Episode 23 Antiques Road Trip


Episode 23

James Braxton and Jonathan Pratt are determined to up their games as they head from Stratford-upon-Avon to the auction in Frome, Somerset.


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

-Cos I'm declaring war.

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-Why?

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

-Nothing in here.

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

-Disappointing.

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-But it's not as easy as you might think and things don't always go to plan.

-Push!

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-Will they race off with a huge profit or come to a grinding halt?

-I'm nervous now.

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This is the Antiques Road Trip.

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All this week, we're out on the road with gents about town James Braxton and Jonathan Pratt.

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The cheeky James Braxton is a tough taskmaster when it comes to naming his price.

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At the end of the day, I'll try and squeeze you on a price.

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Jonathan, on the other hand, is feeling the pressure.

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OK, £100. Oh, God, I'm so...so...

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Despite an unsold coral necklace, James was the clear winner.

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His Italian painting made more than £100 profit.

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-Very well done, James.

-Thank you.

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Meanwhile, Jonathan bought a novel collection of items, including a chipped pepper pot,

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a chipped glass-bottomed mug and a silver-mounted glass bottle which was cracked.

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Not surprisingly, he lost.

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-What would you do for that?

-25.

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I'll have it. I like it. I like it a lot.

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From his original £200, new leader James has taken pole position

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with a respectable £318.46 to play with.

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Have the nerves got the better of our once triumphant Jonathan?

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He's back to the beginning with a paltry £206.36.

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James's trusty MG is the chariot of choice as they battle it out

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in the third leg of this week's road trip.

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This week, James and Jonathan are travelling over 300 miles

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all the way from Altrincham to the warm southern shores of Lostwithiel in Cornwall.

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On today's show, they're leaving Birmingham, heading for their next auction in Frome, Somerset.

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First stop, though,

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is Warwickshire's literary jewel in the crown - Stratford upon Avon.

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This historic market town has more than 800 years of history

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and is, of course, best known as the birthplace of the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare.

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The boys haven't made a lot of money, so they'll be raring to go and getting lots of focus by...

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going for a sail down the River Avon!

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Right, that's enough sightseeing, chaps.

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Let's get on with some shopping.

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The first shop is Stratford Antiques Centre.

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Let's begin with Jonathan. He's lagging behind. Last time, he didn't haggle, bought lots of cracked items

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and well...

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What's this he's looking at now? Oh, no.

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I've got a thing for pepperettes at the moment. It's a little pepperette formed as an owl.

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It's a lead body, would have been plated. Little glass eyes. It's not what he started off life as.

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This wooden base is later

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and you can see the glue it's been stuck on to it with.

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But it's quite nicely made. Glass eyes which might have been replaced.

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Pepperettes were extremely popular at the Victorian dining table,

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a novel way of seasoning one's meat and two veg.

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A pity his feet are missing!

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How much is that? There's no ticket on it. Would you take...

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I'm going to be mean. Would you take £15 for it?

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Um... I'd take 20, I think.

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-Owls and pigs are very popular.

-Yeah.

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Yeah, it's just...

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-I know it's been sort of...

-Yeah.

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..in the wars a bit, hasn't it?

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There's no denying its age. I'm thinking that it's a late Victorian novelty.

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And the owl is wisdom. But I don't know why his feet have gone.

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Meet me halfway - £17.50?

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-That's OK.

-Brilliant. That's my first purchase. That'll do nicely. I'll hand that over.

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A bit better on the price, Jonathan, but I did mention those missing feet, old fruit.

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-There we go.

-Thank you very much. And your change.

-Thank you very much. Lovely. That's a good start.

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On the other hand, MG lover James is like a coiled spring. He's spotted something already.

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There are some little MG logos here, badges,

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which I might have a look at.

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And as quick as greased lightning, James finds antique dealer Tony.

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-Tony, I'm fascinated.

-Yes.

-Can you tell me a bit...

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-I have a nice MG TD.

-OK.

-My 1952...

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-I was interested in this little fellow.

-This one here?

-Yeah.

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The chap I bought it off, he wasn't quite sure how it was attached to the car.

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And I've certainly never found anyone so far who was able to throw much light on it, you know...

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-It's rather fun, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-And it's sort of a cast alloy, isn't it?

-Yes, it is.

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-Sometimes they had quite a nice badge at the back to go on the spare wheel.

-That's right.

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If there was a locking... You know, on the earlier ones.

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-I mean, it stands up. I thought some MG owner might want to just stand it on his desk.

-Yeah.

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-It would make a nice weight, that.

-A paperweight, yes.

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-To all intents and purposes, it's rather nice and bright, isn't it?

-Yes, it is.

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-That would clean up very nicely.

-I'm sure it would, yes.

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I'm a terrible instinctive buyer, though.

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I look at something, I quite like it, and sort of tend to go for it.

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-This is an expensive place, Stratford upon Avon.

-Yes, it is.

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-But it's not so expensive as some.

-No, no.

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I can do you a deal on it, anyway.

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-Would you take a fiver for it, Tony?

-TONY LAUGHS

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-No.

-No? No?

-No, no.

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It's like a boxer. You like to get in that sharp jab at the beginning, don't you?

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Well, you're at 5, I'm at 25. Will you meet me in the middle?

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-No.

-LAUGHTER

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As you flatly rejected my five, I'm flatly rejecting your middle.

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-Can I just have a look and see?

-Yeah.

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-I know. What does it say? You bought it for three?

-No.

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It says to make a couple of quid, I've got to get ten for it.

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-Ten?

-Yeah.

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-I'm not going to argue with you, Tony.

-OK.

-Ten?

-Ten.

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Thank you very much indeed. It's coming home to the right person.

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Well, that's James sorted.

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What about Jonathan?

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That page turner with the leaf-type finial...

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-That's 120.

-And it's got age? Is it late 19th century?

-It's 1930s.

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1930s. And the Scottish one on the left?

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-This one is an older one.

-A late 19th century one with the Cairngorms inset in the handle?

-Yes.

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-And that matchbox strike. Is that silver and enamel?

-That is silver and enamel.

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-And the box with the chevrons on?

-This one?

-The wooden box.

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-Oh, this one.

-Is it fitted for anything?

-It's got some sewing bits and pieces.

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A substantial amount of time later...

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That's sitting in there. It hasn't moved out of there for ages.

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It's got a "CLC" on it.

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It's sort of like.. You know, it's a sort of otter hound or something.

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I do like that.

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-Even the lettering on it is nicely '30s.

-Mm-hm.

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And EW is easy enough to... Anyone, Edward Wilson or something, you know?

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A page turner. Now, what do you mean, you don't have one?

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-You can have that for 100.

-OK.

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These two would have to be 50 each.

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They've got to be £50 each.

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Instead of 100.

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OK...

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MUSIC: "Under Pressure", by Queen and David Bowie

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Oh, damn it.

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Oh, dear. Oh...

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OK...

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OK, £100. Oh, God, I'm so, so...

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# Pressure pushing down on me

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# Pressing down on you no man has more

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# Under pressure... #

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Is it worth committing to that?

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I'm going to bite the bullet because I like it.

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-I'll have that for £100.

-Mm-hm.

-Committed. I'm going to shake the hand now. There we go.

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100 smackers on a page turner?!

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I'm going to say "no" to the rest of them. I've done one bold move. I'm going to say "no" to the rest.

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If there's anything else...

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Oh, no. Quick, let's get out of here and leave him to it!

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Buoyed up by his MG purchase, James is distracted by the annual River Festival.

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But then he's easily distracted.

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Everyone knows Stratford is renowned as the birthplace of Willie Shakespeare,

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but the history of the canal boat reigns supreme here.

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It started with the Victorians with their desire to escape the smoggy industrial towns.

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-May I come on board?

-By all means.

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-Mind your head.

-Mind the head.

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Because in the boatman's cabin, there isn't a lot of room.

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Oh! Especially, if like Braxton, you're partial to a full English.

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Barge owner Brian has kindly allowed our James to step aboard. Well, clamber really.

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-I love the decoration in here.

-Roses and castles, very classical.

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-Really?

-I don't know whether they were a bit Romany or what their origins were.

-It does look Romany.

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-This is where they ate.

-So this is the table?

-There's the table.

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-I use it as a booze cupboard, as you can see.

-Very good.

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Man should only live on whisky and biscuits. I see you do!

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I do. Living proof that it works, yes!

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And interestingly enough, directly under this, this drawer was called the crumb drawer.

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-When they'd finished eating, when you tipped this up, all the crumbs went in the crumb drawer.

-Great idea.

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-Ditch it outside.

-Feed the ducks.

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A visit to a barge wouldn't be complete without having a gander at the engine room.

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Russell Newbery Diesel Engines are the heart of several hundred canal boats in the UK

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and were first manufactured in 1934.

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Brian, you seem very well set up here. Do you live all year on this?

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-Yes, I do.

-Really?

-I live on the boat all the year round.

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-And do you have a mooring?

-No, I don't have a mooring.

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I cruise continually on what they call a continual cruiser.

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-A continual cruiser.

-But I do moor up at night.

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Yes, naturally. While James is having a jolly and relaxed time,

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what's going on with our panicky Jonathan?

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Mr Pratt is travelling 50 miles south to the glorious town of Tetbury in the Cotswolds.

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He's still deliberating over that pricey page turner.

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I don't know. I really like it. I think it's a great object.

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£100 is a lot of money and I didn't have a lot of money to start with.

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And I've got to be so much more careful now. I am a bit nervous.

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Stop fretting, Jonathan, and get stuck in to your next shop - Top Banana.

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Stay away from cracked items, young man.

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And while you're at it, try a bit of haggling.

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It's quite nicely painted and this is tobacco staining, all this yellow, which adds to the age.

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And I'd say it's probably painted in the '30s.

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There's nothing on the back.

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£38.

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That'll clean up rather nicely, I think.

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It might appeal to a fellow skier like myself.

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A mountain man.

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Hardly, with my back, anyway.

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Antiques dealer Hugo opened for business over ten years ago.

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He's spotted Jonathan having a good old rummage around and wants to make sure he hasn't nicked anything.

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-It's not bad. I think it's oil on board.

-Yeah, yeah.

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-I'd give you 30 quid for it.

-If you give me 35, you can have it.

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There's no snow on the ground here. Every skier will look at it and say, "There's no snow on the ground.

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-"I don't want to be reminded about a bad ski holiday!"

-It's romantic, though.

-It's the summer time!

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-30?

-Go on then. Take it for 30.

-Go on then. Thank you.

-Deal.

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After all that shopping, Jonathan, it's time to turn in.

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Let's hope the doggy page turner doesn't give you nightmares.

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The boys are up with the lark for another day's shopping.

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James and Jonathan have travelled just over 30 miles

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to the pretty Wiltshire village of Castle Combe.

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So far, James has spent £10 on one lot -

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the MG steering wheel boss,

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leaving a whopping £308.46 for the day ahead.

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Jonathan, meanwhile, has splashed the cash, spending £147.50 on three lots -

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the owl pepperette that doesn't have any feet, the expensive doggy page turner

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and the Swiss painting with no snow. This gives him a total of £58.86 for the second day of buying.

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The sun has got its hat on. Let's join the chaps as they hunt down some bargains

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at Castle Combe car boot sale.

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The car boot sales here are some of the largest in the West Country.

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With hundreds of stalls, there should be something to take the boys' fancy.

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As usual, James is getting stuck in straight away.

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It's a little maquette. It's made of terracotta, sort of, um...sculptor's clay.

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It's a sort of preparatory thing before possibly casting it.

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Most of these things were never cast in bronze,

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but it was something they did in the studio.

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He's marked on the back. I don't know who the devil he is.

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DF, yeah, I don't know who he is.

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-Might be worth a fortune.

-No, it won't be that size. It's just a maquette.

-Yeah.

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-It's terracotta.

-Yes.

-Just a little fun. I'll give you a pound for it.

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-No, you must be joking.

-Why?

-I'd rather put it on the wall.

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-How much do you want?

-A tenner.

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-A fiver and I'll do it.

-No, make it eight.

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-No, I'll do five.

-Six.

-Five and it's yours.

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-Go on.

-Five it is. It's all good fun, isn't it?

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-There we are.

-There you go.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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-And there's your five...

-That's very kind. Thanks a lot.

-Cheers.

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And the full packaging service - gift-wrapped by the hubby!

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I don't want to drop it, otherwise I'll lose money on it already.

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Thank you. That's very kind of you. Bye!

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Last of the big spenders there, James!

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A brisk bit of business and that's another faceless, low-cost item in the bag.

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There's a hell of a lot to see here and I don't know...

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I don't know where to start, really. I don't know where to start.

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This takes me back. I used to go round these things when I was a bit younger.

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OK, dive in, I think.

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-It looks like faience, really, isn't it?

-Yes.

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Tin glaze. It's so precisely done. It's nicely, finely potted.

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The decoration is really precise.

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This little tankard was made by the Aldermaston Pottery in Berkshire.

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It was founded in 1955 by Alan Caiger-Smith and Geoffrey Eastop.

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The pottery is renowned for its tin-glazed wares.

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It's nibbled on the back, isn't it?

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Jonathan, what did I say about damaged items?

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-How much is it?

-A couple of quid.

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-OK...

-But I'll let you off. It's only £2 after all!

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-I'll have to find some things to go with it.

-Oh, crikey!

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James has found another item to pounce on.

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When you have two handles, sometimes they call them loving cups, but it's very nicely waisted.

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It is a nice item, isn't it?

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Would you do it for a couple of pounds...? OK, I'll take it.

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-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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Good grief! Another item at £2. What a pair of spendthrifts!

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Thanks a lot. I don't think I would have bought it if it had one handle.

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It has two handles. It's a loving cup. It has nice symmetry.

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It's got a maker's name, so somebody was pleased to manufacture it

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and it's either got a pattern number or more likely, the date, 1879.

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So it's got three nice elements that might lift it in an auction room.

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That's a pound a handle! Time to leave Castle Combe and get the wheels rolling.

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The chaps are heading to the town of Tetbury.

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-I bought two items.

-I don't know how you did it. I struggled...

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I know we like to reveal it all, but in all honesty, I struggled to find even one object.

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Did you? Did money pass hands there?

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It did, but I can tell you barely!

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I could have bought a coffee for what I think I paid for it.

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Old Brackers needs to catch up on the shopping. He's on his way to meet with George, owner of Artique.

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George specialises in exotic wares from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

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The shop is a Mecca of unique treasures, if you know what I mean.

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My mission, George, is to try and find maybe a couple of items that I can put forward to auction.

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It's an auction in Somerset, in Frome,

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-and I want to have something that is slightly exotic.

-Sure.

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I'd love it to be Indian, Pakistani, whatever, something that has a story

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-and something that will communicate to people who go to an auction as well.

-Sure, sure.

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So I might try and buy a slightly more expensive one and a cheap one,

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but at the end of the day, I'm going to try and squeeze you on a price.

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Of course. What's new?

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Before James gets stuck into shopping, there's something outside that's definitely not for sale.

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That's amazing. What's this? It almost looks like a Pacific island.

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-What's this doing here?

-It's an incredibly rare thing.

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This is a Kafiri house from Kafiristan.

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The Kafir tribe are tall, blue-eyed warriors hailing from Afghanistan in the south of the Hindu Kush valleys.

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Legend has it they are the lost tribe of Alexander the Great.

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We found this at the top of a mountain

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and it's the only known complete Kafiri building that has been found.

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Anthropologists have looked at this and they think it's 600 years old.

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-Yeah.

-It's sort of petrified. This one was in pieces. It had been abandoned many years before.

-Yeah.

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We brought it down and reassembled it. There's the window.

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And actually the front door is here.

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-Really? So just slipping in.

-Slipping in, yeah.

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Samovar there, sign of hospitality.

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And these are ibex horns, a sign of family strength.

1:07:281:07:32

Obviously, this was the home of a warrior. This would depict him.

1:07:321:07:36

You can make out swords and things. You should get this behind glass.

1:07:361:07:40

-One day, I'd like to give it to a museum.

-Yeah.

1:07:401:07:43

We'll have to wait and see how poor I am when I die.

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LAUGHTER

1:07:471:07:49

-You'll get a little room in the British Museum, George.

-Yes.

1:07:491:07:53

Come on, James. Better get back inside and spend some of that cash!

1:07:531:07:57

The coffee table, George? How much is that?

1:07:571:08:00

£45.

1:08:001:08:02

And this would be Indian as well?

1:08:041:08:06

This is Indian, probably sort of more like hill station.

1:08:061:08:10

Yeah.

1:08:101:08:12

-Up in the cool mountains.

-Up in the cool mountains, yes.

1:08:131:08:17

Yes, cool.

1:08:171:08:19

Interesting, but there's lots more inside.

1:08:211:08:24

-How much are your kilims, George?

-They vary enormously in size and age.

1:08:241:08:30

And things like that?

1:08:301:08:32

-Things like that would cost you...

-Sort of later.

-Yeah, sort of 1940.

-Yeah.

1:08:321:08:37

-But this is from Afghanistan.

-That's from Afghanistan?

1:08:371:08:41

I could show it to you if you want.

1:08:411:08:43

Kilims are flat, woven carpets or rugs produced from the Balkans to Pakistan.

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The language of the kilim weaver can convey anything

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-from hopes of marriage and good fortune to tribal allegiance.

-The carpet room...

1:08:521:08:57

This is Baluchi, as I say, probably 1940.

1:08:591:09:03

Nice, simple, nomadic, domestic kilim.

1:09:041:09:07

-Yeah, it's very nice.

-Suddenly, kilims are having a big revival.

1:09:071:09:13

-I can see how it would really work in a contemporary home, this.

-Yeah.

1:09:131:09:17

-It looks modern, doesn't it?

-It does look modern.

1:09:171:09:21

Yes, interesting, fascinating.

1:09:211:09:23

Now, George, I'm quite interested in possibly, maybe...

1:09:231:09:28

-..buying something like that.

-Yes.

1:09:291:09:32

And maybe the coffee table. I might just grab the coffee table and see what it looks like on it.

1:09:321:09:39

No, let the younger man take it, George.

1:09:391:09:42

I can manage this. It's a lovely weight, reassuring.

1:09:421:09:46

-It's always good for the buyer to feel the goods.

-Absolutely.

1:09:461:09:49

Now let's have a look. So we've got a teak coffee table.

1:09:491:09:54

And a rather nice kilim rug.

1:09:541:09:56

Rooney, come on. Off the carpet, boy.

1:09:581:10:00

-You love rugs.

-Yeah.

1:10:001:10:03

-He knows quality, this dog.

-Oh, I know. Now, George,

1:10:031:10:07

-what sort of special price could you do for the two?

-Here he goes.

1:10:071:10:12

Our warrior James is on the warpath.

1:10:121:10:15

-The absolute...bottom on it...

-Yeah?

1:10:161:10:20

..is £120 for the kilim.

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And £45 for the table.

1:10:251:10:27

-£45 for the table...

-Which is incredibly cheap.

-Yeah.

1:10:271:10:32

Brackers is interested. Watch out. He's just about to pounce.

1:10:321:10:37

Both are very usable pieces of furniture in any environment. And it's a great look at the moment.

1:10:371:10:43

-Yeah, it's a good look, isn't it?

-Yes.

1:10:431:10:46

It's so difficult with these things. As soon as I buy these, I'm at the mercy of others.

1:10:491:10:56

-150 for the two?

-No, I can't.

1:10:561:11:00

-You can't?

-40...

1:11:001:11:03

OK.

1:11:061:11:07

-Thank you very much indeed.

-That is really cheap.

-Great price.

1:11:071:11:12

-Thank you.

-Phew! That was a bit of a struggle,

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but finally he gets his way.

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Meanwhile, Jonathan has finished shopping for the day

1:11:181:11:22

and is making his way to Chavenage.

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He has an invitation

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to the 16th-century Chavenage House,

1:11:261:11:29

reputed to be haunted. Let's hope Jonathan doesn't get goose pimples.

1:11:291:11:34

This magnificent Cotswold manor is a family home that has remained virtually unchanged for 400 years.

1:11:341:11:41

It's open for visitors from May to September.

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The Lowsley-Williams are one of only two families that have ever owned the house.

1:11:451:11:52

Caroline Lowsley-Williams is the daughter of that household

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and welcomes Jonathan into a world of grandeur and discovery.

1:11:561:12:00

We come into my favourite room, Oliver Cromwell's room.

1:12:001:12:03

-But...

-There he is.

-There he is, warts and all.

-Yeah, exactly.

1:12:051:12:10

-That's a contemporary copy of...

-Oh, is it?

-..Peter Lely's picture.

-OK.

1:12:101:12:14

-The original hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

-But it's here because...

-Yes.

1:12:141:12:20

..there's a great deal of importance with this building and Cromwell.

1:12:201:12:25

-Wasn't it used as a stronghold for part of the army?

-Absolutely. It was owned by Nathaniel Stevens

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and he was one of the three MPs for Gloucestershire.

1:12:301:12:35

Being an MP, he sided with Cromwell rather than King Charles I.

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So he offered Chavenage as a stronghold or staging post.

1:12:391:12:44

And then it was used after the end of the war

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when King Charles was imprisoned. I think then Cromwell had to decide what to do with him next.

1:12:481:12:54

Cromwell came here, stayed in the house, while he tried to make sure that Stevens would vote

1:12:541:13:00

for the impeachment of the King.

1:13:001:13:02

That led to the legend of the house, which is that Stevens was persuaded, very much against his will,

1:13:021:13:10

to vote for the King's death

1:13:101:13:12

and subsequently he was cursed by his daughter and our ghost is the ghost of Charles I

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coming for the traitor's soul.

1:13:181:13:20

In the early '70s, the house revealed a rather fascinating interior design discovery.

1:13:201:13:26

So we come to the room which I talk about as the library. I apologise for the tiger, but he was shot

1:13:261:13:32

by Great Uncle Pat.

1:13:321:13:35

In those days, they didn't know tigers were rare.

1:13:351:13:38

My parents inherited the house as a wedding present. They celebrated 53 years of being here

1:13:381:13:44

-and gave us the rare privilege of growing up in the house.

-Amazing.

1:13:441:13:48

So this was our playground and now it's a place of work.

1:13:481:13:53

My father tried to escape people by going to the attic to play with his trains.

1:13:531:13:58

On one of the playing and expansion schemes he discovered a portfolio of drawings.

1:13:581:14:04

-Didn't know what they were.

-Yes.

-And they were just left about until an expert from an auction house

1:14:041:14:11

identified them as the designs for the redecoration of Windsor Castle.

1:14:111:14:15

In it were about 120 designs. He rather lost interest when they weren't designs for this house

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once they'd been identified.

1:14:221:14:25

This is one of the originals.

1:14:251:14:27

So these are original drawings for the redecoration of Windsor Castle in when...?

1:14:271:14:34

Well, it was for George IV. By Geoffrey Wyatt.

1:14:341:14:37

We were told that they were valuable and the Queen would like them back in the Royal Collection.

1:14:371:14:43

And we had a sale in 1970

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and the Keeper of the Queen's Pictures, on her behalf, bought almost the entirety

1:14:461:14:52

-and the really nice part of it is that since the terrible fire, which was 1990...

-Early '90s.

1:14:521:14:58

..they say that it's now better than before because they went back to the original Georgian designs.

1:14:581:15:04

If your father had not been up into the attic and moving his train set,

1:15:041:15:09

they might not have been discovered for another 10 years and the fire would have gone by.

1:15:091:15:15

-It came at...

-An opportune moment.

1:15:151:15:18

And the lesson here - always have a look in the attic. You never know what could be hiding.

1:15:181:15:24

What I like about this is I drive up to the house and you've got this Elizabethan facade,

1:15:241:15:30

yet the history goes back 500 years, at least.

1:15:301:15:36

And there's something happening almost every decade ever since!

1:15:361:15:40

-A lived-in house is bound to have a history.

-I've had really good fun.

1:15:401:15:44

-You make it very entertaining! I'll have to come with my family.

-Absolutely!

-Thank you very much.

1:15:441:15:52

Right. Let's get this show back on the road.

1:15:531:15:56

Time for the boys to find out what they've spent their pennies on.

1:15:561:16:00

Where better than the lawn of Chavenage House?

1:16:001:16:04

-My first object is...

-That looks fun, doesn't it?

1:16:041:16:08

-Late '20s, continental silver page turner.

-Yeah.

1:16:091:16:14

It's a Bakelite blade, silver finial, modelled as a hunting dog, a hound.

1:16:141:16:20

-Yeah, yeah, Jonathan. Wait until James hears how much you paid.

-How much did you pay for it?

1:16:201:16:26

-Bearing in mind I started off with £206...

-Come on.

1:16:261:16:30

-I parted with £100 for it.

-You paid £100?

1:16:301:16:34

-I know. I couldn't believe it, either.

-I'm starting to feel it was a bit too much for it.

1:16:341:16:40

-This is my first purchase. This was bought in... I'll pass it over to you.

-There we go.

1:16:401:16:47

You just prised this off the front of the steering wheel!

1:16:471:16:51

The jury's slightly out. We don't know if it's a spare tyre dress cap

1:16:511:16:56

-or we think it might be the centre of the steering wheel.

-It's an ashtray.

-No, it isn't!

1:16:561:17:02

And you paid? £10. Fair enough. You'll get rid of it OK. £10.

1:17:021:17:06

-Let's see if we can improve on that. Oh, that's nice.

-A pepper pot.

1:17:061:17:10

-It's lead. His feet have been cut off, sadly.

-Yeah.

-I bought it as a novelty object.

1:17:101:17:17

-I didn't pay a lot for it. I did try to push him down to less.

-Yeah.

1:17:171:17:22

-I think I paid £17.50.

-Two words, Jonathan - damaged and footless.

1:17:221:17:29

-OK, old boy. Yours.

-And I'm off.

1:17:291:17:32

-I bought this little fellow. Maquette.

-That's rather sweet.

1:17:321:17:38

-It's almost like a Pan or something, isn't it?

-Yeah.

1:17:381:17:42

What I like about this is you can see it's hand-modelled.

1:17:421:17:46

It's all very, very... It's very tactile, isn't it?

1:17:461:17:51

And you paid...? The thing is with this, everything was either under a tenner

1:17:511:17:57

-or over, like, 60. I think you probably paid

-£10. 5.

1:17:571:18:01

-Very good, OK.

-Fire away.

1:18:011:18:03

-I bought three objects yesterday.

-Oh, right.

-This was from Top Banana.

1:18:031:18:07

My fascination with winter sports... It doesn't have winter sports in, but I just liked it.

1:18:071:18:15

-Oh, that's fun, isn't it?

-Probably painted around the first quarter of the 20th century.

1:18:151:18:21

They could clean this up themselves, using turpentine or whatever.

1:18:211:18:25

They could gently bring it back and hang it on the wall without paying a fortune.

1:18:251:18:31

-And how much did you pay?

-£30.

1:18:311:18:34

-I think that's a good buy.

-Thank you.

-The best buy today.

1:18:341:18:38

My next item...what is it? My third item...

1:18:381:18:41

-Isn't that smart?

-A loving cup.

-Isn't that smart?

-There we are.

1:18:421:18:48

This conjures up the Arts and Crafts of the late-19th century England. That's what you would hope.

1:18:481:18:54

You'd want to see on the bottom "Tudric" or something like that from from Liberty,

1:18:541:18:59

-which it doesn't have.

-Funnily enough, no.

1:18:591:19:02

-Nicely waisted body. Good handles on it.

-Are you talking about the cup or your taste in women, James?

1:19:021:19:09

-Knowing your tactic so far, you paid a fiver for it.

-I didn't. I paid

-£2. You little so-and-so. OK.

1:19:091:19:16

Well, there's a £3 profit for you.

1:19:161:19:18

-Royal Berkshire Hospital. A nice bit of pottery.

-It's Aldermaston Pottery.

1:19:201:19:25

-Oh, right.

-It's for the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The quality of the finishing is brilliant.

1:19:251:19:33

Nicely, finely potted. And then this little certificate saying it's 342 of 500 tankards, or something.

1:19:331:19:38

But there is a downside and the downside is that somebody took a nibble out of the back.

1:19:381:19:45

That was a real disappointment. It only cost £2.

1:19:451:19:48

Perfect. I think it's a nice item.

1:19:481:19:51

Smacks of quality. A real craft item.

1:19:511:19:54

So that's me done. I'm finito.

1:19:541:19:56

I won't even try to gloat about how much money I've got left over.

1:19:561:20:01

-Next one was quite a serious purchase for me.

-Oh, I like the sound of this!

1:20:011:20:07

In a North African stylee, I'm just going to throw it open.

1:20:071:20:11

-So it's a flat-weave carpet. It's a Baluchi.

-Or was.

-Afghanistan. Tribal people.

1:20:131:20:21

And it's got a rather contemporary design to it.

1:20:211:20:24

Oh! I didn't know you were an interior designer, James!

1:20:241:20:29

-How much did you pay for it, James?

-Quite a lot. £110.

-Very bold move.

1:20:291:20:34

-The boldest move you've ever made.

-I'm testing the water.

1:20:341:20:39

You're testing the water with your money!

1:20:391:20:43

-I'll see whether people buy it or not.

-Good.

-I'll set it off

1:20:431:20:46

-by putting my fifth purchase on it.

-Go on then.

1:20:461:20:49

Bought from the same shop, Tetbury again, it's this fella.

1:20:491:20:52

I remember you talking to me

1:20:521:20:55

-about coffee tables.

-Yes!

1:20:551:20:58

-And you said...

-We were driving along and I said,

1:20:581:21:03

-"In general sales, I seem to be selling quite a lot of coffee tables."

-Were you misleading me?

-No!

1:21:031:21:09

Jonathan? Misleading? Never!

1:21:091:21:12

What I thought I might do is I might form a little tableau within the auction room.

1:21:121:21:18

Carry on.

1:21:181:21:20

Here we are.

1:21:201:21:23

-You're sitting on your sofa and there's your coffee table. On your wooden floors.

-OK.

1:21:231:21:29

-I'm going for a contemporary look.

-I'm going to ask you a question.

1:21:291:21:33

-I want an honest answer. How much did you pay for it?

-£40.

-OK.

1:21:331:21:38

That's sort of in the middle there. If you'd paid any more, I would have gone skipping back to the car.

1:21:381:21:45

-Would you?

-Yeah. OK, great. I think I've enjoyed this one.

-Good luck!

1:21:451:21:50

Having seen each other's purchases, what do our chaps really think?

1:21:501:21:56

When I saw that carpet, I was very, very pleased. £110 is a lot.

1:21:561:22:00

It's never going to make that. It's the wrong type of carpet - it's not old, not antique.

1:22:001:22:06

The only thing threatening me is that picture.

1:22:061:22:10

It's a very nice picture, but...

1:22:101:22:13

Don't mention that paper knife.

1:22:141:22:17

Ha ha! It's been a tough third leg with the boys battling it out

1:22:181:22:23

from Stratford upon Avon via Castle Combe, Tetbury

1:22:231:22:27

and finally

1:22:271:22:28

to the town of Frome.

1:22:281:22:29

Frome in northeast Somerset sits on the Mendip Hills.

1:22:291:22:33

Let's hope our boys unearth some big-value profit at auction. Dore and Rees' auction house

1:22:331:22:39

is located in a converted chapel

1:22:391:22:41

and has been in the town since 1868.

1:22:411:22:44

Auctioneer Guy Taylor has a few thoughts to share about our chaps' offerings.

1:22:441:22:51

Personally, the little owl pepperette is a very sweet little thing.

1:22:511:22:55

The sort of thing you could see in a shop window and have a lot of people going for it.

1:22:551:23:01

That and the MG steering boss.

1:23:011:23:04

Jonathan Pratt started today with £206.36

1:23:041:23:09

and spent £149.50 on four auction lots,

1:23:091:23:13

leaving him with £56.86.

1:23:131:23:15

James Braxton began with £318.46

1:23:171:23:21

and has spent £167 on five lots,

1:23:211:23:25

leaving him with £151.46 in his pocket.

1:23:251:23:29

Remember, he also has the coral necklace from yesterday's auction.

1:23:291:23:33

Let the auction commence!

1:23:331:23:35

First up, Jonathan's trying to turn his luck

1:23:351:23:38

with an Aldermaston Pottery mug -

1:23:381:23:39

the one that's chipped.

1:23:391:23:42

We come to the limited edition Aldermaston Pottery tankard.

1:23:421:23:46

Associated with the Royal Berkshire Hospital. 10 I am bid.

1:23:461:23:50

12 I have. 14.

1:23:501:23:52

16. 18.

1:23:521:23:55

20, fresh place. 22 now? 22.

1:23:551:23:58

24 now?

1:23:581:24:00

24 now if you want it. The bid's at 22. Selling at £22.

1:24:001:24:05

-Well done.

-Get in there!

1:24:061:24:08

Crikey! Jonathan with a profit.

1:24:081:24:12

Next up, it's James's Indian table.

1:24:121:24:14

Here's hoping the bidders of Frome like a taste of the exotic.

1:24:141:24:18

We come to the teak hardwood Indian coffee table.

1:24:181:24:22

Got the nice distressed look to it.

1:24:221:24:25

10 I'm bid. 12 if you want it.

1:24:251:24:27

12 I have on the desk. 14 now. 14.

1:24:271:24:31

16. 18. 20.

1:24:311:24:33

-22. 24. 26 now?

-Stop.

-Go on!

1:24:331:24:37

-No, that's enough.

-Going to be sold at £24.

1:24:371:24:41

All done at £24?

1:24:411:24:44

-Oh, dear.

-Never mind.

-Never mind.

1:24:441:24:47

Apparently not.

1:24:471:24:50

It's the footless owl pepperette.

1:24:501:24:53

The cast metal pepperette. Modelled in the form of an owl.

1:24:531:24:57

Say for that one £10?

1:24:571:25:00

5 I'm bid here. 8 if you want it. 8 I have. 10 now?

1:25:001:25:04

10 I have. 12. 14.

1:25:041:25:07

16. 18. 20.

1:25:071:25:10

-Well done.

-22. 24.

1:25:101:25:13

26.

1:25:131:25:15

-Luck of the devil.

-28. 30.

1:25:151:25:17

32 now?

1:25:171:25:19

All done at 30? All done.

1:25:191:25:22

-Phew!

-Well done.

-Thank you.

1:25:221:25:26

Could this be the tide turning for Jonathan?

1:25:261:25:30

It's James's kilim carpet next.

1:25:301:25:33

Will it fare better than the coffee table?

1:25:331:25:35

The striped patterned kilim carpet.

1:25:351:25:37

That's the one displayed over the rail there.

1:25:371:25:41

Nice pattern to that one as well. £30?

1:25:411:25:45

-30 I'm bid. 35 now if you want it.

-Come on.

1:25:451:25:50

It's going to be sold on its maiden bid at £30. 35?

1:25:501:25:53

-Come on.

-Sell it!

-35 I have on the desk.

1:25:531:25:57

40 I have. 45 now? 45. 50 now? £50 I have.

1:25:571:26:02

55 now? Across the room at £50.

1:26:021:26:05

You were lucky there!

1:26:061:26:09

Lucky? Losing 60 quid?!

1:26:101:26:12

Ouch! That's just nasty. Let's move on quickly.

1:26:131:26:17

Paintings have been good choices for the boys. Will Jonathan's luck hold?

1:26:171:26:23

The alpine scene oil painting on board.

1:26:231:26:26

That's by the Austrian artist Peter Haller.

1:26:261:26:29

Say for that one, put me in, £50?

1:26:291:26:32

-50 I'm bid.

-Well done.

-55 I have on the desk. 60 I have.

1:26:341:26:38

-65 now?

-(Come on, come on.)

1:26:381:26:42

It's going to be sold at £60 to my right. 65 if you're interested.

1:26:421:26:45

-Come on.

-All done at £60? All done?

1:26:451:26:48

Doubled your money. That's all right. Well done.

1:26:491:26:53

Not bad. £30 profit.

1:26:531:26:57

Back to James with the £2 pewter mug.

1:26:571:27:00

It's got the Hampden stamp.

1:27:001:27:03

5 I'm bid. 8 now if you want it. 8 I have.

1:27:031:27:06

10. 12.

1:27:061:27:09

-14 now? 14 now if you want it.

-Go on!

1:27:091:27:13

14. She's back again. 16 now?

1:27:131:27:15

It's going to be sold at £14. Fierce competition. All done at 14?

1:27:161:27:21

-Very good. Well done. Well done, Frome.

-That's good.

-Happy with that.

1:27:211:27:28

Let's drink to that. Finally, a small profit.

1:27:281:27:32

Help! It's the pricey page turner. I don't know if I can look.

1:27:321:27:37

Continental silver, a nice little bloodhound decoration.

1:27:371:27:41

-All right, all right.

-£20?

1:27:411:27:44

20 I'm bid. 22 now if you want it. 22 I have on the desk.

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24. 26. 28.

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30. 32.

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34. 36. 38 now?

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-Selling at £36.

-No...

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-Done.

-How much did you pay for it?

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-100.

-100. Well, at least you didn't pay 110.

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Disaster with a capital D. Let's move on swiftly.

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Next up, it's the terracotta maquette. Bought for a snip.

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We come to the studio terracotta maquette.

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The wall mask of the boy's head.

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Got the initials DF to that one. Nice little decorative piece there.

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Say for that one, start me at £10? For the terracotta maquette there.

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Start me away, £5 then? 5 I'm bid.

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10 now if you want it. 10. 12.

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-Go on.

-14. 16.

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-Go on.

-18 now? It's going to be sold at 16.

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All done at £16?

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I thought that was worth more. £30, £40, at least.

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-There you go.

-There we are.

-Moving in the right direction.

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A small profit. Hey ho, better than nothing.

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The MG steering wheel boss is next. Yet another bargain basement buy.

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We've come to the MG... The MG steering wheel boss.

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20 I'm bid. 22 now if you want it.

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Turn your old car into a sports car.

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It's going to be sold at £20 on its maiden bid. All done?

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-You paid how much? A tenner?

-A tenner.

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Another small profit.

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But finally it's the turn of the unsold coral necklace.

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£10? For the red coral necklace?

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-Hello...

-Start me? 10 I'm bid.

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12 now if you want it. Selling for £10?

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12 if you want it. 12 I have.

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14 now? 14.

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16 nearest me? 16 I have.

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18. 20.

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22 now?

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Bring the lady a glass of water. Have you got some? Keep going.

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With the gentleman here at £20. Are we all done at £20?

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-It could have been a lot worse.

-That's good.

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It's a break even, which in fact means a loss.

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The auction house take commission.

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Again a poor show from the boys, with both making losses.

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Pictures are the way forward. I haven't exposed myself to silver.

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I'm going to buy silver on the next one. Silver, pictures, jewellery.

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I've got to do small gains for another auction and see if I can get over 200.

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And that's it. I'll have him.

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Jonathan started today's show with £206.36.

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And after paying auction costs, he made a loss of £28.14.

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Jonathan is on a shaky peg here

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with just £178.22 to carry forward to the next round.

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James, meanwhile, started with £318.46

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and although he made a greater loss, of £48.92,

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James has a princely sum of £269.54 to take forward.

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Hit the road!

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Wales, here we come.

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Next time on the Antiques Road Trip:

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James and Jonathan head for Crewkerne. James is still cheeky.

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-Could that be very cheap, then?

-I'm afraid not!

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And Jonathan dresses up. Ah, so.

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