Paul Martin presents from Wolverhampton Art Gallery, where he finds out about the life of one of the city's most famous sons, footballer Billy Wright.
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Today, we're in the West Midlands
and the host for our valuation day
is the fabulous Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Hundreds of people have turned up
laden with antiques and collectables.
They're here to see our experts to ask that all-important question -
what's it worth?
If you're happy with the valuation, what are you going to do?
ALL: "Flog It!"! Let's do it.
This part of the Midlands was once a leading manufacturing centre
with mines, iron and steel production
and later, motorcycles and other vehicles,
including the Defiant fighter planes,
which played an important role during World War II.
So, here, outside the fabulous Wolverhampton Art Gallery
where hundreds of people have turned up
laden with antiques and collectables,
we need to pick up the pace
because all of this lot need attention.
They want to know the answer to their all-important question,
-What's it worth?
We're in good hands today
because James Lewis knows exactly what we like.
-Hello. Ah, a "Flog It!" Favourite!
A bit of Moorcroft.
That's a nice one, you know.
And Caroline Hawley just keeps us feeling festive all year round.
Do you know, it's like Christmas, isn't it? Let's have a look.
But when the experts get together, there's always a bit of rivalry.
While everyone gets seated, here's a quick look at what's coming up.
James goes down under with some Aboriginal art...
Oh, look at the name! Namatjira,
one of the most famous of the Aboriginal artists in Australia.
..while it's a life in service story for Caroline's table.
My father was the butler and my mother was the cook.
-So they met in service?
Oh, I've just heard a collective "aw" behind me here.
Isn't that lovely?
Well, we can't come to Wolverhampton without talking about
This football club has had its fair share
of outstanding players throughout its history
and, later on in the programme,
I'm going to be finding out more about the late Billy Wright.
He was the David Beckham of post-war Britain
and he captivated the nation when he married a glamorous pop star.
So, the stage is set here in Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
While everybody's getting settled in,
I just want to show you this magnificent staircase.
It's part of the original building and it's right by the main entrance.
It really is an architectural delight.
It was built by local contractor Philip Horsman,
taken from designs by Birmingham architect Julius Chatwin.
The building opened in 1884, and this stairwell still serves as
a fantastic start to your grand tour for the treasures above.
Now, I wonder if James has found anything sophisticated
for his first item.
Well, Bill, I have to tell you, you caused great excitement
-with a certain Australian on the production team.
One of the directors. She said, "Oh! Look at the name!"
But...I have to say, she pointed out immediately that is was Enos.
Enos, son of the great Albert,
who was one of the most famous of the Aboriginal artists in Australia.
I think the Queen and Prince Charles collect the works of Albert,
but close family member, the eldest son.
What's the history?
I met a lady at an antique fair and I believe she was family.
And she said it was unframed and it was in poor condition
and she said, "Would you like to buy it?"
I said, "How much do you want?" She goes, "What will you give me?"
So I said, "I reckon, what do you think, £25?"
She said, "I'll have your money."
Since then, I've had it restored and had it up on my wall.
And my daughter said,
"It's about time you got rid of some of your stock, now, Dad."
So there we are.
Aboriginal art is huge.
-Absolutely massive at the moment.
But it's not an artist that is hugely collected in his own right.
Albert - yes.
I mean, we would have them queuing almost all the way to Sydney
-if it was Albert.
-I mean, just hugely popular.
But it's likely that his father had influence on him
-and it is the family, it does have a close link.
I love this contrast in colours.
A totally illogical use of colour that is typical of Aboriginal art.
Wonderfully stylised, wonderfully stylish
and in a lot of Aboriginal art they have this...um, symbolism
but, here, there isn't a lot of symbolism. It's a landscape.
I guess that's something like a gum tree, is it?
Well, apparently it was supposed to be...
Initially, the artist was showing this German artist around.
-And then he said, "I'll teach you to paint in the Western style."
Ah, that's why.
And that's how he came to get away
from the traditional Aboriginal style that we know.
Because it's not exactly what you'd expect from Aboriginal art.
It's more interesting as a historical piece
than it is valuable as a work of art.
-Right. Yeah, I think so.
-What did you pay?
-OK. I think there might be a small profit in it.
Yes, I think so. I hope so.
-I would put an auction estimate of £60-£100.
So it's not going to make mega money.
I'll be watching with interest.
You and me both. Fingers crossed.
Well, Caroline seems to be getting into the swing of things.
Wow, Bala. Love this.
This is gorgeous.
Now, tell me about it.
I bought it from a charity shop in West Bromwich.
I do not believe it.
Do you know this is quite a rare thing?
-Have you played with it?
-I don't want to damage it.
-This is wonderful.
It's made of aluminium, with its original steelwork here.
-There's no damage at all.
-None at all.
-And the original handle.
-Handle as well, yeah.
This red and black handle, which is absolutely...
And it feels wonderful.
And it's actually made by
the Birmingham Aluminium Casting Company.
Now, that was a company that was set up in 1903
off the back of the interest in bicycles from the 1890s.
They specialised in making things in aluminium
and this really is quite rare.
Dates from the 1920s.
-Are you amazed you found it for that money?
Yeah, I'm surprised.
This is called Birmal.
This is the name of this tennis racket.
And "13 1/2", here, I think refers to the size of it,
which is this, 13.5 inches. I haven't measured it,
but I think that's the size. It would come in different sizes.
And this just really makes me want to go out and play tennis.
-Fancy a game?
Now, you've bought this, you've kept it at home.
-Has it been on display?
-Just in the wardrobe.
Some of these have gone for as much as £150.
This one I think is going to go between £80-£120.
-Are you amazed?
-Are you thrilled?
-So, shall we take it to auction?
-Now, would you like a reserve on it?
-Would you say 50?
50? You'd like a reserve of 50.
Well, that won't be any trouble at all.
I promise you, this is going to fly out of that saleroom,
and I'm going to follow you to the charity shop next time.
Bala's definitely got the advantage with that one.
Well, I'm up here on the balcony of the gallery looking at my watch
because any moment now - it happens on the hour, every hour -
this piece of sculpture, this sheep starts to fly in the air.
It's got this mechanical cage around it
and apparently it goes right out over the balcony.
It's all very exciting and I don't know what's going to happen next.
The art gallery commissioned Baa-bara, as she's called,
as part of the Millennium celebrations
and to recognise the city's role in the wool trade.
There's something else inside. It's a wolf!
I think that's brilliant. It's absolutely fantastic.
The wolf is a play on the nickname of the city's football team Wolves,
and also ties in with the old saying 'a wolf in sheep's clothing'.
What a great installation.
I'm so pleased they've put that there
because it's given me a lot of fun anyway,
and I'm sure hundreds of thousands of passers-by every day.
Now, we had better get back to James because, as we're finding out,
there is still much to uncover here in Wolverhampton.
Well, Cole, the first thing to say is that this is an intriguing box.
It's interesting even before we've opened it.
It's got these green tie strings.
It's covered in leather and embossed in gilt, so when we open it up...
Isn't that wonderful?
It's about as British as you can get.
-Would you like to...?
The first thing to say is it's clearly an official seal
in a tin box, and it's a royal seal.
Now, let's just open this up.
"William the Fourth, the grace of God."
So it says, "Henry Elkington of Birmingham in the county of Warwick,
"he has invented and improved rotary steam engine."
-So this is like an early patent.
-It is a patent, yeah.
Wow. And it's to Elkington, who, of course, are probably
the most famous silversmiths of all time, in terms of silver plating.
They invented EPNS,
which was launched at the 1851 exhibition.
They made things like the trophy at Wimbledon and...
you know, they are massive names.
So, this is a patent for a machine that plates.
-Or just a steam engine?
-To power the plating technique.
What's the history behind this?
I started work at Elkington's
-when it had moved to Goscote in Walsall...
and was still employed right up until 2011.
The company's president came in from the States, and he saw over
all the movements of the plant and the sale of the equipment, etc, etc,
-and this was down for the skip.
because it really is a connoisseur's piece.
-It's on vellum - pigskin...
-Is that right?
..which is why it's survived in such wonderful condition.
And this border, that we can see in black and white, is printed.
The central section, that is outlined in red,
has then been written with quill and ink.
Wonderfully, wonderfully skilled work.
And then, if we look down at the base here,
the seal is pressed in wax, and it's getting on for 200 years old.
As a value, it's not going to be massive.
No, I wouldn't have expected it to be.
It's far more decorative than valuable.
It's interesting, historically.
I think £40 to £60 is probably what it's worth.
-But what a wonderful thing, and well rescued.
Well, it certainly has been lights, camera, action.
We have been working flat out.
As you can see, we have got a lot of crews here and our experts
have found their first items to take off to auction.
This is where the surprises happen.
Let's up the tempo, let's get to the saleroom.
Let's find out what it's worth.
Here's a quick recap of all the items going under the hammer.
This fabulous Aboriginal painting by Enos Namatjira
would brighten up any living room.
Let's hope we can serve up an ace with Bala's 1920s tennis racket,
bought for a mere £2.
And this company patent already has the royal seal of approval,
so will it draw in the collectors?
We're heading to Whitchurch in Shropshire,
which is the northern-most market town,
sitting on the borders of south Cheshire and Wales.
Trevanion & Dean's saleroom will hold the auction today,
and Christina Trevanion...
Looking for five...
..and Aaron Dean are our auctioneers.
Remember, you will be paying a commission fee here,
which is 17% plus VAT.
With you, sir, in red, at £60... 65.
First up, the patent. Carl, it's great to see you again.
Going under the hammer right now, we've got a bit of royal approval.
King William IV. It's for Elkington's
-and you worked at Elkington's, didn't you?
Interestingly enough, though, this was about to go in the skip.
They just got rid of everything on the site
-and knocked it down.
-And luckily enough, you spotted it.
-I did, yeah.
-And said, "I'll have it."
-I didn't know what it was at the time.
It's not a lot of money, James.
I thought something like that would be worth a bit more.
-There are very few collectors for them.
And as long as the collectors know that it's here,
then it will sell for that, should be a bit more.
Fingers crossed we get that top end plus a bit more. Here we go.
It's going under the hammer. Full steam ahead.
Lot 75 is this rather interesting William IV indenture,
and I'm bid straightaway £35...£40. Here with me on commission at £40.
Straight away with me on commission at £40. 45, 50.
With me on commission at 50. Internet against you.
55 clears my book. At 55.
Internet bidder at £55.
£60 now. At £55 now.
Selling online... If you are all done at 55...
Sold. £55. Well done, James. Good valuation.
I wouldn't have a clue what to put on that.
As soon as I saw "royal seal", you think this is a bit special,
a couple of hundred pounds, but you're right.
-Are you happy with that?
It's gone to someone who wants it.
I'm glad this was saved from the skip.
Going under the hammer next is the Aboriginal artwork.
Unfortunately, Joseph can't be with us today
and has now taken off the £50 reserve in order to let it go.
-I like this, and Aboriginal art is on the up, isn't it?
Along with all the tribal art things,
-the ethnographica, as we call it.
-A great family of artists.
-It's a shame it's not the father.
Let's find out what the bidders think right now.
It's going under the hammer.
On to Australia this time. It's the Aboriginal sketch for you here,
and we'll say £40. Start me at 40. At £40. Straightaway we have that.
40 in the room. 45. I will come back to you in a second.
It's jumping here. 60.
It's at £60 now. At 60. Do you want to bid 65? 65. 70.
75. 80. Thank you all the same. It's at £80 now.
-It carries on. 90 now. 95. 100. 120.
120. 140 now. At 140...
150. They're back. New buyer.
It's slow but it's climbing..
At least it's going in the right direction.
Selling in at 150. There's no advance in the room at 150?
-The hammer has gone down. That's a good result.
It's a great result. Aboriginal art is on the way up.
-It is sought-after, isn't it?
This isn't a great artist, but he's got a good family.
-I think we'll get on the phone and tell Joseph the good news.
I think he'll be happy with that.
Well, so far, so good.
Serving up for you right now,
we have a tennis racket belonging to Bala.
-Are you a tennis player at all?
-No, not really, no.
-You're just a good bargain-hunter, basically?
This is an early aluminium racket. It is really nice, isn't it?
Turn of the century. Fantastic quality. I've never seen the like.
We'll find out what the bidders think of this right now.
Hoping to serve up a good lot here.
We've got the Birmingham Aluminium Casting Company, 1903,
all-metal tennis racket.
Closed bids here, starting nonetheless at 40, 45,
£50 straightaway on the commission. £50. With me at 50.
55. 60 with me.
65. 70 with me 75.
75. My commission is out. It's at £75.
Internet bidding at 75. 80. 85 now.
At 85... Keep going. 90.
-95. 100. 110.
-It's really good.
110. It's at 110 now.
110. Are you out in the room? 110. 120. 130 now.
At 130. Looking for some more.
On the internet at £130. 130, ladies and gentlemen...
Yes, game, set and match. 130. Are you happy, Bala? Brilliant.
-Brilliant. Well done, you. Good spot.
There you are.
That concludes our first visit to the auction room today,
with some great results.
We are coming back here later on in the show, so do not go away.
But right now, it's time to return to Wolverhampton,
and at the heart of the city is its football stadium.
I went to find out about one of the team's greatest players,
the late Billy Wright, who has been an inspiration since the '40s.
"Out of the darkness cometh light."
These words are the city's motto,
which are reflected in the black and gold colours of its football team,
Wolverhampton Wanderers, also nicknamed Wolves.
The fact that Wolverhampton only has one team,
and its stadium sits less than half a mile from the centre,
may be why the city is united when it comes to football.
Standing proud outside Molineux Stadium,
in front of the stand that was named after him,
there's a statue of one of the team's most celebrated players,
the late, great Billy Wright.
And there he is there, look, carrying the football.
Billy had a long list of sporting achievements
throughout the 1940s and '50s,
which included captaining Wolverhampton Wanderers,
winning the FA Cup final in 1949,
plus several other league championship medals.
He also captained England throughout three consecutive World Cup finals,
and he goes down in history as the first player in the world
to play for his country more than 100 times.
Billy gained 105 caps for England throughout his 20-year career.
I first heard about Billy Wright as a kid growing up.
He was a very famous player for Wolves, England captain.
As a young professional, I met him, and things have gone full circle
because, later on as a manager myself, I'm here in Wolverhampton.
You look at all-time best defenders at the club
that have been through Wolves,
and, obviously, his name is the first one on the list, really.
He is highly regarded by the club, certainly,
and in the community,
I'd say he's an important figure for young people to look up to.
In 1938, a 14-year-old Billy was encouraged by his schoolteacher
to respond to an advert in a local newspaper
inviting boys to come along for a football trial.
At first the manager dismissed Billy for being too small, but he soon
changed his mind when he could see what he could do with a football,
and he offered him an apprenticeship on an eight-month trial.
Although the Second World War interrupted Billy's career,
at 17 he signed professionally with Wolves,
and proved himself as a shining, fresh talent.
He became the David Beckham of his day,
admired by his peers and loved by the ladies,
but Billy only had eyes for one woman and, at the time,
she was part of the biggest pop band in the UK.
# I was left right out of your arms
# Oh, I was left right... #
In the 1950s, the Beverley Sisters where the highest-paid female act,
adored by millions across the globe.
The eldest sister, Joy Beverley,
always sang in between her twin sisters, Teddie and Babs,
and she caught Billy's attention
when the ladies performed in Wolverhampton.
It must have been love at first sight
because, in 1958, after a three-month whirlwind romance,
they decided to tie the knot.
The plan was to have a quiet, low-key wedding,
but word soon got out
and thousands of people turned up
to see one of Britain's first celebrity weddings.
I'm meeting up with local-born Baroness Heyhoe Flint,
who's a former captain of England's women's cricket team
and is currently vice-president at Wolves.
Rachael, you knew Billy personally, didn't you?
Yes, that was through my father, actually,
who used to take Billy Wright for Physical Education lessons -
or it was called keep-fit in those days.
My father was Director of Physical Education for Wolverhampton,
and, one evening, Billy Wright turned up and wanted to get fit.
So when people refer to Billy Wright as being so fit,
and he could head higher than anybody...
-And he could hang in the air.
-Hang in the air...
That was my dad, actually.
So it was through my father that I got to know Billy Wright
in the sort of '50s onwards, really.
And Billy is such a legend.
I mean, everywhere you go around here,
it's "Billy Wright, Billy Wright..." -
why was he such a legend?
Billy was one of the people.
He came in on the bus to matches
and just walked with the crowd here into the stadium,
and he could be seen in the local shops and the local pubs,
whereas now they're probably behind secure gates and that sort of thing.
I mean, in Billy's mind, he wasn't a celebrity.
There wasn't, you know, social media in those days,
and when he met and fell in love with Joy Beverley
and they got married,
not a great big sort of OK!, Hello! magazine-type occasion,
and Billy was just one of the people.
He just meant everything to people in Wolverhampton,
and still does.
And every time I come in,
I look at Billy Wright and that wonderful statue by James Butler,
and I just give him a little nod and wink and hope he brings us luck.
It's obvious that the club is still in awe of Billy -
there are pictures of him everywhere in the stadium
and he has a whole area dedicated to him in the club's museum.
Upstairs, there's even a Billy Wright boot room.
And here are some of Billy's possessions.
These are his football boots, his shin pads and his socks.
And just look at those whacking great big leather studs
on those boots -
my, have they changed today!
Billy has influenced generations of players,
including another Wolves legend, Steve Bull.
Throughout Steve's career,
during the 1980s and 1990s,
he scored 306 goals
and still holds the club's goal-scoring record.
He was also capped 13 times for England
and awarded an MBE.
Steve, you've got something in common with Billy -
you've both got stands named after you.
How does it feel? I know that's your stand over there, isn't it?
It is. It's absolutely brilliant. I'm very fortunate.
I wish I got a pound for every time somebody sat there -
but I ain't going to get it!
I ain't going to get it.
But, no, I think if Billy was still here now,
he'd be exactly the same - very, very privileged.
Yeah, both legends.
Why was Billy such a good player - because he wasn't that tall, was he?
He wasn't that tall for a defender. You know what I mean?
-But he rose like a salmon.
-He could jump high.
-He could jump for fun.
And he always got the ball cleanly
and made sure he didn't hurt the defenders,
and he was just a great player.
-And he was the captain, so was he a good team leader?
-He was a leader.
He was a leader on the field and off the field.
I met him towards the end of my career.
He was guiding me the path to say, listen, when you slow down,
go this way towards that defender, that way towards that defender,
and he was a good inspiration towards the end of it.
What does Billy mean to this club, though?
He means absolutely everything.
When you pull down the Waterloo Road and you see his stand here,
he's left a legacy here. He was the main man here
and he started this club like a snowball,
to get it up and running.
Billy was never cautioned or sent off in his entire career.
Now, I find that incredibly impressive -
it just goes to show what a gentleman he was.
And that's one of his caps.
He gained 105 caps playing for England
and, in fact, he got his 100th cap
on the same day his daughter Victoria was born in 1959.
Billy Wright, this must be quite a week for you.
It is, yes. The most fantastic week.
I shall never forget Sunday,
because I think that's the most...
wonderful day of my whole life.
Having my wife giving birth to our baby daughter
at 8:22 on Sunday morning
and then being selected to play for my country for the 100th time,
just after noon,
well, that was a most remarkable day and I shall never forget it.
In 1959, he was awarded the CBE from the Queen,
and in that same year he retired from the game.
30,000 fans turned up to watch his final match,
to salute one of England's finest footballing sons.
Back amid the fun and commotion at Wolverhampton Art Gallery,
people are still flocking to the valuation tables,
and it could take some time
for Caroline to scrub up on her knowledge.
Roslyn, I am excited to see this gorgeous washstand.
It's French. I absolutely love it.
Now, tell me what you know about it.
I bought it at an antique fair in Buxton in 2003.
-So not France at all?
-No, no, not at all.
-And you fell in love with it?
-Did you pay a lot for it?
I was once told you always regret more what you don't buy
than what you did buy.
Why were you drawn to it?
Well, I thought it was very attractive.
I'd never seen one before.
It's a bit Kate Greenaway,
although they're not actually Kate Greenaway figures,
but it's very similar.
It was complete.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with it.
I didn't have any grandchildren at that time,
but I was hoping I was going to have grandchildren,
and so I bought it in anticipation.
I go to France an awful lot, and I haven't seen one of these.
-It's a washstand, as you know.
-That's right, yes.
But it's a child's washstand. A sort of doll's washstand.
You've got the jug down here, a little dish.
It's absolutely gorgeous.
It's made by the French company Sarreguemines.
It's been recently repainted.
-Have you painted it?
See, I think originally this would have been in a fruitwood.
-All these figures, transfer-printed,
very Kate Greenaway in style, you're right.
It dates from 1910, 1920.
It's just a lovely thing.
And in its condition, which is all but perfect -
I think there's a tiny little hair line on the bowl -
I would put an estimate of £100-£150.
What do you think?
I think that's fine.
What did you pay for it?
I'm not telling you.
You're still not telling me!
Oh! Well, look, we'll see what it gets.
-It might even get what you paid for it.
-Whisper it to me later.
We promise to do our best for you, Roslyn.
Now, I wonder why James is looking pleased with himself.
Pat, at last - I've got something here
from my favourite period of time.
George III, late George III.
What's the family story behind it?
My grandfather gave it to my mum
on her wedding day in 1946.
And that's really all I know about it.
I did see her wearing it occasionally,
but very rarely.
If you were living in the late 18th century
and you had gone to your final schooling,
the finishing school would recommend
that you went on what was called the Grand Tour.
This is a piece that would have been brought home
by somebody who had gone on that Grand Tour.
There were three main types of cameo that you find.
The most common is the hard-shelled cameo,
then you get a hard-stone cameo,
but you also get lava cameos.
This one is a hard-shelled cameo -
-out of the conch shell, most commonly.
And here we have the subject of a Roman warrior
having his lower leg examined.
Traditionally, I suppose, it could be somebody like Achilles,
but it could be somebody else.
Probably made in Milan.
Yeah, that was a centre for cameo carving.
I've never given it a thought as to where it would have been made.
Yeah. And a lot of them are signed on the reverse as well.
The surroundings is...
It's almost certainly gold, low-grade,
and the pin that's on the back -
you can see quite obviously that that has been replaced.
So I would say the chain and the pin are probably around 1900 in date,
and the rest of it is about 1800, 1820.
So it's a gift from your grandfather to your mother,
on her wedding day.
-Do you not want to keep it?
It's the usual thing,
-it's lying in a box.
My son and daughter, they don't want it,
-and I don't wear brooches.
I think it'll end up going to
a neoclassical or a Grand Tour collector
and I think it's a super little lot.
I'm not going to put a huge valuation on it.
If you want it to go ahead,
then we'll take it to the saleroom for you.
Let's put a reserve of £80 on it.
If it doesn't make that, you'll have it back.
-But super, I think it's a great little lot.
Now, Caroline seems to have spotted some sparkle.
Lovely to see you and your wonderful array of silver items.
Have you been polishing all day?
-Where did you come by these?
They came from my parents.
And my parents worked for Sankeys,
the steel people, of Bilston.
Right, very important family.
My father was the butler
and my mother was the cook.
-So they met in service...
-..for the Sankeys.
Oh, I've just heard a collective "aw" behind me here.
Isn't that lovely? And do you think these items are something
that they might've got from that family
-when they were working there...
-Yes, that's possible.
-..they gave them to them?
-That's possible, yes.
Now, these, they're not candlesticks,
which a lot of people think they are, and they're not spill vases,
which a lot of people think they are.
They're just specimen vases.
The weight is not all silver but they're very, very pretty.
The first part of the 20th century,
-sort of 1920, that sort of period.
And this item in front is a similar sort of date, 1920s.
-Do you know what this might be?
It's very beautifully pierced at the top.
It's got a little bruise, they call it a bruise,
it just means a bash.
So those are what they are,
they're nothing particularly special,
no particular interest, really, or antique interest
and they would have a collective value, I would think, of...
-..£50-£80 for the three.
Now, these two, I think these are gorgeous.
Well, this little pig is a pincushion
and he's got the original velvet top to him
and it's got the magic initials here,
"Sampson Mordan & Company" which is...
-Have you heard of this make?
It's a fabulous maker, Birmingham maker, dated 1905
and there are lots of people that would like him
and because of the Sampson Mordan,
that puts him into a slightly higher piggy bracket.
But my favourite thing of all, Anne, is this.
-Do you use nutmeg?
-Yes, I love my nutmeg.
-So do I, on rice pudding.
-Nice home-made rice pudding.
This is a nutmeg grater and it's absolutely gorgeous.
Take the top off.
It's in three pieces and the maker here is Thomas Willmore, 1813.
Gosh, I didn't realise.
-So it's very early.
And it's in absolutely wonderful condition.
And you'd put your nutmeg inside here, to keep it,
and then you get it out, put this together,
and you'd grate it.
It is absolutely adorable.
And these little bits of silver are always saleable.
So, these two items I would be happy to put into auction
with an estimate of £150-£250.
-How do feel about that?
-Good! Pleasantly surprised?
-Now, would you like a reserve?
You would. What would you like?
-£150 on these two?
-And we'll fix that, shall we, Anne?
-Yes, I think so.
OK, 150 fixed on these and these, would you like a reserve on these?
-What if we said 50?
-Yeah. Yes, I think so.
Excellent, and I'm sure they will fly on the day.
Even flying pigs!
-Thank you, Anne.
Well, there you are, lots of people and lots of antiques.
What a fantastic day we've had here at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
-It's been brilliant, hasn't it?
-It has been.
It has, and we've learned a lot and we've seen so much but, right now,
we have some unfinished business to do in the auction room.
We're going over for the last time
to put our experts' valuations to the test,
so we're going to say goodbye to Wolverhampton Art Gallery
and head over to the saleroom,
and here's a quick recap of what's going under the hammer.
This children's washstand is over 100 years old
and in such great condition,
it will surely catch someone's eye.
James hopes we can pin a decent price on this cameo brooch.
And I hope this collection of silver,
which includes vases, a pincushion and a nutmeg grater,
could change Anne's fortunes for the better.
We're back at the saleroom in Whitchurch
and Christina Trevanion is on the rostrum.
First up, the child's washstand.
Roswyn, it's good to see you again, and Oscar has come along
because there's no school on the weekends, is there?
-No school today.
-Oscar, you're how old, nearly seven?
-Going on 30? ROSWYN:
This washstand, did you buy it for Oscar?
-..but he wasn't there at the time.
-He wasn't, no.
-It was a potential.
-Yeah, it's a nice thing to...
-That's a proper granny thing to do, isn't it?
Good luck with this, I know you like this. It's French.
I think it's lovely. It's French, Sarreguemines pottery.
-It's really lovely.
-Here we go, it's going under the hammer right now.
Good luck, both of you.
The French nursery washstand set, the Sarreguemines one there.
Really dinky little example, this. It's so sweet.
And I've got 80, 90, £100 straightaway...
At £100 here, looking for 110.
130 clears my book.
At £130. Standing in the room at £130.
Looking for 140 now.
-..to the lady, then,
if we're all done at 130.
-There you go.
Well, it seems we'll never know what Roswyn paid
but let's hope she made some profit.
Next up, the cameo brooch.
Pat, it's great to see you again.
We're just about to put the brooch under the hammer,
-your mum's brooch.
-Any regrets? Any regrets...?
I had an inkling, but I'm all right now.
-Once I saw a photograph of it, I was OK.
-It's a nice cameo brooch, George III.
-It's a sweet thing, isn't it?
Brooches aren't that fashionable, though.
-This is the sticking point, isn't it? It really is.
-For me, I remove the fact that it's a brooch in my mind...
-..and just look at it as an oval panel...
..carved out of shell, with that classical scene.
So it's got to go. There are collectors out there
and fingers crossed they're here right now,
because we need to sell this
and it's going under the hammer right now.
19th-century carved shell cameo brooch.
We weren't just sure whether they were Greek or Roman,
so we've called them classical.
Very sweet example. And interest here with me,
I've got to start this at £130.
-With me on commission at 130.
At £130, here with me on commission at 130.
150 here, internet, my commission bidder.
At 150, looking for 160 now.
160 is bid. Clears my book.
Internet bidder, then, at £160.
-If you're all done at 160.
-160, that's good.
Online at £160.
-You were there, weren't you?
-Yeah, he was, spot on.
-Well done, James.
-It's a lovely little thing, I like that.
What a great result for Pat.
Now it's time for the collection of silver items
and the auction house has decided to split up the nutmeg grater
and the piggy pincushion.
Anne, good luck, OK?
Christina thinks they will do a lot better if she splits them up,
so let's find out what the bidders think.
And the first of Anne's lots are the vases and the sugar shaker.
It's a pair of silver posy vases,
John William Caldicott, Birmingham, 1916
and we've also got a sugar sifter or sugar caster there.
Three in the lot altogether, nice little lot, bid me £40 for them.
40 is bid.
45 bid, sir. And 50 clears my book.
At £50 standing at the back, at £50.
Where's 5? At £50 I have.
55 online, sir. Go 60?
60 is bid.
At £60 in the room, looking for 5 now.
Selling to the room at 60.
It's good going.
The very sweet little Edwardian silver pig pincushion,
Sydney & Co, Birmingham, 1905.
And interest here, showing me I've got to bids in line,
starting at £50,
straightaway with me at 50.
55. Clears my books, sir, at £55 in the room.
At 65 in the room.
Against you, internet, at £65.
-That's more like it.
-Let's do £100.
100. Thank you. 100 with you, sir.
Standing at 100. Looking for 110, 110.
110 here, sir. 120.
Everybody loves a little piggy.
At 110 with the gentleman standing.
120 at the back.
Against you, sir. 130.
OK, she's at the very back at 140.
-So we've done the top end?
-Done the top end.
At £150 if you're all done, then, at 150.
One more to go.
A silver nutmeg grater, Thomas Willmore, Birmingham, 1801.
And I've got interest here at £180. With me on commission at 180.
Great, punchy, straight in.
220 clears my books, sir.
At 220 with you.
At £220. Standing by the cabinets at 220.
-Ooh, this is good.
Selling to the room at 320.
Yes! The hammer's come down, we've done it.
They've all sold.
That's a grand total of £530.
-That's a lot of money, isn't it?
-It really is.
-But lovely items, that's what it's all about.
And you've been brilliant, thank you so much.
-I've enjoyed talking to you.
-You've been fantastic.
That's a nice little profit for Anne to take home.
You're all done then at 150.
Well, that's it, we've run out of time here in the auction room
but at least all of our owners have gone home happy.
We've had a few ups and downs
but that's life in an auction room, as you know.
And if you want to take part in the show,
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But until then, from the West Midlands, it's goodbye.
Flog It! comes from Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The gallery has a wonderful collection of paintings and hosts antiques experts James Lewis and Caroline Hawley. Turning up out of the hundreds of bags and boxes is some aboriginal art and a 1920s tennis racket. And presenter Paul Martin finds out about the life of one of the city's most famous sons, footballer Billy Wright.