Continuing their road trip across Scotland, Charlie Ross and Margie Cooper begin at Abernyte in Perth and Kinross, before heading to an auction in the Highlands at Dingwall.
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-It's the nation's favourite antiques experts...
-All right, viewers?
-..with £200 each,
a classic car and a goal to scour Britain for antiques.
-I'm on fire! Yes.
-Sold! Going, going, gone!
The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction,
but it's no mean feat.
-There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
Are they papier-mache buttocks?!
So, will it be the high road to glory or the slow road to disaster?
-There we go!
This is the Antiques Road Trip.
It's day four of our Caledonian caper in a Sunbeam Rapier
with Charlie Ross and Margie Cooper.
-We're going even further north, aren't we?
-We're going up over the Cairngorms.
-Are we really?
You'll never be seen again!
Auctioneer and porridge-lover Charlie has enjoyed
a roller coaster of a week so far...
This is getting better by the minute.
His road trip took a funny turn at the last auction
where just about everything started at £1. But is he bitter?
I've got here one of Monet's earlier works...
While dealer and former fashion model Margie has had
an equally hairy time. Oh, my!
These are in incredibly good nick.
Ah, poor old soul.
Her low point was some Rouge Royale Carlton Ware,
which made a mere £5, much to Charlie's amusement..
I just had a bad buy day, didn't I?
Do you have a migraine or something?
Margie began with £200 and so far, after three trips to auction,
she's amassed a total of £221.82.
You won't get fat on that lot!
Whilst Charlie, who also started off with £200,
has managed to make a little bit more,
with £238.28 to spend today.
But what on?
# I like buying Rouge Royale... #
-# I think it's going to be good. #
-You are barking mad.
Charlie and Margie set off from Jedburgh in the borders
before travelling the breadth and length of Scotland
to reach journey's end at Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.
Today, they begin in Abernyte, in Perth and Kinross,
and then head far north for an auction in the Highlands
About halfway between Perth and Dundee,
Abernyte is tucked away in rich farmland
that's famous for livestock, fruit and veg.
And at the huge antiques centre on the outskirts of the village,
our early starters seem ideally placed for a bumper crop.
If I may say so, Gladys, it looks a little posh for you.
You'll nae find things for £4.50 here, my girl.
-Have I got to go in here with you?
-Yep! Take my arm.
-I'll lead you to paradise.
-You're putting me off!
Lordy! Get a load of this!
-There's no shortage of antiques here,
all arranged nicely over a huge area too.
So, just as long as they don't get lost...
Think I'll go back thataway.
I wonder how many items there are in this establishment.
-Hundreds of thousands.
-There's a bit of a dealer shortage, though,
so manager Margaret could be essential.
Could you give me a quick whistle-stop tour?
-Just so I can get the lie of the land.
-No problem at all.
China, furniture, then you have ancient books,
vintage clothes, vintage bags.
Obviously, the cabinets with jewellery, etc, silverware.
-Are you following this, Charlie?
-Round here, we've got ceramics.
There's something here for everybody.
Meanwhile, Margie's unearthed something even more valuable.
A rare breed in one of these places. A dealer!
Margie, meet Bob.
-Right. Is that one of those luckenbooths?
-That's right, yeah.
-That's quite a modern one.
-It's handsome, isn't it?
A luckenbooth is a Scottish love token,
named after the lockable stalls on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
which once sold them.
-It's nice, but it is...
I've actually got a... I just got it today, or yesterday...
-An old one?
-An old one. Have a look at that one.
That is a little Scottish stone brooch, with the thistle
and it's 1903 or something.
I'm told that the Victorians always had the horseshoe round that way...
-..but then I expect you've heard the story that
-if you hang a horseshoe up, the luck falls out.
-That's what they say.
-You're not Scottish, so how do you know that?
I don't think that only applies to Scotland, Margie.
-How much would that be?
-How much have I got on it? 40 quid?
That's way out, for me.
What do you want to pay, then I'll tell you where to go?
Those two are getting on famously,
while Charlie practises the lowest form of wit.
No. Rouge Royale(!)
She could lose another 30 quid.
He wouldn't let it lie, would he?
-It's so difficult.
-Are you looking for something for 5p?
-Or a bob, Bob.
That's a nice little thing.
Don't think you'll find any chips on it.
-You can have it for a tenner.
-Now you're getting to know me, aren't you?
-We all are, Margie.
And Charlie looks a bit boggled.
Perhaps the scrutiny is proving too much.
-They're watching us.
-Should we have a waltz?
Oh, do stop it, you two.
I can't help feeling you're not taking this entirely seriously.
-This isn't buying anything, is it?
I really do think someone should make a start.
-Promising. Maybe the waltzing worked.
Ah! It's a little travelling, folding book-rest, I assume.
Or it might just be upside down?
Maybe if you're travelling and you want to take your books with you...
And they fold in.
And it's a little table as well.
-Sweet. I like it.
-I wonder what Margaret can do on that?
I've just seen this little thing.
So, what could be the best price?
The best price on that would be 30.
And that's the end? That's the absolute...?
-I'm afraid so, yes.
-It's a sweet thing. OK.
I like it. Thank you.
After that little triumph, Margie's left the building,
which leaves Charlie still on the lookout...for a dealer.
-Ah, another man in residence here.
-How are you doing?
-Hi. I'm doing well. Charlie's the name.
-Gavin Morris. Nice to meet you.
-Gavin. Hi. I've been having
a wonderful time here, but I have to confess, I have spent nothing.
-Can you alter that for me?
-Go on, Gavin.
-Ah, what about your... Is this a swagger stick?
It's very short, isn't it?
-It's missing the little...
-Someone's cut the ferrule.
-The ferrule, yeah.
-Can I look at your swagger stick?
-Suits you, Charlie.
-Suits me, doesn't it?
-It's all me.
-Could be reasonable, Charlie.
-Could it be? Could it be stupid money or...
-I mean, that's not silver, is it?
-No, I don't think so.
-To be fair, it's plated.
Anything else on that theme?
How much is your drum over there? Is that lots of dosh or...?
-They make them into coffee tables.
-Probably why you sell them!
The big ones, yeah. It's a nice drum.
I like a nice maker's name on one of these things,
not that they mean anything to me.
Or a nice crest. That doesn't have either, but it's in good condition.
I've got to try and buy something at your cheaper end.
Not going to try to beat the price down then.
But we're definitely getting warm here.
Cor, super stool. I think that's probably money, though, isn't it?
-No, no. It's cheap.
-Is it? Is it really cheap?
-Could be 25 quid.
-It's lost a few of its bits, hasn't it?
-A few of its ears have gone, yeah.
-Priced accordingly, Charlie.
-I like the shape.
I like the cabriole leg.
It's not really a bold English cabriole leg,
-having said that, it's not really a French cabriole, it's an English stool.
-I'd buy that at a silly price.
-Give me a silly offer.
It is silly, but don't smack me.
Do you know what I think that'll make at auction?
-I think it'll make between 20 and 30 quid.
I'd have to buy it for 15 quid.
I mean, that's pathetic, but if you could sell at 15 quid,
I'd give you 15 quid and run.
OK, Charlie, it's a deal.
Blast! I wish I'd said ten!
-Are you happy with that?
I think Charlie likes it here.
Now, what about that old friend?
I don't think I want your swagger stick, do I?
-It can be reasonable.
Well, again, I'd have to... You're a man that likes
-being insulted, aren't you?
-Yeah, I love it.
I think it'll make 12 or 14...
I think it's short, I think it's silver-plated,
it's just a bit of fun and if you could do it for five quid,
I'd take it away, but if it's cost money, I'm not here to steal...
It's probably what it'll make, isn't it? Um...
This is pathetic, but eight quid,
-then if it makes ten, I'll make £1.
-Go on, then.
You wish you'd never seen me today!
-We've had a good week, Charlie.
-Have you had a good week?!
Seems you picked the right time, Charlie.
Off the mark for just £23.
And while Charlie's been finally prying open his wallet,
Margie's moved on, making her way south towards Perth
and a bit more shopping.
Wow! This is novel.
-Hi, John. Margie.
-Nice to meet you.
Farang is a Thai word meaning someone of European ancestry,
and it's also this shop, selling arts and crafts from Thailand
and neighbouring countries.
Very nice too,
although it's not something Margie's particularly au fait with.
-What god is that?
He's good, isn't he?
Elephants - love elephants.
There's a mixture here of Southeast Asian, old and new, as well as a few
items which come from a different continent altogether.
These are, unusually for me, from North America.
They're from Gatlinburg in Tennessee, those particular ones.
-They're Native American arrowheads,
so each of those is going to be 1,000 to 1,500 years old at least.
Some of them might even be older than that.
Those might be a little too niche for a
general sale in Ross and Cromarty. Anything else, John?
A little set of opium scales.
Now, those are very affordable.
A set like that, even with the ivory, that is just a £20 piece.
Right. And that's opium scales?
-The scales themselves aren't particularly unusual...
..the ivory pans on them are.
Not to everyone's taste, Margie, but it is legal under
the 1947 CITES Agreement to trade ivory from before that year.
-This is very old.
-Got to be careful.
Margie can be indecisive at the best of times,
and feeling a bit out of her depth certainly isn't helping.
These look interesting.
These are old Burmese puppet heads on stands.
Yeah, they're quite good.
His tongue's moving around.
Yeah, these were used as puppets in Burma.
-What's he made of?
Wood, all just carved.
-So they're not brand-new?
-No, they've got some age to them.
It's hard to tell exactly how old,
but they're probably about 50 years old.
They would have been used like Burmese theatre puppets,
old folk tales and things.
Do you think they're a bit of fun? What do you think?
Antiques can be very boring.
Steady on, Margie! Still no decision, though,
and now she's after an opinion from the auction house.
You don't think so? Not advisable?
CHATTER ON LINE
But not Asian social history?
That's all very well,
but I don't see any Scottish antiques in this shop.
Well, they probably haven't seen a lot of those in Dingwall,
but it might be a good thing, who knows?
Good work, John, but now Margie's got to either buy here or wait till tomorrow.
Right, well, it's down to me to make a decision, isn't it?
Yes, come on, Margie, you can do it.
How much is that?
The best on that... I'd say £12.
That's a bargain basement price.
And what about the old puppet heads?
They were 25, so why don't we say the scales
and the puppet head for 25?
That does sound like a very good deal, Margie.
-So the two for 25?
-Two for 25.
Oh, for crying out... What am I worrying about? You're a pal.
Hopefully they'll do well for you.
Which puppet head are we going to go for?
Which one do you like, John?
I think this one in the middle here's quite a good colour.
I'll have him, then. Done.
But while Margie and John plump for a puppet...
..Charlie is heading north up through the Highlands to the
village of Newtonmore to find out about a uniquely Scottish sport.
-Hello. I'm Rachel.
Pleased to meet you. Welcome to the Highland Folk Museum.
Shinty is a team game that's big in the Highlands
and quite a few other parts of the world where Scots have migrated to.
And at Newtonmore, they're very good at it.
In fact, their shinty side have been the league
champions for the last three seasons.
The rules of shinty became formalised during Victorian
times, although the game itself is ancient.
When did it all begin, historically?
It came from Ireland, originally, with the monks
and with Christianity.
And it grew through the centuries to become training for the clans.
There could be 150-a-side...
Teams playing, clan against clan.
So it's a very, very old sport.
I'm just looking at the club. Are they called clubs?
Caman comes from Gaelic, which means crooked.
Shinty is a close relative of the Irish game of hurling
and a forebear of ice hockey -
sports which share a reputation of being a bit on the dangerous side.
This is an early caman.
Do you want to feel the weight of that?
It looks like a caveman's club,
it doesn't look like a sporting implement.
This is more like the size of thing you would play with,
with the two equal sides.
Is there a particular wood that it would be made out of?
Yes, ash was the most popular.
How big are the balls?
Here we have some "leathers", they're called.
-This one dates back to 1914, and was used...
Hard, isn't it?
Very hard. Yeah.
There's cork inside, wound round with thread.
This is the more modern one, this is what they play with today.
Yeah. It's a pretty hefty thing.
If that hits you, it's not going to do you any good, is it?
-It can be very painful.
-It must go at some speed?
It can go up 100mph.
That's hugely dangerous! Do you wear a face guard?
No, they don't wear face guards at all.
I'd love to see somebody playing it.
Would you like to try it?
Absolutely! I'm up for anything!
Blimey, Charlie, you just be careful out there.
I've been sent out here for a lesson.
-Thank you very much.
-And you are?
John. Nice to meet you, John.
Here you've got the shinty stick.
I have one here for you.
The basics of the game are quite easy to follow.
It's to hit the ball - I'll hit the ball to you, and stop the ball.
Now you stop the ball with your two feet.
Hit it back, I'll demonstrate.
-With your feet?!
-Yeah. Basically, two foot.
Two feet always, push it to the side and hit.
Was that good? Was I a natural?
That was natural - you're a natural.
The third important thing is, when you get the ball and you stop
it, it's important that the ball arrives in the back of the net.
It can be there all day, but if it's not in the back of the net - no win.
Well, at least no-one is likely to get very hurt in a penalty shoot out.
With Charlie on the spot, even the goalie's probably safe.
I must say, that goal looks a bit narrow. And he looks enormous.
OK, I'm left-handed, like yourself,
so I'm hoping that I'll be able to strike the ball.
I'm sure you will. Cor blimey O'Reilly!
Like falling off a log, isn't it, for you?
-Charlie, it's your turn now.
-Are you ready for me, Jamie?
Here it comes.
Oh, dear, that was pathetic, wasn't it?
-It's a goal!
Perhaps there's something in this talk of his Scottish roots after all!
Just don't expect Margie to put up with a blow-by-blow account, Charlie.
Next morning, Charlie Ross is a man with a clan.
-We're very near my home seat.
We're near Ross.
You sort of feel comfortable up here?
I do, I really, really feel as if I...
Back with your "ain folk".
Well, let's hope we see a bit more spending in these wide open
spaces, cos yesterday they were both very careful with their cash.
Margie managed just £55 on three auction lots...
Are you looking for something for 5p?
..leaving her with £166.82 in her pocket,
whilst Charlie spent even less,
managing a measly £23 on two auction lots...
-Are you happy with that?
..leaving him with over £200 to spend today.
Later, they'll be making for an auction at Dingwall,
but first, at their furthest point north, they're going to buy there.
Could be interesting.
In about 1005, King Macbeth, yes,
the one the Bard based his tragedy on, was born in Dingwall.
It's also been the stomping ground of the once-powerful
Earls of Ross. In fact,
local football team Ross County have a stag mascot called Rosco.
Charlie should look him up.
-Hey, this looks all right.
Objet d'Art is a relatively new antiques shop which appears
to be thriving.
They've recently added a 30-foot shipping container to
fit in extra stock...and Charlie.
What on earth is this?
Oh, my goodness gracious me.
Studio art pottery.
Unusual. Quite nice.
All the usual suspects are here, as well as one distinct speciality.
Taxidermy is my particular field.
-That's very specialist, isn't it?
-That's been well done, hasn't it?
-Sell a lot of stags' heads.
Well, you would here, wouldn't you?
A little "deer" for a hat stand.
But while Margie admires William's creatures, Charlie's crept back in.
Looks like he's found something too.
Would I normally look at a biscuit barrel? No, I would not.
But...when a biscuit barrel is like that, you can
definitely say it is the Rolls-Royce of all biscuit barrels.
It is £75, which I think is hugely competitive.
Is the glass damaged?
Cos at that price, if the glass is damaged, we have une probleme.
There is a bit of a crack in it there.
Everything's got a price.
We could try William - you never know.
William, I was tempted by the price,
until I saw this and I thought, "Oh, crumbs."
-At auction, it could make £30-£40.
I could do 30 on that, sir.
And at that, there will most certainly be
something in it for you.
There was something in this cabinet as well...
-What were you looking at?
-..that took my eye.
I love the Arts and Crafts look of this box.
Yes. I just love the hinges, I love the work around the base.
That's a fair bit of silver.
It is a fair bit of silver in there,
and the other attraction, to me anyway, is that it's Irish silver.
-I think that will put a slight premium.
I think, at auction, it might make something around the £100 mark.
-I don't know where you can be on it.
Well, I could do 100 on that.
-I'm going to carry on looking around and I'm going to bear those two in mind.
And between you and me,
I'd be quite surprised if I walked out of here without them.
Charlie seems smitten with those, and he can certainly afford them.
But what about them birds? Going "cheep"?
You've got some interesting stuff.
Yes. Yes. This is particularly interesting.
These are little flower crafts.
Yes. Made out of seed.
It's made out of seeds and leaves.
I think that's extraordinary.
Seeds and grasses.
These are very nice, but I'm a bit scared they're a bit modern.
Eh, yeah - but I think they will sell.
Another bargain-basement price.
They look all right, don't they?
You're being very kind.
Not at all.
Those are sweet, aren't they?
I'm not sure that Margie could spend big money even if she wanted to,
so careful has she become.
Not something we could say about Charlie though.
A Victorian inlay rosewood table, with no price on it whatsoever.
I can only assume it's free.
It's missing its gallery on the bottom.
There's a label here, and that's...
What are we looking at?
We're looking at £90, but there's room for negotiation.
It's a great bit of rosewood.
It's beautiful and beautifully inlaid.
Edwardian. It's 1900, 1910 perhaps.
It might be just late Victorian,
what they call the Sheraton Revival period.
-Look at this inlay here.
Look at the swags and floral rosette. It's just beautiful.
There's satinwood, boxwood.
Couldn't be 50 quid, could it? To an old man?
Blimey, you said that a bit sharpish.
I think we might be about to get down to a deal on the other items as well.
I love the cigarette box. I think it would make about £100 at auction.
In an ideal world, I would want to pay £100 for the cigarette box
and the biscuit barrel.
If we said 110 for the pair...that puts you back in the ascendancy.
150 for your table, your biscuit barrel and your whatsit.
Almost there, I reckon.
-I think if you're buying the three pieces...
-Do I get a bulk discount?
-I can do 150 for you.
I think that's kind of you. And I've even got money!
So, £150, but what went where?
I'm quite happy with the biscuit barrel at 30.
Let's call the table 40,
and let's call the silver box 80, which is £150.
And there should be a profit there.
Back inside, Margie's made another find.
That's nice. Papier-mache - just pressed paper.
The ticket price is £65.
Very popular, but damaged.
Looks like William's needed...again.
It's a shame about that, isn't it?
Yes, it's a lovely...
-Yes. Lot of work gone into that.
It's got a little bit of wear and tear and damage, hasn't it?
Some idiot's used it!
Well, yes. Yes. Yes. Probably a long time ago.
It's mid-Victorian, which is lovely.
Beautifully hand-painted as well.
-That's so nice.
Increases your advantage on him.
So is that the absolute...?
I could do £30 on that for you.
And that's the end? So 25's out of the question?
I think 25 would be out of the question on that one.
I'm almost capitulating.
Well, capitulate and that will be a wonderful purchase.
Yes, I like that.
Thank you very much.
Another good deal for Margie, although with the auction
just around the corner, I wonder how those lots will fare.
But now it's time to take the short drive east
from Dingwall to Fortrose, on the Black Isle.
-It sounds fabulous, doesn't it? The Black Isle.
Aye, famous for its ruined 13th-century cathedral,
Fortrose also features an antiques shop of that name.
I've got enough money to do what I need to do.
Goodbye, my lovely.
Good afternoon. Charlie's the name.
Hello, Charlie. I'm Patricia.
-Patricia. Nice to see you.
-Nice to meet you.
I think Charlie's a bit disappointed to have come here last.
Sold, sold - lots of sold stickers.
Very good sign to see sold stickers in a shop.
There are quite a few things still for sale that he'd happily snap up,
but he's looking for an item he can combine
with one of his other purchases, to make a joint lot.
My goodness me!
A Victorian spear. It's what I would call a pike, I think.
Well, I suppose a pike could go with a swagger stick,
but there might be a better match here.
You haven't got a biscuit barrel of any sort, have you?
Only the Wedgwood one.
Oh, the plated Wedgwood one?
It's probably quite expanseive, is it?
Not sure what I've got on the ticket.
Typical Wedgwood colouring,
but I think Wedgwood's a little bit old-fashioned.
What's that going to make at auction?
There's another cut glass...
That looks a bit more like it.
Would that fit with the one you've got?
I think it would rather. Lovely shape - pineapple shape.
It's not expensive, is it?
hoping that it might be even cheaper.
£18. How much could that be?
That's all right. You don't want to sell me that for a tenner, do you?
Would it be nit-picking to say £12?
Go on - 12.
-Are you sure?
I like it. I really like it, it's proper quality.
That's sweet of you. Thank you. I'm sorry I haven't spent more money with you.
I won't be retiring today.
Quite. And now that Charlie's shopping is complete...
..let's see what Margie's up to,
just outside of Fortrose in Rosemarkie...
..where she's come to the Groam House Museum
to view a remarkable collection of art
by the local inhabitants of the area.
-How do you do?
-I'm Margie Cooper.
The museum was established to house
and preserve the village's 15 carved stones,
that were created by the Picts during the 8th and 9th centuries.
They were the native people of northern Scotland
in the time of the Romans and the time after the Romans.
Because the Romans never conquered this area,
they survived as an independent group of people.
For many hundreds of years,
these remarkable artefacts were not in the least bit treasured.
Indeed, the Picts themselves -
so-called by the Romans because of their painted bodies -
were unfairly disregarded as a bunch of violent and uncultured savages.
This is a very fanciful 16th-century drawing
of what somebody thought a Pict looked like.
And unfortunately, this has coloured opinion for too long.
How could absolute barbarians be producing
such wonderful sculpture as we see here?
The Rosemarkie stones are believed to have once been
part of an important early monastery,
which dates from the first influx of Christianity to Scotland.
The Rosemarkie Cross slab is our centrepiece.
It's a very complex piece of work, because it's a fusion
of Pictish art traditions with Christian art traditions.
We can recognise obvious Christian symbolism -
there's a cross on each side,
but on the other side is a collection of Pictish symbols.
Those wishing to learn more about the Picts
have found the greatest difficulty
in penetrating their long-extinct language.
But such answers as can be unearthed
are surely hidden in the stones themselves.
I actually prefer this side,
because we've got a conjunction of things here.
We have, again, Christian symbolism -
very easy to identity, set inside a very complex patter of key work.
But above that, this is the bit that's purely Pictish,
this is the bit we can really see
there was an important Pictish influence here.
It has a number of symbols on it.
The easiest one is this very large crescent shape here,
with what looks like a V across it, a big V.
And that crescent is highly ornamented with knotwork
-and with animals.
-All meaning something?
Well, the problem is we don't really know what they mean.
Are you ever going to know?
Well, we think it is some form of language,
they're telling you something.
-The most likely thing is that it's people's names.
So they may well be telling you that this is somebody,
the son of somebody - commemorating him
either cos he's dead or he erected the stone.
It's a monument about people.
The Picts were rediscovered during the 19th century,
and their sculptures, including those at Rosemarkie, restored.
A glance at some of the work at the museum
confirms the influence of early medieval Pictish
and Celtic design on the Arts and Crafts movement, for example.
In Ireland, there was a Celtic revival,
and eventually in Scotland in the 19th century,
various scholars started looking at the stones again,
and in 1903, there was this amazing publication here,
it's called The Early Christian Monuments Of Scotland.
Two men, Allen and Anderson - Allen was the main person,
he went round the country, looking at as many monuments
as he could find, drawing them and copying them.
So this book was very important in bringing, to a wider public,
the existence of these stones.
Although the academics continue to move at a snail's pace
in unlocking the secrets of Pictish art,
its influence continues into the 20th and 21st centuries,
as can be seen in several pieces of jewellery the museum's acquired.
This piece here, this crescent here, that is almost certainly developed
from the crescent symbol that we have on the Rosemarkie Cross slab.
So this was made in Iona by a silversmith,
so we like this bit, cos it is actually a piece of art
directly inspired from the Rosemarkie Cross slab.
Well, I think we can say with some certainty that our two have
bought very little to compare with any of these.
But let's take a look anyway.
A small stool in the form of a 17th-century refectory table.
Not a book stand, then?
-It's nicely made, isn't it?
-I thought it was rather sweet.
-And it was £30.
-I think there'll be a profit lurking in there.
-Saw that. But it's very nice.
Yeah. The gallow is lovely, isn't it?
We've got a lovely still life on there, which could be
-Dutch, 17th century.
-I don't think so.
No, no, no, but it's in that style.
-Yeah, opium scales.
Those are ivory pans, which is quite unusual.
-That's quite unusual. 30 quid?
You have done it again.
What's this? I don't know what this is.
This is a bit of a mystery.
-It's a Burmese puppet head.
I think he's about to be rude.
What do you think of it so far?
It's a nice mix, isn't it?
You have something for every taste.
Now for act two.
-Ooh! My word!
-Oh, my goodness.
-You've made mine look like a charity shop.
Harsh, but fair.
-This is pretty.
-Don't look at it too carefully.
-It's got a lot of damage here. The other thing is...
Where's the damage?
Here. But it's a nice cabriole leg.
-They always sell.
-Footstools always sell.
-That's my favourite lot.
I thought that had a sort of Pugin Arts and Crafts look about it.
-I took the insides out...
-..and weighed it,
but it's 11 ounces of silver.
It's been a fabulous thing.
Faint praise, if every I heard it.
What about his table?
That is rosewood, which puts it into a different class.
-It's a typical Edwardian...
-I have sold many of those in my time.
-I bet you have.
-It's going to make...I reckon about 145.
-No, no, no!
If that makes £100, I'll take you out for a slap-up dinner.
-If we're going to have a bet...
-I think it'll make £45.
-Well, I'll say 85.
-And you're going to have to pay for my dinner.
But what did they really think?
She bigged-up my items again.
She thought the table was fabulous.
She's living in the '80s, like me.
I think he's going to make his money on his stool
and on his lovely octagonal rosewood table.
Those are dead certs.
It's a mixed bag, my dear, it's a mixed bag.
The bust on the stand is absolutely ghastly!
After starting out in Abernyte,
today's tussle will conclude almost 150 miles to the north,
at an auction in the county of Ross and Cromarty, at Dingwall.
-Have you seen where we are?
-Isn't it fantastic?
We're in the middle of a forest.
Have you got a rug?
Should we just pull in and have a little romantic picnic in the woods?
Instead of sitting in that auction room, cringing.
Welcome to Dingwall and Highland, where, in the heart
of the country, they shift a lot more heifer than Hepplewhite.
Let's hear what auctioneer Paul Spencer makes
of what our two have herded in.
The bird pictures - not the most sellable item I've ever seen.
I'd be surprised if we get anything more than £5 for those.
The rosewood occasional table - it should make about £150 to £180.
The miniature fruitwood refectory table's possibly
my favourite item in the sale today,
and I would be hoping £40 to £60 for that.
Charlie began with £238.28p,
and he's spent £185 of it on five auction lots.
Whilst Margie started out with £221.82,
and she's parted with exactly £100, also on five lots.
OK, gavels-a-go! Or are they?
-He's not got a normal gavel, just a long stick.
Look at him!
He's quite vicious with that stick.
I think he's lost the end off it.
Charlie's swagger stick - any sergeant-majors out there?
£20? 20. Ten.
Ten bid. 12. 15. 18.
25. 28. 30. At 30. At 30.
At 30. At 30... Five!
40. At 45.
50. At 50. At 50.
At 50...at £50.
Wow! This bodes very well indeed.
What impeccable taste they have here in Scotland.
Any chance of Margie's birds taking off?
I don't think much of the cataloguing.
-"Two bird pictures composted from seeds and mosses."
-It doesn't say...
-It says composed!
Five. Bid. At five. At five. Eight.
15. 18. 20.
-At 22. 25.
-What a result!
-28. 28. 28.
-I've got out of jail now.
-At 28. 30.
Five. At 35. 35. 40.
Five. At 45. 45. 45. 45. 45. 45.
At 45. 45. 45. 45.
Paul's doing a great job.
Now for Charlie's wee stool.
At 30. At 30. At 30. At 30. At 30. At 30.
Five. 40. Five. 50.
-At 50. At 50.
At 50. At £50.
Another huge profit.
That's what you can get when the auctioneer aims high.
But Charlie's biscuit barrels could be a trickier prospect.
And we'll say £40. 40.
20 bid. At 20. At 20. At 20. At 20.
At 20. At 20. At 20. At 22.
-We need to go on. Come on.
-At 30. At 30.
-Oh, my God.
-At 30. At 30.
-32. At 35.
38. At 38. 38. 38. 38. 38.
Crumbs, it was almost a lot worse though.
What have the following things in common...
Burmese puppet heads and Rouge Royale?
They're both unsaleable.
We'll see. But at least it'll have a novelty value.
-Five bid. At five.
-Oh, don't make a profit on this.
Please don't make a profit on this.
At 35. 35. 35. 35. 35. 35.
-I don't believe it.
-At 35. 35. 35.
I don't believe it.
40. New bidder.
-At 40. At 40.
At 40. At 40. At 40. At 40.
-I should have bought five!
Never mind. Got the gear?
-She certainly got a profit.
-Glad I came now.
Will her opium scales weigh in with more?
I'll just sell you the scales, you can get your own opium.
At 30. At 30. At 30. At 30. At 30.
Five. 50. Five.
At 55. 55. 55. 55. 55.
It seems that Dingwall likes a novelty.
Charlie's table's up next, but do they know it?
Enormous print for Margie's things and my table is in tiny, tiny print.
-It's only one.
-Only people with very good eyesight can see that
the table's even in the auction.
-He's asking for 100.
At 50. At 50. At 50.
-Hold it up, man. Hold it up.
-60. Five. 65. 65.
At 65. 65. 65. 65.
-At 70. At 70.
-Now we're going. Come on.
At 70. At 70. At £70.
A lot less than the auctioneer had hoped for.
Tell me, Margie, what is your secret of your success?
Is it just pure luck or is there any skill involved?
It's not all over yet.
Yes, but her little table,
the auctioneer's favourite, should do fine.
£30. 20 bid. At 22.
At 45. 45. 45. 45.
-£45 it goes at.
-That's all right.
Someone's bagged a bargain.
-Now, what about her practical papier-mache?
50. Bid. At 50.
-At 50. At 50.
-He's got it at 50?! You only paid 30.
At 50. Five. 60. Five.
70. Five. 80. Five.
90. At 95.
120. 130. 140.
190. At 190.
At 190. At 190. At 190.
£190 it goes then. At 190.
A round of applause and a whacking great profit. Well done.
I was really quite enjoying my road trip until that minute.
Margie's way out in the lead,
but Charlie's risky silver box gives him one last chance.
£100. 100. 50.
Bid. At 50. At 50. At 50.
-Five. 60. Five. 70.
-We're not even scrap value yet.
Five. 100. At 100. 100.
-It scraps at more than this.
-At 100. £100 it goes then. At £100.
-Oh, it's 11oz of silver.
-It's a bit tired.
That disappointment leaves Charlie firmly in second place.
Margie, I have to say, I'm working with a pro.
A fine auction all-round, but Margie's tray means that
she's the winner today.
Charlie started out with £238.28,
and after paying auction costs, he's made a profit of £67.56,
leaving him with £305.84 to spend next time.
Whilst Margie began with £221.82,
and after paying auction costs,
she made a profit of £207.50,
leaving her with £429.32 and a healthy lead.
Well done, girl.
Take you away before your head gets even bigger.
-There you are, my dear.
-Thank you very much.
A pleasure, as always...
to be thrashed by you.
Next time on Antiques Road Trip, Charlie makes friends...
-Hello, madam. How much is that worth? £45?
..but Margie fails to influence...
I'm a Yorkshireman in Scotland.
You can't get tighter than that, can you?
Continuing their road trip across Scotland, antiques experts Charlie Ross and Margie Cooper begin at Abernyte in Perth and Kinross, before heading to an auction in the Highlands at Dingwall.