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Welcome to Flog It! - where you could earn a tidy profit.
'The atmosphere here is electric,
'especially when you sell your own pieces, which we'll be doing today.
'People bring their antiques for valuation by our experts.
'A few then go to auction to hopefully make a fortune.
'Now, will our experts do well and will our owners make money?'
I'm nervous. I've just seen it, and it looks sad. Not as nervous as me.
- My knees have gone. - Oh, delighted!
It's scary. It is, isn't it? Yeah.
What do you think? Good gracious me!
We're in the Grand Hotel in Folkestone in Kent,
and people have turned up with bags and boxes
full of wonderful antiques.
Everybody wants to earn top money,
but, first, it's down to our experts to give some favourable valuations.
'Nigel Smith runs an auction house in Harrogate,
'and has lots of experience, having started in the business in his early 20s.'
Good turn out, big venue. If it gets quiet, we can play carpet bowls, but I don't think we'll get the chance.
'Philip Serrell's thrown off his trademark scarf,
'and he's ready to unearth anything offbeat. He likes the bizarre. You should see his auction room.'
It's like Christmas with bubble wrap and newspaper.
Those trolleys that people tow full of goodies.
'I know what Philip means. I can't wait to take a look myself.'
An old teddy bear. That's not his? No, it's not. It's mine. Is it?
Loads of china. What I've been collecting.
Junk that might be worth something? Yeah. You never know. No. Good luck.
'It's our experts who need the luck.
'They must be accurate and risk their reputations.
'Philip's gone for Anne and Kate's quirky wooden skittle game.'
Go down like ninepins. It's got a maker's stamp at the back here.
I don't think it's very old. Maybe the early part of the last century.
But I love it. It's what I'd buy. I'd play with it. I'm really sad.
You get this little top... Yeah? ..with the string.
You push it through there like that, and then you wind that back, and...
It's great, isn't it? Come on! That is the Arsenal defence(!) Where did you get it from?
My husband's aunt got it at a jumble sale 25 years ago. What did she pay?
Oh, probably 50p, knowing her. 50p?
Was she like that? A little careful. Will she be watching this? No.
Why did you like it? It's great fun. It'd occupy winter afternoons...
You got brothers? Er, no, a sister. We're competitive. Who was champion?
Even? Yes. My dad's competitive as well.
What was the record score? I don't know.
We did get 100. Yes. Really? If you got that, that's it.
It's like landing on Mayfair and Park Lane in Monopoly. Yeah. Get them, you're in business.
Did you ever get them all? No. No. Quite often, it'd get to a corner and then it wouldn't come out.
I'm a bit like that myself(!)
I spend hours in corners... Oh, shame.
I hope someone buys it, and it is a gamble, cos you need a fool like me.
But I think someone will buy it, cos it's great, isn't it? Yeah.
So ?30-50 estimate, with a reserve of ?25. OK. OK? Thank you. Yes. Thank you.
Just one more go!
Oh! Oh! Go on!
Go on! Get in there! Oh! LAUGHTER CONTINUES
Whoa! That's definitely the all-time champ, isn't it? You beat me. Right, that's it. Gold medallist.
What's your name? Kevin. What's this? That's cute.
Old pennies? Yes. Does it work? Yes.
It flicks the ball up? It goes into there.
Do you smoke? I do. Not Woodbines? No. LAUGHTER
'I see Anne and Kate won't let Philip get away that easily.'
So we've seen you with the game, which I'm now world champion of. This isn't as much fun, is it? No.
Tell me about it. It belonged to my husband's aunt... The same one? Yes.
Is this another 50p? No. It'll make ?2 - is that OK(?) I think that has been in the family.
She didn't get it from a jumble sale. So what is it? A sewing box? It is.
This tray lifts out and you've got the interior there. Right.
Do you know what wood it is? No. It's walnut.
Uh-huh? It's a parquetry design, where the wood is laid in geometrically.
These colours are stained. So this is boxwood that's stained. Right.
And you get lots of boxes like this where that staining has just faded.
So it's obviously been kept in the dark? Yeah.
It's got a lovely finish. That's the grease off your hands, it's the lines off your face.
Don't look at my lines. I didn't mean that. How rude(!)
The lines on MY face.
I'm going to go red on TV, and that's not good at all. We'll start again.
It's a functional, 19th-century, lady's walnut sewing box, and it'll make ?30-50.
I hope someone looks after it like you have.
Can you tell me about it? My father gave it to me when I was quite young.
He'd had it since quite a young boy in his home. Right. I know it's a biscuit tin.
I've seen them in magazines and always kept it. As a girl, my jewellery was in it.
Right. It's up in the library with the other books, er... It's a great jokey thing, isn't it?
Yes. Biscuit tins do have a keen collectors' market.
We sell all sorts of models, and shapes and sizes of biscuit tins.
This is a Huntley Palmer's one.
It says Huntley Palmer's Biscuits, Reading and London.
This'd be great on a book shelf... It was. ..as a jokey piece. Yes.
And you've looked after it well.
But you've done something. Yes. Can you tell me what you've done?
Under the felt, which I stuck on... Oh? Right.
..you'll probably find, "This belongs to Sheila. Hands off!" To keep my sisters away.
How old do you think it is? Er, 1910? Yeah, I would think so.
And a great thing... Mm-hm. ..to have biscuits in. What do you think it's worth?
Do you think you're going to get...? I would hope about ?100, maybe more.
I think we'd be all right at that. I wouldn't go to any more than that.
You see these in collectors' guides priced at more than that,
but, in terms of an auction, ?100 is OK.
Would you want a reserve on it if we flog it on for you,
or are you willing to let it find its level? I think at least 100. 100? Mm-hm.
We'll flog it on and put a reserve of 100 and HOPEFULLY make some more.
That'd be nice. Thanks for bringing it. Thanks.
Look at this. May, what have you brought in?
These aren't yours, are they? Let me have a look. No.
They're my spare ones(!) What are you doing with that?!
I found them in the garden. It was dug up about 20-odd years ago in the back garden.
You've kept this for 20 years?! Yes, for 20-odd years. By the side of the bed(?)
Well, that's disgusting!
I know! It's disgusting! It's still got half the garden in it. Look. Oh.
In those days, from what I gather,
they used to have gold palates. Hmm. So I'm told.
Do you live locally? Yes, along Trinity Road. That's OK. You didn't come on the bus with it? Oh, no!
It's even been to church with me this morning.
Yes, it's quite interesting.
Are you hoping to sell it or just get a valuation? Well, a valuation and, if it's worth anything, maybe.
I could go on holiday on the proceeds. You certainly could.
If it's enough. Thanks for the laugh. That's OK. It's going to be a hard, long day.
Now, you've got to tell me why you've brought this. To get rid of it. Get rid of it?!
That's what every auctioneer wants to hear. Good. Where did it come from?
It was left in a will from an uncle, and, um... To you personally? It's actually to my stepson. Right.
But, um, him being not capable of looking after things,
I've kind of looked after it. Right. It's been a pain in the butt to look after.
I can't believe you haven't broken the wings. It's absolutely perfect.
If we turn it over, it is marked Rosenthal, Germany.
Er, not strictly an antique, this. Can you put an age to it? No.
This is probably 40-50 years old, maybe a touch more, but, er...
But I think it might sell. What do you think it's worth? No idea. Have a guess.
Retail price, if you saw this in a china shop, an equivalent new item, it'd be ?1,000.
Er, don't get excited, cos it's not going to make that. Not at an auction.
I think we'd estimate ?200-300 and hopefully make a bit more.
OK. You'd be happy with that? Yeah. That's nice. Well done for keeping it, er...
So we can take it and dispose of it? Please do. And send you a big, fat cheque. Please.
If I can get more items I don't want, I can just bring them here? Yeah, we can take it and sell it.
Do you want a reserve? No. We'll put it into free fall and let it find its level.
Good. Thanks for bringing it. Thank you. Let's hope... We hope it will FLY in the sale. Right!
'Let's see what's going under the hammer so far.
'Anne and Kate hope to sell this game,
'but Philip can't buy it, cos that's against the rules.'
Speaking as the champion, it was terrific fun.
I don't see how anybody can fail to want one in their home.
Yeah! Whoa! That's definitely the all-time champ!
'They also hope to make a few bob from this sewing box.
'Sheila's losing her biscuit tin.
'Let's hope no-one looks under the lining.
'Stephen wants rid of his falcon,
'but will it make it to auction in one piece?'
It should be in a better home, not under a wardrobe...
There's no point in keeping items you don't like and don't display.
'We're moments away from finding out
'how much the first items will make at auction in Tunbridge Wells.
'Our auctioneer is one of our very own Flog It! boys - James Braxton.
'Now it's his turn to have a look at our items.
'I wonder if he'll agree with Philip and Nigel.'
Just take a look at this lot. It's the house of horrors.
We're going to start with this falcon.
Yes, it's quite a huge piece of porcelain, isn't it?
Yes. Yeah, and it's gross. Yeah.
It's a sculptural piece. A substantial piece of porcelain. I'm amazed it's undamaged.
It's been looked after well. That's why it's here, cos Stephen thought it's getting too precarious at home.
He doesn't like it. It's too dangerous and delicate.
If you have a problem with pigeons, it's ideal.
Put it on the roof - problem solved. Other than that, um...
Falcons are the fastest bird in the world when they're in full dive. So shall we try it? I don't...
I think this one, by sheer mass and weight, would fall pretty spectacularly.
200-300, Nigel's valued it at. 200-300. You've got to put an estimate somewhere. Yeah.
Hopefully, someone will love it.
Anne and Kate brought these items. First, we've got this skittle game, which Philip fell in love with.
He actually knocked the 100 down, so I think he's going to buy this. Yeah.
The luck's with Philip. I got one point. Uno point(!)
He's valued this at 30-50, with a reserve of ?25.
Well, who knows? It's... I'm sure it'll sell. That's got to get ?40. Yeah.
And it's a lot of fun as well. Yeah. I've played it. So have I...with some success.
The walnut work box, which Anne and Kate inherited from the same aunt.
This has a value of ?30-50 estimate on it.
Yeah. Reserve of ?25. I think that's ridiculously cheap.
Yeah. I think it would easily do around about ?70. That's excellent.
But this is an affront to me. Is it? We're in Tunbridge Wells, home of Tunbridge ware.
This is cheap import that was put on all these boxes, supplied in strips.
This German bandwork, along with WWI, killed the industry. Bit of an omen for you? Yes.
Get thee hence(!)
It's a packed house, with a lot of tension. Let's see how our owners feel.
Well, definitely a bit nervous. I've just seen my little box, and it's looking sad over there.
You've had it since you were 12. I know. It'll be hard to part with. It is. I hope it gets a good home.
What did you keep in it? Odds and...bits and bobs.
An old garter from my youth, rosettes...
Where do you keep that now? Well, that's in ANOTHER biscuit barrel.
Are you happy with the valuation of ?100? No, I'm worried about that.
My father got a book. Miller's? Miller's Guide? Yeah. That's what our experts use.
It's down there as ?150. Yeah, well, I would say it's around 180. Yeah.
If you bought it from a shop, it'd be ?180-200. So... It's a real decorator's piece.
In Battersea Decorators' Fair, it'd easily fetch ?180-200. Oh, right.
Let's just hope it goes for 180... I hope so!
GAVEL BANGS Good morning, ladies and gentleman.
'The moment of truth has arrived.
'The auction is under way, and our first lot is Anne's skittles game.
'Philip thought this was too much fun to sell.'
This skittle game, Philip got...
You got the ?100 marker down.
It's worth ?1,000. You can keep your Playstations.
Keep your computer games. This'll give the kids hours of fun.
Start at ?20. It's a great game.
20, I bid. 20, thank you. Any advance? 22. 25.
Yeah, it's sold. Come on, bid! 25? 28, madam?
Take your time. 28, bid. 30. 32. Excellent. Go on, have another.
?30. We're at 30. Anybody else at 32?
It's good. Yeah. Thank you. BANG!
A result. It should've made more. It should've doubled that. Yeah.
That's all right. If it's a dealer, he'll...
I'm very disappointed. You should've stuck your hand out. Demonstrate it.
It shows you should never dwell. No. Yes, it's still a profit of ?31.50.
Brilliant. And a lot of whisky. Yes.
'Will Stephen's eagle fly, as Nigel predicted?'
You'll be pleased to see this go. I will. And me. It's illustrated in the catalogue.
I'll be impressed if the lady lifts it. I'd like to see who buys it. Yes.
It's quality, but not everyone's cup of tea.
It's only here you'll sell it. Here we go. She has problems...
Here we go. In perfect condition. She's not trying to lift it.
A remarkable piece of porcelain. No, she doesn't want to look stupid.
Start with 100, please. ?100. Anybody at 50? ?50? 50? Anyone?
Thank you. 50 on my left. We're in. We've done it. ?50.
50. Anybody at 5? ?50, on my left here, at 50. Can I bid on this(?)
55, thank you. That's desperate. 60. 65.
70. 75. 80. 85. We're on a run now. 90!
?90, on my left here, at ?90.
Here it is. ?90 to be sold. BANG!
I didn't think it'd get much. Disappointing. It is.
It's disappointing, but...what can you do with it? Where do you put it?
Back in the wardrobe. Yeah. It saves you loading it in the car. This is true.
The moment of reckoning is coming. I know, it's tense. Are you tense? A bit nervous.
A bit nervous. I think it should go. I'm sure it should go. ?100 is a bargain.
OK. Well, I'm not convinced.
There is profit in it. If someone gets it at ?100, it's a profit.
Yeah. I would've thought so. It's a rare tin. Here we go. This is it.
Rather a nice lot. Beginning at ?80. At 80.
85. 90? Ah. 95? 100? Brilliant.
110? Back at the room at 110. At 110. Anybody at 120?
110 at the very back. Fantastic. Any advance?
Well, you made ?10 over the odds. I'm relieved. He's a relieved man.
He looks a biscuit-box sort of man as well.
Excellent. Oh, crumbs(!) Yeah. That takes the biscuit(!)
Will you be sorry to see the sewing box go? No. You didn't like it? No.
It never got used? No. I have a plastic box for my, um, sewing stuff. A plastic...?!
There's a reserve of ?25. Yeah. Hopefully, we can get double that.
Let's hope. That'd be great. Fingers crossed.
What'd you do with ?50? Meal out, bottle of whisky... We like that. Whisky first.
THEY LAUGH ..with a crimson silk divided interior...
Have you had a tipple? No, too early.
I have 30. At ?30. We're off. 35. 40.
45? 50? 55.
60. (Oh, great! Two bottles) 60. Still on commission at 60? 65?
?60 is here. BANG!
That's excellent. Great. We hoped for ?50 tops. Well done. Wonderful!
Well done. Oh, delighted. That's two bottles of whisky. Right.
Well, one good bottle of malt. Yeah!
'Some good results so far from the auction.
'We've certainly made Anne happy, and ?92 the richer.
'And there's time for Philip and Nigel to find a winner
'when we return to the valuation room.
'Before we see more valuations, I'm meeting a man who needs no help in valuing or selling his antiques.
'It's Tony Stevenson, who restores rocking horses in a barn in deepest Kent.'
This is oak, but it's not 17th-century furniture. Look at the craftsmanship.
Look at that texture and grain in the muscle tone. It's beautiful.
We're in the horse hospital section. Yeah. Dave's scraping away. Yes.
How long will this take him? This obviously is modern paintwork. This will take about a day. Right.
We're peeling off the new paint and old varnish to reveal the original dappling,
which was probably put there in about 1880, 1890 or 1900. Right.
As this used high-content lead, it scrapes off easier cos it's thicker. Yeah.
It breaks down the original varnish that was put on.
That's why Dave's using a scraping dry process. Yeah.
This reveals stress fractures and cracks, then you look at the joints and repair the mortise and tenons.
On this particular horse, these legs are loose. They're very vulnerable. Yeah.
With the weight of the children and parents... They take years of abuse.
Yeah, they do, which is great. That's what they're for. And ears.
Ears normally go, but, on this one, they're perfect. They are, actually.
Shall we leave Dave? Why not? He's got another couple of days on this. No doubt.
It should only last a day, Dave(!) All right.
OK? Not a week.
What's this called? Is it a bow?
This is the bow, yes, as opposed to the glider,
which was invented in America, in Cincinnati in 1880, by a guy called Philip Marqua.
Americans think that's traditional, which it is, and this is the English, but it's the other way round.
How many owners would they have?
With most customers, the horse has been in the family right from the first.
So these were handed down? They can be hundreds of years old and being with that family.
Grandparents have said, "Can I have this restored for my grandchild? It was mine." They've played on it.
That's... And it had been restored as well for THEM, so how old was it?
These horses cost quite a lot, don't they? They do.
If you go into an auction, you can pay up to ?700-800.
And if people know what it is, and they're bidding, you'll pay thousands for them.
If you find one in an antique shop for ?200-300, pay ?500 to restore it, you've got a cheap horse.
And a great investment. And an original one as well.
Who would like one of these at home? ALL: Me!
'After the calm of the workshop, we return to the hurly-burly of the valuation room.
'Our experts have just one last chance to find a real corker.'
Which nook and cranny are they from? They're my late father-in-law's. OK.
They're family pieces. Did they grace the table? Always.
Were they used every day? No, they were on the sideboard looking nice.
I think they're a lovely little lot. This is hallmark silver. We've got the Sheffield mark. They're 1915-20.
This little caddy spoon, that's got a Birmingham anchor, and the Lion Passant again.
These aren't silver, but it doesn't matter.
I don't think they actually have great value, you know.
Well, we don't want to have them in the house. Why?
We had to clean them and they're unnecessary.
That'll make between ?40-60 and will appeal to both collector and dealer,
but you aren't interested in them. No. What will you do with the money?
I think I will get the 1891 census, which is on CD-Rom. That's come out.
Oh? I research my family... Really? ..and my ancestors.
Do you just research YOUR family? All our families. How far have you gone back?
On one, I've gone back to 1300, but, on other families, you get a dead end at 1850s.
So, you just sort of literally go back for...
If you go back 100 years, how many families might you be researching?
Well, you go four, eight, 16, 32, 64. Right, so... I suppose, would three generations take 100 years?
Yes, about. So, if for every 100 years, you're looking at...16 families?
At least. Any black sheep? A few. Really? Everybody finds them. Oh, dear.
What's the worst bit of black sheep in your family? Can you tell us? They're the interesting bits. Go on.
My great-grandparents didn't marry. That was the black sheepness. Yeah? My grandfather wouldn't tell me.
I think that's sad. That people feel the need to do that. Yes.
Was anybody deported to Australia? No. Went there, but not deported.
I'd better not trace my history. I might have too many black sheep. More, more interesting.
Thanks for coming along. Thank you.
I've never seen one of these. Can you tell me anything about it?
Nothing at all. Relation died, and, of course, you clear the house. It came through the family? Yeah.
It says "Cox's patent", and it's a gold sovereign and half-sovereign changer.
So you put your sovereigns in there, and it comes out of these drawers,
if we can open it, with a little brass pot with your change in.
That's it? And off you go. It's a great piece of machinery, isn't it? Yeah.
A curio, really. It is. I can imagine someone paying 100-200 for that. Right.
That's a guess-timate. You any ideas? None.
I'd think it's a very collectable thing. You quite keen to sell that?
Yeah. It's just in me shed. It's not doing any good there, so we'll move it on for you.
What's your name? Alex. Alex? Is this your mum and dad?
Mum, but not... Mum. We just met here. Oh, right.
Do you like this? Do you like all the little frogs and lizards? Hmm? Yeah.
It's grotesque ware. Yes, it is.
That's cute. Look, there's a maggot and a butterfly.
This is quite sought after, this grotesque stuff. Is it?
What's this? A pilot's scarf in the war, so if they crash land, it's a map.
They can read it? How did you find that out?
We checked the Internet, didn't we? Yeah.
Looked to see what it was. It's in amazing condition.
I bet you dare not wash it. No.
Can you imagine the pilot falling in the sea? With all the ink running.
'Frank's had a good clear-out. Along with his changer, he brought another curio from his shed.'
These are called magic lanterns.
That's right. This shows how entertainment
has become more sophisticated, cos these are very simple things. Yeah.
I suspect the lantern is... It's an ordinary one.
You see very ornate mahogany and brass magic lanterns that make quite a bit of money.
This is a very simple model. The slides are more interesting.
These articulated slides, movable slides, are quite collectable.
These individually would be worth about ?10-20 apiece, at least, I would've thought.
These are collectable. My favourite is this one. Complete psychedelia.
It's like a kaleidoscope I had when I was a child.
It's wonderful. It's a nice collection.
You're probably looking at a value of maybe 200-300 there. Nice. Happy with that?
Yeah. You sure? Well, I've got no idea. You're the expert.
Shall we flog them off for you? OK. Yeah. And come up with some readies. Magic.
Have you come far to our valuation? From Medway Towns, Chatham. Not far. No, only up the motorway. Yeah.
Did you ever find gold in your coin dispenser? No, I wish I had, but no.
You did use the lantern? Yes. We've shown that to the children,
to show it working, and how that was their entertainment instead of TV.
Were you happy with the valuation? Er... The gold changers, ?100 plus.
The magic lantern, ?100-200 plus. Cos they're collectable. That's right.
The gold changer's useless. Nobody's ever seen one, so who knows what it's worth?
Talking about money, what will you do with the money? A holiday. A holiday? A nice holiday.
That's it, yeah. What was the total collection worth? Two items. Er, ?300-400.
What's that going to get you? A caravan in Skegness? Yeah.
Down here at Folkestone. Yeah.
Liz, are you a Sylvac bunny lady? Not really, no. Have long have you had them?
I remember them when I were seven or eight. And when did you inherit them?
About three weeks ago. You've given it a great deal of thought(!) Yeah.
It's emotional. It's not hard to sell them? No.
What's the money going to be spent on? Probably doing the house up. Yeah.
They're horrible, but collectable. Yeah. I mean, Sylvac's collectable.
I think, er... I don't think this is strictly a pair.
I don't think you'd have Sylvac bunny book ends,
or Sylvac either side of a Sylvac clock in the middle of a mantel.
They're not speaking to one another. LAUGHTER
That's the best angle for them. They are Sylvac rabbits. You can't argue with that.
I think... I don't know why people collect these things, but people do.
Everybody's got to collect something.
I think they're worth... I'd sell them probably as one lot,
and I think they're worth sort of between... Around the ?30 mark apiece.
I'd probably recommend you put a ?25 each reserve on them.
So ?50 reserve, and estimate them at ?60-90.
Lovely. And, um, yeah...
They're not my cup of tea. They're a bit drab, aren't they? Yeah. Yeah.
Glad to see the back of them? Yep. They haven't bred(?) No. That's all right.
Let's see what we can do for you.
They're so collectible. I'm not that fond of them. Really? No, I don't know why.
I make teddies. You make them? Yes. Do you collect them? Yes.
How many have you got? Oh, dear. Lots. What's lots? Oh... 30? About 50, probably. 50? Yeah. God!
They've taken over from the dolls. I made dolls. Teddies are more fun. More tactile. They're softer.
I think dolls are quite spooky, if you've lots of dolls. Yes, all those eyes... Yeah.
This is lovely. What is it? It's a lady's vanity case. Let's have a look.
Isn't that absolutely beautiful? Tortoiseshell silver, cut silver inlay, and this lifts out... Yes.
..to a further fitted casing, but I won't do that, so I don't clatter everything.
How did you come by it? Is it inherited? No. We bought it at an antiques fair.
Yeah? We thought it looked lovely. How long ago was that? Oh, probably 15 years ago.
What did you pay for it? I can't remember. What appealed to you about it?
The fact that it was sort of all there, and... Yeah? I thought it was beautiful.
It's lovely quality. It is. How did you display it, or did you store it?
That was the problem. Not knowing what to do with it. So we thought of selling it.
The trouble with boxes like this is that things get taken apart, or other boxes get put in,
or you get different silver, but it's like...
If we look here and here and here, it all seems to match up.
There's a slight variance
between the tortoiseshell inlay and the decoration around the borders.
With regard to the date, let's have a look at this. Familiar with hallmarks? Hmm.
We have those three marks in a row. The Lion Passant shows it's silver.
A Leopard's Head says it was assayed in London.
This R-mark tells us the date code,
so if I get the trusty silver book here, and...
We can see the R there.
Now that looks suspiciously, on this particular piece,
like that's hallmarked in 1912.
It's wonderful. Let's just think in terms of value.
You would estimate at ?300-500, and put a reserve on it of ?300. I think it'll do very well.
If two collectors are keen, it could well fly through our top estimate.
Who knows? It might make 600-700. It's lovely. Great.
So you've brought this nice caddy. Can you tell me a bit about it?
Well, I wondered whether it was given to my grandparents on their wedding day in 1875.
Right. But I think it is older than that. It's a possibility.
From its style, it's more at the middle of the 19th century. Oh? Yes.
If we turn it over, it's stamped Jennens Bettridge,
and they are THE makers of papier-mache, and everybody likes that mark.
It's unusual to get a caddy, more than, say, a flat tray.
I'm just looking on the inside. We've some damage on the hinges.
That's obviously been broken off. I think my grandmother was awfully good at mending things. Right.
She might even have done it herself. Yeah.
It could hold it back a bit in terms of the price. Do you still use it? No, I haven't.
But when I inherited it, which was at least 40 years ago when it came from my mother,
it already had tea in it. Really? It was in regular use? I think it had been. Good.
Few people blend their own tea. No. We're all on tea bags.
What value were you hoping for? Something over ?200.
In better condition, I wouldn't hesitate to say 200-300. It might well do 200.
Do you want to sell it on? Yes, please. We can do that for you.
That'd be nice. Rather a shame to get rid of it, but, um...
Well, yes, but it's quite a good sellable object. Yes.
If you put a reserve of ?180, it gives us a chance, and get you some money for it...hopefully. Thank you.
'Not far from Folkestone is Leeds Castle.
'Behind its imposing exterior is a collection that Bluebell wants to get her paws on.'
What does she wear around her neck? She has a good selection of scarves.
She has blue to support Chelsea. For Newcastle United, she wears black-and-white.
And she's also got a dog collar.
What a wonderful idea - a dog collar museum. Is it unique in this country? Yes.
We're the only dog collar museum in the United Kingdom. There are others in Europe.
There's a vast selection, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century. Can you show me some of them?
Yes, indeed. I think probably the earlier ones were used for hunting and sporting purposes.
When you mean hunting, it's purely for the dog's protection? Indeed,
because the place that a bear or a wolf would go for was the dog's neck.
The neck is most vulnerable, and needs protection.
What sort of price would you put on that? On this one, possibly about 2,500.
That's quite a lot of money. It is.
Here's another... That's very decorative. Yes. Again, a German collar.
A well-off owner, I would imagine. I imagine so.
It's decorated with oak leaves, and looks like it was plated at one stage.
The initials JH elude us. The owner? I wish we knew who it was.
It would suit a dog like yours, I think. Hmm.
This is a slightly fearsome collar.
These spiked collars went on up to the end of the 19th century in all countries.
This is a popular English design. It's pressed metal bent over, isn't it? Yes.
Which one have you got your eye on? We couldn't bring you without trying one on. Girls like to accessorise.
There you are. You look very dashing. Very pretty.
'Back in the valuation room, it's been packed-out today.'
Philip and Nigel are exhausted. They've had their work cut out.
They've seen antiques, and met some characters.
'We've seen how some of our pieces have done at auction. I wonder if there's a sleeper amongst this lot.
'Liz wants to off-load her bunnies.
'This is one lot Philip won't put his hand up for.'
My mum was going to throw them out, and I took them.
I'm on your mum's side, but people do collect them and they make money.
'Eileen was disappointed, but the repairs affected the caddy's value.'
It'll struggle. I'll be pleased if it makes over 200, but I doubt it will.
'Mr and Mrs Adams hope somebody falls for this,
'just as they did 15 years ago.'
Wow! Isn't that absolutely beautiful?
I think that'll do quite well, but the buyer will probably split it up.
'Frank needs more space in his shed.
'You can't garden with a gold changer or a magic lantern.
'They've just got to go.'
I could watch that for hours. Yeah. There's more at home.
The kaleidoscope brought back happy memories.
'Barbara's looking forward to buying the 1891 census
'with profits from her caddy, spoon and cruet set.'
Well... I don't want to clean them.
'Things are hotting up at the sale.
'The first time you sell at auction is always nerve-racking,
'but you don't usually know beforehand is what the auctioneer thinks of your lot.'
We like this. Yeah, it's a great shape.
Nigel valued that at 180, which I think Eileen was a bit sad about.
She'd like to have had 200-220. Yeah.
Well, let's hope it... It's quite a dark...
Papier-mache was generally black, but it's got nice abalone streaks.
Who knows? It's got a lot going for it. So, how much?
I hope 200-250, something like that. 250, there you go. ..Eileen, 250.
Barbara's three-piece cruet. Quite pretty. Yes.
Nice oval section body. I think it'll do all right.
This has been valued at 40-60 by Philip, and...
For the caddy spoon? Not the cruet? No, that's for the collection.
Well, this caddy spoon is nice.
It's a nice George IV caddy spoon. I must tell you, when Barbara had these valued,
she hoped for a lot more money, cos she wants to put it towards a house.
But, unfortunately, it's not a 600,000, it was ?40-60.
She won't get a house, but she'll do better than 40-60. Brilliant. So what do you reckon?
Well, I think that should be 50-70.
The cruet should be 50, so it's 100 plus, hopefully.
So Philip's got egg on his face?
This is one of Philip's items.
He's valued it at three to five, and Alan has owned this for 15 years,
forgotten what he paid for it, reluctant to sell it, really. Will he sell it? I hope so.
It's got some nice elements in it. There's items we sell individually, which would make quite a good price.
These cut glass scent bottles with the silver pique tops. This one's damaged, but they sell for 100-150.
Something like that, ?50, and something like that, ?50.
So the individual elements add up.
But the interesting thing is you can take the vanity case out of the main case.
So, head on the block, James. Do you like it?
I think it's all right. All right?
I'm with you. It is a bit drab. Yeah. It's unloved.
It'll struggle. Yeah. Hopefully, around 300-400. Fingers crossed.
'I wonder who's right,
'and if any owners will leave with a bulging wallet. Fingers crossed for Frank.
'Maybe he should forget that holiday and buy a bigger shed.'
Frank and Val, how are you? Nervous or...? Nervous.
Apprehensive. Yeah? Excited. Been to many auctions? No. This is your first? Yeah.
Wow. You're trembling. I am! Val, you're looking together. I'm all right today.
When I saw this, I fell in love. I liked the colour and the patina.
It's a 17th-century low dresser with a geometric front, but on a closer inspection, look at these dowels.
They shouldn't be finished off dead flush, but be like these originals.
You see they're finished from the surface.
It's been reduced in length, hence the catalogue price of about 1,200.
Is this was bang-on and 100%, it'd be ?4,000. It has some redeeming features.
This worn look is consistent with 17th-century furniture. It does show its age.
As it's reduced, the drawers have been, and it's cut too close to the geometric shape.
The wear on the inside is nonexistent.
Someone's made a smaller version to fit a hole somewhere, but it's sad.
The top's been shortened as well. You can tell, cos this moulded edge is sharp, which has been recreated
matching this front moulded edge, which runs into this lovely, smooth, weathered look.
So, when buying country furniture, have a closer inspection.
'The gold changer is up next.
'I wonder if any lots will bring in the big bucks for our owners.'
How are you feeling now? Nervous. You are? Yeah, I am. That's it.
Not as nervous as me. He's quaking in his boots. My knees... Oh, Frank.
My knees've gone. A quality machine exchanging gold... Fingers crossed.
Something is! LAUGHTER
Lot 101 is the mechanical change machine.
I have commission bid on reserve of 120. Yes. There you go. 120.
Anybody? 130. 140. Oh. 150. 160. Great.
160, in the middle. Any advance? I'm pleased for you, Frank. 170.
Lovely. You're not shaking now. 180's bid. 180?
Against you. 180's in the seating. BANG!
Well done. Brilliant. That's nice. A good price. I'm pleased with that.
That'll encourage you to clear the shed. It will now.
We'll see you later. Yeah. Yeah.
'..I have 500 on reserve. 500. ?500. 550...'
What will you use the money for? Well, I want to buy the 1891 census of London.
To research your family? Yes. You have an interesting ancestor, haven't you? Yes.
A direct ancestor was Robert Gillow of Lancaster. The furniture maker? Yes. Wonderful.
Pity he wasn't a silversmith.
A three-piece cruet... Here we go. This is it. This is it. Yeah.
..plus the caddy spoon.
A rather nice little lot. My double at 75. ?75.
Oh! Straight in. That's fantastic. 85.
90? 95. Bid left on the books. 100. 110.
It's amazing. The auctioneer carries it like an unstoppable train. 130?
Oh, goodness. 120? 130. Fantastic. 135. Oh, we like this.
There. At 135, it's gone quiet. BANG!
Brilliant. Pleased? Yes. I can't believe how things are going!
'Frank's back for his second lot, and he's still all of a fluster.'
Have you stopped shaking? A little. I'll ask the cameraman to pan down to his legs, cos they're shaking.
Knees've gone straight away. Honestly, they have. He is shaking.
I'll be very disappointed if this doesn't sell well.
100? 100's bid, thank you. 100. 110. (We've sold it.) 120.
130. 140. 150. Brilliant. 160.
There should be a lot more left in this... 170. 180.
You're adding the money quickly. No, I'm... 200?
200. 220. (Come on, James.) 250. Gobsmacked? It's unbelievable. 250.
300, I have. 300. 300. Come on. 320, will you?
He's got a bid left... 320.
340. He's pushing it. Go on. 340. That's a good price.
On commission at 340. BANG!
Excellent. 340. That's fantastic. Above my top estimate. Very nice.
340... Very nice. He wriggles out of that.
Oh. No. I'm amazed at that. Very nice. Very nice.
'Liz's nervous. She's worried she'll have to take her bunnies back home.'
You have your husband Liam propping you up, cos you're feeling wobbly.
Philip and I cannot stand your Sylvac bunnies.
We're unanimous. Yeah. But you'll find a buyer.
Bye-bye, bunnies. It's exciting.
Someone will rescue them. Start the bids at ?40.
Please! At 40. Come on, come on. ?40? At ?40...
20, then? At 20? At ?20? 20, I have. 25. 30.
35. We're in. 40. 45. 50. That's better. 55. Brilliant.
60. 65. Oh!
65. At 65. Very back at ?65. BANG!
Brilliant! Not too bad. Are you pleased?
Yeah. You can use that to do up the house. Yeah, more decorating.
You won't see them any more. No.
'Great news for Liz, but she must pay her seller's commission on her ?65 before she leaves the auction.'
Anybody buying and selling has to pay a premium.
This can be 10-17%, plus there's VAT to be added to the commission price.
This is printed in the catalogue,
so remember, if you're buying, to build those costs into the price you want to bid up to.
What will you do with the money? Pay my tax bill. I know the feeling.
We don't earn enough. No. What do you do for a living? I'm a vet. Oh, right.
Great job. Have you got many pets? Two dogs, yeah.
The silver and tortoiseshell... Here we go. This is our lot.
13 items in all. It's a good lot. Let's see it go. 300 on reserve.
At 300? It's sold. 320. 350. 380. 400? That's great. 420.
420. There it is at 420.
Any advance on ?420?
That was quick. Yes. Brilliant. Happy? I'm pleased it's sold. Yeah.
It's above the reserve, so I'm pleased. Great, thanks.
Thank you very much. Take care.
'Last up is Eileen's tea caddy.
'She was disappointed with her valuation, but we hope it exceeds expectations.'
Eileen? Yes? Are you excited? Yes, I am.
What will you do with the money? I'll give it to my family. Oh, nice.
Hopefully, it'll get a lot of money. You think so? I think so. I hope so.
Well, I was very sorry that it was only, um, at 180.
A miserable estimate. It's miserable. I had wanted it at 200, at least. Hmm.
A 200-300 valuation on it. Yes. Let's hope that can move and fly from there.
Right, here we go. Thank you.
It's getting quite scary. It is, isn't it? Yeah.
A rather splendid papier-mache tea caddy by Jennens and Bettridge.
Who'll start me at 250? At 250?
Oh, good. 250? 250's bid. We're in. Yes. It's sold.
At ?300? 350.
?400 now. 400 in the seating. Fantastic. 450. It's going on.
Doubled the estimate. Yes. 500. 500. 550. Book the cruise!
650? Let's see it get to 1,000. We've got 600. 650 I have.
700. 750. 800. 850. 950. Someone's phoning. It's a battle.
Yes. 1,000 is bid. We've done it! We've done 1,000! Excellent!
It's not sold yet. 1,100. 12? It's good to see this illustrated.
1,200's bid. 1,200. I have 1,300. What do you think? Good gracious me!
Well... 1,300. 1,300. Good job I'm holding you up.
With me, on commission, at ?1,300. I'll do ?1,350 for anybody...
Fantastic. At 1,300, it's with me.
1,350. 1,400. 1,400! 1,400. Yes!
1,400? I don't believe it. At 1,400? 1,400. 1,400.
Great. Yes. 1,400, once, twice... BANG!
Well done! Oh! Excellent! I'm really pleased!
I was one of the Folkestone people. My home town is Folkestone. Really?
It is how we knew about the Grand Hotel...mostly.
Pleased you brought it? Yes. A good day's work. Another good result on Flog It!
'We couldn't have ended the auction on a better note.
'Frank's knees stopped shaking when he collected a profit of ?520.
'He'll have to pay a seller's premium of 10%, but it's still a tidy sum.'
No idea what they would make. First time at an auction, so it's completely new. Lovely.
'Liz will never have to see those Sylvac bunnies again.' Yes, it's quite exciting.
'And Stephen's china falcon has flown far away.
'He doesn't care that it didn't make a lot. He's glad that it's gone.' It's not mine. It's my stepson's.
So... He's better off than he was,
and I got rid of something I didn't want, so I think, all-in-all, happy.
'And Eileen might need a strong brew
'after she flogged her tea caddy for an astonishing ?1,400.'
We were going to give it to our son, but we'll have to think about it now. Now that it's come to so much.
It's absolutely wonderful, considering they made us only do it for 180. Incredible.
Again, every auction room is full of surprises.
I hope it surprised you. See you next time on Flog It!