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Antiques series. Hilary Pugh and her friend Betty look through family heirlooms in South Wales, to raise money for a new bathroom suite. Jennie Bond is on hand to help.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show where we sort through the antiques and collectables

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tucked away in your home, and take them to auction.

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Today we're in rather a snowy, chilly Wales,

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and we're on a mission to raise money

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for a touch of home improvement!

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic...

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'Beauty's clearly in the eye of the beholder.'

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That is very handsome. Almost as handsome as you!

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Oh, no. That's impossible, surely.

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'Is our expert David getting over-zealous?'

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Oh, give that to me. Don't you be handling that!

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I don't even get a look at it! Hang on!

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-Or will his enthusiasm be rewarded?

-40. At 40.

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-Yes!

-Oh, it's going up!

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Find out when the hammer falls.

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Today I'm in Neath, and I'm on my way to meet Hilary Pugh.

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Now, I have heard she's got a house crammed full of family heirlooms,

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so it should be fun!

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Hilary Pugh was born and raised in Neath, just outside Swansea,

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and worked for many years in the local sewing factory

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before retiring. She's joined on our rummage today

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by her long-time friend and holiday companion, Betty Green.

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-Good morning!

-It's cold, isn't it?

-It's freezing!

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'Also helping with the hunt is antiques expert David Harper,

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'and I've no doubt his practised eye

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'will scoop up a treasure or two for us today.'

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-Hello, ladies.

-Hello.

-Hello.

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-This is David.

-Hello, David.

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-And who's who here?

-I'm Hilary.

-My notes said "Hilarity".

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I thought it couldn't possibly be that. And you're Betty, then?

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-Yes.

-Ah, very nice to meet you.

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-I told you this place was crammed with heirlooms. Look!

-I know!

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Shall I go and do what I'm supposed to do best?

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-Good idea!

-All right. Drink coffee.

-No! Go and get started.

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He likes to get started, you know. It's a good idea.

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-So, lots of family heirlooms?

-Oh, yes.

-Where are they from?

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From the family home down in Llansteffan, near Camarthen.

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Do you mind parting with these? They've got sentimental value.

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I've been keeping them up the attic, so they may as well go.

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-They really have been in the attic?

-Yes.

-Ooh, I love it! Excellent!

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So, how much money do you think we might raise?

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Er, well, I'm hoping 300.

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£300. I'm told it was for a spot of home improvement.

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-What are we up to?

-A new bathroom suite.

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I want a shower unit put in instead of a bath.

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-Do you not like baths?

-Love 'em, but I can't get in and out now

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-with my arthritis. I find it hard.

-Oh, that's tough.

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-So it's easier to have a shower unit.

-All right, then.

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Let's see if we can do it.

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Hilary's little bungalow is awash with eye-catching pieces

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she's bought or inherited over the years.

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So David gets straight into the thick of it.

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-Oh, hello, you two.

-Whoa! I told you he'd find something.

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And that is very handsome. Almost as handsome as you!

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-Oh, no. That's impossible, surely.

-Ooh! It's lovely. Where's it from?

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I really rate that. Where did you get it from?

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-From my mother.

-Did she ever use it?

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No. It has never been used. She just kept it as an ornament.

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Oh, that's dreadful, because wouldn't that be wonderful to use?

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-It's a spirit kettle.

-Oh, I see. Yes. It's lovely.

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You put the oil in there, and you have the wick. You light it,

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bung your water in here, bung it on the top,

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and it is a fantastic kettle. How old do you think it is?

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I don't know. I haven't got a clue.

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Well, it's absolutely 19th century, isn't it? It's 1850, 1870.

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Very Victorian. Ebony... Well, it's not ebony. It's an ebonised handle,

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-an ebonised top to it.

-Did you say it was your mother's?

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-My mother's.

-Did she go around antique shops?

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-Was she a collector?

-No. So I don't know where it came from.

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But as I was growing up, it was always...

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-So it could have come further through the family?

-Oh, yes. Yeah.

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Well, brass isn't as collectable as it used to be

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say ten or 15 years ago, but, you know, things come in cycles.

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But that is not just a brass collector's item.

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It's a lovely quirky piece that would sit by your fire.

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You may not use it, but you could use it.

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I think that's £40, £50, £60-worth.

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-So 40 to 60 we'll put on it?

-40 to 60.

-That's all right.

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-That's lovely.

-OK.

-I'd have it for picnics.

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Betty's got stuck into the rummage with relish,

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and finds this assortment of cutlery,

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which she hopes will make an impact at auction.

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There's a mixture here of solid silver and silver plate,

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all inherited from Hilary's aunt Lil,

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a beloved family figure who, like Hilary,

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also used to work locally as a seamstress.

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Silver buyers love sorting through collections like this at auction,

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and David suggests an estimate of £20 to £40 to whet their appetite.

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Meanwhile, Hilary and David have set to work in the bedroom,

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and it's a pretty piece of porcelain that's caught our expert's eye.

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Now, this looks like a piece of quality. Where did this come from?

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Oh, that's come from my father's home down in Llansteffan.

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That is absolutely lovely, and it really is good quality.

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-Do you know who made it?

-No.

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OK. If you look on the underside, you can see Royal Worcester,

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England. Very good quality maker.

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Been around since about 1751.

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Always top-end quality. Now we've got to date it.

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The great thing with Worcester is, they use a fantastic dating system.

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They use dots, they use letters and they use symbols.

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This is the dot period, if you like.

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To the left and right-hand side of the crown,

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we've got dots - six to the left, six to the right.

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That's 12. And look - under Worcester,

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we've got another eight dots.

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-Add 20 onto 1891, which is when the dot system was...

-Yes.

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-..begun, and we get to 1911.

-1911.

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So that's when that Royal Worcester pot was made,

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and painted by hand - in 1911.

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And it's as good today as it was a hundred years ago.

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Good gosh!

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Now, then - value.

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-Yes?

-I think 60 to 80.

-All right.

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-Was that a bit of a disappointment?

-A little bit, yeah.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Sorry about that!

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Well, I hope our little vase doesn't prove a disappointment at auction.

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35. 40, madam, is it? 40.

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45. At 45.

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Only time will tell.

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We're doing well at our rummage in Neath today,

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and Hilary's gathered together this sparkling selection of brooches,

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some from her mother and some from her beloved auntie Lil.

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Most of this costume jewellery's quite modern,

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but David thinks it might make for an appealing lot at £30 to £40.

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I think we'll leave David to it for a while,

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have a little natter, because I'd like to get to know you a bit more.

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20 years, you've been friends. How did you meet?

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SHE LAUGHS In a local pub, weren't it?

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SHE LAUGHS Typical, yeah.

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No, we went... I met friends there,

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and when we got there, Betty was there with friends,

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and a crowd of us got together, and we were going out for years

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-and meeting every Monday evening.

-Now, someone told me

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that you two are pretty hot on line-dancing. Is that right?

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SHE LAUGHS Well, we line-dance,

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-but we're not good at it.

-I wouldn't say that.

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-But it's good exercise.

-Oh, it's good fun.

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-Very good exercise.

-When did that start, Betty?

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Um, I took my grandson line-dancing

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when he was about eight or nine,

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and, er,

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well, we've been going ever since.

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Is that every week?

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There's a gang of us that just go and keep it going every week.

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-And how much do you laugh?

-A lot!

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All the way through.

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Especially when you're facing the wrong way, looking at the class.

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Turn round that way, and everybody's coming towards you.

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But it's such good exercise, isn't it?

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I tell you what - shall we, girls? Come on. Give me that coffee cup.

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We'll have a little go.

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Up we get!

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All right. So, this is the trio of line dancers. Come on!

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SHE SINGS LIVELY TUNE

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Whoo! Hey!

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Of we go! We're going to go rummaging. Yay!

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All right, I might not be the best line-dancer ever to hit South Wales,

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but you can't knock me for trying.

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No such shenanigans for David, who's stuck to the task in hand

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and turned up two Royal Doulton figures from their Brambly Hedge collection.

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These fun characters used to belong to Hilary's daughter,

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and were discontinued in the 1990s, so they're increasingly collectable.

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Let's hope these little mice don't run off for less than £15.

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'We're about halfway through our rummage today,

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'and so far we're looking at a potential total of £165,

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'so we're still a long way off raising £300

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'towards that new bathroom suite. But have no fear -

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'Betty's back on the case.'

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David?

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-I've found these.

-Oh, what have we got here, then?

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Well, I know they came from her aunt's in Llansteffan.

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So, how old do you think they are, then?

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-About a hundred years old.

-Oh, you're getting there.

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-Where do you think they were made?

-Oh, I have no idea.

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All right. Well, turn them over and have a look.

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-Mason's.

-Oh, yes.

-Good Staffordshire quality maker.

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Patented the name "Ironstone". See? Mason's Ironstone,

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in the early 1800s, and so that's where they're from.

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Very, very English. But if you look at the design,

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the decoration, do you think that looks English?

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No, it doesn't.

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-It looks more like Japanese.

-Absol... Oh, you're too good!

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Because the pattern is Imari. Imari is a Japanese palette,

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colour and decoration in pottery, porcelain,

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that was sent over from Japan. Look at the handle.

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That's the big giveaway. That represents some kind of animal,

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but I have never seen any animal that remotely looks like that

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-wandering around Staffordshire. Have you?

-No.

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Exactly. So, date-wise, looking at the stamp, there's no England mark.

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These are 1860, 1880, somewhere round there.

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Really lovely things, both individually potted.

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Look at the top - not perfect in shape at all,

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which actually makes it perfect, because they're individually potted.

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Not a great value, I'm afraid, but great things.

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Um, £20, £40.

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-You think we could put them in?

-I think so.

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Looking at the weather outside, it's just as well we're all indoors rummaging today.

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'I find these brass candlesticks, another heirloom from Auntie Lil.

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'Hilary doesn't use them any more, so she's happy to add them

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'with a rather conservative estimate of £10 to £20.'

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'Spurred on by my success, I'm eager to uncover more items

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'to add to our fund. But David almost beats me to it.'

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I say, what's this? These are sometimes really good.

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-Ooh, give that to me.

-Ooh!

-Don't you be handling that!

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I don't even get a look at it! Hang on. Where's it from?

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My great-grandmother. That is astonishing.

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-I can't see any fading at all.

-They're as bright today

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as they were all those years ago. So, 1857.

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Although it's early for us, looking at it,

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it's not particularly early for a sampler,

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and, of course, it's not that uncommon,

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because every girl, as part of her education,

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would be taught how to sew,

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and this is simply a sample of her work.

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Now, you know a thing or two about sewing, Hilary.

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-How do you rate this work?

-I think the work is excellent,

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the sewing part of it. It's really good.

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Look at the animals. You've got a little bird,

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a couple of dogs. But yeah, good condition.

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-Could you sell this?

-Yes.

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-Ooh, you're ruthless!

-THEY LAUGH

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-Um, 30 to 50, I would have thought.

-30 to 50.

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I'm sure it's worth more, sentimental value,

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-but are you happy with that?

-Yes, that's fine. Yes, fine.

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Betty, meanwhile, has taken a shine to this pair of pocket watches.

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One of these is a fairly modern model,

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but the other is a gorgeous silver-cased example

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that belonged to Hilary's father. We suspect this may be much older,

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possibly Georgian, and needs some further investigation.

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But for now, David decides on a tentative estimate

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of £20 to £40 for the pair. The day is drawing on,

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but our expert's not finished yet.

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-Hilary?

-Yes?

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Talk to me about these chargers. You've got four here.

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-Are they all exactly the same?

-Yes, they are.

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They've came from my great-aunt down in Pembrokeshire.

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OK. So, if we turn this over,

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we've got a maker's mark here. It says "RC & A".

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Now, RC & A... I can't say I recognise the maker,

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but in Staffordshire and around that area in the 19th century,

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there were probably hundreds of manufacturers.

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Now, are they hand-painted, Hilary, or are they transfer-printed?

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-Hand-painted?

-No, they're not.

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HE LAUGHS

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Dead easy. Look, can you see the joins?

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Look at the decoration around the outside edge.

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If that was all hand-painted, it would flow.

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-The pattern would...

-Oh, yes.

-Can you see the join?

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There's a line, there's a line. So it's been put in in four sections.

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-Right. Yeah.

-But still lovely. Beautiful things,

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and as far as I can see, in really good order.

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So I think four big, grand plates like that

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should be worth £100, £200,

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but I think if we put

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an auction estimate of 100 to 150, bit of a "come and get me" thing,

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-how would that sound?

-Fine.

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-Come and get me?

-Oh, I say!

-THEY LAUGH

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Hey, we overheard a rather large figure there.

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-I know. Thank you very much.

-What was it?

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-100 to 150.

-Sounds good! What, for these plates?

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-Four of them.

-Wow! They are handsome.

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-They are.

-They are very nice.

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Oh, well, that's excellent. I think we could end the day.

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-Don't you?

-I do!

-I think you've done so well!

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-Thank you very much.

-Well, it's been great fun,

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and I guess I ought to tell you how much money we think we might make

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at the auction. We said 300 at the start of the day

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for your bathroom suite. I don't think it'll buy a bathroom suite,

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-but go towards it. Do you think you've made 300?

-I hope so.

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-THEY LAUGH

-Don't look at me in that way!

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We base it all on David's lowest estimates through the day,

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and it's mounted up quite nicely

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to £345.

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-Brilliant.

-Lovely!

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'There are plenty of reasons why Hilary and Betty should be excited

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'about getting to auction. That Victorian brass spirit kettle

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'should spark lots of interest at a very appealing £40 to £60.'

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I can't wait to see how that little Royal Worcester vase will fare

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when it goes in front of the bidders,

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and it's quite unusual to find a set of four chargers of that quality

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in such good condition, so I really hope they do us proud on the day.

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Still to come...

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'One of our items wows the crowd.'

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-It's going to make 150. Yes!

-150.

-Brilliant!

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'But another leaves us almost lost for words.'

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£45...

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THEY GROAN

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'Stay with us until the final hammer falls.'

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Do you know, it's not very often I get to line-dance on a rummage,

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so that was a really special day I spent with Hilary and Betty

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in Neath. A couple of weeks have whizzed by now,

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and we brought everything we found here to Peter Francis auctions

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in Carmarthen. If you remember now, Hilary wants to raise £300

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towards a new bathroom suite,

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so I do hope that the bidders here are going to dig deep

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when her items go under the hammer.

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There's plenty of variety on offer at the fortnightly general sale

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here at Carmarthen, so fingers crossed,

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Hilary's rich mix of heirlooms will prove a hit with the bidders.

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-Well, good morning!

-Good morning!

-Good morning, ladies.

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-How are you?

-So pretty! It really is.

-That's our star lot, that, Jenny.

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It is, isn't it? Are you sad about parting with it?

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-In a way, yes.

-I hope you do, or we won't...

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-I hope so.

-Got to be!

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-Have you been line-dancing recently?

-Yes. We went yesterday morning,

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and we went Monday night.

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-Oh!

-You're not stiff, are you?

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-No.

-No.

-Oh, you're fit, then.

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How are you feeling about saying farewell to your goods?

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Er, not too bad about it now. Yes.

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I think it's about to start, so let's go and get a good spot.

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I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how Hilary's dad's pocket watches do today,

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because further investigation has now revealed

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that the silver watch is indeed Georgian, and dates from 1802.

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In light of this news, our original estimate of £20 to £40 has been revised,

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and Hilary's settled on an £80 discretionary reserve for the pair.

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She's also decided on a top-end reserve of £150

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for those four Victorian chargers, inherited from her great-aunt.

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But for now, it's time to see how our first lot of the day fares.

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It's that lovely memento of a bygone age,

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Hilary's Victorian brass spirit kettle,

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that used to live on her mother's hearth.

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-It's in very good condition.

-It is.

-And it's a good quality one too,

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-so it should do quite well, I think.

-We want £40 to £60, yeah?

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-Yeah.

-We going to make it?

-Hope so.

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Here we go.

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What do you say? £50 away for that? Pretty little item there.

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50. There is it. 30 to get on, then. Surely at 20 only.

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At 20. Five, may I say? At 20.

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Only bid at 20. 25, may I say? No more? 25 on the back row.

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At £25, is what I'm bid. May I say 30 now?

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Selling it on the back row at £25...

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-Somebody's got a bargain. Does that make you feel better?

-Yes.

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-It shouldn't.

-I know!

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THEY LAUGH

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She's doing well to put a brave face on that disappointing result,

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especially when our next lot is yet more brass,

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in the shape of this pair of candlesticks.

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-Where are they from?

-When I worked in the sewing factory,

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there was an elderly lady working there,

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and she asked me if I'd like them, so she gave them to me as a gift.

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-Very nice! And have you used them?

-No.

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-THEY LAUGH

-£10 is all we want.

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-We'd like more.

-Yeah, OK. Here we go.

-Here we go.

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£50 away for those? 50 for those?

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Surely 20 only. 25 I've got with me.

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Going down.

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At 25 only. 30. 35 I've got on the book.

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-THEY WHISPER AND LAUGH

-At 35 on the book.

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Against you all in the room. Bidding with me at 35.

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All happy, then? Selling at £35...

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-That's better, isn't it?

-Yes.

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You see, the "come and get me" estimates work.

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And he might be right. £15 over our top estimate

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is a solid result, so let's hope that we're just as successful

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with the two Victorian Imari-pattern jugs

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made by Mason's in Staffordshire. They're an heirloom

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from her auntie in Llansteffan.

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We're hoping for a good price now for your lovely jugs

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with the Imari pattern. They're lovely, aren't they?

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Really lovely, and they're Staffordshire ware,

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-but they look very Oriental.

-Yeah.

-But they're very English.

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What are they worth? £30 away for the two.

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30 for the two. There they are, at ten only.

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15, may I say? 15. 20 on the back row, madam.

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Gentleman standing. 20, the lady's bid.

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-25.

-Come on.

-25 on the front here.

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£25. May I say 30 now? 30, fresh blood at the back.

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At £30. Away at the back at £30. 35, may I say?

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-They go at 30. Any more? £30...

-HE TAPS HAMMER

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-And in the middle.

-That's fine.

-That's all right.

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-Yeah. That's OK.

-Come on!

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THEY LAUGH

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-She wanted more.

-I wanted more!

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Oh, it looks as if Hilary will take some pleasing today.

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So will our beautifully hand-painted Royal Worcester vase do the trick?

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Well, here comes the star lot,

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that gorgeous Worcester hand-painted little pot.

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Now, high hopes. Worcester will always do well in any auction room,

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-so 60 to 80... You never know.

-No.

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50 on the little Worcester vase. At 20. 25 may I say?

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-Don't worry. Come on.

-At 25, seated. 30, do you want?

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30, the lady on my right. 35.

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40, madam, is it? 40. 45.

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At 45, sits on my left. Against you in the back, at 45.

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Seated bid at 45. May I say 50? It goes at 45. Any more?

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£45...

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THEY GROAN

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Oh, dear! Why do you think it didn't sell for more?

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It's just the day, isn't it? If you had two good Worcester buyers here,

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it might have made £80, £100.

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If you could predict exactly what's going to happen in auction,

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you'd make a million pounds in a week, but you can't.

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Today's crowd really is proving impossible to second-guess.

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I hope we have more luck with our little Brambly Hedge figurines,

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very appealing, surely, at £15 to £25.

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-They were your daughter's, weren't they?

-Yes.

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-Does she know you're selling them?

-Yes, she does.

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-Does she mind?

-No, not at all.

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-She said to do what I like with them.

-Oh, that's all right, then.

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There they are. 20 to go. Surely ten only?

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15 I've got with me on the book. Do any of you want? At 15.

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Come on. Yes!

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At 20 in the room now, clears the book.

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In the room and selling. All done? £20...

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145.

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And that encouraging little result

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brings us to the mid-point in our sale today.

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We've made £155.

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That's just over halfway to our target.

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But how the rest of our items will fare in front of this changeable crowd is anybody's guess.

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If you're thinking of taking your treasures to auction,

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do remember that certain charges such as commission will apply.

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Your local auction house will advise you on any costs involved.

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First up after our short break are these two pocket watches

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that belonged to Hilary's dad.

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Fingers crossed they make their new discretionary reserve of £80.

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50 to get on, then. Put me in. There we are. 30 only.

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-30.

-40 here.

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-50 on the back row.

-Come on!

-60. At 70.

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At £70. On the back row, and I'm selling at 70.

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Is there any more? At £70...

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-What do you think?

-Brilliant.

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-That's more like it, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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That's fantastic. Where has it been all these years?

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My father had it. When he died, I had it then,

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-down my house. Put it in the drawer.

-I see!

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Well, that's fabulous news for Hilary,

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and for the bathroom fund.

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We're going to sell your costume jewellery now.

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Some lovely brooches in here. Where are they from?

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Some belonged to my aunt from Llansteffan,

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-and the rest were my mother's.

-Do you remember her wearing them?

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Yes. When I was very young, she wore them,

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but my auntie Lil always wore hers.

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-Auntie Lil?

-Auntie Lil.

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Let's see.

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£30 away on the costume jewellery.

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Surely 20 to get on, then? There we are, at ten only.

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-At ten only. May I say £15?

-Come on!

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-Going up.

-Come on!

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-Come on, get 20.

-15 here to sell.

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No more. Going at £15...

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-THEY GROAN

-Just under.

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I think Auntie Lil might have had something to say about that.

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But surely our next lot deserves to do better.

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This sampler may be 150 years old, but the colours are as bright today

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as when Hilary's great-grandmother stitched it.

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-Unframed, two bidders on the book.

-Oh, two bidders on the book.

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Good.

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On the book at 35. May I say 40 now? On the sampler at 35.

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-38.

-Yes!

-40.

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-At 40.

-Oh, it's going up!

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-40.

-At £40...

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-Oh, dear.

-Bang in the middle.

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But it's really encouraging that you've got bids on the books.

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Bids on the books are all very well, but we need bidders in the room.

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Maybe Hilary's cutlery collection, another inheritance from Auntie Lil,

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will tip the scales in our favour.

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There's a bit of silver there, but silver-plated stuff

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-isn't the best news in the world.

-All right.

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-But anything over 20, I'll be happy.

-Let's see how we go.

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At ten. At 12.

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15 on the back row.

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18, do you want? On the back row at £15.

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Anyone 18 now? Here to sell. At £15...

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252.

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-15 quid.

-It all adds up, girls.

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Oh, it does add up.

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Well, I'm glad she's looking on the bright side.

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We've only one lot left to go, those 19th century Staffordshire chargers,

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all in excellent condition,

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and with a reserve of £150 recommended by the auctioneer.

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-Might he have some interest in them?

-He might do.

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If there's bids on the books, then, we're potentially in.

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-So, exciting stuff!

-Let's see if we can do it.

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100 to start me, then, to put me in. 100 only.

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At 100. 110, may I say? 110 on the front.

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120. 120.

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-Come on, come on!

-Yes!

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-140.

-Going to make 150. Yes!

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-150.

-Brilliant!

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£150. 160, do you want? At 150.

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Any more? 160 at the very, very back.

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-170.

-Come on!

-180.

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Ooh, brilliant!

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200. 210 again.

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£210, sitting here on the front row. At 210. Is there any more?

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At 210...

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THEY CHATTER AND LAUGH

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What an exhausting sale it's been!

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'But those chargers came through for us in the end,

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'and it's time to reveal the grand total.'

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We weren't going for a big target here, just £300

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to help you with your bathroom suite.

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Well, you've made...

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-£505!

-Ooh! Brilliant!

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-Brilliant! That's great.

-That's marvellous.

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Lovely! Lovely! THEY LAUGH

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Hilary wanted to update her existing bathroom

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to something more suitable for her needs.

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A few weeks after her success at auction,

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she visits the local bathroom centre to pick out a new suite.

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I like to have a quick shower now,

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because I used to love laying in the bath

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for an hour, to soak in the bath,

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but now I've got to use a shower.

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I'm definitely glad I went to Cash In The Attic,

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and the experience was wonderful,

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marvellous - the auction, everything.

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Hilary Pugh and her friend Betty look through family heirlooms in South Wales, to raise money for a new bathroom suite. Jennie Bond and antiques expert David Harper lend a helping hand.