Antiques series. Flog It! comes from Normanby Hall, an English country house in north Lincolnshire, with Paul Martin and experts Michael Baggott and Caroline Hawley.
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Today, we are in North Lincolnshire,
and that is the magnificent Humber Bridge.
I tell you, that's such a spectacle.
It separates Yorkshire from Lincolnshire. It's the sixth-largest
single-suspension bridge of its type in the world.
But, right now, off to the valuation day,
and let's hope people from both sides of the Humber join us.
Welcome to Flog It!
There's been a house on the Normanby Estate since the 16th century.
After captaining one of the 200 ships mobilised by the English Navy
against the Spanish Armada,
Edmund Sheffield chose Lincolnshire
as the place to build himself a country manor house.
But it's the gardens of Normanby Hall
that are all ship-shape and ready to welcome our crowds here today.
All laden with antiques and collectables,
hoping to make a fortune at auction.
Of course, there's one question they would like to ask our experts.
-What's it worth?!
Our cameras and the Flog It! crew are setting up for a garden party
in the pretty grounds of this country house estate.
All we need now are the experts.
And keeping our new arrivals in line
is Michael Baggott.
Bag inspection. Who's next?
And Yorkshire lass Caroline Hawley has sailed across the border
to dig out some exotic treasures.
How have you come across these?
There aren't many tribes living around these parts!
Our experts will be using every single part
of this gorgeous location today, from the beautiful gardens
to the Regency splendour of the manor house.
But first up, we're going around to a quiet part of the gardens
where Michael Baggott is very excited
about what's in that box.
-John, this is a really lovely box that you brought in...
..because I'm familiar with these boxes
-and I know what should be inside them.
So, with a measure of trepidation,
I shall open it.
-I'll keep the fingers crossed on that hand.
Oh, fantastic. Fantastic!
We've got a beautiful pair
of early pistols.
How did you come by these?
I bought them at an antiques fair
at Duxford Aerodrome,
approximately 15-17 years ago.
These are little works of art.
-They are target pistols...
..rather than duelling pistols. The question is,
-who would have commissioned them? Who would have owned them?
Really, every young gentleman of wealth
would have at least one pair of pistols.
specifically with this target grip on the sights,
-they might have been for a gentleman that competed in a shooting competition.
We've got this beautiful handle, which is walnut.
-And the maker's name "Kavanagh".
And we've got "Dublin", there.
I think the firm of Kavanagh in Dublin
were established at the end of the 18th century, in the 1790s.
These pistols wouldn't be this early.
I would have placed them, probably, 1820s to 1830s.
So, John, dare I ask, at this antiques fair,
how much did you pay for them?
You dare ask.
I paid about 3,500 for them.
Really, at the time,
that was not a bad buy, and you didn't overpay at all.
-So you can relax.
-That's a comforting thought.
Let's be sensible and say £3,000 to £5,000, if you're happy with that?
I'd be very happy with that.
Let's put a fixed reserve of £3,000.
To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised
to see them touch the top end of that, you know, John.
-That would be excellent.
-Thank you very much for bringing these in.
-It's a pleasure, and thank YOU, sir.
-It's a pleasure, John.
That's a high estimate. Will it pay off?
Or will the guns miss their mark in the saleroom?
The back gardens are very busy with people clutching their antiques,
ready to be valued, and Caroline has found something
that's come along for a picnic.
Anne, what a lovely bear!
The sort of bear that would have graced a nursery
in a beautiful house like this.
-Tell me a little bit about him.
Have you had him a long time?
-50 years, that I know of.
He's resigned to living in the loft, in a black bag.
You can't keep him... Why is he in a black bin bag?!
I have three grandchildren, two under five,
and he'd either end up headless or legless,
cos they'd grab each end and pull.
He's eyeless now.
-Well, he's got one eye.
-That was before the grandchildren.
-Is he called Nelson?
-No, he's called Billy.
Can I have a cuddle?
Well, it's not cuddly.
No, it's not cuddly!
-He's solid -
because he's stuffed with straw.
And he's all original.
-A lot of these bears have had replacement pads.
He's not - he's completely original.
There's no maker's button or label in him at all.
I would say he dates from about 1920-1930.
-So, way before your childhood.
And he's really in remarkably good condition.
Have you any idea as to the sort of value,
-if we can talk about value in front of him?
Shall we close his ears? Sorry, Billy!
-No, I haven't.
I haven't. It was just... We thought we'd come for a day out...
And bring Billy Bear?
I can imagine a lot of people liking him.
And I think,
at auction, I would put
an estimate on him of £50 to £80?
Yeah, that's fine.
And if we put a reserve of...
£40? Are you happy with that?
-What would you do with the money, if I can ask you?
Buy my grandchildren a teddy bear each!
-A cuddly teddy bear? A soft teddy bear?
-A toy teddy bear!
-He's lovely. Thank you very much, Anne, for bring him in.
Thank you, Billy Bear, for coming.
-That's all right. Bye-bye!
And with our crowd still enjoying the gardens,
our experts have moved inside the house.
And it's Michael who has the candlesticks in the drawing room.
Thank you very much for bringing these wonderful candlesticks in, Iversen.
Were these your father's at all?
No, my uncle's.
-Did he serve in the military?
-In the First World War.
But he collected items. Guns, all sorts.
-So he had an interest...?
-An interest in military, yes.
If you've served in the military, these will have an appeal.
-What we have, quite obviously, are a pair of candlesticks.
-You don't have to be a rocket scientist for this.
But what's very interesting is, we've got original,
Victorian, I think, cavalry officers' swords.
-And we can see these are original sword handles
because we've even got down to the shagreen fitments here,
which is a shark or a ray-skin.
And you've got these little silver twists of wire,
-that's a bit of extra grip.
You wouldn't expect to see that
-on just something that's purely decorative.
We've got, on the top of the fitting, here,
-a registration number.
This, number 2-7-8-7-8-8,
-is around the turn of the century.
Value. I think these are very good-looking.
and I think we could...
say £150 to £250 for them...
..and put a fixed reserve of 150.
They might even go on from that, cos they're very quirky.
-You're quite happy to see them go?
-Hopefully they'll find another home at the auction.
Thank you very much for bringing them along.
-Nice speaking to you. Bye.
Well, we are now halfway through our day.
Our experts have made their first choices of items
to take off to auction.
I've already got my favourites. You've probably got yours.
In case you've forgotten, here's a quick recap
on what we're taking with us to the auction room in Lincolnshire.
They were an expensive purchase,
so John hopes his pistols hit the target in the auction room
and make him a hefty profit.
Anne doesn't think it's cuddly,
but will someone fall in love with this teddy bear?
And will Iversen's candlesticks set the saleroom on fire?
Let's find out.
We've journeyed south to Lincoln, a city with an impressive history.
Sellers pay 15% commission here, so it's always worth doing your sums
and checking for any extra charges.
Conducting our auction is Colin Young,
and it's the pistols up first.
-The collectors know what they're looking for.
If somebody wanted to start to collect pistols,
what are the legislations?
Do you need an arms licence?
Certainly, for something that's muzzle-loading, such as this,
and of period, then, you don't.
If they were actually reproductions made today,
but still of that same manufacture,
then you would need a licence.
Because they are made and they are fireable,
and they are a weapon.
If you're thinking of investing in vintage firearms,
please do your homework
because you can get caught out.
If you're unsure about it, just get it into the auction rooms,
because we would always go to the Firearms Department for advice
before ever offering anything for sale.
-Hello, John. Good to see you again.
And Michael, our expert. I know they caught your eye.
It's a niche market.
They're the people that know what to look for,
and these guns are right, aren't they?
There's not one bit wrong with them.
-We're selling quality here.
I appreciate that.
Question is, will we get that three to five?
Will we get the top end? We'll find out now.
They're going under the hammer. Let's hand over to Colin Young.
An original case. What shall we say for this lot? Who will start me?
2,500, anyone? 2,5?
It's a bit low.
At 2,200 now?
At 2,000 bid.
We are too far off now.
2,200 bid. 2,400, do I see now?
2,600 bid, now? At 2,400 - at 2,600, surely.
I'm afraid at that price, I do have to withdrawn them.
Really, they should have made the top end of that,
so, in a way, it's good
they didn't scrape away at 3,000.
I'm happy they didn't sell at that.
-That's why you protect it with a reserve.
Michael was so right to put that reserve on.
Good luck with whatever you want to do with them.
Do appreciate it. Thank you both.
That was a surprise,
but luckily, since the auction,
John has had interest from a dealer who couldn't make it on the sale day,
so he's still hopeful for a good result.
Surely the teddy bear is a safe bet.
Will someone in the auction room fall in love with him?
Anne, it's good to see you again. Who's this?
-This is Leah, my granddaughter.
-Hello! School holidays, now!
That's right, so we thought we'd bring her along.
-What do you think of the auction?
It is a bit intimidating, isn't it?
Let's find out what the bidders think.
Who will start me at 30?
£30, anybody? 20 to go, then, surely.
We're in at 20.
We got £20.
I've got 32.
35. 38, I've got.
£40 bid. 42, now?
At £40 bid.
Are we all done and finished?
Going then at £40...
Well done, Colin.
Colin worked some magic there.
Everybody loves a bear, don't they?
They do, they do.
Billy Bear has found a new home,
and that's our first sale of the day.
Onwards, and upwards, from now on.
Next up, the candlesticks.
Their shagreen handles are shark or stingray skin.
Because some species of these creatures appear on endangered species lists,
rules dictate you can't buy or sell any items made with shagreen
These ones are fine, because they're made more than 100 years ago.
These would suit someone into militaria who throws dinner parties.
A talking point.
Let's find out if the bidders here will buy these,
and use them. They're going under the hammer now.
110, 120... 120. 130. Let's get on.
-We've sold them.
There must be someone
with a tethered horse outside -
200 bid. 220, do I see?
No. Are we all done, then? On my left, then, selling.
All done at £200.
That's good. I'm very happy with that.
-They'll be worth every penny.
Nice meeting you two.
Thank you very much, Ivan.
-It's a pleasure.
That's two sales out of three. Not bad.
But it just goes to prove
you cannot predict an auction.
That's half the fun.
Back inland, the valuations are in full swing.
Normanby Hall is enjoyed by over 150,000 people each year,
and was home to Samantha Cameron, wife of the Prime Minister,
in her early childhood.
It's a real local treasure,
and Michael has got his hands on some treasure of his own!
Jan, Joe...thank you. What can I say?
These are lovely things.
-They smack of being family pieces. Is that right?
Where did they come from in the family?
He was an undertaker,
when he was a young man.
So I can imagine him wearing it on his waistcoat
as he's walking in front of the...
Yes, of course, you had to be turned out immaculately.
-It would have been de rigueur to have a watch and chain.
What do you think's the most interesting one?
That's lovely, and that one?
That's a scruffy, old one I thought I might throw away!
This is actually the oldest thing on the table.
-Oh, is it?
-Right. What date's that?
It's a pair-cased silver watch.
Pair-cased, cos it's got a pair, P-AIR, of cases.
The outer case for protection...
Oh, and that's lovely.
When you would have a watch serviced,
by a jeweller,
they would do a little bit of advertising
and they would sometimes put in a watch paper.
There are several in there, I think.
"J Farrer, Watch and Clock Maker, Doncaster."
We will have the date
when it was done.
So we know it's at least as old as 1840
but, if we open this case up...
-Have you ever had it open?
-There you go.
They're miniature masterpieces,
-and you'd never see it unless you opened it to look at the movement.
It defeats me, cos look at the outer case.
-Plain as a pipe staff.
Then we have this gold one.
This is 18-carat gold.
We have the date letter there for 1829.
So it's still a George IV watch.
-There are certain things about this movement
-that I can readily see are unusual.
The way this is driven -
we have this subsidiary little wheel here, and this bracing.
It's not a typical movement.
Which, to my mind, is a little bit special.
Then, lastly, we've got a bit of gold!
Albert watch chain.
This is, sadly, down to its gold weight, these days.
There's a reasonable sum of money on the table.
What do you think the values are?
-Oh, no idea.
-Have a wild stab in the dark.
150, the lot?
a little bit more.
-My wallet is coming out.
-150 for that one.
-There are condition issues with that,
but it's lovely.
Let's put £100 to £200 on it, with a fixed reserve of £100.
-Which is better than the bin.
Watch chain -
that's going to be about £300 to £500...
-It will probably make the thick end of the 500 on that.
-Put a reserve of 300 on that.
glass-less, boring, plain-movement watch.
£500 to £800 on it.
We'll put a fixed reserve of £500,
-and we'll see where it goes.
-Happy you came?
I'm happy you came! I'm delighted!
It's fantastic - it's made my day, really. Wonderful things.
And that proves you should never throw things away.
Or at least, bring them to a Flog It! valuation day first.
In the garden, Caroline is also saving something
from the rubbish tip and it is a Flog It! favourite.
John, I am shocked to hear what you were just about to do
with this magnificent piece of Cornish studio pottery.
-Well, it was destined for the bin.
Yes, that is where it was going
until someone said to me it was worth a little bit of money.
Well, it is, John. How did you come by it for a start?
At a car-boot sale at Emswell.
I was just looking around for something to stand some flowers in.
And what did you pay for it at the time?
About £10-£15, I can't exactly remember. It was no more than £15.
That is a very, very good buy.
-Do you know anything about Troika pottery?
It was a company set up in the late '60s, in St Ives in Cornwall,
and it is still in existence today, the factory,
although it is making less pieces than it did ten years ago.
-I can imagine.
-You really don't like this, do you?
You really do not like it. So really you are keen to sell it.
Well, it is a wheel vase.
It is a 15 inch one which is good.
It is much bigger than the run of the mill
which are considerably smaller than this.
It's covered in very stylised symbolic features.
If you look at it, there are parts of anatomy.
Various places on the front,
you can see the shape of almost a face and a body.
And they are very often in muted colours,
as this is, the sort of browns, greens, blues and greys.
This is in very good condition.
If we turn it around,
this is beautifully marked
on the bottom, as you can see, Troika,
Cornwall, and the monogram here,
very clearly written AB, which stands for Alison Brigden.
-That's the maker?
-Yes, the designer of this piece.
You might be surprised to know that it does have a pretty good value.
Is it still going to the bin or not?
Well, I would suggest that this, because of its size,
I would suggest it has a value of between £200-£300.
-Are you happy with that?
And if we put a reserve of 200,
perhaps a discretionary reserve, are you OK with that?
-So we shall go ahead and sell it for you.
Yeah, that's absolutely fine.
Michael Baggott is joined by Linda in the back gardens.
-May I open this up?
We have got, that is marvellous, a drawing set. Look at that.
Beautiful ivory rule,
wonderful scales on it,
and we have the maker on it, E Halse & Son of London.
It is very contentious now to sell ivory that was made after 1947.
It is illegal, so we need proof that it's earlier than that.
This is very much the case. We have got the maker's name
that can date it and so this is perfectly legal for us to sell.
This little ebony parallel rule, I don't think is original to this set.
What we would hope to see there is a protractor.
-Oh, I see, yes.
-So that's not there,
but we have most of the other little fittings.
-Are you a collector of scientific instruments, Linda?
I am a collector of older things and about 25 years ago,
an old gentleman gave me this, who knew that I was collecting things
to go in a cottage which I had purchased,
which was built in about 1845.
It's actually not...1845 in date.
-That's a bit of a blow, isn't it?
It's a bit earlier, so that is all right! But they can be dated
from the middle of the 18th century up to about 1820, 1830.
I think this one, from the style of the instruments,
probably falls in at about 1790 to about 1800.
Oh, gosh, that's interesting. Thank you.
It is a lovely set.
It is incomplete and there is slight damage to the box.
In these instances we can't really value it as a complete set.
We have to look at the individual items
-and assess a value that way.
-I think we would put this at £100-£150.
And we'll put a fixed reserve of £100 on it.
If it does well, what do you plan to spend the money on?
Well, I am quite a keen walker
so I think I will put that towards some walking in the Lake District.
That is marvellous.
-I'm set to go trekking to Everest base camp in October.
So I need to get some practice in.
So we will be sending you up and round the mountain.
-When she comes! Thank you very, indeed, Linda.
And let's hope we can get Linda enough money to take to the hills.
Right now it's time to say goodbye to Normandy Hall,
our magnificent host location,
as we head off to auction for the very last time.
And here's a quick recap of what's going under the hammer.
There is a high estimate on Jan and Joe's pocket watches and chain.
Only time will tell if the saleroom agrees.
Will the Troika that was heading for the bin make John a tidy profit?
And will the scientific instruments help get Linda to Everest base camp?
Let's find out.
Well, the auction room in Lincoln is still bustling,
which is always a good sign for our items,
and my favourite item is up first, the scientific instruments.
We should get this away. We keep saying on the show,
quality always sells, we'll put it to the test right now,
it is going under the hammer here in Lincoln. Good luck.
Start me at £100. 100, 100? 80 to go then. 80? 50 if you like.
50 if you like, anybody. £50 bid. At 50, bid five. 55. 65, 70.
A bid from France. At 75 bid.
At 75, at 80...
-That's interesting, wasn't it, a bid from France on the internet.
Surely you are going to come back.
At 75 bid, at 80 now do I see? At 80 now.
85, 90, 95, 100.
100 surely, sir? At 95 bid. At 95 bid.
-He's hoping for some more.
-98 if it'll help you. At 95 bid.
98 now, do I see?
At 95 bid, are we all done? So near, yet so far.
At 95 bid, are we all done? 95, last call, then. 98 bid, do I see?
98, and £100 bid. At 100, 110 now, do I see? At 100.
-I would have been amazed if it hadn't sold.
-At £100, any more bids?
The hammer's gone down. Did it!
Just, though, wasn't it?
Excellent, really pleased about that.
-A bit of money towards the trip.
-Thank you, Michael.
-It's a pleasure.
A great result for Linda, that was a quality item.
Let's hope someone likes John's Troika vase
a little bit more than he does.
A wonderful wheel vase.
And I know you do not like Troika, you do not like this vase.
A lot of people out there don't like it. I love it. I come from Troika.
I've been flagging it up for years and years and years.
And I have had the pleasure of meeting Benny Sirota,
-one of the original three designers who formed Troika.
-Oh, right, yeah.
I'm a very privileged young man.
I like this kind of thing, I really do.
It sums up the texture of Cornwall.
-Let's hope it does well for you, John!
-It's a good size.
-Let's put it to the test.
Here we go, it's going under the hammer now.
Good luck, everyone, this is it.
Always very popular when it comes under the hammer.
Who is going to start at 300? £300.
2 to go then, surely, 200, do you have for me now? 200 straight in.
£200 bid. 220, 240, 260,
280, 280, 300, 320, 340.
At 320, 340 anywhere else? Surely 40? At 320 the bid is nearby.
At 320 bid, at 40 for my last call. No? At £320 then.
-340, is that a bid?
-No. I thought I'd better ask.
Selling then at £320.
-Sold at £320. Well done!
Just over the top end of the estimate. How about that?
-What are you going to do with that?
-Put it towards a holiday.
Put it towards a holiday, treat yourself.
-When are we going?
-There we go!
£320, that's not bad for a £15 investment,
and it just proves how subjective art is.
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
And speaking of treasure,
it's the gold and silver watches and chain, up next.
We've got the gold watch. We have the gold chain
and the silver watch.
Played around with the 18 carat gold watch after we saw it,
because initially I thought I had dated it incorrectly,
but I found that I had actually been right in the first place.
But what we have done is just put the reserve down a little bit
to £400 which I know you have spoken to the auctioneer about
-and you are happy with.
But I still think it'll make what it's going to make on the day.
Here's the first lot going under the hammer.
We are looking at £500-£800 for the gold watch.
Who is going to start me at 500?
Start me at 4 to go then, surely.
£400. 300 if we have to. 300 anybody?
300 bid, thank you.
-He's going cautiously.
-320 now, surely, 320,
340, I've got. 340, 360, 380.
-Oh, the penny has dropped.
-Here we go.
At 400 bid, 420 surely, 420 if you like, sir?
No, at 400, my bid is at the door. At £400 we are on the market.
At 400, is anybody else going to join in?
-Last call, done and finished then, selling at £400.
-Well, it's £400, sold on the reserve.
OK, we are looking at 3 to 5 for the gold chain.
Who is going to start me at 300 for this? £300 bid. 320, surely?
At £300 bid, 320 anywhere else now? At 320, I make it. 320, 340.
-Straight in there.
-380, 400, and 20 now. 420?
They will have all worked it out with a calculator, the price today.
-480, 500. At 500.
-I didn't expect it to go for so much though.
520, 540, 560, 570.
580. No? At 570 bid.
At 570, on the market and selling at £570.
-Bang, the hammer's gone down.
-That is brilliant.
Just the silver watch to go now.
Here we are, good luck, this is our last lot.
The Verge pocket watch, this time, start me at 100, 80?
At £80 bid, at 85, at 85 bid, at 90, do I see now? At 90, £90 bid.
Five then surely? Going, all done and finished at 95.
Surely a fraction more, 100, £100 bid. At 100 and 110 now.
There's always a watch collector in a sale.
Always someone who likes to tinker with the movement.
Are you going to come again now?
At £100, it is your last chance, it is going to sell.
Time is up.
Yes, the hammer's gone down, £100!
You've done really well, haven't you? I think that's £1,070 in total.
-Are you saving up?
We are going on a cruise, hopefully.
And then we are making a donation as well to Blind Veterans UK.
Our son lost his sight some time ago
and because he was an ex-service man,
they have done an awful lot to help him live independently.
-It is brilliant.
-Good, a very good cause.
Well, all the better then, all the better.
A brilliant result for Jan and Joe and that's it for today's show.
And as our experts have found out,
it is not easy putting a value on an antique.
That's why these places are such good fun, so join us next time.
But for now, from Lincoln, it is goodbye.
Flog It! comes from Normanby Hall, a traditional English country house in north Lincolnshire.
Paul Martin is joined by experts Michael Baggott and Caroline Hawley. The team choose a selection of antiques to go to auction. Michael Baggott discovers a pair of pistols that cause quite a stir at the valuation day, but how will they fare in the saleroom?