Bargain Hunt visits Scotland as two pairs of teams scoop up some brilliant bargains. Tim Wonnacott presents, with James Lewis and Paul Laidlaw.
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Ha ha! Did I fool you?
Well, this gadget gives you a hint as to where we are today,
so let's go Bargain Hunting!
Today, we're in the centre of Glasgow
at the Clydeside Antique Centre,
where there's no less than 25,000 square feet
crammed with antiques and collectables,
which means our teams today are going to be rushed off their feet
finding the most profitable goodies.
I ventured outside to the banks of the Clyde to tell you the rules.
Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items
which they sell later at auction,
and any leftover lolly gets given to their expert to find a bonus buy.
They say you can't choose your family, but you can choose
your friends, so today's teams
have done incredibly well
because we have two teams of incredibly close friends.
For the Reds we've got Ephie and Pat
and for the Blues, Nan and Rita. Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
-It's very, very, very nice to see you.
-Now, Pat, how long have you been friends?
-About 30 odd years.
-How did you meet?
Through the church and through business. My husband and I
had a small grocer's shop in a village,
-and Ephie's husband had a butcher's business two villages along.
And we used to buy some of their meats and take them to our grocer's
and the villagers kept insisting, is it Halliday's meat?
And if it wasn't Halliday's meat they didn't want to know!
Why did you apply to come on the show?
Well, my friend, dear friend Ephie, she had a very rough year last year.
I applied and Ephie knew nothing about it.
What happened when you got the call, Ephie? Were you surprised?
I was sitting down on a seat, so it was just as well!
-What, you might have tottered over otherwise?
-Were you excited?
-Do you watch a bit yourself?
-Oh, I watch it every day.
-Do you? Do you like antiques, Eph?
-Oh, very much so.
-What sort of things do you like?
Well, my favourite is brass, believe it or not.
-But, do you like old brass or modern?
-Oh, yeah, the old. Oh, yes.
-It's got to be the old?
-Oh, it's got to be the old stuff.
Have you got any other hobbies apart from the brass job?
Well, I'm very involved in the church and I was ex-organist of the church.
-For 60, maybe, years.
You were an organist for 60 years!
-Ephie, you shouldn't be owning up to that!
-Yes, well, I was!
-But you started as a child!
Well, I think you're going to do incredibly well, you girls,
-today on Bargain Hunt.
-And lots of luck.
Now, for the Blues. Rita, how did you two meet?
We met when Nan joined the Haighton Writers' Group,
which I was already a member.
That's nice, isn't it? Tell me about this writers' group?
-Are you all budding novelists?
-She's the poet, I write short stories.
-Oh, lovely! Now, Rita, do you like antiques?
-What do you like best?
-So, you're planning to buy
-an enormous piece of furniture today with your £300?
-Oh, I would love to.
-I would love to.
-Well, the BBC carriers will look forward to that!
Now, you're also keen on Clarice Cliff, aren't you?
-Tim, I love Clarice Cliff.
To me, she is the greatest female potter of her era.
And the nice thing was that before she died, she saw her pottery
-being auctioned off for thousands of pounds.
And she was alleged to have said, "The world has gone mad!"
Well, let's hope that we get a really mad result today, I tell you!
Girls, here's your £300. There's the £300. You know the rules.
Your experts await and off you go and very good luck!
Let's find out who's championing our teams today.
With a bit of friendly rivalry,
we have Paul Laidlaw for the Reds and James Lewis for the Blues.
And they'll be helping not one, but two lots of teams today.
What do you think of that little charmer?
I think it's a nice design and I think it would fit
into any room in the house because it would go with any colour scheme.
I think you are quite savvy on the furnishing front!
You're saying all the right things!
I mean, would you hazard a guess at its period?
I'm saying, maybe, '30s, '40s?
Well, I think most would agree with you, there. In truth, it could be as
late as the '50s. Mid 20th century.
Is it precise enough? Strikingly art deco, lovely clean alabaster.
There's one little catch, though. Have you spotted it?
-Well, there's a wee crack.
-I was just looking at it, just now.
But, it's not a howler. The rest of it, importantly, isn't damaged.
What do you think the ticket would be on that?
Maybe about 35. It's very clean cut.
Isn't it? 28 we can get it for.
-I think there's some legs in that.
OK, if it comes to auction, what do I think it's worth? 30 to 40?
So, I think there's a little profit.
Rita has found this.
-What do you think?
-Right, OK. Well, it's... You know what it is?
Two different canteens. Ah, two canteens not full of cutlery.
-A canteen not full of cutlery is a little like a bike with no wheels.
Not much good. Of course, these days we do not have formal dining,
so there isn't a huge demand for these. But, I have to say,
if you look at this one, this one is much better.
And it has these wonderful locking devices at the front that are capped
in brass, look, here.
-So, how much are they asking for it?
-£50 for the two of them?
-The two of them!
-The two together!
-The two of them together.
-That's really unusual.
But, £50, it's not a lot of money, is it?
See if you can get them down just a little bit and
if we can, we've got a chance.
The girls finally forked out £45 for the two canteens of cutlery.
Ephie, what do you think of this?
-Oh, that's nice!
-Some expertise, please?
-Well, period? Do you guys have any inclination?
-I don't think so.
-I'd be saying 1860, give or take a decade.
-As early as that?
Give or take a decade. It's a nice Victorian piece of furniture, that.
If we look at the gilding on this, or the gilt elements,
you've got that brass strap work detailing there.
You've got almost chrysanthemum paterae here we call them, perhaps.
-I noticed that one or two things were missing.
Is there much like that? There's a problem.
There's something on the other side.
Yeah, condition is all important.
I think there's life in it yet.
What's the price? Is it an expensive piece of furniture?
55? Fair, isn't it?
Fair at 55, but we've got to be cautious because there is
more money to spend on it.
I mean, given what I've spotted, would you still chase it?
-What do you think?
-Yes, I think so.
-Yes, I like it.
-If we can get it down a bit.
-I would like to bargain for that.
-I would like to have a bargain!
-I really would!
-Work your magic!
Pat did work her magic and knocked a cool £20 off the asking price.
-What about that? What do you think of that?
-It's been in bits.
-Yeah, I had a look at that earlier.
It's a nice thing, a bit of Derby porcelain, but this!
-We like that.
-Is that Lalique?
-Like Lalique, in the style of Lalique.
It's French, 1930's. Doesn't have the quality moulding Lalique has,
probably by somebody like Sabino, one of the lesser known factories.
It's got a few chips, not an easy thing to sell, so what can you do?
It can be ground down there, you know, so it's not a big problem.
-It could be.
-What would your best price be, Raymond?
-Go £50 on it.
£50 is enough. I would want to see this at £35
if we're going to have a chance.
I understand if you can't do it, but if we've got a chance at 35.
-Let's go for 35. Right, it's a deal? Thank you! That's great.
I hope you do well with it. Just watch that you don't drop it!
-I think there's a profit in that.
Ha ha! Everybody loves Raymond!
Now, what's this cheeky little number the Reds are eyeing up?
This has got to be a windup!
I think it has a market for young people that have upmarket flats.
Ah, I hear what you're saying. Do you know anything more about it?
Have we got any clues? There's a clue.
Giovanni. In the absence of that, it's more of a speculative piece.
I know of one guy that it could be. A guy called Giovanni Schoeman.
What Schoeman came up with was taking metal dust and marrying it
with a synthetic resin and we'd call this today cold-cast bronze.
Is this an expensive object? Is there a price on it?
Well, I think they're asking roughly...
-About 100 and...
140. Well, look, I'm going to come clean and say I've no experience
of handling this man's work.
I'd just have to go on instinct.
But, in truth, at auction what's it worth?
-I just don't know. You still up for it, give it a go?
-In for a shilling, in for a pound!
-Try and get it for a shilling!
-Well, we'll try! We'll do our best.
-Thank you very much.
Well, they may not have got it for a wee shilling,
but at £70 they didn't do half bad.
James, what do you think of these?
I have to say, don't give up the day job!
I think they're nice. They're fun things.
-Yeah, they are. They're great.
-They could go on a wall, on a table.
-That's what they're reduced to, really.
-The backs are wonderfully shaped.
-Is that rosewood?
and these are outlined with boxwood.
And the fronts are, again...
That's almost satinwood.
We've got a little rim of bone and we've got mother of pearl
and abalone around the outside.
So, this would have been made around 1870, 1880.
Boxed and in perfect condition, at auction these would make £35 to
£40 each. How much are these?
They're asking £70 a pair.
Well, if you can get them below 50, I think you've done well.
-So, have a go and do your best.
-Right, let's go. We'll do our best. Thank you.
Our musical duo plucked some strings and bought the mandolins for £35.
Amused or not?
Either way, time's up. Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.
What do you think, ma'am?
The Reds kicked off with the art deco clock.
Will it make a profit at auction? Only time will tell.
The Victorian rocking chair is an attractive little piece,
especially at £35.
Finally, will the cubist nude titillate the buyers today?
Now, Ephie and Pat, did you have a great time shopping?
-Oh, we've had a marvellous time!
-I bet you did.
-Now, which is your favourite piece?
-Probably the little rocking chair.
-That's your favourite. And what about you, Pat?
-I agree with Ephie.
Very sensible. What's for certain is you spent £133, which is not a lot.
-£167 of leftover lolly coming straight over to Paul Laidlaw.
Are you going to be able to keep up your record of excellent profits
-today, do you think?
-Yeah, I've got a good feeling today, I really have!
I've got perhaps the name in Scottish architecture and design.
No wonder you've got a warm feeling!
Anyway, you'd better go and snaffle it in case it goes somewhere else.
Very good luck. Now, let's remind ourselves what the Blues bought.
Our canny Blues started off by buying the two canteens for £45.
The art deco opalescent bowl is a nice little buy,
but will it make a profit?
And £35 for two mandolins?
Music to my ears!
-Nan and Rita, did you have a good time?
-A wonderful time, Tim.
-Which is your favourite piece?
-My favourite piece, Tim, is the plate.
-The glass plate.
-Rita, what's your favourite, darling?
-I agree with Nan 100%.
I wouldn't bet it's not Lalique.
Anyway, you only spent £115 which is terribly disappointing.
I want £185 worth of leftover lolly, which I'm going to give JL.
Have you got anything in mind to buy?
Yes, something probably more famous for its breakfasts than antiques.
-Oh, there we go! Not the movie breakfast
-by any chance, is it?
-I'm onto something here! Good luck.
We popped up from the River Clyde
in Glasgow to Great Western Auctions in Glasgow,
with our favourite auctioneer,
-Anita Manning. How lovely to see you!
Now, Ephie and Pat, their first item is this Art Deco-style clock.
-There is a little damage on it, but it has a sort of retro look.
Actually, they only paid £28 for it, which is not much.
But what's your estimate, Anita?
15 to 25.
Well, you'll get somebody
on board for it and they'll get what they paid for, really.
Well, something similarly old and tired next, which is the
little child's rocking chair.
-What's your estimate?
-60 to 80.
-Very good, because they paid £35.
Next is this rather strange Cubist-looking relief.
What do you make of this, Anita?
I love this! Now, Giovanni Schoeman was an interesting artist.
He was South African and he worked in the latter part of the 20th century.
-I've put 60 to 80 on it.
It may drop, but it may be well fancied, so it's a wee bit difficult.
I've put an in-between estimate.
£70 they paid and I think you're absolutely right.
Speculatively, somebody could go for it.
But overall, based on your estimates, they probably
don't need a bonus buy, but let's look at it anyway.
Now, Ephie and Pat, you spent £133.
You gave 177 to Paul Laidlaw. What did he spend it on?
-I spent it on this little Glasgow treasure.
-Oh, it's a wee spoon!
This is way better than a wee spoon
-because this came from Miss Cranston's tearooms!
And this spoon was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
-for Miss Cranston's tearooms.
That little treasure.
I know of four that were sold together in Edinburgh, made £400.
-Ask me how much I paid? You do the sums, of course.
-Not a difficult one, that!
-And how much?
-Do you think it might make a profit?
-I will be flabbergasted...
-If it doesn't.
-..if it doesn't in this saleroom today.
It's clever of you to make that association with Glasgow
and bring it to the right place, Paul. Congratulations on that.
Girls, you don't have to decide
until after the sale of your first three items.
But for the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks.
I fancy we've got the right object in the right place.
You certainly have! This looks a modest wee thing,
but in actual fact, it came from the Willow Tea Rooms,
which is owned by Miss Cranston
and she commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to design everything,
from the wonderful panels, the glassware,
to little spoons like that.
Now, Paul, he paid £65 for it.
-Is he going to make his money back, do you think?
-Well, I've estimated
it 60 to 80, but I'm hoping for more.
But we'll only know when the hammer falls.
Yes, that's so true. Anyway, I'm going to grab it back.
Thanks for the explanation. And that is it for the Reds.
Now, for the Blues, Nan and Rita.
First up is this glass bowl.
-So, is it worth £35?
-I've estimated it 30 to 40.
It could go to 50, if it was in perfect condition.
Next up are the two oak canteen boxes.
I suppose somebody will buy those to try and fit them up
-again, will they?
-Uh-huh. These are good solid boxes.
They could be cleaned up and they have a bit of potential.
And what are they worth, Anita?
I've estimated 40 to 60. They must be worth 20 quid each.
£45 paid, that's all right. Should be about in the money with that.
I want to find out whether this thing plays your music. Does it?
I'm a romantic and I think these are lovely things.
I love the shape of mandolins.
I love the tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl details.
-As little works of art they're great, aren't they?
I would estimate them at 40 to 60.
£35 they paid, which, when you think about it, bearing in mind
they are so beautifully made, is no money at all.
Overall, perhaps they're in the money already, but in any event,
they've got their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
Rita and Nan, you spent £115.
That means £185 went to James Lewis.
The big question is, did he blow the lot?
OK, James, what have you got for us?
It's a little whistle, it's a little charm,
but most of all, it's by Tiffany.
-It is! It's 14-carat gold.
-Do you want to hold it, Rita?
Have a blow! Try it!
-Practical as well!
-Do you like it?
-Yes, I do.
-I do like it.
-The thing is, James, will it make a profit?
-Well, how much do you think I paid for it?
-Well, we gave you £180.
-If it's Tiffany, obviously, it's worth a bob or two.
Oh, no, I didn't pay that much. £40!
So, I reckon there is a profit in that somewhere between £50 and £80.
-Win, lose or draw, we'll probably go for it!
-Oh, you don't have to decide yet!
-You decide later.
Now for the audience, let's find out what
the auctioneer thinks.
The most important thing about this little item is the maker.
One of the most prestigious designers and retailers of jewellery and glass.
How much is it worth, Anita?
-Estimate, 40 to 60.
-That cunning James Lewis, he only paid £40.
Which is brilliant, isn't it?
-So, look forward to a bit of fun at the auction, won't we?
-So, girls, are you excited?
-I mean, this is a big day, isn't it?
-A very big day!
-A very big day.
The room is crowded.
The first lot is the Art Deco-style clock, and here it comes!
It's an Art Deco-style alabaster clock.
Classic design. Start me at £10.
10 bid. With you, sir, at 10. 12.
-15. 18. 20.
22. 25. 28. 30.
-We're in profit!
-It's with you, sir, at £30.
On the floor at £30.
-We're in profit!
£30 is plus £2 and that's a very good start!
-Thank you, Paul!
-Now, Pat, it's down to you, look up.
It's this Regency-style stool, ladies and gentlemen.
Now, a lovely little children's rocking chair. Start me at £40.
Start me at... 20 bid. I'll take 20.
-Come on! Oh!
-I'll take 20.
Any advance on 20? 30.
I'll catch you in a minute. 30. 40.
Any advance on 60? 70, back in! 80.
-Any advance on 80?
Any advance on £100? 110.
With you, sir, at 130.
All done at 130? 130.
-Good Lord! £130!
You've made £95 profit on that.
95 plus two, you are plus 97. Standby!
An interesting lot,
It's a bronzed Cubist nude by Giovanni Schoeman
and I can start the bidding at £30.
-It's with me at 30. 40. 50. 60.
-Bring it on!
90. 100. 110. 110.
-With you, sir, at £110.
-We're doing well, Paul!
-Any advance on 110? All done at 110?
£110, that is amazing!
You've made £40 profit on that, Pat,
which means overall you are plus £137.
Now, what about this bonus buy?
-Yes, or no?
-Right, I'll go with you.
-You think yes?
-Well, done, ladies.
-You're definitely going to do this?
-She's a superior lady.
-She's the Mother Superior!
Well, the Mother Superior says yes!
We are going with the bonus buy, and here it comes!
By Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
It's a little electroplated teaspoon for Miss Cranston's Willow Tearooms.
Now, these do not come often on the market.
-Start me at 100. £80, then? 80 bid.
-You've made a profit.
Any advance on 80? 90. 100. 110.
-120. 130. 140. 150.
-£160. Any advance on 160?
-Any advance... 170, back in.
Now, that... What a legend!
Any advance on 170? All done at 170?
180, back in again. 180.
Any advance on 180? All done at 180?
-You are plus £115.
-How about that!
-You deserved it!
-£115 profit! Isn't that phenomenal?
£115! I can't believe it!
That is absolutely wonderful.
So, overall then, 137, 237, 247...
£252 plus. £252!
We don't see this ever happen! £252!
We don't do it in halves, do we?
-You certainly do not!
-We certainly don't!
-You've more than doubled your money, which is phenomenal.
The next thing is you've got to keep quiet, all right?
I don't want you telling those Blues anything.
-Mum's the word.
Now, the big question, you girls, is do you know how the Reds got on?
-We have no idea.
-No idea, that's the way we like to keep it.
Are you feeling nervy at all? Do you see a...
Not at all. We're all excited.
We are all excited! We're going to make our fortune today!
-Going to make a fortune today?
You never know, you might just do that!
But first up is going to be your opalescent bowl,
James, and here it comes!
Now, just have a look at that.
It's this lovely French Art Deco from the 1930s. Start me at £20.
20 bit. 25.
30. 35. 40.
-60. With you, sir, at £60.
Any advance on 60? Hold it up, Liz.
-Any advance on 70 for this beautiful opalescent bowl?
With you, sir, at £70. £70.
-£70, you've doubled your money.
That's very good, plus £35.
An excellent start, James.
Now, your canteens, Rita. What's going to happen here?
Now, we have two canteen boxes.
They're in good condition. Start me at £20. 20 bid.
Any advance on 20?
-Any advance on 20? 30.
40 on the phone. On the phone at 40.
-£60. On the phone at £60.
60 on the phone. Any advance on £60?
All done at £60. £60.
Yes, £60! Plus £15 on that.
-That's fantastic auctioneering for you!
That's a good auctioneer!
Are there any romantics in the room
who would like to serenade their sweethearts?
Now, they're lovely things, ladies and gentlemen. Can we see 80?
£80, straight in at 80.
Oh, you beauty! I can't believe it!
..For the two mandolins?
Any advance... 90.
100 on the floor.
£100 for the mandolins.
Any advance on £100?
All done at £100. £100.
£100, that's brilliant! That's a profit of £65 on the mandolins.
Overall, then, you are plus £115.
What about this bonus buy? Are you going to go with the little whistle?
-Without question we go with James' choice.
-Going to go with James' choice?
-Yes, we'll blow your whistle!
We're going with the bonus buy then, and here it comes!
It is made by Tiffany and it is 14-carat gold.
It's a little whistle, but it could be worn as a charm.
Will you start me at 50?
£50. On the floor at 50.
-Great profit straight up. Look at that!
-And it's 60.
-Oh, you beauty, James!
90. 100. 110. 120.
120 for the Tiffany whistle.
Any advance on 120? 130, back in.
130 for the Tiffany whistle.
Tiffany! 130. 140.
140 with the lady. 150.
160. 160 with the lady.
-Go on, one more!
Oh, you're a gentleman!
160 with the lady.
With the lady at £160. All done at 160? 160.
-Yes, yes, yes!
£160! Well, that is extraordinary.
You've made a profit on that item, James, your bonus buy, of £120
and that means overall you are £235 up.
Well, you're feeling good about that, aren't you?
That will do me for Czechoslovakia!
The difficult thing now
is keeping a straight face with the Reds, all right?
-We don't want you to tell the Reds a thing.
And we will reveal all in a moment.
But congratulations team, you've done really well!
What an amazing result. The Blues made a fantastic profit of £235
but it's still not enough to beat the Reds, who made a dazzling £252.
So will our next two teams come up trumps? We'll find out in a moment
but first, I'm off for a treat!
5th Earl of Dumfries, was a happily married man
who had an eye to build a new house in the middle of his estate.
Nothing but the best would do for our William and he commissioned
the brothers Adam to design a new house.
Work began in 1754, but the following year, disaster struck.
His wife, Anne, of 24 years' standing, went and died,
leaving him childless.
His thoughts turned to remarriage and producing a longed-for heir.
By this time, William, you could politely say, was past his peak.
An ill, gouty man in his 60's, whose interests were hunting and fishing.
His hopes of securing a bride centred on the appeal of his titles,
his estate and a stonking new pad in the country.
To compensate for his shortcomings, William decided to simply stuff
the house with the most glamorous furniture possible.
As a widower, he had no choice but to pick the furnishings himself
and he decided to fill his nest with the most glitzy items possible
in order to attract a mate.
This piece would have looked particularly glitzy originally.
All this gilt bronze, cut brass and tortoiseshell
would have glistened in the candlelight.
It's a typically French piece of furniture that was made around about
1710, 1720, but most unusually, it was supplied to the 5th Earl
by no less a person than Thomas Chippendale.
You think of Chippendale as always making pieces of furniture,
but actually, he traded in second-hand pieces, cos this thing,
this little bureau Mazarin, was certainly made in France
before Chippendale was even born.
And how much was it?
Well, Chippendale charged the 5th Earl 15 guineas.
I'd call it a bargain, wouldn't you?
Speaking of which, let's see if our next two teams can come up with
the goods as we go Bargain Hunting!
It's time to meet our next Reds and Blues.
-For the Reds, we've got Carole and Alison.
-Carole and Alie-son. Alison.
Alie-son. Lovely, thank you very much.
And we've got Gillian and Maria for the Blues. Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
-Where did you two meet?
-At the Brownies.
-At the Brownies?
-How many years ago was that?
Er, erm, 40? 40 years ago.
40 years ago you met.
Now, Carole, you're an avid collector.
-Got loads of collections.
-Well, tell us about your collections.
Well, I've got postcards, bookmarks,
Lilliput Lane models,
pens, miniature soaps.
These aren't just miserable little collections, are they?
-You've got 10,000 postcards?
-How many bookmarks you got, girl?
-4,000 bookmarks. Anyway...
I think this is going to be a brilliant competition today.
Welcome to Bargain Hunt, you two Reds.
-Now, Gillian and Maria, hi. How are you both? All right?
You've known Gillian since she was little and how did you first meet?
We met when I was about eight years old
and went down to Gillian's birthday party when she was nine.
We met at primary school.
Now, you don't collect anything as such,
but you have brought with you your book of "randomness".
Yes, we have a book which belongs to myself and Gillian
and our friends as well.
So are you going to give us an example from your random book?
Some of the things we've got in it,
for example, if sheep perhaps get heavy when it rains?
Do they get heavier when it rains?
-Well, we think so.
-We came to the conclusion that they do.
Now, you love line dancing and you
-went to dance school together for 12 years.
-Yes, we did.
Brilliant. Gillian, tell us about that.
We started line dancing to begin with when we were about nine or ten.
Eventually, we moved into disco dancing and just modern styles.
We did that for the next ten years.
Now you've recently graduated and what did you read?
I did a course in film and media.
-Oh, right. And have you got a job yet?
-Not yet. Still looking.
So if there's anybody out there looking for raw talent
for the film and TV industry,
they should get in touch with Gillian, right?
-Well, that's very good.
Now the money moment. Here's your 300 squids. You know the rules.
Your experts await. You ladies put your best foot forward
and don't go getting into a spin and off you go! Ha-ha!
-What is this? This is quite a find.
-Have a look.
Before I drone on about it, what's your immediate reaction here?
-We'll walk away if it's not your cup of tea.
What kind of wood is it?
Well, that is the finest, flame-figured mahogany you will see.
-I would call this a swivel toilet mirror.
-And you'd park this on top of?
They look fantastic on a period chest of drawers.
See how thin that veneer is?
-That's post Industrial Revolution.
-That's a 19th-century veneer.
And the detail... Look at the font.
It's got this break-front here. Cross-banding here.
Probably boxwood stringing and maybe kingwood cross-banding.
Really vital there. Lovely, lovely.
What do you think of £90 for that?
-I think it's good to go.
-I think that is worth £80-£120 on a bad day anywhere.
-Go for it?
-Do your best?
-Let's go for it.
Excited about finding a proper antique,
the Reds went for it and,
with Paul's help, got the price down to £50.
Now then, what do you think to this?
-It's a bit green.
Bit green. Well, what do you prefer?
Erm, that's rather nice. I have to say, I think you're right.
-What struck you about this?
-I thought it was very pretty.
It's got nice detail on it and I did like the colour.
-Yeah. And you do like sparkly things, don't you?
-Yes, I do.
It was probably made in Germany around 1925-1935.
It would contain spirit and you've got four of what would originally
have been six shot glasses.
-They're almost like little miniature pudding bowls,
-Yeah, they're lovely.
-What do you think?
-I really like it.
Got good decorative value to it. I'd have it on my shelf in the house.
Of course, the most important thing is it's all about cost.
-So how much is it?
If we can get that for below 50, I think it's got a chance.
But are you sure? It's your last chance.
My green, iridescent, Loetz vase or your blue?
-I think the blue. I think it's nice.
-We're the Blue team.
We'll take the blue.
OK. You go off with that and I'll mope with my rejected glass vase.
Those girls love a bit of a sparkle.
They couldn't resist the Art Deco decanter and shot glasses. £49 paid.
Oh, Carole, come and see these.
I think it's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
-Aye, indeed it is.
-Do you really like them, Alison?
-Yeah, I think they're quite nice.
-I don't really like them.
-Do you not?
-They're not my cup of tea, but if you like them.
-She's got a wee baby.
-Who would that be?
Be, surely, Prince Edward, is it?
-Depending on whether it's her first-born or not.
-Well, that's true.
Any idea of period, where these were made, where they would have stood?
Maybe they were stood in front of an old-fashioned fireplace.
Because I think they've got flat backs.
-Well, they're referred to as Staffordshire flatbacks.
-Does what it says on the tin.
I suppose that's not too bad.
But if I can get them down, what do you think?
Look, two figures and the condition's OK, I take it?
Queen Victoria's only got one eye.
I had no idea. Two good figures for £60.
A fair retail price without a shadow of a doubt,
but are we one voice? Are you convinced, Carole?
Oh, yeah, if Alison likes them and they're not too pricey.
Good luck. Right then. Go for it?
-Good luck. We'd better go shopping.
Alison went in hard with a low price.
After a bit of discussion, she agreed on £40.
It's rare for me to find a piece of furniture on Bargain Hunt,
so whenever I get the opportunity, I go for it.
This is a wonderful example of a 19th century Windsor chair.
This is an ash and elm example made around 1850.
-Great colour, isn't it? Do you like it?
-I think it's nice, yeah.
-It's got nice different tones all the way through it.
It kind of looks sturdy as well.
Well, it will take a good bashing around.
-Try it out. It's the way to... I daren't.
I mean, it won't take my weight,
but it will take anything reasonable, you know.
Very sturdy anyway. It's not going to collapse on me.
Quite creaky, though!
Oh, there's nothing better than a good, creaky chair.
This type of chair is practical as well as desirable.
It's £95 ticket price.
I think we can get it for slightly less than that.
-Hopefully, below 80.
I would think in perfect condition, this chair would make £150-£250.
-We should go for it.
-Sounds good to me. Go for it.
I'll take that off and see what I can do for you.
James managed to knock £20 off the price and got it for 75.
I really like this, Paul.
-Is it silver? It says it's silver...
-OK, then to start...
-..on the ticket.
Well, I'll answer you if you answer me.
What is it and why are we looking at it?
It's for when you play cards
to tell you what the suit you're playing for whist.
-A trump marker.
-Great stuff. Are you a card player by any chance?
-I am, yes.
-Aha, and I don't have one of these.
-Alison has one.
-Yes, I have.
-Where did you get it?
-It's trump-marker envy. Great stuff.
It is nicely hallmarked silver, assayed at Chester,
probably in the 1920's, maybe the 1930's.
-I'm going to throw in a "but", though.
-Oh, here we go.
Have a look here at the wirework.
There's a certain amount of defamation and even perhaps repairs.
That said, you do the honours, what's the damage on that?
-Maybe a wee bit expensive.
Mm. For that kind of money, I would really want a plum example.
But at 25, I think you could come up trumps. Do you like that?
Good Bargain Hunt line there.
My word, that would be a job of work, wouldn't it?
-45 at the moment.
If you put that effort in... Are you up for it?
-Go for it. I'm rooting for you.
I'll do my best.
Carole played her cards close
to her chest while negotiating and eventually settled on £25.
-Do you know what that is?
-Other than a jug?
-A pretty one.
It is, but if I'm not mistaken, just turn that over.
Yeah, there we go.
-One of Britain's leading designers.
Charlotte Rhead is a well-known designer
-and she specialised in what we call tube lining.
This is made in the 1930's and it's a good thing. Well-spotted.
-But what is this?
-I had no idea it was in there.
If it's in there, maybe he'll throw it in,
if we can't get a good deal on it.
-But how much is it, do you know?
-I was told that the jug would be £75.
-I didn't ask about this at the moment.
-It's only a cane handle.
They're difficult to sell, but if he'll throw it in too,
I think if we can get that for less than £50,
then we're in with a very good chance.
-I'll try my very best.
-Do you both like it?
-I love it.
-I think it's lovely.
-Fantastic, go for it.
Maria sure smiled sweetly
and got the parasol handle thrown in as well. The two cost them £50.
I'm afraid the teams are out of luck. It time to stop shopping.
Let's remind ourselves of what the Reds bought.
The Reds got their hands on this 19th-century, mahogany mirror.
It set them back £50. Will their enthusiasm rub off on the bidders?
The flatback Staffordshire figures of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
cost Alison £40. Even though Queen Victorian is missing an eye,
they're confident it won't put people off.
Carole took Paul's advice on board
and got the silver bridge trump marker down to £25. Not bad.
-Did you have a good time shopping?
-A marvellous time.
-Good. Which is your favourite piece?
-The toilet mirror.
Your favourite piece? What about you, Carole?
-The card suit indicator.
-The card suit indicator? You spent £115,
which is pretty pathetic. But £185 therefore of leftover lolly...
..winging straight across to our man, Paul Laidlaw.
Got any idea as to how you're going to spend £185?
I hope you'll spend all of it.
I shall do my damnedest, but you know me.
In support of our card-loving duo, I shall deal myself a demon hand,
-play my cards right and turn a tidy profit.
-Indeed I shall.
Well, you never speak with forked tongue, Paul, so good luck
with your shopping. Nice to see you. Let's remind ourselves
what the Blues bought.
Maria and Gillian persuaded James that the Art Deco decanter set
was the better buy at £49.
Confident that two people will fight over the 19th-century Windsor chair,
the girls stumped up £75 for it.
The Charlotte Rhead jug caught Gillian's attention.
What will the punters at auction make of this oddball combo?
Did you have a good time?
-You like shopping, secretly?
-Yeah! I knew that.
-So which is your favourite piece, Maria?
-The Windsor chair.
Windsor chair? What about you, G?
-The Charlotte Rhead jug.
-Which piece will bring the biggest profit?
-Yeah, I'm going to say the jug actually.
OK, we're all agreed on jugs.
Excellent. £174, you spent.
That's £126 of leftover lolly.
Here we go. £126 of leftover lolly.
-How are you feeling?
Great. I'm worried that I'm not going to spend much of it.
Are you not? Out to spend a modest amount?
-A modest amount.
-You're not going to be happy with me.
Well, no. A man's got to do what a man's got to do. Anyway.
-Good luck with it, James.
We popped up from the River Clyde to Great Western Auction Rooms
here in Glasgow to be with Anita Manning. Good morning.
Lovely to have the team here again, Tim.
It's sweet of you to welcome us. It's great to be here.
Now, Carole and Alison went with this mahogany toilet mirror.
It's what you call on the big side, isn't it?
Yeah, this is a very nice example of this type of item.
It's in good condition.
Will they make a profit do you think on £50?
I've estimated it 40-60,
but I'm hoping it will go towards the higher estimate.
Well, that would be lovely, frankly.
The pair of Staffordshire, Victorian figures, will they do all right?
People are still collecting that type of thing. 40-60.
Brilliant. They paid £40, so we're on the button.
That's exciting. And what about the silver bridge scorer?
-I find that this type of item does well.
The only question mark in my mind
is how old the swinging tablets are. Do you think they're replacements?
I think these have been replaced at a later date.
They would have been in ivory or ivorine.
They paid £25, which is pretty reasonable for something like that.
-What do you think you'll get in the sale?
So they're all pretty well on the button?
But they may need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
Girls, you spent £115.
You gave Paul Laidlaw £185. What did he buy?
-What do you think of that?
-Oh? Deary me. Ouch!
-I like the top of it.
-It's rather unusual, isn't it?
This cries out Art and Crafts.
And I assure you, you can hang your hat on Arts and Crafts
at auction any day of the week.
-How much did you pay for it?
-I paid £35 for that.
Aw, right. That's not bad. What's it like inside?
-It's rather smart. Look at that.
Oh, I expected it to be...
Lovely satinwood. Make a lovely little jewellery casket, let's say.
Ask me what it's worth.
-I'm not mad about it.
-We'll think about it.
We'll think about it. Put it into your safekeeping.
The audience will be mad about it.
-You'll sleep easy at that, I'm telling you.
You don't have to decide now.
You decide after the sale of your first three items.
For the audience, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks.
Two elements that are very attractive.
The little Ruskin-type roundel and scarab beetles!
-Scarab beetles, symbols of the rising sun or transformation.
-I think that gives it a little edge. I like it.
-What's it worth?
I've estimated it 30-40.
Cunning old Paul, he only paid £35, so he's got a chance with that.
-That is it for the Reds.
Now for the Blues. Their first item is the elm and ash Windsor armchair.
Well, people still like these chairs.
They are comfortable. They're nice in any setting.
This is a typical example.
-Yes. What's it worth?
-I've estimated it 70-90.
Great. They paid £75.
So straight up, they should make a profit on that.
-Which would be great. The Art Deco, silver,
overlaid glass...decanter set, really.
They're shot glasses, I suppose. How old do you think that set is?
'30s, '40s. In that period.
It has an Art Deco look about it.
-And it has a wee bit of quality.
They paid £49. What's your estimate?
-Great. So they paid the mid-type price, which is fine.
Now we've got an odd lot, with the Charlotte Rhead tube-lined
vase and a parasol handle, which is a bit bizarre, isn't it?
I wonder if they were giving this out free with anything
-that was bought?
But the Charlotte Rhead pot in its own right is quite a nice object.
This is quite a nice pattern.
-And you get the parasol handle. So how much?
They paid £50. So again, middle for diddle.
They're right in the middle with most.
In any event, they've got their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
What do you think to that?
-You don't look thrilled?
-Like a plant pot.
-That is exactly what it is.
-For a bonsai tree?
It's cast in bronze. It's been patinated with a brown finish.
It's not the best of castings.
It's nothing really special. But the name of the game is profit
and there's definitely a profit in that.
I think you're both going to be thrilled
when you find out that I spent £10.
-That's really good.
-I like it a lot better now, yeah.
Yeah? That's great.
How much profit do you think? £10 or £20 then?
-Think it's worth £30 or £40?
-It's cast bronze?
-It's got some age.
-It's 100 years old. It's worth that for scrap.
Still, you don't decide now. You decide later.
For you at home, let's see what the auctioneer thinks of James' bowl.
A wee bit of quality there and a lovely patina.
Well, he only paid £10.
It could do more than that.
-What, like make £50 maybe?
Maybe that's a bit much to ask.
Well, we'll see in a minute. Thank you, Anita.
130. With you, sir, at 130.
All done at 130. 130.
So, Carole, Alison, here we are at the edge of the auction.
How excited are you, Carole?
-Are you? Good.
-What about you, Alison?
Awfully? Have you got butterflies and everything?
-Have you? Well, that's good.
First lot is Paul's toilet mirror and here it comes.
Lot 118, ladies and gentlemen,
is this early Victorian, mahogany, swing toilet mirror.
Will you start me at £50?
Start me at 50.
£30. 30 bid.
£50. 60. 70.
£70. With you, madam, at £70.
Any advance on £70? All done at £70?
-Plus £20. Good girls.
-Well done, Paul.
Now, Alison, your pair of figures.
Lot 119, a pair of Victorian, Staffordshire figures. 40 bid.
-Oh! Come on!
Any advance on 100. 100.
Plus 60 on that lot.
That's brilliant. You're £80 up already.
Now it's a wee, silver bridge trump marker and it's Chester, 1910.
Start me at £20.
10. 12. 15. 18. 20. 22. 25.
-28, fresh bidder.
-Well done. You're in profit. Oh!
30. £30. Any advance on £30?
All done at 30? Oh, 32! Back in.
-32, back in. 32.
35. 35. With the lady at 35.
Any advance on 35?
All done at 35? 35.
Brilliant. Plus £10 on that.
Overall, you are plus £90, all right? You've got £90 in the bank.
-You only spent £115 and you've made
£90 profit, which is absolutely brilliant. Congratulations.
But what are you going to do about the Ruskin-encrusted box?
Whatcha going to do? It's £35 worth of box.
-Are you going to trust Paul?
-You're not going to trust him?
OK, they're not taking the bonus buy, but we're going to see what
the box is worth anyway and sell it and here it comes.
Lot 124 is this charming Arts and Crafts box.
Can we say £20?
£20. 20 bid. 25.
-30. 35. 40, fresh bidder.
45. 50. 55.
-With you, sir, at £55. 55.
Well done, Paul. Plus £20 on that.
You didn't go with the bonus buy.
You didn't trust your man, but, nevertheless,
you do have an overall profit of £90, which is brilliant.
-Now your next job is not to say a word to the Blues.
-No, we won't.
-All right. Not a word.
-Gillian and Maria, do you know how the Reds got on?
-No. Got any hints?
They looked quite chuffed though, so...
-Did they look chuffed?
-We'll wait and see.
That could be a dummy. Don't fall for it.
First up, though, is the Windsor armchair and here it comes.
142, ladies and gentlemen.
It's 19th century. It's a Windsor chair.
Can we say £50, then? 50 bid.
60. 70. 80. 90.
100. 110. 120. 130.
140. 150. 160. 170. £170.
-All done at 170? 180.
Fresh bidder. 180.
Any advance on 180? All done at 180?
You are plus 105. That's an achievement.
143, ladies and gentlemen.
One of my favourite items and it's not just because it's a decanter!
But it's a lovely sapphire blue Art Deco decanter and glasses.
Start me at £40. 40, surely. £40.
£40. 30, then? 30 bid.
-Oh, my God!
At £70. Any advance on £70?
All done at £70? £70.
Amazing, isn't it? £21 on that.
That's very good. Charlotte Rhead next.
Lot 144. Two bids on this lot.
Now you have Charlotte Rhead and you've got a wee parasol top
to go with it. Start me at 30 then. 30 bid. 40. 50.
60. £60. 70.
Any advance on £70?
All done at £70? £70.
£70. Good. Another profit of £20.
-You are £146 up.
-Oh, my God!
Now are you going to go with this bowl?
I think we should.
Because we've just read Gillian's star sign and it said that
she had a bonus coming her way.
So that's our bonus. I think we should.
Your star sign says you've got a bonus coming
and you're going to go with the bonus buy?
We can only lose a tenner, so come on.
And you have 146 in the bank.
-All right. You're going with the bonus buy?
-We're going with James' bowl.
-Put our faith in you.
Lot 148. Little bonsai bowl.
Start me at £20.
20 bid. With the lady at 20.
-30. 40. 50.
Any advance on £50? All done at £50?
-Thank you very much.
Overall, you are plus £186.
-Oh, my God!
-We stole the show!
-Don't tell the Reds a thing, right?
Keep really schtum about this and all will be revealed later.
-But congratulations, both of you.
Been talking to one another then?
-No communications at all? Well, we're delighted to hear that.
But to have a programme where we have two teams technically winners,
because both teams have made profits, is very, very enchanting.
-It's just a question of scale, isn't it?
Sadly, today, it is the Reds who are marginally behind.
I'm sorry, girls, but you didn't go with your bonus buy.
Nevertheless, you scored £90 profit.
-There you go. Are you happy with that?
-You are happy with it?
-You've been great contestants.
Thank you for joining us. But the victors today
by a substantial amount!
-I'm going to give you £186.
180. And we had to raid the cash machine
and scratch around to get a bit of change to get you your full £186.
But £186 of profit. That's a lot, isn't it, Maria, yeah?
What are you going to spend it on, darling?
Erm, I don't know. I think we'll have a well-deserved night out.
-A night out. And you're going to take James?
Lucky old you! We've had a phenomenal programme.
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?
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There's always plenty to dance about when Bargain Hunt visits Scotland, and this episode is no exception. Two pairs of teams scoop up some brilliant bargains - and lots of fun - at an antique centre in Glasgow. With so many teams to help, experts Paul Laidlaw and James Lewis are kept on their toes as they help to spot a bargain or two. Meanwhile, Tim Wonnacott visits Dumfries House.