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Antiques series. Adam Partridge and James Lewis join Paul Martin in Yorkshire, where a gold pocket watch catches James's eye and Adam looks at a collection of pipes.


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We have arrived! Today, "Flog It!" is in Richmond in North Yorkshire and hopefully

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all the locals will be making their way down there to the market hall,

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laden with unwanted antiques and collectables ready to be valued.

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Yes, "Flog It!" is in town.

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The picturesque town of Richmond is situated on the banks

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of the River Swale and is steeped in history.

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High above the town is the breathtaking Richmond Castle,

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which was built in the reign of William the Conqueror.

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Its construction is of stone rather than wood

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which was incredibly unusual for its time.

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In fact, it is thought to be the first stone-built castle in England.

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Well, back down at ground level I am hoping this huge crowd

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gathering outside the market hall have got some rather unusual

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antiques for our experts to value.

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And, of course, let's face it,

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they have all come to ask that all-important question which is...

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ALL: What's it worth?

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And when you have found out, what are you going to do?

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-ALL: Flog it!

-That's the name of the game.

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It is now 9:30, let's get these doors open

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and get this massive crowd inside.

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Ready to go in? Yes!

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The hundreds of people that are streaming into the market

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will all have their items valued by our team of experts

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who are led today by James Lewis, who is attracted to a bit of metal.

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Surprisingly, under that soft exterior

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beats the heart of a fanatical heavy-metal fan.

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All the plate has come off, hasn't it?

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Imagine what it would have been like if it was like that.

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He is joined on the tables by Adam Partridge,

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whose musical tastes are a bit different.

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Those are quite nice things to own, really,

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but don't let anyone catch you framing them.

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He used to be a professional violin player.

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Everyone knows now.

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We've got a great show for you today.

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James makes an interesting discovery...

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This is gruesome, isn't it?

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When you stab somebody it is easier to draw the blade out again.

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That's why they are made.

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..while Adam is predicting great things.

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I think we're going to sell it.

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And I'm going to be bullish and say it really should be worth

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the four figures that you are hoping for.

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And I tread the boards

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in one of the most intact Georgian theatres in the world.

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Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou, Romeo? Here I am!

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Well, as you can see,

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we've got a full house which means lots of antiques.

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We really do have our work cut out so let's get on with it.

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Adam Partridge is the first expert at the tables

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so let's take a closer look at what he has found.

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-Janet and David. David and Janet.

-Yes.

-Hello, welcome to "Flog It!"

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-Thank you.

-Thanks for coming along.

-Pleasure.

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This piece needs no introduction, really.

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I'm sure everybody knows exactly what that is.

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It is a very distinctive shape and design of the Moorcroft Pottery.

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How have you come to own this one?

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I bought it in a little antique place

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within a big department store in Newcastle

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-about 25-26 years ago.

-OK.

-And I just passed by and the colours

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caught my eye and I thought, "Oh, that is pretty."

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-Do you remember how much it was 25 years ago?

-£6.

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-It's probably, what, 50 quid now?

-Yeah.

-Maybe. Getting on for £50 now.

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-Yes, yes.

-Yeah.

-So why have you decided to sell it?

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It doesn't take up much room.

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Not at all, it's just that, we didn't know for ten years that it was

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-Moorcroft or anything important.

-Or the significance of... Yeah.

-That's right.

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But, as soon as I find out the significance of it, I thought,

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"Oh, somebody's going to drop it, somebody's going to break it."

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-And it nearly did once or twice.

-Oh, really?

-Yeah.

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So it has had a couple of lives.

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Well, when we first got it I used to let the kids fill it with water

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-and paint with it.

-Right, so it could easily have not survived to this day.

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-Oh, I just don't know how it's...

-How it's managed it.

-Yeah.

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-Any idea what it is worth?

-I would like to think it was over £100.

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I agree, I agree. I tend to...

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I'd say an estimate of 100-150 would be about right, a realistic guide.

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I'd like to think it would make 150.

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-Because, of course, small is beautiful.

-Yes.

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I'm not tall myself. But in collectors' terms also.

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The smaller the piece of furniture, generally, the smaller...

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Miniature vases make often much more than their great big counterparts.

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-So a reserve of 100, would that sound OK?

-Excellent, yes, fine.

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And then, Moorcroft, as you know, it doesn't really need...

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It sells itself. Anyone can sell Moorcroft.

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-Have you done auctioneering before?

-No, I haven't, no.

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Well, if you were to start, that would be a good thing to try because

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there would be hands everywhere and everyone knows what they are worth.

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It is the leaf and berry pattern by the way.

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Leaf and berry, which dates to the late 1930s and that

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"Potter to HM the Queen" mark there confirms that date

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and I think that's probably what you knew as well.

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It would be a little bit more if it was under a flambe glaze.

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It would be maybe 200-300.

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-I hope it goes to a new home and goes very well.

-We hope so.

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-Would you reinvest in antiques?

-What we would like to do is,

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I've often wanted to go down to the pottery that does it now.

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-To the Moorcroft Potteries?

-Yeah.

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Oh, well, it's quite near me so let me know if you're coming.

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-I'll take you out for tea.

-Thank you.

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Well, that's an invite that would be hard to refuse.

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I love having a rummage and chatting to the people

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because you never know what you might find.

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Pot lids. Oh, look at these.

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-Do you collect pot lids?

-I do, yes.

-How many have you got?

-About...85.

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85? You're bonkers about pot lids then, really.

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Well, I was bonkers but I've been going now for about 15 years

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-so we are downsizing a little bit so...

-They've got to go.

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-Some of them.

-So why are you downsizing? I'm just being nosy.

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We have redecorated throughout because we are retired

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and we want to make things easier and everything came off the wall.

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-I had them on every wall.

-So now the walls are bare.

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-Yes.

-What's going back on them then?

-Not a lot.

-Not a lot at the moment.

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Well, good luck. I know there are plenty of collectors

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that will want this kind of thing.

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We've seen them do really well on the show before

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and think that is quite nice that it is just a set of four

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rather than all your 80 at once.

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It's amazing how well-made everyday items have become collectable and valuable.

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The solid silver cutlery set that Sue has brought in

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is another classic example of that.

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Tell me, Sue, were you born with one of these in your mouth?

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-No, not at all.

-No?

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No, it's quite funny actually,

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I got them when I bought when I bought my first house

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and a friend of my father's said, "Would this help Sue out?"

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Because I got the house but nothing to put in it.

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So your first-ever home and there you are with solid silver.

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-Can't be bad.

-I know, I know, probably worth more than the house.

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Let's have a look.

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This is a pattern that is known as old English pattern.

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It is just a rounded end, very, very plain,

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with a downswept terminal to the end.

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In the 17th-century, you have a dog nose,

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then a trefid that is split into three all on the end.

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Then you get a Hanoverian pattern.

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And then that this old English pattern

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really came into fashion around 1750, 1760.

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This example was made 100 years later...in 1896-1897.

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We've got the anchor, we've got the lion, we've got the date letter.

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The lion, of course, meaning it is sterling standard silver.

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The anchor means it was assayed in Birmingham.

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And the date letter in the centre for 1896-7.

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Then we have got E & Co Ltd. Elkington & Co.

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Elkington & Co, one of the most famous silversmiths of all time.

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Makers for the Queen in the 19th century, very good quality.

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-We've got five teaspoons. They are worth about £2 each.

-Really?

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-That's all. £2 or £3 each.

-I'm really disappointed.

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So, let's forget the teaspoons, this is where the real value is.

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Dessert forks like that, a set of six. The tines aren't quite level.

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Whenever you are looking at forks, the tine should be level at the top.

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These have had a bit of wear,

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they've slid around a few plates too many times.

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-Chased some peas round.

-They have, exactly.

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-So a set of six of those would be worth £60-£100.

-Excellent.

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A set of six dessert spoons,

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they are going to be worth about the same, £60-£100.

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We've got 60, we got 60, we got 20, £140 lower end,

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-so if we put 150-200 on them...

-Lovely.

-..is that all right for you?

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Very nice. What do you think...? Because of the make,

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will they be melted down or are they likely to be bought to be used?

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-They will be probably melted down.

-Right, that's a shame, isn't it?

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I hate to think of them sort of going down that road.

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-But then again, you know, they are early but...

-Not that special.

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They're not that special.

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Like I always say, antiques are the ultimate recyclables

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and although it is sad for Sue to think they are being melted down,

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at least they are going to make something else.

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I've been investing in a bit of precious metal myself recently.

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See, I've got a flashy silver pen now

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-and it shows up on my photograph.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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-Thank you very much.

-That's come in quite useful.

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We've got all different-sized valuation tables on "Flog It!"

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but sometimes people bring their own in, although this beautiful

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little table, brought in by Graham, is gracefully hiding its real use.

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We're not often lucky enough to see furniture

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and especially such a nice object as this.

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Can you tell me how it came to be in your possession?

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Yes, it was my grandmother's, and on my father's death ten years ago,

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-it passed to me.

-So you have always known this piece of furniture.

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-I've known it since I was a toddler, yes.

-That's lovely, isn't it?

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And what has made you decide to sell it now?

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I think, living in a modern house,

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it takes up quite a bit of room in our house.

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It is a bit incongruous with the rest of the furniture in the house.

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Yes, we've loved it, but perhaps it is time to pass it on,

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let somebody else perhaps appreciate it as well.

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Some people will watch this and think,

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"It's only half my size, what's he talking about, 'It's too big'?"

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-But I do know what you mean, it is not the most practical thing.

-No.

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Very decorative and it is in satinwood.

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I would date that to the William IV period, 1835 or thereabouts.

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This carving on the column is typically of the William IV period.

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This is, of course, an elaborate teapoy, a tea caddy on stand.

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Oh, there we are.

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And it is a beautiful satinwood interior and it is in really,

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-really lovely condition.

-Such a beautiful smooth wood, isn't it?

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Yeah, it really is.

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And these lift out and then they are wonderfully made.

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Mahogany and then satinwood.

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Just lovely things in their own right, aren't they?

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To hold, yes, they are.

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And these are the original bowls because there is no give there,

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they are well fitted. And it is an object of real quality.

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You see the thickness of the brass hinges

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and this Brammer-patent lock

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was things that was put on furniture of high quality.

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It is a dual-lock... I don't suppose you got a key still.

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-We have no key,

-No.

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It is a complicated lock but it is a sign of great quality.

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And, of course, tea was a valuable commodity in the 19th century.

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-Not now.

-Keep the servants out.

-Yes, that's right, lock the servants out.

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Keep your green and black tea separate.

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Of course, tea isn't such a valuable commodity nowadays.

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-It's a bag of dust in a mug now, isn't it?

-Indeed.

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But the teapoy is still quite a commercial piece of furniture, I think.

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You told me you wanted £1,000, really, is that right?

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-It's in my head.

-Yeah.

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-So, we are going to go with the reserve of £800.

-Yes.

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-Are you happy with that?

-I'm happy with that.

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And if we put an estimate of 800-1,200,

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it's likely when we go to the auction, the auctioneer may say,

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"Oh, you are quoting us ten-years-ago prices,"

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but I think we're going to sell it.

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I think we're going to be all right and I'm going to be bullish

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and say it really should be worth the four figures you are hoping for.

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-If it doesn't make £800, it's not worth you selling it really.

-No, no.

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So it is a good test of the market here.

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Next up, James is having a chat with Bruce,

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a collector with the foresight to save his toy boxes.

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These are just so many memories for me. It's not just toys, it's...

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I remember having one of those, I remember having one of those

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and I keep thinking, "The last time I saw that was in the sandpit at home,"

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and that's the sort of thing that toy collectors are passionate about.

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-Which is your favourite?

-I like that one.

-That's mine.

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I love the Beetles, I've got a VW Camper now, an old 1969 one that

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all my friends say I'm never looking happier than when I'm driving it.

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These have been a great investment,

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I mean, some of them have still got the price tag on.

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What's that? Catterick. 16p.

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It used to be a local shop then, they sold them, yeah.

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-And you bought them all from the same shop?

-Yeah.

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So back as a boy, what did you do, just wheel them round the sandpit

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like me or did you have one of the proper tracks?

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I had one of the proper tracks which I have got on the floor down here with me.

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-Oh, let's have a look.

-OK. I'll just turn round and get it.

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-There we go.

-Well, at least you've got the box. It's seen better days.

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Oh, gosh, it's pretty good inside though.

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You've got all the bits, all the ramps. Fantastic.

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The track doesn't have a massive value so I think the track

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-should go with the other bits and sell them all together.

-Yeah.

-OK.

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There we go.

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When it comes to value...

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..the more interesting ones like that in the brighter colours,

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£5-£6.

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Some of the more common ones, and less interesting

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like the truck in yellow and red, maybe £3 or £4.

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So if we take an average of about £3 each, we've got 50 of them here.

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So £150.

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I think we ought to use that as the lower end estimate.

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150-250 and if a couple of the specialists get involved

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they might make a bit more.

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-Let's take them along and see how much we can raise for you.

-OK, no problem.

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Wow, just look at that stunning view! Isn't that incredible?

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We are so lucky here in this country to have backdrops like this.

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I'm in the stunning Yorkshire Dales and I have come here to find out

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about one of the oldest industries in the area.

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It dates back about 1,000 years and it is the art of cheese-making.

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I've come to the town of Hawes in Wensleydale

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to find out more about Wensleydale cheese,

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the favourite variety of two of the country's best-loved characters -

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Wallace and Gromit.

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Wensleydale is actually an area within the Yorkshire Dales

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and the history of cheesemaking in this region dates back,

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well, to the industrious monks, really,

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at the time of the Norman conquest.

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But, after Henry VIII abolished the monasteries,

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the art of cheesemaking passed on to local farmers' wives,

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who made cheese from their farmhouses.

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Then, in 1897, right here in Hawes,

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a local merchant called Edward Chapman

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began collecting milk from the local farmhouses

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to use for the commercial production of Wensleydale cheese.

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And it's been made here ever since.

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Now, before I go off to the creamery

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to find out how cheese is actually made,

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I'm going to take a closer look at the source of the raw ingredient.

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COWS MOO

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And here it is - milk!

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Well, it will be a bit later,

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when the farmer gets his hands on this lot.

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But the cows here in the Wensleydale region

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get to graze on limestone pastures,

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which is incredibly rich in wild flowers and herbs.

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And it's only milk from these cows

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that's used at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

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That's it. It's so simple, isn't it?

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That's what gives Wensleydale cheese its wonderful Dales flavour.

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And, right now, I'm off to the creamery.

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50 local farms in the Wensleydale area

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provide milk for this creamery and tankers arrive every morning -

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they pull right up here and this is where the milk is pumped in.

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Now, the first process is it has to be pasteurised.

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This is quite simple, really -

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the milk gets heated to 72 degrees for around 15 seconds.

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And that will kill off any bad bacteria.

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Right, let's go and have a look at the cheesemaking process.

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Once the milk has been pasteurised,

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1,000 gallons are pumped into each metal vat.

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One vat will end up being 500 kilograms of Wensleydale cheese.

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Rennet addition is then stirred into the milk.

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The mixture then cools

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until it sets into what is known as a semisolid junket,

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which has a consistency a bit like blancmange.

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Next, the mixture is cut into small pieces

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by rotating knives and stirrers.

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This releases the curds and whey.

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Now, the equipment may look hi tech down there

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but the basic way Wensleydale cheese has been made

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hasn't changed for centuries.

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And, really, that is a full-scale, larger version

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of what would have been going on in there.

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And it's still very much largely a handmade process.

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Once the moisture's drained

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and the correct level of acidity has been reached,

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it's time to pitch the vat.

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The curds are moved to one end in order to allow the whey to run off.

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Salt is then added to the curd and this serves as a preservative

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and, of course, enhances the flavour.

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It's then put through the cheese mill and shredded into small pieces

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which are then packed into stainless steel moulds, ready for the press.

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Well, it looks like backbreaking work in there.

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I'm pleased I'm in the viewing gallery, just watching!

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Wensleydale cheese is only pressed lightly compared to other varieties,

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which gives it that distinctive crumbly texture.

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The cheeses are bandaged in muslin

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as soon as they are removed from their moulds.

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They are put into the drying room, where they are turned over daily.

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From here, the Wensleydale cheese may be sent to the maturing room,

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where it'll be stored for four to six months

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and it will be checked regularly by the cheese grader.

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Right, I think it's time

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I got myself a piece of Wensleydale cheese.

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-Trevor, you work here as a cheesemaker.

-Yeah.

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-So how long have you been here?

-Ooh...14 years.

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Crikey. Man and boy, really.

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All your working life. Cos I know you're a young chap.

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I'm going to try some while we're talking to each other.

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Which shall I go for first?

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The blue Jervaulx's going to be a big seller.

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-I never knew there were so many variations.

-Oh, yeah.

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We do, like, through the samples... If it's a seller, we do more.

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Oh, blimey! That is really good.

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Cor!

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Hey, I'm surprised you haven't put on weight.

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TREVOR LAUGHS It's all the work we do!

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-I'm going to have another bit of that.

-Yeah.

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Cor, that is delicious!

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So, in your opinion, what sets this apart from other cheese?

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-Why is Wensleydale so good?

-Well, it's...

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We use the milk from cows from Wensleydale, basically,

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and it's been a seller for years. It's the way we make it. Um...

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People come from all over the country, even all over the world.

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I guess this is the best advert, really, for local produce.

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-Definitely.

-It doesn't travel far.

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-And food shouldn't travel, should it?

-No.

-Who...?

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Who would think that eating grass

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turns into something as delicious as this!

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That's incredible! That's absolutely incredible.

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We've been working flat-out

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and it's time to put those valuations to the test.

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Let's get over to the auction room. We'll catch you there.

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Going under the hammer with Graham's stunning teapoy

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are David and Janet's miniature Moorcroft vase,

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which they're afraid they might break if they keep it.

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And Sue's silver cutlery,

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which was a very welcome house-warming present.

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And what will auctioneer Peter Robinson think

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of the number of cars in Bruce's collection?

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Well, take a look at this, Peter.

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There's a lot of lot, that's all I can say. 60 or 61 Matchbox cars.

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They belong to Bruce, he's been collecting them since the mid-1970s.

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But look at the condition - it's brilliant!

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-And, also, we've got some track as well.

-And some track, yeah. Well...

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I had lots of these.

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Well, it's a confession that I'm...

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you know, I'm not going to allude to.

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Oh, come on, what? What are you going to say?

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I played with all mine in the garden,

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-they all got dirty and rusty...

-Hey, do you know what?

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And, of course, now, when you see them like this,

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in their original boxes,

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you kind of like wonder how much pleasure was had as toys.

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But, of course, they're now great collectors' pieces.

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I ran mine into the ground. The wheels came off.

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As soon as I got them,

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-I took them out of the box and threw the box.

-Yep, yeah.

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-Well, I did the same.

-Did you do the same?

-Yes.

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But, no, this is a nice collection.

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I think we've got a reserve of £150 on this lot.

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That's about £2.50 a car.

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You know, we've got interest in the lot,

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we've got one phone line, I think, booked at the moment.

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-One or two commission bids.

-Sounds good.

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Interest as well that'll come in the room.

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So I think we'll exceed the reserve. By how much? Who knows?

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-You are cautious, aren't you?

-I'm a cautious chappie!

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Commission is standard in all salerooms,

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but the amount can vary, so check the auction catalogue

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to see what it will cost you to buy and sell.

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Here at Thomas Watson Auctioneers, you have to pay a buyer's premium,

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which is commission at 15% plus VAT.

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First up is the Moorcroft vase.

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Why are you selling it?

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Well, because we're downsizing, going to sell the house.

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-And I know it's small...

-They all say that, don't they?

-Yeah.

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-Couldn't take a thimble when they were downsizing.

-Last week...

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Exactly! One little picture, a little miniature.

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-"Oh, I'm downsizing."

-Every little helps.

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It's so small, you see, when you pick it up and dust it,

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I keep thinking, "I'm going to break this, I'm going to break this."

0:22:030:22:06

-We've had it 25 years.

-Yeah.

-Well, look, good luck.

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All I can say is Moorcroft is big business.

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-They're still making it today, aren't they?

-Very much so.

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-Collectors all over the world are buying.

-They love it.

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-Let's hope. Let's hope they're here today. OK?

-Yeah.

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Good luck, everyone. Here we go.

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Nice little piece of Moorcroft and I have £50 to start me.

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At £50 for it? At £50.

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60, second row. 70 in the left. 80, 90, 100.

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£90 on my left now. At £90 for the lot.

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Is it 100? 100, then, I'm bid.

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-Good.

-Everywhere you go.

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130. £120, I'm bid now.

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At £120, are we all finished? 130 then? Bid?

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It's always a sure thing, isn't it, with Moorcroft?

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Bid's on my left at £130.

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Being sold now to my left at £130. All done?

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-That's good, isn't it? £130.

-It is. Decent profit.

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-That's what it is all about.

-Yeah.

-It is, yes.

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Thanks for coming.

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I hope you find a new receptacle for your paintbrush.

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I don't want the grandchildren to get a hold of it!

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Not surprisingly, the Moorcroft collectors

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have put their money where their mouths are

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but will the silver spoons have their fans as well?

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Now these were really a kind of house-warming present, weren't they?

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They were, yes.

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It was my first house and I didn't have any furniture

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but a friend of my father's thought that these might come in helpful!

0:23:220:23:25

THEY LAUGH

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A collection of silver. Well, you've to start somewhere, haven't you?

0:23:260:23:29

And you obviously use them.

0:23:290:23:31

-No.

-Oh, you didn't?!

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-They've been stuffed away.

-Aww!

-No, no, we haven't.

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And it's not straightforward dishwasher stuff, is it?

0:23:350:23:37

No, you can't dishwasher them

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but you could just wash them under a little bit of warm, soapy water.

0:23:390:23:41

-Yes.

-It's not that hard work, is it, really?

0:23:410:23:44

No, but we don't all have housekeepers and servants

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-to do it for us, Paul. That's the problem.

-I do it myself!

0:23:460:23:49

Look, it's a great time to sell silver anyway,

0:23:490:23:51

so let's see what the bidders think, shall we? Here we go.

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The collection of cutlery.

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£100 bid for the cutlery.

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At £100. At £100.

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Come on, where all the hands?

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130, 140, 150, 160, 170.

0:24:020:24:06

175? 180, 190? 180 with me, the bid.

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At £180.

0:24:100:24:11

190 then on my right now.

0:24:110:24:13

At £190, selling on my right at £190.

0:24:130:24:16

All finished now at 190 for the lot?

0:24:160:24:19

-The hammer's gone down. That was good. £190.

-Really pleased.

0:24:190:24:22

-Brilliant.

-So are you going to buy something for the house?

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Er, possibly use it for spending money on a holiday.

0:24:250:24:28

-We're going to Northern Cyprus.

-Oh, lovely!

0:24:280:24:30

-Oh, Northern Cyprus?

-So, er, lots of ice creams.

0:24:300:24:32

-Baklava!

-Yes!

0:24:320:24:34

That's certainly a great result for Sue

0:24:340:24:36

and a spot-on estimate for James.

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And coming up in the next lot, there is a lot of lot, 61 in total.

0:24:390:24:42

You know what I'm talking about.

0:24:420:24:44

It's those Matchbox and Corgi cars belonging to Bruce.

0:24:440:24:47

And I've just been joined by our expert, James, as well,

0:24:470:24:49

who put the valuation on.

0:24:490:24:50

Had a chat to the auctioneer just before the sale started.

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And we both thought...

0:24:530:24:55

"Wow, what condition!"

0:24:550:24:57

And you've managed to hang on to the boxes as well.

0:24:570:24:59

What will you put the money towards?

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I'm going to take the girlfriend to see Status Quo in November.

0:25:010:25:03

-Status Quo?

-Yeah.

-Oh, brilliant! Oh, what a fun night out.

0:25:030:25:07

We'd better sell them, I've already got the tickets, so she's going!

0:25:070:25:10

Does she know?

0:25:100:25:12

-I'm afraid so, yeah, somebody told her.

-Aww.

-Yeah.

0:25:120:25:14

Well, it's about time we got down to business.

0:25:140:25:17

Here we go, it's going under the hammer now.

0:25:170:25:19

Matchbox this time, the track in its box

0:25:210:25:23

and a collection of 61 vehicles in total in that box.

0:25:230:25:29

And...£50 to start for the lot.

0:25:290:25:32

That's low, isn't it?

0:25:320:25:34

60, 70, 80, 90, 100.

0:25:340:25:36

At £100 bid for the collection. At £100.

0:25:380:25:40

And 10.

0:25:400:25:41

120, 130, 140, 150...

0:25:410:25:45

This is more like it!

0:25:450:25:46

150 on my left, at £150.

0:25:460:25:48

160, 170, 180, 190, 200,

0:25:480:25:53

210. 210 on my left.

0:25:530:25:55

At 220 on my right.

0:25:550:25:57

230, 240, 250?

0:25:570:25:59

260?

0:25:590:26:01

270?

0:26:020:26:03

280? 290?

0:26:050:26:06

Got to say it, they're RACING away right now.

0:26:060:26:09

320, 330, 340?

0:26:090:26:12

360?

0:26:120:26:14

370? No?

0:26:140:26:16

360 at the back of the room then. At £360 for the lot now.

0:26:160:26:20

-Now we all done?

-360...

0:26:200:26:22

-370.

-Ooh, it's come back.

0:26:220:26:25

380, 390?

0:26:250:26:26

400?

0:26:260:26:28

400. 410, sir?

0:26:280:26:30

At £400 then at the back of the room.

0:26:300:26:32

At £400, being sold now at 400 bid.

0:26:320:26:34

-Bang! Hammer's gone down. What do you think of that?

-Brilliant.

0:26:360:26:39

What a great result!

0:26:390:26:41

-I didn't expect that.

-No, nor did I. Nor did I.

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The toy market has blossomed over the last few years.

0:26:440:26:47

And lots of auctioneers are trying get into the toy market

0:26:470:26:49

and THAT is why.

0:26:490:26:51

Well, those cars were a real sterling lot.

0:26:510:26:54

I love it when things just fly away.

0:26:540:26:56

Next up is the teapoy that everybody has fallen in love with.

0:26:560:26:59

I really hope it reaches its full potential.

0:26:590:27:02

-Your grandmother really looked after this teapoy, didn't she?

-She did.

0:27:020:27:05

That condition! There's not one stain or chip on this.

0:27:050:27:08

Well, you've looked after it as well.

0:27:080:27:10

We've looked after it too, yeah.

0:27:100:27:11

This is wonderful. I know you fell in love with this as well.

0:27:110:27:14

It's got the quality of Gillows about the workmanship, hasn't it?

0:27:140:27:17

It's just a splendid piece of furniture

0:27:170:27:19

and, if it doesn't sell, it's a travesty.

0:27:190:27:21

Had a chat to the auctioneer

0:27:210:27:23

and he said it's not a popular piece of kit.

0:27:230:27:24

You know, if it was a tea caddie, people want to own it

0:27:240:27:27

but, because it's a teapoy,

0:27:270:27:28

it becomes a piece of freestanding furniture.

0:27:280:27:30

What do you do with it?

0:27:300:27:31

Yeah. But, I mean, you could say that with lots of things.

0:27:310:27:34

That's the downside.

0:27:340:27:35

It should make four figures, really,

0:27:350:27:37

-but it's an uncertain market these days, isn't it?

-OK.

0:27:370:27:39

We're putting it to the test. That's what this is all about.

0:27:390:27:42

-Let's find out what the bidders think.

-Satinwood's good, isn't it?

0:27:420:27:45

At £600, at £600.

0:27:460:27:49

At £600 for the teapoy. 650, can I say?

0:27:490:27:52

At £600. At £600.

0:27:520:27:54

Not exactly flying away, is it?

0:27:540:27:56

50, 80, 700.

0:27:560:27:59

At £700. At £700.

0:27:590:28:01

720? At £700.

0:28:010:28:03

No further bidding? At £700...

0:28:030:28:04

Looks like it's going home.

0:28:040:28:06

Short of the reserve. At £700.

0:28:060:28:08

All finished then at £700?

0:28:080:28:11

Sorry, unsold.

0:28:120:28:13

-Unsold.

-It's going home.

-I'm not too disappointed.

0:28:130:28:16

-No, you've got a lovely spot for it at home.

-Absolutely!

0:28:160:28:19

-Enjoy looking at it as well.

-Yeah.

0:28:190:28:21

I mean, just musing over the little hinges and the dovetails...

0:28:210:28:24

-Doesn't mean it's not worth that, though, does it?

-No.

0:28:240:28:27

-But thank you anyway.

-It's a luxury item.

0:28:270:28:29

And it's a joy to behold and have.

0:28:290:28:31

Well, Adam did say that if it didn't sell at the reserve of £800,

0:28:310:28:35

Graham should take it home

0:28:350:28:36

and I, for one, would be ecstatic to have it in my house.

0:28:360:28:39

If you do have some furniture and you want to sell it,

0:28:390:28:42

bring it along to one of our valuation days.

0:28:420:28:44

And you can pick up details on our BBC website, just log on to...

0:28:440:28:47

Click F for "Flog It!" - all the information will be there

0:28:490:28:52

and, hopefully, we'll be near a town very close to you soon.

0:28:520:28:54

So come and join us.

0:28:540:28:56

While I've been in Richmond, I had a look at a local treasure just down the road from the market hall.

0:29:000:29:05

Well, I've come to the centre of Richmond today,

0:29:090:29:11

to visit a building that holds a very important place in history

0:29:110:29:14

and in the hearts of all the local people around here.

0:29:140:29:17

It's this very building, the Georgian Theatre Royal.

0:29:170:29:21

OK, it looks unassuming on this road right here with these cars going by

0:29:210:29:25

but it is a Grade I listed building

0:29:250:29:27

and it also has a very important claim to fame.

0:29:270:29:30

It's the oldest and the most complete

0:29:300:29:32

Georgian Playhouse in Britain - and that's a fact.

0:29:320:29:36

OK, all the good stuff is on the inside so without further ado,

0:29:360:29:39

let's go in and view the piece de resistance.

0:29:390:29:42

In the early 1700s, there weren't any theatres in Britain,

0:29:440:29:48

as it was illegal to act for money.

0:29:480:29:50

However, plays were performed by travelling companies of actors

0:29:500:29:53

who found ways around the law.

0:29:530:29:56

From the 1760s, Royal patents were granted to a few leading provincial theatres -

0:29:560:30:00

but the biggest change came in 1788

0:30:000:30:04

with the passing of the Theatre Licensing Act,

0:30:040:30:06

which allowed complete of actors the right to apply for licences

0:30:060:30:09

to put on classical plays for 60 days at any one time.

0:30:090:30:14

And it was shortly after the Theatre Licensing Act

0:30:160:30:19

that a remarkable Yorkshireman called Samuel Butler signed

0:30:190:30:21

a 21-year lease with the Richmond Corporation.

0:30:210:30:24

And on the 2nd of September in 1788,

0:30:240:30:27

this remarkable, unique little theatre was opened to the public.

0:30:270:30:32

Isn't it just marvellous?

0:30:320:30:34

It really is!

0:30:350:30:37

It is so tiny, though, and it's just fabulous!

0:30:370:30:40

When it first opened, this venue was simply named The Theatre

0:30:410:30:45

and Butler's company of actors played not only here

0:30:450:30:48

but at seven other theatres that the entrepreneurial Butler

0:30:480:30:51

had established across Yorkshire.

0:30:510:30:53

Sadly, in 1830 the lease on this building was never renewed.

0:30:540:30:58

The theatre and the Butler Company parted ways.

0:30:580:31:01

Over the following centuries,

0:31:010:31:02

a few odd performances were played out on this very stage.

0:31:020:31:06

But in general, the theatre was put to different uses.

0:31:060:31:09

It became a wine vault.

0:31:090:31:11

During the Second World War, it was a storage depot.

0:31:110:31:13

And, believe it or not, it was even an auction room!

0:31:130:31:16

But thankfully, the core, the fabric, of this very building

0:31:160:31:19

was never altered greatly.

0:31:190:31:21

That's why it's become so important to theatre historians from all over the world -

0:31:210:31:25

because it's the best surviving example of a Georgian Playhouse

0:31:250:31:30

in Britain and it's an absolute architectural delight.

0:31:300:31:33

The dilapidated theatre has been firstly restored in the 1950s

0:31:340:31:38

and then again in 2003.

0:31:380:31:41

On both occasions, restoration was undertaken

0:31:410:31:43

carefully and sympathetically,

0:31:430:31:46

so that the theatre appears much the same as it would have been

0:31:460:31:50

when the Butler Company were performing all those years ago.

0:31:500:31:53

It's actually known as the Courtyard Theatre

0:31:550:31:58

because it mimics the sort of space you would find behind a public house,

0:31:580:32:01

which is where the touring troupes of actors would have played

0:32:010:32:04

before theatres were even built.

0:32:040:32:06

This theme carries on to the ceiling above.

0:32:060:32:08

If you look up there, you can see this fluffy white cloud blowing along in the breeze,

0:32:080:32:12

mimicking the open-air space that the plays were watched in.

0:32:120:32:16

The stage itself is typical of the period and is

0:32:190:32:21

known as a proscenium arch, which acts as a window to the action.

0:32:210:32:25

The stage is raked and it's a foot higher at the back

0:32:260:32:29

than at the front, in order to give the audience a better view.

0:32:290:32:33

Today, the Georgian Theatre Royal can seat up to 214 people

0:32:340:32:38

but back in the Georgian era, 400 eager audience members would have squeezed in.

0:32:380:32:43

You can imagine how lots more people were jammed in this small space all together.

0:32:440:32:49

But which were the good seats and which were the bad?

0:32:490:32:51

Well, up here is called the gallery and these are the cheap seats,

0:32:520:32:57

used by the young and the dissolute.

0:32:570:32:59

To watch a performance here back in the Georgian period

0:32:590:33:02

would have cost you one shilling.

0:33:020:33:04

BANGING

0:33:040:33:05

Did you hear that? Well, don't worry - that was me!

0:33:050:33:08

This gallery has a unique Georgian feature.

0:33:080:33:11

It's known as the kicking board and that's exactly what you do to it.

0:33:110:33:15

The Georgian patrons would have used this to show

0:33:160:33:19

signs of disapproval if the act wasn't working out properly.

0:33:190:33:22

And, of course, I've been told it's still used today -

0:33:220:33:25

but only as a sign of approval to encourage an encore.

0:33:250:33:29

-BANGING

-Yeah! More, please, more!

0:33:290:33:32

I say, who's that talent chap down there?

0:33:320:33:35

This whole area is known as the pit.

0:33:350:33:38

It's more expensive than the gallery.

0:33:380:33:40

Theatre-goers would pay two shillings to watch a performance here

0:33:400:33:43

when the Butler Company was in town.

0:33:430:33:45

I would have preferred to have sat here, though, in one of these seats.

0:33:450:33:49

They're considered to be the best in the house.

0:33:490:33:51

To sit in one of these boxes would have cost you three shillings per person.

0:33:510:33:55

In fact, this is the royal box.

0:33:550:33:58

It's the best seat in the house. Why?

0:33:580:34:01

Because it has a direct eyeline with the actors on stage right in front of you.

0:34:010:34:06

And up here is another example of a typical Georgian feature.

0:34:060:34:09

This is called the Juliet box.

0:34:090:34:11

Now, it's not for the audience to sit in and watch the plays -

0:34:110:34:14

it's for the actors to use for balcony scenes.

0:34:140:34:17

And, of course, it's named after the most famous heroine of all,

0:34:170:34:20

Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet.

0:34:200:34:23

"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"

0:34:230:34:27

Here I am!

0:34:270:34:28

So that's how the Georgians would have watched theatre.

0:34:280:34:31

But I'm interested in seeing what went on behind the scenes.

0:34:310:34:35

I'm going to tread in the actors' footsteps as I head down underneath,

0:34:350:34:39

through the dressing room, to the very guts of the theatre.

0:34:390:34:41

I'm underneath the stage right now - there it is, there above me.

0:34:420:34:47

This whole area is known as the machine room

0:34:470:34:49

and these are the footlights - or the floats, as they were called back in the Georgian period.

0:34:490:34:54

Now, these candles would have been alight in troughs of water

0:34:540:34:59

and this whole trough would have been winched up by this winch here,

0:34:590:35:02

going up to the stage to project light back on to

0:35:020:35:05

the actors' faces so you could see them.

0:35:050:35:07

And, of course, they were in water because if the candles fell over,

0:35:070:35:10

well, it would put the flame out, wouldn't it? Then the whole place wouldn't catch on fire.

0:35:100:35:15

Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the theatre

0:35:150:35:18

is operated from right down here, and that's the trap doors.

0:35:180:35:22

Now, this enables items and actors

0:35:220:35:24

to spring up out of nowhere onto the stage.

0:35:240:35:28

There were originally three trap doors here

0:35:280:35:30

but now there's only one and this is a reconstruction.

0:35:300:35:34

Sadly, it doesn't work either,

0:35:340:35:36

so I've got to take the long way back up.

0:35:360:35:39

The Georgian Theatre Royal holds such a prestigious place

0:35:420:35:45

in the history of theatre in Britain that

0:35:450:35:47

many of our country's finest actors feel it's a status symbol to have played here -

0:35:470:35:52

Timothy West, Judi Dench and plenty of other legendary actors have graced the stage here.

0:35:520:35:58

And I have to say, yours truly is very proud to have been able

0:35:580:36:01

to visit this fascinating piece of theatre history.

0:36:010:36:05

There are still plenty of Yorkshire folk coming to the market hall

0:36:140:36:18

with their antiques and collectables, hoping to "Flog It!".

0:36:180:36:22

Welcome back to our valuation day in the heart of Richmond.

0:36:240:36:26

As you can see, it's still pretty much a full house.

0:36:260:36:29

Let's catch up with our experts and see what else they've spotted.

0:36:290:36:32

It's a lovely cup, it's a loving cup!

0:36:320:36:34

-Two handles, known as a loving cup. You knew that already?

-Yes.

0:36:340:36:38

-What else do you know about it?

-Very little, really.

-Right.

0:36:380:36:42

It took my fancy and I just...

0:36:420:36:45

It was about £30 and I bought it.

0:36:450:36:47

-30 quid wasn't bad. This is in lovely condition, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:36:470:36:50

It's in beautiful condition and what we've got is sort of

0:36:500:36:54

lustre-printed colours on the front there with a classical design

0:36:540:36:57

and initials on the back there, of...

0:36:570:37:02

Is that PMB?

0:37:020:37:04

-Yeah, something like that.

-Is your surname a B?

-No.

-No, shame.

0:37:040:37:08

And underneath, of course, where we always look to see the marques,

0:37:080:37:12

we've got George slaying the dragon, haven't we?

0:37:120:37:16

And we've got six valuers here today and we've all looked at that

0:37:160:37:19

and we've all looked through the books and none of us

0:37:190:37:22

-can find this "George slaying the dragon" marque.

-Oh!

0:37:220:37:24

Don't get your hopes up - it doesn't necessarily mean it's rare or valuable.

0:37:240:37:28

It probably means it's quite an obscure factory.

0:37:280:37:30

What made you decide to sell it now?

0:37:300:37:32

Well, I've just a lot of things in boxes and there's just no room.

0:37:320:37:36

-Are you a bit of a collector?

-A little bit, yeah.

0:37:360:37:38

Stash it all away in boxes?

0:37:380:37:40

Yeah, my grandmother's house was to clear out two or three years ago

0:37:400:37:44

-so I've just accumulated a lot of things.

-It's quite nice.

0:37:440:37:46

What do we think about it behind?

0:37:460:37:48

-Very attractive.

-Very pretty colours.

0:37:480:37:50

Generally positive comments - five prospective bidders already!

0:37:500:37:53

-Yeah, we want some bidders.

-We'll see you at the auction!

0:37:530:37:56

50 to 80 is what I think it's likely to make.

0:37:560:37:59

-Right.

-So there's a bit of a profit there.

0:37:590:38:01

I think that's quite cheap, really, for a mid-19th-century piece,

0:38:010:38:04

but that's the way it is these days, so we'll see how it goes at the auction.

0:38:040:38:09

So, with a valuation of £50 to £80,

0:38:090:38:12

Andrew is ready to send the loving cup to a new owner.

0:38:120:38:15

James has set his sights on this pair of Derby figurines

0:38:150:38:19

brought in by Harry.

0:38:190:38:20

Now, Harry, I have to say I was not expecting to travel

0:38:200:38:23

all the way to Richmond in North Yorkshire to find two things

0:38:230:38:27

that were made about five miles from myself in Derbyshire!

0:38:270:38:31

-Isn't it a small world?

-Isn't it just!

0:38:310:38:33

The initial Derby factory, right back in the 18th century,

0:38:330:38:37

started making figures around 1750.

0:38:370:38:41

And if you turned up an early Derby figure,

0:38:410:38:43

you would see three patch marks that would indicate...

0:38:430:38:45

Those were the little pads to stop the figure sticking to the bottom of the kiln.

0:38:450:38:50

Today, with the new factory, Royal Crown Derby, as it's known,

0:38:500:38:53

it's a lot easier.

0:38:530:38:55

Turn a figure over, there we are -

0:38:550:38:57

a great big marque that says "Royal Crown Derby, English bone china."

0:38:570:39:01

Then we have "XLIX", so that's the Roman figure.

0:39:010:39:04

"XL" - 40, "IX" - 9, 49.

0:39:040:39:08

The first Roman numeral was put on in 1938,

0:39:080:39:12

so we add 49 to 1938 and we get 1987.

0:39:120:39:17

That's when this figure was made.

0:39:170:39:19

We've got this canted square base with the Greek key decoration

0:39:190:39:23

around that base and that's harking back to

0:39:230:39:26

an earlier period because these figures

0:39:260:39:28

that are allegorical of water, allegorical of air, are inspired

0:39:280:39:32

from figures that were dug up in Herculaneum, Pompeii, Vesuvius.

0:39:320:39:37

So these are very much a modern figure

0:39:370:39:40

but with a very traditional past.

0:39:400:39:42

So, tell me, why have you got them, how long have you had them

0:39:420:39:46

and what are they doing here at "Flog It!" today?

0:39:460:39:50

Well, what I'm trying to do is,

0:39:500:39:53

-I'm trying to sell 'em for the grandchildren.

-OK.

0:39:530:39:56

-Cos my wife's died...

-Oh, OK.

0:39:560:40:00

I'm hoping to split the money.

0:40:000:40:02

-I've got a grandson and a granddaughter.

-OK.

0:40:020:40:05

I'm going to give them half and half.

0:40:050:40:08

The thing about these is, because they're modern,

0:40:080:40:11

and this one's had a... been through the wars a bit...

0:40:110:40:15

-It wasn't me!

-Are you sure?

0:40:150:40:18

No, no. If I'd fixed that, I think she would have noticed!

0:40:180:40:23

-I would've used a lot of glue.

-So, was it your job to do the dusting?

0:40:230:40:26

-No, no, I mustn't touch it.

-Oh, really?

0:40:260:40:29

-No!

-What, in case you break them?

0:40:290:40:30

-You might have had a pair of broken ones!

-I'm too clumsy!

-Oh, well.

0:40:300:40:35

Hopefully, the auctioneers won't be clumsy

0:40:350:40:37

-and hopefully they'll do a good job for us.

-I hope so.

0:40:370:40:40

So I think, auction estimate - £50 to £70.

0:40:400:40:44

Almost all the value is in that one and I'm sure they'll sell.

0:40:440:40:47

-Fingers crossed on the day.

-I hope so!

0:40:470:40:49

'Everyone's got their fingers crossed today, hoping they've

0:40:490:40:53

'unearthed a hidden treasure that could be worth a small fortune.

0:40:530:40:56

'And Brian's got a very sentimental reason for keeping his item.'

0:40:560:41:00

Tell me a little bit about the policeman's truncheon.

0:41:000:41:02

Well, it's my great-grandfather's and he was a detective sergeant in...

0:41:020:41:08

-It was in a place called Witton Park, which is...

-Is that local?

0:41:080:41:12

-It's local, yes, local.

-This is really nice.

0:41:120:41:14

You've got "detective constable", you've got the initials and number 92.

0:41:140:41:19

-Yes.

-The armorial.

-Yes, which is very nice.

0:41:190:41:22

Which is still in very good condition.

0:41:220:41:24

This is where the value is, in original paintwork.

0:41:240:41:27

A truncheon like this from the Victorian period,

0:41:270:41:29

around about £150 to £250, depending on condition.

0:41:290:41:32

But because of the police connection,

0:41:320:41:34

-you can almost double that.

-Excellent!

0:41:340:41:37

Police memorabilia is big business.

0:41:370:41:39

Ex-policemen from all over the country collect this kind of thing.

0:41:390:41:42

-Good.

-And it makes for a good collection, as well.

0:41:420:41:46

I had a friend, an antique dealer,

0:41:460:41:47

who had one of those rings that you hang with saucepans from,

0:41:470:41:50

you know, with the meat hooks, the butcher hooks?

0:41:500:41:53

He's put the butcher hooks through the handle

0:41:530:41:55

and in his kitchen ceiling, he's got about 30 hanging from that ring in the ceiling.

0:41:550:41:59

-Lovely!

-It looks like a chandelier of truncheons.

0:41:590:42:03

THEY CHUCKLE

0:42:030:42:05

You've got to be creative with these kind of things but hang on to it

0:42:050:42:08

-because that's your social history.

-I certainly will.

0:42:080:42:10

'There's still a lot to get through, so we're all working very hard.

0:42:100:42:13

'Well, perhaps not everyone.

0:42:130:42:15

'Adam has found a magnificent bronze statue brought in by Diane.'

0:42:150:42:19

Thank you very much for coming along.

0:42:190:42:21

And do you have a name for this?

0:42:210:42:23

We call her Ruth, because she was my mother's, my mother was called Ruth.

0:42:230:42:28

She's a lady gleaning in the fields,

0:42:280:42:30

so we call her Ruth after Ruth and Naomi.

0:42:300:42:32

Well, appropriate on more levels than one, isn't it?

0:42:320:42:35

-So this was your mother's?

-It was, yes.

0:42:350:42:37

Do you know to how your mother came to own it?

0:42:370:42:39

My grandmother bought it for her in possibly the late '30s, early 40s.

0:42:390:42:43

-Right. Because of the Ruth.

-Because of the Ruth connection.

0:42:430:42:47

Right, excellent.

0:42:470:42:48

How has she ended up to be on a table here in Richmond in 2010?

0:42:480:42:53

-She's a big girl.

-She is a big girl.

-She's a heavy girl.

0:42:530:42:55

She's very big and heavy.

0:42:550:42:57

And really, I have nowhere to display her now to her advantage.

0:42:570:43:00

-Have you moved house or something?

-Yes, moved into somewhere smaller.

0:43:000:43:03

That's often the problem, isn't it? And she does take up a lot of space.

0:43:030:43:07

-She does.

-Because she needs room around her to be shown properly.

0:43:070:43:10

She's got the marque here of Fournier,

0:43:100:43:13

the French sculptor Paul Fournier, and it will date her

0:43:130:43:16

to the end of the 19th century - late 19th or turn of the century.

0:43:160:43:20

She's mounted on this big rouge marble base here, which has had

0:43:200:43:24

a few... "Nibbles" would be a kind way of putting it.

0:43:240:43:28

-It was like that when we got it, so...

-It doesn't really detract because a lot of them

0:43:280:43:31

have lost the base altogether.

0:43:310:43:33

And she'd still work as a figure without the base.

0:43:330:43:36

She's incredibly heavy. But rather nicely modelled.

0:43:360:43:39

Well, we can't sell her for any price.

0:43:390:43:41

-I would suggest that she'd make £300 to £500 at auction.

-Right.

0:43:410:43:46

-Erm, and you should put a reserve of £300 on her.

-OK.

0:43:460:43:49

Otherwise, erm, she's probably not worth selling

0:43:490:43:51

because we don't want her unsold.

0:43:510:43:52

No, I'd rather keep her than give her away for nothing.

0:43:520:43:55

That's right, then you'd probably have to find

0:43:550:43:57

a new home for her, wouldn't you?

0:43:570:43:58

Or you could try her again or something.

0:43:580:44:00

-Does that sound in line with your expectations?

-Yes.

0:44:000:44:03

I'd like to see her really making 500-600, because I think

0:44:030:44:06

-she's so big and so decorative that she must be worth that.

-Yeah.

0:44:060:44:09

Thank you very much.

0:44:090:44:10

'I bet Ruth turns some heads when she gets to the auction room.

0:44:100:44:13

'Now I've found Carol with an item that has a secret.'

0:44:130:44:16

I tell you what, this piece of furniture is the right height

0:44:180:44:20

-for an arm rest. It certainly is, isn't it, Carol?

-It is indeed, yes.

0:44:200:44:23

At the end of a long day.

0:44:230:44:24

In fact, if you put this on the floor, it would make

0:44:240:44:27

a wonderful foot stool with a cushion on it.

0:44:270:44:29

-Have you ever done that?

-No, I haven't actually.

0:44:290:44:32

What have you done with this?

0:44:320:44:33

Er, it's just been sitting there in the dining room doing nothing.

0:44:330:44:37

Or you could chill your champagne in it.

0:44:370:44:40

-That's a very good thought.

-You never thought of that, did you?

0:44:400:44:43

I had not thought of that, no. Brilliant idea.

0:44:430:44:45

It's got a multiple of uses.

0:44:450:44:48

Now people will be wondering, "What does he mean?"

0:44:480:44:51

-Exactly, exactly.

-"What does he mean?"

0:44:510:44:53

Well, it's late Victorian, circa 1880,

0:44:530:44:55

it's made of Spanish Cuban mahogany.

0:44:550:44:58

It would have been owned by a wealthy family in its day.

0:44:580:45:02

Really?

0:45:020:45:03

Are you ready? Here we go!

0:45:030:45:06

HE CHUCKLES

0:45:060:45:08

-It's a little tiny baby bath! Isn't that cute?

-That's right.

0:45:090:45:13

-That is so cute. This is probably made by Doulton.

-Oh.

0:45:130:45:16

The frame is made by a cabinet maker. It's just incredible.

0:45:180:45:22

-Do you know how much this is worth?

-I haven't a clue.

0:45:220:45:25

-Well, sadly, only around £60-£80.

-Mm-hm.

0:45:250:45:27

And I think it's a shame to put it into auction for that sort of money.

0:45:270:45:31

Yes, I agree. It was just a novelty thing I thought would be of interest.

0:45:310:45:35

Yeah, you're better off putting a cushion on it

0:45:350:45:37

and using it as a foot stool.

0:45:370:45:38

-I think that's a very good idea.

-Because it's quite solid.

0:45:380:45:41

-HE CHUCKLES

-Or...

0:45:410:45:42

filling it full of ice, putting a bottle of champagne...!

0:45:420:45:45

Putting champagne in it! HE LAUGHS

0:45:450:45:46

-And there you go.

-Oh, right.

0:45:460:45:49

There's your cellar-ette.

0:45:490:45:50

'Well, that's what I love to find,

0:45:500:45:52

'a piece of furniture with a multitude of uses.

0:45:520:45:54

'Our last item in the programme is a group of military items that

0:45:540:45:58

'David has brought along.'

0:45:580:46:00

-You've got a real assortment here, so...

-Right, yeah.

0:46:000:46:02

..tell me what you know.

0:46:020:46:03

All I know that Sam Brownes are for officers,

0:46:030:46:05

-swords are for officers...

-Yeah.

0:46:050:46:07

-..swagger sticks for officers...

-Yeah.

0:46:070:46:09

..and binoculars for officers,

0:46:090:46:11

and I was a trumpet major, which is a staff sergeant in the army.

0:46:110:46:14

Trumpet major? So is that the person that...?

0:46:140:46:16

-Yes, I play at all military funerals...

-Oh, do you?

0:46:160:46:20

-..of the regiment.

-How incredible.

-Hard work but that's my job.

0:46:200:46:24

Did that for 23 years.

0:46:240:46:25

So these are bits that you've picked up over the years?

0:46:250:46:28

-Yes, well, a few bits of military things.

-OK.

0:46:280:46:31

-Shall we start with the Sam Browne?

-Right.

0:46:310:46:34

Erm, this would originally have had a pre-pegged badge...

0:46:340:46:36

-It would, yes.

-..with the emblem of the regiment on it.

0:46:360:46:39

Absolutely correct, yeah.

0:46:390:46:40

So we can say that this is 1935-1950,

0:46:400:46:44

-something like that, imperial.

-Yes, maybe a little bit later.

0:46:440:46:47

-They still use it in dress parades, don't they?

-Oh, always.

0:46:470:46:50

All officers get issued with them.

0:46:500:46:52

Financially, they're not worth a lot of money.

0:46:520:46:54

-They're not worth a lot of money.

-No, we still see a lot of them.

0:46:540:46:57

-Let's move on to the sword.

-Right.

0:46:570:46:58

-Matches nicely, doesn't it, with the leather scabbard?

-It does, yes.

0:46:580:47:02

And let's take that out, and we have a single, straight, pointed blade.

0:47:020:47:08

-Erm, this is gruesome, isn't it, but...

-It is gruesome.

0:47:080:47:11

..the idea of the fuller down the centre, the fullered blade,

0:47:110:47:14

is so that when you stab somebody,

0:47:140:47:16

it's easier to draw the blade out again.

0:47:160:47:19

-That's why they're made.

-Yeah, so that's...

0:47:190:47:21

-And it's a sharp point as well so you can go in quite a long way.

-Ohh!

0:47:210:47:25

Moving on very quickly...

0:47:250:47:27

Never mind on television, you know!

0:47:270:47:29

Then we've got what's known as a basket hilt,

0:47:290:47:31

pierced basket hilt, and a shagreen grip, wire-bound shagreen grip.

0:47:310:47:36

This, of course, is made from shark skin. This is chrome.

0:47:360:47:39

-We've got the George V cipher there.

-That's right, yes.

0:47:390:47:42

So this would date to about 1920-1930,

0:47:420:47:45

-something around there.

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:47:450:47:48

We have a pair of binoculars.

0:47:480:47:50

-Again, Second World War period, aren't they?

-Yeah, 1943, I think.

0:47:500:47:53

-Are they dated somewhere?

-Yes, they are, yeah.

-Oh, yeah, there we are.

0:47:530:47:56

Kershaw maker, 1943, typical army officer's binoculars, aren't they?

0:47:560:48:02

In fact, you see the chaps standing at the top of the tanks with these

0:48:020:48:06

-in the war films, don't you?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:48:060:48:08

And then finally we've got the swagger stick.

0:48:080:48:10

On the end there we've got the regimental motto, we've got,

0:48:100:48:14

oh, the Royal Corps of Signals!

0:48:140:48:16

-Yes.

-And in the centre we've got Mercury.

-Yes.

0:48:160:48:19

Erm, and that's a figure of Mercury after a bronze sculptor

0:48:190:48:22

called Giambologna, Italian,

0:48:220:48:24

and Mercury stands wearing a winged helmet, and on his feet,

0:48:240:48:28

he's got little wings on his feet as well.

0:48:280:48:31

And he was the messenger god, which is why

0:48:310:48:33

-the Royal Corps of Signals used Mercury.

-That's right, yeah.

0:48:330:48:37

We've got a hallmark for London 1927,

0:48:370:48:40

and there we have a Malacca shaft,

0:48:400:48:43

which seemed to be the best material to use as the shaft of the cane.

0:48:430:48:47

OK, so when it comes to values,

0:48:470:48:49

-I think we've got probably £10-£15 there.

-Right.

-The Sam Brownes.

0:48:490:48:53

-I think the sword is £60-£100.

-Right.

0:48:530:48:56

-I think the swagger stick is probably £30-£50.

-Right.

0:48:560:49:00

Erm, so we're up to about £100 there, and there's another 10 there.

0:49:000:49:04

-Right.

-So I would say probably about 100-150. How do you feel?

0:49:040:49:07

-I think that's a good idea.

-And what would be your minimum?

0:49:070:49:10

-I would say 125.

-125, OK.

-Would that be all right?

0:49:100:49:14

That's fine, so what we'll do,

0:49:140:49:16

because the reserve has to be around the bottom end of the estimate,

0:49:160:49:19

-we'll up the estimate slightly and we'll put 120-180 on them.

-Yes.

0:49:190:49:23

-Is that all right?

-I'll be very happy with that.

-Fantastic.

0:49:230:49:26

'And now a quick reminder of what's going off to auction.

0:49:260:49:31

'Leading the charge with his military items is David,

0:49:310:49:34

'followed by Harry, who wants to give the money from the sale of his

0:49:340:49:38

'Derby figures to his grandchildren.

0:49:380:49:40

'And Andrew's loving cup, which should grab the bidders' interest.

0:49:400:49:43

'And finally Angela,

0:49:430:49:45

'and her French bronze statue that her mother named Ruth.

0:49:450:49:48

'Thomas Watson's salerooms are buzzing with buyers and sellers,

0:49:500:49:54

'and Andrew's loving cup's caught the attention of

0:49:540:49:57

'auctioneer Peter Robinson.'

0:49:570:49:58

Here's an interesting one, mid-19th century loving cup,

0:49:580:50:01

possibly Staffordshire, belongs to Andrew.

0:50:010:50:03

He got this 10 years ago, paid £30 for it,

0:50:030:50:05

-which I think was quite a lot of money.

-Yeah.

0:50:050:50:08

Erm, Adam has put £50-£80 on the auction valuation

0:50:080:50:12

but not quite sure about the maker's label.

0:50:120:50:14

It's sort of George and the dragon, isn't it? George slaying the dragon.

0:50:140:50:18

It's a George and the dragon printed mark on the base

0:50:180:50:20

and no other information, er, but a bit of painstaking research...

0:50:200:50:24

Oh, you've done some, have you?

0:50:240:50:26

..and I was able to find the factory, called Baker and Co,

0:50:260:50:29

so not too special.

0:50:290:50:31

Staffordshire factory.

0:50:310:50:33

But it's in nice condition and it's got this lustre finish to it.

0:50:330:50:37

Now you've got the history of the makers, does that affect the value?

0:50:370:50:41

Does it go up now more than £50-£80?

0:50:410:50:43

I think it gives a little bit of confidence to people buying it,

0:50:430:50:46

so it'll probably help us secure a sale

0:50:460:50:49

rather than a non-sale, let me put it that way.

0:50:490:50:52

-Oh, it was that close, was it?

-I think so, yeah.

0:50:520:50:54

'First up, we've got Harry, with the Derby figurines.

0:50:580:51:01

'After the valuation day, he had a chat to the auctioneer

0:51:010:51:04

'and changed the no reserve to a £40 reserve.'

0:51:040:51:07

We've got some Royal Crown Derby going under the hammer,

0:51:080:51:10

two figurines, air and water. They belong to Harry,

0:51:100:51:13

-and all the money is going towards the grandchildren.

-That's right.

0:51:130:51:16

-How many have you got?

-Only two.

-What are their names?

0:51:160:51:18

-Er, Scott and Katie.

-Right, OK.

0:51:180:51:21

And I know initially James put a value of around, what, 60, £40-60...

0:51:210:51:25

-Yeah, 50-70, yeah.

-..with no reserve,

0:51:250:51:28

-and I know you've had a chat to the auctioneer.

-Yes.

-See? Wise.

0:51:280:51:30

You see, those auctioneers, they like things with no reserves.

0:51:300:51:34

-No, well, Ken told me to.

-Did he?

0:51:340:51:35

Let's hope we get top money for this, shall we?

0:51:350:51:39

-I hope so.

-Fingers crossed.

0:51:390:51:40

Royal Crown Derby bone china figures at £40.

0:51:420:51:46

At £40, two of them. At £40.

0:51:460:51:49

50, can I say? £50. £60. 70 now.

0:51:490:51:53

-At £60...

-That's good.

0:51:530:51:55

All they're worth, at £60, Royal Crown Derby?

0:51:550:51:59

At £60, they're being sold at £60, all finished now then at 60.

0:51:590:52:03

-That's fine.

-That's fine.

-Well done.

0:52:040:52:07

Thank you so much for coming in, Harry.

0:52:070:52:09

-Yeah, and thanks for your help.

-Oh, that's all right.

0:52:090:52:13

'Right in the middle of the estimate, well done, James.

0:52:130:52:16

'Harry's gone home happy.'

0:52:160:52:18

Hopefully we'll get the top end of your estimate, around the £80 mark.

0:52:180:52:21

-Do you think so?

-Yes, I do, yeah, it's a nice piece.

-It is.

0:52:210:52:24

-It's a nice piece.

-It's a pleasing object, isn't it?

0:52:240:52:26

Loving cup this time, showing on this side,

0:52:280:52:30

the Staffordshire Baker and Co loving cup, in nice condition.

0:52:300:52:34

And opening at £50, this lot, at £50.

0:52:360:52:39

Nice piece of Staffordshire, Victorian.

0:52:390:52:42

At £50. 60, can I say?

0:52:420:52:43

At £50.

0:52:430:52:44

60, thank you. 70 with me, 80 bid.

0:52:470:52:50

90 bid.

0:52:500:52:52

100 bid.

0:52:520:52:53

At £100 bid.

0:52:540:52:56

All finished now at £100. Selling at £100. All finished.

0:52:560:53:00

Lovely, nice round figure.

0:53:000:53:02

-That's the face of a Yorkshireman that's made a profit.

-Aye!

0:53:020:53:04

-And you paid £30 for that, I gather, something like that?

-Yeah.

0:53:040:53:08

Just over 10 years ago, so, yeah.

0:53:080:53:10

-That was a good investment, it was a good investment.

-Trust the eye.

0:53:100:53:13

He's got a good eye, he'll be back out there now with that 100.

0:53:130:53:16

'The auctioneer's research certainly did the job.

0:53:160:53:19

Will Angela be just as happy when her bronze statue,

0:53:190:53:22

'nicknamed Ruth, goes under the hammer?'

0:53:220:53:24

Coming up next, well, we've got that wonderful bronze, it's titled

0:53:240:53:27

-Ruth, and it made the front page of the catalogue, didn't it?

-It did.

0:53:270:53:30

It's good to see you, and who have you brought along with you?

0:53:300:53:33

-My granddaughter Emma.

-Hello, pleased to meet you.

0:53:330:53:35

Gosh, you're tall, aren't you?

0:53:350:53:37

What do you think this is going to go for today?

0:53:370:53:41

Well, having spoken just before, I'm hoping it doesn't sell.

0:53:410:53:44

Oh, why, what's happening? I've missed out on something.

0:53:440:53:47

Well, Angela's got in trouble with her granddaughter

0:53:470:53:50

for offering it at Flog It! without checking with her first.

0:53:500:53:53

-Ohhhhh!

-She had her eyes on it.

0:53:530:53:55

This is the inheritance, is it?

0:53:550:53:58

-Granny's selling all the inheritance.

-Naughty Granny!

0:53:580:54:01

What are you doing, Granny?

0:54:010:54:03

Never mind, we'll see, she might not sell.

0:54:030:54:06

It's quite unusual, isn't it, that we're all hoping it doesn't sell.

0:54:060:54:10

I was just about to say the auctioneer has done us really proud.

0:54:100:54:13

It's made all the trade press, it's on the front page of

0:54:130:54:16

the catalogue, and I think it should do quite well.

0:54:160:54:18

I really do. Oh, dear. Oh, dear.

0:54:180:54:21

The French bronze this time of Ruth,

0:54:240:54:27

open the bidding at £200.

0:54:270:54:29

At £200 for the bronze, at £200.

0:54:290:54:32

At £200, at £200,

0:54:330:54:35

at £200, 220, 250, 280, 300, 320...

0:54:350:54:40

-Gone.

-Oh...

0:54:400:54:41

380, 400. At £400, being sold now,

0:54:410:54:44

at £400, are we all finished?

0:54:440:54:48

At £400, bronze, at £400. All done?

0:54:480:54:52

Well, that was short and sweet. You were bang on, Adam.

0:54:520:54:55

-It's gone, goodbye, Ruth.

-£400.

0:54:550:54:57

-Oh, dear.

-I know, I feel like I'm in trouble.

0:54:570:55:00

-I don't know what to say, yes!

-Feel like I've been really naughty.

0:55:000:55:03

Would the money come in useful?

0:55:030:55:05

Don't know, what are you doing with the money, Granny?

0:55:050:55:08

Well, we have got two special birthdays in the family this year,

0:55:080:55:12

-so it'll come in handy.

-And neither of them are yours!

0:55:120:55:15

I'm sure Granny's got lots of other lovely things

0:55:160:55:18

that you'll inherit one day.

0:55:180:55:20

Yes, I think so.

0:55:200:55:23

'That's a bittersweet result for Angela and her granddaughter,

0:55:230:55:26

'but I'm sure the £400 will make up for it.

0:55:260:55:29

'Luckily, David is more than happy to sell his collection of

0:55:290:55:32

'military items, so let's get them under the hammer.'

0:55:320:55:36

Next up, a collection of militaria belonging to David,

0:55:360:55:38

who's right next to me, and I can say you can stand at ease now.

0:55:380:55:41

-Thank you very much.

-You look very smart.

0:55:410:55:42

-Thank you, well, for the occasion.

-What regiment is this?

0:55:420:55:45

The Royal Tank Regiment.

0:55:450:55:46

-OK, and you were in the services for how many years now?

-23 years.

0:55:460:55:50

-23 years. And are you donating some of the money to the regiment?

-Yes.

0:55:500:55:54

I'm donating half the proceeds to the Royal Tank Regiment Benevolent Fund.

0:55:540:55:58

-OK. I think your items are the only items of militaria here.

-Yeah.

0:55:580:56:02

But we do have the power of the internet, so hopefully...

0:56:020:56:05

-It makes a huge difference.

-It does.

0:56:050:56:07

-There's no excuses for an auctioneer

-any more. There isn't, is there?

-No.

0:56:070:56:10

We can't say it was the wrong day, no-one was here.

0:56:100:56:12

That's one of the big Flog It! excuses out of the window,

0:56:120:56:15

-we can't use it any more.

-It's out of your hands.

-It is.

-Yeah.

0:56:150:56:18

-It's in his hands.

-Yeah, so fingers crossed.

0:56:180:56:21

Collection of military items here, and opening at £100.

0:56:210:56:25

At £100, 110, can I say for the collection?

0:56:250:56:29

110 bid now, at £110,

0:56:290:56:31

120, can I have?

0:56:310:56:32

-At £110 now, 120, 120, 130.

-In the room.

0:56:320:56:36

140. 150.

0:56:360:56:39

160.

0:56:390:56:40

170 with me, 180. 190.

0:56:400:56:44

200. 210.

0:56:440:56:48

-220. 230.

-(This is good.)

-It is good!

0:56:480:56:51

220 beside me, the bid then at £220,

0:56:510:56:54

being sold, are you finished, sir?

0:56:540:56:56

Bidding? 230. 240.

0:56:560:56:59

-Very good.

-240, 250.

0:56:590:57:01

Nice lot.

0:57:020:57:04

No, shakes his head.

0:57:040:57:05

240, then, the bid's beside the washroom.

0:57:050:57:08

-At £240...

-£240.

-..selling at £240.

0:57:080:57:11

-That's the excitement of the auction room, though.

-Isn't that great?

0:57:110:57:15

-It is wonderful, I think so.

-£240.

0:57:150:57:16

Well, it is exciting when it goes that way! When it does well.

0:57:160:57:20

It's not so fun when it struggles but that's a lot of money, isn't it?

0:57:200:57:24

It is, yes, well, half's going to the benevolent fund anyway, so...

0:57:240:57:27

And the other half you're keeping.

0:57:270:57:29

-Yes, well, I'll probably give it to my family.

-Good, good.

0:57:290:57:32

It's been good to catch up with you.

0:57:320:57:34

-And you still look so fit and so smart.

-Thank you very much.

0:57:340:57:37

-That's being in the services for you.

-Yeah.

0:57:370:57:39

Well, as you can see, I've always looked fit!

0:57:390:57:41

'I'm saying nothing, James!

0:57:410:57:43

'But still, that's a good result on our military items.'

0:57:430:57:45

Well, that's it, it's all over for our owners, and that concludes the

0:57:450:57:49

end of another Flog It! auction, and what a wonderful day we've had here.

0:57:490:57:52

A few highs and a few lows,

0:57:520:57:54

but that's what auctions are all about,

0:57:540:57:56

a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

0:57:560:57:57

I hope you've enjoyed the show.

0:57:570:57:59

Join us again soon for many more, but for now, it's cheerio.

0:57:590:58:02

Flog It! comes from the north Yorkshire town of Richmond, where presenter Paul Martin is joined by antiques experts Adam Partridge and James Lewis. A gold pocket watch catches James's eye, and Adam takes a look at a collection of pipes that were destined for a skip. Paul explores the process of how Wallace and Gromit's favourite cheese, wensleydale, is made.