Episode 9 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 9

Antiques challenge. It's the penultimate leg for auctioneers Charles Hanson and Raj Bisram as they road trip through Devon. Raj takes a big risk in a bid to catch up.


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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts...

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-I don't know what to do.

-HORN TOOTS

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..with £200 each, a classic car

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and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.

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What a little diamond!

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The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction.

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But it's no mean feat.

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Back in the game...Charlie!

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There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.

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-SHE GASPS

-So, will it be the high road

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to glory or the slow road to disaster?

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-Oh!

-This is the Antiques Road Trip.

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Yeah.

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It's day four of this week's adventure

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and our expert auctioneers are revved up and raring to go.

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-Charles, wake up, wake up.

-Sorry. Sorry!

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Charles Hanson is an antiques expert

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who loves nothing more than getting giddy at a great find.

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Aren't we lucky to be living almost in a hazy dream

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that's the Antiques Road Trip?

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Good Lord. This week, he's on the road with Raj Bisram,

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our top auctioneer from Kent.

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-ENGINE REVS

-Sorry, sorry again.

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Can you get in the back?

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Raj made money on the last leg, which means he's got

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an impressive £414.86 to spend.

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GAVEL BANGS

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Charles also bagged himself a profit,

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which means he's currently in the lead with £464.64 to play with.

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-It's about taking part that counts.

-Absolutely.

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And that's what Mr Tim Wonnacott always believes in.

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Buy with a passion, stay away from knobbly knick-knacks,

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make a name for yourself and celebrate history.

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-That's a road trip. Got it?

-Yeah, got it.

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Glad to see you've been listening, Charles.

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Our chaps' mammoth mission began in Corsham in Wiltshire

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and takes in most of the south-west of England,

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eventually finishing around 900 miles later

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at Crewkerne in Somerset.

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Today's trip kicks off in Hele in Devon

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and will finish up at an auction in Exeter.

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-Do you know what I'm looking forward to the most?

-Tell me.

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I'm looking forward to a cream tea, a famous Devonshire cream tea.

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Yeah, a Devonian cream tea.

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And I reckon the man who knows a good cream tea is Mr Wonnacott -

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-he comes from Devon.

-Does he?

-Yeah, yeah.

-Fantastic.

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I think he likes the cream on first, before the jam.

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Rubbish, Charles. You know it's the jam on and then the cream.

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They're bonding up nicely, though, aren't they,

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in the dashing Triumph Herald nicknamed Bella?

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-It's been great, Raj, and Bella's been a joy.

-She has.

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Yeah, I have to say, I wasn't too sure at the beginning,

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-but I'm certainly getting used to her now.

-Yeah, yeah.

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A bit like you.

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I love a good bromance. First stop today is Fagins Antiques.

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-Here we are. I would keep going. Keep going!

-Here we are!

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-Today's a day...

-Fagins Antiques.

-Slow down there. Stop, stop, stop.

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-What's going to happen today?

-Where's the entrance?

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Yeah, but look at that! Thousands and thousands of square feet.

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THEY LAUGH

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-After you.

-After you.

-Go on, get in.

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It should be big enough for both of them.

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If I had a house one day big enough,

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I'd love to buy a nice, big snooker table.

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Uh, Charles, I think this is the moment to move on, old boy.

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Sorry, back to business. Come on, Hanson. I'll let you carry on.

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Raj, meanwhile, has enlisted owner Chris to help him hunt.

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Well, I think it's made out of an old shell.

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First World War, maybe, converted to a moneybox.

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Some of the estimated one billion shells fired

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during World War I were transformed into trench art,

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but I think this is likely to be a later reproduction, don't you?

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-There's a lot of people that collect that sort of thing.

-Yeah.

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And what would that have to be?

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-60.

-60?

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-There's not going to be a profit in that, is there?

-There is...

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-Not at 60.

-I'd say...

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At auction, I reckon that's £40-£60.

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Well, seeing as I've only just unearthed it,

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-I can't remember what it cost me...which is terrible.

-£30.

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I've got to have a chance at 30.

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-40.

-35.

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-All right.

-35?

-I should think you'll do well on that. That's a start.

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OK, that's a start. OK. Thank you very much. Brilliant.

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Right, Raj is off the mark. Charles?

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It's always the most nerve-racking time on the first day of a shop

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of a new county and you've got to start digging deep

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because the hardest thing ever is to find the first purchase.

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It's always that twitchy time where you're doing this.

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Well, you might want to get a move on

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as Raj has already found something else he fancies. Look at that.

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Chris, I noticed this on the way in. It's a nice Georgian cheese coaster

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and, of course, in Georgian times, this is how the cheese

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would have been served on the tables but, as you can see,

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it's a nice piece of mahogany. It does need repair.

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This is all doable but it would have to be very cheap.

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-The ticket price is £50.

-I could probably do that for 40 for you.

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I think there's quite a good profit.

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I mean, they usually go 300-plus, don't they?

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Well, I've sold a few recently and I've got about £100-£150 for them,

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-but they've been in good condition.

-Oh, right.

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In that condition...30 quid.

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-It's got to have the work.

-Yeah.

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-OK, you can have it.

-Yep, £30?

-A deal on that.

-Fantastic.

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A roaring start there for Raj, with two items bought for £65.

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Charles, meanwhile, has decided to move on empty-handed

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and is headed south to the pretty town of Topsham.

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Perhaps he'll have better luck at Quay Antiques.

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-Hello, sir.

-Hello.

-How are you?

-I'm well. I'm Albert.

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-Albert, Charles Hanson.

-Nice to meet you.

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-Is it your emporium?

-No, not mine.

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-I can't afford anything like this.

-Get out of here.

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You're in the bow tie. You look the part, sir.

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Well, if you look the part, you can fool anybody.

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Shh, don't tell anyone, Albert.

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Surely there's something to tickle our Derby dandy in this place.

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It's so exciting. It's like, "Land ahoy!" or "Antiques ahoy!"

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They're everywhere.

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One thing I do quite like is this lady here.

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She's what we call a peg-jointed doll,

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and with her wooden head...

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and this tiny, squashed face

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on that painted, enamelled wooden face,

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she would be early Victorian - 1820, 1830.

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What impresses me is I think she's in her original clothes.

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I think it's a very nice object, which is certainly worth

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-further inspection.

-Only one way to find out.

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I like her original face - it hasn't been changed or altered.

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My only concern with her is, Albert, she's missing a leg.

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-So, although she's a peg-jointed doll...

-She's a peg leg.

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I'll call her Peggy. Peggy is missing a leg, which is a shame.

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Peggy is priced at £49.

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If I could make an offer with your dealer,

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what sort of figure do you think would be acceptable?

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-She'd probably do it for 45.

-Yeah.

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In the perfect world, I'll probably want to pay more like 35,

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but you might say, "Look, Charles, that's just one bid below too far."

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-Shall we find out?

-Could you, Albert? That'd be great.

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I'll give her to you and, if Peggy is a goer, I hope she is.

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-Right.

-Thanks a lot.

-Let's see what we can do.

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With Peggy put aside for later, anything else grab you, Carlos?

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I quite like the little goblet in here, you know,

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which is quite decorative. I'll bring it out to you.

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That's quite attractive, isn't it? What I like about it

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is, if you turn it upside down,

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you've got some nice wear on the base.

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That's a good Bristol Blue goblet of probably around 1820.

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Another item goes on the consideration list.

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Are you actually going to buy anything, Charles?

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What you hope to see is objects that jump out at you

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-and they say, "Come on, Hanson, buy me."

-Yeah, quite.

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Well, what does this desk calendar say to you, then, Charles?

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What's nice is it's set on this nice oak plinth base,

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which is mounted with the leather, but what's really nice

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is the engine turning and the fact it's also hallmarked

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just on the side here.

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Hallmarked for Birmingham and the date code does coincide to 1930.

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It's priced, Albert, at £75.

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I quite like it. It's in good condition, hasn't been dropped

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before. There's no indentations. There's not too much wear and tear.

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With a ticket price of £75, Charles has some thinking to do.

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Meanwhile, Raj is back on the road

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and taking a trip to the highest town in Somerset - Chard.

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Charles will be in some warm, hot shop now.

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Here I am, driving around the beautiful Somerset-Devon countryside.

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Chard is not only the birthplace of powered flight,

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but it was also once home to James Gillingham, shoemaker and inventor,

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who became a pioneer in artificial limbs.

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Raj has come to the Chard Museum

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to meet chairman of the trustees David Ricketts

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to find out more.

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James was born in 1838 into a family of boot makers in Chard.

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And, at the age of 21,

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he went up to London to be apprenticed into shoemaking.

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When he returned after a few years,

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he ran the business with his mother and he was very much an inventor.

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We know him for inventing radiators, for example, and escape mechanisms.

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The invention Gillingham would become most famous for

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were his artificial limbs made from moulded leather.

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The ground-breaking event occurred in 1863,

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when the town was celebrating the wedding of the Prince of Wales

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and they fired fireworks and a cannon, and Will Singleton,

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who was a local gamekeeper, was tamping into a cannon,

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preparing to fire it, and it exploded

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and took his arm off at the shoulder.

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And when, out of the blue, two years later, Will Singleton met

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James Gillingham, James Gillingham immediately said,

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"I can make you an arm and I'll do it for nothing."

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And that's exactly what he did, using his shoemaking skills.

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Heavy wooden prosthetics at that time required part of a limb to

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attach to, but Gillingham invented a ground-breaking artificial arm

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for Will Singleton, without which he would have lost his job

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and faced destitution.

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He devised a special secret process for softening the leather,

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moulding it into shape around a last

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and then when it cooled, it hardened and it, in fact,

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was half the weight of the wood that would originally have been used

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for such an artificial limb.

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So this was really revolutionary?

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Singleton's arm was taken up to London to demonstrate

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to the medical profession and they were really impressed with this.

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James Gillingham was asked then to make further limbs for people who,

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up until that time, the medical profession had thought

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were incurable as regards to fitting limbs.

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He got so busy that he closed his shoe shop and opened up

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his workshop behind the house, Prospect House, as he called it.

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He was a very benevolent man.

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He didn't charge for a lot of things that he might have charged for

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because he didn't believe it was right, and the individual treatments

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that he gave to the patients were of great benefit to them.

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His son Sydney joined him and, by 1910, they had created

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bespoke artificial limbs for 15,000 people.

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The family business continued producing world-class prosthetics

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for three generations, helping many war veterans along the way.

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In early 1924, James Gillingham died.

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His son and grandson continued to individually attend to customers

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until selling the business in 1950.

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Unable to compete with mass production,

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the firm finally closed in the 1960s.

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Well, there's no doubt about it from what you've told me today,

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he revolutionised prosthetics around the world

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and I've learnt so much today and it's been such an interesting visit,

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I can't tell you. So, I thank you very much for your time, David.

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It's been an absolute pleasure to meet you and to listen to your words.

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Very pleased to have you here. That's lovely, thank you.

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While Raj has been having an informative afternoon in Chard,

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Charles is still shopping in Topsham. Look at him go, that boy.

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Oh, look, he's on the scent, look.

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What I like about this... This is a what appears to be

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a Russian silver sifter spoon by Grigory Sbitnev of Moscow.

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It's quite heavy. Feel the weight of that, Albert.

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I love the trefid handle, I love the pierced silver gilded bowl

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and it is Moscow. It would date to around 1890.

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I quite like, Albert, this spoon as well, which is also Russian.

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Monogrammed on the back, gilded bowl and again the hallmark

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is just very indistinct, but within the bowl here, as well.

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And this is Russian silver, hallmarked,

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again probably around 1890.

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I just wonder, Albert, in the very smart bow tie, mate...

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..if you could do me a favour and just find out

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-if the dealer would do a deal for the two together?

-OK.

-Is that OK?

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-Yeah.

-That's really kind.

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So, Charles has now shown interest in four lots,

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but will he buy them?

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Peggy's dealer has knocked £9 off the price tag,

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making the damage for the doll £40.

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I'm going to buy her because I fell in love with her

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and with a passion, you buy what you like, so I'm going to say,

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"At last, I've bought an object." Put it there...for £40.

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Hooray! First lot bought, finally.

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-The blue glass goblet...

-Yeah.

-Best price?

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-15.

-£15, I'll take it. Sold. That's two things down.

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I feel a lot better now. The day is warming up.

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Now for those Russian spoons.

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Desperate for a deal, plucky Charles is sweet-talking the dealer himself.

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I was just wondering whether you could do the two together for £50?

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No. So, your best price finally is 65?

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-OK. Thanks a lot.

-You in or out, then, Charles?

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Because my day has been so sparse, I think I'm going to buy them.

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-Right.

-Because I've got a busy day tomorrow.

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-Well, you can take it easy tomorrow.

-Oh, dear... Hanson, Hanson, Hanson.

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-Go on, put it there. I'll take them.

-OK.

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Clocking up the lots now, eh? What about the calendar?

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-And your best price is...?

-£60.

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-Yes. I brought these three for 120.

-So another £60.

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I'll take it.

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That flurry of activity has landed him four lots for £180.

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40, 60... Am I happy?

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I'm always happy cos life's too short.

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Well said, that man. And so day one is done. Nighty-night, chaps.

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-Morning has broken and the boys are back on the road.

-Beautiful.

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Look at these buildings, Raj. I feel almost caught in time...

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with you, my old mate.

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-Yeah, less of the old, OK?

-I mean, look at this.

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I'm your new mate.

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-So far, Charles's new pal Raj...

-Go on, get in.

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..has spent £65 on two items - the brass moneybox postbox

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and the wooden cheese coaster -

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which means he still has a huge £349.86 available to spend today.

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While Charles forked out £180 for four items -

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his peg doll, the blue glass goblet,

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the Russian silver spoons

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and his silver desk calendar - leaving £284.64 to play with today.

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Our Roadtrippers have made their way to Paignton,

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a gorgeous seaside town on the coast of Torbay.

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-Look at this view.

-Fantastic.

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-Oh, I'm looking forward to today.

-Don't make it choppy.

-No.

-OK.

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-Keep calm.

-I'll get the good buys.

-Yeah, take care.

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And put the "Bis" in "Ram", OK?

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And go away and buy some great things.

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Raj is playing catch up on the buying stakes,

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so here's hoping he'll find some gems at his first stop of the day.

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-Hello, there.

-Hello, Raj.

-Hello, Peter.

-Welcome.

-Nice to meet you.

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-And you, too.

-What a lovely little shop you've got here.

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Asking Peter for some pointers

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leads Raj to some rather pretty pottery plates.

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These are by Old Hall Pottery.

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Christopher Dresser was one of their designers

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and these are very much in his style.

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They're very heavily gold-gilded and they're just quality pieces.

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They are. I mean, if they were definitely connected

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-to Christopher Dresser, these would be almost museum pieces...

-Yeah.

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..because of his name. How much are these?

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-They're £120 for the pair.

-And what would be the very best on these?

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-I'd do them for 100.

-OK.

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I'm going to put them to one side for the moment

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and I may come back to those.

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-Ooh...

-This is unusual.

-Hello.

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You've labelled it as 18th-century.

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-18th to 19th, thereabout.

-18th to 19th.

-Yeah.

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But this is original gilding that we can see on here.

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Oh, yeah. Difficult to date, this thing.

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It could easily be 20th-century and possibly part of a larger piece.

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It's a decorative item and Raj will need to get a lot off

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the 275 price tag to make it worthwhile.

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I would be looking to pay about £100 for it.

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-Not even close.

-OK, well, give me an idea.

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The best would be 180.

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So it's now a battle between two very different lots.

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It's a question of the plates or the mask.

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I mean, they are quality. I can see that these plates are really quality,

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but I'd have to attribute them to Christopher Dresser.

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There's no hard evidence. I mean, the mask is...very different.

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-I've never, ever seen one like it before.

-It's a unique piece.

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I think it's going to have to be the mask. I know you've said 180.

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I've only got a limited budget, as well, I think you know that.

0:19:260:19:29

-That's already over £100 off.

-A little bit more movement.

-175?

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160 cash. Come on, that's not a bad price.

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We'll split the difference at 170. I can't say further than that.

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-We have a deal.

-All right.

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-£170.

-Well done. You'll do very well.

-I hope so. I do like it.

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-Thank you.

-Hang on. Looks like Raj isn't spent out yet.

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I'm playing it a bit safe here, Peter.

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You've got a pair of claret jugs, they're definitely 20th-century ones.

0:19:520:19:57

-There's not a lot of age to those.

-They're a good-looking pair, though.

0:19:570:20:00

They are a good-looking pair and, if I can get those cheap,

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I'm definitely going to buy them.

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I've noticed that you've got £24 on, I presume, each ticket. That's £48.

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-These have got to be cheap. What's the best on these?

-Well...

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Remembering I've already spent £170 with you.

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-As it's your first trip, Raj...

-OK, here we go.

0:20:200:20:23

..you can have the pair for £24.

0:20:230:20:26

-We've got a deal. No arguing.

-Well done.

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-I'll take them at 24.

-Fast work there, Raj.

0:20:290:20:32

Charles, meanwhile, has come to well-known landmark Oldway Mansion.

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This Grade II listed building was built

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by the super-rich American family the Singers,

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who lavished hundreds of thousands of pounds

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creating this impressive status symbol.

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Chairman of the Friends of Oldway, Paul Hawthorne,

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is here to tell Charles more.

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-Good morning. Mr Hawthorne?

-Yep, Paul.

-Paul, I'm Charles.

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Nice to meet you, Charles.

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It's great to be on the French Riviera.

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-I almost feel I'm outside Versailles.

-Yeah.

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No, no. Welcome to Oldway Mansion, historic home of the Singer family,

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a model on Versailles.

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It was a recreation based on the Petit Trianon gardens in Versailles.

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It's interesting, Paul, that in my day job we often handle Singer

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sewing machines and of course it was that money which really built this.

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Yeah, very much so. The first machine was put together in 1850,

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patented 1851. The company was really starting to get up speed

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and a lot of wealth by the time Isaac Singer came here in 1872.

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When Isaac Singer left America,

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not only was he one of the richest men alive,

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he had also fathered 18 children with several different women,

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a scandal which forced him to flee to Europe.

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He soon settled in England with his new wife,

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living in London before heading to the English Riviera.

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He came here with his French wife and six young children.

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He came down to recuperate from a heart condition,

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recommended by his doctors to take the airs on the Riviera

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and fell in love with the place. He'd taken a lease

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on the house, the original villa behind here, called Little Oldway.

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And this place, 100 feet exactly above sea level,

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gave him a panoramic view right across the bay,

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where he could build a great house to look out on the bay

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but also, for Isaac Singer, being a showman,

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everybody in the bay could stand anywhere and look up

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and see his great house that he'd constructed watching over them.

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Sadly, Isaac never got much time to fully enjoy his dream home

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as, in the summer of 1875, his health worsened

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and he passed away. Whilst Isaac Singer designed

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the original mansion, it was one of his sons, Paris,

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who remodelled the building on the design of the Palace of Versailles

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and the real show stopper was his reproduction

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of the lost Ambassadors' Staircase.

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I almost feel as though I'm in a place of myth.

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It's magical. It's like a fairytale.

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We're in the space that was originally the father's theatre.

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-When he made over the house outside, he did the same inside...

-Yes.

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..and he recreated the legendary lost staircase,

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Ambassadors' Staircase from the Palace of Versailles

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that no longer existed and actually, to the day,

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there are only two recreations of this staircase.

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One is here at Oldway. The other is in one of the palaces

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of the Bavarian kings, Ludwig.

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It's just high society American decadence of what age?

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What date are we talking, Paul? When was this put in?

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This is probably about 1900, 1905 this was being done.

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The big David painting he had the original of,

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he acquired in about 1898 at auction in Paris

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-and he introduced that into the design.

-Yes.

-But all the marble here

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is all quarried from the same quarries the French kings

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had used at Versailles.

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They were opened up especially for Paris Singer,

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-so no expense was spared on the materials.

-Yes.

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It takes your breath away. Let's go, Paul.

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Another impressive part of Oldway is the Rotunda.

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Originally built by Isaac Singer as a horse-riding pavilion,

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this stunning structure has morphed into many things over the years

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from a swimming pool to a film studio,

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and it was even used as a hospital ward during World War I.

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Was this actually a place, the Rotunda, where we had beds?

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Yeah, this was a ward. You'd have beds all around the circular walls

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there and in the centre here. This was St George's Ward

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and you had nursing stations at the back and another big ward.

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The wards were sponsored by wealthy Americans.

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It was The American Women's War Hospital,

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so it was called St George after a wealthy American benefactor.

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It was entirely funded by the American people.

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Nothing from the UK Government went to pay

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for the treatment of the 5,000 soldiers that came here.

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After the First World War, what happened to Paris?

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Was he here for a few more years?

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Paris Singer... By the end of the First World War,

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he'd moved on because of various personal problems and associations.

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He started project building a castle in the south of France, Cap-Ferrat,

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and he went over as well, convalescing from a heart condition,

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and developed what's today Palm Beach, Florida. That was his resort.

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Without Paris Singer, Palm Beach in Florida would be nothing but...

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What was it the architect called it at the time?

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"Without him, it would have been nothing but a sandspit."

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After World War I, Paris's other projects saw him

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spend more time away from Oldway, so his original plans to fully remodel

0:25:330:25:37

the mansion and demolish the Rotunda were put on hold.

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Thanks to this, the Oldway we see today shows the unique vision

0:25:410:25:46

of both father and son. Amazing.

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It has a romance, it has this lost American glamour,

0:25:490:25:53

which I really hope the public will rejoice at in years to come

0:25:530:25:56

-and be able to enjoy for what it represents.

-Oh, very much.

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I think the history of the house and the Singer family has a lot

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to give to the public, to the world, that hasn't yet been told.

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I think it's so unspoilt. It's so sleepy and market-fresh,

0:26:080:26:12

and I'm sure one day it will sing again.

0:26:120:26:14

-Do you get it? Sing?

-I do. Very good.

0:26:140:26:17

-Which way is my way out, Paul? I'd better go.

-We go out this way.

0:26:170:26:20

I'll follow your lead. Thanks a lot.

0:26:200:26:22

Back together again, our boys have hit the road

0:26:250:26:28

and are travelling 30 miles west to Plymouth.

0:26:280:26:32

They've even made an ice cream pit stop en route.

0:26:320:26:35

-When it drips, just do a 360 with your tongue.

-OK.

0:26:350:26:39

-You sound experienced.

-Yeah.

0:26:390:26:40

-Oh, no!

-I'm sorry. Sorry, I'll give you... It just broke.

0:26:430:26:49

-It just broke?

-Yes, it did.

-"Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry!"

0:26:490:26:54

I hope you're not making a mess of that car, Charles.

0:26:540:26:57

Ice creams demolished...

0:26:570:26:59

-Keep going, you're fine.

-Oh, look out.

0:26:590:27:01

-Perfect, Raj.

-..it's time to shop.

0:27:010:27:04

-If I go to the little shop down below...

-And I'll go up above.

0:27:040:27:08

-Good luck.

-You, too.

-Stay lucky.

-Yep.

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Raj is off to Parade Antiques, which is best-known for having

0:27:120:27:15

the largest selection of military antiques in south-west England.

0:27:150:27:20

Um, that's not very military-like. Ole.

0:27:200:27:24

Oh, this is really, really interesting.

0:27:240:27:26

I don't know who it actually belongs to but it's a matador's outfit.

0:27:260:27:30

It's obviously going to be of somebody very, very important

0:27:300:27:33

because the work that's gone into this costume is incredible.

0:27:330:27:37

Can dealer John shed any light?

0:27:370:27:40

-Hola.

-Hola.

-Hablas Espanol?

-Si.

0:27:400:27:45

John, this is obviously a matador's outfit.

0:27:450:27:48

Yes, I've stopped wearing it now, but...

0:27:480:27:51

Yes, no, it is. It's the bullfighter's suit.

0:27:510:27:55

They call it the suit of lights, traje de luces,

0:27:550:27:58

and it was worn by Joselito el Gallo.

0:27:580:28:01

El Gallo means cockerel because he was small.

0:28:010:28:05

And he was probably the most famous bullfighter that's ever lived.

0:28:050:28:08

He fought around the period of 1910 till 1920.

0:28:080:28:14

I've got to ask you, what are you asking for it?

0:28:140:28:17

-I think it's about 50,000.

-About 50,000?

-Yep.

0:28:170:28:22

It's slightly, just a little bit over my budget.

0:28:220:28:26

Maybe you could show me something for around my price range then?

0:28:260:28:28

-Right, OK.

-Yeah, very good idea.

0:28:280:28:31

John, I quite like this hat. Is this an original?

0:28:330:28:38

-No...

-It's a copy, is it?

-It's a copy. It's a good copy.

0:28:380:28:41

It's made by some London outfitters,

0:28:410:28:43

but it was made for the Sharpe series.

0:28:430:28:46

What do you think?

0:28:470:28:48

That you're not going to buy it, that's what I think. Move on.

0:28:480:28:52

-Here's another military uniform.

-That's nice.

0:28:520:28:54

I like that because it's a Hussars-type uniform,

0:28:540:28:58

but it's actually Horse Artillery.

0:28:580:29:01

-It looks quite small.

-People were small. It could have been a bugler,

0:29:010:29:05

in which case it would have been a youngish lad.

0:29:050:29:08

I guess it's going to date from the early 1900s.

0:29:080:29:11

I'm pretty sure the buttons are King's Crown...

0:29:110:29:15

Yeah, so I think there is a label in here.

0:29:150:29:19

If I remember right, it dates from about 1900-1906.

0:29:190:29:23

I really quite like that. What's the price on that?

0:29:230:29:27

The absolute death on that would be...

0:29:270:29:31

I'll do it for 60. How's that?

0:29:310:29:34

-That is not bad, John. That's not bad.

-It's VERY good.

0:29:340:29:37

-I mean, I couldn't offer you £50? It would be cash.

-No, no, you can't.

0:29:370:29:41

No, you can't. No, £60 would be the absolute best.

0:29:410:29:44

I tell you what, John, I'm going to show you something and if you think

0:29:440:29:47

it's worth knocking off the extra fiver to make it 55, we have a deal.

0:29:470:29:51

If not, I'll give you £65 instead. Are you prepared for that?

0:29:510:29:56

-OK, yeah, I'm happy to make 65.

-How's that?

-That's OK.

0:29:560:29:59

-And you've got to be honest, OK?

-This is taking haggling to a new level.

0:29:590:30:03

OK, watch carefully.

0:30:030:30:05

OK, you can see there's nothing in my hand there.

0:30:050:30:07

I'm going to take the silk hanky and I'm going to put it

0:30:070:30:09

into this hand here, right under your nose right there.

0:30:090:30:14

OK, you can see it. It's right there.

0:30:140:30:15

All I'm going to ask you to do is to just blow on my hands.

0:30:150:30:18

Right.

0:30:180:30:21

Gone. Completely and utterly disappeared.

0:30:210:30:25

Of course. I knew you were going to do that, but...

0:30:250:30:27

-Yeah, actually, that's good.

-It's not bad, is it?

0:30:270:30:29

-That's not bad.

-Is that worth £55?

-Go on, then.

0:30:290:30:33

-We have a deal. Thank you.

-I've been conned but I don't know how.

0:30:330:30:38

Neither do I. You're a man of many talents, Raj,

0:30:380:30:40

and with that little trick, you're all bought up.

0:30:400:30:43

If you do find my green silk hanky, please post it back to me, OK?

0:30:430:30:47

-I'm impressed actually.

-40, 60. Brilliant.

0:30:480:30:52

Thank you very much indeed.

0:30:520:30:54

Charles still has some spending to do with a final shop to browse.

0:30:560:31:00

It's quite an interesting shop. It's like a giftware shop.

0:31:040:31:06

There's also lots of other interesting objects, as well.

0:31:060:31:09

So, it's always quite nice when antiques are almost

0:31:090:31:12

off the radar a bit.

0:31:120:31:14

This group of old storehouses holds one of the biggest collections

0:31:140:31:17

-of antique traders in the South West.

-Hello there.

0:31:170:31:21

-Hello.

-How are you?

-I'm fine.

-And your name is?

-Anton.

0:31:210:31:24

-Anton, are you a local man?

-Yes.

-Anton is... Is it Polish or...? No.

0:31:240:31:30

-No, it's just trade name.

-And your real name is...?

-Tony.

-Tony.

0:31:300:31:33

Hello, Tony. I like your style.

0:31:330:31:36

Well, it's not HIS style you're here to buy. Any antiques grab you, boy?

0:31:360:31:40

What we've got here are a nice pair of his and hers...

0:31:400:31:45

I suppose, what you might call...

0:31:450:31:47

They're not really dressing table mirrors, they're more just ornaments

0:31:470:31:50

you may have had on your sideboard, in your hallway.

0:31:500:31:53

They are quite crude. Look at me.

0:31:530:31:56

-Do you agree?

-You're trying to get a bargain.

0:31:570:32:00

Isn't he always? Is there one here to be had?

0:32:000:32:03

-50 would be my absolute best.

-OK, OK.

0:32:030:32:06

I also like the Myatt tea set down here, as well.

0:32:060:32:10

I'll be very honest with you. Why that is so sensibly priced...

0:32:100:32:14

-Yes.

-..one of the cups has got a chip.

0:32:140:32:18

Because of that, I can negotiate much, much better.

0:32:180:32:22

What's the best price on those, with a broken cup?

0:32:220:32:25

I can go very good on that. I can actually half it for you.

0:32:250:32:28

With a ticket price of £49, that would be a pretty sweet deal

0:32:280:32:32

for the striking Art Deco Myatt tea set.

0:32:320:32:36

-You mentioned one chip, Anton, just show me.

-It's there.

-Oh, no.

0:32:360:32:39

-That one little chip.

-What a shame.

0:32:390:32:41

That's all that's wrong.

0:32:420:32:44

So, what we've got here is an 18-piece, 19-piece tea set.

0:32:440:32:49

-Hand-painted.

-Yeah, it is. The design is vivid.

0:32:500:32:53

Myatt & Sons made it in Staffordshire. I do like it.

0:32:530:32:57

I love this almost feathery orange-yellow banded brown glaze

0:32:570:33:02

and, in the auction house we're going to in Exeter,

0:33:020:33:06

there's going to be those young Art Deco fans

0:33:060:33:10

and I would guide it cautiously between 20 and 30.

0:33:100:33:15

So, I think £25 is a good mid-estimate and, for that,

0:33:150:33:19

it's worth a gamble.

0:33:190:33:20

I shall take your 19-piece tea set for £25

0:33:200:33:23

-and say, "Good day."

-Right.

0:33:230:33:27

Good day. Thanks a lot.

0:33:270:33:29

Like the hazy sun, it's going down to auction.

0:33:290:33:32

And, with that, both our intrepid auctioneers are all bought up.

0:33:320:33:37

Raj spent £314, bagging himself the brass postbox moneybox,

0:33:370:33:44

the Georgian cheese coaster, the unusual bronze mask,

0:33:440:33:49

the pair of 20th-century claret jugs

0:33:490:33:51

and the Royal Horse Artillery uniform.

0:33:510:33:54

My father was in the Royal Horse Artillery.

0:33:540:33:57

Charles spent £205 buying the George III blue glass goblet,

0:33:570:34:03

the pair of Russian silver spoons,

0:34:030:34:05

the Queen Anne-style painted wooden doll,

0:34:050:34:08

the mounted silver desk calendar

0:34:080:34:11

and the porcelain Art Deco tea set.

0:34:110:34:14

So, what do they make of each other's lots?

0:34:140:34:16

The heat is on and I feel like saying "hats off!" to Raj.

0:34:160:34:19

This bronze head has come out the ashes.

0:34:190:34:21

It cost him about £120. It could make 50, it could make £1,000.

0:34:210:34:26

So, it really is game on and what a thrill.

0:34:260:34:28

The items that Charles has bought,

0:34:280:34:30

I think the two that could fly are the doll and the calendar.

0:34:300:34:35

His other items, I love. I love the uniform, I love his cheese coaster,

0:34:350:34:38

so I think Raj ought to soar at auction.

0:34:380:34:41

If I was asked to swap anything with Charles, the answer would be "No."

0:34:410:34:47

After starting this leg in Hele,

0:34:470:34:49

our experts are now hurtling

0:34:490:34:51

towards the auction in Exeter.

0:34:510:34:53

Raj, if ever there was a day when the escape is on,

0:34:530:34:57

I think it's today.

0:34:570:34:59

I think we've both had a difficult buying session and I do feel,

0:34:590:35:03

if we can escape without too much harm,

0:35:030:35:06

without too much of a loss in Exeter,

0:35:060:35:09

let us head down to Penzance, hopefully with a bit leftover.

0:35:090:35:14

Managing expectations, eh, Charles?

0:35:140:35:17

-# The sun has got his hat on... #

-Here we are.

0:35:170:35:20

-# Hip, hip, hip hooray. #

-Here we are.

-The day awaits.

0:35:200:35:24

-Here we are.

-I think, Raj, it will be a hip, hip, hip hooray for you.

0:35:240:35:28

-Well, let's hope so.

-I think the mask, like the sun today,

0:35:280:35:32

-will smile on the fortunate one.

-We shall see. I wish you well.

0:35:320:35:37

So, the man wielding the gavel is Brian Goodison-Blanks.

0:35:380:35:43

Let's see what he makes of our lots.

0:35:440:35:46

The Russian silver spoons - I quite like these.

0:35:470:35:49

They're nice, they're period, by a very well-known Russian silversmith.

0:35:490:35:52

I think these will do quite well.

0:35:520:35:54

The bronze wall mask is decorative. We're maybe looking at £30-£40.

0:35:540:35:57

The one to watch would probably be the Royal Field Artillery uniform

0:35:570:36:00

cos militaria is a strong field at the moment and that will

0:36:000:36:02

certainly do very well with collectors.

0:36:020:36:04

Well, there's only one way to find out.

0:36:040:36:06

Get comfy as the auction's about to begin.

0:36:060:36:08

Right, here we go.

0:36:110:36:12

Charles, it's your Bristol Blue glass goblet first.

0:36:120:36:16

-Start me at 20, somebody.

-Come on.

-Start me at 10, somebody.

0:36:160:36:19

-Oh, it's painful.

-At 10, 12, 15?

0:36:190:36:22

-15. 18...

-Go on.

-..20, 22,

0:36:220:36:26

-25, 28? Are you sure, sir?

-One more.

0:36:260:36:28

At 25 here, then. Are we all done at 25? 8 now elsewhere?

0:36:280:36:31

-Last chance, then, at 25.

-GAVEL BANGS

0:36:310:36:33

-There we go. Happy with that.

-Fantastic.

0:36:330:36:37

First profit in the pocket. Raj is up next, with his brass moneybox.

0:36:370:36:42

£15. Save your pennies. You'll need them later.

0:36:420:36:47

-Oh, no.

-That's good!

0:36:470:36:50

-£10, madam.

-He's got 1,000 pence.

-12 now. 15?

-Here we go.

0:36:500:36:54

15. 18? No, at £15 in the middle to the lady.

0:36:540:36:58

15. 18, sure? At £18 on my left and standing at 18. And 20?

0:36:580:37:01

Are you quite sure then at 18?

0:37:010:37:04

GAVEL BANGS

0:37:040:37:05

It's almost been lost in the post, hasn't it?

0:37:050:37:07

Not sure now's the time for jokes, Charles.

0:37:070:37:10

That's a disappointing start for poor old Raj.

0:37:100:37:13

Now the pair of Russian silver spoons.

0:37:130:37:16

I'm hoping we can depart Exeter with some Russian love.

0:37:160:37:21

From Russia with love, via Exeter.

0:37:210:37:24

Various interests and commissions here.

0:37:240:37:26

With me here at 30, 5, 40, 5, 50. 50 is bid.

0:37:260:37:30

That's it. I'm out.

0:37:300:37:32

At 50 with my commission bid then. 55 in the room. I'm out then.

0:37:320:37:36

-At 55 here. Looking for 60 now.

-That's it. I'm down 10. Go on.

-55...

0:37:360:37:41

-GAVEL BANGS

-Boom. Boom.

0:37:410:37:44

-That's not bad at all.

-Russia has gone boom to bust.

0:37:440:37:47

Ah, hard luck, old chap.

0:37:470:37:49

Let's hope Raj fares a little bit better

0:37:490:37:52

with the Georgian cheese coaster.

0:37:520:37:53

-Come on, chief, hold tight.

-HE SNIFFS

0:37:530:37:55

-I can smell cheese.

-£50.

0:37:550:37:57

What will I say for that? Somebody's got to be brave to take this on.

0:37:570:38:00

-£20?

-Oh, God.

-£10, then. 10, I have, wave of the hand.

0:38:000:38:04

-And 12, 15, 18, 20...

-It's going to move. Hold tight.

0:38:040:38:08

-22, 25?

-Yes.

-£22, cheaper than firewood.

-Yes, 25.

0:38:080:38:11

-No, no.

-5 elsewhere. At 22...

0:38:110:38:15

GAVEL BANGS

0:38:150:38:16

-Aw.

-Was that two fat ducks?

-That was two very fat ducks.

0:38:160:38:19

This saleroom is not proving popular with Raj. Another loss there.

0:38:190:38:23

-That's quackers, isn't it? It's quackers.

-Boom, boom, Charles.

0:38:230:38:27

OK, Peggy's up next. Can this damaged dolly pull in a profit?

0:38:270:38:31

-Hold tight. Come on, doll.

-Various interests here.

0:38:310:38:34

At 25, 35, 40.

0:38:340:38:36

-£40 is bid. At 40. Can I see 5 elsewhere?

-Come on. Let's go.

0:38:360:38:40

-At £40. Bid me 5, somebody.

-Come on. Come on.

0:38:400:38:43

45, 50. And 5? No.

0:38:430:38:45

-My commission has it then.

-Good.

-At £50 and 5 now? Quite sure then?

0:38:450:38:49

-At £50 then. At 50!

-GAVEL BANGS

0:38:490:38:52

-Happy with that.

-50-80. Yeah, you can't complain with that.

0:38:520:38:55

A nice little earner there for Charles.

0:38:550:38:58

Next, it's the decorative bronze mask that Raj saw potential in

0:38:580:39:02

but the auctioneer wasn't so keen. So, how will it fare?

0:39:020:39:05

This mask is a massive gamble, but if I'd seen it in that shop

0:39:050:39:10

where you were, I would have bought it as well.

0:39:100:39:12

80 is commission bid here. Here at 80 with me.

0:39:120:39:14

Do I see 5 now in the room? 85. 90 now. 85. 90 at all?

0:39:140:39:19

85 with the lady. 90? 85, then, you're quite sure for the wall mask?

0:39:190:39:23

It's 19th-century. At 85, then. At 85...

0:39:230:39:28

GAVEL BANGS Well, I've got no chance now, have I?

0:39:280:39:31

That's a real shame but don't throw in the towel yet, Raj.

0:39:310:39:35

-We're only halfway through.

-I'm never coming to Exeter again.

0:39:350:39:38

Oh, dear. Anyway, hold tight.

0:39:380:39:41

Next up, it's Charles' silver-mounted desk calendar.

0:39:410:39:44

-So what will I say for that? Start me at £20.

-Oh, no.

0:39:440:39:48

-£20 I have.

-That's tough.

-22, 25 seated, 25, 28?

-That's tough.

0:39:480:39:53

25 seated then, looking for 28 then. 25 seated. 28 fresh place. 30, 2?

0:39:530:39:59

-Come on.

-Nope.

-Oh, no!

-30. Original bidder at 30.

0:39:590:40:01

If you're quite sure, are we all done at £30 then? At 30...

0:40:010:40:04

GAVEL BANGS

0:40:040:40:06

-That gives Raj a chance to catch up.

-The show goes on, don't forget that.

0:40:060:40:11

We fly the Road Trip flag for Queen and country. We will not...

0:40:110:40:16

We will not collapse.

0:40:160:40:18

Well, I think Raj might if he doesn't pull in a profit

0:40:180:40:21

with his pair of 20th-century claret jugs.

0:40:210:40:24

If these make a loss, I'm going to... I don't know.

0:40:240:40:26

I was going to say I was going to eat my underpants, but I'm not.

0:40:260:40:29

-Various interests here. 25, 30, 5, 40.

-Wow.

-£40 is bid.

-Brilliant.

0:40:290:40:35

-Brilliant.

-Well, that's about right.

-At £40 here. 5 at all?

0:40:350:40:38

At £40 only for the decanters then, are you quite sure?

0:40:380:40:40

I thought they'd make a little bit more. At £40. Are you quite sure?

0:40:400:40:43

-I'm selling at £40...

-GAVEL BANGS

0:40:430:40:45

-That's a result.

-That's a result.

-Put it there.

-No.

-Put it there.

0:40:450:40:50

-All the Ps, profit all-round.

-That's more like it.

0:40:500:40:54

Raj's first profit of the day.

0:40:540:40:57

Let's see if the winning streak can continue

0:40:570:40:59

-with Charles' Art Deco tea set.

-I'll start at 40.

-Come on.

0:40:590:41:03

-I'll start at 20 then.

-Oh!

0:41:030:41:05

20 I have, wave of the hand there.

0:41:050:41:07

-Go on, sir.

-At 20. 5 now, anybody else?

-Come on.

0:41:070:41:10

25, thank you, madam. 30, sir?

0:41:100:41:12

-30, 5? 40, 5? At 40 to the gentleman...

-One more. Go on.

0:41:120:41:17

..the provisional bidder. Looking for the 5 then.

0:41:170:41:20

-At 40, are you quite sure?

-Squeeze a smile?

0:41:200:41:24

-GAVEL BANGS?

-Thank you very much.

0:41:240:41:25

A result. Marvellous.

0:41:250:41:28

To have any chance of catching up, Raj will need a massive

0:41:280:41:30

profit on his last lot - the Royal Horse Artillery uniform.

0:41:300:41:35

-Attention!

-Various interests here.

0:41:350:41:37

Overlapping commission bids starting here at 25, 35, 45...

0:41:370:41:41

-Good.

-..55, 65, 75, 80.

0:41:410:41:46

-£80 here.

-Brilliant.

-At £80.

-I'm not...

-That's good.

0:41:460:41:50

5 now elsewhere? 85 I have. At 85.

0:41:500:41:52

I am out then at 85. 85 is now in the room.

0:41:520:41:55

90 now, somebody, for the uniform. Militaria is on the up.

0:41:550:41:58

At £85, then, looking for 90 now. You're quite sure then?

0:41:580:42:00

All in with 85. Right in the middle then and selling.

0:42:000:42:03

-GAVEL BANGS

-That's good.

-It's a profit, yeah.

0:42:030:42:06

-£30. That's fantastic.

-That it is!

0:42:060:42:09

As predicted, a pretty profit for the uniform.

0:42:090:42:12

On that march, one, two, after you. Come on.

0:42:120:42:15

Well done, chaps. But the big question is who came out on top?

0:42:150:42:20

Raj struggled with three lots, which meant,

0:42:200:42:23

after paying auction costs, he made a loss of £109,

0:42:230:42:27

but he's not out of the game yet as he's still got £305.86.

0:42:270:42:33

Don't step back.

0:42:330:42:35

Charles also made a loss, albeit a little less dramatic.

0:42:350:42:39

After costs, he lost £41.

0:42:390:42:42

This means our dapper dandy has £423.64 left

0:42:420:42:48

and is in the lead going into the final leg.

0:42:480:42:50

Well, it's goodbye, Exeter...

0:42:500:42:53

-Hello, Cornwall.

-Hello, Cornwall.

-Yes.

0:42:530:42:56

Here we go. I'm looking forward to some nice Cornish ice cream.

0:42:560:43:00

-Clotted cream...

-Yeah! THEY CHEER

0:43:000:43:02

And so, until next time, toodle-pip, Roadtrippers.

0:43:020:43:05

Next time on Antiques Road Trip, the end is nigh for Charles and Raj

0:43:060:43:11

as they head towards their final auction.

0:43:110:43:14

-Hello, Charles.

-But the big question is...

0:43:140:43:16

-CLUNKING

-What was that, Raj?

0:43:160:43:18

-..will they actually make it?

-Bail out!

0:43:180:43:21

It's the penultimate leg for auctioneers Charles Hanson and Raj Bisram as they road trip through Devon. Raj takes a big risk in a bid to catch up, but will it pay off as they head to auction in Exeter?