The team visit Herstmonceux Castle and antiques experts Jonathan Pratt and James Lewis find treasures to take to auction, including some beautiful bronze sculptures.
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Today, we're at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex.
Now this is the stuff that fairy tales are made of.
Just look at that!
And just look at that amazing crowd we've got today.
People have come from far and wide, laden with bags and boxes
and all sorts of treasures for our experts to see.
Welcome to Flog It!
Even though it was built in 1441, this magnificent castle,
circled by a moat,
has weathered the centuries in remarkably good condition.
That's because it was built as a grand home,
rather than a military castle,
and for hundreds of years, it's been home to wealthy owners.
These days, it's a university campus,
with students coming from all over the world to study
in the unique surroundings of a medieval castle.
Today, our Flog It! faithful are gathered outside,
like a mighty army laying siege to a castle.
Only, they're armed with their bags
and boxes full of antiques and treasures.
They're here to see our experts, to get a valuation.
And, if you're happy with that valuation, what are you going to do?
Welcome to the show.
And today, ready to inspect the items brought in by this happy horde
of Flog It! fans, we've recruited two of our finest antiques experts,
-I'll give you one of these stickers.
It means that we will have a look at them in a bit.
..and James Lewis.
-What have we got in there?
-It's a Model T Ford.
-Have you got a real one?
They'll be battling it out, to find the owners with the best objects
to take off to auction.
I've sat on that railway, eating croissants, drinking coffee.
Oh, hard life. Hard life.
Wow! Don't bicker, boys.
There's plenty of antiques for everyone.
And there's not a moment to lose.
We've got many items to look through,
so, as everyone gets settled in in the colourful ballroom,
here's a sneak preview of what's coming up later on in the show.
Jonathan discovers one collection isn't to everyone's taste.
He tends to be a bit of a Womble for collections.
-But Wombles pick up rubbish, don't they?
James tries to make off with one of his finds.
The best place for that...
And I get the chance to ride on a steam train with a big difference.
Well, as you can see,
everybody is now safely seated inside the ballroom,
so let's get on with that first valuation.
It's straight over to Jonathan Pratt's table
and I know he's spotted something
which could give us a real surprise in the auction room.
Let's take a closer look at what he's talking about.
So, Sally... welcome to Herstmonceux Castle.
You've brought a great bunch of stuff along.
-Where has it all come from?
My husband's aunt had them and...
..they've just been in the family forever.
OK. I spotted these in the queue.
-And I spotted that to start with.
That's right. A nice cigarette case.
-Beautiful, isn't it?
-Gold, black enamel...
It's hallmarked 14K on the inside of the lid,
and that's often a purity that you associate with American gold work.
The front here, this little rectangle, is set with diamonds.
I wondered whether that was, yes.
There is a lot of workmanship involved.
But it didn't look like this when I saw it.
Well, you saw it in the queue,
and then I took it out of the box and it just had a life of its own.
-And it just shattered onto the floor and I'm absolutely gutted.
It's difficult to restore, because you have to get the...
The refractive indices of the glass has to match.
It's a real shame.
Yes, it is. It just flew out of the box.
But a fabulous piece of '20s history, OK.
-And then, moving on, maybe a slightly later date.
This is about 1930, still with the Art Deco feel.
This is silver and black enamel again.
Ka-ching! Oh, gosh, look at that! You've got the marks on here,
which are import marks, silver import marks.
But it's circa 1930.
-That's a really cool thing.
-It ticks many boxes.
-The collectors of Art Deco, the collectors of sewing...
And then you've brought...
You've brought a whole bunch of goodies along.
And then, these three here.
This is a very well-known picture by Thomas Gainsborough.
-The Blue Boy, isn't it?
-The Blue Boy, yes.
Silver and enamel, again.
-It didn't get dropped.
-It didn't get dropped.
-Not by you, anyway.
-But you've got engine turning,
so that you get the pattern of the silver and the glass laid over.
So, a really nice thing.
People call them patch boxes,
but it might have been a little powder box, perhaps.
-The same thing again. Nice traditional shape.
Basket of flowers. It's nice.
-Mid-early century, last century.
And then, finally, you've got this one, which is French silver,
19th-century, slightly different.
So, I've purposely put them in these little areas.
I see them as three distinct...
-I'll start with this one.
-Be gentle with that one.
Yeah, you know, I think, in the way it is at the moment,
I think it's sensible to price it at £200-300.
And what would it have been valued at, had it not have been that?
-I would say, probably £600-£800.
-Oh, my goodness.
Yeah, and maybe a little bit more. I haven't done the research,
but I think a collector will be put off.
The dealer will then take it on as a restoration job, perhaps.
It's 14 carat gold and there's quite a lot of it there.
So, that's the first lot, £200-£300.
Collectors love sewing, silver, it's Art Deco.
£100 to £150, thereabouts.
And then, this little group here, £200 to £300.
-And reserves will fix just below the lower estimate, I would say,
with what we call discretion.
-Are you happy with that?
-Yes, that's fine.
Fabulous. Well, I really love them
and I hope we do really well for you.
I hope so, too.
It's such a shame Sally damaged one of the cases here today,
but it's still a lovely collection.
Next up is James and it looks like he's struck gold.
Well, there's one thing you know will always sell well at auction
and that is gold.
Lorraine, why are you selling it?
I'm selling it because I've just bought a new house.
And I think it would be quite nice to put it towards the new house,
with the family together, especially as I inherited it from my nan.
So I think that's what she would like, really.
-What do you know about it?
-I know it's 1904.
It is a 20 gold coin,
which my grandfather bought from a jeweller's in the Strand in London.
He used to have a business in Covent Garden.
He used to purchase a few items there for my nan
and, hence, why I inherited it, really.
Brilliant. Well, it's a great coin.
On the front of the coin here, we've got Liberty.
Let's have a look on the back.
There we've got United States of America,
20, and the US eagle in the centre there.
It's just under pure gold.
It's 21.6 carat.
Our gold sovereigns in this country are 22 carats.
-So just a slightly better quality.
Known as the Double Eagle.
Designed by James Barton in 1849.
And produced all the way through until 1907.
James Barton was an engraver and a designer for the mint in America.
And this is one of his most famous coins.
I think that might do very, very nicely.
-It's a good coin.
So, almost all the values of these
fluctuate with the international gold price.
At the moment, that's worth about 700.
-So 700-900, as an estimate, and I think it'll do jolly well.
-Is that all right for you, that sort of price?
I was hoping it would be a little bit more.
-Go on, then. What...?
-I did a little bit of research on the internet.
I know it could go up to about 1,500.
The internet prices vary.
They're trying to get significantly more than the gold value.
It does have a chance of selling to a coin collector,
rather than a bullion dealer,
Because the coin itself is in really lovely condition.
It's not worn, it's not rubbed, it's not been drilled for a pendant.
So it's got a chance.
Where would you be happy? This is your coin and it's your inheritance,
so you've got to be happy with it.
If I said something along the lines of 1,000,
would that be too much, or... What do you think?
Would that put bidders off?
You can try it, if you want to.
Shall we go for 1,000 and see how it goes?
Let's go for 1,000. Do you want that firm?
-Let's go for it.
-Let's do it.
-Let's try it.
-OK. Let's give it a go
and, hopefully, somebody will buy it
for the history and for the coin, as a coin, not the gold.
Definitely. Lovely. Let's give it a go.
Thanks very much. Thank you.
There are still plenty of antiques for our experts to sift through
and it looks like Jonathan has found a colourful little collection.
I think you've brought
a fascinating object along with you.
I absolutely love it.
A collection of postcards from the Swiss Alps.
Brian, where did you get them from?
Well, I bought them at a charity auction about 30 years ago.
-And they were all to a family called Carr
and my father was a wholesale grocer and I remember vaguely going to this
Carr's water biscuit factory in Portsmouth years and years ago.
So you think they might have been associated to that family?
I think they could well be, but they all come from a chap
called Arnold Bally,
who wrote these hundreds of cards and sent them to the Carr family
between the period of 1910 and 1912.
So, all of them are written by this chap.
-All of them, yes.
it's nice to see a collection that are from one person.
-With a theme. At this date,
the climbing centres were becoming really popular.
-It kind of pre-dates, it really pre-dates skiing,
so this was the Alpine sport of the day.
And you've got images here of people summiting, you know,
roping up and climbing up the side here.
They would carry a picnic with them.
You know, nowadays it's all about having lightweight gear and there,
they were wearing tweed, with hemp ropes.
-It's a fascinating collection of the 1900, 1912 period.
The Romantic poets and the Romantic writers of the 19th century created
a lot of interest in Switzerland. I mean, there was a lot of people
interested in travelling out to Switzerland and holidaying
and seeing the mountains.
It's well written about, funnily enough.
But you know, each one of these tells a story.
I could just pore through this.
-Keep going through it.
But, Dee, what do you think of your husband's collecting?
Well, he tends to be a bit of a Womble for collections.
Wombles pick up rubbish, don't they?
Well, yes, I didn't class this as rubbish,
but I didn't really think it was anything of note,
so it sat in the back of our cupboard for the last 30 years
and then, we were coming today and I said to Brian,
"What do you think we should take?"
He said, "Well, you can see what they think of the cards."
I really like them. I think a lot of people will like them, as well.
I would have thought at the moment an estimate of sort of £60 to £80.
-Maybe a little auctioneer's discretion somewhere around the £50
-I have great hopes. I really love it.
Thank you very much for bringing it along.
Many thanks, indeed. Well done.
Well, there you are, you've just seen them. Our experts have now
found their first three items to take off to auction.
This is where it gets exciting.
You've heard what they've had to say,
you've probably got your own opinions, but, right now,
it's down to the bidders.
Let's find out what they think. Let's find out exactly
what it's worth as we go over to the sale room.
Here's a quick re-cap of all the items we're taking with us.
We're auctioning Sally's silver cases as three separate lots,
but can they achieve one big pay-out for her?
Lorraine's gold coin might only be 20, but will it be worth a mint?
And can those Swiss postcards make enough to open a Swiss bank account?
We'll find out very soon.
We're off to the picturesque town of Rye.
In medieval times,
it was a key part of England's coastal defences in the south.
These days, the warships have been
replaced by fishing and sailing boats.
Our sale room is Rye Auction Galleries.
The man on the rostrum is Kevin Wall.
Remember, if you're selling at auction, there's commission to pay
and here today, it's 15% plus VAT.
Our first lot is Lorraine's 20 gold coin.
Will it fetch the £1,000 she wants?
I've just been joined by Lorraine and is it heads or tails?
-Heads, I think.
-Or two eagles?
-That 20 gold coin.
I'd never seen one before until the valuation day,
so thank you for bringing that in.
-I've learned a lot from that.
What a lot of money, as well.
-I know, I can't wait to see...
-What a lucky girl!
It's a rare thing, but at the same time, there's a lot of gold in it,
-as well. There were two... I'm just hoping...
-Two schools of thought.
-I'm hoping that it will make more than the gold value and
survive the week, otherwise it's straight into a pot,
probably to the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter,
melted down and you'll never see it again,
so I'm just hoping it'll go at this value.
OK. It's time to find out what the bidders think.
The 1904 gold 20 American Liberty Double Eagle coin,
designed by James B Longacre.
Do I see 800 now?
At 750. 800. 850. 900.
Come on, come on, we need a bit more.
-You've done it, you've done it.
-At 1,000, do I see 1,050?
At 1,000. It's on the net. I can sell it.
At £1,000. Are we all finished here?
-Well, you're happy.
-Yeah. I'm glad.
I'm really pleased Lorraine got the price she wanted.
Next up are Brian and Dee's postcards and there's only one word
to describe these.
Lovely, lovely! And the fact that they're all from one family, really.
One person sending back, I think that's really nice.
-Quite amazing, isn't it?
-300-odd cards sent to the Carr family in Portsmouth.
Exploration is really popular.
I really hope they do well.
OK. This is getting exciting.
Whatever you do, don't go away, anchor yourself in your armchair
right now, because this is going under the hammer.
Here we go. Good luck, Dee.
Lot number 250 is an early 20th century and later postcard album,
mainly depicting scenic views of the Swiss Alps.
42 I've got. 42.
Do I see 45? At 42 now.
Still here with me at 42.
Nothing on the net. Nothing in the room?
I'm afraid I'm going to have to
pass on those. They're not going to sell, I'm afraid.
Well, thank goodness you put a reserve on there.
-So am I.
You know, if I were allowed, I would have bought them myself.
-But I'm not allowed.
-Do your own research, OK?
Contact the families, if you can,
because that belongs back with the family somewhere.
-I think it does.
Ah, the mysteries of auctions.
On another day, those cards would have been fought over by the buyers.
Finally, it Sally's cases, which we're selling as
three separate lots.
Going up first, we've got that lovely Art Deco sewing case,
that's the first one up. Oh, it's beautiful!
Why are you selling this?
Because it was Flog It! and I was here.
Oh, no, you just went, "Oh, it is nice, isn't it?
"What am I doing?" Good luck with this, Sally.
-What's with the boxing gloves?
-My husband was a boxer.
-Oh, was he?
-As a professional?
-But a good boxer?
-Very, very good. Very good, yes.
-OK, well, let's hope we can deliver
a sucker punch to the bidders right now.
-This is it.
One of the best items in the auction today, I believe,
the Art Deco miniature silver sewing case in black enamel.
And I start it at 65.
At 65. 70 are we now?
100. 100 with you, sir.
110, is it now? 110. 120. 130. 140. 150.
-I love this.
-At 140, in the middle of the room.
150. 160. 150, with the young lady on the right now.
At 150. Do I see 160 now?
-Oh, it gone.
That's going to a good home.
-She looks pleased.
-One down, two to go.
The Art Deco cigarette case set with diamond chips to the front
and I've got to start this one at £130.
At 130. 140. 150.
160. 170. 180. 180 is here in the room. I'm out.
At 180. Have we all done here?
And finished at £180.
-One more to go.
-That's good. Yes, OK.
-Here we go.
So, three boxes. There they are.
And I can start you at £130.
At 130. Do I see 140 now?
Beautiful little boxes here. At 130.
140, is it, now?
140. 150. 160. 170. 180 at the back.
I'm out. At 180.
Do I see 190 now?
Have we all finished here?
At £180, the gentleman there at 180.
Brilliant! I have to say it like they say in the darts.
"180!" And it's sold.
And if my maths are right, 510. Is that right, Jonathan?
-Yeah, I would say so.
-That's a good day's work here in Rye.
-You're going home with a big smile on your face.
What a day we're having here in the auction room. It's so exciting.
Things are flying out. We're getting some great results.
I'm losing my voice, but more importantly, the owners are happy.
I love auctions. Things come in all shapes and sizes.
Now, before we go back to our valuation day,
to find some more treasures,
I'm taking a trip up the coastline, to have a look at a unique piece
of British history. It's a familiar shape,
but it's a rather unusual size. You'll love this.
In the south of Kent, the Romney,
Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been running regular services along
13 miles of coastline between Hythe and Dungeness since 1927.
But this is a railway with a big difference.
They look like perfectly-maintained vintage steam engines,
but in fact, they're one-third normal size,
with carriages and 15-inch track.
But just look at them.
They are beautiful working machines in miniature.
The level of detail is absolutely superb and the workmanship
is fantastic. They are a joy to look at.
But this isn't just a tourist attraction,
it's a timetabled daily rail service used by commuters and travellers,
making it the smallest public railway in the world.
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway owes its existence to two
quite remarkable men - Captain John Howie and Count Louis Zborowski.
These two friends, who lived near each other in Kent,
were amongst the richest men in the country,
but what really united Howie and Zborowski was they both loved
miniature railways. So much so,
each one had one built on the vast grounds of their Kent homes.
Zborowski used his trains to make his own Hollywood-style movies,
complete with damsels in distress, starring himself in the lead role.
But what both men really dreamed of
was creating a fully working public railway, but in miniature.
So they recruited Henry Greenly,
the greatest railway designer of the day,
and they commissioned two of the finest locomotives
to be custom-built.
Sadly, the dream was brought to a sudden and tragic halt.
In 1924, Count Zborowski was killed in a racing accident, aged just 29.
However, Howie wasn't daunted.
He was determined to complete the project and he continued with their
plans. He decided to build the line from here in New Romney to Hythe,
which is nine miles up the coastline.
In July 1927, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway was born
and it was an instant hit, with people coming from all over
the world to ride on this special little railway.
All went very well for the next 12 years, until 1939,
when the Second World War arrived.
With the country under attack from enemy planes,
Captain Howie's railway was requisitioned by the army
and given a very special role. One entire train was fully
armour-plated and fitted with anti-aircraft guns,
helping to defend this stretch of the English coastline
in its own unique way.
Unfortunately, being part of the war effort,
the line and the locomotives were left in a bit of a sorry state,
with large parts of the line completely unusable.
But Captain Howie soon got it all fixed up again and the rolling stock
operational. He even recruited two of the biggest names of the day
to launch the grand re-opening in 1947 -
Laurel and Hardy.
There's one man who knows all about Captain Howie.
After a career driving full-size trains for British Rail,
Andy Nash now works here, as the archivist.
He knows what a tough character Howie was.
He once sacked a driver because he saw him from a distance,
there wasn't a puff of steam from the whistle at the level crossing,
and he'd beat the train to Hythe
and he took the driver off and sacked him
and he drove the train the rest of the day himself.
That sounds like he was a formidable character.
-He must've been a hard man to work for.
-He could be, if you...
Got on the wrong side.
Yes, if you got on the wrong side of him or if he took a dislike to you,
but equally, he would run the train service on his own.
What, to give staff time off?
To give staff time off and he would put a show on,
maybe get people down from London,
and they would put a show on in the social club and he would work
the train service in the evening on his own.
So that is a man really playing with his railway set?
Playing is... an extension of it, but, yeah.
-The railway came first.
-Trains came first.
And it was running a public service.
We still do to this day.
So, if we publicise a train, it has to run.
Well, you've driven full-sized trains and you've driven these.
What is the attraction with these?
These have more spirit to them.
A modern electric or a diesel train is fun to drive,
I'm not saying it's not a thrill, but these are the top-notch.
-Is there something quite rewarding
about being there, you know, open to the elements?
Absolutely. The smells, the feel of the engine.
-It is alive.
-It's the atmosphere?
It's something that got in my blood when I was four years old.
This is the greatest place to be.
You never grow up, do you...?
Little boys never grow up.
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has continued
to run smoothly and gracefully up and down
this stretch of the Kent coastline.
The likes of Walt Disney, Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip
and countless other famous people have ridden on these rails.
Today, it's my turn.
This marvellous railway and its trains may be small,
but I think they're as exciting as the full-sized variety.
And I think that's the thing about things in miniature,
they bring out the inner child in us and I think that's what helped
build this railway in the first place and why thousands of people
each year keep coming back, nearly a century later.
Back at Herstmonceux Castle,
the valuation day is still in full swing.
There are plenty of visitors arriving with their treasures
for us to enjoy and James is ready to paint a picture
of a miniature antique on his table.
Let's go back to the 1830s - 1820s, 1830s.
You are somebody who is a salesman for your company's furniture
and you travel with your samples.
This is the sort of thing that a furniture salesman
would have taken with him from one place to another.
It's also the sort of thing
that a trainee cabinet-maker would have made, as an apprentice piece.
Let's just say I arrived at your home and I said, "Julia,
"look at the wonderful pieces of furniture that we could make."
And you looked at that. Would you be totally impressed?
I can see there are a few faults.
-And it's not good enough, for that reason.
But if I were a student and I said, "Look what my apprentice piece is",
-then you'd be far more impressed, wouldn't you?
And that's why I like to think it's probably that.
But the colour is wonderful and it's a lovely little thing.
It dates to about 1820, 1840
and it's a linen press.
It's all in mahogany.
Kite-shaped boxwood escutcheons,
even working locks in there.
Then, at the top, a pair of doors and what you'd expect in a full-size
model, it would have sliding trays for you to put your linen out.
We open this one out...
..and there we've got another wonderful interior.
So, again in mahogany, but we see the difference of the colour.
Now, that's the same wood as that.
Oh, is it?
But this has got what we call patination.
It's years of dirt and polish and grime.
You see around the handle, it's slightly darker.
-Lighter here, lighter here, darker there.
And that is just oil from 150 years of fingers doing that,
and that's the sort of thing that you cannot fake
on a piece of furniture
and that's why I love antiques.
How did you come to have it?
Well, it's been in my life all my life.
It was inherited through my mother's family.
Her uncle, who she was adopted by, because her mother died,
was an antiques collector...
-..and it was always by my bedside...
-..and so my father gave it to me when we had our own house.
-In these drawers were some miniature books...
..which aren't there today.
So, I was always fascinated by opening the little drawers
and the little drawers that are inside.
So, it's great sentimental value to me.
So, what's it doing here? Why are you selling it?
Well, I actually did bring it originally because of the little
-books in the drawers...
..thinking they would be of far more interest.
So, it's, sort of, here by default, really.
Are you sure you want it to go?
I'm not absolutely sure.
I suppose I have to...
I'd have to be convinced that it would be worth me selling.
If that was a full-size cabinet on stand, in today's auction market...
..you would put an auction estimate of £200 to £300 on it.
And, you know, as a miniature,
as something that is made as an apprentice piece,
it's probably worth about the same, 200 or 300.
And I'd recommend a reserve of £200.
What do you think? Would you like it to go?
I'm glad you said that, because I actually genuinely wasn't sure.
Why was it so dependent on the value?
Well, I'm soon to take early retirement...
-..and I've got a few plans,
one of which is to realise a dream from the age of 18,
is to learn to play the oboe.
-So I thought, well, whatever I get for this,
my father would be really pleased if I put it towards an oboe.
-So I could replace something special with something special.
Brilliant. You'll have to send us a little CD of your oboe playing
in a couple of years and see how you get on!
-Thank you so much.
Let's hope that cabinet does well.
It would be nice to know Flog It! helped launch a new musical career.
After the thrill of riding that miniature railway earlier,
I found an even smaller train in the ballroom.
Take a look at this. Father and son team.
-What are your name is?
-Who made this?
-And whose Ernie Marshall?
-He made it on his little lathe in the kitchen at home.
It took him about five or six years or so.
He made all the bits himself, put it together himself.
Very, very clever. The Flying Scotsman, and it's to scale.
It's incredibly detailed.
-And what an iconic locomotive, as well.
You know, in terms of value, something like this,
if it came up for auction,
I think you're looking at around £3,500 to £5,000.
It doesn't sound a lot of money for the man-hours that have gone into
that, that's for sure. That was a labour of love,
but it's really hard to put a value on a scratch-built item like that.
But, I think that's kind of like the ballpark figure.
Do you know what, one of my dreams is to go on a little journey
on the Flying Scotsman. I'd love to do that one day.
-I really would.
-It'd be nice, wouldn't it?
Well, that train's not going off to the saleroom,
but over on Jonathan's table,
there's a couple of statues that we will be selling at auction.
Well, ladies, you brought two really, really lovely things today.
Who do they belong to, out of the two of you?
Right, OK. Where do they come from?
I inherited them from my father...
-..and probably from his father, cos he had the money.
OK. I mean, you've got two very different objects here.
You've got this, which is Japanese, late 19th century bronze.
The casting's very good.
It's like in the golden age, really, in Japanese bronze making,
of this seated...
Yeah, I'll start with the boy, thank you!
On the back of a seated...
..cow. For want of a better word.
Sorry about the dust on the top.
You don't have to apologise about the dust.
One thing I noticed straightaway, this little chap here
-is missing something.
Either he's eating a baguette...
-A little pipe.
-..or he's playing a pipe, yes.
-Whether that was made of bronze, probably was.
-I'd forgotten about that.
-So he is missing something.
Yes, that's a shame.
My feeling is he's probably worth between £400 and £600.
-And if you wanted to sell it at £400 to £600,
I would suggest a reserve around the lower estimate.
My favourite object is this one.
Again, a late 19th century bronze,
but this is what we call cold-painted bronze
and it's from Austria,
with a bird of prey perched on the side of a nest.
And this is beautifully constructed.
I've not seen the bird of prey on the side of a nest like this before,
so I'm really drawn to it.
I'm not sure whether there might have been something in the middle.
Never while I've had it.
No. But it has got a mark and the place you'd normally look, anyway...
Oh, well done.
There is a mark on the base of the tail here, on the tail feather,
which actually says depose - D-E-P-O-S-E,
which I believe is a French word for "made by".
-So, it's like French-made or handmade.
I don't know what the bit underneath says.
I still think it's Austrian.
But it's great quality, nice condition and it's a great subject,
so, my feeling for this is, at auction,
it's worth between £300 and £500.
And I would suggest a reserve at the lower estimate.
I really think it's a lovely object.
I think they're both really lovely, but I prefer that one.
-That's the one I'd take home!
We like that one, don't we?
-300 to 500, firm three reserve.
-And watch it fly.
Things are ticking along nicely in the ballroom and we've got time
for just one more item, so take it away, James.
Now, Rosemary, Robert, this is an 18-carat, full hunter pocket watch,
good big size, as well.
The sort of thing that you would expect a big man to have.
It's far from a lady's watch.
It's lovely. A really good example.
Tell me, what's the history?
It belonged to my great grandfather, who was a baker in Scotland,
and he obviously thought it would be nice to treat himself to a really
-And he did.
-It's a really lovely, lovely pocket watch.
Let's have a look. There we go.
We've got 18, which obviously means 18-carat.
We've got the wheatsheaves, for Chester,
and we've got the date letter there for 1905.
So it's in the first ten years of the 20th century,
which is when these top wind watches started to be used, until the 1930s,
-when wristwatches started to become fashionable.
-But, until this point,
you would have had a key to wind with it and you would open the back,
take your key, insert it and wind it up.
But this is good, because it is a stopwatch,
and we've got a little bar here,
and if you watch the second hand going round,
if we just move that bar at the bottom...
There we go, that stops it.
Now, we should see that in the back, so let's turn it over,
and you can see there the balance wheel.
The reason why it's called a Hunter is because it's got a solid piece
back and front, so if you're riding your hunter horse and you fall off,
there's no glass to get damaged.
So, everything's good about it.
It's got an alarm, it's in great condition, it's a lovely clean dial,
the gold's good, it's 18-carat.
It's everything you look for, really.
Now, family thing, been in the family a long time,
-you know what I'm going to ask.
Well, you get to a certain age and you think you might as well
-enjoy life to the full.
As much as we love our boys, we're going to have the benefit of it.
What do you think it's worth?
I have an indication,
because it was valued a while back and the indication was £1,000.
OK, now that was probably four, five years ago?
Yeah, a bit more recent, but...
We've lost about...
..30% on the gold value in that period.
So, I would say its gold value is about £550, £600,
and I think, as a pocket watch, it's about 600, 620.
So I would put 600-900 on it as an estimate, and a reserve -
firm reserve - of 600.
How do you feel? Do you want...?
-Now I can see, I can see...
-Go on, go on.
Can we not put the reserve higher?
Of course you can, it's your watch.
Perhaps a fixed reserve at 800 and run it from there?
-Would that be all right?
-So we'll put 8-9 and a reserve of eight.
Lovely. All right. It's a lovely watch, lovely.
-In fact, best place for that...
It's a good one.
-Had a good time, everyone? ALL:
Yeah, and so have I, so thank you so much for turning up.
The people of Sussex have given us such a warm welcome
and we've found some fantastic treasures
worthy of such a magnificent host location.
So, now it's time to say goodbye to Herstmonceux Castle, as we go over
to the auction room, for the very last time,
and here's a quick recap of all the items
that are going under the hammer.
Julia's cabinet may be small,
but we are hoping it will fetch a big price at auction.
We're selling these two bronzes as two separate lots,
but they should definitely appeal to the eagle-eyed collectors.
And the gold watch is sure to be a hit,
if we can get it out of James' pocket.
It's back to Rye now and the auction is still going strong.
Kevin Wall is still in full flow and he's nearly at our lots.
Julia, it's good to see you again.
-We're going to be talking about this wonderful little
miniature cabinet. It's gorgeous, it's an apprentice piece.
And I saw this at the valuation day.
We need 200-300. Fingers crossed you sell this.
-This is your first auction, isn't it?
-It is, it's very exciting. Yes.
There we are, it's an apprentice miniature regency style mahogany
and satinwood strong linen press.
A lovely piece of furniture there.
And I can start it at 120. 130, I've got.
At 130. Do I see 140 now?
At 130, 140, 150, 160, 170.
170, 180, 190.
I've got 195 here.
200. We've got new bidders.
-Yeah, there's a chap in the room,
-bidding just there.
250 on my left.
-Come on, one more.
At 250. At £250.
Have we all finished?
-We got it right.
-The heart was going!
Oh. It was a good moment.
-And somebody tells me you want to learn to play the oboe.
Yes, I do. It's been a childhood dream since I was 18,
so I'm going to put this towards one.
Good luck with that. And James, I gather,
is going to learn to play the bagpipes.
You never know, in a couple of years' time, we could have a duet.
-A little duet.
-Let's meet up at a valuation day.
Oh, dear, I doubt I'll get there.
And who knows, we might end up with Flog It! - The Musical.
OK, maybe not.
Next up, those bronze sculptures
which we're selling as two separate lots.
Mary, we've got two lots going under the hammer.
It's good to see you again. Where's Sally today?
-She's on holiday, is she?
Yes. Unfortunately. She would rather have come here.
Where all the action is. Standing next to Jonathan and myself.
Well, look, we're in the auction room, it's really exciting,
things are flying out today.
I love this Austrian bronze, I think it's beautiful.
-It's very unusual.
Why are you selling this?
-So, I can give my daughter some money.
-OK. Good for you.
Good for you, good for you.
Right, let's find out what the bidders think.
This is the first to go under the hammer. Here it is.
The 19th-century, cold-painted bronze of a hawk.
There it is, showing now.
I've got 100, 150, 160, I'm bid.
At 160. Do I see 170?
180, 190, 200.
220, 230, 240.
270, 280, 290.
Oh, this is lovely.
300 here. 310, 320.
310 on the net.
At 310, at 310.
320 at the back.
At 350. 360 now.
At 370. 380.
At 390. 400.
At 400. Still on the net.
At £400. Are we all done and finished now?
Selling on the net at 410...
-GAVEL BANGS One down.
-That is fantastic, isn't it?
Well done, Mary. Thank you for bringing that in.
Right, here's the next one.
The 19th-century, Chinese bronze model of a recumbent oxen.
The flute is actually missing, but I can start you here at...
360, 380, 400,
420, 440 here. At 440 now.
-I have 440. Do I see 460?
Looking for 460 now.
Are we all done? At £440...
GAVEL BANGS That's a great result. £440.
That makes 850 in total.
-And that's going Sally's way.
So, well done, you.
So far, so good.
Two happy owners and our experts have been right on the money.
Will the gold watch help give us a hat-trick?
We've just been joined by Rosemary and Robert in the nick of time.
This is your lot, in a moment going under the hammer.
Good luck. In fact, it's your grandfather's gold pocket watch.
It is, yes.
Are you nervous about selling this?
I am nervous. I don't know why, because it's got to go.
Time's ticking. It's going under the hammer right now. This is it.
An Edwardian 18-carat gold full hunter pocket watch stopwatch.
And I can start it out 550. 600. 650.
At 650, 700, 750,
800. 800 is here.
Come on, let's have a bit more.
And 50, sir?
New bidder. 1,300 at the back now.
1,300 for the gentleman at the back.
GAVEL BANGS Yes. £1,400.
Well done, you two, and well done, James.
-Thank you, James.
You were right, weren't you, you were right to push that reserve up?
-Way, way over gold value, as well,
-which is great news.
-They're not going to melt it down.
-No, they're not. No, they're not.
-I don't mind it going now.
Well, you said you were going to treat yourself. What comes to mind?
Well, we've got lots of things on our tick list.
We saved the best till last.
I hope you enjoyed that one.
We certainly did. See you again next time for many more surprises
on Flog It!
The team visit Herstmonceux Castle and antiques experts Jonathan Pratt and James Lewis find treasures to take to auction, including some beautiful bronze sculptures. Paul Martin takes a trip on a very large miniature railway.