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Ashbourne 16

Paul Martin, Michael Baggot and Will Axon pick their way through well-kept treasures and collectibles from the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.


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Boy, hundreds of people here, and have we got a show for you today.

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Do you know, every year on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, the whole town of Ashbourne in

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Derbyshire comes out in force for the Royal Shrovetide Football Game.

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It looks like Flog It has had the same effect today.

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ALL: Yay!

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Once a year, the Royal Shrovetide Football Match

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plays half the town's folk against the other half,

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with the town of Ashbourne itself becoming the pitch with the goals three miles apart.

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Now, we're not letting you do anything as energetic as that today, as all they've got to do

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is dust off unwanted antiques and collectables here at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

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Coming up, there's a new addition to the Flog It family.

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-She's so...

-Beautiful, isn't she?

-Oh, gorgeous!

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We find out more about the game of Shrovetide football.

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-Have you played it?

-Well, I'm a big guy but I never have and it is quite tough and rough and tumble.

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-And at the auction, one item breaks all records.

-Selling.

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-Never!

-I'm shaking, do you know that?

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I'm actually shaking.

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Our team of experts is led by Michael Baggott.

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When he was 11, he saved up his dinner money for over a month to buy his first antique -

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a silver vesta case which cost him £22 -

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and he hasn't looked back since.

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While he was growing up around Newmarket, Will Axon's early career aspirations were as a jockey,

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although eventually he became an auctioneer and a valuer,

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which is lucky for us.

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Oh, they were the cutting edge of technology, these were, at the time.

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Well, everybody's now safely seated inside the venue

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and this is where the fun begins because Will Axon, one of our experts, is first at the tables.

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Let's take a closer look at what he's spotted.

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Will is hoping that Joan's jewellery

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will attract the ladies to the saleroom.

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You've brought two quite distinct pieces of jewellery.

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What can you tell me? Let's start here with this bracelet and locket.

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What can you tell me about that?

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I know it belonged to my grandmother and it's just come down to me.

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I don't remember anybody actually wearing it

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but I've kept it in a box, in my loft, sort of thing. Same old story.

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We hear it a lot, certainly on this programme.

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People are sometimes quite surprised at the amount of value

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they have languishing in the drawer.

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-It's nine carat gold.

-Yes.

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It's less pure gold in the mix, shall we say?

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We weighed it earlier and it's just under 27 grams,

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so if we put it in at about 150, that sort of figure,

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it will entice the bidders in, I think, at that sort of money.

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Is that the sort of figure you would be happy with?

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I think so. It sounds fair really.

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-Like I say, I suspect it is going to end up as scrap value.

-Really?

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I'm afraid, yes.

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Then we move on to the cameo brooch,

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which again is not a terribly wearable piece of jewellery.

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They are a little bit dated, shall we say,

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from the '70s dinner party or something like that.

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You may have seen the hostess wearing one or two.

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It's reasonable quality though, isn't it?

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The carving can vary quite substantially on these.

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You can get some very deep relief carvings.

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Almost the deeper the carving,

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the larger the starting piece that they've had to work from, so it's

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almost a more expensive piece to make than one that is very shallow carved.

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I mean, if that's 150, where would you see that?

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-Do you think that is similar money?

-No, less, I would think.

-Yes, good.

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Makes my job a bit easier to break it to you gently.

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I've seen them make £20, £30. I've seen them make £30-£50.

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What I'm going to say is let's incorporate the cameo brooch

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in with the estimate for the gold bracelet.

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-I think keep the estimate of £150-£200.

-Yes.

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If we get a sale on the day at the auction,

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are you going to buy yourself something, a piece of jewellery

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that you will wear, or is the money going elsewhere?

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I think it will go elsewhere,

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-to a new grandchild which is expected any day really.

-Any day?

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When we see you again at the auction, you may...

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-I could be a grandma again.

-It may have arrived.

-Yes.

-That's excellent.

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That's great news.

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Pamela, thank you for bringing me my almost favourite thing

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on Flog It, a piece of silver.

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How did you come by this wonderful little cup?

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It's from my mother. My mother won it at her club when she worked

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and it had just been in the home and when they moved home and they died,

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I inherited it, really.

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Oh, so this inscription on the front,

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Bovril Swimming Club,

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presented by Sir James Crichton-Brown to Miss G V Wilder...

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-That was my mother.

-G V Wilder was your mother.

-That's right.

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-So she won the swimming cup.

-She did.

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-Yes.

-Was she a fantastic swimmer?

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I don't think so. She never talked about it very much.

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But she was good enough to win a silver cup.

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That's something to be proud about. Now, like all silver,

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there should be a set of hallmarks

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which tell us a little bit more about it.

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And there we've got the almost ubiquitous M & W for Mappin and Webb.

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Huge manufacturers and retailers in the 20th century and provided

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a lot of cups like this, when they were fashionable, for presentations.

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We've got the crown for Sheffield.

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We've got the lion passant, which tells us it's sterling silver

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and we've got the date letter from 1926,

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-which is the year or the year before she would have won the cup.

-Yes.

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-Do you use it much at home?

-No, I don't use it at all.

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It lives in a cupboard.

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A presentation cup is almost neither use nor ornament,

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although it is quite ornamental.

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It did come with a little wire thing, you use it like for flowers.

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-For flowers. That's wonderful.

-I presume so, yes.

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Yes, they would provide a little wire,

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and you can put some Oasis in the bottom

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and put fresh flowers in it

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-and they're actually when they're at their best.

-Yes.

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In terms of value, as I say, it's not tremendously valuable.

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I think, at auction, we would be sensible

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putting an estimate of £60 to £100 on it...

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-Right.

-..and putting a fixed reserve of £60, which reflects the bullion value

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-of the cup.

-Yes.

-So if you're happy to do that...?

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Yes, I am, rather than it sitting in a cupboard.

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It's better out than in the cupboard, isn't it?

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Michael's always happy when he's got a bit of silver in his hands.

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Next up, Will has found something that we've already heard about

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earlier on in the show - something unique to Ashbourne.

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Once a year, the whole town turns out to take part

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in a free-for-all game - Shrovetide football.

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There's no offside rule.

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In fact, not many rules at all.

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Only three. No mechanical means can be used, such as a car.

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If the ball is out of play for over an hour, it's void.

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And, finally, if a goal is scored before 5pm,

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the whole game starts over again.

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So let's meet someone who's had the bruises to prove he's taken part.

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I spotted you in the queue outside with this print, and it intrigued me really.

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I came along and I said, "Hang on a minute, what's going on?

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"Prince Charles being carried aloft with a football?"

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I didn't think that was his sort of scene. And then I see here,

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Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football, and then talking to you,

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it triggered what I've seen about Shrovetide football.

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I remember in my distant memory that there are a lot of people that, over

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a few days end up getting very muddy, very tired, and some of them quite

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badly hurt with this game, Royal Shrovetide Football.

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-That's correct.

-Fascinating.

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Tell me about it, it's something Ashbourne is well known for.

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Well, it goes back to well before the First World War,

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actually, where the gentlemen used to have shirt, ties and trousers on.

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-Yes.

-And it just carried on to the present day.

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Right. And it's an intriguing game.

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I mean, you know it well, because you've taken part, haven't you?

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-Yes, I have, yes.

-Yeah. On several occasions.

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-And you will do in the future?

-Oh, yes, yeah.

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-I started playing Shrovetide when I was 14.

-Really?

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Quite brave, then, cos there's some big lads who play it, aren't there?

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-Yes. Yeah. Yep.

-And the basic premise of the game, if I've got it right, tell me,

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you're meant to get the ball from one end to the other, is it?

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Yeah. From Ashbourne car park, there's a plinth.

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-Yes.

-And once it's thrown up or turned up,

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it's one and a half miles down to Clifton

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and one and a half miles down to Sturston.

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-And that's where the sort of, the goals are?

-Yes, yeah.

-Right.

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Plinth and you've got like a circle in it

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-and you have to tap it three times.

-Tap the ball three times.

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Once you've tapped it three times, it's your ball.

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-You keep it?

-Yes.

-For good?

-Yes. Yeah.

-How long does it go on for?

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-Two days.

-And you can sort of dip in and out whenever you want?

-Yes. You can do.

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You can sort of have a go in the morning and then pop home, have your tea, and join in again.

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-Later on, yes, yeah. And all the shops and that are all boarded up.

-Are they?

-Yeah.

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Well, this print here, looking at it, obviously sort of commemorates one of these.

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I mean, looking here, 5th March 2003.

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-That's correct, yeah.

-And Prince Charles came along.

-He did, yes.

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And did he take part? Did you get a chance to sort of wrestle him to the ground for the ball?

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No. He came and threw the ball up, turned the ball up.

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-Turned the ball up?

-Yeah.

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-Right. So that's quite an honour.

-It is, yeah.

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-You've actually got a key to who the people are.

-Yes, correct. Yeah.

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Obviously we've got to talk about value. This is Flog It.

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It is signed in pencil, I notice, by the artist, which is good because

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that limits the edition, as well as this number here. Three out of 850.

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I mean, this was on sale in Ashbourne, was it? You bought it?

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No. I won it on the raffle.

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-On the same day?

-Well, it was one of the special evenings.

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OK. How much did you have to pay for your strip of tickets?

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-£5.

-£5. OK. So, I mean, it's got to be worth that, hasn't it, for the framing and the glazing?

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I think, let it make what it makes.

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-Yeah.

-It's the right part of the world to sell it!

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Difficult to value,

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but I think we've got to put an estimate on it, haven't we?

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Let's say, what, £30 to £50, something like that?

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You wouldn't get it framed for that sort of money

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-so it's got to be worth that, but I think we should go without reserve.

-That's fine.

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It's a hard thing to actually pin a value on, so you've decided to let it go. No reserve.

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We're guaranteed a sale and I look forward to seeing you at the sale.

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Bring a ball along on the day. We'll have a game in the car park.

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-Yes.

-Andrew, it's been a pleasure.

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The sword that Michael has found hasn't been out

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and about for a long time.

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Thank you so much for bringing in something

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we don't normally see on a Flog It, a little bit of militaria.

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So where has this been in your home?

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It's been stored in a cupboard for the last 45 years,

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since we got married. I had it the year I got married.

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It was under a shed.

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The gentleman that gave it to me, Henry Greenwood,

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he said, "I've got a present for you."

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We went down the garden, came back up,

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pulled this thing from under the shed.

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How long it had been under there is anybody's guess.

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So this was your wedding gift, 45 years ago, from under a shed.

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We've heard some and usual stories on Flog It. That probably caps it.

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With anything like this, the best thing to do,

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and we'll take our life in our hands...

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-Try it.

-Whip it out.

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There we go. What we have got is an infantry officer's sword.

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If we flick it over here, one good indicator of date

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is we have a crown cipher there, which is for Queen Victoria.

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-We know that it dates between 1837 and 1901.

-Right.

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-We've got the emblem of the Grenadiers.

-Right.

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-It is the Grenadiers.

-And that is also emulated...

-On the hilt.

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In the basket work here, we've got their emblem.

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-Then we've got a list of their battle honours.

-Right.

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We go from Waterloo, Peninsular and down here we've got Lincelles

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and pop over to the Crimean War and we've got Alma, Inkerman, Sebastopol.

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Sebastopol, yes.

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What's really nice to see here is we've got the maker's mark,

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which is Henry Wilkinson - of the Wilkinson Sword fame -

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Pall Mall, London.

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That's lovely but then just to reinforce that,

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on a little gilt-lined... And that is lined in gold.

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We've got his maker's punch, HW.

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So that's a lovely thing.

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Michael, the only real problem with edged weapons

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is they have to be in wonderful condition

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-to be worth big money.

-Yes.

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And I think it's the time under the shed that has done the most damage.

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-Won't have done it a lot of good.

-Moisture, even finger marks

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can have an effect but I think we are beyond that.

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The one saving grace is the blade is in reasonably nice condition.

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In good order, I mean really pristine order,

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-this sword might be worth between £400 and £600.

-Right.

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-It does fall off dramatically.

-Yes, yes.

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I think if we were to put this into auction at £60-£100,

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and put a reserve of £50 on it, and it wouldn't go for any less,

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-that's nearly just over a pound a year since the wedding.

-Yes.

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Michael, why have you decided to part with this really lovely sword?

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Well, it's been standing in a cupboard for the last 45 years,

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since we got married. I'm going to, probably, put it toward a new gun -

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I do a bit of game shooting and that sort of thing.

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Well, I would think a rifle is going to be more use catching game

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-than a sword.

-Definitely.

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Hopefully, we will get you up to your rifle, or some way towards it.

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Some way towards it, anyway.

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And hope we've got two cavalier gentleman at the saleroom

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-who will go for this.

-Hopefully.

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While I'm in Derbyshire,

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I'm going to make the most of it by getting out into the countryside.

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I've come back to Haddon Hall in the Peak District

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but it's not the house I'm here to look at this time.

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Because something really exciting has been happening

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to the management of the River Wye,

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which meanders all the way through the estate here,

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which is what I want to show you today.

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So I've got my day pass on me

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and I'm here to meet head river keeper, Warren Slaney,

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to do a spot of fly fishing and also hear about what's been going on.

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The Victorians were great fishing enthusiasts

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and gave this river a bit of a make-over.

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In recent years, Warren has been undoing their work

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by bringing it back to nature for the fly fishermen of today.

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So, I guess fly selection is very, very important.

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-You've got to select what the fish are biting for.

-Yeah, that's true.

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-We've got two different flies.

-Mayfly.

-Mayfly's are hatching.

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They're done. They are hatching in the air. And also there

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are some hawthorn flies but the fish are going to be much happier about

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feeding on the mayfly than the hawthorn

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because there's a bigger bite.

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What we need is a big fly that matches the colouring

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and size of the mayfly.

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And here we are.

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Either of those two flies.

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These are dry flies that will float on the surface of the water,

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as opposed to the wet flies, which go underneath the water.

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Yeah. They sit on top.

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It's really an unwritten rule with fishermen over the country,

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-isn't it, freshwater fish - catch and release.

-Yeah.

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I hope we catch one today. There's loads, isn't there?

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The hot time's now. You can see late afternoon and it's humid.

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There's a few down there.

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'I can't wait, but I'd like Warren to show me how it's done first!'

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Do they target this river for poaching, then? At night-time?

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It could happen any time. At breakfast time. At midnight.

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You've got one. Hey-hey!

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And through the...

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Do you want me to use the landing net?

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-That's it.

-You've cracked it.

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Beautifully netted. I'll take the opportunity to wet my hands

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-when it comes in.

-Sure. Otherwise, your hands are too dry, aren't they?

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It can sit in my lap, this beautiful fish.

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It was painted by Mr Faberge.

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Aren't they pretty?

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-There the sedge.

-Oh, nice. That's really good.

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It's not too deep, is it?

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I think it's only slightly hooked. Make sure its teeth are OK.

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-There he is.

-Wonderful, isn't it? All the spots on the dorsal fin.

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That's Alaska brown trout.

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It's fat and happy on mayfly.

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Isn't it.

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-Gorgeous fish.

-There he goes!

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-Back home!

-There he goes.

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-In a state of shock, for the moment.

-Doesn't know what's happened!

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"Christ, what's happened?! All I doing was eating mayfly!"

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"And all of a sudden, I was on some chap's lap."

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'This river is full of fish.

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'It's my turn now,

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'but I have a feeling it may not be as easy as it looks.'

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Will we have to fish on our knees? Cos this is a very narrow stretch.

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If they see us, even at the mayfly time...

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-So we'll crawl along on our knees!

-Yeah,

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There, that's a nice fish in the food lane. Let's creep up.

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It doesn't matter. We won't scare him. Even if all the rest...

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Oh, good... Nearly.

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-He's still there.

-He is still there, isn't he?

-Yeah.

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These brown trout, they are the red ones that Izaak Walton's friend

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-wrote about in 1670.

-Mm-hm.

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-"They are the reddest and best trouts "in England."

-Are they?

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According to Charles Carlton.

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The darker the water, the darker the trout sometimes. Is that so?

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You get black ones in peaty water in Wales and things.

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-That's nice.

-That's nice, isn't it? Look at that fly move.

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It looks natural when it lands, then, doesn't it?

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And that is what will deceive the fish.

0:18:110:18:14

Oh, that's good.

0:18:150:18:16

Talk me through some of the changes.

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What's been happening to the river bank?

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We took out all the weirs here, so the river level drops.

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So it's a lot shallower.

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It means that the river has got more current, which grows more weed,

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a lot more insects and... A much better life for fish.

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It must be wonderful for you to see stock levels rising, naturally.

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-Yes.

-You are not feeding them with anything.

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They're just feeding off what's here.

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We used to be in complete control of the rivers.

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We could stock as many fish as we wanted,

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but we didn't have as many fish as there is now.

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By leaving nature to get on with it,

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-properly, the wildlife just becomes abundant.

-Wonderful how nature works.

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Where is he now? I've lost him.

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Come on, bite!

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The longer this line gets, the more I am going to catch the bank.

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Oh, sorry, Warren!

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'Warren says it's time to try another spot.

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'The fish aren't biting here.'

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There is a mayfly going downstream.

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And you've got a fish just dropped into the front of that.

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-Can you see it coming up the bank?

-Yeah.

-Can you see the fish?

0:19:440:19:47

-Just coming over the weed now.

-Yeah.

0:19:470:19:50

I scared him.

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-Do you know who built this river?

-It was made by the Marquis of Granby,

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-back in 1870.

-Built in 1870?

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-Purely just to fish in?

-A fishing river.

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Behind, there was a fish farm.

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'The great thing about Warren

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'is that he knows EVERYTHING about this river.'

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You were going to tell me a story about Mr Ogden.

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-He influenced the way you're fishing at the moment.

-What, badly?!

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-No, the style you are fishing in.

-OK.

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The little boys would come out on days like this

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and catch live mayfly, put them into boxes and creels

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and wait outside the pubs and they'd sell the mayflies

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-for a penny to the gentlemen.

-That's quite enterprising.

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Yeah, sure.

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So the rivers were being emptied by anglers

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and Mr Ogden found a way of actually taking straw from the fields

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and trapping air in the middle

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-and making the artificial floating fly.

-Oh, really?!

0:20:410:20:45

-Yeah.

-So he invented the fly?

-Our steward heard about Mr Ogden

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and asked him to demonstrate his methods.

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James Ogden caught nine fish in front of a gallery of spectators,

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including the head keeper and the steward.

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The next day, the steward, Robert Nesfield,

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made it a dry-fly-only estate.

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And long may it continue.

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Sure. It's a good conservation measure.

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I guess this is a big part of your job, really

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to make sure that everyone does use a dry fly.

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The fishermen are very good.

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One out of 1,000 will misbehave or...

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-Use a maggot or something?

-Yeah.

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You can clean up on maggots.

0:21:190:21:21

Yeah. But what would be the point?

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-Not satisfying fishing, is it?

-No.

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'I tell you what, there is no satisfaction here,

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'so we're on the move once again.'

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'This is not my lucky day!'

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You've got 20 years' experience,

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which you have condensed into a few hours for me,

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which is really nice.

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I've creamed all your knowledge off!

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Oh, dear. Just got to put it to use.

0:21:590:22:01

-Yep.

-I'm not disappointed at all that I haven't caught one.

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I've thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt so much for the next time.

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-Yeah.

-And that's the main thing.

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That's a good cast. I'm going to make that my final cast.

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Got to have one more, surely?!

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What if it's a bad cast?

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We're allowed one more after that, OK?

0:22:200:22:23

THEY LAUGH

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I've got to end on a good cast, OK?

0:22:240:22:26

-OK.

-That's good.

-Yep. We'll leave it in there for half an hour.

0:22:280:22:32

THEY LAUGH

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Oh, please bite.

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We're now about halfway through our day and we've been working flat out.

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Everybody's having a marvellous time, aren't we?

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-Yes.

-Good, good, but right now, it's time to up the tempo.

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This is where we put our valuations to the test.

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Let's get straight over to the auction room.

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We've got a mixed bag of items going under the hammer today.

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Joan's gold bracelet and cameo brooch.

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We've also got Pamela's silver swimming trophy,

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along with Michael's sword, which might have seen better days,

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but could still get the bidders excited.

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And, last but not least,

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the interesting Shrovetide football print.

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And this is where all our action is happening today,

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the Mackworth Hotel in Derbyshire.

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On the rostrum, we have auctioneer Charles Hanson,

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who I'm going to have a chat to in just a moment.

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I tell you what, the room is filling up.

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There's an excitement, there's a buzz about the place.

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Hopefully, this lot are going to bid on some of our items.

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This modern print belongs to Andrew.

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He paid £5 for this, at a ball he went to

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and thinks this is the best area to sell it.

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Lots of local interest,

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because, boy, is this big business up here in Derbyshire.

0:23:520:23:55

-Shrovetide footie!

-Yeah.

-So tell me all about it. Have you played it?

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Well, I'm a big guy, Paul, but I never have.

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And it is quite tough and rough and tumble. Not my sort of thing.

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-You can handle it.

-Well, maybe.

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But this, obviously, from 2003, it captures international interest.

0:24:050:24:09

The press come, the media come, to watch the event.

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The uppards against the downards. It's a great sport.

0:24:120:24:15

What sort of price would you put on this

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if it came into the rooms today?

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I think, Paul, it's the right place to sell it. It's local.

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I would say between £50 and £80.

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Oh, that's good news, cos we're looking for £30 to £50.

0:24:230:24:26

-Great. Good.

-Looks like we scored a goal there!

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I hope so.

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Remember, both buyers and sellers have to pay commission at auction,

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which can vary from sale room to sale room.

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Here, at Hanson's Auctioneers And Valuers,,

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the commission is 15%, plus VAT.

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And on the rostrum today is auctioneer David Greatwood.

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First up is the sword,

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which Michael and his wife, Sylvia, were given as a wedding present.

0:24:480:24:52

Good luck, Sylvia. Good luck, Michael.

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This is where we're putting the Wilkinson sword to the test,

0:24:540:24:56

in the cutting edge of the saleroom, if you pardon the pun.

0:24:560:24:59

-I gather the money is going to a sporting gun - a shotgun.

-It is.

0:24:590:25:04

Good luck. Let's set our targets on, well, hopefully, £100, shall we?

0:25:040:25:09

-Let's see, let's see!

-Time will tell.

-Oh, dear!

0:25:090:25:12

Really?! That low? Here we go. It's going under the hammer now.

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This very fine 19th-century officer's sword. Wilkinson blade,

0:25:180:25:22

as detailed, with all the military honours.

0:25:220:25:24

-The quality is superb. For £100.

-It is.

0:25:240:25:29

Nice thing, this one here.

0:25:290:25:32

We have one on the telephone. We've had interest and commissions,

0:25:320:25:34

-I can go straight in at £80, I'm bid.

-That's a nice "in".

0:25:340:25:40

I'll take 5. Surely, now? At 80. Where's 5? At £80.

0:25:400:25:44

5, anywhere, now? At 80. At 5, anywhere?

0:25:440:25:46

At £80. I'll take 85. I have 90.

0:25:460:25:48

-Someone's in the room now.

-Yes.

0:25:480:25:51

120. 130. I have 140.

0:25:510:25:53

140, still with me. On commission at £140.

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At 140. I'll take 50. 150 and I'm out.

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On the telephone, with Ruth, at £150.

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Any advance now? At 150. Last chance, at 150.

0:26:030:26:07

And selling on the phone, at 150.

0:26:070:26:10

-That's more like it.

-Yes.

-Good.

0:26:100:26:13

£50 more than what we were all expecting.

0:26:130:26:15

Yes. Pleased with that.

0:26:150:26:17

How much will the shotgun set you back, the 12-bore?

0:26:170:26:21

450-460, the one I want.

0:26:210:26:23

-A modern sporting gun?

-Recent, yes.

0:26:230:26:25

-Not going for a vintage?

-Oh, no, no.

-A Purdey or something?

-No, no.

0:26:250:26:29

-I've already got one of these.

-Oh, have you?! We'd like to see that.

0:26:290:26:32

Bring that one along to our valuation day!

0:26:320:26:35

After being hidden away for over half a decade,

0:26:350:26:38

the bidders loved the sword.

0:26:380:26:39

Let's hope they feel the same

0:26:390:26:41

for Joan's cameo brooch and gold bracelet.

0:26:410:26:44

She's come along to the auction with her daughter, Kath,

0:26:440:26:46

and a much smaller member of the family.

0:26:460:26:49

A couple of months have passed since we last saw them

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and there's been a new addition. Congratulations, Kath!

0:26:520:26:54

-Thank you very much.

-And Grandma. What's her name?

-Evie.

0:26:540:26:58

-Oh, she's so beautiful.

-Beautiful, isn't she?

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-Oh, gorgeous!

-Takes us back a bit, Paul.

-It does.

0:27:010:27:04

-They don't stay like that for long, do they?

-No, they don't.

0:27:040:27:07

-How old is she now?

-Four weeks.

-Four weeks. Ah!

0:27:070:27:11

-Everything going well?

-Yeah, everything's going really well.

0:27:120:27:16

-She's been very good. Very good little baby.

-Ah.

0:27:160:27:18

-Nice feeling, Grandma?

-Absolutely wonderful.

0:27:180:27:21

-Good luck, all three of you.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

0:27:210:27:24

This one's sleeping through it.

0:27:240:27:27

Very fine, nine-carat gold link bracelet, with a heart-shaped lock,

0:27:310:27:35

together with a nine-carat gold cameo brooch. Delightful lot.

0:27:350:27:39

Lot 80.

0:27:390:27:41

Lots of interest. I will start at £100.

0:27:410:27:45

110. 120. 1-3. 140.

0:27:450:27:49

150.

0:27:490:27:51

1-6, 1-7.

0:27:510:27:53

180, 190.

0:27:530:27:56

185, why not?

0:27:560:27:57

-190. 200.

-It's a good time to sell gold.

0:27:570:28:00

-Oh, right.

-The prices are up, they're high.

0:28:000:28:04

200, 210, 220. Come on!

0:28:040:28:07

210. Do I see 220 now?

0:28:070:28:09

210. Do I see 220? Come on! I'll take 220.

0:28:090:28:13

-We'll take 210!

-210. Fair warning. You're out.

0:28:130:28:16

I'm in at 210. We say "sale".

0:28:160:28:19

Well done. And, look at that,

0:28:200:28:22

you slept through the whole thing.

0:28:220:28:24

-Well done, Will.

-I'm glad we could help.

0:28:240:28:27

Are you having any more, Will?

0:28:270:28:29

Well, it's not really my decision, is it?!

0:28:290:28:31

No, it's not! That was a diplomatic answer.

0:28:310:28:33

I think poor Philippa's had enough.

0:28:330:28:35

I've got three of my own and that's perfect.

0:28:350:28:37

Any more than that, we'll have to buy a flatbed lorry!

0:28:370:28:41

What a fabulous result and I bet lucky granddaughter Evie

0:28:420:28:45

is now going to be spoilt rotten by Joan.

0:28:450:28:48

We're swimming along nicely now

0:28:510:28:52

and let's hope we just don't tread water on this next lot,

0:28:520:28:55

because it's a presentation swimming cup, belonging to Pamela.

0:28:550:28:58

-It was your mum's.

-That's right.

0:28:580:29:00

-She won it when she worked at the Bovril factory.

-She did.

0:29:000:29:03

-They had swimming competitions there?

-They must have done.

0:29:030:29:06

I didn't hear a lot about it, but she must have done, mustn't she?

0:29:060:29:09

-Why are you selling this, Pamela?

-Well, I don't swim.

0:29:090:29:12

None of the family swim, otherwise, you know, I could have presented it to them. So, decluttering again.

0:29:120:29:18

-Everyone's decluttering.

-I know.

-It's priced to sell, isn't it?

0:29:180:29:21

It is. And the price of bullion, I hate to say, hasn't been higher.

0:29:210:29:26

-Perfect time.

-Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

0:29:260:29:28

So, hopefully, we'll start you off decluttering in the right manner

0:29:280:29:31

-and the right fashion.

-If not, I'll have to have another go.

0:29:310:29:34

There you go, showing on my left there.

0:29:340:29:37

The George V silver twin-handled trophy cup,

0:29:370:29:39

with a presentation inscription,

0:29:390:29:41

made by Mappin & Webb, Sheffield 1926.

0:29:410:29:43

Good name. Good maker's name.

0:29:430:29:45

Interest here.

0:29:450:29:46

Straight in at 75. 80, I'm bid. At 80, I have. At 80.

0:29:460:29:50

Where's five now? At 80. Five.

0:29:500:29:52

I'm out. At 85. 90 I'll take. At £85. On the right-hand side.

0:29:520:29:57

At 85. Any advance now? At £85. All done? Selling at 85.

0:29:570:30:00

Well, that was quick, wasn't it? £85. We had a guide of 60-100.

0:30:000:30:05

-That was straight in at the deep end.

-It was, wasn't it?

0:30:050:30:08

They are worth what they're worth and you'll find bidders will often leave

0:30:080:30:12

commission bids very close to one another for bullion.

0:30:120:30:15

-Happy?

-Yes, thank you.

0:30:150:30:16

Another good result.

0:30:180:30:20

Can the Shrovetide picture complete the successful run?

0:30:200:30:23

Going under the hammer right now

0:30:230:30:25

is something very special to this area and only to this area.

0:30:250:30:28

It's the Shrovetide footie match, isn't it?

0:30:280:30:30

It's a shame, Andrew, you didn't bring the ball in, eh?

0:30:300:30:34

But anyway, it's a great print,

0:30:340:30:35

it's a modern print and it's a limited edition.

0:30:350:30:38

-It is, yes.

-And we've got a value of around £30 to £40, Will.

0:30:380:30:41

And I had a chat to the auctioneer and it is big business up here.

0:30:410:30:45

Everybody joins in.

0:30:450:30:46

It doesn't get better than this for local interest, let's face it.

0:30:460:30:49

Brilliant. I mean, we said there's not a huge amount of value in the print itself,

0:30:490:30:52

but the story was great, you know, this Shrovetide football,

0:30:520:30:56

and I think I rather foolishly said on camera

0:30:560:30:58

that I would probably try and turn up for the next game,

0:30:580:31:01

and he's going to hold me to it.

0:31:010:31:02

So, next time, when I'm covered in bruises and perhaps an arm in a sling

0:31:020:31:06

and on crutches, you'll know that I made it.

0:31:060:31:08

-But I'm seriously tempted, you know!

-OK. OK.

0:31:080:31:11

We might just film that.

0:31:110:31:13

-Yes.

-Well, good luck, both of you.

0:31:130:31:15

Very fine print after S J Avery,

0:31:170:31:20

of course, the local sporting event in the Shrovetide.

0:31:200:31:23

So who's going to start me off at £20 only for it, surely?

0:31:230:31:27

20 anywhere now? Surely, £20. 20 bid, thank you.

0:31:270:31:30

Where are all the footballers?

0:31:300:31:32

You couldn't get it framed for that, could you?

0:31:320:31:34

25. 28. 30. 32.

0:31:340:31:37

£32 seated with the lady, at 32.

0:31:370:31:39

Any advances? With you, madam, at 32.

0:31:390:31:41

Any advance now? 35 surely now.

0:31:410:31:43

At £32, seated dead centre at £32.

0:31:430:31:46

Last chance at £32.

0:31:460:31:48

Hammer's gone down - £32.

0:31:480:31:50

It's not about the value, it's about the history,

0:31:500:31:53

the social history of the game really, isn't it?

0:31:530:31:55

Exactly the point, Paul.

0:31:550:31:56

And you've given someone the opportunity to own it

0:31:560:31:58

-and hang it on their wall.

-Yeah.

-Brilliant.

0:31:580:32:00

And hopefully told thousands of viewers that are watching,

0:32:000:32:03

who hadn't heard of this, and hopefully they might turn up

0:32:030:32:06

and watch Will get in a scrum.

0:32:060:32:08

Yeah. I'm the one at the bottom!

0:32:080:32:11

Well, we'll definitely watch out for that.

0:32:110:32:13

Next, one of the most magnificent stately homes that I've ever visited

0:32:130:32:18

currently houses a fascinating exhibition.

0:32:180:32:21

When you catch your first glimpse of Chatsworth House,

0:32:290:32:32

as you travel through the grounds, it really is quite overpowering.

0:32:320:32:36

It's a magnificent building

0:32:360:32:38

and it's hard to sum it up in words to do it justice.

0:32:380:32:40

I feel really emotional right now.

0:32:400:32:42

You have to be here to experience this architectural delight.

0:32:420:32:46

It was built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1500s and it's been

0:32:460:32:49

handed down through many different generations of the Cavendish family

0:32:490:32:53

who have all left their mark on this building, the grounds

0:32:530:32:57

and their extensive collections.

0:32:570:32:59

One member of the family who caught the collective imagination

0:33:010:33:04

like no other was Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.

0:33:040:33:08

Her life was recently portrayed in a movie called The Duchess,

0:33:080:33:11

some of which was filmed right here at Chatsworth.

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The South Sketch Gallery of the house is full of artefacts

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that Georgiana bought or collected herself.

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In fact, it's dedicated to her.

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She was a celebrated beauty, a socialite,

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and famous for her wonderful sense of style

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and political campaigning, but perhaps more infamously

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for her love of gambling and her rather unusual marital arrangements.

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In 1774, on her 17th birthday,

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Georgiana married William Cavendish, who was the fifth Duke of Devonshire

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and one of the richest men in the country.

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The marriage was an unhappy one.

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For many years, Georgiana was unable to produce a male heir

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and after introducing William to her best friend,

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Lady Elizabeth Foster,

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she spent the rest of her life as part of an infamous menage a trois.

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And here are the paintings of the two women and the duke,

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and this is Georgiana, and she's absolutely stunning.

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It's painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds in the 18th Century.

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This is her best friend Elizabeth, also known as Bess,

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again painted by Reynolds. And here's the duke in the middle,

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looking rather proud and smug and pleased with himself.

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And so he should, really, shouldn't he?

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They all lived here in the house and both gave birth to his children.

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In fact, the duke also had a child by a maid that worked at the house.

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But finally Georgiana gave birth to the long-awaited Cavendish heir.

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And this three-sided relationship continued

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right up until Georgiana's death

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and then the duke married her best friend, Bess.

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Georgiana's personal situation

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became even more complicated during her unhappy marriage

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when she fell in love with the second Earl Grey and fell pregnant.

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We've been given special access to a fascinating letter from this time.

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The duke found out and he exiled her to France,

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hoping maybe not many people would find out.

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Now, childbirth was risky at this particular time

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for mother and for child. Survival rate was quite low.

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So Georgiana wrote this letter

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so her son could read this when he was old enough.

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This letter was written in her own blood,

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and this explains why she did this.

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I know it sounds dramatic, but this was Georgiana. Just listen to this.

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"My dear little boy,

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"as soon as you are old enough to understand this letter,

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"it will be given to you.

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"It contains the only present I can make you,

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"my blessing, written with my blood."

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Incredible.

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"God bless you, my child.

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"Your poor mother,

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"G Devonshire."

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That's so sad, isn't it?

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As you can see, look, the blood is fading.

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The more she's writing, the more it's fading.

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It is very melodramatic, but that's Georgiana.

0:36:090:36:13

Because she loved gambling, in fact she was really addicted to it,

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she was in debt all her life,

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and here's a summary of some of the gambling debts.

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The gambling debts amount to around £61,859.

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Now, that's a lot of money back then.

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Today, that's equivalent, let's say, of earnings of around £40 million.

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Now, they do say you can win some, you can lose some,

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but I think she was losing all the time.

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Wasn't very good at cards.

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She was living on a knife-edge, wasn't she?

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Here, look, there's a list of all the people working on the estate,

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tradesmen, people like that, that haven't been paid,

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and they're owed £183, which was a great deal of money.

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It took her family decades to pay these debts off after her death.

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Georgiana was definitely melodramatic and terrible with money

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but let's not forget she was a political campaigner,

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arbiter of fashion and taste

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and one of the most influential women of the day.

0:37:130:37:17

When Georgiana walked into a room, everybody stopped and stared.

0:37:170:37:21

She had a wonderful, alluring presence

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and, as we've seen from her letters, she was a loving mother

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but the time she lived in saw her bound by convention.

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But what a fascinating story. I'd love to have met her.

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Our valuation day at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne

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is in full swing and a bit of colour has been added to the proceedings.

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We first must mention, Bill,

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-because you're not in standard clothing today, are you?

-No!

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So you are...?

0:37:520:37:54

I am Ashbourne's Town Crier.

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Oh, marvellous, marvellous. Well, thank you for coming down today.

0:37:560:37:59

Now, who do these belong to?

0:37:590:38:01

They're actually from my side of the family.

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They originally belonged to my grandfather,

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who was an inveterate hoarder.

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-Oh, marvellous.

-And when he died in the early '70s,

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for some reason or other, I hung on to these two items

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and, you know, couldn't be bothered to throw them away.

0:38:140:38:17

-First thing, people might be looking at that, wondering what that is.

-Yes.

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So let us reveal the first mystery of today.

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And that comes out and it's marked and dated for 1874.

0:38:250:38:30

And we turn it and we've basically got...

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a Swedish army knife.

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And they're very useful knives, because they lock into place.

0:38:360:38:41

If you're in a wilderness environment and you need a knife you can trust,

0:38:410:38:45

that isn't going to fold back on you.

0:38:450:38:47

-No.

-This is more intriguing. Closed boxes.

0:38:470:38:51

Very intriguing, indeed.

0:38:510:38:52

Ooh, curiouser and curiouser.

0:38:520:38:56

Have you got any idea what it is?

0:38:560:38:58

I haven't got a clue.

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It's something I've been looking at for years and years,

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"Shall I throw it away?"

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It looks too precision-made.

0:39:030:39:05

"One day I might find out. It looks too good to throw away."

0:39:050:39:08

I think your point, Jenny, that it's precision-made, is spot on.

0:39:080:39:12

There is one problem with this.

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It has a sliding aperture here, with a thumbnail groove,

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and if we could remove that panel, we would know everything.

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-There is only one small problem. We cannot remove that panel.

-No!

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I have tried, all our off-screen valuers have tried,

0:39:270:39:30

to open this, at the peril to our thumbnails.

0:39:300:39:32

I have two ideas what it might be

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and I'm fairly confident that one of them is right.

0:39:360:39:39

The first is that it is a quill cutter.

0:39:390:39:42

-Interesting.

-So if you think you've got a little quill feather

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and you pop it in there, into an aperture that

0:39:460:39:49

-would be revealed, and you do that and it clicks the shape.

-Yes. Yes.

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The other thing, the more lethal and gruesome thing it could be,

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and this is what I think it is, is a scarifier.

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I'm afraid,

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before the NHS and before we had all these wonderful drugs,

0:40:050:40:09

one thing you did if you felt poorly might be to bleed yourself copiously.

0:40:090:40:13

-Yes.

-Yes.

0:40:130:40:15

And I think this is actually a guard

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for a section of very fine lancet blades.

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-Interesting.

-And you would remove that,

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place it on the area you wish to be bled or cut

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and then, by pressing this, that would send all the blades

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through the skin and allow you to bleed freely.

0:40:310:40:35

-Interesting.

-And that is probably why you've got

0:40:350:40:38

this very firm, fixed cover, so you don't cut yourself accidentally.

0:40:380:40:41

-Yes.

-It dates to about 1830.

-As early as that?

0:40:410:40:46

But I think they work quite well together as two intriguing items

0:40:460:40:50

that aren't everything they appear at first sight.

0:40:500:40:53

-Would you put them in the same lot?

-Pop them in the same lot,

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because they're going to appeal to the same collector,

0:40:560:40:59

with the same mind for the curious mechanical bladed items.

0:40:590:41:02

-Any ideas of what the value might be?

-No real idea at all.

-No.

0:41:020:41:07

I think this, being a smaller version, is worth £40 to £60.

0:41:070:41:12

Oh, that's not bad.

0:41:120:41:13

This, with the slight bit of damage and the reservation that

0:41:130:41:16

you still might not be able to get that cap open, is maybe £40 to £60.

0:41:160:41:20

-So, about the same value each.

-About the same value.

0:41:200:41:24

So we're heading for that inevitable auctioneer's valuation,

0:41:240:41:28

-which I try to avoid.

-The good old 80-120.

0:41:280:41:31

-You've seen Flog It! before.

-Very much so.

0:41:310:41:34

So let's put them in at 80 to 120.

0:41:340:41:36

-Yeah.

-Let's give the auctioneer a little bit of discretion

0:41:360:41:39

and put, say, a fixed reserve of £70 on them.

0:41:390:41:42

Fine. And I'm glad you've solved the mystery for me, as well,

0:41:420:41:45

-after all these years.

-Halfway, Bill. Halfway.

0:41:450:41:48

Next, this rather exotic-looking vase

0:41:480:41:51

brought in by Patricia and daughter Erica.

0:41:510:41:54

Thanks for coming along today.

0:41:540:41:55

And you've brought a flavour of the East with you.

0:41:550:41:59

What can you tell me about this?

0:41:590:42:01

My mother gave it to me to put into an alcove in my new home.

0:42:010:42:06

I wish it hadn't lost its top there, but these things happen.

0:42:060:42:10

You've pointed out one of the issues I was going to draw attention to,

0:42:100:42:13

the fact that it has got a bit of damage on the top.

0:42:130:42:16

Was it like that when your mother passed it to you?

0:42:160:42:20

She had done the damage the very morning she brought it up

0:42:200:42:24

-to bring to me, she thought she'd wash it, you see?

-Yes.

0:42:240:42:28

And I don't know what happened exactly

0:42:280:42:30

but she brought it and said, "Do you still want it?"

0:42:300:42:33

So I said, "Of course." Because it looked beautiful in the alcove,

0:42:330:42:36

-being illuminated.

-Is there any connection with your family

0:42:360:42:40

-to Eastern Europe perhaps?

-No, no, no, none whatsoever.

0:42:400:42:44

Because this isn't an English piece. Looking at it, a lot of people

0:42:440:42:48

would say it's almost got a sort of Persian or Islamic feel to it,

0:42:480:42:51

with the double-gored shape and this sort of piercing and these very

0:42:510:42:55

sort of Arabesque bands here. We call it Persian ware.

0:42:550:43:00

If I take the finial off, we'll just turn it up and have a look

0:43:000:43:03

at the marks underneath. If we have a close look here,

0:43:030:43:06

we've got Zsolnay, of Pecs in Hungary.

0:43:060:43:11

-So it's originally East European, the factory.

-Yeah.

0:43:110:43:14

Established 1862, and then you've got a little mark, a little gilt 13.

0:43:140:43:19

-Yes.

-That would have been who would've applied the gilding.

0:43:190:43:22

-So if it wasn't quite up to scratch...

-They know who to blame.

0:43:220:43:26

Exactly. I think originally something like this

0:43:260:43:30

would have been an incense burner.

0:43:300:43:32

-Yeah.

-Oh.

0:43:320:43:34

But this piece has been produced purely for decorative purposes.

0:43:340:43:37

It was never intended for use, it is a purely decorative piece.

0:43:370:43:41

-So what do you think it's worth?

-I haven't a clue.

-No?

0:43:410:43:44

-No idea at all.

-I would say a sensible estimate would be

0:43:440:43:47

around the £60-80 mark, how do you feel about that?

0:43:470:43:51

Well, considering I didn't pay anything for it, it's...

0:43:530:43:57

And, er, I can't see it being of any use to anyone.

0:43:570:44:02

Well, I mean, I like the way... That's the right way to approach it.

0:44:020:44:06

Let the market decide what they think it's worth.

0:44:060:44:09

What's it going to go on to?

0:44:090:44:10

-Oh, I think...

-On your way out for lunch perhaps, you two?

0:44:100:44:13

Erica and I could have a very nice lunch with that, yes.

0:44:130:44:17

There's no disguising what our next item is, that's for sure.

0:44:170:44:21

OK, game on. Well, it would be if we had the other half of the set.

0:44:210:44:24

Where is it, Sandra? Are you sure it's not at home?

0:44:240:44:26

-It's definitely not at home.

-Have you had a jolly good look?

-Yes.

0:44:260:44:29

Everybody's looked and searched high and low. We can't find the other.

0:44:290:44:33

This is possibly one of the best chess sets, or part sets,

0:44:330:44:36

I've come across in a long time. So how long have you had these?

0:44:360:44:40

They've been in my possession for the last three years

0:44:400:44:44

but my mother before that had them for about 40 years.

0:44:440:44:47

-And where did she get them from, do you know?

-My late uncle's,

0:44:470:44:50

when he died, so they were just found in his possession.

0:44:500:44:54

-And that's as far as you can trace the story back?

-Yes.

0:44:540:44:58

We don't even know if he played chess. As far as I know, he didn't.

0:44:580:45:01

Did he tour at all for a living? Was he in the Navy?

0:45:010:45:04

Nothing like that, no. He never got married.

0:45:040:45:06

Because, you know, these come from Sorrento, these are Italian.

0:45:060:45:09

Right. That's what I can't understand.

0:45:090:45:12

He wasn't a traveller at all or anything like that.

0:45:120:45:14

I'm pretty sure these are made in around about the 1940s, 1950s,

0:45:140:45:20

and made in Sorrento,

0:45:200:45:21

renowned for its carving work and its inlay work.

0:45:210:45:25

Good tourist pieces of the day, so this isn't a rare set, or half set.

0:45:250:45:29

I'm sure there's some more knocking around, but they are hand-carved.

0:45:290:45:32

-Brilliant.

-So, there's got to be some out there.

0:45:320:45:37

The condition is absolutely perfect,

0:45:370:45:39

apart from the little cross missing on the castle there, but otherwise,

0:45:390:45:43

look at the quality of the carving when you turn these figures around.

0:45:430:45:47

-Look at the king and queen. You see the folds in her dress.

-Yes.

0:45:470:45:50

-Isn't that stunning?

-The bun at the back of her hair. Beautiful.

0:45:500:45:54

-The bases are made of black walnut, can you see that?

-Yeah.

0:45:540:45:58

-OK. That's grown in Italy.

-Right.

0:45:580:46:00

I'm pretty sure this is a boxwood, or it might be a poplar,

0:46:000:46:03

but it's a good soft wood, a nice easy soft wood to turn and carve.

0:46:030:46:07

Oh, right.

0:46:070:46:08

But the detail on the pawns, because every one's different,

0:46:080:46:12

and on normal chess sets they're all the same, aren't they?

0:46:120:46:16

-The pawns are, yeah.

-It's a shame it doesn't have a lot of age.

0:46:160:46:19

That's the only thing it's got going against it.

0:46:190:46:22

-And the fact that it's a part set!

-Yeah.

0:46:220:46:25

-Oh, dear.

-I think we can put these into auction

0:46:250:46:28

with a value of around £100 to £150.

0:46:280:46:30

-OK.

-Keep the reserve at £80.

0:46:300:46:34

-Right. OK. Yeah. That's fine.

-What do you think?

0:46:340:46:36

Yeah, that's absolutely fine, because I don't really want them.

0:46:360:46:40

Why do you want to sell them anyway?

0:46:400:46:42

Because it's half a chess set, basically!

0:46:420:46:44

-It's a silly question really, isn't it?

-And I don't play chess. Yes.

0:46:440:46:48

I used to love playing chess with my father.

0:46:480:46:51

Thanks for making my day with these, because you know I like my woodwork,

0:46:510:46:54

I love my treen, and this is right up my street. It really is.

0:46:540:46:58

Thank you very much as well.

0:46:580:46:59

I'll definitely keep my fingers crossed

0:46:590:47:02

for the success of the chess set.

0:47:020:47:03

Now, Kathleen and Ralph have brought in an interesting piece of jewellery

0:47:030:47:08

for Will to have a look at.

0:47:080:47:09

Thank you for coming along today and bringing a lovely piece of jewellery.

0:47:090:47:13

It really caught my eye.

0:47:130:47:14

Is this something you've bought? You collect jewellery of this type?

0:47:140:47:17

Yes, I do, but I bought it off me brother, about...26 years ago.

0:47:170:47:23

We might as well get to the point. What did you have to pay him for it?

0:47:230:47:26

-£50.

-Sounds all right, doesn't it?

0:47:260:47:28

Do you know what it is and what it's made of?

0:47:280:47:31

I know it's 15-carat gold.

0:47:310:47:33

You're right. It is gold.

0:47:330:47:34

-Blue enamel.

-Blue enamel...

-Diamonds.

-Diamonds.

0:47:340:47:37

I'll get me coat.

0:47:370:47:38

Let you take over!

0:47:380:47:40

You're dead right. Diamond-centred sort of star

0:47:400:47:44

to the top of this wonderful blue enamelling.

0:47:440:47:47

I love that sort of deep blue.

0:47:470:47:49

And then you've got this very sort of intricate sort of gold wirework

0:47:490:47:53

around the central panel

0:47:530:47:54

and then you've got this sort of polka-dot border, again,

0:47:540:47:58

which is rather attractive, isn't it?

0:47:580:48:00

And it's good, the condition it's in,

0:48:000:48:03

because as soon as you get the enamel either cracked or chipped,

0:48:030:48:06

then it's really quite a difficult job to get it repaired.

0:48:060:48:10

A lot of the time the firms that repair enamelling, a good tip here,

0:48:100:48:13

are sort of car badge manufacturers or restorers

0:48:130:48:16

because a lot of the old car badges were enamelled, you see.

0:48:160:48:19

If I turn it over, we can see that it's stamped 15-carat

0:48:190:48:23

and then in this glazed panel at the back

0:48:230:48:25

we've got a sort of plaited matt of... You know what it is?

0:48:250:48:28

-Hair.

-You're right, hair.

0:48:280:48:30

That's typical of mourning brooches, which is a little bit, you know,

0:48:300:48:35

some people don't really like the idea

0:48:350:48:37

-of wearing jewellery with sort of dead person's hair in it.

-No.

0:48:370:48:40

I like it. I mean, do you wear it?

0:48:400:48:43

-No.

-You don't?

-No.

-Where does it live?

0:48:430:48:46

-In the drawer.

-In the drawer. What made you buy it from your brother?

0:48:460:48:49

-Cos I liked it!

-You liked it for the back of the drawer?

0:48:490:48:52

-I think I wore it about three times.

-OK. Well, let's start in the centre.

0:48:520:48:56

-We've got a diamond, reasonable size, about a quarter of a carat.

-Yeah.

0:48:560:49:00

The diamond in the middle's got to be worth £100 on its own.

0:49:000:49:03

And the rest of it, the gold value, is probably another 100 on top,

0:49:030:49:07

-so I would say put it in at sort of 200, 250, that sort of figure.

-Right.

0:49:070:49:12

-Would you be happy with that?

-Yes. Yeah.

-Yeah?

0:49:120:49:14

Are you going to buy yourself more jewellery?

0:49:140:49:16

I see you have a wonderful cameo brooch on your turtleneck.

0:49:160:49:19

No, it'll go to me grandchildren.

0:49:190:49:22

One's studying to be a doctor.

0:49:220:49:24

-OK.

-And the other one is in the last year of teaching.

0:49:240:49:26

So the one studying to be a doctor

0:49:260:49:28

-will be straight down the student bar.

-Yes.

0:49:280:49:31

We know what these doctors are like, and nurses, they know how to party.

0:49:310:49:34

-Well, look, we'll recap. We've agreed on a £200 to £300 estimate.

-Yes.

0:49:340:49:39

-We'll reserve it at that. Can I put a bit of discretion on that reserve?

-Certainly.

0:49:390:49:43

-Good. 200 with discretion.

-Yeah.

0:49:430:49:44

And let's hope we get it away for you on the day. I'll see you there.

0:49:440:49:48

-Thank you very much.

-Not at all.

0:49:480:49:49

The Victorian mourning brooch is going off to auction

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in this part of the programme,

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along with Bill and Jenny's knife and mystery object.

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We've got Patricia's Eastern European vase.

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And the wooden chess set, which I thought was absolutely fabulous.

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The commission here for buyers and sellers is 15% plus VAT.

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But if an item reaches more than £500, it's 10% plus VAT.

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First, we've got Bill

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and his grandfather's rather unusual collection of items.

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-Bill and Jenny, it's great to see you again, in your civvies.

-Yes.

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-Without the regalia.

-Instead of having my mufti on, as they say.

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Michael's picked out this Swedish pocket knife

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and the mystery object... which is a scarifier, really.

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I think it is, yes, yes. Having done a bit more homework on it,

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after the valuation day, but I still don't think you can get into it.

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I think that's a minus point, isn't it?

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-You can't have everything.

-No. No. No.

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Since the valuation, you've had a chat to the auctioneer, haven't you?

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And we've had the reserve removed.

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We thought, "What are we going to do with it if it doesn't sell?"

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It'll just go back into a drawer

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and there it will stay for goodness knows how long.

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It should make its money, whatever.

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The knife alone should bring it into a reasonable price,

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I would have thought.

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Well, I tell you what, Bill,

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we're going to find out right now what it's worth

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because it's going under the hammer. Good luck.

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We have a 19th-century Swedish barrel army knife,

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together with a case scarifier.

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I have commission interest here at £20 anyway. £20 I'm bid, 20.

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Any advance at £20? I'll take two surely. 20.

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And two now surely. 20. Two. Five I'm bid.

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Jeopardy of no reserve, isn't it?

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At £25. And selling. Make no mistake.

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It's against you all at £25.

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Last chance. 25, and selling at £25.

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-It's gone.

-OK.

-It's £25 I didn't have before.

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Exactly, I suppose so.

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When you look at it on the bright side, the cup's always half full.

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Yes. I think a collector's got a lovely start, maybe,

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to a collection there.

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But I would have liked to see it make a little bit more

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but it's gone, it's gone.

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It didn't do very well,

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but I don't think Bill and Jenny minded that much.

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Will the Victorian brooch fare any better?

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I absolutely love this next lot and I bet you do as well.

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It's real quality and hopefully that's going to shine through

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and reflect in the value.

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-Kathleen and Ralph, it's great to see you.

-Thank you.

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It's so stunning, it shouldn't be called a mourning brooch.

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I love that Prussian blue. No-one else in the family wants it?

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No. Me daughter or me granddaughters don't really want it.

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And she's over there now. Fussy taste, that's what it is!

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You're right about the mourning brooch sort of angle because, yes,

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most people think mourning brooches, certainly the Victorian ones -

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-black and, you know...

-Dour.

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Exactly. But this is that sort of neoclassical mourning brooch

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where they started to use those enamels, those nice bright enamels,

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seed pearls, diamonds, so, fingers crossed, someone here will buy it.

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And at £200 to £300, it's worth every penny, isn't it?

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Let's see what this blue gem does.

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There we go, it's a gold, diamond and enamel oval mourning brooch

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and I must go straight in at £120 bid.

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-That's good to start with.

-At 120.

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Where's 130? 120. 130.

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140. 150.

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-Come on.

-160. 170. 180. 180 still with me. At 180.

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All done now? Last chance at £180.

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All done at 180.

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-Not sold.

-He didn't sell it.

-Unsold.

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Unsold.

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It's the mourning brooch thing, when you read it in the catalogue.

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I mean, I thought it was worth 200.

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I still think it's worth 200.

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-So do I.

-Yeah. So I would say to you...

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I'll have to wear it again, then, Paul.

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-Yeah! Why don't you do that?

-I will.

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Oh, go on, cos you're very stylish.

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-It would suit you, and all your friends would be envious.

-I know.

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Next up, it's Patricia's vase, which she hopes with make enough money

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for her and daughter Erica to enjoy a slap-up meal.

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Got to say, you both look absolutely fabulous, really glamorous.

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-Thank you.

-Done us proud. Well, I look a bit scruffy today!

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-I haven't even got a jacket or tie, Paul!

-That's unusual for you!

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Mind you, it is really hot outside.

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-It's too warm.

-Good luck, anyway. Good luck. Here we go. This is it.

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The Zsolnay, Pecs double-gored, shaped vase

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with the reticulated body.

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There you go, an Arabesque and green-yellow glaze decoration.

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It's got the look.

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I've interest here and will go straight in at 38, 42,

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45, £48 I'm bid. 48, I'll take 50.

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I hope that'll creep up.

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£50, my commission is clear at 50. Any advance on 50? Five behind, 55.

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At 65, I'll take 70. At 65, 70 surely?

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-70.

-This is what we want, a little battle in the room.

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£80 in front, at £80 and selling at 80 by the doorway, at 80.

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Any advance now? At 80. £80, and selling to you at £80.

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-£80, it's gone.

-Oh, lovely.

-That's going to come in useful, isn't it?

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A nice lunch and another bottle of wine!

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Room for two more?

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Well, we haven't got time to join Erica and Patricia

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but it sounds like they'll enjoy spending the money.

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It's my turn to be the expert and I've got a big smile on my face

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cos I've been thinking of you, Sandra.

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A few weeks now since we did the valuation day,

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I can't stop thinking about that wonderful chess set that I valued

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and I did say to you, you know,

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on a good day this could fly away, couldn't it?

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-That's what you said.

-And I'm still thinking that, do you know that?

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I know I've got to be positive.

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It might not fly away but I tell you what, it's going to be sold,

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and even if it sells for £150 you'll be pleased, won't you?

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I will, if it sells for 150, yes!

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-You thought it would be worth about £20.

-That's right.

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-Cos there's only half of it there.

-Yes.

-Shall we watch this go through?

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-Yeah.

-Here we go, this is it.

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Italian half chess set.

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And we've got four telephone bids,

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in Portugal, Holland, and Germany and Denmark amongst other places.

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Did you hear that?

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-Interest from Portugal, Holland, Germany and Denmark.

-Really?

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I'll go straight in at £220.

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-Never!

-£220 I'm bid here. At 220.

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-That's a great start.

-In the room at 220.

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With you, Charles, at 220. 240 if you wish.

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-OK.

-240. 260.

-280, sir?

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280. I have 300.

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-Yes.

-320. I have 350.

-380?

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-Yes.

-380. 400.

-Is that 420?

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-Yes.

-420. 450.

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-480. 500.

-Is that 520? Yes.

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-520. 540.

-Never!

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-560. 580.

-I can't believe it.

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-600. 620.

-Never!

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650. And I'm out. My commission bid at 650 is out.

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At 650 on the first phone.

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-680.

-Oh, my.

-£700.

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A lovely moment. This is what auctions are all about.

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I can't believe this.

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780. 800, David?

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-800. And 20.

-820!

-850.

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-850. 880.

-Sir, 880.

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I can go to Italy now for a holiday!

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HE LAUGHS

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Hasn't finished yet.

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1,100. 1,200?

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No. 1,100. 1,100.

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I'll go to the third phone, Ruth.

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1,200.

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Is that a bid? 1,200. 1,300, Charles?

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1,300. 1,400, Ruth?

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-1,400. 1,500?

-1,500, sir?

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-No.

-No. £1,400 on the third phone.

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Last chance in the room. At £1,400.

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I'm going to kiss somebody in a minute.

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Watch out, it might be you, Paul!

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1,500. 1,600.

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-1,600.

-I can't believe it!

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1,800. 1,900, Tom?

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I'm shaking, do you know that? I'm actually shaking.

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I'll take 2,200. Yes? 2,200. 2,400?

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On the fourth phone at 2,200.

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Never too late in the room. Come along, don't be shy. At 2,200.

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2,200.

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-Yes!

-Yes!

-2,200.

-APPLAUSE

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Absolutely brilliant!

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That's what it's all about, moments like that.

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-I can't believe it!

-That's what love to see.

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Oh, Sandra, I'm ever so excited for you.

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I'm ever so pleased because we dream of these moments,

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and what a surprise, what a shock for you.

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-It's absolutely brilliant.

-That sums up our day, doesn't it?

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What a fantastic day. Sandra's going home very happy. I hope you're happy.

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I hope you've enjoyed watching the show but sadly we've run out of time

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and I think Sandra's going off to do some celebrating now.

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Yeah, and some shopping, I think! Get the credit card out.

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Presenter Paul Martin and his team are in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, where he and experts Michael Baggot and Will Axon pick their way through well-kept treasures and collectibles from the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Will spots a slightly ghoulish item, but will that put off the bidders at auction? Paul visits Chatsworth House and looks back at the life of Georgiana, the infamous Duchess of Devonshire.