Tim Wonnacott heads to Edinburgh, and is joined by experts Paul Laidlaw and Catherine Southon to help the red and blue teams find antique bargains.
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Ah, the sound of traditional Scottish bagpipes
can only mean one thing - we hope to BAG lots of our own
bargains here in Scotland, so let's go bargain hunting!
We've taken the high road
to the Royal Highland Centre just outside Edinburgh.
There are 150 stalls here for our teams to pick over,
and just look at what we've got coming up.
On Bargain Hunt today, what a cracking auction we have in store, promising both ups...
All that's to come. Now, before we start, let me remind you of the rules.
Each team gets £300 and an hour to buy three objects which they sell
later at auction, and the team that makes the most profit wins.
Easy, isn't it? Now let's go and meet the teams.
So for the Reds today we have Orsa and Roisin, and for the Blues we have Jo and Avril.
-Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
Now, you girls, how long have you been friends and where did you meet?
Well, we've been friends for seven years and we met at the George Hotel in Edinburgh at a corporate do.
We were sampling some champagne and canapes from around the world -
ostrich and kangaroo, I recall - and we were having a great conversation and we set off from there.
So what is better, then - the ostrich or the kangaroo?
-I preferred the ostrich, but I'm not sure...
-..that you liked either of them!
-Well, you're both definitely carnivores, which is nice.
-Roisin, it says on my card that you have a passion for all things nautical.
-That's right, yes.
I am inspired by the sea. I love anything to do with the sea,
-everything from water sports... I've been diving with Great Whites in South Africa.
Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
I've also swum with manta rays...
Are you a Piscean?
-No, I'm not.
-Well, that's unlucky!
I was rather hoping you would be with all that fishy interest.
Well, that's lovely. Now, Orsa, that's an unusual name.
-Where does that come from?
-It's Norwegian, Tim.
My father's Norwegian. I'm half Welsh and half Norwegian.
Gosh, that's a lovely mixture. Now, you've got a great passion for music. Tell us about that.
Yes, I... Very many years ago,
about eight years ago, I worked part-time as a singing waitress.
-And I decided that I didn't want to sing karaoke any more
and so I started writing songs, so I've been a singer-songwriter for the last seven years.
And as well as your interest in singing, what are your other creative pursuits?
Well, I like painting and I also like a bit of a challenge as well, and when I first moved to Edinburgh,
I'd made a list of ten things that I wanted to achieve within the first year that I was there.
-I did belly dancing for about five weeks.
-How was the belly dancing?
-It was OK. Bit sore on the old hips.
-How do you girls reckon you're going to get on today, then? Pretty good?
-Oh, we're up for it.
-Full of zest...
-Should the Blues be quaking in their boots?
Oh, I think so. Very scared!
I don't think these Blues are quaking at all, so...
Sorry to interrupt you. Roisin and I wanted to present you with a wee gift that we got for you.
-Yes, cos you're always so immaculately dressed, and we know you have a penchant
-for bow ties.
-Oh, is that a hint as to what's in here?
-Yes, I probably just gave that away.
I think you did. I'm going to grab and I'm going to have a look.
Um, how very kind... Oh, look at that!
Is that the tie? This is the tie from heaven!
-A proper Scottish Cameron tartan.
Thank you very much. Really sweet of you. Thank you.
Now, if you think, by plying me with gifts like this,
you'll get favouritism today... you're absolutely right.
Now, girls, how long have you two been friends?
About two years. We met at a church and kind of clicked.
In fact, the first time we met, somebody thought I was Avril. They kind of mistook us.
That's really weird when that happens, isn't it?
-And what do you do for a living, Jo?
-I work partly at Glasgow University.
I work on a sculpture project. We're researching sculpture 1851 to 1951,
and it's all going to go online, so I'm editing data at the moment.
Well, that's really interesting, cos there is a great tradition of sculpture in Glasgow, isn't there?
Glasgow's a fabulous place for sculpture and other fine arts as well. Yeah, it's good.
Yes. So once it gets on the database, we can all access it.
-It'll be fully searchable and accessible for everybody free, so, yeah...
-That's really exciting. Good.
Now, Avril, apart from expertly playing the bagpipes, which you did beautifully for our introduction,
thank you, do you have any other instruments under your belt?
Um, not as yet, but an uncle has lent me his accordion,
so I'm attempting to try and learn the accordion at the moment.
It says here, you like to try new things, like knitting and the samba,
-but the two don't go together particularly, do they?
-I just like a new challenge.
So I don't always stick at things, but I do like to test myself.
Would you say that you're a great starter if not a great finisher?
Well, I'm hoping to be a good finisher, but I do enjoy something
new, so I do find myself drawn to lots of different things, yeah.
Well, I think you're going to do terribly well on Bargain Hunt today, and good luck with that.
Two teams of girls...
what could be nicer? Now the money moment. Here's your £300.
-That's that and, gripping my beautiful bow tie, I hand you your £300.
-Thank you very much.
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go, and very, very, very good luck.
Cor, isn't that sweet? Och, aye!
And now, time to meet our experts here in Bonnie Scotland.
Helping out the Reds today is Paul Laidlaw,
and for the Blues it's Catherine Southon.
-Let's go bargain hunting.
Let's do it!
So, with the clock ticking away, both our girl teams are off.
And with that finely tuned nose for a bargain, can Catherine smell success in the air?
I love that.
A little perfume atomiser. What do you think about that?
-I quite like the colours.
-I like the colour there.
-This is beautiful.
-Yeah, this is like...
This is guilloche enamel, and it's just a beautiful colour, isn't it?
-And this here, this hallmark... that's silver, solid silver.
I think it's rather charming. What do you think?
-It is very pretty and...
-Can I see?
-I think it's really elegant. I think it's got the look...
-It has got the look, absolutely.
Yeah, and your eye's drawn to the enamelling.
No, I think it's great. I like it.
Yeah, I do like it. I just... I suppose I'm not quite convinced.
No, I'm not getting good vibes from you. You're not very excited about this.
I like this. The more I look at it, the more I like it, and I think, even at that price...
56. I think that's a fair price, and if we can get that down as well...
We would to get it down a bit. I wouldn't want to pay that.
If they're willing to put it aside, then I think that we could come back to it.
Let's make a decision. What do you think? Shall we keep it for now?
Do you want to ask the gentleman if he'll hang onto it and come back or do you want to buy it?
If you think you want to buy it, though...
-If they would hang onto it for a little while, let's do that.
-I'm sure they will.
I hope nobody snaps it up while you're away.
Look at that!
-That's so cute!
-What do you think?
-How old is it, do you think?
-Well, that is a Victorian piece.
That should date to 1860, 1870, if I compare it to the full-sized equivalent.
-I see a lot like this that are pretty numb.
Intended for children, second best.
But in terms of the quality of the turning, look at that.
-That's sweet. It's quite tight.
-It's quite sturdy, then.
-This is nice, period brushwork.
There's age to it. Frankly, a bit of wax,
-and that is good to go.
-What's the price?
-125, but do you think we could get them to come down a bit if we're interested.
I have no idea. All you can do is ask.
-OK, let's do it.
-I'm going to have a wee shuftie elsewhere.
-Who's the stallholder?
-70's a bit low on it, I'm afraid.
-80? 85? It's our first... you know, item.
-Oh, bless you!
-It's our first one.
We really like it. We think it's gorgeous.
-It's a lovely little chair.
-Go on, 85.
Really? Oh, that's so kind of you.
You better make money on it, though!
Oh, what a lovely stallholder!
So, with the first purchase in the bag, the Reds are off to a great start.
Hang on! There's no time for sitting down on this show, you know.
The more cautionary Blues have been drawn to an Art Deco jug.
-Do you think...?
-What have you found?
A Clarice Cliff jug.
-I didn't want to buy Clarice Cliff, but I like the look of it.
-Clarice Cliff does sell, sells well.
-Why were you drawn towards it?
-The shape of the handle, the elegance of the design.
That's real Art Deco, isn't it, with this lovely angular handle?
It's a design piece. It's got a good look.
I like that, Jo, actually. It's quite fun.
If you like it, you buy it. How much is on it?
It is quite expensive.
-We've not got much money.
Can you do us a deal? We really need to make a bargain on it.
It will make a bargain at any price.
-It's not typical Clarice Cliff. You know, it's not the bright sort of colours.
Shall we go for it?
Catherine, what's your...?
-My reaction is, I could...
-honestly, I could probably see it at auction with an estimate of 30 to 50.
Or 40 to 50.
50? Could you do 50 and then...?
-50 and that's my lowest.
-And we'll do a deal. Do you think that's...?
-Cos we both like it. It's the first time that we've both...
-WE could buy it!
Well, you were both drawn to it. I didn't even see it. You were both drawn towards it.
Yeah, let's go with our fun purchase.
-Your fun purchase? Your first fun purchase, first fun purchase.
-Let's buy it.
-OK, thank you.
It's all fun, fun, fun on this programme, ladies, especially when you both agree on a purchase.
Oh, it's got, like, a little griffin thing.
-I thought it was a seahorse, but it's not.
Well, that's a little... We call it a caryatid when you have a torso and generally on a single stylised leg.
That is an epergne, it's a vase, in cased glass.
-See, the...trumpet is in layers.
-Oh, right, yeah.
A touch of the almost uranium yellow
round that wavy rim there.
Reminds me of seaweed, the shape of it.
I like it. I think we should ask how much we would get it for, if we could bargain down.
I can see the price tag, which is half the reason I said have a look at that.
Cos it's quite stylish.
But I think we should ask if he'll slacken that.
We're interested in this piece and we were wondering if £48
is the best price you would do or if you would be willing to come down.
-I'd take a bit off it. Not too much, certainly.
-Down to 30?
-No. No, 40 is definitely the bottom.
-40 would be the bottom. Can we come back?
-That's what to do. Have a look round...
-Have a think.
Don't want it to go.
I don't know. I think we should...
Don't you think we should...?
Just in case we see something else.
And we know it's there, and if it's for us, it'll be there for us.
-It's your show.
-And you'll do it for 38?
-If we were coming back for it.
But then that might be gone by the time
-we get back, because it's...
-Well, we haven't got long, so...
I don't mean to get shirty with you, but I just...
I just really, um... I don't know. I just think...
I don't know. Don't you think that it's quite beautiful and elegant?
We're wasting time now, so shall we move and come back?
-But it might be gone.
-If it's for us, it's for us.
-All right, we'll work on you, darling, all right?
-Thanks very much!
So the Reds are off to maybe bag another bargain.
You do come across some extraordinary things in these fairs.
Just look at these two babies.
For those of you who know about these things, you'll immediately
recognise this fellow for what it is. This is a Doodlebug,
the fiendish jet-propelled rocket invented
by the Nazis during the Second World War
and launched in vast numbers to attack London around 1943, 1944.
Basically, they were pretty beastly objects.
Now, this fellow is the next development that the Germans came up with.
This is called a V-2 rocket.
It looks like the sort of rocket that you'd see launched
by the Americans from Cape Canaveral today, but they do have another function.
You can unscrew this beautifully engineered device.
Inside, it reveals...
a petrol cigarette lighter.
How peculiar is that? What are they worth?
Incredibly difficult to value.
The dealer is asking £140 for the two, and that is not expensive.
I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't make nearer £300-£500 each.
Time to go back to the shopping, and just take a look at what the Blues have found.
What do you think of these, Catherine?
They're from the Edinburgh Exhibition from 1886. There's a pair of them.
Right, OK. These transfer-printed beakers.
What's that? "Cardinal...
This one's Lord Selkirk's house.
-They've got a bit of history to them.
-That's quite nice. This one's 1886.
-This one's cracked, actually.
-There's a little crack there.
-I'd be a bit worried about...
-No, I'd be a bit wary about buying that.
I do really like them, though.
I mean, if you got them for £20 or something...
Do you think we'd get them...?
You like them.
You can only ask.
We do like these, but one's got a crack on it,
and we didn't know whether you'd be able to do a deal for us.
I know they're reduced already, but, um...
We were thinking £20.
Couldn't sell it for £20.
-Did you say 20?
-I couldn't do them as cheap as that, but I could certainly do them for 30.
What do you think? Where's Avril?
I mean, bearing in mind that that is cracked, but there is still another one in nice condition.
-Can I have a wee look at the one that's cracked?
-So we've got 19 minutes left.
-We need to make decisions.
-Do you want to have five minutes to walk up that way...
-..and then come back?
-Yeah, we can come back in this direction.
And then we've got two objects left if we can't see anything else...
-At least we've got them banked.
-Yeah. Will I ask them to hold onto them for a few minutes?
Oh, no, they're both at it now!
Time is ticking away, and that didn't look like a decision to me.
What did you say about ceramics?
That looks like Carlton.
It's a lovely little suite.
It's a delicious little suite.
Could you do us a price?
-Is this for the whole thing?
Is it a bargain?
Could it be a bargain?
40 as a suite?
-It's a fair price.
Oh, no, no, no... I love the price but I've got to think, "What's it going to do at auction?".
Would you come down at all to 30?
-No? We've not got much money left so we're kind of limited...
Neither have I!
Excellent. Is there a compromise in the middle?
-You'd do it for 35?
-Is the condition OK?
-It is perfect.
-It is perfect.
-You can have a look.
Carlton ware. That looks nice, doesn't it?
Sweet. What have we got it for?
-We could get it for 35.
-Up to you guys, but...
-It's a good price.
I think we'll go for that. Do you think?
-Yes? Yes. Thank you.
Thank you very much indeed.
So the Reds have made two purchases but, as ever, time is of the essence.
On Bargain Hunt, there's never enough time for deliberation.
Come on, Blues, make your mind up.
What do you think about those beakers?
-I think we should go for them.
-I don't think we could go wrong.
-Can't go wrong with £20.
-Can't go wrong? £20?
The Blues return for the mugs and manage to squeeze another £10
off the previous asking price, at a cost of £20. Well done, Blues.
These are great things, but today it's priced appropriately.
That's beautiful but time's running out and if we're not going to make a profit on it,
we should get out skates on and head, and there's one other thing I'd like us to look at again.
I think you might know what it is.
-Quick! Come on!
And with both teams neck and neck, the Blues decide to head back to the perfume bottle.
We're getting a bit tight on time now.
Here it was, here.
-How much did you say on it?
-It says £56.
I think he said 45, didn't he? >
I know. But your wife...
I said 50 and I was overruled to 48,
and my witness here. It is, it's nice.
-You don't often get the black enamel, do you?
We would really like the Blue team to do well.
We'd just really like the Blue team to do well so...
I'm sure you'll do well.
If you could do us a 45, we might do even better.
He's saying yes! Yay!
Go on, then. 45.
-Well done, girls. Well done. That is very good.
-You'll do well.
We'll do very well.
Thank you very much.
So the Blues have made all their purchases,
but with two minutes to go, the Reds are really feeling the pressure.
I hope the epergne hasn't been sold.
Hello, we're back.
You still haven't sold this. Would you come down any more?
-I'm sorry, no.
OK. Well, we should...
How much was it again?
You've got two minutes! What are you going to do? Make up your mind.
-We should just get it.
-Yes. We'll go for it.
It's going to make a profit.
It's going to make a profit.
That's it, time's up. But it's not all over.
No, no, not by a long chalk.
Our experts have yet to go out and find that Bonus Buy, the tricky extra item which is revealed later
at auction, when the teams have to decide whether to go with it or not.
Oh ho ho! The twists and turns of Bargain Hunt. I don't know!
Still, before we hand out all that left-over lolly,
let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought, eh?
The Reds were off to a great start when they acquired
the Victorian child's chair for £85.
Four pieces of Carlton ware pottery were purchased for £35.
And finally, Orsa and Roisin forked out £38 for a Victorian vase,
or epergne as it's known in the trade.
-So how much did you spend?
-We spent £158.
-And therefore I'd like £142 of left-over lolly.
Surely. Here's £142, plus...
And there's an extra one, just for luck.
A little sweetie for the expert! There you go.
I'll be having that, Tim!
Shall we split this? No, no, that is definitely yours.
You need the energy.
-Go for it.
So you're off to go. Feeling confident?
Well, I've a budget, and you know my opinion on this fair.
I think it's a good hunting ground. Nothing has caught my eye yet,
but I've been focused on helping these ladies.
So you're going to go freestyle now, and very good luck with that, Paul.
But why don't we check out how the Blues are getting on?
The Blues poured £50 into this 1950s' Clarice Cliff milk jug.
Goodness knows why!
They spent £20 of their budget on two misprinted pottery beakers. Hah!
And finally, for this enamel and silver-topped glass atomiser,
they forked out a fragrant £45.
-Did you have the most fab time, though?
-It was great.
It was harder than we thought.
It was. It was much harder.
-Time ran away.
-Time ran away.
-Well, talking about running away, poor Catherine's going to have to go off with £185.
-And I will.
-That's a nice sum of money for you, isn't it?
-Oh, yes, yes.
I'm going to buy you something very special and I know just the thing.
Do you? There's a threat for you.
Now, while it should be plain sailing for our experts to find
today's Bonus Buys, I'm sailing down to a local shipping museum where I'm promised a whale of a time.
Trinity House Maritime Museum, a stone's throw from the ancient port
of Leith by Edinburgh,
represents 600 years of Scotland's seafaring past.
It's a fascinating place with over 1,000 items
of marvellous maritime memorabilia.
Much of the nautical ephemera and many of the paintings
we see here today relate to the nearby port of Leith,
which has been Edinburgh's official port
since 1329, and it was the centre of the Scottish whaling business
in the 17th and 18th centuries.
And here, presiding in the convening room at Trinity House,
hangs a portrait of Peter Wood,
at one time, at the end of the 18th century,
one of the most prosperous whaling-company owners in Leith.
We see him in a portrait painted by Sir Henry Raeburn around 1806,
and, my gosh, doesn't he look prosperous?
At one time, he owned no less than three whaling vessels -
Faith, Hope and Charity.
And if you were a sailor on board, you'd need a pinch of all three
because it was dangerous and dirty work.
But what is Wood grasping in his right hand
in the foreground of the picture?
Looks like rather an exotic walking stick to me.
And it is indeed an exotic walking stick,
a walking stick that's particularly pertinent
to Wood as a whaling-firm owner,
because the walking stick that he's holding looks just like this one.
This is made out of the tusk of an Arctic whale called the narwhal
that has this extraordinary tooth-like growth out of its nose
in a tapering spiral form.
This one's been applied with a nickel ferrule
so that it's comfortable as a walking stick,
and is just like the one in Raeburn's portrait.
But how did the whalers go about capturing their prey
with harpoons like this?
Here we've got a model of one of Peter Wood's whaling vessels.
It's a typical three-masted whaler,
substantially built because, having caught your whale, you'd render it
largely on board, reduce it into oil and then store that in barrels.
Indeed, we've got one or two barrels knocking about on the deck.
But for catching the whale, once the main whaler had spotted
a pod of whales, they'd lower these very slim and fast skiffs
and row like crazy until they got as close as possible
to the whale, and then they'd chuck a harpoon at it -
one of these fellows but with a long wooden shaft on it -
and attach themselves to the whale,
which sometimes would lead to the whale's demise.
The big question today, of course, over at the auction is,
are any of our teams going to be blubbering into their beer?
Well, we've whizzed down the M8 from Edinburgh to Glasgow to be with Anita at Great Western Auctions.
Welcome, Tim. You've come in the right direction.
Oh, well, you said that, Anita. I couldn't possibly think it!
Anyway, Orsa and Roisin today have gone, first of all, with this
rush-seat child's rocking armchair.
-What do you think about that?
-I think it's a lovely wee thing.
19th century, it's in very good condition,
so I doubt if a child has ever rocked in this little thing.
It's perhaps something which a doll or a teddy bear would have sat on,
and I think that that's the use that it will go to in the future.
But it's lovely. Look at these wonderful spindles and the nice turning on the supports.
-Lovely wee thing.
-Yes, well, I'm glad you're so enamoured with it, Anita.
That's lovely to see. And how much is it going to bring, darling?
-OK, £85 they paid.
Now, the Carlton ware, something completely different.
This is very bright and breezy, isn't it?
Yes, it's cheery, it's the sort of thing
that would brighten any dark Scottish day.
Yes, and not only Scottish days too, I have to say.
Nice to have four pieces, one with an original little label, look.
I rather like that lot. What's it going to bring, Anita?
I've estimated it £30-£50.
Brilliant. £35 they paid, so that is bright and breezy.
And what about the Jack-in-the-pulpit spill vase?
Quite a nice quality item. I love the base with this horse-like creature
with one leg, one hoof, and it comes up to this Jack-in-the-pulpit
tube or flute. Good condition, I like the colours, I like the base.
I think it's a nice item.
Good. Well, that's a lot of recommendation so, out of all that
-love and affection, what do we get in the way of an estimate?
-That's very affectionate. £38 they paid.
-I think they've done well.
There you go. They probably won't need the Bonus Buy, but let's have a look at it anyway.
Now, you couple of spiders, this is your Bonus Buy moment.
You spent £158, leaving Paul with £142.
Now, by the look of what he's got clutched in his little mitt there,
it's on the small side. But, as they say, girls, size isn't everything,
so let's just get a look.
-I like that.
-Oh, that's lovely.
-How smart is that?
-That is a gentleman's vest or lady's purse watch.
Second quarter 20th century, 1930s, but they made them beyond that.
Reptile-skin covered, lovely little draw action
revealing that Deco-inspired case, subsidiary seconds, by Movado.
-What do we think? Beautiful.
-Could I sell you this?
-You just want to keep... Ohh!
Handle it, girls, handle it.
You're itching to get your mitts on it, I can tell.
-But would it make a profit?
-Shall I give you the nitty-gritty?
-I paid £100 for this.
-I think that's just what the market is looking for today.
-It's just very chic.
Very impressed with that, Paul.
It's a very cunning purchase, Paul. Congratulations.
Let's find out what Anita thinks about it.
Now, Anita, I have to say that this is a particular favourite of mine.
I think incredibly clever of Paul Laidlaw to have found this thing.
Movado is the name to reckon with, isn't it?
-And these things, which are called vest watches,
are made specifically for that purpose...
to go in your waistcoat pocket. I think it's charming.
I think it's a marvellous watch.
It's a quality Swiss watch.
It has this sliding action which also winds the watch.
Highly collectible, good quality.
I think that this is a smashing item.
-Yeah, really good. What's your estimate?
Well, Paul paid £100 which is spot in the middle, but I have
-a funny feeling it will do better. We shall see.
-You could be right.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
And their first item is this milk jug,
which looks to me incredibly boring.
Well, it has a magic name on the back stamp. It's Clarice Cliff.
When we look at it, we're not looking at the bright geometric colours of Clarice Cliff.
She actually did these plainer, more simple designs in the late '30s
for tea and dinner ware, and I think I quite like it.
Would you pay £50 for it?
It might be a wee bit dear.
It might be a wee bit dear, but the name may carry it on.
Well, let's hope so. What's your estimate?
-Now, next up are the transfer-printed beakers
which are very interesting for Scotland.
Yes, I think these are absolutely lovely.
Made by Moore and Company which was a north Staffordshire factory.
They were made as souvenirs for the Edinburgh Exhibition in 1886,
but look how they've spelled Edinburgh.
They've anglicised it,
and I think that adds to the interest and it adds to the charm.
Does that mean this pair of beakers are going to make more than £20?
Well, you've got two. One of them's damaged but you've got two there.
-Yeah, difficult to estimate.
But they should make a profit, which is grand.
And lastly out of their three, we've got this atomiser.
I like scent bottles and this is an item of some quality,
whereas the other two are really just of interest.
We have this wonderful piece of enamelling.
I love that. Nice item, good maker, and I think that it will do well.
Excellent. What's your estimate?
Estimate on that, £60-£80.
Never! £45 is all they paid.
-That was a good buy.
-Well, it is a good buy, isn't it?
My view is that the jug's going to drag them back
and they'll need their Bonus Buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
This is your moment for the Bonus Buy. Looking forward to this?
-It's exciting, isn't it? Cos Catherine had a lot of money.
-She had £185.
-So, Catherine, show us what you spent the £185 on.
-Are you ready, girls?
Chelsea pensioner, solid silver by the maker Aspreys.
What do you think about it, Jo?
It's maybe not our thing but if it's a good maker,
-maybe it'll make us a profit.
-A very good maker. I paid £75 for it.
-And is it weighty? Let's just see.
-It has got a lot of weight to it.
-Quite a chunky thing, isn't it?
So that's cast in one piece as opposed to being
embossed or anything, and on that pretty little plaque...
He's in his full glory.
OK, girls. You don't have to pick it now.
You pick it after the sale of your first three items.
Let's find out what Anita thinks of Catherine's pensioner.
There we go, Anita. A nice Chelsea pensioner for you.
He's solid silver, he's well hallmarked, but he's from Aspreys
-and that is a prestigious name, and that's what's going to sell him.
Possibly made for some anniversary because it is a later date.
Mmm, it's a wonderful thing.
How much do you think it's worth?
-Catherine paid £75. Who knows? It might take off.
I'll do my best.
As per normal. Thank you very much, Anita.
Now, how are you feeling, girls?
-Are you very excited?
I mean, you've waited a long time to get to this auction moment.
-Are you predicting big profits?
First up, though, is the Victorian child's or doll's rocking armchair and here it comes.
A charming, Victorian, turned fruitwood,
rush-seated, child's rocking chair.
Isn't that so sweet? It's with me at 30. Any advance on 30.
40, 50, 60, 70, 80, I'm out.
80, 90, 100, 110 with Lalla.
Where are we? 120, fresh bidder.
130 on the phone. Any advance on 130?
All done at 130? 130...
That is plus £45.
Now, here comes the Carlton.
We have four pieces of Carlton ware
with a beautiful, cheerful buttercup design. £20? 20 bid.
Any advance on 20? 25, 30, 35.
£35. Any advance on 35?
-£35, wiped its face.
You're still £45 up.
The Victorian, gilt-metal epergne,
beautifully decorated with these mythical creatures
and the Jack-in-the-pulpit flute.
I can start the bidding at £40.
Any advance on 40? 50, 60 with me.
-Oh, my God!
-The bid's with me. 65, 70 with me.
The bid's with me at £70.
Any advance on £70? £70...
That would be £32.
That is plus £32, seven...
That's four, seven... £77. Plus 77.
-That's very good.
-Well done, you guys.
-Now you've got a decision.
You've got £77 in the bank which we know could easily be a winning score.
To make a profit on Bargain Hunt is just so good,
but you've got the opportunity of reinvesting in the Movado watch.
-What are you going to do?
-I think we should...
I think we should go for it.
We trust you, Paul, and it's a beautiful item, so I think we should...
-I think so.
-You're in agreement, then, are you?
We've had such a good time. Yeah, we should just go for it.
-Yes, let's gamble.
-You're going to go with it?
Well, our lovely girls are going with the Bonus Buy, and here it comes. Good luck.
188 is this rare Movado Ermeto
chronometer purse watch,
and I will start the bidding at £80.
90, 100, 110,
120, 130, 140,
150, 160, 170, 180,
190, 200, 210,
220, 230, 240, 250.
250 on the floor.
I'm out as well.
250 on the floor. All done at 250?
-That's pretty good.
-Thank you very much.
-Well done, you!
This is what we call a Bonus Buy!
Cost you £100, you sold it for 250.
It's £150 worth of profit.
That boy has done good.
Oh, thank you so much. That was brilliant!
Team work, team work.
-You have a profit of £227.
£227 profit. And the big thing here is, can you control your emotions?
-Oh, we'll have to.
-Because we just must not let the Blues know anything at all, right?
I'm sorry, I can't stop grinning like a Cheshire cat!
-Now, Jo and Avril, do you know how the Reds got on?
-No? No idea. Very good.
-How are you feeling about the auction today? Are you feeling confident?
First up, then, is your Clarice Cliff milk jug and here it comes.
It's a Clarice Cliff milk jug or cream jug
with that wonderful geometric handle.
Start me at £20. 20 bid.
Any advance on 20 on the Clarice Cliff?
£40. Any advance on 40 on the Clarice?
Bad luck, girls. That's minus £10.
-But I think you did very well to get the 40.
It's not too bad.
I think she did very well. Now your beakers.
A pair of Moore and Company...
It's north Staffordshire pottery, ladies and gentlemen.
Start me at 20. £20 bid.
Any advance on 20?
Oh, come on!
Any advance on 20 on the Edinburgh beakers?
-Any advance on 20?
Any advance on £20?
30. £30. Any advance on 30?
Any advance on £30? All done at £30?
£30 is brilliant. Look, you've made £10.
You have, at this moment in time, made nothing at all!
No profit and no loss. OK, last item.
Look at the enamel work on this silver-topped glass atomiser.
Start me at £40. Start me at 40.
Any advance on 40? 50.
With you, sir, at 50.
-You're in profit.
Still cheap at £50 for the atomiser.
-Come on, someone bid against him!
-Any advance on 50?
Any advance on £50?
With you, sir, at £50. £50...
Yes, you made a fiver! How lovely is that?
You made £5, and overall you are plus £5.
-Well, at least that's a profit.
-It's very good, isn't it?
It's a profit, and a profit that you might decide to ring-fence
or risk it by going with the £75 Chelsea pensioner.
Now, this is a tough one, girls, and I need you to think this through quite carefully.
I'm inclined to risk it, just because it's not very much.
We haven't got a huge profit to lose, have we?
I would never buy it myself, ever, but...
-Maybe we should just play the game.
-£5 could be a winning score, and it's money in your back pocket.
Yeah, I probably would say no.
-OK. OK, we won't.
-It's a no?
-So no Chelsea pensioner, but we're going to sell him, anyway. Here he comes.
And this is a solid silver figure
of a Chelsea pensioner.
Start me at £50. 50. 50 bid.
-60, 70, 80...
-We're in profit.
80. With you, sir, at 80.
90, fresh bidder. For the Aspreys, 90...
Oh, no. Shall we rewind?
-£120 for the Asprey's figure...
..All done at 120. 120...
£120. So that's plus £45, that would've been.
What a dirty shame!
If only we could scroll back and make the decision again.
-I'm surprised, actually.
-Well done, Catherine.
Well done. But I tell you what...
we'll reveal all to the Reds in a moment, all right? Thank you.
Well, what excitement. Just goes to show.
To go with the Bonus Buy or not to go with the Bonus Buy - a heck of a lot can hang on it.
And sadly, the runners-up today
-are the Blues.
I'm going to give you a £5 note here cos that is the actual score that you have achieved.
But you came so close to taking the Bonus Buy, which would've scored you another 45.
I really do feel I should be giving you 50 cos you were that close.
You deserve to get the 50. But as it was, of course,
these Reds, this canny bunch of Scots,
went with the Bonus Buy and they go home with £227.
Well done! >
Did you hear that? I said £227.
-What was that again?
-£227, there you go.
There's 225, and you get...
another couple coming out of here, look, in 50p's.
We've got so short of money in this programme!
Anyway, there we go. They were £77 up, all right, which wouldn't have been so far ahead of you,
until that man Laidlaw came in with a £150 profit on the Movado watch.
-Oh, well done.
-Isn't that something else?
We're all joining in a round of applause. Well done.
-How good does that feel, girls? All right?
-For a change!
-£227. Phenomenal. Anyway, it's been a great show. I hope you've enjoyed yourselves.
We've loved it. Join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
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Tim Wonnacott heads to Edinburgh, and is joined by experts Paul Laidlaw and Catherine Southon to help the red and blue teams find antique bargains. Promising ups and downs at auction, Tim also finds time to visit the fascinating Trinity House Maritime Museum in Leith.