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Sheffield 12

This edition of the antiques series comes from Sheffield in Yorkshire. Presenter Paul Martin leads a team of antiques experts, including Thomas Plant and James Lewis.


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Today's show comes from the city renowned for producing

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the world's finest steel and finest cutlery, for over 800 years.

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Of course, we're in Sheffield, and welcome to Flog It!

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Our "Flog It!" faithful have assembled at the Cutlers' Hall

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in Sheffield.

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Originally built in 1638,

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this building has been home to the Cutlers Company,

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the guild that has looked after the city's

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world renowned industry ever since.

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The first hall on this site,

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which has been replaced by the current building,

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cost the princely sum of £86, 3 shillings, and 10 pence.

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Let's hope today we can find some antiques and collectables

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that are worth considerably more than that.

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We've got hundreds of people here, laden with bags and boxes,

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ready to see our experts.

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And steeling themselves to sift through the treasures today

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is the sparkling Anita Manning, and the ever youthful Thomas Plant,

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both working their magic with the crowd.

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They're all eager to go in.

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There isn't a minute to waste, so without further ado,

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let's open the doors and look at some antiques.

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Ready, everyone?

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-CHEERING

-Come on, then.

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Our teams have their work cut out for them,

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with over 500 antiques to be inspected and valued.

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But which of today's items going off to auction will prove to be

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a cut above the rest?

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Will it be this Victorian tortoiseshell locket,

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complete with gold chain?

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Or will this silver tankard have its owners

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raising a toast in the saleroom?

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Don't go away, all will be revealed later on in the show.

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This trio of grand chandeliers dates to the 1950s,

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the originals were damaged during the Sheffield Blitz

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of the Second World War.

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But they're casting such a fabulous light on the crowd below.

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It's such an exciting atmosphere.

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And up in the minstrels' gallery,

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Thomas Plant is ready to shed some light on our first item.

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Fantastic chandeliers here in Cutlers' Hall,

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and this is a tasty little lighthouse we've got.

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Paul, tell me how you acquired it.

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Car boot find, addicted to car-boots.

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Tell me, Paul, are you in the boot before it comes out?

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-Light, the little torch..

-Really?

-Yeah.

-Hassle...

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-I never go in the boots, I don't agree with that.

-No.

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No, just as they're getting it out, maybe.

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So, what was the story behind this?

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Early morning, three weeks ago, Keepmoat Stadium,

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which is Doncaster Rovers' stadium,

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they have a gigantic car boot every week

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and basically the lady just got it out, and I just...

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-The quirkiness of it...

-So, it's a lighthouse, but what actually is it?

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-And I said it's a tasty little light.

-Right.

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Well, if I lift off the cap, we can see the actual wick

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and where it would have been fired.

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And so I'm sort of wanting to give you

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a little bit of my thoughts behind it.

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-Yeah.

-It's in aluminium.

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OK, we've got a bit of oak round here,

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maybe a bit of stained beech, and again, there, a bit of aluminium.

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Now, whether this lighthouse was made by a happy amateur,

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or it was made for somebody like the Trinity House organisation,

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who look after our lighthouses, established by Henry VIII,

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and this is a magnificent lighthouse,

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but it's something which would have been...

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After dinner, the ladies would have adjourned,

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and the gentlemen would have sat round the big mahogany dining table

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and passed round this to light one's cigars with,

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if you were involved in that sort of organisation, society,

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-and that's what I think it is. But it is 1920s.

-Right.

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It can't be any earlier, can it, cos of the aluminium.

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-Oh, right, so it was introduced... AMERICAN ACCENT: Aluminum...

-or aluminium.

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Well, aluminium was really introduced

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-in the first part of the 20th century.

-Right.

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We sort of built airships out of it, and other things.

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It was a new metal, and so it would have been quite expensive,

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and this would have been quite an expensive little thing,

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and it's actually been made particularly well.

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I love the brick work here, and the little windows are great.

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-Yes, the windows were great.

-So, have you got an eye for things?

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It's got to be unusual.

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It can't be your everyday 20 cabinet people, sort of thing.

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It's got to be something like that, just bizarre.

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-Can I ask, and be cheeky? What did you pay for it?

-Well, the lady...

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-Was it pounds?

-It is pounds.

-It was pounds.

-It wasn't pence.

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-Unfortunately.

-Was it one figure pounds or was it two figure pounds?

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It was under two figures, it started at two figure pounds

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-and it got down to one figure pounds.

-Are you a hard negotiator?

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I would try me best, yeah.

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Basically, she wanted £12 for it.

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-How much did you pay?

-Uh, I actually paid £8...

-£8?

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-..in the end, yes, even though I thought it was worth £12, but...

-£8?!

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-..the principle, try me best.

-Well done, you.

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What's this going to make at auction?

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-It's not going to make massive amounts of money.

-No, no.

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-But I think we can put it in at £30 to £50.

-Brilliant, yeah, good.

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-You happy?

-Yes, very, aye.

-It shows you a small profit.

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Brilliant profit, yeah. That's the idea.

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-Let's put a reserve on at £20.

-Yep.

-I think that's fair?

-Yeah, yeah.

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-It's a quirky item.

-Absolutely.

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I like it. Hopefully somebody else does.

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Yeah, absolutely.

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That's a great little item to have found in the early hours of a car boot sale.

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I'm sure it will light up the saleroom.

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Meanwhile, Anita is about to sail into her first valuation.

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Sue, when this item came on the table, the first thing that struck me

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was how lovely and shiny that top part was.

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Were you up all last night, polishing?

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No, not last night, but I do like to keep my silver nice and clean.

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-I do like polishing silver.

-You do like polishing.

-I like silver.

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Well, we are in Sheffield, the home of silver and silver-plate.

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Well, let's look at it as a whole.

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It's quite an exciting piece, Sue.

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Right.

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Let's look at the base first of all.

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It gives us the mark for Macintyre

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and we have this early green signature for William Moorcroft.

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Now, this little biscuit barrel dates from the time when

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James Macintyre and William Moorcroft collaborated.

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And that was between, I think, about 1897 and 1912,

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so we can be very specific about that date.

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And we can see, when we look at this object, as a forerunner

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of what we know as traditional Moorcroft,

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where we had the pipe-lining,

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we had these lovely blue colours, and gilts.

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-So, we're looking at the forerunner of Moorcroft...

-Really?

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..when he started up with his own studio.

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-So it's quite exciting.

-Oh, right!

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Now, one of the most obvious things,

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-and it was a wee bit of a disappointment, I must say...

-I know.

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..we could see that has been damaged.

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And we can see the crack here, which runs right along the body

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and back up again, but we see that it has been repaired

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-by these rivets.

-Rivets, I know.

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It's always been like that, Anita.

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It's always been like that?

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This was repaired a long, long time ago, quite soon after it was made.

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-Now, certainly before 1912, because there was no superglue.

-No, no.

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And this is how it would have been repaired,

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by riveting the two broken pieces together.

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And to me, I don't find it ugly or terrible.

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I think it's just part of the history of it.

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It's part of the history. It's been riveted together.

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And I come from the Clyde, and that has a great tradition of riveting,

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so I don't mind a bit of riveting myself.

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-But what it does do is affect the price.

-Yes.

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Well, I didn't know how much it was worth, anyway.

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If this had been in perfect condition,

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we would have been £400, £500.

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Oh, would we?

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-But with the damage, it takes away so much of the value.

-I know.

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It would render it to probably under £100.

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-But, I think that it's worthwhile putting it on the market.

-Right.

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Now, are you happy with us to put it forward with a price of, say, £80?

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-Fine.

-You're very definite about that, Sue.

-Fine.

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I've got to be,

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because it means a lot

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and I don't think my family will appreciate it.

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-Well, let's put it to sale.

-Yes.

-Estimate, £80 to £120.

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-Oh, that's a good one, I've heard that before, Anita.

-Oh, right.

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-Was that one of mine?

-One of several.

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So £80 to £120,

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but I think we should bring the reserve to perhaps about £60.

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-£70.

-£70.

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And I'm hoping that that might fly.

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Well, I'm with you there, Anita, I do, as well.

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-Thank you, Sue, for bringing it along.

-Thank you very much.

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It's been lovely.

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With people still arriving in our valuation day,

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there's a real buzz around the floor of the hall

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and above it.

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Well, it's a fantastic atmosphere at Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, today.

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The "Flog It!" Team are out.

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I mean, we've got loads of people from Sheffield,

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and we've also got something which measures that atmospheric pressure.

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-First of all, E.G.B. - is that a relation?

-I don't think so.

-No?

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Let's open it up. Fantastic pocket or travelling barometer.

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Tell me about it. How did you come about it?

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My father bought it a long time ago, and when he died, I got it.

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Your father, was he somebody

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interested in scientific instruments,

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or was he a traveller? Did he like the weather?

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He was interested in antiques, and anything interesting.

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He was a chemist and he was just fascinated in anything that took his fancy, really.

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-Oh, really?

-Yes.

-Why have you kept this?

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I don't know. It's just one of those things that was kept.

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-And you know it's for measuring atmospheric pressure?

-Yeah.

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And have you had it out of the box?

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-Yes, and there's some information in the bottom.

-There's...

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Well, I think we'll have a look at that, but if I just do this,

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-if I just blow on here... does it move?

-It moves, yeah.

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So that's obviously the aneroid barometer in there working,

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so that's quite good fun, and it's in this fantastic gilt metal case.

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We see a lot of these pocket barometers.

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This one, however, is a bit special.

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The reason why, it's a good size.

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A lot of these pocket barometers

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-are half this size...

-Oh, right.

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..and they're sort of happy amateur ones.

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This weather watch,

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as it's been described,

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is a real tool.

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We have the altitude marker, which, as you move it,

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it moves the pressure on here.

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I think we might have to look in here for a bit more of the instructions.

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And of course, we've not even mentioned who it's made by, have we?

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-No.

-I think, if we open this...

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we've got here Negretti and Zambra,

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established in 1850.

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I think it was Henry Negretti

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and Joseph Zambra were the two gentlemen who established

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this business in the 1850s,

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mainly doing photographic

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and scientific instruments.

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They were patronised by Prince Albert,

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so there are the premier makers

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of these types of instruments.

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So whenever you see anything

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with the name Negretti and Zambra on,

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it is just brilliant.

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So why did you bring it today?

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Well, I was interested in coming to "Flog It!", and we've had it sitting there for some time,

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so I thought it was the nearest one that I could come to,

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so that's why I've come today.

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And is it something you've thought about selling

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-because it just sits there?

-Yes, yes.

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Obviously, if one was to say Negretti and Zambra,

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£50 to £80, it'd be disappointing.

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-Very disappointing.

-It's not worth £50 to £80, I can tell you that.

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My estimate would be £200 to £300. Fix it at £200, the reserve.

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Um, I think I would like a little bit more on the fixed reserve, please.

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-Oh, you would like a little bit more?

-Yeah, £250, say.

-£250?

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-If you really wanted to do that, let's do it.

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

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-£250 to £350, with a fixed reserve at £250.

-Yeah.

-Yes?

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-Shall we do that?

-Yes, that's fine.

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I mean, it's not one I've seen before, so it could do rather well.

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OK, thank you very much.

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Now, are you going to be there at the auction?

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No, unfortunately, we're away on holiday.

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Oh!

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Well, I hope it's somewhere good.

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-Well, Madeira, so...

-Oh, well, there you are.

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What could be nicer?

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Well, let's hope that barometer fetches enough

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for Barbara to take another lovely holiday.

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Well, it's fascinating to see such a fabulous array of antiques

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turning up at our valuation tables.

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Everyone has a unique story, and there's more to come.

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But right now, we've reached our halfway point in the show.

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It's time to put those first valuations to the test

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in the auction room, and here's a quick recap of all the items

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that are going under the hammer.

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The early birds may get the worm,

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but Paul managed to bag this lighter in the early hours.

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Will it spark the bidders in the saleroom?

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Susan's biscuit barrel may have seen better days

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but I'm sure it will make for a riveting auction.

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And this barometer is bound to create a great atmosphere

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in the saleroom, but can it also fetch

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a stratospheric price?

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We don't have to go far to find out.

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Our items will be put under the hammer

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-just across town at the Sheffield Auction Galleries.

-AUCTIONEER SPEAKS

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Well, this is it. The sale has just got under way.

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And remember, if you're buying or selling at auction,

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there is a commission to pay. Here, it's 15% plus VAT,

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whether you're buying or selling.

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Auctioneer Rob Lee has just started the auction,

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so let's catch up with our owners and get on with our first lot.

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First up is that table item,

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machined from a chunk of aluminium into a lighthouse.

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-I love this, it belongs to Paul. It was a car boot find?

-It was.

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-Do you do many car boots?

-Uh, I love going round them.

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-We do the odd one, but I love the four o'clock on a Sunday morning.

-The buzz.

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Four o'clock Sunday morning! You see, you've got to get up early.

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It is out there but you got to get up early, Thomas, haven't you?

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-Would you do it?

-No, I wouldn't, not at four o'clock in the morning.

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But I tell you something,

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this is one of my favourite things in this sale.

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-AUCTIONEER:

-A 1920s stroke 1930s oak and alloy table lighter,

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formed as a lighthouse,

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with a detachable glazed lamp-cover, enclosing the lighter mechanism.

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Getting rare, this lighthouse material. £30 for it.

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£12 is your start price. £15, I'm after.

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Quirky, great item.

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£20, I'm out, going out 2-2? Who's on £22? £22, new bid.

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-Oh, bid in.

-£25, £28.

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£30. £35.

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-Someone in the room isn't very keen.

-£30 bid on the front.

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-Whoa.

-£35, new bid. £40. £45? £40 with the lady on the front.

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Must be £45 elsewhere.

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-Got to be £45 to progress. New bidder.

-Whoa!

-£50.

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£45, gentleman standing. Anybody else have £50?

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-It's going to go at... £50, new bid!

-Great.

-£55? £60?

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Gentleman standing at £55, have we done? Hammer's going to drop.

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-HAMMER BANGS.

-Brilliant.

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Well, we doubled the lower-in, and that's what it's all about.

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-Very good.

-Yeah, that's a nice thing.

-Yeah, yeah.

-And good for you.

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-Impressive, good profit.

-Well done!

-Couple of bottles of Rioja.

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-Good spot!

-I'll get back out this Sunday, see what happens.

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And next up, not quite in perfect condition is our second lot.

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Oh, crumbs, guess what's coming up next?

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Yes, it's that broken biscuit barrel.

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-Well, it's cracked. It's got studs in it, as well, hasn't it?

-Rivets.

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-Rivets, who put those in?

-I don't know, it's always been in it.

-I know.

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It's great, though, because it is Moorcroft.

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Macintyre and Moorcroft, I love it.

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-But the damage will let it down a bit, won't it?

-A lot.

-Yes.

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-Unfortunately.

-Yes.

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AUCTIONEER: Circa 1908, William Moorcroft and Macintyre and Co.,

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The pottery biscuit barrel. Very nicely decorated.

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-Must start it at £55. Lovely design.

-That's a good start.

-Oh, yes.

-£65.

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£70?

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I'm out. Who's on £75?

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£75. £80, sir? £85? £90. £95?

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Well done, Anita!

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£90 bid so far. Anybody else for £95?

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Lovely piece. Top of the shop at £90, have we finished?

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Hammer's going to drop!

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All done, are we?

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-HAMMER BANGS

-There you are, the hammer's gone down.

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There's such a long pause between the auctioneer

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saying the hammer's going down

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and then it actually going down!

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But it went eventually, after 30 seconds. That was a cracker.

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-Well done.

-Thank you.

-Smashing result.

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And finally, hoping to add to the exciting

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atmosphere in our saleroom, it's that beautiful barometer.

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It's just a shame that Barbara's on holiday

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and missing all the auction action.

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-I think this is real quality. Great maker, the best.

-Oh, it's super.

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Negretti and Zambra, the best London maker,

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and they did great scientific instruments

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and this is one of them.

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This is for your proper ballooner.

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Well, let's gauge what it does, right here and right now.

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This is it.

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A late Victorian compensated aneroid barometer, by Negretti

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and Zambra of London. Great name.

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Another plus point, we've got the original leather-covered case.

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Must start it at £200.

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£210, I'm after, £210?

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It needs to be, to move on. £210.

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£220. £230. £240, £250.

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That's good.

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I'm out, but I'm out too soon. £260, it needs to be.

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It's only just started, hopefully.

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£260. £270. £280.

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£290. £300.

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-This is more like it, Thomas.

-Much more like it.

-£320.

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-Two serious phone-bidders, look, having a battle.

-£340.

-Old school.

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Very old school, yes.

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£320, with Liz's phone.

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Anybody else with £340?

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Shout out if we've missed you.

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Anybody else want to bid?

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It's going to go at £320.

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Have we done?

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-HAMMER BANGS

-Hammer's gone done.

-Brilliant.

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-That was good.

-Awesome.

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And I know when Barbara and Gareth get back from their holiday,

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they'll have a cheque in the post,

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-and they'll be over the moon with that result.

-Absolutely.

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£50 bid on the internet, anybody else for £55?

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-HAMMER BANGS

-Sold.

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Well, there you are. Our first three lots under the hammer.

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You certainly need nerves of steel in an auction room

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but thank goodness this is the city of steel.

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There's plenty of it about.

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Now, there's one group of people here in the city,

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who kept the wheels of industry turning

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through our country's darkest hour.

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While we're here in the area filming,

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I went off to find out more about them.

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Sheffield has always been known for its high quality cutlery and silver.

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And when the Industrial Revolution came along in the 1700s,

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it also became famous for mass production.

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By the end of the 19th century,

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mills and factories in the region

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were using massive steam-driven machines, like this one,

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to produce more steel than any other city on the planet.

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This was a heavy industry of massive machinery and punishing work.

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Working in the mills was tough,

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at times dangerous, business.

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It was seen as a man's world, but all that changed in 1939.

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With the outbreak of World War II,

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it became necessary for companies to step up production,

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to meet the demands of modern warfare.

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They switched from making knives and forks to aeroplane parts

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and from sewing machines to machine guns and other items of weaponry,

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like this massive great big Grand Slam bomb.

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It weighs ten tonnes, and it was made by Vickers-Armstrongs.

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Whatever the military wanted,

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it could be made right here, in Sheffield.

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However, as war dragged on,

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more and more men were called upon to fight overseas.

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And with very few men left here to do the heavy industry work,

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factories struggled to keep running.

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It was then that the women of South Yorkshire were called upon.

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Although they weren't officially conscripted,

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single women, those without young children

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and any whose jobs weren't deemed vital to the war effort,

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had to register at the labour exchanges.

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Suddenly women, from all backgrounds,

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found themselves in the tough world of the steel foundries.

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I'm here to meet Kathleen Roberts and Kit Sollitt,

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two of the women who were made to work in the steel mills

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during the war.

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You were both told, then, to just turn up for work at the factory.

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It must have been quite daunting to start with?

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It was either that, or the army, or the land army.

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Even though I was married

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I was sort of called up

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-and I couldn't pick and choose where I wanted to go.

-No.

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-Were you frightened on your first day at work?

-Terrified, absolutely.

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All the muck, the stench,

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the smoke, the fire.

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Yeah, frightening environment.

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I used to think, "I'll never be able to stick this out."

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What did the men think at the time?

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Were there still men working there?

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-They didn't think a lot of us, did they?

-Middle-aged men didn't.

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The young men did.

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I expect, the language was quite shocking in the factory as well?

0:21:350:21:39

-It was.

-You weren't used to that sort of environment, were you?

-Very ripe.

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It was. You learned words you never knew existed.

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Yeah. Very naughty.

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What were you actually doing?

0:21:510:21:52

We had coils of steel

0:21:520:21:55

-and we had to roll them till they were more or less like ribbon.

-Yeah.

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-And we never knew what they were meant for.

-They never told you?

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No, we asked every week when we got our orders,

0:22:040:22:10

"And what is this for?" And we'd be told...

0:22:100:22:12

-"Mind your own business!"

-We never, ever knew.

0:22:140:22:18

-I was in the steel foundry.

-Right, OK.

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You had to push all this stuff into a barrel,

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wheel it right down the foundry

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under the bessemer that would be going.

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Used to have to put a damp sack over me head to run direct under it,

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cos if a molder was working at the bottom of the foundry,

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you were expected to take this mixture down to him.

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At the end of the first day, I said to this chap,

0:22:390:22:42

"I'll never stick this." He said, "Oh, you will.

0:22:420:22:45

"You'll get used to it, you'll have muscles like me." I hoped not!

0:22:450:22:50

"Oh, no thanks," she said!

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Even so, women like Kathleen and Kit

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did stick it out in the factories for years.

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But the work wasn't just strenuous, it was also dangerous.

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We didn't have health and safety regulations in those days,

0:23:030:23:08

-and people lost fingers...

-Oh, yes!

0:23:080:23:10

They lost hands, they...

0:23:100:23:13

Some really nasty accidents.

0:23:130:23:15

Did you ever get injured?

0:23:150:23:16

I did hurt my back pretty bad one day.

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And, uh, I was taken to hospital,

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and as a result, they put me in a plaster cast,

0:23:230:23:28

and I still have back trouble to this day.

0:23:280:23:30

-Oh, gosh.

-It was jolly hard work, and never got a thanks.

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Nobody ever thanked us when we left work.

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But what an achievement, though.

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You know, without the women, these factories would not have run.

0:23:390:23:43

-Well, they couldn't have done, no.

-No.

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However, when the war ended in 1945 and the men came back to work

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and took up their jobs in the factories,

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the efforts of the thousands of women, like Kathleen and Kit,

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were soon forgotten.

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That was until three years ago,

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when Kathleen brought the story to the attention of a local newspaper.

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Finally, after 70 years,

0:24:080:24:09

the women of Sheffield who helped keep the steel industry rolling,

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were given the recognition they deserved.

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We were all in sort of a dream,

0:24:180:24:21

we just couldn't believe that it was happening.

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It was marvellous, it's marvellous. It's taken a long time, hasn't it?

0:24:240:24:27

-Yeah.

-Yes.

-Because Kit's 93...

0:24:270:24:29

You're what? You're 93?!

0:24:290:24:31

-93, yeah.

-93!

0:24:310:24:33

-Yes, I am.

-I'm 91...

-No!

0:24:330:24:37

-..on the fourth of January.

-Wow!

0:24:370:24:39

-Well, you don't look it!

-We've no walking sticks, do we?

-No.

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We're still knocking around.

0:24:420:24:44

Thank you so much for talking to me today,

0:24:440:24:46

because you both are heroes to this city. You really are!

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And I think it's fabulous, as well.

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We've had a long life, but we're still here.

0:24:530:24:55

Yeah, exactly!

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Today, the mills of South Yorkshire are still the envy of the world,

0:25:000:25:04

producing vast quantities of the finest steel, machinery and cutlery.

0:25:040:25:08

You name it, they can make it.

0:25:080:25:11

And I think it's safe to say their continued success

0:25:110:25:14

is down, in no small part, to the women of Sheffield,

0:25:140:25:17

ladies like Kathleen and Kit,

0:25:170:25:18

who helped keep the factories running throughout the war years.

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And it's brilliant that their achievements

0:25:220:25:24

have now been recognised and given a place in history.

0:25:240:25:28

Back at Cutlers' Hall, in the centre of Sheffield,

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there are still plenty of antiques to be valued.

0:25:340:25:37

And while our dedicated team of experts

0:25:370:25:39

pour over each and every one,

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I took the chance to look at an item

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that is a real part of this building's history.

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Now, I expect you're wondering what a Hawksbill turtle

0:25:480:25:50

is doing on the wall here at the Cutlers' Hall,

0:25:500:25:52

and its association with Sheffield's steel.

0:25:520:25:55

Well, I can tell you.

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It goes back as a far as 1773,

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when a merchant presented a turtle to the Cutlers',

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imported live via the Liverpool docks.

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They didn't know what to do with it,

0:26:050:26:07

so they killed it, and cooked it, and ate it as turtle soup.

0:26:070:26:10

And thus began a tradition of eating turtle soup at every annual meeting,

0:26:100:26:13

right up until 1912.

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And hawksbill turtles have been harvested for their shells

0:26:160:26:19

as far back as Roman times.

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It's a very valuable material that can be used in all sorts of products.

0:26:210:26:26

The Cutlers' here used the turtle shell

0:26:260:26:29

for the handles of knives and forks, and of razors.

0:26:290:26:32

Now, there's 13 sections on this shell. You can see them here,

0:26:320:26:35

look - one, two, three, four, and so on.

0:26:350:26:37

These can be peeled off into separate layers, thin layers,

0:26:370:26:42

so they almost look translucent.

0:26:420:26:44

Or they can be put back together under heat, fused,

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to create a thicker section. This makes the shell look a lot darker.

0:26:470:26:52

It can also be carved. It can be tooled and fashioned.

0:26:520:26:56

It can also be inlaid with precious metals

0:26:560:26:58

like brasses and pieces of silver.

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But thank goodness, this trade was banned by CITES in 1973.

0:27:010:27:07

Today, we use a modern plastic.

0:27:070:27:08

It looks just as good, and you wouldn't know the difference,

0:27:080:27:11

so it means a happier life for these fellas.

0:27:110:27:14

We do see a lot of antique tortoiseshell items on "Flog It!"

0:27:150:27:19

because those made before the ban can still be sold

0:27:190:27:21

and Anita has a particularly fine piece on her table.

0:27:210:27:26

Georgina, I love jewellery,

0:27:260:27:27

and it's a delight to have that lovely tortoiseshell locket

0:27:270:27:31

along at "Flog It!" today.

0:27:310:27:32

Can you tell me a little bit about it, and where you got it?

0:27:320:27:36

Well, an aunt gave it to me ten years ago, my Ruby wedding,

0:27:360:27:40

and she had acquired it, I think, from a friend many years ago.

0:27:400:27:44

-Have you worn it?

-A few times.

-You've enjoyed it.

-Yes.

0:27:440:27:48

So, why pass it on?

0:27:480:27:50

Is it not something that you would wear regularly?

0:27:500:27:53

Well, I don't have any daughters.

0:27:530:27:55

I have a lovely daughter-in-law,

0:27:550:27:57

but I don't think she'd want to wear tortoiseshell.

0:27:570:27:59

-THEY LAUGH

-Well, let's have a look at it,

0:27:590:28:02

think about the date and time that it was made.

0:28:020:28:04

It is a traditional piece of Victorian jewellery.

0:28:040:28:07

Made maybe 1860, 1870,

0:28:070:28:11

so it has a good age,

0:28:110:28:13

and it is encrusted with this gold decoration.

0:28:130:28:17

-It is gold, is it?

-I would say that it is.

0:28:170:28:20

We often had gold and tortoiseshell combined,

0:28:200:28:24

and it is a nice combination.

0:28:240:28:27

There's a decoration called pique

0:28:270:28:29

where the gold is inlaid into the tortoiseshell.

0:28:290:28:33

But this is like overlaid, but it is very sweet.

0:28:330:28:37

If we open it up...

0:28:370:28:39

Did you keep photographs in here?

0:28:390:28:42

That's my aunt's husband that's in it.

0:28:420:28:44

-He died quite a few years earlier.

-Right.

0:28:440:28:47

But I still think it's a good thing

0:28:470:28:48

to pass it on to someone who will enjoy it.

0:28:480:28:51

We have another Victorian piece here in the chain.

0:28:510:28:54

This has been part of a Victorian guard chain,

0:28:540:28:58

-which is the long 60-inch chains...

-Oh, yes.

0:28:580:29:00

..that ladies wore round their neck,

0:29:000:29:03

and they kept maybe little watches or little pencils on it.

0:29:030:29:06

Very often these were split.

0:29:060:29:08

If there were three daughters,

0:29:080:29:10

-it might be split into three parts of 20-inches each.

-Oh, right.

0:29:100:29:14

So this has been split.

0:29:140:29:16

And the catch here is not original,

0:29:160:29:18

-that's been put on at a later date.

-Oh, has it? Right.

0:29:180:29:21

So, it's quite a nice wee Victorian lot.

0:29:210:29:24

I'm not sure tortoiseshell is as popular

0:29:240:29:27

as it was maybe five or ten years ago,

0:29:270:29:30

but it is still a nice collectible

0:29:300:29:32

for a person who wants to collect Victorian stuff.

0:29:320:29:36

Price on it, you're maybe £100 to £150.

0:29:360:29:40

-Really?

-In that region.

0:29:400:29:43

Would you like to go ahead and sell it, within that estimate?

0:29:430:29:46

Yes, yes, that would be fine.

0:29:460:29:49

You're not going to miss it?

0:29:490:29:51

I don't know. I feel a bit guilty, because it was my Auntie Connie's

0:29:510:29:54

but I need to get my engagement ring repaired, so it would go towards...

0:29:540:29:58

I think that's a very good thing, I mean...

0:29:580:30:01

I can't wear my ring, and you think,

0:30:010:30:04

"Well, I could probably get the cash up to do it,"

0:30:040:30:07

-but this would be a way of...

-Of helping it along?

0:30:070:30:09

-Yes.

-Yeah, good idea. Well, let's put it to auction,

0:30:090:30:13

and let's hope that there are lots of Victorian jewellery collectors

0:30:130:30:16

-at the sale.

-Yes.

0:30:160:30:17

-Thank you very much for bringing it along.

-Thank you.

0:30:170:30:20

Having come down from his lofty heights on the balcony,

0:30:200:30:24

Thomas has dug up a very unusual item.

0:30:240:30:27

So, Carole...

0:30:270:30:29

it is amazing what is unearthed at these "Flog It!" valuation days.

0:30:290:30:34

This might shock a few people. It certainly did in the past.

0:30:340:30:38

Tell me, what do you know about this?

0:30:380:30:41

Not so very much at all, really.

0:30:430:30:44

I acquired it recently, in the last two weeks.

0:30:440:30:47

-Have you done some research?

-I thought it was something medical,

0:30:470:30:49

but I couldn't research it cos I didn't know what it was.

0:30:490:30:52

Well, it is one of these extraordinary things,

0:30:520:30:55

these electric shock machines.

0:30:550:30:57

The Victorians were obsessed

0:30:570:30:58

by sort of shocking one's body into doing certain things.

0:30:580:31:03

You know, nervous disposition, deviances of some kind, hair loss.

0:31:030:31:08

You've got some combs here to sort of rub over your hair,

0:31:080:31:12

to make your hair grow back.

0:31:120:31:14

Here, this one was obviously to go over parts of the body, I'm sure.

0:31:140:31:18

I think there is a slight theory that this treatment had some form of affect...

0:31:180:31:22

-Yeah.

-..But I just don't know how much,

0:31:220:31:25

and I think, at a home sort of level,

0:31:250:31:27

you've got to be pretty crazy to sort of find the socket,

0:31:270:31:30

plug yourself in, and end up rubbing yourself down with this.

0:31:300:31:35

-Just imagine you got a bit carried away and the glass broke.

-Yeah.

0:31:350:31:38

It'd be awful!

0:31:380:31:39

I mean, that's really quite a rare Bakelite plug in there, isn't it?

0:31:390:31:42

And a Bakelite handle, and I don't think it's ever been used.

0:31:420:31:45

No, I don't, no.

0:31:450:31:47

You see, you've got from weak to strong, high frequency,

0:31:470:31:50

but I would imagine there'd be the odd collector out there

0:31:500:31:54

-who might be interested in this.

-What do you think this wood is?

0:31:540:31:57

-This is going to be beech wood.

-Is it?

0:31:570:31:59

-Yeah, it's nothing special, to be honest with you.

-No, no.

0:31:590:32:02

-The date of this object, I would say 1940s, 1950s.

-Yeah.

0:32:020:32:07

I don't think it's pre-war.

0:32:070:32:08

It's just, it looks in too good condition.

0:32:080:32:11

From a value point of view, as it's in such nice condition,

0:32:110:32:15

it's got to be worth £30 to £50. What do you think?

0:32:150:32:18

-Well, I thought about £25 to £40.

-You should be doing my job.

0:32:180:32:22

No reserve on this, it's got to go. Otherwise, it goes in the bin.

0:32:220:32:25

It certainly will.

0:32:250:32:26

-And let's hope we're shocked at the result.

-Me, too.

0:32:260:32:29

OK, that's enough of the puns, Thomas.

0:32:290:32:32

Anita, please restore some decorum to the proceedings.

0:32:320:32:35

Pat, this is a wonderful item.

0:32:360:32:40

It was made in 1763,

0:32:400:32:44

and it was made by one of London's most prestigious silversmiths,

0:32:440:32:49

-John Swift.

-Really?

0:32:490:32:52

So, it's a marvellous item. Tell me, where did you get it?

0:32:520:32:55

Well, it belonged to my partner, who unfortunately died earlier this year.

0:32:550:33:01

He, I think, was given it by an uncle of his,

0:33:010:33:05

who lived in Boston, Massachusetts.

0:33:050:33:08

Ellis, when he was about two,

0:33:080:33:11

went to the United States with his mother and father.

0:33:110:33:14

And unfortunately for the family,

0:33:140:33:18

Mother and Father lost all of their money during the Wall Street crash,

0:33:180:33:23

and Ellis, with his younger brother now,

0:33:230:33:27

was shipped back to Liverpool to Grandmother,

0:33:270:33:31

and I think his uncle gave this to Ellis at that time,

0:33:310:33:36

and said to him,

0:33:360:33:37

"If you ever need money, sell it."

0:33:370:33:40

What a wonderful story.

0:33:400:33:42

Well, he died at 95 and he didn't sell it.

0:33:420:33:46

He hadn't needed to sell it.

0:33:460:33:48

And he didn't...

0:33:480:33:50

Well, I think he probably did, at some stage, but he didn't sell it.

0:33:500:33:54

Yeah. It's quite an impressive looking little guy.

0:33:540:33:58

-It didn't start off life, however, in 1760s like that.

-Right.

0:33:580:34:04

At that time, it was a plain drinking tankard,

0:34:040:34:09

with no decoration, probably a slightly flattened lid,

0:34:090:34:13

-and none of this embossed work on it.

-Right.

0:34:130:34:17

It would be simple.

0:34:170:34:19

Tastes changed.

0:34:190:34:21

In the Victorian era,

0:34:210:34:24

where we had the industrialisation

0:34:240:34:27

and wealth that was brought by industrialisation,

0:34:270:34:30

people wanted ornate decoration.

0:34:300:34:34

It was as if it showed their wealth,

0:34:340:34:36

-and this has been elaborately worked on.

-Right.

0:34:360:34:41

If we look along here, we see its flowers, its leaves,

0:34:410:34:45

all sorts of busy decoration on the body.

0:34:450:34:50

And when we turn it round,

0:34:500:34:52

we see that it has become a pouring vessel.

0:34:520:34:57

I think Ellis knew that it had been altered

0:34:570:34:59

and that the spout had been put on later,

0:34:590:35:02

but I don't know whether he knew that it was embossed later.

0:35:020:35:06

Yes, I mean, it's an intriguing item.

0:35:060:35:08

And it shows us how antiques

0:35:080:35:11

can change with the style of the period that they lived through.

0:35:110:35:16

-Right.

-The purists don't like it,

0:35:160:35:18

but I think that it's all part of the hurly and burly of life.

0:35:180:35:22

We have the addition of this embossed work,

0:35:220:35:25

we have this pouring spout here,

0:35:250:35:27

and I kind of think that this lid has been pushed up a little bit.

0:35:270:35:32

So, tell me, what are your thoughts, did you like this item?

0:35:320:35:36

I think I would have preferred

0:35:360:35:38

it in its original state.

0:35:380:35:40

And, had I not seen the advertisements for "Flog It!",

0:35:400:35:44

I would have completely forgotten about it.

0:35:440:35:47

And I saw that, and I thought I would bring it along,

0:35:470:35:50

and that's what I've done.

0:35:500:35:51

But it's an interesting story, how it came back here,

0:35:510:35:56

and also an interesting story about what had happened

0:35:560:35:59

during the course of its nearly 300-year-old life.

0:35:590:36:02

As it is, in today's market,

0:36:020:36:05

-I would put an estimate of £300 to £500 on it.

-Right.

0:36:050:36:10

Would you feel satisfied to let it go forward at that price?

0:36:100:36:14

Yes. If somebody wants it...

0:36:140:36:16

It's better than somebody has it that wants it,

0:36:160:36:18

rather than it's in the back of my cupboard.

0:36:180:36:21

Well, I think it's wonderful, and I love the story,

0:36:210:36:24

and that's what "Flog It!" is all about.

0:36:240:36:26

So, we'll put it to auction, £300 to £500.

0:36:260:36:29

-We'll put a reserve of £300, if you wish.

-Yes.

0:36:290:36:32

-It's had a colourful past.

-It has.

0:36:320:36:34

Let's hope it has a colourful future.

0:36:340:36:37

-Yes, and I hope whoever gets it enjoys it.

-OK, thank you.

-Thank you.

0:36:370:36:41

Well, that's it, our experts' final choices.

0:36:470:36:50

You've just seen them, and what a day we've had here.

0:36:500:36:53

Sadly, it's time to say goodbye to our magnificent host location,

0:36:530:36:56

Cutlers' Hall, as we head over to the saleroom for the last time today,

0:36:560:36:59

and here's a quick recap of all the items we're taking with us.

0:36:590:37:03

Will Georgina's tortoiseshell run at the auction

0:37:030:37:06

and fetch enough to get her ring repaired?

0:37:060:37:08

I don't think many people

0:37:090:37:11

want to try a bit of electrotherapy,

0:37:110:37:13

but let's hope this set sparks some interest in the saleroom.

0:37:130:37:17

And this silver tankard may have

0:37:180:37:20

undergone plenty of facelifts,

0:37:200:37:21

but I'm sure the collective will see the beauty that lies

0:37:210:37:24

just below the surface.

0:37:240:37:27

We're back in the auction room for the last time.

0:37:340:37:36

Robert Lee's in full flow. He's fast approaching our lots.

0:37:360:37:40

First up is the exquisite tortoiseshell locket.

0:37:400:37:45

-Georgina, you're a woman of style. You look stunning.

-Thank you.

0:37:450:37:48

And so is your item that we're putting under the hammer,

0:37:480:37:50

this Victorian tortoiseshell locket. I think it's beautiful.

0:37:500:37:54

Why don't you want it?

0:37:540:37:55

Yes, well, I always thought it looked a bit like plastic,

0:37:550:37:58

-and the aunt that left it to me, left me quite a few other items...

-Yeah.

0:37:580:38:02

..which are more sort of like costume jewellery, which I prefer.

0:38:020:38:05

Well, I love it. I love jewellery, and I love tortoiseshell,

0:38:050:38:08

and it really is just a cracking piece.

0:38:080:38:11

Nice big piece, will suit today's market.

0:38:110:38:13

-Yeah. Anyway, look, good luck with that.

-Thank you very much.

0:38:130:38:16

Good luck. We're going to put that to the test. Here we go.

0:38:160:38:19

247, 19th century oval tortoiseshell locket,

0:38:190:38:22

with a pique style in-laid detail. It's a beauty, isn't it?

0:38:220:38:25

-We'll start the bidding at...£85, £95, £100...£110, I'm after.

-Oh.

0:38:250:38:30

That's good.

0:38:300:38:31

£110, £120, £130...

0:38:310:38:34

I'm out. £130, gentleman in the room. £140, £150 now.

0:38:340:38:37

£150 in the room, £160, £170, sir?

0:38:370:38:40

This is good, look at this! And there's a telephone coming in.

0:38:400:38:43

£180 on the internet, £190 I'm after.

0:38:430:38:47

This is excellent, this is real quality.

0:38:470:38:50

New bid in the room, £200, £210 sir?

0:38:500:38:53

£240, I'm after £230 in the room.

0:38:530:38:58

£240, £250 sir?

0:38:580:38:59

£260, I'm after £250 in the room. £360, now.

0:39:010:39:03

-Crikey.

-£280, £290 now.

0:39:030:39:05

£270 in the room, £280, £290 now.

0:39:050:39:08

£300 I'm after. £320.

0:39:080:39:10

£340, £360?

0:39:100:39:13

£380, I'm after £360 in the room.

0:39:130:39:15

-£400, sir?

-Oh, I can't believe it.

0:39:150:39:18

£400. £380 with the internet.

0:39:180:39:21

Anyone want £400 for it, it's going to sell at £380.

0:39:210:39:23

One last look, hold it now with £380...

0:39:230:39:26

-HAMMER BANGS

-What a result, £380!

-That was a nice wee surprise.

0:39:270:39:30

-That was really good.

-Absolutely.

0:39:300:39:32

You must be over the moon with that.

0:39:320:39:33

-Yes, I am.

-So, that was real quality.

-Yes, that's marvellous.

0:39:330:39:36

And quite a few people saw that, they really did.

0:39:360:39:38

We had the internet, we had the phone,

0:39:380:39:40

and we had a lot of competition in the room.

0:39:400:39:43

Now I'll be able to get my engagement ring repaired.

0:39:430:39:46

I've actually taken it into the jewellers,

0:39:460:39:48

so it's going to be nearly £100 to get repaired, so that'll be good.

0:39:480:39:51

That'll sort that out, and then you can wear that again.

0:39:510:39:53

-That's wonderful.

-Yes.

-Well done.

0:39:530:39:56

Great result!

0:39:560:39:57

Georgina gets to wear her engagement ring

0:39:570:39:59

and hopefully that locket will adorn its new owner.

0:39:590:40:03

But I'm not so sure our next lot will see much use.

0:40:030:40:07

Carole, let's hope we don't get arrested right now.

0:40:070:40:09

We're about to give the bidders a bit of high voltage.

0:40:090:40:11

Yes, it's the electrotherapy treatment machine.

0:40:110:40:14

No reserve, it's here to go.

0:40:140:40:15

Have you had a few laughs with that at home?

0:40:150:40:18

Well, I was only given it recently by a family member,

0:40:180:40:20

-so no-one's seen it, actually.

-You haven't plugged it in?

-No, no.

0:40:200:40:24

-THOMAS BUZZES

-You could have had a few practical jokes with this one.

0:40:240:40:27

Obviously, it doesn't appeal to you and you just thought,

0:40:270:40:30

-bring it along to "Flog It!" and we'll sell it.

-Yes, that's right.

0:40:300:40:33

-Cracking little thing, really.

-Well, they're quite weird, aren't they?

0:40:330:40:36

-Yes.

-I mean, we don't really do it now, do we?

0:40:360:40:40

-No.

-We could with this.

0:40:400:40:43

1950s Tesla violet ray electrotherapy device

0:40:430:40:47

with assorted glass wands in a fitted wooden case.

0:40:470:40:50

I've got commissions. £28, £35, £40.

0:40:500:40:55

£45 I need elsewhere.

0:40:550:40:57

-(What?!)

-£45 it needs to be to move on. Anybody else fancy it?

0:40:570:41:02

-It's going.

-I'm tingling.

0:41:020:41:04

For the electrotherapy device.

0:41:040:41:06

Give yourself a shock.

0:41:060:41:07

With me at £40, holding now, we're at £40...

0:41:070:41:11

-HAMMER BANGS

-That's good!

-Oh, good.

0:41:120:41:14

-£40, that's cracking, that's really good!

-I'm happy with that, yeah.

0:41:140:41:17

That's going to end up in a bygone museum somewhere, I would imagine.

0:41:170:41:20

-It was perfect.

-Or on a dinner party table.

0:41:200:41:22

-Can you imagine that at a dinner party?

-Plug it in.

-Yeah!

0:41:220:41:25

-Put your finger in that!

-No.

0:41:270:41:29

Look, well done. Thanks for bringing that in, because it gave us all a big laugh

0:41:300:41:33

-at the valuation day.

-Absolutely.

0:41:330:41:35

What an unusual item.

0:41:350:41:37

It just goes to show, you never quite know what will turn up in an auction room on "Flog It!".

0:41:370:41:43

And going under the hammer right now,

0:41:430:41:44

we've got a George III silver tankard,

0:41:440:41:47

later converted by the Victorians to a jug with a pouring spout,

0:41:470:41:50

belonging to Pat.

0:41:500:41:51

Nevertheless, despite that, we've still got a value of £300 to £500.

0:41:510:41:55

-There's a lot of silver there.

-There is a lot of silver.

0:41:550:41:58

-So, fingers crossed.

-Well, I'm hoping that it will do its £300.

0:41:580:42:02

It certainly deserves that.

0:42:020:42:04

If it had been left alone, it would have made a lot more,

0:42:040:42:07

and the purists would have liked it as it was.

0:42:070:42:09

Sure. This is it, here we go.

0:42:090:42:11

George III hallmarked silver tankard by John Swift,

0:42:110:42:14

London 1763, later converted to a jug by the Victorians.

0:42:140:42:18

Lots of interest on it.

0:42:180:42:19

Lots of interest,

0:42:190:42:21

that's not going to melt then.

0:42:210:42:22

£420, £440, £460, £480, £500.

0:42:220:42:25

£520, £550, £580, sir.

0:42:250:42:28

-This is what auctions are all about.

-Oh, look.

0:42:280:42:31

£580 on the phone, £600, £620.

0:42:310:42:34

-£650, £680, £700.

-Whoa! £720, £750.

0:42:340:42:39

That phone bidder is desperate for this, look.

0:42:400:42:44

£800, 820, £850.

0:42:450:42:48

-£850!

-Yes!

0:42:480:42:51

£900, £920, £950, £980.

0:42:510:42:55

-What...

-Wow.

0:42:550:42:57

-£1,000.

-(£1,000.)

0:42:570:43:00

£980 bid so far.

0:43:000:43:02

£1,000 I need elsewhere.

0:43:020:43:04

£980 on the phone.

0:43:040:43:06

One last look around. Have we done?

0:43:060:43:09

-HAMMER BANGS

-Hammer's gone down.

0:43:090:43:11

£980, what a cracking result!

0:43:110:43:12

Just shy of £1,000, Pat.

0:43:120:43:14

You've got to be over the moon with that.

0:43:140:43:16

-Brilliant.

-I'd be hopping up and down right now.

-Yes.

0:43:160:43:19

Well, it just shows you. We really didn't know at that point.

0:43:190:43:23

£300, brought to auction, and the market decided.

0:43:230:43:27

-What a way to end the show here in Sheffield!

-Brilliant.

0:43:270:43:30

With Pat over the moon with £980.

0:43:300:43:33

It just goes to show, there are always surprises in an auction room.

0:43:330:43:36

See you next time.

0:43:360:43:38

This edition of Flog It! comes from Sheffield in south Yorkshire.

Presenter Paul Martin leads a team of antiques experts, including Thomas Plant and James Lewis, as they search for interesting and valuable items to take to auction. Among their finds are a tortoiseshell locket, a Georgian tankard and a shocking electrotherapy kit. Paul meets two of the Sheffield women who were recently awarded honours for keeping the steel mills running in the Second World War.


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