Tim Wonnacott presents the antiques challenge. Expert David Harper has a jaunty time with the blue team in Derby, while Kate Bliss is put under pressure with the fussy reds.
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Dr Dolittle was known for talking to animals and as we know they just can't talk back.
TIM: Oh yes we can.
Did anybody else hear that?
Can we go bargain hunting now, Tim?
Coming up today,
The Reds aim for a high score.
The Blues get thoroughly rattled.
Over at the auction there's some interesting feedback on the bonus buy.
It reminds me of the Dark Ages.
But it's a risky business under the hammer.
You're a couple of gluttons for punishment.
Today I'm at the University Of Derby at a Jaguar Antiques Fair.
We've got two teams who deal a lot with animals
and I'm going to give them £300 apiece
to buy three objects to take away and sell at auction and hopefully make a beefy profit.
For the Reds, we've workmates, friends, colleagues,
-Sam and Ian, and for the Blues we've got mother and son, James and Anita. Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
-So, you two met through work.
What do you do exactly?
-We're farmers, Tim.
-And what sort of farm have you got?
-It's mixed and arable.
So how many head of cows are there knocking about?
-You certainly do need some help.
-They need milking how many times a day?
-Twice a day.
-Twice a day.
And how long does it take you to milk 180 head of cattle?
-About an hour and a half.
-Is that all?
Sam, how did you finish up by farming?
I've always enjoyed farming. I've always done it when I was young lad.
My dad's a farmer. His dad was a farmer.
My great-granddad was a farmer as well, so it's in the blood.
-Yes, you couldn't do anything else.
-Is it good fun? Do you enjoy it?
-Yeah, I enjoy it. Yeah, I love farming.
So what makes you two think you're going to be any good on Bargain Hunt?
-A very good question!
-You've watched the programme a bit?
-We even have a wager.
How does that work then?
Well, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays...eh...Fridays,
I get to pick and Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sam gets to pick.
And you're picking the team you think are going to win?
-Yeah. We put a pound on the table. Normally whoever gets to pick does win.
So I'm a pound a week up!
-And when will he get three?
-He never does. I'm the boss.
I think you're going to do very well on Bargain Hunt.
Now, James, what do you do with yourself?
I'm a student at Loughborough.
-I'm doing three-dimensional design.
-What does that mean?
It's furniture, silversmithing and jewellery and ceramics.
You have to design it and you have to make it.
And what about you, Anita, what do you do?
I do freelance work from home and restore Victorian antique dolls
and do landscape watercolour paintings on commission.
So you're incredibly creative as a pair then, actually.
Well, we try. We try to be.
James, you've got some unusual pets.
Yes, I've got two lizards. I've got one called Artemis,
who's a bearded dragon, about this big,
and one called Socrates, who's a leopard gecko.
What's it with you and these reptiles? Why reptiles?
I don't know, they're a bit different. You don't see many.
No, you don't, but your interest in animals doesn't stop with live ones, does it?
No. I've got a collection of taxidermy as well,
which I buy and also restore part-time, so I've got about 40 pieces now.
Have you really, gosh! That's an unusual collection for a youngster to have.
-Well, I think our farming friends
should be quaking in their boots at that. Now, the money moment.
Here comes your £300, 300 smackers.
There you go. You know the rules, your experts await and off you go.
They may well be animal-lovers but we can't let them loose without the help of a human helping hand.
MUSIC: "Wild Thing" by The Troggs
For the Red team, Kate Bliss, who's in fine fettle.
And for the Blues, cool cat David Harper, who always gets the cream.
-We've got one hour exactly. Shall we go for it?
-Lead the way. Come on.
There's loads to see. We've got a top floor
and quite a bit downstairs
but we'll have a look round down here first.
-OK, no probs.
-A policeman's rattle, early 1800s.
-Early 1800, that's quite a rare beastie, isn't it?
It makes a racket, doesn't it?
It does. It's definitely different.
I can see people wanting to pick it up and play with it I suppose.
-Do you know why it's a police rattle as opposed to a football fan's rattle?
-It doesn't look any different to me.
-Not much different.
Apart from the finial here, because police regulation,
you know the police are big on regulations.
-Oh yeah, health and safety.
-Health and safety, early-1800 standard this,
they weren't allowed to do that,
probably because they might whack themselves out, even worse.
They had to hold it in one hand like that, grab the finial
and do this and that was to attract attention before the use of whistles. Have a feel of it.
-It's very tactile.
-It is, yeah.
You can tell it's been used. It's really light.
Have a feel.
-Give it a turn, Mum.
-It's noisy, isn't it?
-Call him for his tea.
-Come in from the garden, dear!
-Brilliant, isn't it?
-Do you like it?
-I like that.
We'd have to do something on the price.
-Shall we get a price on it?
-Yeah, I think we need to try to get it down.
# I fought the law and the law won
# I fought the law and the... #
After making a racket they got the rattle down to £40, what a racket!
So five minutes into their shop and the Blues have already made their first purchase.
Things aren't so hot though for the Reds.
That's lovely. Out of our price range I'm afraid, guys, that one.
It's quite fun but I don't know how old it is. No?
Nothing that grabs you. Let's move on then.
-No, it doesn't grab me.
-OK, we've got a bit of furniture here.
Furniture doesn't do too well, does it?
Not satisfied with just one quirky buy, the Blues have spotted another mystery item.
A wooden cigarette holder.
-I suppose the downside is that people don't smoke much now, do they?
It's funny because smoking things are still collected.
They were always very good news a number of years ago, so that's probably Edwardian, maybe 1920s.
I quite like that, don't you? It's unusual design, isn't it.
It's not bad, made out of oak.
You see that quarter cut, the way the oak is cut is a very expensive way of doing it,
so you get that real vibrant grain, that real pale grain
matching the dark veins going through, so it's called quarter cut
and what happens, you fill it with cigarettes
and if you go like that, the cigarette will pop out and stand on your holder.
-It's very cute and quirky, isn't it?
It is. Has it got a price?
-Well, it's priced up at...£18.
-It's no money, is it?
-It isn't, no.
-Especially if we can get it down.
James, you fancy yourself as bit of a king negotiator?
-The pressure's on now.
-Are we agreed we want it?
-If we can get the right price.
-I think so, yes.
-Let's say we're going to have it, it's £18, you go away and do your best.
What's the absolute best you can do?
Let's have a look.
It's marked up at 18.
Got 18 on it. The very best would be 14.
-Could you do it for 12?
-I couldn't, I'm afraid.
-That's the very best.
-It's a nice piece.
OK, yeah. 14?
-Thank you very much.
It's a shame James isn't a student at the School Of Negotiations!
I got it.
-Oh, I say.
-I got him down £4 to 14.
That's not bad, is it?
He wouldn't go any lower but I thought it's worth it for the money.
-Did you try and push him?
-Yes, I tried to push him but he wouldn't take it lower.
That's a good discount, well done.
Well done. You two are superstars.
-Thank you very much.
-We've loads of time left. Let's have a jaunt.
A little wander round, yes.
How pleasant, this is turning out into a rather a nice day for the Blues.
I love a bit of furniture, furniture is my first love in actual fact,
but it's not been doing well but let me tell you something,
it's just starting to do very well, furniture.
The Reds however seem to be rather more particular.
-What do you think? I mean...
-I don't like it to be honest with you.
You don't like it either?
-Don't worry, guys, we'll find something.
It's a lovely silver inkwell, it's 175 that it's marked at though.
Expensive. What do you think that will make in auction?
-Probably not a great deal.
-Will it not?
-Because of that book, yeah.
-Have you found anything?
-No! We're panicking.
Kate's got her work cut out.
But the Blues have got completely sidetracked and are just having a good old jolly.
-I'd quite like that, how much is it?
Oh, I'll put that one by.
For my own collection.
I know you've got time on your hands, Anita, but personal shopping is against the rules.
I quite like him, I've got to say, Michelin Man.
-Who would buy him though?
-They always do really well.
If he's a proper one.
I like that, don't you?
-We've got so much money left, I think we should try something more expensive. Come on.
Life couldn't get any better for the Blues.
But the Reds are already starting to feel the pressure.
We're fairly tight on time, we haven't got anything solid yet. Tricky, isn't it?
Right guys, where shall we go? Let's have a think.
It's really difficult.
-It's like a day in the park. How are you getting on with this shop?
We're enjoying it. It's super.
-You've bought two things very quickly, right, and now you're just strolling around and relaxing.
-Have a great time and good luck with the last item. See you.
# Sure plays a mean pinball... #
Do it again, I'll twist it.
They sure haven't scored the jackpot with the shopping yet,
so it looks like the Reds are finding other ways to score.
I bet you can't do it again!
Made in England, so it's post-1940, obviously.
It's a little bit of the remains of an old label on the back there look.
Yeah, yeah. I like that. I think we should go for that.
-It's unique. I haven't seen one before.
-No, I haven't.
I haven't. I thought without the name on it
then it might get a bit lost and we'd be struggling
but with that Chad Valley name
I think that's going to really draw some collectors. £35 isn't too bad.
I'd prefer to see it at about 25.
-We need to go a bit lower.
-Hang on, look at this.
It's got its box, look, as well, a bit tatty but a lovely label
there, look, Chad Valley bagatelle and the number there.
Isn't that nice? I think it's certainly '50s.
-With the box as well, it's quite nice.
-I'm happy with that.
-Why don't I go and see what I can do?
-All right, keep hunting, guys.
Over half an hour in and the Reds have made their first purchase. Hoorah!
Right, guys, that bagatelle game, £30 is the lowest.
-I've tried everything but he's not going to go any lower. Happy?
-Brilliant. I'll catch you up.
David has decided to help the Blues pass the time by educating them in the arts.
This is called an Nyaminyami stick and I know where it's from, it's from Zimbabwe.
It's from Lake Kariba, the Zambezi Valley way.
I know that because I used to live there, so I've had a number of Nyaminyami sticks in my time
and this here is Nyaminyami, the Goddess of Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River.
Now I actually lost my last Nyaminyami stick in one of my moves so I might come back for this later
because I do need a replacement because I'd say everybody needs an Nyaminyami stick.
Yes, well, with a name like that you do.
And the Reds are getting an education of their own from Kate.
This box is made from the Elizabeth Oak
at Heveningham, 1853.
Now if this is silver-gilt in here, guys,
and I would think, you know, there's a strong possibility it might be,
just the way that this lettering is engraved, it's very nicely done.
It's got the feeling of quality.
I'd suggest that that might well be silver-gilt.
You can see there's white metal showing through there.
It's just got the feel, sometimes you just get a feel
actually physically touching it of what sort of material it might be.
If this is silver-gilt then I think that's a very collectable little box.
The stallholder says he'll do it for 80 for us.
He did have 160 on it. So he's giving it basically at half price.
I think that's worth a gamble and what's more if we can find out
where Heveningham is and do a little bit of research
also about this Elizabethan oak tree before the auction, get them to put that in the catalogue,
-I think this might be worth quite a gamble.
-Could be a winner, could it?
It could be a couple of hundred pounds-worth, if that's gilt and we can find the provenance.
-What do you think?
-Worth a try.
Yeah. Yeah. Razor sharp, that is.
-It's a gamble, isn't it?
-It is a gamble.
-It might not be silver-gilt but I think it's worth a punt, what do you think?
-Right, let's go for it.
After getting carried away enjoying themselves, the Blues realised
that they may have been a bit frivolous with their time.
-Guys, we've got just over 10 minutes.
So, it goes like that, doesn't it?
-So, with tight time, our teams need to pull their finger out.
What do you think, guys? We looked at hatpins earlier.
Come and have a look, Sam.
This one is special because it's got the little initials there that you can just see. Can you see that?
That CH stands for, if you like, the Rolls Royce maker of hatpins.
-A chap called Charles Horner, who was based in Halifax,
known for making thimbles and jewellery,
but also he really majored on designing and manufacturing hatpins.
And he was working early part of the 20th century.
So, this is silver.
Art Nouveau if you like, in date.
Also, a very military symbol of the Grenadier Guards.
So, that makes it quite commercial in itself.
The fact that it's Charles Horner is really going to attract collectors.
-I think it's quite sweet.
-How much is it?
-What's your very best, sir?
-The best I can do is £20.
What do you think about that, guys?
It's in the budget.
-It's quite affordable for a hatpin.
-I think we should go for it.
-Let's go for it.
-Yeah. You happy?
-OK. I'll just pop it in here for you.
-That's our three bids.
I'll tell you what, I'm thirsty.
-What do you reckon?
-Is it your round? We've got a bit left over, haven't we?
-Come on, then.
# I am a cider drinker... #
So, the Reds have managed to pip the Blues to the post.
But there'll be no cider drinking for the Blues just yet
as they've left their final buy to the last minute.
-That's quite interesting.
-Do you know what it is?
Have a look inside there.
-Some sort of building.
-Yeah, but what's that?
It's a magnifying glass.
-Hold it up to your eye.
I think it looks...
-What can you see?
-It says along the bottom, Buxton Crescent.
-We know Buxton. We know Buxton very well.
-You recognise it, do you?
-Still got the carriages in. It's quite old.
This is very interesting. Let me have a look.
You two are hogging it!
Look at the carriages. They're absolutely fantastic. Carriages and horses.
-It looks about 1840s. Looking at the carriages.
-It sounds about right.
Do you know exactly what that was for?
-It was a tourist piece.
Cheap ones would have been little wooden boxes.
This is made out of alabaster with, obviously,
a brass base to the lid there,
for a little bit of protection. I love it.
I love it. I think we want to buy it as long as it's within budget.
-We've got loads, haven't we?
-We've got a bit.
I don't think we've spent too much.
We don't have very much time. We've literally got minutes now.
I think we ought to go for this.
Well, it's subject to price, isn't it?
Do you want me to have a word?
-OK. There he is, over there.
Talk about the last minute. The Blues bagged the magnifier for £100 with moments to spare.
Our teams have now hunted high and low to find those pieces they hope will make a profit later at auction.
Now it's up to the expert to take the leftover lolly
and have that difficult task of finding items to boost their profits.
Those pieces will be revealed later at the auction.
If they go with the item, then it will boost their profit.
If they don't and it bombs, it could just blow them out of the water.
Lordy! It took the Reds a while to make any decisions
but they were all game for the 1950s Chad Valley pinball game.
They parted with £80 for the Victorian oak snuffbox.
Not to be sniffed at.
And it caught Ian's eye - the Charles Horner silver hatpin.
That was a very slow start, wasn't it? Then you put a spurt on.
-Which is good form.
-We finally got going.
You spent £130, which is pretty modest really.
-You're going to give me £170 of leftover lolly for Kate.
Kate, you come from an agricultural area. Have you been bonding?
Do you know, us bumpkins, we get on really well together.
-Do you keep any livestock yourself?
-Just a husband.
Good luck. What are you going to spend all that money on?
Do you know, they've bought some really nice things.
I think I'm going to go for something rather rustic.
Rustic? For a country area.
-Good luck with that.
Let's remind ourselves what the Reds are up against by reminding ourselves what the Blues bought.
The Blues made a lot of noise with the 19th-century wooden rattle.
They were quick off the mark with their second buy -
the cigarette-barrel case.
A third of their budget went on this unusual 1840s magnifying box.
So, we don't really need to give you two guys an hour to go shopping.
They just need what, 20 minutes, something like that?
-15 will do, Tim.
I can't tell you. You spent £154.
I'd like £146. There we go.
How's your shopping been?
-Yes. Nice, isn't it?
It's brilliant. Why don't they make them all like that?
Quite. What are you going to do?
There's a theme going here - an animal theme running through the programme.
I'm going to get with the programme and buy something a bit animal-like.
Not a real one. Something that looks like one.
We'll watch carefully, David. Good luck!
For me, I'm heading off somewhere with a right royal connection.
I'm at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire,
which has a long-standing connection with politics and royalty.
Most particularly Queen Elizabeth I spent most of her childhood here,
in what remains of the old palace.
On November 17th, 1558, Princess Elizabeth was at her Hatfield estate,
when she received the news that she was Queen of England.
Within hours, Queen Elizabeth I held her first Council Of State in the Great Hall of the royal palace.
The first person that she appointed was her trusted adviser,
William Cecil, who she later created Lord Burghley.
That is how this house came to be in the hands of the Cecil family.
Robert Cecil, son of Lord Burghley, built the grand new house and it has been kept in the family ever since.
However, there is still a presence of Elizabeth I here.
One of the largest and grandest rooms at Hatfield is this - the King James drawing room.
Dominated by a statue of King James and certainly extraordinary
because of the vast number of paintings that there are crammed on the walls in this room.
There'd be more than 60 paintings here. They're all old pictures - between 300 and 400 years old.
And if you took the cumulative age of all the paintings in this room,
it would total some 24,000 years.
The painting I particularly want to look at is this fellow.
Robert Cecil owned no less than four portraits of Queen Elizabeth I.
This one, according to its label, purports to be by Nicholas Hilliard, who's best known for painting
tiny little pictures in this period - little miniatures on ivory and copper.
The other possible attribution is an artist called William Seagar.
Whoever actually painted it, you have to admit, it is a magnificent work of art.
As an image, it's slightly old fashioned.
The icon of Queen Elizabeth's face is not marred by any shadow at all.
It's almost as if the Renaissance and 3D in perspective just haven't touched this picture.
But her image is strong and regal.
All the elements in the picture are strictly emblematic.
What we've got is a powerful queen, who's sending a message that she's also a peacemaker.
And that's why she's holding an olive branch.
She has authority. She's powerful.
That's shown by the Sword of State which also keeps the date of the picture, which is 1585.
Most peculiarly, we've got this rodent crawling up her arm.
This little rodent symbolises virginity.
Because, by this period, Queen Elizabeth I was very much regarded as the Virgin Queen.
Think about it - had she married some Spaniard or French man,
part of her life would be dominated by her husband.
She regarded herself as married to Britain.
She was not going to be trammelled by the wishes of a husband.
She was going to be truer and true to herself and her country.
This little ermine, which would normally be pure white, is spotted,
as if it were an ermine pelt, and it's wearing a collar.
The collar, you'll note, has no leash or chain to it,
which symbolises the fact that the ermine is free.
The Virgin is free to do as she pleases, which was exactly the situation that Queen Elizabeth I
found for herself and during her reign.
The magnificence of the painting is enhanced by the brilliant brushwork and costume.
A typical stiff, Elizabethan lace ruff,
a gorgeous thin gauze of a cloak,
the most magnificent jewels and pearls that you could possibly imagine,
all go to make this work of art into something extremely special.
The big question today is, are we going to discover anything
that's very special for our teams over at the auction?
So, I'm heading up the M1 to Derby, to Bamfords auction house, with auctioneer, James Lewis.
James, it's a treat.
-It's great to have you.
-Thank you very much.
Now, our team, Sam and Ian. Their first item is this mini bagatelle.
Toys generally are not the easiest thing to sell.
With a Chad Valley name on there, there's always a collector's market for them.
So, what's this thing worth?
I think it's worth about £20 to £30.
£30 paid. Kate found it, she loved it. Now, the Victorian oak snuffbox.
It's lovely. A lovely colour, isn't it?
What do you make about this inscription - this Heveningham Hall lark?
Heveningham is in Suffolk. A great big hall.
There was an oak, 30 feet in diameter - a great big tree.
It's where Elizabeth I was known to hang out and go hunting and have fun.
-OK. How much?
-£70 to 100.
-OK. £80 paid.
That is pretty well on the money.
That's good. The Charles Horner hatpins.
First World War period, I think.
-I like it. I should think it's going to make £20 to £30.
Depending on how the box goes, they may or may not need the bonus buy.
So, let's go and have a look at it.
So, chaps, you did incredibly well by spending £130. You gave £170 to Kate.
What did she spend it on?
A lot of money, but I bought you a picture.
Some may say it looks pretty dull and uninteresting.
It is a pen and ink drawing. I've done something I don't normally do on Bargain Hunt, actually.
I've bought against my better judgment.
I was drawn into this little picture for various different reasons.
It is a pen and ink drawing.
It looks like a print, doesn't it? It is actually a drawing.
It's signed at the bottom here and dated 1886. It's Victorian.
The thing I liked about it is, not only the amazing architectural detail but the fact that it has
another string to its bow, because it does have Masonic interest.
-How much did you pay for this?
-I was afraid you were going to ask that.
That's the tricky bit.
-I did pay £120.
Now, I have to say to you, boys, that is a bit of a gamble.
Sam and I are speechless, aren't we, Sam? We are without speech.
-It reminds me of the Dark Ages.
Absolutely. There we go. It takes all sorts, right.
For the viewers at home, let's trot off and find out what James Lewis thinks about Kate's little picture.
Now, James, there's something to warm the cockles of your heart.
Tell me, how unsaleable has that got to be?
It's an original pen and ink,
but who on earth is going to want that?
I suppose somebody who's a Mason, perhaps.
-I don't know.
-I don't know either.
-Will it bring a £10 note?
-It will make more than that.
-It will make more than £10.
Make £30. Something like that.
-I can tell you now, £120 was paid for it, right.
So, we have to cross our legs really twice, actually.
Double-cross your legs that the teams don't go with this bonus buy.
I'm going to glare at them and put them off.
-No, you mustn't do that.
-You've got to play a straight back to this.
That's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Anita and James, their first item is this so called police rattle.
Well, not the most saleable of things, I don't think.
Do you think it will bring £40?
-Is that bad?
-That's the big question.
-Is that what they paid for it?
They did pay £40. So...
We'll try and get there but I think it might make around 30.
Next is that cigarette barrel box.
-Do you not like that?
-No, I think it's worse than this. I really do. That is a complete shocker.
I would put that into a box of complete and utter tat, hide it under the table
and pray we might get a fiver for the lot.
-Really, that is awful.
I don't like to ask how much you've estimated it at.
-Actually, they only paid £14...
-I'd love to be wrong, I really would!
And knowing your enthusiasm, James Lewis, you'll probably make about £200.
Now, there's the pressure.
Well, you never know. And the last item, which I think is absolutely divine
and very much you and Derbyshire, is this little magnifying box.
It's great, I love this.
Not only has it got these little scenes of Derbyshire, important places of Derbyshire in it,
but it also is made from Derbyshire alabaster.
Oh, what's that worth?
£40 to £60, it may make a bit more.
-Is that all?
This will be a grave disappointment to David Harper,
-because he paid £100 for this.
There we have it, there seem to me to be some dark holes here in the
Blue team's concoction, so they're going to need their bonus buy and let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Anita and James, you gave David Harper £146, for better or for worse...
Let's see what he spent it on.
-OK. I bought myself, or for you, a cat.
-Oh, my word...
-Impressed or what?
And did you spend all the money on this?
-How much do you think I spent?
How much would YOU spend on him?
It's Bretby, have you heard of Bretby? Local Derbyshire factory, founded 1893. This one's about 1915.
-I think he's quite rare, because normally...
Yeah, he is heavy. ..the ball is normally red.
And normally, it's a full cat without the posy holder.
How much do you reckon he paid?
I don't know, 60?
-Oh, well, that's not bad, is it?
-No, that's not too bad.
-Hold that thought.
For the benefit of those at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's little cat.
James, a bit more Derbyshire for you.
Yeah, Bretby, just about 10 or 15 miles down the road.
This stuff, you either love it or hate it. It's not the finest stuff
in the world, it really isn't, but for those people that love Bretby, it'll do OK.
-There are plenty of them.
-How much would it bring?
She'll make about £30 to £40.
Well, great. David paid £35 for his bonus buy, he's spot-on there in the middle.
-Brilliant. Are you going to be taking the sale today?
-I will be.
You sound a bit croaky, are you all right?
-Yes, just, just.
-Go and have a quick gargle.
I might just do that.
8 and 10.
Now, Sam and Ian, how are you feeling?
-Very good, very good.
-What have you got to be nervous about?
Well, profits and losses, Tim.
-Is that what it is?
-Profits, come on!
-Are you regretting anything that you've bought?
-Not at all.
-This is exciting.
Here comes the bagatelle.
..this wonderful little Chad Valley bagatelle game in its original box.
A bit of fun. Where shall we start this?
Memories of childhood, at £20 bid.
At 20 and 2, do I see?
At £20, 22. £20, 22. 25. 28.
Against you at 25. 28 now.
At £25, any advance?
At 28. 28... No, 28 with you. It's against the commission now.
By the column at 28.
30, anywhere else?
Good little thing. Might make more in a toy sale, you never know.
Going to have a gamble? At £28, 30 now. At 28, do I see 30?
At 28 and selling... Yours, sir.
Bad luck, Kate, minus £2...
-Well, now, the snuffbox.
-Lot 551 is the snuffbox.
Super snuffbox, really is a good thing.
Silver-gilt lined, lovely colour to the oak,
good patination and a good bit of history with it as well.
And from a good village.
And I can start the bidding, we've got three bids on it.
The lowest one is 60, the underbidder is 85,
so £90 starts it and 5, do I see?
At £90 and 5 now.
At 90. All on commission, at £90.
95 in the room, are you finished?
At 90. And selling at 90... £90.
£90, that's very good, that's plus £10. You are overall plus 8.
Lot 552 is the silver hatpin.
Good little hatpin, this one.
Military interest as well.
It's probably by Charles Horner, one of the best silver hatpin makers.
And I can start the bidding.
I've got two bids on it, one is £14 and one is higher.
So 16 starts, at 18 anywhere?
At £16, 18, do I see?
18 in the pink, 18 and 20 and 2.
22, 25, 28. Oh, go on! One more.
26, meet you halfway.
26, well done. At 26, 28 here.
29, meet you halfway again.
No? At £28, it's here. £30 bid. 32.
Go on, have two bids.
32. 35. 35. 38. 38. 40. 2.
£40. 40 and 2, do I see?
At £40, any advance? Are you coming back? Are you sure?
At £40 standing, well done.
-At 40, it's yours.
-£40 for that.
Plus £20 on that, you are £28 up.
-How good is that?
-So what are you going to do?
-Are you going to bank it or are you going to go on?
You're going to bank it. All right.
-You're going to bank it, yes?
We're not going with the bonus buy, but we're going to sell it anyway.
Well, I can now reveal that the auctioneer's estimate on this thing is around £30.
-So I would say, on the face of it...
-It's a bloodbath for you!
I would say, on the face of it, you have made the right decision.
But on the other hand, strange things happen at auction.
So now, here it comes.
..it's the pencil sketch, or pen and ink sketch.
Beautifully done, great quality sketch.
And I have one bid.
And I'll start it at that one bid. At £18. 18 and 20, 20 and 2.
At 22, 25.
At 22, with me. 25, 28 and 30.
30, by the door, and 5.
40 and 5. 50.
At £45, it's with me. And 50, shakes his head, one more go... Go again.
Sure? At 45, with me. At 45 and 50, do I see?
At £45, anywhere else?
And selling. Are you sure?
They've paid a lot more.
One more? 50. 55. 60.
You're almost there.
-That is a good auctioneer.
-At 55. All done... Sorry, guys.
He's really trying for you.
£55. Well, that would have been a loss of £65.
But you didn't go with it, you were very wise to bank your money at £28.
You're £28 up and the big thing now is, don't discuss it with the Blues.
Lovely. Now, Anita and James, do you know how the Reds got on?
-You haven't been following our agricultural cousins...
-..as they came up the stairs?
Did you see them, did they look enthusiastic or a bit sad?
They looked pretty neutral, really.
-Well, you never can tell with farmers, that's their skill, isn't it?
It's always raining or there's not enough sunshine or something.
First up though is James' rattle and here it comes.
..the 19th-century wooden police rattle.
There it is, it's either a police rattle or a pigeon scarer.
Or a football fan rattle.
It is basically whatever you want it to be.
And there it is.
Where shall we start it? £20, 20.
£20 anywhere? 15, if you like.
£15. Good piece of 19th-century tree in there for that. 15, 18, 20.
20 and 2. Wrong way, nod.
Go on... 22, well done. 25.
25. 28. No, that's a definite shake.
At 25, 28 anywhere?
At £25 at the front. 28, do I see?
Front row for £25. Do I see 28?
No, at 25. All sure?
-£25, minus 15...
Now, here we go with the fag case.
This is the early-20th-century barrel-shaped cigarette box.
There we are. And let's start this at £20 somewhere. 20.
£15. 10. Who wants it at 10?
£10 bid, standing at 10. 12, 15.
At 12 seated, 15 now.
At 12, 15? 14, then. Yes?
-He is good, isn't he?
..how about 13? I'll take it. 12.50.
Not proud at £13, seated.
At 13, anybody else? At £13...
-Oh. £13, it's only minus £1.
-That's not bad.
And he did really well for you, didn't he? Now, the magnifying box.
This is a really lovely little lot.
The top is loose, so careful.
There it is. It's a little bit of Derbyshire alabaster,
it's got a lens on the top and it has scenes of Derbyshire inside.
And a really lovely 19th-century piece.
And I've got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 bids on it...
Please let them be big bids. The lowest bid's 28.
Then I've got 40, 45, 48, 55 starts it. At £55 and 60 now.
At £55 and 60.
At 55, then. All the bids.
Absentee bids. At 55, any advance?
At £55. It's a good little thing. I think that's about right for it.
-Oh, dear, three losses.
-45, 55, 60, minus £61.
That's a bit of an ouch, isn't it?
-But don't despair, you've got the bonus buy.
-Are you going to go with it?
-We've got nothing to lose, yeah.
After all that, you're going to go for it?
-We can't do any worse, can we, really?
-You are a couple of gluttons for punishment.
You're going to go with the bonus buy, yes? Here it comes.
..a black-painted cat, there she is, playing with her ball of wool.
And slightly more unusual, being the posy holder with the open back.
But a nice lot.
And again, we always have interest in the Bretby, and £32 is bid.
At 32. 35 now.
At £32. And 5, do I see?
At 32. 35, anywhere?
At £32. All done?
Absentee bid at 32, it's against you in the room at £32...
-32, it is.
-£2. You are, minus £3.
-Oh, what a good start!
-I know. Well, it's tough, isn't it?
Overall then, you went with that, it is minus £64.
But let's not put the Reds out of their agony, right?
This could be a winning score.
-All will be revealed in a moment.
So nobody knows nothing about nothing, right? Is that right?
As far as the scores are concerned.
-Yes, you've not been talking?
Well, it is a question today, I'm afraid, of some tea and sympathy being due.
And the tea and sympathy, in large quantities, has to go with the Blues.
it's not profits I'm going to be outlining here, and therefore...
You've been a great team.
I mean, mother and son.
I mean, you've stuck together, you've played the game with your expert, you can walk tall.
You haven't done terribly well, that's all!
So moving on then to the victors...
..who are actually gonna go home with money,
-which is a rare occurrence.
£28. £28 you go home with. You made some good profits there.
Horner's hatpin was brilliant.
And the oak box did nicely, Kate, so well done for all that.
You did not go with the bonus buy, which strategically was a good thing to do.
-You've deserved your £28.
-And have you had a nice time?
-And I hope you're going to watch Bargain Hunt every day from the farmyard in the future.
-We had a great time. Join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
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Expert David Harper has a jaunty time with the blue team in Derby, while Kate Bliss is put under pressure with the fussy reds.
Meanwhile, presenter Tim Wonnacott travels south to Hertfordshire to visit beautiful Hatfield House.