Antiques challenge. The teams end up in a race against time at the vast fair in Detling, where they are given a helping hand by experts James Braxton and Kate Bliss.
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My gosh, it's great to be outside in the fresh air,
embracing the elements, being at one with nature.
I'd much rather be at one with some bargains though, so let's go bargain hunting!
Today, we're in the Kent County Showground in Detling.
This fair is in the great outdoors
and our contestants today are certainly in touch with nature.
They're also not adverse to having the old party in a field either.
Our peace-loving souls will have £300 and an hour to find their three bargains.
They'll be accompanied by an expert who will give them help, advice, free love...
I mean, guidance. They'll then take their three items to auction, where they'll hopefully make a profit.
So, let's meet today's teams!
For the Reds, we've got married couple Nick and Gill,
and for the Blues we've got brother and sister Georgina and Ted.
-Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
Hello! Very nice to see you. So how long have you two been married for?
Just under 20 years.
-And how did you meet?
-We met in a band.
-A mutual friend asked us to join in, and we did, and we picked the same songs to sing.
-And you'd never met before?
-No. We'd never met before.
-I mean, that's serendipity, isn't it?
-Yes, it's absolutely incredible.
Brilliant. And, Jill, do you still play in a band together?
Oh, yes, in not one band.
I'm actually playing with four different bands.
-What instrument do play?
-Chiefly, the banjo, but I do actually play guitar.
Sometimes the little banjo, a banjolele and sometimes a mandolin.
-Nick, what do you play?
-I play the double bass and the Hawaiian guitar.
Very good. Well, it's a lovely interest for you, isn't it?
And what sort of music do you like to play?
Bluegrass is our favourite.
-Bluegrass, is it? Hillbilly?
-And do you go off to festivals and stuff?
-Oh, yes, yes.
-Yeah. And how do you travel around?
We've got an old bus that we go to the festivals in.
It's a converted park and ride bus from here in Maidstone.
-Do you sleep in it?
-Yes, it's converted to a motor home.
Plenty of room for a double bass, a banjo, a guitar and a mandolin.
-The whole jolly lot. Well, that's fun.
-Anyway, fascinating couple. Good luck to you.
Now for the Blues. Georgina and Ted.
-Now, Ted, your parents used to run an antique jewellery shop.
I did an apprenticeship in Hatton Garden and ended up doing repairs in a workshop behind the shop.
-And do you still repair things now?
-Not in the jewellery world.
I buy anything that needs repairing and restoring and do it.
-And, Georgina, your passion is animals.
-Oh, love them, absolutely adore them.
What animals have you had?
Well, about ten years ago, we had at one time a pony, six sheep,
two Border collies, a miniature poodle, four cats, lop-eared rabbit
that used to bounce round the house, six guinea pigs, two budgerigars,
fish, and we had a tank of stick insects.
Well, I should think that was quite a menagerie, all at home.
-It was, yes.
-That's amazing. Is it true that you like to talk to trees, too?
Oh, yes, I do. When I take my dogs out, people think I'm a bit mad, but I do.
-I talk to the trees.
-Oh, surely not!?
But the worrying thing is that they speak back sometimes, so...
What do you say then? "Hello, tree. "Or is it more personal than that?
Yeah. I sort of have a chat and say to them about the new leaves starting to come through
-and how nice they look and...
-And so forth.
-And then, if you're lucky, you get a quick rustle back.
Yes, I definitely get a rustle back.
You like to hoard. You're a bit of a collector, Georgina, yeah?
Yeah, definitely. I love teddy bears, any sort of soft animals.
I love antique jewellery. I love items made of wood.
I shouldn't think the trees are too happy about that.
No, but when the animals run riot and they knock them over, they don't break.
-No, that's true.
-I've learnt from experience.
And, Ted, what do you collect?
Oh, I collect gold clocks, old cigarette lighters, specially
the flint and petrol ones, and anything old and unusual.
Well, you're in the right place today, I can tell you,
cos there's a fantastic fair out there and you both need £300. There's your £300.
-Thank you very much.
-300. You know the rules.
Your experts await and off you go!
And very, very, very good luck.
Well, with all this tree hugging and bluegrass strumming,
these teams are going to need somebody to keep them under control.
For the Reds, James Braxton.
He's never happier than when strumming his banjolele.
With the Blue team, Kate Bliss.
There's nothing she loves more than tending to her bulbs.
-But can she dig up some bargains today?
-Roller-skates on. Off we go!
I think we'll just do a quick scan.
So they've only got one hour and it's all about teamwork.
In a vast fair like this, they'll need to stick together.
Where has Ted gone? Oh, there he is.
Where's my team?
Come on, James, get with the picture.
Ted needs to keep up with his team, too.
The girls are just racing ahead.
It's a good size, for a little cottage?
-That's what I'm thinking.
-It's been repaired on the inside.
It looks pretty original to me and it's got some age to it, hasn't it?
It has. I don't think it's Victorian pine.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter, does it?
It's in nice condition. I think the seat is possibly quite a bit later.
I like this moulding on the bottom. They take the plainness off it.
The thing that sells it to me is, it's properly jointed.
Yeah. It's got these nice joints here, hasn't it?
Well, that shows it's quite old.
Normally, they just dowel them these days.
I don't know. I'm just thinking...
Trouble is though, guys, furniture isn't selling particularly well at the moment.
You've got to bear in mind the future market is not buoyant.
-So if we want this, we want it at a really good price.
-Someone private might bid for this.
-This is what I'm thinking of.
-That's all right.
-Be a nice thing in a hall.
Let's find out how much it is.
-Where's the lady?
-Where's the lady?
So whilst the Blues start some negotiations, the Reds have let out an embarrassing secret.
Oh, look at this! I recognise this one.
What an earth is it for?
-This is a shoe stretcher.
-Shoe stretcher? Yeah.
I got one for her Christmas present to go in her stocking, cos she suffers from bunions.
I thought it would just be a silly thing to put inside the shoe and press it down.
It is a genuine Victorian one.
-You put it in the shoe and then...
-And that makes?
-It stretches the leather.
It stretches the leather where your bunion is?
-So that's replicating the bunion?
-Exactly, exactly, yes.
-No, let's leave it be.
-Let's get on.
-Yes, let's go on.
-Serious stuff, come on.
As the Reds put their best foot forward, the Blues have news for Kate.
-What's the verdict?
-What about 90.
-Has she come down to 90?
-Is that OK?
-Well, do you know, I would probably...
-It was 120.
D'you know, I'd put an auction estimate on of 80 120 quid probably.
I think it's got a chance of making 150 on a good day.
We both liked it, didn't we?
90. It will fit in most people's little kitchens and cottages, so...
-Let's do it.
-Have we got a deal?
-Let's press on.
-There's no woodworm.
I hope not.
-Great, let's do the deal.
-We've got our first buy.
So the Blues have made their first purchase and James
is searching heaven and earth to find something for the Reds.
-I like this.
Are you, Nick and Jill, are you big cruisers? Do you ever get on a boat?
-Only across to France.
Only across to France! Well, it does give you a real perspective
of how much the earth's surface is covered by ocean, isn't it?
Well, it does.
This huge Atlantic Ocean here.
-But great fun.
-So how old do you think it is then, James?
Well, I don't think it's terribly old. I think it's '60s or '70s.
It looks like something that you might buy on a cruise.
I just think it's a rather fun item.
It is. It is a fun item, yes.
What's your price, madam, on this then?
The best is 20.
20? Oh, dear, 20.
-Said with a smile though.
-I've never seen one.
I've never seen one like that, but do you think we could make a profit on it at that price?
-That's the big question.
-I think always the golden rule with auctions is to go for novelty items.
-Yeah, and that is one of those.
-You stand a fighting chance with novelty items.
The lady's not going to move. It's going to be 20.
-We'll blow 20 on that.
It's got to be worth that, hasn't it?
You can't go much lower, can you?
20 for a trip round the world.
I call that a bargain. Now, I've been taking a trip round the fair and something has caught my eye.
Prepare yourselves for something rather special.
Doesn't look particularly special with its simple spherical shape.
Not a particularly sophisticated or special handle or spout.
But actually, this is a very special pot.
Now the decoration on it is very imprecise.
Here you've got an octopus sitting on the seabed with his squiffy little eye.
Next door to that, the other side of the handle, we've got a weird and wonderful stingray type animal.
And a bit further around, this gorgeous squid with a pair of beady eyes. Look at that.
None of these sea creatures
accurately represent a real sea creature.
They're simply out of the imagination of the decorator.
Pretty wacky, eh?
Turn it upside down and you can see a typical scratched-in signature and that says "Martin Brothers".
Now the Martin brothers were four brothers, each of whom were potters, and they got together in Lambeth
and formed their own pottery in the 1870s. And this one is dated 1875.
That, I tell you, is a very rare pot.
If you come across anything that's got a scratched signature
that looks like that one, Martin Brothers, you're in the money.
Seriously in the money?
Yeah, seriously in the money.
Cos the asking price for this pot on this stand is 4,200.
4,200! It's true.
But our teams don't have that sort of cash.
-The Blues were quick to part with 90.
-Let's do it.
-Well, have we got a deal?
-Let's press on.
But the Reds have only spent a measly 20 quid.
-We'll blow 20 on that.
-It's got to be worth that, hasn't it?
-Can't go much lower.
They need to do some spending!
They're not as commercial as they were.
-Not like they were.
-No, it's a shame.
-Bear it in mind.
What's selling very well is enamel at the moment, anything bright, pretty.
And we've got a couple of trays of it here. Now which ones do you like?
-That's very pretty, isn't it, the butterfly?
So we've got a nice big butterfly.
-It's pretty, isn't it?
-I think it comes from Cornwall.
Does it? Is it marked then as such?
It just says "sterling silver" here.
-That's all it says.
-A lot of people make it.
-I think that's very pretty that.
-It is pretty.
I mean, if it was Horner, you know...
-Yeah, it would be a lot of money.
-Yes, it would be, yes.
-What I like about this is this nice stylised peacock feather.
Has a real Decorative Arts look, doesn't it?
-Well, how much? That's the question.
They've got it priced at 38, but we might...
I still think... It's not...
What you're getting is a necklace, silver and enamel and a good Art Nouveau look.
-It is pretty.
-I think you're getting value for money there.
-Can you help us out, just a bit?
-Just a bit.
-28, brilliant! What a kind man.
What a kind man.
-Shall we do that?
So they managed to get their second item for 28.
With 15 minutes to go, the Blues have gone indoors to see if they can root out their next find.
-Where do you start here?
The time is going to go so quick in here, isn't it?
They're still quite good sellers these.
One went the other day on Bargain Hunt. It was an oak one.
-This is mahogany, innit?
-Paid 30 for it.
It wasn't as ornate as this.
-No inlay on it at all.
-But that made 40.
I like the little bits of mother of pearl and the inlay.
And this is enamelled or ceramic.
-This is mahogany.
-So that's mahogany.
With probably boxwood or satinwood inlay.
But it's also got an enamel or a porcelain dial, which is rather nice.
-What age do you think it is?
-I'd say it's 1900, perhaps a little bit earlier.
-What would it fetch at auction?
-I can see that making 60 quid plus.
-Right. I'll see you in a tick.
-Keep looking, guys.
-We'll keep looking.
The Blues seem to be in safe hands, but I think I should check up on the Red team.
Now you're under pressure, right?
You're under pressure, why?
-Because we haven't bought the third item.
-We've got one item to go.
And we can't find it.
-How much have you spent, can you remember?
-Not very much.
Under 40 I think.
-We're cheapskates at the moment.
-I know. Well, we've seen a couple of items, but we didn't...
-What are you up to, you two?
-Pathetic, isn't it?
-Well, the one I really liked was over 1,000 up there.
-I can't do anything about that.
You've bought two items. You've spent less than 40 and how much time have you got left?
About five minutes.
It's enough to give you brown trousers that, isn't it?
-It is, isn't it? Yes.
-I mustn't interrupt you any more.
-Right, good luck.
-On with the search. OK.
And they'd better be quick.
Time's short and the Blues are about to seal their second deal.
-Came down to 32. What do you think about that?
I did try 30, but 32.
-No, I think definitely.
Cos it's in nice order, isn't it?
And if we clean it up...
No, I think...
-On a good day, I can see that making 60 quid plus.
Well, you've got a good day. It says "fair".
It's a good omen.
-It's a deal!
So it's two all.
Time for the Reds to get a move on.
-Seven minutes, team.
-Do you enjoy a bit of a gamble?
Well, our teams today of course can take a gamble with the bonus.
This is the item that the expert has bought using any leftover lolly.
The teams don't see it untill they get to the auction.
They decide whether to take it or not.
If they take it and it makes a profit, they hang on to that profit.
If they take it and it makes a loss, then it's their loss.
With minutes to go, both teams have still got an item to buy and now's not the time to start being fussy.
I think, "Who buys these now?" Do you know what I mean.
-Do you think?
-Yeah. I do see what you're saying, but I don't...
How much is your lady up here?
Choosy. You are choosy.
-You're not mad on that one?
-I don't like it very much.
-Not mad on it.
-You'd never be able to get those out anyway.
That's quite nice. That one down there.
-Look at that.
-Isn't that fun, the archer?
-How much have you got on that?
But I'll take 160.
Yeah. I think a lot of these were done for radiator covers.
-Yeah. The French have a lot of...
..sort of boxed radiators and they... I've got one at home.
-Not as big, but they just fit really well on them.
-They're decorative pieces,
While the Reds are distracted by falling in love, the Blues are determined to hunt out the best buy.
What do you reckon?
We'll be guided by you. What would you do, your money?
-I think you could lose less on the head.
Damage limitation, is this?
It's got a good look.
It's got a good look.
At long last, something's captured the Blue team's hearts.
-What do you think, Ted?
-I think it gorgeous.
-I really like it.
-I mean, it's a good, strong piece, isn't it?
-I like the quality of the carving.
-Where do you think it's from?
Well, it's the sort of thing you get in a sort of gothic, Victorian stone manor house or hall, if you like.
-Shame we haven't got another one, because a pair would be really fab
and you'd perhaps see them either side of a fireplace or going up the stairs maybe of a lovely, mahogany...
I could see it on a mantlepiece.
In the middle of a mantlepiece it would look beautiful, wouldn't it?
-And it's different.
-Do you know what, I've got a good feeling about this.
-I like it. I love the quality.
-Shall we do it?
-where there's weight, there's quality.
-I love it.
-I love it, definitely.
-I'll do the deed.
That was a snappy decision.
Now have the Reds made their minds up yet?
That's quite nice. That one down there.
-Maybe you could do 100 on that,
the pottery. What do you...?
If they were all the same price, what would you buy?
-Oh, I'd go for that one.
-Go for the archer?
Well, that is so eye catching, the archer.
If we could get a little bit off from 160, would you?
-I'll do 155 on it.
-That would be it, yeah.
-Let's go for it.
-Go on then.
-We've got nothing to lose.
-We've run out of time.
-You've got the money.
-We've run out of time, haven't we?
-Yeah, we'll do it.
155. Ever so kind.
Game, set and match!
Time's up. What a racket!
So did all that fresh air go to their heads?
Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.
They thought the world was their oyster,
but instead they settled for this novelty cut glass globe for 20.
They got in a flutter
over the silver and enamel butterfly necklace.
And it shot them through the heart,
the plastic figure of a female archer.
Now, Jill and Nick, you certainly enjoyed yourself, didn't you?
-Very much so, yes.
Jill, which is your favourite of the three?
I think the butterfly necklace.
-It's very pretty.
-Which will bring the biggest profit?
Probably the glass globe.
-The glass globe job.
-Yeah? You agree.
You spent 203, which is super duper.
I'd like 97 of leftover lolly.
-Any idea what you're going to buy, James?
-Something that complements our buys already.
What's that mean then?
-A bit of a guitar?
-Going to find yourself some hippy gear, what?
I mean, what's happened here?
-You know me. I'll be sticking to...
-Traditional, solid, reliable.
Something of onyx, malachite and silver probably.
Gosh! There are so many hints there.
Good luck, James, anyway. What a shambles.
Anyway, let's remind ourselves what the Reds are up against and check out what the Blues bought.
They were pining for a bargain
and first up, the Blues bought the pine boxseat.
Next, the mahogany, inlaid barometer.
Let's hope it kicks up a storm at the auction.
And they're hoping the Victorian, walnut, carved, mask bracket
will be a roaring success.
Georgina and Ted, well, that was an experience for you, wasn't it?
It was fantastic. Absolutely.
-Which is your favourite, Ted?
-The wall bracket.
Wall bracket. Do you agree, Georgina?
-Yeah, I love it.
-Yeah, you love it?
-I love it, too.
-Which is going to bring the biggest profit?
-I would say the barometer.
The barometer. Do you agree, Georgina?
I think the pine pew might.
Pine pew. Ah, difference of opinion.
You spent £232, which is quite magnificent.
-I'd like 68 quid please.
-There we are.
-There we go.
-68 spuds coming over.
How was it for you, Kate Bliss?
Well, I've learnt a few things today from these two.
-They've got a very good eye and it was certainly quite an up and down ride, wasn't it, guys?
-What're you gonna buy then?
-I've got a challenge ahead of me.
I think we have two very choosy people over there, in a good way, a very good way.
-Yes, but picky?
-Well, you could put it like that.
But knowledgably picky.
So I have a challenge, so I'd better get started.
Yeah, you'd better go and get picking. Good luck, Kate.
Now before we head off to auction, I'm off on a voyage of discovery! Ooh ah!
I'm at Quex House near Canterbury in the south east of England.
Over the centuries, there have been lots of proprietors of this place.
In the 1400s, it was the Parker family.
Then the Queeks.
Now I'm not absolutely certain about this,
but I think that's how Quexs got its name, from the Queeks.
In the 16th century, it was passed by marriage to the Crisp family
and then was sold on to the Fox family,
and then sold on to the Powell family, who remained in residence here until 2006.
Thanks to the family's long association with, and occupation of,
the house, it's stuffed full of interesting collections.
Including a surprising number of long case clocks.
Now long case clocks are a bit like motor cars.
We all know what a motor car looks like and if you
say you own a motor car, everybody knows what you're talking about.
But there's a world of difference between a Rolls Royce and an Austin Mini.
This fellow is in the Rolls Royce category.
For a kick off, it's got a most unusual dial.
Have you ever seen a dial arranged like that?
Normally, it starts at one and whizzes round, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12.
And you finish up with one and 12 close to one another at the top.
What does this one do? Where you expect to find 12, you've got four.
Where you expect to find three, you've got one.
Where six is supposed to be, there's two. And up here where nine is, it's three.
Which means that this dial simply records four hours in one revolution.
So why would you want to do that?
Well, if you were in a naval establishment on shore and you
wanted to work out the watch hours,
when sailors would go on watch for four hours and change the watch
every four hours, this is the arrangement of dial that you'd need to use.
It's certainly an unusual piece.
Almost as interesting as the table underneath it.
Now in the old days, for a landed estate like Quex, they might have 20,000 or 30,000 acres surrounding
the mansion house, which would be let to agricultural tenants.
They would pay their rent every quarter sitting around a table like this.
If you look at the drawers running around the circumference, they're each inlaid with ivory initials.
Here we've got "F" and "G".
So Farmer Giles would come in to pay his dosh
and his rental agreement would be kept in a drawer like that.
Take out his rental agreement, mark it up on the 25th March as a quarter day that the rent was paid,
put the rental agreement back in the table
and there it would stay until the next rental quarter on the 25 June.
Some of these tables had a posting box in the middle into which the tenant would drop the money,
which would then be depositing in a cupboard underneath. Brilliant, isn't it?
The big question today is, are our teams going to be picking up much in the way of cash over at the auction?
Coming up, the Reds have a shock at auction. I can't believe this.
-And the Blues are finding it hard to wear their poker faces.
But before we see how they get on,
I'm going to have a chat with our auctioneer to find out his predictions.
Well, it's great to be in Canterbury at the Canterbury Auction Galleries
with Michael Roberts, our auctioneer. Hello, Mike.
Hi, Tim. Good to see you again.
-First off then for Jill and Nick is the cut glass table globe.
It almost looks like something that was presented at a BAFTA type ceremony, doesn't it?
-You've done really well in worldwide sales.
You work for a Japanese corporation and they give you one of these.
Instead of a Golden Globe you get a cut glass globe.
Absolutely right. Is it cut by hand then, do you think?
Apparently, according to the label.
Some chap with a dental drill somewhere.
-Yes. So what do you think that's worth then?
-Not a great deal.
-Erm, 30 50.
It's probably brand new and I expect if you root around the internet,
-you could probably find one similar for that sort of money.
-Well, our team paid £20.
-So that's not too bad.
Now the silver and enamel butterfly necklace.
That sort of reminds one of something, doesn't it?
Well, it's a sort of Liberty design,
Charles Horner-ish, that kind of thing.
But again, it's pretty much new.
Fine. So how much then?
-15 to 20 at auction.
-15 to 20. £28.
-There's not much of a spread there. They can't lose much, can they?
-On the other hand, Jill, who fell in love with this great job.
How do you rate cast plaster these days?
Presumably, it's after a bronze. Most of these things are.
It's sort of a Deco version of Diana the Huntress.
It's all right. When we get them in they sort of seem to sell for £60 or £70.
60 or 70, eh?
Well, ish. I mean, our estimate's 45 to 60, to get a bit of interest.
-How low will you stoop? That's the question.
-Find out, I suppose.
-I mean, £155 she paid.
-Really? Oh, dear!
I mean, that's a good old stride, isn't it?
-Whoops. That's a whoops one.
-You've really got to want Diana in green plaster to pay £155.
My prediction is there's a bit of a green hole opening up underneath this object.
They're going to need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Nick and Jill, you spent £203.
You gave James £97.
What did he spend it on?
-That little fella.
-That is very nice.
-That will go well with the necklace, won't it?
It will. It will. It will.
-Sort of almost an oil sweet.
Can we have a look at the back? Oh, yes, sweet little catch.
-It's got no marks on it though, does it?
-Can you tell its age?
It's typical of that rather nice Arts and Crafts period.
Just a very nice iridescent, enamel boss here.
-And the price is nice.
-So how much?
-How much was it?
-How much do you think it's going to make?
-That's the big question.
How long's a piece of string?
Erm, it should do £20 or £30, or even more.
Had it had marks on it, I don't think I would have bought it at £20.
-That's the reason.
Mr Horner, somebody like that, on a solid silver one would be over £100.
So for £20 it's a punt, isn't it, James?
-Anyway, thank you very much.
For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about James Braxton's brooch.
-That's a pretty little brooch, isn't it?
-Well, it is. It's fine.
Arts and Crafts design. A sort of cabochon sort of blue-green enamel.
I've catalogued it as white metal, as there's no hallmarks on it.
Presumably it is silver, but often these things are too thin to stamp properly.
Our estimate is £10 to £15.
£20 paid by Brackers, so he's reckoning on a bit of a profit there and he may get a small profit.
-That's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Georgina and Ted, their first item - Georgina found it -
is this pine box settle.
-What do you make of that?
Sort of Victorian design. Bit of panelling.
But it's not terribly big
and it's pretty ugly.
And if you look at it, the quality is pretty poor.
Look at that! What's that, rough old floorboards or something?
-It looks to be. Certainly down the bottom there.
-Dear, oh, dear!
It's not particularly good.
-No. What do you think it's going to bring?
-Sort of £40 to £60.
£90 paid. I think they're going to be lucky to get a profit on that.
-The inlaid barometer, that's a different kettle of fish, isn't it?
-Cos that's at least nicely inlaid and...
-..and a little period piece.
-It's a nice quality item.
There's a little bit of damage round the glass there, but it's a nice bit of bevelled glass. Good bit of inlay.
-What's it worth?
-£30 to £50 in my estimate.
-Oh, that's great. £32 paid.
-Kate found it, she loved it.
£32. I don't think that's a bad price, do you?
-To buy in a fair anyway.
Well, absolutely. That's quite good.
Yeah. What about this mask joker?
Well, I quite like this. It's nicely carved with this lion's mask.
It's a good thing. It's quite heavy, which would indicate a good piece of
timber and the quality of the carving the whiskers and everything it's...
-Yeah, it's nicely done.
-Got all his teeth.
-Got all his teeth.
-Unlike some of us.
Ha! But I think it's a nice thing and it's the sort of thing that tends to sell fairly well here.
-What's your estimate?
-Well, £60 to £80 to perhaps reflect a bit of damage at the top.
-All right. OK, sure.
-So that's a bit chancy.
Yes. But fingers crossed and we might scrape something.
Yes. Well, on the basis that we might get a good scrape, let's have a look at their bonus buy.
Now, Georgina and Ted, you spent £232, which is quite magnificent,
and you gave £68 to Kate for the bonus buy.
OK, Kate, let's have a look at it.
Oh, wow! Oh, that's really sweet.
You set me quite a challenge, because you were very discerning
in your purchases, and I was very determined to find you something you might like.
He's a British, little, tin plate, clockwork hare, with the key,
which is great. They've stayed together.
Wind it up and he does this lovely little hopping about.
Goes up on his rear legs and then hops along the floor, which I think is absolutely super.
-Oh, he's really cute.
-How old is he?
I would think he's probably '30s, pre-war I would say.
Yes, '30s, '40s, maybe.
If toy collectors had spotted him, I think he could make £20 to £40.
-I paid 15.
-Oh, that's really good!
You don't actually have to decide right now.
You decide after the sale of your first few items.
-No, it is super.
-Absolutely super thing.
But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about old hopalong.
-Here we go, here comes hopalong.
-What do you make of that?
It's quite a nice thing.
-British-made, which adds a bit of interest.
Yeah, it's a good thing and I've had him going and he's quite fun really.
-And he's done that for the telly, too. What a performer!
-So it's in working condition...
-It is, yeah.
-What do you think the estimate is?
-Well, my estimate is £25 to £35.
-Great. £15 she paid.
-Good. OK, that will be in with a chance.
Yeah. Well, hop along, good luck. See you at the auction.
It's at about this time of the day
that I feel the need for something to spice things up.
I mean, have you ever seen anything so enchanting as this?
This is an oil on canvas.
Here we go look, there's the canvas.
"John B Smith" the supplier of the canvas.
All dirty behind.
Absolutely genuine and I guess dating from around about 1910,
something like that.
Here we've got a completely unknown sauce, OV sauce.
Bottle of sauce, "for hot or cold meats, chops, steak, fish, game, etc".
And then these two characters.
We all know the nursery rhyme Jack Spratt.
Well, this is a new version of it.
"Jack Spratt could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean.
"Between them both and OV sauce, they licked their platters clean".
How sweet is that?
And here we've got Mrs Spratt.
"Go on, Jack. Give me a drop more sauce. "
Looking across, slightly naughtily, at a very,
very thin husband, who of course is holding a bottle of OV sauce.
I mean, I think this is the most enchanting image I've seen in yonks.
Who's going to buy it? Well, anybody who's keen on kitchenalia.
If you wanted to jolly up your kitchen or your restaurant,
this is just the picture to do it.
It's food related.
It's good fun and at £80 to £120 it ain't gonna cost an arm and a leg.
Is it, Jack?
# Saucy Jack is coming back
# Saucy Jack is on the attack... #
Now, Jill and Nick, how are you feeling?
-That is not a very positive or confident response.
-No, it isn't.
What's the problem then? Where are you feeling shifty?
I think the green figure. I think...
We paid an awful lot of money for that.
Well, I don't know. It's got a style. It's got a look.
The problem is it's made of plaster.
First up then is the cut globe and here it is.
69 is the modern, green, overlay, cameo, cut glass globe of the world.
I have commission interest. Going to start at £20.
We're looking for 2. 22. 24. 26.
-Well done, James.
2. 34. 36. 38.
40 with me. And 2. 40 on commission.
Who's 42 now?
42. Looking for 4. 42 and selling.
£42. Brilliant. You are plus £22.
James, you doubled the money. Good boy.
70 is the butterfly pattern necklace.
I have commission interest. Gonna start at £42.
£44, where? 44.
46. 48. 50. 5. 60. 5. 70 with me.
-And 5. 70 on commission. Who's 75?
-I can't believe this.
-70 and selling.
-70. You're a genius, James.
-You certainly are.
Next though is the green goddess.
71 is the green plaster figure of the Art Deco archer.
I have commission interest. I'm going to start at £30.
And I'm looking for 2. Who's 32 now?
Any more? So I'm going to sell on commission for £30.
Looking for 2. £30 and selling.
He's selling it for £30. I can't believe it. £30.
-That is minus £125 on that single item.
Yes, well, I'm afraid it's slightly as per predictions.
You were doing so nicely.
You had a profit of £64. That has disappeared with that £125 loss.
-Where does that leave us?
-I think you've now got a loss of 61.
-What we need is a miracle now.
-You need a miracle.
-What's your little brooch going to do?
-I would definitely go for it.
-Definitely going to go for that.
You are £61 down the lavatory.
This is quite a serious position to be in.
You are well flushed. So what are you going to do about the bonus buy?
-We're going to go with it.
75 is the silvery metal mounted and blue-green enamelled circular brooch.
I have commission interest.
I'm going to start at £22. Looking for 24. £24, where?
Anywhere 24? Decorative brooch. 24.
30 here. And 2. Bid's here at £32.
-Who's 34 now?
34. Who's 36? 34 and selling.
You are now minus £47.
Not as dire as we thought.
Not as dire as it might have been.
-Now minus 47 could be a winning score, so don't tell the Blues anything, all right?
-No, we won't say a thing.
Jack Spratt could eat no fat.
You liked it? Well, it's coming up next. Here comes the pick.
152, the English oil painting, the advertising for OV sauce.
Have commission interest. We'll start at 60. Looking for 5.
5. 75. 85. 95.
110. 120. 130. 140. 150.
180 here. 190.
Bid with you at 190. Who's 200? Any more?
190 and selling.
That's a proper saucy price!
Now, G and T, do you know how the Reds got on?
You don't know nothing? Nothing?
-No. Not a thing.
-That's very good. Are you feeling confident, Georgina?
-Bit of this and a bit of that?
-A bit of this and a bit of that.
-What about you, brother Ted?
-Er, about the same, actually.
-About the same?
-I've got a feeling we could be in with a chance.
How does Kate feel about this line up?
I think we'll get all right on some. I think we might struggle on maybe...
I've got a funny feeling about the pine bench.
-I don't think that's going to go quite as well.
-Not such a good feeling?
I have to tell you that the auctioneer and I were sniffy about that bench,
because we didn't think much of the timber it had been made out of.
-It's good for keeping coats and shoes in.
-Absolutely right. It's functional and it's ready to go.
It just ain't that old or well made, but that doesn't necessarily mean it won't make 90.
-91 is the panelled, pine box settle.
Who will start me at 20?
20 I'm bid. Who's 22. 22 where?
22 for someone? Surely 22 now. 22.
24. There you are at 24. 26. 28.
36 now? With you at 36. Who's 38?
I'm going to sell at £36.
That's four, 40... Is that £54?
Is that minus £54?
It's minus £54. Oh, dear! Now here comes the barometer.
92 is the early 20th century, mahogany, circular, aneroid barometer. Lot 92.
20 where? 20 I'm bid.
Thank you. And 2? 22. 24. 26. 28.
34. 36. 34.
-Who's 36 now?
-Go on! Go on!
-34 and selling. Same buyer.
-We made 2!
Now comes the bracket. Stand by for this.
93 is the Italian, walnut, serpentine-fronted wall bracket.
Lion's mask. Nice thing. Lot 93.
-Have commission interest. I'm going to start at 75.
I'm looking for 80. Who's 80 in the room?
-Anyone 80? If not, I'm going to sell on commission. 75, looking for 80.
-75 and selling.
£75. That's very cheap, isn't it?
-£75 is minus £35.
-Oh, never mind!
52. You are minus £87.
-Well, we got the...
This is not a great score, is it?
But it could be a winning score. What are you going to do about the hare, then?
-We're going to go for the hare.
-We're going for the hare.
We think it's very rare, actually. A rare hare!
Well, all I can say is, "Hare we go again!"
97 is the '30s, English, tinplate, clockwork, hare toy.
It does a little running hop and sit.
And who will start me at 20?
20 where? 20 I'm bid. Thank you.
-Who's 22? 22 where?
-Yes, come on!
-22, madam. 24.
24. 26. 28.
30. 32. 34.
Oh, well done!
36. 38? No. 36. Who's 38?
Any more? If not, I'm selling at 36.
Well done, Kate!
15 plus 6 is plus 21.
-You know the moral of this story?
-We should have had four hares!
-Quite a good moral, that.
You are minus...£66 as a result of that.
-That's lucky, innit? Clickety click.
Clickety click. I think we done really well.
I think you've done really well.
I think you've done really, really well.
-I really think we've done well.
-That is phenomenal.
-Only losing £66.
Sadly today, nobody is going home with any cash, but have you teams been talking with one another?
-You haven't been having a chat?
Well, I have to reveal the scale of the losses now, which are fairly massive, I'm afraid.
For the Blue team, the Blues...
-you are down by £66 overall.
It would have been a lot worse were it not for Kate's bonus buy, the wind up hare.
-So thank you for finding that fellow.
-Well done, Kate.
But you've been a great team anyway, this brother and sister team.
The love has just oozed out of you!
But the victors today are the Reds, and strictly speaking you should have been taking home money.
-We should have been.
-We did try.
-You did try.
Two of your items made thumping profits and then you had that monster loss.
The green lady let us down.
The green lady certainly did let you down. The bonus buy even made you profit, but it wasn't enough.
Overall, you are minus £47, but nevertheless victors.
I hope you've all had a very nice time.
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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The teams end up in a race against time at the vast fair in Detling, where they are given a helping hand by experts James Braxton and Kate Bliss. Plus, presenter Tim Wonnacott takes a trip to Quex Museum in Kent.