Detling Bargain Hunt


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Detling

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,

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embracing the elements, being at one with nature.

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I'd much rather be at one with some bargains though, so let's go bargain hunting!

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Today, we're in the Kent County Showground in Detling.

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This fair is in the great outdoors

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and our contestants today are certainly in touch with nature.

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They're also not adverse to having the old party in a field either.

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Our peace-loving souls will have £300 and an hour to find their three bargains.

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They'll be accompanied by an expert who will give them help, advice, free love...

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I mean, guidance. They'll then take their three items to auction, where they'll hopefully make a profit.

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So, let's meet today's teams!

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For the Reds, we've got married couple Nick and Gill,

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and for the Blues we've got brother and sister Georgina and Ted.

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-Welcome to Bargain Hunt.

-Hello!

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Hello! Very nice to see you. So how long have you two been married for?

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Just under 20 years.

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-And how did you meet?

-We met in a band.

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-A mutual friend asked us to join in, and we did, and we picked the same songs to sing.

-Did you?

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-Yes.

-And you'd never met before?

-No. We'd never met before.

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-I mean, that's serendipity, isn't it?

-Yes, it's absolutely incredible.

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Brilliant. And, Jill, do you still play in a band together?

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Oh, yes, in not one band.

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I'm actually playing with four different bands.

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-What instrument do play?

-Chiefly, the banjo, but I do actually play guitar.

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Sometimes the little banjo, a banjolele and sometimes a mandolin.

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-Nick, what do you play?

-I play the double bass and the Hawaiian guitar.

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Very good. Well, it's a lovely interest for you, isn't it?

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And what sort of music do you like to play?

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Bluegrass is our favourite.

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-Bluegrass, is it? Hillbilly?

-Yes.

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-Hillbilly.

-And do you go off to festivals and stuff?

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-Oh, yes, yes.

-Yeah. And how do you travel around?

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We've got an old bus that we go to the festivals in.

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It's a converted park and ride bus from here in Maidstone.

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-Really?

-Mmm-hmm.

-Do you sleep in it?

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-Yes, yes.

-Ooh, yes.

-Yes, it's converted to a motor home.

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Plenty of room for a double bass, a banjo, a guitar and a mandolin.

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-The whole jolly lot. Well, that's fun.

-Oh, yes.

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-Anyway, fascinating couple. Good luck to you.

-Thank you.

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Now for the Blues. Georgina and Ted.

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-Now, Ted, your parents used to run an antique jewellery shop.

-That's right.

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I did an apprenticeship in Hatton Garden and ended up doing repairs in a workshop behind the shop.

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-And do you still repair things now?

-Not in the jewellery world.

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I buy anything that needs repairing and restoring and do it.

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-And, Georgina, your passion is animals.

-Oh, love them, absolutely adore them.

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What animals have you had?

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Well, about ten years ago, we had at one time a pony, six sheep,

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two Border collies, a miniature poodle, four cats, lop-eared rabbit

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that used to bounce round the house, six guinea pigs, two budgerigars,

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fish, and we had a tank of stick insects.

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Well, I should think that was quite a menagerie, all at home.

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-It was, yes.

-That's amazing. Is it true that you like to talk to trees, too?

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Oh, yes, I do. When I take my dogs out, people think I'm a bit mad, but I do.

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-I talk to the trees.

-Oh, surely not!?

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But the worrying thing is that they speak back sometimes, so...

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What do you say then? "Hello, tree. "Or is it more personal than that?

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Yeah. I sort of have a chat and say to them about the new leaves starting to come through

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-and how nice they look and...

-Yes.

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-And so forth.

-And then, if you're lucky, you get a quick rustle back.

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Yes, I definitely get a rustle back.

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You like to hoard. You're a bit of a collector, Georgina, yeah?

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Yeah, definitely. I love teddy bears, any sort of soft animals.

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I love antique jewellery. I love items made of wood.

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I shouldn't think the trees are too happy about that.

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No, but when the animals run riot and they knock them over, they don't break.

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-No, that's true.

-I've learnt from experience.

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And, Ted, what do you collect?

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Oh, I collect gold clocks, old cigarette lighters, specially

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the flint and petrol ones, and anything old and unusual.

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Well, you're in the right place today, I can tell you,

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cos there's a fantastic fair out there and you both need £300. There's your £300.

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-Thank you very much.

-300. You know the rules.

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Your experts await and off you go!

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And very, very, very good luck.

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Well, with all this tree hugging and bluegrass strumming,

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these teams are going to need somebody to keep them under control.

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For the Reds, James Braxton.

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He's never happier than when strumming his banjolele.

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With the Blue team, Kate Bliss.

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There's nothing she loves more than tending to her bulbs.

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-But can she dig up some bargains today?

-Roller-skates on. Off we go!

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I think we'll just do a quick scan.

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So they've only got one hour and it's all about teamwork.

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In a vast fair like this, they'll need to stick together.

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Where has Ted gone? Oh, there he is.

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Where's my team?

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Come on, James, get with the picture.

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Ted needs to keep up with his team, too.

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The girls are just racing ahead.

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It's a good size, for a little cottage?

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-That's what I'm thinking.

-It's been repaired on the inside.

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It looks pretty original to me and it's got some age to it, hasn't it?

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It has. I don't think it's Victorian pine.

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At the end of the day, it doesn't matter, does it?

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It's in nice condition. I think the seat is possibly quite a bit later.

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I like this moulding on the bottom. They take the plainness off it.

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The thing that sells it to me is, it's properly jointed.

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Yeah. It's got these nice joints here, hasn't it?

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Well, that shows it's quite old.

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Normally, they just dowel them these days.

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I don't know. I'm just thinking...

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Trouble is though, guys, furniture isn't selling particularly well at the moment.

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You've got to bear in mind the future market is not buoyant.

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-So if we want this, we want it at a really good price.

-Yeah.

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-Someone private might bid for this.

-Right, right.

-This is what I'm thinking of.

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-That's all right.

-Be a nice thing in a hall.

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Let's find out how much it is.

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-Where's the lady?

-Where's the lady?

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So whilst the Blues start some negotiations, the Reds have let out an embarrassing secret.

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Oh, look at this! I recognise this one.

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What an earth is it for?

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-This is a shoe stretcher.

-Shoe stretcher? Yeah.

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I got one for her Christmas present to go in her stocking, cos she suffers from bunions.

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I thought it would just be a silly thing to put inside the shoe and press it down.

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It is a genuine Victorian one.

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-You put it in the shoe and then...

-Twist it.

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-And that makes?

-It stretches the leather.

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It stretches the leather where your bunion is?

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-Yes.

-So that's replicating the bunion?

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-Exactly, exactly, yes.

-Ah!

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-No, let's leave it be.

-OK.

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-Let's get on.

-Yes, let's go on.

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-Serious stuff.

-Serious stuff, come on.

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As the Reds put their best foot forward, the Blues have news for Kate.

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-Kate...

-What's the verdict?

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-What about 90.

-Has she come down to 90?

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-Is that OK?

-Well, do you know, I would probably...

-It was 120.

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D'you know, I'd put an auction estimate on of 80 120 quid probably.

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I think it's got a chance of making 150 on a good day.

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We both liked it, didn't we?

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90. It will fit in most people's little kitchens and cottages, so...

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-Let's do it.

-Have we got a deal?

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-Let's press on.

-There's no woodworm.

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I hope not.

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-OK, brilliant.

-Great, let's do the deal.

-We've got our first buy.

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So the Blues have made their first purchase and James

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is searching heaven and earth to find something for the Reds.

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-I like this.

-Hey...

-What's that?

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Are you, Nick and Jill, are you big cruisers? Do you ever get on a boat?

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-No.

-Only across to France.

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Only across to France! Well, it does give you a real perspective

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of how much the earth's surface is covered by ocean, isn't it?

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Well, it does.

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This huge Atlantic Ocean here.

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-But great fun.

-So how old do you think it is then, James?

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Well, I don't think it's terribly old. I think it's '60s or '70s.

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It looks like something that you might buy on a cruise.

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I just think it's a rather fun item.

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It is. It is a fun item, yes.

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What's your price, madam, on this then?

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The best is 20.

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20? Oh, dear, 20.

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-Said with a smile though.

-Yes.

-I've never seen one.

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I've never seen one like that, but do you think we could make a profit on it at that price?

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-That's the big question.

-I think always the golden rule with auctions is to go for novelty items.

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-Yeah, and that is one of those.

-You stand a fighting chance with novelty items.

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The lady's not going to move. It's going to be 20.

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-We'll blow 20 on that.

-20.

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It's got to be worth that, hasn't it?

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You can't go much lower, can you?

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20 for a trip round the world.

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I call that a bargain. Now, I've been taking a trip round the fair and something has caught my eye.

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Prepare yourselves for something rather special.

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Doesn't look particularly special with its simple spherical shape.

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Not a particularly sophisticated or special handle or spout.

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But actually, this is a very special pot.

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Now the decoration on it is very imprecise.

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Here you've got an octopus sitting on the seabed with his squiffy little eye.

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Next door to that, the other side of the handle, we've got a weird and wonderful stingray type animal.

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And a bit further around, this gorgeous squid with a pair of beady eyes. Look at that.

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None of these sea creatures

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accurately represent a real sea creature.

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They're simply out of the imagination of the decorator.

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Pretty wacky, eh?

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Turn it upside down and you can see a typical scratched-in signature and that says "Martin Brothers".

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Now the Martin brothers were four brothers, each of whom were potters, and they got together in Lambeth

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and formed their own pottery in the 1870s. And this one is dated 1875.

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That, I tell you, is a very rare pot.

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If you come across anything that's got a scratched signature

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that looks like that one, Martin Brothers, you're in the money.

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Seriously in the money?

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Yeah, seriously in the money.

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Cos the asking price for this pot on this stand is 4,200.

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4,200! It's true.

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But our teams don't have that sort of cash.

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-The Blues were quick to part with 90.

-Let's do it.

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-Well, have we got a deal?

-Let's press on.

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But the Reds have only spent a measly 20 quid.

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-We'll blow 20 on that.

-20.

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-It's got to be worth that, hasn't it?

-Can't go much lower.

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They need to do some spending!

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50. Really?

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They're not as commercial as they were.

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-Not like they were.

-No, it's a shame.

-Bear it in mind.

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What's selling very well is enamel at the moment, anything bright, pretty.

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And we've got a couple of trays of it here. Now which ones do you like?

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-That's pretty.

-That's very pretty, isn't it, the butterfly?

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So we've got a nice big butterfly.

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-It's pretty, isn't it?

-I think it comes from Cornwall.

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Does it? Is it marked then as such?

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It just says "sterling silver" here.

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-That's all it says.

-A lot of people make it.

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-I think that's very pretty that.

-It is pretty.

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I mean, if it was Horner, you know...

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-Yeah, it would be a lot of money.

-300 probably.

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-Yes, it would be, yes.

-What I like about this is this nice stylised peacock feather.

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Has a real Decorative Arts look, doesn't it?

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-It's beautiful.

-It is.

-Well, how much? That's the question.

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They've got it priced at 38, but we might...

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I still think... It's not...

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..outrageously expensive.

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What you're getting is a necklace, silver and enamel and a good Art Nouveau look.

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-It is pretty.

-I think you're getting value for money there.

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-Can you help us out, just a bit?

-Just a bit.

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-28.

-28, brilliant! What a kind man.

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What a kind man.

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-Shall we do that?

-Yeah.

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So they managed to get their second item for 28.

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With 15 minutes to go, the Blues have gone indoors to see if they can root out their next find.

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-Where do you start here?

-I know.

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The time is going to go so quick in here, isn't it?

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They're still quite good sellers these.

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One went the other day on Bargain Hunt. It was an oak one.

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-This is mahogany, innit?

-Paid 30 for it.

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It wasn't as ornate as this.

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-No inlay on it at all.

-Right.

-But that made 40.

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I like the little bits of mother of pearl and the inlay.

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And this is enamelled or ceramic.

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-This is mahogany.

-So that's mahogany.

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With probably boxwood or satinwood inlay.

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But it's also got an enamel or a porcelain dial, which is rather nice.

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-What age do you think it is?

-I'd say it's 1900, perhaps a little bit earlier.

-Yes.

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-What would it fetch at auction?

-I can see that making 60 quid plus.

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-Definitely.

-Definitely.

-Right. I'll see you in a tick.

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-OK.

-Keep looking, guys.

-We will.

-We'll keep looking.

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The Blues seem to be in safe hands, but I think I should check up on the Red team.

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Now you're under pressure, right?

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You're under pressure, why?

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-Because we haven't bought the third item.

-We've got one item to go.

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And we can't find it.

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-How much have you spent, can you remember?

-Not very much.

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Under 40 I think.

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-We're cheapskates at the moment.

-What?

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-I know. Well, we've seen a couple of items, but we didn't...

-Under 40?

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-I know.

-What are you up to, you two?

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-Pathetic, isn't it?

-Well, the one I really liked was over 1,000 up there.

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-I can't do anything about that.

-I know.

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You've bought two items. You've spent less than 40 and how much time have you got left?

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About five minutes.

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It's enough to give you brown trousers that, isn't it?

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-It is, isn't it? Yes.

-I mustn't interrupt you any more.

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-OK.

-Right, good luck.

-On with the search. OK.

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And they'd better be quick.

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Time's short and the Blues are about to seal their second deal.

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-Came down to 32. What do you think about that?

-From?

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I did try 30, but 32.

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-No, I think definitely.

-Yeah, definitely.

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Cos it's in nice order, isn't it?

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And if we clean it up...

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No, I think...

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-On a good day, I can see that making 60 quid plus.

-Definitely.

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Well, you've got a good day. It says "fair".

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It's a good omen.

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-Good omen.

-It's a deal!

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So it's two all.

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Time for the Reds to get a move on.

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-Seven minutes, team.

-Right.

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-OK.

-Do you enjoy a bit of a gamble?

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Well, our teams today of course can take a gamble with the bonus.

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This is the item that the expert has bought using any leftover lolly.

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The teams don't see it untill they get to the auction.

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They decide whether to take it or not.

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If they take it and it makes a profit, they hang on to that profit.

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If they take it and it makes a loss, then it's their loss.

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With minutes to go, both teams have still got an item to buy and now's not the time to start being fussy.

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I think, "Who buys these now?" Do you know what I mean.

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-Do you think?

-Yeah. I do see what you're saying, but I don't...

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How much is your lady up here?

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Choosy. You are choosy.

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-You're not mad on that one?

-I don't like it very much.

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-Not mad on it.

-No.

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-You'd never be able to get those out anyway.

-No.

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That's quite nice. That one down there.

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OK. Onwards.

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-Look at that.

-Isn't that fun, the archer?

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-Yes.

-How much have you got on that?

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-185.

-185.

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But I'll take 160.

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Yeah. I think a lot of these were done for radiator covers.

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-Really?

-Yeah. The French have a lot of...

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..sort of boxed radiators and they... I've got one at home.

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-Not as big, but they just fit really well on them.

-They're decorative pieces,

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-aren't they?

-They are.

-These days.

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-Very decorative.

-Very decorative.

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While the Reds are distracted by falling in love, the Blues are determined to hunt out the best buy.

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What do you reckon?

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We'll be guided by you. What would you do, your money?

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Aw!

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-I think you could lose less on the head.

-Yes.

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Damage limitation, is this?

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It's got a good look.

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It's got a good look.

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At long last, something's captured the Blue team's hearts.

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-What do you think, Ted?

-I think it gorgeous.

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-I really like it.

-I mean, it's a good, strong piece, isn't it?

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-I like the quality of the carving.

-Where do you think it's from?

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Well, it's the sort of thing you get in a sort of gothic, Victorian stone manor house or hall, if you like.

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-Yes, yeah.

-Shame we haven't got another one, because a pair would be really fab

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and you'd perhaps see them either side of a fireplace or going up the stairs maybe of a lovely, mahogany...

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I could see it on a mantlepiece.

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In the middle of a mantlepiece it would look beautiful, wouldn't it?

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-Mmm.

-And it's different.

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-Do you know what, I've got a good feeling about this.

-I have.

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-I like it. I love the quality.

-Shall we do it?

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-Yes.

-where there's weight, there's quality.

-Yeah.

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-I love it.

-Right.

-I love it, definitely.

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-Wait there.

-OK.

-I'll do the deed.

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That was a snappy decision.

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Now have the Reds made their minds up yet?

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That's quite nice. That one down there.

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-Mmm.

-Maybe you could do 100 on that,

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the pottery. What do you...?

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If they were all the same price, what would you buy?

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-Oh, I'd go for that one.

-Go for the archer?

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Well, that is so eye catching, the archer.

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If we could get a little bit off from 160, would you?

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-I'll do 155 on it.

-155?

-That would be it, yeah.

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-Let's go for it.

-Go on then.

-We've got nothing to lose.

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-We've run out of time.

-You've got the money.

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-We've run out of time, haven't we?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, we'll do it.

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155. Ever so kind.

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Game, set and match!

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Time's up. What a racket!

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So did all that fresh air go to their heads?

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Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.

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They thought the world was their oyster,

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but instead they settled for this novelty cut glass globe for 20.

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They got in a flutter

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over the silver and enamel butterfly necklace.

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And it shot them through the heart,

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the plastic figure of a female archer.

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Now, Jill and Nick, you certainly enjoyed yourself, didn't you?

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-Very much so, yes.

-Excellent.

-Certainly did.

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Jill, which is your favourite of the three?

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I think the butterfly necklace.

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-It's very pretty.

-Which will bring the biggest profit?

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Probably the glass globe.

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-The glass globe job.

-I agree.

-Yeah? You agree.

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You spent 203, which is super duper.

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I'd like 97 of leftover lolly.

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-Any idea what you're going to buy, James?

-Something that complements our buys already.

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What's that mean then?

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-A bit of a guitar?

-Yes...

-Going to find yourself some hippy gear, what?

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I mean, what's happened here?

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-You know me. I'll be sticking to...

-Traditional, solid, reliable.

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Something of onyx, malachite and silver probably.

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Gosh! There are so many hints there.

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Good luck, James, anyway. What a shambles.

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Anyway, let's remind ourselves what the Reds are up against and check out what the Blues bought.

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They were pining for a bargain

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and first up, the Blues bought the pine boxseat.

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Next, the mahogany, inlaid barometer.

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Let's hope it kicks up a storm at the auction.

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And they're hoping the Victorian, walnut, carved, mask bracket

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will be a roaring success.

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Georgina and Ted, well, that was an experience for you, wasn't it?

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It was fantastic. Absolutely.

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-Which is your favourite, Ted?

-The wall bracket.

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Wall bracket. Do you agree, Georgina?

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-Yeah, I love it.

-Yeah, you love it?

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-Yup.

-I love it, too.

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-Which is going to bring the biggest profit?

-I would say the barometer.

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The barometer. Do you agree, Georgina?

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I think the pine pew might.

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Pine pew. Ah, difference of opinion.

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You spent £232, which is quite magnificent.

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-I'd like 68 quid please.

-There we are.

-There we go.

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-68 spuds coming over.

-Lovely.

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How was it for you, Kate Bliss?

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Well, I've learnt a few things today from these two.

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-Good.

-They've got a very good eye and it was certainly quite an up and down ride, wasn't it, guys?

-Yeah.

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-What're you gonna buy then?

-I've got a challenge ahead of me.

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I think we have two very choosy people over there, in a good way, a very good way.

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-Yes, but picky?

-Well, you could put it like that.

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But knowledgably picky.

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So I have a challenge, so I'd better get started.

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Yeah, you'd better go and get picking. Good luck, Kate.

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Now before we head off to auction, I'm off on a voyage of discovery! Ooh ah!

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I'm at Quex House near Canterbury in the south east of England.

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Over the centuries, there have been lots of proprietors of this place.

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In the 1400s, it was the Parker family.

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Then the Queeks.

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Now I'm not absolutely certain about this,

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but I think that's how Quexs got its name, from the Queeks.

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In the 16th century, it was passed by marriage to the Crisp family

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and then was sold on to the Fox family,

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and then sold on to the Powell family, who remained in residence here until 2006.

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Thanks to the family's long association with, and occupation of,

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the house, it's stuffed full of interesting collections.

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Including a surprising number of long case clocks.

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Now long case clocks are a bit like motor cars.

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We all know what a motor car looks like and if you

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say you own a motor car, everybody knows what you're talking about.

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But there's a world of difference between a Rolls Royce and an Austin Mini.

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This fellow is in the Rolls Royce category.

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For a kick off, it's got a most unusual dial.

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Have you ever seen a dial arranged like that?

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Normally, it starts at one and whizzes round, two, three,

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four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12.

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And you finish up with one and 12 close to one another at the top.

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What does this one do? Where you expect to find 12, you've got four.

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Where you expect to find three, you've got one.

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Where six is supposed to be, there's two. And up here where nine is, it's three.

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Which means that this dial simply records four hours in one revolution.

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So why would you want to do that?

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Well, if you were in a naval establishment on shore and you

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wanted to work out the watch hours,

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when sailors would go on watch for four hours and change the watch

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every four hours, this is the arrangement of dial that you'd need to use.

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It's certainly an unusual piece.

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Almost as interesting as the table underneath it.

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Now in the old days, for a landed estate like Quex, they might have 20,000 or 30,000 acres surrounding

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the mansion house, which would be let to agricultural tenants.

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They would pay their rent every quarter sitting around a table like this.

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If you look at the drawers running around the circumference, they're each inlaid with ivory initials.

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Here we've got "F" and "G".

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So Farmer Giles would come in to pay his dosh

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and his rental agreement would be kept in a drawer like that.

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Take out his rental agreement, mark it up on the 25th March as a quarter day that the rent was paid,

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put the rental agreement back in the table

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and there it would stay until the next rental quarter on the 25 June.

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Some of these tables had a posting box in the middle into which the tenant would drop the money,

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which would then be depositing in a cupboard underneath. Brilliant, isn't it?

0:25:050:25:10

The big question today is, are our teams going to be picking up much in the way of cash over at the auction?

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Coming up, the Reds have a shock at auction. I can't believe this.

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-And the Blues are finding it hard to wear their poker faces.

-Yes!

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But before we see how they get on,

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I'm going to have a chat with our auctioneer to find out his predictions.

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Well, it's great to be in Canterbury at the Canterbury Auction Galleries

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with Michael Roberts, our auctioneer. Hello, Mike.

0:25:440:25:47

Hi, Tim. Good to see you again.

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-First off then for Jill and Nick is the cut glass table globe.

-Yeah.

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It almost looks like something that was presented at a BAFTA type ceremony, doesn't it?

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-You've done really well in worldwide sales.

-Yes.

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You work for a Japanese corporation and they give you one of these.

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Instead of a Golden Globe you get a cut glass globe.

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Absolutely right. Is it cut by hand then, do you think?

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Apparently, according to the label.

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Some chap with a dental drill somewhere.

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-Yes. So what do you think that's worth then?

-Not a great deal.

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-Erm, 30 50.

-Really?

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It's probably brand new and I expect if you root around the internet,

0:26:200:26:25

-you could probably find one similar for that sort of money.

-Well, our team paid £20.

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-Right.

-So that's not too bad.

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Now the silver and enamel butterfly necklace.

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That sort of reminds one of something, doesn't it?

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Well, it's a sort of Liberty design,

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Charles Horner-ish, that kind of thing.

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But again, it's pretty much new.

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Fine. So how much then?

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-15 to 20 at auction.

-15 to 20. £28.

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-There's not much of a spread there. They can't lose much, can they?

-No.

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-On the other hand, Jill, who fell in love with this great job.

-Yeah.

0:26:520:26:57

How do you rate cast plaster these days?

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Presumably, it's after a bronze. Most of these things are.

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It's sort of a Deco version of Diana the Huntress.

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It's all right. When we get them in they sort of seem to sell for £60 or £70.

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60 or 70, eh?

0:27:120:27:14

Well, ish. I mean, our estimate's 45 to 60, to get a bit of interest.

0:27:140:27:18

-Yes, quite.

-Hopefully!

0:27:180:27:20

-How low will you stoop? That's the question.

-Find out, I suppose.

0:27:200:27:24

-I mean, £155 she paid.

-Really? Oh, dear!

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I mean, that's a good old stride, isn't it?

0:27:270:27:29

-Whoops. That's a whoops one.

-You've really got to want Diana in green plaster to pay £155.

0:27:290:27:34

My prediction is there's a bit of a green hole opening up underneath this object.

0:27:340:27:38

They're going to need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.

0:27:380:27:42

Now, Nick and Jill, you spent £203.

0:27:420:27:45

You gave James £97.

0:27:450:27:47

What did he spend it on?

0:27:470:27:50

-Oh!

-Oh!

-That little fella.

0:27:500:27:51

-That is very nice.

-Oh!

-That will go well with the necklace, won't it?

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It will. It will. It will.

0:27:550:27:57

-Yeah.

-Sort of almost an oil sweet.

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Can we have a look at the back? Oh, yes, sweet little catch.

0:28:000:28:04

-It's got no marks on it though, does it?

-No.

-Can you tell its age?

0:28:040:28:07

Yeah, yeah.

0:28:070:28:09

It's typical of that rather nice Arts and Crafts period.

0:28:090:28:14

Just a very nice iridescent, enamel boss here.

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-And the price is nice.

-So how much?

0:28:170:28:19

-How much was it?

-£20.

-How much do you think it's going to make?

0:28:190:28:22

-That's the big question.

-Oh!

0:28:220:28:25

How long's a piece of string?

0:28:250:28:28

Erm, it should do £20 or £30, or even more.

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Had it had marks on it, I don't think I would have bought it at £20.

0:28:330:28:37

-No.

-No.

-That's the reason.

0:28:370:28:38

Mr Horner, somebody like that, on a solid silver one would be over £100.

0:28:380:28:43

So for £20 it's a punt, isn't it, James?

0:28:430:28:46

-Definitely.

-Anyway, thank you very much.

0:28:460:28:48

For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about James Braxton's brooch.

0:28:480:28:53

-That's a pretty little brooch, isn't it?

-Well, it is. It's fine.

0:28:530:28:58

Arts and Crafts design. A sort of cabochon sort of blue-green enamel.

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I've catalogued it as white metal, as there's no hallmarks on it.

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Presumably it is silver, but often these things are too thin to stamp properly.

0:29:060:29:10

Our estimate is £10 to £15.

0:29:100:29:12

£20 paid by Brackers, so he's reckoning on a bit of a profit there and he may get a small profit.

0:29:120:29:18

-Fingers crossed.

-That's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.

0:29:180:29:21

Georgina and Ted, their first item - Georgina found it -

0:29:210:29:24

is this pine box settle.

0:29:240:29:28

-What do you make of that?

-It's OK.

0:29:280:29:29

Sort of Victorian design. Bit of panelling.

0:29:290:29:33

But it's not terribly big

0:29:330:29:35

and it's pretty ugly.

0:29:350:29:38

And if you look at it, the quality is pretty poor.

0:29:380:29:41

Look at that! What's that, rough old floorboards or something?

0:29:410:29:45

-It looks to be. Certainly down the bottom there.

-Dear, oh, dear!

0:29:450:29:48

It's not particularly good.

0:29:480:29:50

-No. What do you think it's going to bring?

-Sort of £40 to £60.

0:29:500:29:53

£90 paid. I think they're going to be lucky to get a profit on that.

0:29:530:29:57

-Sure.

-The inlaid barometer, that's a different kettle of fish, isn't it?

0:29:570:30:02

-Cos that's at least nicely inlaid and...

-Sure.

0:30:020:30:05

-..and a little period piece.

-It's a nice quality item.

0:30:050:30:08

There's a little bit of damage round the glass there, but it's a nice bit of bevelled glass. Good bit of inlay.

0:30:080:30:13

-What's it worth?

-£30 to £50 in my estimate.

0:30:130:30:15

-Oh, that's great. £32 paid.

-Good.

-Kate found it, she loved it.

0:30:150:30:18

£32. I don't think that's a bad price, do you?

0:30:180:30:21

-No.

-To buy in a fair anyway.

0:30:210:30:22

Well, absolutely. That's quite good.

0:30:220:30:24

Yeah. What about this mask joker?

0:30:240:30:26

Well, I quite like this. It's nicely carved with this lion's mask.

0:30:260:30:29

It's a good thing. It's quite heavy, which would indicate a good piece of

0:30:290:30:34

timber and the quality of the carving the whiskers and everything it's...

0:30:340:30:37

-Yeah, it's nicely done.

-Got all his teeth.

0:30:370:30:40

-Got all his teeth.

-Unlike some of us.

0:30:400:30:43

Ha! But I think it's a nice thing and it's the sort of thing that tends to sell fairly well here.

0:30:430:30:49

-What's your estimate?

-Well, £60 to £80 to perhaps reflect a bit of damage at the top.

0:30:490:30:54

-£110 paid.

-All right. OK, sure.

-So that's a bit chancy.

0:30:540:30:59

Yes. But fingers crossed and we might scrape something.

0:30:590:31:02

Yes. Well, on the basis that we might get a good scrape, let's have a look at their bonus buy.

0:31:020:31:08

Now, Georgina and Ted, you spent £232, which is quite magnificent,

0:31:080:31:12

and you gave £68 to Kate for the bonus buy.

0:31:120:31:15

OK, Kate, let's have a look at it.

0:31:150:31:17

Oh, wow! Oh, that's really sweet.

0:31:170:31:21

You set me quite a challenge, because you were very discerning

0:31:210:31:24

in your purchases, and I was very determined to find you something you might like.

0:31:240:31:29

He's a British, little, tin plate, clockwork hare, with the key,

0:31:290:31:35

which is great. They've stayed together.

0:31:350:31:38

Wind it up and he does this lovely little hopping about.

0:31:380:31:41

Goes up on his rear legs and then hops along the floor, which I think is absolutely super.

0:31:410:31:46

-Oh, he's really cute.

-How old is he?

0:31:460:31:48

I would think he's probably '30s, pre-war I would say.

0:31:480:31:51

Yes, '30s, '40s, maybe.

0:31:510:31:53

If toy collectors had spotted him, I think he could make £20 to £40.

0:31:530:31:58

-I paid 15.

-Oh, that's really good!

0:31:580:32:01

You don't actually have to decide right now.

0:32:010:32:04

You decide after the sale of your first few items.

0:32:040:32:06

-No, it is super.

-Lovely.

-Absolutely super thing.

-Thank you.

0:32:060:32:09

But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about old hopalong.

0:32:090:32:13

-Here we go, here comes hopalong.

-Righty-oh.

0:32:130:32:16

-Erm...

-What do you make of that?

0:32:160:32:17

It's quite a nice thing.

0:32:170:32:19

-British-made, which adds a bit of interest.

-Yeah.

0:32:190:32:22

Yeah, it's a good thing and I've had him going and he's quite fun really.

0:32:220:32:26

Oh! Ah!

0:32:270:32:29

-And he's done that for the telly, too. What a performer!

-Absolutely.

0:32:290:32:33

-So it's in working condition...

-It is, yeah.

0:32:330:32:36

-What do you think the estimate is?

-Well, my estimate is £25 to £35.

0:32:360:32:39

-Great. £15 she paid.

-Good. OK, that will be in with a chance.

0:32:390:32:43

Yeah. Well, hop along, good luck. See you at the auction.

0:32:430:32:47

It's at about this time of the day

0:32:500:32:52

that I feel the need for something to spice things up.

0:32:520:32:57

Saucy!

0:32:580:32:59

I mean, have you ever seen anything so enchanting as this?

0:32:590:33:04

This is an oil on canvas.

0:33:040:33:07

Here we go look, there's the canvas.

0:33:070:33:09

"John B Smith" the supplier of the canvas.

0:33:090:33:12

All dirty behind.

0:33:120:33:14

Absolutely genuine and I guess dating from around about 1910,

0:33:140:33:18

something like that.

0:33:180:33:19

Here we've got a completely unknown sauce, OV sauce.

0:33:190:33:24

Bottle of sauce, "for hot or cold meats, chops, steak, fish, game, etc".

0:33:240:33:30

And then these two characters.

0:33:300:33:32

We all know the nursery rhyme Jack Spratt.

0:33:320:33:36

Well, this is a new version of it.

0:33:360:33:38

"Jack Spratt could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean.

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"Between them both and OV sauce, they licked their platters clean".

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How sweet is that?

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And here we've got Mrs Spratt.

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"Go on, Jack. Give me a drop more sauce. "

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Looking across, slightly naughtily, at a very,

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very thin husband, who of course is holding a bottle of OV sauce.

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I mean, I think this is the most enchanting image I've seen in yonks.

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Who's going to buy it? Well, anybody who's keen on kitchenalia.

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If you wanted to jolly up your kitchen or your restaurant,

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this is just the picture to do it.

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It's food related.

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It's good fun and at £80 to £120 it ain't gonna cost an arm and a leg.

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Is it, Jack?

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# Saucy Jack is coming back

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# Saucy Jack is on the attack... #

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Now, Jill and Nick, how are you feeling?

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-Fingers crossed.

-Fingers crossed.

-Fingers crossed.

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-That is not a very positive or confident response.

-No, it isn't.

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What's the problem then? Where are you feeling shifty?

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I think the green figure. I think...

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We paid an awful lot of money for that.

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Well, I don't know. It's got a style. It's got a look.

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The problem is it's made of plaster.

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First up then is the cut globe and here it is.

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69 is the modern, green, overlay, cameo, cut glass globe of the world.

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I have commission interest. Going to start at £20.

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We're looking for 2. 22. 24. 26.

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-Well done, James.

-30.

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2. 34. 36. 38.

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40 with me. And 2. 40 on commission.

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Who's 42 now?

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42. Looking for 4. 42 and selling.

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£42. Brilliant. You are plus £22.

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James, you doubled the money. Good boy.

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70 is the butterfly pattern necklace.

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I have commission interest. Gonna start at £42.

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£42!

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Wow!

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£44, where? 44.

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46. 48. 50. 5. 60. 5. 70 with me.

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-And 5. 70 on commission. Who's 75?

-I can't believe this.

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-70 and selling.

-70. You're a genius, James.

-You certainly are.

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Next though is the green goddess.

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71 is the green plaster figure of the Art Deco archer.

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I have commission interest. I'm going to start at £30.

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And I'm looking for 2. Who's 32 now?

0:36:010:36:04

Any more? So I'm going to sell on commission for £30.

0:36:040:36:07

Looking for 2. £30 and selling.

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He's selling it for £30. I can't believe it. £30.

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-That is minus £125 on that single item.

-Ooh!

0:36:120:36:17

Yes, well, I'm afraid it's slightly as per predictions.

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You were doing so nicely.

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You had a profit of £64. That has disappeared with that £125 loss.

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-Where does that leave us?

-I think you've now got a loss of 61.

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-Whoops!

-Whoops.

-What we need is a miracle now.

0:36:340:36:39

-You need a miracle.

-What's your little brooch going to do?

0:36:390:36:42

-I would definitely go for it.

-Definitely going to go for that.

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You are £61 down the lavatory.

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This is quite a serious position to be in.

0:36:460:36:49

You are well flushed. So what are you going to do about the bonus buy?

0:36:490:36:53

-We're going to go with it.

-No question.

0:36:530:36:54

75 is the silvery metal mounted and blue-green enamelled circular brooch.

0:36:540:36:59

I have commission interest.

0:36:590:37:01

I'm going to start at £22. Looking for 24. £24, where?

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Anywhere 24? Decorative brooch. 24.

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26. 28.

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30 here. And 2. Bid's here at £32.

0:37:080:37:11

-Who's 34 now?

-Keep coming!

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34. Who's 36? 34 and selling.

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You are now minus £47.

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Not as dire as we thought.

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Not as dire as it might have been.

0:37:200:37:23

-No.

-Now minus 47 could be a winning score, so don't tell the Blues anything, all right?

0:37:230:37:27

-No, we won't say a thing.

-OK. Mute.

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Jack Spratt could eat no fat.

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You liked it? Well, it's coming up next. Here comes the pick.

0:37:350:37:39

152, the English oil painting, the advertising for OV sauce.

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Have commission interest. We'll start at 60. Looking for 5.

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5. 75. 85. 95.

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110. 120. 130. 140. 150.

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-Cor!

-160. 170.

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180 here. 190.

0:37:580:38:00

Bid with you at 190. Who's 200? Any more?

0:38:000:38:03

190 and selling.

0:38:030:38:04

Aw! £190.

0:38:040:38:07

That's a proper saucy price!

0:38:070:38:09

Now, G and T, do you know how the Reds got on?

0:38:140:38:18

You don't know nothing? Nothing?

0:38:180:38:20

-No. Not a thing.

-That's very good. Are you feeling confident, Georgina?

-Erm...

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-Bit of this and a bit of that?

-A bit of this and a bit of that.

0:38:260:38:29

-What about you, brother Ted?

-Er, about the same, actually.

0:38:290:38:32

-About the same?

-I've got a feeling we could be in with a chance.

0:38:320:38:35

How does Kate feel about this line up?

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I think we'll get all right on some. I think we might struggle on maybe...

0:38:370:38:41

I've got a funny feeling about the pine bench.

0:38:410:38:44

-I don't think that's going to go quite as well.

-Not such a good feeling?

-Mm.

0:38:440:38:48

I have to tell you that the auctioneer and I were sniffy about that bench,

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because we didn't think much of the timber it had been made out of.

0:38:520:38:56

-It's good for keeping coats and shoes in.

-Absolutely right. It's functional and it's ready to go.

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It just ain't that old or well made, but that doesn't necessarily mean it won't make 90.

0:39:010:39:06

-It's rustic.

-91 is the panelled, pine box settle.

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Who will start me at 20?

0:39:100:39:12

20 I'm bid. Who's 22. 22 where?

0:39:120:39:15

22 for someone? Surely 22 now. 22.

0:39:150:39:18

24. There you are at 24. 26. 28.

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-30. 2.

-Come on!

-34.

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36 now? With you at 36. Who's 38?

0:39:250:39:28

I'm going to sell at £36.

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36.

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That's four, 40... Is that £54?

0:39:320:39:36

Is that minus £54?

0:39:360:39:37

It's minus £54. Oh, dear! Now here comes the barometer.

0:39:370:39:41

92 is the early 20th century, mahogany, circular, aneroid barometer. Lot 92.

0:39:410:39:46

20 where? 20 I'm bid.

0:39:460:39:47

Thank you. And 2? 22. 24. 26. 28.

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-30. 2.

-Yes!

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34. 36. 34.

0:39:520:39:55

-Who's 36 now?

-Go on! Go on!

0:39:550:39:57

-34 and selling. Same buyer.

-£34.

0:39:570:39:59

-We made 2!

-Plus £2.

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Now comes the bracket. Stand by for this.

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93 is the Italian, walnut, serpentine-fronted wall bracket.

0:40:050:40:09

Lion's mask. Nice thing. Lot 93.

0:40:090:40:11

-Have commission interest. I'm going to start at 75.

-Yes!

-Yes!

0:40:110:40:16

I'm looking for 80. Who's 80 in the room?

0:40:160:40:18

-Anyone 80? If not, I'm going to sell on commission. 75, looking for 80.

-Oh, no!

-75 and selling.

0:40:180:40:23

£75. That's very cheap, isn't it?

0:40:230:40:25

-£75 is minus £35.

-Oh, never mind!

0:40:250:40:29

52. You are minus £87.

0:40:290:40:32

-Well, we got the...

-SHE LAUGHS

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This is not a great score, is it?

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But it could be a winning score. What are you going to do about the hare, then?

0:40:360:40:41

-We're going to go for the hare.

-We're going for the hare.

0:40:410:40:43

We think it's very rare, actually. A rare hare!

0:40:430:40:47

Well, all I can say is, "Hare we go again!"

0:40:470:40:51

97 is the '30s, English, tinplate, clockwork, hare toy.

0:40:510:40:56

It does a little running hop and sit.

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Lot 97.

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And who will start me at 20?

0:41:010:41:02

20 where? 20 I'm bid. Thank you.

0:41:020:41:04

-Who's 22? 22 where?

-Yes, come on!

0:41:040:41:07

-Come on!

-22, madam. 24.

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24. 26. 28.

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30. 32. 34.

0:41:110:41:13

Oh, well done!

0:41:130:41:15

36. 38? No. 36. Who's 38?

0:41:150:41:18

Any more? If not, I'm selling at 36.

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£36.

0:41:210:41:23

Well done, Kate!

0:41:230:41:25

15 plus 6 is plus 21.

0:41:250:41:27

-You know the moral of this story?

-What's that?

-We should have had four hares!

0:41:270:41:32

-Quite a good moral, that.

-You're mental!

0:41:340:41:36

You are minus...£66 as a result of that.

0:41:370:41:41

-That's lucky, innit? Clickety click.

-Clickety click.

0:41:410:41:44

Clickety click. I think we done really well.

0:41:440:41:47

I think you've done really well.

0:41:470:41:49

I think you've done really, really well.

0:41:490:41:51

-I really think we've done well.

-That is phenomenal.

-It is.

-Only losing £66.

-Fabulous!

0:41:510:41:55

-It's fabulous.

-Absolutely.

0:41:550:41:57

Sadly today, nobody is going home with any cash, but have you teams been talking with one another?

0:42:010:42:07

-You haven't been having a chat?

-No.

0:42:070:42:09

Well, I have to reveal the scale of the losses now, which are fairly massive, I'm afraid.

0:42:090:42:14

For the Blue team, the Blues...

0:42:140:42:16

-you are down by £66 overall.

-Oh!

0:42:160:42:19

It would have been a lot worse were it not for Kate's bonus buy, the wind up hare.

0:42:190:42:24

-So thank you for finding that fellow.

-Well done, Kate.

0:42:240:42:27

But you've been a great team anyway, this brother and sister team.

0:42:270:42:30

The love has just oozed out of you!

0:42:300:42:33

But the victors today are the Reds, and strictly speaking you should have been taking home money.

0:42:330:42:39

-We should have been.

-We did try.

-You did try.

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Two of your items made thumping profits and then you had that monster loss.

0:42:410:42:45

The green lady let us down.

0:42:450:42:47

The green lady certainly did let you down. The bonus buy even made you profit, but it wasn't enough.

0:42:470:42:52

Overall, you are minus £47, but nevertheless victors.

0:42:520:42:56

I hope you've all had a very nice time.

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

-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.