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Paul Martin leads the Flog It! team to Oldham with experts Anita Manning and Kate Bliss. Paul also finds time to slip away for a curry.


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If you're looking for something spicy, you'll get it on today's show.

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Where am I? Manchester's curry mile, of course.

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But before I get stuck into some of the local fodder,

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let's see what the people of Manchester will bring along to our valuation day in Oldham.

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Where I'm walking right now, this very street,

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was part of the original road from Manchester to Huddersfield.

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It's the oldest part of Oldham. It was originally known as Cuckstool Pit.

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Somewhere along it, it contained a very large pool of stagnant water.

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Where, apparently, they used to dunk the heads of women into,

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when their chattering was considered to be a menace to the town.

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Believe me.

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But there won't be any of that sort of behaviour going on here today...

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Because today, it's going to be a particularly organised

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and delightful show, because it's all about the girls.

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Yes!

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Our fragrant experts, bringing their own special feminine touch

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to the show, are the lovely Kate Bliss and Anita Manning.

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-Joyce and Peter, welcome along to "Flog It!".

-Thank you.

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Do you know what this is?

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-Yes, a Moorcroft.

-A Moorcroft.

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A Moorcroft vase, yup.

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Very popular on "Flog It!".

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And no wonder because it's a wonderful item,

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wonderful quality, wonderful colour.

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Tell me, who does it belong to?

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-It belongs to me.

-Where did you get it, Joyce?

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An aunt left it to me.

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I admired it, because of the colours, from me being very young.

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And I was quite surprised...

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when she died, she left it me.

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I didn't give it much thought, really.

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-Do you like it, Joyce?

-I do like it, I do like it.

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But it doesn't match anything that, that I've got, because I, I have a lot of cut glass.

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OK, let's look at this piece of Moorcroft.

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It's a very nice shape, baluster shape.

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It's a very popular pattern, it's pansies.

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William Moorcroft started his own factory in 1913.

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Before that he had worked for James McIntyre and Company.

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And when he set up on his own, he developed this wonderful style of pottery.

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And the Moorcroft factory is still going today,

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and it is still selling well. It is a quality item

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and people will always love it.

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If we look underneath, at the back stamp,

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we have the embossed mark of Moorcroft.

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We can see the Moorcroft signature, we have Made in England.

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Now, we know from this information here,

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that this little vase was made between 1928 and 1940.

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So, it's not a very early vase.

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Price?

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The bigger pieces, the earlier pieces, achieve a much higher price.

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This vase, I would say...

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I would like to put it in at £100-150.

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If there are Moorcroft collectors in the rooms, on that day,

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-it may go higher than the top estimate.

-Right.

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We could perhaps put a reserve of £80.

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But that's just really to protect it, just in case.

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Now, is that enough to give you a romantic night out?

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Oh, yeah, oh, yeah.

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-Bit left over...

-You're easy pleased.

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Is it drinks all round? Is this a drinks display cabinet?

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Well, Paul and I know what it is. In fact,

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it's a cabinet gramophone player.

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So, tell me about it's history. How did you come by this?

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It belonged to relatives of mine, which I always admired it, when I used to visit.

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-As a young nipper.

-As a young nipper.

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-And when they passed on, they left it to me.

-How long have you had this?

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I've had it about 30 years now.

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30 odd years? Wow.

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Where's it been, in the house?

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Well, partly in the house

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but it's been... spent last nine years in the garage.

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-Right, OK. OK, well, at least you've got a dry garage.

-Yes.

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Because there's no sign of any damp.

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It's so typical of the late Edwardian period.

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It's almost, got a serpentine front.

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It's like a waterfall cascading down.

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It's got a nice bit of stringing, which has been done by the maker.

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That's professionally done. That's not professionally done,

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that's done by one loving previous owner,

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that was quite handy with a chisel and a gouge.

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And it's got its original handles, which is nice, so...

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All fixtures and fittings are here and it's in good condition.

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And it's virtue is the fact that it's still working.

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Because many have survived, but they're not working. Value?

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It is such a hard thing to value.

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It's not the carpentry and the cabinet making which has got a great deal of value, or interest, here.

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But the mechanics of the thing, and the history of the gramophone record.

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From the wax cylinder right through to the iPod of today.

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There's good social history.

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And I think young kids should be able to look at something

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like this and say, well, that was going on, you know, in the 1930s.

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And that's what everybody had in their house, and they would have had one of these.

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These were quite affordable. What do you think it's worth?

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Well, I would think, £60.

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I think we can, hopefully, double that.

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That's what I'd like. I'd like to put it into auction,

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give it the classic 80-120, put a reserve of £60.

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Because you don't want to give it away.

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-No.

-You don't want to give this away. OK, Paul, take it away.

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Obviously that's the brake.

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-That's the brake.

-Let's see what we're playing.

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It's called Little Darling, and on the other side it's Yes, Tonight Josephine.

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I think we'll go for Little Darling.

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And I'll open the doors, so we can have full volume.

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Because this is your volume control.

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For maximum volume, there's your speaker.

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And to put the volume down slightly, just close the doors fractionally.

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-So, here we go, full volume, here goes, ready?

-Yes.

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Needle on and it should... RECORD CRACKLES

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It sounds like we're in an air raid.

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RECORD PLAYS

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Terry, let's play at wee motors.

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I've seen a lot of toys,

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and I have not seen anything in as good condition as this is.

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Did you not play with this when you were a wee boy?

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Not a lot. It seemed old fashioned at the time,

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so I was playing with more modern cars.

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How did you come by it? Where did you get it from?

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It was a pass-me-down.

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It came down through the family or friends.

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As I say, it seemed old fashioned, and just got put aside.

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-And left there?

-Yeah.

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What we have here really is a little car, which was made by Schuco.

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Now, Schuco were a German toy company

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and they were known for the quality of their toys.

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And this is a very nice little set.

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We see on the back of the box,

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how to play the game.

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And these little pegs in the box

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would form the boundaries of the course, the race course.

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This steering wheel here...

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-Would this go on top?

-Yes, it's...

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it connects up with the green one, so you can, you can steer it round the course. I've never done it.

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Right, you've never done it.

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It's certainly a smashing idea.

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And I like the way that we have a change of gears through the windscreen here.

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You've kept them for a long time, Terry.

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Why do you want to sell them, now?

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I'm being told to clear out some of the things.

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We have too much.

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She who must be obeyed has told you to get rid of all your own toys!

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Well, estimate on them, I would say for both of them,

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if we put say 60-80, 70-90. In that region.

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-Yeah, that's fine.

-I'm sure they'll fly away.

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-Do you want to put a fixed reserve on?

-No, no.

-No, no?

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Well, we'll put it in at 60-80.

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And we'll want the auctioneer to sell it with some discretion.

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But I'm sure there will be collectors.

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-I know it's a boy's toy, but do you think I could...?

-Please do, please do.

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Shall we wind it up and see what happens?

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Yes, that's lovely.

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I could say specially for lady drivers, but I better not.

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Wow, what a stunning necklace!

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That's the nicest bit of jewellery I've seen all day,

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but for quite a while, as well.

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-So, this is yours, presumably?

-It is, yes.

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So, where did it come from?

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It was left to me by my godmother.

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I've had it for about ten years now. I've never worn it.

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You've never worn it?

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-Not even once?

-No.

-Why not? Jewellery's for wearing, you know.

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Oh, it is. I have offered it to people to wear on wedding days and special occasions.

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But, no, it's always been declined.

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So, it hasn't actually been worn since you had it?

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Since your godmother passed it to you?

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No, and I don't think my godmother would have worn it for a long time.

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Gosh! Well, it's actually... It's quite a heavy piece to wear, I should imagine, isn't it?

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You've got a lot of stone in there.

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The stones, of course, are amethyst and citrine,

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placed alternately here and graduated,

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working up to this large amethyst at the bottom.

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And the stone's quality depends, really, on the saturation of the colour.

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And the very pure lemony form of citrine

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is perhaps the rarest example, and the most expensive.

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And the amethyst, that has a very deep saturated colour also,

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is one of the most desirable stones.

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And here they're a beautiful colour, aren't they?

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Especially arranged like this.

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They're cut in the oval cut and set in an open setting,

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to let as much light pass through them as possible.

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And I think what we have here is a silver-gilt mount.

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I can tell that by the colour. I think that's what it is.

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A little replacement catch here, but I think the necklace itself

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is Victorian in date,

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somewhere between 1860, 1880, something like that.

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-So, quite a bit of age to it.

-It is. Older than what I thought.

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So, what about value, Helen? Have you any idea at all?

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No, because I thought it was, sort of, earlier, you know, 1900s.

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-It's older than I thought.

-Right.

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Well, I think, at auction, today, a lovely set such as this

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is probably going to be,

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realistically, somewhere between £400-£600.

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But it's worth it, it's worth it. It's beautiful.

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-It is beautiful, isn't it? So, you're quite happy you want to sell it?

-Yes.

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-Yes, she says, final answer.

-Yes.

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OK, well, we'll whisk it away from you then.

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I'm sure we'll get a good jewellery buyer, if not a private person, who falls in love with this.

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-Because I think it is stunning, isn't it?

-Yes, it is.

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-Thank you very much for bringing it along.

-Thank you.

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We're heading off to the auction with our first batch of items.

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Moorcroft always attracts healthy interest, but how accurate is Anita's valuation of the pansy vase?

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I'm hoping to rock the house with the gramophone belonging to Paul.

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And I love the retro Schuco cars valued by Anita,

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which should put the bidders in a spin.

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And finally, Kate couldn't resist the glamour of the necklace.

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This one should definitely shine.

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And our sale venue today is the Calder Valley Auction Rooms,

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in West Yorkshire, where Ian is on the rostrum.

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Well, it's here to sell. There's absolutely no reserve and it's my favourite lot of the day.

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It's the boxed Schuco cars belonging to Terry here.

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Why, why, why are you selling these?

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These are wonderful and they're in mint condition.

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I've not played with them for a long, long time.

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We can see that. Yeah, we can see that.

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When you say there's no reserve, I'm sorry,

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but I did come and see the auctioneer and put a reserve on.

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-Oh, you did? And what's the fixed reserve now?

-60.

-I don't blame you.

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I mean, it was always going to sell.

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I think that's fair enough.

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But I think that it might be just, for your own piece of mind, because these will find the market value.

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They're in good condition. They're highly collectable and lovely little objects.

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770. The boxed Schuco...

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green car, and one other.

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And, of course, in lovely condition.

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And I'd like to open the bidding at 50.

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50? 40, then?

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40, sir, well done.

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40, at 40, and 5.

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50, and 5,

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60 and 5,

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70 and 5, 80.

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80 bid here. Anybody else, now?

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At 80, it's absolute mint condition.

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80, 5 anywhere? Then at 80, we're going at 80, and 5.

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-Good, good, good.

-Yes!

-85, 90.

-Another bidder, fresh legs.

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90 and 5? 95, have we all settled at £95?

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First and last time at £95 then.

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Yes. Nearly did the 100, but we did it, thank goodness for that.

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-That's very good.

-Yes.

-Are you happy?

-Yes, very happy.

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What are you going to do with the money?

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-Go on a cruise.

-Go on a cruise!

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The family's going out tomorrow...

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Are you? A day out.

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-Well, an evening out.

-Ah, lovely.

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That was a cracking little lot, wasn't it? Put a smile on my face.

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Ah, I'd love to be the owner of that thing.

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Remember that Edwardian gramophone? Let's hope it makes sweet music right now, Paul.

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-Yeah, let's hope so.

-I'm scared. This is the first item of furniture today.

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It's a cracking piece. I mean, it is something from the bygone era, and it's well worth 80-120.

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So, it's here to sell.

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Well, I hope there's some enthusiasm here today.

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Yeah, so do I.

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-You're not looking forward to taking it home.

-No, no, I'm not.

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You don't want to put it back in that garage.

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Edwardian inlaid mahogany cabinet gramophone.

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50? 40?

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30, anywhere?

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30 bid, 30.

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30, 30 and 5. At 35, at 40?

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40 and 5? At 45, 50

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and 5. At 55, 55.

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Any further bids at 55?

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At 55 we're not quite there,

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ladies and gentlemen. At 55. Do I see 60?

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Then at 55, 60, £60.

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Here on my right at 60.

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We're in the market at 60.

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Are there any further bids?

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At 60. Buyer 74.

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It's just goes to show, no-one's buying this sort of thing.

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And that is a classic investment,

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you should be buying it now, because it's at a give-away price.

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Keep it for 20 years and, you never know, it'd be probably be worth £300-£400.

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There's a big romantic night out waiting for Peter and Joyce...

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-if, if we can get top money for the Moorcroft vase.

-That's right.

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What would we like to see?

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-How much is a big romantic night out?

-Oh, I don't know.

-150? Theatre, restaurant.

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-Yeah, something like that.

-Cab home.

-Yes.

-Maybe a hotel for one night.

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Might be, might be.

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-Oh, dear.

-The pressure's on then.

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Moorcroft, great name, quality.

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There's lots of Moorcroft in this sale, so it will bring the buyers in.

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-Yes.

-This is a nice piece.

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588. Moorcroft baluster vase, with pansy decoration.

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588 is the lot number.

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What am I going to bid on this, 100, 80?

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Open me at 50?

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Thank you, 50, 60.

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£60, is 70 there?

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70, 8 if you like?

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At 80, at 80.

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-Here we go.

-100, and 10, 120.

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130, 140?

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At 140 I'm bid.

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At 140, 150 a fresh bid, thank you.

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150? 150 now. Are we all done?

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At £150, then, the back of the room?

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-Yes.

-Yes.

-Hammer's gone down, top end of the estimate.

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-Thank you very much.

-That is a romantic night-out.

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-You can do something with that, can't you, yeah?

-Yes, yes.

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A lot of money riding on this. It's good to see you again, Helen.

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Who are you with?

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-Paul, my husband.

-Paul, your husband.

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Oh, bodyguard on the way home.

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£400-£600, Kate. Lovely necklace, had a chat

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to the auctioneer about this. He thinks it could do well.

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It's a really good solid piece.

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The stones are beautiful. They're beautifully set.

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It looks quite contemporary, it doesn't look Victorian.

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I still think it's very wearable today.

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Well, we're going to find out. It's going under the hammer.

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801. The fine 9-carat gold necklace,

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set with 13 oval cut amethysts and 12 citrine stones.

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Lovely piece of jewellery there,

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for both young and old.

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Lot 801.

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Who'd like to open me at 300?

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200 then, 200? Thank you.

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200, at 200.

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At 220, 220?

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220, 240.

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-240, 260.

-It's going up.

-260, at 260.

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At 280, at 300.

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320, 340,

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360, 380,

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400 and 20, 440.

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At 440 bid, at 440.

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Are there any further bids?

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At 440 on my right, first and last time.

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440 then, your bid, sir.

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Yes, we're going to settle for that.

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£440, it's gone.

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I know. I'm a little bit sad, but I never wore it

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and I have amethyst, so...

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And I wear these.

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It's said the Curry Mile here in Manchester,

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has the greatest concentration of South Asian restaurants anywhere outside the Indian subcontinent.

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And whether that's true, it's got more than anywhere else in the UK.

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Tens of thousands of diners, every week, come here to enjoy a massive

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range of dishes, from India to Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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The word curry isn't even used in India.

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In Britain today, it describes any dish with a hot, spicy sauce.

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And the British have certainly had a love affair with Indian food for centuries...

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adopting Indian spices into their cuisine,

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from as early as the 1700s.

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The restaurants here opened up in response to demand, from the influx

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of Asian residents who arrived in Britain during the 1950s.

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They brought their own style, colour and culture.

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And Manchester's own celebrity chef, Azam Ahmad.

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who grew up around here, is keen for me to sample some local flavours.

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Azam, there's an incredible atmosphere here.

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-We're here during the day but at night it's...

-Buzzing.

-Electric.

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-Because they're all cooking and prepping, you can smell all the flavours.

-Yes.

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-Are some of the early restaurants still here since the 60s?

-There are.

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There's one that specialised in doing sweets, because, you'd find that a lot of the older generation used to

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think that it was wasting of money, to go out to a restaurant to eat. So, they'd eat at home.

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But things that they couldn't do at home, like the sweets and things, they'd buy here.

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And what's happened is, some of the traditional sweet houses started to do snacks like samosas and pakoras.

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So, originally the sweet houses were here first?

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They were here first. Yeah. And then you'd get, maybe they'd make one curry for that day.

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And it'd sell, and different people would say, "Oh, can I have some of that?"

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So, slowly it evolved from there.

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Did you, did you witness this evolution?

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-Were you a Manchester lad?

-I'm born and bred.

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So, as a teenager, you saw all this happening?

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Younger than that, because I'd come here with my mum and dad.

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Is there a variation in dishes from the Bangladesh to the Sri Lankan to the Indian?

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Of course. I mean, that's always... Different chefs cooking different styles.

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Bangladeshi more fish and rice dishes,

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Punjabi-style love their meat and they'd have lots of lamb.

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And each suburb and so forth, they'll have their speciality to that region.

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-Bit like European food.

-Exactly. I'm vegetarian, and we're going to cook later.

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I'm going to make you something really special.

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But I'll not tell you exactly.

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But I'm going to do you a fusion twist of some Asian cuisine, with a bit of modern flavours.

0:23:060:23:12

I'm looking forward to that. Shall we take a look at some of the sweet delis?

0:23:120:23:15

Sure, come on. I'll take you across to one of the oldest in Manchester.

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The colours and the scents in here are incredible.

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But I'm keen to get on with our main course.

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So we're borrowing the Shere Khan restaurant where Azam

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can demonstrate his fusion style of cooking.

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Giving a modern twist to classic Indian dishes.

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We're going to make you something really nice and exciting.

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I'll use asparagus, as it's one of your favourites. And pineapple, yeah?

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-Yes.

-Fresh pineapple, asparagus, going to make you a sauce/vegetable dish.

0:24:020:24:06

Going to start you off with a little bit of oil. Tell me when to stop.

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-About there.

-Yeah, that's perfect.

0:24:100:24:12

-Oh, you've done this before.

-I love cooking.

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-There you go.

-So, how did you get into cooking?

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We're actually a family of doctors.

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And I didn't really fancy much education when I was at school.

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And my mum was always worried, "What's he going to do?"

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And one day when I said, "I want to be a chef."

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She said, "Great, at least my son won't starve."

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So, since then, I've gone into this and I've enjoyed it.

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Did you train obviously as an English chef, then, in Continental food?

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I did. I went into English and French cuisine, and from there developed different tastes around Europe.

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Even Cantonese and Italian cooking. You like hot stuff, I believe?

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I do, I love cooking with chillies.

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I never wash my hands afterwards.

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So, when I'm sort of wiping my brow, it gets in my eyes.

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-Ah, dangerous. Don't do that.

-OK.

-We're leaving the seeds in.

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So, it's going to be really quite hot?

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No, no, no, not quite that strong. It'll compliment the taste.

0:25:040:25:08

We're going to soften that up. At the same time that's softening up, we're going to add you some red tomato.

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Are the red chillies stronger than the green ones? Or is that just a myth?

0:25:140:25:19

No, they are, because they've ripened.

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Colour looks fantastic. What's that?

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Mango juice. We're using that as our stock because, instead of using... because you're vegetarian

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we're not using any chicken stock or anything. Just keep stirring that in.

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-Little bit of seasoning?

-Little bit of seasoning.

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So, you're reducing the sauce down.

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You're almost separating most of your stock.

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You're going to add in your asparagus.

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-Just a couple of minutes with the asparagus?

-Yes, and your pineapple goes in there.

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That's looking nice. We're going to add some coriander to your sauce.

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-Smells delicious.

-Can you see what we've done?

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We've turned off the heat, and then we've added in the coriander.

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-So it doesn't burn too quickly.

-I tell you, you've done this before.

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I have, yeah.

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We've got for you here, some pilau rice.

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And we've got some browned onions,

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and some cashew nuts, and we're just going...

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-I love cashew nuts.

-Pass you that over,

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and we're going to put your asparagus on the side there, the pineapple and your sauce.

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It's the presentation, it's so hard to do.

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-You're going to do perfect.

-I'm not, I'm not.

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So, is this the dish you're going to make for your wife on your next anniversary?

0:26:320:26:36

Well, I hope so. I hope so.

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Try and put the asparagus on top.

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-Oh, on top? Laying on top, like little solders.

-That's fine.

-OK, OK, OK.

-Yeah, that's perfect.

0:26:400:26:45

-You're doing well there.

-One more?

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Yeah, go on. Now, the other thing that we can do with your sauce, because it's so rich...

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serving it as a garnish for some nice vegetable samosas.

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That's quite nice, because sometimes they can be quite dry.

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-Ainsley would be proud of you.

-He would.

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-Yes, definitely.

-Look at that.

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Two very quick, wonderful dishes.

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While I'm standing admiring my first dish, Azam is getting on with some spicy vegetable bhajis.

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We chop the asparagus stalks, some okra, aubergine and onion.

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And mix the vegetables up in a batter,

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before deep frying them for several minutes.

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Well, here it is. Here's all our hard work, and we're going to enjoy this.

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Believe me, this is so easy to do, and thank you so much, Azam, for showing us.

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-Your welcome, my pleasure.

-While we tuck into this,

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you are going straight back to join our experts at the valuation day.

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Come on, let's go and sit down.

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Florence, we have had Troika on "Flog It!" before.

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But these are two quite different items.

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Both from St Ives in Cornwall.

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Tell me, where did you actually get them from?

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I bought them, from a shop, in Cornwall.

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We used to always go on our holidays there, when the children were small.

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-And when the holiday was finished, on a Friday...

-Yes?

0:28:220:28:27

..if we had any money left,

0:28:270:28:29

my husband used to say, "Go and buy yourself a vase," you see.

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So, that's what I used to do.

0:28:330:28:35

Oh, lovely. So, how long ago was that?

0:28:350:28:38

I can't remember the exact year, but it was somewhere in the 60s.

0:28:380:28:44

Well, what a great holiday souvenir.

0:28:440:28:47

Because of course, the Troika market has taken off in recent years.

0:28:470:28:51

And it's become a very collectable market in itself.

0:28:510:28:55

And I think, that's for a number of reasons, but partly because

0:28:550:28:59

the factory only produced pieces in a very limited time period.

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Started in 1963 but it actually closed in 1983.

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So, there were only really 20 years of production and after that, that was it.

0:29:090:29:13

Yeah, they don't do any more.

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They don't, no, they don't.

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So, you've got, really, what are known as limited pieces.

0:29:170:29:21

And every piece was unique, really, to a certain extent.

0:29:210:29:24

And it's interesting what an impact

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that the pottery had on you at the time.

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Because it was very different from anything that studio potters were doing at the time.

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It's, it's typically Troika, you can see immediately.

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Because it uses the blues, and the browns and the green glazes, that they used so often.

0:29:380:29:44

They used influences from the Aztec culture,

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and they say that the Cornish landscape had a, had a bearing.

0:29:470:29:51

It's quite a bleak landscape, particularly in Northern Cornwall,

0:29:510:29:54

where the tin mining was.

0:29:540:29:56

-Yes, it is.

-And so we got quite, sort of, simple and sometimes quite striking geometric shapes.

0:29:560:30:01

This almost looks like a face, doesn't it?

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On this side, or a mask.

0:30:030:30:05

Perhaps you can see the Aztec influence coming in there.

0:30:050:30:08

This one is perhaps a little more conservative in design.

0:30:080:30:12

It reminds me of some of the pieces that they produced for Heal's, that were retailed by Heal's in London.

0:30:120:30:17

But this one, I don't know whether you noticed,

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has a whacking great big crack down the inside.

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You can just see that, down there.

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That's going to affect the value.

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So, can you remember what you paid for them all that time ago?

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I should think it was somewhere around about £10.

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Or even under, because that were about all we had left.

0:30:360:30:41

Well, this one, I'm afraid, is going to be affected by the crack.

0:30:410:30:45

-I would say...

-Yeah, I can understand that.

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I would put it at perhaps £20, even.

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Whereas this one is a really good substantial piece.

0:30:510:30:55

It's got everything that people like about Troika.

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And I think you're going to certainly be looking at between £100 and £150.

0:30:580:31:03

So, what do you think about that?

0:31:030:31:05

I think that's really good.

0:31:050:31:07

I don't think it's a bad return. It's a pretty good investment.

0:31:070:31:10

No, it's quite all right, that.

0:31:100:31:12

This is a fairly straight forward, home-made, kind of item, Hilary.

0:31:200:31:27

Can you tell me anything about it?

0:31:270:31:30

I believe it was made by a German prisoner of war, in Sicily.

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And it was brought back by an Irish man, who was just an ordinary soldier there.

0:31:360:31:42

So, he must have been working at the prisoner of war camp.

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And it was given to him by the prisoner who made it.

0:31:470:31:51

And that's all I know.

0:31:510:31:52

That's all, yeah. Well, what we have really, is a little bit of history.

0:31:520:31:57

And the value of it lies in that interest.

0:31:570:32:02

It may have been that the chap who made this little aeroplane,

0:32:020:32:07

was a pilot. And had been shot down.

0:32:070:32:10

Yes, yes, that sounds like that.

0:32:100:32:12

And to fill his time, he's made this item.

0:32:120:32:15

It's made of aluminium, it's made from an aeroplane.

0:32:150:32:18

One of our other boy experts have identified it as a Stuka,

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which I believe was a dive bomber.

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And we have on the wings here, Sicily and 1944.

0:32:280:32:34

So, it was towards the end of the war.

0:32:340:32:38

It's telling us a wee story, Hilary.

0:32:380:32:41

There is a market for this type of item,

0:32:410:32:45

that were made by prisoners of war.

0:32:450:32:49

They were in the main very simple items, home-made, hand-crafted.

0:32:490:32:54

They had very little in the way of materials, either to make

0:32:540:32:58

the items with, or any tools were often rudimentary.

0:32:580:33:03

So, simple items, but they do tell a story.

0:33:030:33:06

And I rather like the idea that your Irishman may have been friends

0:33:060:33:11

with the young German pilot, at that point.

0:33:110:33:15

-Yeah, yeah.

-Value on it?

0:33:150:33:17

I would say we could put it in at say 20-25.

0:33:170:33:23

It's really just a figure plucked out.

0:33:230:33:26

It depends on the day, if we do have some interest from the auction.

0:33:260:33:31

I don't know if you want to put a reserve on it or?

0:33:310:33:34

No, no reserve on it. And let's hope that it makes two figures anyway.

0:33:340:33:40

Sheila, this is the only bit of silver I've seen so far today.

0:33:480:33:51

-Oh, really?

-I think it's great to have it here today.

0:33:510:33:54

Is this a family piece?

0:33:540:33:56

Yes, it belonged to my mother. And she got it from an elderly lady that we used to visit.

0:33:560:34:01

And my mother eventually handed it on to me.

0:34:010:34:04

Let's open it up. Because although it's got a beautifully

0:34:040:34:07

engraved outside, it is actually rather nice inside as well, isn't it?

0:34:070:34:11

-Yes.

-It's got a leather interior.

0:34:110:34:14

It is, as you can see quite clearly,

0:34:140:34:17

a card case with a space here for cards.

0:34:170:34:20

But then it's got this lovely aide de memoir as well,

0:34:200:34:23

and what's known as an ivory leaf inset.

0:34:230:34:26

And the little pencil to write on the ivory.

0:34:260:34:30

Yes. One thing I regret about that is, that when we first had it,

0:34:300:34:34

there was an address on the ivory leaf and unfortunately I cleaned it off.

0:34:340:34:41

-I do wish I hadn't.

-Oh, that's a shame, because it's almost part of it's history.

0:34:410:34:45

-That's right.

-Social history. Interesting.

0:34:450:34:48

Well, of course, this would have been owned, by somebody really quite well-to-do, in the Victorian period.

0:34:480:34:54

-She was a quite, well-to-do lady, I think, and came from London, and she got some nice things.

-Right.

0:34:540:35:00

Have you found the hallmark on it?

0:35:000:35:02

-No.

-On pieces like this, which are elaborately engraved, it's quite difficult.

0:35:020:35:07

But it is quite clearly there, and if I just get my little glass on it.

0:35:070:35:11

-Oh, my goodness!

-We can see, clearly, it's English silver and it's assayed

0:35:110:35:16

in Birmingham, despite your lady coming from London.

0:35:160:35:20

And the date letter's 1898.

0:35:200:35:22

So it's right at the end of that Victorian period.

0:35:220:35:25

But the other thing I can tell you, is that it has the maker's initials on it.

0:35:250:35:29

JG. And I think I'm right in thinking it's possibly

0:35:290:35:33

by J Glosser, who was working at that time in Birmingham.

0:35:330:35:36

And those are his initials.

0:35:360:35:38

So, we can tell quite a bit about it.

0:35:380:35:41

So, what about value?

0:35:410:35:43

Never thought about it, because I've never really thought about getting rid of it.

0:35:430:35:48

But, it's... as they say on "Flog It!" so often...

0:35:480:35:51

stuck in a drawer, and I think it's time it moved on.

0:35:510:35:55

Well, it's in lovely condition, I think, the first thing is to say.

0:35:550:35:59

The cartouche is vacant, it's not engraved. So, a buyer could personalise it, if they wanted to.

0:35:590:36:05

And the leather interior is still in beautiful condition.

0:36:050:36:08

-Yes, yes.

-So, it is something that somebody could use today, if they wanted to.

0:36:080:36:12

Apart from it being a lovely little cabinet piece for a collector.

0:36:120:36:16

I think, in today's market, that should realise £70-£100.

0:36:160:36:20

Yes.

0:36:200:36:22

-Are you happy with that?

-I think I am.

-You think you are?

0:36:220:36:25

-Yes.

-Quite sure? Well, if you like, we can set a reserve.

0:36:250:36:28

I would suggest putting it at the lower end of the estimate.

0:36:280:36:31

So, a reserve of 70, and then just in case the right person

0:36:310:36:35

isn't there and it doesn't sell, then you can simply take it home.

0:36:350:36:38

-Yes, that would be all right.

-OK.

0:36:380:36:40

Kate and Anita have found some more choice items to sell at auction.

0:36:400:36:44

First are the ever popular Troika vases,

0:36:440:36:47

born and bred in my adopted home county of Cornwall.

0:36:470:36:50

Then there's the fascinating story of the home-made Stuka plane,

0:36:500:36:53

and it's anybody's guess whether it will take off.

0:36:530:36:56

Sheila's delightful card case is a quality item, and I think it might do rather well.

0:36:560:37:01

If I said, "Proper job, my handsome," you'd certainly know what I was talking about.

0:37:030:37:08

In the antiques trade here, it's a little bit of Troika, belonging to Florence.

0:37:080:37:12

-We've got two items. And you've brought in your granddaughter?

-Yes.

0:37:120:37:15

-What's your name?

-Andrea.

-Andrea, this could be your inheritance...

-I hope so.

-..going under the hammer.

0:37:150:37:22

-Two cracking pieces of Troika caught your eye.

-Well, one has got a crack.

0:37:220:37:26

It has. Slightly damaged, yes.

0:37:260:37:28

But, nevertheless, always does well.

0:37:280:37:31

Good pieces as well. Why are you flogging these?

0:37:310:37:34

Well, they've been on a shelf in the pantry for years.

0:37:340:37:39

And I just... when you were coming to Oldham, I thought...

0:37:390:37:43

-Bring them along.

-Yeah.

0:37:430:37:45

Do you like Troika, Andrea?

0:37:450:37:47

I love the pieces, because I remember them as being...

0:37:470:37:49

a little girl, we had holidays to St Ives, from being a dot.

0:37:490:37:53

-So, I remember them being at my grandma's.

-Lots and lots of happy memories.

0:37:530:37:57

-Really pretty.

-Ah, well, let's hope we put a big smile on your face now, as these go under the hammer.

0:37:570:38:02

And let's hope we get that top end, £150. Fingers crossed, everyone?

0:38:020:38:05

Here we go, this is it.

0:38:050:38:07

Large Troika vase and the cylindrical vase to go with it.

0:38:070:38:13

Who'd like to open the bidding at £80?

0:38:130:38:15

60 for the 2? 60, thank you, sir.

0:38:150:38:17

60, at 60, and 70.

0:38:170:38:19

I've 70, 80,

0:38:190:38:21

90, 100.

0:38:210:38:22

100, 105... 105?

0:38:220:38:24

110, 115, 120. 120 and 5,

0:38:240:38:27

130 and 5,

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140 and 5, 150 and 5.

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155, right at the back, 155.

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160, a fresh bid.

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Fresh bid wins at 160, are you all done?

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-160 then. Thank you.

-£160!

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Florence and Andrea, that's great news, isn't it?

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That could be a trip down to Cornwall for you.

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-It could.

-Couldn't it? Down to St Ives.

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Because it'll be going towards my next holiday.

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Which will be hopefully in Cornwall?

0:38:580:39:00

-Could be.

-Could be.

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Ah, Kate, that's a great result.

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You could say, you could say, "Proper job."

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-Proper job.

-Proper job.

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Well, this next lot deserves to be on some gentleman's desk.

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It's Hilary's Stuka dive bomber.

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And it's wonderfully crafted out of aluminium.

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I love it, I love the story behind it as well. It's got some history.

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And it's got the look, hasn't it? It really has. I can see what you saw in it, Anita.

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Well, the Stuka is the classic dive bomber.

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And people are interested in World War memorabilia.

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Now, who knows the price of it?

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-It's not...

-It's speculative, this one, isn't it?

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Aluminium model of a Stuka fighter plane.

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What do I bid on this, 30? 20, 20?

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20, I'm bid, thank you.

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20, 22.50?

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22.50, 25,

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7.50, 30,

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2.50, 35.

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-Come on.

-7.50, 40,

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2.50, 45, 7.50, 50.

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At 50 here on my left, at £50.

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Have you all done at 50?

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We're selling at £50 then.

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£50.

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-Brilliant.

-That's good, isn't it?

0:40:140:40:16

Looking at that brought back lots of memories for me.

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-Because I actually made one of those.

-Were you there?

-No, no, no.

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I've actually made an Airfix model, almost to the same proportion and size.

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And I remember painting it up when I was a school boy.

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Next up, the Victorian silver card case, belonging to Sheila, who is an old friend of "Flog It!".

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How many times have you been on the show?

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Ten, if you don't count the two auctions.

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-Incredible!

-It's because she's got so many nice things.

-You have, you have, actually.

0:40:500:40:55

Well, we've got a cigarette... It's not a cigarette...

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it's a card case, isn't it?

0:40:570:40:59

Why are you flogging this one?

0:40:590:41:01

Well, like everybody else,

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I'm tired of cleaning silver, and it was stuck in a drawer.

0:41:030:41:07

And "Flog It!" was in town, so...

0:41:070:41:09

Well, you came to the right expert.

0:41:090:41:11

-Good Birmingham maker?

-It is a good Birmingham maker.

0:41:110:41:15

We haven't had much under the hammer yet today. So, we don't know how many of the buyers are here.

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This is the first item of silver out.

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The nice thing about this is, the ivory memoir...

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aide memoir... inside. Just makes it a little bit more special.

0:41:240:41:28

-And the little pencil, as well, is still there.

-That's right.

0:41:280:41:31

640, the silver card case with a leather interior.

0:41:310:41:36

Birmingham, 1898. Nice condition.

0:41:360:41:38

What am I bid on this? 100, 80?

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40 to start, 40, 40, 30?

0:41:410:41:45

Thank you, £30, £30

0:41:450:41:46

35, 35, 40, 45.

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50 and 5, 60 and 5, 70?

0:41:480:41:54

-Yes.

-70 on my right there.

0:41:540:41:56

And 5, a fresh bid, 75 and 80, sir?

0:41:560:41:58

80, 85,

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-90, 95.

-They like it.

0:42:000:42:02

95, second row, and 100 here.

0:42:020:42:04

105, 105,

0:42:040:42:06

110, 115,

0:42:060:42:09

120, one more?

0:42:090:42:11

125, 130.

0:42:110:42:13

£130 second row. 135?

0:42:130:42:16

135, 140,

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140, 145, 150.

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At 150 here on my left.

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At £150... and a fresh bid, and 5.

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160, and 5,

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170 and 5, 180.

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180, then, lady's bid of £180.

0:42:310:42:37

-Good result, this one.

-I think that's a fantastic price.

0:42:370:42:41

-Amazing.

-It exceeded my expectations...

0:42:410:42:43

-Well, it's quite an orderly one.

-It's got a lot of things going for it.

0:42:430:42:46

The condition was super, a good period piece.

0:42:460:42:49

-It was complete as well.

-Exactly.

-Yes.

0:42:490:42:51

Sheila, I'm sure there's going to be an 11th time, I can feel it.

0:42:510:42:56

There certainly was a great buzz in the sale room today.

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And this lot, they're the lucky ones.

0:43:030:43:05

They're paying for the things that they've purchased.

0:43:050:43:08

The highlight of the day, for me, had to be Sheila's cigarette case, selling for a whopping £180.

0:43:080:43:14

Well over it's original estimate.

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I hope you've enjoyed today's show.

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So, until the next time, it's cheerio.

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