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Paul Martin presents from Winchester. Expert Christina Trevanion falls in love with two pieces of Danish jewellery while James Lewis inspects some weaponry.


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This is the Guildhall in Winchester.

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Hundreds of people have turned up laden with bags and boxes

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full of unwanted antiques.

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It's our job to tell them what it's worth. Welcome to Flog It!

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Just look at this queue, hundreds of people

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hoping they get chosen to go through to the auction.

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We've all got unwanted antiques and this is the place to bring them,

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the Flog It! valuation day.

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-What are you gonna do?

-EVERYONE: Flog it!

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Ooh, careful.

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'Our experts are led by James Lewis and Christina Trevanion.

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'It seems like they want valuations handed to them on a plate.'

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You've been making too many pies on this.

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What would Queen Victoria think if she knew she had a pie on her face?

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-Where did that one come from?

-From his relatives.

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-She's blaming it on you!

-Yes, she is.

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It's 9.30, time to get the doors open.

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-Are you ready to go in?

-EVERYONE: Yes!

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'On today's programme, we've got a real girl-boy thing going on.

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'James goes all macho with swords and guns.'

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I'll be careful.

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'Christina is being girlie and pink.'

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I've fallen in love!

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'And I get carried away with my little cherubs.'

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They're just so cool.

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290...

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'So, just how high will our treasures fly at auction?'

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Phew! Phew!

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I said we're at the cutting edge. That's a fabulous price!

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We've certainly got a full house.

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Good job we've got eight experts - six off screen, two on screen.

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They have their work cut out.

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I'll hand you over to James and Christina to see what we find.

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'Christina first, with an artist's collection.'

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Stella, this rather wonderful gilt tooled book

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-has some wonderful secrets inside.

-It does.

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We've got some wonderful sketches.

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Tell me how it's come into your possession.

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My grandfather purchased it.

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He'd given it to my grandmother

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because she was herself an artist and he thought she would like it.

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There are some wonderful pictures, this particularly,

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I think is charming. It's obviously a family dog.

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-Yes.

-It's a really very intimate little study.

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Unfortunately, we can't attribute

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any of the pictures to any professional artist.

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They are quite amateur.

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But I think that's quite charming.

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I like it that it's not somebody we can trace overly.

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There are some portraits there. That one's particularly touching.

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They're dating around the 1850s, through the '60s to the 1870s.

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So they do span quite a period of time. Some of them are dated.

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Little watercolour sketches.

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The Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

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That's in the form of an early postcard there. Nice to have that.

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Went there aged 21, whoever did this album, which is quite nice.

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It really is a wonderful snapshot of somebody's travels and observations.

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-Where they've been and what they've seen.

-Exactly. It's wonderful.

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A sailing boat there.

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-I wonder if that was on the Hamble.

-Probably.

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It is quite a difficult thing to value.

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-It is quite a selective little thing.

-It is.

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Very personal to the family who once had it, but not many other people.

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We would be looking in the region of maybe £80 to £120.

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-Maybe a £60 firm reserve.

-Yes. That's fine. Yes, lovely.

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-Hopefully, it'll go for slightly more.

-That would be nice.

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Thanks very much for bringing it in.

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'I hope our bidders appreciate it, too.

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'Items of social history are such a joy to handle on Flog It!

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'Janice and Mick have brought in some Carlton Ware for James.'

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-Been in the family a long time?

-Yes. I inherited them 40 years ago.

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They belonged to my late husband's parents.

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They would have been not far off new at that point.

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It's called the New Mikado pattern, one of the most famous

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of all the lustre wares that Carlton Ware made.

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This pagoda is classic, with its orange, green and yellow.

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If we look at the gilding, it's not rubbed at all.

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You can see inside why they're called lustre.

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Almost looks as if you've tipped petrol in there. Such a good colour.

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The more ornate, the larger the object, the more valuable they are.

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A little pair of vases like this

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-are not going to be taking you on a cruise, I'm afraid!

-No!

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They're good saleable objects, so if we put an estimate of £60 to £90,

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-would that be OK?

-Yes.

-Fine.

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You might find something at the auction to buy.

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-I'm afraid I won't be able to be there.

-Why? What can possibly be...?

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I'm really sad. It's a charity day.

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-You a big charity worker?

-I shall probably spend the money that day.

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-We like to do our bit and that's how my husband and I met.

-Go on.

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17, 18 years ago on a 21-seater bike

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in Ireland, raising money for Alzheimer's.

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I have to say... A 21-seater? I didn't know such things existed!

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I fell off a bar stool and that was it.

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-I picked her up and took her home.

-It was the Guinness.

-I bet it was.

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-You're not on a 21-seater bike on the auction day?

-No.

-Good.

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-You might lose her to another husband!

-You never know!

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Only kidding. Enjoy your charity day and I'll see you at the sale.

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'I'm searching the queue for items that catch my eye.'

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-Isn't that nice, Anne?

-I know!

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This could be worth a lot of money.

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Anyone got some Clarice?

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-What have you brought in?

-Nothing.

-Just yourself?

-Just me.

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-Ah! We can't put a value on you, can we?

-No.

-Priceless.

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-I've joined up with Edna, who lives nearby in Shirley.

-Yes.

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From Shirley. I nearly called you Shirley!

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These two cherubs, I think,

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are absolutely beautiful.

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Late 18th, early 19th century. I'd imagine these are Italian.

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They've been partially gilded but the gold leaf is starting to wear.

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For me, that gives these personality and character.

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This would have been bright gold, too blingy for me.

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Two winged cherubs, do you know what this is symbolic of?

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-No.

-In the 18th century, you saw a lot of cherubs floating around,

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painted with wings in massive great big portraits.

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-Yes, that's true.

-It's a symbol of child mortality.

-Oh.

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It's a bit gruesome, isn't it?

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Nevertheless, highly collectable because they're decorators' pieces.

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You can have them on a counter, over a picture frame, over a mirror.

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-Any idea what they're worth?

-No.

-Would you be happy with £70?

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Anything I can get cos I don't think they're very pretty.

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Not any more, anyway.

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I think, on a good day, you might possibly get £300.

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-Really?

-Mm.

-My goodness me.

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Put them into auction with a value of £150 to £250.

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And on a very good day, we might get £300.

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They certainly have the look.

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Every interior designer is going to want to own these.

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They're just so cool.

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'Something else cool has arrived at Christina's table.

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'Val's showing her some jewellery.'

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Val, I've fallen in love!

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I love these two pieces. They're my favourite pieces from today.

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-Why are you selling them?

-I never wear them.

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I've had them since the '70s and I just thought I'd sell them.

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-Where have you got them from?

-From Denmark.

-You bought them in Denmark?

-Yes.

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The first one we'll talk about is the bangle.

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It has a really nice inscription on the back.

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A facsimile signature, Hans Hansen. It's stamped Denmark.

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925S, which is symbolic for standard sterling silver.

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Hans Hansen started off designing flatware - knives, forks, spoons.

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-Yeah.

-He was very much following in the footsteps of Georg Jensen,

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who was designing some wonderfully wacky stylised things.

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-I love it. I think it's wonderful. Do you ever wear it?

-No. I can't.

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-I can't get it on now.

-It's fabulous.

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-And the brooch, almost bird-like, isn't it?

-Yes.

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Difficult to know what he was trying to portray.

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On a black dress, it would look quite stunning.

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-I think it's like a deer and that's the deer's head.

-Do you think?

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-I don't know what it is.

-With wings!

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I love it.

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The bangle, although it is quite small -

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still fits with a bit of a push - it would still be quite wearable.

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-It wouldn't fall off.

-No. It's quite secure on there.

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-Would you wear that?

-I would.

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-It's lovely, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-What about you?

-Definitely.

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It's really nice. I still think they should do quite well at auction.

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We'd probably be looking in the region of

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-about £100 to £200.

-Oh, right.

-How do you feel about that?

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Yes, that's fine.

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-So shall we go ahead and flog 'em?

-Lovely. Thank you.

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This is the Flog It! production in full swing.

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It looks a bit chaotic but everybody knows exactly what they're doing.

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James Lewis is ready to film his next lot. So is Christina.

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Two camera crews on each table.

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We've got sound men, directors, runners, researchers and you, the general public.

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Without you we wouldn't have a show, so please, bring your antiques

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and collectables to one of our valuation days.

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Pick up the details of the venues we're coming to soon on our website

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at bbc.co.uk/flogit

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Remember, it's free to come along, and you might end up being on telly.

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How do you think our valuations went?

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There's one way to find out. We're off to auction!

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Here's a reminder of what we've chosen.

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This is one of the nicest scrap books I've seen.

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It's a tour through somebody's life and the places they've been.

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I hope that our buyers appreciate that.

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Ten years ago, these would have sold at £70 all day long, easily.

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Today, the auction market's a very different thing.

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I've got a feeling they might struggle.

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I chose these two cherubs because I truly believe in them

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and I want to give Edna a pleasant surprise.

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Flog It! now has "the look".

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They'll have to fight to get these pieces of Danish jewellery off me.

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They're gorgeous and so wearable. I know they'll find a good new home.

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At £180, are you sure?

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For the last time at £180...

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'Our sale today is in Itchen Stoke at Andrew Smith & Sons.'

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It's auction time, where we put our valuations to the test

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here in this gorgeous saleroom - the perfect place to sell antiques.

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We've got two auctioneers today, Nick Jarrett and Andrew Smith.

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Relax and take things easy.

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For us, it's going to be a roller coaster ride.

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At 1,300. 1,350 back in. 1,400?

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One more. 1,450.

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'We start with something Christina spotted that will please you Van Gogh wannabes.'

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Going under the hammer now, this wonderful artist's sketchbook.

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It belongs to Stella. It's such a hard thing to put a valuation on.

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Christina, I take my hat off to you. 80 to 120, that's sensible.

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This could fly away or just do the estimate. There's a lot there.

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-It's a nice thing to muse over. You can get carried away.

-Yes.

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Let's hope this lot get carried away. It's going under the hammer.

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The watercolour album and sketchbook.

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All sorts in the there, with the landscapes et cetera.

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Where do you start with this? £40? Don't want to come below that.

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40 I have. Thank you. And two can I say? At £40.

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And two. 45. 48. 50.

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Five. 60.

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At 60, then, down here. Are you going on?

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65 on the net. 70, now. And five...

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Lady in the room and an internet bidder.

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-..80 now. And five...?

-This is good, Stella.

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I thought the internet might pick it up.

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It's creeping up. Wow.

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..100. And ten?

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£100, the lady's bid. £100 in the room.

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At £100. Are you done...?

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There was so much sentimental value there for some family.

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If we knew who, we'd be laughing.

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-It's gone.

-Yes.

-It made mid-estimate and it's worth every penny.

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-Yes. I hope they enjoy it.

-They will.

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-They are nice.

-Excellent.

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'I'm sure the new owners will enjoy those pictures as much as we did.

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'Next, two Carlton Ware vases belonging to Mick and Janice.'

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We've got Mick. Janice can't be with us. She's doing some charity work.

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-She's at her charity bridge day.

-Why are you flogging these?

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-They've been in the loft for three years.

-Gosh.

-We're interested in Flog It so we've come along.

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All of a sudden, James had us at the top table!

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"I like these," he said, with those big flared rims!

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These are just the staple diet of auction houses.

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You do not go to an auction without finding Carlton Ware vases.

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Really, these should sell ANY day, anywhere, any place.

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-So good luck.

-Thank you.

-I gather all the money's going to charity.

-That's correct.

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This is exciting. Let's find out what it's worth.

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The pair of Carlton Ware New Mikado vases. Start me at £70 on these?

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50, then?

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50 I have. And five here. 60.

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And five. 70. And five.

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80. And five. 90?

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£85 at the front. Is there 90?

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-90 right up at the top.

-Fresh legs.

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At £90. At £90 and selling. Is there five?

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At £90, are you all done?

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At £90 for the very last time...

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-Hammer's gone down.

-Excellent.

-Good result?

-Very good result.

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All the money's going to charity.

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-Will you clear the rest of the attic out?

-We're working on it.

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'I've a feeling they'll be back on Flog It! soon with more goodies.

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'Now, a pair of goodies,

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'the Hans Hansen brooch and bangle belonging to Val.'

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-You bought this in the '70s?

-Way back.

-Why are you selling it? It's all the rage.

-I never wear it.

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I put it away in a chest for, like, 30 years!

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Someone who does love it is right next to me.

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-Christina, it's a nice thing.

-It's beautiful and so wearable.

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-So so wearable, I really hope it sells well for you.

-I hope so, too.

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-Let's hope we get the £200, top end of the estimate.

-Yeah. Hope so.

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-Fingers crossed. Two things - the brooch...

-And the bangle. Exactly.

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Good luck. Let's find out what the bidders think. Here we go.

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The fish brooch, a handsome bit. Hans Hansen.

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I'm going to start you, to clear all bids here, at 110.

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-Brilliant. Straight away.

-Anyone in the room 120?

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110 with me. Anybody going on? At £110.

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-Oh, dear.

-Is that it...?

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-Straight in and straight out.

-At £110, all done...

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-That was short and sharp.

-It was.

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-Disappointing.

-Ah!

-Had a commission bid.

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I bet the bid was higher, if someone was here to push it up, but it's gone within estimate.

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'We weren't sure if that brooch was a fish, a bird or a deer,

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'but at least it sold.

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'Up next, my favourite item of the show so far.'

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My turn to be the expert. I think this next lot could just fly away.

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I'm sure they will, because they've got wings. It's those cherubs.

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-Edna, that put a smile on your face. You've been nervous.

-Yes, very.

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Everybody's passed by them going, "Gosh! Aren't they nice?"

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-Does that make you feel better?

-Yes.

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-Who are you here with today?

-My granddaughter and her boyfriend.

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They're over there now. I can see them.

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They're waving, look. Good luck. It's a proper family day out.

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The polychrome decorated cherub head...

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-It's quiet.

-Yes, very quiet.

-Oh, dear. We may struggle.

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..Three commission bids. Two telephones.

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Have we got the second telephone up? I'm going to start the bidding at...

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£200. Is there 20 in the room?

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At £200 and selling. Is there 20? At £200, commission bid.

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220. 240. 260?

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280. 290?

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300. 320?

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At £320 and selling. Is there 340?

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At £320 for the last time...

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-They've sold for £320.

-Very good.

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-That was good, wasn't it?

-Yeah.

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'I love getting my hands on something of real quality.

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'If you've got something, bring it to one of our valuation days.

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'We'll be back at the auction a little bit later.'

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21st-century Winchester is a peaceful, beautiful place,

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but it has a 2,000-year-old link with British military history.

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This is the Peninsula Barracks, once home to serving army regiments.

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Now, part of it is home to a museum

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dedicated to a very brave band of soldiers, the Gurkhas.

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Gurkhas have been part of the British army for almost 200 years.

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But who are these fearsome Nepalese fighters?

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"Better to die than be a coward", the Gurkha motto sets the tone

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that reflects their fearsome and valiant reputation.

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They've served with British soldiers all over the world from World War I

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to World War II, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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A young Prince Harry lived with a Gurkha regiment

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for his ten-week tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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The Gurkhas originate from the hill villages of Nepal,

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where they were a proud warrior nation.

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The British fought them in the Empire building of the 1800s.

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And, realising their potential, put them in uniform,

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and eventually made them part of the British army.

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The Gurkhas became renowned as tough, masculine soldiers

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fearless in the face of the enemy.

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They own a reputation for front-line fighting all over the world.

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There are many legends about the Gurkhas and their bravery

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and about this, the kukri, the knife

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that is the symbol of the Gurkha, and the symbol of Nepal.

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It has a curved blade that averages 14 to 16 inches long.

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There's a selection here.

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The one here in a leather sheath was used in the First World War.

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These were made by blacksmiths in Nepal and throughout India.

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The handle, that's rather small. That wouldn't fit my big fat hand.

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Couldn't grip it. It wouldn't feel comfortable.

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Here is a knife that was used during the Second World War.

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Note the canvas.

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Around 120,000 Gurkhas enlisted, each having two or three knives.

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Up to the present day. These are still being made in Nepal and India.

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The sheaths are made out of water buffalo hide.

0:21:370:21:41

It's beautifully balanced. It's slightly smaller now.

0:21:410:21:46

It's still as lethal. That is razor sharp and it has a bone handle.

0:21:460:21:51

Sharpening and cleaning these is a key part of the Gurkha's routine.

0:21:510:21:56

He would do that by using one of the knives

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in the back of the sheath.

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There's two out here.

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One would be for striking a flint. It's quite blunt on the edge.

0:22:040:22:09

Also, metal on metal, for sharpening the blade.

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The other knife is for skinning and pulling flesh off the prey

0:22:120:22:17

that you're about to eat.

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As every schoolboy knows,

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weapons of war have changed dramatically over 200 years.

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But the kukri has stayed the same.

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DISTANT SHOUTING

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One notable Gurkha hero was Havildar Gaje Ghale,

0:22:510:22:55

a platoon sergeant in Burma in 1943.

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The official battle log said,

0:23:000:23:02

"Hurling hand grenades covered in blood from his own neglected wounds,

0:23:020:23:07

"he led assault after assault shouting the Gurkha's battle cry -

0:23:070:23:11

"Glory be to the Goddess of War! Here come the Gurkhas!"

0:23:110:23:16

13 Victoria Crosses have been issued to the Gurkhas so far,

0:23:160:23:20

and 13 to their British Army officers, that's a total of 26.

0:23:200:23:24

They have three here in the museum.

0:23:240:23:26

The Victoria Cross is issued with a purple ribbon.

0:23:260:23:29

It's cast from bronze from melted down captured Russian cannons

0:23:290:23:33

from the Crimean War.

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On the face side, there's a relief of a lion standing over the crown.

0:23:350:23:39

Underneath it says, "For valour".

0:23:390:23:41

On the reverse, it's inscribed to the recipient with the date.

0:23:410:23:47

They are only issued for conspicuous bravery in the face of the enemy.

0:23:470:23:53

These ones are behind glass, for security reasons.

0:23:530:23:57

They're highly valuable.

0:23:570:23:59

'When the Indian army once challenged their toughness,

0:24:000:24:05

'the Gurkhas threw the gauntlet down.

0:24:050:24:08

'A treacherous hill race took place. Gurkhas won the first 33 places.'

0:24:080:24:14

An annual race was established and, year after year, Gurkhas won this.

0:24:140:24:18

It's a silver statue of a Gurkha in national costume,

0:24:180:24:22

commonly known as The Little Man.

0:24:220:24:25

The training and selection is almost as harsh as battle itself,

0:24:250:24:29

but it's still the dream of many young Nepalese men.

0:24:290:24:33

Each year, 20,000 compete for around 200 places.

0:24:330:24:37

Modern-day Gurkhas still face a gruelling selection procedure

0:24:370:24:41

of which the concluding part is running five kilometres uphill

0:24:410:24:46

with a wicker basket on your back filled with rocks weighing 25kg!

0:24:460:24:51

You have to achieve this in under 48 minutes, otherwise you're not in.

0:24:510:24:56

One of the toughest battles for the Gurkhas

0:24:570:25:00

in recent years has been with British red tape.

0:25:000:25:05

Actress Joanna Lumley, whose father served with the 6th Gurkha Rifles,

0:25:050:25:09

led a campaign which led to the Gurkhas and their families

0:25:090:25:14

being allowed to live in the UK.

0:25:140:25:16

For close on 200 years, Gurkhas have been a part of our armed forces,

0:25:210:25:26

proving themselves again and again

0:25:260:25:29

with their character, dedication and bravery.

0:25:290:25:33

One Chief of Staff in the Indian army said of them,

0:25:350:25:38

"If a man says he's not afraid of dying, he's either lying or he's a Gurkha."

0:25:380:25:44

'Pretty Winchester is the proud host of Flog It! today at the Guildhall.

0:25:500:25:55

'I'm doing all I can to bring in the crowds.'

0:25:550:25:59

Why aren't you coming along to the Guildhall?

0:25:590:26:02

Well, come along. OK? I'll pass you back to Dave. Bye bye.

0:26:020:26:06

Cheers, mate.

0:26:060:26:08

You can always find a Flog It! fan, can't you?

0:26:080:26:11

'Inside, James Lewis has found some boys' toys,

0:26:110:26:14

'but they aren't really toys.'

0:26:140:26:17

Phil, I hope you didn't carry these to the Guildhall.

0:26:180:26:22

You did carry these to the Guildhall! In the boot of your car?

0:26:220:26:26

-Or just open?

-Initially, in the boot of my car.

0:26:260:26:30

Then, fortunately, wrapped up.

0:26:300:26:32

You're allowed to move them if they're wrapped up.

0:26:320:26:36

So good move.

0:26:360:26:38

Really, these are three parts of amazing military history.

0:26:380:26:44

How did you come to have them?

0:26:440:26:46

They were my father-in-law's, who had a substantial sword collection.

0:26:460:26:50

So you've inherited them? They've probably been under the bed.

0:26:500:26:54

-Well, they've been in the garage.

-Have they?

-Yes.

0:26:540:26:58

Well, let's start with this one.

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It's got a lovely triple-bar hilt. This is engraved and chased

0:27:000:27:05

with foliate scrolls very much in the continental manner.

0:27:050:27:10

If you look down the bottom there,

0:27:100:27:12

"Devisme, Paris".

0:27:120:27:14

So, a French hilt.

0:27:140:27:16

Let's take it out completely from the scabbard.

0:27:160:27:22

If we look at the blade, we've got a Toledo steel blade.

0:27:220:27:25

All the best swords have Toledo blades.

0:27:250:27:29

Look at the quality of that steel, like the day it was made.

0:27:290:27:33

Pointed tip. Steel scabbard.

0:27:330:27:37

And a sword made around 1870, 1880.

0:27:390:27:42

Good thing.

0:27:420:27:45

Come on to this one.

0:27:450:27:48

This is a Scottish basket-hilt sword.

0:27:480:27:51

-JAMES CHUCKLES

-I'll be careful!

0:27:510:27:55

The interesting thing is we've got a double fullered straight blade.

0:27:550:27:59

It's an awful thing to say,

0:27:590:28:01

but when you stab somebody with a sword, it causes a vacuum

0:28:010:28:05

and you almost can't get it out, so these two little grooves

0:28:050:28:09

allow you to twist and retract without it getting stuck.

0:28:090:28:15

-Awful, isn't it?

-Yes!

0:28:150:28:17

If we have a look at the grip on this. Just feel that.

0:28:170:28:22

It feels very rough. That's shagreen or shark's skin.

0:28:220:28:26

Imagine you're going into battle.

0:28:260:28:29

You're faced with the enemy looking mean as hell.

0:28:290:28:32

-You'd get a bit sweaty.

-Absolutely.

-I mean, I'd turn tail and run!

0:28:320:28:37

The shagreen stops your hand slipping on the grip.

0:28:370:28:41

Very practical purpose.

0:28:410:28:43

Again, steel scabbard.

0:28:430:28:46

Two suspension rings.

0:28:460:28:49

Again, a very popular sword.

0:28:500:28:53

Finally, the pistol.

0:28:530:28:55

This one, a flintlock.

0:28:550:28:58

You would fire, pull the trigger, that would snap.

0:28:580:29:01

That would shoot up in the air, the spark would hit the pan

0:29:010:29:05

and fire the musket ball.

0:29:050:29:08

-I guess you want to know what they're worth.

-Absolutely.

0:29:080:29:11

Let's start with the pistol. Nice lot.

0:29:110:29:15

-We should put £300 to £500 on that one.

-OK.

0:29:150:29:18

The French sword, £300 to £400.

0:29:180:29:21

And the Scottish sword with a basket hilt, £300 to £500 estimate.

0:29:210:29:26

-I think you'll do very well.

-Thank you.

0:29:260:29:30

'Now, a Flog It! favourite, and it's not Moorcroft.

0:29:300:29:33

'It's not Clarice Cliff. It's Carl!

0:29:330:29:36

'Last time he was on the programme, Carl brought a Royal Doulton mouse

0:29:360:29:42

'he'd bought for just £2, and it sold for a whopping £540!

0:29:420:29:47

'So, can he top that?'

0:29:470:29:49

-Carl, you're a Flog It! veteran.

-Well...

0:29:490:29:52

You keep coming up with the goods.

0:29:520:29:54

You've brought this beautiful pair of Shelley vases in today.

0:29:540:29:58

-Tell me where you got them.

-I bought them at a car boot auction.

0:29:580:30:03

-I paid 38.50.

-All right.

0:30:030:30:05

-What attracted you to them?

-The shape and the colour.

0:30:050:30:08

I agree. I thought, "What a beautiful pair of vases!

0:30:080:30:12

"What a great colour!"

0:30:120:30:15

This wonderful lustre is a rich peacock blue. Stunning.

0:30:150:30:19

Also, the shape is very of its time, going towards the Art Deco period,

0:30:190:30:24

where you start getting these wonderful lines.

0:30:240:30:27

-How do we know that they're Shelley?

-Mark on the bottom.

0:30:270:30:31

There's a mark on the bottom! Here's the Shelley mark. Nice one there.

0:30:310:30:35

That sort of mark dates them to the 1920s period.

0:30:350:30:41

Which is fantastic. It's a nice early time in the Shelley factory.

0:30:410:30:46

-We do have a slight problem, don't we?

-We certainly do.

0:30:460:30:50

I've done exactly the same thing. I've fallen in love with something.

0:30:500:30:54

Then got it home and seen that there's been some damage.

0:30:540:30:58

If we look down the vase there,

0:30:580:31:00

you can see that scratch.

0:31:000:31:03

On the outside, we've also got that scratch.

0:31:030:31:06

-That tells us that is a crack.

-It's gone right through.

0:31:060:31:11

Almost the whole extent of that neck is what we would term damaged.

0:31:110:31:17

But we will account for that in our estimate.

0:31:170:31:20

-It might explain why they were so cheap.

-Possibly.

-Sadly!

0:31:200:31:25

At auction, we're looking in the region of £30 to £50,

0:31:250:31:29

with a reserve of 30, cos I want you to get back as much as we can.

0:31:290:31:33

-Hopefully, two people will fall in love with them and they may go for more.

-You never know.

0:31:330:31:39

Thanks for bringing them in.

0:31:390:31:41

'Christina's not expecting Carl to break any records.

0:31:410:31:45

'Flog It's not just about making money. It's about making friends.'

0:31:450:31:50

Hello. Hello. Thank you so much for turning up today.

0:31:500:31:53

-What's your name?

-Rosie May.

0:31:530:31:57

-He's not for sale, is he?

-No.

-Wave to the camera, look.

0:31:570:32:03

-What have you got there?

-A piano!

-Can I have a look at your piano?

0:32:030:32:08

You can look at my piano!

0:32:080:32:10

My grandparents bought it for me. It's just been in the loft.

0:32:100:32:14

-The week they bought it was the week I quit.

-Oh, no!

0:32:140:32:18

-A short-lived musical career!

-I love it. It didn't love me playing it.

0:32:180:32:23

I tried the piano, but it didn't quite work.

0:32:230:32:27

'After the swords, James was looking for something to get in touch with his feminine side.'

0:32:270:32:32

Jennifer, have you raided the silver box?

0:32:320:32:35

What a little collection!

0:32:350:32:38

I've inherited them. They were my mother's. She was a seamstress.

0:32:380:32:43

That's the thimbles!

0:32:430:32:45

-The two boxes, I believe are French.

-Yeah.

0:32:450:32:49

-They came from a French lady that was friends with my mother.

-OK.

0:32:490:32:54

We'll start with the thimbles. We've got a real mix and match.

0:32:540:32:58

Some of them, very standard. A pound or two each.

0:32:580:33:01

We've got a couple that are better.

0:33:010:33:04

That little chap there with the owl on the side. That's a nice one.

0:33:040:33:09

Then we've got the gold one, which is the best.

0:33:090:33:12

Not hallmarked, but still gold. £50 to £80.

0:33:120:33:15

-Good heavens!

-Then when it comes to the cigarette boxes.

0:33:150:33:20

They're absolutely no good whatsoever for cigarettes today.

0:33:200:33:25

The cigarettes are longer but they're also fatter.

0:33:250:33:31

Most people use them for visiting cards.

0:33:310:33:34

-Right.

-Business cards. So they still have a use.

0:33:340:33:37

-This one's a compact.

-Oh!

0:33:370:33:40

That's sweet, isn't it?

0:33:400:33:42

Nice little thing. Good gift.

0:33:420:33:45

So, both solid silver.

0:33:450:33:48

-But not hallmarked.

-No.

0:33:480:33:50

-So legally, we have to call them silver-coloured metal.

-Right.

0:33:500:33:55

But still, they do have a value.

0:33:550:33:58

These little folding fruit knives

0:33:580:34:00

from the 19th century, mother of pearl handles,

0:34:000:34:05

dating around 1880, 1890.

0:34:050:34:07

A pencil there, but the nicest one is this one.

0:34:070:34:10

-Oh, really?

-Yeah.

0:34:100:34:12

We've got a retracting and folding pencil

0:34:120:34:17

that would have been suspended maybe from a watch Albert.

0:34:170:34:22

That comes out. It's a really good, practical propelling pencil.

0:34:230:34:28

The best way to sell them is as one group.

0:34:280:34:31

So, let's say 200 to 300,

0:34:310:34:33

as a whole group, and a reserve of 200 firm.

0:34:330:34:38

-If it doesn't make that, take them home.

-Take them home.

0:34:380:34:42

-Is that all right?

-Lovely.

0:34:420:34:44

It looks like we've found our last item.

0:34:450:34:49

Let's get straight over to the auction. Here are our experts to remind you what we're taking.

0:34:490:34:55

These are three lots that really have seen history.

0:34:560:34:59

I hope there's a good battle over them at the auction.

0:34:590:35:02

I love these Shelley vases.

0:35:030:35:05

I hope the damage doesn't put too many people off.

0:35:050:35:08

Individually, a lot of these wouldn't be worth selling.

0:35:080:35:12

Together, they make a good meaty lot.

0:35:120:35:15

The secret will be in that gold thimble.

0:35:150:35:18

It might make £100 over estimate.

0:35:180:35:21

420. 450. 470. 500?

0:35:210:35:25

'Our sale is at Andrew Smith & Sons.'

0:35:250:35:28

Roll up! Roll up! Flog It! is in town, here at Itchen Stoke!

0:35:280:35:32

'Our auctioneers are Nick Jarrett and Andrew Smith.

0:35:320:35:37

'Buying at auction is fun, but you need to know what to invest in.

0:35:410:35:45

'Today's hot property can be tomorrow's white elephant.'

0:35:450:35:48

It's really peculiar how fashion dictates prices and values.

0:35:480:35:53

Eight years ago, we were seeing bow-fronted corner cupboards

0:35:530:35:58

catalogued in auction rooms for £800 to £1,200.

0:35:580:36:02

This is pure quality. Regency period circa 1815, Cuban mahogany.

0:36:020:36:08

Today, you'll be lucky if you get £300 for that.

0:36:080:36:11

That's in A1 original condition.

0:36:110:36:14

This one here, another bow-fronted corner cupboard, late 18th century,

0:36:140:36:19

a little bit earlier, more provincial, made of oak.

0:36:190:36:24

You'd be very lucky

0:36:240:36:26

to get £150 for that today.

0:36:260:36:28

It's going to get to the stage where you can buy these

0:36:280:36:32

to put in the garage to put paint tins in, and that's a real shame.

0:36:320:36:36

Problem is, nobody wants stuff like this in their house any more.

0:36:360:36:41

But I bet in 15 years' time they will.

0:36:410:36:45

30. 32. 35.

0:36:470:36:50

'And I bet someone here now wants our next items.

0:36:500:36:54

'Jennifer's silver has been split into two lots - the thimbles,

0:36:540:37:00

'and the pen knives and compacts.'

0:37:000:37:02

Hopefully, we'll get an all-time high because the melt value is high.

0:37:020:37:06

Not that these will be melted.

0:37:060:37:08

Silver is so popular, silver and gold, so sought after.

0:37:080:37:12

-Lots of different pieces.

-Exactly. There's something for everybody.

0:37:120:37:17

I think this is a trade lot and the trade have been here buying. Here we go. This is it.

0:37:170:37:23

The silver cigarette case. Start me at £100. 80 then?

0:37:230:37:28

£80. Thank you. And five?

0:37:280:37:30

90. And five. 100.

0:37:300:37:32

-And ten. 120? 110 behind.

-Now it's moving!

0:37:320:37:36

120 on the net. £120 on the internet.

0:37:360:37:39

At £120. Any more? All done? £120...

0:37:390:37:44

One down, one to go.

0:37:450:37:47

-The gold thimble...

-This is the lot that'll make me go.

0:37:470:37:52

Another nine in this lot. Lot 940. Start me at £100...

0:37:520:37:58

-Ah!

-My mum was a seamstress.

0:37:580:38:01

£100 bid. Thank you. Is there ten? At £100.

0:38:010:38:05

And selling. Is there ten?

0:38:050:38:07

-Come on!

-120. 130.

0:38:070:38:10

-Keep going.

-140?

0:38:100:38:12

At £130 on the internet. Is there 140?

0:38:120:38:17

-140. You're out at the back. 150?

-Come on.

0:38:170:38:20

£140 in the room.

0:38:200:38:23

Make it 150. Go on! One more!

0:38:230:38:25

£140 for the very last time...

0:38:250:38:29

-That was a good result. £260 in total.

-I'm really pleased.

0:38:300:38:34

-And you're not crying.

-Don't!

0:38:340:38:36

-I'm on the verge!

-Nearly!

-It's welling.

0:38:360:38:40

'No crying, please. We like smiling faces on Flog It!

0:38:400:38:45

'Here's another one - our Flog It! favourite, Carl,

0:38:450:38:48

'with those Shelley vases.'

0:38:480:38:50

Will Carl get his money back? We're about to find out. Good luck.

0:38:500:38:55

-How much did you pay for them?

-36 plus commission.

0:38:550:38:59

-That's about our valuation.

-It's all the money, really.

0:38:590:39:02

Bit of damage and condition always counts.

0:39:020:39:05

-Provenance, condition and a good maker's name.

-Exactly.

-Here we go.

0:39:050:39:10

The pair of Shelley blue lustre vases.

0:39:100:39:13

Start me at £30 here? 20, if you like. £20 we have.

0:39:130:39:17

And two? £20 and selling.

0:39:170:39:20

22. 25. 27.

0:39:200:39:22

30. 32. 35.

0:39:220:39:25

37? 35 at the front. Is there seven?

0:39:250:39:28

At £35. Any more? At £35, are you sure?

0:39:280:39:33

-They've gone.

-£35 for the very last time...

0:39:330:39:35

-You got your money back.

-Phew!

0:39:370:39:39

ALL LAUGH

0:39:390:39:43

-Well done, Carl.

-Are you going out to buy more?

0:39:430:39:46

It'll just pay me taxi fare here.

0:39:460:39:49

CHRISTINA LAUGHS

0:39:490:39:52

'Oh, well! Win some, lose some, Carl. Keep trying, though.

0:39:520:39:56

'People like you keep the antiques trade alive.

0:39:560:39:59

'Now, something we know will sell -

0:39:590:40:01

'those two swords and duelling pistol belonging to Phil.'

0:40:010:40:05

We're at the cutting edge now!

0:40:050:40:08

-Why are you selling this?

-To come and hear your bad jokes!

-Yeah. No.

0:40:080:40:12

-Seriously.

-They belonged to my father-in-law.

0:40:120:40:15

His idea was always that we use them for whatever we could do.

0:40:150:40:19

-Sort out family fights!

-They're a bit dangerous to keep in the garage.

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Let's see what this flintlock duelling pistol can do.

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The flintlock. Got a couple on it. 210 somewhere?

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At £200. 210. 220. 230.

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240. 250. 260.

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250, then. At 250...

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-Quick, wasn't it? £250.

-Blimey!

-Happy with that?

-Yes.

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I don't really know the value of these things.

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'The swords are next, and tension is mounting.'

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-We're going to up the ante on both items.

-Let's hope so.

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Here's the first of the swords right now.

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Scottish infantry officer's sword. I've got a few bids here again.

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To clear them all, I've got to start you at 320.

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340 can I say now?

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320 with me. 340, is it? 340. Thank you.

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360? At £340 in the room now. 340.

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360 is it on the net? No. At £340, then. In the room at 340.

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Anybody else? At 340...

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-Great.

-Here's the next one.

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-The French infantry officer's sword.

-I prefer the French one.

-Do you?

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I'm going to start the bidding here at 260.

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-280 can I say?

-Good thing.

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280 in the room. I'm out at 280.

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£300 on the net. And 20?

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350? 370. 400.

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And 20. 450. 470. 500. And 20.

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-550...

-This is good, Phil.

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..600? And 20..?

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-Your wife's going to be pleased.

-Lots of shoes!

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-I don't think that's the plan.

-..And 20? 750?

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780?

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750, then, on the net.

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780, back in. 800? £800 it is.

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And 20? 850? 870?

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No? At £850.

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-Interesting.

-Any more? At 850 if you're done...

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I said we're at the cutting edge. A fabulous price!

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-Got to be happy with that.

-Good day.

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-Absolutely.

-A very good day out.

-Well done.

-Thank you.

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Your wife's there and we heard a whisper that it's going on shoes.

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No. We're going to stick it into our son's bank account. When he's older, he'll get the benefit.

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Good for you. Arms and militaria we don't see enough of.

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What a wonderful end to a great day here in Itchen Stoke.

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Join us again for many more surprises. Until then, from Winchester, goodbye.

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Paul Martin presents from Winchester. Experts James Lewis and Christina Trevanion help look for the best items as members of the public bring their antiques and collectibles for valuation. Christina falls in love with two pieces of Danish jewellery while James has to be careful as he inspects some weaponry.