Paul Martin and the team are at Sunderland's Stadium of Light. Experts Anita Manning and Adam Partridge are on hand to hunt through the antiques and collectibles.
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A game of two halves where skills are put to the test,
but there's always the danger of an own-goal, but I'm not talking about football,
this is Flog It! Today we're in Sunderland.
Everybody knows the rules of football but this is how Flog It! works.
We arrange valuation days like this around the country
where you bring your antiques and collectables along.
Today we're at the Stadium of Light, home to Sunderland Football Club
but we're coming to a town near you soon.
Everyone who comes is guaranteed to get a valuation by one of our team of experts
-and today's star players are Anita Manning...
-..and Adam Partridge.
-They still work.
And at half-time we'll bring a selection of the best items we find in our valuation day
here to the Boldon Auction Galleries,
and let's hope we get the back of the net!
I'll also be going back in time to the roots of Sunderland's industrial heritage.
But first, let's get down to the business of the day and Adam's found something grotesque!
Elizabeth, welcome to Flog It!
-And may I call you Elizabeth?
-You can call me Betty.
-I don't wanna be over-familiar!
-No, no, everyone calls me Betty.
You've brought in a beautiful biscuit barrel.
Why would you want to sell something so lovely?
Who would want to keep biscuits in that... I ask you!
-You don't keep your biscuits in there?
How did you come to own it?
A friend of mine gave it to me full of golf tees.
-I was more interested in the golf tees.
-You're a golfer?
-Do you still play?
You've brought this in today, presumably to flog it?
Yes, to get rid of.
-And why is that?
-I'm in the last round of having a clear-out.
Just say it, you don't like it.
I don't like it, no. Do you?
I don't mind it, I don't think I'd buy it,
but it's grotesque in a good way, I would say.
It's a type of Majolica really, art pottery,
from what looks like the end of the 19th century.
It's a funny colour really, a monkey with a frog on the top
and a couple of salamander down the side, including a headless one.
And there's a fair bit of damage around the lid
where people have been grabbing the biscuits with too much eagerness
then banging the lid back on.
I'll leave the lid off for a minute, so we can have a look underneath
and there we have the mark there, Salopian,
which is the name of the art pottery there made in Shropshire
and it was an art pottery founded at the end of the 19th century,
mainly run and designed by a chap called J A Harthorn,
that's what the JAH stands for.
It's a form of earthenware with a lead glaze.
It's a form of Majolica
and you rarely see anything in that medium that isn't damaged,
because it's quite a brittle, vulnerable substance
that's easily damaged, you're having a clear-out, you don't like it,
at least you're being honest, and what do you think it's gonna make?
I don't know. I was hoping you would say £2,000 or £3,000
but I'm not even gonna say £200 or £300!
Probably 20 quid, 30 quid!
Yeah, £30 to £50 was the estimate, I thought.
We've got the matter of a reserve to put on it.
Do you want it back, or do you not mind whatever it makes?
-But if it makes a tenner, worst case, would you be unhappy?
Yeah, I'd be unhappy at £10.
There you go! What about £20?
£20, we'll put it at £20.
We will be at the auction together, fingers crossed
-and hopefully the monkey, frog, and salamanders will find a new home to rest in.
-Fine, thank you.
Thanks for coming to Flog It.
Fred, this is an absolutely delightful crayon study, it really is. Tell me a little bit about it?
Well, I got it for my uncle who acquired it from my auntie
who worked in service for a long time and retired in 1964
and the family she worked for bought her a house to end her days
and she died in 1976 and when she was moving in,
my dad and my uncle went down to help her move into the house
and there was lots of stuff in the house.
This was one piece my uncle quite liked and asked if we could keep it.
So have you had this on the wall, at all?
No. About ten years ago I did some research on it
and since then it's been wrapped up in the wardrobe.
Just kept in the wardrobe!
You should have put this on the wall because it's absolutely stunning!
-Tell me about it. I know you've done some research, and it is in fact a study.
By Arthur Hughes who was one of
the leading Pre-Raphaelite artists outside of the brotherhood.
You know your stuff, don't you?!
Basically he did five studies for The Heavenly Stair
which was in the Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth, and this was one of them.
Let me take this off and have a look.
I'll just put that on the floor.
I know he was a big fan of Millet,
he was a big fan of the Pre-Raphaelite.
London artist, and born 1832, he died in Kew in 1915, yeah.
-Well, it's a monogram isn't it, it's not signed.
It's definitely Arthur Ford Hughes
and the draftsmanship is second to none, it really is.
I think studies are a great way of owning a piece of art if you can't afford the real thing,
and there's something so understated
about the sort of crayon and charcoal,
and this was done possibly in about two minutes flat, sort of...
that's about right, but let's do another one nearby, very quickly!
I'd like to see it
realise around about £400 in auction,
that's my gut feeling.
Can we put it into auction with a value of £300 to £400 on it,
and sort of... would you be happy with that?
-Yeah, I'd be happy with that.
-Protect it with a fixed reserve of £300.
-Are you sure?
-See you in the auction room.
-Thanks very much.
Tim, this little item is just right up my street!
I thought it might be, actually!
And what makes it so interesting is this text here...
"votes for women",
and I love this little dog's expression.
I mean is he saying "votes for women?" or "votes for women!"
I think the latter!
It's a wonderful piece of memorabilia
from the Women's Suffrage Movement
and there is a great market for this part of British history,
for this part of women's history.
Tell me, where did you get it?
I inherited it when my mother died and I know for a fact that
she bought that in a flea market in Whitley Bay in the 1970s.
Now isn't that interesting, because in the 1960s and '70s,
they again had this wave of the women's movement, women's lib, and she bought it at that time.
Do you think she was influenced by that time?
I don't necessarily think so but I think it probably would remind her
of her childhood and her upbringing, but she did like animals as well.
-So it could be one of two things.
Interestingly enough, this little dog would have been made in Germany.
Now if we examine it, we don't find any back stamp, we don't find any marking on it.
It would have been cheaply and mass-produced, sent over to Britain
and possibly sold for fundraising for the Suffrage Movement.
Now, Tim, if I'm looking to date this little item,
the Women's Suffrage Movement started officially...1897,
and women got the vote in 1918,
so this little item
would have been made between 1897
and well before the start of the First World War,
so we can put it in the date
around about the turn of the century,
and I think that this will go
to a collector of suffrage memorabilia.
-I would estimate it between £150 and £200.
Let's hope we get plenty of votes for this little dog!
Votes for that little dog, I hope so, Anita!
-Lovely to see you, thank you.
Well, Elizabeth, thanks for coming to the Stadium of Light.
We have a couple of instruments on the table.
Where did you get them?
From an old lady's house that I was clearing when she died.
-Right. Did you know her well?
-Yes, she was a friend.
-A home-help then she became a friend, yes.
-Ten she passed away and you had the job...?
-Horrible job of clearing the house, going through all her possessions.
And where do they live at your house?
-In the garage.
-Right, so not ideal?
-No, no, no.
First of all you've got
the classic example of the Italian piano-accordion.
This is by Scandalli.
It looks very elaborate,
all this fancy case and sparkly lettering and...
-I don't think the Sellotape's original though!
-Bit of Sellotape, and was that in a case as well, or not?
-So it's in a...
-Big case. The original case, I would think.
They come in this big case and they're very heavy.
-Whenever I've tried to play one, they must be strong guys who play them...
Because they get pretty heavy. They're not an easy thing to play.
To a lot of people, that looks pretty valuable.
-Do you not think it's...
-Well, yes, on the face of it, yes.
-Flashy... on the face of it.
However, in real life, it's not much at all.
These would normally make £20 to £40 at auction.
If you're lucky, you'll get 50 quid, if you're unlucky you'll get £15,
so, what else are you gonna do with it, I suppose?
-So we'll stick it in?
-No, no, no.
And put an estimate of £20 to £40.
-And if it makes £50, we'll do a jig!
-It's a bonus!
-It's a bonus!
Now this looks to me like a tenor saxophone,
it's a larger one than an alto saxophone.
Here we've got the maker there...
He's not a big or sought-after maker,
and the word "invicta",
is a kind of brand name, model name for this saxophone here.
For the benefit of those who are wondering what that bit is,
-it's the mute.
Goes in there, shuts it up.
I could probably do with one of them!
A lot of people will tell you that!
So, some saxophones can be worth hundreds, even thousands of pounds
but this Paul Cavour example isn't particularly valuable.
It's more than the piano-accordion but it's not masses more.
I would suggest an estimate of £100 to £200.
Now I think that's probably fairly realistic, but on the lower side.
-I'd protect it with £100 reserve.
-Does that sound all right?
-And then it should make £100 to £200, so that's a bit better.
Thank you for bringing them along.
I love seeing these instruments on Flog It!, so it makes my day when they come in.
It's half-time at our valuation day and while we head off to the sale room,
here's a quick action replay of our choices.
Elizabeth really doesn't like her Majolica biscuit barrel
in the shape of a monkey's head
and doesn't think it's fit for purpose!
Who would want to keep biscuits in that, I ask you!
But I absolutely loved this delightful crayon study
of Arthur Hughes' The Heavenly Stair
and I'm sure it will do well at auction.
Is Tim's little suffrage souvenir dog really a woman's best friend?
Anita's not sure!
I mean is he saying,
"votes for women?" or "votes for women!"?
I think the latter!
And this accordion and saxophone have just been sitting
in Elizabeth's garage for 30 years,
so she's keen to see the back of them!
Although we've left the Stadium of Light, play now continues
at the Boldon Auction Galleries,
where our experts hope to score with their valuations,
and the man overseeing the proceedings today
is auctioneer Giles Hodges,
but before he takes to the rostrum,
he's got some news about my estimate on Fred's picture.
This lot belongs to Fred and not for much longer.
It's a little crayon study by Arthur Hughes of The Heavenly Stair
and I've put £300 to £400 on it
but I know on a really good day
it should, fingers crossed, double that.
I think you're right.
I think if we're going to be a little bit picky with it,
-I think unfortunately the colour of the grain...
-It's the brown paper.
Yeah, it doesn't quite help.
The only misgiving that I would have would be the paper.
I think the quality of the drawing is phenomenal;
pre-sale interest, not only...
we've actually had international interest from America,
from Canada as well,
so I think again good conservative estimate
we should have no problem whatsoever.
So there's been lots and lots of interest?
Come on, put your neck on the block!
I'm gonna go for around the £600ish mark,
maybe a little bit more if we can gain some firm bids
but pre-sale, yeah, around the £500,£600 mark.
All good stuff, isn't it? I can't wait to see it go under the hammer.
It's just made my day looking at this.
But before we see if the international bidders are here,
we have something more modest.
Betty's monkey head biscuit barrel, at £30 to £50.
-And you say this has got to go?
-Got to go!
It's definitely got to go because it's so ugly.
That's why it's so pretty and beautiful
and I know why Adam gravitated towards it because it's unusual.
-I like ugly things.
-I like ugly things as well.
I like Martin Brothers' ware.
Well, it's a similar grotesque thing, isn't it,
I mean grotesque in a good way.
It is damaged, ugly, but I think it's gonna do all right.
-It's a good talking point, isn't it? You see, it is so unusual!
I was saying to Adam it's against the run of the mill when you look at Doulton
and you look at Clarice Cliff and things like that and it stands out,
and it wants to be talked about,
and the fact it was full of golf tees is even more amusing, isn't it, really!
Lot five, the Salopianware biscuit barrel.
I've got two commission bids.
£20 starts me.
At £20 and I'll take the 2.
At £20. 2 anybody?
22, 25, 28...
We're off, Elizabeth!
£30 still with me.
£30 and we're away at 30.
-That's not bad.
Yeah, so that is a few golf balls.
I'll either get three good ones or...
a couple of dozen cheap ones at the supermarket!
Or get a snorkel and dive for your own at the bottom of the lake!
I've been looking forward to this, I'm a dog lover,
and all dog lovers should buy this one.
It's a Suffragette Movement dog ornament.
Will we get that sort of £150 for it? That's what I'm hoping.
Yeah, I'm hoping that it will go there,
but it's not an item of quality...
it's value is in its collectability,
and hopefully some rarity values will...
It does put a great smile on your face!
It's a nice little hound.
Oh, it's gorgeous, and I'm sure this little dog will find a new home.
We're gonna find out now, here we go.
We've got the Suffragette Movement
continental porcelain dog...
-Sums up lots of social history.
I'm bid £100 to start it.
100, 110, 120.
At 120, on the commission at 120.
Upstairs the bid.
At 130. Anybody to my left?
At £130 it's the last chance at 130.
-Dead on the reserve.
-We were just there.
-That was good, Well done, Peter.
What an expert, marvellous!
Elizabeth, great to see you again and you look splendid, you really do.
A packed auction room. Hopefully they're all musical instrument fans
or they want to start playing an instrument as we have the saxophone in the first lot,
in the second the accordion,
and we're looking at £100 to £200 for the first one.
I think so. The accordions never sell well.
They don't, they're big heavy lumps, aren't they?
But the saxophone is a great student instrument, you know.
If a student wants to buy something and haven't got the money,
they can pick up a sax buy one in an auction room
because a new sax would set you back...
-Hundreds of pounds, yeah.
-£700, so fingers crossed.
Here we go with the first one, we might get the top end of the estimate.
We have the cased saxophone, the Invicta.
I am bid, again I've got two commission bids.
We are straight in at £180.
-Top end, straight in.
At 180 and it's with me,
at £180 are we all done?
Yes, that's the first one.
The next one,
the second lot is the accordion.
£20 to £40.
-Don't get your hopes up on this one.
Lot 48, the cased accordion.
Somebody bid me
£10 to start it, back to reality.
10. 15, 20, 5,
To my left at £35.
40, fresh place.
Upstairs at £40. Anybody else?
All done at 40.
That's good... £220.
Very good, yes.
What will you do with that?
Don't forget there's commission to pay.
Oh, well, have a nice meal out or something.
-Who are you gonna treat?
-Two daughters and four grandchildren.
Ah, have a great time.
-Yeah, thank you for bringing them in. Love to see instruments.
-So do I.
Now it's my favourite item of the whole day.
I think it's the best thing in the auction.
It's the crayon study by Arthur Hughes and it belongs to Fred
and possibly for not much longer.
I think you've got five more minutes to own it.
We're only a few lots away.
Will you be sorry to see it go?
Yeah, it's a little bit of an emotional thing,
it was owned by my uncle and he was my father since my dad died when I was three,
but he was set to sell it and when Flog It! came to town,
I thought this was the time for him to have one of his wishes, so...
I think the time is right, definitely, for finding a buyer
as it's caused a bit of a stir,
so let's watch, shall we, and just enjoy this. Here we go.
We have the chalk pastel monogrammed Arthur Hughes.
Lovely study of The Heavenly Stair, circa 1880,
it bears label to reverse.
I've got two bids
and I'm starting it at £400.
£400, 20 now, at 420,
450, 480, 500.
At £500, 20 anybody now?
At £500. The internet is out.
-Sold it, £500. That's a good result.
-That's a good result.
-Oh, yes, yes.
Lovely thing, lovely thing. That'll give someone so much pleasure.
It's one of the things that if I'd come out to buy,
I would have bought. Thank you so much for bringing it in.
And coming up later, can this Art Deco wall mount
bring a happy ending to a young love story?
She's met up with an old boyfriend, her first ever boyfriend, who she went out with when she was 13.
-And they have found each other again after 17 years!
Oh, that's wonderful!
History can come alive in many ways here at the Beamish Open Air Museum west of Sunderland.
It lives through period buildings and costumed staff with a passion for their heritage.
These living communities transport you back into the lives
of ordinary working people in North East England in the 19th and early 20th century.
No depiction of the North East's history would be complete without a colliery
and walking through the streets of this 1913 mining village is really just like stepping back in time.
Coal was king. It fired the furnaces which made the iron which in turn
built the ships that exported the coal, so the whole region prospered.
The Great Northern Coalfield was at its peak of production in 1913
with some 250,000 men and boys producing
more than 56 million tons of coal each year.
A miner worked an eight-hour shift with only one day off a fortnight.
It was a hard, dangerous life.
Roof-falls, fires and explosions were constant threats.
Though the wages were comparatively high, without a main breadwinner, life could be tough
'and women had to find ingenious ways of making ends meet.'
-Can I join you?
-Yes, of course.
-What's your name?
-And what are you making?
-A "clippie" or a "proggymat",
as they're called in this part of the world, and it's a way to use all the old worn-out material.
-And that's the end product?
-It certainly is.
-How long would that take?
-It'd take a few months.
-Do you make these to supplement your income?
-I do indeed, yes.
I'm a widow, unfortunately, husband was killed down the pit in a mining disaster.
Luckily, I've got a son of 12 who's above ground at the pit - can't go underground till he's 14 -
but I'm obviously making mats to help, you know, supplement the income
-and taking in washing, delivering babies...
Laying people out, anything to bring some money in.
-You work hard?
-I'll leave you to do it.
Although dangerous, the mining industry was vital in transforming
the economy and the landscape of the area.
But nowhere is this region's growth and prosperity reflected more than at the Beamish market town.
Towns in the North East grew rapidly from the 1870s, with some seeing
considerable improvements in sanitation and housing.
At number three, there's even a dentist's surgery.
Dentistry was a relatively new profession in 1913
and often practised in a dentist's own home.
And around this time, motor cars were becoming more common,
as they were now being manufactured on production lines in England for the first time.
Beamish Motor & Cycle Works is typical of a town garage.
-Hello, good morning.
Pleased to meet you. How long have you been here?
Well, quite a few years. My father had it before myself,
it was originally a stables and then, as the first motor car went trundling past our doors here,
we thought we'd make a bit of money, so we started selling petrol in cans
and tyres and oil and it's from there gradually that
-the motor business took over from the horses.
-Moving with the times.
Yes, gradually, and as cars became slightly cheaper, then obviously the business grew and grew and grew.
It's 1913, what do your customers complain about most about the motor car? What keeps breaking down?
-What's your chief complaint?
-That will be the tyres, I suppose.
The tyres, the pneumatic tyres keep coming off their rims, they keep bursting.
We vulcanise the tyres here and keep them going, but they are very, very expensive.
-A reasonably cheap tyre will be in the region of £5.
-Gosh, that's still a lot of money.
A lot of money then. Four of them, £20.
Every 3 or 4,000 miles, another tyre.
-OK, and how about a service?
-Well, servicing is cheap.
For three guineas, you can get 12 services in a year,
we'll drain the oil, we'll clean the oil, we'll put the oil through our filters,
we'll then put it back in, obviously, then we grease things,
make sure everything's OK and look for any faults that need repairing.
-Usually, we find one or two.
-Great. I'll bring my car here. Thank you.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-I love your garage!
It's been a fascinating day. Before I leave, I want to catch up with Richard Evans from the museum.
And what better place to do that than in the pub?
Richard, I've thoroughly enjoyed my day here and it's quite fitting that we've ended up in the pub,
but it's a great way of understanding history,
you know, how our grandparents would have lived back then.
That's right. It's that really fascinating moment where
the past meets the present and it's that connection to the past
and really the stories of the people from the past that we focus on.
It's called "The Living Museum of the North",
because we try and bring it alive, so people can connect to it.
So all the buildings are original, they've been taken apart bit by bit and put back together again?
That's right. Often, they were at risk of demolition
or had past their working life, if you like,
and this particular pub comes from Bishop Auckland, Newcastle Breweries, and it was taken down
and, with their support, actually brought here and, as you say, reconstructed on the site.
-So where did this idea spring from? Because it's the first, isn't it, "living" museum, so to speak?
It started really in the Fifties, when, with the closure of a lot of
the heavy industries in the region, a lot of objects were being lost,
really important objects, particularly for the North East,
and really to save those objects, the original founder of the museum,
Frank Atkinson, started shoving them in sheds before the museum existed.
-Hoarding them up for that day?
-Hoarding them up. He had plans...
-He had vision!
-He had vision, and together with all of the local authorities in the North East,
this piece of land was bought and then the stories of the people of the region,
for their people as they saw it, the museum was founded back in 1970.
Fantastic development, and I love the way the staff wear uniforms.
I know you don't wear this daily attire.
-Not every day!
-Why did you want that?
It is about the detail and detail of the costume.
We have our own costume department. It's very important to us
that people connect with the objects and with the history of the region
not through the object, but through the people that can bring it to life,
-so it's a working, living, dynamic museum.
It's the human to human contact that we find people connect to, then the objects and stories behind them.
Especially as you've got traditional skills passed on - all your staff have learnt these skills.
That's right. We have an apprentice, for instance,
learning about our historic trams and how to keep them going in the future.
-Long may it continue! Thank you.
-Thanks very much.
I'm gonna order a pint now.
-Could I have a pint of your very best, please?
What I really admire about museums like Beamish is the way it brings history alive
in such a personal way and not only is there a great sense of connection
to our past, but also an insight into daily life all those years ago.
Back at the valuation day in Sunderland, Anita's
found a beautiful face and a spot of romance.
Sandra, welcome to Flog It!
-and thank you for bringing along this wonderful item.
I love the 1930s and I love the Art Deco period
and I think that this type of thing is just down my street.
These wall masks were made by Beswick, which is a wonderful factory.
They made animals, entertaining and humorous figures and so on
-and for the more romantics of us, this type of thing.
Tell me, where did you get it?
It was my grandmother's and, er, then it passed on to my mother
and then it came to me and I've passed it on to my daughter.
-So it's come through the family?
-That's so nice.
-So it now belongs to?
-To my daughter.
Why does she want to sell it?
Well, she's moving away and she's gonna set up home.
-Is it romance that's, er...?
She's met up with an old boyfriend, her first ever boyfriend who she went out with when she was 13,
and 17 years ago that was, and they've now got back together.
Aw, isn't that lovely?!
-After 17 years!
-How did they become separated in the first place?
We moved away. Of course, she was only 13, so she had to come with us, and we moved down to Somerset
and he lived in Congleton, so it was too far. They were both young, so...
-And they have found each other again, after 17 years!
-So they've got to get as much dosh as they can together...
-..to set up house.
-And we're hoping that this Beswick wall mask will make some money.
-I find these things very popular, people like them and they are a wee bit romantic.
-So it's fitting that we should sell it. If we look round
at the back here, we can see the back stamp for Beswick.
Estimate, it's not going to get a huge amount of money,
and five or six years ago, it may have made a little more.
I would put an estimate of perhaps £60 to £80 on it.
-That's very good.
-We'll put a reserve on it of perhaps £50.
-Are you happy with that?
-I am, thank you.
-and make some money for the young lovers.
-That's wonderful, thank you.
Mr Leslie, I've always been interested in quirky objects.
-Don't look at me when you say that!
-I was talking about what you brought in!
A lot of people will be thinking, "What on earth is that?"
when they're watching and, obviously, we know what it is. Shall we tell them?
-I would catalogue them as early 19th-century
mahogany and brass peat bellows, mechanical bellows.
-There they are. You turn the handle here, I'll do it carefully,
and can you feel a draught coming out of the end?
-And, of course, you give it a good wind-up and that's how to get it going.
-They date to around 1820, I would have thought.
-I would think so.
-Where did you get them from?
-I bought them once when I was on holiday.
-I can't remember exactly where.
-In this country, presumably?
-In this country, somewhere down south.
-A while ago?
Oh, quite a lot of years ago, yes.
-A long time ago?
-A long time ago.
I'm sure you don't remember what they cost you?
I can't remember, but probably £20 or £30.
-I mean, the values of these have fluctuated over the years.
At the moment, I had some in my sale last week,
made about £100.
I would put the old £80 to £120 estimate on them and an £80 reserve.
-Does that sound OK with you?
-That does, yes.
-Let's get them out and we'll find a new home for them.
-Yes, good idea.
And over at another valuation table, Anita has found something to remind her of home.
Anthony, Iris, these are wonderful vases, they're in perfect condition.
-Do you know what they are?
-Yes. They're Wemyss Ware.
You're absolutely right! I am so pleased to see
this wonderful pair of Scottish vases down in Sunderland today.
Tell me, where did you get them?
They were a wedding gift from a friend.
All right. Did you like them, Iris?
Yes. At the moment, they're not our style.
They're not your style?
If we lift it up, we have the impressed mark for Wemyss here
and this mark, "T Goode & Co", is the retailer.
Now, Wemyss Ware came from the factory of Robert Heron
and his factory was in Kirkcaldy in Perthshire.
Now did you know that they were Wemyss, that they were perhaps worth a couple of bob?
-Well, not at the time we didn't, no.
-Did you like them, Anthony?
Yes, but I liked them more as I began to learn more about them.
Because it sounds to me like the pair of you must have been
very underwhelmed when you unwrapped them, am I right?
-Yes, yes, it's not what we expected.
Wemyss Ware is easily damaged, because it was fired at very low temperatures.
Now fired at these low temperatures enabled the painters of Wemyss
to do this wonderful, free-flowing naturalistic
painting on their items and these are interesting.
They're not a pair, they are two separate vases.
We have one with plums on them and the other one, Iris, we have irises,
-which I'm sure was in your friend's mind when they bought them for you.
-That may have been the link there.
So, you've had them for how many years?
Well, the estimate I would put on these wonderful vases
would be in the region of £400 to £600.
-Would you be happy with that estimate?
-Yes, very pleased, yes.
-I'd be very pleased with that.
I think we'll put a firm reserve of £400 on them.
And let's hope that they go much further!
-Thank you very much, thank you.
-We hope so!
Well, that's it, the final whistle's blown on our valuations and here's what we're taking to auction.
It's young love that's making Sandra sell her daughter's Art Deco Beswick wall mount.
She's moving away and she's gonna set up home.
Is it romance that's...?
It is. She's met up with an old boyfriend, her first ever boyfriend.
Mr Leslie's early 19th-century brass and mahogany peat bellows caught Adam's eye for the unusual.
I've always been interested in quirky objects.
-Don't look at me when you say that!
And after 47 years, it's time to go for the Wemyss vases,
given to Anthony and Iris on their wedding day.
Over at the auction house, let's see if the bidders are interested in these unwanted wedding presents.
Next up, two Scottish vases belonging to Iris and Anthony here.
-Now, they were a wedding present, weren't they?
-Is that a bad omen, Anita, to sell a wedding present?
-I don't think so.
-No, cos we're still married!
Why are you selling them?
Well, they've been locked in a safe and they don't see the light of day, so we thought...
You didn't like them really, did you?
We did like them, but we thought they were too valuable to display them.
Well, they are valuable. We've got £400 to £600 on these.
-You're very nervous, aren't you?
First auction...and it's packed! Let's just hope there's two or three people that push the price up.
-That's what it's about - people getting carried away, excited and bidding like mad!
-We hope so.
-That's what it's about! That's what it's about!
We're gonna find out right now. Here we go.
Lot number 80 - we have the two Wemyss Ware
tapering vases, one with the plums, one with the irises.
Again, numerous bids.
I'm gonna start straight in, off the commission, at £420.
-420. At 420.
40 now. At £420. 40 anybody?
-Come on, more though!
-At £420, the maiden bid will get it.
At £420, all done at 420...
-That was short and sweet, wasn't it?
-Well, we got the reserve.
We're over the reserve, so.
I'm really happy, really, really happy.
There is commission to pay here, but what are you going to put the money towards?
-We haven't any specific reason.
-You should have a nice romantic treat for yourselves.
-Because it was a wedding present, let's face it.
-Yes, it was.
-Yes, we will do. We'll enjoy it, Paul!
-This was a classic antique-dealer's lot.
-In an antique shop, you always saw one of those in the window.
-Yeah, mechanical bellows.
-It's just a lovely tactile thing.
You know how it works, don't you, we need people getting carried away and bidding madly. Here we go.
The pair of Georgian 19th-century peat bellows
and I'm straight in, I've got two commission bids
and I'm on commission at £70. Five anybody?
At £70. Is there a fiver? At £70 and all done.
-75 anybody? At £70...
-It should be worth more.
-At £70 and we're away at 70.
He sold it just under the bottom end of the estimate
-and under the reserve.
-Oh, well, it's gone.
-It blew us away a bit.
-Sadly, that seems to be a sign of the times with traditional artefacts like that.
I think anything made of brass, it has to be cleaned.
You've hit the nail on the head there, actually.
People don't like cleaning and polishing things any more.
That was gorgeous. Thank you. We had so much pleasure looking at that and hearing all about it.
-It was brilliant.
Next up, the Art Deco Beswick wall mount.
Now our valuation days do get very, very busy and, sometimes, you have to wait 4-5 hours,
-and that's exactly what Sarah had to do, didn't you?
You were with Mum and just as we were going to film you, you were next in line, you had to nip off!
-So you missed the filming of the valuation day, that's where we saw Mum,
but it is yours, this wall mount, so thank goodness Mum was there!
You love this wall mount, it's your thing?
It's a wonderful image, it's in Beswick, it's Art Deco, I love that period.
-Will we get £80, will we get £100?
-I'm hoping for the top estimate, anyway.
-Why are you selling this, Sarah?
-Because I'm moving down south.
-Oh, are you? Where are you going?
-Oh, are you?! Why, work?
No, I've just got back together with my first ever boyfriend, so.
Aw, that's true romance, isn't it?
-So you're upping sticks?
-And you thought maybe he won't like that Beswick wall mount!
-Some things have got to go, but it's helping for the move obviously for the costs.
-OK. Let's find out what the bidders think, shall we?
-Fingers crossed we get that top end. Here we go.
Lot number 20, we've got the 1930s Art Deco Beswick plaque of the lady.
-I wouldn't take it with me either!
-I've got four commission bids again.
-Start it at £90.
95. 100. 105, front row.
110, 115, 120, 125...
-They love it!
-..130, 135, 140, 145, 145 downstairs.
150 back in, 155.
Stood at the back at 155.
All done to the left as well?
-At £155 and we're away.
-Yes! £155! You've gotta be pleased with that, haven't you?
-And they loved it!
-It's amazing, isn't it, what people do spend money on, it really is.
I wouldn't have bought it, but there you go!
-Good luck with the move.
-Good luck with the move.
It doesn't get much better. What a terrific day we've had here at the Boldon Auction Galleries.
All credit to Giles on the rostrum there, he's done us proud, and so have our experts.
Keep watching the show. We love making it. Until next time, cheerio.
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Paul Martin and the team are at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
Experts Anita Manning and Adam Partridge are on hand to hunt through the antiques and collectibles. Adam spots a grotesque piece of pottery, while Anita finds a touch of romance with a Beswick wall mask. And Paul takes a trip back in time when he visits Beamish - the Living Museum of the North.