Miller Cash in the Attic


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Series looking at the value of unwanted items. Moya wants to visit her friend Margaret in Canada, and decides that a sale of her unused nick-nacks could help to fund the trip.


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Welcome to the show that finds hidden treasures in your home and helps to sell them at auction.

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Now, when you've inherited lots of items from close relatives over the years,

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it can be very difficult to part with them.

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But today on Cash In The Attic, it's decision time.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic, Paul breaks our golden rule of no puns when he sees a gold bracelet.'

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-It's charming.

-ALL: Ohh!

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-I did warn you.

-Sorry about that.

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'And we learn that a piece of Royal Crown Derby was an unwanted Christmas present.'

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I think he was disappointed it wasn't a bottle of Scotch.

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'Talking of whisky, has Paul been drinking at the auction rooms.'

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Yeah, these are from the Cairngorm Mountains. That's my best Scottish accent.

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'Find out if his valuations fare any better when the hammer falls.'

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Selling.

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Today, I'm in the beautiful countryside of Surrey

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and I'm off to meet Moya Miller, who wants to raise some money today

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so she can see her best friend in Canada.

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'Moya Miller has enlisted the help of her eldest daughter, Gayle, today.

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'Luckily, she only lives a few miles away from her mum's house.

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'Moya and her husband, Jack, moved here 25 years ago.

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'The house was derelict at the time and architect Jack designed the extension himself.

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'They were married for 50 years and had two daughters, Gayle and Helen,

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'who each have two sons. Sadly, Jack passed away three years ago.

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'The family have enjoyed lots of holidays in their caravan, making many friends,

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'which is a bit of a clue to why we've been called in.

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'Talking of pals, Paul Hayes is with me today,

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'and while he gets the hunt for those much-needed collectables underway, I go and meet the ladies.'

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Looks as if we're having some fun and games in the garden here.

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-Hello.

-Hello. You must be Moya.

-And you must be Chris.

-I am. Who's this?

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-This is my daughter Gayle.

-Ah. Nice to meet you, Gayle.

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Who called the Cash In The Attic team?

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-I'm afraid I did.

-Why?

-To clear out loads of junk.

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Three generations of junk in the house.

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I've inherited from two mothers and some of their family, as well.

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-And are you willing to get your hands dirty, dig in for the cause?

-I'll try. I'll do my best.

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-What do you want to raise the money for?

-For a fare to British Columbia.

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I've got a very old friend out there and I'd love to go and see her again.

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My goodness, that sounds expensive. Do we know how much we need to raise?

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At least 500, I would think.

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A lot of money, but we have the number-one man with us today, Paul Hayes. Do you want to meet him?

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-Yes, let's do that.

-Come on.

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'Moya's garden covers a large area, but the house is more modest

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'and doesn't look too daunting a space to search for antiques and collectables.'

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-Hello! How are you?

-Hello, Paul.

-I'm your knight in shining armour.

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THEY LAUGH Yes, could be.

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You've been a busy bee already. What is this?

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-A lovely old fire screen.

-Do you know where it came from?

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Erm, it belonged to my mother-in-law

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and it was found in a junk yard by my father-in-law. It was completely green.

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-And he cleaned it all up.

-When I look at that, I think of myself, and I'm a bit lazy,

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-and that takes a lot of cleaning.

-That's why I'm not terribly keen on it any more.

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It's a hell of a job to do all the copper cleaning.

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This one's extremely Arts and Crafts.

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You're looking at maybe 1890, 1920, that sort of time.

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And it's been made deliberately to have that handmade effect.

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If you look at this wonderful copper item, it's got these individual hammer marks here

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and that's deliberately telling me this is a handmade item. I quite like it. Very attractive piece.

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-You may have it. At a price.

-Let's go home, then!

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I don't think you've got the idea of Cash In The Attic. We want cash!

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-You can't give it away!

-I said at a price.

-That's all right, then.

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It's a very nice example. If I said £100 to £120, how does that sound?

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-Sounds quite reasonable.

-Is that more than you expected or less?

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It's about what I'd hoped for.

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-OK.

-So we want around £100. He's normally quite conservative, aren't you?

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-I try to be.

-Cos you want to get it going in the auction.

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-But not a bad start.

-No, I think it's great.

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Well done. And the good news is, if we do sell it, you won't have to clean it again.

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-That's a very good idea.

-See, I'm full of them. Let's see if we can find anything else. Follow me.

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'Well, that's not a bad result for something found in a junk yard.

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'We all decide to split up now and make sure each room is thoroughly explored.

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'Gayle is in the garden room, looking at a Russian doll,

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'while Paul heads upstairs and I make for the garage.

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'You never know, there could be a little gem tucked away in there.

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'Moya spots this silver-topped cut-glass sugar shaker.

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'It was a wedding present to her parents in 1927

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'and it's hallmarked Birmingham 1912.

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'Unfortunately, the glass is chipped at the top.

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'That's taken into account when Paul estimates £20 to £30.

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'Now what's our expert up to? Has he found something special?'

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Ah, now then, Gayle, I've found some interesting items here.

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-Some nice brooches. Whose are these?

-They're my grandmother's.

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She was a lovely old lady. She passed away some years ago, but she used to wear them on scarves

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and on the lapel of coats. I do remember her wearing those.

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-Was she a character? Was she quite flamboyant?

-She was. She married three times.

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-OK.

-She was quite a girl.

-Great.

-Can I say that about my grandmother?

-I think you can!

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-I think you can, yes. She was quite outgoing.

-She was, yes. She was a lovely old lady.

-That's lovely.

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Are these sentimental? Are they the sort of thing you'd like to keep?

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No, I don't think they're the style that anybody now would wear.

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These would've been the height of fashion in the Victorian period

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and these are Scottish Cairngorm brooches.

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Queen Victoria based her family home in Balmoral in Scotland and because she was the celebrity of the day,

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people followed her, so anything Scottish was extremely fashionable. Do you know what these stones are?

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-No.

-That's a big piece of solid amber.

-Really?

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-So that's over a million years old, that piece of amber, fossilised pine resin.

-OK.

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And these here are from the Cairngorm Mountains in the highlands.

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These are cut from the face of them. So the whole thing is extremely Scottish.

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There is a fashion for white metal nowadays.

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I think, in the 70s and 80s, people wore lots of brassy gold, very flash stuff,

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but the fashion at the moment is for the white metal or silver.

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-These ones are both solid silver, both nice pieces of amber in the middle. This has a little chip.

-Yes.

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Unfortunate. Maybe she was in a battle with William Wallace, who knows?

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If I said around the £50 mark,

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£40 to £60 as an auction estimate, how does that sound?

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-That sounds fine.

-All right. Let's keep going.

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'Moya's decided to tackle the lounge and wonders about her bronze bed warmer.

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'I'm back inside and spot some piggy banks.

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'Could they have some gold coins in them? No chance.

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'Gayle's upstairs. Her searches have been worthwhile because she's noticed this gold slave bangle.

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'It used to belong to her great aunt. It's 15-carat gold and at the moment,

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'that is selling for about £15 per gram. Paul estimates this bangle at five grams

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'and therefore is valued at £50 to £80.

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'When it gets to auction, we are more than surprised by the response.'

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-That's great, isn't it?

-120. 130.

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-140. 150. 160.

-Fantastic!

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'We'll find out later just how much it makes.

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'As the search of Moya's house continues, I've had a quick tot up

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'and by Paul's estimates so far, we stand to raise £210 at auction.

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'So we're not quite at the halfway mark yet.'

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As soon as I saw this motorhome in the garden, I wanted to come inside and check it out.

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We look as if we're on our way. Where are we driving?

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-How about Godalming?

-No, I'd like to go a bit further. France? Germany? Anywhere.

-Now you're talking!

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So when did this caravanning start?

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It's been going on since Gayle was four

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and we've just caravanned and caravanned in England, France.

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-So you've been on some great trips. Where's your favourite?

-France. Definitely France.

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And we had a friend down in the Bouin area, George.

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Unfortunately, he's dead now. But we enjoyed a load of trips with him.

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He had a lot of friends who were vintners and we had some wonderful drinks.

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-Oh, it was lovely.

-So it looked like a vineyard tour.

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-There was that element in it, yes.

-THEY LAUGH

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So caravanning's played a big part in your life, then.

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Absolutely, yes. All of my life, we've had family holidays in the caravan.

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And now, that's my caravan behind us there, and we go away all together, which is great fun.

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-So it's like a big convoy, is it?

-Mm, sometimes.

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-Have you got a CB radio?

-No, we haven't, actually.

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So what is it about caravanning that you like?

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I like it because of the freedom. And it's cheap. Cheap sites.

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And it's very, very free.

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You can pretty well go anywhere and park it anywhere.

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If you need someone to read the maps, I'm your man. I'm your co-driver, OK?

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-I'll remember that.

-OK. Cos the person that's going to guide us through

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the next challenge of the antiques is still in there and I can just about hear him moaning.

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-Shall we go and join him?

-Yep.

-Come on.

-Better do that.

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'Canada is calling and Moya is clearly an adventurous lady,

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'but perhaps not as adventurous as we are, as we resume our antiques search.

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'Paul's still hard at work and comes across something else he thinks should do well at auction,

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'a couple of Edwardian mahogany side chairs with inlaid backs.

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'They get a very healthy £60 to £100 valuation.

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'I've noticed a mandolin on the wall. I wonder if Moya plays it.

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'And it looks like Paul's found evidence of a habit rather than a hobby.'

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-Moya.

-Yes, Paul?

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-Now, who's been the smoker in the house?

-My husband.

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-Oh, right. It wasn't you?

-Yes, I did, for quite a few years.

-Right.

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You've got quite a set here. A nice lighter, an ashtray, cigarette case and a couple of cigarette boxes.

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-Yes.

-Quite a lot, isn't it?

-It is a lot, yes.

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-Were these items that he collected?

-No, he acquired those for being with the firm for 25 years.

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-So when did he celebrate his 25th anniversary?

-Let me think.

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His 25 years must have been up in about '88, I think.

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These are obviously a lot earlier than that. This one dates from 1930, typically Art Deco.

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You can see the way that it's geometric in shape. I don't think I've ever seen

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a silver lighter like that, so it's very unusual.

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And one of the trademarks of the 1930s is this engine turning.

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This is done by a machine to give it a finish rather than a flat surface, to give this ridged effect.

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And what you do tend to see, and a bit more attractive in my opinion, is more the Victoriana.

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This is a lovely old cigarette case which has been hand-chased.

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The silversmith would have a little tiny die and hammer

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and he would chase this decoration all the way round, all by hand. Beautiful.

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But these can have another use. I actually use one of these now for credit cards.

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You can put your credit cards in there and it stays nice and rigid so you don't break them.

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So there's also a multitude of uses for items like this.

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OK, you've got two cigarette boxes, as well,

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and I think they could be used more for jewellery items,

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little knickknacks, that sort of thing. So you don't have to use them for cigarettes.

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They're nice things to have. If I said at least £100, maybe up to £150

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for that lot, how does that sound?

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-That'd be fine.

-That sound all right?

-Yes, it sounds very well.

-OK. Let's keep looking.

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'There are plenty of places to explore in Moya's lovely old house

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'but I must admit, I'm struggling to find anything that would do well at auction.

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'In the garden room, Moya wonders if this Victorian willow pattern china bowl could be a winner.

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'It's part of a small collection that belonged to her mother-in-law,

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'but they're not to Moya's taste. Paul gives them the thumbs up

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'and says a valuation of £40 to £60 should appeal to the bidders.

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'And then at long last, my perseverance finally pays off.'

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-Mm. Paul, Gayle!

-Yeah?

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-I might have found something at long last!

-Hey!

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-I might be quite useful for a change!

-Do you need to have a sit down?

-Yeah!

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Come and have a look at this.

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I've seen the two words Derby and china.

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Of course, Derby isn't in China, it's in Derbyshire.

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But the reason we actually use the word china is that, originally, all the porcelain came from China

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and it was imported, since the 16th century,

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and, of course, when you looked at your old porcelain, you said it's "me old china".

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And Crown Derby are actually one of the firms that developed using animal bones from the meat industry

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and the whiteness of the bones give this wonderful white porcelain finish.

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-So whose are these?

-That was given to my father. It was a present from a contractor.

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-I think he was quite disappointed that it wasn't a bottle of scotch.

-THEY LAUGH

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-Do you like it?

-Not very much, no.

-Oh.

-Sorry.

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This is an Imari style, which comes from Japan,

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and it always has the brick-red colour, the dark blue and the gilded decoration.

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Very elaborate, very fancy. That's actually 22-carat gold leaf, which is lovely.

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And it's known in the trade as the cigar pattern.

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-Any ideas why?

-No, go on.

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If you look at the pattern around the edge, this very distinctive border,

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that also looks like the wrapper you get on a fancy cigar,

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so that's why it's called the cigar pattern.

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But it was originally the Derby factory, since about 1750,

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but then King George III visited the factory

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and he put the crown, so it became Crown Derby.

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And then Victoria visited again in the late 19th century

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and she let them use the word Royal.

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So Royal Crown Derby is all to do with the royal family.

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I'm looking around, there's another plate there. Would it be in a set?

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People do buy them as individual items. They're not designed to be used, they're purely for decoration.

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This would go in a cabinet, purely for show.

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But an average cup and saucer like this, from the '70s or '80s,

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you're looking at maybe £30 to £50.

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-How does that sound?

-It's never been one of my favourite things. Sounds fine.

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'Well, looking outside, there are plenty of reminders of Moya's love of caravanning

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'and I want to know more about her holiday plans for the future.'

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It's time for a little break for you and me, and I think we deserve it.

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I want to know what we're raising this money for. Tell me about this trip. Where do you want to go?

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To fly out to British Columbia

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and then go to Peachland, which is further inland, to see my friend.

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-I want to know a bit more about Margaret. How did you meet her?

-We met her on our first motorhome trip

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in 1991, I think it was,

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on a camping site

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and Jack was wandering around outside the van

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and a voice said, "Are you English?"

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And that was Margaret. And from then on, we teamed up with them,

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went to their home eventually, she and her husband, Alan, who has since died.

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And, yeah, from then on, we were friends.

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-Lifelong friends. How long ago was that?

-Oh, '91.

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So, you and Margaret, do you share the same sense of adventure? What sort of person is she?

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Oh, she's batty. She... I think she's a little bit old now, but she was

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an overland skier.

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But, yeah, she was very active indeed.

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-What sort of trip are you planning?

-Well, that really depends on Margaret.

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We've never had a holiday on our own, so I really don't know.

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But I rather feel that she's got a few quirky things up her sleeve.

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-Well, I'm sold on her.

-Good! You should do it.

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-If we raise a bit more money, will you take me, as well?

-Oh, yeah.

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-OK, excellent. Hard work, I'm in. Let's go and find Paul, come on.

-Fair enough.

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'As you can tell, I don't get out much, and neither does poor old Paul.

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'Gayle's spotted this silver batch dressing table set.

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'It belonged to her great aunt and has a Birmingham hallmark from 1925.

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'Sadly, Paul thinks the condition is poor and their estimate is £40 to £60.

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'And then Moya notices a large collection of books that needs an expert opinion.'

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Ah, what have we found?

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-I've got some Dickens here.

-Oh, right.

-I think I've got the whole set.

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-The complete works of Dickens.

-Wow.

-What was it about Dickens that fascinated you?

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-It wasn't me, it was my step-father.

-OK.

-He collected the whole lot and he loved Dickens.

-Right.

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He read them, he spouted bits out of them. He was quite a character.

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Well, Charles Dickens has to be one of Britain's best-known authors, if not the most popular,

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-and we're all familiar with the stories. Did you have a favourite?

-Erm, well, we all know Oliver Twist.

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-Yes, of course.

-And Pickwick Papers.

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I think Oliver Twist is in everybody's mind. The wonderful Artful Dodger and Fagin.

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A fantastic story and, of course, it was made into a very famous musical.

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But the books themselves were started almost be accident.

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What happened was, Charles Dickens came from quite a wealthy family,

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but they fell onto hard times, and from the age of 12,

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he actually worked in a boot polish factory.

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So he saw first-hand what it was like to work in these workhouses.

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And he started to do some stories about events that had happened in his own life and fictitious events,

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and the rest is history. Dickens, Shakespeare and the teachings of Chairman Mao

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-are the three most produced books in the world.

-Really? Gosh!

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Lots of those around. But people do buy them.

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The one that's really interesting, that's fascinated people, here we are, Master Humphrey Clock.

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-Yes?

-Edwin Drood.

-Oh, yes.

-Do you know what's fascinating about that?

-I've heard of Edwin Drood.

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That was his last one, and Edwin Drood in the story disappears.

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But nobody actually knows what happened to him.

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So it's open to speculation. Unfortunately, Charles died before he had a chance to finish that book.

0:19:050:19:11

-If I said maybe £100, £120, how does that sound?

-Ooh.

0:19:110:19:15

-Do you think a little more, a little bit less?

-Can we set a reserve?

-Of course.

-100?

0:19:150:19:19

-So a minimum of £100?

-Yes.

-And if they don't sell, we'll send Fagin and the boys in and bring them back.

0:19:190:19:25

-OK. Right.

-Let's keep looking.

-Right.

0:19:250:19:29

'Moya's lovely house is a real joy to explore.

0:19:290:19:33

'In the dining room, I've noticed this oil lamp base on the sideboard.

0:19:330:19:37

'It's Victorian black pottery with flora decoration

0:19:370:19:40

'and it belonged to Jack's mother.

0:19:400:19:42

'Although Moya doesn't like it, Paul says the bidders might,

0:19:420:19:46

'and gives it a £30 to £50 estimate.

0:19:460:19:50

'And Paul and Gayle are having one last search for treasure.'

0:19:500:19:54

Ah. Now then.

0:19:540:19:57

This is a nice item. A nice old charm bracelet.

0:19:570:20:00

Look at that. Is that your mum's?

0:20:000:20:02

-No, I think that was my grandmother's.

-Really?

-Mm.

0:20:020:20:05

-Right, OK, that's interesting. It's definitely worth something.

-Great.

-Let's hear the story. Moya, Chris.

0:20:050:20:11

-Whoops. We're being called.

-What do you think? Just fits me nicely.

0:20:110:20:15

Oh, beautiful! THEY LAUGH

0:20:150:20:18

-Isn't that a cracker?

-Is that a charm bracelet?

-It's an old charm bracelet, yes.

0:20:180:20:22

-I take it this was yours, Moya?

-My mother's.

-Your mother's. OK.

0:20:220:20:26

Actually, it could've been your grandfather's.

0:20:260:20:29

Bear with me, because I know charm bracelets are predominantly worn by ladies.

0:20:290:20:34

-This is actually part of an Albert chain.

-Oh.

0:20:340:20:36

So you had your pocket watch here and two lengths of this type of chain.

0:20:360:20:40

And when they went out of fashion, when the wrist watch came along,

0:20:400:20:43

they started to recycle them and they would make them into items exactly like this.

0:20:430:20:47

-So do you know who would've collected all these charms?

-Er, Mum.

0:20:470:20:51

Her husband bought her one every year for her birthday

0:20:510:20:56

over several years, as you can see.

0:20:560:20:59

-Is that a squirrel and a duck?

-We've got a cat and a duck

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and we've got this one, like a tambourine and a pair of maracas.

0:21:020:21:06

But what I like is you can actually see the two different types of gold.

0:21:060:21:10

This one is a rose gold, typically Victorian,

0:21:100:21:13

and this is more modern, this very bright, brassy gold.

0:21:130:21:16

And the reason for that is, if you made an item from pure gold, 24-carat gold,

0:21:160:21:21

it's too soft, the whole thing disintegrates.

0:21:210:21:24

So what you have to do is mix it with another metal, to give it strength.

0:21:240:21:28

And in the Victorian times, what was very popular was copper.

0:21:280:21:31

So the charms are later than the actual chain, which is why I think it's been part of an Albert.

0:21:310:21:37

Gold is doing particularly well at the moment, and it's always popular,

0:21:370:21:41

so if I stuck my neck out and said around the 200 mark,

0:21:410:21:44

for an auction estimate, £150 to £200, how does that sound?

0:21:440:21:48

-Really?

-Sounds fantastic.

-Extraordinary.

-It's charming.

0:21:480:21:51

-ALL: Ohh!

-I did warn you.

-Sorry about that.

0:21:510:21:56

I've got some good news and bad news now. The good news is, no more gags from Paul.

0:21:560:22:00

-That's good.

-Cos the day is over. The bad news is, it's the moment of truth, it's the tally up.

0:22:000:22:05

I know you wanted to raise about £500 to £600.

0:22:050:22:09

Well, I think we've done a really good job

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because, conservatively, if we take all of your items to auction,

0:22:110:22:16

-we reckon we could make around £760.

-Wow!

-How do you feel about that?

0:22:160:22:21

That's good! That's very good!

0:22:210:22:23

-I think that's an excellent day's work. What about you, Paul?

-Fantastic.

-Very good!

0:22:230:22:28

We've got some great items and it's been a real pleasure.

0:22:280:22:31

Oh, good. I'm very glad you came, then.

0:22:310:22:33

'And so are we. Those two pieces of gold really made a difference to Moya's total today.

0:22:330:22:38

'I'm looking forward to finding out if Paul's estimates are close to the eventual sale prices.

0:22:380:22:43

'We have the silver cigarette set which was given to her husband Jack

0:22:430:22:47

'after 25 years of service.

0:22:470:22:49

'The guide price here is £100 to £150.

0:22:490:22:53

'And that copper fire screen which Moya's father-in-law found in a junk yard.

0:22:530:22:58

'That was given an estimate of £100 to £120.

0:22:580:23:02

'And finally, we have the collection of books by Charles Dickens.

0:23:020:23:06

'They're in such good condition that we have great expectations of them making £100 to £120.

0:23:060:23:13

'Still to come in Cash In The Attic, could we be off to a shaky start?'

0:23:140:23:19

Surely £10 for the silver top. Nobody want it for £10?

0:23:190:23:23

'But it's not too long before the bidders take a shine to our lots.'

0:23:230:23:27

-Yes!

-Excellent.

-Very good.

0:23:270:23:30

'And what could be the object of Paul and Moya's affections?'

0:23:300:23:34

-You hate this, don't you?

-I hated it.

0:23:340:23:36

-What is it about it that you dislike so much?

-It's just ugly.

0:23:360:23:40

'We'll find out when the final hammer falls.'

0:23:400:23:43

We had a great time at Moya's house, but now it's down to business,

0:23:480:23:52

so we've brought all the items here to the Chiswick Auction Rooms

0:23:520:23:55

and we want to raise around £500. Fingers crossed now as those items go under the hammer.

0:23:550:24:00

'Moya wants to use her takings to fund a special trip. She'd like to visit her friend,

0:24:010:24:06

'who lives near Vancouver in Canada.

0:24:060:24:09

'The lots have been on view in the auction room for several days. I'm sure they've attracted interest.'

0:24:090:24:14

-Hello, Paul. I didn't know you smoked.

-I don't smoke, actually.

0:24:150:24:19

-You can't help but notice the quality. Isn't that fantastic?

-It's a beautiful quality item.

0:24:190:24:23

-We're hoping for a busy room today.

-Let's hope so. Don't forget, we're recycling, as well.

0:24:230:24:28

You can use these for credit cards.

0:24:280:24:31

-What a good idea.

-Move it on to the 21st century.

-Got to get some credit cards now! Let's find Moya.

0:24:310:24:37

'Since our last meeting, I hear Moya's been uncertain about selling that copper fire screen.

0:24:370:24:43

'But it looks like it's made it here after all.'

0:24:430:24:47

-Hello, you two!

-Hello!

-Hello.

0:24:470:24:50

I'm very pleased to see you two, but I'm also quite pleased to see this.

0:24:500:24:54

-You've brought it along.

-Yes.

-Were there any umming and ahhings about this?

0:24:540:24:59

Well, there is a little bit of a hole where I removed it,

0:24:590:25:03

but I expect I can find a large plant to put in there. THEY LAUGH

0:25:030:25:08

-So it can go at any price?

-Erm, fixed price.

-Ooh. Fixed price of?

0:25:080:25:12

I'd like 120.

0:25:120:25:15

That's fine, it's within estimate. If it's any more than that, it can be a problem for the auctioneer.

0:25:150:25:20

-£120 fixed reserve on that one.

-Have you been to an auction before?

-Never.

-No.

0:25:200:25:24

-You're about to find out how our items get on. Ready?

-Yep.

-Fingers crossed. Let's get in position.

0:25:240:25:30

'If you have a special project in mind and you'd like to try buying or selling in this way,

0:25:320:25:37

'it's worth remembering that there are charges to be paid, such as commission.

0:25:370:25:41

'These vary from one saleroom to another, so it's always worth checking in advance.

0:25:410:25:45

'Let's get started. The first lot is the silver-topped sugar shaker.'

0:25:450:25:50

-Where was this from?

-From my mother.

-And how long have you had this?

0:25:500:25:54

She had it from the time she was married

0:25:540:25:56

and I just inherited it when she died.

0:25:560:25:59

Well, it's ready to go. What do you reckon?

0:25:590:26:01

Something we don't really use any more, but I always think these are perfect for Wimbledon,

0:26:010:26:06

-for your strawberries.

-Definitely.

-To sift your sugar on top.

0:26:060:26:10

Solid silver top, some time around the turn of the century, glass base.

0:26:100:26:13

-It's in nice condition, so £20, £30 easily.

-OK.

-Good.

0:26:130:26:18

Is it worth £10 to go for that? Surely £10 for the silver top.

0:26:180:26:22

Nobody want it for £10? I'm bid £10 down there. At £10.

0:26:220:26:25

£12 now. 14? 14.

0:26:250:26:28

£14 here. At 14. Anybody else?

0:26:280:26:30

At £14. 16.

0:26:300:26:33

-£16 to my left. At £16. Anybody else? At £16 it goes.

-HAMMER BANGS

0:26:330:26:38

-Ohh.

-Are you happy with that?

-It'll do.

0:26:380:26:42

'A slightly disappointing start, but at least it's sold.

0:26:420:26:46

'Next up is some china. It's the Royal Crown Derby cup and saucer with a matching side plate.

0:26:460:26:52

'They were a present to Jack from someone he once worked for.

0:26:520:26:55

'We're hoping for £30 to £50 for them.'

0:26:550:26:58

-What do you reckon, Paul?

-Derby's very interesting. Who collected all these bits and pieces?

0:26:590:27:04

-You've got a cup and saucer and a small plate, as well.

-Yes.

0:27:040:27:08

It was given to my husband as a Christmas box by a contractor.

0:27:080:27:13

They're known in the trade as the cigar pattern cos of that ribbon around the edge. Very popular.

0:27:130:27:18

-£30 to £50 for a cup, saucer and side plate.

-Fine.

-Let's see how we go.

0:27:180:27:23

I'm straight in here at £30.

0:27:230:27:26

-Ooh.

-That's great.

0:27:260:27:28

35. 40. On the book at £40.

0:27:280:27:31

-Still at 40. 45. 50.

-Wow.

-Still with me at £50.

0:27:310:27:35

On the book still at 50. Are you all done? At £50 with me, on the book at £50 and selling.

0:27:350:27:39

-£50! That's great!

-Good.

0:27:390:27:41

-Upper limit there, Paul. That's good.

-Mm!

0:27:410:27:44

-Brilliant, isn't it? You've no more in a cupboard?

-No.

0:27:440:27:47

'That's a great result. I think Moya was very impressed with how quickly it was snapped up.

0:27:470:27:52

'Our third lot is a Victorian oil lamp base which once belonged to her mother-in-law.

0:27:520:27:58

'It has a estimate of £30 to £50.'

0:27:580:28:02

OK, Moya, one of your favourite items is this next item.

0:28:020:28:06

-It's that lovely black ceramic lamp base.

-Yes.

-You hate this, don't you?

-I hated it!

0:28:060:28:12

-What is it about it that you dislike so much?

-It's just ugly.

0:28:120:28:16

Is it worth £20? £20 for a lamp base, surely. £10 to start me.

0:28:160:28:20

-I think everyone agrees with you, Moya.

-I think so.

0:28:200:28:23

No interest at all? Passing the lot, I'm afraid.

0:28:230:28:26

Drat!

0:28:260:28:29

Now, I'm not saying that is unpopular.

0:28:290:28:32

It's unpopular with you two and it's unpopular with everybody here.

0:28:320:28:35

-I liked it!

-We'll use it as a door stop.

0:28:350:28:38

Not heavy enough. Oh, dear!

0:28:380:28:41

'Hm. Oh, dear, indeed!

0:28:410:28:43

'Poor Moya. The one item she really wanted to get rid of today

0:28:430:28:46

'and she's got to take it back with her.

0:28:460:28:48

'Will she have more luck with those Victorian Scottish brooches?

0:28:480:28:52

'They belonged to her mother and include some stones

0:28:520:28:55

'from the Cairngorm Mountains, as well as some pieces of amber.

0:28:550:28:59

'They're in the catalogue at £40 to £60.'

0:28:590:29:01

You're hoping for quite a lot for this. It's got gemstones.

0:29:030:29:06

Yeah, these are from the Cairngorm Mountains. That's my best Scottish accent.

0:29:060:29:11

Queen Victoria was very fond of Scotland, so these things were highly collectable.

0:29:110:29:15

-You don't wear these now, do you?

-No.

-When's the last time you wore them?

-I didn't. They were Mum's.

0:29:150:29:21

-Almost new!

-Almost new.

-THEY LAUGH

0:29:210:29:24

Start me these, £20 for them. Must be worth £10 each, surely.

0:29:240:29:28

10 I'm bid. £20 I'm bid, rather. Thank you. At 20.

0:29:280:29:32

22. 25. 28.

0:29:320:29:35

30. 2. 35.

0:29:350:29:37

-£35 on that sofa there.

-Just a little, please.

0:29:370:29:40

Anybody else? £35 for the Scottish brooches. At £35. 35. I'm going to sell them, then. 35.

0:29:400:29:46

-Ooh, just under.

-35.

-That's not too bad, is it?

0:29:460:29:50

'I think Moya would've preferred a little bit more for those brooches,

0:29:500:29:54

'but it has put another £35 in the kitty towards that trip to Canada.

0:29:540:29:58

'The silver-backed dressing table set is coming up now. It's hallmarked Birmingham 1925

0:29:590:30:05

'and it belonged to Moya's aunt. Will it reach its estimate?'

0:30:050:30:09

This is a thing of the past, when they used to be all lovely and polished on the dressing table.

0:30:090:30:14

-Reminds me of Hercule Poirot.

-Yeah.

-Not that he combed his hair often.

0:30:140:30:19

-Definitely the 30s.

-Definitely 1930s.

0:30:190:30:21

But it does say AF, which means "at fault".

0:30:210:30:24

-There must be one of two that are a little bit...

-One little tiny bit, yes, on a mirror.

0:30:240:30:30

Plenty of silver there. Start me at £20 for the lot, please.

0:30:300:30:33

20 I'm bid down below. 22.

0:30:330:30:36

25. 28.

0:30:360:30:39

30. £30 there in the middle of the room.

0:30:390:30:42

At 30. At £30. Are you bidding upstairs? 32.

0:30:420:30:47

32 upstairs. 35.

0:30:470:30:50

-38.

-Yes!

0:30:500:30:52

He's hiding behind the bush. 40.

0:30:520:30:55

42.

0:30:550:30:57

42 upstairs, then. 42.

0:30:570:31:00

-45.

-New bidder.

-48.

0:31:000:31:02

50. £50 down below.

0:31:020:31:05

At £50. You all done? 55.

0:31:050:31:08

-60.

-60.

-Lovely.

0:31:080:31:10

No? £60 in the middle, then. At £60. I'm going to sell it, then. £60 and going.

0:31:100:31:15

-Yes!

-Excellent!

-Very good!

0:31:150:31:18

-Top estimate, that.

-Oh, that's great!

0:31:180:31:21

It kept stopping, then someone else appeared!

0:31:210:31:24

-I keep peering up there at them.

-£60!

-£60!

0:31:240:31:28

'So, despite the damage, that set did really well.

0:31:280:31:31

'It's probably down to the fact that it had so much silver in it.

0:31:310:31:35

'Up next, for £40 to £60, the Victorian willow pattern china,

0:31:350:31:39

'which belonged to Moya's mother-in-law.'

0:31:390:31:42

-One of the items I like amongst this is that meat strainer.

-Yes.

0:31:420:31:46

-You said that.

-Have you ever used that?

-No.

-None of it.

0:31:460:31:49

The one that's pierced with lots of holes in it. It sits on top of your meat plate

0:31:490:31:55

-and allows the juices...

-For the gravy?

-For the gravy.

0:31:550:31:57

Fantastic. People use those as display items on their own merit.

0:31:570:32:01

So it's quite a collection, four or five items in the lot.

0:32:010:32:04

Start me at £10 for the lot, the blue and white. 10 I'm bid.

0:32:040:32:07

£12. 14.

0:32:070:32:10

16. 18. 20. 22.

0:32:100:32:13

25. 28. 28 to my left, at £28.

0:32:130:32:17

£28. Anybody else? 28.

0:32:170:32:20

-At 28 it goes.

-HAMMER BANGS

0:32:200:32:22

-28.

-Not bad.

-Not too bad, is it, that?

0:32:220:32:25

-Gets it out of Mother's sideboard.

-Yes.

-You didn't like it, anyway.

-No.

0:32:250:32:29

-Why have you got all this stuff in the house that you don't like?

-I could never get rid of it.

0:32:290:32:35

'And now she has, and Moya looks relieved that it's been

0:32:350:32:38

'taken off her hands at last. It's been an auction of mixed fortunes

0:32:380:32:42

'and I think we're all interested to know how much money we've banked so far.'

0:32:420:32:48

-OK, gang, we've reached the halfway mark.

-Mm.

0:32:490:32:51

-How are you feeling so far?

-Mm. It's reasonable.

0:32:510:32:55

-I think it's not too bad. We've had some ups and downs, haven't we?

-We certainly have.

0:32:550:33:00

-We want to raise £500 today?

-Mm.

0:33:000:33:03

Well, at the halfway mark, we're at £189.

0:33:030:33:08

-Mm, not bad.

-Not bad.

-That is a "mm". It's a "not bad".

0:33:080:33:12

-But we have got some big items to come.

-Yeah, you've got the smoking accessories, the fire screen,

0:33:120:33:17

the Dickens books, the chairs. So it's early days yet.

0:33:170:33:23

'It sure is. And there's plenty more to come. I have high hopes for the next lot

0:33:230:33:27

'and I think Moya has, too. She's put a reserve of £120 on her Arts and Crafts copper fire screen.'

0:33:270:33:35

-You said you were fed up with cleaning this, weren't you?

-I don't like cleaning copper, no.

0:33:370:33:41

Did you give it one last clean before bringing it here?

0:33:410:33:44

-No, I didn't.

-You didn't? That's disgraceful!

0:33:440:33:48

Paul, do you reckon we'll have any interest on that item?

0:33:480:33:51

I like this. It's a good example. I think you're right to put your reserve at 120,

0:33:510:33:56

-because it tugs at the heart strings a little bit.

-It was a family thing, yeah.

-OK.

0:33:560:34:00

-So we want a knight in shining armour to buy it.

-Ohh!

-Oh, well.

0:34:000:34:04

-Give it up.

-Sorry.

0:34:040:34:07

What's it worth for the fire screen? £80 to go for it.

0:34:070:34:10

-80 I'm bid.

-80.

-85. 90. 95.

0:34:100:34:12

£95 for the fire screen. £95. 100 I'll take. At 95.

0:34:120:34:17

-He won't sell it.

-Ohh.

0:34:170:34:19

At 95. Not quite enough, I'm afraid.

0:34:190:34:22

-No. Goes home.

-You quite happy with that?

-Yes.

0:34:220:34:25

-You're going to have to clean it now.

-Oh, well, never mind.

0:34:250:34:28

'Oh, no, that's a bit of a blow to our Canada fund.

0:34:280:34:31

'We've got five lots left now. Everything rests on these making over £300 between them.

0:34:310:34:36

'First, then, it's the 15-carat gold slave bangle.

0:34:360:34:41

'Its estimate is £50 to £80.'

0:34:410:34:44

-Whose was this?

-My mum's.

-It was mine.

-And you both like it?

0:34:440:34:48

-Yes, it's showy.

-It's pretty.

-It's quite nice.

0:34:480:34:53

-You used to wear it on your arm up here.

-Right up.

0:34:530:34:55

A nice bangle. £50 to £80.

0:34:550:34:58

I'm straight in at £60.

0:34:580:35:00

With me at £60. 65. 70. 5. 80. 5.

0:35:000:35:04

-90. 5. 100.

-That's great!

-110. 120.

0:35:040:35:07

130. 140. 150. 160.

0:35:070:35:10

-Fantastic!

-Come on!

0:35:100:35:12

180. 190. 200. 210.

0:35:120:35:15

-In the doorway at £210.

-I don't believe it.

-At 210.

0:35:150:35:18

220 now. Seated at 220.

0:35:180:35:22

-230.

-Fantastic!

0:35:220:35:24

230 in that doorway. At 230. Are you all done? Are you bidding? 240.

0:35:240:35:30

-Go on, bid 240.

-240 nearer to me now. 240.

0:35:300:35:33

-At 240. I'm going to sell at 240.

-HAMMER BANGS

0:35:330:35:35

-Fantastic!

-Well done!

-Fantastic!

0:35:350:35:38

HE MIMES

0:35:380:35:41

-That's great. Just goes to show how gold is doing at the moment.

-Absolutely.

0:35:410:35:45

-£240.

-Well, that's whooped it up a bit.

0:35:450:35:48

-I cannot believe that!

-Nor me.

0:35:480:35:52

'Well, that took us completely by surprise. An astonishing result.

0:35:520:35:56

'Paul's estimate was based on the value of the precious metal,

0:35:560:35:59

'but as 15-carat gold is no longer made, it's become very popular.

0:35:590:36:04

'I'm sure that would explain the extraordinary sale price.

0:36:040:36:08

'Next we have the complete works of Charles Dickens, 22 volumes in fact.

0:36:090:36:14

'They belonged to Moya's step-father, who used to recite pieces from them.

0:36:140:36:18

'The estimate is £100 to £120.'

0:36:180:36:23

I've got quite a collection of old books myself,

0:36:230:36:25

so I'm anxious to see this get a decent price.

0:36:250:36:27

We want around £100. That's the reserve, Paul.

0:36:270:36:31

This is an interesting set. But Dickens is one of the most printed authors out there,

0:36:310:36:35

so it's not a rare set. It looks in wonderful condition. I don't think these have ever been read.

0:36:350:36:40

-So let's hope it gets £100 to £120. But there's a £100 reserve on this.

-Yeah.

0:36:400:36:44

-I've got great expectations of this one.

-Oh, wow.

-Stop it!

0:36:440:36:48

THEY LAUGH

0:36:480:36:50

Start me, £50 to go.

0:36:500:36:52

Surely for 50. 50 I'm bid. 55.

0:36:520:36:54

-60. 5.

-Here we go.

-70. 5. 80.

0:36:540:36:57

5. 90. 5.

0:36:570:37:00

-100.

-OK.

-The lady there at £100.

0:37:000:37:02

At £100 for the lady. £100 for Charles Dickens. At £100.

0:37:020:37:06

All done? At £100, the full works.

0:37:060:37:08

-Good.

-We got the money.

-We did.

-That's fine.

0:37:080:37:12

They knew that you wanted £100, they were flying and then they went, "That's it".

0:37:120:37:17

'Well, my great expectations were slightly blunted

0:37:170:37:21

'and, like Oliver Twist, we could've wished for more!

0:37:210:37:23

'But these family heirlooms achieved their reserve

0:37:230:37:26

'and there's no grumbling about that.

0:37:260:37:28

'The two mahogany side chairs are coming up next.

0:37:280:37:32

'They belonged to Moya's in-laws, who were great collectors.

0:37:320:37:35

'We're looking for £60 to £100. Let's see how they did.'

0:37:350:37:39

-A little bit of interest in these. I'm bid £30.

-We're bid 30 already.

0:37:390:37:43

35 now. 40. 45. 50.

0:37:430:37:46

£50 for those chairs. At £50 for the two little chairs.

0:37:460:37:49

-£50. I'm selling at 50.

-HAMMER BANGS

0:37:490:37:53

-Ohh. £10 less than we wanted.

-Never mind.

0:37:530:37:56

'Moya's got the right attitude here. Those chairs didn't do too badly after all.

0:37:560:38:00

'Now it's back to some silver, the lighter, ashtray, cigarette case and two cigarette boxes.

0:38:000:38:06

'Some are Victorian and some are Art Deco.

0:38:060:38:08

'They were presented to Jack in the late 1980s after 25 years service to his firm.

0:38:080:38:14

'The estimate is £100 to £150.'

0:38:140:38:17

Just a bit of social history, a bit of memorabilia, really.

0:38:170:38:21

These would make a nice present for somebody, nice things to keep.

0:38:210:38:24

-And £100 seems quite reasonable.

-Mm.

0:38:240:38:26

I'm bid 65. 70. 5.

0:38:260:38:29

Do you want 80, Howard? 80. 5.

0:38:300:38:33

90. £90 there with Howard, at 90.

0:38:330:38:36

5 I'll take. Doesn't seem a lot of money at £90. 95 fresh bidder. 100.

0:38:360:38:41

-Yes.

-110. 120.

0:38:410:38:44

-120 there, original bidder at 120. 120 it goes.

-HAMMER BANGS

0:38:440:38:48

-Brilliant!

-That's great, isn't it?

-Yes.

-Straight in the middle.

-Lovely.

0:38:480:38:52

Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

0:38:520:38:55

'The second half of the auction is definitely making up for the first,

0:38:550:38:59

'and Moya has just one more lot to go,

0:38:590:39:01

'that nine-carat gold charm bracelet on an Albert chain.

0:39:010:39:05

'The last lot of gold did incredibly well, so we hope this one follows suit.

0:39:050:39:08

'£150 to £200 is the estimate.'

0:39:080:39:12

-Where's this from?

-My mother. It was from her third husband.

0:39:140:39:19

-These are fashionable, aren't they? Or have they gone out of fashion?

-They are in at the moment.

0:39:190:39:24

You see lots of girls with silver bracelets.

0:39:240:39:27

-And gold is doing tremendously well at the minute.

-Yes.

0:39:270:39:30

So I've put this in at £150 to £200.

0:39:300:39:32

-It's nine-carat, not a high carat, but let's see how it goes.

-Yep.

0:39:320:39:36

And there's interest in that straight off. I'm bid £140.

0:39:360:39:39

-140.

-Wow!

0:39:390:39:41

At £140. 150, thank you.

0:39:410:39:44

160 now. 170.

0:39:440:39:46

180. Are you bidding 190? 190 I'm bid.

0:39:460:39:51

190 in the doorway. At 190. Anybody else?

0:39:510:39:53

£190. 200. 210.

0:39:530:39:56

220. 230.

0:39:570:40:00

240. 250.

0:40:000:40:02

260. 270.

0:40:030:40:06

-270, then, in the doorway at 270. 270.

-HAMMER BANGS

0:40:060:40:10

-Amazing!

-Whoa!

-That's brilliant, isn't it?

0:40:100:40:13

-Fantastic!

-We need to dig out more gold.

0:40:130:40:16

We do! Have you got any more gold, Mum?

0:40:160:40:19

THEY LAUGH

0:40:190:40:22

'Well, it's another indicator of the top prices that gold collectables are making at the present time.

0:40:220:40:28

'Moya's picked the perfect time to sell and I'm sure it's made all the difference to her target.'

0:40:280:40:34

-We're just recovering, I think, from the last gold sale, aren't we?

-Absolutely! Thank you!

0:40:350:40:40

-We wanted to raise £500 today.

-Yes, we did.

0:40:400:40:44

If I remember correctly, you were a bit disappointed at the halfway stage at £189.

0:40:440:40:48

-It was a bit low.

-Yeah. And we were hoping for some good news in the second half.

-And we got it!

0:40:480:40:54

-And we did get it.

-We did.

0:40:540:40:56

Because the grand total from today is £969!

0:40:560:41:03

-No!

-Incredible!

-Really?

-That's amazing!

0:41:030:41:06

-Fantastic!

-That's wonderful!

-I can't believe it!

0:41:060:41:09

-Do you want me to say that again?

-Go on.

-£969.

-Hold me up.

0:41:090:41:14

-A brilliant, brilliant effort.

-Really good.

-Really good!

-Excellent.

0:41:140:41:19

'Moya is hoping to take a long train journey when she visits her friend Margaret in Canada.

0:41:230:41:28

'Her younger daughter, Helen, is helping her plan the trip.'

0:41:280:41:32

Where would it start from?

0:41:320:41:34

I was hoping it would start from Newfoundland

0:41:340:41:39

and go right the way across. There is a train that does that.

0:41:390:41:43

'And where better to make plans than in the retro glamour

0:41:440:41:47

'of a vintage steam railway?'

0:41:470:41:49

Oh, it was fantastic. Beautiful scenery,

0:41:490:41:53

chugging along and it was really nice.

0:41:530:41:56

It's been very interesting doing Cash In The Attic

0:41:560:41:59

and, of course, the money I've made at the auction will help towards the fare.

0:41:590:42:05

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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.


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