Paul Martin is joined at Bangor University by experts Mark Stacey and Adam Partridge. Among the items they value are an early tea caddy and a microscope.
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Welcome to Flog It, the show that values your
unwanted antiques and collectables and then whisks you off to auction.
And today we're in the most stunning part of the world,
North Wales. This auction room is where we're putting our valuations
to the test a little later on in the show.
First, we need some antiques to sell, so it's off to Bangor.
Bangor lies on the coast of North Wales near the Menai Strait,
which separates the Isle of Anglesey from Gwyneth.
It's one of the smallest cities in Britain but that doesn't stop it
boasting a cathedral, a university and a rich cultural life.
Well, for such a small city, I'm delighted to see such a large crowd
gathering here outside Bangor University's Pritchard Jones Hall.
I can't wait to see what's inside these boxes,
because hopefully there's going to be something interesting
that's going to bring big results for our owners
when we put them under the hammer later on in the show.
Our team of experts are here in force and are led by Mark Stacey,
who enjoys both the antiques and the tales behind them.
-Where did you get this from then?
-That's a long story.
Is it? Do tell.
And Adam Partridge, a tenacious auctioneer who searches
high and low for the right item to take off to auction.
Normally this wouldn't be right, would it,
rummaging in a lady's bag like this?
Coming up, Mark's got something rather enjoyable.
It's really rather grand, isn't it? You've got this wonderful
classical scene, revolving round in sort of silver plate.
They're having a really good time there.
But unfortunately most of them are clothed as well, which is a bonus.
And I find something top rate.
I like that a lot. Yes, yes, I do. Isn't it super?
It's a lovely example.
We also take the opportunity to visit Portmeirion to find out about
pottery designer, Susan Williams Ellis.
One of our reps was rather intelligent. He said,
"What we want is a very smart coffee set."
I thought, all right, I'll try and do one.
Mark's up first with Dora, but not at the table because she's brought
in an old family trunk, which is full to the brim.
-Is it going to be a treasure trunk today, Dora?
-I hope so.
Shall we have a look? I can't resist any longer.
Well, we'll open it up here. There we are.
Now, tell me about this lovely set.
Well, my cousin bought it for my boys.
And it was second hand.
She bought it off somebody else whose children had outgrown them.
Wonderful. Your sons were very well behaved children, weren't they?
They had to be, we only had a small house!
Once they finished playing with it,
they all had to go back into the boxes.
Fantastic. It's lovely because this is what collectors
-really want to see, is these original boxes.
And there are a few bits of scuffing on this but at the end of the day,
it's 50 years old or more
and it's going to have that sort of damage and when we open this up,
we've got the locomotive here and some of the carriages
in its box there. I particularly like seeing these sort of boxes,
because you never know what you're going to find in them, do you?
Oh, that's wonderful, isn't it?
Look, one of the little station units, what have we got here?
The goods depot.
And really in quite good condition. These are transfer printed on here.
When kids play with them,
you know, they get scuffed, chipped and scratched.
Thanks for struggling in with it all. You've obviously had it
a long time. Why have you decided to sell it today?
Well, I had three boys.
I couldn't give it to one without the other, so I said I'll keep it
and I'll sell it one day and they can have the money.
And what are you hoping it might be worth?
Do you have a specific figure in mind?
The more the merrier.
Of course. I like your answer.
It's not the earliest type of train
but there's a lot of it here. I think we should be looking
-at an estimate of somewhere in the region of £150 to £250.
Would you be happy with that?
£150? More than that.
More? Well, we'd always like more.
How much more do you think it's worth?
I don't know.
Over £500, I'm sure.
Oh, well it might make that but I think we've got to be realistic.
We could try maybe at £200 to £300 and put a reserve of £200,
because then we won't sell it below that figure and hopefully
-we'll chug into the station in first class.
-I hope so.
It's a lovely collection but I think Mark is right to be conservative.
It looks like a watercolour.
Adam has found some nice-looking silver belonging to Jim and Eileen.
Tell us about this little cruet set?
Well, we bought this about ten years ago in an antiques fair.
We saw it and thought it was very attractive
and were rather taken with the design.
It has a lot of nice qualities to it.
It's a very attractive design
and these are not engraved with any initials on any of them, are they?
-The shields are blank.
All nice matching hallmarks, good condition for the blue liners
and most unusually really, the amount of these we get through
the saleroom that have the wrong spoons. They've lost their spoons.
The hallmarks on these are the same make,
the same year as everything else.
So everything matches, doesn't it?
I wonder if once it might have been in a fitted case,
that's the only other question I have.
Perhaps originally you see them in those fancy fitted cases
-but it's a lovely set, isn't it?
-It is, yes.
-Have you dated it?
-I think it's 1907.
That's what I looked up. I checked it as well. Birmingham 1907.
And the initials CEW on there, which is CE Williams of Birmingham,
who was in operation from 1901 to 1909, I had a quick look.
So that all ties up very nice.
So, ten years ago you purchased it.
-Who spotted it?
-Well, I did really. Yes.
Do you have a shared interest or are you more of a small silver...
No, it was shared, it's one thing we agree on.
One thing! You don't agree on much else?
-Off and on.
I think most people agree with us that these are pretty nice,
aren't they? What did you pay for them? Do you mind if I ask?
I think it was about £150 we paid.
Well, that's not too bad for a fair.
I'd suggest a lower estimate.
I think we should put a reserve of £100, as long as you don't mind
potentially losing £50, but that's the name of the game, isn't it?
An estimate of £100 to £150 and I think there's every chance
of getting the £150 you paid for it, which would be quite nice.
What would be extra nice would be a small profit so that after your
commission, you end up with what you paid for.
Yes, so we'd have broken even. That's right.
Why are you selling them?
Because we've moved on now to collecting silver,
-pin cushions, animals, birds.
We'll put these in the auction, 100-150.
Thank you very much for coming.
-Nice to see you.
I'll have my fingers crossed that they do break even.
These are nice. Parry and Webb?
Yes, indeed, yes, but no-one's owned up to them sadly.
What, they're just sitting here?
Well, let's hope the owners turn up soon.
Liz has brought in an interesting piece of jewellery
which has caught Mark's eye.
You've brought this rather nice brooch in. Is it a family heirloom?
No, I actually bought it in a charity shop about ten or 12 years ago.
-I just thought it was really pretty.
It is. Dare I ask what you paid for it?
-I think I paid about £5 for it.
-Not bad, is it?
This is really rather nice. We've got a sort of shotgun here
and then you've got a pointer or something like that, a hunting dog.
It is actually nine-carat gold, did you know that?
No, I didn't. I knew there was a hallmark on back
but I didn't know what year.
Yes, it's stamped 375 at the back, which says nine-carat gold.
I mean, it's a quirky item. It appeals to those people who are into
hunting and shooting, I suppose. Not the most politically correct subject
these days but there are a lot of people who like country pursuits and
I think a lady would like that on her hunting jacket or whatever.
It's quite well modelled.
The little dog has had his body chased, so you can see
the texture of the hair on it.
Is all this gold or is some of that silver?
I think it's a mixture.
Certainly the butt here is gold, but it does go up to this white
metal which is not marked.
It could just be that it was silver gilt that has come off.
I think we've got to value it as a decorative piece of jewellery.
-It's not going to send you to the Bahamas, I'm afraid.
You might get to Prestatyn.
Oh, right, I quite like Prestatyn, so that's fine.
Well, you've had it for about ten years.
After all this time why have you decided to bring it along today?
Because I've never worn it, it's just been in the drawer.
I'd like somebody to buy it and actually wear it,
somebody maybe, as you say that shoots guns
or does the hunting or shooting that would actually appreciate it
and wear it. I think it's a shame, it's very pretty.
Certainly I think somebody living in the country
who likes that sort of thing would appreciate it.
In terms of value I would probably say around about £70 to £90,
£70 to £100, something like that.
We'd need to put a reserve on it
because we don't want to sell it for nothing.
So maybe a £70 discretionary reserve which gives
the auctioneer 10% leeway on the day. Would you be happy with that?
I would be happy. Just as I said,
I don't wear it, I'd like somebody to buy it, wear it and appreciate it.
All I can say is I look forward to seeing you in the auction
and let's hope we get a lot of hunters on the day.
That's a very bad joke!
I can understand why Liz bought it. I liked the dog too.
Right, this is where we up the tempo, this is where it gets
exciting because we are now going to put our valuations to the test
and we're doing it right here in this building.
Roger Jones's auction room in Colwyn Bay.
Right now, I know our owners are feeling
really nervous or really excited.
That's auctions for you, it's a roller coaster ride of emotions.
I'm going to go inside to make sure they're feeling OK, join up with
them, settle their nerves and leave you with a quick rundown
of all the items going under the hammer.
Dora is hoping to get a good figure for her Hornby train set so we need
the toy collectors on the day.
Jim and Eileen's collecting has moved on to other things,
so the little silver cruet set will go to the highest bidder.
And finally, there's plenty of countryside around here, so we
have a good chance of finding a new owner for Liz's gold hunting brooch.
It's always a good sign to see plenty
of browsers at the auction house.
Start at £100. 100, I'm bid. At 110.
There's quite a buzz in the saleroom.
Our auctioneer on the rostrum is David Rogers Jones.
First up it's Dora with her wonderful Hornby train set.
-And boxed up as well, isn't it?
A good collector's item. 200 to 300? Good luck, Dora.
It's going under the hammer now.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Hornby Clockwork train set.
A lovely selection of boxed rolling stock in lovely condition.
There's a water tank, a large quantity of track.
Everything is here for the model railway enthusiast.
It's a great lot for somebody to invest in to start a collection.
The Hornby Clockwork, lovely condition.
Come on, they're not battered and flake, mint to good condition.
Push me off at £200?
£140. I'm bid at 140. At 140.
140. 160, 160. Is there 80?
At 160. 160. 80 anywhere?
At 160. Is there 80?
-We want a bit more money than that, don't we?
At 160. I would've thought this is a very, very cheap lot. At £160. 170.
170 bid. At 170. Struggling badly.
At £170 online. 170.
It's not going to sell.
All I can do is sell it subject to approval or otherwise...
No, we don't want to sell it.
Has to be with owner's approval, if at all.
£170. Doesn't want to sell. OK. 170.
Any advance? Passed on at 170.
The auctioneer was calling for £170. We didn't get it.
We had a reserve of £200. I think you're right.
I think so, don't you?
Yes. Good on you for bringing that in, Dora.
Oh, all right. Thank you very much.
You live to fight another day in the auction room though,
if you need to get rid of it. That's auctions for you and it's not
worth giving things away.
Next Jim and Eileen with the silver cruet set.
Here we go. Let's find out what the bidders think.
We need someone with a posh bed and breakfast to show it off.
-Or a castle.
-Yes, that's right!
A four-piece silver condiment set.
All with Bristol blue liners and the nice twist handled salt spoons.
The right spoons as well, wasn't it?
So often they come without the right spoons.
With me at £70. 70 I'm bid. 80.
90. 100. £100. At £100. Is there 10?
£100 seated in the room.
At £100. I'll take 10. Anybody new?
£100. Everybody done?
I'll take 10 before they go.
Anybody coming in? Final call at £100.
Well, we got away with the estimate, that's the main thing,
and hopefully someone's going to use that as well.
It is a practical thing to use.
It is showy but practical.
-I'm glad it didn't sell for too little.
Hopefully it's gone to the castle down the road.
I'm sure you use yours all the time.
In fact there are about ten castles within 16 miles.
-We live near one.
Oh, lovely. Thank you for coming in.
Here comes Liz's hunting brooch.
She's had a little crisis of confidence
and has dropped the reserve to £50.
Liz, fingers crossed. It's going under the hammer right now.
Let's hope there are some dog lovers here
because that'll put the price up.
Nine-carat gold bar brooch. Very nice bit of novelty jewellery in
the form of a shotgun with a gundog. A lovely bit of novelty jewellery.
It starts with me at 60. £60 I'm bid.
At 60, 70, 80, 80 I'm bid.
90 anywhere? At 80.
80. Come on, you've got to have this if you are a sporting type.
At £80 only. Is there £90?
Final call , £85. I'm bid.
90. 90 bid. You want five again?
It's going then at £90.
Everybody done at 90?
Yes. Thank you very much indeed.
-We're happy with that?
I am very happy. Thank you.
Well done, Mark. That sold at the top end of the estimate.
Now something for all you pottery fans. I'm off to Portmeirion.
I've come to the village of Portmeirion,
just down the coast from Bangor, to find out about a remarkable woman
called Susan Williams Ellis.
Susan was an imaginative and multi-talented designer.
She's most famous for being the creative force behind Portmeirion
pottery, which hit the big time when Susan launched
her Botanic Gardens range in 1972.
Her inspiration may well come from her love of horticulture.
Her father, Clough Williams Ellis, the creator of Portmeirion village,
had nurtured Susan's gardening ambitions.
To find out more about Susan, the woman and the artist I've come
to have a chat with her son, Robin Llewellyn.
Robin, thanks very much for meeting up with me today,
especially right here, your mother's favourite spot.
I can see why. It's rapidly becoming one of mine.
What did this mean to her?
Well, this is where she enjoyed
putting a bit of her creativity into Portmeirion.
She was very heavily involved in the gardening
and in developing the formal gardens within the village.
She studied at Chelsea School of Art
under Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland,
so shapes were important to her, but she didn't really want to
become an artist who was simply producing one-off pieces.
She wanted to become an industrial artist who could design
elegant and functional pieces for daily use.
One of our reps, who was rather intelligent, he said,
"What we want is a very smart coffee set."
I thought, I shall try and do one.
It was something that nobody had done before.
That was a tremendous success.
This desire to make useful art works led Susan to establish
the Portmeirion pottery brand with her husband in the early 1960s.
When they first started out they were producing innovative patterns
such as Cypher and Totem. Those striking shapes are now iconic.
But it was the Botanic Garden design which made Portmeirion
a household name.
The Botanic Garden is a classic and it has continued to flourish.
That was when she wanted to do other things.
Was she proud of that legacy?
She was proud of it but she always thought, "Well, why can't people forget Botanic Gardens?
"I want to design something else!"
40 years on, Botanic Gardens is still a top seller,
but thank goodness its success didn't dampen Susan's creativity.
What was she working on, in her final years?
Well, her passion during the last decade or so
or more of her life's work, was underwater painting.
-Really? She took up snorkelling?
At times she felt more at home in the water than she did on the surface.
It was another world
and she invented a method of drawing underwater
using a special crayon and a board.
And my father would look up in the books the exact names of the fishes,
the colours and annotate the drawings.
So it was quite a scientific process as well.
But that was her passion, the underwater painting.
On November 27th in 2007, Susan Williams Ellis, sadly passed away here in Portmeirion,
the village she dearly loved.
Leaving behind a wonderful legacy for all of us to enjoy today.
Our experts are deep in their studies at the Pritchard Jones Hall at the University of Bangor.
One of our owners gets more than just a financial reward at the auction.
The condition made that sell. It was in perfect condition.
-Your luck has changed forever now.
-I hope so!
Alun and Gwyneth have brought in a little treat for Mark.
You have brought in this spectacular cup.
-Is it a treasure of your family's?
No, not at all.
I'm representing here today St David's Hospice in Llandudno.
This has been donated, really.
It came in a box with lots of other items in this last week or so to our distribution centre.
So my staff there were looking at it and they thought,
"This might be an item for Flog It!"
Wonderful, so you thought,
-"I'll come along and see whether it is worth anything."
Were you as excited as Alun when you saw this piece?
I love the cup, I think it's beautiful.
-It's a remarkable object, isn't it?
-Is it a loving cup?
No, it's not really a loving cup.
I know why you say that because it has two handles.
It is a remarkable looking object.
It's really rather grand.
You have this wonderful classical scene
revolving around it in silver plate.
I don't think it is silver. Then you have the sort of gilt bronze
or gilt metal which forms the rest of it.
I'm a little bit concerned about one thing.
There's a little rim just underneath here which is plain.
-I think that would have sat on a bigger base.
I think it's copying an old Roman or Etruscan drinking cup...
..of years BC.
I think it was probably done in the 19th century.
It's very much in the style of the early 19th century,
the Empire period in France, but I think it could be a little bit later than that.
I wouldn't be surprised if it was English.
And possibly by a firm called Elkingtons.
There are very few marks underneath.
Some scratch marks. There is a little mark which has been partially obliterated that says "B".
-And what a lovely thing to have donated.
It's lovely, this almost whole almost Bacchanalian scene
going along there, with all these figures.
In various positions. They're having a really good time.
Unfortunately most of them are clothed, as well, which is a bonus,
so we will not get offended by them.
If I was putting it into auction, I would suggest a realistic estimate
for something like £150 to £200.
And we'll put a reserve on it of £150.
-With 10% discretion if that's OK, for the auctioneer,
and I think if he catalogues it well and puts it on the internet
-we should get quite a lot of interest.
Well, Alun and Gwyneth, it is a pleasure meeting you
and I look forward to seeing you at the auction.
-Let's hope we can really raise a good amount of money for the hospice.
It's always nice to hear of a charity benefiting from the auction.
Next, Adam's enjoying examining a scientific item belonging to Gillian.
-This is an interesting collection, isn't it?
-Yes. I think so.
How have you accumulated all of this?
The man who had the factory next door to my father
He had a big collection of them, and he knew I was interested
and he gave me all this.
-How long ago was that?
-About 40 years ago.
Right. Excellent. Well, I think this is a nice little collection.
Firstly, you've got this mahogany cased microscope,
which is a lacquered brass microscope.
A nice quality instrument.
-About 100 years old now.
Getting on a bit.
Retailed by Baker of High Holborn in London.
A good quality thing, and the case is fitted
with your extra bits and pieces, accessories and lenses.
But what people find of particular interest these days,
I mean, these are fairly common, but the slides.
People are really getting more interested in the slides, and whenever microscopes...
-I nearly didn't bring those.
-..slides come up, they're getting much more inquiries about.
-It's funny, isn't it?
-I nearly didn't bring those at all.
-Well, they've improved the value of this fairly significantly.
Because this one on its own, without being rude, it's a fairly ordinary one.
Yes, well, I thought that.
Still a nice example, but you've got a whole load of slides here
and they're from all around the world.
Yes, there seems to be different countries.
In this one we've got insects. Quite easy.
Butterflies and bees.
And all that sort of thing.
This one looks like...
little micro-organisms of some sort.
These are privately prepared ones, so they're not going to be...
-There might be one or two - not sure whether...
-..of great value these ones.
No, I think most of these are the man himself.
I think the value is mainly in these ones and these ones, that were purpose made.
This one's from Santa Monica, from Venice, from Colombia.
Coast of Dalmatia. Sweden. So there's a whole geographic selection here.
We'd have to have a really good look through, and some are rarer than others.
Have you any idea what it might be worth?
Not at all. No idea at all. I've never looked at them or anything.
Well, based on the fact that this is worth 60, 80, maybe 100,
-and I would think these are worth similar amounts.
-So you've got 150 to 250, probably.
And it might go on. I wouldn't be surprised if it went on a bit longer.
-So does that sound all right?
-That sounds very good. Yes.
I wasn't thinking they were worth anything at all.
Now, why have you decided to sell them?
I don't have time to look at them now, and they've been sitting at my mum's house for years now.
-Right. So time to get rid.
-I think so.
-They'll go to a collector, I'm sure.
-Lovely. It would be nice if they were.
If they made a few hundred pounds, would you have any plans for that?
Doing things in the garden really.
-Are you a keen gardener?
-Well, I bought an old house with a field behind it,
and I'm making a vegetable plot, and doing, you know, my own little allotment in the back.
That's great to hear.
Thanks for coming in and I really hope that they take off. I think they probably will.
-We'll put a reserve of 150 just in case.
Thank you very much. Thank you.
What a fascinating collection of slides.
Someone's going to really enjoy looking at those.
Gill and Peter must have had me in mind when they decided to bring in
this next item.
I just love it.
Tea caddies are so collectable.
They come in all various shapes and sizes, and different materials.
We've seen them in pewter, seen them in silver,
I've seen them in sort of pottery items,
but my favourite obviously are wood.
But this is particularly nice because it's a Regency one,
and it's got a lot of paper scroll work on it.
-Quilling, isn't it?
-Yes. Can you see that, where all the paper's folded up very neatly?
-Well, I like that a lot.
-You like it?
-Oh, I do. Yes. Yes, I do.
That sort of 1815, 1820s.
-And that would have been used in this country?
-Oh, yes, it's English.
Made in this country. Yes.
Someone with a lot of money and a lot of quality and a very good eye would have owned this.
Looking at this, I suspect this has been gilded
-slightly at a later date. You see this gold leafing.
It's not - to me, that doesn't look like gold leafing.
That looks more like gold enamel paint,
which is probably put on in around the '40s or '50s by somebody.
Then inside you've got this small lid.
Yes. Well, that would have sat on a little recessed rib there,
so the lid wouldn't drop down, and that would house your tea.
This is a single blend caddy.
Now some tea caddies are double blends. You can have green tea and black tea.
You can have a large one with a bowl in the middle and mix the two blends together if you want.
"Caddy" comes from the Malay word "kati",
which is the amount of weight the tea was sold in.
-Can you see there's traces of tin foil there and there?
Well, that was all lined in tin foil to keep the tea fresh.
So that would have sat there, that would have kept the tea fresh,
a single blend, maybe a green tea or black tea.
The lid would shut down and it would be put under lock and key,
because tea was so expensive. It was such an expensive commodity.
Only people in the sort of upper echelons
could really afford it, to start with in the 1600s.
It became very fashionable in the 1700s
and by the 19th century everybody was drinking it.
-But isn't it super? It's a lovely example.
It's quality all round.
Whoever made this was a master of his genre, put it that way.
-There's a bit of restoration here. Whoever buys this...
-..has to spend a couple of hundred pounds on it.
They have to spend 200 on it.
If they get it at £400 in the auction room and they spend £200 on it,
it has cost them £600. They're going to be wanting to sell this for £1,200 maybe.
And it will probably be worth that after a lot of TLC.
I think the collectors will love this.
£300-400 is the valuation.
Reserve at three but not a fixed reserve. Use a bit of discretion.
-So it might sell at 280.
-Is that OK?
-Yes, that's fine.
And we'll let them fight over it, and hopefully one of them will be a good restorer, pay top money for it,
which benefits you.
And cuts the middle man out.
Even needing restoration, it still looks fabulous.
Let's have another quick look at our items before they head off
to the auction house.
The silver-plated trophy cup is stylish, so it should raise
a reasonable amount.
Gillian's microscope is of little interest to her,
so it's time to move it on.
And finally, my choice, the early 19th century tea caddy,
which is pure quality and a beautifully crafted thing.
Alun and Gwyneth are first with the classical cup.
Let's hope this next lot is a real winner, it should be.
It should be, shouldn't it?
It's a trophy, for crying out loud.
We want to hold it up high and say "Yes, we won."
£200, top end of the estimate.
That's the top end. We know you'd like to get the top end each time, but I don't know.
It's a speculative thing. But I think it should make 150.
I can't imagine you'd want it.
Well, look, there's no accounting for taste.
Someone here in this room will absolutely love it and they'll display it beautifully.
We hope so, we need the money.
-All proceeds to the hospice, anyway.
-OK. Good luck.
Something very, very good quality about this.
The quality of the figuring is brilliant. Six inches high. 200?
It smacks of quality, doesn't it?
100, I'm bid. 100. 100, bid.
100, hope you're lucky. It's at the bottom though.
-100 bid. 20 anywhere?
-Now, just go upwards.
120, 140. Is there 60?
140, 140 bid. 60 anywhere?
£140. 60 now.
£140. I'll go 50, even. At 140. 150.
We've got 150, so we've made our reserve.
150. I'm selling at £150.
Just, on the reserve.
60, a new bidder at 160. Worth every penny of 200, in my view. At 160.
All done at 160 and going.
-There we are.
-We're happy. It's gone within estimate.
-Yes, it has.
Well, that's £160 towards the hospice.
Now, Gillian's been holding on to the next item for about 40 years.
So let's see what she gets for it.
-Gillian, good luck.
We're talking about the microscope with the three boxes of slides,
which are wonderful.
-You must have had so much fun looking through those.
-We could've sat there for hours.
Shame we had other people to deal with.
In a way, the interest is in the specimens.
Yes, they're collected nowadays as well. Microscopes appear a lot.
A lot of interesting styles, especially the named ones, the specially produced ones.
I guess it's harder to pick up these early slides now.
Yes. Always great demand for them.
I'm quite confident today.
Also, it's a named instrument as well, so that's in its favour.
-I'm not good at selling things.
-Do you do not win things like raffles and lotteries?
-I've never managed to sell things.
-Actually, I don't either.
Neither do I, but now's the time for Gillian's luck to change.
We're going to find out, it's going under the hammer right now.
This is by Baker.
Lights, lenses and a very nice parcel of mixed slides.
Bid me 200?
Got to be.
It's all gone quiet, hasn't it?
Start me at one and a half?
120, I'm bid at 120.
If you pitch it at one and build them up...
180, 180 bid.
We're back up there now.
190, 200. 200 bid.
Online, the bidding now at 200.
200 bid. Is there 10 there? £200.
-210. Still online.
And again now.
250, 250 bid. Online at 250. 250 bid. 250.
Again? Two online.
We've got an online battle here.
Is there 70? At £260?
Online, the bid at £260.
70, if you like. All done?
-70. 270 bid.
I think there might be a little tickle in this yet.
It's gone very, very quiet. At 270.
-Trying to get more...
-Sit there and...
-I've never been to an auction before?
280. And again now. You could hear a pin drop.
It's a baptism of fire, isn't it?
In at the deep end.
Final, final call at 280. All done?
Yes! That's a good result, top end of the estimate.
We're really happy with that. Condition made that sale.
It was in perfect condition.
-Your luck has changed forever now.
-I hope so!
I'm glad that that Gillian's first trip to auction
has been so successful.
Now, remember that beautiful tea caddy that I picked out earlier?
Well, it's time to see what auctioneer David makes of it.
We've seen a lot of tea caddies on Flog It! before but I've never seen
one with rolled paperwork.
Wonderful filigree work.
Partially gilded, in good condition, that's well over £1,500.
But there's a few bits missing.
I've put £300 to £400 on this.
Yes, I don't blame you, Paul. Tea caddies are very in and the workmanship on this one
is really unbelievable.
And we've got people in this locality
who will take on the restoration of this, no question about it.
We've had internet interest in it so it augurs well.
Happy with the price? 300 to 400?
I think so. You're paying for workmanship
and in fairness it's a fantastic bit of workmanship.
It's an unusual tea caddy.
As I say, tea caddies are all the rage at the moment.
Watch this space. It's time to put the kettle on,
settle down into the chair and enjoy this auction.
Well, it's all sounding positive.
I'm quite confident about this tea caddy, it belongs to Jill and Peter,
and hopefully for not much longer.
-The auctioneer liked the lot as well.
There's a great deal of work that's has gone into it.
I know it needs a little bit of TLC,
that's why we've got £300 to £400 on it.
It's a wonderful thing. Have you had second thoughts?
No, it's going towards our anniversary.
We're going on a trip for our 50th anniversary.
-Oh, congratulations. 50 years together.
Wonderful. Where are you going?
On a cruise. Not far, though.
-OK. Not around Anglesey, a bit further.
A bit further than that.
Hey, look, good luck. Let's find out what the bidders think.
Very nice quality.
Early tea caddy with filigree scrolls and filigree decoration.
OK, it needs a bit of attention but it's a lovely, rare piece.
300, I'm bid. At £300.
£300, I'm bid. 350.
75, if you like. At 450.
75, anybody? At £450.
That's a good price.
Final call at £450.
I'm very pleased with that.
Thank you very much.
Good tea caddies always sell well and that's quite a rare one.
Even though it had a bit of damage.
-That could be sorted out.
That was on you. You take the credit for that.
Not at all. I've just seen them sell for that kind of price before.
The more you go round the block, the more you get to know, really!
Well, that's it. It's all over.
All of our owners have gone home and they've gone home happy.
OK, there were one or two sticky moments but that's what auctions are all about.
You get lots of highs and lows and lots of surprises.
And I hope you've enjoyed today's show, because we've loved being here
in North Wales, and all credit to our auctioneer and our experts.
Everyone was on the money today.
Until the next time, it's goodbye.
Flog It! presenter Paul Martin is joined by experts Mark Stacey and Adam Partridge at Bangor University in beautiful north Wales. Among the items valued are a microscope with original slides and an exquisite early tea caddy. Also, Paul finds out about the creator of Portmeirion Pottery, Susan Williams Ellis.