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.
Who can make the most money buying and selling antiques as they scour the UK?
It's a deal.
The aim is to trade up and hope each antique turns a profit,
but it's not as easy as it sounds and there can only be one winner.
So will it be the highway to success or the B-road to bankruptcy?
I'm feeling very sorry for myself.
This is the Antiques Road Trip.
All this week, we're out on the road with antiques experts, Kate Bliss and James Lewis.
I'm hoping there's going to be something really special.
I'm hoping I'll find it.
Kate's been in the business for 15 years,
with a unique approach to haggling...
-# Who's that lady?
-Who's that lady?
# Beautiful lady... #
Unleashing feminine charm...
-Just for me?
..followed by deadly silence.
MUSIC STOPS ABRUPTLY
From Nottingham, with 20 years in the trade, James has some finely-honed tactics.
-Point out the faults...
-I just don't know who on Earth would want it.
..then go for the killer offer.
Oh, I don't know. 25 quid. Do you want to sell it?
Playing it safe has brought Kate some modest success.
From her original £200,
she's making steady progress, with £332.15 to start today's show.
Well, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.
-Oh, yeah? Tell me all.
-No, I'm not going to tell you.
James, meanwhile, has taken success to a new level, with some shrewd choices.
His £200 has mushroomed to a thumpingly huge £927.61.
What I would certainly go for is things you can't look up in a book.
That's always my plan.
This week' journey takes Kate and James from Helmsdale, through
stunning Highlands and Lowlands
to their final auction in Ayr.
And today, they're leaving Dundee, heading for auction in Edinburgh.
First stop is Blairgowrie.
Oh, it's very pretty down here.
Great place for a picnic, as well.
Blairgowrie was granted a town charter by Charles I in 1634,
15 years before he lost the Civil War - and his head.
Charles gave the local baron judicial powers,
"for the trial of thieves and other characters disgraceful to society..."
Certainly something to bear in mind,
as the Love Bug brings our experts into town.
Best behaviour, please, chaps!
-It was the river that helped the flax industry, that's what Blairgowrie was built on.
-Is that right?
Well, I heard that it was known for its raspberries.
They used to send the raspberries down to Covent Garden in London.
-You're thinking of your stomach again.
-Well, you're just trying
to bamboozle me. I'm focused today.
That's quite enough competitive banter.
Now, how about some antiques one-upmanship? It's a new day and the shops are open.
Gosh. What a lovely shop.
I think I need... There he is, old Sherlock, I need his help.
Help me find some bargains, matey.
Elementary, my dear Lewis.
You've just got to know where to look. (In the writing desk!)
Now, that's interesting, cos that's Welsh.
At £25, this pretty carved rack was used either for displaying pipes or spoons.
I suppose it depends on which you're most proud of.
Look at the quality of these carvings.
You have a stylised corn flower there, on the end.
And imagine that in a
country cottage somewhere in Wales. It could be a Scottish one, I've not seen them in Scotland before.
But can you imagine that next to a big inglenook fire place,
you know, with clay pipes hanging or maybe those Welsh carved love spoons? A token of love and affection.
Love is a strong emotion.
Love it enough to take a chance at £25, James?
A love sign. That's quite sweet.
Our other chancer, Kate Bliss, has gone searching across town.
She needs some Premiership antiques to launch her up the auction league table.
This is really lovely, I really fancy this.
This is made of pewter.
A pewter wall-hanging doesn't say Antiques Premiership to me,
but it does have an interesting mix of Scottish motif and art nouveau flourishes.
Pewter is an alloy, formed of mostly tin, and has been popular in Britain
since the early 15th century, for kitchenware and decorative items - and tankards.
However, this "antique" is in rather too good condition.
Now, the price is 95 and the date her on the ticket says 1900,
but you can tell a lot by looking at the back of things like this.
If I turn it over, it's a little bit scratched,
but the pewter looks very clean.
There aren't any signs of dimples or dents.
So, to me, that looks a lot later than 1900
and it's just the sort of thing that, if it was a modern piece,
it wouldn't make much money at auction.
Smart move, Kate.
It's good, but it's not right.
Back with James, he's found Roy to haggle with.
As well as nice piece of Road Trip favourite, Clarice Cliff.
It's a pretty bowl, with a ticket price of £48, but it's not in mint condition.
Well, I always buy them, even if they are damaged, because there are people who will restore them.
You can't just go past them, because if they get thrown out, that's them lost and gone forever.
With bright, hand-painted designs and unconventional patterns, Claris Cliff was ahead of the game.
Her popularity peaked in the 1930s, with ceramics that look as much 1960s today.
Certain mint-condition pieces can fetch thousands at auction,
but I'm not sure about this little joker.
It's a funny little chap that, isn't it?
It's absolutely covered in this pink emulsion paint.
It hasn't been restored, has it?
It's just been painted, which is bizarre.
I'll make it the bargain of the day. I'll do it for 30, if you'd really like it.
I'm not going to argue with you over a price, because I think it's a fair price.
Did I hear that right, James?
I'm not going to argue with you over a price, because I think it's a fair price.
I'm not going to try and knock you down. That's fair.
James, what on earth is the matter?
Where's the tough haggle?
Something's not right!
Kate, meanwhile, has defaulted to her speciality of silverware
and discovered some sugar tongs, from Dublin.
Irish silver is quite rare and these tongs feature
one of the most popular Irish patterns, the Celtic Point.
I'll just have a little look... at the hallmarks.
It is also what is known as Bright Cut,
where facets are cut out of the silver surface, to create a reflective appearance.
And the ticket price is a glossy £48.
What could you do for me on those?
Split the difference - 25.
Ah, she's interested.
Will Kate deploy Plan A, the uncomfortable silence?
(Yup, this is her technique, this is awkward, isn't it?)
(How long's she going to go on for?)
-Oh, ho, ho!
-22? I can't, Kate.
-Only a couple of pounds.
-I know, would you lose it for 22?
I'm not sure the silence lark is working. Time for Plan B, Kate.
I mean it's £48. I've come down quite a way.
I know, I've just got to beat the other guy.
The problem is James is just streaking ahead and I've got to try my very best.
-Could this be the new secret weapon? Playing the sympathy card?
-Go on, then, Kate, 20.
And it worked!!
It's a deal!
-Thank you very much. OK, done.
-I think I have been!
An excellent first buy and a rather good price, too.
Could these tongs turn Kate's fortunes around?
-And I hope you win.
-Lovely. Thank you very much.
I'll need a bit of luck.
And back with James, he's been drawn to the spoon rack again,
priced at £25.
-Erm...how about 15?
Again, I'm not going to argue on price.
He's doing it again! "Not arguing over price."
I really am getting worried. Do you think he's all right?
-A shadow of his former self, I'd say.
James is hanging in there and still has the Clarice Cliff bowl on his mind.
You've got the name, you've got the shape, you've got the design...
-And it's collectible.
Complimenting the item in front of the dealer?
Oh, James, you poor, stricken fellow!
Will you take 40 quid for the two?
Yeah, yeah, no problem. Deal done.
Even with his lack of form, James has still chopped a full £25 off the asking price.
You can't keep a good man down, and James Lewis is no exception.
Irrespective of car sickness, our experts our moving on again.
-Ah, it's lovely with the sun shining.
For James, that next stop is due south,
as the road trip gets him shopping on the outer fringes of Perth.
I feel really dodgy.
I shouldn't have had those prawns for lunch. Cor, dear me!
So that's it!
James is off-colour and off his game from some ill-mannered prawns.
What is the strange connection between dodgy seafood and confident haggling? We may never know!
-I thought you'd like that.
Luckily, James hasn't lost his appetite for the weird and wonderful.
What a fantastic snuff mull!
This incredible, terrifying item
is a very Scottish take on an oversized, outlandish snuff box
called a snuff mull.
James has a bit of a penchant for a nice snuff box, but he's not going to get this one in his pocket.
What a cover.
That is the best you will ever see.
Snuff-taking took a long time to become popular in Europe
and was once seriously frowned upon.
In the early 17th century, Pope Urban VIII threatened excommunication,
and Tsar Michael of Russia set the punishment of nose removal for taking snuff. Ouch!
This would have been, probably, a regimental mascot.
Do you know, I don't think I've ever seen one better.
£6,500 - beyond my budget.
Back to reality, then.
How about something for £18, like this candle holder?
This is a funny thing, really, because it's made of bronze
and it's dark patinated, 19th century,
probably French, a little boy holding a sconce for a wax taper.
And these are known as so-to-beds, which is an awful name,
I hate the name, but also known as chamber sticks.
As a rule, few classic chamber candlesticks have survived in good condition.
The earliest examples you're likely to find will date from the beginning of the 18th century.
This one's from the mid 19th century.
Can James get it for anything less than £18?
-Couple of pounds.
-Couple of pounds, well that's part of the way.
Got to have a bit of a bargain.
-16 quid. Right, let me have a think on that one.
James, you've got about £900 in your pocket!
What exactly is there to think about, pray?
Well, at least James is still shopping.
Kate's risking precious buying time to indulge a passion for antique furniture.
She's headed north to Pitscandly Farm to meet antique furniture restoration specialist Jeremy Gow.
Hi, you must be Jeremy. Pleased to meet you. Come in.
Thank you for having us. I've been looking forward to this.
Jeremy's been mad keen on antiques and fine woodwork since his teens.
After training in Austria and France,
he's now one of only two certified antique furniture restorers in Scotland.
It's amazing, it's like a lesson in antique furniture up here.
You've got examples from every period.
Nothing is wasted in this delicate craft,
and certainly no quick visits to a DIY superstore.
Using new wood to fix something old is avoided whenever possible.
For Jeremy, it's all about re-using and rejuvenating.
We keep everything. There's chest of drawers
that are full of all the brass, the veneers, tortoiseshell, ivory, all the sort of things that we need.
And a lot of it is recuperating bits of furniture, or recuperating bits
that we use to repair other bits, and that's the secret of how it's done.
It's like taking marzipan off a sponge cake.
Jeremy combines using modern restoration techniques with centuries-old materials.
Currently on the slab are a pair of card tables from 1790 with severe flood damage.
It's a painstaking process as all the veneer has to be removed first.
And that is the veneer coming off.
Gosh, you can really see the thinness of it now, can't you?
And the whole table needs this treatment done to it. Everything will come off.
Patience, great care and a delicate touch are required
to bring these fine pieces back to their glory days.
Kate's had an enriching experience, but its time to head off in search of great riches.
Back in James's corner of the world, something else large and outlandish has caught his eye.
It's a rather busy ornamental vase, a piece of 20th-century Satsuma ware -
nothing to do with seasonal oranges,
but a type of Japanese earthenware with distinctive, dense patterning.
I think the size is good, it's decorative,
it's got the warriors on there, it's got a look to it, hasn't it? It's got a look.
Following major success at the 1867 Paris Exhibition,
Satsuma was mostly produced for a European market
with a slightly gaudier look than before.
This one even comes with its own stand.
The stand is horrible.
I hate the stand. I hate it.
I don't like the vase either,
but it's big.
And it has a big asking price too - 195 British pounds.
And so far, James hasn't done badly with items he's claimed not to like.
It's totally grotesque, isn't it?
You can say it now, I've bought it.
Yesterday's peculiar figurine made a cool £200 at auction.
-The vase is the better lump.
Don't worry, lump is just a technical term for a great find.
James is checking this lump from all angles,
but still avoiding his usual critical tactics.
Oh, I don't know.
I'm normally decisive.
Those prawns have much to answer for!
I'm feeling very sorry for myself.
I hate prawns.
I shouldn't have eaten the prawns.
Oh, dear, we need to get this poor expert back on his feet.
Maybe some focus and a bit of tough haggling can pull him back from the brink?
The vase has got potential, the stand has no potential.
Ah, good. James is back to his old self -
an old tactic of rubbishing the item.
Those dodgy prawns have thankfully stopped worrying our James!
Now, where were we? I think the asking price here was £195.
I'd rather have the vase on its own for 70 than the vase and the stand for 100.
It's the cheapest export Satsuma pottery you can get
and the stand is just awful.
90 for the both.
James is back on form.
The asking price is tumbling and he hasn't finished yet.
My natural instincts would say meet me halfway and say 80.
But how about 85?
-Are you happy with that?
You have just sold me the most revolting stand in the world.
And it's just kit form, isn't it, put together with screws?
You're more pleased with this than me, aren't you?
It's been an eventful and emotional day.
There's been movement of prices and a miraculous, gutsy recovery for poor James - not before time.
As the shops close, the day draws to an end and our experts need shelter for the night.
The next day brings bright sunshine in Perthshire.
James and Kate have a full day's shopping ahead of them
and money to burn - some more than others!
James spent £125 yesterday £125 on three items - the Clarice Cliff bowl,
the carved spoon rack and the Satsuma vase.
He's got a cracking £802.61p left to play with.
Kate spent just £20 on one item, the Dublin silver tongs.
She's now completely behind both in the profit stakes
and on the shopping front, so she needs to buy wisely and buck up.
This leg's auction will take place in Edinburgh
and today our pair are headed away from Perth,
going somewhat south-west to the outskirts of Doune.
This is it, James?
-That's it, antiques and art centre.
-It does look pretty big, James.
You go in first, go whichever way you want and I'll go the other way.
Go on, lead the way.
Let's hope this fine emporium is big enough for the two of them.
Kate and James can divide the territory, but the main challenge
will be the strict maximum 10% discount.
This is a general rule in large antiques centres with multiple dealers.
All right, thank you. Thanks very much.
That is one of the biggest problems with an antique centre, that there isn't as much negotiation as usual,
but the advantage is that you've got all these different dealers under one roof.
So it's swings and roundabouts.
Of course, rules were made to be broken, weren't they?
Kate's doing plenty of looking and lots of thinking,
but she could really do with a stint of buying, ASAP.
Our James is honing in on his next bargain and it might be this odd Royal Doulton smoking pair.
It's a ceramic match holder at £60, and matching tobacco jar.
How much is that? That's £95?
Ah, someone's getting their appetite back!
If you nibble the edge, sometimes it feels a little soft if it's had any restoration, but that feels fine.
So we've got the tobacco jar
and logically we've also got the match striker,
so two smoking pieces together.
Smoking not the most fashionable of things today.
Dalton, again, not very fashionable, going down in value.
I don't think you're convincing anyone, here, James!
There might be another cause for concern, though.
James needs to sell at auction in Edinburgh and this item rather celebrates a historical Englishman.
If I bought two, would you do more than 10%?
Because that would bring it way, way up to over 150 quid.
95 plus 60.
-I'd have to contact the dealer.
To do anything other than what we're supposed to do.
Would you ask him for me what his best would be
from a very big, grovelling, grovelling, grovelling auctioneer?
Kate's still just browsing. It's not looking very positive at all.
Now we expect James to do his duty.
From the initial £155 for both pieces, the dealer's called back
with an absolute, definite final price of £138.40 for the pair.
That was a good move. £138.40.
-Is it as strict as that?
Even for the 40p?
-You're not going to charge me the 40p, are you?
You really are going to charge me the 40p?
They can be that picky.
Let's just test how much they want to do a deal.
-All right then, OK.
Since it's you.
Wow, an amazing 40p reduction!
And whilst James has wrestled with his Nelson, Kate's just upped and gone.
She's desperate for some auction slayers in her arsenal, and Doune's not doing it for her!
As shopping time begins running out and the hour of auction approaches,
James is finally on a roll and wants to buy more.
He's still burning a candle for that lovely chamber stick in Blairgowrie yesterday,
so calls the shop to seal the deal.
Would it be OK to have that for the £16?
Lovely, that's very kind.
The chamber stick will get dispatched to the auction house in Edinburgh,
and James now has five strong items to sell.
Kate, meanwhile, has only got the silver sugar tongs.
She's now racing off course and off plan, with a desperate detour north to the town of Comrie.
Let's hope it can work some magic for her.
-Hello there. Nice to meet you. I'm Kate.
-And you, Kate.
This is pretty much Kate's last chance today,
but she's straight into bargaining for a 1939 Art Deco christening mug.
It's silver, again, and it's £85 - well, currently!
Could you do 50?
-No, not on that, no. I'm sorry.
-What would be your absolute rock bottom?
-65 and that's it.
Leaving it a bit late to play the long game, Kate moves on to some 19th-century brass candelabrum
with black marble bases -
candelabrum being the wonderful collective noun for candelabra, don't you know?
They're a lovely pair but would normally be grouped with a matching mantle-clock.
The clock is absent, and so is time for Kate.
What could you do on those?
I'm thinking 150.
-No, I couldn't do that, they cost me more than that.
They did indeed, yes, honestly.
Perhaps Kate could try pulling heart strings again?
The problem I have is I'm up against my colleague
and he's streaking ahead at the moment with £900 in his pocket, and I've only got 300.
Oh, no joy for the sob story.
Got anything else, Kate?
If I took this little cup and I took this pair here,
what would be your absolute rock bottom for me?
How about the deathly silence attack? It's worked before.
I don't know, this is getting to that awkward moment again.
It's a long pause this time.
What about a nice round £200?
Couldn't do it, I'm sorry. Impossible, absolutely impossible.
Hell's bells, this is awkward!
All the Bliss tactics are dying.
What she needs is a classic Lewis manoeuvre - just point out all the faults!
I'm worried about a couple of things - the damage on the bases,
because I think private people will want them
-in really good condition and I think those nicks around the marble bases could put some people off.
And I am worried about the price, yes. They're slightly ecclesiastical
in their look and that's not particularly in vogue at the moment,
so that makes me slightly cautious, too,
which is why I am being a bit mean on my price.
I think 200 has got to be my final offer, I'm afraid.
-No, I couldn't do it, I'm sorry.
-You can't do that?
Andy's turning out to be Kate's toughest adversary yet.
Who's going to crumble in Comrie first?
I don't know, she's trying that...silence thing again.
This is awkward.
I'm going to gamble.
-OK, so 210?
-The cup and the candle sticks, 210?
We've got a deal, fantastic.
Let's shake on it...
before I change my mind and you change your mind.
Wow, all that for a movement of just £10!
Still, that's a deal done in the nick of time.
The hour is here for a Stirling rendezvous and the all-important show and tell.
-Here we are.
-How did you get on?
This is probably the thing that I am most pleased with.
-It's not great, I know, but...
-Pipe rack or spoon rack?
Well, they called it a pipe rack and I thought it was a Welsh spoon rack.
-I really like this carving.
-I liked it.
It's quite fine, isn't it?
For a country piece where things were quite crudely made, when you think of Welsh spoon racks,
I think of quite plain, oak pieces and this is really decorative, isn't it?
-It's got to be good, hasn't it?
-That's what I'm pleased with. How about you?
-A very uncommercial object.
Oh, they're lovely, though. Aren't they?
-They're in super condition and they've got lovely little scallop ends to them.
-What did you pay?
-I paid £20.
-Oh, that's cheap! That's a guaranteed profit.
-Can I have that in writing, Mr Lewis?
-I like it.
I know it's totally predictable, but it's not really me.
A piece of Clarice Cliff?
-That's not really you, is it?
It's a funny shape. It's a bit mucky, isn't it?
-As I said, I found it more difficult this time.
What do you think to that fabulous stand?
It's not really you, James.
Isn't it horrible?
I'll tell you the why. I bought it for this.
Oh, right, you got the two together? It's a great size, isn't it?
I know it's a very standard Japanese export lump.
-It's pretty dirty, isn't it, which doesn't help.
-What did you pay?
-I paid £85 for it.
I can see an interior designer buying that.
An interior designer who wants an impressive sized piece,
very decorative, would easily pay £80 for that.
-Quite a gamble.
-I know. I struggled. I really struggled.
-A little chamber stick.
Well, for 16, fun.
I don't know what to say about that.
Will James find something more to say about Kate's rather more OTT candle holders?
These look great.
Well, I've been completely rash and impetuous, which is very unlike me.
I think they're lovely, I like them.
The damage puts me off slightly with this big chunk out.
-How much did you pay?
-I bought them together with this.
-It's a lot, isn't it?
-For that with that.
-What's that going to make? £60?
-Which makes these 160ish.
You've really had guts to buy them. I mean, I hope...
-So you can't see a profit at all?
-They should have,
and I think you're going to say
exactly the same thing about my final lot.
I have to say I struggled with more than any of the others.
And, of course, I thought, "Great, Nelson, always really popular."
And it says, "England expects every man will do his duty."
But we're not in England, we're in Scotland,
and how popular that statement will be in Edinburgh, I really don't know.
-Right, so you're going to tell me you paid 30 for them?
-No. No, no, no. I paid £138 for them.
So you've got a chance.
OK, gloves off time, what do they really think of each other's chances?
Winning and losing all depends, I think, on Kate's candlesticks.
If somebody has the vision, then they might do well, but they also might lose.
I think on this occasion we both might lose.
Well, James, for the first time seems quite anxious about his items,
genuinely, and I don't think he has bought as well as he has in the past.
And when he said he struggled, I think he really did.
It's been a roller-coaster ride from Blairgowrie to Perth
through dashing Doune, Comrie and Stirling.
Auction day is here and the road trip arrives
in Scotland's fair capital city, Edinburgh.
She's a good looking city, is Edinburgh. Set around an old volcano
and wonderful Edinburgh Castle, it's a stand-off between medieval and Georgian architecture.
Holiday-makers of the world just can't get enough of it.
Sadly, James is not going to make the auction today.
He is accompanying a relative to hospital in Nottingham.
I'm here in Edinburgh, but I'm here on my own
because poor old James has been called to a really important family commitment,
so I am finding my way by myself. I'm quite excited, really.
-Oh, great bagpipes!
Going solo, Kate will keep errant James in the loop via her amazing 21st-century mobile telephone.
James has six lots going under the hammer, and Kate just three.
The Ramsay Cornish auction house is down a wee lane in the Leith area,
and auctioneer Martin Cornish has a few thoughts on today's outcome.
The Satsuma vase, I think he bought well.
It's maybe not the most fashionable style these days
but it's in good condition and the stand adds a certain sort of poise to it, if you like.
At least someone likes the stand!
I think the candlesticks possibly will do best.
They're lovely, fantastic quality. They were a great buy,
the figures are in wonderful condition
and they'd look wonderful in any drawing or dining room, a feature for anybody that bought them.
Let's hope the candelabra steal the show - Kate needs a boost, but time alone will tell.
-Hi, James, it's your Doulton tobacco jar coming up.
James bought this Royal Doulton tobacco jar and matchstick holder together,
but they're being sold separately.
First up is the tobacco jar.
50 to start it off? 30? 30, I'm bid.
30 I'm bid for this, 35, 40.
Five, 50, five, 55.
60. At £60? At £60?
Last call at 60 and I'm selling it.
Oh, dear, £24 down, and that's James's first loss this week.
You don't sell something plastered with England all over it in Scotland.
My fault, stupid buy.
Will the match holder do any better?
30 I'm bid, 30 I'm bid for this. 35?
-40, five, at 45?
I've got a phone bid coming in, at £45?
Oh, it's 45, but he says there's a phone bid.
Ooh, phone bid, phone bid, phone bid!
50, five, 60, five.
-70, five, 80, five. 90.
-He's shaking his head.
I'm selling it at 95.
'95, well done, auction room.'
Cor, that's a bit more like it.
Now, Kate's first lot are the silver sugar tongs.
-20 for them, 20 I'm bid.
At £20 I'm bid. 25, 30.
At £30 on the right, now.
-Oh, go on!
-Still cheap at 35 to me. At 35, at 35?
A good profit for Kate, but James is still way ahead.
How will his Clarice Cliff bowl perform?
-Hi, James, it's me again.
-Now this is your Clarice Cliff piece.
-40 for this? 20?
20 I'm bid. 25, 30?
30 at the back, at £30 for the lot?
35. 40, £40, gentleman standing at the back.
At £40 for the lot, nobody else, and I'm selling it at £40, at 40?
-You have it.
-A small profit, but not an amazing performance.
Maybe James's candle stick will deliver more?
50? 30 for this to start it off?
30 I'm bid. 35, 40, five,
50. Five, 55 on my left.
60, five, at 65 again.
Lady's bid on the left at £65 and I'm selling it at 65, last call.
Looks like James could be marching into a strong lead again.
Let's hope the christening cup can help Kate's fortunes.
-62, the Sheffield silver-plated...
-It's not silver plated.
-Sorry, Sheffield silver, tapered tankard.
-Thank goodness for that!
30 for it? 30 I'm bid. 35, 40, five, 50.
-Five, 60. At £60.
-At £60, a lovely christening present.
65, the lady's bid. At 65,
at 65, last call and I'm selling it at 65, at 65.
A modest return and no loss at least,
but James has two more items to sell.
Next is the Welsh wooden spoon rack.
50, 30 for it, 20 to start it off?
20 I'm bid.
20 I'm bid for the spoon rack.
22, 24, 26, 28, 30.
32, 34, 36, 38, 40.
42, 44, 46, 48, 50.
-Five, 55 in the back.
-At 55 in the back. At 55, last call.
At 55 and I'm selling it.
-Brilliant, that's a tidy profit for you.
That's good, that's good.
With a lump in his throat and a lump on display,
James's Japanese Satsuma vase is next.
Phew, I've got this horrible Satsuma vase coming up
and if they can sell that they can sell anything.
The auctioneer thought it might do well.
It's got the stand as well. 100?
100 I'm bid. £100 I'm bid for the large Satsuma vase and stand.
At 120, for the large vase, at 120.
Nobody else going? At 120, and I'm selling it at 120.
85, it's a small profit, but, hey, that's great.
Expectations for the vase weren't quite lived up to.
Is this an omen?
The auctioneer had high hopes for Kate's candelabrum too.
This is my star item coming up, at least I hope it is.
The thing is, if these don't do well then I'm really stuffed.
200 for them? 100? 100 I'm bid.
110, 120, 130, 140, 150.
160, 170, 180, 190, 200.
220, 240, 260, 280, 300.
At £300. 320, 340, 360, 380.
At 380, at 380. At 380, last call,
at 380, and I'm selling them at 380.
That's a major boost to Kate's fortunes,
and for once she's made more profit at auction than James.
380! Shall I call James?
Oh, my goodness.
380. Oh, what a gamble!
Although, sadly, not nearly enough to catch him.
'That is fantastic!'
Oh, well done.
James started today's show with £927.61p.
His profit after commission is just £79.34,
but it's sent him up into four figures
with a dazzling total of £1006.95p to carry forward.
Kate had £332.15p in the kitty, and her profit after commission
was a marvellous £165.40p,
so she's bounded up to £497.55p. Well done!
Although James is still in the overall lead,
Kate is the rather ecstatic winner of today's auction.
What a result!
Next time on the Antiques Road Trip,
our experts smarten up for a first-class auction in Hamilton.
James tries something old.
My friends normally get me dressed up as Henry VIII.
Kate tries something new.
Is the bow meant to be at the back, do you think?
And they both head into the great blue yonder.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
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?