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Paul Martin and experts Thomas Plant and Michael Baggott are in the Cotswolds, where Thomas finds some costume jewellery encrusted with real diamonds.


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Welcome to Cirencester and to the heart

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of the British antiques and collectables trade.

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We're in the Cotswolds, where every single town has a scattering

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of period listed buildings and wonderful antique shops,

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so what a perfect place to Flog It!

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Cirencester is one of those places packed with character and charm.

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Everywhere you turn there are pretty houses made from

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local sandstone and interesting streets lined with quirky shops.

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And the peaceful countryside is never far away.

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All that adds up to a location that's brimming much-loved collectables,

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and hopefully ready to give up a few of its treasures.

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We've a wonderful queue gathering outside the Corn Hall.

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These people have been waiting patiently, and hopefully,

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at the end of the show,

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they'll go home with lots of money

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if these bags and boxes are full of treasures that we can sell in auction.

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Yes, this is the programme where we value your unwanted antiques

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and collectables and then help you sell them.

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Our team of experts is led by the very capable Thomas Plant and Michael Baggot.

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I'm sure we can do something for you with those.

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Michael started early in the antiques business,

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making his first deal at primary school.

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So there's no kidding him. He's a silver specialist,

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but that won't stop him spotting other collectables.

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I'll leave that to my colleague cos he's the toy man.

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Thomas Plant claims to be the action man of the team.

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He's a James Bond fan with a love of skiing and fencing.

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There's only one thing he loves more than jewellery though

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and that's giving advice.

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When this was made, the brass would be really shiny.

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-Well, I wasn't about to clean it.

-No, life is too short.

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Coming up:

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Thomas is on sparkling form and has some good news for Lynn about her ring.

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I always thought it was costume jewellery.

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You've seen the valuers.

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They've told you what these stones are here.

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-They have.

-They're not glass, are they?

-No.

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I have a battle on my hands with Phyllis

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as she tries to wring every penny out of this pot.

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OK, you win.

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Thanks, Phyllis.

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Michael is brewing up some excitement over a large piece of silverware.

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At the time, Americans were buying silver in droves.

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The price of silver was high.

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It was worth every penny when you bought it.

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So, has it gone up in value since then or down?

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Stay tuned to find out.

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So many people, which means an awful lot of antiques.

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We do have a full house here.

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I think it's about time we went treasure hunting.

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And Michael is first at the tables.

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He's gone for one of my favourite subjects to kick things off with.

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It's a pretty item of silverware, brought in my Muriel.

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Muriel, thank you for bringing this lovely little silver jug in today.

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Can you tell me how you acquired it?

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It was in a cardboard box with a lot of odds and ends and the lady said,

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"If you're interested in what's in the box, you can have it for £5."

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There was some china,

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Japanese plates.

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Some other silver things, but they were silver plated.

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-Where was this at?

-It was around Bristol.

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A car boot sale at Bristol.

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-We used to live in Bristol.

-Good grief.

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Was that long time ago?

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Yes, over five years.

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Don't say five years is a long time ago.

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I'm thinking back 20 years.

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Well, to find that in a car boot sale, even five years ago,

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is a fantastic achievement.

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Have you got any idea when it was made? Who made it?

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No idea whatsoever.

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Well, it's a form we call a helmet-shaped cream jug.

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If we turn it upside down,

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you can see why cos it's shaped like a helmet.

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It should be marked and it's marked under the lip here.

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If I just breathe on those, I will be able to see them a bit clearer.

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And we've got the maker's mark, SH.

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-And we've got a set of marks for London, 1794.

-Oh, gracious!

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-It's over 200 years old.

-Oh, gracious!

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-What a fantastic buy for... The box for £5.

-Odds and ends it was.

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These cream jugs were made and bought by a lot of middle class people

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because they're fairly light, quite thin silver.

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Rather than having any cast decoration, they simply punch

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around the rim to give this beaded effect.

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And because of that, they are quite fragile and prone to damage.

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Now there's been a little bit of repair at the handle there.

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But, nonetheless, it's a Georgian silver cream jug.

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So we're going to show you a good return

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on your £5 if you put it into auction.

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In pristine condition it would probably be £150 - £200.

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We've got to take into account the little bits of damage and the wear on it.

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Nevertheless, it's a little jug that at £70-£100.

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We put a fixed reserve of £70 on it.

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I think there'll be hands flying into the air at the auction.

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Lovely. Thank you.

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-So, you're happy to put it in?

-Yes, please.

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We'll put it in and hope it pours out a profit on the day.

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That would be lovely, wouldn't it?

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-Thank you very much, Muriel.

-Thank you.

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Well, it seems Muriel is absolutely delighted with Michael's valuation.

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What a way to start the show!

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And I've spotted a rather bigger item,

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it's this jardiniere belonging to Phyllis.

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-Phyllis, are you a collector?

-I am, yes.

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-How many pieces do you have?

-50 - 100.

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Do you know what we're talking about?

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You know what this is, don't you? It's Wemyss.

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We've seen it on the show before.

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So, why are you selling this?

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I have too many pieces and we're downsizing.

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Is this the first to go?

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No, the second lot to go.

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How much did you pay for this vase?

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-£385.

-When was that?

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In the early '90s.

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You know all about Wemyss, obviously.

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-I enjoy Wemyss.

-There's the mark.

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It tells us it's Wemyss. The condition is very good.

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Very, very good.

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Wemyss is the brainchild of Robert Heron and it is probably

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the most sought-after Scottish pottery from the factory in Fife

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which was started in 1882.

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I think he got lucky by employing Karel Nekola,

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a wonderful artist. And look at the decoration.

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-Beautiful.

-That's what you get.

-Beautiful.

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Wonderful, wonderful. There's a big market for Wemyss.

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I think you paid the right money for it, I have to say.

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I don't think you'll be in for a big surprise.

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If we put this into auction,

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I think I would like to put £400-£500 on this.

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Hopefully, we'll get you your money back.

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Let's put £400 - £500 on this with a reserve of £400.

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Would you be happy with discretion?

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-Maybe.

-Maybe. Is that yes or no?

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-No.

-OK. Well, you're steering this. You know this.

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I have to go with what you say.

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The auctioneer might ring you up and say, "Can we have discretion?"

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-It covers all the bases then, doesn't it?

-Well, yes, it does.

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It gets people interested if it's not too high, as well.

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You are starting off at a high trade price, £400.

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Everybody knows that's its price.

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OK, £400 with discretion. OK, you win.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Thanks, Phyllis.

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-It's hard going, isn't it?

-I like it.

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I know you do, but you know what I'm saying.

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Everybody wants a bargain in auctions. That's why people go to auctions.

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Otherwise, you would go to antique shop instead,

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and there'd be price tag saying £400.

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And then you try and knock the dealer down still.

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You say, "Come on, you give everyone 10%.

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"Why don't you give me 20? I'll be your new best friend."

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Phyllis might just need a few friends in the sale room

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if this jardiniere is going to make her £400 reserve.

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From someone who knows how much she wants to a lady

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who had no idea how much her item was worth.

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Lynn has brought in what she originally thought was a costume jewellery ring.

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So, Lynn, tell me, why did you come along and bring this ring?

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Well, it's been lying in a box in my drawer for at least 20 years now.

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I've always thought it was a piece of costume jewellery.

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I thought, seeing as Flog It! was in town,

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I'd come and see if they can tell me any more about it.

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You have seen the valuers and they have told you what these

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-stones are here.

-They have.

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-They are not glass, are they?

-No.

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They're a carbon, they are diamonds.

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-They are, apparently.

-What is that stone in the middle?

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-It's a sapphire.

-It's a nice blue sapphire.

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Not a dark, dark blue. Not too much aluminium.

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It's a nice blue sapphire. These are lovely diamonds.

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Really nice, white-coloured stones.

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They are also cut in what we call the "old cut style".

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So that helps date the ring, early Edwardian, I would say.

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I reckon you've got over one-and-a-half carats of diamond in there.

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The little sapphire is of minimal value.

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Although the shank - this is what we call the shank on a ring -

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isn't marked, it could possibly be 18 carat gold

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and this white here would probably be platinum. Where did you get it from?

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I inherited it from, dare I say, my ex-husband's aunt.

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It was just in a box of assorted things that were left.

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What would you have done with it if you had not come here?

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Left it in the drawer for another 20 years.

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Really, just sat there?

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Yes, more than likely,

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until my daughters found it after I'd left this mortal coil.

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-Are they into jewellery?

-No, they're not.

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The thing is about diamonds,

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diamonds are worth money when they're over a carat.

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When you have a diamond which is one single stone over a carat,

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it tends to hold its value extremely well.

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Little stones set into something don't add to up to the figure of a single stone.

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But for little stones set within a pretty setting,

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which is also very clean as it hasn't been worn.

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I would value these diamonds per carat at about £300 a carat.

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So, the ring would be worth at auction today about £400 - £600.

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Would you be interested in selling?

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I would be.

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I have no real use for it.

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So I think it would be a shame for it to sit in the drawer

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when somebody else might appreciate it and wear it.

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It's a fine thing. I would certainly say one should have a reserve

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of £400 with a little discretion.

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Are you going to come to the auction?

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Yes, I would love to, I really would.

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It will be all of the part of the experience that today has been as well.

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It's been very, very fascinating. I've enjoyed it.

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A Flog It! valuation is certainly an experience.

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If it's one you would like to share, keep watching.

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At the end of the programme, I will tell you how you can take part.

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Now, three items ready to go off to auction.

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Here's a quick recap of what we're selling.

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This 200-year-old-jug belongs to Muriel.

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Michael valued it at £70 - £100.

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The floral jardiniere is an unwanted part of Phyllis's Wemyss collection.

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She's pushing for top-dollar bids here, but I'm not so sure.

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Lynn had a pleasant surprise when we told her this ring is certainly not

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the costume jewellery she had imagined.

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It is covered in real diamonds and a sapphire.

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So, come on bidders, get your cash ready.

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Our auction is at the sale rooms of Moore Allen & Innocent, just outside of Cirencester.

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They've been in business since the 1840s.

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Today's sale contains a mix of antiques and general items.

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It looks like somebody's selling a complete

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collection of Staffordshire greyhounds, all in pairs.

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Must be a dog lover.

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Obviously, someone did own a greyhound.

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Our auctioneer has a very busy day ahead of him,

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with 800 lots in the catalogue, including ours.

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A reminder here, the sellers pay a commission of 15%, plus VAT.

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Our first lot is this silver jug, brought in by Muriel.

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We're hoping the slight damage to the handle won't put the bidders off.

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You can't get greener than antiques. It's classic recycling.

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They keep going around and around and around.

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And hopefully up in price. That's exactly what we want here today.

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-I know you got this little silver cream jug for £5, didn't you?

-Yes.

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-Where was that?

-A car boot sale.

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Muriel, I think you have great eyes for looking out for bargains.

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We're looking at, hopefully, £100 at the top end of the estimate.

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-£70 - £100.

-It's a period piece.

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It's done the rounds.

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Ending up in a car boot, at some point.

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It's small, it's collectable. You can make a collection of cream jugs.

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They're affordable.

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I just think it's delightful.

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Let's hope we get the top end, shall we?

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Let's do some recycling. Here we go.

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And lot number 265 is the George III

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helmet-shaped cream jug, 1794.

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Who will start me?

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Should be £100 to start me.

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Good looking little piece there.

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£100. £80.

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£50. Yes, £50 a bid there.

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55. 60. 5. 70. 5.

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At 75. 80 there.

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At £80, 5 if you like. 80 here.

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85 on my right. At 85, 90 now.

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At £85...

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He's calling for 90. We've got 85.

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90 new. Five if you like, sir. 100.

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100 where we wanted to start. 110. 120.

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At 120. At £120. Sure?

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120.

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Excellent. £120. You see, that is brilliant recycling, isn't it?

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-Yes, marvellous.

-It will go round and round again.

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Hopefully, someone will have that three or four years and move it on.

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Someone will lose some money along the way and someone will make a bit more. That's how it works.

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And we'll see it in ten years' time on Flog It!

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-Well done, you.

-Thank you very much.

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And quite right, too.

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It was a beautiful piece when it was made 200 years ago

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and it's still beautiful now.

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It will outlive us all. Next we are selling Phyllis's jardiniere.

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She paid £385 for it five years ago.

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But I'm doubtful that she's going to see much more today.

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Unfortunately, we don't have Phyllis, but this is Paul her son.

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I know this is your first auction, isn't it?

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-Yeah, quite exciting.

-Come on, are you going to buy anything?

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We shall see. There are a few items.

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I've looked around. Maybe I'll come back.

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It's packed. I hope they all want to buy a bit of Wemyss.

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Right now it is going under the hammer

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and hopefully Paul can get on the phone and tell Phyllis,

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who's somewhere in the Panama Canal, we've sold it.

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It's going under the hammer now.

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A piece of Wemyss ware.

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And that is the large trumpet-shaped vase there.

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Who will start me? Should be £500 really. Who will start me. Three?

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I can start you at £280 on the book.

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It looks cheap at £280.

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At £280. I'll take £290.

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280, 290. 300.

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310, 320. At 320. 330 now.

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At 320. At 320. 330 anywhere?

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At £320.

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-At £320 on the book.

-It's struggling.

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£330 anywhere? £320.

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You're all out in the room. At £320.

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Didn't sell. Ever so sorry.

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It's OK. Can't always win.

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At least it's quite easy to pick up and put back in the car.

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At least it's not a chest of drawers.

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Mum will be disappointed.

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I'm sure there's a space on the shelf it can go back onto.

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Or you might just inherit this collection.

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-Maybe I will get this piece for being here today.

-Thank you so much.

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Thank you.

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At least Paul's looking on the bright side.

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Talking of bright,

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we have that sparkling diamond and sapphire ring up next.

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And the great thing about a Flog It! valuation is you can bring your items along,

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find out all about them and find out exactly what they are worth.

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You thought this ring was costume jewellery.

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-I did.

-What a pleasant surprise when Thomas said £400 - £600.

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-I was flabbergasted.

-Were you?

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I was. A very pleasant surprise.

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It's a good job you never gave it away

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or discarded it thinking it was only worth £6.

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Absolutely, yes.

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It excited Thomas. It sparkled in the room.

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Hopefully, it will sparkle here today.

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We need two or three keen bidders.

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-Let's find out how it goes. Shall we?

-Yes.

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Here's the lozenge-shaped diamond and sapphire ring.

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Super little ring. Should be £500, really.

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Start me at four.

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Three. At 300 a bid. 320. 340.

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360. 380.

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-400.

-We've done it.

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At 400. At 420.

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At 420. At 440 now.

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At 420, good-looking ring at 420.

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Selling at 420. 440 now.

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At 420. Are you sure now, then?

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At 420.

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The hammer's gone down. £420.

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That is good. Better than sitting in the drawer.

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Exactly. Don't forget there is commission to pay.

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-That's right.

-Happy shopping.

-Absolutely.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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Well, it makes you want to rush off and check your old sock drawer

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just in case there is something valuable hidden at the back.

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Don't do it yet.

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We have more exciting auction action later in the show.

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Now, it may not be the biggest or the most ornate,

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but this rare gem of a Jacobean country house

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has something special about it.

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This is Chastleton House in Oxfordshire.

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It was here in the 1990s

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that a brand new experiment in conservation was launched.

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When the National Trust acquired Chastleton House

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they adopted a new approach.

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Rather than restore this wonderful Jacobean building

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back to its former glory, they decided to leave it as found.

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Now, I'm in the main kitchen to the house

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and this was in daily use right up until 1952.

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The soot-blackened ceiling above me hasn't been cleaned for nearly 400 years

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and when I say soot-blackened, I really mean soot-blackened.

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Look at that.

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Isn't that incredible?

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Gosh!

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You could scrape that off, couldn't you, with a chisel.

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In a way you look up there and you take it in, you don't really mind it.

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After a while I could probably live with that,

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but my wife would go mad. She would.

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In 1991, this hands-off approach

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went against many years of National Trust policy.

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Usually, they dress a house to represent

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one notable time in history, redecorating, changing fittings

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and bringing in furniture to illustrate how the house might just have looked.

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Here at Chastleton they saw a opportunity

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to experiment with something different.

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The house had been in the same family since it was built in 1612

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and had somehow escaped the updates

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and makeovers experienced by so many country houses.

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So the Trust realised by keeping the family's mix and match

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of tastes of furniture, wall hangings and decor,

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the house would appear frozen in time

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at the point their conservators first arrived.

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The National Trust have also left more recent redecoration untouched.

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This room was fitted out with book cases

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in 1850 to be used as a library,

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but what's not in keeping the library is this mad, red wallpaper.

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This striking red wallpaper was hung by the family 100 years later,

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in the 1960s and it's totally out of keeping with the style of the room.

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But instead of stripping it off and restoring the room

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to how it might have looked in 1850,

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after much debate the National Trust decided to leave the wallpaper in place.

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I like it. It's very eccentric.

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I'm pleased they've kept it.

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It shows the house has been lived in by a family.

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While it may look like the National Trust haven't done much work here,

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they have done the important things,

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spending six years and a huge amount of money

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repairing the roof, replacing wiring and defending against damp.

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Their policy was to protect Chastleton House,

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but not to disturb the character that reflects its 400 years of life.

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I'm come to the oak-panelled hall

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to meet the house steward, Sebastian Conway.

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What is the philosophy behind the National Trust

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leaving Chastleton House as found?

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It was a giant leap forward.

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Instead of taking this house back to a glory day in the 18th or 19th century,

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to really show the public how we found Chastleton.

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This sort of treasure house, this time-capsule of a property

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which has been unaltered really by any sense of modernity.

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How do you balance conservation against restoration. What do you do?

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The approach at Chastleton, really is to do little and often.

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Never going overboard, never affecting how the house looks too much

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-and trying to, importantly, keep it as we found it.

-Yeah.

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What's the evidence, in let's say this room alone,

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of how you found it?

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Well, if you look around,

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you'll see there's the peeling paper all around the room.

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The cracks which have appeared, you can see those.

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There are the cobwebs which are in the house and in this room here.

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There is a fine layer of dust on most furniture and the panelling.

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It is pretty evident here.

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You can see it if I run my finger across,

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how much dust is coming off in my hand.

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There is a story really about when the first conservators were here

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actually spraying the cobwebs with hair spray to make them last longer.

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What about dust on the furniture?

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Did you polish anything? I'm looking at things.

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Everything is really, really dry. The panelling is dry.

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-The tables look dry.

-It's dry, yes.

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We don't polish. We don't wax.

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Basically, we just brush. We brush very occasionally,

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maybe once a week and that's really as a rarity.

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Most things get brushed once a season.

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So, it is once a year.

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Chastleton House is unlike any other National Trust house I've been to.

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You can feel the sense of history and the passing of time.

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Cobwebs and all!

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It gives the house a unique character and the experiment has proved such a success

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the Trust is adopting it for other, larger stately homes.

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Back at our valuation day at the Corn Hall in Cirencester,

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there's still a good crowd all wanting their antiques valued.

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Let's join up with our expert, Thomas, who's with Arthur and Maggie.

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He's finding out that Maggie has some hidden talents.

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I want to know about your badges here. What are they all about?

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That one was when I did a couple of wing walks.

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-Wing walks?

-Wing walks. And the second one I did when I was 75.

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-So you did wing walking at 75?

-Yes.

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Wing walking at 75. Wow!

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And parachute jumping. I've parachuted jumped, as well.

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-In a tandem?

-Oh, yeah.

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I wouldn't go on my own, I would have never have got to the bottom!

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You are a very, very brave woman.

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So, planes have obviously been part of a life for some time?

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I think probably from my father. Yes.

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There he is in the First World War.

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That's right, that was the First World War.

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-He was an engineer, is that right?

-Yes.

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He worked in the Royal Flying Corps.

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This here RFC is Royal Flying Corps which predates the RAF.

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-Yes.

-So this was First World War?

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Yes. He was in the First World War and the Second World War. Yes.

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-What was his name.

-Theodore Frederick Saunders.

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Theodore Frederick Saunders.

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So airport technical notes.

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-It's quite a dry book really, isn't it?

-Yes.

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But what's nice is it's stamped Royal Flying Corps.

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It is an interesting book, but a little bit dry.

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I understand, that's why I don't know what else to do with it.

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This book is actually quite interesting.

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OK, it's technical notes again.

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It has pictures of all the planes.

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As a schoolboy, I remember doing the First World War

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in my history lessons and we learnt about the Sopwith Camel

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and the other Sopwith biplanes and while flicking through,

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I found all these technical drawings and details

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-of the Sopwith biplane.

-Yes.

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-It is quite interesting, isn't it?

-Yes, very.

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-I have looked through it.

-Certainly, from this period there isn't much about.

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If it does have a value.

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-Also being quite rare it also doesn't have a massive market.

-No.

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So, we're not looking at lots of money here.

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It will be under £50, I'm afraid.

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-That's all right.

-It will be £30 - £50.

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Are you happy with that?

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Put it at the lowest estimate,

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I would put £50, but if it goes at the lower estimate...

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We can put it in at £30, can we?

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-We'll probably reserve at £30 with a bit of discretion.

-Yes.

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It could make more, just because the interest in militaria,

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the Royal Flying Corps and the First World War

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is in a high peak at the moment.

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Where have they been in your house?

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In a drawer upstairs.

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Unfortunately, my son lives up in Scotland,

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I don't think he is very aircraft-minded.

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I don't think that to him they would be of great value,

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if you know what I mean.

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We look forward to seeing you at the auction.

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-No more wing walking before the auction.

-They won't let me.

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No, come on Maggie, at your age you should be settling down

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to something more gentle, maybe bungee jumping(!)

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That is absolutely lovely.

0:27:530:27:55

That's making me buzz.

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I'm quite excited about that. Is that something you want to sell?

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-No.

-It's a gorgeous brooch.

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It's not silver.

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I think a novelty brooch like that is worth around £40 - £50

0:28:050:28:09

because it's so individual.

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If that was silver, it would be £300-£400.

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Napoleon Bonaparte was fascinated by bees.

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The Sevres factory actually made his diner service for him, you know the fine porcelain.

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Hand-painted little bees on all the saucers.

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He wore bees on his tunics.

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Oh, that's beautiful!

0:28:290:28:32

There's certainly plenty to keep our workers busy. It looks like Michael's on a tea break.

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He's with Tim, who's brought in some classic silver.

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Tim, thank you for bringing in this absolutely breathtaking teapot and stand.

0:28:410:28:47

It's wonderful.

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What do you know about it?

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It's not a family heirloom.

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I bought it to give to my parents for their golden wedding anniversary in 1982.

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I bought it in London. I know it's by Peter and Ann Bateman.

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Bateman is a great name to conjure with.

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The dynasty really starts off with Hester and she managed

0:29:100:29:16

a whole workshop of silversmiths and produced a range of affordable silver.

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Then, of course, we've got the following generation.

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We've got Peter, Ann and William.

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There are various combinations of their marks and partnership.

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In this case we're dealing with...

0:29:330:29:35

Peter and Ann Bateman.

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We've got the date there for 1792. The engraving here.

0:29:370:29:42

This wonderful late 18th-century bright cut engraving, which became

0:29:420:29:48

all the fashion, simply because they improved the quality of the steel

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on the burins they were using to the point where rather than scratching a line, they could scoop out

0:29:530:29:59

areas of the surface and as they did that, it brightly polished them.

0:30:000:30:04

So you get this faceting with the engraving.

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It's wonderful borders and we've got the original cartouche here and those initials are...

0:30:080:30:14

-Match that.

-Exactly match that.

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And we've got here, really rather attractive, the carved ivory pineapple finial.

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If you think how rare pineapples were at the end of the 18th century.

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Hugely expensive and if you had a valued guest

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to your house and could afford it, you would serve a pineapple.

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So it became the symbol of welcome.

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Which is why we've got it there. Wow.

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They are super pieces and they are in lovely condition.

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Dare I ask - in 1982, were they, erm...?

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London isn't the cheapest place to buy silverware.

0:30:480:30:51

It is not the cheapest place!

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I think I paid £400 for it.

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£400.

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At the time, Americans were buying Bateman silver in droves.

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The price of silver was high.

0:31:010:31:03

It was worth every penny of £400 when you bought it.

0:31:030:31:06

I think it would be prudent to put an estimate of £700 to £1,000 on.

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A fixed reserve of £700.

0:31:130:31:16

But delightful to see. Wonderful Georgian silver on Flog It!

0:31:180:31:22

Thank you, Tim, for bringing them in. They've made my day.

0:31:220:31:25

Michael certainly loves his silver.

0:31:250:31:27

That's two nice items ready for auction.

0:31:270:31:30

We've just enough time for one more valuation.

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Thomas is with Chris, who has brought in a beautifully decorated cross.

0:31:320:31:37

Thank you for bringing along your cross, Chris.

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This is your daughter?

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Hannah wanted to bring some jewellery.

0:31:440:31:46

Yeah.

0:31:460:31:48

-Did you get it valued?

-Yes.

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Not a positive result, then?

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-Not worth anything.

-That's a shame.

0:31:520:31:54

Chris, this is your item.

0:31:540:31:55

-Yeah.

-What do you know about it?

0:31:550:31:57

Well, I think it's Italian.

0:31:570:31:59

-Yeah.

-I didn't really know anything.

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How did it come into your possession?

0:32:020:32:04

My mum gave it me and I've just had it a long time.

0:32:040:32:07

-Your mother had it from...?

-I've got no idea.

0:32:070:32:09

Where is your family from?

0:32:090:32:11

-Warwickshire.

-Nowhere else?

0:32:110:32:13

-No Italians.

-No foreign fields.

-No.

0:32:130:32:16

Maybe your grandmother would have picked it up?

0:32:160:32:18

Possibly, I don't know.

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-Did they travel?

-I don't know.

0:32:190:32:22

Mum just had it a long time and I've had it years.

0:32:220:32:26

-She gave me a few things.

-What have you been doing with it?

0:32:260:32:28

-I've just had in a jewellery box.

-Really?

0:32:280:32:30

Mmm. I've never worn it.

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As to its origins, we know it is Italian.

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Date, 1850s, it's mid-Victorian.

0:32:360:32:39

It's the kind of thing....

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I asked if your family travelled - it's the kind of thing you would pick up on a Grand Tour

0:32:410:32:45

if you were a Catholic from Britain.

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You might be in Rome and take it back as a memento of your trip.

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These are what we call micro-mosaic.

0:32:540:32:56

It's lots of little tiny shards of glass, inlaid to make a picture.

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It's set in a base metal.

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I wouldn't imagine it to be gold.

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It is a base metal.

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It is widely collected and it's got the symbolism to do with Christ.

0:33:080:33:13

The ladder which went to take Christ off the cross and the dove of peace and the holy spirit.

0:33:130:33:17

-The pillar I have no idea.

-No.

0:33:170:33:19

I literally do not know.

0:33:190:33:21

And the flowers, I'm sure they're just decoration on there.

0:33:210:33:24

It's been finely done and I love this type of stuff. I really do. I think it's wonderful.

0:33:240:33:28

Lovely and colourful.

0:33:280:33:30

Regarding value, I think it's worth between £150-£200.

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I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if it made that £200

0:33:340:33:38

but I would suggest a reserve at £150, with discretion, which is 10-20% below that bottom estimate.

0:33:380:33:45

-So are you happy to flog it?

-Yes, fine.

-Do you like it?

0:33:450:33:48

It's OK, yeah.

0:33:480:33:49

-Just OK.

-I like the flowers.

0:33:490:33:51

The flowers are pretty, aren't they? Are you going to come to the auction?

0:33:510:33:54

-Oh, yes.

-You won't be able to come.

-It's on a school day.

-It's on a school day, unfortunately.

0:33:540:33:59

-But we look forward to seeing you, Chris.

-Lovely, thank you very much.

0:33:590:34:03

We'll all be in for a few lessons at the sale room,

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especially the economics of how much that cross is worth.

0:34:060:34:09

Our lots are going off to Moore, Allen and Innocent's Cirencester sale room.

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This is what we're taking with us.

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Maggie and Arthur's technical aircraft books are a slice of history

0:34:170:34:20

and her father's special connection makes it quite unique.

0:34:200:34:24

The micro-mosaic cross brought in by Chris and Hannah took a lot of detailed work to make.

0:34:240:34:30

Let's hope the bidders appreciate it.

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We have Tim's silver teapot and stand, a lovely example dating

0:34:320:34:35

from the 1790s and clearly marked as the work of the Bateman family.

0:34:350:34:41

Michael loves it.

0:34:410:34:43

Auctioneer Philip Allwood thinks it could be overpriced.

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This looks absolutely fabulous.

0:34:470:34:49

I'm not a big teapot person, but this to me looks more like a centrepiece. It really does.

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If you wanted to find an example of a Georgian teapot, this has got to be it.

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The shape is exactly what you'd expect.

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By Bateman, late 18th century.

0:35:030:35:04

-It's got everything going for it, hasn't it?

-Yeah.

-A classy piece.

0:35:040:35:08

Very, very smart,

0:35:080:35:10

perfect in every way.

0:35:100:35:12

-I just ideally would be liking to see it more like £400-£500 rather than £700 to £1,000.

-Yeah.

0:35:120:35:21

There's a fixed reserve at £700.

0:35:210:35:23

Yeah. There's only one thing will stop this selling - I think we're just slightly on the high side.

0:35:230:35:30

But a good thing - if you wanted to buy one, this is a good example.

0:35:300:35:34

Fingers crossed.

0:35:340:35:37

-And everything else.

-Both of them!

0:35:370:35:39

We'll stay with crosses right now, because our first item

0:35:410:35:44

to go under the hammer is the Italian micro-mosaic cross, belonging to Chris.

0:35:440:35:48

It's been in the family a fair bit of time.

0:35:480:35:50

A little while.

0:35:500:35:52

And it's never been worn?

0:35:520:35:54

I've never worn it. And I don't remember my mum ever wearing it.

0:35:540:35:57

It's beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

0:35:570:36:00

-I know you've had a chat with Phillip, haven't you?

-Yes.

0:36:000:36:02

-You're slightly worried about the valuation, you just want this to sell.

-Yes.

0:36:020:36:06

Phillip's advised you to drop the reserve right down. He's going to use his discretion.

0:36:060:36:11

-That's right.

-It could go for a lot less.

-That's fine. I'm quite happy with that.

0:36:110:36:17

We're going to find out, Thomas.

0:36:170:36:18

You're not really happy about that.

0:36:180:36:20

I know there's quality in this.

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I don't like things being given away.

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-We are in the open market and the open market will decide.

-OK.

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And 355 is the Italian gold-coloured crucifix pendant with the micro- mosaic decoration. Super piece.

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Who'll start me?

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Should be a couple of hundred. Start me at 100.

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£100?

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80?

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50 to get off. 50 bid, thank you.

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-At £50.

-Come on! Slow start.

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And five if you like now.

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-At £50.

-No-one likes giving anything away to start with.

-At 55.

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Got to be cheap at 55. 60 anywhere?

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60. At £60, five? 70, five...

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80, five. At £85 on my left here.

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At £85. It's selling, make no mistake at 85.

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At £85. 90 if you like.

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At 90, still cheap. Five if you like.

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At £90, on my right.

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At £90, are you all sure?

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Selling here on my right at 90...

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Good, well it's gone. We're pleased.

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I know Thomas is a little disappointed.

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I thought it would have made a little more.

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Then again it is a religious work of art and they do not sell as well as they should.

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-It does put a lot of buyers off.

-Well done.

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Thank you very much.

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Thomas was clearly a little disappointed there but the auctioneer knew his stuff

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and the advice to drop the reserve was spot on.

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So, will he be right about this next item?

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Michael's valued this silver teapot and stand at £700-£1,000.

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The auctioneer thinks it might just struggle.

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It belongs to Tim. Unfortunately he can't be with us today.

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We do have Michael, our expert who put the £700-£1,000 on this.

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We've had a chat to the auctioneer and we thought this was just so tasteful it's exquisite.

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-It really is.

-It's a beautiful design.

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-In lovely condition.

-Good makers?

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And Bateman a fantastic name.

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Everything matches, all the armorials, the crests are all the same.

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We have seen silver selling extremely well today.

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I think the trade are covering all the silver lots.

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Hopefully ours is no exception. Let's hope we get top money, because it's a choice piece.

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If you're going to buy a teapot, buy this one. Anyway, it's going under the hammer now.

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George III silver teapot and stand by Peter and Ann Bateman.

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Where are you going to be for this? Super little lot.

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Super piece, where are you going to be for that? Who'll start me? £800?

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Five?

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I can start you here on the book at 440. On the book here at 440.

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At 440.

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Good piece there at 440. 460. 480.

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With me at 480. 500 now.

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At 480. At 480. 500. 520.

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540. 560. At 560. 580 now.

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At 560. At 560.

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Looks a good piece at 560. 580.

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600. 620.

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640. 660.

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680. 700. On my left at 700. Book's out now at 700.

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Someone's got a good buy, I think.

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720 if you like now.

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At £700. On my left is 700.

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720 anywhere?

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At 700. Are you sure now? It's selling...

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At 700...

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Sold, just.

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Skin of its teeth. I think there was one really interested buyer and no-one else to push him up.

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-He did very well actually.

-He did.

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Just made it. Tim should be happy because he's nearly doubled the £400 he paid for it almost 30 years ago.

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Now hoping to fly high with her World War One

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technical aircraft manuals and notes is wing-walking pensioner Maggie.

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Are you ready for this, Maggie and Arthur?

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We most certainly are.

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Maggie's always ready. Maggie's a wing walker, aren't you?

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-I am.

-What was it like up there?

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-Fantastic.

-Yeah?

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I'd do it again if they let me. They won't.

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And we're talking about those two technical flying manuals with

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two photographs of your father.

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One's in the First World War and the other from the Second World War.

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Incredible. Has anyone else in the family done a wing walk?

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-No.

-They are all too chicken, aren't they?

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I've got to say you're very brave. I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't do it, Thomas.

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You wouldn't get me up there.

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I'm a little agoraphobic with big high spaces, seeing the ground beneath me.

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And she's done parachuting as well.

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-And you've done parachuting. Have you done any?

-No way!

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So you watch from the ground below and you're like, oh, gosh.

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-Oh, gosh.

-It's all for charity.

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All for charity, good luck. Let's see what this does.

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-Let's see if this flies away, shall we?

-Hope so.

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The World War One Department of Aircraft production technical notes.

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There we go. A couple of volumes there.

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Again, good wartime memorabilia there.

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Who'll start me, it should be 50 to get on, really.

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£30?

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A bid here at 30.

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At £30, In front of me 30. Five now?

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At 30. Got to be cheap at 30. Five?

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40. Five. 50.

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Five. 60. At £60 in front of me now.

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70, five.

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80, five. 90.

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They're doing well.

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100.

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At 100 here now.

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Gracious me.

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At £100. 110 if you like.

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At 1o0, are you sure in front of me?

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At 110 back in.

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120 if you like, sir. At 110...

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Have another, you're here now.

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At 110.

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120 if you like. At 110, it's right at the back at 110.

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Sold. £110.

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That's absolutely...

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That could pay for another wing walk if you would be allowed to do it.

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We've got £110 now. What are you going to do with that?

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It will go to charity.

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We've got our 60th wedding anniversary coming up next week.

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Congratulations.

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And take the family out for a meal.

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-You've got to do that, haven't you?

-Exactly.

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What a wonderful celebration. Thank you.

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Let's hope Maggie keeps her feet on the ground at the party.

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What a terrific result to end the programme.

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£110 was more than double Thomas's top estimate.

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Paul Martin and experts Thomas Plant and Michael Baggott are in the Cotswolds - the heart of Britain's antiques and collectables trade. Michael brews up some excitement about a 200-year-old silver teapot, and Thomas is in sparkling form as he notices some costume jewellery is actually encrusted with real diamonds, and worth a fortune. Meanwhile, Paul discovers a 400-year-old house where even the cobwebs are being preserved for future generations.