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Today, we're on the edge of the
Quantocks in the county of Somerset,
and this place, Crowcombe Court,
was built as a statement of wealth
and a place to entertain.
And that's exactly what we're going
to do - entertain you.
Welcome to "Flog It!" Yes!
Local landowner Thomas Carew built
what we see today,
designed to impress in the English
It was finished in 1739.
His descendants owned it until the
The current owners are busy making
their mark on Crowcombe Court,
to ensure it's still
an enticing spot.
We'll be meeting them later on,
but for now, it's time to catch up
with our own queue.
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Our crowd have travelled from all
corners of Somerset today,
to get to this magnificent historic
And I think one or two of you are
going home with a few smiles on your
face, and a lot of money at the end
of the auction room.
I can't wait to delve into all of
these bags and boxes,
and nor can our experts.
But I know there's only one question
on everybody's lips,
which is... CROWD:
What's it worth?
Stay tuned and you'll find out.
We've brought along the people best
placed to answer that question.
James Lewis has gone for real
Hello. You're the star lot, aren't
Yes, you are.
And he's assisted by
Somerset lad Thomas Plant,
who's after a snifter.
It's quite heavy. Once you've got
your gin and tonics on there,
you must have a strong butler, then.
A soap-stand figure has them vying
Any similarity, do you think?
James, I wasn't going to be that
It's time to open the doors and get
on with our valuation day.
As people settle in and unpack,
here's a look at what's coming up
later on in the programme.
Thomas's culinary discovery prompts
a mouthwatering tip.
I slice my sausage open and put
marmalade inside it.
You're a heathen!
James is in
I'm going to do something that I've
never done on "Flog It!" before.
And there's excitement at the
And I fulfil a childhood dream.
Well, I'm hard at it, shovelling
fuelling a steam engine on Britain's
longest standard-gauge heritage
railway, and I hope I don't run out
Well, everybody's now safely settled
inside the house, and I must say,
this room is rather spectacular -
the Grand Hall.
It really is a place of entertaining
and showing off.
Who's been here before?
Many of you? Yeah, a few hands.
Well, I tell you what, what a
Hopefully, we can learn something
We're surrounded by history,
but we want to see some of your
history right now,
so it's straight over to
James Lewis's table.
Let's take a closer look
at what he's spotted.
Michael, we see an awful lot of
these oak or mahogany
wall timepieces on "Flog It!",
but not many of them are 24-hour.
No, well, I've actually never seen
and I've been round to many antiques
markets and auction rooms.
And is this something that you've
bought at auction?
No, no, it's not. My parents bought
the house I still live in.
They bought it in 1955.
And the previous owners left
all their furniture...
..in the house.
And this is one of the things that
I guess, in the 1950s,
wasn't worth anything.
Some of the furniture they left is
actually, now, quite valuable.
There was French Ormolu display
..which I think are now worth
quite a lot of money.
My brother's got those.
OK, so you ended up with the clock.
What does KCC stand for?
Well, we tried to find out.
I'd always thought it meant
Or County Council?
Could be, could be an institution of
Kent County Council?
Kensington and Chelsea Council?
You take your pick.
You take your pick.
Could be... But it's the sort of
thing that's very institutionalised.
24-hour clocks generally were used
by either people who had an interest
in clocks, or scientists or
astronomers, that sort of reason.
Because it's quite a busy dial,
There's a lot going on there.
a lot of people, when they first see
it, they can't make out how to tell
the time by it.
It doesn't surprise me. I love it.
Well, let's have a look at the
So, the case is oak.
The dial is a painted dial, and
let's have a look at the movement.
So we've got a single winding hole
at the front,
which tells us that it's not going
to have a chime,
it's not going to strike.
It's merely going to have a
mechanism for moving the hands.
And inside there, we have a cone
that has a wire around it.
That cone is known as a fusee.
So it's a fusee movement, and that
cone keeps the chain,
the going chain, tight. It means
it's a more accurate time-teller.
So, it's a good movement.
always kept very good time.
But the pendulum is weighted with
lead in the centre,
just to give it that extra bit of
accuracy. So, we've got a
really good quality wall clock,
probably for some institution.
Yeah, it's a really good thing.
Any ideas of value?
I was hoping between £600 and £800.
Whether that's being a bit
It might make it, but I think if you
put it on as an estimate,
it might put people off.
I mean, I would suggest, and this is
only a suggestion, 4-6,
so if you're happy to have a
reserve at four...
Yeah. OK, when I sell it, I'll
probably go and buy another clock.
Is that what you're going to do?
So what sort of clock are you going
Well, I probably won't get one of
these, but perhaps one with 12
numbers on it.
You want another wall clock?
Well, I'd like to, yeah.
you're going to sell the wall clock
to raise some money to buy a wall
To buy a wall clock.
Thomas has found himself
a good spot to value
a great example of Danish design.
Tell me about this lovely table.
Well, I was in a house in 1998, and
I was looking to furnish it,
and I bought this off the neighbour
They probably thought,
"Oh, it's this sort of '70s stuff,
not of any great value."
Have you done anything to it?
I just beeswaxed it.
Every now and again, but not
It sat in the corner.
It's a lovely... It's Danish.
That's what I thought.
which is good.
Which is good.
And I love this
quarter veneer you've got going on.
It almost looks like a pie, doesn't
it? Slices of a pie.
It's cool, isn't it?
Yeah, it is.
Yeah, you can see it's all the same
all the way round.
yeah, that's a really, it's a lovely
Now, this is designed by
Soren Georg Jensen,
so Georg Jensen's son.
So it's got a lineage of great
design behind it.
I love the fact that you've got this
swept base underneath.
And it's made by a firm called
It's on the base, so if we just turn
there it is. Kubus. Danish
furniture of high quality.
And you've got the
Georg Jensen mark there.
I think it is rather, rather good.
Now, at the moment,
modern design is quite popular,
Yeah, that's why I brought it along.
I think we'll put an estimate of
£100-£120 on it,
and reserve it round about 80?
Oh, yeah, lovely.
Yeah, that be a
Yeah, that would be brilliant. It's
more than I expected.
I think they are really cool things.
And imagine you were in London, in a
swanky retail environment,
this would be hundreds of pounds.
If we were to sell this, we've got
£100. What are you going to do with
the money? Replace it with a bit of
No, I just think a good
day out is going to be done on the
A good day out!
A good day out,
What does that involve, Carl?
I couldn't imagine.
Coming to the
auction and going to have something
to eat and a couple of pints after.
A couple of pints afterwards.
I think £100 will be quite...
suffice for that, wouldn't it?
Yeah, nice day out.
forward to seeing you there.
Crowcombe Court contains some
interesting pieces of its own,
all brought here by owners Kate and
They didn't inherit the house,
but I'm about to find out how Kate's
ancestry has made it possible for
them to take it on.
How long have you lived here?
been here five years.
It's not long, is it?
It's not a
but I love the Georgian period.
And I love history, I love old
I tell you what, looking up there,
that's quite a property portfolio.
Can you talk to me about that?
The chap we are looking at here is a
chap called James Morrison,
and I'm a direct descendant
of James Morrison,
and he became the wealthiest
commoner during the 18th century.
He was the son of an innkeeper
and became an 18th-century
He made quite a significant
sum of money.
One of the things he did invest in
was the railroads in America,
which is quite an extraordinary
And tea clippers, banking, all sorts
Oh, he was switched on, wasn't he?
He was switched on.
So he then bought properties for a
lot of his family
members, his siblings,
all over the country.
So what we've done here is actually
just shown the direct line from
James Morrison to me,
and the properties that are
to that direct line down.
with Basildon Park...
Basildon, we filmed at Basildon
Yes, yes, we have.
And then down to my father's family
home in Hamptworth,
which is the northern part of the
New Forest, Hamptworth Lodge.
And then down here to
David and I at Crowcombe Court.
I've never seen that done before as
a family tree with a property
Good for you. Hey, I've arrived!
Well, that was the thing, because
when we first got here,
so many people kept saying to David
and I, "Young couple, big house.
"How are you here? Have you
"No." I have come from that
which is the home
in the New Forest,
but this is not a
family home as such.
We bought this specifically to run
as a business.
So, what do you owe James Morrison?
I owe James Morrison,
through his entrepreneurial business
the fact that I'm here today,
and I think we need to allow people
to also enjoy it as much as we enjoy
Well, I'm pleased you have,
because we wouldn't be here today,
and we've filled the house - there's
around 600 people roaming around,
all over the ground floor. It's
absolutely fantastic, so thank you
No, it's our pleasure.
Morrison sounds quite a man.
Kate's lucky to have him as an
Now, back at the valuation table in
the Great Hall,
James has spotted a collection
belonging to Rod that's also been
passed down through family lines.
One of the most common questions
people ask me,
when they stop me in the supermarket
"You're that bloke from 'Flog It!',
is, "When people have family
"why do they sell them?"
And I often say,
"Well, it's better to sell them to
somebody who's a military historian,
"who can research them and tell the
"..rather than just chucking
them in the drawer somewhere at
Now, Rod, it that what you've
done with these?
Chucked them in a drawer?
indeed. Actually they were given to
me as a child, I was probably around
about seven years of age,
and an old gentleman gave me the two
Boer War medals...
..and they were actually
placed in an old teapot.
Then, later on in life, my father's
medals were in the house,
and those two also ended up
in the teapot.
In the teapot!
Now, the fifth one, I'm not quite
sure where that came from,
because I don't recognise the name
The chap by the name of Cave, I
don't know who he was.
And I thought about it,
and decided that perhaps it would be
better if someone had them,
because I don't think my children
would cherish them in any way.
So, we've got three chaps who served
in World War I?
We've got the
Silver Service Medal...
..that each of them have been
What was your father's name?
Gamblin. Oscar Harold Gamblin.
Ah, so, that's those two?
That's my father.
Your father's also been awarded the
There would have also been
a 1914-18 Star somewhere?
Yes, there was. What happened to
that, I don't know.
It wasn't in the teapot.
Well, they're known as
Pip, Squeak and Wilfred,
they're named after cartoon
characters in the First World War.
So, they're relatively
..as is this one
and this one.
So, all those are World War I.
But this chap,
he clearly was fairly mature by the
time the First World War came...
..because he fought in the
Boer War, as well, in 1900.
That's right. 1900.
And that's the one that I
think is interesting.
Yes, it is interesting.
They're all incredible in terms
of what they would have had to have
gone through to be awarded any of
those in World War I.
But this one, for me, I'm a bit of a
South Africa nut.
This is the one of financial
In terms of this one, it's worth
about £10 or £15.
These two are worth about £30, £40.
This one and this one
are worth £150.
I'm going to do something that I've
never done on "Flog It!" before.
Now, you've got kids, yeah?
The old man who gave you those
doesn't mean anything to your kids.
No, it doesn't.
Nor does this,
because you don't know who it is.
But you never know what your
grandkids and great-grandkids might
think to these. Why not stick them
in a box, take them home,
and keep them? Those two that are
Yeah, I think we will.
That's a very good idea.
thing is, once they've gone,
They've gone. I think
They're not worth a lot.
I'm making that decision
We'll keep those, thank you.
Let's put those in...
let's put £120 to £180.
That's where the interest is,
that's where the value is,
and you've got your dad's medals
That's lovely, thank you very
Interesting, James, but I don't
think Rod will regret that decision.
Well, here we are in the ballroom,
where hundreds of people are now
They're not dancing, you never know,
we might be dancing...
We might do it later.
We might be
later on in the show.
We're just about to go off to
auction, but before we do,
let me just show you this fireplace,
its wonderful architectural
It's not fussy and frilly, it's not
which suggests it doesn't really
And that's right, because this
ballroom was remodelled in 1870,
and it's said that this marble
came from Stowe in Buckinghamshire,
and it really is quite striking.
It does sit right here, I've got to
it's bold, it's symmetrical,
it's got everything you want about a
Well, right now, things are getting
hot in the saleroom,
so let's get straight over there
with these three items.
And here's a quick recap of what
we're taking with us.
The unusual 24-hour timepiece.
A great example of modern design,
the Danish coffee table.
And kept in a teapot,
medals from two wars.
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We're heading half an hour east
across Somerset to the market town
sitting on the River Parrett.
It's been a busy port and trading
centre in the past,
and hopefully the good fortune will
rub off on us
as we head into the saleroom.
And this is where we're putting our
valuations to the test today,
Tamlyns Auction Rooms in the heart
As you can see, the room's filling
up. In a moment, Claire Rawle will
be getting on the rostrum.
I'm going to catch up with our
owners, because I know they're
feeling really nervous.
Don't forget, if you're buying or
selling at auction,
there is commission to pay. Here
today, it's 15% plus VAT,
but these rates do vary
from room to room.
Right, let's get on with the sale!
And our first lot is one of my
It's a 24-hour dial clock.
It belongs to Michael, and it was
left on the wall when your mum and
dad bought their house?
left it fully furnished,
they left everything there.
Well, how about that?
That's a fixture of fitting I've
never heard of.
Didn't happen to me.
£400 to 600? I think that's spot-on,
I've not seen a clock come on
the market like this for a long
I've seen them before, but not up
Fusing movement as well?
great movement, great movement.
And also the key fitted my
You can bleed the radiators?
Yeah, I'm really going to miss that.
Will you promise to get me another
I said I'd try.
let's find out what the bidders
think of this clock, shall we?
It's going under the hammer right
197, a 19th century
24-hour wall clock.
Where do I start it?
Well, 320 with me at the moment.
At 320, 350, 380 with me.
That's 400 on the net now.
You've sold it.
At 400. There
anyone else out there?
You all done?
It's going to sell at £400.
It's gone. Gone on the lower end,
but it's gone.
I've got an early Georgian house...
..so I thought I'd put the
money towards getting an
Brilliant, good idea!
Good idea, yeah.
to go and find a radiator key now.
Not a bad start. James was spot on.
Let's see if he was right about our
Going under the hammer right now, we
have three medals belonging to Ron.
Sadly, he can't be with us today,
but we do have our expert, James,
and we are looking for a value of
around £120 to £180, somewhere
something like that.
we can sell at the top end.
Here we go.
Can I start straight in at
£120? At 120?
It's a nice group. 120 I have.
The internet will come in,
140, 140, 150.
160 I have in the room now.
It's a room bid.
Are you all done at 160?
Spot on, spot on.
Well done, James.
They are a good
thing, and, you know, medals,
they've done so well over the last
They'll be a great investment.
Something I'd be happy to own is
Carl's Danish coffee table.
You picked this up how long ago?
20-odd years ago?
Yeah, 20 years
I got a couple of nice pieces of
It's all the look now, isn't it?
20 years ago, it wasn't, but now
it's highly sought after.
Absolutely, it's the line and form,
the sort of, the space it takes up.
It looks like it sort of hangs there
in the air.
It's a very good
Very well thought out.
Let's find out what the bidders
It's going under the hammer right
now. Good luck, Carl. Good luck,
Thomas. This is it.
230 is this Danish circular teak
wood coffee table, starting at £100.
Oh, straight in at £100!
100, do I see 110 anywhere?
Bid is with me at 100.
Come on, come on,
There's someone bidding in the door.
It's in the room now at 150.
Are you all done then at £150?
Brilliant. I like it,
because it's a piece of furniture,
and we don't get a lot of furniture
on the show, so thank you, Carl.
And if you've got anything like
bring it in to a valuation day.
But that's a good result for you,
that's a really good result.
Yeah, I'm very happy with that.
Yeah, I would be as well.
Well, there you are. That's our
first three lots done and dusted,
under the hammer.
We are coming back to the saleroom
later on in the programme,
so don't go away, there could be one
or two big surprises.
Before we go back to Crowcombe Court
to look for some more treasures,
I've been discovering why 200,000
passengers each year
jump on board West Somerset Railway.
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Railway mania was at its most
frantic in British history
in the 1840s.
Businessmen wanted to
boost their trade,
and railways were the perfect
Backers in Somerset engaged the
railway engineer of the day,
Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
the line between Taunton and the
busy harbour port of Watchet opened.
Within 12 years, this was extended
along the coast, from Watchet to the
seaside resort of Minehead.
And Minehead is where I begin my
although I do need to get properly
dressed for my trip.
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Well, that's better, isn't it?
Apprentice Paul Martin,
reporting for duty!
The railway was closed down by
British Rail in 1971,
but reopened just five years later,
thanks to local businesses and
enthusiasts who saw the
benefits of a heritage railway for
both commuters and tourists.
Now it has 50 full-time staff and
Stuart Nellum started as a volunteer
when he was a young lad.
Now he's a driver, and oversees the
very popular train driving training
course. He's my mentor today.
Right, this is where the fun starts.
I get to have a lesson,
and hopefully drive the engine.
We have to start with the basics, of
course, which is the fire first of
Which is obviously using the
coal and air to heat the water.
Very crucial to keep an eye on the
We have two gauges showing you the
water level, and then obviously
we're generating steam,
which you can see by the steam gauge
I remember from my schoolboy days,
it's not the coal that's important,
it's the water.
It's the water that creates the
So you need
to keep that water pressure up.
That's right, there's a huge
reservoir of water that we're
turning into steam, we're just
purely using the coal to do it.
This is the regulator.
It's like an accelerator in a
This lets the steam from the
boiler into the cylinders.
The other important one, of course,
is the brakes.
We've got to be able to stop the
locomotive. The brakes run right
through the train,
so every wheel on the train brakes.
When we're at full steam, what sort
of speed will this do?
A locomotive like this will probably
do, sort, of 50, 60mph quite
happily, but on a light railway like
this, we're only allowed to do 25.
This is Ben, who's today's fireman.
Hi, Ben, pleased to meet you.
That's a relief, I thought for a
second I was going to be doing all
the shovelling, but Ben's here!
Brilliant! I'll swap places with
That's good news!
Well, OK, well, I reckon, by my
watch, we should be leaving the
Is that about right?
That is, yeah.
Green flag from the guard.
Off we go, if you'd like
to blow the whistle.
The platform at Minehead is nearly a
quarter of a mile in length,
which was ideal for the hundreds of
tourists visiting the seaside town,
and it's kept West Somerset on the
Our destination is Bishops Lydeard,
20 miles south-east of here,
and there are ten stations
along the route.
What is it about steam for you?
I think it's a mixture of the
teamwork, the effort,
they just respond.
So everything you put in, you get
How long have you had this
I've been involved with the railway
for about 20-odd years.
Started as a volunteer, as many
people do, as a young lad,
and it just gives you
a passion to keep it going.
The route must be one of the
prettiest in the UK,
taking in the beaches and the cliffs
of the West Somerset coast.
When the railway was first built,
it played a key role in opening up
this rural part of the West Country,
both to trade and people,
enabling previously little-known
Somerset towns to link with the
developing national network.
This line carried generations of
holiday-makers to West Somerset's
beaches, and served remote villages.
Stuart, what's your favourite part
of the whole journey on the line?
I think two bits, really. One along
the coastline, as you've already
Along the beach, along the
And then, of course, we go up into
the Quantock Hills,
and it just changes. Every day of
the season, it's different.
That little red mark up there,
that's what we've got to keep to.
That keeps the steam pressure up,
that tells you,
that's the right level.
This is what I like seeing -
look at that up there!
At Washford, three stops into our
journey, my moment has come.
Time for me to take control!
Green from the guard.
I get to have a go! So, ready?
Gosh, there's a little bit of a
delay, but it cuts in and...
Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Well, that's brilliant.
Easy as that!
Off we go!
You can feel the power,
How cool is that?
I get to drive this wonderful
My time as a loco driver
was too short.
I had to hand back to Stuart, at the
historic harbour at Watchet.
In 1862, the year the railway
13,000 tonnes of coal were
imported by ships,
using this Bristol Channel port.
The town had its own rail terminus,
to transport goods
unloaded at the docks.
By 1903, the line carried over
63,000 tonnes of freight annually.
It also brought in tourists, and two
hotels opened in Watchet,
along with new shops
and a pleasure ground.
We're just pulling out of Watchet
and here you can see the harbour.
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I guess the teamwork
between you two,
between the fireman and the driver,
You have to have harmony all the
It's very important, because I can't
go anywhere without him.
He basically generates the power
that I use.
So unless I work with him and he
works with me,
it just doesn't work.
So the teamwork, very important.
Well, we're nearly coming towards
the end of our trip today,
and I've noticed how hard the
so at least I wasn't
left to it by myself!
He's sweating. He's not!
Well, the train's now slowing down.
We're coming to my stop.
It's been fantastic!
It's been brilliant! I've thoroughly
enjoyed it - the noise, the steam,
the taste, the smell.
I've got it on my lips as well.
Brilliant. It's taken me back to my
very first trip on a steam train
with my dad,
when I was about ten years old.
Thank you so much. I know you're
going to get a bit of water now.
What a day it's been.
Take a trip on a steam train.
150 years since trains first ran
along this line,
it's testament to the likes of
Stuart and the passionate volunteers
that this route is so popular today.
Back at our valuation day at
it's full steam ahead for Thomas,
who's uncovered a pretty collection,
belonging to Julia.
You've brought along
these jewels here.
What do you know about these
They were my mother's. She acquired
them about 40 years ago,
when they were living
in the Middle East.
They are very beautiful, but really,
you know, not something
I would wear.
I have worn the earrings and I've
worn the pendant, individually.
Never the ring?
No, not really. I
don't do costume rings.
So, I've divided these up.
What do you think they are?
Well, that is an amethyst. 100%,
that's an amethyst.
That's fine. This is quite an
Being an amethyst, it's the
birthstone for February, for an
If you are going out for a drink,
you can wear that stone,
and you won't get drunk.
It's true! Amethyst wards off
Is that true?
that's why sometimes a bishop's
Perhaps I'll start wearing
..is always an amethyst.
Because they're always
on the ecclesiastical wine.
There we are.
No, I'm joking!
They're not, they're not!
But there's a theory. But that's the
whole idea about an amethyst,
and that's in nine carat gold.
These are not amethysts.
These are made by man.
And they are imitating a very rare
famous stone, called an alexandrite,
which changes colour...
..between green and pink.
With natural and artificial
light, so an extra special thing.
These are made in Egypt, or made in
the Far East, mounted in Egypt,
so quite a high carat of gold.
And the, you know, the story is,
these are alexandrites from
But what's great about them is
they've got a different colour,
different, aren't they?
They've got a violet to them...
..with a hint of a grey in there as
So, when you wear them, they
slightly change colour...
..between natural and
And that's why we call them
synthetic corundum alexandrites.
So they are copying, they are an
And it's an interesting fake stone.
This was the very first gemstone
I looked into,
when I started studying, I looked
into it with my eye-glass, and bang,
that was my world.
Well, there you are.
It started to change colour, and
and light refracted and refracted,,
and I thought,
"If you can do that with a man-made
stone, what's a real one going to be
So I love them.
Natural ones are worth over £6,000
a carat, for a really good,
strong colour change, like an
I'm afraid these aren't.
OK, I can live with that.
You can live with that. We'd
sell them as a group.
Amethyst ring, with synthetic colour
change of earrings and a pendant.
This ring here,
worth between £60 and £100.
And these each,
they're worth approximately £150.
So you've got £200 there.
We'd reserve it roundabout
I mean, it's very nice costume
jewellery, isn't it?
Absolutely, and you don't wear it.
And I don't wear it.
And it's been
in a drawer?
So you may
as well flog it.
Sat in a drawer, yes, yes.
And buy something you do wear.
Well, this is the point, I would
like to buy something that,
you know, is modern and more me,
that I will wear and cherish and
pass on to my daughter.
Because jewellery is to be worn,
otherwise what's the point?
I loved my railway journey on the
Now James has met a man who is just
as enthusiastic about West Country
Now, Ken, looking at
what does it say?
South Devon Railway?
You're going to know
a little bit more about this stuff
here than me. You can wear the
and I'm going to sit and listen,
because there's no point in me
trying to tell you about something
you know more about than I do.
So, go for it, tell me all about it.
Well, the shunting bell sign was, as
far as I know,
comes off a box which would be in a
What is a marshalling yard?
Marshalling yard, where all the
trucks are, to keep them out of the
Oh, OK, so basically a
storage yard for the trucks?
Storage yard, that's right.
is a shunting bell?
It's a bell that was in a box.
When they needed to move the trucks
about, they had to ring the bell
to let people know that they were
Ah, so a safety bell?
imagine that was...
A little bit like a bleeping
reversing lorry these days.
Yeah, yeah, that's right.
sell a lot of railway memorabilia,
and I have to say,
there is a massive following for it,
If you've got a GWR clock, and it
just says GWR on it,
the difference that that GWR
..is from £200 without it,
£800 with it.
I mean, it's an incredible
It is, yeah, indeed.
So, here we've
got a chisel with GWR.
That's right, yeah.
Great Western Railway.
And what's this?
That's a tunnel
board from a branch line
down in Devon.
OK, so fairly local,
Fairly local to me.
What do you
think they're worth?
I can't remember how much
I paid for it all.
I paid for things in
a job lot, you see.
It looks to me, I have to say,
Would £40 be all right for you?
Yeah, it would be all right, yeah.
Fine, let's put 30 to 50,
it'll certainly go towards
your next purchase, I'm sure.
Hungry railway workers would have
been glad of our next find.
It's certainly got
Thomas's juices flowing!
So, Joan and Geoff, tell me
about these fabulous, wonderful
I'm sure you're not meaning that!
No, I absolutely love these!
I can't tell you how excited I am to
They belonged to my mother's mother,
and my mother left them to me.
So I don't know any more than that
Were they butchers, your family?
I've got a slight knowledge of a
butcher, but that's all.
Well, that's good enough for me.
Yeah. So, Geoff, do you like a
Oh, I love sausages!
I think, I think you can't be a
human being if you don't like a
You can't be a human being without
Do you know what I do with my
sausages for breakfast?
You have sausages for
No, but when I'm out, say when I'm
Oh, right, yes.
Not every day.
I slice my sausage open and put
marmalade inside it.
Only for breakfast, though.
Can't do it at any part of the day,
it has to be breakfast.
You're a heathen, do you know that?
I'm not a heathen!
It's sweet and savoury.
Oh, I'll try it.
So, this man, Mr Harris, was a
He was Victorian,
and he started selling sausages in
London, in Smithfield's,
but also this is Wholesalers of
London Bridge Meat Market.
So he was established there, but he
was a massive self-promoter.
This logo was his logo,
of the Derby winner riding a porker.
And there's this fabulous porker
here, running across the line,
next to the winning post.
And then you've got, "The winner of
the pork sausage derby".
It's all made up
by this wonderful man.
I mean, this man knew how to sell
He would be like Richard Branson,
the Victorian version.
"The Sausage King," he was named.
And he sold sausages all over
And these were promotional things,
Well, yes, he would have had them
So, you know, if you wanted your
you could have it on your own
What better than to have a British
banger with your...
on a Wedgwood, on a British
That's an 1880s mark, that's from
So they're Victorian.
You're surprised, aren't you?
I am! I am.
Cos they've only... They're Mum's
sausage plates, been on the wall.
That's Mum's sausage plate.
Yeah. These are lovely, that they've
survived, as well.
It's of a bygone era.
It's of a different age.
It's when Britain was at its sort of
peak in the Industrial Revolution.
It's when people could name
themselves "The Sausage King".
They could be characters. This man
walked around Smithfield and
London Bridge Market, buying produce
to make his sausages,
in evening dress,
with a top hat,
and a diamond pin in his shirt.
I mean, he was a real eccentric.
What do you think they're worth?
a lot, I shouldn't think.
They're only sausage plates.
They are only sausage plates.
What do you think, Geoff?
worth what somebody will pay for
Let's put them in at £100 to £200.
Oh, you're joking!
No, £100 to £200.
Yes, all right, my love, yes.
set the reserve at 50.
Let's watch these porkers
Yes, right, fine.
Thomas has got us all chomping at
the bit over the sausage plates.
What a super find!
Well, there you are, that's it.
Our experts have now found their
final three items to take off to
auction, which means it's time to
say goodbye to Crowcombe Court,
our magnificent host location here
in West Somerset.
Hundreds of people have turned up
from all over the West Country,
and I know they've thoroughly
enjoyed themselves, and I have, too.
This has been such a fabulous venue,
but right now, as we say goodbye,
it's straight over to the auction
room for the very last time,
and here's a quick recap of all the
items we are taking with us.
Julia's collection of jewellery from
the Middle East.
The railway memorabilia
belonging to Ken,
who taught James a thing or two.
And the sizzlers - plates to promote
the wares of
an exuberant Victorian butcher.
Back to Tamlyns Auction Rooms, where
there's a good turnout,
and fingers crossed there are some
Let's hope we're on the right track
as we join up with Ken and our
expert, James, for the railway
I like this. We are in the right
area, that's for sure.
West Somerset Railway, I've been on
that, I've been on the footplate!
Right along the coastline,
fantastic! Trip of a lifetime!
Look, good luck, both of you.
It's not a lot of money.
Let's hope we get the top end of the
Going under the hammer now.
Lot 12, some railway
interest items here,
and this one I have to start away,
I've got £22 here.
At 22. 25, 28.
30 at the back of the room.
32. 35. 38.
No? At 38.
At £38, it is, then. Going to sell.
Are you all done?
That's brilliant, isn't it? We're
happy with that.
Ken's lot was just the ticket.
Let's see if Julia's collection of
jewellery has the bidders
These were your mum's, weren't they?
They were, yes.
So why are you selling these?
Um, well, my mum passed away, and
they are beautiful,
but not something I would
wear very often,
and my daughter isn't really
One person who is interested is
But not to wear them!
No, not to wear.
All at once!
Goes with your eyes.
Anyway, look, good luck.
I think they're quality,
and I think we'll find a new home
for them, and they're going under
the hammer right now.
Lot 340, nice group of jewellery
Where can I start?
It is a good group.
I've got 120.
At 120, 130. 140, 150. 160, 170.
180. 180, I have in front.
180, it's sold. We got it away.
At 180, lady's bid in front.
Now it's in the room.
She's got a lot for her money at
I think so.
You all done?
It's going to sell at 180.
Sold on the reserve.
the reserve. Say something!
At least you're smiling!
At least we put a reserve on.
Yeah. Absolutely, yeah.
With jewellery and the market, the
market is never wrong.
That's the price today,
they've worked out what all the
gold's going to be weighed,
what it's worth.
What the stones are
It's been online.
And Thomas knows that's going to be
You know that, you know that.
should probably go to auction,
to buy a piece of replacement
That's the nice thing.
Get a bargain.
That's the nice thing, and hopefully
you'll get a bargain.
That's auctions for you.
Thomas was right to suggest a
Time now to lick our lips as
Geoffrey and Joan's
promotional sausage plates
tempt the buyers.
Wedgwood, just about to go under the
A great name in ceramics, but I've
not seen Wedgwood like this before!
I've never seen Wedgwood like this
before! Sausage plates.
Oh, they're brilliant!
The condition's brilliant.
Anyway, look, they're going under
the hammer. I'm quite excited about
Let's find out what this lot think.
These are lovely,
the Wedgwood & Co...
Even Claire said they're lovely.
Sausages are the best.
Right, now, well, a lot of other
people like these as well,
so I start these
straight in at £320.
Internet 350, I'm 380.
At 450, 480 with me.
At 480. 500.
At 520. 550.
580 with me.
It's going up!
At 580. Do you want to go 600?
Can I sink into oblivion?
600. I'm 620.
What did you put on these?
right, all right,
I've never seen them before, OK?
At 620, the bid is with me.
650. That clears me now.
Room's gone a bit quiet. 650.
It's on the net, then, at 650.
Are you all done? Cos they're
going to sell at 650.
650, Joan, Jeffrey, and Thomas!
Thank you very
Paul, thank you very much.
Wasn't that fantastic?
Yes, I can't get over that!
Well, look, you said you were going
to treat the grandchildren.
How many grandchildren have you got?
I've got six great-grandchildren.
Well, anyway, look, there's a lot of
I've had this white hair since I was
Is that all the worry?
It was only a couple of years ago.
Well, look, it's a lot of money.
Enjoy it! And the grandchildren,
and the great-grandchildren will be
You've been a real star, I hope
you've enjoyed the show.
Thomas, you were spot on there.
You knew something exciting was
going to happen.
He kept that to himself!
I hope you've learned something.
Sadly, we've run out of time.
What a great day we've had here in
Join us again for many more
surprises, but until then,
it's goodbye from all of us.
Paul Martin presents from Crowcombe Court in West Somerset. The grand house was built in 1739 as a statement of wealth and a place to entertain. Antiques experts James Lewis and Thomas Plant uncover some promotional sausage plates that were designed to promote the wares of an exuberant Victorian butcher. Paul also rides on the footplate of a steam locomotive on West Somerset Railway.