Antiques challenge. Charles Hanson and Raj Bisram's road trip concludes as they shop in Cornwall and head to the decisive auction in Crewkerne, Somerset.
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It's the nation's favourite antique experts...
I don't know what to do.
..with £200 each, a classic car and a goal -
to scour Britain for antiques.
What a little diamond!
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction but it's no mean feat.
Back in the game! THEY LAUGH
There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
So, will it be the high road to glory or the slow road to disaster?
This is the Antiques Road Trip!
It's the final leg of this week's adventure with our likely lads,
Raj and Charles.
You know, it's been a very, very lovely experience for me.
And, of course,
it wouldn't have been anywhere near this enjoyable without you.
I think what's nice, Raj...
I'm going to need therapy though, I have to say.
-When I get home, I am going to need a little bit of therapy.
-Thanks a lot.
As we all know, Charles Hanson is a road tripping veteran,
who has a tendency to be a tad clumsy.
Whilst his partner in crime this week is newcomer to the road trip,
expert auctioneer Raj Bisram.
I don't think, if I do another trip, it will ever quite be the same.
-Get out of here, Raj!
nothing like having your first... THEY TALK OVER EACH OTHER
-..nothing like having your first Charles Hanson.
-Get out of here!
Raj started this trip with £200 in his pocket.
And some wise buys now see him sitting pretty with £305.86.
Charles started with the same £200 stake.
After some profitable purchases though, his purse has more than
doubled, with a fabulous £423.64 to play with on this last leg.
Like a game of football, it's a big first half with an even
bigger second half before the final whistle goes at our last auction.
People might say, "Well, Hanson, you're ahead."
But there is always, in a football match, that chance.
And this could be your chance, Raj.
This week's automobile of choice is tidy little Triumph Herald.
What was that, Raj?
Raj, what was that?
We've lost something.
-Is it the exhaust pipe?
-I think something fell off.
Oh, looks like this trip is taking its toll on poor Bella.
Ha! It's been a long old journey for Bella and our boys.
After starting their trip back in Corsham, Wiltshire,
they've taken in most of the south-west of England
and will finish their epic
900-mile journey in Crewkerne, Somerset.
Their final leg starts in Lostwithiel in Cornwall
and will hopefully finish at auction in Crewkerne.
If Bella makes it, that is.
Here we go. We park up here.
Put your back into it, Charles.
Perfect. Well done, Charles.
First shopping stop is Uzella Court Antiques Centre.
-Keep it real. Hello.
-Hello, Vicky. I'm Raj.
-Lovely to meet you.
-And the famous Charles.
-And the famous Charles.
-Get out of here!
-Far from it.
-You have a wonderful shop here.
It's not mine but I work here and it's a pleasure being here.
-It's great fun.
-Do you specialise in certain things or is it a mixture?
No, we have 16 people that have stock in here. That rent cabinets.
And it's a whole mixture of everything.
Everything you can think of.
That means plenty of pretty pieces on offer for our experts.
I'm going to be the Cornish cat that got the cream.
Come on, Hanson. The Cornish cat that can find the cream.
What about you, Raj?
I've just noticed there is a lovely,
lovely red serpentine stone lighthouse there.
Serpentine stone goes back millions of years.
And it comes in lots of different colours.
But the red one I think is actually one of the most attractive ones.
It's not a cheap piece but I'm going to speak to Vicky
and see what we can do.
Huh. With a ticket price of £55, is there a deal to be had?
45 would be the very, very best.
I'd like to get it for about £35.
And I still don't think there is going to be a big
-profit in this at auction.
But it has got a tiny little nick there, which I hadn't noticed.
So I will have to reduce it.
40, Raj, would have to be truly my very, very best.
-And I'm speaking on behalf of the owner.
I'm not going to rush into it but if I can just put it to one side
and think about it. Have a little look around and come back to it.
-I will keep it safe.
-Thank you very much, Vicky.
Charles, meanwhile, is rummaging around upstairs.
These are quite nice. I quite like these vases.
What I love about these vases is they almost have a
bit of a Christopher Dresser, Linthorpe look.
These are twin-handled vases.
With this gorgeous drip glaze.
And I suspect the vase would date to around 1905, 1910.
The birth of the 20th century.
But look at the crevices.
Look at that almost hairy dust which has been there many, many years.
I can remove it.
You almost want to leave it there because it gives a sure
telltale sign that these are big capital A, like that, for antique.
They are called a pair of Art Nouveau vases. £15.
If I could perhaps acquire them for a tenner...
They are a good buy.
Actually, I might, in case Raj comes upstairs, put them down here.
Out of harm's way.
Smart thinking, old bean. Now, what has Raj found?
-All these keys.
-I really like the crib boards. Do you play crib?
No, I don't.
-Really old-fashioned game.
-Really old-fashioned game.
I particularly like that one. It looks in pretty good condition.
It's got lovely ball feet which are engraved.
It's quite a nice, early one.
I should think it's late 19th, early 20th century.
Vicky, it's priced at £55. What would be the best on it?
-You can have that, Raj, for £40.
That's not too bad.
I'm going to put it to one side with the lighthouse.
I'm putting a lot of things to one side at the moment.
-And come back to it. That'll be great.
A third item has caught Raj's eye.
This is a really nice, decorative magnifying glass.
It's made up but it's really, really quite nice. It's got...
It's made out of silver plate and mother-of-pearl.
It's only got £14 on the ticket.
Which isn't a great deal of money.
If I can get this for £10-£12, there's got to be a profit in it.
So, Raj has three lots on the table.
Vicky has given a best combined ticket price of £90.
Would you do a little bit better if I buy all three?
If I said 80 for all three, Raj,
that would have to be the absolute best I could do.
If you are happy with that, I certainly am.
I would certainly say yes.
So a bold, last leg move there from Raj,
buying three items in the first shop.
Right, where is Charles?
That's nice. Barnstaple. That's in Devon.
We are really seeing some southern treasures.
I love this because it's almost a glaze. It gives me an oceanic feel.
It's like being here in Cornwall.
And I just think it's a really stylish vase.
What I could do with this vase, tactically,
is almost put it with those vases
and it almost gives them, the Art Nouveau, a bit more of a punch.
Because this one is marked and it might put the two vases over there
into almost a better league to be beside this.
To be beside the sea.
Ah, but is Vicky willing to do the deal?
£15 is the initial ticket price on the vases. £9.50.
All in, it makes 24.50.
And I was hoping to buy the group for £15.
Which is quite a big discount. Could you do it for £15?
-That's a bit low.
20 would be ideal.
-Yeah, I like your style. You're 20.
-I'm over here at 15.
-If I take a walk in...
-..can you meet me...
Yeah. Come over here. That's it, great. £18. That's a deal.
-That's great. There is £20.
-If I may have a solid £2 back.
-It could make all the difference.
-I appreciate it.
-Thank you very much.
-I got a bit of a discount. I was hoping for £15.
-..is a good dealer.
And with that, Charles is off the mark.
After a quick fix, Bella is back on the road
and Raj is taking a break from shopping and has headed to Helston.
He's come to meet local museum curator Katherine to find out
more about Henry Trengrouse,
a local man whose invention has saved lives all round the world.
-Katherine, is that Henry Trengrouse?
-That's Henry Trengrouse, yes.
He was actually from Mullion but he then moved to Helston
and he was a local cabinet-maker.
But, of course, it's not his cabinet-making that he's
-famous for, is it?
-No, that's right, no.
He was actually inspired to invent a life-saving
apparatus for people at sea.
What actually triggered that off?
Just after Christmas in 1807,
he heard that a ship had gone aground off Loe Bar,
which is just outside Helston.
And he went down to the beach to see.
Unfortunately, many people were drowning.
The ship was actually beached just slightly off the shore, just
too far for people to get a rope across to it, to get people off.
About 100 people drowned in front of him
and the people watching on the beach.
It sounds like he was really affected by what he'd seen.
Are there any accounts of what actually affected him?
Yes, we know exactly how he was feeling because we do have
one of his notebooks where he describes the wreck.
"It was then and there the annihilation of this fine ship
"and so many of my fellow creatures most seriously
"arrested my reflections and sympathy.
"And freshened in my memory the premature
"destruction of about 50 fine fellows at the wreck of a transport
"ship only a few weeks preceding. And also near the same spot.
"These melancholy disasters continue
"to exercise my mind intensely day and night.
"And I was led to consider what means could have been applied to
"save those who had so miserably perished within hail of their
"countrymen and friends, and within a few yards of land and safety."
Wow, that really does...
That really does give you a sense of exactly what
-he must have been feeling.
Traumatised after helplessly witnessing men,
women and children drown in front of him, Henry Trengrouse made
it his life's mission to help save people from shipwrecks.
And what did he actually do?
Well, he actually thought that there must be a way of getting
a rope across to the ship.
And he though about how could you actually get it there.
Actually, I think he had been to a fireworks display
to celebrate some royal event.
And the idea of the fireworks just gave him
the idea to actually fire a rocket.
So this rocket device, Katherine, how did it work?
I think his original idea was that every ship would carry this
apparatus with them. And then fire towards the shore.
The rocket would get a thin line across to the shore
which could then be pulled and attached to a larger rope.
Then once you got a large, substantial rope across, you could
then attach a seat to it which could be pulled backwards and forwards.
And that's the Bosun's chair that he invented.
And was he the first person to come up with this idea?
He was one of several people who came up with a similar
idea at the same time, yes.
It took Henry Trengrouse ten years to fully develop his rescue system.
Putting much of his own money into his big life-saving invention.
How long was it used for?
In actual fact, the basic idea of firing a rocket with a line
was used up into the early 1980s.
-And sort of search and rescue helicopters still carry them.
He must have been a very rich man then.
Unfortunately not, no.
He only made about £50 out of his idea from the Navy.
Because unfortunately, he didn't patent his idea.
And the other people who'd come up with a similar device
patented theirs. So he missed out.
-So no real recognition for his invention?
-Unfortunately not. No.
And he actually died in poverty, which is very sad
really considering the amount of lives he actually helped to save.
Trengrouse's rocket-powered rescue system is estimated to
have saved over 20,000 lives.
So while he may not have made money from his ingenious invention,
Henry Trengrouse did exactly what he set out to do -
save peoples lives.
It's a bit of a sad ending really, isn't it?
I'm afraid so, yes.
Well, at least it's good that you have recognised,
and local people have recognised him.
It's just a shame that, you know, the world's stage didn't.
But it's been a fascinating story.
Thank you very, very much for showing me around.
-Thank you very much.
Charles, meanwhile, has hit the road
and is headed to the most southerly city of mainland Britain. Truro.
Where he is hoping to dig out a few fantastic finds to take to auction.
-Are you open to a discount?
-Yeah, I can only say no.
Sounds like dealer Gary might need some sweet talking, Charles.
That's if you find something you fancy.
These are quite decorative, aren't they? These beakers.
And we have got these nice, almost leafy,
overlapping designs radiating around the flared tumbler.
-And in fact, Gary, you have called these Lalique.
Pair of Lalique tumblers with black enamel poppy design.
And all-importantly here, on the bottom,
is the mark for R Lalique, as in Rene, who died in 1945.
And some of his most important Art Deco glass
can fetch small fortunes.
There are so finally blown...
And they ring beautifully. And they haven't got much wear.
I think they're probably 1930s.
So, something to think about. Anything else, Charles?
I quite like the vases up there.
A nice pair of what appear to be Crown Ducal -
they could be Crown Devon - vases
with a blush ivory ground,
They are only £15, but it notes, Gary,
-one has damage. May I have a look at them?
It all depends on how serious the damage is. Thanks, Gary.
They're a good pair, aren't they?
Oh, I say, they are cracked.
They're priced at 15. What is the best on them?
Yeah. As that one is not really worth anything...
-Yeah, a fiver.
-OK. Yeah. Put it there.
Oh, sorry, Gary.
You need to work on that handshake, Charles. What about those tumblers?
I see them probably...
An auctioneer guiding them between £20 and £30.
Is there any margin
for you to give me a bit more off?
-Meet me halfway?
-Gary, you know what, I just like these
-because they carry that magic name. Oh-la-la.
And I think for that reason...
£25, it is worth a gamble.
-Gary, put it there. That's a deal. Thank you.
Appreciate it. Thanks a lot, I am really pleased.
So, with two lots bought, that is day one done.
The next morning,
the boys are soaking up the scenery at Cape Cornwall.
-Where fishermen go for lobster pots.
So far, Raj has secured himself three lots -
the cribbage board,
the serpentine lighthouse
and the decorative magnifying glass,
leaving him £225.86
available to spend.
Charles, meanwhile, has mainly bagged himself vases.
The first three he bought, he has grouped in one lot.
Then there was the Crown Devon pair.
And finally, just to mix things up, he snapped up the glass beakers.
That means he has still got £375.64 burning a hole in his pocket.
I've seen four crabs so far.
No time for a paddle, lads.
-Raj, do you want to hold my hand?
-No, thanks, Charles.
There is shopping to be done.
First stop of the morning is the nearest town to Land's End -
-Buy some antiques.
Raj has come to Bygones, hoping to uncover something special.
-Good morning to you.
-Hello, I'm Raj.
-Vicki, lovely to meet you.
What a lovely little shop you have as well.
-Thank you. Have a browse.
-See what you find.
In no mood to mess about today,
Raj has already sniffed out something he is cuckoo about.
This is a very nice little...
And it is... I'm trying to... I'm not exactly sure what kind...
It's a pug. It's a pug. There are a lot of pug collectors.
On the bronze, it's painted.
And then rubbed down.
And it has got a really nice little finish to it.
And it has got nice detail too, as well, on that.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
there were a number of bronze foundries in Austria
specialising in these cold-painted figurines.
This is a modern reproduction, but it is real bronze and could
pull in K-9 collectors. Raj is keen.
The ticket price says 60.
Make me an offer I can't refuse.
Make you an offer you can't refuse...
I could probably make you a few that you could refuse. £25.
-No? You didn't even think about it.
-No. I can't do it.
-You can't do it for 25?
Look, 35. Still a bargain for you.
I tell you what we'll do, how about we split it?
30, and it will be cash.
You drive a hard bargain.
-We have a deal?
-OK, we have a deal.
-You've got a deal.
And just like that, deal's done for Raj.
Meanwhile, Charles is made his way to Pendeen,
an area with a proud mining heritage.
Cornish mines like these played a vital role in transforming
the economic and social development of Britain in the 18th
and 19th centuries.
Charles is meeting ex-Geevor miner Eddie Strick to find out more.
What a sight we are on, with the sea just over there.
-But tell me, mining here, it was all about tin?
-It was all about tin.
It has been about tin for centuries here.
You know, you're talking about 1500 onward.
Tin, along with other metals,
have been used by humans for over 4,000 years.
And since 1860, tin mining has been Cornwall's biggest export,
even shaping the Pendeen landscape.
Eddie is taking Charles down the 18th-century Mexico Shaft
to get a closer look.
Well, Eddie, I am looking the part now, aren't I?
You are looking well dressed for the part, yes.
This mine, to me, is very low. It seems quite narrow.
Well, it is a bit of a Victorian mine, as you will see later on.
This would have been worked by a family, more than likely.
The founders used to like to work together in this early period
-to keep their costs down.
-So children as well.
-Well, Dad, after you.
-There we go.
-Come on, Dad.
The pioneering mining techniques developed in these Cornish mines
played a key role in the industrialisation of Britain.
Hey there, I've got a backache.
Here you'll be able to straighten up a bit.
-Bumped your head.
Wowee, Eddie. It is like being in an igloo.
Where are we now, Eddie?
We are on the hauling shaft,
where all the ore was hauled to the surface.
As you see in front of you, the kibble, OK, that is
what they used to load up.
And that would then be pulled to the surface by a horse whim.
You mentioned families who work together.
The girls were on the surface milling their dirt,
so as it was hauled up in these kibbles, of course...
The women's side of the family would be up there processing that
where the men and boys would be here, hauling it out.
So if they had big families then...
In the Victorian families, there might have been of seven or eight
-in a family.
-Uncles, nephews, all come together.
Paid on the amount of ground they had broken,
wages for mining were generally higher than other local occupations
like farming or fishing, but came with much bigger risks, too.
Accidents and deaths from blasting,
drowning and rock falls were common, as were serious long-term
health problems caused by breathing in the silica dust underground.
Although these walls can't talk,
it really does give you a feeling of the emotion of,
in part, the passion but more the hard life miners who
I'm sure were much younger than me had to go through and endure.
I can feel the work in the walls. Where are we going next?
Well, we are going where they'd go at the end of the shift.
They obviously wouldn't be.
-They'd be going home to a tin bath.
We are going up to the dry where we would shower.
-Oh, lovely. Shower...
-And homeward with a bit of luck.
-Have a hot drink.
-A hot drink and home we go.
-That sounds more my style.
-We will make our way.
-I'll follow you.
the transfer of the British Industrial Revolution overseas.
As Cornish miners migrated, they took their special skills with them.
The gold rush in Australia, the South African diamond in
-Getting in the hard rock, this is where the Cornishmen were.
So really, that Cornish love affair with mining really
spread around the world and showed the world the Cornish way.
That's right. And there is a saying,
"Wherever you go in the world, look down one hole.
"There is usually one Cornishman amongst them."
The Cornish miners didn't just export their technology,
they took their culture too - wrestling,
pasties and saffron cakes became well-known in Australia and America.
And Cornish place names can be found on every single continent.
Over the 1900s, Cornish tin production declined.
There was a sudden revival of the industry in 1970 and '80
which gave it a last brief boom before disappearing in the 1990s,
when this mine was shut.
-It has been an amazing visit, thank you so much.
-And the fleas.
I've got to tell you about the fleas, cos there were fleas here.
Now you tell me!
-But you are all right with that jacket.
-Yeah, I bet I am.
It feels a bit itchy, actually.
We used to have to fumigate this place every so often.
Yeah, thanks a lot.
I have got to see my mate, Raj, now and I'll pass the jacket onto him.
Nice to see you, Eddie. Take care. Thanks, Eddie. See you.
A little further along the coast,
Raj has made an unscheduled stop, as he has spotted local
fisherman Steve, who is surrounded by a load of lobster pots.
-This is an old lobster pot.
-This is an old lobster pot.
-How old would that be, Steve?
-Is about five or six years old.
-The problem is, the bottom rubs on the hard seabed.
Rubs the plastic off and then the saltwater rusts it.
-But for what you want...
What would people do? I mean, that looks ideal to put a plant in.
-A flower in the garden or something.
-Trailing plants, whatever.
You are not actually going to buy one of those, are you?
So if I were to offer you... If they are worth 20 quid at auction,
-if I were to offer you a fiver, would you be happy with that?
-You wouldn't be.
-No. God, you are a hard man already.
I could tell. OK... OK, how about ten?
-That has got to be fair.
-Ten sounds better.
-We shake on it?
We have a deal.
Cor, pretty unconventional auction lot,
but I do love the fact that Raj is getting into the road trip spirit.
While Raj has been taking in the sea air, Charles has travelled
40 miles northeast to Redruth, with some serious shopping to do.
-How are you?
-How are you doing?
-You got the name.
-You got here eventually.
We have met before, have we?
-No, no, I've seen you on TV loads of times.
-There we go.
-I just couldn't wait to see you.
Could we do a deal today, do you think?
-Hopefully. It would be lovely, I need the money.
-Get out of here!
Get out of here! I like your necklace, by the way. Goodness me.
-You carry the gold well.
You have a look round, Charles. I'll just be behind here.
-What is your name?
-Yeah, my friends call me Wal.
Yeah, man! Charles, what are you after?
Well, I quite like... Walter, follow me over here.
There is one thing I have seen that I quite like.
-Lots of glass, lots of pottery but I quite like...
-It is certainly different,
a wooden bottle, isn't it?
I don't think it is overly old.
-It definitely isn't Louis XIV.
The Sun King. Where is our sun today? I quite like this.
-Interesting, isn't it?
-Yeah. What is your very best on that?
-I'll do it for a tenner.
-Yeah, why not?
-Look at me.
I'm looking at you. You look like a nice man.
I think this is what you might call, in the auction, a fine
Edwardian oak-banded and coopered
wooden wine bottle with a stopper, and it is just uncorked.
-Because I am going to buy it for £10.
-Go for it.
-Wal, put it there.
-As it Wal or Walter?
-Wal will do.
-You got a deal.
Thanks a lot. Hold on, Wal, I am going to fly the flag. There we are.
That is one down.
Firm friends already,
Wal is offering up a little titbit for Charles.
The little pot is different, at the top there, Charles.
-Is that peculiar?
-Strange, yeah. I have no idea what it is.
What does it look like to you?
I would have said a portable inkwell, but maybe not.
If it was an inkwell, I would have thought it would have had...
A seal of some sort maybe?
Some remnants inside of maybe where a glass liner was.
And I just wonder whether it is to do with
maybe a nipple cover
if you were perhaps... What is the phrase? When you feed a baby.
Also if you'd fill a bottle, what do you call it?
What is the phrase?
What are you on about, Charles?
-You've had a baby and you are expressing.
I just wonder whether maybe there was some sort of nipple cover...
-In the box?
-In the box.
You might be onto something there, Charles.
I could believe that.
It is marked London.
I think you've quite rightly dated it to Edwardian.
It is decorative, it's not got much weight to it.
But it is quite a dainty object.
If I was estimating it for auction, I would be quite hard
-and say it is probably going to make between £15 and £30.
Is there much scope to knock a bit off that? What could
you do it for, do you think, Wal?
Um... I would let you have that for 25.
It is a shame the marks are rubbed. I think it is an interesting box.
-You wouldn't do it for 20, would you?
-Go on, go for it.
-Are you sure?
-Put it there. Thanks a lot.
So that's a box and a bottle bought. Anything else, Charles?
What I quite like is...
-I've stuck that on the second shelf.
Four nice pendants. You've got cycling, that is all the rage.
And that is a pendant from 1931.
So early cycling interest.
Then you've got an interesting little pendant here,
which appears to be in the form of a sundial.
Then you've got soccer, football as we call it all over here,
with a beautiful little blue...
Which is 1950s.
And then, are you at darts player?
-No, not at all.
As a sporting lot, what will be the best price on all four?
-As a one-hit.
-I'd go £40.
-For the whole lot?
-For the lot.
You wouldn't do a bit less, would you, Walter?
-Is there another one we could throw in?
-Get out of here!
If that is the case, Walter... You have got one here.
I think you have picked the dearest one, Charles.
Well, now you've got five, I will do the five for 50.
You wouldn't do them for...
Not a bit less?
-Go on, have a go.
-Are you sure?
-Go for it.
-Have you been here a while?
-Look at me. You've got to be happy.
You have upset me now.
-Don't say that.
-Have you ever seen me cry?
-We have done so well.
-The journey was well and truly on. Are you sure?
Is there a margin in it for you?
-Not a lot.
-No, but is there a bit of a margin?
-Just a bit.
Thanks a lot. Put it there. Sold.
So our dapper dandy is all spent up with three final lots bought.
Raj isn't done yet, though.
So he has made his way to the ancient town of
St Columb Major and is off to his final shop on this road trip.
-Tina, lovely to meet you.
It is a pack shop,
so you'll need to use your head to find your final lot.
Oh, suits you, sir. Right, anything looking good, Raj?
This is really, really quite nice.
It is a copper inkwell which is slightly different
because it is very Art Nouveau-y, and it looks like it might be
from the Newlyn School, which is obviously not very far from here.
The Newlyn School started around the 1880s and went on
until the early 20th century.
It is where a lot of artists went from the cities down here
because they... They became a colony, basically.
And they were all able to help each other and work on art forms.
And this looks very, very typically of a Newlyn Art Nouveau-y piece.
I can't see of signature on this at all, but it would've sat...
it would've sat on a desk.
It's missing its liner, which it would've had.
But it is definitely got age to it.
In fact, it has got here "Possibly Newlyn".
It has got a price on it of £79.
For POSSIBLY being Newlyn, 79 is quite a heavy ticket.
Better see if there's a deal to be had with Tina.
-I see you've got £79 on the ticket.
-Now, what could you do?
-I don't want to have to get down on my knees, yet.
-But I will.
How about if we said...
-I'll tell you what I'd like to pay for it...
..that might give me a chance. I'd like to pay £40 for it.
Right. Do you think we could do 42?
-And you could have a deal.
-Are you happy at £42?
-Yes, I'll be happy with 42.
-Tina, we have a deal.
Great, thank you.
And with that, the boys are all bought up.
Raj spent £162 on six lots.
The cribbage board,
the serpentine lighthouse,
the magnifying glass,
the lobster pot,
the bronze pug
and the Art Nouveau inkwell.
Charles spent £123,
buying the trio of vases,
the wooden coopered bottle,
the unusual silver box,
the selection of sports pendants,
the moulded glass beakers
and the pair of Crown Devon vases.
So, what do they make of each other's lots?
What I really, really like and what might be my Achilles heel,
it's only got three letters - the pug. It might just go...
The wooden bottle, £10, it is
a nice piece of treen with some brass surrounds.
There is a small profit in that.
The cribbage board, it's a game of yesteryear. It's nice.
The enamelling on the club and the heart are slightly damaged.
Even so, it is in inspired buy.
Charles has bought well. He hasn't spent a lot of money.
He has played it very, very safe.
It is never over until the auctioneer for the last time
says, "Going, going, gone."
After starting this leg in Lostwithiel,
our experts travelled all around the Cornish coast
and are now off to the very last auction in Crewkerne.
Presiding over the auction today at lovely Lawrences
is Richard Kay.
So what is he make of our lads' lots?
The Cornish lobster pot is a bit of a surprise.
We have a huge variety in our sales,
but I don't think we've ever had one of those before.
I think it might be a little bit too fishy for some collectors' tastes.
This has been called a nipple box, which is a new term to me.
I think it is a small piece of beautifully made silverware
from the Edwardian period.
It's precise purpose is unclear, but we won't dwell on that now,
I think, we'll just hope for a good price on the day.
I think the one I am going to put my money behind is the copper inkwell.
There is no signature on it, which is a little off-putting,
but the quality is lovely. It is a charming piece.
So I think that could be quite a good price today.
So, for one last time, our boys are getting ready to head-to-head.
The journey starts now, this is the final curtain.
First up is Raj's mahogany and brass cribbage board.
Bid's here, start me at 20. 25, 30 is bid.
-Well done, profit.
-It's 35, I'm out.
40, new bidder. 45.
Are you bidding? 50. 55.
-That is awesome, Raj.
Storming start there for Raj.
Will Charles be as lucky with his pair of Linthorpe-style
vases together with the blue Brannam vase?
What shall we say, £10 for all three?
-10 is bid.
15. 18. 20. Five.
25, lady's bid at £25.
-30, new bidder. 35.
-Selling this one at 45.
It is indeed, more than doubling your money there.
Well done, Charles.
-Well, we are both off to a good start.
Like the sun, we are burning in the profit, aren't we?
Right, Raj, let's see how
your Cornish serpentine stone lighthouse fares.
-I light up your life.
-You do. You do.
£10 for it. 10 is bid. Opening at 10. Selling at 10 only?
-Are we done? £10?
-All done at 10? I'm selling.
That loss means Charles is still in the lead.
Can he pulled further ahead with his oak and brass-coopered bottle?
£20 for that. £20 is bid.
That's good. Come on. Let's move.
£20, then. And selling this one. 25.
40. No? £40.
-It is the lady's bid at 40.
-Cost me how much?
The champagne's on ice, the show is almost over...
-Brilliant, well done.
-That's a good one.
Another top profit there for Charles.
-You've done very well.
-I have to say.
-Are you enjoying yourself?
-I'm loving it.
I'm loving it!
Well, here is hoping you are still is chipper
after your decorative magnifying glass goes under the gavel.
£10 for that. £10 for it.
-Is that a profit?
-5, then. 5 is bid.
I saw the lady's bid first.
£8, sir. Are you bidding?
10. 12. £12 now.
Selling at 12. At £12, last time.
So, although it is a £2 profit, after auction costs,
it means Raj actually made a bit of a loss there.
Up next is Charles' unusual silver box.
-£25 for it. 20 then.
-15 is bid.
20. £20. I am selling this one at 20. All done?
Again, after auction costs, although he broke even,
that actually results in a bit of a loss for Charles.
Next, the lot the auctioneer felt was a bit off-piste -
Raj's lobster pot.
£10 for that?
5 anywhere? 5 is bid.
-8 now. 10. 12.
-Well done. Well done, Raj. Profit.
12. 15. 18. £18.
Selling at 18.
-All done at 18?
-Very good. You gave it all that.
-I gave it all that, and it worked.
And you got all of that.
So, a pretty profit there for an old lobster pot.
Can Charles' collection of silver sports pendants perform as well?
-What shall we say, £15 for them?
-There we go.
30. Five. 35. By the pillar at 35.
Selling this one at £35. Last time.
No sports fans in the house today, it seems.
What about dog fanciers?
A profit on the pug would give Raj a healthy lead.
-The reason I bought this was because I thought of you...
-..when I saw the pug.
-Am I the pug? Pugs are quite unattractive.
-What are you trying to say?
Very charming little piece. Bids here start me up at 40. 45. £50.
-£50 is bid. 55. 60.
Five. 70. Five. 80. Five. 90.
-£90, the bid is still with me.
At 90, I am selling this one at 90.
£90 then. All done?
-Put it there.
A delightful doggy profit for the pug.
I am going to be woofing all the way home.
Right, enough of the puppy puns,
Charles is playing catch-up with his Art Deco glass beakers.
Which shall we say, £40 for them?
-£40 for them? 30 then?
-£30 is bid. 35 now.
Any more? It is 45. At the cabinets at 45. All done?
Nice little earner there for Charles.
But a good result on Raj's
last lot could see him win this final leg.
It is the auctioneer's favourite, the copper inkwell.
-Charming piece. Bids start me at 50 on this one.
-Oh, my goodness!
-55. 60. Five, 70. Five, 80.
Five. At £85 now. I'm out in the room.
90, new bidder. 95. 100.
-Are you bidding? 110. 120.
-You've done it!
It is 120. It is your bid, madam. At 120. And selling at 120
-if you are done elsewhere. Last time.
-I think you have done it.
Are we done?
I think you bought a wonderful object and I think
you're flying high.
Fantastic result, but it is not over yet.
You have still one last chance, Charles.
It is the final lot of the trip - his Crown Devon vases.
Come on, auctioneer.
-I am going to call the room out.
-Blush ivory vases.
No, no, no, stop that.
What shall we say, £10 for the two, quickly, for them?
-I need some help.
It's only a pound each.
-£2 is bid.
At £2. Only 2? Selling at 2? Are we done with them?
And £2 only... Four, just in time.
-Six. Selling at six.
You made a profit!
After auction costs, that means a teeny-tiny loss there for Charles.
-After you. No, you go first, I salute you.
Well done, chaps, but the big question is -
who is this week's winner?
Raj started out with £305.86 and made,
after paying auction costs, an incredible profit of £88.10.
Making him today's winner and leaving him
with an impressive final total of £393.96.
Well done, that, man.
Charles began with £423.64.
And after paying auction costs, also made a profit of £33.62.
That means he may have lost this leg,
but he has won the overall trip with a fabulous final tally of £457.26.
All profits go to children in need. Well done, Charles.
-For the last time.
-For the last time.
-Foot on break.
-It is a bit of a sad moment.
-Now, go to first gear.
-I can say, "Going, going..."
-There we go. That whole time.
Watch it, watch it.
What a week our cheeky chaps have had!
Who is this guy?
It has been a magical journey.
Completely and utterly disappear.
That's brilliant. Wowee!
And although there have been a few bumps along the way...
-Go down. Whoops. Sorry.
We have witnessed the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Raj, do you want to hold my hand? Good luck.
Next time sees the start of a brand-new road trip with
Butterfingers David Harper...
Sorry about that, Roger.
..and the ever-entertaining Anita Manning.
Charles Hanson and Raj Bisram's road trip concludes as they shop in Cornwall and head to that decisive auction in Crewkerne, Somerset.