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Antiques series. Lorne Spicer and expert Jonty Hearnden are in Surrey to meet Charlotte Neale who wants to raise enough money at auction to help finish her building works.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic, the show that searches out

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all those hidden treasures around your home to sell at auction,

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raising funds for whatever you have in mind.

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Today we're going to be helping out one family

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who've got a bit of a project in mind that they've already started.

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'Coming up on Cash In The Attic,

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'a stunning example of ornate Victorian silverware.'

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Look at the decoration round the outside there.

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It's quite amazing. Quite extraordinary,

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the craftsmanship, the detail.

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'And some beautiful porcelain that raises more questions than answers!'

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Don't know whether you can see a massive question mark over my head,

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because I've never seen anything quite like this.

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But will the bidders appreciate our quality finds on auction day?

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This is not cash in your attic. This is cash from your airing cupboard.

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

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Today I'm in Surrey to meet a lady who's called in the team

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to help with a property renovation that's got a bit out of control.

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Charlotte Neale has lived in her five-bedroom property

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for the last seven years, but for the past six months

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it's been a building site.

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In a bid to take her mind off the renovations,

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Charlotte's been busy learning upholstery,

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and enjoys it so much she's now planning to make a career of it.

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Charlotte's married to Richard, and the couple have two young children.

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Now the building project is nearly done,

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thoughts are turning to the look of their new home,

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and Charlotte's hoping some family heirlooms might help fund this,

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so she's called in her great friend Lara

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and the Cash In The Attic team to help.

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As ever, our antiques expert Jonty Hearnden

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can't wait to start searching high and low for valuables.

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Just watch out for the building work, Jonty.

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You're not wearing your hard hat.

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-Good morning, ladies!

-Hi, there.

-Morning.

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So, what's made you decide to call in Cash In The Attic?

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I've got a lot of stuff I want to get rid of.

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Some of the items that I got were from inherited,

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and some of them from my parents, but they both passed away,

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so I've been keeping them in cupboards.

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I haven't had them out on display.

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-You've got some extensive building work going on.

-Yeah.

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It's been going on for about six months.

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And is the money we'll be raising going towards the building work?

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I'd like to buy some curtains and some wallpaper

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and get some decorative bits and pieces for the house.

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Where does the stuff come from? Are you collectors yourselves?

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A little bit. A lot of Charlotte's things are from her mother

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and her grandmother.

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How much money would you like to make?

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I'm hoping for between £500 and, say, £700 or £800

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-would be really nice.

-OK.

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So, if we say £500, then, towards getting some curtains

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or what have you. Now, Jonty's already in the house,

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so hopefully he might have found some of those items in the drawers,

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in which case we can get on and hopefully make you that money!

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-Shall we go and find him?

-Lovely.

-Come on, then.

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I'm not surprised Charlotte's looking forward to seeing the back of the building work

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so she can start transforming her house into a stylish family home.

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And someone who hasn't struggled to make himself at home already

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is our expert Jonty Hearnden.

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In the bedroom it looks like he's already struck gold -

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or should I say silver?

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-Hi, Jonty!

-Hi!

-So, what have you got for us?

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I've got this fabulous dressing-table set here.

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-Whose are those?

-This belonged to a friend of mine,

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who was given it by her grandparents. She's German-Austrian.

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She originates from there, so I imagine that came from there as well.

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Right. If you look closely, and it's difficult to see from where you are,

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but it says that this box was made in Frankfurt,

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so made in Germany.

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Oh, yes!

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As far as these items are concerned, they are in fact solid silver,

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and there is an indication here that says that it's silver,

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-not in the English sense...

-Oh, right. OK.

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I don't know if you've ever noticed that. It says 600,

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which means that this is silver, because it's 600 parts per 1,000.

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In this country we're so lucky to have hallmarks,

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because we know clearly that an object is solid silver,

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and it effectively protects us from fakes and forgeries.

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It's a technicality, but we can't call it solid silver,

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even though that it's marked accordingly.

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It has to be called white metal.

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But everyone knows it is solid silver.

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In terms of the value, does it make much difference?

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Will they pay the same value for it as they would if it had British hallmarks?

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Everyone will understand that this is solid silver,

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so it won't affect value.

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What sort of value are we talking about?

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-We're looking at £40 to £60.

-What do you think of that?

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Yeah, I'm quite happy with that. It's better that than nothing at all.

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OK. Well, then, that's good, isn't it?

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We need a few more items like this and we'll be well on our way. Come on.

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'So, with one confirmed lot now destined for the saleroom,

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'we split up to find more that we can take with us to auction.

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'In the study, Charlotte digs out an early 20th century Mah Jongg set.

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'The game Mah Jongg is thought to have originated in China

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'in the 17th century, but it wasn't till the 1920s

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'that its popularity began to spread.'

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'Jonty thinks this set should fetch £30 to £50 at auction.'

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-Aha! What you got there?

-Look what I found!

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I was hoping you'd find some chocolate biscuits in the kitchen,

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but this looks wonderful. Look at the decoration.

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It's quite amazing, isn't it? Quite extraordinary,

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the craftsmanship, all the detail.

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And everything you see here hasn't come from a mould.

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This has all been hand-done. Look at the motifs on the outside here.

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We've got three panels of flowers. And just look at the rim!

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See the irregular rim? We have these tiny designed sea scrolls,

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very rococo, very Victorian. Now, this is a little creamer jug.

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Once upon a time it would've sat on a very posh tea table

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along with a teapot and very grand cups and saucers,

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so obviously of the finest English tradition.

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Now, if we turn it upside down,

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we can see that this is solid silver.

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Can you see the head there? That's a lady's head. That's Queen Victoria.

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Oh!

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And the L tells us that this object here,

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this little creamer jug, was made in 1886.

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-Wow!

-So that's absolutely superb. Now, look on the inside.

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That's not dirt. That's not staining.

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-That's gilding.

-OK.

-So that's gold leaf.

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-Do you know where it came from?

-Well, it belonged to Charlotte's mum

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and she used to keep it in the airing cupboard.

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-In the airing cupboard?

-Yes. I think she thought it was the safest place

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in the house, and if anybody did break in,

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they hopefully wouldn't go and look there and find it.

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Funny story! Now, at auction,

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this is worth between £80 and £120, and hopefully a lot more than that.

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-Oh, good!

-I'm not going to put that back in the airing cupboard.

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-We'll carry on elsewhere.

-OK.

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'But will Jonty's high hopes for the silver creamer

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'come true on sale day?'

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We have a number of commission bids. I'm going to start at £80.

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'Find out how much interest it gets later.'

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As our rummage continues, Lara decides to tackle the dining room,

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and her hard work pays off

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when she discovers another dressing-table set.

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Charlotte inherited this one from her grandmother.

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The set is solid silver, and it was made in Birmingham in 1966.

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But sadly the condition is not great,

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so Jonty values it at just £30 to £50.

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Guys, are you through there?

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Just admiring this very, very handsome beast here.

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Tell me about the family history of this one.

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It belonged to my husband's grandfather,

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and it was passed down to him when he passed away.

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This clock is not only a timepiece

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which obviously has a definite function,

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it's also a work of art.

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Just look at the painting at the top here of this dial.

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It's so beautiful. The carcass itself is made of oak,

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and because it was made in Walsingham,

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this is a provincial longcase.

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If we look at the actual style and the shape of the clock,

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it's very Georgian, probably late 18th century.

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-So this clock is 220, 220 years old.

-Oh, wow! That's amazing!

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I've looked at the workings at the back, as well,

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and they're quite simple. There's no fusee movement,

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which adds value to a clock, if you have fusee movements there.

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Right. So what sort of value are we talking about, then, Jonty?

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In this state, £400 to £600.

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-That's amazing, yeah.

-Is this something you'd sell?

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I'm not too sure, really. It's something that has belonged to the family,

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and so it makes me think maybe I should keep hold of it.

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Right. We can't rely on this one at auction, I'm afraid,

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whether it makes the target or not. Shall we go and find something that we CAN sell?

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I have to say, I think the chances of seeing the stunning longcase at auction are slim.

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Just think, we could stop work now! But better not take the risk.

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In the lounge, Lara's gathered together an assortment of silver-plated items

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that Charlotte has no qualms about packing off to auction.

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It includes another creamer, a large assortment of cutlery,

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and a pair of salt and pepper pots. Jonty values it collectively

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at a very useful £40 to £50.

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Well, I think we've managed to lose Jonty.

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Not sure where he is, but he'll be busy finding things.

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I thought we'd take a break and catch up.

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So, tell me about the building work.

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We've always had one house and a little bit of annexe,

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and we decided we wanted to knock our house through

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so it became one house rather than two little bits of house.

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Given the situation, is it a job you wish you'd never started?

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Absolutely, yes. They've been doing it about six or seven months now,

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-and we're nowhere near finished.

-Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

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-It's really taking shape, isn't it?

-Definitely,

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and we manage to lose ourselves in the house now

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because we've got extra rooms that we didn't really have before.

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I know you're interested in upholstery. How did that come about?

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I'd been ill, and I was in and out of hospital,

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and I was sent to a charity that are local to me,

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and they give you some kind of empowerment

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into a course of horticulture or upholstery,

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and you get a professional that helps you along with it,

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and you're also with like-minded people that have also been ill.

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I think you've got an illustrious future,

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because every time I've had anything reupholstered, it's cost a fortune!

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It's very time consuming, isn't it? It's expensive, yes.

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If we're going to make you the money you need

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to fix some of the building work and get some decorations,

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-I think we need to find Jonty.

-Yes.

-You know all the hiding places.

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You can come and help me find him. Come on.

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'Well, I'm pleased to say Jonty hasn't gone too far,

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'as a silver teapot and coffee pot have stopped him in his tracks.

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'They belonged to Charlotte's late father,

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'and were retailed by the famous shop Mappin & Webb.

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'Unfortunately they're only silver plate,

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'so Jonty values them accordingly at just £20 to £30.'

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Jonty, come and have a look at this.

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-What, the table?

-Yeah.

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-OK, yeah.

-This belonged to Charlotte's mum,

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and she purchased this not long before she passed away, actually.

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Well, let's take a closer look at it, then.

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From a design perspective, this is an occasional piece of furniture.

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It has flaps, so you've got one flap on this side,

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and one on the other as well.

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It's generically known as a Pembroke table,

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and they were first introduced into the UK in the mid-18th century.

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And it was the Earl of Pembroke who commissioned a table

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of similar design, and therefore generically they've been known

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-as Pembroke tables ever since.

-OK.

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You can date a table like this, not by the top

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-but by looking at the legs.

-Oh, right.

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In the mid-18th century and beyond, they tended to be square legs,

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but by the turn of the 18th into the 19th century,

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they started turning legs on a lathe,

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and this is what we're looking at here,

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which means that this table is quite possibly 200 years old.

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-Wow!

-Which is quite extraordinary, if you think about it.

-Yeah, it is!

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Now, recently this table has been re-polished.

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Can you see just how shiny that top is?

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What happened, somebody's taken a layer off

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and re-polished it, re-shellacked it,

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which has probably devalued it somewhat,

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and we've got a rather nasty ring-mark on the top.

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That's either water or heat damage.

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-That's the reason why I can only put £50 to £80 on it.

-OK.

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What do you think Charlotte might feel?

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-She'll definitely go for it, yeah.

-Let's go and tell her the good news.

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'Downstairs, I've been searching the lounge,

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'and come across this vintage child's sewing machine.

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'It was bought for Charlotte's daughter,

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'but she didn't possess the same passion for needlework as her mum.

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'It dates back to the 1950s,

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'and Jonty thinks could fetch upwards of £20.'

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Ah, ladies and gentlemen!

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I've found something very intriguing here.

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Now, I absolutely love this. I think it's charming.

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It's so feminine, so pretty. Where did this come from, Charlotte?

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It belonged to my godmother,

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and she gave it to me as a wedding present,

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so I've had it about ten years or so.

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I used to keep it out on display for a laugh

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when friends came round for dinner, and we'd all have a guess

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as to what we thought it might be, but nobody really had a clue.

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What is it for, then, Jonty?

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Don't know whether you can see a massive question mark over my head.

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because I've never seen anything quite like this.

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All the decoration here is hand-done,

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so the quality is all there, with this gilding running round the edge.

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And even the lid here, the handle to the lid,

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is a stylised flower head, and really beautiful.

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If we turn it upside down, we've got a Berlin mark,

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so that makes sense, that this came from Germany at some point.

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So, Jonty, what sort of value are we talking about?

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I think that we're looking between £150 and £250.

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-Wow!

-Crikey!

-That's fantastic.

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Quality is all there.

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I expect you'd like to know how much you'll make at auction.

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-Everything that's going to auction comes to £460.

-Brilliant!

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-Fantastic.

-But, of course, if you did bring the grandfather clock,

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-that would take us to £860.

-Yes.

-Right. The next time we'll see you

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-and all these lovely things will be at auction.

-Thank you.

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Despite all the building work, we've had a highly productive day

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in Surrey, where Charlotte's in the midst of transforming the family home into her dream pad.

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And hoping to finance that vision we have...

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the stunning solid-silver Victorian creamer

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with intricate hand-crafted detailing.

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Charlotte's mum adored it, and we're hoping the bidders will, too,

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and pay far more than its £80 to £120 estimate.

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This highly unusual collection of German porcelain.

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None of us have ever seen anything quite like it before,

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so what will the auction-goers make of it,

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and will they be willing to pay the estimate of £150 to £250?

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But a big question mark still hangs over the fate

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of the magnificent longcase clock.

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Jonty called it a work of art, and, with a £400 estimate,

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it's got the highest value of all the things we've found today.

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But will we see it at auction? Only time will tell.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic,

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technology comes to our aid in the saleroom.

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It's quite extraordinary how, all of a sudden,

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internet bidding is involved in this area of the market.

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'But not even the World Wide Web can guarantee great results on all our lots.'

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-HE BANGS HAMMER

-Sold that, has he?

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Yes, because there's only one buyer in the room.

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'So, will Charlotte's dream for a home makeover turn into a nightmare?

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'Find out when the final hammer falls.'

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It's been a few weeks since we met Charlotte at her home in Surrey.

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She'd renovated her property and she wanted some new curtains,

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and for that she needed £500. So we found plenty of antiques

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and collectables to bring here to Andrew Smith & Son's auction house

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in Hampshire. Now, the bidders are already arriving in force,

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so let's just hope they're prepared to splash the cash

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and help us reach that target today.

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This popular saleroom close to the historic town of Winchester

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hosts regular auctions, and, with close to 900 lots,

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there's a huge variety on offer in today's auction.

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But that hasn't stopped eagle-eyed Jonty Hearnden

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from spotting his favourite of our collection out on display.

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Isn't this lovely quality?

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I know. This really is an object of real beauty.

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This was, of course, from Britain.

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What's so amazing about this little creamer here

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is that the aunt kept this in her airing cupboard for safekeeping,

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-which is a lovely story.

-The one thing we don't know is here

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is the grandfather clock,

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and it will make a big difference if it's not,

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because she wants to raise that money for the curtains.

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Shall we go and find out? Come on.

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'Well, I haven't seen the longcase clock so far,

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'but there are plenty of other clocks in the auction room,

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'and one of them's caught Charlotte's eye.'

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-This isn't your clock, is it?

-No, it's not.

-It's shrunk!

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-Completely, yes.

-So, is your grandfather clock here?

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No. We decided not to bring it in the end. We've kept it at home.

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My husband really would rather keep it in the family.

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-OK.

-Well, that's going to be quite a difference, isn't it,

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-in terms of our valuation.

-A wee bit of a difference, absolutely.

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-Have you brought everything else?

-Yes, everything else.

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Have you had any more ideas on what those little pots might be used for?

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No, no idea. I did ask a few older people in our family

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if they knew what it would be for, and nobody knows.

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Well, the auction's started. We've got a little bit of time

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before our lots go under the hammer, so follow me.

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Well, that's not surprising. They were fond of the clock,

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but it does mean the pressure is firmly on for the rest of the lots

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to do well if we're to reach that £500 target.

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If, like Charlotte, you're thinking of heading to auction,

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then, do remember that fees such as commission and VAT

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may be added to your bill, so check the details with your auction house

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to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

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With the auctioneer in position and the sale under way,

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we take our places as our first lot of the day goes under the hammer.

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'It's the Mappin & Webb teapot and coffee pot.'

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You've only put £20 to £30 on this. They are Mappin & Webb, darling.

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That's because they're silver plated.

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If they had not had Mappin & Webb on them,

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they may not be worth entering into the sale at all.

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We have a commission bid of £20. Is there two in the room?

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At £20 and selling. Is there two?

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Great. Straight in there.

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-For the last time...

-HE BANGS HAMMER

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-Sold.

-It's a lovely buy. £10 a pot, isn't it, really?

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Anyway, it's £20 in our pot. That's the important thing.

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That was short and sweet! Right on estimate, and not a penny more.

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Now, it's the Georgian sewing machine up next.

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Charlotte's daughter didn't think much of it.

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Let's hope the bidders show a little bit more interest.

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Not so long ago, people were just throwing these away.

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There was not the opportunity to even car-boot anything.

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All of a sudden, a little boxed sewing kit like this,

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or sewing machine like that, was worth £20 to £30.

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-Let's see what we can get for it.

-£10, then, surely. £10.

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£10 I have. Is there 12? £10 and selling.

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Is there 12? 12 right up at the top.

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£15. £17.

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-20.

-LARA GASPS

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At £17, then, right up at the top there.

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At £17, and we are selling. Is there 20?

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Yes, please, please! Some more!

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HE BANGS HAMMER

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-£17.

-Oh, just £3 under!

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-Was that all right?

-No, that's fine. Yes. Yeah.

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Well, I was hoping for a better result

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for the sewing machine, but with no toy-collectors in the room,

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it wasn't to be.

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Now, our next item is a bit more conventional.

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It's the mahogany Pembroke table,

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and we're hoping it will bring upwards of £50.

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Are you sad to see this table go, or was it a bit in the way?

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Yes. We never really used it, and it was kept in the spare bedroom.

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Here it comes.

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We have a commission bid of £50.

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-Great! Straight in.

-That's good!

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60. And five. 70. And five.

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Ooh, that's good.

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90. And five. At £90 and selling. Is there five?

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At £90, then, for the very last time...

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-Great!

-You must be pleased with that, aren't you?

-Very.

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Now, that's much more like it!

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Selling for £10 over Jonty's top estimate.

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After three lots, we've made £127,

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but the Mah Jongg sells for £5 below estimate,

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which isn't very sporting!

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It's the first of Charlotte's two dressing-table sets up next,

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and sadly this one has seen better days.

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-So, where's that from?

-That belonged to my granny,

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and she passed away about three years ago.

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I was sorry to see this one go, because I was very fond of her.

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Ah, OK. What do we want for this, Jonty?

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I put £30 to £50 on this particular set,

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because this is a relatively modern one.

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We have a commission bid. I shall start the bidding at £25.

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25. Come on. Yes, the silver dealers are bidding. There they are.

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At £27. Any more? All done at £27?

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At £27, then, last time...

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-That was a bit less than we wanted, wasn't it?

-Never mind.

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-Are you happy with that?

-Yeah, it's fine. Yes.

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Well, just £3 shy of its lowest estimate.

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But Charlotte's not too disappointed,

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and it's another, albeit modest, contribution to the fund.

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I wonder if Charlotte's second set will fare better.

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How do you feel about this one selling?

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I'm not too bothered about this one going.

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Let's see if we can make sure someone's bothered enough to buy it.

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We have a commission bid. I'm going to start the bidding at £30.

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£30, commission bid. Gosh, I hope it goes higher than that!

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32. 35. 37.

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Commission bid's out. 37 in the room.

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Is there 40? At £37 and selling. Make it 40.

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All done at £37, then? Last time...

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-He's sold that, has he?

-Yes, because there was only one buyer in the room.

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£3 short of Jonty's lowest estimate.

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There are plenty of dealers in the room today,

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but they're just not putting their hands in the air,

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which is a worry, because our next lot was put together

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specifically with dealers in mind.

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These are all the plated items I gathered up from your house,

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-so this is a proper dealer's lot.

-I'll start the bidding at £25.

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Is there seven in the room? £25 and selling.

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-Oh, look! Bids everywhere!

-Is there 30? At £27, then.

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Any more? At £27.

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30, right at the back. 32.

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35. 37.

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-40. 42 to the internet.

-Ooh!

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-Internet buyers now.

-Make it seven. At £45.

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-At £45. Any more?

-Come on, come on.

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All done, then? At £45 for the very last time...

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-That was good, wasn't it?

-Fantastic!

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Interesting to see internet bidding going on there.

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It's quite extraordinary how, all of a sudden,

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internet bidding is involved in this area of the market. Amazing!

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Well, that was a bit of a struggle,

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but with a little bit of help from online buyers,

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we sell bang in the middle of Jonty's estimate.

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Now it's time for a lot that we've all got really high hopes for.

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It's that stunning solid-silver creamer from 1886,

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and the auction house has displayed it fittingly

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in pride of place in the saleroom.

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All the items of, you know, top-end value

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go behind the glass cabinets, and it really does look quite magnificent.

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Well, I've put £80 to £120, so this is not cash in your attic.

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This is cash from your airing cupboard, yeah?

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We have a number of commission bids here.

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I'm going to start the bidding at £80.

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Is there five in the room? At £80 and selling.

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-Commission bid. Is there five?

-Here we go.

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-£80. And any more?

-£80. That's what we wanted, wasn't it?

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-At £80. Last time...

-HE BANGS HAMMER

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-Sold!

-Well, it made £80 on commission,

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so no bidding, just straight to a commission.

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Thank goodness for commission,

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though I'm surprised there wasn't more interest in the saleroom

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for such a lovely piece of silver.

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It's our last lot of the day up next, and it's very unusual,

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because it's something that we've never seen before

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on Cash In The Attic. In fact, we don't exactly know what it is!

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I just think it's so wonderfully decorative.

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The quality is all there. I wonder what the room will decide?

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-It's going to be fascinating.

-Start me at £200 for these. £200.

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150, then. £150.

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£100 to get it going.

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£100? £100 bid, thank you. And ten.

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And £100. And 110. 120.

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130. £120 and selling.

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-Is there 130? 120...

-HE BANGS HAMMER

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I hoped they'd go for a bit more than that.

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I thought they were really fabulous quality.

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Whatever they were, they were fabulous quality.

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Somebody obviously wants them, anyway.

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I wonder if the buyer knows what they are and what they're for!

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One thing's for certain, though - it's been a pretty tough auction.

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So at the end of the day, how much have we raised towards that £500 target?

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Well, the good news is that, altogether,

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-it means you've made £461!

-Oh!

-Excellent!

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-That's really good.

-Well done. I'm really pleased for you.

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Thank you very much.

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It's been a few weeks since we sold Charlotte's heirlooms and collectables at auction.

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She made just under £500. So how has she spent the money?

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Are the home renovations finished, and have the builders finally gone?

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'We've just been finishing our kitchen.'

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We've had a great time, because our work surfaces arrived last week,

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and we've put those down, and we've got new flooring in our kitchen,

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and suddenly I feel like things are coming together.

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I'm relieved the kitchen is finished, at any rate.

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But there's still a lot to be done, so how does Charlotte feel

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about the building project and what lies ahead?

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It's so nice to see, whenever something is finished in one room,

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to see the beginning and the end,

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and to know there is light at the end of the tunnel,

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and that all the grief we've gone through to get to this point has been worth it.

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Lorne Spicer and expert Jonty Hearnden are in Surrey to meet Charlotte Neale whose home is in the middle of a long-term renovation. Their challenge is to raise enough money at auction to help her finish the building works.