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Welcome to the show that finds hidden treasures in your home and helps to sell them at auction.
Now, when you've inherited lots of items from close relatives over the years,
it can be very difficult to part with them.
But today on Cash In The Attic, it's decision time.
'Coming up on Cash In The Attic, Paul breaks our golden rule of no puns when he sees a gold bracelet.'
-I did warn you.
-Sorry about that.
'And we learn that a piece of Royal Crown Derby was an unwanted Christmas present.'
I think he was disappointed it wasn't a bottle of Scotch.
'Talking of whisky, has Paul been drinking at the auction rooms?'
Yeah, these are from the Cairngorm Mountains. That's my best Scottish accent.
'Find out if his valuations fare any better when the hammer falls.'
Today I'm in the beautiful countryside of Surrey
and I'm off to meet Moya Miller, who wants to raise some money today
so she can see her best friend in Canada.
'Moya Miller has enlisted the help of her eldest daughter, Gayle, today.
'Luckily, she only lives a few miles away from her mum's house.
'Moya and her husband, Jack, moved here 25 years ago.
'They were married for 50 years and had two daughters, Gayle and Helen,
'who each have two sons. Sadly, Jack passed away three years ago.
'The family have enjoyed lots of holidays in their caravan, making many friends,
'which is a bit of a clue to why we've been called in.
'Talking of pals, Paul Hayes is with me today,
'and while he gets the hunt for those much-needed collectables underway, I go and meet the ladies.'
-Looks as if we're having some fun and games in the garden here.
Who called the Cash In The Attic team?
-I'm afraid I did.
-To clear out loads of junk.
Three generations of junk in the house.
I've inherited from two mothers and some of their family, as well.
-And are you willing to get your hands dirty, dig in for the cause?
-I'll try. I'll do my best.
-What do you want to raise the money for?
-For a fare to British Columbia.
I've got a very old friend out there and I'd love to go and see her again.
My goodness, that sounds expensive. Do we know how much we need to raise?
At least 500, I would think.
A lot of money, but we have the number-one man with us today, Paul Hayes. Do you want to meet him?
-Yes, let's do that.
'Moya's garden covers a large area, but the house is more modest
'and doesn't look too daunting a space to search for antiques and collectables.'
-Hello! How are you?
-I'm your knight in shining armour.
THEY LAUGH Yes, could be.
You've been a busy bee already. What is this?
-A lovely old fire screen.
-Do you know where it came from?
Erm, it belonged to my mother-in-law
and it was found in a junk yard by my father-in-law.
This one's extremely Arts and Crafts.
You're looking at maybe 1890, 1920, that sort of time.
And it's been made deliberately to have that handmade effect.
If you look at this wonderful copper item, it's got these individual hammer marks here
and that's telling me this is a handmade item. I quite like it. Very attractive piece.
If I said £100 to £120, how does that sound?
Sounds quite reasonable.
'Yeah, not bad for something found in a junk-yard.
'Moya also spots this silver-topped cut-glass sugar shaker.
'It was a wedding present to her parents in 1927.
'It's hallmarked Birmingham 1912.
'Unfortunately, the glass is chipped at the top.
'That's taken into account when Paul estimates £20 to £30.
'Now what's our expert up to? Has he found something special?'
Ah, now then, Gayle, I've found some interesting items here.
-Some nice brooches. Whose are these?
-They were my grandmother's.
These would've been the height of fashion in the Victorian period
and these are Scottish Cairngorm brooches.
Queen Victoria based her family home in Balmoral in Scotland and because she was the celebrity of the day,
people followed her, so anything Scottish was extremely fashionable. Do you know what these stones are?
-That's a big piece of solid amber.
-So that's over a million years old, that piece of amber, fossilised pine resin.
And these here are from the Cairngorm Mountains in the highlands.
These are cut from the face of them. So the whole thing is extremely Scottish.
These ones are both solid silver. If I said around the £50 mark,
£40 to £60 as an auction estimate, how does that sound?
-That sounds fine.
-All right. Let's keep going.
'Gayle also digs out this gold slave bangle.
'It used to belong to her great aunt. It's 15-carat gold
'and Paul values it at £50 to £80.
'When it gets to auction, we are more than surprised by the response.'
-That's great, isn't it?
-140. 150. 160.
'We'll find out later just how much it makes.
'As the search of Moya's house continues,
'Paul comes across something else he thinks should do well at auction -
'a couple of Edwardian mahogany side chairs with inlaid backs.
'They get a very healthy £60 to £100 valuation.
'And it seems our expert is on a roll.'
-Now, who's been the smoker in the house?
-Oh, right. It wasn't you?
-Yes, I did, for quite a few years.
You've got quite a set here. A nice lighter, an ashtray, cigarette case and a couple of cigarette boxes.
-Quite a lot, isn't it?
-It is a lot, yes.
-Were these items that he collected?
-No, he acquired those for being with the firm for 25 years.
This one dates from 1930, typically Art Deco.
I don't think I've ever seen a silver lighter like that,
so it's very unusual.
What you do tend to see is more the Victoriana.
This is a lovely old cigarette case which has been hand-chased.
The silversmith would have a little tiny die and hammer
and he would chase this decoration all the way round, all by hand. Beautiful.
But these can have another use. I actually use one of these now for credit cards.
You can put your credit cards in there and it stays nice and rigid so you don't break them.
So there's also a multitude of uses for items like this.
OK, you've got two cigarette boxes, as well,
and I think they could be used more for jewellery items,
little knickknacks, that sort of thing. So you don't have to use them for cigarettes.
If I said at least £100, maybe up to £150
for that lot, how does that sound?
-That'd be fine.
-That sound all right?
-Yes, it sounds very well.
'Moya's lovely home is full of places to search.
'In the garden room, she spots a Victorian willow pattern china bowl.
'It's part of a small collection that belonged to her mother-in-law,
'but they're not to Moya's taste. Paul gives them the thumbs up
'and values them at £40 to £60.'
'And I think I might be onto something too!'
Come and have a look at this.
I've seen the two words Derby and china.
Of course, Derby isn't in China, it's in Derbyshire.
But the reason we actually use the word china is that, originally, all the porcelain came from China
and it was imported, since the 16th century,
and, of course, when you looked at your old porcelain, you said it's "me old china".
-So whose are these?
-That was given to my father. It was a present from a contractor.
-I think he was quite disappointed that it wasn't a bottle of scotch.
This is an Imari style, which comes from Japan,
and it always has the brick-red colour, the dark blue and the gilded decoration.
That's actually 22-carat gold leaf, which is lovely.
But it was originally the Derby factory, since about 1750,
but then King George III visited the factory
and he put the crown, so it became Crown Derby.
And then Victoria visited again in the late 19th century
and she let them use the word Royal.
So Royal Crown Derby is all to do with the royal family.
But an average cup and saucer like this, from the '70s or '80s,
you're looking at maybe £30 to £50.
It's never been one of my favourite things. Sounds fine.
'Well, looking outside, there are plenty of reminders of Moya's love of caravanning
'and I want to know more about her holiday plans for the future.'
It's time for a little break for you and me, and I think we deserve it.
I want to know what we're raising this money for. Tell me about this trip. Where do you want to go?
To fly out to British Columbia
and then go to Peachland, which is further inland, to see my friend.
-I want to know a bit more about Margaret. How did you meet her?
-We met her on our first motorhome trip
in 1991, I think it was,
on a camping site
and Jack was wandering around outside the van
and a voice said, "Are you English?"
And that was Margaret. And from then on, we teamed up with them,
went to their home eventually, she and her husband, Alan, who has since died.
And, yeah, from then on, we were friends.
-What sort of trip are you planning?
-Well, that really depends on Margaret.
We've never had a holiday on our own, so I really don't know.
But I rather feel that she's got a few quirky things up her sleeve.
-Well, I'm sold on her.
-Good! You should do it.
-If we raise a bit more money, will you take me, as well?
-OK, excellent. Hard work, I'm in. Let's go and find Paul, come on.
'As you can tell, I don't get out much, and neither does poor old Paul.
'Gayle's spotted this silver batch dressing table set.
'It belonged to her great aunt and has a Birmingham hallmark from 1925.
'Sadly, Paul thinks the condition is poor and their estimate is £40 to £60.
'And then Moya notices a large collection of books that needs an expert opinion.'
Ah, what have we found?
-I've got some Dickens here.
-I think I've got the whole set.
-The complete works of Dickens.
-What was it about Dickens that fascinated you?
-It wasn't me, it was my step-father.
-He collected the whole lot and he loved Dickens.
Well, Charles Dickens has to be one of Britain's best-known authors, if not the most popular,
-and we're all familiar with the stories. Did you have a favourite?
-Erm, well, we all know Oliver Twist.
-Yes, of course.
-And Pickwick Papers.
But the books themselves were started almost by accident.
What happened was, Charles Dickens came from quite a wealthy family,
but they fell onto hard times, and from the age of 12,
he actually worked in a boot polish factory.
So he saw first-hand what it was like to work in these workhouses.
And he started to do some stories about events that had happened in his own life and fictitious events,
and the rest is history. Dickens, Shakespeare and the teachings of Chairman Mao
-are the three most produced books in the world.
Lots of those around. But people do buy them.
-If I said maybe £100, £120, how does that sound?
-Do you think a little more, a little bit less?
-Can we set a reserve?
-So a minimum of £100?
-And if they don't sell, we'll send Fagin and the boys in and bring them back.
-Let's keep looking.
'Moya's lovely house is a real joy to explore.
'In the dining room, I've noticed this oil lamp base on the sideboard.
'It's Victorian black pottery with flora decoration
'and it belonged to Jack's mother.
'Although Moya doesn't like it, Paul says the bidders might,
'and gives it a £30 to £50 estimate.
'And Paul and Gayle are having one last search for treasure.'
Ah. Now then.
This is a nice item. A nice old charm bracelet.
Look at that. Is that your mum's?
-No, I think that was my grandmother's.
-Right, OK, that's interesting. It's definitely worth something.
-Let's hear the story. Moya, Chris.
-Whoops. We're being called.
-What do you think? Just fits me nicely.
Oh, beautiful! THEY LAUGH
-Isn't that a cracker?
-Is that a charm bracelet?
-It's an old charm bracelet, yes.
-I take it this was yours, Moya?
-Your mother's. OK.
Actually, it could've been your grandfather's.
Bear with me, because I know charm bracelets are predominantly worn by ladies.
-This is actually part of an Albert chain.
So you had your pocket watch here and two lengths of this type of chain.
And when they went out of fashion, when the wrist watch came along,
they started to recycle them and they would make them into items exactly like this.
-Is that a squirrel and a duck?
-We've got a cat and a duck
and we've got this one, like a tambourine and a pair of maracas.
But what I like is you can actually see the two different types of gold.
This one is a rose gold, typically Victorian,
and this is more modern, this very bright, brassy gold.
And the reason for that is, if you made an item from pure gold, 24-carat gold,
it's too soft, the whole thing disintegrates.
So what you have to do is mix it with another metal, to give it strength.
And in the Victorian times, what was very popular was copper.
So the charms are later than the actual chain, which is why I think it's been part of an Albert.
If I stuck my neck out and said £150 to £200, how does that sound?
-I did warn you.
-Sorry about that.
I know you wanted to raise about £500 to £600.
Well, I think we've done a really good job
because, conservatively, if we take all of your items to auction,
-we reckon we could make around £760.
-How do you feel about that?
That's good! That's very good!
-I think that's an excellent day's work. What about you, Paul?
'And so are we. Those two pieces of gold really made a difference to Moya's total today.
'I'm looking forward to finding out if Paul's estimates are close to the eventual sale prices.
'We have the silver cigarette set which was given to her husband Jack
'after 25 years of service.
'The guide price here is £100 to £150.
'And that copper fire screen which Moya's father-in-law found in a junk yard.
'That was given an estimate of £100 to £120.
'And finally, we have the collection of books by Charles Dickens.
'They're in such good condition that we have great expectations of them making £100 to £120.
'Still to come in Cash In The Attic, could we be off to a shaky start?'
Surely £10 for the silver top. Nobody want it for £10?
'But it's not too long before the bidders take a shine to our lots.'
'And what could be the object of Paul and Moya's affections?'
-You hate this, don't you?
-I hated it.
-What is it about it that you dislike so much?
-It's just ugly.
'We'll find out when the final hammer falls.'
We had a great time at Moya's house, but now it's down to business,
so we've brought all the items here to the Chiswick Auction Rooms
and we want to raise around £500. Fingers crossed now as those items go under the hammer.
'All the lots have been on view in the auction room for several days.
'I'm sure they've attracted interest.'
'Since our last meeting, I hear Moya's been uncertain about selling that copper fire screen.
'But it looks like it's made it here after all.'
-Hello, you two!
I'm very pleased to see you two, but I'm also quite pleased to see this.
-You've brought it along.
-Were there any umming and ahhings about this?
Well, there is a little bit of a hole where I removed it,
but I expect I can find a large plant to put in there. THEY LAUGH
-So it can go at any price?
-Erm, fixed price.
-Ooh. Fixed price of?
I'd like 120.
That's fine, it's within estimate. If it's any more than that, it can be a problem for the auctioneer.
£120 fixed reserve on that.
-Fingers crossed. Let's get in position.
'If you have a special project in mind and you'd like to try buying or selling in this way,
'it's worth remembering that there are charges to be paid, such as commission.
'These vary from one saleroom to another, so it's always worth checking in advance.
'Let's get started. The first lot is the silver-topped sugar shaker.'
I'm bid £10 down there. At £10.
£12 now. 14? 14.
£14 here. At 14. Anybody else?
At £14. 16.
-£16 to my left. At £16. Anybody else? At £16 it goes.
-Are you happy with that?
'A slightly disappointing start, but at least it's sold.
'Next up is some china. It's the Royal Crown Derby cup and saucer with a matching side plate.
'They were a present to Jack from someone he once worked for.
'We're hoping for £30 to £50 for them.'
I'm straight in here at £30.
35. 40. On the book at £40.
-Still at 40. 45. 50.
-Still with me at £50.
On the book still at 50. Are you all done? At £50 with me, on the book at £50 and selling.
-£50! That's great!
-Upper limit there, Paul. That's good.
-Brilliant, isn't it? You've no more in a cupboard?
'That's a great result. I think Moya was very impressed with how quickly it was snapped up.
'Our third lot is a Victorian oil lamp base which once belonged to her mother-in-law.
'It has a estimate of £30 to £50.'
-You hate this, don't you?
-I hated it!
-What is it about it that you dislike so much?
-It's just ugly.
Is it worth £20? £20 for a lamp base, surely. £10 to start me.
-I think everyone agrees with you, Moya.
-I think so.
No interest at all? Passing the lot, I'm afraid.
'Hm. Oh, dear, indeed!
'Poor Moya. The one item she really wanted to get rid of today
'and she's got to take it back with her.
'Will she have more luck with those Victorian Scottish brooches?
'They're in the catalogue at £40 to £60.'
You're hoping for quite a lot for this. It's got gemstones.
These are from the Cairngorm Mountains. That's my best Scottish accent.
-When's the last time you wore them?
-I didn't. They were Mum's.
Start me these, £20 for them. Must be worth £10 each, surely.
10 I'm bid. £20 I'm bid, rather. Thank you. At 20.
22. 25. 28.
30. 2. 35.
-£35 on that sofa there.
-Just a little, please.
Anybody else? £35 for the Scottish brooches. At £35. 35. I'm going to sell them, then. 35.
-Ooh, just under.
-That's not too bad, is it?
'I think Moya would've preferred a little bit more for those brooches,
'but it has put another £35 in the kitty towards that trip to Canada.
'The silver-backed dressing table set is coming up now. It's hallmarked Birmingham 1925
'and it belonged to Moya's aunt.'
Plenty of silver there. Start me at £20 for the lot, please.
20 I'm bid down below. 22.
30. Are you bidding upstairs? 32.
-40. 42. 45.
50. £50 down below.
At £50. You all done? 55.
No? £60 in the middle, then. At £60. I'm going to sell it, then. £60 and going.
-Top estimate, that.
'So, despite the damage, that set did really well.
'It's probably down to the fact that it had so much silver in it.
'Up next, for £40 to £60, the Victorian willow pattern china,
'which belonged to Moya's mother-in-law.'
Anybody else? 28.
-At 28 it goes.
-Not too bad, is it, that?
'I think Moya's just relieved to have it taken off her hands!
'It's been an auction of mixed fortunes
'and with half our lots sold, we've made £189.
'It's not bad, but there's a way to go yet
'if we're to reach our target of £500.
'But I have high hopes for the next lot, and I think Moya has too.
'She's put a reserve of £120 on her Arts and Crafts copper fire screen.'
What's it worth for the fire screen? £80 to go for it.
-80 I'm bid.
-85. 90. 95.
£95 for the fire screen. £95. 100 I'll take. At 95.
-He won't sell it.
At 95. Not quite enough, I'm afraid.
-No. Goes home.
-You quite happy with that?
-You're going to have to clean it now.
-Oh, well, never mind.
'Oh, no, that's a bit of a blow to our Canada fund.
'We've got five lots left now. Everything rests on these making over £300 between them.
'First, then, it's the 15-carat gold slave bangle.
'Its estimate is £50 to £80.'
I'm straight in at £60.
With me at £60. 65. 70. 5. 80. 5.
-90. 5. 100.
130. 140. 150. 160.
-In the doorway at £210.
-I don't believe it.
-220 now. At 230.
Are you bidding 240?
-Go on, bid 240.
-240 nearer to me now. 240.
-At 240. I'm going to sell at 240.
'Well, that took us completely by surprise! An astonishing result.
'Paul's estimate was based on the value of the precious metal,
'but as 15-carat gold is no longer made, it's become very popular.
'I'm sure that would explain the extraordinary sale price.
'Next we have the complete works of Charles Dickens, 22 volumes in fact.
'The estimate is £100 to £120.'
£100, the Charles Dickens. £100.
All done? At £100, the full works.
-We got the money.
'Well, my great expectations were slightly blunted
'and, like Oliver Twist, we could've wished for more!
'But these family heirlooms achieved their reserve
'and there's no grumbling about that.
'The two Edwardian mahogany side chairs are coming up next.
'They belonged to Moya's in-laws, who were great collectors.
'We're looking for £60 to £100. Let's see how they did.'
-A little bit of interest in these. I'm bid £30.
-We're bid 30 already.
35 now. 40. 45. 50.
£50 for those chairs. At £50 for the two little chairs.
-£50. I'm selling at 50.
-Ohh. £10 less than we wanted.
'Moya's got the right attitude here. Those chairs didn't do too badly after all.
'Now it's back to some silver, the lighter, ashtray, cigarette case and two cigarette boxes.
'The estimate is £100 to £150.'
I'm bid 65. 70. 5.
-120 there, original bidder at 120. 120 it goes.
-That's great, isn't it?
-Straight in the middle.
'The second half of the auction is making up for the first,
'and Moya has just one more lot to go,
'that nine-carat gold charm bracelet on an Albert chain.
'The last lot of gold did incredibly well, so we hope this one follows suit.
'£150 to £200 is the estimate.'
And there's interest in that straight off. I'm bid £140.
At £140. 150, thank you.
160 now. 170.
180. Are you bidding 190? 190 I'm bid.
190 in the doorway. At 190. Anybody else?
£190. 200. 210.
-270, then, in the doorway at 270. 270.
-That's brilliant, isn't it?
-We need to dig out more gold.
We do! Have you got any more gold jewellery?!
'Well, it's another indicator of the top prices that gold collectables are making at the present time.
'Moya's picked the perfect time to sell and I'm sure it's made all the difference to her target.'
-We're just recovering, I think, from the last gold sale, aren't we?
-Absolutely! Thank you!
-We wanted to raise £500 today.
-Yes, we did.
Because the grand total is £969!
-I can't believe it!
'Moya is hoping to take a long train journey when she visits her friend Margaret in Canada.
'Her younger daughter, Helen, is helping her plan the trip.'
Where would it start from?
I was hoping it would start from Newfoundland.
It's been very interesting doing Cash In The Attic
and, of course, the money I've made at the auction will help towards the fare.
If you want to raise some money for something special and you think you might have hidden treasures,
why don't you apply to be on the show? All the details at online at:
Good luck and I'll see you next time on Cash In The Attic.
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Moya Miller wants to visit her friend Margaret in Canada, and decides that a sale of her unused nick-nacks could help to fund the trip. On hand with advice are Chris Hollins and Paul Hayes, plus Moya's daughter Gail.