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Today we're in a town
that's 30 miles southwest of the nation's capital.
It was founded some 1,000 years ago by Saxon settlers,
but it's the modern inhabitants and their antiques
we are interested in today.
Welcome to "Flog It!"
The town of Guildford is the most populated district
in the county of Surrey and in the last 20 years,
it's transformed from a commuter town for London
to a successful commercial centre in its own right.
Today's valuations are taking place in one the most impressive
buildings in the area, Guildford Cathedral,
and later on in the programme
I'll be investigating the history of this architectural icon,
but, first, all of these people have their own antiques and collectibles
with history that need investigating.
And I know just the team of people to do it, our experts.
And today we've got the cherubic James Lewis.
I still use it, actually.
It's the 21st century. We've got laptops.
You don't need that.
-Oh, you've got a lot of little goodies in there, haven't you?
And the saintly Mark Stacey.
-You don't have any elephants in Guildford, do you?
I've always loved these.
-He's got a very cheeky little face.
-He's very old.
So, without further ado,
let's open the doors and put our experts to work,
but as they take their seats, here's a taste of what's coming up.
One of these shiny objects will sell for more than 15 times
its estimate when it goes to auction later on in the show.
Will it be this commemorative coin?
This 18th-century jug?
Or this unusual gold ring?
Well, all will be revealed later on.
The cathedral has been at the centre of the local community
ever since it first opened its doors to the general public in 1961
and over the years it's attracted thousands of visitors
and adding to its list of achievements, for one day only,
it's home for our "Flog It!" valuation day.
And as you can see, we've got a full house.
So, let's get on with the show!
And kicking off proceedings,
it's Mark Stacey.
Sue, thank you so much
for bringing this wonderful Victorian bench in.
-Where's it come from?
-It was my mother's.
My mother died just over a year ago and she bought it probably
when she was about 90 and she died at 97.
-She loved antiques.
And she had a little spending spree...
-So, she bought it when she was 90?
-Probab... About that.
-Wow! Well, she had very good taste.
-Well, she did.
-Very good taste.
-She liked...she liked...good furniture.
Of course, a lot of people think
these sorts of things are out of fashion,
the Victorian brown furniture, but I love it.
I adore it.
I mean, these would have been pairs or even sometimes four
or five of them if you had a very big hall or public building.
It's a very typical form in some ways.
It's rectangular with these nice turned legs.
-It's in mahogany, of course.
I like these raised ends here.
And the very simple little roundels in the middle.
And it probably dates to around about 1870, 1880.
Oh! As old as that?
Yeah. It's had...it's had a bit of life, hasn't it?
I should think so. Yes.
You know, I mean, all the scratches...
I just wonder how many bums have sat on that over the years.
-Quite a few I should imagine.
-I would imagine so.
I had a little sit on it myself, actually.
So, I've added to the number.
Have you ever thought of the value?
No. She never disclosed what she paid for it.
She probably thought we'd be cross.
Well you can't be cross with her at 90 going out and spending money.
-I think that's wonderful, don't you?
Well, I'd like to put it into auction.
I think it should be quite commercial.
I would like to put an estimate of something like 200 to 300 on it.
-Erm, with a 200 discretion reserve, if that's all right.
And anybody who buys it, all they'd have to do really
-is to give it a little bit of a wax polish.
Because all these lovely marks and scratches on it,
-really tell you it's an antique.
-It's got a bit of character and life about it.
-And I think it's a great looking object.
-Do you think she'd be pleased, your mum.
-She'd be thrilled.
Absolutely thrilled! She used to love watching the antique programmes.
-She would be so thrilled about it.
Oh, she's probably looking down at us now, you know, and thinking,
-"Oh, they like... I was wise and 90."
And she'll probably be saying, "I told you it was worth something!"
-Oh, well, thank you very much for bringing it in, Sue.
-It's a lovely piece.
-Lovely. Thank you.
Mark's found a wonderful example of woodwork there.
Now, let's go over to James,
who is hopefully barking up the right tree, too.
-..we make a pair of James's.
-We do, indeed.
But it was a third James that has made these popular recently.
Do you know which one?
-James Bond. James Bond in Skyfall.
-M had one of these on her desk.
-Yeah. Doulton bulldog with a Union Jack.
So, they've...they've recently, in recent months,
-been a little bit more popular than they were.
-So, you've timed this to perfection.
-Yeah, haven't I?
-Glad about that.
-This is the size that is in the James Bond film.
-These two, obviously, slightly smaller.
Now, how did you come to have them?
-Not a secret agent that's inherited them from M?
No, no. They were me mum's.
They were your mum's! Well, that's a different sort of M.
Yeah, when she died... I had them.
I can remember back to the late '50s. I was only little then.
I remember them being in the cabinet and that's as far as I can remember.
OK. They do come in bigger sizes as well.
Oh, do they?
But you got three nice, little examples here.
Designed by Charles Noke,
who was one of the leading designers at Doulton.
He was famous for doing a lot of the Series Ware,
The Stagecoach runs, Robin Hood Under The Greenwood Tree.
Some of those designs
and some of the Moon Flasks with faces moulded into them.
So, he's a good designer
and he was head of design at Doulton for a while as well.
-But these aren't signed. None of them were.
But if we have a look underneath here,
we've got the registration number, the Royal Doulton England Mark.
They have a yellow glaze that you can see pulling...
Yeah, especially that one.
You can see all the crazing there
and that crazing spreads all the way up the leg over the entire body.
So, is that a common thing with them?
Yeah, a common problem with them.
This one's got a slight chip on the foot as well, which will affect him.
I would think £180...
-Something like that.
-I'd put £180 reserve on them...
And if they didn't make that, I think they're worth keeping.
-Is that all right for you?
Well, for somebody who might be a James Bond fan,
a British bulldog fan
or just somebody who likes them for a bit of fun...
Somebody will certainly buy those and I think they'll do well.
They look a bit like Churchill, don't they?
And dogs aren't the only ceramic animal here today.
Look at that. Let me show the camera that. Look at that.
Isn't that cheeky?
I've not seen a piggy bank like that before.
I've got to watch where I'm putting my hands.
Isn't that, girls?
And from a piggy bank to something that would have been kept inside it,
let's go back to Mark Stacey.
-Hello, Betty. Hello, Deidre.
-Now, you're great fans of "Flog It!", aren't you?
-You watch it all the time?
-Never miss it.
And you've brought this rather nice, little coin.
-Now can you tell us about it?
-I don't know anything about it.
-You don't know anything about it?
-Not a thing about it.
-Cos it's not very old, actually.
Because the coin is stamped 1985
and it's a quart of a Krugerrand.
A Krugerrand is a large gold South African coin
that they first started minting towards the end of the 1960s
to help promote 22 carat gold.
-So, is that 22 carats of gold?
-Yes, it is.
Just like sovereign and a half-sovereign.
On this one... Normally, they're in terribly ornate mounts
which are PS nine carat gold
and they don't look terribly nice, actually.
This one has got really a very, very decorative mount.
You've got some little diamond chips inset
into the upper edging of the mount
and a cabochon amethyst
-and then a little bow to hang it from your chain.
-I thought that was a ruby.
-No, it's an amethyst actually.
-It's an amethyst, ah!
-When you look at it close up.
-Now, have you ever worn it, Betty?
-Always in the drawer.
-Oh, that's a shame, isn't it?
I mean, the sad thing in some ways is a lot of the value
is in the gold coin.
The fact that it's 22 carat gold
and you know, gold is riding still reasonably at a high price.
-Now the value...
I would say... Oh, look. She's put her serious face on.
-Betty's gone all serious on me when I said, "Value."
-No, I haven't. I'm smiling. I'm waiting.
Are you waiting with bated breath?
I think we should put an estimate of £250 to £350 on it.
-With a £250 reserve.
-Is that all right?
Is that the worth weight of it... The scrap value?
It's around that with a little bit more
because of the extra additions to it.
And you don't like it, Deidre?
No. It's horrible.
-Not your sort of jewellery?
Can't wait to say goodbye.
Well, it's very of its time, I think.
THEY LAUGH WHOLEHEARTEDLY
I like you!
"Oh, you are awful, but I like you!"
SHE CONTINUES LAUGHING
When I was talking to the crowd earlier this morning,
I looked back towards the cathedral and I couldn't help but notice
these wonderful etchings that adorn all the glass doors here.
And I know who they're by
because I've come across an example of his work before.
It's the New Zealand-born artist John Hutton
and I know that because over the years on "Flog It!",
I have come across a very small panel of his work,
which he did a limited series of to raise money to build this cathedral
when he was commissioned to do these doors
and also further etchings on the inside of the cathedral.
I love the way this has been actually cut into the glass,
literally drawn into the glass.
-It's allowed it to be crossed-hatched
-almost like a rough sketch.
-And that's what's captured this.
It's given it so much movement and it is very emotive.
Not only did he work here at Guildford Cathedral,
but also at Coventry Cathedral.
So, this brings back lots of memories for me
and it's amazing what just turns up
because over the 11 years or 12 years
that we've been making this show,
these things do come around and no doubt on my travels in the future,
I'll come across another example.
Well, what a fantastic day we are having here!
Our experts have been working flat-out.
They've now found their first items to take off to auction.
I've got my favourites. You've probably got yours,
but let's put those valuations to the test under the hammer.
And here's a quick recap of what we're taking with us.
Will one lucky bidder be sitting pretty
with that mahogany window seat?
James is hoping his Doulton dogs will find a new master.
And Betty and Deidre hope that buyers will spend their cash
on the South African coin.
For today's auction, we've hopped over the county border
to the town of Washington in West Sussex.
The man in charge today is Rupert Toovey
and the room is full of potential bidders.
Our first lot is that wonderful window seat.
This has to be one of my favourite lots. I could find a home for this.
It belongs to Sue, but not for much longer.
I think everyone is going to snap this up.
It's that wonderful mahogany Victorian window seat
and you beat me to this.
-I love it!
-Oh, it's just right!
It's got the perfect size to it.
You could find a little home for that anywhere in the house.
-And I know that was your mother's piece of furniture.
-It was, yes.
She went on a shopping spree when she was 90 years old.
-She did when she was 90!
-Is that...is that a picture of her?
-That's a picture of her, yes.
-She's a lady of good taste.
She spotted a cracker because a lot of those window seats
start out life as about four foot six
and they get reduced in size to suit certain width windows,
but that one's not been fiddled with.
It's a good-looking thing.
Good luck anyways. Lovely to meet you. Here we go!
We're going to put it to the test Let's get that top end.
The late Victorian mahogany window seat. The moulded rectangular top.
It's a charming thing. And we are opening the bidding here at £170.
170 here. Can see the 180? £170. 180 can I see? At £170.
Can I see the 180? And I have 180 now...
-Come on, guys.
-Will you bid?
190 I have now. And 200. 220 now, Glenn.
220 I have and 240.
Gosh, it's slow, isn't it?
At £220, are we all done? At £220 fair warning.
Well, it's gone. £220. In...in... Well within estimate, but...
-That's a bit disappointing, actually in fairness.
-A bit disappointing.
I thought it might have been a bit more.
Just goes to show every now and then
you can come to an auction room and you can pick up a bargain.
Yet another example of why buying at auction can be well worth it.
Let's put our next lot to the test. It's those Doulton dogs.
If you are a dog lover, you'll love this next lot.
Three British Bulldogs by Royal Doulton.
Charles Noke, the designer, belonging to James here,
who's just joined me.
-In fact, you're wearing red, white and blue as well.
-Yeah, I know.
I saw these at valuation day and they put a big smile on my face.
Yeah, I think they're great.
And also, there's been a massive revival and interest with these
with the Skyfall movie because of a big feature in there.
Yes, they were, they were. They were planted on the desk.
Why are you selling them?
-Well, they're just sitting in a cupboard. That's it.
They were me mum's. She wouldn't let us touch them. So...
-Well, she's looked after them.
-Well, she had, yes.
Good luck with these anyway. Good luck.
Royal Doulton Bulldogs draped in the Union Jack,
they're designed by Charles Noke and we're opening the bidding at £130.
130 here. Can I see the 140?
-140. 150. 160, Glenn?
-160 and I'm selling now online.
160 here is there any advance on 160? At £160.
Online at 160 and it's fair warning.
Done. Job done. £160.
They're going to find a new home to a dog lover, I bet.
-And put a smile on their face.
Both James' is seem happy with that result.
Let's see how our next item fares.
Right, Betty and Deidre.
We've got this quarter gold Krugerrand going under the hammer.
Why are you selling this?
Because it's just sitting in the drawer doing nothing.
-This is in a very pretty mount, actually
-and it's set with diamonds and...
Which is particularly nice. They're normally in a very weak mount.
-The value lies largely in the gold, doesn't it? I think.
The South African gold quarter Krugerrand 1985
and again we have lots of bids here and were opening at £200.
At £200. And 220? And 250. 280? 250 I have here on commission.
At 250 and against the room at 250.
At £250, is there any advance on £250, then?
Yes! The hammer's gone down. Two hundred and...
That's good, isn't it? That's not bad.
That's not bad at all.
What we expected, wasn't it?
Yes, it was.
-Yes, it was the reserve, which is sensible.
Well, that's it for our first part of the auction.
Some good results there.
We are coming back later on in the programme,
but right now I'm heading straight back to Guildford Cathedral
to take a closer look at its rather unusual history.
A cathedral built in the 20th century
is perhaps impressive enough,
but the story that lies behind this magnificent building
makes this feat of modern architecture truly unique.
The subject of a new cathedral was first discussed in 1927
following the creation of the Diocese of Guildford.
However, Britain was in the grip of a tough economic depression
at the time and the newly formed diocese had no money
to tackle such a building.
It presented many problems.
And it seems enthusiasm and energy wasn't enough to get things moving.
However, salvation was around the corner
in the form of a local nobleman.
The fifth Earl of Onslow, who donated Stag Hill
the site that the cathedral is built on.
With the land secured, the search for an architect began.
In 1931, a competition was held
and a total of 183 potential designs were received.
Five candidates were short listed
and asked to develop their designs further.
One of them was Edward Maufe, who was declared the winner in 1933.
Maufe's vision for the Cathedral was one of light and simplicity.
He was keen that when the visitors arrived,
their eye would be drawn straight up to the high altar
without any interruptions from ornate carvings
or other traditional architectural detail
that you find in earlier cathedrals.
And boy, it does have an impact!
It has that wow-factor
as soon as you step inside this magnificent building,
but it doesn't mean to say this construction was simple.
Far from it.
When work began on the foundations,
778 concrete piles had to be driven into the ground
using a four-tonne steam hammer.
Each of those piles needed to be struck 1,500 times
to get them into the earth.
And the local people remember the sound of thumping echoing
across the town for quite some time.
The foundation stone itself was laid on 22 July 1936
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Lang,
and a staggering 10,000 people gathered on the hill
to watch this momentous moment in the town's history.
Work on the cathedral moved along at a great pace
and the east end of the building was quickly erected,
but this initial success was short-lived
with the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.
It brought the proceedings to an abrupt end.
HEAVY ARTILLORY FIRE
Materials were in short supply and the workforce were called up
to join the services and fight overseas
and before long the cathedral was boarded up and closed down.
And then the scaffolding was removed
and that was put towards the war effort as well.
Despite being so close to London,
the semi-constructed building survived the war,
but it would be another seven years before work would start again
once the wartime restrictions on building materials were lifted.
The original cost of the cathedral was estimated at £250,000,
but that figure had now almost quadrupled.
Something drastic had to be done if this project was to be completed.
Faced with such a threat,
the cathedral launched a buy-a-brick scheme,
which raised funds for the work by asking members of the public
to purchase their very own piece of the structure
for two shillings and six old pence, around £2.50 in today's money.
People were then able to inscribe their names upon the brick
creating a permanent link between the people of Guildford
and their cathedral.
There are no records available telling us
how many bricks would be required to complete the cathedral,
but after World War II,
it was estimated by the architect Edward Maufe
that somewhere in the region of 3 million bricks
would complete the project.
That's 3 million of these...
That's a lot of bricks!
-Bishop, in a way,
you're making post-Reformation history, aren't you?
That's right. I think I'm going to be the first Bishop
to consecrate a new cathedral since the Middle Ages.
On 17 May 1961, 30 years after the project first began,
the cathedral was finally consecrated
in the presence of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh
and senior figures in the Church of England.
And that marked the start of this impressive building's life
as a working cathedral.
Compared to most cathedrals, this building is extremely modern
and as we've just seen, it does come with a fascinating history,
but what makes that so special about Cathedral history
is it's so well-documented.
Not just was written accounts, but with photography and film.
And that's what's unique about it.
And in charge of all of this important history
is the archivist Liz North.
And her office is up here. So, let's go and say hello.
Liz, thanks for taking time out to talk to me today
and inviting me into your little office,
which is full of box files.
Does it make it any easier the fact that you have access
to all of this history, which is so well-documented
unlike other cathedrals? I mean, it is all here from day one.
Well, it is. Yes, it does make it a lot easier
because, I mean, obviously, people will go on wanting to ask
how it was built and how the general people around this area
actually supported it so well.
Yes, and that's what's so special about this place, isn't it really?
-It is quite unique.
-Yes, it is. Yes.
It has a powerful affect on you.
When you walk in and you look up and you look down the nave,
-you just think, "Wow!" You know?
Yes, and I think it's a great pity that some people just see it
from the outside and never actually step through the door.
-They're stuck in traffic on the A3. I know what that's like!
But, you know, I mean, actually, I suppose really
-if you think about it the outside is not desperately beautiful.
-It's kind of like brutalist, modernist architecture.
-Which was all in vogue then, really.
And I think it was largely down to cost
cos I don't think he originally...
Maufe, originally wanted to build it in brick, but I think it was just...
He had to.
And of course with the modern, or relatively modern ways of building,
with the concrete, reinforced concrete structure...
-of course you don't have any pillars much in the way...
And you can have a big span of...
-So, it's quite free floating.
Which is a great thing.
-What I've seen today, I'm so impressed with.
Thank you for spending a bit of time talking to me today.
I know you're very busy, so I'll let you get on. Take care, won't you?
Having a collection like the one here
really helps keep history alive for generations to come.
They're a great reminder of how a group of people came together
to complete a project that benefits the whole community.
Well, it really is an impressive building.
It may not be as grand and ornate
as some of the more traditional cathedrals,
but it really is of its time. And its design reflects that.
And like many of the famous cathedrals
that we have seen on the show over the years
that have stood for centuries,
this one I'm sure will stand the test of time.
As you can see we've still got a full house.
People keep pouring in laden with antiques and collectibles.
This really is great fun.
Let's catch up with our experts now as we find more antiques
to take off to auction for the second time.
And they're all down there hard at work
where it's lights, camera and action.
Let's see what Mark Stacey has spotted.
Now, before we talk about your lovely little jug,
-I want to know about this medal here.
It's very impressive. What did you get that for?
I started a self-help group for Addison's disease back in 1984.
I'm afraid I don't know much about Addison's disease.
Well, it's... Your adrenal glands, they sit on top of your kidneys
and if they pack up, you die.
So, we have to take steroids for life every day.
So... President Kennedy had it.
Oh, did he? Oh, yes! Do you know I knew he suffered from something.
-I didn't realise it was that disease.
-A few famous people with it and me of course.
-And of course. With your MBE.
-Well, well done.
-I think it's greatly deserved.
Oh, tell me about the jug. Have you had it a long time?
Well, it was my mother in-law's.
It was always, you know, in the display cabinet.
And my son always used to go and stare at this jug and she said,
"I'll leave it to him in my will."
And she gave it to him before she died, actually.
And it's been locked in my safe for years.
-And he's not look at it recently?
-Well, he's looked at it
and I said, "What do you want to do with it?" And he said,
"Well, nothing, really. You know, if ever you can sell it, do."
-So, this came up.
Well, it's a really, lovely piece of antique silver. Very simple.
-It's a little...
-Is it old?
-Yes, it is.
-It's old. It's old.
Underneath we can see
we've got a full set of hallmarks here for 1744.
-It's actually a really, nice antique piece of silver.
And the nice thing is you haven't been tempted to clean it
because sometimes people polish away these things. They all look...
Well, my son... I've got a silver cloth.
He did go over it a little bit cos it looked...
-Well, yeah... It hasn't been done too much.
So, it's retained that lovely sort of character about it.
It's a great simple form. I love these little pad feet.
Just very beautifully made.
-The lovely little scrolling handle here.
-And I like this.
-It's all sort of scalloped.
There's a little shaped edge into it and a nice little...
Almost like a sparrow beak...
A nice little bit of decoration on here,
but it's exactly what you'd expect to find
on a nice little cream jug from the mid 18th century.
I think it's lovely and I think there should be a lot of collectors
for this sort of thing. I would probably put...
..an estimate of something like £100 to £150 on it
with a fixed reserve of 100.
-Would you be happy with that?
-Definitely. Definitely, yeah.
-And better than languish it away in your safe, isn't it?
It's just tucked away in there, not doing anything, isn't it?
And if someone can get some pleasure from it...
Well, it'd be lovely for it to go to a collector, wouldn't it?
-Yeah, it would do.
Fingers crossed that jug does well when it goes under the hammer.
From silver to gold now.
And James has found an impressive collection of jewellery.
Andrew, I have to say I've had my little eye on you
since I saw these in the queue outside.
What a wonderful collection.
And very interesting as well
because we've got pieces from totally different periods
and not English.
Now, you look slightly Mediterranean,
am I sort of getting the right...
-Yeah. Yeah. I come from Italy.
-You're Italian. Right.
The history behind these... They came over with your family, I guess.
I guess so, yes.
As far as I know, my mother has had these the best part of 50 years.
-Unfortunately she passed away...
Erm, but I always promised her
I'd get I'd get them valued on one of these programmes.
-Well, you've kept your word.
They're a really interesting little group.
I think these are either early Roman or Egyptian.
Here we've got some lapis glass, turquoise glass.
Again typical of the Egyptian and the Roman very early beads.
Not hugely valuable, actually.
I always think it's a bit of a joke that you can buy a genuine
Roman coin for 50p.
Here though I'm hoping we might have the same sort of thing,
but very much one step up.
I'm hoping these are amulets from around 2,000 years ago.
I think they're Italian
and they have been made into a necklace sometimes around 1880.
Tell me about these. Did your mum wear them?
No, she didn't wear them. She just kept them in a pouch.
-I remember since I was a little boy so...
Well, they are high carat gold, you can tell that by the colour.
They are embossed 19th and 18th centuries
and if you look at the cut of the stones,
I think those are rose cut, rough cut diamonds
probably about 1815, 1820, somewhere around that sort of period.
And I feel that that ring there and that one and the bracelet
are all around the same period.
1800 to 1840 in date.
And then finally, this little chap here.
Have you ever had a good look at that?
I remember seeing it when I was quite young and my mother always said
it was a vintage ring, but whether it was or not... You know.
Certainly Italian, but look.
Did you know the eye came open?
-No, I didn't know.
-See that could be for one of two or three purposes.
You could have filled that with a scent,
a little bit like a vinaigrette.
If you were wandering down the streets,
especially in Venice, you know what it's like in summer... My goodness!
You need a peg on your nose half the time.
But the more glamorous way would be to fill this
with an aromatic liquid and...
And just smell something a little bit fresher
than what was flowing down the streets in the rivers.
So, that's one possibility.
The other possibility is it's a poison ring.
-But I would prefer to think it was the first.
Erm, again it's in three-coloured gold unmarked,
it's had a restoration on the base there, but I love that ring!
Now, I have to say there are a huge team of valuers here at "Flog It!".
You see a couple of us at the valuation tables,
but there are many more backstage and we've disagreed on these.
We've had little arguments about value.
A couple of them thought these weren't worth anything at all.
I didn't think a couple of these were gold, but they are.
So, this valuation that I'm going to come up with
is the efforts of all of us put together
because they're not straightforward.
I think if we start with this little group here.
They are nice and early, got a stone missing,
but I think £500 to £700 would be about right for those.
The little eye ring... That ring I would say...
£100 to £150.
And when it comes to the antiquities...
Egyptian or Roman, I would say 150, 250 on those.
So, altogether we've got a low end estimate, I think,
of about 750, getting up towards 1,000.
-Good. Very nice.
-They'll do well. They'll do well.
Fantastic. I can now get a headstone for my mum as well.
Is that what it was about?
Well, I always promised her I'd bring them to "Flog It!" or something,
but you've always been too far.
So, it's taken me six or seven months to get here, but...
Well, not only have you got here,
but amongst the hundreds of people that have turned up,
you've been picked for the valuation table, so...
-Well done, you.
And fingers crossed, great result on the day, eh?
-Thank you very much.
-Pleasure. Thank you for bringing them in.
And that's all our items found,
so let's hope that jewellery makes Andy's mother proud
when it goes under the hammer.
Earlier on in the programme we took a look at the unusual
and fascinating history of this cathedral.
Now, part of that story involves the local people
from all over the area buying a brick
to help complete the construction of this building
after the war years.
And if you look closely all around the cathedral
you can see some bricks and some of them are signed.
And here in one of the entrances,
there are some very special signatures signed
in a thick HP pencil.
Look at that!
Elizabeth. Our Queen.
And here Prince Philip and Princess Margaret.
Now it is believed that they didn't actually hand any money over,
so look there's a little moneybox there.
Maybe I should put a few pence in for them.
We've had a marvellous day here at Guildford Cathedral
with hundreds of people coming through the doors
to have their antiques and collectibles valued,
but right now it's time to put those values to the test.
Here's a quick recap of what we're taking with us.
First up there's Deana's silver jug, which is more than 250 years old.
And we've got three lots of jewellery brought along by Andy.
The Roman or Egyptian necklaces...
..the gold rings and bracelet...
..and that unusual eye ring.
We're heading back to Washington in West Sussex
where today's sale is taking place.
The man with the hammer is Rupert Toovey
and he's had time to a lot more research into one of our items.
Eye, eye, eye. Guess what we're going to talk about right now?
This lover's eye ring. I think this is rather special.
-It's very beautiful, isn't it?
You know that the Prince Regent George IV as he became
made these fashionable and when he was having his affair
-with Mrs Fitzherbert...
-Down here in Sussex in Brighton.
-Did Nelson have one as well?
-Yeah, he did. For Lady Hamilton.
And lots of fashionable people did.
They painted miniatures of their lover's eye
so they could wear them in polite society and not...
-And get away with it!
-Rather than the portrait.
-How secretive! How wonderful!
-It's really gorgeous, isn't it?
Very, very intimate.
And, I think, it will fly.
I think it's when to make a lot more than we've said.
Andy brought this in. It belongs to his mother
who got it in Italy over 50 years ago.
We've got £100 to £150 on it.
Oh, no, I think it'll be three or four times that.
I think that should be really fun.
And a proper collector's premium cos it's such a rare thing.
Such a rare thing.
-I'm quite excited about this.
-Yes, so am I.
Have you sold many of these before?
They come up very, very infrequently. So, no.
-Oh, how exciting! Well, good luck with that.
You can see how that ring does in just a few moments.
But get things started with the silver jug.
Going under the hammer right now,
we have the George II silver cream jug belonging to Deana
and you're standing there holding a photograph of...
Prince Charles, aren't you?
-So, how did you...
-I had an MBE...
For a self-help group that I run
-and they thought I was worthy of an MBE for all the work I did.
-It was wonderful.
-Isn't he a lovely chap?
-He is. Really friendly.
-Yeah, let's talk about the cream jug.
-I think it's wonderful.
-It's a nice honest piece of antique silver.
Not hugely valuable, but in good condition.
I like that wavy edge at the top with the big pourer.
-It's got a generous pourer.
-It's got that really nice Georgian look.
The legs look as if it's going to try and walk off
in three different directions.
-George II, isn't it? London...
-London maker, you know,
and a really, nice, honest piece of antique silver.
Let's find out what it does. It's going under the hammer right now.
George II silver cream jug. A balanced form with wavy rim
-and we are opening the bidding here at £85.
-Oh, that's not so bad.
I think we've got 80 to 120.
90 can I see? At £85. 90 can I see? At 90. And five. 100, sir?
100 with a gentleman here in the chair. At 100, all done? No. 110.
120. 130, sir. 140. 150.
Come on, we've made estimate now, Deana. This is good.
-170. 180. 190?
-Fantastic. "Oh, no," he says.
180 in the chair here. At £180, lovely thing.
£180 are we all done? At £180...
Yes! £180! Quality always sells.
-That's what we keep saying on this show.
My son will love that. It's his jug.
Well, look, good luck with the charity.
Good luck with all the hard work that you've put in as well.
-Carry on doing it.
-Thank you for today. It's been lovely.
That was a great result for Mark and Deana.
Next up one of the three lots of jewellery brought along by Andy.
Going under the hammer right now we've got a collection of jewellery,
it could be Roman. It could be Egyptian.
It belongs to Andy who is right next to me
-and good luck with this, Andy.
-I know you've just made it in time. I know the traffic was bad.
And things are flying out.
So, hopefully there's no exception today.
James, our expert, you are confident with the top end on this?
-Oh, I love them!
Right, we're going to put it to the test right now.
Carved cornelian, red agate necklace
and two Eastern, circular, cornelian set pendants.
Opening the bidding here at £100.
£100. 110. 120. 130, sir?
-And 140. 150, sir?
-150 now online. £150.
150 now with Glenn. At £150.
It's fair warning.
Spot on estimate, James.
-Thank you sir.
-£150 the hammer's gone down.
-That's a good result. Well within estimate.
So Andy's got off to a good start
and James's estimate was spot on for those necklaces.
Let's see if we can do any better on our next lot.
Collection of Eastern jewellery
and we've a multitude of conflicting bids here.
And we're opening at £550.
-580 we're on right now, Andy.
With you, Tom, at 580. And 600. 620 will you bid, sir?
620 I have. At 620 now. 650 here.
680 will you bid on the phone now, sir?
680 now with the telephone.
At £680 the internet coming in at 700.
This is good. This is the top end of the estimate.
720 now. 720 I have. And 750?
-And 780, Tom?
780 I have.
And 800, Glenn?
780 it is with the telephone with you, Tom, at £780.
-Yes. Happy with that?
-Yeah, very happy.
-Oh, you've got a tear in your eye.
-My mum would have been pleased.
Oh, you took that well. Well done. Well done.
It's already been a great day for an emotional Andy.
So far, he's made £930 and he still has one more item to sell.
Now my favourite lot of the whole day, that wonderful eye ring.
I think we've got a bit of surprise coming in for you on this one.
A bit of a local connection as well.
George IV was associated with these and so was Nelson.
They both owned one. And it had the portrait of their lover.
Their lover's eye within the ring.
-Oh, it was their lover's eye, was it?
-Yes, it was.
-Oh, you've been doing your homework.
-Well, Rupert has anyway. This...
could fly away!
The two-coloured gold lover's eye ring circa 1830,
wonderful romantic thing and we're opening the bidding here
conflicting at £520.
Opening bid at £520...!
At 520. Can I see the 540?
540 now with the phone. Yes, well. 560 here.
And 600 now. On 620, sir?
620 now with the phone. At £620.
You've got 700 now coming on the internet.
And 720 will you bid?
My God! Got this wrong.
And 750. 780.
-800. I'm bidding 820.
-And 850, now, Glenn.
-880 now, sir.
880 now with the phone. And 900 now online.
-Your mum had great taste.
-God! I can't believe it!
She's enjoying this one.
-950 I have and 980 will you bid?
I've got 980, sir.
And £1,000 now, Glenn.
-£1,000 now online. 1,100?
Would you like to go 1,100?
'It really is a beautiful ring.'
1,100. 1,200, Glenn.
I didn't think it'd make that.
I always thought it was lovely, but, erm...
I can't believe what I'm hearing.
-1,200. Can I see the 1,300?
1,300 now. 1,400, Glenn?
-1,400! 1,500, sir?
I secretly thought it might make four or five, but never this.
Ooh! In the nick of time. 1,600 online. 1,700?
-Good old mum, eh! Good old mum!
1,700 now on the phone. Let's see the 1,800, sir.
They're dithering for you, Glenn, aren't they? I can tell.
1,700 on the phone. Is that our lot, Glenn?
I think that's it.
£1,700 on the phone. At £1,700
and selling. 1,700.
An incredible result.
And Andy has three lots bagged and a grand total of £2,630.
-Well done, you.
-Your mum had great taste.
-And I'm sure she was a wonderful person.
-You've got lots of memories...
-I have, yeah.
And I know she'd enjoy this moment for you.
Take care. What a wonderful, wonderful way to end the show.
Andy is in tears here and I don't blame him.
If you've got anything like that, we would love to see it,
but right now we've run out of time here in West Sussex.
What a day it's been! And what a surprise!
Join us again for many more.