Episode 13 Antiques Road Trip


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Episode 13

James Lewis and Kate Bliss continue their Scottish odyssey. James struggles with his health and his haggling, but gets a great insight into Scotland's curling history.


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The nation's favourite antiques experts, £200 each and one big challenge.

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Testing, testing!

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Who can make the most money buying and selling antiques as they scour the UK?

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It's a deal.

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The aim is to trade up and hope each antique turns a profit,

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but it's not as easy as it sounds and there can only be one winner.

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Yes!

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So will it be the highway to success or the B-road to bankruptcy?

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I'm feeling very sorry for myself.

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This is the Antiques Road Trip.

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All this week, we're out on the road with antiques experts, Kate Bliss and James Lewis.

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I'm hoping there's going to be something really special.

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I'm hoping I'll find it.

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THEY LAUGH

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Kate's been in the business for 15 years,

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with a unique approach to haggling...

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-# Who's that lady?

-Who's that lady?

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# Beautiful lady... #

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Unleashing feminine charm...

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-Just for me?

-Go on!

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..followed by deadly silence.

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MUSIC STOPS ABRUPTLY

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From Nottingham, with 20 years in the trade, James has some finely-honed tactics.

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-Point out the faults...

-I just don't know who on Earth would want it.

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..then go for the killer offer.

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Oh, I don't know. 25 quid. Do you want to sell it?

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Playing it safe has brought Kate some modest success.

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From her original £200,

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she's making steady progress, with £332.15 to start today's show.

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Well, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

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-Oh, yeah? Tell me all.

-No, I'm not going to tell you.

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-Why?

-No way.

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James, meanwhile, has taken success to a new level, with some shrewd choices.

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His £200 has mushroomed to a thumpingly huge £927.61.

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What I would certainly go for is things you can't look up in a book.

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That's always my plan.

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This week' journey takes Kate and James from Helmsdale, through

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stunning Highlands and Lowlands

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to their final auction in Ayr.

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And today, they're leaving Dundee, heading for auction in Edinburgh.

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First stop is Blairgowrie.

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Oh, it's very pretty down here.

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Great place for a picnic, as well.

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Blairgowrie was granted a town charter by Charles I in 1634,

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15 years before he lost the Civil War - and his head.

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Charles gave the local baron judicial powers,

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"for the trial of thieves and other characters disgraceful to society..."

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Certainly something to bear in mind,

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as the Love Bug brings our experts into town.

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Best behaviour, please, chaps!

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-It was the river that helped the flax industry, that's what Blairgowrie was built on.

-Is that right?

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Well, I heard that it was known for its raspberries.

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They used to send the raspberries down to Covent Garden in London.

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-You're thinking of your stomach again.

-Well, you're just trying

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to bamboozle me. I'm focused today.

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That's quite enough competitive banter.

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Now, how about some antiques one-upmanship? It's a new day and the shops are open.

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Gosh. What a lovely shop.

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I think I need... There he is, old Sherlock, I need his help.

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Help me find some bargains, matey.

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Elementary, my dear Lewis.

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You've just got to know where to look. (In the writing desk!)

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Now, that's interesting, cos that's Welsh.

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At £25, this pretty carved rack was used either for displaying pipes or spoons.

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I suppose it depends on which you're most proud of.

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Look at the quality of these carvings.

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You have a stylised corn flower there, on the end.

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And imagine that in a

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country cottage somewhere in Wales. It could be a Scottish one, I've not seen them in Scotland before.

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But can you imagine that next to a big inglenook fire place,

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you know, with clay pipes hanging or maybe those Welsh carved love spoons? A token of love and affection.

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Love is a strong emotion.

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Love it enough to take a chance at £25, James?

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A love sign. That's quite sweet.

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Our other chancer, Kate Bliss, has gone searching across town.

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She needs some Premiership antiques to launch her up the auction league table.

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This is really lovely, I really fancy this.

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This is made of pewter.

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A pewter wall-hanging doesn't say Antiques Premiership to me,

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but it does have an interesting mix of Scottish motif and art nouveau flourishes.

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Pewter is an alloy, formed of mostly tin, and has been popular in Britain

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since the early 15th century, for kitchenware and decorative items - and tankards.

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However, this "antique" is in rather too good condition.

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Now, the price is 95 and the date her on the ticket says 1900,

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but you can tell a lot by looking at the back of things like this.

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If I turn it over, it's a little bit scratched,

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but the pewter looks very clean.

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There aren't any signs of dimples or dents.

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So, to me, that looks a lot later than 1900

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and it's just the sort of thing that, if it was a modern piece,

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it wouldn't make much money at auction.

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Smart move, Kate.

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It's good, but it's not right.

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Back with James, he's found Roy to haggle with.

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As well as nice piece of Road Trip favourite, Clarice Cliff.

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It's a pretty bowl, with a ticket price of £48, but it's not in mint condition.

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Well, I always buy them, even if they are damaged, because there are people who will restore them.

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You can't just go past them, because if they get thrown out, that's them lost and gone forever.

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With bright, hand-painted designs and unconventional patterns, Claris Cliff was ahead of the game.

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Her popularity peaked in the 1930s, with ceramics that look as much 1960s today.

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Certain mint-condition pieces can fetch thousands at auction,

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but I'm not sure about this little joker.

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It's a funny little chap that, isn't it?

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It's absolutely covered in this pink emulsion paint.

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It hasn't been restored, has it?

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It's just been painted, which is bizarre.

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I'll make it the bargain of the day. I'll do it for 30, if you'd really like it.

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I'm not going to argue with you over a price, because I think it's a fair price.

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Did I hear that right, James?

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I'm not going to argue with you over a price, because I think it's a fair price.

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I'm not going to try and knock you down. That's fair.

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James, what on earth is the matter?

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Where's the tough haggle?

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Something's not right!

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Kate, meanwhile, has defaulted to her speciality of silverware

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and discovered some sugar tongs, from Dublin.

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Irish silver is quite rare and these tongs feature

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one of the most popular Irish patterns, the Celtic Point.

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I'll just have a little look... at the hallmarks.

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It is also what is known as Bright Cut,

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where facets are cut out of the silver surface, to create a reflective appearance.

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And the ticket price is a glossy £48.

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What could you do for me on those?

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-35... 30.

-Mmm...20?

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Split the difference - 25.

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Ah, she's interested.

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Will Kate deploy Plan A, the uncomfortable silence?

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(Yup, this is her technique, this is awkward, isn't it?)

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(How long's she going to go on for?)

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-22?

-Oh, ho, ho!

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-Final offer.

-22? I can't, Kate.

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-Only a couple of pounds.

-I know, would you lose it for 22?

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I'm not sure the silence lark is working. Time for Plan B, Kate.

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I mean it's £48. I've come down quite a way.

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I know, I've just got to beat the other guy.

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The problem is James is just streaking ahead and I've got to try my very best.

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-VIOLIN PLAYS

-Could this be the new secret weapon? Playing the sympathy card?

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-Go on, then, Kate, 20.

-20?

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And it worked!!

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It's a deal!

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-Thank you very much. OK, done.

-I think I have been!

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An excellent first buy and a rather good price, too.

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Could these tongs turn Kate's fortunes around?

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-And I hope you win.

-Lovely. Thank you very much.

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I'll need a bit of luck.

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And back with James, he's been drawn to the spoon rack again,

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priced at £25.

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-Erm...how about 15?

-15.

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Again, I'm not going to argue on price.

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He's doing it again! "Not arguing over price."

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I really am getting worried. Do you think he's all right?

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-15?

-A shadow of his former self, I'd say.

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James is hanging in there and still has the Clarice Cliff bowl on his mind.

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You've got the name, you've got the shape, you've got the design...

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-And it's collectible.

-And collectible.

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Complimenting the item in front of the dealer?

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Oh, James, you poor, stricken fellow!

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Will you take 40 quid for the two?

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Yeah, yeah, no problem. Deal done.

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Even with his lack of form, James has still chopped a full £25 off the asking price.

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You can't keep a good man down, and James Lewis is no exception.

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Irrespective of car sickness, our experts our moving on again.

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-Ah, it's lovely with the sun shining.

-Isn't it?

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For James, that next stop is due south,

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as the road trip gets him shopping on the outer fringes of Perth.

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I feel really dodgy.

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I shouldn't have had those prawns for lunch. Cor, dear me!

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So that's it!

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James is off-colour and off his game from some ill-mannered prawns.

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What is the strange connection between dodgy seafood and confident haggling? We may never know!

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-Wow!

-I thought you'd like that.

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Luckily, James hasn't lost his appetite for the weird and wonderful.

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Gee!

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What a fantastic snuff mull!

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This incredible, terrifying item

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is a very Scottish take on an oversized, outlandish snuff box

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called a snuff mull.

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James has a bit of a penchant for a nice snuff box, but he's not going to get this one in his pocket.

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What a cover.

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That is the best you will ever see.

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Snuff-taking took a long time to become popular in Europe

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and was once seriously frowned upon.

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In the early 17th century, Pope Urban VIII threatened excommunication,

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and Tsar Michael of Russia set the punishment of nose removal for taking snuff. Ouch!

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This would have been, probably, a regimental mascot.

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Do you know, I don't think I've ever seen one better.

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£6,500 - beyond my budget.

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Back to reality, then.

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How about something for £18, like this candle holder?

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This is a funny thing, really, because it's made of bronze

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and it's dark patinated, 19th century,

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probably French, a little boy holding a sconce for a wax taper.

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And these are known as so-to-beds, which is an awful name,

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I hate the name, but also known as chamber sticks.

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As a rule, few classic chamber candlesticks have survived in good condition.

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The earliest examples you're likely to find will date from the beginning of the 18th century.

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This one's from the mid 19th century.

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Can James get it for anything less than £18?

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-Couple of pounds.

-Couple of pounds, well that's part of the way.

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Got to have a bit of a bargain.

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-16 quid. Right, let me have a think on that one.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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James, you've got about £900 in your pocket!

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What exactly is there to think about, pray?

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Well, at least James is still shopping.

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Kate's risking precious buying time to indulge a passion for antique furniture.

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She's headed north to Pitscandly Farm to meet antique furniture restoration specialist Jeremy Gow.

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Hi, you must be Jeremy. Pleased to meet you. Come in.

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Thank you for having us. I've been looking forward to this.

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Jeremy's been mad keen on antiques and fine woodwork since his teens.

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After training in Austria and France,

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he's now one of only two certified antique furniture restorers in Scotland.

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It's amazing, it's like a lesson in antique furniture up here.

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You've got examples from every period.

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Nothing is wasted in this delicate craft,

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and certainly no quick visits to a DIY superstore.

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Using new wood to fix something old is avoided whenever possible.

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For Jeremy, it's all about re-using and rejuvenating.

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We keep everything. There's chest of drawers

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that are full of all the brass, the veneers, tortoiseshell, ivory, all the sort of things that we need.

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And a lot of it is recuperating bits of furniture, or recuperating bits

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that we use to repair other bits, and that's the secret of how it's done.

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It's like taking marzipan off a sponge cake.

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Jeremy combines using modern restoration techniques with centuries-old materials.

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Currently on the slab are a pair of card tables from 1790 with severe flood damage.

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It's a painstaking process as all the veneer has to be removed first.

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And that is the veneer coming off.

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Gosh, you can really see the thinness of it now, can't you?

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And the whole table needs this treatment done to it. Everything will come off.

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Patience, great care and a delicate touch are required

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to bring these fine pieces back to their glory days.

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Kate's had an enriching experience, but its time to head off in search of great riches.

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Back in James's corner of the world, something else large and outlandish has caught his eye.

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It's a rather busy ornamental vase, a piece of 20th-century Satsuma ware -

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nothing to do with seasonal oranges,

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but a type of Japanese earthenware with distinctive, dense patterning.

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I think the size is good, it's decorative,

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it's got the warriors on there, it's got a look to it, hasn't it? It's got a look.

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Following major success at the 1867 Paris Exhibition,

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Satsuma was mostly produced for a European market

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with a slightly gaudier look than before.

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This one even comes with its own stand.

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The stand is horrible.

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I hate the stand. I hate it.

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I don't like the vase either,

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but it's big.

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And it has a big asking price too - 195 British pounds.

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And so far, James hasn't done badly with items he's claimed not to like.

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It's totally grotesque, isn't it?

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You can say it now, I've bought it.

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Yesterday's peculiar figurine made a cool £200 at auction.

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-200.

-Fantastic!

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-The vase is the better lump.

-Yes.

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Don't worry, lump is just a technical term for a great find.

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James is checking this lump from all angles,

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but still avoiding his usual critical tactics.

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Oh, I don't know.

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I'm normally decisive.

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Those prawns have much to answer for!

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I'm feeling very sorry for myself.

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I hate prawns.

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I shouldn't have eaten the prawns.

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Oh, dear, we need to get this poor expert back on his feet.

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Maybe some focus and a bit of tough haggling can pull him back from the brink?

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The vase has got potential, the stand has no potential.

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Ah, good. James is back to his old self -

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an old tactic of rubbishing the item.

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Those dodgy prawns have thankfully stopped worrying our James!

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Now, where were we? I think the asking price here was £195.

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I'd rather have the vase on its own for 70 than the vase and the stand for 100.

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It's the cheapest export Satsuma pottery you can get

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and the stand is just awful.

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90 for the both.

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James is back on form.

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The asking price is tumbling and he hasn't finished yet.

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My natural instincts would say meet me halfway and say 80.

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But how about 85?

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-Are you happy with that?

-Yeah.

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You have just sold me the most revolting stand in the world.

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And it's just kit form, isn't it, put together with screws?

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-Awful!

-Ha!

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You're more pleased with this than me, aren't you?

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It's been an eventful and emotional day.

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There's been movement of prices and a miraculous, gutsy recovery for poor James - not before time.

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As the shops close, the day draws to an end and our experts need shelter for the night.

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The next day brings bright sunshine in Perthshire.

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James and Kate have a full day's shopping ahead of them

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and money to burn - some more than others!

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James spent £125 yesterday £125 on three items - the Clarice Cliff bowl,

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the carved spoon rack and the Satsuma vase.

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He's got a cracking £802.61p left to play with.

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Kate spent just £20 on one item, the Dublin silver tongs.

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She's now completely behind both in the profit stakes

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and on the shopping front, so she needs to buy wisely and buck up.

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This leg's auction will take place in Edinburgh

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and today our pair are headed away from Perth,

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going somewhat south-west to the outskirts of Doune.

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This is it, James?

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-That's it, antiques and art centre.

-It does look pretty big, James.

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You go in first, go whichever way you want and I'll go the other way.

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Go on, lead the way.

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Let's hope this fine emporium is big enough for the two of them.

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Kate and James can divide the territory, but the main challenge

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will be the strict maximum 10% discount.

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This is a general rule in large antiques centres with multiple dealers.

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All right, thank you. Thanks very much.

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That is one of the biggest problems with an antique centre, that there isn't as much negotiation as usual,

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but the advantage is that you've got all these different dealers under one roof.

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So it's swings and roundabouts.

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Of course, rules were made to be broken, weren't they?

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Kate's doing plenty of looking and lots of thinking,

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but she could really do with a stint of buying, ASAP.

0:20:120:20:16

Our James is honing in on his next bargain and it might be this odd Royal Doulton smoking pair.

0:20:160:20:23

It's a ceramic match holder at £60, and matching tobacco jar.

0:20:230:20:28

How much is that? That's £95?

0:20:280:20:31

Ah, someone's getting their appetite back!

0:20:370:20:40

If you nibble the edge, sometimes it feels a little soft if it's had any restoration, but that feels fine.

0:20:400:20:46

So we've got the tobacco jar

0:20:460:20:48

and logically we've also got the match striker,

0:20:480:20:52

so two smoking pieces together.

0:20:520:20:54

Smoking not the most fashionable of things today.

0:20:540:20:57

Dalton, again, not very fashionable, going down in value.

0:20:570:21:00

I don't think you're convincing anyone, here, James!

0:21:000:21:04

There might be another cause for concern, though.

0:21:040:21:07

James needs to sell at auction in Edinburgh and this item rather celebrates a historical Englishman.

0:21:070:21:13

If I bought two, would you do more than 10%?

0:21:130:21:16

Because that would bring it way, way up to over 150 quid.

0:21:160:21:21

95 plus 60.

0:21:210:21:23

-I'd have to contact the dealer.

-Would you?

0:21:230:21:25

To do anything other than what we're supposed to do.

0:21:250:21:28

Would you ask him for me what his best would be

0:21:280:21:33

from a very big, grovelling, grovelling, grovelling auctioneer?

0:21:330:21:39

Kate's still just browsing. It's not looking very positive at all.

0:21:390:21:43

Now we expect James to do his duty.

0:21:430:21:47

From the initial £155 for both pieces, the dealer's called back

0:21:470:21:50

with an absolute, definite final price of £138.40 for the pair.

0:21:500:21:56

That was a good move. £138.40.

0:21:560:22:01

-Is it as strict as that?

-Yeah.

0:22:020:22:04

Even for the 40p?

0:22:040:22:06

-Yeah.

-You're not going to charge me the 40p, are you?

-Yeah.

0:22:060:22:10

You really are going to charge me the 40p?

0:22:100:22:12

They can be that picky.

0:22:120:22:14

Let's just test how much they want to do a deal.

0:22:160:22:19

£138?

0:22:190:22:22

-All right then, OK.

-Wahey!

0:22:220:22:24

Since it's you.

0:22:240:22:27

Wow, an amazing 40p reduction!

0:22:270:22:29

And whilst James has wrestled with his Nelson, Kate's just upped and gone.

0:22:290:22:33

She's desperate for some auction slayers in her arsenal, and Doune's not doing it for her!

0:22:330:22:40

As shopping time begins running out and the hour of auction approaches,

0:22:420:22:47

James is finally on a roll and wants to buy more.

0:22:470:22:50

He's still burning a candle for that lovely chamber stick in Blairgowrie yesterday,

0:22:500:22:55

so calls the shop to seal the deal.

0:22:550:22:57

Would it be OK to have that for the £16?

0:22:570:23:01

Lovely, that's very kind.

0:23:040:23:06

The chamber stick will get dispatched to the auction house in Edinburgh,

0:23:060:23:11

and James now has five strong items to sell.

0:23:110:23:14

Kate, meanwhile, has only got the silver sugar tongs.

0:23:140:23:17

She's now racing off course and off plan, with a desperate detour north to the town of Comrie.

0:23:170:23:25

Let's hope it can work some magic for her.

0:23:250:23:29

-Hello there. Nice to meet you. I'm Kate.

-And you, Kate.

-Hi.

0:23:290:23:32

This is pretty much Kate's last chance today,

0:23:330:23:37

but she's straight into bargaining for a 1939 Art Deco christening mug.

0:23:370:23:41

It's silver, again, and it's £85 - well, currently!

0:23:410:23:45

Could you do 50?

0:23:450:23:47

-No, not on that, no. I'm sorry.

-No?

0:23:470:23:50

-What would be your absolute rock bottom?

-65 and that's it.

-OK.

0:23:530:23:58

Leaving it a bit late to play the long game, Kate moves on to some 19th-century brass candelabrum

0:24:000:24:07

with black marble bases -

0:24:070:24:09

candelabrum being the wonderful collective noun for candelabra, don't you know?

0:24:090:24:15

They're a lovely pair but would normally be grouped with a matching mantle-clock.

0:24:150:24:20

The clock is absent, and so is time for Kate.

0:24:200:24:23

What could you do on those?

0:24:230:24:25

220.

0:24:250:24:27

I'm thinking 150.

0:24:270:24:29

-No, I couldn't do that, they cost me more than that.

-Did they?

0:24:290:24:32

They did indeed, yes, honestly.

0:24:320:24:34

Perhaps Kate could try pulling heart strings again?

0:24:340:24:38

The problem I have is I'm up against my colleague

0:24:380:24:42

and he's streaking ahead at the moment with £900 in his pocket, and I've only got 300.

0:24:420:24:49

Oh, no joy for the sob story.

0:24:500:24:53

Got anything else, Kate?

0:24:530:24:56

If I took this little cup and I took this pair here,

0:24:560:25:04

what would be your absolute rock bottom for me?

0:25:040:25:07

250.

0:25:070:25:09

How about the deathly silence attack? It's worked before.

0:25:090:25:13

Ooh.

0:25:150:25:16

I don't know, this is getting to that awkward moment again.

0:25:190:25:22

It's a long pause this time.

0:25:240:25:27

What about a nice round £200?

0:25:270:25:29

Couldn't do it, I'm sorry. Impossible, absolutely impossible.

0:25:290:25:34

Hell's bells, this is awkward!

0:25:340:25:37

All the Bliss tactics are dying.

0:25:370:25:39

What she needs is a classic Lewis manoeuvre - just point out all the faults!

0:25:410:25:46

I'm worried about a couple of things - the damage on the bases,

0:25:470:25:51

because I think private people will want them

0:25:510:25:54

-in really good condition and I think those nicks around the marble bases could put some people off.

-Yes.

0:25:540:26:00

And I am worried about the price, yes. They're slightly ecclesiastical

0:26:000:26:04

in their look and that's not particularly in vogue at the moment,

0:26:040:26:09

so that makes me slightly cautious, too,

0:26:090:26:12

which is why I am being a bit mean on my price.

0:26:120:26:15

I think 200 has got to be my final offer, I'm afraid.

0:26:180:26:21

-No, I couldn't do it, I'm sorry.

-You can't do that?

0:26:210:26:24

Impossible.

0:26:240:26:26

Andy's turning out to be Kate's toughest adversary yet.

0:26:260:26:31

Who's going to crumble in Comrie first?

0:26:310:26:34

I don't know, she's trying that...silence thing again.

0:26:370:26:42

This is awkward.

0:26:490:26:51

I'm going to gamble.

0:26:570:26:58

-OK, so 210?

-Yes.

0:26:580:27:02

-The cup and the candle sticks, 210?

-Mmm.

0:27:020:27:07

-OK.

-Yes?

0:27:070:27:09

We've got a deal, fantastic.

0:27:090:27:12

Let's shake on it...

0:27:120:27:13

before I change my mind and you change your mind.

0:27:130:27:17

Wow, all that for a movement of just £10!

0:27:170:27:20

Still, that's a deal done in the nick of time.

0:27:200:27:24

The hour is here for a Stirling rendezvous and the all-important show and tell.

0:27:240:27:30

-Here we are.

-How did you get on?

0:27:300:27:32

This is probably the thing that I am most pleased with.

0:27:320:27:35

-It's not great, I know, but...

-Pipe rack or spoon rack?

0:27:350:27:39

Well, they called it a pipe rack and I thought it was a Welsh spoon rack.

0:27:390:27:43

-I really like this carving.

-I liked it.

0:27:430:27:45

It's quite fine, isn't it?

0:27:450:27:47

For a country piece where things were quite crudely made, when you think of Welsh spoon racks,

0:27:470:27:53

I think of quite plain, oak pieces and this is really decorative, isn't it?

0:27:530:27:58

-Tenner.

-It's got to be good, hasn't it?

-That's what I'm pleased with. How about you?

0:27:580:28:03

-A very uncommercial object.

-OK.

0:28:030:28:06

Oh, they're lovely, though. Aren't they?

0:28:060:28:09

-They're in super condition and they've got lovely little scallop ends to them.

-What did you pay?

0:28:090:28:14

-I paid £20.

-Oh, that's cheap! That's a guaranteed profit.

0:28:140:28:17

-Can I have that in writing, Mr Lewis?

-I will.

0:28:170:28:21

-I like it.

-What's next?

-OK.

0:28:210:28:23

I know it's totally predictable, but it's not really me.

0:28:230:28:26

A piece of Clarice Cliff?

0:28:260:28:29

-That's not really you, is it?

-No.

0:28:290:28:32

It's a funny shape. It's a bit mucky, isn't it?

0:28:320:28:35

-How much?

-30 quid.

0:28:350:28:37

-Hmm.

-As I said, I found it more difficult this time.

0:28:370:28:40

What do you think to that fabulous stand?

0:28:400:28:43

It's not really you, James.

0:28:430:28:45

Isn't it horrible?

0:28:450:28:49

I'll tell you the why. I bought it for this.

0:28:490:28:51

Oh, right, you got the two together? It's a great size, isn't it?

0:28:510:28:56

I know it's a very standard Japanese export lump.

0:28:560:29:01

-It's pretty dirty, isn't it, which doesn't help.

-Hmm.

0:29:010:29:05

-What did you pay?

-I paid £85 for it.

0:29:050:29:08

I can see an interior designer buying that.

0:29:080:29:11

An interior designer who wants an impressive sized piece,

0:29:110:29:15

very decorative, would easily pay £80 for that.

0:29:150:29:18

-Quite a gamble.

-I know. I struggled. I really struggled.

0:29:180:29:23

-Next.

-A little chamber stick.

-Hmm.

0:29:230:29:27

-How much?

-16 quid.

0:29:270:29:29

Well, for 16, fun.

0:29:290:29:32

I don't know what to say about that.

0:29:320:29:34

Will James find something more to say about Kate's rather more OTT candle holders?

0:29:340:29:39

These look great.

0:29:390:29:41

Well, I've been completely rash and impetuous, which is very unlike me.

0:29:410:29:46

Ha-ha!

0:29:460:29:47

Mmm.

0:29:480:29:50

I think they're lovely, I like them.

0:29:500:29:52

The damage puts me off slightly with this big chunk out.

0:29:520:29:55

-How much did you pay?

-I bought them together with this.

-Go on.

0:29:550:29:59

210.

0:29:590:30:01

Ooh.

0:30:010:30:02

-It's a lot, isn't it?

-For that with that.

0:30:020:30:05

-What's that going to make? £60?

-Which makes these 160ish.

0:30:060:30:12

You've really had guts to buy them. I mean, I hope...

0:30:120:30:16

-So you can't see a profit at all?

-They should have,

0:30:160:30:19

and I think you're going to say

0:30:190:30:21

exactly the same thing about my final lot.

0:30:210:30:24

I have to say I struggled with more than any of the others.

0:30:240:30:28

Doulton...and Nelson.

0:30:280:30:30

And, of course, I thought, "Great, Nelson, always really popular."

0:30:300:30:35

And it says, "England expects every man will do his duty."

0:30:350:30:39

But we're not in England, we're in Scotland,

0:30:390:30:43

and how popular that statement will be in Edinburgh, I really don't know.

0:30:430:30:48

-Right, so you're going to tell me you paid 30 for them?

-No. No, no, no. I paid £138 for them.

0:30:480:30:55

OK.

0:30:550:30:56

So you've got a chance.

0:30:560:30:59

Fingers crossed.

0:30:590:31:01

OK, gloves off time, what do they really think of each other's chances?

0:31:010:31:06

Winning and losing all depends, I think, on Kate's candlesticks.

0:31:060:31:09

If somebody has the vision, then they might do well, but they also might lose.

0:31:090:31:15

I think on this occasion we both might lose.

0:31:150:31:18

Well, James, for the first time seems quite anxious about his items,

0:31:180:31:23

genuinely, and I don't think he has bought as well as he has in the past.

0:31:230:31:27

And when he said he struggled, I think he really did.

0:31:270:31:30

It's been a roller-coaster ride from Blairgowrie to Perth

0:31:300:31:34

through dashing Doune, Comrie and Stirling.

0:31:340:31:37

Auction day is here and the road trip arrives

0:31:370:31:39

in Scotland's fair capital city, Edinburgh.

0:31:390:31:42

She's a good looking city, is Edinburgh. Set around an old volcano

0:31:430:31:47

and wonderful Edinburgh Castle, it's a stand-off between medieval and Georgian architecture.

0:31:470:31:53

Holiday-makers of the world just can't get enough of it.

0:31:530:31:56

Sadly, James is not going to make the auction today.

0:31:560:32:00

He is accompanying a relative to hospital in Nottingham.

0:32:000:32:05

I'm here in Edinburgh, but I'm here on my own

0:32:050:32:09

because poor old James has been called to a really important family commitment,

0:32:090:32:14

so I am finding my way by myself. I'm quite excited, really.

0:32:140:32:19

-BAGPIPES PLAY

-Oh, great bagpipes!

0:32:190:32:22

Going solo, Kate will keep errant James in the loop via her amazing 21st-century mobile telephone.

0:32:220:32:29

James has six lots going under the hammer, and Kate just three.

0:32:300:32:34

The Ramsay Cornish auction house is down a wee lane in the Leith area,

0:32:340:32:38

and auctioneer Martin Cornish has a few thoughts on today's outcome.

0:32:380:32:43

The Satsuma vase, I think he bought well.

0:32:430:32:45

It's maybe not the most fashionable style these days

0:32:450:32:47

but it's in good condition and the stand adds a certain sort of poise to it, if you like.

0:32:470:32:52

At least someone likes the stand!

0:32:520:32:54

I think the candlesticks possibly will do best.

0:32:540:32:56

They're lovely, fantastic quality. They were a great buy,

0:32:560:32:59

the figures are in wonderful condition

0:32:590:33:01

and they'd look wonderful in any drawing or dining room, a feature for anybody that bought them.

0:33:010:33:06

Let's hope the candelabra steal the show - Kate needs a boost, but time alone will tell.

0:33:060:33:12

PHONE RINGS

0:33:120:33:14

-Hello?

-Hi, James, it's your Doulton tobacco jar coming up.

0:33:140:33:20

James bought this Royal Doulton tobacco jar and matchstick holder together,

0:33:200:33:24

but they're being sold separately.

0:33:240:33:26

First up is the tobacco jar.

0:33:280:33:31

50 to start it off? 30? 30, I'm bid.

0:33:330:33:36

30 I'm bid for this, 35, 40.

0:33:360:33:39

Five, 50, five, 55.

0:33:390:33:41

60. At £60? At £60?

0:33:410:33:44

Last call at 60 and I'm selling it.

0:33:440:33:47

Oh, dear, £24 down, and that's James's first loss this week.

0:33:470:33:53

You don't sell something plastered with England all over it in Scotland.

0:33:530:33:57

My fault, stupid buy.

0:33:570:33:58

Will the match holder do any better?

0:33:580:34:01

30 I'm bid, 30 I'm bid for this. 35?

0:34:010:34:05

-35.

-40, five, at 45?

0:34:050:34:10

I've got a phone bid coming in, at £45?

0:34:100:34:11

Oh, it's 45, but he says there's a phone bid.

0:34:110:34:14

Ooh, phone bid, phone bid, phone bid!

0:34:140:34:17

50, five, 60, five.

0:34:170:34:21

-65.

-70, five, 80, five. 90.

0:34:210:34:26

-90.

-95?

0:34:260:34:28

At 95...

0:34:300:34:31

-He's shaking his head.

-At 95...

0:34:310:34:33

I'm selling it at 95.

0:34:330:34:35

£95, James!

0:34:350:34:37

'95, well done, auction room.'

0:34:370:34:40

Cor, that's a bit more like it.

0:34:400:34:42

Now, Kate's first lot are the silver sugar tongs.

0:34:420:34:46

-20 for them, 20 I'm bid.

-Come on.

0:34:460:34:48

At £20 I'm bid. 25, 30.

0:34:480:34:51

At £30 on the right, now.

0:34:510:34:53

-35.

-Oh, go on!

-Still cheap at 35 to me. At 35, at 35?

0:34:530:34:58

A good profit for Kate, but James is still way ahead.

0:34:590:35:02

How will his Clarice Cliff bowl perform?

0:35:020:35:06

-Hi, James, it's me again.

-Hi, Kate.

0:35:060:35:10

-Now this is your Clarice Cliff piece.

-40 for this? 20?

0:35:100:35:13

20 I'm bid. 25, 30?

0:35:130:35:16

30 at the back, at £30 for the lot?

0:35:160:35:18

35. 40, £40, gentleman standing at the back.

0:35:180:35:23

At £40 for the lot, nobody else, and I'm selling it at £40, at 40?

0:35:230:35:29

-You have it.

-A small profit, but not an amazing performance.

0:35:290:35:33

Maybe James's candle stick will deliver more?

0:35:350:35:38

50? 30 for this to start it off?

0:35:380:35:40

30 I'm bid. 35, 40, five,

0:35:400:35:42

50. Five, 55 on my left.

0:35:420:35:46

60, five, at 65 again.

0:35:460:35:49

Lady's bid on the left at £65 and I'm selling it at 65, last call.

0:35:490:35:54

Looks like James could be marching into a strong lead again.

0:35:570:36:00

Let's hope the christening cup can help Kate's fortunes.

0:36:000:36:04

-62, the Sheffield silver-plated...

-It's not silver plated.

0:36:040:36:08

-Sorry, Sheffield silver, tapered tankard.

-Thank goodness for that!

0:36:080:36:12

30 for it? 30 I'm bid. 35, 40, five, 50.

0:36:120:36:17

-Five, 60. At £60.

-Come on!

-At £60, a lovely christening present.

0:36:170:36:22

65, the lady's bid. At 65,

0:36:220:36:24

at 65, last call and I'm selling it at 65, at 65.

0:36:240:36:30

A modest return and no loss at least,

0:36:310:36:34

but James has two more items to sell.

0:36:340:36:37

Next is the Welsh wooden spoon rack.

0:36:370:36:39

50, 30 for it, 20 to start it off?

0:36:390:36:41

20 I'm bid.

0:36:410:36:43

20 I'm bid for the spoon rack.

0:36:430:36:45

22, 24, 26, 28, 30.

0:36:450:36:48

32, 34, 36, 38, 40.

0:36:480:36:52

42, 44, 46, 48, 50.

0:36:520:36:57

-50.

-Five, 55 in the back.

0:36:570:36:59

-55.

-At 55 in the back. At 55, last call.

0:36:590:37:02

At 55 and I'm selling it.

0:37:020:37:05

-Thank you.

-Brilliant, that's a tidy profit for you.

0:37:050:37:09

That's good, that's good.

0:37:090:37:10

With a lump in his throat and a lump on display,

0:37:110:37:15

James's Japanese Satsuma vase is next.

0:37:150:37:17

Phew, I've got this horrible Satsuma vase coming up

0:37:170:37:20

and if they can sell that they can sell anything.

0:37:200:37:23

The auctioneer thought it might do well.

0:37:230:37:25

It's got the stand as well. 100?

0:37:250:37:27

100 I'm bid. £100 I'm bid for the large Satsuma vase and stand.

0:37:270:37:31

110, 120.

0:37:310:37:33

At 120, for the large vase, at 120.

0:37:330:37:37

Nobody else going? At 120, and I'm selling it at 120.

0:37:370:37:42

'120. Well...'

0:37:430:37:46

85, it's a small profit, but, hey, that's great.

0:37:460:37:49

Expectations for the vase weren't quite lived up to.

0:37:490:37:52

Is this an omen?

0:37:520:37:54

The auctioneer had high hopes for Kate's candelabrum too.

0:37:540:37:58

This is my star item coming up, at least I hope it is.

0:37:580:38:01

The thing is, if these don't do well then I'm really stuffed.

0:38:010:38:06

200 for them? 100? 100 I'm bid.

0:38:060:38:08

110, 120, 130, 140, 150.

0:38:080:38:12

160, 170, 180, 190, 200.

0:38:120:38:16

220, 240, 260, 280, 300.

0:38:160:38:20

At £300. 320, 340, 360, 380.

0:38:200:38:25

At 380, at 380. At 380, last call,

0:38:250:38:29

at 380, and I'm selling them at 380.

0:38:290:38:33

380, yes!

0:38:330:38:34

That's a major boost to Kate's fortunes,

0:38:360:38:38

and for once she's made more profit at auction than James.

0:38:380:38:42

380! Shall I call James?

0:38:420:38:45

£380!

0:38:460:38:48

Oh, my goodness.

0:38:480:38:50

380. Oh, what a gamble!

0:38:500:38:54

Although, sadly, not nearly enough to catch him.

0:38:540:38:57

380!

0:38:570:38:59

'That is fantastic!'

0:38:590:39:00

Oh, well done.

0:39:000:39:03

James started today's show with £927.61p.

0:39:040:39:09

His profit after commission is just £79.34,

0:39:090:39:12

but it's sent him up into four figures

0:39:120:39:15

with a dazzling total of £1006.95p to carry forward.

0:39:150:39:21

Kate had £332.15p in the kitty, and her profit after commission

0:39:210:39:28

was a marvellous £165.40p,

0:39:280:39:31

so she's bounded up to £497.55p. Well done!

0:39:310:39:37

Although James is still in the overall lead,

0:39:370:39:40

Kate is the rather ecstatic winner of today's auction.

0:39:400:39:44

What a result!

0:39:440:39:46

Next time on the Antiques Road Trip,

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our experts smarten up for a first-class auction in Hamilton.

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James tries something old.

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My friends normally get me dressed up as Henry VIII.

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Kate tries something new.

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Is the bow meant to be at the back, do you think?

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And they both head into the great blue yonder.

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James Lewis and Kate Bliss continue their Scottish odyssey. James struggles with his health and his haggling, but gets a great insight into Scotland's curling history. The road trip takes Kate to auction in Edinburgh, but will her travelling partner be joining her?