Tim Wonnacott presents as two collectors who should know their way around the bargains check out the Festival of Antiques fair in Peterborough.
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There's no real livestock here today
at the East of England Showground near Peterborough,
just thousands of stalls stuffed with goodies for our team to explore.
The big question is, will they find a priceless treasure?
Each team gets £300 and an hour to find three bargain collectables.
They also have an expert to help them make those choices
to find the pieces which will bring the biggest profit.
And if they do make any money they get to keep it.
It's easy. So easy, it's enough to make you go dizzy.
Today's programme is turning out to be something of a generation game.
For the blues we've got Jerry and Lauren, father and daughter.
And for the reds, we've got Karen and Cheryl.
Karen being mother, and stepdaughter.
-Is that right?
Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
Now Cheryl, you first met Karen when she was dating your dad, yes?
-Yes, that's right.
-And you had a bit of a nerve-wracking first encounter?
We went for a Chinese meal, and it was very nerve-wracking
cos I wasn't sure whether I was going to meet the wicked stepmother.
-But luckily she turned out to be quite nice.
Oh, wasn't that a result!
Was it your idea to come on Bargain Hunt?
Yes, it was. Karen didn't actually know that we were coming onto Bargain Hunt at all.
Obviously, I've got quite an interest in antiques, so Karen's learning every day, aren't you?
That's really good. What sort of things are you into?
I quite like '80s film memorabilia.
Ghostbusters, that sort of thing. I have a small Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
And Care Bears and My Little Ponies as well.
-You're owning up to collecting My Little Pony?
-Oh, that's sweet isn't it?
Now, Karen, you and your husband Mick aren't only partners in love, are you?
-You're partners in business.
-Tell us about that.
-We started a company about two years ago.
-And we are a GRP manufacturing company - glass reinforced plastics.
-What sort of things do you make?
Predominantly, we do coach interiors, the drivers' decency screens for a well-known coach company.
You've got rather a noisy hobby.
Yes, we do clay pigeon shooting. That takes up quite a bit of our time.
Do you shoot a 12-bore, then?
-I do, yeah.
-Do you? Yes.
-A proper big man's gun.
Oh, good, well, let's hope your Bargain Hunting's going to be on target today.
Jolly good luck. Now for the blues.
Jerry, you're a great collector, tell us about your favourite subject.
Well, I collect Art Nouveau metalwork, mainly.
That's Archibald Knox, Liberty and the Glasgow school.
Right, all quite expensive things, actually.
-Now, Lauren, are you close to your dad?
-Yes, I am very close to him.
We have quite similar personalities.
I live at home but I want to get a job, probably in
the publishing sector, which I'm in, and live in New York.
Live in New York? That's the business, isn't it? Good for you.
Lauren, much as I know you love your dad,
you have been known to play the odd naughty trick on him, haven't you?
Yes, a few years back when we were holidaying he fell asleep in the sun by the pool,
so I decided to get my bikini top and lay it on him so when he woke up he had the tan lines. So he had to
carry on walking around the swimming pool for the rest of the holiday looking like he wore a bikini.
How very funny. Well, I'm glad you got that off your chest.
Now for the money moment. Here we go. £300 apiece.
£300. You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go and very, very good luck.
So, two teams with family connections,
but who is going to finish up with the mother of all profits?
Each team has their own personal antiques expert on hand.
In the red corner, James Braxton.
In the blue corner, Charles Hanson.
Now, what have you two done with the luggage, then?
They'll turn up somewhere, with any luck!
What's taken your fancy with this one?
It's just something I like,
and it's quite old and hopefully useful.
I thought it was just a nice thing.
It has quite a nice look, doesn't it? It's very heavy-duty.
It's got some serious wheels on it.
-And, I see you, Cheryl, strategically holding the handle... The right handle is gone.
-"Would suit one-armed porter."
What I like about it, the wood is very nice.
It's either elm or ash.
I would probably go for ash for this one.
It's got a bit of give, ash, it's a bit springy, which you need.
It's quite cheap.
-That's what we're thinking.
-If you could get it for £15 or £20 I think we're in with a chance.
-It's a good buy.
-In the meantime, I'll leave you to go and negotiate and I'm going to go on.
-OK. Have you got it?
Cheryl and Karen bagged the one-handled sack barrow for 20 quid.
Roll on the auction, I say.
Jerry, Lauren, come and have a look at this.
I know you're a great man for Arts and Crafts. What do you think?
-Wonderful hand-crafted design.
It's hammered, it's in copper.
Wonderful roundel-embossed detail.
-But Jerry, what is it?
-I suspect it held something by a fire.
Absolutely. If we lift the top up we can see inside.
Slightly stained. It would've been a coal bin.
A decorative coal bin from about 105 years ago.
There's one slight concern with it.
Look at your handles. They look in keeping, but in fact they are later.
-That's a shame, isn't it, but even so it doesn't detract.
-I think it's a great object.
-It's on at £85.
-Well, we'd have to get it down.
-You're right. Set me a target.
-Why don't you say 60?
I think 60 sounds quite reasonable and if I can really negotiate hard it could even be £55.
And with that it could be a bargain.
-That would be outstanding. There's your target.
Charles sure hit the target all right, one copper coal box snapped up for £55.
Cheryl, why? What's going on here?
I quite like this. It's stamped Carlton Ware on the bottom.
Carlton Ware did masses of things, lots of advertising wares,
and they did this very bright colourful range. What sort of date do you think these are?
I wouldn't... I don't have a clue really, to be honest.
You speak of 1987 as them closing.
This looks a lot earlier. It's got a good feel about it, hasn't it?
Probably '30s. What do you think, Karen?
-I'm not a lover of it. But I know Cheryl does like it.
-What's the price of these?
Well, we were looking at buying all three as a set together, so it's 42.
-Shall we appease your friend here?
-Let her have her set.
£42... I think you've got to get it a lot lower.
-Go on, get a better price, get knocking off.
And a better price it was, 33 notes for all three pieces of Carlton Ware.
-Shall we try again?
-Try once more.
-Oh, dear, dear.
-I told you it was rubbish.
-It's fine, Lauren.
-What is it, first of all?
-It's a horse-racing game, I think.
I think the nice thing is, it is all complete, Lauren. That's a really good factor.
Look at the decoration. The enamelling is all there.
It hasn't been repainted.
I don't think it will make a lot of money.
It doesn't work terribly well and it's not very good.
-Well, I'd put £5 of your money on this making a profit.
-That's a deal.
-What's on it?
-It's priced at 35.
-OK. In a saleroom, coming to valuation day, I would say to a client
it's worth, at a gallop, £40. At a walking trot, no more than 20.
It's one of those, Jerry, where we could either fall or fly.
Oh, right. What do you think then, Charles? Is it worth going for?
Buy it for £25. I'm in at 25-1.
And Jerry did manage to knock them down by a tenner. £25 paid. Gee-Wiz, indeed!
Ladies, come over here. What do you think of this? It's taken years off me.
This mighty mirror. It's a nice swing-framed toilet mirror.
-I'm not keen, I'm afraid.
You haven't even looked at it!
-Let me sell it to you. It's nice mahogany.
It's got a lot of turning, there's a lot going on here.
We've got acorn finials. We've got ebonised bosses,
which is reflected in the rather nice ebony stringing round the mirror.
But it's a nice item. I like it.
-And price-wise, £40.
-Oh, that's not too bad.
-Pretty good, then.
-You haven't really sold it to me, but it's not a bad price.
-I think it will do well.
It's great for a dressing table, a really nice item.
And it's a done deal. I have taken some drastic action. This, I have bought.
Well, it's a good price, so we're OK.
-Yes, £40 is good.
-That's great, well done, another one in the bag, toodle-pip!
That was a close call.
-How're you doing?
And where was this?
This was at a stand specialising in Art Nouveau.
Very nice. It appeals to you for what reason?
Mainly because of the colour of the heart enamel because that is my favourite colour.
And from seeing things that my dad's bought. I've started to like them.
We'll look at the form. I'll pass this to you, Jerry.
Here we've got, looking at this motif on the top section first of all,
this typical, almost Charles Voysey, heart-shaped motif.
Glasgow School of Art, lovely enamel.
And if we wander down this form, it's very much Arts and Crafts style, a return to craftsmanship,
honesty, integrity in design. What's on the base?
There's a bit of a mark... Connell, 83 Cheapside.
Good. George Connell, that's a nice mark.
-Connell was a designer at Liberty's in the very early years of the 20th century.
And we can see from this nice early mark as well, it'll be 1905 or thereabouts.
-What's it worth?
-Auction guide price with me between £40 and £60.
-Well, it's for sale at 90.
-OK. So we'll have to get it down.
-It's a little rich, isn't it?
-Yeah, a little rich. I know you like it but we're here to make money.
-I'm here to win with you guys.
-Do your stuff.
-OK, I'm sure I will.
-Strut your stuff.
-I will try my hardest.
Lauren loves it, and Lauren bought it. Price, £60.
Four, three, two, one, time's up. Let's see what the teams have bought.
Cheryl and Karen started with the sack barrow, rolling in at £20.
They got the three pieces of Carlton Ware for £33.
And that mahogany toilet mirror? James clearly likes it.
And he liked the price too. £40 paid.
Let's see what the blues bought.
Lauren and Jerry went with the copper coal box.
Will it set the auction alight? £55 paid.
This tin-plate horsey game cost a pony - £25 to you and me.
And the jug came in at £60.
Will it prove rewarding or not?
We've come almost to the east coast to TW Gaze saleroom in Diss,
to be especially with Elizabeth Talbot.
-I'm very flattered you've come all this way!
-What could be nicer?!
-Cheryl and Karen went with the sack barrow.
Which at first glance is not, in my view, likely to be a great hit.
But you love these things here, don't you?
We do, I'm afraid. It's something we can't get enough of.
You have different ones. Porters' sack barrows from railway stations,
sack barrows from the local store, and lots of different variations. So they're surprisingly interesting.
-What's it worth?
-Well, we're hoping it will fetch £30-£40.
Well, that would be fantastic. £20 paid.
-What about these three little pieces of Carlton?
Like a lot of other pieces of Carlton Ware,
-they don't stand apart from any other of the leaf and tomato design. Seen one, seen them all.
-So the estimate we've put on is £25-£35.
-OK, £33 they paid.
-We won't get much more than that.
No, what about the toilet mirror?
Useful little piece of furniture which has a lot of decorative detail to it.
It's late as they go, late 19th, early 20th century in date.
-Bevelled mirror which always indicates more quality than a flat mirror.
-I quite like it, yes.
-Lovely, what's your estimate?
-They paid £40.
-So that looks a bit tight.
But your sack barrow, if you're predicting correctly, they should do all right on.
The salad bowls will be a disaster.
-Overall they will need their bonus buy.
-I think so.
Let's go and have a look at it.
So did you have a great time shopping?
-Yes, it was good fun wasn't it?
-Yes, a bit hectic.
But you girls love all that, don't you?
-You only spent a miserable £93, giving James £207, which is a phenomenal amount of money.
Do we want to see how he's spent it?
-We do, yes.
-Do we really want to see? We really want to see, James.
-There we are. Something flashy.
-It certainly is.
-A silver-plated, sort of mantel timepiece.
-Rather nice little clock. It does actually work as well.
-How much did you pay for it?
-Well, I spent £40...
-..of that £207.
-What do you think?
-I'm not that keen on it.
-Neither am I!
-It's not really our thing.
-It sounds very cheap.
How much would you expect it to go for?
-Well, I asked my clock man at work and he thought 100-110.
You don't have to take it, though.
You don't even have to decide until the sale of your first three items, but for the viewers at home
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about the timepiece.
Well, that's nice and shiny, isn't it, Elizabeth?
Certainly is. I like this, actually.
We've seen similar models to this sell for up to 100, 120 before
so I think we've a bit of scope that this will do fairly well.
-How much then?
-How much? £50-£70.
-£40 paid. Splendido.
That's it for the reds, let's have a look at the blues.
-Lauren and Jerry went for the coal box.
-The style of it is in the right vein.
I like the Arts and Crafts, the interlaced strap work and the designer look to the roundels, etc.
You're incredibly positive as ever, Elizabeth, which is great.
How much do you think it's going to bring?
We're looking at £80-£120.
-Really? That would be a belter.
-We'll see what we can do.
-£55 they paid.
-They should see that back.
-Lovely. Now Gee-Wiz, our little novelty game.
-It's a bit of fun.
Great fun. The positives are a nice period of game-making.
In the 1930s, all these parlour games where they gathered around...
-No telly. Exactly.
-Fed up with the radio, a bit of Gee-Wiz.
-A bit of Gee-Wiz.
"How about a game of Gee-Wiz tonight?"
-That could lead to...
-All sorts of things.
But the sad thing is it has suffered a bit of damage.
And again to a collector it has lost its box.
It would have been in a small box, with a nice decorative lid illustrating the contents.
And that would have been really evocative of the 1930s. So, £10-£20 for that one.
£25 is what they paid. I think they'll be lucky to get £25 back.
Now for the pewter- and ceramic-inlaid wee covered jug. Do you fancy this as an object?
I don't personally like it as much as copper from the Art Nouveau period and Art Deco period
and the Arts and Crafts period.
I like the combination and the shape of the piece.
I like the heart insert but I don't think the Liberty connection is strong enough.
I'd pin it more on its style than on the Liberty connection.
It has a little something about it. What's your estimate?
-£40 to £60? Well, they paid £60.
I am amazed by what you've put on the coal box.
-And very encouraged by that.
-I mean basically the whole thing may wash its face.
In which case they'll probably need their bonus buy and we'll go and have a look at it.
-Lauren and Jerry, you had a fantastic shop up there, didn't you?
Super. Anyway, you spent 140, you gave Charles 160, what did you spend the 160 on?
-Look at that, just look at that.
-Yeah, look at it!
It's a masterpiece by the infamous name Clarice Cliff.
And this is what I would call delicious Delicia pattern.
It's the Delicia pattern, which was a very, very rare Clarice pattern which came out in 1929.
It's unique for its type of drip-enamelled glaze effect.
-In really good condition it's a rare item.
-How much did you buy it for?
-Well, it's quite expensive, Lauren.
-I set sail and I paid £160 for it.
-No, I'm not joking.
-You're not joking.
-It was 160, was it?
-Do you honestly think it will make a profit?
-We would be taking a gamble here, but I do rate it.
-You have until the sale of your first three items to decide,
but just bear in mind what he has to say about the speculative nature of this beast.
On the other hand you may have no choice at that moment but to go with the bonus buy.
But for the viewers at home let's find out what the auctioneer thinks.
No programme would be complete without a bit of Clarice Cliff.
It's not always this type of Clarice Cliff that we see, is it?
-The Delicia is very, very distinctive for this dribble glaze
that Shelley and other factories used to do. This is very distinctively Clarice Cliff colours.
-Anyway, £80 to £120, but I think it might do a bit more than that. £160.
-Might it? On a good day?
Yes, but probably not over £200.
-Well, they paid 160.
-Well, I think that's about right.
-They've got a chance of getting 160?
-Anyway, we will see you on the rostrum.
-You certainly shall.
-We look forward to it very much.
C and K, Cheryl and Karen, how are you feeling?
-Why are you nervous, Karen?
-Cos we're not sure whether we'll make any money or not.
-We want to win.
-You only spent £93.
-Which is so miserable.
Anyway you've got James' bonus buy to fall back on.
-How exciting is that?
-That mantel clock.
-I urge you to take it.
Yes, even before we get there.
But let's sell the first three items, OK?
And your first lot is the sack barrow, and here it comes.
Lot 250, the ash-frame sack barrow.
Just the thing to wheel all your purchases away on.
Lot 250. Where am I for this?
Start me at £20. Could be nicely restored, that.
£20 on the sack barrow there. 10 is the hand, where's 12...?
You can never have too many sack barrows. 12 is bid, 15...
-You're in profit.
Gallery's at 22... Now at 22, the lady down below. Any advance on £22?
£22, you made a couple of quid on that, that is fantastic.
Well done, you made £2.
-Now, Carlton Ware.
-Lot 251. We have three various Carlton Ware dishes.
-And I have £10 start, where's 12?
-At £10. 12 is bid. 15...
18 is the gallery, I'm out.
18 is now above on the three items, at 18, where's 20?
At £18, are you all done at 18?
Oh, no, I had a bad feeling about those dishes. 18.
-That doesn't matter.
-2 off 20, that means you are minus 15.
You are overall minus £13, all right?
-£13 down. Stand by for the toilet mirror.
-Moving along now.
Lot 252, which is the 19th-century mahogany toilet mirror.
Nice swing toilet mirror with a ring-turned frame.
Where may I say for this one? Dare I start at £25...?
42...45...48... I'm out.
You're in profit. Well done, girls.
Now standing in the room at 48, now 50 I'll take, 50's bid.
Go on! 55.
£50 to my left, any advance?
Oh, blast it. £50.
Anyway you are plus £10 on that
-which means overall you are minus 3, which is nothing.
-You've got to go for the clock.
-We've got to go for the clock.
Can you believe that, you are only minus £3?
-You love that clock.
-I think it's absolutely fabulous.
Fantastic, that's what you said all along.
-Let's see what happens.
-Here comes the bonus buy.
-Lot 256, the Edwardian plated timepiece.
Stylish timepiece here in a lovely case.
I start at £28. £28 is bid. Where's 30...?
28 with me, 30 bid.
45 is above. I'm out. 48...and 50...5...
55 is down below, at 55 now, a good clock at 55,
any advance on £55...?
£55. I can't bear the tension! £55, you've made £15 on that.
You are in profit, girls, with £12!
-That is fantastic. £12. Well done, James, that's a very good bonus buy.
-At least we haven't lost any!
-You haven't lost money. You are going home with notes.
I tell you, this could easily be a winning score.
It could easily be a winning score.
-So don't tell the blues anything. Shtoom?
-OK now, Lauren and Jerry. Right.
-How are you feeling?
-Nervous, but excited.
-What have you got to be nervous about?
-Well, I want to win.
-You want to win.
-You want to go home with a pile of dough?
The first up is your coal box and here it comes.
Lot 275 now, we have the Arts and Crafts copper coal box.
Good handsome box, good design to this one.
Lot 275. Where may I say for this one?
-Start me at 100. 50 I'll take.
£50 for this one, it's a good box.
-30 anywhere? Surely £30?
30 I have, £30 bid now where's two? 32...35...
45 is above, 48 new bidder,
70...70's above, at £70 now, it's a good piece,
at 70 you're out below, sir, 70 above, any advance on £70?
-Are you feeling better?
55, 65, you're plus 15.
Now, Gee-Wiz, look out! Gee-Wiz, this could be a bit hairy.
Lot 276, the tin-plate Gee-Wiz horse-racing game from the 1930s.
Interest on the sheets, and I have an £8 start, £8 bid...
18, with me at 18 now, where's 20?
-Yes, good auctioneer.
£28 with me. It's racing away, any advance on 28?
£28, 30's the gallery and I'm out.
£30. Now above at 30, any advance?
-And you've got to give me a fiver.
-That's £20 up.
I bet him £5, didn't I, if it made money?
It's all going to hinge on Liberty's.
You are £20 up, girls and boys. Right, look out for this.
Lot 277 now, we have the early 20th-century Liberty-style
Arts and Crafts pewter jug there.
And on the sheets here I start at £32. £32 is bid.
-At £32 bid, the next Arts and Crafts piece, 32...
48 with me, at 48 now, 50, new bidder, 55...60...5...
Back with me at 65 now, I'll take 70. At £65, any advance?
-At £65! You've made another fiver on that.
You have made a profit on each lot.
-That is brilliant, isn't it?
-Super, well done.
-Well done to you.
Hang on a minute. Plus £25.
-Are you going to go with the bonus buy?
-Come on, you choose.
-No, you're not going with it?
-Here it comes.
-Lot 281 now.
We have the 1930s Clarice Cliff Delicia pattern vase there.
A good piece here for Clarice Cliff. May I say £100 to start?
-It's a good object, this.
-Come on, £50 I'll take, £50, anybody want this one?
At £50, surely. Does nobody want this one at £50? Come on!
-I did say it looked like someone had been sick on it.
-So did I.
-Is that what you said?
-I don't believe it!
£30? No? I will actually pass on that one.
They passed it?! Is that a first?
That's the first time we've had a bonus-buy passed!
-What's going on? I don't believe this!
-It's your accolade, Charles.
-Thank God for that.
-I don't believe it!
All for the wrong reasons!
-Anyway I think we're all terribly pleased that you didn't go with the bonus buy.
We're very, very pleased about that.
You are £25 up, all right, irrespective of the family carve-up of the winnings,
with Lauren paying her £5 out.
But I do not want you to tell the reds, OK?
-Stay shtoom on this because we'll reveal all at the end of the show.
But you've been a fantastic team. Bad luck, Carlos.
-I'm lost for words, Tim.
-Yeah, you're not the only one.
Well, well, well, well, isn't it marvellous when you have two teams both in profit and extremely close?
Now, have you been chattering to one another?
-You haven't said a thing?
-Not a thing.
-That's not very sociable, is it?
Oh, right. Well, it's the big profit question that I'm glad you haven't talked about,
because it is my duty to unveil today the winner and the runner-up.
And I have to tell you it is the reds who are the runners-up.
How about that? So, overall you have £12. Cheryl, there you go. £12.
-Your tenner and a couple of quid. Have you had fun?
-Have you had a good time, Karen?
-You've been a great team, thank you very much. But for the victors, the blues, this is amazing.
Despite everything, you've managed to hang on to £25.
-In fact you made a profit on each item.
-Which is brilliant.
And then your smartest move was not to go with the bonus buy!
I said that quite quickly, Charles, trying to mask this, because as the bonus buy didn't sell...
I would have had to charge you with £160-worth.
-The full monty would have gone on the account, I'm afraid.
But you didn't go with that and that was very wise.
-Thank you very much.
-Jerry, £25 with our compliments.
-That's the bet.
-Oh, it's for the bet!
They have a lot of sorting-out to do in their family. Anyway, have you had a nice time?
-We've loved having you on the programme. Great, great fun.
-Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
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Tim Wonnacott presents as two collectors who should know their way around the bargains check out the Festival of Antiques fair in Peterborough. Experts Charles Hanson and James Braxton are on hand to help - whose items will turn the most profit at auction?