Antiques challenge. Charles Hanson and Margie Cooper are halfway through their trip. They start in Melbourne, south Derbyshire, and head for an auction in Aylsham.
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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts...
-This is beautiful.
-That's the way to do this.
..with £200 each, a classic car and a goal - to scour for antiques.
The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction,
but it's no mean feat.
There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
So will it be the high road to glory
or the slow road to disaster?
The handbrake's on!
This is Antiques Roadtrip.
It's the third leg of this week's road trip with antiques dealer
Margie Cooper and Derbyshire man, auctioneer Charles Hanson.
Welcome to Derbyshire, Margie!
Smell the Derbyshire air.
He is as excited as usual.
Just as well Margie is in command of this 1959 Elva Courier.
I would just change gear if I were you.
I wouldn't... I would just gently caress the accelerator now, Margie.
I was driving cars before you were even thought of.
-Are you being serious?
-You're not that old, are you? Look at me.
Both experts started this road trip with £200 and a complete gearbox.
After two auctions, Margie has increased her loot to £280.32.
But Charles is stretching ahead.
He has £496.46 to flash about on this leg.
I'll try... Oh!
This epic road trip started in the Leicestershire town
of Melton Mowbray.
They're zipping around six counties
before ending their trip in Leicester.
This leg starts off from Melbourne in South Derbyshire,
destined for an auction in the Norfolk town of Aylsham.
Charles is shopping first today in the Georgian town of Melbourne,
namesake of the Antipodean city down under.
-Good morning. How are you?
-All right, thank you.
-What a lovely shop.
-Thank you very much.
-Welcome to Melbourne Antiques.
The delightful Helen is on hand to help.
I try to please everybody. I try to buy a bit of everything.
-It's just awash with treasures, Helen.
-I know. It's just...
I feel like a pirate.
These are nice.
These are pretty, aren't they?
Charles has uncovered a nice pair of Art Nouveau Royal Dux figurines,
but I spy a problem.
-What a shame. Oh, I don't believe it.
I was feeling so good and then I saw the instruments.
-Her little harpsichord has been damaged.
Missing that section there, but also missing a thumb
and if we turn it round, we'll see, good quality,
raised pink Triangle Mark for Royal Dux, but what a shame.
Oh, no. I thought she was wearing a waistband.
-She's been broken in half as well. Literally... Have you seen that?
Her whole waist there has been off. Crack, crack, crack.
They must be so cheap, Helen.
They are very cheap. £20 for the pair.
I'll think about them. Thanks, Helen. I'm going to wander on, OK?
Charles seems interested
but will have one last scout around the shop first.
It's been a great shop to come to and I think the one thing that
-I might make an offer on are your damaged Dux figures.
-But because she's been literally split at the waist...
..through there, and the fact she's missing half her instrument too,
-will you take £10?
-Look at me, happy, she is happy.
-I'll take the figures.
The broken lady who's been chopped in half and missing...
That's how hard it's been in Melbourne. Thanks a lot. Thank you.
-Thank you so much.
Thank you, Helen.
Despite the damage, these two figurines could do well at auction.
Thanks, Helen. Take care. Bye.
Margie's motored her way to the north-west tip of Leicestershire
and the town of Castle Donington.
Her first shop today is Once Removed.
The shop, that is.
It's its name.
-Hi, I'm Philip.
Oh, hello, Phil. Margie.
-Good to meet you.
-Yeah, so, I'd love to have a look round.
Sure, yes. Feel free to wander.
Margie's got just over £280 to spend.
What will she plump for?
-That's been nice in its time, hasn't it?
Margie's spotted an Edwardian ladies' toilet mirror.
A nice bit of satinwood around here.
Just turn it round to see what's going on at the back.
-Yes, as is.
-All original, yes, it's not been...
It's as original, nothing been tampered with at all or changed.
-Phil, I quite like that.
-So, how much is that?
-Well, that could be £25.
-Which, you know...
Very reasonable, Phil.
I'm going to shake your hand on that.
-Oh, right, thank you very much.
-Thank YOU very much.
One sale. You can wrap it then.
One purchase already and Margie's still to explore Phil's basement.
-I'm going to go down.
Small but packed with stock.
A gramophone player.
-Gosh, I've never, ever bought one in my life.
-Does it work?
-Yes, I can give you a demonstration if you want.
Crank it up for you.
There you go.
-It's not bad, is it?
-It's all right, yeah.
And you've got the volume control there, you see. There you are.
Volume control is shut the door.
This 1920s gramophone comes with a few records, too.
But what's the price, Phil?
Well, I was... I was going to...
-You know, £80, £90.
But I could go a little bit...
I'll go to 50. I could drop down to 50.
50 quid for a 1920s...
-I'll have another browse upstairs.
-I know it's here.
-Yeah, fair enough, yes.
After another quick look upstairs, it's decision time.
So I bought that, so do I just leave it at that and move on?
Or do I have a crack at your record player?
I think that's what we're down to.
-40 quid won't buy it?
-Say 43 then.
Let's just cut it down to...
£43. We're done. I'm on my way.
That's the Edwardian toilet mirror
and a gramophone with a dozen old 78s thrown in
for a total of £68.
What's that little glass over there?
Well, I think that's a French vase, 1950s-ish I think.
-I quite like that.
-Yes, it's different, isn't it?
-It looks very nice in the light.
-How much would you throw that in for?
Well, I bought that, again, very well,
so you could have that for a bargain £8.
-Oh! I can't leave that, can I? £8.
-Another £8. Great. Glad I spotted it.
Right, so I'll give you some more money then.
Oh, right, brilliant. There we are. Right.
An impulse buy. A 1950s vase, a snip at just £8.
Great work, Margie.
Meanwhile, Charles has made his way across the county border to
the Derbyshire town of Matlock.
Here we are.
This antiques centre has nearly 70 dealers.
With £486 to splash,
he dives straight in.
Come on, objects, talk to me.
Having a hard time then, Charles?
Can you go away, please? I'm struggling.
He's onto something.
Just found the best thing in the shop
and what I've found is pretty mundane to many eyes.
It's a piece of timber, carved with acanthus foliage
and these lovely scroll volutes.
So, many years ago, this piece of timber was very important.
It probably formed part of a very elaborate Florentine frame.
If you had the whole frame and there was a mirror,
it might be £5,000.
Sadly this is only a quarter of that frame and is priced at £65.
And in fact this piece of timber will date to around 1730,
it's that early. A really exciting find.
It's all about the history in this.
It's a great piece of timber.
I might just see if I can spot...
That's quite sweet.
What I like about this box is it's no cheap, square box.
In fact, what we've got here is a good rosewood inlaid, veneered box
with this star motif on top in ebony.
There's your interior.
I think it has got some age.
It's what you call Tunbridge Ware,
traditionally made in that region of Tunbridge Wells.
It is probably 1900 in date
and, actually, if it was in the cabinet here,
it ought to be about £75.
Hidden away, out the way, it's £14,
so it's almost been missed.
He always finds something interesting.
The dealer trading from this corner of the shop isn't here today
so it's back up the stairs.
When the going gets tough...
we get going.
To make a phone call.
Head honcho Lynne gets dealer Bernadette on the blower.
I'll put him on, Bernadette.
I just wondered, I'm just intrigued.
This almost scroll acanthus panel...
..I just quite like it because it's got some age.
Any idea where it came from?
It came out the Brunswick Rooms in Whitby.
Is that a Georgian building?
It's a beautiful Georgian building.
So I like that.
What's your best price...
to an old mate?
I will say, "Thank you very much."
I'll take that for 48,
and I also like the inlaid box as well that...
-So that for a tenner.
-Thank you, Bernadette.
Wasn't she nice?
The 18th century cornice and the rosewood box for a total of £58.
-Take care. See you. Bye-bye.
Margie's taking a break from shopping to head to Ticknall,
a few miles south of Derby.
She's visiting Calke Abbey, a country house frozen in time,
giving a snapshot of Victorian Britain like no other.
It's a Marie Celeste-like relic that glimpses into the lives of
one of the last traditional British upper-class families.
The National Trust's Yanni Simpson is the assistant house manager.
-Hello, nice to meet you.
-You too. Welcome to Calke.
Thank you very much.
For generations, Britain's upper classes enjoyed untold wealth thanks
to the country's economic strength and the largest empire in history.
One such aristocratic family were wealthy landowners the Harpur-Crewes.
They owned the Calke Abbey estate for over 400 years,
a reclusive family that shunned the upper-class social scene, choosing
to spend time and the family money on their natural history collection.
So this is what we call the saloon,
-and it was designed as the main entrance hall to the house.
-The bigger the room, the more money you've got.
So this is where the family start to take over the space,
not as a social room but as a private museum.
-Right, to house the collections.
It was the Ninth Baronet, Sir John Harpur-Crewe,
who started the collection, decorating the house with
hunting trophies, but his son, Sir Vauncey, outdid his father.
Animals he couldn't hunt on his own estate were
purchased from taxidermy dealers around the world.
Collecting became an all-consuming hobby for the increasingly reclusive
aristocrat, and proved detrimental to his relationship with his family.
-So he didn't necessarily talk to his daughters.
He'd send notes, either by the butler,
-so they get an instruction on a silver salver...
-..or he used an internal postal system.
-Dear, dear, dear.
That's not very good, is it?
Then the Harpur-Crewes, like other landed gentry,
were hit by the financial crisis of the 1920s.
To help control the country's ballooning debt
caused by the First World War, upper-class families were hammered
by a 32% increase in the death tax.
So when Sir Vauncey passed away in 1924,
his wife and daughters were faced with a crippling tax bill.
So a lot of the estate and collection
-was sold off to pay for that...
-..and Calke was not worth what the inheritance tax was.
Sir Vauncey's remaining collection was placed under dust sheets
behind closed doors.
The Harpur-Crewes retreated to a tiny corner of their decaying mansion,
unable to pay for repairs.
Despite clinging on to Calke for the next 60 years, the family had no
choice in the 1980s but to hand over the estate to the government,
in lieu of an unpaid multi-million-pound tax bill.
When the National Trust took over,
they found a stately home frozen in the 1920s.
Everything you see you today is as we walked in in 1985.
So, peeling paint, dirty walls, all the worn textiles, chairs,
that's as found.
It sort of stands as a monument to all the other country houses
that went into decline,
last sold off as golf hotels,
and just simply pulled down to get rid of the family debt.
Although creatures in cabinets are a somewhat sad and strange legacy,
Calke Abbey is a unique survivor,
a snapshot of late-19th-century Britain
preserved as a grand tribute to days gone by.
And, with that, an exciting day on the road comes to a close.
So nighty-night, you two lovebirds.
Charles is behind the wheel this morning, so watch out.
For Queen and country, Margie.
-Oh, sorry. Sorry, Margie.
Yesterday, Margie splashed out £76 on a gramophone in an oak cabinet,
an Edwardian toilet mirror and a 1950s glass vase.
Charles, meanwhile, spent £68 on a pair of Royal Dux figurines,
a Victorian rosewood box and an 18th-century carved cornice.
But he struggled to find objects he really loved.
It's hard because you want the objects to say,
"Look at me, come to me."
You do, eh?
First stop is in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire.
Margie's shopping in one of the oldest streets in the town.
Curiously, the chap in charge isn't called Alice.
He goes by the name of Michael. Hello, Michael.
I'm looking for some little, quirky smalls.
Off she goes.
Right so it's, yeah... What have we got up here? This is all...
-Yeah, shabby chic, yes. Go round here.
I don't really want to buy stepladders but they do sort of...
-They're popular now, aren't they? People paint them as well.
Yeah, they do, and put them in the bedrooms and put, you know,
ornaments on them.
Hm. They're not the best pair I've ever seen. I mean...
But, you know, there's something rather nice about them.
They've been used.
It's a good idea to stick them in a bathroom if you paint them up.
Paint them up and they look good, don't they?
Actually, to use them for the purpose
they were made for is out now.
-It's all aluminium, isn't it?
They won't be used as stepladders, they'll be displaying something.
I mean, you know, people find them quite heavy, don't they?
-Afraid I'm going to break it, Mike?
-I'm just worried that you are...
-You're going to lose the sale.
-You've got a lot to do today, still.
These steps were priced at £35
but, as luck would have it, they're in the sale.
The only way I can buy this, Michael, is if it was
really, really cheap, because it's going to have to be so cheap,
and that's not cheap enough.
So if you can sell me that for 15 quid, I'll buy it.
Well, I don't want you to leave without buying...
-Right, well, there we go. 15.
-OK, Mike, thanks very much indeed.
Michael's been most kind and Margie has another item to take to auction.
Charles has travelled north of Nottingham,
near to the village of Papplewick.
He's visiting this unassuming building to hear how
the pumping equipment inside saved millions of lives.
Tony Keyworth is the local expert on Victorian engineer Thomas Hawksley,
the forgotten hero of Nottingham.
-Call me Tony.
-Tony. Charles Hanson.
-Nice to meet you and welcome.
-Great to hear. What a building.
It is, isn't it? It's beautiful. It was built by Thomas Hawksley,
the best water engineer of the 19th century.
Wow. It looks amazing.
-May we go for a wander indoors?
-Let's do that, yes.
-Thanks a lot.
In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution saw
a boom in textile industries, mining and engineering.
Thousands left life in the country to seek work.
Cities soon became overcrowded, and Nottingham was no exception.
The population by 1830 had risen to about 50,000,
from 10,000 in the mid-18th century.
They were cramped into houses
that were built specifically to house them by speculative landlords.
They had no drainage, no water supply,
didn't even have a back door.
It was an appalling way to live.
60% of children below five years old died.
Overcrowding led to outbreaks of disease.
One of the most feared was water-borne cholera.
How was cholera getting into the system?
There was an attempt by some water companies to pump
water into the town to standpipes. Some into the houses.
But it leaked, basically,
and in order to prevent this leakage from exhausting the water
supply and costing too much money, they turned the water off,
and only turned it back on again in a certain area of the town
for two hours a day, and when the pipes emptied,
they drew in the contaminated waste in the ground.
So people were actually infecting themselves by drinking the water.
-And that obviously gave that low life expectancy.
-It caused havoc.
Even in the best part of Nottingham,
the life expectancy was somewhere between 12
and, in some of the wards, 18.
Local engineer Thomas Hawksley believed those
suffering from illness would benefit from clean water.
He set out to revolutionise the supply system by replacing
the leaky pipes and pumping a continuous supply of water.
He had the good sense to recognise that when you stopped
a pipe from having pressure inside it and it emptied,
sewage would get in and contaminate people, so his idea was to keep it
under pressure all the time to keep the contamination out.
Without knowing it, Hawksley wasn't just offering a supply of fresh
water, he was also stopping outbreaks of cholera.
When he put forward his idea of pumping fresh water 24 hours a day
to a sceptical establishment, he faced stiff opposition.
His revolutionary piece of engineering didn't come cheap.
What did he say to get them on board?
Hawksley worked out later in his life the mortality cost,
the consequences of people dying early.
A man would die, he would leave a wife and children
and if they became ill,
they couldn't pay for the hospital treatment,
that had to be paid for by the town.
So if they lived long enough, of course,
-they would be able to pay more taxes.
Hawksley raised financial backing from a water company to build
this steam-powered pumping station at Papplewick.
Fresh water was pumped through leak-proof pipes
to taps in people's homes.
-Did it work, Tony?
-It did. It did work extremely well.
Almost on cue, a couple of years later, there was
a cholera outbreak in the country.
Nottingham didn't have any problems at all. Nobody died in Nottingham.
Thousands died around the rest of the country.
Hawksley had proved his doubters wrong
and his system was soon adopted by other cities.
His ingenuity saved countless lives
and is one reason why Britain's health and prosperity
accelerated ahead of many others in the following decades.
He's a man I never knew but it's certainly got me
pumped up now on the Antiques Roadtrip.
My pressure is increasing, Tony.
I'm feeling, you know, a sweat coming on and I shall head off
and attempt to find my next few antique buys.
Thank you for a wonderful visit. It's been really, really rewarding.
-It's a pleasure.
Although Thomas Hawksley has never been officially
recognised in the United Kingdom, he received knighthoods
from Sweden, Denmark, Brazil and other grateful countries
for solving their drinking water problems,
a tribute to a man who saved millions of lives around the world.
The final shop for both our experts is in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Charles is running a little late...
..giving Margie first dibs at Notions Antiques Centre.
Over 30 dealers trade from here,
selling all sorts of collectables and antiques...
Oh, no! More ladders.
Proves they're popular, Margie.
-Good afternoon. How are you?
-And you are?
Sharon, I should call like that.
-And you're Lewis.
-I am Lewis, yes.
-All right. Margie.
Desperately looking for a couple of items
so I'm going to have a look around.
-I'll be back.
Margie still has £189.32 to spend.
What is she on to here?
Torpedo boat cigarette dispenser.
How does this work, Lewis?
-Oh. That's quite unusual, actually.
-That's a cigarette dispenser.
What you basically do is pull that lever back...
Yeah. A cigarette pops up.
-You pop your cigarette in there, right?
Pull that lever and it shoots the cigarette through the torpedo hole.
Why would you want to do that
if you've had to put it in in the first place?
-If you stand in the right direction and the right height...
-..it shoots it straight into your mouth.
-Oh, for goodness' sake!
Very good, Lewis.
This boat is likely to date from the 1940s
and Margie thinks it falls into the collectable category of trench art,
as it may have been made by a soldier or a POW during the war.
Ticketed at £49.
-I must say I quite like that.
-Right, well, I mustn't linger.
No. One to think about.
Right, what's spinning round in here?
Let's have a look.
Just have a look at this. What's this little chap here? Hey.
This little wooden boot is a Victorian inkwell, priced at £52.
It's very cute. It's got the original little bottle in.
We've got a bit of damage.
Oh, that's cute, isn't it? I quite like that.
Margie seems to like it so that's her second possible.
I will go for either the boot or the trench art, but I've got
to make my mind up soon cos Charles Hanson is about to arrive.
Speak of the devil.
Lordy. Margie's on the move. Look at her shift.
Oh, I can hear his car outside.
If I bought the two items...
-30 for that.
-30 for that.
-Could that be 20?
-I can't do... I can't...
-50 for the two.
-I can't sanction that.
-It's not my stock so...
-I know it's not.
-You don't want to ring her?
-We can phone, yeah.
Hurry up, Lewis. I hope that dealer's on speed dial.
-28 you can have it. That'll do.
-I've got the two in the bag.
Got the 28 and I've got yours at...
For £53, she takes the 1940s cigarette dispenser
and the Victorian inkwell,
and just in time cos here comes Charles.
-How are you?
-Fine, thank you.
-Is she here yet?
-She is. She is. She's been.
-She's been and gone?
-No, she's here.
-She's not here now, is she? Margie Cooper's here?
I'll go for a little mingle round and if you see her...
-Oh, it's you! You!
-How are you?
-Well, late. I'm late!
I know you're late. It's been terrific. I've had hours here.
-Have you been a magpie around the entire...?
-I'm done and dusted.
-You're on your own, kid. Good luck, mate. See you.
Right, I'm out.
I bought two items, I've got six in total, and I'm glad to be
finished now that Hanson's in there, cos he causes chaos sometimes.
Margie leaves Charles to it, with over £428 still in his pocket.
It's always quite nice to begin at the bottom and work up. Follow me.
Margie never found the basement.
Yes. What's great is down here,
this teapot goes back to 1810.
We're talking what essentially is a boat-shaped, octagonal teapot,
beautifully painted in a whimsical, regency style.
What's really nice is you get the teapot stand as well.
Yeah, priced at just £12.50, it's one to leave to brew.
What I do quite like, having just come upstairs, and sometimes
you need your mates with you, are the seven dwarfs down here,
and they're really quite sweet.
This one I think could be Happy. How are you, Happy?
They're quite nice. They're just weathered. But they're quite sweet.
They are complete, but sometimes when you're going into a battle,
you need your mates with you to keep the Hansen line up and running.
Hey, guys, you fancy coming to Norfolk with me?
These seven chaps are priced at £49.
With nothing else to tease him on this floor, Charles heads upstairs.
That's nice. What we've got here is a very nice dish from circa 1810.
This dish, although it is very oriental,
was in fact made in Staffordshire, and the body,
you'll see from the slightly bluish glaze, is a pearlware.
This could appeal to collectors.
Ticketed at £20, Charles is interested.
I'll leave that down there.
-I just wonder, this jardiniere over here...
..which has a plant in it, is it for sale?
-Yes, it is.
-How much is it? Is it yours?
-Has it not got a price mark?
-It's a bit cracked.
-I know it is.
-Let me give you that plant.
-It's not wet, is it?
This porcelain jardiniere is Japanese and is over 100 years old.
Sharon and Lewis even have a stand to go with it.
Oh, that's nice. I just need something which has a look.
Indeed, a grand stand for a Japanese pot.
If I said to you...
.."Would you sell the two together," what would be your best price?
75 for the two.
I'm going to come to some decisions now, if that's OK with you, Sharon.
-OK. Let me show you over here.
-I brought this downstairs from your top floor.
That's a nice dish. What would be the best on that?
15 on that.
You wouldn't take ten for it, would you?
Meet me halfway at 12?
-Go on, I'll do it for 12.
-Are you sure?
Sold one. We've got a deal. Thank you, Sharon. That's great.
-So I've bought one thing.
-In your cellar, there is a teapot and cover on stand.
-May I just run and get it for you now very quickly?
-I'll be back in ten seconds, OK? Count me in.
-Is it yours?
-That is ours, yeah.
-Oh, well done. £12.50.
-We're doing that for 12, aren't we?
-8. So 20 for the two.
I'll take that. That's one more down. What else have I seen?
-I like the dwarves. Are they yours?
-Where do they come from?
-The garden in Lincolnshire.
I think they've been almost highlighted.
Their colours are so flashy, aren't they?
They're priced at £49 for seven.
-Would you take £25?
Thank you very much.
There we go. We're not hanging around, now. Bang, bang, bang.
Going, going, gone.
-That's three things.
-I do like this.
-What were we at, 75?
-50 and our wagons roll.
-If you're happy on that. Yes?
-I'm happy and you know it. Clap your hands.
-I'll take it.
Thanks a lot. Thank you so much.
-That's all right.
-Give us a kiss. Thanks very much.
After struggling yesterday,
Charles has bought four items in as many minutes.
The pearlware plate,
the Staffordshire teapot,
a large Japanese jardiniere with a stand,
and seven garden gnomes,
all for £95,
and that brings our shopping to an end.
Until next time. Bye!
On the last haul, Charles married together the pearlware plate
and Staffordshire teapot into one lot.
His other buys include a pair of Royal Dux figurines,
a Victorian rosewood box,
and an 18th-century cornice.
All that lot cost him £163.
Margie parted with £144,
buying an Edwardian toilet mirror,
a 1950s glass vase,
a 1930s stepladder,
a Victorian inkwell
and a wooden cigarette dispenser.
Like the look of the competition, guys?
Margie's bought really well this time.
The gramophone, well, Margie,
we all like sweet music and roll back the years because
they're wonderful objects, it's in a great case and that's a star buy.
I think that stands out, that carved piece of wood.
Probably 18th century. Gilded. I like it very much.
The final stop of this leg is located in the Norfolk countryside
in the attractive market town of Aylsham.
Oh, it's a bit damp today.
-I've got a wet leg.
-I know. My leg's wet.
I'm not sure what's happened, Margie.
It's either the nerves or it's the rain.
Not a good thought, that.
Today's auction is taking place at Keys Auctioneers, a local
institution, and they've been selling from here for well over 60 years.
-This must be it, Margie.
-This is it.
-This must be it.
-The rain is ceasing, Margie. We're here.
-Right, turn it off.
-I can't get out.
-I think there's two things.
It's getting out of the car
and also getting out here without a huge loss.
Come on, man.
-Oh. There. I'm out. Margie, stretch, be ready.
-Are you ready?
Our auctioneer today is Dave Gould. What does he think will do well?
The nice 20th-century oriental jardiniere and stand.
And again I would have thought that would be estimated sort of
40-50, 40-60, that sort of area.
Gramophone, again, they're great little cabinet.
It's a nice, light, oak one. I would have thought you'd be looking
sort of anywhere in the area of sort of £30-£50 on that, realistically.
Time now for Charles and Margie to take their seats.
The first lot to go under Dave's gavel is Charles's seven gnomes.
I've got to start these on commissions at £30 here.
Come on, let's go. Come on. Let's go. Come on.
-35. It's with me.
-Come on, sell. One more. 35. One more.
-They were cheap.
-They were cheap. Doesn't matter.
Doesn't matter, Margie.
Kicking off with a profit.
Next up, Margie's Edwardian toilet mirror.
Unfortunately replacement glass...
Oh... What did he say that for?
30? 30. 30? 30.
You're flying high, Margie. Doubled up.
48. 48? 48. 50.
Margie Cooper, take a bow.
All out now then at 50.
-It's not that brilliant.
That's the biggest profit of the day so far. Take a bow.
We're only two lots in, Charles. But, yes, Margie's doubled her money.
This chap with a stick is telling us
Charles's Japanese jardiniere and stand is up next.
Who wants a jardiniere? Any bids? Any bids?
I've got to start that one here at 35.
Come on. I'm behind. Come on.
-Come on, sir.
Yes, over there. Sorry. Sorry.
-With you, madam.
-Thank you very much, madam.
-Anyone else now?
-Away now then at 65.
-OK. That's OK.
A strong profit for Charles. Well done.
It's that stick again. Margie's stepladders are up now.
Start this here at £15.
-My money back.
Maiden bid with commissions and I'll sell away now at 15.
-Got away with it. Got away with it.
-That's good. £15. Broken even.
It will be a small loss after commission, though.
But it's early days.
Charles loved the carved 18th-century cornice. How will it do?
I've got to start this at £30 I'm bid.
-It could bomb.
-30? 30. 30? 30.
-Doesn't matter. That's OK.
-Go on. One more.
-Go on, sir. One more.
-I'll sell them at 45.
Someone's got a so-called 300-year-old cornice for a steal.
The next lot is Margie's 1950s glass vase.
£10 here for that at 10.
10? 10. At 12? 12.
15? At 15. 15. 18? At 18.
18? 18. 18?
Go on. At 18. 18. 18. It's in front.
It goes now at 18.
-18. Got a tenner.
-That's good. Oh, that's great.
It is. And Margie's slowly stretching ahead.
Charles's next lot was supposed to be the pearlware plate and the teapot.
However, the plate was broken during the auction viewing - a tragedy.
The auction house has given an insurance valuation of £45
for both items and if the teapot on its own sells for any less,
Charles will still receive 45.
Make sense? Good.
What a shame.
Yeah, the teapot's great. OK. I'm still standing, Margie.
At £10. At 10. 10, 10, 10,
-At 15, 18.
-Very lovely, yeah. I love it.
20. Commission takes it away again.
That's broken even.
Hammer's gone down at 20, but the insurance was 45,
so Charles walks away with a £25 profit.
No, I'm very happy with that. Helps me out. Helps a poor man out today.
Now time for Margie's cigarette dispenser.
I love this. This will do well.
Maritime interest. You watch his move, Margie Cooper.
Start me then at 10. 10, 12, 15.
18, 20? At 20. 2, do you want? 22.
-Margie, you're flying high.
-No, I'm not.
At 22. 22. 25. 25.
28. 28. 28, you're sure?
-At 28. 28.
-28. 28. With Nelson, away it goes now.
-That's good, Margie.
No, it's not!
Is that profit for you?
If should have made about £70.
It made Margie a few pounds' profit.
Now it's the turn of Charles's Royal Dux figurines.
-Unfortunately, a bit of damage.
-Don't say that!
One hand been cut in half and glued together, but still a nice pair.
Well, that's killed them.
Hey, let's see.
-Hey, there you go.
At 38. 38. 40.
-At 40. 40, 40, 40, 40.
-Come on. Let's go.
That's where we're stuck now then at £40.
I'm delighted with that, Margie. I'm over the moon.
-That's a great return.
Well done indeed. A cracking return.
Next, Margie's Victorian ink well.
-We'll start that at £10 here.
-Oh, Margie Cooper!
12, 15. At 15. 15, 18.
At 18. 18, 20.
-At 20. Lady takes a seat and you're all out?
Away it goes, then, at 20.
That was so cheap. That was so cheap!
That's a shame, Margie.
Will Charles have better luck with his piece of Victoriana?
His rosewood box is up now.
I'm going to start that here at £5 only.
-Oh, no. Come on!
-At 5, 6, 8...
Let's go. Come on, let's go.
At 10. 12, 15? At 15. 18. 20. At 20.
Anybody else? 28 there!
-28. 28, 28, 28.
-Go on, madam.
-28, standing near...
-One for the road!
One for Norfolk.
And that's all, folks.
-That's you done.
Well done, Charles. You're ending on a profit.
Ooh, stick's back, look. And pointing out our pair's last lot,
Margie's gramophone and records.
-This gramophone is big, £43.
-We must wind it up.
I think it will wind them up. You watch.
-Start this here at £35.
-Get in! Well played.
-40. 2, 45.
-You're flying, Margie Cooper!
50. 55? 55.
75. 80. 85. 90.
-5, do you want?
-Oh, my goodness!
Coming out in a hot flush!
-100. At 100.
-Margie, you're the queen of the east.
A brilliant profit for Margie to end the auction,
but is it enough to win this leg?
Margie started off with £280.32.
After paying auction house fees, she's made a profit today of £45.42,
meaning she has £325.74 for next time.
Charles started this leg with £496.46.
After costs, he's made a profit of £48.56,
which means - by a slim margin of just over £3 -
he's today's winner and carries forward £545.02
to the next leg. Wow!
-Pipped at the post, that's what I've been.
-It was a funny old game today.
It was high and low. The helter-skelter of the road trip.
-You've got the luck of the Irish, you have.
-Get out of here!
Until next time, then, bye-bye.
Next time on Antiques Roadtrip... WEAK NOTE
..it starts like a fairytale for Charles and Margie...
You are Maid Marian. I can be your Robin Hood.
..but will it turn into a brawl?
-Get off! He's being very...
-Do you want me to make an offer for it?
Auctioneer Charles Hanson and dealer Margie Cooper are halfway through their road trip. They start in Melbourne, south Derbyshire, and head for an auction in the Norfolk town of Aylsham.