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Antiques series. Lorne Spicer and expert Jonty Hearnden meet wildlife lover Sally Leach, who is hoping a search through family mementoes will fund a new artistic installation.


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Welcome to Cash In The Attic. Today's show has got quite a political leaning,

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so we're hoping any items we find will get the casting vote

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when we go to auction.

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Coming up on Cash In The Attic, a Victorian telescope reminds us of an old adage.

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Just because something's old doesn't mean it has a value, strangely.

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Indeed. You're looking at one.

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We scrutinise a settee from the reign of William IV.

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It is actually very comfortable.

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I'm begin to wonder whether I want to get rid of it.

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And we experience the wisdom of hindsight when we get to auction.

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-It hurts a bit, doesn't it?

-It does, yes.

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You should've put the reserve up.

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THEY LAUGH

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But is it too little too late? Find out when the final hammer falls.

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Today I'm in Hampshire to meet a family

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who've decided to call in the Cash In The Attic team

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to help them raise some funds for an artistic installation.

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Meet Sally Leach, an animal lover who has no less than six cats.

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She's travelled the globe pursuing her love of wildlife

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and bird-watching, but she's also passionate about politics.

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Following her career as a social worker

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and as a mother of two daughters, Sally is now a borough councillor.

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She's inherited a wealth of collectables over the years,

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so she's looking to send some of them to auction.

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Her daughter Kate, soon to be a mother herself,

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is joining our team today to lend a helping hand.

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'One man who can always count on my support

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'when it comes to antique hunts is Jonty Hearnden.

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'He has a lifetime of experience in the world of collectables,

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'so, while he gets started, I'll meet the ladies.'

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-Oh, good morning!

-Good morning!

-You must be Sally.

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-Yes, I am.

-And your daughter Kate.

-Yep, that's right.

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I'm interested to see you feeding the birds.

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-Haven't you got six cats?

-I've got six cats, yes.

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-Is this not a form of entrapment?

-Well...

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That's one way of looking at it.

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Fortunately the cats on the whole prefer catching mice.

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-Do they leave you little presents?

-They do. I dread coming down

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-in the morning sometimes.

-Really? You've called in Cash In The Attic,

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-so what do you want us to do?

-I've got this window space

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in the living room, which I've for a long time wondered what I can do

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to make that look more attractive. Then I had this bright idea

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of having a stained-glass panel there.

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And what sort of money will that cost?

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The estimate at the moment is round about £800.

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Kate, tell me about the items we're going to be looking at.

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-Where have they come from?

-We've got various bits and pieces

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left by my grandma, and they're gathering dust really,

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sitting around in drawers, so I think time to move them on.

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Jonty's already having a good look round,

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-so shall we see if he's found anything we can sell?

-Good idea.

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It sounds as if there'll be plenty of family heirlooms

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for us to dig out, and a quick glance around Sally's home

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suggests we'll be looking high and low,

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because there are things everywhere. That could be just what we need, hey, Jonty?

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-Hello! Look what I've found!

-You've found my telescope.

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-I have indeed. That's yours, is it?

-It is, actually, yes. Yes.

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It has been since my childhood, when I discovered it.

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-I used to play with it quite a lot.

-Hence the dents down at the bottom.

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I don't think I'd do that. THEY LAUGH

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So, does it have a bit of a family history as well?

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-It does a bit. Some of it is in the realms of myth...

-What do you mean?

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..rather than reality.

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I was told it belonged to a great-grandfather

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or a great-great-grandfather who was a sea captain,

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-but since most of my mother's family were farmers...

-Right. OK.

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..I find that hard to believe.

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I can understand clearly why most people want to associate

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a lovely brass telescope like this, belonging to a sea captain,

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but more often than not, it probably belonged to somebody

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-on the land.

-Oh, really?

-What would they use it for?

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For hunting, for surveying, for recreational purposes.

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Presumably, back in the good old days, you could see the stars too,

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whereas in the south now, with the light pollution, it's hard to.

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

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With telescopes, it helps if you've got a good maker's name,

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so if you've got a name like George Adams on a telescope like this,

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it would be worth a lot of money. But I've had a jolly good look,

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and there's no maker's name here at all,

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so it'll be sold simply as a lovely decorative object.

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-We're looking in the region of £40 to £60.

-Oh, right.

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-Are you a bit disappointed in that?

-I am a bit disappointed, yes.

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When Jonty said it was a nice-looking item,

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I thought it might be worth a bit more.

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One thing you learn very quickly in this business is,

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just because something's old doesn't mean it has a value, strangely.

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-Indeed. You're looking at one.

-You're priceless, Jonty, priceless.

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Come on. Let's find something else.

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Possibly not the valuation Sally was expecting,

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but she shouldn't be too disappointed.

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Anything can, and often does, happen at auction.

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Most importantly, we have our first contribution

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towards the stained-glass panel.

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'As we split up and start a thorough search

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'of this charming house, Sally heads to the lounge.'

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The back of a bureau offers up a collection of bronze powder flasks

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and a hip flask. Powder flasks were popular

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in the mid-to-late 1800s, when they were used by huntsmen

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to store and carry their gunpowder.

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Sally's not sure if these and the telescope

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make up part of her ancestor's hunting kit,

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but one thing's for sure - they're highly collectable,

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and Jonty packs them off to auction with a £50 to £75 estimate.

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Now, do you know what this is called?

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We've always known it as a pole screen,

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but I don't know if that's the correct term.

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You're right. It is a pole screen.

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A lot of people call it a fire screen,

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but understandably so, because more often than not,

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these were designed to sit beside a fireplace,

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often in pairs, but here we have a single pole screen.

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It adjusts like so. We've got a little button on the back here.

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-You unscrew that... Go up or down.

-Oh, right. Yeah.

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And really the whole idea is, screens like this were designed

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to, I suppose, make, first of all, your fireplace look

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a little bit more impressive, but it also had a practical use.

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It was important for the middle classes and upper classes

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to have a very pure, porcelain-white complexion.

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They needed to differentiate between those people

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that had to work and live outside, so the peasant, the working classes.

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So these screens were placed in strategic parts of a room

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so that it could reflect the heat from the fire.

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That's the reason why it adjusts up and down.

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So, what kind of age would you say this one was?

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Well, this is very late 19th century,

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and if you look at the base there, that's the giveaway.

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The intricate work here is 1860, 1880.

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So is this an object that's now going to the auction sale?

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Yeah, I think so. It just kind of sits in the lounge.

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It doesn't really add anything new. It's time for a change, really,

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-so, yeah.

-OK. Well, it's certainly worth selling,

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-and we're looking at between £100 and £150.

-Right. OK.

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-Great.

-Sounds good.

-Excellent. I shall leave that there,

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-and shall I follow you?

-OK, yeah.

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A promising valuation, but will the sparks fly

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when the pole screen goes under the hammer at auction?

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80 if you like. I don't mind. There's 80 at the back of the room.

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Find out if the bidders have plenty of money to burn later.

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Five...

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'Our search is going well, and I soon find a collection

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'of three meat platters by famous porcelain manufacturer

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'Copeland Spode. They're all from the company's Peplow range,

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'designed in the early 1900s

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'exclusively for the world-famous London store, Harrods.'

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They're in excellent condition, and Jonty thinks they could bring in

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£40 to £60 at auction.

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-Jonty, could you take a look at this barometer here in the hall?

-OK.

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Yeah. That's rather handsome, isn't it?

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-So, where is this from?

-Again, it's...

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I think my mother actually bought that in her lifetime.

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I don't think it is a family heirloom as such,

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-but I could be wrong.

-OK. This is a banjo barometer.

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-You're aware of that?

-No, I didn't know what it was called.

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-I can see your point there.

-You can see why they're called that.

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And this shape and form became very popular

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in the mid-18th century, but before that,

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mahogany-cased barometers like this were in vertical boxes, effectively,

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known as stick barometers. But they all house a tube

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of vacuum-packed mercury,

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which in turn controls this dial here.

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But this is of classic proportion. If you look at the top there,

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we've got that swan pediment. We have a dial here

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which says "dry" or "damp", but there we have a convex mirror,

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and that is probably decoration apart from anything else.

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-Ah, yes.

-Doesn't really have very much function

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other than that. But prior to weather forecasts,

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this was the only way of telling what was going to happen outside,

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so very important for the English gent,

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in the 18th and 19th century, to have one of these.

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Date-wise, this particular barometer is not 18th century

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but more 19th century, so it's probably 1820, 1830 in date,

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and we're looking at, on a fair day,

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£100 to £150.

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-Right.

-How do you feel about that?

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I think that's reasonable, yes. I might want... I'm quite fond of it,

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-so I might want to put a reserve on it...

-OK.

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-..maybe of £100, something like that.

-That's absolutely fine.

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We can do that. Not a problem.

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I can quite understand Sally not wanting the barometer to sell

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for anything less than £100.

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There's clearly also a sentimental attachment to it.

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The same cannot be said about the family's copper coal scuttle.

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This was handed down through the generations,

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but Kate can't remember when her mum last used it, if ever.

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There is a still a collecting market for these once-essential items,

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especially if they're complete with their original coal scoops, like this one.

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As a result, Jonty thinks we could get £30 to £50 for it.

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We're making good progress toward our £800 target

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for that stained-glass panel. It's a good opportunity, I think,

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to learn more about Sally's extensive global exploits.

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Now, I saw this earlier, Sally.

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Oh, yes. That's my map of the world.

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-Are the stars where you've been?

-Yes, they are.

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How fantastic! And I see you've got a silver star here on Antarctica.

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-You've really been there?

-I really have been,

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and set foot on the mainland of Antarctica.

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-Is it as good as they say it is?

-Brilliant.

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I went to South Georgia, as well, in the Falklands.

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I think South Georgia was probably the most stunning part we went to.

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So, tell me, Katy, have you always had adventurous holidays

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-when you were young?

-Growing up, it was more France

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and more local holidays, so nothing too adventurous.

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I wasn't very keen on travelling as a child,

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so I think Mum waited until we'd all left home

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and got out the way before she could indulge her travelling bug.

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What do you think of the things your mum gets up to?

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-We're not talking about a trip to the Costas.

-A bit scary sometimes,

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all these far-flung places, but yeah,

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good on her for getting out there and doing it.

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Is there anywhere left you want to go to?

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The next holiday I've got planned is going to the Amazon

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to try and see jaguars in the Pantanal.

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I think I've got enough money for that,

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but obviously any extra would be welcome.

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Talking of wildlife, we're getting a bit more... This is England.

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Yes. That's the stained-glass panel that I'm having made.

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Did you come up with this design, or did someone come up with it for you?

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I came up with the idea of green woodpeckers,

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yes, as being what I'd like to see depicted,

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because we get woodpeckers here,

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and I thought they would show off to quite good effect

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-on stained glass.

-If we're going to make the £800

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you need for this glass, and fill the hole in the wall,

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we'd better find Jonty, see if he's got anything else to sell. Come on.

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No sign of the green woodpecker in the garden at the moment,

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but upstairs there's the ever-pleasing sight

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of an antiques expert hard at work.

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He's got his hands on a pair of Victorian prints

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which belonged to Sally's grandmother.

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Jonty's rather taken with them. They show 19th-century-style caricatures,

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not the work of anyone well known, but still lots of fun.

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The estimate is £40 to £60 towards our ever-growing total.

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I wondered, Jonty and Lorne, if you'd like to look at this sofa.

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Wow! That's not just any old sofa, is it?

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Where's this from? Is this the family piece?

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This again, my mother's side of the family, but this has been in the family...

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I can remember it while I was growing up.

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Is this the original upholstery?

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No. My mother reupholstered it for me back in the 1970s.

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So, is it something you're thinking of selling?

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I think so, yes, if Jonty thinks it's worth something.

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How old do you think it is?

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I've always assumed it's Victorian, sort of mid-Victorian.

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-It's actually older than that.

-Oh, really?

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It's actually made in the reign of Queen Victoria's uncle,

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William IV, and he was on the throne between 1830 and 1837.

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Isn't William IV furniture quite sought-after?

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There's not much of it because he wasn't on the throne very long.

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Well, it's not because it's rare.

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It's simply because they made robust and very stylish furniture,

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just like this. If we look at the detailing, look at the back there,

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that scrollwork, and have a look at this fan decoration

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on the front here, that's very typical.

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-Now, is it comfortable?

-I find it quite comfortable.

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-Shall I sit down?

-You can demonstrate.

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Yes. It is actually very comfortable.

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I'm beginning to wonder whether I want to get rid of it.

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-THEY LAUGH

-Well, the estimate in the catalogue

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for this would be between £200 and £400.

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-What do you think of that? Is that better than you were thinking?

-Yes.

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That was more in the region I thought it was going to be valued at.

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Well, don't get too comfortable. Hopefully we will be selling this.

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Shall we see if we can find anything else? Come on. Off you go.

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Ooh! Yes, you're right, it's very comfortable! Keep looking!

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I have a feeling the settee is going to be pretty popular

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with the bidders, who are always looking for something to sit on comfortably during the auction.

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No rest for us, though. We still have plenty of searching ahead.

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Kate's still working away. In the study,

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she pulls out a pair of framed maps.

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They're copies of originals by Robert Morden,

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a famous British cartographer. They show the British Isles

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and Cumberland. They're collectable, but, being reproductions,

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they're not hugely valuable, so their auction price tag

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is £20 to £30. Now, watch out, Jonty -

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it looks like Sally means business.

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Agh! OK.

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What have we got? Flintlock pistol! Has this been hidden under the bed?

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No. I found it in the study, actually, tucked away in a drawer.

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-An heirloom from my mother's side of the family.

-Do you want to sell it?

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Yes, certainly. Yes, I think so. I'm not really into guns.

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Well, a lot of people are when it comes to guns like this,

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cos this is a lovely Flintlock pistol.

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Flintlock pistols first came into being

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around 1610, so really the beginning of the 17th century,

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and it was the firearm of choice from that time

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till the end of the 18th century.

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Do you know how it actually operates?

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Not really. I think you have to fill them with gunpowder or something.

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That's right, and then the lead shot is loaded,

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and here is your ramrod, which you then compact.

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Then you pull the hammer all the way back.

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The trigger is squeezed. Boom, hey presto, you've fired your gun.

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So it's quite a long-winded process, as you can imagine.

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At auction, we're still looking at, what - £100 to £150?

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-Right. That's pretty good.

-Yeah.

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-Shall we hunt out more antiques?

-I think that's a good idea. Great.

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'I wonder what family heirlooms we'll unearth next

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'from the depths of Sally's pristine home?

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'Do bear in mind there are guidelines in place

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'concerning the buying and selling of firearms at auction,

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'for obvious reasons. Old Flintlock pistols like Sally's

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'are deemed safe and legal to sell, so, fingers crossed,

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'we'll find that there are some militaria collectors

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'at our auction.'

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While the others carry on the search,

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I wanted to ask you about your family history,

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because I understand there's strong political connections. Tell me about that.

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The political involvement that I know about

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goes back to the beginning of the 1900s,

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when my great-great-grandfather was a Liberal MP

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in the Five Towns, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent,

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the pottery towns. He actually started his career off as a miner.

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That wasn't a particularly pleasant place to work, Stoke-on-Trent.

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-They were working out of the bottle kilns and what have you.

-Yes.

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-A lot of them died young, didn't they?

-Yes, indeed. Yes.

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-How did it work out from there?

-It developed from there

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in that his son, my grandfather, became a Liberal agent,

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then it missed a generation a bit

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because my father, although interested in politics,

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and a Liberal sympathiser throughout his life,

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actually worked in local government, so was not allowed to have any overt political allegiances.

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My mother was a Conservative, so whenever there was a general election

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or even a local election, my father would put his Liberal posters up

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in the living-room window, and as soon as my mother had seen

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that he was safely off to work, she would whip them down again

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-and put up the Tory ones.

-Oh, how funny!

0:18:250:18:27

Tell me about the items we've been seeing here today.

0:18:270:18:30

-What side of the family are they from?

-Most from my mother's side,

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because my mother was the person in our family

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who was most interested in antiques,

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liked to think she'd got a bit of an eye for them.

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Will you regret selling any of them?

0:18:420:18:44

I don't feel you need to sort of warehouse antiques

0:18:440:18:48

and things that belonged to others. I've got memories of my parents

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and further back, so I'm quite happy to let most of those go,

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and celebrate some of my own memories, if you like.

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I think memories are far more important.

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But if we're going to make memories for you, we better crack the whip

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and go and find Jonty. Come on.

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It's been fascinating to hear about Sally's family history,

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but with time almost up on our day in Hampshire,

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we still need a few more finds if we're going to reach that £800 target.

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Jonty has taken rather a shine to Sally's mahogany desk.

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It is a reproduction, but even so,

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its popular style makes it a very saleable piece.

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The great news is that Sally is happy for it to go,

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as it's been relegated to the spare room for quite some time.

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It joins our list of items heading to auction

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for a very pleasing £200 to £300 estimate.

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And you know what? The desk isn't the last of the family heirlooms.

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Sally has plenty more that she's keen to part with.

0:19:430:19:46

Hello, guys. Do you think this might be worth anything?

0:19:490:19:52

-What have you got there?

-This piece is from my father's side of the family.

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I think it must have been bought or acquired by my grandfather,

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who was Liberal agent in the Northeast of England,

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round about the Lloyd George time, I suppose,

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or the 1920s, something like that.

0:20:070:20:09

I've got the British prime minister Lloyd George staring at me.

0:20:090:20:13

-Can I have a look at him?

-Course you can, yeah.

-Wow!

0:20:130:20:15

This is interesting. All the information's on the underside.

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This is from the Ashtead Pottery in Surrey,

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and it was set up to help ex-servicemen to find employment,

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those ones that were particularly wounded during the Great War.

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There were many of those that survived the Great War.

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So it was a pottery purely for them, but it closed in 1935,

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and they did many different kinds of wares.

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They were very prolific, lots of table wares,

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and commemorative wares just like this. Can we put him to the sale?

0:20:450:20:49

-Oh, definitely, yes.

-You don't want to get your hands on it?

0:20:490:20:52

I don't know. It's a bit more interesting

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now I know the background about it, but I think it can probably go.

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It's definitely worth putting into the auction sale.

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-We're looking at £30 to £40.

-Yes, OK. That's good.

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Now, you wanted £800 to plug the gap up there, didn't you?

0:21:050:21:08

Yes. Well, the value of everything going to auction

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actually comes to £950.

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Oh, excellent! That's really good.

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So there's £150 more there than you need for the glass window,

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-so that can go towards your holiday.

-It could indeed, yes.

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Now, that's what I call a good day's work.

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And we've unearthed a real mix of items to take with us to auction.

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Among the lots that will fund the stained-glass panel are...

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the late-19th-century pole screen.

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We're hoping the detailed carvings will spark plenty of interest

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in the saleroom, and help her to achieve every penny

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of the £100 to £150 estimate.

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The stunning William IV settee, a fine piece of furniture,

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and so comfortable! I wonder if the bidders will keep off it long enough

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for any potential buyers to see it!

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If so, it should breeze through its £200 to £400 price tag.

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And who could forget Sally's Flintlock pistol?

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We hope it will stand out in the saleroom and deliver us a profit.

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Asking price, £100 to £150.

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Still to come on Cash In The Attic, Jonty thinks he knows which bidders

0:22:110:22:14

may have an appetite for our collectables.

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-The other map is of Cumberland, isn't it?

-Yes, it is.

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Let's hope lots of people in the room like sausages.

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But are we fighting a losing battle?

0:22:250:22:27

Your bangers have put the mockers on that, I think.

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Find out when the final hammer falls.

0:22:310:22:33

It's been a few weeks since we met cat-lover Sally

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and her daughter Kate. We had a good look through Sally's home

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and we found lots of interesting and varied items

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which we've brought to Martin Pole auction house here in Wokingham in Berkshire.

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Remember, Sally wanted to raise £800 so she that could commission

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a special stained-glass panel for her living room.

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So let's just hope, when the items go under the hammer today,

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that the buyers are ready to smash Jonty's estimates.

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This busy saleroom holds an antiques auction once a month.

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There's a mixture of private buyers and dealers.

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Jonty's arrived early, keen to see what our family's lots are up against.

0:23:150:23:19

Also here are Sally and Kate. It doesn't take them long

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to spot one of their favourite collectables on display.

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There he is, Mr George, all ready and waiting to be sold.

0:23:260:23:29

Without wishing to wanting to cause offence, you're looking bigger

0:23:290:23:32

-than when we saw you last. How is the baby?

-One too many cakes.

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No, it's growing nicely, thank you.

0:23:360:23:39

-And how's the panel coming on?

-That's pretty well advanced,

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so I look forward to taking possession of that.

0:23:420:23:44

If it's pretty well advanced, there's going to be a bill to pay,

0:23:440:23:48

so shall we go make some money towards it?

0:23:480:23:50

-Come on, then.

-Go for it.

0:23:500:23:53

I wonder which will come first - the bill for the window

0:23:540:23:57

or Kate's baby. Either way there's no time to waste,

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as the auctioneer's in position and ready to kick off.

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The first of our lots to go under the hammer

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is the rather splendid mahogany desk.

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Well, it used to be my father's,

0:24:100:24:13

and I was remembering that he wrote the definitive text book

0:24:130:24:17

-on the 1959 Mental Health Act...

-Good grief!

-..at that desk.

0:24:170:24:21

And you don't feel like inheriting it, Kate?

0:24:210:24:25

No, I don't think so. It did spend a bit of time at our house,

0:24:250:24:28

but with a modern house it's just a bit too big.

0:24:280:24:31

-What do we want in terms of money?

-I've put £200 to £300 on it,

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and it's worth every penny, so let's hope we can get there and some.

0:24:340:24:38

£120 is bid against you. £120. 30.

0:24:380:24:43

-40. 50. 60. 70.

-It's passed the reserve.

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80. 190.

0:24:470:24:49

-Come on, more!

-Back of the room, then, and selling,

0:24:490:24:52

-if you're all done. 200.

-Oh, excellent.

0:24:520:24:54

220. 220. Still on my left at 220.

0:24:540:24:58

HE BANGS HAMMER Excellent!

0:25:000:25:02

Are you happy? I was hoping for more than that,

0:25:020:25:04

because it's such a lovely desk, but we got there.

0:25:040:25:07

I hoped we wouldn't have to hump the great big thing home again.

0:25:070:25:11

So, mixed feelings about the price for the desk,

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despite it achieving its lower estimate.

0:25:160:25:18

It does prove that there are some furniture buyers in the saleroom,

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which is good news, as it's another substantial piece up next.

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It's the William IV settee, which Sally has decided to protect

0:25:250:25:29

with a £150 reserve.

0:25:290:25:31

-After Jonty described it...

-What, in such flowery terms?

0:25:330:25:36

-Yes.

-You fell back in love with it?

-It's all my fault.

0:25:360:25:39

It is your fault, yes. I grew fonder of it,

0:25:390:25:43

and I certainly wouldn't want to see it go for a very cheap price.

0:25:430:25:47

Good-looking piece. Where may I start here? £150, may I say?

0:25:470:25:52

-150 is bid. Thank you. At 150.

-It's sold.

-Oh, that's good.

0:25:520:25:56

-Maiden bid. Is there any further? At £150.

-Come on. Bit more.

0:25:560:25:59

Surely... 160. Thank you.

0:25:590:26:01

170. 180.

0:26:010:26:04

190. £190. My original bidder at 190.

0:26:040:26:07

He's squeezing it up, you see.

0:26:070:26:09

190, then...

0:26:090:26:11

-Thank you.

-HE GROANS

0:26:110:26:14

How do you feel about that?

0:26:140:26:16

Well, I'd like it to have fetched more than that, really,

0:26:160:26:19

-but there you go.

-It did fetch more than the reserve,

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so in that respect he's done his job.

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It's £10 less than the lower estimate.

0:26:260:26:28

£10 to my lowest estimate, and I put 200 to 400,

0:26:280:26:31

so it hurts a bit, doesn't it? It does.

0:26:310:26:33

-You should've put the reserve up.

-I should have.

0:26:330:26:36

THEY LAUGH

0:26:360:26:38

Thanks for those words of wisdom, Kate,

0:26:380:26:41

although perhaps a little too late. This is our second sale

0:26:410:26:44

to fall short of our expectations. Will the performance of our next lot

0:26:440:26:48

put the smiles back on our faces?

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It's the family's 19th-century pole screen.

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It's got a £100 reserve. The auction house think it's worthy of a photo.

0:26:540:26:58

There it is. So that's nice to see, isn't it?

0:26:580:27:01

-We won't need that, though.

-Exactly.

0:27:010:27:04

Pretty little Victorian pole screen.

0:27:040:27:06

Where may I start, please?

0:27:060:27:09

-100 for it? 80 if you like.

-Oh, no!

0:27:090:27:13

There's 80 at the back of the room. Thank you. £80 bid. And five.

0:27:130:27:17

-Thank you.

-90. And five. 100.

0:27:170:27:20

There's ten.

0:27:200:27:22

20. 30. 140.

0:27:220:27:25

140 at the back. 140.

0:27:250:27:28

£140, then, the back of the room. If you're all done at 140...

0:27:280:27:32

-Perfect.

-140.

0:27:330:27:35

-Good!

-You happy with that?

-It's getting better.

0:27:350:27:38

-It's going in the right direction.

-They are.

0:27:380:27:41

That's more like it! Just £10 shy of Jonty's top estimate.

0:27:420:27:46

A few more results like that would be most welcome.

0:27:460:27:49

Kate found our next lot in the study.

0:27:490:27:51

It's the pair of maps. They're early prints of originals

0:27:510:27:55

by the famous British cartographer Robert Morden.

0:27:550:27:58

So, where did you get those maps from?

0:28:000:28:02

I think we bought those when I was with my parents,

0:28:020:28:06

when we went on holiday somewhere, possibly a holiday to Scotland.

0:28:060:28:10

Was that so you could find your way home again?

0:28:100:28:13

Probably.

0:28:130:28:15

I've always felt I've not really displayed it very much,

0:28:150:28:18

because you have to display it with Great Britain on its side,

0:28:180:28:21

-and I find that rather disorientating.

-Yes.

0:28:210:28:24

It's funny, maps like that on their side. It completely throws you.

0:28:240:28:27

Quite extraordinary. And the other map is of Cumberland.

0:28:270:28:31

-Yes.

-Let's hope there's lots of people in the room

0:28:310:28:34

-that like sausages.

-THEY LAUGH

0:28:340:28:37

Now, framed and glazed early map,

0:28:370:28:40

British Isles, after Robert Morden,

0:28:400:28:43

another of the county of Cumberland.

0:28:430:28:46

He didn't mention sausages.

0:28:460:28:48

Two of the lots on 165. May I say £20, please?

0:28:480:28:51

-£20?

-Outrageous!

-Oh, come on!

0:28:510:28:54

15, if you like.

0:28:540:28:55

£10. I don't mind. Nobody wants it?

0:28:550:28:58

There's ten. Ten is bid. Thank you. Any further?

0:28:580:29:02

At £10 only. I think I shall sell at ten.

0:29:020:29:04

I'll have them back.

0:29:040:29:06

Thank you. 528.

0:29:080:29:09

Your bangers have put the mockers on that, I think!

0:29:090:29:13

Oh, dear, that really is disappointing.

0:29:130:29:15

With so little interest, the maps only just found their way

0:29:150:29:19

out of the saleroom. Will our pair of Victorian prints

0:29:190:29:22

fare any better? Jonty's a fan.

0:29:220:29:24

Let's hope he's not alone in his admiration.

0:29:240:29:27

-You like these, don't you?

-They're really unusual.

0:29:300:29:32

-Very unusual.

-You think so?

-I think they're a lot of fun.

0:29:320:29:35

-Where were they from?

-I think they were my mother's mother's,

0:29:350:29:39

as in my grandmother, and I think I can remember seeing them

0:29:390:29:43

-on the walls in her house.

-They're almost like caricatures,

0:29:430:29:46

halfway between a cartoon and real life. Not quite sure.

0:29:460:29:52

You might have liked them, but you've only put £40 to £60 on them.

0:29:520:29:55

Well, they're fun, but not definitely high value.

0:29:550:29:59

That's the great thing about being in this business.

0:29:590:30:02

Certain items aren't necessarily expensive,

0:30:020:30:04

to get a lot of enjoyment out of them.

0:30:040:30:06

Interest on the books. Starts with me at £20.

0:30:060:30:09

20 is bid. 22, thank you. And five.

0:30:090:30:12

25. 28.

0:30:120:30:15

-30.

-Come on!

-It's here at 30 against you all.

0:30:150:30:18

I shall sell at 30 if there's no further.

0:30:180:30:20

-Little bit more?

-At £30, then, if we're done.

0:30:200:30:23

-Oh, dear.

-£30. You're quite happy with that,

0:30:240:30:26

because you don't particularly like them.

0:30:260:30:29

-That was within estimate.

-No. I put £40 to £60.

0:30:290:30:32

-Oh, did you really?

-It was just under.

0:30:320:30:34

Oh, I'm disappointed now, then.

0:30:340:30:36

There were a few bidders who shared Jonty's enthusiasm

0:30:380:30:41

for the prints, unfortunately not enough to reach his lower estimate.

0:30:410:30:44

Still, Sally's not going to miss them,

0:30:440:30:47

and it's another much-needed addition

0:30:470:30:49

to our slowly growing fund.

0:30:490:30:51

Let's see if we can finish off the first half of the sale

0:30:510:30:54

on a real high. It's the shiny copper coal scuttle,

0:30:540:30:57

with its all-important matching scoop.

0:30:570:31:01

OK, we've got £30 to £50 on it. Are you happy with that,

0:31:010:31:04

-or have you put a reserve on this?

-No.

0:31:040:31:07

It would be nice to get a bit more after all those hours I spent

0:31:070:31:10

-polishing it to make it look nice.

-Yes. OK.

0:31:100:31:13

That is a bit of a problem with a lot like this.

0:31:130:31:16

People don't like polishing any more.

0:31:160:31:18

You don't have to clean it ever again if we sell it.

0:31:180:31:21

-Let's see if we can get it.

-Er, £30 to start, please.

0:31:210:31:24

-Come on.

-Bit more.

0:31:240:31:26

20 if you like. I don't mind. All over the place. There's 20.

0:31:270:31:30

Two with the lady. Five now. 28. 30.

0:31:300:31:33

-32.

-Bit more.

-With the lady on the aisle at 32.

0:31:330:31:37

If you're all done, I'll sell it at 32.

0:31:370:31:39

-Yes.

-513.

0:31:390:31:41

-32.

-£32. Right.

0:31:410:31:44

We've still got quite a lot of items to sell,

0:31:440:31:46

but quite a break before we do that. You don't look very confident

0:31:460:31:50

-about how much we've made so far.

-Oh, well, some and some.

0:31:500:31:53

-Bit of a mixed bag, isn't it?

-Well, your target's £800.

0:31:530:31:56

We're at the halfway stage, and you've made £622!

0:31:560:32:00

Oh, that's good, isn't it? Yes, that's not too bad at all.

0:32:000:32:04

Jonty, there's something you wanted to have a look at.

0:32:040:32:07

-I think we'll go and have a sit down, and baby too.

-Yep.

0:32:070:32:10

Well, that news has cheered us all up.

0:32:120:32:14

Not only is our target very much in sight,

0:32:140:32:17

but, with some interesting lots still to sell,

0:32:170:32:20

it's looking very achievable. If, like Sally,

0:32:200:32:23

you're thinking of heading to auction,

0:32:230:32:25

do remember that fees such as commission and other charges will be added to your bill.

0:32:250:32:30

Please check the details with the auction house first to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

0:32:300:32:35

Now, what's the item of interest that's got Jonty's attention

0:32:360:32:39

in today's sale?

0:32:390:32:42

I sometimes like a little gamble, a little flutter in an auction room,

0:32:420:32:45

and I often have a look at items like this

0:32:450:32:48

and think, "Shall I, shan't I? Not quite sure."

0:32:480:32:51

This little fella here is known as a slot machine.

0:32:510:32:54

It's also known as a fruit machine and a one-arm bandit,

0:32:540:32:57

and it was first invented in America in 1895

0:32:570:33:01

by a car mechanic in San Francisco known as Charles Fey,

0:33:010:33:05

and his first machine was called the Liberty Bell.

0:33:050:33:09

Fey was very clever, insofar that he did a 50-50 split

0:33:090:33:13

with all the profits with all the gambling halls,

0:33:130:33:16

the pubs and clubs that he lent his machines to,

0:33:160:33:18

and as a consequence, people wanted to copy him,

0:33:180:33:21

and in 1907, a Herbert Mills invented his machine,

0:33:210:33:26

which was a copy of the Liberty Bell known as the Original Bell,

0:33:260:33:30

and Mills still produce machines like this today.

0:33:300:33:35

This is a relatively contemporary machine.

0:33:350:33:37

I suppose it's copying those 1930s, 1950s,

0:33:370:33:41

very iconic machines, but I suspect that this is a lot later than that,

0:33:410:33:46

maybe 1970s, 1980s, that sort of date.

0:33:460:33:50

Now, are these popular in auction rooms?

0:33:500:33:52

Are they collectable? Are they saleable? Of course they are.

0:33:520:33:55

People are always looking for novelty items

0:33:550:33:58

to have in their homes. So what's it worth?

0:33:580:34:00

Here on the ticket, it's got the estimate of £200 to £300.

0:34:000:34:03

It's going to be a gamble, seeing if it's going to make that price.

0:34:030:34:07

When the slot machine takes its turn in front of the room,

0:34:070:34:11

-it sells...

-180. Here we are, on the right.

0:34:110:34:14

Selling if you're done.

0:34:140:34:16

..just short of its estimate. Still, it proves the popularity

0:34:160:34:20

of Charles Fey's iconic invention lives on.

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We have very high hopes of achieving every one of our estimates

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in the second half of the sale. The next family heirloom

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under the hammer is the telescope, which, as the catalogue states,

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is now missing its eyepiece cover. It was sadly lost in transit.

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Is that going to make any difference as far as you're concerned, Jonty?

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It might do. It's still a very decorative object.

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This is a very good place to sell, this part of the world, so I hope it'll get there.

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Now, early-19th-century three-drawer brass telescope.

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Eyepiece slide cover is missing, so the lot is as viewed.

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I can start the bidding here at £25 against you.

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Is there any advance? At £25.

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25. 28. Thank you. 30 here.

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-32. 35.

-Come on, come on.

-38.

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Takes me out. £38. It's on the aisle.

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38.

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-£38.

-Oh!

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-Happy with that?

-£2 below estimate.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Well, it's not too bad, is it?

-No, not too bad.

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Considering the missing part, I think that's a respectable result,

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and we were so close to achieving Jonty's lower estimate.

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Nothing missing with our next lot. It's the banjo barometer,

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which comes complete with a £100 reserve.

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Now, I remember from all the different barometers we've seen

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over the years, these ones with the small convex mirrors

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are quite popular, because you don't see those mirrors on all of them.

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It's just a nice little decorative touch to them,

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and when people are looking at barometers,

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often you will have a choice, so if you're a dealer

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and you're trying to sell, you're just looking for something

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with a touch of the unusual, and this might make the difference.

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-OK, here we go.

-May I say £80 to start, please?

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80 for it.

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60 if you will. I don't mind. On the right I'm bid 60. Five in the front.

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-70. Five.

-Five.

-80. Five.

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90. Five.

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100. And ten. 120.

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130. 140.

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140, to the right.

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Selling at 140, then, if you're done.

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-140.

-Oh, that's not bad.

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It's £10 under the high estimate, so it's pretty good, I think.

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That's much more like it.

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We've yet to exceed any of Jonty's top estimates today,

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but we're edging ever closer to doing so.

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Maybe our next lot could be the one.

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It's the once-exclusive Copeland Spode meat platters.

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Did you ever bring them out to serve Christmas lunch?

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Yes. We used them for turkey, Christmas turkey, a few times.

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-Yes, we did.

-You might be using them again, of course,

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if they don't sell. Let's see what happens.

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I have to say, in pristine condition.

0:37:100:37:12

They look, er... Scarcely been out of the box.

0:37:120:37:15

Interest here. I will start the bidding at £40.

0:37:150:37:18

-Straight in at 40.

-Any further? A maiden bid of £40.

0:37:180:37:22

-My mum thought they were worth about 500 quid.

-Bless her! Did she?

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-Are we all done? £40.

-Oh, come on!

0:37:260:37:29

-They went for 40?

-£40, I'm afraid.

0:37:290:37:32

Oh, it's a bit sad. Never mind.

0:37:320:37:34

-At least I had some use out of them.

-You did!

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Well, thank goodness for the commission bid!

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In spite of the auctioneer's best efforts,

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the meat platters failed to gain any further interest.

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Today's sale is proving to be very unpredictable.

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It's anyone's guess how a character jug

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of the UK's first Welsh prime minister will fare

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here in Berkshire. We're looking for £30 to £40 for it.

0:37:550:37:59

-Are you going to be sad to see this one go?

-Not really, no.

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David Lloyd George is probably not my favourite politician.

0:38:040:38:07

Well, there are a few to choose from now, aren't there?

0:38:070:38:10

There are indeed, yes.

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Interesting lot, this. Start the bidding here with me at £50 against you.

0:38:120:38:17

-Is there any further? At 50 now. Against you all.

-That's good.

0:38:170:38:21

At five. Thank you. 60 here. 60 I have.

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-Are you all done at 60?

-It's slow, isn't it? Come on.

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£60. I think I'll have to sell it at 60.

0:38:290:38:32

All done? Thank you.

0:38:320:38:34

Well, Sally, the jug might have created a bit more interest

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in the room, but it did at least exceed Jonty's top estimate.

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'I think that's a terrific result for such a specialist piece.'

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More neat collectables now, with Sally's assortment

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of antique hunting essentials.

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These include a gunpowder flask and a hip flask.

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-Where were these from?

-Great-great grandfather,

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-something like that.

-So definitely antique.

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-With a pistol.

-Ever used?

0:39:000:39:02

-No.

-But it could be, Jonty.

0:39:020:39:05

-Always a first time for everything.

-Unless you get your estimate right.

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Nice little lot. £30 is bid against you.

0:39:090:39:13

-Come on!

-At 30.

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32. Thank you. 35. 38. 40.

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-42.

-It's going up.

-It is, yes.

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45, new place. 48.

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50. £50. Front row here.

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Are you all done at 50?

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Oh, £50. That's all right.

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The estimate was 50 to 75. We got in there at 50.

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So everyone's a winner. But will the new owner of the powder flasks

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need an antique pistol to go with their purchase?

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If so, this could be their lucky day.

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It's one of our star items now. It's the Flintlock pistol.

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I'm hoping that we're going to get a good sale out of this one.

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I've put £100 to £150, but I'm quietly confident

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we should be able to go above that, but it's all a question of who's in the room.

0:40:000:40:04

A lot of interest here on the book. I can start the bidding, £240.

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260, thank you. 280 here. 280.

0:40:080:40:12

-280!

-Any further? 300 in the front.

0:40:120:40:15

-Oh, lovely.

-320 with me. 340.

0:40:150:40:17

Takes me out. It's £340.

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-360, new place.

-Wow!

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-380.

-That's great.

-380 here.

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-Hey!

-380!

-380!

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We did have the right buyers in the room.

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That's fantastic, isn't it?

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That's well over double Jonty's top estimate.

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It's the perfect way to finish off what's been quite a day at auction.

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So, just how much have we raised overall?

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So, bearing in mind that we wanted to raise £800,

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-do you think we've done that?

-Er... Fingers crossed!

0:40:480:40:51

-What about you, Kate?

-Yeah. I hope so.

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OK. Would you be really pleased, then,

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-if I told you that we'd made £1,330?

-Yes, definitely!

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-Great, then, because that's exactly how much you have made.

-Oh!

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-Did you enjoy it as well, Kate?

-Yeah, it was good fun.

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-Would you go to auction again?

-I think so, yeah.

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-Quite addictive.

-THEY LAUGH

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After what turned out to be such a terrific result,

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Sally has wasted no time in settling payment

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for the now-finished stained-glass panel.

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The day has come for the hole in the wall

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to become a feature at last.

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Sally designed the window herself, being a passionate birdwatcher.

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It's perhaps no surprise that she would choose

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her favourite visitor to the garden, the green woodpecker.

0:41:380:41:42

Well, it went much more smoothly than I expected, really.

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He'd obviously done a good, professional job

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with the measurements. The only time I was a little bit nervous

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was when he was hammering.

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I think it looks absolutely stunning. I'm really delighted with it.

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I love the vibrant colours and the way the light shines through them.

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I think there's going to be a lot of gazing gormlessly

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with a great smile on my face.

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Well, that stained-glass panel looks fantastic,

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and how nice to see an original piece of art like that!

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If you've got some antiques and collectables to sell at auction

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to raise the money for a special project you've got in mind,

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why not apply to come on Cash In The Attic?

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You'll find more details at our website, which is...

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..and I'll see you again next time.

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Lorne Spicer and expert Jonty Hearnden are in Hampshire to meet wildlife lover Sally Leach. She is hoping a search through family mementoes and a trip to auction will fund a new artistic installation.