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Our valuation day venue is home to some of Britain's finest
With 50 acres of landscape gardens spanning 200 years in their design,
a 1,000-acre deer park and a rare breeds farm,
it's certainly a sight to behold.
This is Tatton Park. Welcome to Flog It!
For over 300 years, Tatton Park was owned by the Egerton family.
But in 1958, it was donated to the National Trust for our enjoyment.
And we're certainly enjoying the stunning views and fresh air today.
Today's Flog It! comes from one
of the most complete historic estates in Britain.
Nestled in the Cheshire countryside,
Tatton Park has been home to farming ever since the Bronze Age.
But today, it's home to a whole host of people who have brought along
their unwanted antiques and collectables for our experts to value.
And, of course, there's one question on everybody's lips, which is...
THEY SHOUT: What's it worth?
And if they're happy with that valuation, what are you going to do?
And on the lookout for us today are three trusty experts.
We've got hawk-eyed Mark Stacey...
Don't look so surprised. I haven't scared you that much, surely?
..Anita Manning is on the prowl, as ever...
Is he your grandad? He's quite a good-looking bloke, isn't he?
..and seeing as we've got such a lot to get
through at Tatton, David Fletcher is lending a helping hand.
You hold that.
It's always a bit dangerous trying to hold two things at the same time.
With the history here at Tatton Park spanning
the ages of the Stone Age right through to the present day, I think
it's about time we started looking for a few historic gems of our own.
And it looks like Mark Stacey has something rather special in the mix.
Carol, we're in the most wonderful setting.
I feel I've been transported back to the jazz age, 1920s. Absolutely.
It's wonderful, isn't it?
Tell me, where did you get this cocktail shaker from?
Well, I bought it about 30 years ago at a local auction house.
It was part of a job lot of various nice '20s cocktail glasses
and some crystal.
But it was that that caught my eye and I just liked it.
I've never used it, really.
Well, we don't, sadly, live that sort of lifestyle any more, do we?
It dates from the 1930s, and it's got this,
what looks like an ivory body, but it's actually a form of Bakelite.
Yeah, I thought so.
And they made them, funnily enough, in a range of colours.
And I like the fact that, in the front here, you can
create your own cocktail.
You've got the various names of the cocktail,
And you do that by turning that.
And, of course, when you take this out,
that's where you put the measurements in,
and it's got one gin in there.
And can you remember how much you paid for it?
About ?25. Well, that was quite a lot of money 30 years ago. Possibly.
Obviously somebody wanted it. Mm.
What would you like to get for it, do you think?
I think...?50 would be... It doesn't sound a lot of money, does it, ?50?
I think, sensibly, we should pitch it at around 40-60. OK.
So it sort of straddles your hope.
And if we put a reserve of ?40 on it, fixed.
Cos it'd be a shame to let it go for ?20. Yes, I wouldn't want it to.
No, no. I mean, we'd hate that to happen.
What would you do with the money? Well, I know I'm having a pamper day.
A pamper day? Ooh.
Now tell me about this pamper day.
Gosh, we'd better get you a lot of money then. Hopefully.
Will you have a cocktail while you're being pampered?
I think I will. Well, I think that's very fitting, isn't it?
Steady on, Mark. It's still early in the morning.
Now Anita is enjoying the scenery too.
And they have just found the ideal accessory
to go with Mark's cocktail shaker.
This is a lovely wee watch. It's a cocktail watch.
Swiss make - Certina.
And it's in 18-carat white gold with diamonds round the bezel.
Tell me, where did you get it?
It has been handed down to me. It's in my family.
Have you worn it at all? I've worn it once or twice but hardly.
Are you telling me that you don't go to cocktail parties?
It's from the 1970s, '80s, and it definitely has that
'70s look about it, which is maybe not to today's taste in jewellery.
One of the most important
things about it is the fact that it is 18-carat gold, and
which is the mark or the proportion for 18-carat gold.
It's had a little knock and that makes a wee bit of difference. Ah.
Myra, do you have an idea of value? Yes, I believe...
A friend of a friend actually thought it was probably worth about 500.
Mm-hmm. Maybe a little bit more.
Myra, I would estimate this in the region of ?400-?600.
And with reserve, I would advise ?400. Are you happy with that?
No, I would happier with a reserve of ?500.
?500. In the end, Myra, you have to be happy with the result.
I feel that estimating low sometimes invites the bidding
and it doesn't mean that it's going to stop at that, it can go on.
But let's put it in with an estimate of 500-700 and a reserve of 500.
Would you be happy with that? I'd be very happy with that.
Right, let's go for it. Let's put it to auction and see what happens.
Absolutely. Thank you.
And one of Flog It's best friends, David Fletcher,
has been enjoying the gardens here at Tatton
and has found something rather dazzling from the East.
Heather, we've come to this amazing Japanese garden
here at Tatton Park because it is just the right setting
in which to discuss this lovely brooch you've brought in with you.
We can see here three figures,
one of whom is being carried in this sedan chair.
I think she's obviously really quite a wealthy lady
and these gentlemen at either end are her servants, presumably.
And she has been brought, for a bit of fresh air,
into a garden almost identical to the garden we find ourselves in now.
It's worked in various metals.
The background is a base metal.
But, and this is the most important part about it, you find
that the decoration on top of that base metal is in precious metals.
So we've got gold - not a huge amount of gold -
some silver and a little bit of copper and brass as well,
just to give the thing a bit of depth.
The person that made this would probably have trained as a man
who decorated Japanese arms and armour
in the 1870s and 1880s.
But by the time this came to be made, fortunately, at least
for the time being, the market for arms and armour had vanished.
So they turned their skills to other media
and manufactured brooches just like this.
And this would have been made for export.
A Japanese lady would never have worn a brooch like this.
It was made for Europe.
So that's a little bit of background.
I think it's absolutely charming.
Because I can't say to you it's made of solid gold, and equally, it's
not set with precious stones, we're not talking fine jewellery money.
But nevertheless, I think this will probably make between ?60 and ?100.
Really? Yeah. Gosh.
I would be inclined to put a covering reserve of ?50 on it.
Ideal. Good. Well, enjoy spending the money.
I'm really thrilled that you brought it in, and I'm really,
really chuffed that we can discuss it in this fabulous setting.
Thank you very much, Helen. Thank you.
So here we are at the sale room,
where Flog It! auctioneer Adam Partridge
and his right-hand man, Nick Bray,
are already getting excited
about that Art Deco cocktail shaker.
This is really, really smart. Do you like it?
There's been quite a few telephone enquiries about it already and the
questions that they're asking are, "What are the cocktails?" Are they?
So I don't know whether there are different cocktails
that they have on each sort of spinner.
Cos you've got Manhattan, Orange Blossom, Sidecar, Whisky Sour Bronx,
Clover Club, Dry Martini and Tom Collins.
Now then, this has got an estimate of ?40-?60.
That seems really, really buyable for a good Deco cocktail shaker.
It's very, very commercial at the moment, this look.
Definitely. I think we've already got a few interested on the books
already with it. So I think... I think we're away.
I'd like to own it for 40-60. Yeah, I wouldn't mind as well.
But I think it's going to be closer to 200 or ?300. Really? Yeah.
OK. I was going to say 150 but, yeah, you could be right.
I certainly think it's going to stir a few bidders
and leave our owner today shaken.
I like it.
Ha-ha, very good, Adam. I think the drinks are on you.
Well, it look like we've got a busy day on our hands today, doesn't it?
A room packed full of bidders,
some wonderful antiques up for grabs here.
All the ingredients of a classic auction, so don't go away.
Let's hope our sellers go home with some fabulous results.
And there's only one way to find out.
Let's put those valuations to the test.
Right now, a touch of the Orient comes to Liverpool
in the form of a Japanese brooch belonging to Heather.
Hi there. And who have you brought along with you?
I've brought Jenny, my friend. Hello. Jenny, hello there.
Do you like this brooch?
I love it. The quality is phenomenal, really.
And there's a lot going on in a very small space.
The Japanese have always been very good at working in miniature. Mm.
It's a little bit different, isn't it? Yeah.
But we don't want miniature right now, we want a big figure for this.
We do. We do. We want lots of money.
Let's find out what the bidders think.
It's going under the hammer right now.
Next up, 536, is a Japanese Meiji period,
three-coloured bronze brooch there.
A lovely little brooch, and I' bid 60 already, I'll take five.
Five. 70. Five. 80.
Five. 90. Five.
100. And ten. 120.
In the room, 120.
I'll take 130.
At ?120, are you all done now?
Selling in the room at 120.
It's gone. That's good, isn't it? ?120. Well done.
Pleased with that? Oh, yes, very pleased.
It's a great little thing. You have to go out and celebrate now.
Yeah, we will. We've already had lunch. A girls' day out.
This is lunch out, visit the auction room in the afternoon, have a
bit of fun and go home with some money.
We'll be able to have an ice cream.
I'd have a gin and tonic. Oh, yes, yes. Even better.
Well, the ladies were happy with that result.
But will Myra's cocktail watch create such a stir?
Coming up right now, we've got the white gold cocktail watch
belonging to Myra, just about to go under the hammer.
Now, this has been in the family for a few years, hasn't it? Yes.
Do you have any daughters at all? I do.
Are they not thinking about inheriting this?
No, no, they're not really into jewellery that much.
Did you ever wear it?
Occasionally. Not all the time. But it does work and it keeps good time?
Oh, yes, it does.
We're going to put it to the test right now. Here we go.
Next lot, 636, is a very nice
ladies' 18-carat white gold cocktail watch.
Start me at ?500.
500? Very elegant 18-carat watch. Three bid. And 300 I have.
At 300, take 20 next. 20.
340. 360. 380.
400 then. At ?400. 20.
420 I have. 440. 440, 460.
All done... 80. 500.
520? ?500, bang on 500, here we are.
Sold it, ?500.
Just right on that reserve.
We got it just absolutely right there, didn't we?
Absolutely, very good. Excellent. Well done.
And the cocktail party continues
with Carol's Art Deco shaker up next.
Carol, your 1930s cocktail shaker.
It's a looker and that attracted you, didn't it? It did.
How many years ago? 30 years ago.
or just admiring it? Probably.
What was your favourite one? Well, anything with gin in.
That's quite safe, actually, isn't it? It's drinkable.
Cos I don't like mixing my drinks. Oh, no. No, no.
Gin and tonic for me, really. It's a bit boring but it's refreshing.
What about you?
Oh, anything with alcohol in it. Anything goes.
Anything with alcohol. Hey, you are our Art Deco king.
You're our 20th century modern man
and I'm not surprised you focused on this. Well, it ticks all my boxes.
It's Art Deco, it's stylish and it's to do with cocktails.
There you go, it's the Art Deco cocktail shaker,
and I've got six bids.
Ooh. There you go.
Shall we make it exciting or should we start straight in at 300?
310, 320. 320, see? 320?
At 320. At ?340.
I don't believe this!
Are you all done at 340?
Brilliant. How about that? Brilliant.
Yeah, it was worth every penny of that, wasn't it? What can you say?
What can you say? That was a big cocktail. It was.
I thought you were going to say, "That was a big cock-up!"
Paul, please. I never make a cock-up.
another small fortune in a few years' time. Well, I'm going to...
Probably will now. I was going to have a pamper day
but I think might be seeing a bit more now.
Yeah, pamper yourself buying antiques.
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Next up, Anita is sitting pretty.
Mike and Jean, aren't we the luckiest people in the world to be
sitting in this wonderful Italian garden, looking down over
the lake, past the rhododendrons?
They're beautiful. It's absolutely exquisite.
I love this vase. Do you have any idea why I love it?
Would it be Scottish, do you think?
You're absolutely right, you're absolutely right.
This is a piece of Monart glass.
Now, Monart is an interesting name.
It's a combination of the people who were
involved in the production of this glass in the 1920s and the 1930s.
There was a firm in Scotland that made laboratory glass and it was
called the North British Glassworks and run by a chap called Moncrieff.
At that time, he brought over a Spanish family from Barcelona
to help with the production of this laboratory glass.
They were artistic, they were fiery,
they had worked in the wonderful glassworks of France and Germany.
And they brought their skills to Scotland
and they started to make this type of colourful and beautiful glass.
Mr Moncrieff's wife was an artistic woman
and she could see the beauty of the glass that they were making
and he could see the commercial possibilities of it.
So they developed Monart glass.
Their name was Ysart and that's the...
The name Monart comes from a combination of Moncrieff and Ysart.
And I see it as a combination of Scotland and Spain.
This is a green one here, as we can see.
But in the green, we have these wonderful gold flecks,
and this is called aventurine.
So we have the sort of coolness of Scotland and the fire of Spain.
To be honest with you, we've never noticed the gold flecks in it.
It's been in a dark room, it was a green, boring vase.
And we thought, "It's got some age to it, let's take it to Flog It!"
Do you like it any better now? Oh, yes.
With the light on it, yes, certainly. We could spotlight it.
Have I talked this little vase up so much that you're going to be
expecting in the region of four figures?
Well, a cruise sounds quite...exquisite.
This is a modest little vase. Beautiful but modest.
I would put an auction estimate of ?60-?80
and I would recommend a reserve of ?50.
Would you be happy with that? That sounds fine.
I'm hoping that our Cheshire crowd will like it as much
as our Scottish crowd might.
So thank you so much for bringing it along.
Thank you very much. Thank you for you time.
Next up, it looks like Mark Stacey is getting
dressed for success.
Marion, what on earth have you brought in to show us?
Well, Mark, I have brought a magnificent Victorian shawl or cape.
It would have been made around 1880s. All handmade lace.
And, as you can see, it's absolutely vast,
and it would have needed to have been
because it would have needed to go round a magnificently huge dress.
And I presume, as it's black, it's a mourning cape.
I would have thought a mourning cape, yes.
And the Victorians, of course, went into mourning after 1860
when Prince Albert died.
And Queen Victoria actually remained in mourning the rest of her life.
And you've brought it in to sell. I have, yes.
You've been collecting for 30 years, you've got a bit of knowledge.
Tell me how much it's worth.
Well, I think it varies. It depends, really, where it's sold.
If the collectors get to have a look at it, I think
it could do quite well.
But minimum, really, I think about ?50.
But it could even get up to a couple of hundred.
I've had a little word with one of my colleagues who's a little
bit more in tune with these items than I am.
And they think around about ?70-?90.
So that fits in with your feeling of a minimum of 50.
So shall we try it at that, ?70-?90?
We'll put a reserve. What would you be happy with a reserve?
?40? Well, let's say 50, shall we?
Oh, go on. That was your original figure. Let's go for 50.
Let's push that boat out, all right?
So if it doesn't sell for that, you can take it home
and keep it in your collection.
Are you excited? I'm very excited. Me too, I know,
cos I've never sold one of these before. Oh, right.
So I'm just waiting for the people of Cheshire to
rush into the sale and buy it. So it'll be a first.
I'm a cape virgin. Oh, wow.
Anita has found something very dapper.
Tell me about them.
I bought them for my husband for a special anniversary.
Probably in the '80s some time.
Were you madly in love with him at the time? Oh, I think so.
Are you still madly in love with him? LAUGHING: Yes.
These are gorgeous.
Why are you selling them if you bought them for your husband?
Yes, because he doesn't wear them and they're in the drawer
and it's such a waste and they're very pretty.
I'm sure someone would love them.
Do you know, men are very difficult to buy presents for. Yes, they are.
What do you buy a guy?
Well, yes, but I mean, these... It's such a pity, isn't it?
You buy something like this and then they're not appreciated. I know.
Maybe if we sell these, you can
use the money to buy something for yourself this time. Yes.
Now, they are 18-carat gold, so they're high carat,
so you bought him the best. Yes.
We have this we have this lovely central panel of lapis lazuli,
which is a wonderful exotic stone. Really nice.
And each of them is set off with two little diamonds on each side.
So what we've got is high carat gold, a beautiful stone
and lovely diamonds.
So I like these very, very, very, very much.
And if I had some lovely chap that wore cufflinks,
I would buy them as a present as well.
But I haven't, so I won't bother.
Now, price on them. Did you spend a lot of money on them?
Erm...a few hundred.
But you bought them retail, probably,
in a very prestigious jewellers.
So you would have bought them at the top price. Yes.
I would put a value on these of 250-350. Yes.
Would you be happy to put them into auction at that price?
Oh, yes, I would. Yeah? Yes.
We'll put a reserve on the bottom estimate, if that's fine with you.
You might, at the auction, see something that YOU fancy.
Yes, absolutely. Yes.
Well, thank you again for bringing them along
and I'll see you at the auction.
OK, thank you, Anita. Thank you very much.
Well, we're literally suited and booted with our final three items,
so let's get this fashion show on the road.
Coming up right now, we've got some vintage clothing.
In fact, it's Victorian, a shawl.
And I have to say, Marion,
you're the perfect person to display vintage clothing, aren't you?
I love what you're wearing. Thank you. Is this 1960s or '50s?
You're a big collector of vintage clothing, aren't you?
Yes, I've got a lot of wardrobes full of the stuff.
What do you do for a living? I'm an occupational therapist with the NHS.
Are you really? Right, OK.
But one day... You know what happens to collectors
when they get so much stuff?
They become dealers, don't they? They do.
That's a natural progression.
You have a passion, you collect all of your life, you have a lot of it.
So then you start to do fairs.
Good luck. And hopefully, we'll get this away.
Here we go, it's going under the hammer now. Thank you.
Lot 211. It's on your screen there
with the intricate floral design.
Lot 211 - Victorian black lace shawl.
What about ?70 the shawl? 70?
50 then, 50?
?50 the shawl. I see 50.
Oh, dear. Doesn't look good at the moment, does it?
Is that it?
It didn't go. I don't mind, I'm happy to keep it.
and you might want to start trading at a few fairs, sell it
Well, I'll enjoy looking at it. Not only that.
Marion is the most fabulous advert for her own stall
or market stand or shop.
Look, you can wear what you're selling.
Well, Marion's going home without a sale but with a smile on her face.
You just never know what's going to happen at auction.
Up next, Anita's favourite Monart vase.
Going under the hammer right now,
and I know you have a little passion for Monart glass.
Lovely Scottish glass. You gravitate towards it everywhere we go.
Well, it's beautiful, it's fine and it's colourful, which I love.
So, Jean and Mike, you're downsizing. We are indeed.
So I gather that's why you're selling. Yes.
Is it not going to suit... We have got no room for it. Really?
We've got so much. And how's the renovation going on the...
The builders still there? Still there.
We can see a little chink of daylight but not a lot yet.
Cos it was bad. You had to move into a caravan. We did.
There's nothing worse than builders in your house.
You probably like a load of builders in your house!
Depends on how good-looking they are. Some of them were.
On to 393, which is a Monart green, yellow and gold fleck vase there.
Lovely piece of Scottish glass... Gold and green work well together.
SCOTTISH ACCENT: ?30 is bid.
40 bid. Five. 50. 50 bid.
SCOTTISH ACCENT: At ?50.
At ?50. Five. 60.
55 only. At ?55.
At 55, are you all done at ?55, then?
Oh, well, it's gone. That's the start of some decluttering.
I liked Adam's Scottish accent. Oh, poonds.
Job done, I say. Job done.
Next up, we've got something for the gentlemen,
a pair of diamond cufflinks.
They belong to Margot right now, well, your husband.
This is your daughter. Hello, pleased to meet you.
What's your name? Rebecca. Rebecca, right, OK.
?250-?350. Yes. And he doesn't wear them? No.
Doesn't want to show them off? No. Why's that, just doesn't like them?
No. They are, they are... I mean, they'd suit me rather than these.
They'd suit you better than those ones. Are they a fiver?
A fiver, they were a fiver. Look, they're bits of, sort of, elastic.
I mean... There you go, look.
You need some new ones, Paul.
They're really difficult to put on by yourself. Thank you. Wardrobe!
A woman of many talents.
The room's packed full of guys that could do with
a pair of diamond cufflinks, so let's put them to the test.
Here we go. They're going under the hammer now.
620 is a pair of 18-carat gold lapis lazuli and diamond cufflinks.
Start me 250 on the cufflinks. 250.
200 then, surely? 200. Oh, straight in at 200.
Where's the ten? At 210.
240. Any more? 250. Bid, 260.
At 260. At 270, 280.
Bid 280. At 280.
At 280 and 290.
300. 300's bid.
At ?300. At 320.
340, no. 320's online.
At 320. It's 340 in the corner. 360.
Are you done at ?440?
Yes, the hammer's gone down. Good result. Isn't that wonderful?
And as you bought them, do you get the money back?
LAUGHING: I don't know.
I think I'll treat him to something.
Not another pair of cufflinks, though. No, Paul.
Well, I think Margot's off to treat herself to a bit of jewellery.
Well, that's it. It's all over.
Another jam-packed day in a sale room for our Flog It! owners.
And I must say, we've had one or two surprises there,
which I'm really pleased about, and everybody has gone home happy.
Not everything sold but maybe they weren't supposed to sell.
There's always another day in an auction room.
And I hope you can join us as well.
Until then, from Liverpool, it's goodbye.
You look lovely, Mum. Go on, do a twirl.
Ooh, cake! Mm. Oh, it looks great.
Yeah, I made it myself.
You got fat! Thanks, Maureen.