Road trip veteran Philip Serrell and new boy Tom Scott start out at the south west corner of the country in St Buryan, before winding their way up towards Wareham in Dorset.
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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts, with ?200 each,
a classic car and a goal - to scour Britain for antiques.
Going, going, gone! BOTH: Yes!
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.
There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
I'm got to try and win.
So, will it be the high road to glory or the slow road to disaster?
Sun shines on the brave, doesn't it? Exactly.
This is the Antiques Road Trip!
# By the sea, by the sea
# By the beautiful sea
# You and me, you and me
# Oh, how happy we'll be. #
This week, we're way down in the West Country.
Old hand Phil Serrell at the wheel, plus keen learner Tom Scott.
Are you Tom or Thomas? I'm Tom. Phil. Good to meet you, mate. Yeah.
You looking forward to this? I didn't mean to touch your knee then, by the way.
That's all right, don't worry. Later on in the week, perhaps. Yes!
Dealer Tom may be a Road Trip rookie, but he should know a
thing or two about antiques, having grown up in the family business.
It is, sadly, way out of my price league. You want to put it back then!
may have seen Tom's potential at his shop in Rutland.
How old is it? 19...? '20s, '30s. Yeah. Sign him up!
Phil's been around, it's safe to say, and as an auctioneer,
he knows quality, but he doesn't always buy it.
Hellfire and damnation!
On past trips, he's acquired a reputation for buying big old
lumps, but this week apparently, he might just go straight.
What I'm going to avoid are bridges, canoes and vaulting horses.
Those are my three definite no-noes. I'm going to play it sensible.
Phil and Tom start out with ?200 apiece,
a 1980s Lancia Beta Spider and a map of Cornwall.
Penzance is this way, Land's End's got to be that way.
Penzance is that way? Yeah. OK. I'll do a quick handbrake.
TYRES SCREECH Ha-ha!
Our trip begins at the far south west corner of Britain,
at St Buryan, before wending its way around several counties,
to reach Wareham, in Dorset.
Today, we start out at St Buryan and make for an auction in Ladock,
Phil, here. St Buryan. This is your place.
We've got to find a shop, haven't we? Let's keep them peeled.
Hang on. What have we got here? Oh, there it is.
Boathouse Antiques. This looks lovely, mate.
You're going to have a great old time in here. I'm going to enjoy this.
Right! I'm out of here. I've got to go to find my shop.
Hope she doesn't break down.
So, the old hand is the first to hit the ground, strolling, and no prizes
for guessing exactly what they specialise in at Boathouse Antiques.
That's a buoy, isn't it? Not a girl(!) That's a fender.
That basically stops you bashing into the dock or whatever.
That's correct. Brilliant.
I've never seen Phil as much of a sailor,
but he's warming to this all right.
So what are these? These are dead eyes,
which are part of a boat rigging.
There would have been a large rope going through here
and then another one here and this would go up to the mast. Oh, right.
And are those collectable? Yes, they do, yeah. And what are they made of?
Probably lignum, by the look of it. They're lignum vitae. Dogwood.
Dogwood. Do you know how you can tell? No.
From the bark. Oh! Very good!
Lignum vitae is a tough, durable and extremely dense wood.
It's used for bowling bowls and until recently,
I like those.
You've got ?28 on those.
To me, they're like 10 or 12, but let me put them by.
Put them by. See what we can do. Put them by.
Utterly useless, those, but that's just my sort of thing.
While Phil explores his seafaring side,
Tom's at the wheel of the Lancia, discovering that long hair
and open-top cars can be a tricky mix.
I feel like I need to buy a headband in the first shop we get to.
Or have a haircut.
Tom and his troublesome locks are on their way to St Just,
the most westerly town in mainland Britain,
so could this be our most westerly antiques shop?
You must be Vicky. I am, yes. I'm Tom. Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you. Do you mind if I have a bit of a browse
and I'll give you a shout in a minute?
Not at all. Help yourself. Brilliant. Thank you.
No sign of an Alice band in Bygones.
Or any of the big French antique furniture that Tom usually
specialises in. I'm sure he'll keep his hair on though.
This is great. A good decorative piece, this one.
It's an urn, so there should be a tap in here. Hopefully...
And he's off. Has got a few nibbles on it though, but it has...
It's got plenty of nibbles. And it's got the tap. Got the tap.
How much is it?
What can we say?
Eight quid and it's yours.
Call it a fiver and we've got a deal. Call it 8.
7,50, it's yours. 7, deal. 7.50!
I'll take it for 7.50. I think that's brilliant fun. Phew!
Is every deal he does going to be as hard-fought as that?
First buy for the beginner.
Back in St Buryan, Phil's uncovered yet more seafaring stuff.
These things here, I think they're interesting.
What do they make at auction?
I would expect a copper one like that to make ?50 or ?60.
Ah, a ship's lantern.
That's a Masthead. Do you know how I know that's Masthead?
Because it says here, Masthead. Genius, I am. An absolute genius.
Absolute something, certainly.
So how old is this?
This one is probably World War II, I would think.
But the glass looks all right. Yes.
And that strikes me that if that was polished up, it would
make quite a nice lamp, wouldn't it?
Yeah, it is a lamp.
I think I'd like to buy the lamp and I'd like to buy these dead eyes.
I've chucked all my eggs in one marine basket then.
I feel a salty lot shaping up.
Can I give you ?40 for the two?
That really is too tight. It's me being mean, isn't it? Yeah.
Um, for you, we could do 50.
That is a good price. I know. It's a cracking price.
That was brisk work. A rate of knots, even.
Have you got any polish? I have, actually.
Do you want to have a go? Yeah, I'll have a go.
Now, any sign of young Tom adding to his old pot?
Do you mind if I open up the...? No, have a look.
That's a very old Moorcroft vase. But not very colourful.
Vicky's right. Moorcroft is famous for its brilliant colour,
divided by tube lines, in the same way that a cake is iced.
Nice though, isn't it? It's got a lovely shape to it, lovely feel.
What have we got? ?65.
What could be your absolute best dealer-to-dealer,
first time Road Tripper, deal?
My very best, ?40 and it's yours. That's a bargain.
I'm thinking more like 30. We can do a deal at 30.
We can do a deal at 35 and it's yours.
32 and we're done.
Can you meet me there? Blimey, Vicky, he's a determined customer!
It's a sweet little piece though. Deal?
I'll bring it over to you. I've seen it.
Not 35? Not 35. I can do 32.
Cash, today? Right now.
Go on, then. You've got a bargain. Done.
I feel like I've been done. Yeah(!)
Well, they both sound happy enough.
Good start, Tom. Phil's still at it, too.
Seems like he's settling in, in fact.
Nothing seaworthy this time though.
This is a walnut fire screen
and this would have sat in front of a fire, strangely enough.
Like the man said - genius!
What I love about this is the mirror on the front,
it just gives depth to your room, doesn't it?
It would do, yes. You've got a ticket price on that of 68.
What's the best you could do that for? 40.
I think I'm going to buy that. I think that's really lovely quality.
Go on, here we go, ?40. ?40. You're an angel, thank you very much.
He's not always in such a good mood, Trisha.
I've got to get out of here because if I don't get out of here... You'll find something else!
It's going to be a one-stop shop. There we are. Thank you very much. Thank you.
I thought Phil might be about to spend the lot in that shop.
Tom, meanwhile, is back on the road and heading for Ashton,
where, deep in the Cornish countryside, he's about to see
an astonishing collection of vintage electric guitars.
Guy. Tom. Pleasure to meet you. And very nice to meet you too.
Thank you. I hear you've got a great collection to show us.
Guy's passion for all things rock began back in 1963 when a friend
somehow booked up-and-coming group The Beatles to play
a concert at his school. Guy was smitten.
And 50 years later, he has over 140 twangers crammed into his home.
So, why guitars? What's drawn you to the guitars? They ARE rock 'n' roll.
They define rock 'n' roll, the styles, the shapes.
The way they've evolved over the years.
There was a trade embargo between this country and America up
until the late '50s, so we never saw American guitars then.
And that's why in 1958 we have the very first commercially built
It's fantastic, beautifully made. It's a stunning piece, isn't it?
It is a stunning piece.
This is the earliest known surviving guitar built by Jim Burns
and this dates from '58 and almost certainly
it was the guitar advertised in Melody Maker on December 10th, 1959.
Guy owns examples of just about every axe fashion,
from the '50s up to the '90s and beyond.
But it's not a huge house and so every room is being used.
It would appear you've brought me up into your bedroom. I have, actually.
What's going on here? It's where I keep my favourite guitars.
We've now moved into the '80s.
We're looking to the Traveling Wilburys guitar here.
The Traveling Wilburys, as you probably know,
was a band made up of five very famous musicians who suddenly
decided they were going to form a band and write a song
and it was going to be a hit. And that's precisely what happened.
So, of the five, you've got Bob Dylan...
Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.
And they've all signed it, on the back here.
Yes, this is a facsimile signature of the band.
To be fair, it's a promotional guitar.
It's not a great player, but it's a great piece of guitar history.
Yeah, of course.
Now, the '80s weren't one of our most tasteful eras
and so Guy also has a machine gun-shaped guitar,
inspired by Rambo, and this little treasure.
Well, this is probably the most unusual custom-built
guitar of all time,
and this is the Blue Moon guitar that was specially
made for the band Showaddywaddy
when they launched their version of the oldie Blue Moon.
It's obviously been featured a number of times on television,
but more recently, I managed to meet up with the band
when they were in Falmouth and that was the first time they'd seen it
since the very early '80s
because the guitarist at the time, Russ Field,
didn't find it a very comfortable guitar to play.
Because if you can imagine playing a guitar with dangling feet
just below your waist...
Yeah, I can see what you're getting at down there.
So many guitars and so little time.
Since his rock epiphany back in the '60s, Guy has been in a lot
of bands, but things didn't quite turn out as you might expect.
You must be itching to just give us a tune. Can you do that for us?
I wondered if you were going to say that, because actually
I don't play guitar.
Crikey! Turns out, he's actually a drummer!
Hang on, is Tom really playing that thing?
While Tom's been wigging out,
Phil's made his way from St Buryan to nearby Penzance.
Probably not for the sunbathing.
Though Penzance is noted, usually, for its mild climate, as well as
the birthplace of Sir Humphrey Davy, inventor of the miners' safety lamp.
Looks quite pleased with it too, doesn't he?
Enough promenading. Time to warm up with a bit of bargaining.
Bracing, isn't it? It's a nice day for Cornwall(!)
I'm Phil. How are you? It's a bit fresh today. Are you both shops? Yeah.
On one side, Jeff has traditional antiques,
and next door, the more vintage 20th century stuff.
Maybe a little cheaper, Phil hopes.
I'd like to spend somewhere around, I don't know,
between 15 and ?30-35, something like that.
Well, right behind you. We've got a pair of bed ends here.
Don't worry about the first look! The good thing about this...
Those look like they're worth a pound.
Yeah, but there is something to recommend them.
Yeah, I know what that is
because I've sold furniture by this lady, Betty Joel. Absolutely.
It was her husband that was designing
and she thought she could do it better than him.
I've got to say, looking at these, I think she was probably wrong.
One of England's finest bespoke furniture makers during the
'20s and '30s, Betty Joel crafted Art Deco-inspired interiors for the rich and famous.
This is the best way to put it, she's the Clarice Cliff of furniture. Yeah, absolutely.
Yeah, and even Clarice had her off days, I'm sure.
That label though has to be worth something.
In horrible things of our time, these are up there.
I'll do you a good deal for it, don't worry.
Can you throw in paraffin and matches as well? That's very cruel.
I know. ?25.
We've agreed that they're worth a pound.
All we've got to do now is agree what the price of that is worth.
I'll give you ?20 and I'll take them.
You're a gentleman. Thank you very much indeed.
Well, it's been quite a day.
Looks like it'll turn out nice tomorrow, too.
Next morning finds Tom at the wheel
and the navigator in need of guidance.
Excuse me, mate. Do you know where the docks are? The docks? Yeah.
If you go round, mini roundabout, follow it round, basically the end of town.
All right. Thanks. Round the roundabout. Cheers, mate.
That was a good local Cornish accent, that. It was good.
Yesterday, Tom bought a filtration urn
and Moorcroft vase for just ?39.50, thanks to some pretty tough tactics.
Call it 8. 6.
Leaving him with over ?160 at his disposal.
While Phil discovered his sea legs, spending ?110 on some dead eyes
and a Masthead light that's now looking rather shipshape.
Plus a fire screen and some bed heads by a famous name.
Leaving him with ?90 to spend today.
Later, they'll be making for that auction in Ladock,
but our first stop is the port of Falmouth.
These days, Falmouth is famous as a holiday destination,
but the real secret of its success lies beneath the bay.
Wait, wait. Look, a sign. Maritime Museum.
Thanks to the deepest natural harbour in western Europe and some
resourceful sailors, Falmouth was once Britain's most important port.
Will you please just try and leave me something in the shop?
See you later. Bye.
So, while Tom gets shopping, Phil's interest in all things nautical
takes him to the award-winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
You must be Jonathan. I am indeed. Welcome to the Maritime Museum, Phil. This is fantastic.
Isn't it lovely? Can I have a look? Yeah, come on.
The museum celebrates naval history
and especially Falmouth's role in it.
It was from here that Sir Francis Chichester
and Dame Ellen MacArthur set sail around the world,
but what really made Falmouth great was its very handy location.
During the 18th century, we're at war, on and off, with France
and with Spain.
We're also the most westerly port. Right.
So if you want to get into the wide Atlantic,
this is the place to leave from, or to arrive to.
And I suppose also, if you've got a big sailing vessel,
you couldn't zigzag down the channel. Absolutely.
That could take you weeks.
And from here, you can get in easily and you can get out easily.
From the 17th century until 1851,
Falmouth was a packet station from whence small fast ships
carrying mail between Britain and the colonies avoided her enemies.
When Napoleon attempted a blockade in the early 1800s,
the packet sailors of Falmouth became national heroes.
They were running these small fast ships with about six to ten
guns only. They weren't meant to fight.
That was only in extremis.
And they were carrying the post to and from Lisbon, Brazil, the
Caribbean, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
and they were getting past the enemy and carrying the mail.
And here is a packet.
That's what the mail would go in.
This ship was sailing all the way to the Caribbean for a packet
that big, with the post in that.
It had probably got something else on board, such as bullion or money.
And there is a packet and there is a letter from it. How rare are those?
That's the only one we know in existence
and it was just left on the doorstep of the museum one day.
So that's the only one in the world that you know of. Yes.
That really is quite something. Isn't it?
The museum also includes examples of outstanding individual
heroism by Falmouth's sailors, like the tiny fibreglass
boat in which the Robertsons somehow survived, back in 1971.
The family of six were attempting to sail around the world
when a killer whale sank their schooner.
Mum Lynn, a former nurse, was the real heroine though,
devising a means to keep the family hydrated.
Let me show you how they survived.
That looks like beeswax polish and a bike pump. It does. Two issues -
one, food, the other, fresh water.
Fresh water, you can't drink seawater cos you go loopy,
so you put it in through an enema, up your backside.
Ooh! And there it is.
The museum has a place where the most amateur sailor can have fun.
Fans blow wind across the water, you try your hand remotely.
It's not easy though.
Tighten up as you go into the wind. Wrong way.
Oh, Lord! Now what's going on? No, I've just crashed.
Well, not if you're Phil.
What's really upset me is there's a four-year-old boy up there,
beating me. He's doing very well. Keep that course!
Tighten up, excellent!
Crikey! I've got a fair lick on now, haven't I?
While Cap'n Phil's been having the wind taken out of his sails,
Tom's been after some treasure.
Yesterday, he found something in the window
and it looks like he's going to do it again.
It's a sort of tactic, I suppose. Morning, Chris. Morning.
How are you doing? Nice to meet you. And you? Yeah, very good, thank you.
I've opened up my storeroom up through the back,
so you can wander up. Great. The back room sounds brilliant.
Loads of rubbish up there. All prices negotiable. Lovely.
That's what we like. If you want me, just come down and get me. I'm cleaning my fish.
Huh! Oh, well. Good luck with that.
Looks like an interesting sort of place though. Packed, too.
Phil will be arriving later. But meanwhile, Tom's first in to bat.
Look at this.
That's fun. I like that.
Many uses, but just great for whacking the dust out of your rugs.
Or anything you fancy. Maybe a bit of cricket in the afternoon.
Straight to long on! I like this. This is great. Nice chunk of oak.
Good bit of woodworm in the end. It's well used.
I'm going to have a word with Chris about this.
Tom certainly doesn't hang about, does he? Chris, I love that.
That's great. OK.
Does it have a price on it? No price. I'm assuming that's...
A low price.
A very, very low price, I'm sure.
What about a tenner?
Needs to be lower than that, Chris.
That's what I was going to do to you!
I was thinking more of a few pounds. It's a little extra, isn't it?
Quite an old little extra. Yeah.
I think it's for possing. Possing?
I thought it maybe was for whacking, or a little game of French cricket.
Possibly, yeah, but I think it might be a possing stick. OK.
It could be maybe Irish for...
In which case, ten pounds is really cheap, isn't it?
I was thinking more like a fiver. Go on, then.
Deal. OK. Thank you very much.
Well, whatever that stick was used for, Tom's got it cheap.
He wants more, too. What sort of things are you interested in?
There's a couple of bits in the window I wanted to ask you about.
I thought so. I saw it as I was walking past.
There's a little fire extinguisher down there that I did see. OK.
That's great, isn't it? Nice thing.
"To operate, turn the handle to the left, work like a pump." Brilliant.
That's probably about 100 years old. It's a great piece, isn't it?
That's good fun. It's a good piece to hang on the wall somewhere.
Pretty cheap. How cheap?
Well, it's ?28. That's pretty cheap.
That's your ticket price. A very low ticket price.
I was thinking more like...?18.
OK, that says ?20, then we won't have to change a note, will we? ?20.
25 for two, we're done. Brilliant.
You haven't got a bit of beeswax, have you?
Just give this a little bit of a feed. Yeah, OK.
That was cheeky. Seems to be paying off though.
That's looking very good, isn't it? That's looking all right.
I'll give you ?20 for it. I'll take it. LAUGHS
So, while Tom heads out of town, I think that's the way actually,
the big man is already hard on his heels.
Ah, seems he's already at browse mode.
That's a fairly grotesque bit of Bretby, isn't it?
Very good spot.
Chris is impressed.
That could be very cheap.
I don't even like it.
There's a bit of a pattern forming here.
Is it Phil's latest tactic to buy stuff
he really can't stand the look of? It is absolutely horrible.
A loving cup has at least two handles for shared drinking.
This slightly tatty example from Derbyshire dates from 1905.
That's the issue with that, isn't it?
I don't know what the price on that is,
but I think that's got to be a gift with that chip.
Yes. What's a gift? You don't want to know what I think a gift is.
I think that's got to be 15 or ?20.
With a chip in it. OK. I'll do it for ?20.
He didn't see that coming!
This is what you've got to bear in mind. This is a typical Bretby pot.
And the first rule of buying any pot is if it's damaged, leave it alone.
So what am I going to do? Yeah, here we go.
Let's put it in the pile.
Oh, well. Like those bed heads, it's cheap enough.
Now, is there anything else hideous that Phil's not at all keen on?
That might be something. Wine labels. Some of those are silver.
Some are unmarked silver.
Some are silver plate.
The rum one, here, is silver, but it's continental.
The sherry one, I think is 18th century, Sheffield plate.
You can tell it's Sheffield plate cos if you just look through,
you can see the copper coming through the silver.
I really like that. Probably not very valuable. It's not silver.
And these four brandy ones, whether they're plated or silver,
I don't know. They're not marked, so you can't call them silver.
But I think they're interesting.
OK, Chris. What's your price? You said you could do 20 for that.
I agreed 20 on that cos it's got a chip and I've had it some while.
Could you do those for the same? No. What could you do those for?
The absolute minimum on those is going to be ?40.
The pot's at 20, the labels are at 40, that's ?60.
Can I give you ?50 for the two, which is 30 for the labels
and 20 for the pot? Yeah, I'll accept that. You're a gentleman. Thank you very much.
That's Phil done for the day, then. ?50. Thank you very much indeed.
Not Tom though. He's making his way ten miles north to Redruth.
Just the sort of place where Mr Davy's safety lamp would have
been greatly appreciated, because during the 19th century,
Redruth became a mining boom town, producing tin,
lead and copper in huge quantities.
Hiya. Hi. Walter.
How are you doing? Tom. How are you doing? Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you. How's it going? Right on. If I can have a bit of a dig around and I'll give you
a shout in a minute. Feel free, my friend. Thank you very much.
No prizes for guessing what sort of thing Tom might pick
up in Thornley Trading.
This is definitely a lighting shop. Look at all this. Yep, Tom!
This is a beauty.
Actually, Tom is a bit of a lighting expert.
?700, a little bit out of my league at the moment.
Maybe at the end of the week!
He is confident. But thanks to some hard bargaining,
he still has over ?130 in his pocket.
There's a nice ship's lamp in the window down here.
I like the look of that.
Here we go.
Back to the window.
Seeing as we're at the coast, really,
should buy something from the coast, shouldn't we?
Something with a good nautical feel to it. Great minds, eh?
Wasn't Phil saying much the same thing yesterday?
A nice original one. A good chunk.
Nice, yeah. Clean up nice.
Don't know the history of that one, tell you the truth.
OK, so it's... It's local. Yeah.
Probably made from Redruth copper then.
You'd have a port and you'd have a starboard light on your boat,
at the front and at the back. So this is the...red?
Don't know. Let's go for port! HE LAUGHS
I don't think these two are sailors either.
I love it, but 175 is just way out of my price league.
What do you reckon we can get onto there? Shall I bid you first?
I'm looking at ?60.
Nah, I couldn't let it go. I paid more than ?60 for it myself.
I'll do it for a one-er.
I just can't see... It's just not going to get there.
I'm surprised how generous I am, you know?
You're being very generous, but I've got to be mean.
I could do 70. Definitely not going lower than 90.
Sorry about that.
We've all got to live. Right on, Walter!
I know we have. But I've got to try and win.
You'll win with that! There's a profit in that, no problem!
Meet me in the middle. ?80.
We could do a deal right now. It's less than half price, man!
I'll wrap it up.
85, you've got a deal. 85. 80?
No, 85. Come on. 85.
Phew! Tom's finally splashed out. Wisely not spent it all though.
Now, let's have a look at what they got.
Come on, then. I want to see what you bought. Do us your worst.
Go easy on me, Phil. Get out of here! Come on, have a look.
This is what we got. Ah!
Nice... It was an "ah" for no particular reason at all, really.
Just ah! Recognition, I'd say.
I like that a lot. I think that's lovely. And that's what? About 19...
Somewhere between 1930...?
1930, maybe. I like that.
I like this. Little paddle. Now this...
You like my fire extinguisher? Yeah. That's my favourite lot.
How much was that?
That was ?20.
That's for nothing, isn't it? This was 85.
That could be a trouble piece. Well, I don't know cos you know...
I like it. But you know your lamps.
And someone's going to make that into a really good decorative lamp.
Someone can add a lot of value to this. They can clean it all down.
A bit like Phil already has with his, then.
Just out of curiosity, you didn't think about buying one with
a sort of clear glass front to it? I quite like the red light.
Really? Ha-ha! Swiftly moving on...
Is it my turn? Yeah, let's have a look. What have you got?
Well, there's a certain amount of deja vu going on here.
Nice! Yours is bigger than mine, Phil. Well, you know.
Far be it for me to boast.
You've been busy cleaning this, by the looks of it.
It needs converting. And it would just make a great light,
I feel, once someone had done it. That's lovely. I'm not so sure about what you've got going on down here.
Well, there's a bit of a marine connection. These are lignum vitae, they're 19th century,
and they're eyelids out of rigging, basically. OK. Yeah, I see.
They were ?50, the two. That's all right.
That's going to be great, surely. Hope so. And what's this?
Bretby. Bretby. Yeah. A little damage. That's one lot... Yeah.
Two, three, four. Four? Where's fifth?
I'm not sure that you and the rest of the world are going to be ready for this. OK.
What is this?! What?! That is just THE most horrific bed head...
Don't hold back. Say what you feel. It's horrid, isn't it?
It's really awful. Yeah.
The only reason I bought it is cos of this, here.
Betty Joel. Betty Joel, OK. Billy's mother.
She was a really good arts and crafts designer. What happened to this one?
Everybody gets it wrong sometimes. ?20.
Was I robbed? I think we should just cover it up again. OK, yeah.
Probably a good move.
After that, I almost hesitate to ask, but what did he really think?
The ship's lantern and the spirit labels, he's done brilliantly
with, but he's just really, really let himself down with that bed.
It's just awful.
Secretly, I think Tom really likes my bed.
I think he was just double bluffing me. Phil's been brilliant.
He's kind of dragged me through the process. He's young.
He's good looking.
You know, we don't want people like that on this programme.
After beginning in St Buryan,
today's trip will be decided at an auction in Ladock, near Truro.
What are you worried about today? Only the five lots I've got in.
That Bretby mug, yeah?
Probably one of the worst things ever known to mankind.
Run a very close second by my Billy Joel bed ends
and Edwardian fire screen that nobody wants.
So, while Truronians and others take a very good look,
let's hear what occasionally outspoken auctioneer
Philip Buddell thinks of our lots' lots.
The first item we have to sell today will be the Bretby loving cup.
Not the sort of piece of Bretby that I would regard as very collectable.
Probably rather ugly, I think, considered by most.
The brass pyrene fire extinguisher, it's fairly useless.
Its value is in its scrap metal and nothing else.
No-one will want this on their wall.
It'll certainly be useless as far as putting any fire out.
Phil started out with ?200 and he spent ?160 on five auction lots.
I don't even like it.
Tom also began with ?200 and he spent ?149.50,
also on five auction lots.
I've got to try and win.
First under the hammer, Phil's least favourite lot,
the Bretby loving cup,
with a chip.
Ideal for all you into a bit of love this weekend. Start me at ?20.
20, I'm bid. That's a relief.
At ?20 on the Bretby loving cup. At 20.
At ?20, I'm bid. At 20. He can drop the hammer, I don't care at all.
26, 28. 28, I have in front.
At 28, 30 at the back. At ?30.
It's getting there.
32, I have. 34 at the back.
At ?34. 36.
36, bidding in the front here. At ?36. 38.
38 in the second row.
40 in front. At ?40, I can breathe again.
At 40, I'm bid. At ?40. 42, would you say now?
Against you. Shame to miss it for another ?2.
I'll lend him a pound!
At 42. 44.
At 44. Come again. Surely.
At ?44, have you all done? If the gavel's up, I sell.
Bidding in front at ?44.
44, 133. Thank you.
So much for Phil's chipped pot advice!
Bargain. That's all right.
Well done! Thank you.
Well done, Victor!
Time for Tom's possibly Irish paddle or bat... Bit of old wood?
Looking for someone with a canoe.
Where are you going to start me on this one?
?5, thank you. 5, I'm bid, on the Irish paddle. At ?5.
At ?5, a fairly useless piece of equipment. What's he saying?
At 5, I'm bid. At 6, would you say now?
?5. 6. At 6, I'm bid. At ?6, a brave man here at 6.
7. Come on! At 7, I'm bid. At ?7. ?8.
Racing away, Tom. Yes! Here we go!
At 9, I have. We're in the big money, almost.
10 at the back. At 10.
That's it. Bidding at the back of the room, at 10, I have for the paddle.
At ?12, I'm bid. At 12, I have. 14.
At ?12 on the oak panel. Come on! 14.
At ?14. ?16.
At ?16. Let's face it, if you take this home with you, it's a
wonderful talking point round the dinner table.
At 16, I'm bid. Bidding in front. 18. 18, come on!
We're going to get there! You're away!
At ?20. 22.
At ?22. It should be worth about ?100.
At 22, on the paddle.
Could be Irish, could be Cornish, could be Welsh, could be Scottish...
Could be sold in a minute.
That's got to be good. Selling at ?22. Bidding in front.
?22, you lucky man.
Now, that should stir things up.
You pleased with that? I'll buy some more of those. Yeah.
Brilliant. There's a bloke got one down here, but he wants ?40 for it!
OK, the labels. Phil actually liked these.
There we are. What have you got to say on those labels?
Start me at ?10. Ouch.
?10 on the labels. Where's your sense of adventure?
19th-century Sheffield plate.
And a silver one there. Thank you. 10, I'm bid.
At 10. I have ?10.
On my left at 12.
At 12, the labels. 14 at the back.
?16. You've got three or four bidders.
I'm bid at 20. At 20, bidding to my left,
at ?20 on the white metal labels. 22 at the back.
At ?22, ?22. I have ?22.
And 4. At ?24. 26. At 26, I'm bid.
These are cheap! That's REALLY cheap.
At ?26. 8 to advance it.
Selling at ?26. Bidding at the far end of the room.
26, to 139.
Oops! That's a blow.
Is there happiness written all over your face? No!
Will this be a nice little urn-er for Tom?
What will this make, then? This, mate...
The only thing this'll make is a good plant pot with a weed growing
out the top of it, I think. Start me at ?20. Come on! Yes!
Mid-19th century, some age with it. Lot of use left in it,
if you want to do a bit of filtration this weekend.
Start me at 10, then. 10, I'm bid.
At ?10. You're getting too good at this! Instant profit straightaway.
At 12. I'm beginning not to like you, Tom.
Oh, here we go. Look at this.
At ?12. 14.
At 14. 16. At 16, ?16. 18.
At 18, I'm at 18. At ?18, bidding in the front row.
I tell you what, I should do this for a living. I thought you did.
At ?18...I sell.
All done at 18. 20 or not?
Another solid profit puts Tom in the lead.
That's you racing away, you see? That's all right.
I'm getting quietly kippered here!
What you've done is you've lulled me into a false sense of security.
Now, can another of Phil's unloved acquisitions get him
back in the game?
If I get out of this without being burnt, it's a result.
Right, who's going to start me at ?40 on the bed head and foot boards?
?40, designed by Betty Joel.
40, I'm bid. 40, I have. At ?40.
At ?40, I'm bid. At ?40. Start the car, I'm off!
What is going on here?
That certificate alone is worth ?50.
Forget about the bed head and foot boards. At ?40, I'm bid.
45, I'll take. At ?40.
Where is your sense of taste and your knowledge?
Bidding at the back, 45. 50. At 50, I've got. 55?
At ?50, against you on the right. Bidding on the left.
At ?50, if you're all done for 50. Should be worth double.
At ?50, I sell. ?50. 114.
Oh, Betty's bed to the rescue!
That's good going.
What my mother's going to do with those, I don't know!
Tom's Moorcroft. Again, hardly typical.
Are you going to start me on this one? ?30 on the Moorcroft vase?
30. 20, then.
?20 on the Moorcroft. Thank you. 20, I'm bid. At ?20. 22.
24. 26. 28. Come on.
32. 34. 36 in front.
At ?36. 38 at the back.
38. 40 on my left. You're fine. You're fine.
40 on the early Moorcroft. 42.
42, you won't find many earlier than this. 44.
46. Fresh bidder. At 46. 48 at the back.
At ?48. 50, I'll take. I'll definitely take 50.
All done on this 1916-17 piece of Moorcroft.
At ?48 and I se... 50.
At 50, I'm bid at 50.
At ?50, I have. And 5, will you say now?
55. At 55, I have. You shake your head,
you will be disappointed not to have taken this home today, sir.
At ?55, the lady's bid. All done at 55. The gavel's up. Selling.
55 to 203.
The new lad is more than holding his own here.
This is the bloke who says he's a novice,
hasn't done this before, really anxious about it... Yeah(!)
Can Phil's fire screen start the fight back?
Let's get away on the fire screen. At 20. ?20.
Most of you, I know, haven't got fireplaces.
That's a point I hadn't thought of.
You can always use it as a decoration in the room, can't you?
?10, surely. 10. Thank you. 10, I'm bid. At 10. I have ?10.
The fire screen at 10. I'm bid 12.
14. At ?14.
?16. At ?16. ?18.
20, I'm bid. 20, I have. 22.
24. ?24, I have. At 24.
You shake your head. Bidding on my right at 24. Ouch.
Is that it?
At ?24. Have you all done for 24?
24, Mrs Richards. Thank you.
Oh, dear. Another big loss.
Even more after commission.
It should have gone for 40. Shut up! At least 40. Shut up, please.
Shut up! Shut up!
Time for the big lantern showdown. Tom's first.
I've got various bids left on this one.
I have to start the bidding with me at ?80. Well done! That's good!
How does that happen?
At ?80. I am surprised.
?80. 85, I'll take now. At 80.
At ?80. I have at ?80. At ?80. 85.
85, 90, we're bid. With me at 90.
Come on, another one and it's washed its face.
At ?90, I have. 95, will you say now? 90. Are you bidding?
At ?90. All done. 5 or not?
Selling at ?90.
I thought Tom knew his lights.
If mine does 90, I'll be pleased with that.
Mine did 90. Yours... You should be up into three figures, easy.
You know what the difference is, don't you? Clear glass. Polish.
You polished it. Polish.
Will polishing pay? Don't forget the dead eyes either.
I have to start the bidding with me at ?70. That's all right.
With me at 70. 70, I have. At 70.
At ?70, I have. 80.
At 80. 90, with me. At 90.
At ?90, I have for this marvellous Masthead lamp.
At ?90. I'll take 95.
Yes, I'm looking at you, sir.
95. Yes. I knew I could rely upon you for 95.
Unfortunately, I have a bid of ?100 here.
So, 100, I'm bid. At ?100. I have at 100. At 100, bidding with me at 100.
I'll take another 5 from you, if you like.
Not on this one. Are you sure?
Right, at ?100. 100, I have. And 5 anywhere else in the room?
At ?100. 5 or not?
Game on! Phil is most definitely back in this.
The question is, Tom,
is your extinguisher going to put your fire out?
Good question. The auctioneer hates it.
Where are you going to start me? ?10 on the fire extinguisher. 10?
5, thank you. ?5, I'm bid on the fire extinguisher.
At ?5, the bid. ?6.
?7. At 7, I'm bid ?8.
?8, ?9. 9, I have at 9 on the brass fire extinguisher. 9. 10, in front.
This is going to struggle. Big time.
14 on my right. At ?14. 16. The bidding in front.
?18. Bidding in the middle at 18.
20 on my right. At 20.
And 2. 22. In the middle, the bidding at ?22.
At ?22, all done. I sell at ?22.
?22 to 239.
That ?2 profit will be a loss after commission
and Phil is the winner today.
Sun shines on the brave, doesn't it? Exactly.
Well done, mate. Come on.
Tom began with ?200 and, after paying auction costs,
he made a profit of ?20.24.
Phil also started with ?200 and after paying auction costs,
he made a profit of ?40.08.
So Tom's the loser,
but he's certainly giving the Silver Fox a run for his money.
It was close.
Next time on the Antiques Road Trip, Phil gets stuck.
This is panic time.
And Tom takes off. This is a wheel off a German World War II bomber.