Paul Martin is joined by Adam Partridge and James Lewis to sift through treasures in Richmond, North Yorkshire, including some prehistoric axe heads.
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Today we are in the very picturesque market town of Richmond in North Yorkshire and over the years
this place has certainly seen a lot of history.
Roman, Norman, medieval, Georgian and judging by today,
look at all these cars, a very popular tourist destination.
It's also our destination for Flog It!
Richmond grew up around the Norman castle which dominates the town.
And the area that we're filming in today,
where our massive crowd is gathering, is the market place.
There would have been stocks housed here to punish the wrongdoers.
So let's hope this lot behaves themselves.
They've all come to ask the important question, what's it worth?
And when you've found out what are you going to do? Flog it! Yeah.
And what a Flog It! we've got for you today.
-Paula's got an interesting laugh.
-She's got a very interesting laugh.
There you go. Beverley and Philip, why do you look familiar?
-He loves you.
-I love him too.
He loves you, don't you? Ah, give me a kiss.
Give me a lick, yeah.
Ah, good boy.
We've got a team of experts ready to go and they're headed up
by two Flog It! favourites here at the market hall.
Adam Partridge has always been a bit of an entrepreneur. As a young lad
he collected rainwater and sold it to the neighbours for gardening.
You can see he's a little bit more grown-up these days, which is a good job as he runs his own saleroom.
And you, what have we got, anything exciting?
As does James Lewis whose speciality is furniture and pictures of all types.
Specialities are not the name of the game, though, as our experts
value everything that comes through the doors.
Our very own Punch and Judy are busy getting ahead of the game by checking all the bags and boxes.
And for Adam - car boots.
OK. It is a Riley.
A famous name in snooker tables and billiard tables, Riley's.
It's quite nice, the good thing about it is it is quite small.
And small is beautiful.
We'll have to get that unloaded by someone else, I'm not up for doing that.
This is a Riley portable model, although it's all hands on deck
to get the slate-bedded table into the market hall.
So now we have our first item even before we've got inside.
We'd better get everybody in quick.
There was such a massive queue outside,
but right now at the very end of this CUE...
is going to be our expert Adam Partridge.
It's game on for him and he is going to tell Chris and Craig exactly what this is worth.
Morning, chaps. How are you doing?
-Fine, thank you.
-And I am guessing father and son?
-There's a resemblance.
Now, then, what's the story about this billiard table here?
Well, it used to be my great-grandfather's. He bought it.
And then it's been passed down through the family to my grandda, to my dad and now to me.
-All the way through, so four generations?
-Gosh. So you had it as a boy?
-I did, yes.
-You played on it?
-I remember many hours playing away.
-And what about you, Chris?
-I loved playing it. Whenever it was out I was on it.
It's a good fun object, isn't it?
And really nicely-made by a good maker.
The sad thing is that you're selling it, isn't it?
It's taking up a lot of room and it doesn't get played as often as we'd like and things.
And we don't really have the room to play it.
The firm of Riley's is a major billiard and snooker firm started at the end of the 19th century.
They really went very well and by 1910 I believe
they were making 4,000 of these so-called portable models every year.
So they're not particularly rare.
But it just gives you an indication about how large that firm was.
-This is a properly-made thing.
-Real mahogany, a slate bed, heavy as anything.
I tried to lift it in the car, nearly gave myself an injury.
So you've got the original scoreboard here, it looks like a 1930s period really, I think.
D'you know when it was bought?
We think around 70-75, 80 years ago.
-So 1935 or so?
That ties in with the look of it.
And have you had to have any repair or...?
-I think we've had the felt on the top been redone, but that's about it really.
-That is about it.
That was professionally done by Riley's about 10 years ago.
Are they sadly closed now?
-They've gone out of business, haven't they?
Probably soon after they did this. I'm sure the two aren't connected.
I think it was about 2002 they went out of business.
So you got your scorer, you've got
a variety of cues and the bridge there.
And you've got your balls somewhere?
-Not the original ones, but we have some pool balls, yeah.
You brought them. They'll go in the sale as well?
-Now, what sort of value expectations do you have?
-Somewhere between sort of one and two hundred, something like that.
-Very sharp, this young man.
We should put a reserve on because I don't want you thinking, "It's gone for 60 quid"
or something and you're thinking "We should have kept it."
-So would you think 100 would be a sensible figure?
Anything less than three figures just isn't good enough.
-Yeah, it just wouldn't be worth it.
-No, I agree with you.
It's not a lot of money, but do you get it, does Dad get it?
It's being split between me and my sister.
-So half each.
So she's happy for it to go, perhaps not such a girly thing?
No, she's not so into it, but she's been up and playing it a couple of times.
OK, well, we've managed to avoid all billiard and snooker-related puns so far.
So let's hope it goes successfully at the auction.
-Thanks for bringing it along.
And now we're going from something extremely heavy to something a little lighter.
And excitingly, it's from Cornwall which is my neck of the woods.
This is Reggie and he loves Newlyn copper.
Well, his owner does, Christine, anyway.
Christine, thank you so much for coming in today.
-I know Reggie is a special dog, he's a hearing dog, isn't he?
-Because you are deaf.
So he helps you out, he can hear the telephone, can he?
He does. And he can hear the oven timer go,
he wakes me up in the morning by jumping on me
-when the alarm clock goes off.
He tells me when the smoke or the fire alarm goes off
-and that's a life-saver, potentially.
-Yes, it is.
How long have you had him?
-I've had him for two years.
-He's so special.
Well, tell me how long have you had this piece of Newlyn copper then?
Well, my father passed it over to me about 15 years ago.
But it came from my grandmother who lived in Newlyn and kept a lodging house.
-She was taking in artists.
Some of my other relatives have got paintings from the Newlyn School,
but I inherited the inkwell.
It's beautiful, isn't it? It is beautiful.
I want to handle it.
I'm so excited, can I put Reggie down?
-Do you want to hold him?
-I'll hold him.
-OK. Because he's got to see what's going on.
Oh, come to Mama.
There. I've got his lead.
Well, this whole thing started with John Drew MacKenzie,
he was an artist, basically.
An easy way of determining the age of Newlyn copper
is if you turn it upside down it's stamped - Newlyn.
You know, items were mainly only stamped after John Drew MacKenzie's death
in the early 1900s.
Prior to that things were just hand-signed.
This was done around 1910, 1915.
It's so stylistic of the period.
Look at the rolled edges, the way that's been rolled over.
It's not just a tourist piece, this is meant to be used and last
for a long time.
And if you lift the lid,
you can see it's the most wonderful desk inkwell.
Unfortunately, it's missing its glass liner.
Yes, I'm afraid so. I don't know what happened to that.
But that doesn't matter, you can find replacements.
They are pretty much a standard size.
But what I like about it - most Newlyn copper has fish
and bubbles and seaweed - on the side here we've got a squid!
Full of ink.
Isn't that lovely?
I think that's absolutely charming. Is it something you want to sell?
It's been in the family a long time.
I want to sell it. I want to raise money for Hearing Dogs.
Reggie's made such a difference to me
I'd like to give other people the chance.
Oh, wonderful. Let's put it into the saleroom
with a valuation of £150-£200,
but a fixed reserve at £130.
Because it's a very nice piece.
Well, let's hope the auctioneer can do a proper job for Reggie and Christine here.
I have a feeling that will go back down to Cornwall.
James is up next and he's feeling a sense of deja vu
-after meeting Beverley and Philip.
-Why do you look familiar?
We've been on before with you.
That's quite embarrassing. What did you sell last time?
A Minton jardiniere.
Now, Phil, Beverley, this is a classic piece.
Do you love it?
-Did I get it right?
-You got it right.
-OK, the pressure's on.
See if we can get two out of two.
Because these, for me, are everything that is interesting about history.
They're the oldest things I've seen for probably five or six years
on Flog It!
You can see we have got labels on here, and this one says, "Found in...something Park."
Found at Tranmere Park in Guiseley.
In Guiseley, Yorkshire. Harry Ramsden territory.
How did you come to have them?
My grandfather found them when he was building some houses at Guiseley.
I believe he dug them up in 1936.
You know, he was probably the first person to handle
-this example for 5,000 years.
This is Neolithic,
an axe head, made 2,500-3,500 BC.
So the most incredible thing. What a shame it's had a chunk out of it.
You can imagine somebody sitting by the fire,
sanding, sanding, sanding, strapping it on to the end of their axe head.
And then, bang, that came off.
You can imagine, you wouldn't exactly be impressed, would you?
-He's probably struck something hard when he wasn't expecting to.
Either that, or your father chipped it digging it up.
-Probably. A spade.
-A spade, yeah.
It's a fantastic bit of history.
This one is later.
It's far more fashioned, it's far more detailed, with this little bit of decoration here.
I'm not an expert on this sort of thing, but this, I think, is Bronze Age.
This is 2,000 BC, to 1,500 BC. This one's not damaged at all.
A most wonderful bit of Yorkshire history
and I would hope that local museums
might be interested, because they're not things that you find every day.
So why do you want to sell those?
If they were mine, I wouldn't.
They've been in a brown paper bag in the garage, in a bottom drawer.
What are they doing in a garage?!
Well, where would you put them?!
If they were mine, they would be pride of place in the living room.
-I love them.
-I think my grandson would use them as a weapon!
The value... The thing is, as much as you've got age, you've got to find somebody who would want them.
There aren't many mad people in the world like me that would love them.
So I think they're worth £80-£120.
It's the old auctioneers' favourite,
but I think that's what they're worth. If that is rare,
they might make an AWFUL lot more.
With a few phone calls
-in the right direction, we might do a good job for you.
Out of all the people here, Adam zoned in on a musical instrument.
-Welcome to Flog It.
-Thanks for coming.
I'm always interested to see musical instruments.
It's my "speciality", particularly violins and concertinas.
You brought a concertina, so I'm very pleased.
-Whose is it?
-It were me granddad's. He left it to me uncle.
He passed away two years ago and we cleared the house out, or helped.
-This was in the house. Did you know of its existence before?
-You'd never seen it played?
It just turned up in the house.
-Where has it lived in the two years since?
-In my wardrobe!
-I don't think he's happy about it!
"There's a concertina in the wardrobe!"
There are various models. This is late 19th century.
1890s, I'd have thought.
You can date it from the number. You can look it up.
-It's by a firm called Lachenal and Co.
They made a lot of these, various models,
in the same way as you get a car.
You get your one litre to five litre and different specifications.
You get different models of these.
Different bellows, different steel reeds or brass reeds inside.
We'd have to open that up to see if they were steel or brass reeds.
Steel's worth more than brass, for example, with the tuning.
There's a number of factors that affect the value.
It's got rosewood ends. This is a fairly basic model.
It's kind of the beginner's model.
You can see on the buttons the names of the notes.
Granddad was trying to master it.
They've rubbed off a bit and he's put them onto that slip of paper.
This is why it's a student's model.
-Which means it's not a particularly valuable instrument.
Some are worth hundreds, even thousands, but this basic model
-tends to make about £100.
It might be slightly more, so I'd be tempted to put the estimate lower.
-£60 to £100.
-Reserve of 50 quid.
-You didn't think it was worth anything.
-It's a bonus.
It's got its original case. Always nice to see.
Inside, you've got Granddad's... George Fletcher. Is that Granddad?
-He's got his little notes and a Songs For The Forces book.
So it's a nice little package. Hopefully, we'll get £100 plus.
-What would that go towards?
-How many have you got, Ray?
-Four. Four coming.
-Three and one on the way. Don't jump the gun, Ray!
-Let's hope we get a good result.
-Thank you very much.
Towering over Richmond is the castle that gave the town its name.
It was built on a rocky crag to bolster up defences in 1071
for Alan Rufus.
Rufus was no ordinary noble.
He was the nephew of William of Normandy, better known as William the Conqueror.
It's said that Alan Rufus was the wealthiest man in the country.
If you equate that in today's monetary values he was wealthier than Bill Gates.
Alan was given 250,000 acres of land all over the country
for his support in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
The "Honour of Richmond" was one of the largest estates in the country,
made up of land including parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Dorset and Surrey.
Richmond-on-Thames takes its name from this very place.
He built this castle to stamp his authority
on his land and the people.
Use your imagination, just for a moment.
In its heyday, hundreds of people would have been milling around.
There would have been many other buildings, most of them wooden.
There's a few stone foundations here, but I've got to show you this.
People need to go to the loo, and here are the garderobes.
They're like a Portaloo built into the wall. There's the long drop.
There'd have been a plank across the top. I'll let you work that out!
This section is where Alan would have lived, his personal quarters.
This is a rare example of an 11th-century domestic hall.
It was the main building in the castle,
where the Earl and his family lived if they were in residence.
This is interesting.
You see these holes along the wall?
They're socket holes to facilitate huge oak beams to span
from that side to that side to carry the weight of the floor.
Up there would have been the great hall, a very important room,
used for important meetings and for banquets.
Alan of Brittany would entertain all his important guests up there.
During a banquet, he'd have sat down that end of the great hall
on a raised platform.
The castle has seen many changes,
particularly the addition of the keep.
It once held conscientious objectors.
One of the biggest influences it had was on the town.
The castle and the town are intrinsically linked.
Traders moved to the town to provide services and goods
to the castle builders and, eventually, the household.
Richmond market was established and given legal standing by charter in 1093.
As trade grew, the town flourished. For many centuries, the castle controlled everything that went on.
From the late Middle Ages,
the country was more stable, so castles lost a military need.
Many became country homes or, as at Richmond, were neglected.
By 1535, Richmond Castle was described as a ruin.
If you look around,
you see houses built of stone from the castle, using it as a quarry!
I must add, to this day, Richmond town has continued to flourish.
We've now found our first items to take to the saleroom.
There's some real gems.
As well as the two long-buried axe heads, we've got the Newlyn inkwell,
a make I am particularly familiar with, and fond of.
Let's hope auctioneer Peter Robinson can get the bidders fighting over the 19th-century concertina.
And finally, the games table might not be as portable
as the model name suggests, but I think it is a lovely lot.
And this is where we're putting our experts' valuations to the test.
Thomas Watson Auctioneers in the heart of Darlington.
On the rostrum is auctioneer Peter Robinson,
I am going to meet our owners, their lots are just about to go under the hammer.
But before we see how they all fare, remember, when you buy
and sell at auction, there is commission to pay,
which varies from saleroom to saleroom.
Here at Thomas Watson's
it is 15% plus VAT. The first of our lots
to face the bidders is the games table.
Good luck, Chris and Craig. We're talking about this little,
tiny snooker table, it's been in your family four generations.
-So you've obviously had lots of fun with this.
He's obviously beaten you so many times at snooker, and pool and billiards.
We've had great fun in the auction room, and I am sure
someone will buy this, and find another set of balls that's compatible with it, and hey ho.
£100-£200, I think that's a bargain.
Do you? Have you been playing on it?
I have. But they are tricky things to sell.
They are. But at least it's not massive.
-Might be all right.
Here we go. We're going to put it to the test. Good luck.
The Riley's mahogany slate bed table,
with its balls and scoreboard.
And I have £60 to start on this lot. £60.
At £60, can we say 70?
At £60, all done at £60? 70, I'm bid.
80 bid with me now.
£90, £100 with me. At £100, selling now.
At £100. Are we all finished?
At £100, selling now at £100.
£100. That's a good result.
Incidentally, I thought the scoreboard was at least £40-£50.
-That was a nice thing.
-Yeah, it was a nice thing.
-It's gone, guys.
-Someone's got a bargain.
Yeah. You've got to think of another game to play with now, to keep it in the family, I guess.
Just at the bottom end of the estimate, but Chris and Craig are going home happy.
Hopefully, the Newlyn inkwell will raise a bit more for the Hearing Dogs charity.
My turn to be the expert. Remember that wonderful Newlyn copper inkwell
with the little squids and octopuses on it?
It's just about to go under the hammer.
It belongs to Christine,
who's just been joined by Sue, and of course, Reggie.
This is what it's all about, isn't it?
Hearing Dogs. All the money is going to Hearing Dogs.
Yes, well, he's my best friend, and I wouldn't be without him now.
Because he does everything for me I can't do myself,
in the sense of answering the door,
he tells me the telephone's ringing, he wakes me up in the morning
by jumping on me when the alarm clock goes off.
He loves you. He loves you.
-I love him too.
-Don't you? Aww.
Wish us all the best, because it is going under the hammer, isn't it, Reggie?
Give me a little kiss. Give me a lick! Good boy!
Here we go, it's going under the hammer now.
Newlyn School copper inkwell.
At £100, will we say?
110, can I say?
At £100, 110, 120, 130.
-Good, it's going.
-140? 130, 140, 150.
160. 170. 180. 190.
This is a good result.
220, the bid's with me now.
At £220, 230, the next bid.
Selling then at £220, the lot now being sold at £220. All done?
Yes. The hammer's gone down.
-Reggie, give us a bark!
-Give us a bark, Reg.
-Oh, that's wonderful.
-Isn't that great news?
Hearing Dogs will be really, really pleased with that because it does cost
quite a lot to train a hearing dog, but it's so worthwhile.
It absolutely changes people's lives.
It's certainly changed mine anyway.
It's good to catch up with you both, and I hope you treat yourself
-to a bit of lunch while you're here in town.
-Good. And take Reggie for walkies, cos there's a nice park here as well.
Brilliant, what a great result for charity, and I can relax now as my reputation remains intact.
Let's hope we hit the high notes with that wonderful concertina belonging to Nancy and Raymond.
-It was Granddad's.
-Can you remember him playing it?
-It was just in a box somewhere?
-You're having a clear-out?
I've got girls and they're not interested in it.
-Hard instrument to play.
-It is. Yeah.
They're pretty hot in the market, but there's different levels.
Hopefully, this will sell for a bit more.
-There's a book in it as well.
-A little book.
-Any big surprises, do you think?
-I'd be surprised.
It's a fairly standard model. Some make thousands, as we've seen.
Slightly over 100 would be what we expect.
-Touch some wood quickly!
-It's going under the hammer. Good luck.
AUCTIONEER: The concertina with its box.
Nice condition, original condition concertina.
Bids here again. We can start at 110...
-Straight in at 110.
120, I'm bid.
130 now. 130. 140.
-Ooh, they like it.
..200? 190 upstairs, the bid. 200 with me. 210.
-At £200. 210. 220...
-They love it!
..At £240, now selling...
Adam's feeling slightly humiliated.
-Yes! £240! That was a real surprise!
-He squeezed that out of the bidders!
# Ta-da! #
You've got to be happy with that. 15% commission, but enjoy the money.
-Thank you for bringing it in.
-You're going to clear out the rest of his things!
-We've got a lot more.
-Save a few things.
Up next are the axe heads.
How they get on is anybody's guess.
Going under the hammer right now, the oldest things in the saleroom,
belonging to Beverley and Philip.
We're looking for £80-£120.
I love these, I think they're absolutely fantastic.
And your favourite phrase, they've got the rub.
They have. Do you know what I find really hard to believe?
The antiquities, the oldest things, really, that we see on Flog It!, are sometimes the cheapest.
Yeah. They're starting to come, they're starting to be recognised,
but they've got a long way to go.
Good luck, anyway. Let's hope we get the top end.
Interesting lot this time.
The Neolithic axe heads there.
And we have got interest in these lots. We can open at £90.
That's good, isn't it?
At £90, there are two in the lot, two together.
£100, on my right, at £100 bid now.
I have 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160.
170, 180, 190. 200. 210. 220.
240. 250. 260.
A bit of hot competition going on in the room.
It is lovely to see.
At £260 for the lot now. All finished? 270, 280, 290,
going for 300.
280. At 280, they're being sold.
At £280, all finished at 280?
What a lovely result! Good result.
-£280. Well done.
-You did it again.
You just never know whether those quirky items will get the attention they deserve.
We've got a lot more coming up in the next part of the programme, so keep watching.
Just on the outskirts of Richmond is a field where nowadays people walk their dogs.
But this is no ordinary field.
It is actually one of the first ever horse racing courses in the country.
It closed in 1890 for health and safety reasons.
The bends were considered too tight.
But North Yorkshire is still synonymous with horse racing
and training, and has been for over 200 years.
There's around 10 top class racecourses which hold well over 170 race meets each year.
Just down the road from Richmond is the small village of Middleham,
which is home to flat race trainer Mark Johnston.
These are some of his horses.
Mark came to Middleham in 1988 with 13 horses.
He now has over 200 on three sites.
And a staff of 135, including riders, stable hands and office workers.
Hello. Today I'm going to meet a few people who work at the yard,
and find out a bit more about how these horses are trained.
This is a familiar sight for all the villagers here in Middleham.
Racehorses making their way up to the gallops. They're just leaving Mark's yard now.
In fact, there's around six trainers based in this village, so it has a great pedigree.
The first race stables date back to around 1745.
And the area has blossomed ever since.
Throughout the morning, hundreds of horses are taken up
to the specially-designed course to be put through their paces.
I've just made it to the top of the gallops.
There is a wonderful view from up here. You can see all of Leyburn being lit by the morning sunshine.
This is the last stream coming round.
There's four groups go out every morning.
The first starts at 6.15am, and the last one at about 11.30am.
The groups have broken up, this is the first string.
You can hear them. Here they come, look.
That is a sight to behold.
These horses are going to be doing around 30-35 miles an hour.
Power, absolute power.
Isn't that incredible? That's an all-weather track as well,
that's the same surface that's been put down on the racetrack in Dubai, so it can be used all year round.
To keep over 200 horses healthy and treated for any injuries, there are two full-time vets
that work across three sites, in a specially kitted out equine surgery.
If any of the horses need physiotherapy,
there's a swimming pool on site where I've met up with senior trainer Jock Bennett.
I've got to say it's a great pool.
-And look at the view as well.
I know, yeah.
The horses on this side get charged more for the view!
Exactly, room with a view and a swimming pool!
What's the horse called, Jock?
The horse is called Alanbrooke. He's won at Newmarket and Ascot,
and also won as a two-year-old as well.
So obviously this is great for exercising horses
-where you want to take the weight of their feet, obviously.
Mainly used for non-weight bearing injuries. Very good for horses
that have got bruised or poisoned on the foot.
Also very good for any strains, sore shins, anything like that.
-Is that really cold?
-It's very cold.
-There's no chance of you getting in!
I think a few lads fell in it by mistake, but that's about the only time a human has been in it!
How many revolutions will this horse do, do you think?
He will do 20 laps.
-Will he? That's quite a lot.
-Yes, it's about a 10-minute exercise.
You can see the horse is enjoying it, can't you?
His ears are in the right place, his eyes, nose, his nostrils are not flaring too much.
He's just happy, happy as can be.
OK, he's coming out now.
That's a lovely sight, that's a really nice sight.
It's lovely to see the horses happy.
-Yeah, it is.
After a flurry of activity in the morning, the stable's calmed down a bit, although cleaning,
vet work and feeding still has to be done for the rest of the day.
The main event is when the horses that are being trained here are taken off to the races.
And it's all overseen by the man himself, Mark Johnston.
We're just waiting for a horse to come now.
It is called Rule Breaker, and it's going to race at Beverley, so here's its transport ready to pick it up.
What's happening here? Rule Breaker is being boxed up and loaded?
Yes, ready to go racing. Daily routine, basically.
We have them all over the country, all ends of the country today.
-And travelling is a big issue nowadays.
We have four wagons of our own,
and we bring in transporters like this to do some of the others.
So what do you look for in a horse?
Well, different people do it different ways, but I'm a great believer in pedigree.
People think because my background was as a vet, that I'm going to come more from the veterinary
point of view, from the soundness, the confirmation point of view, but I'm a huge believer in pedigree.
That's the only real guide we've got to what we're going to have with the finished article.
-It's a small box.
-Yes, it is a small box.
Once they get their foot on the platform,
they touch the platform gently with the front feet, then they feel safe, and then they'll move slowly on.
-Come on, son.
-Making sure she goes off all right.
On you go, on you go.
'And that's all from my fantastic morning here at the stables.
'Unfortunately, I didn't have time to go to the race, but in case you want to know,
'Rule Breaker came in third at that race in Beverley.
'And a few weeks later, he came first in another race, which is absolutely brilliant.'
At the market Hall in Richmond, people are still arriving and queueing
to get their Flog it! valuations.
Vonnie's not going to be waiting much longer as her
silver jug and cup have caught James's eye.
-You've been busy with the silver polish!
-Have these things been hidden away?
-No. They've been on show.
Two pieces that are totally different. Do you know the history?
-Not really, no. My husband bought these. He was in business.
-He and his brother used to collect silver.
So these are things he bought recently...?
-No. A long time ago.
One's English and one's Continental.
Which is which?
-Um... I'd say that's English.
-Shall we start with this one?
The style of it is very much of an earlier style.
The hallmark... Blow on it and it's easier to read.
The lion, of course, the sterling standard mark, 92.5% silver.
The leopard's head there, which is the hallmark for London.
Not made in London. It was assayed and tested in London.
There we've got the date letter, the Gothic lowercase "d" for 1919.
It is a copy of a piece made from an earlier period.
If you were Scottish you'd call it a quaich,
or a loving cup or porringer.
The sort of thing that would have been used in ceremonial drinking.
-Feel the weight of it. You know the weight. It's nice and heavy.
A good heavy gauge - the gauge of the silver - is important.
If it's cast like that, it's a good thing.
Another indication of quality is a little shield applied to the front.
That can be applied for two reasons.
I think that's been done purely so somebody can engrave on to there.
Applied at the time of manufacture to marry up with these,
because that is married in that.
-So it's a nice thing. Do you use it?
OK. What's that worth? I think £60 to £90.
-Something like that.
This little one is classic Dutch.
Dutch design of about 1880, again harking back to an earlier period.
A very nice, sweet little cream jug.
-But it's a bit like me, a bit top heavy.
The short squat legs are a bit too flimsy to take its weight.
If that had been English or a British jug,
they would have been twice the length, have more shape,
be more in proportion to the body.
Then the embossed decoration.
We've got a matted ground, then all these flowering scrolls
and these little putti jumping, frolicking with floral bundles.
Classic of that period from Dutch silver.
Look at the hallmarks.
We've got there 925.
925 means it's sterling standard silver.
It's acceptable in Britain to be sold as silver.
We've got the thistle mark there and a G, the import mark,
and a date letter for about 1910.
So, what's it worth? £40 to £60.
So £100 to £150 on the two. Is that all right?
-You're sure you want to sell it?
-Yes. Let's flog it!
'That's what we love to hear! Lots of people do want to flog it.
-It's Lynne, isn't it?
-Thank you for coming to Flog It! today. Are you a Richmond lady?
Well, I was here during the war at school.
-I hated the school.
-But I loved Richmond.
Then, 30 years ago when I found myself on my own, I came to Richmond
to live and I've never regretted it, and this is all about the history.
Right, this book is the history of Richmond.
-By Clarkson, that's a well-known book round here, isn't it?
It's very nice to see something of local interest, and there you've got a pull out map of the area.
Yes, and there's the inscription on...
There we are.
There's a nice inscription there as well, which is "dedicated
"from the author to his friend George Wales Esq. Recorder of Richmond".
So here we are in Richmond with the history of Richmond in the county of York.
What a nice thing to find such a local book.
-How long ago did you get this?
-About 30 years ago.
So soon after coming back, you were in a shop and saw the book
-and thought, I'm going to have that?
It is the 1821 edition, printed for the author by Thomas Bowman, 1821.
-The sad thing of course is the condition lets it down.
As you flick through the book you'll see...
But that's how I bought it.
We're not trying to blame you, Lynne, for it.
It has deteriorated with age, there's quite a bit of dampness that's...
But there's a lot of information in there about Richmond
as it was in those days.
It's a real encyclopedia of Richmond, isn't it?
So why have you decided to sell it?
Well, there are no pockets in shrouds and I can't take it with me,
so I want it to go to somebody who'll appreciate it.
I think that's very likely, the fact that you're selling it here,
that it's going to find that local home.
They're going to read it, enjoy it, treasure it, etc.
You bought it about 30 years ago, how much was it for?
-No mean sum then, really.
No, it wasn't, I couldn't really afford it,
but there was a fire in the Clarkson's yard
and only 100 survived of these.
It's got to be quite a rare copy. I think if it was in better order
I'd be saying £100-£150 as an estimate,
but I think we're going to have to temper that.
-Yeah, that's fine.
-I think a 50 reserve would be a nice idea,
because you'd be disappointed if it made any less.
-An estimate of £50-£80, and fingers crossed two wealthy Richmond people
get stuck into it and they both really want it.
-You hope, I hope.
-Everyone hopes, even the viewers hope.
Fingers crossed, but I've got a good feeling about this one.
And James has got a great feeling about Barbara's opera glasses.
Barbara, imagine you're a lady in the 19th century.
You're going out to the theatre,
with your friends, your lover or husband, whoever it may be.
You want to impress them, and when you're sitting watching the theatre or watching the opera,
you want to take out the finest pair of opera glasses you can afford,
and these are fantastic.
Is it something you've used, that you've taken out and enjoyed, or have they been
-stuffed in a drawer for 20 years?
-I have used them.
-Where did you take them?
-Dare I tell you?
Well, I'm a great fan of Engelbert.
What? Engelbert Humperdinck?! No, you're not!
I am, I am, I love him.
I go to see his shows, all his shows.
-Yes, don't I love him?
And I take these with me.
Well, I have to say, I don't know whether old Engelbert could tell
that something so fashionable
and wonderful was looking at him from the audience, because these are fantastic.
But long before... Mind you, I don't know how old Engelbert is.
-Was he around in the 1870s?
So he's not quite that old.
Generally you would say opera glasses are very hard to sell.
I see them all the time with the cylinders covered in leather,
sometimes veneered in mother-of-pearl,
sometimes veneered in tortoiseshell, but with this,
it's enamel, so what we're looking at is a sleeve of metal
that's been engine-turned on a lathe,
and then over the top
you have this rose enamel here and then hand-jewelled and hand-enamelled
over the top. The most fantastic quality, really.
These would have been made in Paris.
They're the very finest. You often find the maker's mark around these mother of pearl eyepieces.
-I can't find anything on those at all.
-I can't believe
that these would have been made
at this quality and wouldn't have been signed.
Somebody would have been so proud to have made those they're lovely quality.
-Now, then, value.
I would put £150-£250 on these.
I really like them. Have you got the velvet bag they came in?
I haven't, no, I didn't have any case.
-Hello, James. It's very interesting, actually.
-They're lovely, have you seen these?
-No, I haven't.
-Have a look.
Fascinating, aren't they? All that's hand-painted.
Absolutely exquisite, they really are. Gosh.
What do you think? 150-250?
I wouldn't know. I'm learning all the time.
This is the beautiful thing, I can listen to our experts and soak it all up.
-They're lovely. You haven't told me if you're happy to sell them yet.
As long as the price was right.
-Let's do that.
While James keeps the ladies happy with his valuations, Adam uses his cheek to keep them laughing.
It's going to be good this one. I'm going to remember this one.
-Welcome to Flog It!, Faye.
It's very nice to see you, and your friend here?
-Yes, this is Paula.
-Paula's got an interesting laugh, hasn't she?
-She's got a VERY interesting laugh. Most people can hear her laugh.
Faye, you've got an interesting story to tell us
about this painting by Fred Yates, and a lot of people
will recognise Fred Yates, a distinctive style, a well-known artist,
born in 1922 and died in 2008 at the age of 85.
Born in Manchester and you can see the Lowry influence in the figures, can't you?
Yes, you can, definitely.
What's the significance of this painting to you?
I used to race powerboats and this is one
of the powerboats I used to race in.
OK. It's a great name for a boat, The Executioner.
It was good, it was a really good boat.
So we went down to Fowey for a powerboat race over four days,
and when we turned up with the boat this gentleman started painting it.
We said "What are you going to do with that?" and he said, "You can buy it off me."
He popped this frame on it, we brought it back
and we paid him £30 for it.
Gosh. And you bought it yourself?
-Yup, bought it myself.
-How long ago was this?
-This was back in 1981.
You must have been the youngest powerboat racer.
I was the youngest lady co-driver that Saturday at the age of 16.
-So do you like it?
-Not particularly, no.
-Have you had it on display?
-Where has it been?
My mum's attic.
What about you, Paula, do you like it?
-Is it? Straight to the point, Paula.
Straight to the point.
Fred Yates, good name,
interestingly he used to be a painter and decorator.
After the war I believe he came back and he started as a painter and decorator
and then went on at art school and it all went from there, and art courses.
He's now very desirable, he moved to Cornwall I think about 1970, and so he was there hanging around,
always painting outside, and I think he spent his last years in France,
but he came back to England and died in England of a heart attack.
This country's no good for you.
Stay out in France, you'll live longer!
Prices vary massively
from 5,000 or 6,000, down, down, down to about £100.
There's a massive range of prices
and his typically high prices seem to be the ones with lots
of buildings, lots of people, and you know, beaches, the Cornish scenes.
We're worried about the great big boat in the middle, I like that
and obviously it makes it for you,
but it may not make it for the Fred Yates buyers.
That's why I think it intrigued us.
A good investment, £30.
I think you could stick a nought on that nowadays and put 300-500.
I don't think it's going to make thousands,
I'd love if it did,
because can you imagine at the auction with you two there as well.
You'll hear us.
But I think 300-500 is worth a spin,
-and put a reserve of £300 on it.
-That's fine by me.
Anyway, fingers crossed.
I'm looking forward to this one more than most.
-Oh, good, onwards and upwards.
-Let's hope the bidding powers on it and it makes a fortune.
-Yeah, with any luck.
-Thanks a lot.
We're all looking forward to it, and we won't have to wait long to find out what the bidders think.
We're off for our second visit to Thomas Watson Auctioneers in Darlington.
We've got the fantastic Fred Yates painting we've just seen,
joined by super fan Barbara's stunning enamel opera glasses,
which should hopefully raise enough money to get her to another Engelbert Humperdinck concert.
There should be lots of interest in Vonnie's silver jug and cup.
And lastly, a lovely record of historic Richmond which is going under the hammer right now.
We're big fans of this lot, it's a lovely bit of local history,
it belongs to Lynne and I think for not much longer, I really do.
A wonderful book.
-Why have you decided to sell this?
I've had it for 30 years now, and I feel that it should go to somebody else to be the custodian.
-To enjoy it as well.
-Yes, yes, to enjoy it.
A little bit of foxing, but the print's all there, isn't it?
Everything's there, the spine is good, everything else is good.
It's a lovely thing.
What is particularly pleasing is, when we go all around the country
and it's so nice to see something particularly local to that area.
That's what it's all about, local interest.
Let's see what the locals think. It's going under the hammer right now.
The volume this time there, showing the map,
the History of Richmond, Clarkson, 1821,
and commission bids here, I'm opening at £50.
60 can I say?
We're straight in at 50.
60 bid. £70. £80. £90. £100.
At £100, are we all finished now at £100 for the lot?
now selling at £100. 10, and 20. And 30.
-He's got a bid on the board clock.
-At £140, being sold now at £140
for the volume, selling at 140. All done?
£140. It was straight in at 50, wasn't it? Oh, brilliant.
That did not take long. That's gone back to Richmond, hasn't it?
-Thanks for bringing it.
Yes, lovely, absolutely lovely.
And I enjoyed your expression as the price went up.
Well, I didn't expect it.
An open-mouthed shot.
What a result. It doesn't surprise me as local items tend to sell well in their home area.
Let's hope this doesn't affect the Parisian opera glasses.
We've got some real quality for you right now, glasses like I've never come across before.
They belong to Barbara, wonderful opera glasses with the most beautiful enamel, exquisite enamel.
It's lovely, isn't it?
Why are you selling these, these are a keeper, surely?
Well, it depends on the day.
I think they'll fly away.
-You're a big fan of Engelbert Humperdinck, aren't you?
What if he comes to town and you want to see a concert?
I'll wait and see him after the show, and I'll see him in the flesh.
Oh, get a closer look.
He's been in the business a long time, hasn't he?
Yes, over 40 years.
And what was his original name?
Yes, and he's 74 now.
# Please, release me... #
That's the one, isn't it?
# Let me go... #
We're just about to release these opera glasses here
on the bidders in Darlington, and I think they should do well.
-I hope so, they are lovely.
The best quality.
OK, let's find out what the bidders think, here we go.
A very nice lot this time,
the opera glasses with the enamel decoration and mother-of-pearl.
A lot of interest here, I'm starting at 160.
At £160 bid, 170, 170, I am bid. 180.
190. 200. 210. 220.
At £220 bid, 230. 240. At £240 bid.
Quality always sells!
Are we all finished now at £240?
All done at 240?
-Well, they're worth it.
That's a concert ticket to see Engelbert, isn't it, really?
Yes, it is.
It's not, it doesn't cost that much!
No, but you might have to travel somewhere.
I have to stay in a hotel, and I have to travel there.
And take a friend, yes.
Well, yes, there you go...
Well, perhaps a visit to Paris to see Engelbert is in order.
Next up are those two lovely pieces of silver.
An English loving cup and a Dutch cream jug brought in by Vonnie,
who brought her sister along, Pat.
-You must have seen these for many years.
-Yes. I have.
-I know your husband's fed up with polishing the silver.
-After 40 years!
-Can't blame him, can you?
40 years of polishing!
-Let's hope we get you top money.
-It's a good time to sell silver.
-What will be will be.
Here we go.
AUCTIONEER: Two in the lot. Two nice pieces of silver.
..£100 to start for the two pieces of silver together? £100.
110 I have. At £110. 120.
130. 140? £130 for the two pieces.
140. 150. 160.
160 standing now at the back of the room.
-Two pieces of silver. £160...
-Are you going to treat yourself to lunch?
-We are, yes.
-Where's your husband? In the car?
-No. He's at home.
-He didn't want to come?
-He doesn't like these sort of things.
-Polishing, cleaning, hoovering.
-Is he well trained?
Yes, he is.
Oh, bless him. He sounds like a lovely man.
He is. I wouldn't swap him.
Not even for you! LAUGHTER
'Well, he's a lucky man.
'With a little less than £160, once she's paid commission,
Vonnie heads home extremely happy.
And the final, most exciting discovery from Richmond
is the painting that Adam loved and the girls who seemed to love Adam.
Next up, we've got that wonderful oil painting by Fred Yates, we're looking at £300-£500.
It belongs to Faye who's right next to me, hello, both of you there.
-I've just read in my notes you were the youngest lady in the powerboat race.
-I was, yes.
-Did you win?
-Yes, we did, quite a few times.
What I've got to ask is, why?
This is your boat as well.
Fred Yates painted this, you met him, why do you want to sell this?
All your memories are here, you don't have the boat, do you?
No, I don't. My mum's sat up in the balcony hoping we take it home.
Is she? You know what, I don't blame her, I really don't blame her.
-What do you think?
-Yeah, I agree.
It's got to go home on the wall, surely.
You've changed your tune, Paula, you were saying, "Get rid of it, it's horrible" the other day.
Well, it's the subject matter, it's not horrible.
I don't agree with her, I was just saying...
I love Fred Yates, but for me I don't own a powerboat, and if I did I wouldn't be selling this.
But we thought we'd come and see.
We don't mind if it doesn't sell, we've had a brilliant time.
-Just here for the day out?
-£300-£500, we're looking at.
-He's a sought-after artist.
Let's find out what the bidders think.
The Fred Yates, 387, £300.
At £300 bid. 320.
-Well, it's sold.
480. 500. 520. 550.
650, the bid's on the phone.
720. 750. 780.
800. 820. 850.
No, 880, then I'm bid.
-Out on the phone.
-My mum will be crying.
Yes, £880, I'm ever so pleased for you.
A car service and a bit of credit card, excellent.
A bit of credit card?!
Is that what you're going to do?
-Oh, bless you.
-Why not, why not?
And get the car serviced.
-Mum's going to be pleased, can you see her smiling? Thumbs up?
I'm ever so pleased for you all.
We've had a great time, haven't we?
-We certainly have.
-An incredible result.
-Any sadness to see it go?
A bit, but we've got the picture in the catalogue.
Where is the boat now?
I think it's maybe on a scrapheap.
I don't want to say my age, but it's a fair few years ago now.
-Don't ask, either.
-Thank you so much for coming in.
-We've enjoyed every minute.
-What a wonderful day we've had.
I hope you've enjoyed watching the show as well.
Do join us again for more surprises on Flog It!
But for now from Darlington, it's goodbye from all of us.
Flog It! comes from Richmond in North Yorkshire, where Paul Martin is joined by experts Adam Partridge and James Lewis. Among the interesting antiques uncovered are prehistoric axe heads and Parisian opera glasses last used to watch Engelbert Humperdinck.
Paul checks out horse training, which has been synonymous with Yorkshire for over 200 years.