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This town has witnessed some very dramatic events over the centuries.
It was destroyed by fire, hit by the plague,
and in 1880 there was even a riot.
Well, we're going to be making a bit of commotion of our own
because today Flog It is in Basingstoke.
Basingstoke played a key role in one of the bloodiest battles
of the English Civil War.
It happened here around Basing House,
now a ruin but once a Royalist stronghold.
Oliver Cromwell's army attacked it for over two years.
The final siege of 1645
saw victory for the Roundheads and the house razed to the ground.
Today we're just a stone's throw away
in the modern heart of Basingstoke.
This massive crowd we've got here seem to be enjoying themselves,
they're about ready to take siege of today's venue,
The Anvil, so let's get the doors open, and let the drama unfold.
And taking centre stage today are our two experts,
Catherine Southon and James Lewis.
It's James who's first in the spotlight
and he's found something Flog It is very familiar with.
Angela, Marilyn, what we have in front of us
everybody at home will know is an old Flog It favourite.
It is of course Clarice Cliff.
And people say, "Oh no, not another piece of Clarice Cliff",
but this is a really interesting piece.
It has everything about Art Deco that you want to see.
It has those wonderful bright colours,
slightly wacky fan-shaped designs, angular designs,
and it just works, and I love it. What do you think to it?
-Yeah, it was a family piece and we love it as well.
But we're too frightened to use it.
I have to say these things aren't really for use any more,
they are far too valuable for use. Tell me its family history.
Well, it was my mother's mum's, my grandmother's,
and Mum says she can remember using it as a child.
So who has it in whose house?
-Mum has it in her house.
-OK, so you don't own it?
-No, we're here on her behalf.
-Does she know?
Well, I think she obviously had very, very good taste.
-Do you know the pattern name?
It's known as Secrets.
And Secrets came in various designs
and it was well known as being Clarice Cliff's favourite pattern.
The very common versions are in various tones of green and blue.
This one is known as the seven colourway Secrets
for, of course, the simple reason it has seven colours
and this was produced from 1932 onwards.
Different things you need to take into consideration when valuing it,
the first one, no cracks, that sounds fine;
no chips, but we have got a little bit
of oxidation on the blue there, that's common, you often found that.
Devalues it slightly but it's not a massive problem.
Having said all that, what do you think it's worth?
-I know Clarice Cliff is popular but we really have no idea.
I would put an auction estimate of £300 to £500.
-Is that all right?
Having said that, we need to protect it with a reserve.
If we put £300 on it, I'm sure it will sell.
-The market is so buoyant for it.
I'm 100% confident it will sell.
Caroline, welcome to Flog It.
You brought along this lovely Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car
and it's quite special to me
because it's something that my grandfather has.
My grandfather's got a little one,
but unfortunately his isn't in such beautiful condition,
his is really battered.
Yours is in absolute superb condition,
almost mint and certainly boxed.
Where did you get it from?
My husband had it, I believe,
from his grandparents when he was younger,
that's all I can say, really.
They bought it for a present, birthday present, Christmas present, something like that.
It's amazing to me that a young boy would never have played with this,
especially because it's got lots of little fiddly bits to touch.
I mean, these fantastic wings here, you would have pressed them in,
and then there's a little lever here that you pull forward
and then the wings would fly out.
-I just find that amazing that he just wouldn't touch it.
I mean a child today would have it all out and probably
lots of bits would be broken off. Is it something that you like?
Yeah, we often got it out and had a look at it
but you know, really, we're sort of condensing collections
so we just thought that would be one that would go, really.
-Did you ever see the film?
-Yes, quite a few times.
Oh, right, so you're big Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fans.
We've got lovely Dick Van Dyke at the front here waving away,
and they're all having a little wave and great fun in the car.
I think it's a super piece,
do you have any idea of how much this would be worth at auction?
No, not really, no.
Well, my husband, sort of we went to an antique thing years ago
and it was worth something then but, about 200,
-but then that was a long time ago.
Prices of these have come down slightly
and I would say that 200 is probably quite high,
although that does seem a bit unfair considering it is in immaculate condition.
I would say you would probably ask in the region of £100 to £150...
-..with a fixed reserve of £80.
-How does that sound to you?
-Yes. Yes, fine, that's lovely.
-But I hope it makes the top end and flies away at auction.
-Lovely. Thank you.
Keith, tell me a bit about the clock.
I actually inherited it from my grandmother on my father's side,
but it's been staying with my other grandmother in her house, which is a bungalow.
Unfortunately, she passed away last year and we've had to rent out the bungalow
so we haven't got anywhere to store it.
Well, it's a cracking clock
and it's made by James Fell, and it's Kendall.
It's a nice brass dial with a silver chapter ring, good Roman numerals,
a subsidiary dial with a second hand.
The great thing about it is it's an 8-day longcase.
You can tell instantly it's an 8-day longcase
by the two winding movements.
If it was a 30-hour clock you'd just have the one winding movement.
-So the 8 day indicates how long it would keep going...
..on its own without being wound.
-Yes, one wind on the seventh or eighth day.
-I was curious about what that meant.
Oh, it's lovely. What I would like to see is,
I'd like to take the hood off and have a look at the movement.
-Can we do that?
-You hold the trunk and I'll slide the hood out.
-I should put that on the floor.
And I've just noticed, actually, a little bit of the cornice needs some TLC
-but we've got that bit down there, haven't we?
You've got the weights, pendulum, and winder, that's good.
-And that actually sits nicely on the shoulders of the trunk.
So that's a good indication as well.
You can see there's no bits of new pine that's been added
to make a base for this to sit on, you can see that.
So that's totally original.
It's a shame we can't get the little flywheel to tick over and hammer the bell.
It does need somebody who specialises in longcase clocks
to actually get this movement cleaned up, get it working properly,
and that will cost around about £300.
-That's the downside.
A little bit of TLC to the case, not a lot of work,
possibly around about £50 just to put the missing piece of cornice on
and touch up the door there.
But that's what you're looking for for a bit of restoration.
Had you thought about price?
Because it does need the restoration work etc,
-I was thinking 500, maybe 600, at auction.
-And then it's for the dealer to restore.
-I think you're spot on.
-If we can put it in to auction with a valuation of £500 to £700...
..a reserve of 500.
-If it goes for that, there's commission, obviously, to pay.
Then there's the restoration costs.
I think there's profit in it for a dealer to buy it and sell it on.
I'm fine with that, yeah. OK.
-Eileen, I love this piece. Thank you for coming along.
-It's a pleasure.
Let's open this little wallet here
and we can see
that we have a very fragile...
..and rather nice map.
Now, it's no ordinary map.
It's a map by Wallis's
and it's a map of the post roads of England and Wales.
All these little roads are the mail routes. Where did you get this from?
Actually, it belongs to my husband
and originally, his aunt gave it to him.
-We've had it round about 39 to 40 years.
-Unfortunately, it's just been in a drawer.
-He was not interested in maps?
-That's such a shame. I love maps and globes.
They're so interesting. You've got a lot more counties than what we know of today.
Norfolk looks a different size and shape to what we're familiar with.
That's what I like about globes and maps.
As the centuries and decades progress, we find more geographical information.
Here we've got the "British Ocean". Obviously, now we know it as the North Sea.
Once upon a time, it was the British Ocean.
What is a pity about this is that it's not in terribly good condition.
There are some holes here which has occurred as it's been folded up and popped into the wallet.
Now, value-wise, I would probably put around £100 to £150 on it.
-Would you really?
-Yes. What were you hoping for?
I had no idea at all and that's a little bit of a shock actually.
I actually hope it would make a bit more than that.
-Thank you for bringing it along.
Now, Clive, of all the things I've ever seen on Flog It,
this has got to be one of the more unusual.
Tell me, where did you come by it?
-Winchester car boot sale a couple of years ago.
-Right. How much was it?
Well, I asked the gentleman behind the stall and he said 50p.
-I had a feeling I knew it was old, very old,
obviously the person selling didn't.
The thing that I love about this is everything really.
It's the fact that it was from a car boot sale for 50p,
the fact that it's the earliest and oldest thing that I've ever seen on Flog It,
and probably my favourite thing as well,
just the feel of it.
-Do you know what it is?
-I believe it's Greek.
-I believe it's over 2,000 years old.
It could be used for oils or...
Aromatic waters, something like that.
It's the classic antique shape, isn't it?
Whenever we're talking about antiquities, that's the shape we're talking about.
Those wonderful excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum
in the 18th century
brought about this wonderful neoclassical movement in England in the 1770s, 1780s,
in which Robert Adam was doing these wonderful designs of urns, the Wedgwood urn shape,
all of them inspired from this type of thing.
This is sort of a colour-coated ware, we've got a terracotta-type base
and it was probably held by that, dipped into the glaze,
and you can see here where it's missed the glaze on the rim there.
But look at the quality of that turned foot rim
and thinking in terms of 100 BC possibly up to 200 AD,
the quality of that and it survived, you know?
Yeah, that's the amazing thing, isn't it?
We look at these Doulton plates and things from the 1930s,
and it's stapled or it's cracked,
and here we have the earliest thing ever on Flog It and it's perfect.
So having said how much I love it,
back down to earth. What's it worth?
£50, that's all probably,
50 to 70, something like that.
And a reserve, I think, of £50.
-But you know when people say it's old, it's got to be valuable,
-just proves it doesn't.
-Not always, no it doesn't. No.
-That to somebody is a piece of history.
There can only be a few places in the world
where a global sport and an institution can be traced back hundreds of years
to the very place where a simple country pursuit evolved into the game we know and love today.
For a golden period during the 18th century,
this unlikely looking spot was the epicentre of the cricketing world.
This is Broadhalfpenny Down near the village of Hambledon in Hampshire.
It was here between the years of 1756 and 1796
that the Hambledon club dominated both game and the stewardship of cricket.
Although cricket was played in the 16th century, it was only in the 18th that it grew and developed
and the first universal rules were established.
Much of that momentum of change flowed from this very ground.
Bob Beagley is an Honorary Vice President of the present-day club.
Since a young man, he's taken a keen interest in the club's colourful history.
So, Bob, put the Hambledon era into context.
What was cricket like when the club was first established?
Well, it was a game very much as it is now.
The equipment has changed. The bat was more of a club.
They often say it was evolved from a shepherd's crook.
The wicket was two stumps, not three.
-Cricket originated with two stumps?
-Yes, which was called the wicket.
-Could you get somebody out if it went through?
-You could be in all day long.
-You could. You had to hit the stumps to get them out.
-You gonna bowl me a couple?
-Yeah, come on.
-Underarm, of course!
Of course. They were all underarm.
-That was a stroke of luck, really!
-Beginner's luck. Let's go to the pavilion.
Looks like there's a few guys about to have a practice.
Tell me more history of the club.
Well, the club came into existence somewhere about 1750.
The club at that point was mainly concerned with drinking and eating, I think.
Like cricketers today!
Exactly the same, yeah! And a lot of gambling took place.
They gambled vast sums of money on the outcome of a cricket match.
They were playing a match for £500 in which John Small,
supposed to be the best batsman in the country at the time,
came to bat with five runs to win.
And he was bowled three times through the middle of the stumps.
So after the game they decided that it was best that we had a third stump.
It puts a smile on your face, looking out over this ground thinking this is the very first time
-that three stumps were used.
-It's quite powerful.
The history of the game played today started here on this piece of turf.
What about the batting order? Always the same?
No. Then, if you look at the old school sheets,
the batting order was the Duke of So-and-so versus Lord Somebody.
They were at the top of the order with the paid players below it.
The best players were last.
So you'll see somebody scored a century at number nine!
Were there many spectators?
Gosh, yes. It was estimated in 1777 when Hambledon played All England
-22,000 people crowded round.
-But there were no boundaries in those days.
If somebody hit a ball into the crowd, there it stayed until it was found by a cricketer.
-What if you lost the ball?
-Six runs were added when the fielder called, "Lost ball!"
And six runs were added, too, if somebody stopped the ball with their top hat
or their headgear. Sort of an obstruction.
-I love that sound.
So what happened in the end? Why the demise of the club here?
Really because of its locality. The Hambledon Club at that point had no facilities to offer
and so a meeting was held in London and it was decided that the authority, the rules,
would all be covered from London and the MCC, Marylebone Cricket Club, was formed
and Lord's was chosen as its headquarters.
Hambledon became less important and so that was the end, really.
I guess it was important for the future of cricket, but a sad day for the local community.
Many of the local men played for Hambledon and were employed.
-Did you ever play cricket professionally?
-Would you have liked to?
-I'd have loved to!
We'd all love to have played cricket professionally. What a life.
-Were you a good cricketer?
-No, I made a number up!
-But it is a passion, isn't it?
-What better sport and what better place to play?
No better place than this.
Well, as you can see, everybody is working flat out down there.
We're now halfway through our day, we've found some fantastic antiques,
so it's time to put those experts' valuations to the test.
While we make our way over to the auction room in Winchester,
here's a recap of what we've found so far.
The pattern on Angela's dish was Clarice Cliff's favourite,
but will it prove just as popular with our bidders?
And this Chitty Chitty Bang Bang toy car is in perfect condition,
so I'm sure it'll fetch a grown-up price.
Keith's grandfather clock is in need of some renovation
but I doubt if it'll put the buyers off.
Catherine received a special delivery as she took a look
at that coastal road map, but will the bidders be guided to the lot?
And Clive's Grecian urn is 2,000 years old.
At just 50p, what a car boot bargain.
He's bound to see a good return.
Here we are in the auction room,
it's packed full of bidders, all our owners are here with their antiques.
Catherine, our expert, is here.
Unfortunately James, our other expert, cannot be with us today. He's in Derby
but we've got a phone link to him and a camera on him,
so we can hear his opinions. So fingers crossed,
-we'll get a profit today on everything.
-We're gonna do well.
The man brandishing the gavel today is Andrew Smith.
I like this next lot. It's a little post map of England and Wales.
Right now, all roads lead to Itchen Stoke near Winchester where we've been joined by Elaine and Catherine.
-Can we get £100 for this today?
-I hope so.
-I think we should. It's very tactile.
-You want to pick this up, study it and not put it down.
-It's great. It's got a bit of wear to it.
-Any regrets I'm thinking?
-Are you sure?
-It's here to sell?
-Happy with the valuation?
-Yes. Very much so.
Let's hope we flog it. We'll find out right now. Here we go.
Lot 101 is the late 18th century map by John Wallis.
Start me at £100? £100? £100?
80 then? £80? 60 if you like?
£60. £60 bid, thank you. And 5.
At £60. 65. 70.
And 5. 80. And 5.
-At £80 and we're selling.
All done at £80? Last time then at £80...?
-It was nearly 100, wasn't it?
-£80, we're all happy.
I would've liked a bit more. I'm a bit disappointed. I'm greedy.
-You would've bought that.
-You're not allowed to. Happy?
-I think that's lunch out.
-We're going on holiday.
So we'll have a meal when we're out and say thank you to Aunt Nell.
Aunt Nell who gave it to you. And escape this rotten British weather!
-Enjoy your holiday.
-Thank you very much.
-Well done, Catherine.
It wouldn't be Flog It without Clarice Cliff, would it?
Thankfully, our two lovely sisters, Angela and Marilyn, have brought in a wonderful example. So who owns it?
-So where's Mum, then?
-She's not able to come, she's disabled.
-Oh, she's watching at home.
-Mum will get all the money?
-No? Marilyn and Angela.
Ooh. It could be £300 to £500, were you surprised by the valuation?
-We were, actually, yeah.
-James has done you proud.
-Yes, he has.
James knows his Clarice Cliff.
I must say, I don't understand it really,
I'm not a big fan of Clarice but I do know it fetches lots and lots of money.
-And I hope this pattern is one of the better ones.
-So do we.
-It's a nice shape bowl though; it's so big, isn't it?
-The pointed ends are a little like a boat.
-Yes, it is.
So why are you flogging it, why's Mum flogging it?
She doesn't use it any more, she's not able to use it any more.
-The easiest thing to do is sell it as you can't divide that up?
What would you do, James?
I have to say my house does not suit Clarice Cliff
so if it was mine, I'd sell it and buy something I like.
Hopefully we'll get the top end of your estimate.
OK, we're gonna find out now then, James. It's here.
Good luck, everybody. Here we go.
Lot 381 is the Clarice Cliff Bizarre,
a lot of interest in this.
We have a commission bid and a telephone up at the back there,
so I'm going to start the bidding at £300.
At £300 and selling... is there a 20?
At £300... any more? At £300...
is there a telephone there?
No. At £300 then, all done at £300.
-Blink and you'll miss it.
One opening bid of £300, James.
-But it sold.
-Yeah, I mean it's not being used at home so...
-I'm happy with that.
Well, it was a great film and a fantastic car,
it's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
It reminds me of my childhood because I had one of these cars, it belongs to Caroline.
-Who have you brought along here?
-My daughter, Susan.
-Hi, hello Susan.
Something you wouldn't want to inherit, is it?
-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
Honestly, I've got one of these, the wings have bust off,
-nothing works, I chucked the box as soon as I had it.
I played with car, rammed it along the carpet,
all the wheels have fallen off, but I've still got it.
Yes, we've got the same.
Ours is the same, the wings they break off so easily and just...
Yeah, yeah. And it's nowhere near worth as much as what we've got on this.
-Hopefully we'll get the top end £150.
-Ah this is mint, isn't it?
-It's in mint condition.
Yes, it was my husband's.
-Never really played with then, did he?
-No, he never played with.
-A present from his grandparents.
-Just left it in the box.
Oh, that burning desire.
I would have had to get it out of the box and play with it.
-He's a very restrained chap.
-He's over there.
-Oh, is he, right. OK, well good luck.
Good luck, Susan, as well. It's going under the hammer now.
Lot 780, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Corgi model.
So start with £100. £100...
80 then, £80... Start with 50, £50.
Thank you, and 5, at £50.
Come on, we've got a bit of work to do here.
And 5, 70...
at £65, at £65... any more?
At 70... and 5, 80...
and 5, at £80 and we'll sell, at £80, are you done?
Last time round at £80.
-Just scraped it.
Just sold it.
-I think you're right, there's not that many toys there.
-They haven't got the toys. It's the start, is it?
-He's gradually going to sell?
-You've got no sons?
-You don't want cars, do you?
Andrew's taking a break from the rostrum
so it's up to his colleague Nick Jarrett to sell the clock.
My turn to be the expert, remember that lovely 8-day longcase clock, the oak one?
It's about to go under the hammer, belongs to Keith, he's not here.
He's on holiday in Turkey but we've got Keith's mum and dad here.
-Hi, what's your name?
Hi. This clock's been in the family a couple of generations,
-it was your Mum's, wasn't it?
-Then it was yours, now it's Keith's.
I know Keith's adamant he won't take a penny under £500, will he,
so if it sells in auction he's now put the reserve at 560,
so the auctioneer can use a bit of discretion.
If it sells at 560, you'll still get £500.
Yes, yes. That'll be OK.
Lot 840, the longcase clock at the back of the room.
Now I'm starting you clear bids here at £500, 520 can I say?
At £500... 520?
520... 540, 560...
560 on the phone, 580?
At 560 on the phone, anybody else in?
At £560... anybody going on at 560?
I'll sell it for 560 if you're done.
-I was right, wasn't I?
-Yeah, dead on.
-On the spot.
-At least we don't have to take it home with us.
Exactly, that's the worrying thing
-cos the more you move them, the more you damage them.
I did say to Keith whoever takes this on,
there's £300 to spend on the restoration project, really.
I've been looking forward to this.
I think this is a real little gem, it's so cute to look at, isn't it?
I wouldn't be selling it if I was you, Clive.
This is my favourite item in the sale today
and it's the least expensive item out of all our Flog It owners.
We've got £50 to £70 on this.
It's not a lot of money for something that's 100 years BC.
I know why you like this, James,
and I can see this sitting on your bureau at home or something like that.
It's got the look, you know what I mean.
Paul, you know me too well.
For me, this is one of the stars of the show, I love it.
You can forget Clarice Cliff, you can forget Moorcroft,
I'd love to own this.
Whoever buys this, I'm sure they're going to enjoy it,
because it's so tactile.
Fingers crossed we'll get a lot more than £70.
-It's going under the hammer now. Good luck.
Lot 440, this is an ancient unguent bottle. Start me at £50?
£50... 40 then, £40 surely...
-30 to get it going.
-Oh, come on!
-£30, thank you... and 2, 32...
35, 37... 40, 42... 45, 47...
At £45, any more? 47...
50, and 5... at £50, any more?
At £50, are you sure?
Last time, at £50 then.
James was spot on.
You've got a great eye, you found that in a car boot.
Car boot sale for 50p.
That's great profit, isn't it?
I wish we could do that every single day.
Clive, thank you so much. That was a lovely little thing,
-so tactile and a beautiful shape, had so much character.
When it comes to the world of fashion,
Basingstoke isn't necessarily the first town in this country you think of, is it, let's face it.
But actually this town was the birthplace of one of
Britain's most enduring internationally-renowned designer labels.
The story starts back in the 1850s when thanks to
the ever-expanding railway system, Basingstoke started to thrive.
And it was at that point that a young apprentice draper
moved here from Surrey, keen to set up his own business.
His name was Thomas Burberry, and he was to revolutionise the clothing industry
and tap straight into the hearts of Edwardian society.
To tell us more about this entrepreneur and great British tailor is Sue Washington,
who looks after the Burberry Collection for the Hampshire County Council Museum Service.
So tell me a little bit more about Thomas Burberry.
He must have been very ambitious because by the age of 21 he'd moved to Basingstoke,
which was a thriving market town, and had opened up his own shop by 1856.
The whole community would have been a farming area.
Absolutely, yes, a very agricultural community
and he was influenced by that.
This is a standard agricultural worker's smock and this is where Burberry got his inspiration from.
It's woven from the very close-woven twill weave,
which you can see is very dense.
It's not just the fabric that it's made of but it's also the way it's constructed
with this double fabric over the shoulders,
which would have protected from the rain.
Burberry was obviously influenced by seeing these
-and thought that he could adapt the technology.
You can see where the inspiration comes from.
He was something of a dress reformer,
along with people like Dr Jaeger, in looking at using
natural fibres to allow the body to breathe.
His further invention, not just the close-knit cotton twill,
was to proof the fabric and he did it twice.
He proofed the yarn before it was woven
and he proofed the fabric again after it was finished.
He perfected the technique through the 1870s,
but he didn't patent the name gabardine until 1888.
Gabardine, with its weatherproof properties,
couldn't have come along at a better time. British life was changing.
The rolling fields of Edwardian England were turning into
a playground for the urban elite and Hampshire's well-stocked rivers
and fields of game were an ideal magnet for the country sport set.
Burberry was perfectly placed to exploit this new desire
for outdoor pursuits.
And this, Paul, is an example of an early Burberry motoring coat.
I thought so. When I saw this, I thought it's either
motorcycling or motoring and it's got the look.
It has and Burberry obviously exploited the fact
that there was so much interest in lots of other activities at that time.
He made specialist clothing for mountaineering,
skiing, golfing, you name it.
But the motoring coat was a huge, huge success.
The revolution with the Burberry gabardine
was that it was very lightweight, but it was still waterproof and windproof.
When you're driving along at heady speeds of 4 mph
-on a rainy day, you need it.
-With the G-force pushing against you!
-So by this period, how successful was Burberry?
Hugely successful. Burberry expanded his empire enormously.
-Making lots of money.
In 1891 he opened his famous shop in the Haymarket in London
and then he opened shops in Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, even New York.
Burberry's clothes were proving their worth
in the glitzy capitals, but the real test was to come
in one of the world's most extreme climates.
Some of the world's most intrepid explorers
of the time were wearing Burberry, and this one is a reproduction
of the Shackleton outrig suit.
Really? Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic expedition?
Yes, 1914. They had also outfitted Amundsen,
-the first man to reach the South Pole in 1911.
-I never knew that.
And Scott, all of his expeditions
and it wasn't just the outfits. They also made the tents in the gabardine.
That must have been such a good PR boost for the company
to see Shackleton trudging across the ice in this.
It was, and this period was of course the heyday of the British Empire
and Burberry gabardine was going everywhere in the world.
It wasn't just good for Arctic conditions,
it was just as useful in jungles and veldt.
Burberry published a book called Gabardine In Peace and War,
and it included testimonials from everyone from Baden-Powell to Kitchener,
to the kind of intrepid empire builders who were out there
doing amazing things all over the world wearing their Burberry with pride
and writing in to tell Thomas Burberry
that his gabardine was keeping them dry and warm,
keeping them cool, in one case even protecting them from a tiger attack.
It was keeping them safe as well.
But it would be in the blood-soaked trenches of the First World War
that Burberry would come up with his most famous design, the trench coat.
Burberry received instructions from the War Office to create
a new raincoat for officers
and they came up with a variation of their existing raincoat, the Tielocken.
The differences for war use were the addition of epaulets and D rings,
which of course were used to attach kit.
But again it was the waterproof qualities and the lightweightness
and the fact that you could wear it over kit and wear kit over it
-that made it so popular with everybody.
-And you could roll it up.
And it didn't really matter
where the theatre of war was, it was suitable.
The Burberrys were very much for officers' use only. The Edwardian era
was class conscious and the officers were taken from the upper ranks.
But even by the time of the Second World War when this coat
was created, it was still officers only
and there is a label saying that.
Post war, it became a symbol of everything that's British.
This is the style of coat that we see on film stars and what-have-you afterwards,
well removed from the field of battle but very, very stylish.
-It's just so iconic.
The trench coat reflects all of Thomas Burberry's
original objectives of practicality and toughness.
His clothing captured the British way of life in the Edwardian age,
but it's the timeless and broad appeal of the design
that's kept it at the forefront of fashion ever since.
It's time to head back to the valuation day
to see if our experts can find any classic pieces amongst our crowd at the Anvil.
Johanna, what a lovely little box.
Is this something you've had in the family for years?
Yes. It was my mother's,
it was my grandmother's, but it may even go back further down the line.
-That accent, that isn't a Hampshire accent, is it?
-Whereabouts are you from originally?
-No, I'm Dutch. I'm from Holland.
OK, and on your father's side or mother's side, or both?
Both, but from my father's side, they date back to Russia.
Was it a style in Russia or...?
Well, the interesting thing is that
it's not Russian, it's probably not Dutch.
The most likely source for this is English.
-So it's back home again.
You've brought it back home.
And this sort of tea caddy was popular from the second quarter
of the 19th century, right the way through until around 1850, 1860.
So this little chap started containing tea almost 200 years ago.
It's lined, if we open it up.
Funny lining, though.
This little lining paper is a little zinc lining
and it's started to degrade over the years.
So you wouldn't want to be scraping that up with your tea leaves today.
It's veneered over the whole surface in mother of pearl.
The most important thing is that we check it for condition
because with these mother of pearl and tortoiseshell tea caddies,
the important thing is to make sure there aren't too many pieces missing.
You've got traces of old glue marks there
where pieces have been off and on.
So what do you think that little box will make at auction?
I haven't got a clue.
No? Well, without the damage, it would obviously be a lot more.
-I would think probably 250 to £350 in perfect condition.
With the damage, 100 to £150, something like that.
Now, would you like to put a reserve on it?
You mentioned £200 to 250?
-Oh, that's when... Yes.
-If it was perfect, 2 to 250.
People remember the highest figures you tell them.
They forget all the information that goes with it
-and just remember the figures.
-All right, £100.
£100 - we'll do that.
And I'll see you at the auction.
-OK, well done.
Thank you, James.
Greta, Donald, thank you very much for coming today.
Welcome, and thank you for bringing along
this rather sweet and very small autograph book.
Have you got any interesting autographs in there?
Yes, I've got Laurel and Hardy.
Oh, wonderful, let's take a look then inside
and there we are, we can see there's a wonderful picture of them there.
Looks like a little sticker
of a rather plump Oliver Hardy and a very skinny Stan Laurel.
-Then they've put there their signatures, Stan Laurel in ink
and Oliver Hardy, which looks like to be in a little ballpoint pen.
And they've signed underneath "Hello Greta," which is you.
-Isn't that sweet?
Now let's just turn the page here
is what really interests me because there's more information on here.
"Thanks for a nice hair trim, John. Oliver Hardy."
And then at the top, you've got, "Me, too. Stan Laurel."
Tell me a little bit about this. Where did you get this from?
Well, my father was a lady and gents' hairdresser and Laurel and Hardy
came to Dun Laoghaire and they stayed in the Royal Marine Hotel.
My father came home and said they were coming the next day,
so I said to him, "Oh, please, Daddy, get their autograph."
-Oh, that's fantastic.
-So he took it along.
He cut their hair in the hotel.
That must have been such a privilege to cut their hair.
It was, absolutely. My father was very, very proud. Very proud.
He said they were a wonderful couple.
-I bet they were great fun as well.
-Telling lots of jokes.
You must really treasure this.
Well, I did, I still do but the time has come now for...
-My husband and I are retired.
And we love enjoying ourselves, so...
And what about you, Donald, are you a big fan of Oliver Hardy?
Oh, yes, I've got some of his VHSs left at home.
They were fantastic, weren't they? They were legends, even now.
-You put them on and they still make you tickle.
It's hard to put a value on these because it's not just one set
-of autographs, it's two.
I would suggest probably putting it in with an estimate of 400 to £600,
and perhaps putting a reserve on of about 350.
But I would hope that because there's so much interesting
information here and it's just got a wonderful story,
I would hope that it makes more towards the top estimate.
The signatures are nice and clear. It's not "O Hardy" or "S Laurel",
it's "Stan Laurel".
-Good signatures, nice and clear, and I think they should
fetch really good money. They're fantastic.
Thank you very much indeed.
When I first saw these, I thought they were
just a standard string of beads, but they're actually a lot more
interesting than that, aren't they?
Well, so I believe. I've been told that they may be Japanese.
-They are, and do you know what they were used for?
OK. Well, in fact, each one of these would never have been anywhere
near the others because they're known as ojime.
They're normally made from bronze and they're part of a Japanese dress,
because, of course, in a kimono you don't have pockets.
So you have what's called an inro, which is a box,
and that box is suspended by a cord.
And that cord is then brought under the belt and then to stop the cord
falling from the belt is a netsuke, which is often carved out of ivory or hardwood.
That stops the inro falling but under the inro
is one of these little ojime, which are little beads to support the inro.
These are all individually cast out of bronze,
some are dark patinated, some have got little silver flowers on them.
This one's wonderful. Little gourd shape here and that one
appears to be a leaf with a crab crawling all over it.
So they're all wonderful little individual works of art.
There we've got a little frog on that one. Super, aren't they?
They're lovely, I love looking at them but I suppose it's time
to start clearing some junk out.
Junk? Throw it my way, because I think these are great.
Were they all used as a necklace when you were a child?
We used to string them together for something to do.
And then in later years, my husband wore it to a fancy dress party.
-What did he go as?
-A hippy, of course.
A hippy, how brilliant.
I think they're great and I think they'll do very well
at the saleroom.
I've counted them up. There are about 60 here,
and at the fairs, these range from
3 or £4 each up to 50 or £60 for a slightly more unusual one.
So I'm going to put an estimate of
£150 to £250 on them, reserve of £150.
But if anything has the potential to fly at the auction, it's these.
-I think they might do really, really well.
-Thank you very much.
Duncan, I think we're going to swap around positions here. You're the expert on this.
You've done a lot of research.
All I can tell you is that this is a super piece, something that I would love to own,
a lovely tin-plate model of an Alfa Romeo.
A stunning piece. Tell me where you got it from.
It was my father's. I suspect he got it new.
-He was born in 1913 and this is a 1924-25 car.
-I suspect as a young teenager he was given it by my grandfather.
And then I remember it, as a child, being in the house, although I didn't play with it a great deal.
I preferred Dinky toys. Then, when my father died, it came to me.
I always thought about restoring it, but now being the proud grandfather of a new baby girl,
I thought if we can flog it and perhaps use the money towards something for her
-as she'll not play with it.
-She'll certainly not.
What do you know about the actual car? It's a beautiful model and a lovely shape as well.
It was the epitome of racing in the '20s.
The P2, which is what this is, came out in 1924.
It was a brilliant car, developed with 145,000-150,000 brake horse power in those days,
which gave it a top speed of 140 miles an hour. Not bad going.
It is actually a clockwork toy. If we turn it over here,
we see where you put the key in.
-And then, presumably, press something...
-I think that switched it on or off.
That lever goes to the motor.
-So you've never known it in working condition?
-Always like this.
So you never got to play with it.
Apart from pushing it around, no. I never wound it up.
It is in a very poor state, but I quite like that.
You thought about restoring it and I am so glad that you haven't.
It shows that somebody's loved this and had a great time with it.
What I really like is the detail.
-I love this simulated leather seats.
-The crinkled effect.
Lovely crinkled, crackled finish.
We think 1920s in date, probably 1925, around that.
In perfect condition, with its box, we'd probably be looking at a couple of thousand pounds.
Collectors always want these in perfect order.
If we move away from toy collectors and think of people who might be interested in it as a charming piece
-we're probably looking at £300-£500.
-And hope it makes more the top end of the estimate.
-Then you can buy something more girly.
-That would be nice.
Well, it's auction time again and here are our remaining lots.
Johanna was astonished to hear her tea caddy
was English and I hope she's in for another surprise too today.
Bernadette is parting with the autographs of those stars
of the silver screen, Laurel and Hardy.
Will they achieve a legendary price?
Duncan certainly made Catherine's day with this classic toy car.
With so much style and character,
it's sure to drive up the price.
They've been in a dressing-up box for years,
but James has high hopes for Janet's Japanese beads.
Just a quick reminder that James can't be here with us today,
but we're getting his reaction from Derby.
I hope we get James' top end of the estimate, £150.
Johanna, it's a gorgeous little thing.
We're talking about the tea caddy.
Probably you can remember James waxing lyrical over this at the valuation day.
He fell in love with it. A nice Victorian piece,
early Victorian, wonderful inlay, the condition's good as well.
So, James, fingers crossed!
It's been a long day here and we need some good results.
This is a great example. It's seen better days, though,
and those bits of veneer that are missing are expensive to repair.
So, 100 to 150. Let's hope it makes towards the £200.
If it does, then that's a great result.
It's going under the hammer right now, good luck to both of you.
Lot 810. This is a Victorian mother of pearl veneered single tea caddy.
We have two commission bids here. I'll start the bidding at 130.
is there 140 in the room?
£130... 140, 150...
160, commission bids out...
160 in the room, is there 170?
At £160 and we are selling, at £160 if you're all done.
For the last time, then.
-Absolutely excellent, we got £160.
What are you going to put that towards?
With Christmas around the corner, well, more or less.
-Half a year away.
-I think we spend that way.
How would you say "good result" in Dutch?
Sounds pretty similar - goede resultaat.
Oh, it does actually, doesn't it?
Remember the Laurel and Hardy autographs? It's time to put them under the hammer.
We are joined by Catherine, Donald, and Bernadette.
What a fabulous story we've just heard at the valuation day.
Yes, absolutely. One of my favourites.
Your father was a hairdresser?
-Yes, ladies and gents.
-Cut their hair.
Got their autograph.
-He said they joked all the time.
I bet they did. I would have been tempted
to keep one set of autographs myself and sell the other,
-but you didn't want to split the book up.
-I'm pleased we've protected them with a reserve.
Lots of memories and they're going under the hammer.
Good luck, both of you.
-Here we go.
Lot 825. This is a miniature autograph book
signed by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, so start me at £400. £400?
-350 then... £350.
Try 300, £300, thank you...
and 20, 320... 350, at £320...
make it 350, at £320.
-Come on, one more.
-We're one bid away.
We are close at £320 but I'm afraid I can't sell at that figure.
One bid away, we were one bid away.
-We were so close.
-We've got a reserve of £350.
I'm so disappointed.
It's an absolutely cracking lot, a really super lot.
-Not to worry.
-Not to worry.
We've got Janet's Japanese beads
just about to go under the hammer. That's a tongue twister, isn't it?
Janet's Japanese beads.
Are you into textiles?
-No, I'm not.
-I was going to say you look very colourful
and sort of as if you were.
So how did you come across these beads,
cos they're all from a dress?
Well, they're the little...
like the washer, under a netsuke.
-And they were in a dressing-up box.
Were they? Where did you find that?
At my grandmother's house.
Well, James, you've put 150 to £250 on these. You obviously understand
what you're looking at because I wouldn't know how to value these.
Were you surprised at James' valuation?
I had no idea what they'd be worth. I didn't even know what they were.
No, it's so hard to put a price on something like this,
it's quite an academic thing.
How do you do it, James, how do you know about stuff like this?
This is a really difficult subject.
Loads of beads and a couple of them are signed.
Those signatures could make all of the difference.
Unfortunately, I can't read Japanese but there are plenty of people out there that can,
so they might do really well.
OK, I hope you're right. I hope we get the top end.
We're gonna find out. It's packed here, so good luck, both of you.
They're going under the hammer.
Lot 180. This is the Japanese beads. A lot of interest in these.
We have four commission bids and a telephone.
-I shall start the bidding at £450.
Is there 470 in the room? At £450...
is there a... 470, commission bids out...
470 in the room... 500, 520...
700, and 20.
James, it's exceeded your top estimate.
-He said they might fly.
-He did, didn't he?
At £720... Is there 750?
-At £720... Any more?
At £720, then, for the very last time.
Bang, that is a big sold sound.
-What are you going to do with all that money?
It'll pay for the piece of jewellery I've already commissioned.
-You've designed a piece of jewellery?
-And you're going to get it made.
Oh, good for you.
I'm feeling quite excited. It's our favourite thing in the sale.
It's the gorgeous 1920s tin-plate car. It belongs to Duncan.
-Any second thoughts?
-No, as I said, it doesn't have all those memories for me.
I've got things of my father's that I remember very well.
-But we never played with it.
-And you can cherish those.
And this has been in a box. At least it's got four spare tyres!
It's got the look. It's a good gentleman's toy.
Lot 660. I'm going to start the commission bids at £800.
Is there 50 in the room?
At £800. At £800.
And 50? 1,000.
-Doing battle on the phones now. We've done it.
At £1,100 commission bid. Is there 50? At £1,100.
And 50. Commission bid is out. 1,200.
And 50. 1,300.
And 50. 1,400.
And 50. 1,500.
And 50. 1,600. And 50. 1,700.
And 50. 1,800.
And 50. 1,900.
-£2,500. On the telephone at £2,500.
-Wow. I'm tingling.
At £2,500. For the very last time.
Thank you very much indeed.
-Thank you for bringing it in. That's made your day.
-What will you put that towards?
-As I said to Catherine, we've just had a granddaughter.
-So it will go into a fund. Can't get a better start.
-What a great start. What's her name?
-Cornish for love.
-I didn't realise it was that much of a corker!
-What a corker!
That's brought the show to a wonderful climax.
If you've got anything like that, bring it along. We'd love to see you.
Join us next time for many more surprises on Flog It.
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Paul Martin is joined by antique experts Catherine Southon and James Lewis. Their aim is to get top prices for the antiques belonging to the residents of Basingstoke.
James is delighted to find an ancient artefact dating from 100BC, making it the oldest item the show has ever seen. Catherine is blown away by autographs belonging to two of the greatest stars of the silver screen.
Paul finds out that, thanks to the Edwardian obsession with the great outdoors, local tailor Thomas Burberry was able to establish the label that remains world-famous today.