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You could be forgiven for thinking we're on the high seas,
because behind me is the North Sea, but we're sticking to dry land,
because today we're in the seaside resort of Herne Bay on the Kent coastline.
Welcome to Flog It!
Our venue today is right on the seafront. It doesn't get much better than that.
Here it is, the magnificent Kings Hall in Herne Bay.
And already a massive, great, big crowd are gathering
all laden with bags and boxes full of antiquarian delight.
They've come to ask that all-important question to our experts, which is...
-ALL: What's it worth?!
-Stay tuned and you'll find out.
'And those experts are the small and stylish Kate Bateman
'and the chic and loveable Mark Stacey.
'Kate combines auctioneering with motherhood, but still seems relaxed and unflustered.'
-How dare you? How very dare you?
-Does nobody else see that? It's the nose, I think.
'Mark's a busy man who works as a consultant and media star.
'He's not averse to a little name dropping.'
-This is a rupee signed by Vera Lynn.
-Oh, yes, it is.
-I've met her, you know.
She thought my valuation was very mean, so I told her she was good at singing and I was good at valuing.
'Coming up in today's programme, we have something which shines out with style.'
That's really the pinnacle of Japanese decorative art, so these are fantastic.
'It's not only the items which benefit from a bit of spit and polish.'
-I had a wash this morning. She made me.
-I should jolly well hope so.
'And I get to visit a splendid castle where you definitely need a head for heights.'
Especially, when you look straight down into the moat. It's scary.
'Let's get on with the show. Being next to the sea has inspired Kate's choice.
'She's talking to Nicola and her daughter Rosie.'
-What have you brought me?
-These are two paintings from my late father.
-We lost him about ten years ago. They were left as part of a collection for the family.
One of the paintings was left to my daughter Rosie and the other one to my daughter Catherine.
-You're a mother-daughter team?
-Two daughters each got a painting?
-OK. Do you know much about the artist?
-No, nothing at all.
They're not particularly old. You've got the artist's name here - James Brereton
Now, he's a fairly prolific, well-known, late 20th century marine artist.
He was born in Derby in the 1950s.
These are about 1980s, and I think it's dated on the back 1981 anyway.
What they're showing is much earlier, 19th-century battle scenes.
We've got our traditional enemies, the French.
Basically, English and French galleons firing against each other.
-Do you like them?
-Yes, I love them.
-They're bloodthirsty scenes.
-You've got cannons dropping in the water.
-This one's my favourite.
There's a lot going on and they're nicely painted. The sea is lovely.
-It reminds me of Grandpa a lot, because he enjoyed the sea.
-Right. Was he a sailor?
-Yes, he had his own ship and he sailed a lot.
-That's probably why he was drawn to them.
I have to talk about condition before we value, because there are some cracks here in the paint.
Also, you've got a little loss here, a bit of paint's flaked off. You can see the canvas underneath.
But overall, they're pretty good. They're what? 30, 35 years old?
-Any ideas price-wise, what you think they're worth?
-I don't know.
-You don't know?
He's interesting. He has done quite a lot at auction, and it's quite a wide range.
He does anywhere from £300 to £400, rightly up to £3,000 and £4,000. It's nice you've got a pair.
Would you want to sell them as a pair or as two separate lots if they went into the sale?
-As a pair.
-As a pair, so they both go or neither go?
Price-wise, I think midway between those estimates I've given you really.
-I would have said for the pair somewhere around £1,000 to £1,500 for the sale.
-What do you think about that?
-I'm happy with that. We wanted to get about a grand for each.
As much as possible. The funds are going for a wedding.
-My eldest daughter is getting married in Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas next year.
So, an expensive wedding.
-Not dressed as Elvis or anything crazy?
-No, no, no.
-Not a total Las Vegas wedding.
Obviously, the auctioneer will try to do as much as they can.
-Would you want to put a reserve on them if they went into the sale?
-Yes, probably £1,500 for the two.
That's at the high end of my estimate.
Now that means the auction couldn't put a low estimate of £1,000 if your reserve is £1,500.
So, you could try them. I would've said more towards the £1,500 with a reserve of £1,000.
If you are adamant and you want to reserve on £1,500,
we'll have to estimate it at £1,500 to £2,000 for the pair,
and tell the auction house to put that in the catalogue with a firm reserve of £1,500.
-It's one of those ones. They may fly away or they may not get a bid.
-You sound like you might be a bit gutted if they go for just that.
-I will be gutted
We've put a high estimate on them, so if they don't sell
-they'll be happily looked after and appreciated anyway.
-They're hung in my mum's house.
And your sister's OK if you sell hers?
We've had a word. We're both OK, cos it's going towards her wedding.
-I think Grandpa would be happy with that.
-Well, it's a nice cause.
-He would approve.
OK, let's give them a go. Let's put the reserve of £1,500 and just see what happens.
-Fingers crossed, OK?
-See you at the sale.
'Well, that's all shipshape then.
'Next up, Alan and Nina have brought along a collection which brings out the child in me.'
-Thank you for bringing the rest of the family it looks like.
There's a lot of mechanical, clockwork toys here. Whose are they?
They belong to the family as such.
My father was an antiques dealer and when he passed away sadly eight years ago,
he left individual items to us, but this was just a box
that was up in his attic, which was then transferred to my attic.
We decided it's about time we sold them
and just split whatever between the family, or the five siblings.
-Well, early German clockwork toys made by Schuco, which dates back to 1912, are the best.
That's where it all started. These, unfortunately, are predominately 1950s and 1960s
and they're all Japanese...but one.
Looking at this little mouse that's got a Tri-ang key in it, that's an English key.
If I turn this little mouse upside-down... There you are. "Schuco. Made in Germany."
So, this is a 1930s toy.
And hopefully, it still works. Let's give it a wind up.
There's a mouse in the house.
Well, that's fabulous. That's the best lot.
I do like this bear, though. I think he's a lot of fun, and if you wind him up...
He's working and, hopefully - look at that - he'll turn the book.
Isn't that lovely?
One hand is turning the pages.
When he gets to the end of the book, the other hand flips it back and they start again.
-That's so clever.
-So much thought.
Most of these little toys you can see are just tin plate bent from a mould,
joined together - they come in two sections - with a lithograph transfer to give them the colour.
A lot of them do have the original felt clothing, which is quite nice.
And you've got some boxes, some packaging,
some Tom and Jerry, a lot later, 1970s.
It's a good mixed lot.
Have you any idea what sort of value you want to put on these?
Not really, no.
They've been in the loft for eight years, and having just got them down, we'd really...
Obviously, everybody likes to think they've got something of great value...
I don't know. What would you suggest?
I would say there's a value of around...
£100 to £200.
-Possibly the top end, £200, a little bit more on a good day.
-So we could put a reserve on it?
-Yes, we'll put a reserve on at £100 if that's all right with you.
-I look forward to seeing you in the auction room. I think this is a bit of fun. I really do.
'There's so much to do I just don't have any more time to play.
'Mark's knuckling down too. He's chatting to Margaret and her grandson about the family silver.'
-Who's this chap here?
-This is my grandson Herbie.
-Hello, Herbie. Nice to see you.
-You've brought in some silver to show us.
-Yes, I have.
-Can you give us a little bit of a family history?
-Yes. It was originally my aunt's.
She passed it on to me when she was going into sheltered accommodation.
I'm afraid it's been in my loft for most of that time.
-I know. We just don't use these sort of things any more.
-We've got two nice pieces. What do you think of the pair? Do you like them?
-Do you? Would you keep them?
-They would be very nice, but I don't think they would fit in the home.
-They're not very practical, are they?
-You're right. What a sensible lad.
We've got two quite different things. We've got a little coffee pot or hot water jug.
Very much, actually, in an 18th-century style, but it's actually much later than that.
-It's London 1924, but it's got quite a good weight to it.
It's got a fruitwood handle.
Ideally, if it had an ivory handle, it would make a lot of difference for the value.
Then we move on to this tray, which, again, is quite a good weight.
This is London 1904, and it's made by the London Goldsmiths' Company.
-It has a bit of a problem. It has an inscription on it.
-Yes, it has.
It is quite thick, so somebody buying that could possibly have it removed,
and then they can put either their own description or have it as a plain tray.
Have you thought about values before?
No, not really, because I wasn't even sure whether it was silver or whether it was plated.
No, absolutely silver, and of course if we look at them we can see here
-there's a full set of hallmarks here for London 1924.
Then on this one, we turn it over and the marks are for London 1904,
and you've got the Goldsmiths' silversmith's mark there as well.
The nice thing is you haven't cleaned them in a while.
I've watched a few television programmes that say don't clean them.
-Don't clean them. Sell them as they are.
-Why is that?
People like to see them fresh on the market.
-They like to think of them as being fresh in the sale, not all polished up and clean.
-How much do you think they're worth, Herbie?
-Well, they are silver.
I think silver's actually quite a bit of money.
You're quite right, you know.
If we were putting them into auction,
I would put on the coffee pot or water jug something around £120 to £160,
and on the tray, something around £150 to £200.
-Because it's got quite a good weight to it.
-How do you feel about that?
-Well, that would be fine, yes.
-Would you put them in separately?
-Yes. Put them in as two lots.
-I would also put the reserve at the low end of the estimate.
-You would, yes.
What would you do if we got a good price for them, Margaret?
-I've got three grandsons, so I think it'll be divided amongst them.
-So it'll come to you.
-I'll split it with my new cousin and my brother.
-A new cousin and brother.
Gosh, so we need to get as much as we can, don't we, to keep you all happy.
-Fantastic. Are you happy to put them in today?
-Yes, very happy.
Then we'll put the reserve at the fixed end of the estimate,
-and we'll see if we can get a good price.
-Thank you for coming.
'Let's hope we can make some money towards the grandson fund for Margaret.
'I think young Herbie can be an antique dealer in years to come.'
Things seem to be moving along at a cracking pace right now.
Our experts have made their first choices of items to go to the auction room.
Let's put those evaluations to the test. Let's see how they fare.
'We've got the beautiful paintings of the sea, which evoke the age of sea battles and adventure.
'We're also selling Alan and Lena's clockwork toy collection, which I couldn't resist.
'And Margaret's inherited silver water pot and tray.'
It's time to up the tempo. This is where anything could happen.
We're testing the valuations
at the Canterbury Auction Galleries in the heart of Canterbury.
Today's auctioneer is Cliona Kilroy.
Before she takes to the rostrum over there, I had a quick chat with her on auction preview day.
This is what she said about one of our items.
Well, something for all the fine art lovers right now. Two seascapes, oil on canvas.
They belong to Nicola and Rosie, and we've got a valuation on the pair for £1,500 to £2,000.
In my opinion, and it's only an opinion at the end of the day,
I thought the valuation might be a little bit punchy.
I was suggesting to the vendor that we might try and reduce the estimate.
They obviously have sentimental attachment to the pictures,
so I understand if they don't achieve the £1,500,
they'd rather keep them, which I understand.
-The artist does have a reasonable track record.
-Yes, he's in the book, isn't he?
Again it's subject matter, isn't it? If this doesn't appeal to you, it's concept art.
It's hard to put values on things, because what I may like and price quite highly,
-somebody else might not like and vice versa.
-Paintings in particular can be quite a fickle market.
-Would you have split the lot if you had the chance?
-I think they're not really a pair. They are two.
-I think that may have benefited the sale of them.
-They wanted them to stay together.
-They wanted to keep them together.
I think you've slightly narrowed your market by selling them as a pair,
-because it's hard to find a wall in a domestic house to put those on the wall together, isn't it?
-It's a hard thing.
-I understand their point of view.
-It's either a matter of selling both or keeping both.
-Yes. Yes, a hard thing to put a price on.
Keep watching, won't you, because we might just have one or two surprises, or we might not.
'There is commission to pay. It does vary between auction houses.
'Here, buyers and sellers pay 20% commission plus VAT.
'Later we'll see how the paintings do,
'but first we've got Alan and Lena's charming clockwork toys.'
Things are ticking along nicely. You could say we're wound up.
Which brings us to our next lot, my valuation, all those little clockwork toys.
Some Japanese and the odd German one there, which is pure quality.
-It's good to see you.
-Lovely to be here.
What have you been up to since I last saw you?
-We've been to York.
-It's absolutely fabulous. Yes.
-Just enjoying ourselves.
-It's nice up there on the coast.
-Some good fish and chips up there.
-We tried it, we tried it.
-Excellent fish and chips, yes.
-Just basically enjoying our retirement.
-Trying to fill the days.
Let's hope we can carry on that enjoyment today with sending you home with lots of money.
-There are lots of bidders. Hopefully, they'll want these.
-We'll find out right now.
Lot 197 is the Schuco patent clockwork mouse
and a selection of other mechanical toys.
-Who will start me at £50?
Thank you. £50 on bid. Who's in on £60?
£60 I have. £70. £80. £90. £100.
On my right £110 now. Any further offer?
I'm selling at £110. The bid is on my right.
Now online at £120. Any further bids?
On the Internet for £120 now, and selling at £120.
Yes! Just couldn't resist.
I was a bit worried for a second.
-Don't forget there's commission to pay plus the VAT.
-Enjoy the rest of the day.
-What are you putting the money towards?
Because there are five siblings, we were going to split it between us.
My father was Polish, he died a few years ago.
His sister, unfortunately, just had to be operated on in Poland.
The medical treatment over there isn't free, so we're going to send the money to her.
-I'm sure he'd appreciate that.
-What's her name?
-Well, I hope she gets well soon.
'That was a good result and the money is clearly going to be put to a worthy cause.
'Next up, it's Rosie who has come along on her own to see the paintings go under the hammer.'
It's great to see you again. I love what you're wearing, the head gear. Look at the camera. Ta-da!
-Isn't that great, Kate?
-Where's Mum today? Where's Nicola?
-She's away in Spain with her mum.
-What part of Spain?
-South, near Almeria.
It doesn't get much better than that.
Listen, we've got £1,500 to £2,000 put on the oil paintings.
Had a quick chat to Cliona earlier on at the auction preview day.
She said she feels £800 to £1,200,
but, hopefully, her top end is your lower end and they can sail away.
-That's what we want?
-You're adamant about this fixed reserve of £1,500?
It's hard to know if they'll go. I would've preferred a slightly lower estimate.
-It's your paintings. You don't have to sell them. See if they go.
-OK, watch this. Don't go away.
213, the James Brereton, the two oil paintings of the marine scenes.
Who will start me at £1,000? Lot 213.
Any interested at £1,000?
-Come on, Rosie! Fingers crossed.
Any bid at £1,000? I'm looking at the room, on the telephone?
Any interest at £1,000?
-No bids? Sorry, we'll have to pass. No bids.
-They're going back on the wall. You love them.
-Yes, I love them.
-So it doesn't matter.
-They mean a lot to me, so I don't mind.
I think that estimate probably frightened a few of the bidders off.
-Enjoy them. They're lovely.
'They didn't sell, but I don't think Rosie was disappointed. Do you?
'Let's hope we have more luck with Margaret and Herbie and their pieces of silver.
'The tree and the water pot are being sold as separate lots.
'The tray's up first with the hot water pot immediately after.'
-Do you like antiques?
-What are the best sort of antiques? Furniture, silver or pictures?
Oh, silver. Gran, why are you selling the family silver?
I don't think anyone will want it really.
-Herbie does. He collects silver, don't you?
-Yes, but I don't collect it.
-Would you rather have the money?
-Well, I don't mind too much.
-You don't mind too much.
Good luck, Herbie. I hope you can see the auctioneer from here.
-Why are you selling this?
-Because you get these things and they sit in the loft.
-Nobody polishes silver any more.
-No. It's a nice weight this tray, so it should do the £200 to £300.
200 to 300, Herbie. Let's hope we get that top end. Here we go.
Lot 405 is the Edward VII two-handled tray.
Who will start me at £100? Any interest at 100?
Oh, come on.
100 bid. Who's in at 110 now?
110 I have online. 120. 130 online.
130? We're up to £150. 160. 170 online.
170? The bid is in the room at £160 now. 170.
190. 200 on the Internet. 210, sir? In the room? 210.
210, thank you. 220?
-220? Bid is in... 220.
-This is good. It's slowly creeping up.
Are we all done? At 220. Anybody else coming in? If not, I'm selling at 220.
-£220. Happy with that Margaret?
-This is our lot.
-This is it, next one. Look, there it is.
421 is the George V silver hot water jug. Who will start me at £100?
£100 to someone? Lot 421. £100 bid.
110 online? 110. 120. 130 online.
140. 150 online.
160. 170 online. 180.
180. 190 online.
Bidding online at 190. If not, the bid is in the room at £180.
We'll sell now at 180 if we're all done.
That has gone down £180. You've got to be pleased with that. Yes? Yes.
-Pleased? Yes. Margaret's pleased?
-Yes, I'm pleased.
-You can divide that up now, can't you?
-But treat yourself.
Good time to sell silver.
'That's a total of £400, which after commission is still a nice amount for the grandchildren.'
That concludes our first visit to the auction room. We're coming back later in the show.
So, whatever you do, don't go away, because I can guarantee one very big surprise.
But while we're here filming in the area, I took the opportunity
to explore some of the local history. Take a look at this.
I absolutely love castles, so I couldn't come to Rochester
and not visit this magnificent Norman example.
Just look at it. What a sight! Structure, with its magnificent square keep.
It's the tallest in the country. It's 113 feet high.
It's been towering over the city for more than 800 years.
It's this aspect of the castle that I've come to find out more about today.
'The early castle walls were built by Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester, in the 11th century.
'The keep was added by William de Corbeil, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1127.
'It's an outstanding example of Norman military architecture.'
Strategically placed on the banks of the River Medway, the castle was guarding the bridge,
which guarded the road onwards to London.
It was a major garrison with a vital role to play -
stop invading armies from marching towards the capital city.
Its aim was to defend and repel, and its secret weapon was the keep.
The keep is the stronghold of the castle. If all else fails, this is where you would head for.
Look at the towers in the keep up there. Can you spot the difference?
Yes, one of them's round. That's an unusual feature. The other three have square sides.
To find out why that particular one is round, we've got to travel back in time
to the reign of King John, and to the famous siege of 1215.
'At that time, the castle was occupied by rebel barons
'who were against the king for not abiding by the Magna Carta.'
Inside the castle, there were around 90 to 140 knights
stationed there with their horses and some of their entourage.
Outside the castle, King John had five huge stone-throwing engines
positioned all along here around Boley Hill.
Relentlessly bombarding the keep day and night for a period of seven weeks.
But this impenetrable keep withstood the bombardment, so King John came up with another plan.
An urgent writ dated at Rochester on 25th November contains an unusual request.
"Send unto us with all speed by day and night
"40 of the fattest pigs of the sort least good for eating
"to bring fire beneath the tower."
King John was extremely determined, so he dug a tunnel where I am now,
right underneath the moat to the southeast tower
where he excavated a big hole and put the fat of the 40 pigs into it.
-He then set it alight.
It burnt the wooden foundations, causing the tower to collapse to the ground.
King John's men rushed through the gap and into the keep.
But the knights weren't giving up that easily.
They barricaded themselves here inside the keep
for another five days until their supplies ran out.
In fact, after seven weeks of surviving and then another five days,
they had to make the ultimate sacrifice and eat their horses.
That must've been a very difficult decision.
Not only were they their only means of transport,
they were brothers in arms in combat and best friends.
It is a testament to the builders and craftsmen that built this place.
Just look at the thickness of the walls.
This really is one of the best fortifications I have ever seen.
It's going to be around for another five centuries.
'King John finally quelled the barons' rebellion,
'but he didn't enjoy success for very long. He died the following year in 1216.
'The tower was rebuilt round instead of square to better deflect future missile attacks.'
Life inside the keep was tough. It wouldn't be open plan like today
with lots of daylight flooding in the roof, because there is no roof.
Once you board that over, it's midnight black in here.
You went about your business by candlelight.
Down there would have been the cesspit, so you can imagine the stink and the damp.
There would've been store rooms, a small chapel, constable rooms, meeting rooms.
As you got higher, the great hall where all the entertaining would've been done.
You can see how the floors have been divided up by these big holes called sockets.
Big oak beams would have been slid into those so you can suspend the floors on them.
On the top floor would have been the bedrooms, the state apartments, where the noblemen slept.
Obviously, the windows got bigger up there, because it was safer up there.
I've climbed up to the very top of the keep. I'm here on the battlements.
You need a head for heights when you're up here.
Especially when you look down there into the moat. That's a bit scary.
Look at the view! You can see for miles.
You can see how the city has built up over the centuries around the castle.
But that's what I want to show you, because looking at the keep from this angle,
you get a real sense of the size of it and the strength of it.
Castles like this fire up the imagination,
and, for me, they wind back the years and bring history alive.
'Our valuation day is being held at Kings Hall in Herne Bay on the southeast coast.
'Kate is chatting to Patricia and Dennis about an unusual lady they've brought along.
-What, or who, have you brought along today?
-Well, we normally call her Eileen.
-What do you know about Eileen?
-Well, all I know is my auntie's had her for years
and she gave it to me 12 years ago.
I've had it in my living room for quite a number of years,
but then I thought I'd put it in the spare bedroom
-and there's she's been.
-Sat in there forever.
-She's quite old.
-She's late Victorian. She's in this dome.
Normally, we don't see figurines in things like this. We usually see clocks in domes,
or we see taxidermy or flower arrangements or things like that, so it's weird to see a figurine.
I can see why you've done it. She's got lots of delicate little bits on her -
leaves and grapes and stuff.
She is made of an unglazed porcelain,
so she's called Parian ware, which is a type of ware.
She's probably continental, so German probably, late 19th century.
I've had a quick look. She's stuck down.
-I never noticed that.
-She's been superglued to the base, which is quite weird.
Again, I can see why, because for moving her it's better to have her stuck down onto the base.
That's quite a weird thing to do. Do you think your aunt did that?
-Maybe her husband, more likely.
-Right, so it was a good idea to stick it down.
Not to be recommended for most porcelain. Please don't stick your porcelain down.
It doesn't really detract from the value.
There may be something written on the bottom, but we can't lift it up and see.
I'm fairly sure she'll just have a number, so that's usually what the German pieces are marked as.
What do you think we can flog it for? The dome is nice.
There are collectors who just buy the dome irrespective of what it is and put something else in it.
I think they're not the most popular things.
You yourselves have said she's got further and further out of the limelight.
I think for auction, she's somewhere between £40 and £60, somewhere like that.
-Is that the kind of thing you were hoping for?
-I was looking for about £50.
Well, OK, let's compromise. Let's put a reserve of 50, and an estimate of £50 to £80.
-Give the auctioneer some discretion on the reserve, so if it gets close, he can sell it.
-He can sell it. Yes.
-That will be nice.
-You're ready to say goodbye to Eileen?
-We said goodbye to her this morning.
-We should say, "Come on, Eileen," and hope she sells.
'Come on, Eileen. Exactly.
'I hope she doesn't come unstuck at the auction.'
-Are you having a good time?
-That's what it's about.
Hopefully, some of you will go home with a lot of money later in the show.
I'm surrounded by antiques of all sorts here from all different periods.
But also lots of collectibles that take me back to my schoolboy days.
One of my favourite programmes was Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons,
and just look at that. I've got the right jacket on for it now.
I thought I should wear a red jacket as we're working by the seaside,
because if anyone wants to know any answers and questions, they just ask a redcoat.
-Mother and daughter I gather?
What a charming little cruet you've brought in.
Where did you get such a lovely object?
-The loft? I wish I could go up in my loft and find things. Tell me more.
-It's been very exciting. It started very sadly. My husband died in November.
-I am sorry.
He had all sorts of antique-y bits and pieces that he gathered over the years.
He didn't buy them. It was all family stuff. It was just wrapped up in the loft.
We'd been going through boxes of it. We found this one and an identical one
-with a pale white background with a blue flower on it.
I decided to give one to each of my daughters,
so Rebecca got the other one and Hannah, who's not here, got this one.
-You don't want to sell yours, Rebecca?
-No, I quite like it.
-And Hannah, your other daughter?
-She wants money for driving lessons.
She liked it, but she'd rather have the money.
I think it's wonderful, because there's one thing about this that makes it wonderful.
That's the name of the designer, William Moorcroft.
It's not signed, but it doesn't have to be,
because all the key things are abandoned in this piece.
First of all, if we look underneath, we see Macintyre's, James Macintyre.
William Moorcroft was first employed by Macintyre's to produce a series of ware,
called Florian Ware, back in the late 1890s.
These are slightly later than that, probably just after 1900, 1910-ish.
They're just charming. You've got this lovely tube-line decoration.
This is very Macintyre's and very William Moorcroft, this screw action to the base.
Apart from a very small chip to the inside of the cover, it's in mint condition.
You've got the mustard pot, the pepper pot and the little salt pot.
It's absolutely charming. I love these little blue cornflowers.
-It's a lovely little set, which will be very collectible, very desirable.
Did your daughter come out with any instructions what not to sell it for?
-Did she have a fixed price?
-No, she had no idea.
-So if I said £50?
-She'd be very happy.
I think that would be a bit mean.
-I think if we estimate it conservatively at, say, £80 to £120...
..and we put a reserve of £80 on it, I would hope it would certainly make 100 or more.
It could surprise us on the day, because these little pieces
aren't as abundant sometimes as the normal domestic wares.
Yours would probably be the same sort of price if not a bit more,
-so when you need driving lessons, come back and see us, all right?
-OK, I will.
-She'd be happy for us to do that?
-She would indeed, yes.
-What more can I say?
-Thank you very much for coming in.
-BOTH: Thank you.
'However much Moorcroft we see, we still get excited about it, and that cruet set was charming.'
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'Someone who's done just that is Jane.
'She's brought in two beautiful bronze vases for Kate to have a look at.'
-What can you tell me about these fantastic vases?
-They were bought by my father during the War at auction.
They raised money for the war effort.
-So they would've been donated by somebody to go into the auction.
-Probably somebody quite important, I'd think, or quite wealthy.
-Quite wealthy, yes.
Do you know anything about them? Do you know where they're from or the date of them?
-I know that they're Japanese, but no idea of the date.
They are Japanese. They're probably Meiji period, which is before 1912, pre-1912.
That's the pinnacle of Japanese decorative arts. These are absolutely fantastic.
If you take a closer look, what you've got is this bronze body, ovoid body.
Then you've got different metals inlaid, so you've got gold, copper and brass and silver.
Then you've got a little design of leaves and birds, usually, wisteria or other sinuous plants.
These are leaves and tendrils. They're absolutely beautiful.
Sometimes, you get a signature on the front, but on the bottom of these I can see a signature.
There's a cartouche and someone's actually scratched an Anglicised name here.
It says "Inouye", which I'm not sure how you pronounce.
-Inouye, is my approximation of that.
A scratch code, which means it's been through a dealer's.
That's probably their code to say what they paid for it.
They're lovely quality and fantastic condition. Are you particularly attached to them?
-I like them, but they don't get put on display very much these days.
-Any idea value-wise what you think they're worth?
-No idea. I would hope at least 200.
£100 each. That seems a fairly reasonable assumption.
I think you're probably a little on the low side.
For auction, I would estimate them at perhaps £300 to £500.
They might even do better on a good day, but I think conservatively, £300 to £500.
-That would be marvellous.
-Reserve-wise, you should put a reserve on them.
I would say, if you're happy to take 200, put that as your reserve.
-Obviously, the buyers won't know your reserve. The estimate catalogue will say 300-500.
-Are you happy to give it a go at that?
-I am, yes.
I think these could do quite well.
-Will you be able to come to see them sell?
-Unfortunately, no. My husband and I will be on holiday.
Right, OK. If they did go, what would you spend the money on?
It would go on another holiday. We're going on a cruise next March. It will go on that.
-Are you on a cruise this time?
-No, no. The Baltic.
Maybe next time, if they sell and you can finance it,
you'll have to go far east in homage to your vases.
-Thank you for bringing them in.
'What lovely pieces. It's a shame Jane won't be there to see them go.'
Well, that's it. Our experts have made their final choices
and I must say we've had a marvellous day here.
They people of Herne Bay have done us proud.
They turned out in their hundreds with some real treasures, which we now must put to the test.
So now we're off. We're heading inland to the Canterbury Auction Rooms.
'And we're taking with us, Patricia and Dennis's figure in a dome,
'that sweet Moorcroft cruet set
'brought in by Elizabeth and daughter Rebecca on behalf of other daughter Hannah,
'and Jane's wonderful Japanese vases.'
'First up, we have Patricia and Dennis, but I can hardly recognise Dennis.'
Dennis you look really frightened. You look so nervous. Give us a smile.
I had a wash this morning. LAUGHTER
Last time, I didn't look all that clean and tidy, so I had a quick wash.
-She made me.
-I should jolly well hope so!
Anyway, we've got the Parian Ware, this lovely figure, going under the hammer.
-£60 to £80, hopefully? A little more, Kate?
-I think we should do it.
If people aren't keen on the figure, they can use the dome
for something like taxidermy or dried flower arrangements.
-Hopefully, that will sell it.
-Are you going to miss it?
-In a way. We won't see Eileen standing there.
-Yes, we lovingly called her Eileen.
Eileen, yes, so probably we'll miss her.
Let's say goodbye to Eileen. Hopefully, she'll get top money.
-Yes, bye, Eileen.
-Good luck. OK, everybody.
Lot 85 is the 19th century Parian Ware figure of the young woman with the fruit and vines.
Who will start me at £50? 50?
-50 on bid. Who's in at 60?
The bid is in the room at £50. Any further offers?
£60 I'm looking for online or anywhere else.
If not, I'll sell to the maiden bid for £50...
-Sold on the opening bid. It's gone. You're happy anyway?
-No, because it could've got smashed.
-Hopefully, it'll go somewhere it'll be shown.
-Somebody will appreciate it one day.
-Hopefully, they've got some salt to clean it.
-Thank you for bringing it in.
-I like your dress as well. You look lovely.
-Thank you, Paul.
'£50 is a cracking result. So long, Eileen.
'Next up is Elizabeth who has come along on her own to sell the Moorcroft cruet set.'
-Elizabeth, where's Rebecca today?
-She's at work. She's started a new job.
She thought it wasn't a good idea to take a day off work so quickly. She started last Monday.
No, you can't really, can you? Setting a good example, Mark.
-You can't take a day off in your first week.
-You cannot. It's not good for the job, is it?
We've got some Macintyre Moorcroft going under the hammer, a three-piece cruet set -
salt and pepper and mustard, early period.
-Should it do a lot more than 80 to 120?
-I'm hoping it will do the top end.
There's a small chip on one of the pieces, but it's very small. Hopefully, it does the top end.
Let's see what the bidders think of the Macintyre Moorcroft. It's going under the hammer.
-Lot 53. Who will start me at £50?
-£60 on bid.
90. 100. 110.
140? Anybody at 140?
140 in the room. 150?
-This is good.
No? It's £170 on the telephone now. Any further offer?
I'm selling at £170. The bid is on the phone 170.
-Are you happy with that?
-Very happy with that.
-Hannah will be very pleased.
-It was hers, wasn't it?
-Rebecca was with you on valuation day.
-It wasn't hers.
-It's her younger sister's.
-She has one at home of her own.
-She's keeping hers?
She might not now she knows it's gone for 170.
-They can only go up in value.
If you sell them in five years' time, you'll get even more money.
'That's a good result and should pay for a few driving lessons for Hannah.
'And finally, while Jane is cruising the world,
'we're going to sell her wonderful Oriental vases.'
-We have her next-door neighbour. Hello!
-It's Erina, isn't it?
-Erina, that's it.
-Did you ever see these vases in the house?
-I don't know where she hid them.
-She must have got them out of the attic.
She brought them along. They drew your attention, Kate. You went, "Wow! Look at these."
The quality was amazing. You can tell they're really nicely made.
-Hopefully, that will translate into bids.
-It will do, won't it?
-Yes, lots of money.
-We're going to find out right now.
590, the pair of Japanese patinated bronze vases, lot 590.
-Who will start me at £200?
220. 230. 240. 250.
260. 270. 280. 290.
300. 320. 340. 360.
380. 400. 420. 440. 460. 480.
500. 520. 540.
-Don't stop. Keep going.
With you at 560, looking for 580.
That's better. Yes.
740. 760. 780.
Anybody at 820?
800. Any further offer?
Any further bid? If not, I'm selling and we're all done.
-She is going to be so pleased.
-Where is she at the moment?
-We'll have to telephone her.
-You're looking after her house.
-Yes, I am.
Well, have a rummage round and see what else she's got.
If she's got a lot in her attic that you never see, get it out.
That's brilliant. I'm pleased. That's about what I thought as well.
-Yes, she'll be so excited.
-Wish she was here.
'That was a magical moment, and I'm sure Jane will be sad to have missed it.
'At least she's well on her way to her next holiday fund.'
It's over for our owners and sadly we're coming to the end of another show.
We've had a few lows and a few highs, but that's auctions for you.
That's why we love doing them. They're just full of surprises.
So do join us again soon for many more, but for now from Canterbury, it's cheerio.
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