:33

340 anyone saying?

0:40:330:40:35

At 320. 340.

0:40:350:40:37

360, 380.

0:40:370:40:39

400 and 20.

0:40:390:40:42

440, 460.

0:40:420:40:43

480, 500.

0:40:430:40:46

-And 50. 600.

-Yes.

0:40:460:40:48

-Wow.

-650? 650.

0:40:480:40:50

We're out now. At 650.

0:40:500:40:52

At £650.

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At £650 at the back of the room.

0:40:540:40:57

All clear and done? I sell...

0:40:570:40:59

-That's brilliant.

-How fantastic.

-Yes, that's excellent.

0:41:000:41:03

Mum will be thrilled.

0:41:030:41:05

What a great way to end the day. John and Liz are delighted

0:41:050:41:10

and I can't wait to hear their final total.

0:41:100:41:13

We started with £95 this morning.

0:41:130:41:16

Everything was riding on our Oriental items.

0:41:160:41:18

How do you think we've done, Liz?

0:41:180:41:20

Well, I hope we've hit our target now.

0:41:200:41:23

Well, we didn't make our £2,000

0:41:230:41:26

but we did make £2,690.

0:41:260:41:30

Oh, wow, that is fantastic. Thank you so much.

0:41:300:41:33

Yes. My mum will be thrilled.

0:41:330:41:35

Yeah, I think I might go and ring her, actually, and let her know.

0:41:350:41:38

OK, well, I don't like to ask but since we're over the target,

0:41:380:41:41

-might there be room for a small one in the Cotswolds?

-Oh, I don't know.

0:41:410:41:45

Go on, you see if you can contact your mum.

0:41:450:41:48

Liz called us in because of a triple birthday celebration -

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her mother Rosa's 60th, her brother Richard's 40th

0:41:560:42:00

and her mum's friend Joy's 80th

0:42:000:42:03

and they're all meeting up to finalise the party plans.

0:42:030:42:06

Hi, guys. How are you doing? Are you ready to order?

0:42:060:42:10

'Really great to see Richard and Joy and to plan things out

0:42:100:42:13

'and just have a lot of fun together. We don't often get a chance.'

0:42:130:42:17

-We're looking forward to the do, aren't we?

-Very much, yes.

0:42:170:42:20

It will be really nice to get away with the family

0:42:200:42:23

and have a few cousins that live there for the meal.

0:42:230:42:26

'I'm really looking forward to it.'

0:42:260:42:29

So let's wish them all a happy birthday

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and hope they have a great time in the Cotswolds.

0:42:310:42:33

Well, what a fantastic result

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and all due to Rosa's father's intrepid travels around the Orient.

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If you'd like to raise money for something special

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and you have antiques and collectables hidden around your home,

0:42:470:42:50

why not apply to come on the show?

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Rosa Blandford's father travelled the world between 1890 and 1930 and amassed an astonishing collection of oriental mementos.

With a triple birthday celebration in mind, Rosa enlists the help of her daughter, Liz, plus Jennie Bond and John Cameron to decide what could be best to sell.


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