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Today, Flog It! is in Tyneside,
an area steeped in shipbuilding heritage.
The larger-than-life vessels built on this river
have defined the landscape and left a legacy for generations.
It's hard to overemphasise the impact the shipbuilding industry
has had on the people of Tyneside.
For centuries, the majority of men in this area
either worked in the district's numerous coalmines
or in shipbuilding,
driving forward incredible innovations
now part of our nautical history.
This is the first ever steam turbine powered ship.
Around the time of its launch in 1894,
it was easily the fastest ship in the world.
The Turbinia is a wonderful example of the shipping heritage
that's housed here at Newcastle's Science And Local History Museum.
And today it's the host venue for our valuations.
The people of Tyneside are arriving in their droves.
-Oh, look, a bit of maritime memorabilia. What's this?
Oh, look at this!
We shall be talking about that ship later on in the programme.
And to carry out today's valuations,
we have the antique elite reporting for duty.
Always with a keen eye for detail, Anita Manning.
Oh, it's great fun, isn't it? Great fun!
And he might like a joke,
but Adam Partridge seriously knows his stuff.
-How much do think it's worth?
-It's going to be priceless!
They're a lively bunch here today!
Let's hope today's valuations are as entertaining.
In today's show, Anita meets her match,
when a legendary billiards champion challenges her to a game.
-You can give me a few tips.
-It would be wonderful to get you in action!
A lot of men have said that!
-Thanks for coming along.
And Adam is in heaven when he meets a fellow boxing fan
with a signed copy of Muhammad Ali's autobiography.
Let's not forget, this is the century's greatest sportsman,
some people say.
The people of Tyneside have turned out in force today
to get their antiques and collectables valued.
This wonderful space is just one of the rooms used
by the Co-operative workers, who were based here
between 1899 and 1972, when this place
was used as a distribution headquarters
for all the shops in the local area.
So we've got the lights,
we got the cameras and the people of Tyneside have brought the action.
The great thing about a Flog It! valuation day is you never know
what you're going to find.
Somewhere amongst this massive crowd is a little treasure,
and hopefully we can make some history of our very own
right here, right now, on Flog It!
Let's hand things over to Anita Manning. Could this be the item?
Now, Alf, I know I have the privilege
at this moment of being sitting next to a legend.
But I want you to tell me first of all, Alf,
where you got these napkin rings.
I was English billiards champion and they asked me to play in
the world championship. I was booked in at Karachi to play an exhibition.
I made the highest break that had been made in Karachi - 319.
-So this was a little gift?
-I wonder what they're worth.
They've never been touched. I'm not going to put these on my table!
I'm not that - what do they call it? - aristocracy!
They'd go well on the table at Buckingham Palace
or the Duke of Northumberland's.
But not on Alf's table!
Not on my table! LAUGHTER
But there are quite a nice present.
Could you tell me when that match was? When you were in Karachi.
-Yes, it would be 1964.
-1964. Let's look at it.
It's a nice little box and I quite like the label, which says
"Kashmir Silver Works," and it's from Karachi, the main city there.
And if we take one of them out...
They are what I would call white metal.
White metal, is it?
They could be a low-grade silver.
Very often in the Indian subcontinent,
-you had silver which was of a lower grade.
-A lower quality.
So they can be that.
And they are quite nice things, and if you had a title,
there's a little cartouche where you could have put your initials.
-They could have put "Alf the Champion."
Have you retired now, Alf?
I've retired competitively, but I still go and practise.
And once I get to a billiard table -
not many people will think of this - I'm in heaven!
You can forget about all the other heavens,
that billiard table is heaven to me.
And this is you as a...?
That is me in London in 1955.
That's the Northumberland and Durham Snooker champion.
-But I'm mainly a 3-ball...
-You were quite good-looking guy.
You still are!
Now, Alf, tell me - why do you want to sell
these things, if they are part of your career in playing
-billiards and snooker?
-Well, to me they're inconsequential.
As soon as I die, they're in the recycling, or wherever.
-It's of no consequence.
-It's only a...an object.
You have your photographs and you have your memories of Karachi.
So shall we put these into auction?
-Put them in and see...
-Property of a gentleman.
-They're not worth a lot of money, Alf.
But if we put them in, maybe, er...
£50 to £70, something like that.
That... That is a...terrific amount of money.
I started work
44 hours a week in the rag trade
-for one pound.
We'll put them in...
We'll maybe put a reserve of, say, 35 on them.
-I'm sure they will do that.
But maybe if we do well with these,
we can have a game of billiards afterwards,
and you can give me a few tips.
It'd be wonderful to get you in action.
A lot of men have said that.
Thanks for coming along.
What a really interesting man!
You never know what or who is going to turn up on evaluation day.
Now, over to Adam Partridge.
-Do take a card.
Thanks. Any card?
It was a good way of illustrating what this object is.
A ivory card case.
So, where did you get from?
I don't know. It's always been in... in the family.
It's just always been there?
It's not inherited from someone or...
-I don't which side of the family, but it's a family thing.
And, of course, our first concern with anything ivory -
is it old enough?
Instantly, the answer's yes with this.
The date line is 1947.
If there's any doubt, it should not be sold.
But this is late...right at the end of the 19th century.
-From Canton. Canton in China.
Its name is Canton export ivory,
because there are a lot of these about.
And they were made for the Western market, for cards,
and shipped it to Europe.
And they are all a similar type of style.
Heavily carved, intricately carved, on both sides and, erm...
There's been a resurgence in the Chinese market.
Most of these are being bought by Chinese people...
erm...interested in their history and heritage, et cetera.
So, in the last couple of years I have noticed some pretty
strong prices for ivory card cases.
Why are you selling it?
Well, basic decluttering.
Got lots of stuff that, yeah, time to go.
-No sentiment attached.
-Get it sold.
-Let's get it and flog it!
Now, there's been a bit of a conflict of opinion
between me and my off-screen consultant valuers
who think I am rather too keen on it,
but my estimate is higher than theirs.
-Do you have any idea on what it's worth?
I am going to suggest 300 to 500.
-Which is a pleasant surprise, isn't it?
And I think you should make that.
The only things that draw me back a little but,
which was pointed out by one of the other valuers,
is a little bit of damage.
-Just a very small bit of a crack on the top there.
I really don't think that matters that much.
And I think it's a pretty good example.
Well we'll take it to auction and see what happens.
I'm really looking forward to it.
Because my feeling is that it might make a bit more.
-Thank you very much.
-That's a pleasure. Lovely thing.
And from an antique with minute detail,
to something on a slightly larger scale.
The museum has a wonderful maritime collection
and here with me now is curator Ian Whitehead to talk through something
which looks like it's from the vibrant 1970s -
something I'm familiar with, these colour schemes!
Yes. It is very much of that period.
It is from the 1973 cruise ship Vistafjord.
-These were the original swatches for this vessel.
-The original swatches.
The interior designers would have worked from these.
Chosen colours from the layout,
-obviously, with the client, said, "Yes, let's go for that."
And I'm not big on cruise ships,
but if I had to go on a cruise right now,
if I could be in some kind of boutique set-up like that
surrounded by colour like this,
I'd be a happy bunny.
Well, the ship is still running as Saga Ruby.
She's 40 years old.
Does it have a colour scheme like this?
Eh, I doubt it, she's been majorly refitted three times.
1973, last cruise ship built on the Tyne.
She was a very high-quality ship that came out of the
Neptune Shipyard of Swan Hunter. Great testament to the work of...
-..the workers there.
-This is the golden era, isn't it?
This is what Great British engineering was all about.
-Superb lines on a superb vessel.
-Thank you so much for showing me this.
-It's been a pleasure.
And later on in the programme I'll be visiting the yard
where the Vistafjord was built
and finding out more about the last shipbuilders on the Tyne.
But right now, it's time to join Anita on our
final valuation before our first visit to the auction house.
Jenny, welcome to Flog It! It's exciting with all this stuff
-going on round about, isn't it?
You've brought us a wee couple of scamps along today to look at.
So tell me a wee bit about them, tell me where you got them.
Well, in 1947, my husband, he was 16,
befriended a German prisoner of war.
The camp was fairly open, you know,
they used to work in the fields, agriculture,
so they became friends of the family,
and the family always kept in touch long after the war,
and long after George - that was his name - went back to Germany.
Did you ever visit him in Germany?
Yes, we visited several times, him and his wife Carla.
One of the times they gave us these two figures, Max and Moritz.
-Had you admired them?
-No, I'd never heard of them, I'd never seen them.
-Do you like them?
-Not really. They're not really my thing.
They're German characters from a children's book
and they're very well-known to German children.
The first book that come out containing these characters,
by Wilhelm Busch, came out in about 1886,
-so these little figures are from that time...
-..1890 to 1900.
And they were BELOVED of the German children.
This wee guy here is bronze.
He's well cast, he's well modelled and he's sitting on a marble base.
Now, I have looked quite carefully and cannot see any name,
cast mark or anything that gives us
an indication of who did the bronzes.
But what I can say is that they are of quality,
and that makes them interesting.
Price-wise, I would say...
-..in the region of 150 to 250.
-Would you be happy to sell them at that?
-I certainly would.
Have you been dying to get rid of them for years?
Well, no, I hadn't even thought about it, but that's very nice.
What would you do with the money?
Well, my friend who I've come here with today, Di,
we go everywhere together looking at car boots and antique fairs,
so I think we'd have a day out at an antique fair.
Oh, right, and perhaps buy something that you DO like
and that you will fall in love with? Maybe a bit of jewellery.
-That'd be nice.
-Shall we put a reserve on the little figures?
Yes, if you think...
We'll put a reserve of maybe just 130, just to protect them.
I'm sure that they will fly
and that they will be well-fancied by the buyers at the auction.
-Good, I look forward to it.
-Thank you very much for bringing them along.
Well, our experts have been working hard, we're halfway through
our day now, which means it's time for our first trip to the saleroom.
So while we make our way over to the Boldon Auction Galleries,
here's a quick recap, just to jog your memories,
of everything that's coming along with us.
Will Alf's unused silver napkin rings draw in the local nobility?
Let's hope the bidders don't play things too close to their chests
when it comes to Sally's ivory card case.
And loved for years in Germany, will Jenny's playful
Max and Moritz figures
appeal to a buyer today?
For today's auction, we're in East Boldon.
The famous Jarrow March went through this area in 1936,
when protestors took a stand against the extreme poverty
and unemployment suffered in Northeast England
during the Great Depression.
Whether it's boom or bust, the auction house seems to
serve both, and is often a measure of the times.
Let's see what today serves up.
Now, look, that chap's here to buy, he's picked up a bidder's paddle.
In order to buy something, you've got to register your name
and address and identify yourself.
You can pick up a bidder's paddle, then you're free to bid.
Hopefully, he's going to buy some of our lots.
Now, remember, there is commission to pay,
and there is a buyer's premium. Here, it's 17.5% plus VAT,
but it varies from saleroom to saleroom, so check the detail,
it's all printed in the catalogue,
and do your sums, because it does add up.
Right, let's get on with the sale.
At the helm today is auctioneer Giles Hodges.
And the next item to go under the hammer is that set of
silver napkin holders from Pakistan.
And it's a real honour to be standing next to Alfred,
who is - who WAS, I should say - English billiards champion.
-He's got a good tale to tell.
-He's a wonderful storyteller.
-78 years, you've got a lot up there, you know.
-He has got a lot up there.
Our lot is coming up now.
I'm bid 40 to start with. 45, 50, five, 60, five,
70, five, 80...
With me at £80. Anybody else?
85, 90, 95?
Knocks the bid out, at £95, to the room,
at £95, all done, at £95.
-That would be a great break in snooker.
-A poor billiards break, but a great snooker break.
-Do you know where the money's going?
Cos I'm going to double that, it's going to go to
the under-19 boys championship and
the under-16 boys and girls championship
of the English Amateur Billiards Association.
Oh, fantastic. Know what?
What you're doing is helping to encourage
the youngsters to come into the sport,
because without any fresh blood, this sport would not carry on.
'What a great guy!
'Still passionate after all these years,
'and thinking of the players of the future.'
If we play our cards right we could get
the top end of Adam's estimate here.
I love this, absolutely love this Chinese carved ivory...
-It's a good 'un, isn't it?
-Yeah, exquisite detail.
-I mean, it's incredible, where'd you start?
And you've had this knocking around
for a little time now, don't know where it came from.
All my life it's been around, just sort of sitting in a cupboard.
Well, hopefully we should do the top end.
And I think, yeah, I'm going to go for top end estimate.
I'd like to think as well, fingers crossed.
This is where it gets exciting.
The Chinese carved ivory calling card case,
and I'm bid 160 to start me.
160, 170, 180, 190, 200,
220, 240, 260...
-At 260, 280 now...
-Worth a bit more, I think.
80, anybody else?
At £260, are we all done and dusted?
-He's sold, he's sold.
-Reserve was 250.
Well, it's gone, and we're happy.
Yeah, not sitting in a box any more.
-It's gone to somebody that'll enjoy it, hopefully.
-Sure, a collector.
'And it's the specialist collector we need for our next item,
'or perhaps just someone with a playful nature.'
Well, our next lot is bound to put a smile on your face.
Max and Moritz, the German comic figures. Jenny, I love them.
And you can't help but smile, can you?
-And Anita spotted them.
They were absolutely wonderful, they do bring a smile to your face
and I can just imagine them, cheery little figures on the mantelpiece.
Now we're going to put it to the test in the room.
Let's find out what they think, shall we?
Fingers crossed there'll be a couple of phone lines on this.
-Ready for it?
-This is what you've been waiting for.
This is what we've all been waiting for.
Hopefully there'll be a surprise - here we go.
The small pair of bronze figures, Max and Moritz,
little turned marble plinths. I'm bid 100 to start them.
100, 110, 120, 130...
At 130. 140, 150, 160...
In the room, the commission's out,
at 160, it's in the room.
170, no? At £160, all done?
-Yep, yep, they're gone.
-You're happy, aren't you?
Well, the bidders certainly enjoyed that, and I hope you did too.
That concludes our first visit to the saleroom today.
We are coming back here later in the programme.
Now, wherever we are in the country, we're constantly reminded
and surrounded by artefacts from the Northeast shipbuilding heritage,
so while we were here in the area filming, I thought
I'd check out the last shipbuilders on the Tyne.
Magnificent cruise ships,
world famous ocean liners like the Mauretania,
larger than life supertankers, the Ark Royal,
and other naval vessels have all been built on this river.
The Tyne's depth and connection to the North Sea at Tynemouth
makes it the perfect location for shipbuilding.
For 600 years, shipbuilding was the lifeblood of this area.
In fact, the ferry we're on today - the Pride of the Tyne -
was one of the last to be built, in 1993.
For centuries, shipbuilding provided an income
for thousands of families in this area.
Much of the work was contract work,
but there was no shortage of it, so it wasn't surprising that
sons often followed their fathers and grandfathers into the yards.
We met some of the people whose lives
revolved around the shipbuilding industry.
The bit I always loved was the process.
One day there wasn't a ship there,
the next day the shipwrights were there, the keel went down,
the ribs went up, the frames, then the plates went on,
and at the end of the process was something you could be proud of.
It's got nothing to do with egotism, but you can look at something,
and in your small way, there was part of you in that.
The river was home to over 20 shipyards during the
19th and 20th centuries, employing thousands of workers.
There was Readhead's, there was Brigham's,
there was the Middle Docks,
there was Smith's Docks on the other side of the river -
that's where the energy came from.
The activity of all the shipyards, that was the heart, the soul,
the life of the river.
It's impossible to underestimate the impact the shipbuilding industry
had on the people whose livelihoods depended on the Tyne,
and even if one of your relatives didn't work in the industry,
you knew somebody who did.
I can remember my father, who worked on the river in latter days,
he had been at sea for most of his life,
but he worked as a rigger on the river in the 1950s and 1960s,
and if it was very busy
and ships had to be docked or undocked or shifted - which is where
you took a ship out of its tier for another one to move in or
move out - we might not see him for a couple of days at a time.
And then he would come home and sleep the clock around.
And then he would go back and it would start all over again.
Family life was governed in many ways by tides and ships.
At Wallsend you had the great big supertankers,
these huge great supertankers looming over basically a back yard wall.
And I think people had pride in them.
They could see where their husband went. The kids could see it.
"My dad, my dad's working on that."
Even if you couldn't see the ships, the sounds of them
being built echoed up and down the river.
You constantly heard the sound of ships' hooters,
of shot-blasting, of hammering.
It went on all day and all night.
I think the main thing on the river in those days was the buzzer.
Each yard had its buzzer, the buzzer determined
when you started and when you finished.
And I suppose people around that way, they lived their lives to the buzzer.
But time was running out for the industry towards the end
of the 20th century, leaving huge holes
both emotionally and physically.
Everywhere you look along the river bank here you can see
signs of a once thriving shipbuilding industry.
Just here you see this massive concreted area,
that was once Smith's shipyard.
I've come to look at the Tyne's last shipbuilding yard, Swan Hunter.
It was the biggest yard here.
In total, 1,600 ships were built here between 1864 and 1994,
when the last workers left the site.
Now that is what I call a view.
Just look at that - the Tyne in all its magnificent glory.
You can imagine the manager standing up here, can't you?
Sort of saying, "This is our shipbuilding empire."
Not only could they keep an eye on the workforce,
but they could join in the celebrations of the launch days.
They must have been such a wonderful spectacle,
thousands of people here in the docks and on the quayside.
The day a ship was launched, it was a special day.
There seemed to be a buzz went round the yard.
"There's a ship being launched today.
"Join us at the launching platform." There was usually a band there,
all the speeches are made, all the ladies are there
with their fancy hats on.
The final chocks are knocked out.
And sometimes there's a slight pause because the ship hasn't moved,
and there's a sort of, "Ooh..."
Then slowly, off she goes.
And it's graceful.
Not in any hurry, just making her own slow way down into the river.
Everybody's hip-hip-hooraying, "Three cheers for the ship",
and if you're stood in the right place,
as the ship went off into the drophole,
to me in my imagination, the ship looks as though it was curtsying.
And to me, it was magical. The ship looked as though it went...
And there was a space there for the next one.
For the past 20 years, there has been no next one.
The shipyards began to shut due to the lack of industry investment,
modernisation and competition from abroad.
Entire communities fought hard for their way of life
and very existence.
There was meetings, marches, the unions were involved.
There'd be a lot of sad, disappointed and I would think angry people.
They've been building ships on the river here for hundreds of years,
and then for a whole industry to disappear...
The generation that lost its jobs in the shipyards
was effectively written off.
I think it was anyway.
Men who were only in their forties and fifties,
they never worked again.
And that was so tragic. And it still makes me angry today.
Countless families were affected in the region, and when the
largest shipyard - Swan Hunter - finally closed in 1994,
Allen was there.
The very last day at Swans, we had to come out of the yard,
and then I walked up the top of Swans Bank,
and I watched all those proud men, and they looked proud to me,
coming up that bank,
and some of them had a black plastic rubbish sack...with them.
It must have been their bits and pieces of a lifetime of working
in a shipyard, coming up that bank, and I thought, "This is not right."
It might have made sense to somebody, it didn't to me.
Today, many people on Tyneside are still struggling to come
to terms with the repercussions
caused by the end of the shipbuilding.
But the pride around the incredible ships built on this river
will live on for generations.
If, when you come into this earth, and you leave something
when you've gone that wasn't there...
before you, your life's been a total success. You've created something.
We're now back at the Discovery Museum in the centre
of Newcastle, the location for our valuation day.
People are still arriving as I'm speaking,
which is good news for us - more antiques to value.
Let's catch up with our experts
and see what else we can find to take off to auction.
It's over to Adam Partridge.
Well, John, my eyes lit up
when I saw you with the Muhammad Ali boxing memorabilia.
Tell me, how did you come to own this?
Well, I went, like it says on the programme, in 1978 to watch him.
-You were there?
-At the Las Vegas Hilton.
-Must have been a pretty exciting trip.
So you've got the biography, signed by the great Muhammad Ali.
Where were you when he signed it?
-That was in the lounge of the hotel at the Hilton.
-The hotel lounge.
-And what was he like, did he sign it with pleasure?
Let's not forget, this is the century's greatest sportsman,
some people say, and possibly the most famous boxer
there will ever be.
-Muhammad Ali, I think he won the Olympic gold medal in 1960.
And then he was a very young heavyweight champion
-at the age of 22. This is 14 years later, isn't it?
So, sadly, he's on the wane by now, and he lost this fight,
didn't he, to Leon Spinks?
-Yes, lost on points.
-And are these photos you took yourself?
-I took them...
-Was this in the build-up to the fight?
-Yes, used to...
-Was this the weigh-in?
-No, training, you could pay to go and see them train.
-They were all training in the Hilton.
-Was that impressive?
Ali, that's how he lost really, cos he didn't train that well.
Do you think he was cocky enough to think he'd just walk through him
and didn't train properly enough?
Well, his training sessions were good,
but he wasn't as good as Leon Spinks.
Spinks trained solid and everybody knew...
It just shows I suppose, that even if you're "The Greatest",
-you still have to put the work in.
Now then, why have you suddenly decided to sell them, John?
I've just had them in the drawer.
We've got grandchildren and I'm frightened somebody
takes them out and starts...
It'd be a shame if someone took a crayon...
-"Aw there's a book, I'll write on it."
-It would ruin it, wouldn't it?
I'm really glad you've brought them,
there's an interest in sporting memorabilia,
you've got a great name, the downside is the value's
not that high because he signed a lot of stuff.
He was a nice guy and he'd sign and sign and sign,
so the signature's not that rare.
But as a collection of items there, I think
you're probably worth £30-35. Sound all right?
That's all right for me, I've not a clue, I'll take your word for it.
Is there any price at which you'd rather have them back?
-No, just let them go.
-Let them go.
There are lots of collectors of sporting memorabilia out there
and hopefully this is going to appeal,
because they don't come much bigger.
-So I'm looking forward to seeing how it sells.
-Hopefully we'll get a knockout price.
-Thank you very much.
Time there for Adam. It's over to Anita now for round two.
Ann, welcome to Flog It! It's lovely to have you along
and it's lovely to see these terrific bits of Mason's.
Tell me, how did you come by them, is this the kind of thing you like?
Tell me about your association with Mason's.
Well, 30 years ago I moved into a Victorian terrace, a three-storey
big one, and of course it needed
quite a lot of filling out, as it were,
and I started picking up bits and pieces here and there,
-and now I've got over 60 pieces.
And the other things are just spread through the house?
-But why are you wanting to sell them, Ann?
Well, sadly, I'm moving. My house is up for sale at the moment.
And I'm moving into a 1930s bungalow.
And I will have to buy things that match my new house.
I will take some of these things with me, but not these pieces.
Tell me, why Mason's in particular?
I just think they're robust and strong and decorative.
Let's have a look, we've got a pair of matching vases here,
they're transfer printed, and let's have a wee look underneath.
We have the backstamp for Mason's there,
but we can see an engraved or an incised stamp for Ashworth's.
Now, Ashworth's bought over Mason's in the late 1800s,
they bought over all the patterns and moulds and so on.
But, I mean, these things are from the 1870s/1880s,
so they are a good age.
We have some damage on this, but it's a very pretty early piece,
and this, the finial on this teapot here
has been repaired, it has been stapled.
-I think it's interesting the way they staple things, don't they?
I love that as well.
So, estimate on them, I would say...
-£50/£60, £50 to £70...
-Oh, that would be fine. Yeah.
..and perhaps give the auctioneer some discretion on a reserve of £50.
I'm not really worried about a reserve, really,
I just want them... to be loved somewhere, really.
-You want them to be loved.
-Sad, isn't it?
-No, it's not sad at all.
I mean, they are just pots, aren't they?
-I think it's absolutely lovely, it will certainly draw the bids in.
-It's been lovely to meet you and good luck with your new house.
-Thank you very much.
And we're on the move too now as Adam marches in
for our final valuation.
-Jim and Jean.
Very nice to see your collection of regimental swagger sticks.
I feel I should be standing straight when I talk to you with these.
And you're a former Lancashire Fusilier yourself, aren't you, Jim?
Yep, I was a physical training instructor.
OK, is that what gave rise to the collection?
Well, I saw one online and with it being Lancashire Fusiliers,
I bid for it and won it, and my interest grew from that.
People watching this, some people aren't going to know what a swagger stick is,
so perhaps you could explain that.
I'm standing with it like that, probably not correctly,
what were they used for?
Well, when you were on parade, say, 18th/19th century,
and you wore long hair, improperly dressed...or button undone,
the NCO might just come along and give you a whack on the back.
-Give you a little crack on the back with it?
-And then later it became just a sort of ceremonial thing?
-A mark of more...
-A mark of your rank and that.
-A mark of your rank and station.
This one's particularly interesting and is why we've singled it out.
-Of course, it's a Lancashire Fusiliers' one, isn't it?
But it's engraved here to... GE Tallents.
-Now, you've done a bit of research about this, haven't you?
-Yeah. He was a young lieutenant in 1915 at Gallipoli...
..where he won the DSO... attack on Hill 114,
then later on, 1920, became a major,
he took over the barracks in Bury
and in 1923 he was a lieutenant colonel,
he took over the 2nd Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers in India.
-So he had a pretty distinguished military career, didn't he?
So, how did you find this one? Was that online as well?
-Yes, that was online, I was quite lucky with that one.
Go on, you're smiling, it was cheap?
-Yeah, very cheap.
Well, it just... I put my bid in and I got it for £19.
£19, that's not bad at all.
Jean, what do you think of the collection?
I think it's brilliant, I've really had to force him to bring them today.
-Yes, I really have.
-What, you've forced him, but yet you are an enthusiast, so what...?
-He's downsizing and we need to get rid of quite a bit of stuff.
-It'll hurt him doing this, but it needs to go.
What sort of thing do you think they are going to fetch?
-I've got an idea of 300 or 400 quid.
-Yeah, probably, yeah.
-Well, there's 12 of them, aren't there?
-And simple maths... They're worth more than 20 quid each, that's 240, isn't it?
-30 quid each is 360, so they must be worth that.
And some of them are going to be worth a bit more,
but on average, 30 quid a lot.
-So if we put 300 to 400?
Jean's nodding anyway!
-Is that all right?
-Put a reserve of 300?
If they don't make it, nothing lost, there's no charge,
-but you'll be able to take them back home...
-Back home, yeah.
I can understand the pain that you might feel when they move on,
but if it's any consolation - if and when they sell -
-they're going to go to a collector just as passionate as you.
Thanks very much for coming, I've really enjoyed talking to you and...
Well, I think you missed the boat there with a military career(!)
Better stick to the day job, Adam!
Sadly it's time to say goodbye to our host venue today,
the Discovery Museum.
We've had a brilliant time here,
but our experts have now found their final items to take off to auction.
So, as we say goodbye to the Discovery Museum,
it's hello once again to the Boldon Auction Galleries
and here's a quick recap of all the items we are taking with us.
Will John's signed Muhammad Ali autobiography pull in
the bidding heavyweights?
Ann says they've got to go, but will the bidders think so too
when it comes to these Victorian ceramics?
And there are niche markets, so will the military collectors
be standing to attention for Jim's swagger sticks?
In Boldon, the sale is in full swing
and auctioneer Giles Hodges is about to test our next lot.
Well, I've just been joined by James, Jean and Adam, our expert,
and we all have a swagger in our step, because so far we've sold all our lots.
We have the swagger sticks coming up now, there's a collection of 12.
You never know, if there's a collector out there that really,
really wants these, James, like you -
you've made this a big part of your life - they will buy heavily into them.
-I hope so.
-Yeah. You're going to be sad, aren't you, when these go?
On three or four of them.
On three and four, we'll talk about that in a minute
because it's going under the hammer right now.
of 12 fusilier swagger sticks...
I'm bid 200 to start them.
At 200 for the swagger sticks.
At £200, 20 now.
220, 240, 260, 280, 300.
It's in the room at £300.
At £300, are we all done?
At £300, and we shall be away at £300...
There we go, they've gone, well done. Well done, both of you.
Which ones will you miss out of that collection?
-The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Northumberland Fusiliers.
-Have you got any other memorabilia at home?
-Yeah. So you haven't sold everything?
-Jean's enjoyed the experience, haven't you, Jean?
-The flogging experience!
'Perhaps not so enjoyable for Jim, who is being very dignified
'about his downsizing, and our next seller is in the same boat.'
Well, I've just been joined by Ann who is in the process of downsizing,
you're moving from a Victorian terrace to a bungalow, smaller?
-A '30s bungalow.
-A '30s bungalow?
So you going to go for a little bit of Art Deco look, then, or?
-Yes, but not Clarice Cliff.
-Not Clarice... No! No, I don't like...
Don't get me going, whatever you do!
I love Clarice Cliff, stop knocking it!
But anyway, we got a lot of lot here - we've got some vases,
you got a teapot and stand... there's a lot
-and there's no reserve, so it's here to go.
Fingers crossed we will get that £50 to £60 and not the £10.
Right, let's put the value to the test.
Giles is on the rostrum,
let's hand the proceedings over to today's auctioneer.
There we are, I'm bid... I've got two commission bids
and 50 starts me, straight in at £50.
Five, anybody, now?
At £50 for the lot, five anybody?
At £50, it's all quiet.
At £50, the internet's quiet too.
At £50, ladies and gents, for the first and the last time, at £50...
-Just on the bottom reserve, though.
-You said no reserve on this, didn't you?
-I said no reserve, you know...
-Could have gone for a tenner!
-I think we're all happy with that, don't you?
'The auction house can be the perfect location
'to trade the old for the new.
'Let's hope Ann finds what she's looking for
'to decorate her new home.
'It's the countdown for our last lot.
'Let's hope we get a good price.'
Right, we're just about to deliver that knockout blow with this
next lot belonging to John, and a little bit of Muhammad Ali,
-who you saw fight.
-In Las Vegas.
I was rather hoping it would sort of be more punchier than that,
but it is a knockout, isn't it? Let's face it, this is a good thing.
Yeah, yeah, and if it doesn't sell well, we'll take it on the chin.
-There you go, you thought about that one.
It's a good 'un, aye!
Let's see if we can deliver that knockout blow right now,
it's going under the hammer, good luck.
I have, again, one, two, three, four bids. I start at 75.
80, five. 90, five.
100, 110. 120, 130, 140, 150, 160.
It's on my left at 160. 170.
This is, this is two people, as you say, getting carried away,
punching it out with each other. Who's got the deepest pockets?
At £180, are we all done at 180?
-£180. That's very nice.
-That's a big smile on your face, isn't it?
Well done, Adam, for spotting that in a queue as well.
-Well, I'm surprised.
-It's just cos the wife said, "Oh, you'll be lucky to get 50 for it!"
-I thought we had it bang on there, but...
It just goes to show if you've got anything like this at home,
bring it in to one of our valuation days and you could be
standing in an auction room like this, going home with 180 quid.
It also proves that when you are collecting autographs,
the big names always hold their value.
'And that one was definitely a winner.
'Luckily for John, the bidders went the distance
'and it's time for us to ring that final bell.'
Well, there you are, that's it, the hammer has gone down on our last lot,
it's another day in the office for Flog It,
and what a day it was, I thoroughly enjoyed it, I hope you did too.
If you've got any antiques and collectables you want to sell,
we would love to see them.
Bring them along to one of our evaluation days.
Details of up-and-coming dates and venues you can find on our BBC website
or check the details in your local press, we'd love to see you.
But for now, from the North East, it's goodbye from all of us.