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Burghley House is an absolute magnet for film crews.
The virtually unaltered Elizabethan facades and historic interiors
provide authentic backdrops for many blockbuster movies,
including Pride And Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code.
And today, it's the turn of the Flog It! crew.
Here they come, our faithful following.
Who knows what wonders they're carrying up to the house?
Thank goodness the sun is shining, because hundreds of people
have turned up, which means hundreds of antiques to look at.
We've got our work cut out so let's get on with it.
Burghley House has a long history going back to the times of Elizabeth I.
Today we have Philip Serrell and our very own Elizabeth, Elizabeth Talbot,
the king and queen of our team of experts.
Elizabeth has a great interest in history, and knows how to evoke a bygone era.
Imagine it on the side of a liner ship of the day.
Very much... Very Jeeves and Wooster.
Philip is also excellent at dating items.
1919. If I were guessing, these are early 20th century.
-This is about 1941, I would have thought.
-It's written on the back.
Yes. It's also written there!
Coming up, I find myself in a delicate situation.
Look, I don't want to be the bearer of bad news...
I know, I know, I know.
I know the value... It hasn't held its value. I know that, yes.
No, things have gone down a little.
And good results bring excitement to the auction room.
150 for it. 150. Thank you, 150.
-Straight in at the top end.
We can relax now.
How do you know it's silver?
There are some real surprises to be found in people's bags.
This one is adorable but sorry, madam, we don't do pets.
Browsing in the queue at the start of the day is always rewarding.
Neil and Linda have brought in a large collection of showbiz memorabilia,
including a photo album believed to have belonged to Frank Sinatra.
He was a big star, a wonderful voice, as well.
-That's really nice. That's quite contained, isn't it?
-What else have you got here?
-Christmas cards signed by the stars.
Philip is first at the table, with mother and daughter, Jacqueline and Nicole.
-Tell me about these, where you got them from.
-They were my father's.
When he died, obviously, they were left to me.
I've no brothers or sisters.
I think they're quite nice watches.
This is a gold case.
It's clearly had a replacement strap.
A little bit dated in its appearance, really.
I don't think a gentleman would wear that today, necessarily, but what I think is...
-sad about it is this is going to get sold on its gold content.
OK? And I think... I think we'll make these two lots at auction.
-We'll put that at £80 to £120.
And we can reserve that at £60 for you, and it'll fly, all day long.
-And this one we can put at, er...
-I actually prefer that in style.
-It's lovely. It's classic.
Yeah, it's earlier.
It's hallmarked gold again.
-And whilst I could never see myself wearing that...
-You could do that.
-Yeah, I just think...
-Me too, it's male or female...
It's just quite a stylish watch.
I think this one we can estimate at £60 to £90.
Put a reserve on it at £50 for you.
I think that they'll both do very, very well for you, and the estimate's a real "come buy me."
You know? And I think they'll do very well indeed. How does that sound to you?
That's fine, thank you.
If they make £150, what will you do with the money?
-There's a baby coming.
Past experience tells me it'll cost more than 150 quid.
-It already has done, actually, but it certainly helps.
-You've all got to pay for your pleasure, you know!
Yes, Philip, that's true. Babies don't come cheap.
And they're not easily impressed.
HE PLAYS TUNE
Remember the memorabilia I was looking at?
Let's catch up with Elizabeth, who's having a look at it with owners Neil and Linda.
To whom do they belong?
Myself. They were bequeathed to me.
-Yes, I was the editor of a national magazine called Yours,
a magazine for older people.
And among our readers was one Alice Dawson, who lived in Manchester.
Her husband happened to be a showbiz journalist.
and obviously had the privilege of meeting all sorts of wonderful stars
and gathering all sorts of material,
and her wish was to use them to raise money for any charity that I chose.
-Hence bringing them today...
-Exactly. I saw Flog It! was in town,
and I thought, "It's time I flogged it."
So Alice would have approved?
She would have certainly approved.
It's very interesting story and a very interesting package.
Some of the photographs I looked at earlier, they go right back to the 1930s, and some very well-known
-musicians and actresses and actors and some, as you say, international stars as well.
I'm a bit on the spot as to potential value here,
because we haven't had an opportunity to really go through everything piece by piece.
But instinctively, I think that it should be reasonable
to expect somewhere between £150 and £300, I would guess.
So if you're comfortable in the principle, obviously we'd take it forward as a "in progress,"
a sort of project in progress.
-That would be fine.
-On behalf of Alice. Is that OK?
Excellent, thank you.
I'm grateful you brought them, because it's a really interesting collection.
Good story. And it's always nice when people are using their sale
as a way of giving to charity.
I'm next with Shirley, who's brought in a lovely collection.
Have you been to Tunbridge Wells?
-I have, yes, many times.
-Do you get this from Tunbridge?
Yes. Yes, I did.
Obviously, you know that's the centre of Tunbridge Ware.
I think Tunbridge Wells, because it was a spa town,
towards the end of the 18th century, beginning of the 19th century,
-this was sold as tourist wares.
-Was it really?
-Yes, that's how it started out.
-I hadn't realised.
Two families specialised in it, the Wise family and the Burrows family,
but it's wonderful pieces of little wood laid in, sort of micro mosaics.
-Little geometric patterns.
Gorgeous. So how long have you had this little set?
-Since the 1980s.
Well, yes, my husband collected it, and I used to buy him a small piece every birthday and Christmas.
-Oh, that's nice.
-Anniversaries, things like that.
-So you're getting a collection over the years?
I've got quite a few more pieces at home, but I just brought those today.
Very nice. Why are you letting these pieces go?
Well, when my husband died five years ago,
I downsized to a much smaller house.
-I haven't really anywhere to display them anymore.
-And I don't have any family to pass them on to, so I thought, well, you know...
-Use the money?
-I don't blame you. I love the little pen, the little nibbed pen.
-Look at that.
-Yes, it's beautiful.
-I think that's my favourite piece.
-Look at the repetitive patterns.
-Yes, they're quite rare.
Made of exotic hardwood and local woods, as well.
Yes, it is amazing.
The craftsmanship was superb.
This is interesting, because I think, turning that upside down,
that's a little match vesta.
-And that's a striker.
-Oh, of course.
We always thought it was a needle case.
Yes, so did I, to start with.
-But it wouldn't be turned underneath.
-No, it wouldn't.
No, no. Oh, how interesting.
And that would dress any little bureau, or writing table.
My husband had them on his desk. Yes.
Gentlemen's toys, aren't they, really?
-Condition is superb.
Condition is very, very good.
-I think we'll put them into auction as a set. They belong as a set.
And I'm kind of thinking in the region of around £100 to £200.
-I'd like it to get the top end.
-What do you feel about that?
Yes, I know that probably I paid over £100 for each of those, originally.
-What, £100 each, each, each?
-Yes, in Tunbridge Wells.
Wow. How long ago was that?
Well, probably in the '90s.
Look, I don't want to be the bearer of bad news.
I know, I know, I know. I know the value...
It hasn't held its value.
No, things have gone down a little.
-Obviously, you bought these from a shop.
-If a dealer buys these, he'll want to be selling them for 350.
He's got to pay, you know, his tax, his VAT, his time, his labour.
-Plus the commission...
-..in the auction room. Shall I reappraise my valuation, then?
-I tell you what, why don't we say...
Let's put them into auction.
-OK? With a guideline of £150 to £250?
-And we'll put a fixed reserve on.
Because I don't want you to lose money on this.
-No. It's sad but that happens, doesn't it? It does.
-Tricky business, isn't it?
-It is. It is, yes.
It's hard but I think we found middle ground there.
-Yes. I think we have.
-Are you happy?
-Are you sure?
-OK, well I'll see you in the auction room.
Top condition but Shirley will be lucky to recoup all of her money.
Next we have Philip with Nick, who's here showing his support for Flog It!.
Why have you come here today?
Well, I'm a great fan of Flog It!, and it occurred to me,
well, unless people actually make the effort and come along,
how can you possibly continue with the programmes?
Oh, good man! That's the spirit! So you've brought us this.
Yes. It says Lalique on the bottom, but whether or not it is or not, I don't know.
The ability to read in this business is all encompassing, isn't it?
Lalique, France. That's Rene Lalique.
-I think he was born in about 1860 and died in 1945.
And early Rene Lalique wares, they can be worth a huge amount of money.
-You could be looking at thousands if not tens of thousands of pounds.
It really is hugely sought-after. But before I build your hopes up,
this is not one of those.
-Oh, right, OK.
I'm guessing that this is probably...
Post Rene Lalique's death, so certainly after 1945.
And I'm guessing it might be 1960s or '70s. Guessing.
I would estimate that, I think, at probably 30 to £50
and I'd put a fixed reserve on it of 20, £25.
-And I think it's a bit of a "come buy me".
-It's a bit like the old 19/11d.
I think if you pitch it low, you have a chance.
It might make £60 or £70 and I'd be delighted if it did.
-I think it's got little chance of creeping over
the £100 mark but you never know. So, are you happy with that?
I am, yes, yeah. If we could make the reserve 25?
Absolutely. Yes, wizard.
OK. Thank you very much for making the effort to come, Nick.
OK, it's a pleasure.
Come on, everyone, we need more enthusiasts like Nick.
We've been working flat out and we've found our first items to take off to auction.
Now, you've heard what our experts have had to say about them.
You've probably got your own opinion, but let's find out the opinion of the bidders.
Let's test the market, let's up the tempo and get over to the sale room.
The sale is being held by Golding Young in Grantham,
and auctioneer Colin Young is wielding the gavel for us.
Just being here today has brought back brilliant memories.
Some of you might remember my recent trip to the Moorcroft factory.
They let me have a go at decorating one of their vases.
-It's not going. It's not running.
-He's doing quite well.
Well, it was sold in this very auction room for Children In Need.
I've got a surprise for you. Here it is.
I haven't seen it finished. Look at that. Isn't that marvellous?
And its owners are right here standing next to me!
Chris and Eric, thank you so much for pledging so much money towards Children In Need for this.
It's a wonderful piece of Moorcroft. And here's the evidence,
signed by me down there.
-How many pieces of Moorcroft do you have now?
And when's the collection going to end?
When does it ever end?
It doesn't, does it? Once you're a collector, you're bitten by the bug.
-You can always trade upwards, buy and sell.
Thank you so much for reuniting me with that.
-Oh, it's my pleasure making that as well.
-A beautiful piece of Moorcroft.
Before we start, let's remind ourselves of our lots.
Phil's first with his "come and buy me,"
the two gold watches belonging to Jacqueline and Nicole.
I like that.
Elizabeth was as intrigued as I was by the extensive collection of showbiz memorabilia.
Shirley's charming collection of Tunbridge Ware caught my eye, but will it make what she paid for it?
We'll have to wait and see.
And finally, the late Lalique bowl, which Nick brought in
because he wanted to come along to enjoy Flog It!.
And why not?
It's the Lalique bowl first, and Nick's brought another Flog It! fan with him.
He's brought his mum, Joan, along, because you are a big Flog It fan, aren't you?
You've been following the programme for years. Now, you're a big fan of Anita's, aren't you?
-And you've been up to her saleroom in Glasgow?
Yes. She came leaping across and gave me a big hug and said,
"Would you like a wee cup of tea now?"
We don't get that treatment up there, do we?
-No, not at all. Oh, but she is wonderful, Anita, isn't she?
-She's great. She is.
-She really is.
-A tonic. A real tonic.
-I thought you said "atomic"!
-Oh, sorry, Anita!
-Yeah, don't get on the wrong side of her, though!
No, I didn't mean that. I really didn't!
There we go. Very nice piece of modern Lalique there. Acid etched.
Who's going to start me at £30 for it. 30? 20 to go then, surely?
£20. Who's going to be straight in? 20 bid. 22, 25. Five bid.
28. 28 bid. 30, at 30 bid. 32, 32.
35, 38. 38 bid now.
Have another one. 38 bid. 40. 40 now. 40 bid. 42? No. £40.
We're over here at 40. Mid estimate.
Yes. Fresh legs now.
Five now, do I see? I've got 42 here. At 42 bid.
Anybody else joining in? At 42. Are we all done and finished then?
-Selling in the middle of the room at £42.
-I'm delighted with that.
-That's great, yes.
-That's a good fish and chip supper, isn't it?
-I think so, yes.
Well, Colin did a really good job there.
Next, the fascinating collection of showbiz memorabilia.
-It's good to see you both.
-There's a lot here.
And I know, I know you were looking through this meticulously, thinking,
-"How do I separate this," weren't you, Liz?
-Well, it was almost...
-It was a difficult call.
-It seemed a shame to actually separate it
cos there's so much interaction between the different elements of it.
-So I passed it to the auctioneer.
-Yes, and we've left them in the wallets that they came in.
-You did kind of do some kind of...
Classification, yes. We tried to.
The money's going to Alzheimer's Research so the higher the better.
-And Colin is going to wave all commission.
-Oh, that's brilliant.
-A great gesture.
-Because the money's going to charity.
-Every little helps.
Right, let's find out what the bidders think, shall we? Here we go.
A collection of showbiz ephemera and autographs, including Tony Bennett,
Bob Hope, Nat King Cole, Liberace, Eartha Kitt,
to name but quite a few.
Who's going to start me at £100 for it? 100? £100, anyone? 100?
50 to go, then, surely. 50. Where are you going to start me?
50. 50 on the internet. 50. 60 now, do I see it? 50.
Who's going to join in the room? 60 now, 60. At 60. And 70 now. 70.
At 80 now. At £70. Nobody interested?
We're up to 75. 80. At 80, bid five. 85. 90.
-That's great, isn't it?
-Yes, yeah. 100, 110.
-Lots of competition on the internet.
-140, 150, 160. 160 there.
170, 180, 190, 200 now. £200 bid.
Oh, this is marvellous, isn't it?
This is much better.
260, 280, 300, 320, 340, 340 in the room, then.
At 340 bid. Any more now? At 340. Gentleman's bit down here then.
Last call. Selling at £340.
Yes! The big stars helped us out.
-Oh, that's fantastic!
£340. And no commission to pay,
-so all the money is going to Alzheimer's charity.
-Terrific. Thanks very much.
-Thank you so much.
-Very generous of you.
I'm so pleased.
What an excellent result.
My choice now, Shirley's Tunbridge Ware.
It's a nice little group of three. It's a good nucleus for a collection.
On the other hand, they could struggle.
Oh, dear. Here we go.
We're going to find out now.
Quite a sweet little desk set.
Sounds good. Looks good. Is good.
Shall we start bottom estimate, 150 to start me? 150. 100 to go, surely.
£100, anyone? 100?
That's the roller coaster ride. They say, "Oh, it'll find its own level."
It starts at 150. 100.
90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140,
150, 160, 170, 180, 190, 190 bid.
At 190. Any more now? At 190.
Commission bidder has it, then.
Any more bids at 190? And 200. 200 with you.
At 200. 210, now. 210 with me.
At 210. 220 anywhere else now?
At 210, you're out in the room.
The commission bidder has it and we sell then at £210.
-That wasn't a bad result.
-I think the market has changed.
-It has changed.
And don't forget, you bought that retail.
-So it's found its right level.
Thank you for bringing it in, it's lovely just talking about Tunbridge Ware. It's a wonderful thing.
-A lovely piece of social history from that part of the world.
-That's what it's all about, we can all learn from that.
I'm sure somebody will get the same enjoyment out of the collection as Shirley's husband.
Now for the two gold watches being sold as two lots.
Jacqueline and Nicole, it's great to see you again, and the baby's nearly due.
Another few weeks and you wouldn't be here, would you?
-We've got two gold watches. This is the first of the lots so we're looking at £80 - £120.
Time is now up for that watch. Is it your first grandchild?
-No, my fourth.
-Your fourth grandchild, but your first child.
-Thank you very much.
OK, let's see how the first watch does, going under the hammer right now.
The gentleman's wristwatch, '60s/'70s, good looking watch this one, stand 585.
It is a good looking watch.
-It is, yes.
Five anywhere else? 85 bid. 90. 195. 100. 110. 120.
130. 140. 150. 160, now. 170.
180. 190 now? 180 bid.
-This is for the baby fund.
-Jumping around happily at this news.
-Selling at £180.
That's amazing, thank you.
One down, one to go.
Mid-sized wristwatch with one jewelled Swiss movement.
Who's going to start me and £50 for it? 50? 30 to go then.
30, I'm bid. 35. 40.
45. £50 bid.
And five now.
50. 55. 60. 65. 70 now.
70? At £70. Lady's bid at £70.
And 72 as a last call, two anywhere else now?
Going then, all done... 72, fresh blood. 75? 78 bid. 80 now.
82? No, £80 bid, back with the lady then, all done and finished and selling at £80.
That's £260, isn't it?
-Look at the look of excitement and joy.
Well, that's a rattling start for the baby fund.
Coming up: Phil, armed and looking dangerous.
It's a cavalry officer's sword.
Don't worry, you're all right!
Getting a bit anxious here!
Time now for a gear change.
Donington Park race circuit has been a key part of the British motorsport history since the 1930s.
Its museum is also home to the world's largest collection of Grand Prix cars.
There are well over 130 exhibits here in five huge, great big halls, including
virtually a complete collection of British Vanwalls from the 1950s,
an almost perfect collection of Formula One McLaren racing cars
from the team's inception onwards, and many other fabulous racing cars
driven by iconic stars, such as Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss and Ayrton Senna.
This is a highly personal collection which came together
because of the determination of one man, the late owner of the circuit, Tom Wheatcroft.
Tom's success as a builder enabled him to buy the circuit and fulfil his dream by setting up the museum.
I'm here to speak to his son, Kevin, who spent a lot of his early years
travelling with his father, tracking down these cars all over the world.
My father discovered motorsport as a hobby as a young child.
Once he'd got through World War II and created his business, the first
thing he indulged in was to buy cars to form,
not necessarily a collection, it was just a small gathering
of cars at home, which eventually grew into what we see today.
You must have lots of wonderful early memories of him, and I know
he took you on the road buying, didn't he, all over the world?
Right from an early age I spent every minute of the day with him.
-I sacrificed school, and I just got on with him.
-Worth doing, though?
Yes, we're a similar nature in that we're both collectors.
He bought his first Grand Prix car in 1964.
Well, I never thought I'd see this, a Ferrari in green. Didn't think it was possible.
Well, it was two firsts, really.
This is the car that started the collection,
and, yes, it was the first Ferrari delivered in green,
it being the chosen colour of Tony Vandervell's new formed team, Thinwall Bearing Company.
So this was raced by the British team?
Yes, and it was used as a test bed for the later Vanwalls.
So this really was the forerunner to the Vanwalls we are surrounded by?
This is the only complete collection of Vanwalls anywhere in the world.
-Have you driven this?
-I have indeed, yeah.
Hard to steer?
-Not at speed, it actually lightens up.
-Gets warmer and hotter.
Yeah, it's quite a nimble car, and Ferraris were.
Very well balanced, it's actually quite a comfortable thing to drive.
In 1975, Blue Peter's John Noakes got the story of Tom's first car straight from the horse's mouth.
Is there a history behind it?
Yes, quite a big history, really.
I saw this advertised in a British magazine, so I wrote off...
-Where was it?
-In Australia, actually.
I wrote off and finished up buying it, and it was advertised
as the ex Peter Whitehead's 1.5 litre 12 cylinder supercharged car.
When I bought it, it arrived in a packing case.
I undone it and, to my horror, there was a Chevrolet engine in it, a five litre one.
-You'd been conned a bit, I bet.
-I really had.
The engine actually was in a speedboat in Australia,
and worse luck happened for me, it kept winning every race.
It won three years' championships.
I don't know if it was more successful in the boat or in the car, but we finally got it.
The Italians have always married style with speed, but in the early days that came with a price.
It is, isn't it? 1934.
I'd imagine back in the late '30s and '40s there was a lot of fatalities in racing?
It was terrible. Virtually every race there was someone seriously injured or lost.
They're like bombs on wheels, you're sitting in the fuel tank.
They are, you're sitting in a bath of fuel with no protection.
The helmets and the race overalls of the period offered little
or no protection, so it was down to your skill and your luck.
-I think the earlier the cars, the more personality they've got.
-They've got a lot of character.
What are we looking at here?
This started life as a 1940 Auto Union, which was one of the German Silver Arrows.
Its career was interrupted by World War II, and it was later,
at the end of the war, liberated by the Russians,
who completed it in 1947 as a Sokol,
so, in effect, becoming the first and only Russian Formula One car.
This car was actually driven by Joseph Stalin's son,
and he was all for trying to get his father to promote a Russian Formula One team,
and eventually a circuit, but it never materialised.
How did you get this out of Russia, what was the story?
Well, we bought it legitimately, but couldn't get an export licence,
so we literally smuggled it out on a coal barge buried in coal.
-You didn't, did you?
-That was the only way we could get it out.
-And then pick it up from the border?
It was an incredibly advanced machine.
Could that outrace anything in its day?
In its day, yes, it would have done.
-It looks like a rocket on wheels.
In Monaco in 1963, Stirling Moss shocked the world by winning in a British car.
Even an extra 30 bhp is no substitute for the skill of Moss,
as round and round the classic Monaco circuit he drives the race of his life.
This is a car that stole the crowd for Lotus.
A little garage built car that could take on the might of the Ferraris and beat them.
-A tiny little firm.
Probably one of the most legendary of all surviving Lotuses.
Incredible, where did you find this?
Amazingly, this was found in the mid '60s,
fairly local to here on a pig farm,
and somebody had run the car after the heyday of Moss and the car had been altered somewhat.
-But we collected all the original parts that were scattered around the farm.
-It was in a barn?
-You'd think Stirling Moss wouldn't let this out of his sight!
-I think it's something he may regret.
-It looks so light.
-It is incredibly light.
Nothing there, is there? In fact, look, I'm just rocking this with my knee now and look at that.
I'm not even touching that. Well, barely. Look how light that is.
This car goes out once a year and is demonstrated.
-I bet it's a thrill, isn't it?
-Yeah, it is.
Doesn't it put a smile on your face?
Yeah, it actually sends a shiver up your spine
when you think something so simple
can have done something so important nearly 50 years ago.
Kevin has really brought some of these stories to life for me.
Without Tom Wheatcroft, many of these iconic cars would no longer exist.
Father and son have made a lasting contribution to the sport.
Back at Burghley, the day is going with a swing.
Elizabeth is with Stephen and Kate who have a very special reason for wanting to "Flog It!".
Kate's lost her engagement ring.
So what I'm going to do is sell these so she can have a new engagement ring.
Aaw, that's lovely.
It's a Victorian sovereign which has been put into a loose mount
which is good which means it can be easily retracted
and then placed in the gold ring shank.
In all honesty because of
the condition of the basket and the shank there,
the value's really mainly in the sovereign but you cannot ignore the intrinsic value of the gold as well.
-In the case of the other ring which is slightly smaller.
You have a half sovereign there which is actually an Elizabeth II one
so it's a much later piece.
It's not as collectible and interesting as one that's so much earlier.
Gold at the moment is very strong. People are investing in gold.
It's a good time to sell gold.
If we break it down into components,
the Victorian sovereign on its own is currently worth
anywhere between I would have thought £65 and £85.
So if you look at, I suppose, 70 to 100, 80 to 120 on this ring on its own.
And the other ring anywhere between I suppose...
-£38 and £55. Very broad band but it just depends on gold on the day.
So you need to sell them together I think to make it worth your while.
Yeah, definitely, yes.
So if we did that and put a combined estimate of...
I'd be happier at 100 to 150 if you could cope with that.
Are you happy with that? A £100 reserve on?
Anything towards it would be just lovely.
-We'll see what we can do for you at the auctions.
All I can say is that Stephen seems like a very understanding man.
Philip's with Tony and Janet who've brought in something for a friend.
You've been walking through Stamford with this?
Not quite. Just from the car park.
Well, what can you tell me about it?
It's a friend of ours. It doesn't belong to us actually.
She inherited it from her...
-Sister in law.
-Sister in law.
They believe it was used in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
-1854, wasn't it?
-Battle of Balaclava. Crimean War.
"Onward, onward, half a league onward, into the valley of death, rode the 600." There you are.
They think it's sort of back end of the 19th century.
I was wondering if it might be a little later than that.
Might be the first part of the 20th century. Sort of 1912, 1914.
But I don't know.
It's either late 19th or early 20th century.
What I do know is that it's a cavalry officer's sword...
Don't worry, you're all right!
Getting a bit anxious here!
Thinking about it, whilst I'm holding this, my grandfather's sword which I know is First World War
has a thumb piece there like that and this doesn't have that so this could well be 19th century.
What amazes me about those guys is any sort of cavalry officer, you're on horseback,
you're trying to ride a horse with one hand and with the other hand trying to put that.
How you didn't do yourself all sorts of untold damage is beyond me.
This hilt looks continental there.
I think that's called the pommel.
This is meant it to look like it's whipped with cord.
We've got the maker's stamp there on the blade
which is A & E H.
I think it'll do quite well actually because I'm renowned for being mean on this programme.
I would put a £60 to £90 estimate on it. £50 reserve.
Wouldn't surprise me if it made 150 quid.
-You happy with that?
-I'll just try and get it back in.
Isn't it funny how things come back you that you forgot like from when you were a kid?
I remember getting my grandfather's sword out and what I used to love was...
Isn't that brilliant?
Yes. Very good.
That's what I call getting straight to the point.
Elizabeth's attention has been captivated by an exquisite piece of folk art.
Laura and Alec, you have brought a lovely piece of scrimshaw in here. What is the story behind this?
I don't know a lot about it.
It was in the house ever since I was very small.
How it got there, who brought it, I do not know.
-Did you handle it and have a look with it?
-Yes, I used to hold it and play at it.
My mother used to shout, "You'll drop that on your toe!"
And did you ever?
No. But it got taken away and put into a drawer but it didn't stop me.
I used to sneak and have a look.
-You are fascinated by it?
-Yes, I suppose I was.
-And do you like it?
-I like it, yes.
I find it quite intriguing that I believe how it was done -
sailors must have had a lot of time on their hands is all I can think of.
I guess they did with long voyages.
Scrimshaw is often using whale or walrus tusk or whale bone.
They used whatever natural products they could lay their hands on.
It's thought to have been primarily sailors who would undertake this form of craft
using knives or needles to scratch away at the surface
and to actually make the design up.
Normally they represent the ship that they were serving on.
There it is. The nice masted galleon there with the billowing sails.
Now if that ship were traceable
or if it were known as to where that sailed,
who might have sailed on it,
that would potentially add value to the piece itself.
Date-wise it's going to be probably mid-nineteenth century.
It has a little bit of damage but I think that's been like that for a long while.
-It's always been there.
-That wasn't when you dropped it?
-Just about proof of an incident not reported.
When it comes to value...
You can't get much scrimshaw for 100, 150.
So 200 to 300 for that is not out of the way.
-We could be cheeky and do a wider estimate and say 200 to 400.
-You are giving people the thought it could make more without frightening them.
-That's right, yes.
-Shall we say 200 to 400?
Put a reserve on of £200.
-Make that firm?
Thank you for coming in today. We shall see you at the auction.
Yes, and we've enjoyed it, thank you very much.
That's a canny estimate from Elizabeth.
Time to take a look at our last items.
It is the right time to sell gold so Stephen and Kate should get
a reasonable contribution to the cost of the new engagement ring.
Philip really enjoyed looking at the cavalry officer's sword.
It's extraordinary to think it might have been used at the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Finally, that lovely piece of scrimshaw,
just like the sword, it's an object which fuels the imagination.
Before the sale in Grantham,
I caught up with our auctioneer Colin Young,
to see if he's had much interest in the scrimshaw.
I saw this at the valuation day
and Elizabeth beat me to it but I was absolutely fascinated by it.
We've seen a lot of scrimshaw before.
But I've not seen one with a Highland infantry soldier in full tartan regalia on the back.
I must admit I haven't come across any either.
I thought I'd do a little bit of research beforehand
and I couldn't find any, so we're in new territory.
So surely that should make it very rare and put the price up.
We've got £200 to £400 on this.
Yeah, that's fine, I think we published 200 to 300.
We know that it's low hundreds.
And with that sort of estimate we shouldn't scare anybody off.
-No, it's still got a fixed reserve of £200.
It's going to be anchored and it'll be fine at that level.
That's going to sell. Has there been any interest in the room at all?
In the preview we've actually had the quite a few people asking for extra images, for condition reports.
-So there certainly has been the interest that you would expect for a piece like this.
I've got high hopes for that one, do you know that?
I personally would like to see that sell for maybe around 500 to 700. Somewhere out there.
I would love it too as well but we are working on commission!
You just don't know what's going to happen at auction, do you?
You don't. But at least we know we're safe. It's protected with the reserve.
Good luck. I know you're going to do your best on this one.
I'll get my teeth sunk into it.
Do you know, I knew you were going to say that!
Well we're going to have to wait and see how the scrimshaw does
because it's the sale of the two gold rings first.
We've got the rings, we've got Elizabeth our valuer.
She's put £100 to £150 on these rings but unfortunately we don't have the owners Stephen and Kate.
-No, sadly not here.
-But hopefully these are going to go for the top end of the estimate.
It's a good time to sell.
The rings are in quite poor condition actually but the gold content is good.
-The scrap value's good.
-That's all that matters right now.
-I'm hoping we'll do well for them.
Here they are, going under the hammer now.
A Victorian full sovereign 1893 and a nine-carat ring mount.
Also a distorted half sovereign as well.
I'd be in trouble if I lost an engagement ring.
You would, wouldn't you?
-You would, definitely.
-Start me at 150 for it. 150 for it, 150.
Straight in at the top end.
-I can relax now.
-220, 240, 260, 280?
At 280, do I see?
275 I'm bid. 280? 280 bid. At 280.
290 now, at 280 at the back of the room. Any more bids?
Selling at £280.
-Hammer's gone down.
-They will be pleased, won't they?
I said it was a good time to sell precious metals.
It's a brilliant time. £280!
Yes. They weren't in great order, it is just the value of the gold.
Do you know how much the original ring was?
No, they didn't impart much knowledge to me about that.
I don't know what they are aiming for now but I think she's got her eye...
-Well that's a good start.
Well, a result like that is certainly going to help.
Now it's Toby and Janet selling the cavalry officer's sword for a friend.
We are looking at £60 to £90 and I absolutely like this.
I think it's a fabulous lot.
There aren't many other items, I'm looking around feeling a bit worried for Philip
but there's not a lot of items of militaria here.
It's standalone. I think I might have undercut this a bit.
I think it's more like 120, 180.
Because I think it is 19th century.
Yeah, you're a little unsure of the valuation, weren't you?
19th-century cavalry trooper's sword together with its scabbard.
Who's going to start me at £100 for it? 100. 80 to go then. 80.
Silence, 50 then.
-At the back 50 bid. And five now.
£50 bid, £5 now surely.
55. 60, sir, 60. 65. 70. 70 bid.
85 and 90.
95. 100. 110 on the book.
120, 130. And 130 do I see?
120 on my right, 120 is the last call then going at £120.
-That was good, wasn't it?
-You were spot on there, weren't you?
-More by luck than judgement!
-That was good.
-It found its level so...
Yes, more than happy with that.
Yes, that's lovely.
That's good news for them to take back.
Norma and Alec's engraved whale tooth known as scrimshaw, looks like a promising lot to me.
Let's see if I'm right.
I'm sure this will find its way into a big collection.
I think at £200 to £300 it's here to go. That's for sure.
-Our little grandsons will be pleased.
-Is the money going to the grandsons?
Yes it is. Joseph and Oliver.
They're two. They're very small children but it's going in their savings account if we get anything.
That's a great start, isn't it?
-Well you're going to get something, believe me. Hopefully a lot!
Here we go, it's going under the hammer.
There we go - very nice piece of scrimshaw.
A lot of interest in it.
-Here we go.
-What's it worth?
-We're going to find out.
-We are going to have to start at 150.
160 do we have now? 160, 170, 180.
190. 200 now. 200. 220, 240.
260. 280. 300.
£300 bid. 320 anywhere else?
At 300 at the back of the room. Any more bids? 320 from Australia.
360 now. 360. 360.
400 now. £400 bid.
400, do I see? 400. 420?
420. 440 now.
This is good.
440 in the room. At 460?
At 440 the net bidder has it.
We sell then to Australia at 440.
The grandkids are going to be happy.
Very much so. Yes.
Worth every penny. Worth every penny.
-A lovely thing.
Well that's it. It doesn't get much better than that because we've sold everything.
All credit to Colin Young and to our experts.
Everybody has gone home happy and they've enjoyed themselves
and I hope you've enjoyed watching.
So from Grantham, until the next time,
when there's plenty more surprises on "Flog It!", it's cheerio.
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Beautiful Burghley House in Lincolnshire plays host to Flog It. Presenter Paul Martin is joined in the magnificent gardens by antique experts Philip Serrell and Elizabeth Talbot. The team values a range of items including gold watches and rings, and an unusual cavalry officer's sword. Paul enjoys a visit to Donington Park to see the Grand Prix Exhibition, the largest collection of Grand Prix racing cars in the world.