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Today, Flog It! comes from one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
We're in North Wales, and just look at that for a backdrop.
Now we're off to Bangor to find some antiques and, boy, have we got a show for you!
The university plays an important role in the history and the identity of this marvellous city.
It was built in 1884 with funding by local quarrymen who volunteered
some of their wages to provide a better form of higher education.
Today, we're at the university's Pritchard Jones Hall where this massive crowd of people
are all eager for knowledge and of course the answer to one very important question, which is?
ALL: What's it worth?
Coming up, the jet-set attitude to selling at auction.
-Will I see you both at the auction room?
-My sister will be in Rome.
-Spending the money in advance, then!
And we get a glimpse of how the other half lives in Mark's house.
We don't eat the same as we used to, Paul.
We now have much more informal dinner parties, swigging glasses of wine.
-Champagne and oysters in Mark's house, isn't it?
-Well, you know...
The two experts leading the team here today in Bangor are Welshman Mark Stacey...
He's delighted to be back in his home country.
He has a great love of antiques and always makes the most of the fun.
Quite colourful. Do you have it up on the wall?
-No, we don't.
-No, I don't blame you!
He's joined by Adam Partridge who not only uses his broad knowledge to pick the right items,
but also has a sympathetic ear for the unusual stories we come across.
-Oh, that's nice, isn't it?
-It's lovely, isn't it?
Adam kicks off with a couple whose names are easy to remember.
-Paul and my wife Pauline.
-Paul and Pauline. That's a good start already, isn't it?
-Corny but true!
It's easy to remember anyway.
I was instantly attracted to this on a number of levels.
-It's a wonderful shape, that streamlined shape.
I can imagine a cad driving it.
Absolutely. Are you a motoring enthusiast?
My goodness, yes. Since I was probably about three, I should think, I've been very lucky with cars.
I've had everything from a Mini to a Rolls-Royce.
Have you? And what do you make of all this, Pauline?
Well, he's very fortunate because he married a petrol-head wife as well.
-Excellent. So you share that passion?
We've got hundreds of model cars and Dinkies.
But one of the reasons I brought it in today was I've never seen anything made out of Bakelite.
-You've never seen one of these before?
Well, that's really fortunate because I have.
In fact, I sold one in my auction room about three or four months ago.
-So I know quite a bit about it which is quite unusual.
-Well, you're the expert!
-Firstly, where did you get this one from?
Is it something you bought recently?
-Absolutely not. It was a birthday present from my parents when I was about three.
There's a tiny hole in the front...
I'm trying to do my maths here.
-In the '40s?
-About 1948, I think.
I used to pull it round the garden on a piece of string,
but my parents were very poor and one of the reasons I brought it in today,
I'm wondering whether it could be new in 1948 or whether it pre-dates that.
I think it pre-dates that.
-So have you any idea?
-It looks 1930s.
Typically 1930s. It's got that real Deco streamlined shape of the 1930s.
It's a wonderful shape, yes.
And on the back you've got the mark of Codeg, C-O-D-E-G.
-Now, is that British or not?
-It is. It stands for Cowan De Groot and Co,
which they shortened into Codeg and they were a British toy firm.
In fact, they still are retailers of toys now, I believe,
they're still in the toy business. They're not called Codeg now.
They're back to Cowan De Groot as they used to be, but that's why it's called a Codeg car.
Made of brown Bakelite. They also did a cream model as well, which would've been pretty swish.
It's very Poirot too. You could see him in it.
That's right, yeah. So you want to know what the one I had made?
-Indeed I do.
The one I had was damaged.
We only estimated 20-40 because of the damage, but it made 95.
-It's obviously worth £50-£80.
-There is a piece missing, though.
I have a dim recollection there might've been a Perspex windscreen.
The windscreen's missing, so I think we go with a 50-80 estimate.
-How does that sound?
-That sounds absolutely fine.
-Is that all right?
-And a reserve of 50?
-You don't want it to be under-sold. That'd be heart-breaking.
Yes, because you've kept it all those years.
Now, of course, it's not a massive sum of money, £100.
It's probably not even enough to fill up your Rolls-Royce, is it?
-Not these days.
-So I shan't be asking what you're going to do with the money.
-Well, my wife always treated me, so I'll treat her and put it towards a weekend in Paris.
What a fun thing, and for Bakelite, it's in pretty good condition.
My find next - a fabulous Art Nouveau rose bowl owned by two sisters.
-Now, let me get the names right. Christine and Sandra?
-And you look like sisters as well, don't you? You dress still like sisters.
-So whose is this?
This belonged to our great uncle, who was the canon of Bangor Cathedral.
-In the late 1950s, early 1960s.
And was this a leaving present of some sort, do you think?
It probably was, yes. We don't know who it was given by.
We have thought about keeping it, but I don't think we'd do it justice.
What do you do with it? It's like the World Cup! We are the champions!
-We'd need somewhere to display it.
-It's WMF. You know it's WMF?
The company was formed in 1880 in Berlin in Germany, and it was a merger of two existing companies.
By the 1900s, they were the leading manufacturers and exporters of metal ware,
-and sold all over the world. And the company's still going strong today.
-Is it really?
Yeah. If it doesn't say WMF, it normally has a little ostrich. That's still the same thing.
Albert Mayer is the top designer to look out for.
When you mention WMF to people, you think of the Art Nouveau images of the sort of naked female form...
you know, gorgeous women with flowing hair in lovely poses.
They're the ones that fetch big money and...
a lot of them are made in silver.
Unfortunately, the down side is this one is silver-plate, and you can see that just there - EPNS.
That's electro-plated nickel silver, OK? So it's unfortunately not solid silver. It's just a silver plate.
It's got its original glass liner as well.
That's good because you can get reproduction liners made to put back
-because the glass just broke, it was so fragile.
-Yes, of course.
Secretly, my heart is tell me it's going to do around £300,
but my gut feeling is it might wobble at around £250.
And I'd love to put it into auction with a valuation of £150-£250, if that's all right with you.
-That would be fine, yes.
-And we'll put a reserve of £150.
-Will I see you both at the auction room?
-My sister will be in Rome.
-Oh, very nice!
Spending the money in advance, then!
Well, we really are going to need the top end, then.
Next, Mark meets Valerie who's brought in a little family heirloom.
We've got a little bit of a savoury item coming up, haven't we, Val?
-This lovely cruet set.
What are you doing with such a grand-looking object?
It was my father's, possibly my grandmother's, and when my father died, I kind of took it on.
You took it on. You've got a bit of a Scottish accent there.
-I have, yes.
-And we see that there's a Dundee name there as well,
-so it's all indicating that it might be Scottish, actually.
-So is it something you use regularly?
No, I'm afraid not. I'm more the kind of plastic tub of salt and the mustard jar.
-You can wash it up easily without all the polishing.
It's really rather nice. We've got two little pepperettes,
two little table salts, and then the little mustard with the spoons.
So you've had it quite a long time?
It was my dad's and I've had it for ten years, since he died.
Living in a cupboard?
-Living in a cupboard, unfortunately.
-It's a shame, isn't it?
It used to get put out, the mustard pot, when I was a child. I remember seeing that, but not the whole set.
Well, in fact, it is hallmarked, each piece of silver,
-but it's not Scottish.
-It's hallmarked in Birmingham.
-1902, so it's Edwardian.
Just over 100 years old, and it's very much in that Edwardian style.
It's sort of reminiscing, reviving if you like, the sort of
Georgian period where you had very neo-classical shapes with little festoons and things like that,
and this is very typical of a style which would have been sort of 1790.
-But this is 1902.
If we were putting this into auction,
I would probably say somewhere around about the £100 mark.
-With a reserve of £80.
-I would probably say fixed reserve, so we don't sell it under £80.
You've had it for ten years. It's been in your family before that. Why have you decided to flog it today?
My father was quite grand and would have quite liked to have seen it being used, and I never use it
-so it seems silly...
-Time for it to go.
Yes, someone else can maybe enjoy it and actually put it on a nice table.
Absolutely. Well, I think it will appeal to a private buyer cos it's all there in its case,
which is always very nice, but also it will appeal to a trade buyer.
Someone who specialises in buying and selling silver,
so let's put it into the sale and we'll see you at the auction, and fingers crossed.
Quite right. No point leaving something so nice in a cupboard.
Time to remind ourselves what's on the way to the sale room.
Adam picked out the Bakelite car because he recently sold one in his own auction house.
I chose the beautiful Art Nouveau rose bowl.
Shame it's plate, not silver, but then it has got its original liner.
And Valerie's cruet set caught Mark's eye,
so let's hope it does the same in the sale room and the bidders like it.
The auction house is Rogers-Jones and Co, Auctioneers and Valuers, just along the coast in Colwyn Bay,
and we have owner David Rogers-Jones himself selling all of our lots.
First up, it's the Pauls -
me, Paul and Pauline - and their Bakelite car.
Now, I've just read in my notes, this was your birthday present when you were three years old.
Oh, you can't sell something like that! ..Would you sell that?
I'm very sentimental so probably not.
No, nor would I. I really wouldn't.
My mum would go absolutely mad.
I've got that many cars all over the house and in the loft,
but this was unusual and I thought it might appeal to you.
-It did. I love it.
-A gorgeous shape.
Here we go. Good luck, you two.
Paul, Paul and Pauline!
-How about that?
-I feel a bit out of place.
-You do, don't you?
-A Bakelite Codeg open-tourer sports car.
-It's got the look.
Doesn't need taxing, doesn't need insurance, and it don't need petrol.
It starts with me at £80. At 80 I'm bid. Bid's on the book here.
At 80, 80 bid. A typical piece of that period, Bakelite, wonderful.
-Show us your money!
£90. 95. 100 with me. At £100.
Five again. Five. 110, 110, 110 bid.
My bid on the book. At £110, coming back?
At £110, all done?
Well done, auctioneer.
Paul really enjoyed himself then!
Teasing the extra money out of the bidders, yes.
I promised her a treat so I'll have to do it now, won't I?
-What's it going to be?
Ooh, very nice, very nice.
-But we shall probably buy another model car there!
-I don't blame you.
That's a good start. It sold over the estimate. Everyone's happy with that.
Now I'm going to be tested with the German rose bowl, but where are the sisters?
-So where is Mum?
-She's gone to surprise my aunt.
-It's her birthday and they've gone to Rome.
-Does your aunt live in Rome?
She doesn't. She's just gone for a few days to celebrate.
And your mum's gone out and tagged along?
Yep, she's gone to surprise her. She didn't know anything about it.
Well, she's missing this golden moment, isn't she?
-Hey, what do you think of this? I think it's stunning.
Let's hope we get the top end, shall we? Good luck. Then you can get on the phone and tell her.
Very, very nice WMF electro-plated with a glass liner.
Oh, he's pitched it high.
-100 I'm bid. £100. WMF.
At 100, 120, 120, is there 40?
At 120, 40 anywhere? At £120, I'll take 40 quickly.
At 120...everybody done? We need 150, don't we? £120. Cheap bit of WMF.
At 120, everybody done?
At £120. Miss on that, I'm afraid, at 120.
I'm so sorry, that's going home.
Oh, dear. Never mind.
My grandmother would be pleased.
-Maybe it's meant to stay in the family.
-Maybe it is, yes.
-Well, you've got kids. Maybe they're meant to have it.
-That's it, yeah.
-Look, we tried our best.
He was calling for 140.
He would've probably sold at 140, used a bit of discretion,
but I'm pleased we protected it with a reserve
-because it's worth more than that.
-It is, yeah. Never mind.
Get on the phone to your mum.
Actually, no, tell her when she comes back from Rome!
Well, for now, it's staying in the family.
Well, so far, so good, which brings us to our next lot, and it's been in the cupboard for about ten years.
Can you guess what I'm talking about? Well, probably not
because most of our lots have been kept in cupboards for ten years!
It's the five-piece cruet set. Never, ever thought of using it?
Well, I'm not really posh enough to have a silver cruet set with miniature teaspoons.
You know, it's lovely but it's not something I would really use.
No, it's got all the bells and whistles.
-It's a showy piece.
-It is nice. It's a showy piece.
Yeah, and you'd think it would worth an awful lot more than 80-120, but I guess nobody wants them.
No, we don't eat the same as we used to, Paul.
We now have much more informal dinner parties
where we sit around the table with our friends, swigging wine...
Champagne and oysters in Mark's house, isn't it?
I wouldn't like to comment, but I do live near the sea!
348, the cased, five-piece silver cruet set with spoons,
Bristol-blue glass liners, Birmingham 1902.
Rather nice, £100?
100. 100 I'm bid. Thank you, sir.
-Ooh, 100 bid.
At 100, 100 bid, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160...
Oh, wow, this is brilliant.
180, 190... 190 bid, out at the back also.
This could be going to a local hotel or something, couldn't it?
Anybody else coming in? At 190... 190, all done?
What a surprise. There's us playing it down, saying no-one wants them!
Well, there's a lot of grand houses here.
There's a lot of posh, big Victorian houses.
A lot of guest houses and a lot of hotels here, so that's the market for it.
Maybe they'll get us round for dinner.
That's more like it. We like to see people go home happy.
When we return later, Mark recognises the telltale sign of a Flog It! devotee.
I know it's silver cos it's got the little lion on.
-That's right. You've been watching Flog It!
Beautiful Gwydyr Castle. One of the finest Tudor houses in Wales.
Nestling in the glorious vale of Conwy in the foothills of Snowdonia,
it is a true delight, a fantastically romantic place.
Just the sort of house that I absolutely love.
A house like this just echoes of the past. The walls permeate history.
You can't help yourself. You want to touch them and soak it all up.
It was once a fortified house.
The castle was the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn baronets,
a significant family in North Wales throughout the Tudor and Stuart period.
The house has evolved over the centuries, but it's full of character and charm and atmosphere -
all the perfect ingredients for a fairy tale.
This modern-day fairy tale started in 1994 when a young couple,
Judy Corbett and Peter Welford, followed their dreams.
Throwing caution to the wind, they bought Gwydyr with the money
they raised from the sale of an inherited cottage and a bank loan.
It was totally dilapidated at the time, a crumbling ruin with a wild, overgrown garden.
With the help of the Welsh Historic Monuments Agency,
they started what will probably end up being their lifetime's work - its restoration.
A restoration project this size is a huge undertaking. In fact, it's a mammoth undertaking.
But Peter and Judy are totally focused and committed.
They love architecture, they love history, and with that combination, they've succeeded so far.
It's a beautiful, beautiful castle.
I'm going inside to catch up with Judy to find out all about it.
I've got to say, I'm full of admiration for you both. What was it like when you first came here?
Um, it was pretty derelict, yeah.
Roofless in parts, horses and chickens living in here...
-Really? In this particular room?
-Yes! It was really quite bad,
and obviously there was no plumbing or wiring to speak of.
There's one particular tale I know you haven't mentioned yet,
and that's how you did a bit of detective work on your dining room.
Yes, that's been a very interesting journey for us, really. It began just after we moved into the house.
A neighbour turned up with a sale catalogue... The sale of the contents of the castle from 1921.
Basically, it transpired that William Randolph Hearst,
who you'll know as Citizen Kane in the famous film, had bought two rooms at the sale here in 1921.
The rooms had been destined for San Simeon in California, the castle he was building for himself there.
We started doing some detective work and gradually traced the room
to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and that is where we found it.
Was it on display or was it just in storage?
No, it was actually still in its packing crates from 1921.
-So he'd never done anything with it?
-Never done anything with it.
So were they pleased to sell it back to you, then?
Well, it took us two years to negotiate with them,
and we went over to New York to see the room, in fact, and went to this extraordinary warehouse.
There in the middle of it was our panelled room, and they literally
just gave us a hammer and chisel and said, "Go ahead and open the crate."
And the most astonishing thing was, when we started opening the crates and saw this amazing room,
it still smelled of Gwydyr after all those years, 75 years.
Oh, well, only you know what that smell is, really.
-Yeah, well, it moved us enormously just to have that piece of...
-Did you have a tear in your eye?
-Can I have a look? Do you mind?
-Absolutely, yes. Follow me.
Gosh, here we are.
Wow! I love the carvings, I love the trailing ivy.
When was that carved? When was this made?
The panelling was made for this space in about 1640 for Sir Richard Wynn,
and then it's been embellished and played with a little bit over the centuries.
Was the leather panelling part of the package out of the crate as well?
Yes, when it came back from America, it was completely black.
We took advice from the V&A
and they said the best thing to clean it with is spit,
so we spent six months, I'm afraid,
and, a lot of spit later, it now shines.
But we both ended up with very bad sore throats at the end of it.
Oh, dear, I can't imagine you spitting at that.
-Spit and polish... I guess that's where the saying comes from.
-What a wonderful tale.
Is there anything else you're looking out for?
Yes, we're now looking for a second missing room.
William Randolph Hearst bought two rooms from Gwydyr in the 1921 sale
and we're now looking for the oak parlour, which is also missing.
But sadly... We think it's in America somewhere but we just don't know.
-It had obviously got sold to a different owner.
It was disassociated from this room, which is the dining room, so yes.
-Let's hope it's not in some ranch house in Texas.
I know! That would be a disaster and a sadness for Gwydyr, but I hope we're able to get it back.
-Thank you for showing me around.
It's time to see what else our experts have discovered at Pritchard Jones Hall.
Mark's with Robert and Margaret, but what have they brought with them?
Shall we reveal... Put us out of our misery? Oops.
-Well, that's rather glitzy and glamorous, isn't it?
Now, do you comb your lovely white hair with this, Bob?
-100 strokes at night.
Where has it come from?
Originally from my grandparents.
-And it's been in a cupboard ever since, more or less.
-Well, I used to use it when I first had it, and then
it needed cleaning all the time, so it just went back in the cupboard, and that's where it's been...
It's really rather sad, isn't it, that we do these sort of things, but unfortunately it's one of
those antique items which really is just completely useless for modern-day living.
-It's just not practical any more.
What we've got, of course, is a dressing-table set, and almost complete.
We've got the lovely mirror,
the two brushes, the two side brushes, even a little nail buffer.
We are missing a comb, which would have gone in the little slot
at the back there, and we might have had a little manicure set with it.
Tortoiseshell and silver, absolutely charming-looking item.
The only bits, really, of the set that are fairly commercial these days are the hand mirrors.
The rest of it, people just don't want, which is such a shame.
-And if we take the mirror out, it's quite simply made.
This is sheet silver,
which has been made in a mould,
which is then wrapped round a filled centre.
People have rubbed it where they've handled it. And the glass is put in,
and the tortoiseshell backing was put in with the silver inlay already put in there.
And it's quite a nice, quite a weighty object, but that's not solid silver like you'd expect it to be.
It's really such a shame,
because you could imagine a rather grand family owning this.
Have you looked at the hallmarks?
I know it's silver, cos it's got the little lion on.
-That's right. You've been watching Flog It!, haven't you?
It has. It's got the lion for sterling silver.
It's also got a leopard's head for London and a date code
for 1922, 1923, so really... kind of an Art Deco period.
And when you look at it, you've got those very straight lines.
You've got the Edwardian shape but then these lines
of silver in the tortoiseshell which slightly raise it to Art Deco.
I love it, I have to say.
It's just the value.
To be honest, to be brutally frank with you,
if we're putting this into auction, we'd be looking at something like...
£80 or so. £60-£80, with a reserve obviously.
We'd put a reserve on it of £50. It might, you know...
Because of the combination of tortoiseshell and silver,
it might just do a bit better.
And you've had it for all these years. Are you not sad to see it go?
-Oh, yes, I'm sad to see it go.
-We're sad to see it go.
Yes, I am, but it's in the cupboard, we'll never use it, so...
-Time for somebody else to enjoy it.
Beautiful items, but Mark's right.
There may not be much of a call for them these days.
Adam's next, with Mike and Gwyneth, who have a remarkable tale.
Gwyneth, you look lovely with that hat.
-Oh, thank you very much.
-It's a very bonnie hat, isn't it?
-Too true, yes.
Down to business. You've brought this fascinating-looking weapon in.
It's clearly of some age, early 19th century by the look of it,
so we've got no issues with its legality.
-Where did you get it from?
-Well, in 1962, when we got married,
we moved to this house in Prestbury, Cheshire.
Oh, that's round the corner from me.
In those days, they had a septic tank in the garden, so we dug a hole
-to make a septic tank...
-Oh, right, yeah.
..and this virtually came out. Anyway, I just put it in a box,
-took it in the house and forgot about it for about five years.
Then, five years later, I went up to Scarborough and I went to a customer
who was an engineer and also a gunsmith as well, and he kept it for a year.
-I went back and said, "Have you done anything with the pieces of gun I brought?"
He said, "Yes, it's all done."
-How much did he charge you to put it together?
Did he tell you about it at all?
He did mention something, but quite honestly it's such a long time ago...
-Did he say Spanish?
-I was just about to say, I think it might be Spanish.
It looks like a Spanish flintlock to me,
and this sort of decoration on the barrel
indicates that as well, I think, a little bit.
So I think early 19th century, probably Spanish,
walnut with brass fittings.
What it's going to make nowadays? It's quite a tricky one.
-Because it's had a few things happen to it,
had replacement parts, et cetera. I think if it was all original it'd be quite a valuable firearm.
-I think so.
-I think it would be probably £1,000, £1,500 worth.
As it is, though, I'd be tempted to go a lot lower. What do you think?
-I was saying 150, plus.
-You thought that, didn't you?
I think that should probably be our reserve, shouldn't it?
Estimate £150-£250, and if it goes and makes a lot more, then I shall be embarrassed, won't I?
Well, I'll be very pleased.
-What would you do with the money?
-I would like to take my wife away somewhere nice and hot.
-Thanks very much for coming.
-I hope it goes with a bang.
What an interesting story, and what a find!
With the current price of gold, it's no surprise
that Mark is interested in Arthur and Karen's gold watch and chain.
You've brought in a very typical item that we see quite a lot of on Flog It! What's the family history?
It belonged to a great uncle of mine
and he passed it down to my father, and my father passed it on to me.
-It's been in the family a while, then, Arthur.
-Yes, it has been.
But you don't wear it now, I suppose, do you?
No, I've stopped wearing waistcoats, you see, so...
-He used to look very handsome in it.
-Oh, did he?
-I bet. It's a bygone era, though, isn't it?
-Yes, it is!
There are three parts to this item.
You've got the pocket watch,
which is an open-faced watch, but it's not gold.
It's gold-plated, which is quite typical.
Most people had a retirement gift
and if you were a very expensive factory,
you got it in 18-carat gold, and if you weren't, you got it in gold-plated or even silver.
Then you've got this lovely chain, which we refer to as an Albert,
and then you've got the little sovereign hanging on it as well,
so there are two constituent parts.
You've had it for quite a long time. Why have you decided to sell it?
-Well, it's coming to...
-It just sits in the drawer, doesn't it?
Yeah, it does sit in the drawer now,
and I've no-one to hand it down to that's really interested in it.
-So get the money and spend it on something you want. What would you buy if you made a lot?
-I don't know.
-New golf clubs.
-Yes, yes, well, I'm sure he'd share it with you. But I don't know how much golf clubs cost,
you might be terribly disappointed, but I've been looking at values.
I have weighed this.
The chain itself weighs about 50g and it's about £6 a gram.
It's nine-carat gold.
So we're looking at a scrap value of around £300.
The sovereign of course is worth around £100 or so,
so as an auction estimate
I would put the little package in at £400-£600.
It could well do a bit more, because obviously that's the scrap weight,
and then, just to protect it, a reserve of 400.
If someone really wants it, it might get to the middle of the estimate.
-Would you be happy to sell it for that?
-Yes, I would.
-And do you golf as well?
-No, I garden.
-Well, I think I'm with you.
I can't see the point of it, can you?
Not really, no. But when you're getting on, you need the exercise.
Oh, tell me about it, tell me about it.
Now I'm getting old, I could afford an electric golf trolley now.
-He's got it all planned out.
-He knows what he's going to do.
Well, that sounds like the money is already spent.
Before the sale, let's find out what auctioneer David Rogers-Jones makes of Mark's choice.
This is an absolute cracking lot. Mark did the valuation of this.
He's put £400-£600 on it.
Wonderful watch and also gold fob chain with a full sovereign.
-It should do that.
-It should. It's lovely quality.
We just felt, Paul, that the watch being rolled gold
pulled the whole thing down a little bit.
Had it been an 18-carat gold watch, fine, OK.
And because the sovereign and the chain...
it's got two swivels, it's got a T-bar.
-That has to be worth three to four.
-Yeah, and it stands on its own,
without the watch, so, rightly or wrongly, we split it.
No, I think you're right, actually, because somebody might have
a wonderful full-hunter or half-hunter and they might want that chain and fob.
We have customers just for Alberts, and very often they're not interested in the watch, so it should be OK.
OK, so you've divided them into two lots.
What are you putting on the fob and sovereign?
On the watch chain and fob and the sovereign, £350-£400.
-OK. Discretionary reserve of 350.
-Yeah, it's top-quality.
And I guess, on the watch, you're looking for around £40-£50.
Yes, £40-£50. It's just a rolled-gold watch, fairly standard, Paul, so, um...
But it still makes up the £400-£600, yes, so I think everyone's happy there, don't you?
There's just time for a second look at what our experts have picked out to take off to auction.
Mark was taken by the boxed silver and tortoiseshell dressing-table set.
Let's hope it gets the attention it deserves.
Adam spotted the pistol.
It's not only a nice item, it delivered an interesting tale, too.
Mark's final item was the gold watch and chain with sovereign attached.
With gold doing so well, there's no point in it just sitting in the drawer.
First up, an elegant reminder of a bygone era.
This next lot smacks of real quality.
It's a combination of tortoiseshell and silver, and it's a wonderful little vanity case.
-It belongs to Robert and Margaret. Is that right? I got the names right?
Now, this has been in the family a long time, hasn't it?
-It was your grandmother's, was it?
-Yes, my grandmother's.
Why are you selling it? It's not a lot of money.
£60-£80 is what we're looking for.
It's been in the cupboard, we're not using it.
Well, thank goodness in a way it's been kept in the cupboard.
That's its virtue cos it's complete and the condition is absolutely fabulous,
-and there's no fading to the tortoiseshell, is there?
There's no cracks, absolutely nothing.
I'd like to see what the collectors think because it is a collectible...
-It IS collectible?
-Yes, but they are a minority and I just hope they're here in this packed saleroom today.
Absolutely. They do go for the mirrors more than anything else.
-The brushes not so much, but the mirror's in good condition, which is a bonus.
Let's find out if they're here. It's going under the hammer right now.
The silver and tortoiseshell seven-piece dressing-table set,
You've even got the buffer still there. £80?
-£50? 40 I'm bid. 40.
50 anybody? At 40, 50. 50 bid.
That's good. That's a sensible start.
At 50 in the room, 60 anybody? 60, 70, 70 bid.
Well, we're getting there.
At 70. 70 bid, 75?
75, and again now.
75, one of you?
One more. Come on, get it up to 80.
£75. Everybody done?
At 75, online the bid.
Final call at 75...
-That was a good bid, the top end of the estimate.
-Quite pleased with that.
-That's good, isn't it?
-That'll help with the decluttering.
It's a meal out, isn't it? Let's face it.
-After commission and paying for the petrol to get here, but a bit of fun.
-A bit of fun.
OK, it's not a fortune, but I think they enjoyed themselves.
Next, Mike and Gwyneth's pistol, a find from their garden.
In the firing line right now, we've got Mike and Gwyneth with that early-19th-century pistol.
We've got a valuation of around £150.
Let's hope we get it. A great story involved here because you dragged this out of the ground, did you?
Well, no, we dug it out of the ground when we tried to make a septic tank.
-Great story, isn't it?
-How did it end up there?
-Someone hid it there one day. I wonder why.
-Some highwayman or something.
-Yes. Yeah, hiding the evidence.
It's now down to the bidders here in North Wales to decide exactly what this one's worth. Let's find out.
The brass and mahogany Turkish pistol.
I normally view these with a bit of disdain,
but this is a very, very nice-quality one
and it's got lovely patina on it, both on the brass and on the wood.
Starts with me... Well, I'd like to start it at about 180.
150? 120 I'm bid. At 120. 120 bid.
140, 140, 140. Is there 60?
At 140, 160, 180, 180, 200.
-200 bid. 200 in the room.
-They like it.
-I'm liking it more.
-You're liking it!
Lovely quality, at £200.
Anybody else coming in? All done. On my right, the bid, seated.
£200 and going...
Well, that was a good day's work, wasn't it? £200 from out the ground.
Well done. Good digging!
Everyone's happy with that.
I think David, our auctioneer, may have done the right thing
splitting the gold watch from the chain and sovereign.
We'll find out now.
Arthur and Karen, it's good to see you.
We're here just in time because your lot is about to go under the hammer.
-The auctioneer has decided to split the watch from the gold fob chain with the sovereign.
Which he says is a good idea because not many people would want the watch,
and it puts the value up of the fob and chain,
so we're going to find out. First to go is the watch.
This is nervy. It really is nervy, cos we're starting with the one with the least value.
It would be really nice to start with the fob and the sovereign,
-then think, "Yes, we've got 500 quid or something."
-Well, you know...
-Then anything's a bonus.
-Things can only get better, Paul, after this.
-I think there's a song there.
-I think there is.
Let's find out what the bidders think, shall we?
The Dennison Star rolled-gold pocket watch with a white enamel dial.
Bid me 50?
25 I'm bid. 30, anybody?
At 25, 30, 30 bid. Five I'll take.
At £30 only... Five, 35, 35 online.
-Come on, come on.
-I'll take 40. £35. 40 if you like. Everybody done?
-Before it goes at 35...
It's gone at 35.
That's kind of what we imagined.
Yeah, I think I would've left it with a mixed lot and just be done with it and let someone sort it out.
-We thought more 25, so it's better than that.
-Well, at least we're not disappointed, OK?
Next to go under the hammer, we've got that wonderful fob with the sovereign.
We're looking for around £400 for that, which would be really nice.
It's going under the hammer now.
This is a lovely parcel,
so we've ended up with a gold sovereign, 1912 in a mount,
nine-carat gold graduated double Albert,
two swivels, T-bar, and the total - 60g.
-I've got two identical bids on the book...
-What's he going in with?
-..of...wait for it...
-Start at 510.
510 I'm bid. At 510...
-The panic's over.
-It can be 20, but that's what it's got to be.
At 510, if there's no advance on that, then it has to go at 510,
and the rule is it's the first bid lodged in the saleroom.
Any advance before it goes at 510?
It's sold. Yes!
510, plus the original 35,
so that's really good, isn't it?
Gives us £545. Got to be happy with that.
Thank you for bringing that in, and you were right all along, Mark.
Well, it was great. Well done.
I'm really pleased for you, actually. I'm delighted.
What a lovely end to a wonderful week here we've had in North Wales.
I hope you've enjoyed the show.
There's plenty more surprises to come on Flog It!
because, as you've just seen, it's not an exact science.
Anything can happen in an auction. See you next time.