Norfolk Bargain Hunt


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Antiques challenge. The Red and Blue teams shop at the Norfolk showground with the help of Jonathan Pratt and Charles Hanson, while Tim Wonnacott visits Felbrigg House.


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Excuse me, what's the time?

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Well, according to my friend here, it's time to go bargain Hunting!

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I'm a Norfolk terrier.

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Ah, that would be why I'm in Norfolk,

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actually at the Royal Norfolk Show Ground.

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You watch out because in a minute we won't be seeing a turkey anywhere.

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It's going to be bootiful, just full of bootiful bargains.

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All right, boy? There you go.

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Ow!

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There's plenty to look forward to on today's programme.

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There's no pleasing some people.

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-No.

-No.

-No.

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-No.

-Look at that there.

-No. They're awful.

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Cor, there's a bit of friction in the red team.

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You like it.

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That's when men are appeasing a woman, you go, "In your eyes..."

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And there's trouble brewing at auction.

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Oh, Charles!

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And for the Reds, things are really hotting up.

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We set our teams the challenge of finding three items which are

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likely to make monster profits when they sell them on later at auction.

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The team that makes the most profits wins. Simple, really.

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So, let's go and meet today's teams.

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Today, we have two teams of couples.

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For the Reds we've got Angela and John,

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and for the Blues, Theresa and Peter. Welcome.

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-Morning.

-Morning, lovely.

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Now, Angela, do you get out much?

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Since I've been semi-retired I've been looking at things on the television.

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We've been to antique fairs and car-boot sales and I've sold a few things at auction myself.

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-Have you?

-Not with much success.

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Oh. We shouldn't get too excited then.

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No, it doesn't bode well. And what do you get up to in your spare time?

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I actually belong to a book club and we meet once a month

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and we've been going for about three and a half, four years,

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and we all read the same book for that month and then we discuss the book for about ten minutes

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then we drink the wine we bought for the rest of the evening!

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What do you call your club?

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-Rampant Readers.

-Rampant Readers. It sounds great fun, doesn't it? John, are you in the club too?

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No. Not at all. No. That's a ladies' night out.

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-Oh yes.

-I go on a gentleman's night out once a month.

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A gentleman's relish, is it?

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Sort of, a few beers and a glass of wine or two and a meal, which is quite nice.

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This isn't wrapped up in some intellectual pursuit like book reading?

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No. No. No. We don't do anything like that.

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-Just food and drink.

-Just a beer up, really!

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-And what do you call your club?

-We call them Monthly Minstrels.

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What you folk get up to here in Norfolk is nobody's business, is it?

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You have some experience and should do pretty well today, so good luck.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

-Now for the Blues.

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Theresa, how did you and Peter first meet?

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-We met when I was a bailiff.

-Ah.

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I went along to Peter's garage and bought a car.

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-You were immediately fond of Peter, were you?

-Absolutely not!

-Oh.

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No. I found him quite irritating.

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Oh.

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That's honest!

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So this irritating car salesman, who's now your husband, and you've been together for...

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-Approximately 16 years.

-Brilliant, so it was an irritation that really worked.

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I absolutely adore him now.

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Yes. But he was irritating at the time?

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Yes, I understand he didn't particularly like me either!

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And then what happened?

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I bought a second car.

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Well, relationship building I find endlessly fascinating.

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-It's extraordinary how things do pan out in life.

-It is, yes.

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-And you adore him now?

-I do.

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So how did this career start for you?

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I left the Air Force and I wanted to get into sales,

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but because I had no sales experience the only option open to me was the car industry.

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And what did you do in the RAF?

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-Air traffic control.

-But you're not in the motor business now.

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No, I changed about eight or nine years ago now and I'm in financial services.

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-Is that good fun?

-Very good. I have a good team of lads.

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So, that means you'll be good with the money today.

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That's the theory, Tim, we'll see.

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Good, well that prompts the money moment because here's your £300.

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£300 apiece, you know the rules.

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Your experts await and off you go and very, very, very good luck.

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So, what's going to happen today?

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Both teams are experienced for a change.

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Will it be the Reds that pot the best bargains first, or will the Blues just race ahead?

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# One, two, three, four! #

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So our teams only have one hour but they do have £300 at their disposal.

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But it's not as easy as it looks trying to find three items at a fair this size.

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Our teams are going to need some experts.

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Raising a glass of red and joining our Red team

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in one of their favourite hobbies is expert, Jonathan Pratt.

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And trying to catch up with the Blue team today

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is their expert, Charles Hanson. Come on, faster Charles, come on!

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What are we going to start looking for?

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Something small, probably something we might like,

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we'd buy ourselves in auction.

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-Some silver.

-A nice, varied selection.

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-Classy.

-Classy, you're a classy lady, that's great.

-Classy.

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If you like it then the chances are someone else will and then hopefully we're on the right way.

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A chance of selling it, yes.

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Rustic, charming, idyllic.

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-Absolutely.

-Norfolkesquey. In Diss.

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-Hopefully.

-Absolutely.

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A nice little box as well.

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Yeah, it's presented quite well.

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-It is diamond.

-Yes.

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And a red stone, which probably are rubies.

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It's a Victorian piece, £110.

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-Quite a lot of money.

-Like a little horseshoe, isn't it?

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Yeah. The price I'm afraid is...

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The price is not going to make that much money, is it?

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-No.

-To us anyway.

-No.

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0.2 of a carat, that's about £50 a diamond, £60-£70, you know,

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it would have to be nearly half.

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-It's pretty.

-Mmm.

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-It says the quality of...

-Go down to 60?

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Hard man, we're a hard people to bargain with, aren't we?

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-Do a deal at 60, I reckon.

-Yeah.

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I can let you have it for 65.

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-£65?

-You think so?

-Yeah?

-Yes.

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A good deal. A good deal then, a pretty little thing, isn't it?

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-It's a nice thing.

-A pretty little thing.

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Let's hope the horseshoe brings the Reds luck with finding the rest of their items.

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Now, have the Blues also got off to a good start?

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They can £20, they can be £15,

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but this nice sort of almost Arts and Crafts, it's quite nice.

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-It's got a nice finish.

-It has, you're quite right.

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The top can be polished up.

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-Yes.

-It's a bit tired but I'm sure the lady can do a deal.

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I can't take less than 30, I'm afraid.

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Food for thought.

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I think so.

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-Shall we do a little bit more looking and then...

-I think so.

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Unless we can get it for 25.

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-I think we need to do a bit of looking anyway.

-Yeah.

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-We like it. Very nice.

-See how we go.

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You're right, Pete.

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But be careful time doesn't run away with you.

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Now I think you know when you've found something good, and that's exactly what I've done.

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Morning. Isn't it lovely to find a nice furniture stand in the fair?

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What do you think about this?

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Is it giving a fair reflection, do you think?

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Well, it ought to, because frankly this is a big enough mirror plate, isn't it?

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This type of dressing glass is called a cheval mirror.

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What's spectacular about this mirror is the timber that's been selected.

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Just look at this exotic and very intricate grain,

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all the way around the supports and the frame.

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Nicely turned frame, look, and here we've got a moulding,

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almost a half round moulding that encloses the plate itself.

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Full of this very busy grain.

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It looks like an exotic timber, like rosewood, or calamander wood,

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but just come here and look closely,

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because if you look closely at this,

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here we've got two almost eye-like forms of grain.

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This isn't real grain at all.

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What's extraordinary about this cheval mirror is that it's been

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made out of a relatively cheap pale wood, like beech,

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and then the furniture-maker has just taken a pot of pen and ink

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and he's drawn in pen and ink every single line that you see

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on the figured and grained surround on this cheval mirror.

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Not one bit of it is expensive rosewood or calamander wood.

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Every single piece of this has been created by pen and ink paint effect, which is quite extraordinary.

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The other remarkable thing about this cheval mirror is the price, because it's priced

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at £1,350. Cor!

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That's enough to crack the mirror!

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Right, how are the Reds getting on outside?

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-I just spotted it there, but I don't know if that has any resaleable value.

-Yeah.

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But it's just with my physio background, as a physio, I couldn't resist seeing it,

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but if it doesn't sell on there's no point.

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It's a London mark, 1896, by a chap called William Comyns.

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Obviously it's known...

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He's a well-known silversmith.

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This is very typical for that period.

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You'd expect it to be of that sort of date.

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The sort of thing that will be made, often inspired by the Dutch taste of this period.

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Is it resellable?

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-Every nurse used to wear one, didn't they. They don't any more.

-They don't any more.

-It's got a...

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That's the whole point. Is it nostalgia, or is it not?

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It's a cabinet piece, isn't it?

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You said you'd offer us a very good price.

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-Did you?

-Yeah.

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He did as I was wandering up, he said come and buy something.

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What's very good?

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-£55.

-£55.

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-Still, we've got to make a profit, haven't we?

-So has he though.

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-Yes, yes.

-Er...

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I don't know, don't let me sway you, it's just with my physio roots, I rather like it.

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Do you mind if we reserve it?

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-Yeah, I'll put it aside.

-For half-an-hour. OK?

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The Reds have only been shopping 18 minutes

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and it looks like they've already found their second item.

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That horseshoe brooch really must be a lucky charm for them.

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-I don't like that.

-Would you take 30 for it?

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-Yeah, go on.

-What could we get that for?

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-£30.

-So it's a decent deal.

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It's a good price. The thing is, you must like it.

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Yes, it has its damage, some wear and tear,

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-and I'm the first to say condition is so important.

-Yes.

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But with a nice early photo frame, it's silver, it's £30,

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to me it's quite reasonable, but early days.

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-OK.

-OK.

-OK.

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Our Charles does enjoy a good look around before he parts with any cash

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and obviously he's encouraging his team to do the same.

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But I do hope they keep one eye on the clock.

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-Nice clock. What sort of age is that?

-We'll go on for a little while.

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Go on for a little while. We may be back.

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So it's George V, but sadly you can see where over time

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it's had some wear and tear. It's a shame.

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-What's that?

-There.

-Oh, they're dreadful to sell!

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Charging set light weight.

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-It's a very interesting piece, but it's going to be very strange to sell.

-Quite heavy to carry.

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With half their time used up both of our teams need to get a shifty on.

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Jonathan, hello?

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Have a look at this. Quite expensive, £125.

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A smoker's companion, not PC at the moment.

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Not PC, is it? No.

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But different.

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-It's kind of fun, you have this...

-It's unusual, quite fun.

-Quite sweet.

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It's a smoker's cabinet, late 19th century, early 20th century.

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The condition's not fantastic. The wood is in good condition,

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the hinges are in good condition, the plaque has come off the top.

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-The plaque's in there.

-The plaque's in there, as is the remainder of that lot.

-Yeah, yeah.

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You could use it quite easily for other things.

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-It could sit on a desk and you could use it for something else.

-Yeah.

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-How much is it? It could be 90.

-It's got authenticity there.

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Is this the price? It says £15!

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It's an old valuation!

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We'll go with that one! We'll go with that one.

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There's definitely an art to negotiation and it looks like Angela might have mastered it.

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Are you sure you couldn't go down to 75?

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-Go on then, 75.

-Go down to 75, will that move up there or not?

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I haven't seen one with this metamorphic base before, it could be used quite easily for other things.

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-There's no reason why it has to be a smoker's cabinet.

-Why not?

-The guy said £75.

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I think that's fair enough. If we go for the buckle,

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that's basically you've got one, I'll have chosen one and John will have chosen one.

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-That's true.

-Let's go for it.

-Yeah, OK. I'm happy with that, yeah.

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With two items bought and £160 left, the Reds are doing well

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and it looks like the nurse's buckle will be their third and final item.

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That's what I call teamwork!

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The Blues, however, can't seem to find anything they like.

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-No. No. It doesn't appeal.

-No.

-No.

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No. No. No.

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-Nice bed.

-I don't like it.

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Look at that there. Look at these.

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-No. No.

-No!

-They're awful.

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-No, they're awful!

-Zebra?

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-No, I don't fancy that one.

-OK.

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Remember Theresa, you're looking for items that will make a profit at auction, not ones to take home.

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-What about over here?

-What shall we go for?

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-I know. We've got to start whittling them down. Charles.

-Yes.

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It sounds to me like the Blues are starting to feel the pressure.

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Time for a team talk, what!

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-We've bought nothing yet, have we?

-No.

-It's getting near the time.

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-Let's go back and start buying some objects.

-OK. Let's go.

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That's probably a wise move, with just 20 minutes left.

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-What's this?

-That's nice, a little collector's cabinet.

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-Coins.

-What price you asking for that?

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-Let's have a look at that, be nice and careful.

-It's heavy.

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If I take it off you, let's have a look.

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So if you open it up, there we go, and Theresa, look at the drawers.

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There's about 25 drawers there.

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-It's about 1900.

-So, realistically you reckon...

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If it came into to a sale...

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I'd have said to you in all honesty, on a good day, it would make £150.

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I'm happy to go with it, but, there might be if we're lucky, a small profit.

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-If you think it stands a chance...

-It's a lot of money to lay out.

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Potentially, there's not a lot.

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We'll just check the back. Spin it right round.

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I do like it.

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It's a quality object. We like it.

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We do like it, we'd like to make some money.

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We do like to make some money, that's the only thing.

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Five minutes, and we might come back, OK?

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-Thank you very much, air, I appreciate it.

-Thank you.

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It might not be there in five minutes! I really wouldn't risk it.

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If you like it, just buy it.

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After all, you've still got all your money left.

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The Blues need to get a move on.

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There's less than 15 minutes left and they've not bought a single thing.

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That's a nice chair there over there.

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Is that a French chair?

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Yes.

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-How much?

-48.

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Nice for that, but a bit steep.

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How about 25?

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Gordon Bennett! It gets better.

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Can't get much better than that.

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It's nice. It's is French, from the style of the top rail and the shell motif,

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and these rich cabriole legs, and the original rush seat.

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-It's very elegant.

-It is.

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It's 1920s. The problem is, dare I say it,

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20th century furniture in sale rooms,

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is improving, but the market is still very flat, sadly.

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-You're quite taken with it?

-Let's go for that.

-OK.

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I think that's quite reasonable, isn't it? Are you happy with that?

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I think it's a chance.

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It's a bargain.

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There must be some money in that!

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-I hope so.

-We do!

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Let's hope there is. Now, don't hang about.

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You've got two items to buy, a whopping £275 left, but hardly any time left to search.

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Bargain hunting isn't as easy as it looks, but it's just as much fun.

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It says here, you don't have to be an antiques buff,

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but a keen interest and willingness to learn would help.

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If you have an outgoing personality, and want to be considered,

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then drop us an e-mail to...

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So, have the Reds gone back to buy the nurse's buckle Angela spotted earlier on?

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-I'd trust you.

-You like it.

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That's the way, when men are appeasing a woman they go, "You like it!"

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Well, yes.

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You've got to buy something and both Jonathan and John have given it the thumbs up.

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What are you waiting for? There's no time to sit on the fence.

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-It's pretty.

-I think so.

-I quite like that.

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£50 paid for the buckle. Nice work, Reds.

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-We've got 10 minutes left and we've taking less than 50 minutes.

-That's pretty good.

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We can hot foot it back for a cup of tea, and wait for the others.

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-That's fine.

-And take the Michael!

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I don't know, the Blues still have a lot of work to do.

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They've looked at plenty of items, but will they back for any of them?

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10 minutes to go. I think we ought to go for your coin, oak cabinet.

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It is nice, isn't it?

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But also over here...

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My silver photo frame as well.

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It's so original, it's Birmingham 1915.

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I know your concerns are it's a bit tired, but it's all there.

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Will it make money?

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I wish I could tell you for sure.

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But what's so nice, look at the back.

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It's the original oak back.

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It's a nice size, it's George V.

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Just in that First World War period. I think it's delightful.

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-For £30 to me, it's a good buy.

-OK.

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I'll see you shortly, OK?

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Two down, one to go. Let's hope that coin box is still there.

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Is it still on sale?

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-It's just been sold.

-OK.

-Sold.

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-Have you bought it? It's gone?

-It's sold.

-Oh dear.

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Five minutes to go. I don't believe it!

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There are only minutes left, after desperate searching,

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it looks like they're going to go with the first box they saw.

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Fingers crossed that that one isn't sold.

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Would you take 25 for the box?

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28. The lowest.

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-What do you think?

-It's a nice box.

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It's come from where, remind me?

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-It's come from the Duke of Buccleuch's estate.

-Right.

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-Duke of Buccleuch's estate.

-Yes.

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It's a nice tale to it, so we know it's of quality. Feel the weight.

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There's a nice weight.

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-It's quite heavy.

-It's a very decorative box.

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We've got a mahogany hinged top,

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these nice Arts and Crafts copper mounts.

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It could make £30, it could make 50, it could make 10.

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It's a bit desperate, and it's difficult.

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-It's mahogany, isn't it?

-Yes.

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And is the base oak? No, it's plywood, isn't it?

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We're out of time, unfortunately.

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-25 would be nice.

-Oh, all right!

-Thank you.

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Nice move, Pete. You never know. That could make the difference between a profit and a loss.

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The hour hand has completed its revolution.

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It's high noon, which means it's time to stop shopping!

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Will the horse shoe brooch race away at the auction at £65?

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I sure hope so.

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Cigarettes may well be out of fashion,

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but let's hope bidders can find an alternative use

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for the smoking box, £75 paid.

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Nostalgia took over and Angela fell for the nurse's buckle

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and with Jonathan's help, bought it for a £50.

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It was like a walk in the park, really, for you guys?

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And you shopped very leisurely, and you finished in good order.

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-Thanks to the expertise of your expert, no doubt?

-Pleasant stroll.

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Pleasant stroll. Now, which is your favourite item?

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The brooch, I think, was very nice.

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Angela, what was your favourite?

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The nurse's buckle, which I thought was nostalgic.

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And you spent a magnificent £190. You've done very well on that.

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I'd like £110, please, for Jonathan.

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That's quite a lot, isn't it?

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I think I have a couple of things in mind.

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You're well qualified on the negotiation stakes. Good luck.

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Excellent. Let's remind ourselves of what the Blues bought.

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After a very slow start,

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Pete decided the French chair at 25 would be a good bet.

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On Charles's advice, they went with the silver photo frame.

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Will the bidders snap it up at the auction?

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£30 paid.

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It's not the coin box,

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but out of desperation, the Blues went with another box.

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Even under pressure, Pete managed to get the price reduced to £25.

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That was hectic, wasn't it?

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Talk about a blinding rush!

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And then you missed that item. What a shambles.

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-That was really sad.

-It was sad.

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-It just shows, you've got to cough up early, isn't that right?

-Quite right.

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-Which is your favourite piece, Theresa?

-The box, I think.

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-What about you, Pete?

-I think the chair.

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The chair's your favourite.

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-Which piece will bring the biggest profit?

-The box.

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-The box?

-I think Charles's picture frame. It's going to do it, yeah. We've lots of decisions.

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You spent the most pathetic £80.

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-That's amazing.

-I would have spent more if I could have done.

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That's what they all say. Anyway, £220 left over, please.

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£220.

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Thank you very much, Tim. I'm going to try and maybe find something with a certain boxy emphasis...

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-Yes.

-..and hopefully at a good price.

-Lovely.

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Off you go on your jolly way.

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I've got a VIP pass somewhere very special here in Norfolk. Follow me!

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I'm at Felbrigg Hall in north Norfolk,

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where this stately home

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seems to have something of an identity crisis.

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In fact, it's got a split personality.

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Originally a Tudor construction built in the 15th century,

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Felbrigg has seen some major architectural makeovers.

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With so many alluring and emerging styles during the 17th century,

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it's no wonder that the resident family

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found themselves wanting a little bit of everything.

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Two very different, individual English architectural styles, and

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most unusual to find them competing for space in the same building.

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On this side, the original Jacobean structure, completed in the 1620s.

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On this side, an immaculate brick, classically-inspired extension,

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put on in the 1680s.

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Fascinating.

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I'm going to go and have a poke about in the old bit.

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Here we are, in what is the early 17th century Great Hall.

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Here is something completely oddball.

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We've got a massive heavy marble top,

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supported on the most slender legs.

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It dates from the middle part of the 18th century.

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It's made of mahogany and guess where it comes from?

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Typical piece of Irish furniture.

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A beautifully embellished shell in the middle of the apron,

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as with pierced scrolling supports on either side,

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and then, as I say, these most delicate of cabriole feet.

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It's a gem.

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Over here, we've got a piece which may not be quite as fine,

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but it's absolutely a mystery piece.

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This cabinet has never been open to the public before.

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The key's stored here...

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Undo this door, like that.

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And, oh!

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Fling the thing open.

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How about that for a bit of veneering?

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Isn't that special?

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This thing is sometimes referred to as the walnut-veneered cabinet.

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But actually, it's veneered in some things called oysters, and it's laburnum wood.

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What we've got here is a contrast between what you and I've never been allowed to see before,

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that's oysters in laburnum wood, before they got faded and polished.

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We can compare and contrast

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the timbers on the inside and outside, most deliciously, here.

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This cabinet was made around about 1680, 1700.

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To make an oyster, a shape like that,

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you take a piece of laburnum,

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which is a piece of wood like my forearm,

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and cut it and slice it like a piece of salami.

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The oval grain within the piece of laburnum,

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when cut and sliced, looks like that.

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Very, very beautiful, like my forearm,

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and very, very desirable, unlike my forearm!

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The big question today is, over at the auction,

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will our teams have anything as attractive as my forearm?

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We're at TW Gaze's sale room in Diss in Norfolk,

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with our auctioneer of the day.

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-Elizabeth Talbot.

-Hello, Tim.

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For the Red team, Angela and John, their first item

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is this little piece of jewellery.

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How's that going to go?

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I hope it's going to go very well. It's a nice sparkly little piece.

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Jewellery sells well at the minute.

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We do have quite a following.

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And the horse shoe does tend to appeal to local equestrians.

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-What's it's worth?

-We hope somewhere between £120 and £180.

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-Well, £65 they paid.

-They should do OK on that.

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Jonathan Pratt and co would be very pleased.

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What about this smoker's box?

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Not the most exciting piece,

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I can almost see it being bought in order to store something else.

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You have a pretty box on the side,

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into which you put something more tasteful than smoking items.

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Either way, nice little piece.

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As a table cabinet, £70 to £90, that sort of level?

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£75 they paid. And then their last item is the nurse's buckle.

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Nurse's buckles in their own right aren't unusual,

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but it's nice that this is made by William Comyns,

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-and of course the name for silver collectors will be a boon.

-Yes.

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It's very ornate, a pretty piece.

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-It would be a lucky nurse to wear that one.

-And heavy.

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And heavy, good gauge of silver.

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Good order, I'd have said £80 to £100.

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-Well, they paid £50.

-That's very fair.

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You never know, on the face of it they seem to be

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sitting with three winning cards. Just in case,

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we'll have a look at their bonus buy anyway.

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John and Angela, you spent £190?

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You left Jonathan with £110 of leftover lolly to find a bonus buy.

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What did you find, Jonathan?

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Well...

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Wow!

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-It's a watch strap.

-Tell us...

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Silver, T-bar, very finely-stitched leather,

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with a little buckle on the end and plated interlinks.

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Modelled as sort of a horse's bit, I'd say.

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-What's it for, a fob watch?

-Yeah.

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You've got a lot of money left then?

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-I've got quite a lot of money left!

-This sarcasm!

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How much did you spend on this?

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I spent £35.

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Well then, he's a lot of money left. A cautious purchase.

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-So how much will it sell for?

-It's very unusual. It's not a lot of money, a novelty.

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-People collect this sort of thing. Why not?

-What sort of profit?

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I paid 35. I don't think we're going to shoot off...

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Hundreds, here.

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We might canter away with something!

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Canter, and stirrups, very clever.

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Let's think there may be £5 or £10 minimum on it.

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Anyway, for the benefit of the viewers at home,

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let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jonathan's little strop.

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So, Elizabeth, are they going to snaffle this up?

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Oh, very good, Tim. I like this.

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Again, a piece of horse-related equestrian-linked ware.

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And the little watch fob chain there is lovely.

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The leather is in good order.

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I don't think it's had much use.

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The value is £28 to £38.

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Jonathan paid £35. I think it's a perfectly reasonable price to pay.

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Once again, I've got a funny feeling about this.

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I think it might just tickle along there. You could get to 50, I think.

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Somebody will like the look of it.

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I'm more optimistic than pessimistic so I wouldn't disagree.

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Now, that's it for the Reds.

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Next for the Blues. The French rush seat ladder-back chair.

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Gosh, that's a boring piece of furniture if ever I saw one! What's that worth?

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It isn't the most exciting or the oldest piece, and there's just one.

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A chair of that type, unless you put it in the bedroom and hang your socks over it

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there's not much else you can do with it.

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So it is a bit of a lone one, so the value is low. It's only £15 to £25.

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-I'm pleased to say they only paid £25.

-There we go...

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Brilliant. The photo frame looks as if it's been run over on the A36.

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It's a bit bashed, isn't it?

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It's a wooden frame with a very thin layer of silver

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tacked to the front. That's what they are.

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-It's like Bacofoil.

-There isn't much silver to it.

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-How much, then, do you think?

-Well, in that bashed up state...

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-From 1915 it's had a few partnerships and it's down to £40 to £60.

-Is it?

-Yes.

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£30 was paid, so they're fine.

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The last item is this absolutely ghastly box.

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It is a box, but...

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It's hardly beautifully made, is it?

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-In all seriousness, it is a kind of a DIY...

-Shed work.

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What you need is a good tin of brown boot polish, polish up the copper

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and it could look better than close inspection would suggest.

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It's got potential, again. I can let you into the secret

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that they only paid £25 for it, which is not a lot of money.

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It's good solid mahogany and it's fine and it'll do a job.

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-So what's the TW Gaze estimate?

-It's £28 to £38.

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£28 to £38. £25 paid. That sounds very reasonable.

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-Ties in.

-If they do anything, there are tiny, tiny profits here,

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so I guess we'd better go and have a look at their bonus buy.

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Now, Theresa and Pete, you spent a miserable £80. Can't get over that.

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-£220 went to Charles Hanson.

-Go on, ready. I'm excited.

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-Here we go!

-Woo.

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-OK.

-Oh, wow.

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Well, that is different.

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Here we are in Diss, which had a wonderful saleroom for domestic bygones.

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And this lot in question came out of an old dentist's, from about 1920.

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So it's full of magical potions, formulas and anaesthetics

0:33:000:33:04

for that wonderful age-old toothache problem from 1920.

0:33:040:33:08

-The box is superb, isn't it, Tim?

-Yeah, it's a super box, Charles.

0:33:080:33:12

How much did you spend on it?

0:33:120:33:14

-Well... Oh, and also, we have some books as well.

-Right...

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All to do with the teeth.

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So really, it's a great archive and really it ought to be in a museum.

0:33:200:33:24

Charles is such a good politician.

0:33:240:33:26

He had a perfectly straight question put to him, which he has avoided.

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How much, Charles?

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-It was £220.

-Was it?

-It was.

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You might say, "Crikey O'Riley..."

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-Crikey O'Riley.

-"..what are you doing?"

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Will it make any money?

0:33:410:33:42

Well, I have speculated.

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Certainly have.

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So 150, 250 is my line of enquiry but certainly, here in Diss,

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I would hope it will make certainly £200 or £300.

0:33:510:33:54

What's your initial reaction, Theresa?

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It's a fascinating piece.

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I've got to say, it really is fascinating.

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Certainly totally unexpected.

0:34:020:34:07

-What about you, Pete?

-It's interesting.

-Yes.

0:34:070:34:10

On that happy note, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Charles' dentistry kit.

0:34:100:34:15

Well, Elizabeth.

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Does this take you back to visits to the torture chamber?

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My eyes are watering at the very thought. It's an amazing collection.

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All crammed into this little box. It's quite extraordinary.

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You've almost got all the kit in something you can pick up and take about with you.

0:34:290:34:33

-Absolutely. It's a portable...

-..dental surgery.

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It's got a carrying handle and you're all set to go.

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-And you've even got the books, look.

-Learn as you go along!

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Just hang on a minute while I check out about this molar.

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The value we put on it is around about £150 to £250,

0:34:470:34:50

in the hope that we will attract the right clientele.

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Charles Hanson paid £220.

0:34:540:34:56

-Right.

-He is, as they say, putting his money where his mouth is.

0:34:560:35:00

Oh, very good...

0:35:000:35:02

-So we'll stand by, then?

-Absolutely, sir.

0:35:020:35:05

-Well done.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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So how are you viewing things? Are you quite confident?

0:35:120:35:15

I'm looking forward but I don't know whether I'm very confident at the moment.

0:35:150:35:19

We'll see as the lots go through.

0:35:190:35:21

-Yeah, what about you, John?

-Similar.

0:35:210:35:23

Hopefully we'll make a bit of a profit.

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The first lot coming up is the brooch, and here it comes.

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The bar brooch set with ruby and diamond horseshoe

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in the original fitted case. Pretty little brooch, this one.

0:35:330:35:36

Where will I say for this one? May I say £50 to start?

0:35:360:35:39

A lovely piece of jewellery there at £50. Anybody at 50? Bid I have.

0:35:390:35:42

55. 60. Five. 70. Five. 80.

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£80 on my right. Surely worth more.

0:35:480:35:51

At £80, are you all done?

0:35:510:35:53

£80. It's OK, it's £15.

0:35:530:35:55

-Not as much as...

-Profit, OK.

0:35:550:35:58

You've still £15 profit. Thank you very much.

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Now, the smoker's box. What's going to happen here?

0:36:000:36:03

We have the Edwardian mahogany smoker's cabinet, there.

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Lovely piece of cabinet-making there. I say £50 on the cabinet.

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50 straight in. 50 I have. I'll take five.

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55. And 60. Five. 70. Five.

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80. Five. 90.

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Five. 100. 110. 120.

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At 120, now, are you all done?

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At £120...

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Get in there!

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That's a bit more like it, £120.

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That's £45.

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Plus £45 on that.

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That's a bit more like it. Now, your buckle, Ange.

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The nurse's buckle, London, 1896.

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It's by William Comyns. A good name. Look at that one.

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Beautifully worked. 30 I'll take.

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30 bid. 30 I have, only, at 32.

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35. 38.

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40. Two. 45. 48.

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And 50. 55, a new bidder. 55 has moved to the front.

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At 55 it's not dear.

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60, new bidder. 65. 70. Five.

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80. 80 now standing in front at 80.

0:37:030:37:06

80. Any advance on £80?

0:37:060:37:10

£80, well done. You're plus £30 on that.

0:37:100:37:13

-You didn't want to be the one that didn't make a profit.

-No, no!

0:37:130:37:17

Poor Ange. 45, 55, 60...

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You are plus £90.

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£90 in the bank.

0:37:220:37:24

-That's good.

-£90 profit, you two.

0:37:240:37:27

At least we know we can't lose £90, can we?

0:37:270:37:30

So, the fob cost Jonathan £35, yes?

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So what are you going to do, because you've been a great team.

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You've been very strongly bonded here.

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We decided that we've got to go with it.

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£35. You're going to risk 35.

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The theory being we can't lose a lot but we might make a fiver.

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We're going with the bonus buy, and here it comes.

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We have the silver and chrome-plated leather fob there.

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Start me at £30. 30. 20 I'll take.

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£10, then, to start. £10 bid.

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10 I have. I'll take 12. At 10.

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12. 15. 18.

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It's above now, with the gentleman at £18.

0:38:070:38:09

Are you all done?

0:38:090:38:12

Never mind. £18.

0:38:120:38:14

Very sorry about that.

0:38:140:38:16

All the prediction was that it was going to do well.

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And they just didn't want it.

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But it was £18.

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Two shy of 20, which means you're minus £17 on that, which means, overall, that you are...

0:38:220:38:30

-Plus... 90, 80... £73!

-Oh, wow!

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£73 in the bank.

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-Lovely.

-Which is a very good result, I have to tell you, irrespective.

0:38:360:38:40

-The big thing here is not to mention a word to the Blues, all right?

-Definitely not.

0:38:400:38:45

Can you go out looking depressed?

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Can you do that? No, you can't.

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-OK, fine. Well just don't...

-Try your best.

0:38:490:38:52

Now, Theresa, Peter, been talking to the Reds?

0:39:010:39:04

-No.

-No.

-Not a word?

0:39:040:39:06

Good. We don't want you to know how they got on.

0:39:060:39:09

First up, Peter, is going to be your chair. Here it comes.

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The French rush-seated chair, carved-top detail,

0:39:120:39:15

10 I'll take. Sitting on your hands. Come on, £10,

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surely, on the chair. It's for nothing. Five I'll take. Five bid.

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-Five. Six.

-Seven.

0:39:220:39:24

Eight. Ten. Ten is on my left.

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It's getting exciting for a moment at £10. 12. 12 is bid.

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-12 is now in the gallery. At £12.

-Keep going.

-Where's 15?

-One more.

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-£12. You're missing out below.

-One more.

-£12 and selling.

0:39:350:39:38

-£12. Not a lot of money, that.

-That was painful.

0:39:390:39:42

I should stick to financial services work, you. Yes, minus £13.

0:39:420:39:46

OK, photo frame next. OK, Carlos.

0:39:460:39:48

-Nice object.

-Stand firm.

-Yeah, nice object.

0:39:480:39:51

We have the silver photograph frame there, with embossed rims.

0:39:510:39:54

-£30 for this one. £30.

-Surely.

0:39:540:39:57

20 I'll take to start.

0:39:570:40:00

Ten is the bid. At ten.

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Where's 12? 12 is bid. 15. 18. 20.

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Two. Is it goodbye here at £22 only?

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25, new bidder.

0:40:100:40:11

Any advance on 25?

0:40:110:40:12

Oh dear. £25. That's not good, Charles.

0:40:140:40:17

Minus £5 on that.

0:40:170:40:19

Now, your box, Theresa.

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Useful box, look. An interest on the sheets here, starts at just £18.

0:40:210:40:25

£18 I have. At 18, and 22.

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25. 28. £30 and I'm out.

0:40:290:40:31

£30 I do have at £30, now.

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Where's two? It's £30, back of the room, at 30.

0:40:340:40:37

-Selling at £30.

-Bit more. Bit more.

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£30. You're in profit, girl.

0:40:400:40:42

Well done. Plus £5 on that, which means overall you're minus 13.

0:40:420:40:46

So, the big choice.

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OK? You are £13 down the spout. What are you going to do?

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Will you with the big choice here of taking the £220 dental cabinet?

0:40:530:40:58

-We'll go for it.

-We'll go for it.

0:40:580:41:00

-Just like that?

-Yes.

-Are you?

0:41:000:41:01

-Yes.

-You're going to go with it?

0:41:010:41:03

-Good luck.

-And I don't blame you.

0:41:030:41:06

Early 20th century mahogany dentist box. And I start at £60.

0:41:060:41:10

£60, I have at 60.

0:41:100:41:13

At £60, the budding dentists of you out there. 65 and 70. Five.

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And 80. Five. And 90. Five. 100.

0:41:170:41:21

-100 with me at 100. Don't miss it.

-I don't believe it.

0:41:210:41:23

120. 130.

0:41:230:41:25

-140.

-Come on.

-140. With me at 140.

-Let's keep going.

0:41:250:41:28

140. Where's 50?

0:41:280:41:30

It's £140 and you're all out.

0:41:300:41:32

-Let's keep going.

-140 and selling.

0:41:320:41:35

Oh, Charles!

0:41:350:41:38

140. Which is minus £80.

0:41:380:41:42

I don't believe it.

0:41:420:41:44

Minus £80!

0:41:440:41:46

-You had minus 13 before, so overall, you're minus £93.

-Sorry!

0:41:460:41:51

-That's all right.

-Which is not so bad.

0:41:510:41:55

Could be a winning score, really...

0:41:550:41:57

Well, we've all heard of the expression "poles apart."

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And here we have an ample illustration, in today's result, of poles apart.

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The runners up today, by a whopping margin, are Blues,

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who are at the bottom of the pole, the South Pole, with minus £93.

0:42:230:42:29

Going with the dentist's business proved to be a bit of an error, didn't it?

0:42:300:42:36

-It was a wrong 'un.

-Nothing ventured, nothing gained, Charles?

0:42:370:42:41

-Life's too short.

-Absolutely. It was lovely to see you anyway.

0:42:410:42:44

But the victors, who are going to take home cash, £73 of cash,

0:42:440:42:52

are at the top of the North Pole, which is wonderful. There you go, darling.

0:42:520:42:56

-Thank you very much.

-You made a profit on all three of the items that you bought. There's your £73.

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And I do congratulate you, because to make a profit is nothing short of a miracle, as we all know.

0:43:010:43:09

Anyway, congratulations. I hope you've had a nice day.

0:43:090:43:13

-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

-Yes!

0:43:130:43:16

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including how the programme was made, visit the website at bbc.co.uk.

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0:43:310:43:34

The Red and Blue teams shop at the Norfolk showground with the help of Jonathan Pratt and Charles Hanson. The reds breeze around the fair, while the blues spend a long time looking; so long, in fact, that it becomes a race against the clock.

Meanwhile, presenter Tim Wonnacott has a look around Felbrigg House in North Norfolk.