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Today, we're at Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot.
It is a magnificent location that's a product of centuries of
style and design and today,
we're going to be finding out the answer to
a mystery we first uncovered ten years ago,
regarding one of Britain's most noted architects.
More of that later. Welcome to Flog It!
Margam Country Park in south Wales is a unique location that brings
together architectural styles, spanning more than 800 years.
Its Victorian Gothic revival castle looks straight out of the
imagination of Bram Stoker.
It was home to CRM Talbot, who gave his name to nearby Port Talbot.
His father created this stunning orangery,
regarded as a masterpiece of 18th century architecture.
Next to it are the remains of a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1147.
They all sit happily alongside each other and will be the
backdrop to today's valuations.
Well, judging by the size of this fantastic crowd,
we're going to be in for a busy day.
Who knows what intriguing items are hidden in all of these bags
and boxes? It's our experts' job to find them.
This lot are eager to get started, but before we do,
there's just two important questions - where are you all from?
-Of course! What do you want to do? ALL:
We've got a couple of very talented experts today.
They know good design when they see it.
Mark Stacey is as keen as mustard.
-I don't know what it is.
-I think it's a vase.
But Charles Hanson seems to have missed the point of the show.
Oh, it's some money. I could do with some cash.
Thanks a lot. Yeah, cheers.
But not to be outdone, I've found a few gems myself.
I was thinking - it's time for tea. A lovely tea caddy.
Well, I tell you what, I'll talk to you later on in the programme.
-Thank you, Paul.
-Right now, get the kettle on.
Time to get everyone organised and seated.
The queue is making its way around this beautiful location.
Our behind-the-scenes experts will be giving valuations all day
and our production team are busy managing the crowds.
They're making sure everyone is seen and we capture everything.
And here's just a tease of what's coming up.
Mark is completely in the dark.
I'm afraid we can't tell you anything.
A car boot buy is a once-in-a-lifetime find.
This is signed by David Livingstone himself.
And at Cardiff Castle, I'm in for a shock.
-This was £30,000.
Well, who knows what we're going to uncover today?
But there's only one way to find out, as we go straight over
to Mark Stacey's table to take a closer look at what he's spotted.
-And it looks pretty good, doesn't it?
-It does indeed.
He's found a plate with intriguing decoration.
Marjory, you've brought a rather interesting plate,
-which I spotted in the queue.
-What do you know about it?
Nothing at all really, except that it's quite a wacky plate.
And I like it.
-Have you had it a long time?
-We've had it about 20 years.
-Where did you acquire it from?
Somewhere in Wales, in an antiques shop or an antiques centre.
It was at a time when I was travelling around Wales
a lot and I can never resist a good junk shop or an antiques
centre and I will have bought it somewhere.
So you love collecting things.
-Oh, yes. We have a house full of...
..junk, that some people would call. Or goodies, yes,
I like to think.
Well, I was attracted by it because I know this pattern.
Well, that's wonderful.
Now, the pattern is known as the Swan Service and it was
-created by Meissen in the 1730s and 1740s.
It was made for the director of the company, Count Heinrich von Bruhl,
and he amassed a service of over 1,000 pieces.
-And after the Second World War, it was split up.
-And you can find examples in museums.
-Now, this is not from that original service.
The original service is mainly white,
-sometimes with a little bit of gilding.
-But it is embossed with courting swans.
-They're courting, are they?
-Well, I like to think so.
-They look quite angry!
Well, I think they do look a bit... Maybe they've had a row!
And you've got a heron and little insects as well,
-which are rather charming.
-Yes, that's sweet.
Sometimes, they used little insects to cover blemishes because the
manufacturing of porcelain in the 18th century was extremely
difficult and extremely expensive.
So if there was a little bit of a blemish,
rather than destroy the whole plate, they would cover it with
a little moth or a beetle or a bug of some sort.
This is probably French, rather than German.
It's got a funny little mark on the back here,
which I don't think means a huge amount.
Oh, right. I've tried to find it, but failed.
It was probably made by a company called Samson in Paris,
in about the 1880s.
Possibly as a replacement piece for a service.
-Not as a forgery then?
Samson produced a lot of copies of early porcelains -
Worcester, French porcelain, Sevre,
and it's become collectible in its own right, funnily enough.
-Now, there are collectors for this sort of thing.
-But I think we've got to put it in with a sensible estimate.
I would probably put it in with an estimate of something
-like 60 to £100.
And I would hope with the internet that we might get over £100.
-Are you happy to put it in and give it a try?
-Yes, absolutely. Why not?
-See if we can find any swan lovers out there.
-Well done, you, for finding it.
I'm sure that those courting swans are going to attract
attention at the auction.
But Charles has found something that might be impossible to ignore.
So, Stephen, we find things in lofts all the time,
but rarely this size object. This really is something else.
Yes, found in the attic of my grandparents years ago and it's been
in my mother's loft now for a long time and I'm clearing that out now.
Yeah, just amazing.
And it's something which I suppose has such history from that
Great War, 1914-18 and my question is, Stephen,
is how it came to languish in the attic?
I suspect because my grandfather used to work on the tugs,
it might have come from a plane that had come down. I'm not sure.
That's what I think it has come from.
I think in context, I mean, I'm quite tall, 6ft 1,
and you see actually how large these propellers are and this must be...
-9ft, at least.
-Frightening, isn't it?
And it's just actually quite light,
but what we've got here is a laminated mahogany propeller,
made by the Sopwith company in around 1917, 1918.
The actual propeller itself is a 200hp example.
We see ones slightly smaller, 100, 150, made by Sopwith and
almost 5,000 of these were put together and assembled in Bristol.
We can see we've got a variety of different numbers on here. Here,
you've got the 200hp Hispano and then another number and
lettering down below.
Remarkably, it's in such good condition.
And clearly, it's been and it's seen action by the condition and
the markings upon here.
Just from this I suppose sort of focal point here, you can
almost imagine hearing this fly over this amazing landscape, can't you?
And put into context what it did back in those formative years
of the Great War.
What's it worth, Stephen? Any ideas?
Well, my father was offered something in the region
of £500 without it even being seen and that could be ten years ago.
They have made up to £1,000. Some have made 450.
I feel this one in its condition, it's so good, it's so clean,
I would go in between 400 and £600.
And I would protect it with a reserve at £400.
-And cross our fingers.
-Yes, that would be OK.
Hopefully, hold tight, it could take off.
That is a boy's toy, if ever I saw one. I love it!
While the valuations continue,
I want to show you something really special.
Next to the Margam estate is an old schoolhouse,
which houses the Margam Stones.
This is regarded as one of the most important collections of
early Celtic stones in Britain.
They symbolise the earliest days of Christianity,
dating back to the sixth century.
And would have stood as markers on roads or in villages before
the days of formal churches.
And they were all found in the Port Talbot area.
Well, these really are impressive and this one here,
that's the largest and the most detailed of all.
It's the Conbelin Cross.
It's a disc stone and it dates back to the 10th century.
And this would have been found on a street in Margam village.
I'm so in awe of it.
You can just about see the plait, look, it's weathered so much,
but there is a plait all around the outer edge and here,
there's a little image of the Virgin Mary with child and then on
the other side, St John.
That's a very, very important piece.
Now, this one is the Bodvoc Stone and it dates to the sixth century.
Now, the carvings on this are very, very clear.
It's quite impressive actually, considering it's so old.
Bodvoc was the son of a local ruler and this was carved as a memorial
to him and it was found on Margam Mountain, overlooking the park.
I like this one.
Now, I particularly like these two. They share the same image.
Could be a pair, so to speak.
They are known as cartwheel crosses and date to the 10th century.
The reason they are worn, this one in particular, it's because
they've been used as stepping stones across a local stream.
I like that. I like the fact that they've had another use.
It's quite incredible,
the amount of feet that have crossed these over the centuries.
Now, I'm wondering if our experts have come across anything as
exciting as this at the valuation tables.
Let's find out.
There are crowds of people still eager to get their items
valued and Mark has found a very baffling object.
Desmond, you've brought this item in to find out where it was made,
what sort of object it is and a value, haven't you?
I'm afraid we can't tell you any of it.
-Well, we can tell you some of it.
It's a really odd thing, isn't it?
It's almost certainly, I think, Japanese, made in the Meiji
period, so somewhere between sort of 1870 and about 1920.
Where did you get it from?
Well, I'm carrying this for a friend who is ill and I said,
I'll take it down there and they'll be able to find out what it is.
-And we've failed.
-And how long has your friend had it?
-About ten years, I think.
-So he hasn't had it long?
-He picked it up somewhere.
-London, I think.
And when he bought it, did he not ask what it was or did he just find it curious?
-He just liked the look of it.
-Well, I am with him.
-I think it's a really quirky item.
-It's odd. We have all looked
at it and we have tried to do some research and we cannot answer
the question, what on Earth it is. This little section comes out
of that base, and that base feels as if it might be
In terms of the... the little device itself,
it doesn't really open. Someone has tried to force it open,
but I do not want to do any more than that, because it does not look
as if it is hinged anywhere. You have this three-sail type effect
on it, with these little circular Japanese mons,
which are done in gilding.
In terms of the auction,
I am going to keep the estimate low, I'm afraid.
I would say sort of £50-£80, with a £50 reserve.
-And let's just see what happens.
-Do you think he would be happy
-You have spoken to him. If we illustrate that online
and do a description as I have described,
Japanese Meiji period etc,
who knows? We might be looking at a real hidden gem.
Looking forward to that.
-But for now, it is sayonara from here, isn't it?
Oh, I didn't know Mark could speak Japanese(!)
It's always fascinating when an object like that comes through
It has been a busy day so far, but there are still plenty of people
waiting their turn. Lots more antiques to value.
But right now, let's put those first set of items to the test
in the saleroom. I have got my favourites.
You have probably got yours. Let's find out what the bidders think.
Here's a quick recap of everything that is going under the hammer.
The romantic swans service plate is bound to turn heads.
It's chocks away,
with the First World War propeller.
And the mysterious Japanese box has us all puzzled,
but will it intrigue those bidders?
Today's auction is in Cardiff.
In the past, this was a busy and prosperous port,
but today, it has become important as a cultural centre.
Crowds flock to the impressive Millennium Stadium,
in the heart of the city, to watch Wales play rugby.
And in the Bay is the striking new Wales Millennium Centre -
a venue for everything from opera to The X Factor.
This is where we're putting our valuations to the test,
Rogers Jones & Co in Wales. It is a family-run business
and I am pretty sure we are going to get some good results today.
The auctioneer is just about to start. Everybody is just browsing
and, hopefully, they are looking at our lots. I am going to catch up
with our first owner. Let's get on with the action.
And don't forget, our sellers have to pay commission.
Today, it is...
..on items under £2,000.
But it is less for items over £2,000.
Ben Rogers Jones is on the rostrum,
so it's time to get started, with our first lot,
the decorated swan plate.
Serving up for you now, we have some porcelain,
in the form of a dessert plate, belonging to Marjorie.
-This is a swan plate. Is it a copy of...?
I think it's a copy of the famous Meissen swan service.
It is a copy of the Meissen swan service.
That is early 18th century. This is...
I thought, originally, it was a Samson copy, but the auctioneers
have looked up the mark and it is more like Nymphenburg,
which is right.
-A lot of these copies were made, but it is cracking.
Why are you selling this, Marjorie?
-Partly because we wanted to come to "Flog It!"...
-..and see you all.
-And you got your arm twisted by Mark!
And also because it has just sat in a cupboard for many years
-I think, as a starting point,
-this represents good value for money.
Single plate, single dishes - anything like that, great value
for money. Good luck. Let's watch this and enjoy it. Here we go.
Lot 184, probably German.
I am straight in at £70.
At £70. Is there 5?
At 70. Where's 5?
At 75. 80, now.
Is there 5? 85. 90 bid.
At £90. Is there 5? At £90.
All done now, at 90?
-This is good.
-Here it goes at 90.
-£90. We have sold.
-Above the estimate.
Above the estimate. Straight in and straight out.
-That was really quick!
-No swanning around!
What a great start. Those loved-up swans have melted someone's heart.
Next up is a piece of aviation history,
that First World War propeller,
which is taking up nine feet on the saleroom wall!
Well, so far so good. You could say things are flying out of here
and that is a little clue to what is coming up next.
Yes, it is chocks away. We have got Stephen's propeller
going under the hammer. Why are you selling this?
It is a proper boy's toy!
-Well, it has been in the loft for so long.
-It's been in the loft.
They are very hard to display at home. I have had one.
Had it dropping vertically down the stairwell
and it looked really nice as you walked up the stairs, to see it.
Did you never fancy putting it on a wall or were you not allowed?
It was just too big.
-Did the wife like it?
-My wife didn't like mine, either!
It needs that brave person to walk home and say,
"Look what I've bought and this is where it's going"!
That's the difficult bit. This is the easy bit. Let's flog it.
A Hispano-Suiza aviation propeller. And I have got
200 and... 280, to start.
-We need £400.
-Is there 300? At 280. Is there 300 now?
Are you coming in online?
Is there 40? At 320.
Is there 40 now? At 320.
Is everybody done? At 320.
We are grounded.
At 320. All done now?
-There is so much history.
-No-go, I'm afraid, for that one.
-I don't believe it.
-It didn't sell.
do you know why? They are so hard
-to display at home.
-It's presentation, yeah.
In a modern house, it doesn't really work,
unless you treat it as a piece of sculpture
on one white wall. It's there. That is the focal point.
-Look, there is another day, OK?
-There is another day.
-Back in the attic.
No. Definitely not back in the attic!
That is very disappointing. These are hard items to sell,
but it certainly deserves to be on a wall somewhere.
Next up is the unusual Japanese box.
Our auctioneer does not know what it is, either, so we are still
in the dark.
Des, good luck. Your Japanese box is just about to go under the hammer
and, do you know what? Nobody can work out what it is,
what you put in it, what you do with it!
For years, they have been trying to find out
-and I don't know what it is.
-No, I don't know.
-Definitely Meiji period, isn't it?
-It is interesting.
Somebody will know and, hopefully, they have picked up on this
and they are here to buy it or, at least, online. OK. Good luck.
It's going under the hammer right now. This is where it gets exciting.
I'm going to start right at the bottom. It starts with me at 30.
At 35, 40.
5. 50. 5, your bid. 55.
Who's coming in on this now? 60.
5. 70. 5. 80.
5. 100. 10.
-It's like a tennis match.
-It is. Ping-pong, ping-pong.
Have you done, sir?
-Is there 10? £200.
-Oh, it is on the internet.
210. All done now.
210. Here we go...
210. That's all right, Des, isn't it?
-Anthony will be pleased with that.
-He will be pleased with that.
-He's got a big smile on his face.
That is what it is all about!
Maybe someone knows what it is or they simply just like it!
Nevertheless, it is a good price and a great end to our first visit
to the auction.
I often say, brown furniture goes in and out of fashion.
Pieces like this and this. But what if it had the name William Burges
stamped on it? His design? Burges was a Victorian architect
and designer. His work is highly sought after.
It is like gold dust. And it fascinates me.
Now, ten years ago, I visited Cardiff Castle,
to see a collection of furniture created by him for the castle.
Some of it has gone missing. Quite a lot of it, in fact.
And they are desperately trying to track it down.
Well, a few days ago, I went back there, to see if they have managed
any more pieces.
Cardiff Castle can be found right in the heart of the city.
Its distinctive Gothic revival architecture
has made it world-famous.
But this austere facade conceals one of the most glamorous
and dramatic interiors in Britain.
Its exuberant decor blew me away when I first clapped eyes on it
ten years ago.
This certainly does have the wow factor.
It looked straight out of the Middle Ages,
but was actually created during the mid-1800s.
It was the product of an important creative partnership -
Gothic revival architect and designer William Burges
and the owner of the castle, the third Marquis of Bute.
Born in 1827, William Burges was a unique creative force
in the Victorian era.
Burges was an eccentric character.
He was just five feet tall, short-sighted, plump,
very energetic and he remained a bachelor all his life.
His obsession with the Middle Ages resulted in rooms like this one -
the Chaucer Room. The space was not designed to be practical.
It was all about having fun.
Burges only worked for a handful of affluent clients
who loved his ornate and extravagant interpretation
of medieval design. Lord Bute, a wildly rich industrialist,
had the money and the imagination
to commission his work for Cardiff Castle.
But as I discovered, there was more to this story
than just lavish decoration. William Burges was also commissioned
to create around 40 pieces of furniture for the castle.
Now, unfortunately, half those pieces were sold off
in an auction in 1949 by the Bute family,
when they handed the castle over to the council.
So, the hunt was on to find those missing pieces of furniture
and bring them back home.
These were unique, handcrafted pieces,
designed exclusively for Lord Bute. Without them, Burges' vision
of the castle would not be complete.
But in 15 years, they had only managed to retrieve four pieces,
including Lord Bute's elaborate bed.
When I first visited the castle ten years ago, I met curator
Matthew Williams, a leading authority on Burges,
who showed me another piece - a beautiful inlaid table.
I understand this was sold for a fiver in 1949.
Isn't it unbelievable? It is one of a pair, actually.
This one, we think, was sold for a fiver.
-The other one was sold for £5.10.
How did you get this one back?
Well, this was offered to us by a London dealer.
-So how much did you have to pay for it to get it back?
This wasn't just a difficult task, it was also an expensive one.
Matthew had photographs of many of the original items of furniture,
but where were they?
So, I'm back to meet Matthew to find out if
he's found any more missing pieces to the jigsaw, and I can't wait.
-Do we know where the other one is?
-No, we don't...
There we are ten years ago.
Aged like a good antique since then, I think, don't you?
You haven't changed at all. I'll tell you what, it's nice to be back.
Now, let me pause that for a second. Let's just recap, OK?
The last time I saw you, you had found four of the missing pieces.
-That's right, isn't it?
And you were looking out for some occasional tables.
Well, there were a set of six occasional tables
that were made for the clock tower,
in fact we've got a picture of one of them here,
actually an original picture from 1874 when it was brand-new,
just finished, but we do have
a whole trail of where the history of the piece comes from.
Apart from the original photograph,
you've got the inventory of the castle from 1931...
-This is really good.
-..and they're mentioned here,
"a set of six ebonised tables with ivory inlays to match",
£200 as a value.
And we have a record of actually how much they fetched,
and it wasn't £200.
The set of tables, they were all selling to different buyers here -
two pounds two shillings each.
Gosh, that's nothing!
By the time of the 1949 auction,
Britain's taste in furniture had radically changed.
Mass manufacturing meant lighter, more affordable pieces
for the modern post-war home,
which is why Burges' furniture sold for next to nothing.
But today, he's one of the most sought-after names in the world.
There was another piece of furniture you talked to me about,
that fire screen.
-That was a unique piece.
-That was a real one-off.
Tables are a set of six, but the fire screen,
which you can see in this photograph here of the room,
perhaps in about 1900, that again was sold off.
We've got a reference to it in the inventories.
There's a valuation there of it.
"Threefold ebonised fire screen with stained glass panels, £40."
But in 1949, same story,
here it is - "Lot 28, £5."
-Isn't that depressing?
So put me out of my misery, OK?
What have you found in the last ten years?
We've found one of the tables.
-And a big thrill, we actually found the fire screen as well.
-So you were teasing me all along, weren't you?
-Yeah, I was.
Can I see them, please?
-They are up in the original setting.
-Where they belong.
Matthew and I are heading to the clock tower,
which houses the summer smoking room.
This is arguably the most exquisite room
created by Burges for Lord Bute.
It features lavish decoration including the signs of the zodiac
and a breathtaking dome painted with stars and constellations.
Wow. The assault on the senses.
This is exactly how I remembered it.
You will never forget this room, will you, as long as you live?
I think it's one of the best 19th-century interiors in Britain.
And this was his smoking room, so only...
This was his summer smoking room.
-There's another one downstairs for use in the winter.
OK, so only his best friends would come up here.
Just for the privileged few, during those six weeks of the year
that Lord Bute was here, and they would be smoking exotic cigarettes
and generally drinking and enjoying themselves, telling dirty stories.
-And there's the table.
It's in a bit of a sorry state, isn't it? Where did you find it?
Well, this is the interesting thing about it -
it's in its unrestored state still,
but what's happened to it in those years since 1949
until it was rediscovered.
-It's got a bit damp.
-It hasn't been treasured, hasn't been looked after.
-Somebody might even have had it in a garage.
Are you going to get this restored?
Yes, but it's going to be quite expensive to have done
and of course we paid quite a lot of money for the table.
-How much did you pay for that?
-This was £30,000.
-In that state?
It was discovered in an auction somewhere in Wales
and recognised by somebody who offered it to us.
-And you had to have it.
-Well, we did, didn't we?
I like it a lot. I like it a lot.
And the fire screen, that catches the light there.
The condition is very good.
This was very much better.
We were very pleased to find this in this state because again,
it could have got severely damaged over the years.
You can see this yellow glass that we've got here -
Burges has actually included in the design a salamander
on each circular panel, which is symbolic of renewal through fire,
-so he's carefully thought it all out.
-Where did you find it?
This was offered to us by a London dealer.
He knew it had come from Cardiff Castle
and so we had to pay 17,000 for it.
That's not a lot of money compared to that.
-It was wonderful to have the two pieces back.
-It must be.
-I can see...
-I get very enthusiastic about this sort of
thing, but it's getting harder and harder to find it, so I hope
that with those few missing pieces you're going to help me with.
I will do, especially at 30 grand a pop.
The two pieces have finally been returned to their rightful place,
just as Burges and Lord Bute envisaged.
So in the last ten years, the castle has managed to find another two
of the missing pieces of furniture, that makes a grand total of six.
There are still a lot more pieces out there. Who owns them?
Where are they?
But judging by the condition of that small side table,
I would guess in a damp garage or cellar somewhere.
One thing is for sure,
I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for them and I hope you are too.
Back at Margam Country Park, I wonder if our experts have
turned up anything as remarkable or rare as a piece by Burges.
You never quite know what's wrapped up in these bags and packages,
but it looks like Charles has come across a blast from the past at the BBC.
What an interesting item, Clive and Carol.
-It's quite scientific, isn't it?
-Well, we don't know what it is.
That was the fascination, to find out really what it is or what it was.
Yes, I feel as though I should put on a voice,
-because the BBC...
-This is the BBC.
-Are you receiving me yet?
It's a receiver.
It's a radio receiver.
If you look on this top section here, Clive,
you'll see what it is.
It's called the Lissenophone Midget.
-Here's your tuning capacitor, which is in Bakelite.
You can see on this section here, it says "phones".
So you would have had an earpiece attached to both of these lacquered
brass finishes here to pick up and
-then tune in to BBC Home Service.
Here you can see your aerial for A would have been fastened here.
Your earth wire would have linked into here, to actually allow
the object to work.
It's in remarkably nice condition.
My instinct is, without being too precise on date,
would be to say it's interwar years. So it could be 1920s, 1930s.
The finish of it's very, very good.
You've got this lacquered metal section here,
on this beautiful mahogany body.
With a very clean yet slightly worn logo.
-How did you acquire it?
-Cleaning out the house when my father died.
It was in the drawer.
We don't know where he got it from,
but he and my mother did quite a lot of house sales so he might've
had a miscellaneous box and this just might have been part of it.
OK, what's it worth, any idea?
As it is, give me a fiver for it and you can have it.
Well, I say, take your fiver,
-I'm going to guide it between 40 and £60.
-I propose a reserve of 20.
-40 to 60, let's dial in.
-OK. We're there.
I'm sure a collector will snap that up.
Maybe they can get it working again and who knows what they might
be able to hear out there on the airwaves.
-'This is the BBC Home and Forces Programme.'
But now it's my turn as I catch up
with Chris, who I met in the queue earlier.
Who owns one of these, then?
Tea caddies are a thing of the past but I tell you what,
they're a good thing to collect now, they really are.
-So how did you come across this one?
-A boot sale.
-In Port Talbot.
-How long ago?
-I don't believe you. Really?
How much did you pay for that?
-Hopefully lots of money.
-Well, hubby paid £10 for it.
Ooh, that was a bargain, wasn't it? Wasn't that a bargain?
This is George III, you know.
-This is circa 1790.
-Well, I knew it was pretty old.
This is really nice. It's a tortoiseshell tea caddy.
Technically, it's not tortoiseshell, it's turtle shell.
Blonde turtle shell, it's been cleaned up.
But it's absolutely lovely,
I like the fact it's got a little domed lid to it.
If I open this up, two compartments,
-who knows why there's two compartments?
-Black tea and green tea.
-Yes, good girl.
Black tea and green tea. Look at that. It's even got its lining.
That's tinfoil. That's there to keep the tea fresh.
Incidentally, the word "caddy" comes from the Malay word "kati",
which is the weight of measure a tea was originally sold in.
Little cubes, "katis". This is where we get the term "caddy" from.
I like that. I really do like that.
It looks like there's been evidence of no feet, which is quite
interesting because most little caddies have little turned feet.
Architecturally, it makes them stand better.
This one looks to me like it's never had any feet.
-If this was in much better condition and the market was stronger...
£400 to £600 any day of the week.
But the fact that it's turtle shell, there's this Cites issue.
Anything pre-1947 we can sell from an endangered species,
but after that you can't. That's the cut-off period.
People are against ivory and turtle shell nowadays but
there are collectors out there that will buy this still.
I like it a lot, it's not the best tortoiseshell caddy I've come
across, it's got a bit of wire work missing here.
-There's a bit of damage.
-But otherwise that silver can be done.
I think we could put this into auction with a valuation
of £150 to 250.
-Not bad for ten quid, is it?
-Now she's feeling guilty, aren't you? That you bought it for a tenner.
-Yes, I am.
'A tenner! Wow, Chris really got a good deal there.
'Fingers crossed we can improve on that.
'We've still got one more item to find and I think someone
'has uncovered a historic gem.
'Mark Stacey, I presume.'
Edward, now, you've brought a fascinating book in to us.
Tell us all about it.
-I acquired it seven years ago in a car-boot sale.
I looked down at the floor in a box and there was all these old
books and this caught my eye.
And I picked it up, turned a page or two, and I thought, "Ahh!
-"This is signed by David Livingstone himself."
-Signed by him!
-Of "Mr Livingstone, I presume?"
-Yeah, the famous explorer.
And if we open it, actually, we can see that we've got -
who had the book - Captain...
-Yeah, several people have had the book, yeah.
But then you've got this wonderful handwritten inscription,
"Major General Charles Murray, May," and then there's a little note
from him, signed David Livingstone, London, 29th of October 1857.
-It is quite old.
It's amazing, and then as you go through the book there are
-various lithographic plates.
And you have the title page as well there.
And you've done some further research, haven't you?
Yeah, I found out who the person was, Major General Charles Murray,
and he was a famous general, went back as far as Waterloo.
-And then it passed on to another two people since.
And these people were just clearing out and hadn't looked at the book,
-Didn't look inside, yeah.
Well, the book was in such a bad state,
I suppose they didn't think it was worth anything.
-Do you want to know how much I paid?
-I'd love to know how much you paid.
Don't tell anybody else.
-Well, nobody watches the show, so it's fine.
-I paid a pound for it.
-Yes, a pound.
-A whole Welsh pound.
What I find fascinating is that I'm handling
a book that was written by this famous person,
-who signed it and presented it to another famous person.
It is good that, as you say, it's not signed to AN Other.
-It's signed to a person of note, as well.
And signed, obviously, by Livingstone.
It is a difficult thing to value, though.
Myself, I think we've got to protect it, so I would suggest an
-estimate of £1,000 at £1,500, to be honest with you.
-Yes, that's OK.
And we can protect it, of course, with a reserve of £1,000,
because if it doesn't sell for that you can keep it as an investment.
Quite happy to keep it, yes.
So you're ready for our own expedition into the jungle world of the auction.
Yes, certainly, all the way to Cardiff.
That's an incredible find, and I've a feeling that's going to
stir up serious excitement at the auction.
Well, that's it, our experts have now found their final items
to take to auction, and I can't wait to put those valuations to
the test, so sadly it's time to say farewell to our magnificent host location
and the hundreds of people who have turned up today.
What a day it's been, everyone's enjoyed themselves.
But right now, here's a quick recap of all the items going under the hammer,
and this is Jessie, and thank you for saying this,
and here's the quick recap in Welsh.
A dyma'r pethau a fydd yn mynd ar y sel heddiw.
That was brilliant. Let's flog it!
Clive and Carol's BBC receiver, which they found in a drawer.
The lovely turtle-shell tea caddy spotted at a car-boot sale.
But the biggest discovery of all, David Livingstone's signed book.
Back at Rogers Jones & Co,
Ben is still hard at work on the rostrum,
but before we start our first lot
I want to take a look at the David Livingstone book.
Published in 1857, the book tells of Livingstone's adventures in
South Africa over a 16-year period.
Born in Scotland, he was a Christian missionary,
explorer and anti-slavery campaigner.
As one of the first Europeans to penetrate the interior of Africa,
he famously named Victoria Falls and became a hero of the Victorian age.
I didn't see this at the valuation day, Mark.
-I know, it's amazing, Paul, isn't it?
-Some people have all the luck.
-Have you got high hopes for this, Mark?
Well, we've put £1,000-£1,500,
but how can you value something like that?
PAUL INHALES DEEPLY
This we could have a big surprise with.
Whatever you do, do not go away.
I reckon a lot more than what Mark thinks.
All will be revealed, but first up, it's the BBC receiver.
I love this next item. It's not a lot of money.
It's a real curio, it's a little, tiny radio receiver,
-but it looks like a piece of sculpture.
-It's got the BBC on it.
-It has, yes.
I think you're spot-on with the value.
-Yeah, I hope so. It's a real curio.
-A real boy's toy.
-Of course it is.
-Something for the desktop, to play with.
We're putting this under the hammer right now. Good luck.
-This is it.
The wooden, brass and celluloid radio receiver, bearing BBC crest.
I'm straight in at £80. Is there 5?
85. 90 with me. Is there 5?
-95. 100 bid.
-Clive, this is good. This is very good.
-We never thought.
-110 in the room.
-One more. It's picking up.
Out online, OK. 110, it's in the room. Is everybody done?
-At 110, here we go, at 110.
-Hammer's up now.
-It's a brilliant thing.
-110, that sold. I'd love to have owned that as well.
-Why didn't you say?
Well, cos we're not allowed to buy things,
-but I could see that on my desk at home, because it's fun.
Yeah, and it's all about the BBC as well, which is brilliant.
'That was a real gem, and a great result.
'Next it's tea-time, with the stylish Georgian caddy.'
Right, it's my turn to be the expert.
I fell in love with this, and it belongs to Chris, who's looking very colourful.
-Fingers crossed for this.
-I think I've pitched this to sell.
I think this will go, and it's in good company,
there's two or three other caddies today,
so hopefully the caddy collectors would have picked this up.
-It's a quality item.
OK, ready? This is it, it's going under the hammer.
A wonderful tortoiseshell tea caddy, lot 336.
-Off I go, 340. At 340, is there 60?
At 360, 380. At £380, is there 400?
-Yeah, I was a bit cautious about the damage.
-Well, it looks as if they've fancied it, yeah.
-Is everybody done?
At 420, last call, then, at 420, here we go.
420, that was literally straight in and straight out.
I think he had two or three commission bids left
-on the high point there.
-Up in the high 300s.
Chris, that's a brilliant result. It was fantastic, wasn't it?
-Give us a hug.
'That's not bad for a £10 investment. What a brilliant result.
'Next up, that historic book signed by one of the greatest names
'in Victorian history, David Livingstone.
'I've been looking forward to this.'
Well, our next item was bought for just £1 at
a car-boot sale several years ago, yes, just £1.
It belongs to Edward. Can you remember the day you bought this?
Were you excited?
I didn't get too excited at the time,
-I had to verify whether it was genuine.
-I thought 99% it was, yes.
-And the book's in pretty good condition,
all the plates are there, there's no pages missing.
I think this is a... I would totally agree with you, you know,
we're looking for £1,500, maybe £2,000,
but this should be in a museum, and if somebody picks up on this
hopefully we're looking at two to three grand.
-I don't know, the sky's the limit.
-I don't know, Paul.
Who doesn't know the expression "Mr Livingstone, I presume"?
-We all know it, we were brought up at school on these stories.
I mean, it really brought my childhood back,
that expression, and it really made me tingle when I saw it.
-Yeah, and it's something you'd love to own.
-Oh, it's wonderful.
Hopefully we're going to have this roller-coaster ride,
and it's starting right now.
This is it.
Lot 391, what a wonderful item to have in a saleroom,
it's been a privilege to look after it for a few weeks.
The volume of Livingstone's Missionary Travels In South Africa,
with wonderful provenance.
-I'm straight in at £1,800.
-Ooh! There you go.
-Is there 19 now?
At 1,800, 1,900,
-Paul, you were right.
-It's a lovely item here. At 2.2.
-2,600. Is there 8 now? At 2,600.
-Are we going to do the 3,000?
-We will do the 3,000. We will, we've got to.
-3,000, and I'm out. At £3,000, it's online.
At £3,000, is everybody done?
-£3,000 and here it goes. Hammer's up now.
Oh, I'm tingling.
Edward, you must be tingling, that's brilliant. £3,000!
-Thank you, thank you.
-For a pound investment.
Oh, I'm tingling all over. That is so exciting.
Thank you for making my day. I hope we've made your day as well.
Join us again for many more surprises,
but sadly that is the end of today's show.
Come and join me, you both deserve it.
Dr Livingstone, I presume, how about that?
-Hopefully it's gone to a museum.
-I hope so, yes.
-I hope so as well.
Join us again next time for many more surprises on "Flog It!"