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The team visit Balbirnie House near Glenrothes, in the Kingdom of Fife. Gems include a Japanese ivory panel and a pristine 1950s train set.


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We've taken the high road, the low road.

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We've crossed the magnificent Firth of Forth and landed in Fife,

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famous for its golf courses and ancient universities.

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Welcome to Flog It!

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"FLOG IT!" THEME TUNE

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UPBEAT MUSIC

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Today we're near Glenrothes in the Fife countryside,

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about 30 minutes from Dundee and an hour from Edinburgh.

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It's a superb day

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so we've decided to hold the event outside to make the most of it.

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The crowds are gathering in the grounds of Balbirnie House

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here in the heart of Fife.

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It's an ancient kingdom, steeped in history,

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exactly what our experts will be looking for today.

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Someone in this queue could be going home with a lot of money.

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Stay tuned and you'll find out.

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It's not just our crowd who are enjoying today's sunshine.

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Our experts headed up by Anita Manning and James Lewis

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have a spring in their step, too.

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And things just started to hot up.

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A lovely barometer, in beautiful condition.

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Tell you the truth. When I want to see what the weather's like,

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I look out the window.

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THEY LAUGH

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That no-nonsense approach helped make Anita

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Scotland's first female auctioneer.

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James also is a successful auctioneer and valuer

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and has a more scientific approach.

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That's really very speculative and very interesting.

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Coming up.

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-55, 60.

-I have high hopes for one of our items.

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-This lot are going to go mad for it.

-I hope so.

-They will do!

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And expectations are high at our valuation day.

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-What do you think they're worth?

-It'd be nice if it'd be £1,000...

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It would be nice. It would be really nice.

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THEY LAUGH

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Anita is first to tee off, she's looking at model trains

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that Carol has brought along.

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The collectables market for train stuff is really good at the moment.

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But when I look at this what I think of is fabulous fun.

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When I was a wee girl my dad brought me train sets instead of dolls.

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-Where did you get this stuff?

-This is my husband's.

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He was given it by his father.

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Every Saturday, they would go up and buy something for the railway.

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And either it was an engine or a set or rolling stock, whatever,

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it was bought for him.

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He was an only child so he got everything.

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-It was bought over a period of years.

-Bought with love.

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I mean it's Tri-ang, which is one of the good makes.

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It was from the Lines brothers in the 1950s,

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but it's still absolutely wonderful.

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I've had a great time playing with it.

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And what we have here is a list of accessories

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and I think that's great.

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Another thing that strikes me and it's an important issue here.

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-The condition is wonderful. So it was well looked after?

-Yes.

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-Do you have sons?

-I have two sons.

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Are they interested in...?

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They were never allowed to play with them.

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-Never allowed. Got to look at them, but never allowed to play.

-Ah-huh.

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If these come into sale, I would put them into two different lots.

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I think that's the way that we can maximise.

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Now I'd put our first lot with this Transcontinental

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and this was an American model.

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I would put that with this Princess Elizabeth.

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-Now, to the collectors, this will be more interesting.

-Yes.

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Second lot, we would have this marvellous Davy Crockett engine

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and what I love about it is,

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you have the catalogues, you have order books,

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you have instructions.

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You even have an instruction manual for laying out the track.

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And I think that it's absolutely charming.

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-I think we should put the lot... each lot in at 80-120.

-Mm-hm.

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Would you feel happy about, erm, at that price?

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-Would you feel happy they went in at that price?

-Yes.

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That's fair. Shall we do that?

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-We'll put a firm reserve of say £80?

-Yes.

-On each lot.

-Mm-hm.

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-Will you be sad to see them go?

-Yes.

-Will you?

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I will be sad to see them go. They were part of my husband so...

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But I do honestly think I'd rather that somebody got them

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that can use them and enjoy them, rather than being in a box.

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These will go onto a collector who will cherish them and love them.

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That's a good way to go.

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Let's pass them onto a collector,

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put them to auction, 80-120.

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-We'll put a reserve of £80 on them with a bit of discretion.

-Mm-hm.

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Tiny bit of discretion, 80-120

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-and we'll go along and enjoy the auction.

-Thank you.

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The weather is so fantastic, it almost feels like a holiday.

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But there's plenty of work to do

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and so many bags and boxes remain unpacked.

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Can I be nosy? Can I dive in and have a look?

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I like the glaze on that!

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-Isn't that lovely? A little money box.

-Yeah.

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The sad thing about a money box like this, made of china,

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-is once it's full...

-No, you can get the money out.

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-How? Shaking it like that?

-No, with a knife.

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With a...with a knife!

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-Have you tried it?

-Definitely.

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Do you know something? Wait there, I'll be back in a flash.

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-Right.

-I'll give you a bit of information on this.

-OK. Thank you.

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So whilst I do more research,

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a collection of watches brought in by Norma and her brother Alan

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is being inspected by James.

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Welcome to Flog it!

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We're not looking at a rare, fine piece of work.

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I picked these out because up and down the country,

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from John O'Groats to Land's End,

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in almost every old chest of drawers, along with the jewellery

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and the things inherited, is grandfather's pocket watch.

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It's something that I see probably more often than anything else

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which is why I've picked them.

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Because you've got a real cross-section here,

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spanning probably 50 or 60 years and they must have a real history.

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So are they family pieces?

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Yes, my dad had got them

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and they were passed onto me when he died.

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-And my late husband's grandparents.

-OK.

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-So they're all men's watches, not ladies'.

-Yes.

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And whenever we're looking at a pocket watch, to start with,

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there are three different types. That's the first thing to say.

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There's an open-face pocket watch, this one here.

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And this one here.

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Those are pocket watches with only a cover one side, like that.

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One silver cover.

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Then we have hunter pocket watches which are these.

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A silver cover that comes over and covers the dial.

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Known as hunters because, if you're on your horseback, out on the hunt,

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and you fall off, you've got to protect the watch glass.

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You also get half-hunters.

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You don't have an example of that,

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but a half-hunter has a circular disc in the centre,

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-so you can still tell the time.

-Mm-hm.

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So we've got one, two, three, four watches.

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We've also got the Albert chain

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made fashionable by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband.

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After all these years of them being in the family, why flog them now?

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It's a shame they're just sitting in a drawer.

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-You don't wear them?

-Not getting used.

-Never worn them?

-No.

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OK, so this one here, about 1860 in date.

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This one here, about 1880, 1890.

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This one, around 1900, 1905.

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And this one, around 1920.

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The silver Alberts. Each individual link is hallmarked with the lion.

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Every single link.

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And here, just because it's silver,

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an old cigarette case from the same sort of period.

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What do you think they're worth?

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It'd be nice if it'd be £1,000...

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It would be nice. It would be really nice!

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-Well, now...

-I've jumped the gun.

-Yeah.

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They're not worth anywhere near that, I'm sorry.

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I mean, a little silver continental watch like that is worth about £30.

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-Oh.

-Erm, one like that, worth about £40, £50.

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A hunter watch like that, again £30-£50.

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Another one, worth about £30.

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Cigarette case, £20. And two Alberts, £20-£30 each.

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If we put an estimate of 150-250, and a reserve of 150,

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-how do you feel?

-Fine, yeah.

-Yeah?

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If they don't make that, have them back.

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-Got them back.

-Never know, the fashion of...

-Wear them.

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You could wear it, very dapper.

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Only time will tell if these watches do well at auction.

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After discussing the money bank with some other experts,

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I'm ready to report back to Janet about it.

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It looks very much like Denby ware, but with that Majolica glaze.

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I think it's Scottish because it was my mother's brother.

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-He died when he was four or five.

-When...

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At the beginning of the 20th century.

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Beginning of the 20th century.

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James's initial reaction was that's early 20th century,

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He'd say early 1900s, which correlates to what you think.

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But the inscription of "Robert", looks like it's 1860s, 1870s.

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-Maybe have been handed down, there was a Robert before.

-Was there?

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It's a lovely architectural detail. A finial, normally found in pairs.

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You see them on furniture.

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On top of buildings. It's an architectural detail

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that just sets off the dynamic and the vitality of the piece.

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And that's just lovely.

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Look at the colours.

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Look at that lovely sort of treacle glaze, the way it's dripping.

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Is this something you'd like to sell?

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Well, it depends how much it's worth.

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If you put this into auction and if it is Scottish,

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it might be worth £200.

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If it's Derbyshire, it might be worth £200-£300.

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-Is it...?

-I think we'll sell it, it's just been in the cupboard.

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-Let's agree to a value of around £150-£250.

-OK.

-OK?

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-With a bit of discretion.

-Right.

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-We'll put a reserve on at £100.

-Right.

-If that's OK?

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OK, we'll bubble wrap this for you.

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It then gets safely packaged up by the couriers

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and taken to the auction room

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where the auctioneer will catalogue and photograph it

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with the auctioneer's description after he's done his homework.

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And hopefully we'll see you in the auction room.

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And this could be worth a lot of money.

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If it is by a local pottery, they'll recognise it straightaway.

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That's exactly what you expect to find up here in Scotland,

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just outside St Andrews, a wonderful set of vintage clubs.

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Right now, it's time to go off and, no, not play golf,

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put our first items under the hammer.

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It's time to leave the tranquillity of this wonderful stately home

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and go to the action, to the auction room.

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Here's a quick recap of what we're taking with us.

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The pristine model train set that belonged to Carol's husband.

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That superb finial-shaped money bank,

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and finally, the selection of silver pocket watches

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that has been passed down through Norma's family.

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For today's sale, we've travelled south to Rosewell, in Midlothian,

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and to the Thomson Roddick saleroom.

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The commission rate here is 15% plus VAT.

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The auction is well under way, Sybelle Thomson hosting proceedings

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on the rostrum.

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79.

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First up is the money box, further research by the auctioneers

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pinpointed it to the Dunmore pottery in Stirlingshire.

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Now it's my turn to be the expert.

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We've got some Scottish pottery going under the hammer.

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-This lot will go mad for it, Janet.

-Hope so.

-They will do!

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-Especially if they're called Robert.

-That's right.

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Condition's good. It's unique, it's got everything going for it.

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And we're in the right place, at the right time.

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It's going under the hammer now.

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405A, the Dunmore money bank with the name Robert on it.

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Lots of interest.

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I'm started at 50 bid, 50 bid, 50 bid.

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55, 60, 5, 70, 5.

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80, 5, 90, 5,

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100. 100, 100. On commission.

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At 100, 110, 120. Against you at 120.

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130.

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140.

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150, 160.

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170, 180.

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Come on, come on, come on.

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190.

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190 on the telephone, at 190.

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Anyone else want in?

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At £190.

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-Yes! £190.

-That's brilliant.

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-Happy?

-Yes, that's lovely.

-I'm ever so happy as well.

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I'm splitting the money between my granddaughter

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and my niece's wee boy.

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-OK. What are their names?

-Alice and Robert.

-Alice and Rob...

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Yes, of course, you said, didn't you?

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They loved it. Now time for Norma's watches.

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And selling this lot is auctioneer Gavin Tavendale.

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£50. On my left at 50, all done at 50.

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Coming up right now, we've got a real mixed lot.

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Four pocket watches, an Albert chain, a silver cigarette case.

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They belong to Norma, who can't be with us today,

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but we have James Lewis, our expert.

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And we've got £150-£250 on this.

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I mean, this is one of the things

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-you can pretty much guarantee that these sell every time.

-Yeah.

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It's something almost everybody has in their chest of drawers.

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I like the hunters, the white enamel dial with the Roman numerals.

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-It's a proper antique lot.

-It is. It's a classic.

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Every family has either got

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a family Bible, sewing machine, typewriter or a pocket watch.

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-Every family has got one of those things.

-Yeah.

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Hopefully the bidders are here.

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-Hopefully.

-Precious metal prices are up.

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-It's a good time to sell.

-Great time to sell.

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Let's find out what they think, shall we?

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And we'll telephone Norma straight after the sale. OK? Here we go.

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Large lot of silver and other pocket watches.

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200? 100? 100 bid.

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-100.

-Right, we're in.

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110. 120. 130.

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140. 150. 160, in the room at 160.

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Standing at 160. All done at 160. 170.

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180. Any further away at 180?

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All done at 180? At 180.

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It's gone.

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-180.

-Bang in the middle.

-Quick wasn't it?

-Yeah.

-Spot on, James.

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-It is the sort of thing... It's not rocket science, pocket watches.

-No.

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You see them time and time again.

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-Do you have Norma's number?

-I can get it.

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-Give her a call.

-I'll find it.

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Good results so far. Will the train set be a "runaway" success?

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Carol, I can't believe the condition of these train sets

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-your sons were never allowed to play with.

-Never.

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-Never.

-What a classic boys' toy...

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Ah-ah. When I was a wee girl, my dad used to buy me train sets.

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-Not dolls.

-Dolls. Really?

-Yeah.

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We split them into two lots now. Two groups, both of £80-£120.

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-There's a lot of them, isn't there?

-Yeah.

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Right, they're going under the hammer. This is it.

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465A, now onto this extensive collection of Tri-ang toys,

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including coaches, and I can start this on commission at £80. £80.

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Right, it's sold straightaway.

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90, 5, 100, 110,

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120, 130, 140, 150.

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150. Would you like in on the telephone?

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150, 150. Jocelyn, do you want in?

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We're selling in the room at £150. Any ad...

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150, 150, I can't...150.

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Any advance on 160, 170?

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180.

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190.

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190. 190.

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Any advance on 190? Selling in the room at 190.

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Does he want to bid at 190?

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200.

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-200!

-200.

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220.

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240.

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Oh, my goodness.

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260. In the room at £260. Any advance on £260?

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-Yes.

-Carol, that's a great result.

-Yes.

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One down, one to go. Let's hope we get the same.

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480A.

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The Tri-ang Double O gauge. Who'd like to start me at £100?

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100. 50. 50 bid.

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55. 60. 5. 70. 5. 80.

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5. 85. Would you like in on the phone?

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85, 85. 90. 5.

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100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150

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160.

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160. Right at the back at 160. Any advance on £160?

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-A very good result.

-Good.

-Still good. Still good.

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-That's great.

-That's brilliant, isn't it?

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It just goes to show, you've got to look after your toys.

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So that's a grand total of £420 for Carol. Brilliant result.

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And there's more to come.

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Anita meets someone who's keeping shtoom about her antique.

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-But what did you use that for?

-Well, I wouldn't like to tell you.

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THEY LAUGH

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And James can't believe his luck.

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Thank you for bringing that in.

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-I'm thrilled.

-James's eyes popped out on stalks.

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First, though, I delve a bit deeper into the history of Fife.

0:18:190:18:23

MUSIC: "Bonny Portmore" by Loreena McKennitt

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Looking at this stunning countryside here in Fife,

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it's hard to imagine this landscape has concealed a dark secret.

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The entrance to it is in this rather ordinary-looking building.

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Hidden deep below is an amazing network of corridors and rooms

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amounting to about 24,000 square feet of accommodation.

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Large enough to house up to 300 of Scotland's most important people

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in the event of a nuclear attack.

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It remained on the Official Secrets list until 1993,

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when it was decommissioned as the atmosphere improved between the East and West.

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That year it was put up for sale

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and bought by Peter Gordon and his brother, Paul.

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Peter, thank goodness, I thought I was going to get lost.

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-There's a lot of corridor here.

-Like a rabbit warren, this place.

0:19:380:19:42

How did you find this place?

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-It was advertised in the local paper as a country farmhouse.

-Yeah.

0:19:440:19:48

-Full stop.

-That was it?

-Yeah.

0:19:480:19:51

And what did the estate agent say then?

0:19:510:19:53

-He showed round the farmhouse upstairs.

-Yeah.

0:19:530:19:56

Eventually he said, "I've one more thing to show you.

0:19:560:19:59

-"This place has rather a large cellar."

-Wow.

0:19:590:20:02

-And now you're a museum owner?

-Mm-hm.

0:20:020:20:05

-Right, well, all I can say is let's have a tour. That way?

-Yeah.

0:20:050:20:09

Well, after miles and miles of corridor,

0:20:110:20:13

we're finally into a room, and thank goodness, it's got a tall ceiling.

0:20:130:20:17

Not too claustrophobic. How did they do it without locals knowing?

0:20:170:20:21

You can't build that overnight.

0:20:210:20:23

It took approximately two years to build. It was highly secret, OK?

0:20:230:20:28

It was built by the MOD and a few locals, sworn to secrecy.

0:20:280:20:33

So what period is this?

0:20:330:20:35

This is 1950. The Royal Observer Corps, they would be out there

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with their binoculars looking for planes.

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They would scramble the jets at Leuchars, our most northerly

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fighter base.

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All that became obsolete within six years of the bunker being built.

0:20:480:20:52

Due to radar.

0:20:520:20:54

It wasn't the end for the bunker. Over the years it was updated.

0:20:550:21:00

And in 1968 took on the role of being the base

0:21:000:21:03

for the regional HQ of Scotland in the event of nuclear war.

0:21:030:21:08

So this is the nerve centre, the control room.

0:21:080:21:11

How many people would have been down here?

0:21:110:21:13

46 people at any one time would be manning it.

0:21:130:21:17

If an alert was announced, there were barracks up the road,

0:21:170:21:20

and also down at Crail Airport.

0:21:200:21:23

If the Secretary of State was in Edinburgh,

0:21:230:21:25

he'd be flown to Turnhouse,

0:21:250:21:27

flown across the Forth, land at Crail, be shipped up here, rapid.

0:21:270:21:31

As soon as he was here with his entourage,

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that was it, the bunker was sealed.

0:21:330:21:36

From here we had direct contact with London.

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-So...that's main operations there with the red phones, etc.

-Yeah.

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Is that the three-minute warning phone?

0:21:500:21:52

Aye. The codes would come through that phone.

0:21:520:21:55

I would relay their number, plus my number through the second phone.

0:21:550:21:59

That would be the Secretary of State's room.

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Behind him is the nuclear keys, in a small safe,

0:22:020:22:06

and he would use them, and all hell would break loose after that.

0:22:060:22:11

That was a sobering experience.

0:22:110:22:14

That's the first nuclear bunker I've ever been in.

0:22:140:22:17

It's thanks to the dedication of Peter and his brother

0:22:170:22:19

a very important piece of 20th-century history

0:22:190:22:22

has now been preserved.

0:22:220:22:24

The sun is still shining at Balbirnie House.

0:22:380:22:41

Let's join everybody and see what other surprises we can find.

0:22:410:22:45

Off to a good start when Anita spots Hilda,

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who has brought in a silver jug.

0:22:510:22:54

Where did you get this wee jug?

0:22:540:22:56

Well, it was actually my dad's.

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There was a sugar bowl and a biscuit barrel.

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It was a matching set.

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But the biscuit barrel had went a wee bit wrong

0:23:040:23:09

because my dad was a painter

0:23:090:23:10

and couldn't find a place to put his brushes to steep in turpentine.

0:23:100:23:16

-So he got this idea of putting it in the biscuit barrel.

-Oh, no!

0:23:160:23:20

-What did you use that for?

-Well, I wouldn't like to tell you.

0:23:200:23:23

THEY LAUGH

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-OK, let's have a wee look at it. Quite a handsome little jug.

-Yeah.

0:23:250:23:30

High Victorian. Lots of elaborate decoration.

0:23:300:23:33

What's interesting here, we have the signs of the zodiac.

0:23:330:23:37

And at that time, there was interest in mysticism and the future

0:23:370:23:41

-and astrology and so on.

-Yeah.

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And it's reflected in these little designs here.

0:23:440:23:48

Made in Glasgow, and if we look at the bottom of it,

0:23:480:23:53

we see the Glasgow assay mark,

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which is the tree, the bell and the bird.

0:23:560:23:59

-And we have a date letter for 1875.

-Oh.

0:23:590:24:05

Yeah, that's all the good news, Hilda. Do you want the bad news?

0:24:050:24:11

-You better give me the bad news.

-It's only a bit of something.

0:24:110:24:14

Like myself.

0:24:140:24:16

THEY LAUGH

0:24:160:24:18

So it would have been part of a big set.

0:24:180:24:21

Have you thought about price, Hilda?

0:24:210:24:24

-I thought maybe, say 75.

-Uh-huh.

-You know.

0:24:240:24:28

-That's a wee bit dear for an auction estimate.

-Uh-huh.

0:24:280:24:33

I would feel comfortable in it going to auction

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between £30 and £50.

0:24:360:24:39

-That'll do fine.

-It may go more than that.

-Uh-huh.

0:24:390:24:43

But I think that is a reasonable estimate to put it in at.

0:24:430:24:47

-And we will put a firm reserve...

-Yes...

-..of £30 on it.

0:24:470:24:52

But I'm confident it will go more than that.

0:24:520:24:55

Oh, well, that's good. It's just that it's lying in a drawer

0:24:550:24:59

so it would be nice for somebody to have it that appreciates it.

0:24:590:25:03

It's just getting wasted.

0:25:030:25:05

Thank you for bringing it along.

0:25:050:25:06

I look forward to seeing you at the auction.

0:25:060:25:09

Sure we'll do well.

0:25:090:25:10

I think so. Thank you.

0:25:100:25:12

With any luck, it actually might meet up with the other three pieces

0:25:120:25:17

and become a set again.

0:25:170:25:18

Oh, well, I hope so.

0:25:180:25:20

-But not the biscuit barrel.

-Not the biscuit barrel.

0:25:200:25:22

It's such a lovely piece,

0:25:240:25:26

someone at the auction is bound to fall in love with it.

0:25:260:25:28

Connie has brought along an exotic panel that has intrigued James.

0:25:320:25:36

Connie, I have to say, I was not expecting to find

0:25:360:25:39

a piece of Japanese art here in Fife.

0:25:390:25:44

Well, I've had it a long time.

0:25:460:25:48

I inherited it and I don't know where my father got it.

0:25:480:25:51

-Really?

-Yes.

-Well, as I say, Japanese, Meiji period.

0:25:510:25:57

-1880 to 1910.

-Ah, right.

-Something made around there.

0:25:570:26:02

It is a panel that probably started life in a very fine cabinet.

0:26:020:26:07

The other option is it might have been a decorative plaque

0:26:070:26:11

in its own right

0:26:110:26:12

that would have had a black ebonised frame around it when sold.

0:26:120:26:16

Let's look at the design as a whole.

0:26:160:26:18

We have at the top here, this rockwork,

0:26:180:26:21

which is carved out of softwood.

0:26:210:26:24

Here, little sections of leafage and foliage carved in bone.

0:26:240:26:29

-Right.

-Do you think that's a chrysanthemum?

-I would think so.

0:26:290:26:33

-Something like that, carved in mother-of-pearl.

-Yes.

0:26:330:26:35

But this is where the real work comes in.

0:26:350:26:39

These three figures here are just wonderful.

0:26:390:26:43

This is hand lacquer

0:26:430:26:45

and the gold lines are gold paint.

0:26:450:26:49

-Very fine.

-Very fine.

0:26:490:26:51

-Painted probably with a brush with only one bristle.

-Yes.

0:26:510:26:55

-A piece of ivory, stained green.

-Oh, right.

0:26:550:26:58

-And the flautist has lost his flute.

-Yes.

0:26:580:27:00

But still absolutely wonderful quality.

0:27:000:27:04

Tell me, was your father a collector or...?

0:27:040:27:07

Not really, he liked nice things,

0:27:070:27:09

but there wasn't money about.

0:27:090:27:11

But in the early '20s, he worked in Burma for eight or nine years.

0:27:110:27:16

Did he?

0:27:160:27:17

As an agent, to bring supplies in for the British workers.

0:27:170:27:21

This might actually have been brought back from Burma.

0:27:210:27:25

He certainly never went to Japan, I know that for sure.

0:27:250:27:29

This has been in your family for so long. Sure you want to sell?

0:27:290:27:33

I would have to think what value you put on it and decide.

0:27:330:27:37

It's the sort of thing that's very fashionable at the moment.

0:27:370:27:42

When we decide on value, these are things we look for.

0:27:420:27:45

Provenance, we haven't got a great provenance, it was your father's,

0:27:450:27:49

but we don't know where it came from.

0:27:490:27:51

We look at quality. The quality is fabulous.

0:27:510:27:54

Lovely quality, so that's in its favour. Condition.

0:27:540:27:58

Condition isn't bad, but not great.

0:27:580:28:00

We've got sections of wood missing here. That's easy.

0:28:000:28:03

All we need is a bit of ebonised wood to go in there.

0:28:030:28:07

And that can be sorted. The flute is more difficult.

0:28:070:28:10

-And we've also got it starting to warp at the top.

-Yes.

0:28:100:28:13

Let's put a decent estimate on it. If it doesn't sell, have it back.

0:28:130:28:18

£300-£500. How about that?

0:28:180:28:20

-What reserve would you recommend?

-Well...

-I was going to say 400.

0:28:200:28:26

If you'd be happy at 400, let's put 400 and an estimate of four to six.

0:28:260:28:31

-450.

-450, with discretion, so that...

0:28:310:28:36

-Give the auctioneer discretion, so he can let it go at 400.

-Yes.

0:28:360:28:39

So 400-600, 450 reserve, with discretion.

0:28:390:28:43

-Right.

-Is that all right?

-That's OK. Yes.

0:28:430:28:47

-Brilliant. Let's give it a go.

-Thank you.

0:28:470:28:49

If you decide, you come to the auction and say,

0:28:490:28:51

"I've lived with this all my life, I don't want to let it go."

0:28:510:28:55

The deal isn't done till the gavel's down. You've time.

0:28:550:28:59

-Yes.

-All right.

-Thanks very much.

0:28:590:29:01

Pleasure. Thank you for bringing it.

0:29:010:29:03

-I love it. The quality is great.

-Right. Thank you.

0:29:030:29:07

Connie quite rightly drove a hard bargain there.

0:29:070:29:11

You need to make sure you safeguard yourself when selling at auction.

0:29:110:29:16

There are still people waiting

0:29:160:29:17

and all manner of objects to be inspected.

0:29:170:29:20

The Scots Magazine.

0:29:200:29:22

The proceedings of the political club.

0:29:240:29:28

Weekly essays.

0:29:280:29:29

Printed in January, 1743. What a lovely leather-bound volume.

0:29:290:29:35

Very nice. Not a great deal of value.

0:29:350:29:37

I'm sorry.

0:29:370:29:40

I hate to be the purveyor of bad news.

0:29:400:29:43

Let's hope Anita has got some better news for Alison.

0:29:430:29:46

Thank you for bringing in this lovely wee carriage clock.

0:29:480:29:53

Where did you get it?

0:29:530:29:55

Right, I unearthed it this morning from the loft

0:29:550:30:00

and I believe it belonged to my grandmother

0:30:000:30:02

and she passed it down to my aunt.

0:30:020:30:07

And it hasn't been used, but I found the key and wound it up

0:30:070:30:12

and was amazed when it started ticking.

0:30:120:30:15

It's ticking away as we speak.

0:30:150:30:18

That's testament to the craftsmanship involved

0:30:180:30:22

in the making of that clock.

0:30:220:30:24

It is a delightful clock.

0:30:240:30:27

I always like the craftsmanship involved

0:30:270:30:29

in carriage clocks where you have these nice bevelled panels.

0:30:290:30:33

The face is made of brass

0:30:330:30:34

and we have this delightful sea-scroll on the dial.

0:30:340:30:39

We have the key and a hanging handle

0:30:390:30:42

so we really have everything going for that clock.

0:30:420:30:46

-This clock would date from 1880.

-Right.

0:30:460:30:51

That's over 100 years old.

0:30:510:30:53

130 years old so it's a good age, still going well.

0:30:530:30:56

It probably needs a wee clean. But that's about all.

0:30:560:31:00

Gosh, that's amazing.

0:31:000:31:02

An auction estimate on this

0:31:020:31:05

would be between £100 and £150.

0:31:050:31:10

Would you be happy to sell it at that price?

0:31:100:31:14

Erm, yes, I've thought about this and I would be prepared to.

0:31:140:31:19

Uh-huh. We will put a reserve price of £100 on it.

0:31:190:31:23

But if it sells, and I'm sure it will, it will go to a collector,

0:31:230:31:27

it will go to someone who will tidy it up, clean it up,

0:31:270:31:31

put it on their mantelpiece and get pleasure from it.

0:31:310:31:35

-Shall we go for it?

-I think we should.

0:31:350:31:37

Tell me what you would spend the money on.

0:31:370:31:39

Well, I think I'm going to donate the money to my daughter.

0:31:390:31:42

She drew my attention to the fact that the evaluation was here today,

0:31:420:31:49

and she's driven me here. She helped unearth it this morning.

0:31:490:31:53

So I think she'd be deserving of the money.

0:31:530:31:56

-That's very nice of you. You're a nice mum.

-Thank you.

0:31:560:32:00

The big question is, what will the bidders make of our items?

0:32:010:32:05

We're about to find out, it's time to head off

0:32:050:32:07

to the auction room.

0:32:070:32:09

It's filled to capacity and things have been fetching good prices

0:32:090:32:13

so I have high hopes for our lots.

0:32:130:32:16

Here's a quick reminder of what we're selling.

0:32:160:32:19

Hilda's silver jug, engraved with the signs of the zodiac.

0:32:190:32:22

Alison's lovely little Victorian carriage clock.

0:32:230:32:27

And Connie's decorative Japanese panel.

0:32:270:32:31

The right place to sell it because they hold specialist Oriental sales.

0:32:320:32:37

I caught up with Sybelle to find out what she thought of it.

0:32:370:32:41

This Japanese ivory panel belongs to Connie

0:32:410:32:44

and James, our valuer, has put £450- £600 on this.

0:32:440:32:49

-Well, in the interim the reserve's been reduced to 400.

-OK.

0:32:490:32:54

We've been talking to the vendor. You'll see there's some damage.

0:32:540:32:58

But it is a nice ivory lacquer panel. Probably sort of 1900, 1910.

0:32:580:33:04

I wouldn't have a clue how to value this.

0:33:040:33:07

I don't know anything about Japanese ivory panels.

0:33:070:33:11

It's the quality. Look at the faces, the hands,

0:33:110:33:13

that's a sign of good quality.

0:33:130:33:16

If it was signed, it'd be worth up into four figures,

0:33:160:33:20

but there's no signature.

0:33:200:33:22

Will this find its way back?

0:33:220:33:24

It may well do. It may well travel across the world again.

0:33:240:33:28

-They're heavy buyers, aren't they?

-Very heavy buyers.

0:33:280:33:31

Well, good luck. I can't wait to see how our lots do.

0:33:310:33:34

-We'll do our best!

-Thank you.

0:33:340:33:36

I know they'll do a great job,

0:33:360:33:38

but first let's see if the carriage clock goes down with the bidders.

0:33:380:33:42

Going under the hammer, a brass carriage clock.

0:33:420:33:45

It belongs to Alison.

0:33:450:33:46

She can't be with us today. She's on holiday in America.

0:33:460:33:50

But we do have her sister-in-law with us as a substitute, aren't you?

0:33:500:33:54

-Yes.

-Good to see you, Helen.

-Thank you.

-Nice clock.

0:33:540:33:57

Very nice, yes.

0:33:570:33:59

Good luck. It's going under the hammer now.

0:33:590:34:02

45-50A. The brass carriage clock.

0:34:030:34:07

With fluted columns. £100 for the nice carriage clock. 100.

0:34:070:34:13

-I've got 80 bid.

-80 bid.

-We're in.

0:34:130:34:17

80 bid. Who is going on? At 80 bid.

0:34:170:34:19

85, 90,

0:34:190:34:21

5, 100, 110, 110.

0:34:210:34:25

Beside me at 110. Any advance on 110?

0:34:250:34:29

120.

0:34:290:34:30

At £120.

0:34:320:34:35

-Brilliant.

-Good.

-Thanks very much.

0:34:350:34:38

Will you be able to call her on the phone?

0:34:380:34:40

-She'll be phoning.

-OK.

-Lovely.

-Thanks a lot. Thank you.

0:34:400:34:45

So off to a good start.

0:34:450:34:47

But will the stars be smiling brightly on the zodiac jug?

0:34:470:34:52

Hopefully lots of local interest on this next item, a silver jug,

0:34:520:34:56

-Glasgow, 1875. It belongs to Hilda.

-Yes.

0:34:560:34:59

-Why are you selling this?

-Well, I'm not interested in it.

0:34:590:35:04

-Aren't you?

-And it's been in the family for so...

-Long time?

0:35:040:35:08

And I would sell it for somebody to appreciate it.

0:35:080:35:13

-It may go towards the top.

-That's good.

-It's not going to soar.

-No.

0:35:130:35:17

-But it will be fancied.

-Oh, yes.

0:35:170:35:21

It's down to that lot, really, isn't it?

0:35:210:35:24

Let's find out what they think.

0:35:240:35:27

255E. Victorian silver zodiac cream jug there.

0:35:300:35:34

50, 30, £20 to make a start.

0:35:360:35:39

£20 is bid. 2, 5, 8.

0:35:390:35:41

30, 2, 5

0:35:410:35:44

38, 40,

0:35:440:35:46

2, 5, 48.

0:35:460:35:48

48 is the lady's bid.

0:35:480:35:50

-50.

-There's fresh bids over there.

0:35:500:35:54

5, 60, 5, 65. Lady's bid at 65.

0:35:580:36:03

Are we all done at £65?

0:36:030:36:05

-Good price.

-Great price. Top end, plus.

-Oh, smashing.

0:36:070:36:12

Smashing!

0:36:120:36:14

Terrific.

0:36:140:36:15

If you've more silver, bring it along to another "Flog It!" valuation.

0:36:150:36:19

-I will do that.

-OK. See you in a year's time.

0:36:190:36:22

Well, maybe see you before.

0:36:220:36:24

So the zodiac jug exceeded its predicted value.

0:36:260:36:29

Now it's time to sell our final lot, the ivory panel.

0:36:290:36:32

Auctioneer William Smith is wielding the gavel.

0:36:320:36:35

It's that wonderful Japanese carved wooden panel,

0:36:390:36:42

inset with some ivory figures.

0:36:420:36:44

-Connie wants a laptop. You want to be mobile.

-Yes.

0:36:440:36:47

That could turn into a laptop, couldn't it?

0:36:470:36:51

In literally two minutes because it's going under the hammer now.

0:36:510:36:55

Let's watch the result and see what happens. Here it is.

0:36:550:36:58

Now we're onto 125A, this very nice 19th-century lacquered wood panel.

0:37:000:37:07

A lot of commissions on this one. We're starting the bidding at £550.

0:37:070:37:12

Straight in, Connie. No problem there.

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Any advance on £550 for the panel? With me on commission at 550.

0:37:160:37:21

600. 650.

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700. 750.

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750 against.

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800. 850.

0:37:300:37:33

950.

0:37:330:37:35

Top of the range laptop.

0:37:370:37:39

£1,000 with me.

0:37:400:37:42

Wow, he's got a bid on the book. and somebody on the telephone.

0:37:420:37:46

They're going bonkers over it!

0:37:460:37:47

£1,100. Any advance on £1,100 for it?

0:37:490:37:52

Behind me on the telephone at £1,100.

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All done at £1,100.

0:37:560:37:59

-Wasn't that brilliant!

-Thank you for picking me.

-My pleasure.

0:37:590:38:03

Thank you for bringing that in. James' eyes popped out on stalks.

0:38:030:38:06

-I had a figure of 600 would be nice.

-That is brilliant, isn't it?

0:38:060:38:10

Well done.

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-So that'll get you a laptop.

-And more.

0:38:120:38:16

Thank you so much for bringing that in.

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What a wonderful end to a wonderful day here, just outside of Edinburgh.

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I hope you've enjoyed the show. Join us again on Flog It!

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But for now, from all of us here, especially Connie, a big goodbye.

0:38:260:38:30

The team visit Balbirnie House near Glenrothes, in the Kingdom of Fife. Helping the crowd discover if they have any hidden treasures are experts Anita Manning and Thomas Plant. Gems include a Japanese ivory panel and a pristine 1950s train set. Plus Paul uncovers a top secret chapter in Fife's history.