Tim Wonnacott is joined by Paul Laidlaw and Catherine Southon as the red and blue teams once again go head-to-head in battling to find antique bargains in Edinburgh.
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We've come north of the border today to Bonnie Scotland and we've fetched up at an antiques fair practically
underneath Edinburgh Airport, so fasten your safety belts,
prepare for takeoff, let's go bargain hunting!
Today we're at the Royal Highland Centre, which is a great hangar of
a place with 150 stalls for our teams to fly around before they buy.
Here's a quick snippet of what to expect.
On Bargain Hunt today will the Blues' dreams be shattered?
You're not having anything... Oh, this is a nightmare!
This is an absolute nightmare.
I shouldn't have mentioned it!
And speed is of the essence for the Reds. Well, this is ridiculous.
I mean, we're going to finish early today.
-Somebody said the bar opens in ten minutes!
-We'll be finishing before the news the way you lot are going.
With the esteemed bargain hunting title up for grabs who will be our winning team?
I'm taking it all back.
All that's still to come, but let's remind ourselves of the rules.
We have two teams each with £300 and an hour to shop for three items.
The team that makes the most profit at auction wins and we also
chuck in a whole crew of experts to help them along in their journey.
Right now, though, let's check out the teams as they check in.
Today we've got two teams of best friends.
For the Reds we've got Colin and Fraser and for the Blues we've got Beryl and Ellen.
Now, Colin, where did you two meet?
Myself and Fraser are both firefighters at Bathgate Fire Station
where I started year ago and been friends ever since.
We're all quite close to each other, so...
And do you do anything in your break time particularly in your station?
Well, Bargain Hunt is lunchtime, we watch Bargain Hunt every... Every time we're on.
So are they all going to be roaring with laughter when they see this show down in the station?
I'm sure there might be a... A wee joke or two thrown about.
I'll bet there is. Now, when you're not firefighting what do you like to get up to, Col?
I do a number of things. I follow my local speedway team, the Edinburgh Monarchs, up and down the country.
I also play for a tenpin bowling team just along in Murrayfield.
But you were also junior champion, is that right?
I won the Junior European Open when I was 16, but it was just a handicap event, but still it all counts!
Don't you love the modesty of the man? I mean, we've got a European champion here!
-That must have been exciting.
-It was, yeah, it was a good day, yeah.
And do you know anything about antiques?
Just what I see on Bargain Hunt every lunchtime.
Ah, you're going to be a genius, then!
Fraser, it says here that you're interested in kickboxing.
Yeah, I just used to run a kickboxing club in my previous life before I joined the Fire Service.
And does this mean you kick through a block of wood and all that kind of thing?
If somebody attacks you with a block of wood, yeah, you could certainly kick through it!
Are you going to show us any of your moves, them? What's...
-Are you not?
-You sure? I mean, you could... You know?
-I've not kickboxed in a wee... In a while.
-Have you not?
-Not in a while.
He's not done his warm up.
Now, boys, undoubtedly you're going to make a massive profit today, right? That's the ambition anyway.
What are you going to do with that profit if you make it?
If we make a profit, which hopefully we will, we're going to donate it to the Ewan Williamson Memorial Fund.
He's a colleague of ours and a firefighter who died in a fire earlier this year.
-So our watch, Bathgate White Watch, have agreed whatever we make they will... They'll match.
-So you're going to double it up?
-We'll double it up and put it into the Ewan Williamson Memorial Fund.
That is a real challenge, that. How exciting.
-Anyway, brilliant and good luck.
-Now for the girls.
-How are you both?
-Good. How long with you two been friends, Beryl?
-About 30 years.
-How did you meet?
Through the theatre.
Well, amateur theatre.
Ellen's a very good actress.
She appeared in my first ever play what I wrote!
So you're a playwright?
Of the Morecambe and Wise sort of fraternity.
Yes, lovely. Nothing better than that.
Well, Ernie Wise, I mean, what an inspiration.
I know, brilliant.
-And your love of the theatre has taken you into journalism?
And you had your own column in the Scotsman Magazine.
-I did, yes.
-What was that?
-Shopping Round With Beryl.
-Ah! Did that take you round the stores or...
-Yes, it did.
Now, Ellen, tell us about your love of the theatre.
Well, I just like acting...
The fool usually!
Beryl usually casts me as the bitchy woman.
Oh! She's your friend!
I understand you like walking and have an interest in people's feet.
Yes. I'm a leader in the walking group for Fit For Life,
attached to the health service, and take out old fogeys like myself
-for a weekly walk.
-And how long are the walks?
-An hour to an hour and a half.
-Oh, are they?
Well, that's a nice thing to do. And what's your connection with their feet?
Well, I... I like reiki and I do the reiki through the feet.
-Are you a practitioner or...
Well, no, I do both, actually.
-Can you do it to yourself?
-Oh, you can?
So you get hold of your own foot then and prod around with it, is that the plan?
Not that I do, I pay someone to do it instead.
Oh, you pay someone to do it. Brilliant. Well, this all sounds very relevant, good.
And how do you rate your chances against these big butch firemen?
-Yes. You're not scared at all by the fact that...
-Not at all.
-They're going to be terribly fit...
-They just young laddies.
-And fleet of foot?
Anyway, here we go, £300.
You know the rules. You have an excellent incentive to make a huge profit today,
and off you go and very, very, very good luck.
And now it's time to meet the rest of today's crew.
Looking after the Reds is Paul Laidlaw
and the Blues are under the safe supervision of Catherine Southon.
You look like you are really ready to go for this.
We are really, really ready.
-Shall we go?
And so with the clock ticking away, the team start their shopping and the Reds are off to a flying start.
See those we beak dish...
-Nice things down there, look at that!
You need to look at... Real quality. You know, something of raw quality.
-Of course, yeah.
It seems Paul and the Reds have found something to rattle on about.
A rattle as well. A really love the baby's rattle.
Yeah, you have a look at that, OK, and we'll follow our noses.
-Now, they fake these to oblivion, and that's crying out right straight away.
A nice little bone handle, dead right.
It'll have decent assay marks on it.
-A wee bit of repair. Do you see that?
-It's just been... Of course it would, a bairn's had it!
-I mean, I'm no losing sleep over that.
And, you know, it's rattle, it's a soother. It's a whistle, rattle.
Is it missing something there, the wee...
See that? Is that... Is there something missing off of that?
No, it's think that's simply a suspender.
-I think that would have had a ribbon or whatever, yeah.
-Have you an opinion on that.
-I quite like that.
-It's unusual, yeah.
-It just jumped out at me.
Pretty little thing. I'm making sure...
These are called crotal bells and I'm making sure they're all pukka to it.
-That looks OK. But, price...
-What would... What would be your...
-What I see, the guy's no...
-That guy's no bad, but I'd want a favour in all honesty.
-Have you got a good feeling about that?
-Can you help us on that?
You know our plight here, so if you can be as brutal as you can, my man.
Is that... That's 80 on there.
80 on there.
-It's up to you, but I think...
I mean, what I think it's going to make,
I think you're going to make a profit. That's 50 to 80 quid's worth.
I think so, my friend. Thank you, my friend, that's excellent.
-Thanks very much, smashing.
Well, I'm no a guy who comes here and loses money.
You've no met Bargain Hunt before, clearly! That's what we do!
My word that was a speedy purchase, Reds!
Meanwhile the Blues seem keen on browsing.
Do you like a card? Would you like my card?
Paul appears to have spotted an unusual looking item for the Reds.
-No idea what it is.
It looks like a Morse code machine.
It does, doesn't it? But it is Victorian
quack therapy apparatus.
-So this is late 19th century, some of them work on a little crank drive and a wee dynamo or whatever...
And it generates static electricity and they thought that this was good for rheumatism and so on.
You could cure nigh on anything with these things.
A Victorian TENS machine!
Look, you're not a million miles off, are you?
Of its kind I think it's little charmer.
You see plenty of lacquered brass here, there are plenty of little... You've got a little rheostat.
There's plenty going on there and I'll tell you, what a wee talking point that is.
And everything is inside the drawer, the leads, the terminals and...
-Cutting to the chase?
-The instruments of torture.
-Cutting to the chase?
-The best I would do on that would be £30.
It says £2.50 on the bottom!
£2! That tells you how old it is.
Throw in a shilling.
We like this, we do like it.
-What's the absolute best?
-That was my absolute best...
-To be perfectly honest. OK, I'll take a couple of pounds off it, but that's really all I can do.
I could go 28.
28. What do you think, Colin?
-25, please. Just...
-No, I can't.
-No, you can't go that...
-Where are you going to find another one?
That's the best I could do.
-I think you should respect that.
-I think we should respect that.
-I'm happy with...
-Are you happy with that?
So that's two in the bag for our Red lads.
It seems their firefighting speed training is coming in very useful.
Now, ladies, you're dithering.
Have you finally found your first purchase?
Oh, look at that.
-Oh, Murano glass is...
-Is a make.
How do you know it's Murano?
It should be on it, shouldn't it?
It probably says, yeah. No, it's Murano.
I like that, do you not?
Well, it's nice for putting sweeties in and things like that.
-And how much is it?
-£12 that's what it's...
-I mean, that's...
-Can we go for that?
Can you haggle that down to a bit less?
You can do whatever you like.
Something is telling me Catherine doesn't seem convinced
but bargain hunting Beryl rushes off to start negotiations.
Now, what have our firefighting Reds spotted?
-Hey, they're more your...
-A fire truck!
-Do you think?
That would go with your collection in the house!
Aye, that'd be right!
That has got your name written all over it!
Beryl seems to have taken matters into her own hands and set up a deal on the Murano glass.
She'll take 8.50 for it instead of 12.
What? 8.50? Beryl, you're not listening to me at all, are you?
-I know, but I like it and it's speaking to me.
-But it might not speak to anybody else!
-At 8.50 can we argue?
-But look, look!
-At 8.50 are we going to argue?
It's all worn as well.
It's lost its...
-You see how it's not...
I mean, that's not quality.
-But I like it.
-Look at the colours though, they're all...
-They're not sort of...
-I like it.
You buy whatever you like.
8.50. 8.50. 8.50, we're not losing a lot of money.
-We have really got our work cut out with you.
-I'll give in for the next one, but I'll go for this.
-Can we make up...
Can we now from now on?
-Right, where do I put this now? What do I do with it.
-Do you want it?
-Well, you'd better go and buy it then because we don't like it. She's not listening to me.
-She's not taking any notice.
Oh, I just can't... I just can't even look at it!
-Let's go, let's go.
Clearly Catherine is not happy, but, hurray, the Blues have made their first purchase.
Now at these antiques fairs you really need to take the lead if
you're going to sniff out the best bargains.
Anyone for walkies?
Isn't that a gem?
Do you like him? He's called Bart,
made around about 1880 to 1900 and if you give him at tap it's hollow,
but basically baked and shaped paper, and then that paper is treated with a paint effect and
then flock, which is mashed up felt, is just dribbled over the wet paint.
He's even got naturalistic colouring on his bottom. Don't you love that?
This lovely black spot, which covers up his back end.
Now this was designed for a wealthy child to tow around in the drawing
room because underneath his feet are little castors.
He's got this bolt on feature of a wobbly head and
if you were dragging him around the house he might say to you,
"Uh-uh, no want to go walkies today!"
And there is one additional feature, which any child would adore.
They simply yank the lead and he goes...
TOY DOG RASPS
Now do you understand why he's called...
Brilliant, isn't it? What's it worth?
The proud owner up the way wants 1,200 notes for it.
What do you think about the show so far?
Right then, firefighters, appropriate attired, we have spent half an hour, but two good things.
-Feeling all right about that, yeah?
-Quite happy with that, yeah.
-I think you should be, but we'd better keep going, yeah?
-OK, we'll move on.
You're not having anything! Oh, this is a nightmare.
This is an absolute nightmare!
I shouldn't have mentioned it!
Looks like Beryl is certainly on a mission and something else has caught the interest of the Reds.
-It's got to be a good thing that, surely?
-What is it?
Come on, we're all boys here!
-What is it?
-A powder flask?
-A powder flask. Is that talcum powder?
This is a Victorian, it's going to be in 1850, 1860 and this is what your...hunter...
this is not a military piece, this is...
Although the military carried them to an extent, this is a huntsman piece.
He's out there with his game bag and his percussion fowling piece
at this period looking for birds, let's say, and this is where he keeps his charge.
So he's got his shot, that's what he fires, this is what propels it.
I've got... Here's a bonus for you, I don't know if whether you're catching this, here's a bonus for you.
That's what I was looking for and I couldn't see it, it's by Sykes, one of the names in this field.
It's no bad that. It's a decorative object and boys
and their toys, they love their guns, they love their shooting accessories, do we love the price? £44.
It's perfectly reasonable at that. But you would...
You know what's worrying me?
I don't know whether it's Great Western Auctions in the middle of Glasgow.
-Where I am,
-a rural environment...
I think that's more of a goer.
I just... I think it's the wrong piece for the saleroom.
-But I think it's a good thing. What do you think?
I thought a gun piece would be good for Glasgow!
Can you say that? Is there any way on God's earth that could be 20 quid?
At 20 I'm going to say it's a no-brainer, take a punt, guys.
Let me be a daylight robber, would you?
-Since it's you.
-At 20 quid it's a deal.
-20 quid it's a deal.
You're a gentleman. Thank you very much indeed. Thank you for that.
I'm not, I'm soft!
-Thanks very much.
-Thank you very much.
36 minutes into their shop, I just can't believe the speed of today's Red team!
Well, this is ridiculous. I mean, we're going to finish early today.
-Somebody told us the bar opens in 10 minutes!
-We'll be finishing before the news the way you lot are going!
-That's brilliant though, isn't it?
-Are you happy?
-It's all you clannish Scots!
So, with the shopping over, the Reds can even take time out for a cuppa.
Meanwhile, all is not quite so Rosy Lee for the Blues.
Yes. You could change that into a lamp if you wanted to.
I think that is horrendous.
Well, I had to put up with your horrendous thing a minute ago!
Excuse me, is that for weeing into when you're really desperate?
-We have clearly got very different tastes.
-Well, I like that.
-This is Doulton, but that's a lot more trendy, isn't it?
don't think it's a great age to it.
It's possibly '60s, '70s. It's got that nice sort of flambe affect.
Remember that word, flambe.
-Flambe. It's more sort of trendy and it's more now.
-A bit younger.
-Have a little feel.
Actually, I'm not going to give it to
you, I'm going to give it to you. Have a little feel.
-Yes, I do, I like this.
-The shape of it is quite nice as well, isn't it?
-The shape, yeah.
-It's nice, all...
-It's nicely fashioned.
£120 that's retail price.
I mean, that's a lot of money.
Can we try and get a bit more off that?
Try and see if you can squeeze it down a bit more.
Beryl the Peril negotiates the deal and gets the vase
for the red hot price of £69.50, but time is marching on and, ladies, you need to make another purchase.
It strikes me that things are about to get slightly hammy.
Just have a little look here.
You've seen something earlier.
Well, I want you to have a...
Hold that and tell me what you think.
What do you think it is?
Well, there's something got to go in there and it gets screwed in tight.
-What you do, you can imagine...
-The manor, the man of the manor, sitting at his table...
-Putting his bit of ham in there.
-Put it in there.
-Tighten it up...
Or mutton. Tighten it up.
-Oh, my God. A lovely tartan, the McGregor tartan.
-Oh, that's lovely.
-Did it belong to a McGregor, then?
-I quite like...
What I quite like is this little...
Yeah, I do quite like that crest.
Sadly it's not silver.
-Is it plated, is it?
-It's plated. Sheffield plate.
I just thought it was quite an unusual thing. I haven't seen anything like that.
-You're not impressed, Ellen?
I want Ellen to have a little bit of a choice here because she hasn't...
I like the idea, but I don't think anybody now would, unless they're collecting things for...
-Plays and things like that.
-What's your best price on that one?
No, we'd have to get that... For about 50 I'd give it a whirl.
-I've would say 50 would be top price on that and that's being generous.
No, it's all right, don't be sorry, just be generous and go down a bit.
Can you go down any more on that?
-What did I say 70?
-60 you said.
-No. I didn't say 60!
-Yes, you did,
-we heard you!
-Give me £50 and you can take it away.
-Do you really want this though, ladies, I just feel that I'm...
It's different, it's quirky and it's £50 and so therefore...
-And it's got age about it.
-You've got a sporting chance of
making a profit if you buy it at 50. I really do, actually.
So with the third and final purchase in the bag, the Blues place their hopes on the stallholder's advice.
We'll have to see how it fares at the auction.
Right, that's it.
Prepare for landing, time's up.
Now it's up to our expert to spend the leftover lolly on the bonus buy, which can make all the difference
when it's produced over at the auction, but right now let's find out what the Reds have bought.
First the Reds acquired a Victorian silver soother for £50.
For an electric shock therapy machine,
they handed over an absolutely sparkling £28.
And, finally, Colin and Fraser forked out
an explosive 20 quid on a black powder gun flask.
-Good cup of tea, chaps?
-Oh, lovely. Thanks.
Well, when you finish early you can afford to, can't you, really?
-So, let me see, how much did you spend?
Which is truly pathetic, actually. £98.
I mean, how can you be grinning like Cheshire cheeses all of you at £98?
-I don't understand it.
-You're forgetting you're in Scotland.
"We're in Scotland." I love it!
£202 of leftover lolly, then.
Which is a heck of a lot.
-Now we're going to pass this over to the man, right.
-If I was a gambling man I would gamble that he won't spend much of that.
-Well, in this instance, Tim, I do have my eye on something rather expensive.
-Might it be three figures?
Do you see the sweat? It could be.
Paul Laidlaw spending three figures on a bonus buy?
This has never been seen before. Anyway, good luck with that.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blues have bought?
The Blues' first purchase was a Murano glass bonbon dish,
which cost them a sweet £8.50.
A Royal Doulton flambe vase set them back £69.50.
And, finally, this Sheffield plated mutton bone holder
was picked up for £50.
Well, that was a real sweat, wasn't it?
-Tim. Yes, a challenge.
Did it do your head in, Ellen?
-It did a little bit.
Not the only one's head in
either, Beryl the Peril, eh? So, what exactly did you spend, baby?
-You spent 128, so I'm going to take £172 of leftover lolly.
-Oh, if you insist.
-Well, I do insist.
-It's always difficult for you to hand over the cash, isn't it?
And it goes straight to Catherine. Are you going to spend the lot?
I'm going to spend it all.
I'm going to leave nothing and I'm going to buy the best piece for you two because we need something decent.
Wonderful. Something decent.
Yes, I agree with that.
Well, that's a vote of confidence anyway! Good luck, Catherine.
Now, while both of our experts are out shopping for their bonus buys
I'm popping down to a local maritime museum.
Trinity House in Leith is probably the finest museum of shipping artefacts in Scotland.
This beautiful 19th century building was commissioned by John Hay,
master of Trinity House for 12 years from 1808.
And he was an enterprising fellow because not only did he instigate the construction of
this magnificent neoclassical villa, but he was directly responsible for the dynamic
and incredibly impressive plasterwork in this, the convening room.
And the plasterwork, which was done by local firm John Dow & Co,
is sculptural because it's alto-relievo, in other words the plaster projects quite a long way
from the flat surface of the ceiling, giving you an opportunity to mould and define real figures.
If we look at this end, there are two figures,
one of King Neptune and the other of patriotic Jolly Jack Tar,
sporting the Union Flag, and at the other end we've got an officer standing with his telescope.
One feels perhaps he should be looking out to sea and spotting the vessels sailing across the middle of
the panel, but actually I think he's got his telescope on the young lady
on the opposite shore.
Perhaps he's been at sea for a long time!
Here on the long table in the convening room, we've got a fantastic array of marine objects
that form part of the museum's collection, including some real rarities like this.
The first question is what do you think it is?
Well, I'll put you out of your agony, it's called a backstaff, which is a navigational instrument.
Until the 1590s, when John Davies invented this, navigators had to use a cross-staff,
which involved you taking a sight of the sun by pointing your instrument actually at the sun.
What John Davies came up with was this backstaff idea and what you do is to have the backstaff
over your shoulder like this, you'd look through this little slitty here and determine where the horizon is
and then at noon measure the angle of the sun and then you could do your calculation.
Perhaps the most eye-catching object
is this model of a lighthouse, the Bell Rock Lighthouse,
which is about to celebrate its 200th birthday and it is the first
sea-swept lighthouse to be built anywhere in the world and its construction,
of course, was instigated by Trinity House here in Leith.
The big question today is, of course, are our teams going to be all at sea over at the auction?
Well, we've trotted across the way from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Anita would say going
in the right direction here, and we've come to Great Western Auctions to be with Anita Manning.
-It's a treat to be here, Anita.
Now, for the Red team, Colin and Fraser, their first item is this little baby's soother, so called.
I don't think it would do much soothing with that kind of ivorine end on it.
Do you think it had a bit of coral originally?
It could have. I mean, it's a little Victorian baby's play centre...
-Were you've got the bells to rattle and whistle and a little bit of ivory to chew...
-If you're hungry!
-If you're hungry, poor little toad.
-Anyway, I suppose these things are collectable, are they, Anita?
-Yes, that's right.
They're collected by people who like silver, they're collected by people
-who maybe like children's things, you know, toys.
-People who never grew up.
-Just like me.
-OK, baby, what's it worth?
-40 to 60.
-Very good. £50 they paid, so that's fair enough, isn't it?
Now you've got this electric shock machine.
Not quite sure where you apply the electric shock
or how to go about this, Anita, but I suspect you'll enlighten us.
-While I'm hoping to give you a surprise with that rather than a shock.
-What do you think it's worth?
Well, I think these things are great fun, wacky Victorian medical things.
-£30 to £50.
-Fair enough, £28 they paid.
So that's pretty good, isn't it?
We're building up to what might be a reasonable profit so far.
And, lastly, they've got the Sykes copper powder flask, which is quite a good thing, isn't it?
Yeah, well, Sykes is a good name and if people are buying powder flasks they want to see that name.
This is a rather nice one and the decoration is very pleasing.
-So I like that.
-These bits of leaf and whatnot.
Yeah. I've estimated it at 25 to 35, so I'm predicting a profit.
Very good. Well, between you two canny Scots, I daresay we'll do all right,
but just in case let's go and have a look at the bonus buy.
So, Colin, Fraser, the exciting moment, what did Paul Laidlaw spend your £202 of leftover lolly on?
-Let's have a little look at this.
-Hey, it's tall and skinny!
Well, then, gentlemen, what think you of that? Yeah?
This is a telescopic standard oil lamp in its first incarnation,
converted early 20th century, as one would, to electricity.
In this original state, in this quality...
-The quality of these casts, the swags here, these embellishments, is just yummy, what can I say?
Show me the money!
You are unimpressed with this Georgian revival piece.
It is lovely, it is lovely, but how much is it is - the important question.
Look, I paid £150 for that.
At auction I'd love to see two private punters
take a real loving for it and pay 225 and give you a respectable profit.
Do you personally like it, Frase?
-I do like it, yeah.
-I like that. I don't know if it would go in my living room, but I do like it.
-So we have to hold on to those thoughts, right?
The possibility of £200 or £225 maybe if all goes well with Anita,
and talking of Anita, let's find out,
for the audience at home, what she thinks about Paul's standard lamp.
Anita, this is what they call a whopper.
In fact, it's taller than you, even before I take it to its full eight-foot elevation.
What do you think about this?
Isn't this a splendid piece?
This is absolutely wonderful.
The quality is there. It's elegant.
Yes. All these smart Glasgow apartments...
Would fit perfectly into one of them.
A very nice thing indeed. Well, what do you think it's worth?
I've estimated it at 100 to 200.
I've kept the estimate low and wide.
I want to bring the bidders in and then gently push them up.
-You're going to need to because Laidlaw paid £150 and he really rates it.
That's it for the Reds and now I'm cantering on to the Blues who've got yet another piece of Murano glass.
I don't know where you come from with all this glass,
but it gets terribly samey after a while, doesn't it?
Well, I like glass. I like the colour. I like this one.
It's got a little bit of detail with the wavy rim, with this gold aventurine, the bubbles and so on.
So, it's quite a pretty thing.
It would be easy to live with.
Yes. How much would it cost you to live with it easily?
I've estimated it at 15 to 20.
That's great, they only paid £8.50.
It's a bit of a cheeky thing to buy for £8.50, but Beryl's like that.
Next up is their flambe vase which is much more traditional, isn't it?
And a great shape, I think.
It's wonderful. They started making this in about...
round about 1904, and they are still making it.
It's wonderful, it's popular and I know that the buyers will like that.
Now, I don't know what it is about these teams and 50ps, but they've paid £69.50 for this.
I've estimated it at 60 to 100.
-Have you really?
Well, that's very good. They'll be very pleased about that.
-I don't know how you are with great lumps of ham
and so forth, but those ham bone holders, I can tell you, are useful.
I like this. It's a sort of quirky item again.
How much it's used, I don't really know, but what I like about this one,
nice clear marks, and it also has a family crest and I think
that buyers, whether they're trade or private buyers, love to look at that and perhaps find the family.
-Do a bit of research.
-So there's a bit of interest there.
Yeah, absolutely. Good, traditional object, that.
-And a bit wacky, as you say. How much do you think it's worth?
-40 to 60.
-They paid 50.
It's all pretty close to the mark.
It slightly depends on how the flambe does,
and we'll find out about that in a minute, but let's go and have a look at the bonus buy.
Now, Beryl and Ellen, your big moment.
You spent 128, you gave Catherine 172, did she blow the lot?
-Are you ready for this, ladies?
-It's a little horn beaker.
-Is that a good "Oh, God," or a bad "Oh, God"?
-That's a bad...
-No, I say it's a good.
-Oh, did you make that out of an elephant that you used to know or whatever?
No, it's horn.
That is the ugliest thing I've ever seen.
What I love... What I love is your honesty.
I don't think I've ever had anyone saying that. It's fantastic!
They're usually done by sailors.
-Did you pay money for this?
-I'm going to... Shall we talk?
-Well, there we are, I'm going to hand it to you because I love the decoration.
This has been engraved here.
-We've got this lady...
-By a native lady from the West Indies.
-In her Regency dress.
And I think it's rather quite nice.
-It is lovely. How much did you pay for it?
-I paid only £50.
Do you think we'll make a profit on it?
I think we will, actually. I really like that.
I think it's very charming.
Well, we have a deep chasm between our team today, for a change.
Why don't we find out right now what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's little cow horn beaker.
So, Anita, a wee dram, perhaps?
Aw, isn't this the sweetest thing that you've ever seen?
I think it's absolutely lovely.
It's a piece of naive folk art and I think that it may have been made
by a young man for his beloved and he has carved out this little figure here
and he has put, perhaps it's a portrait of his beloved, into a fine lady's costume.
It's rather sweet, isn't it?
Well, I have to say, if you look at her face and go really close on her face,
it does leave quite a lot to be desired but, anyway, there we go.
Price on that, 35 to 50.
Really? It might just take off.
-It might do more.
-There you go, you see?
Might do more. It's very appealing.
Southon paid £50 and she's, of course, incredibly romantic, so...
-Just like me.
-We'll have to see what happens.
Thanks so much, Anita.
So, Colin and Fraser, are you on fire for this?
-You've just come off the night shift, I'm told.
The first item up is your soother, or baby rattle, and here it comes.
It's a Victorian silver baby's rattle, whistle.
It has an ivory handle, ladies and gentlemen. Start me at £40.
40 bid. 40 bid. Any advance on 40?
Any advance on 40? 45.
Any advance on £50? £50.
Wiped its face, £50. No shame in that.
£50, thank you very much. Lovely.
Now, electrocution is your game.
This is just what you need after a wee dram the night before,
it's a Victorian electrostatic therapy machine.
Start me at £40. Start me at £40.
40 for the electrostatic machine.
£20, then. 20. £20 for all that fun.
20 bid. With you, sir, at 20. 25.
£30 for the electrostatic machine.
Any advance on £30? All done at £30.
-There we go, £30.
That's very good, that's £2 profit.
Nothing the matter with that. Good. Now, your Sykes flask.
Victorian copper powder flask
with this very nice Art Nouveau relief decoration.
Start me at £20. 20 bid. 20 bid.
Any advance on 20? 30.
60. 70. 80. 90. £90.
90 for the Sykes powder flask. £90.
-Well done, Paul.
-Good effort, Paul!
-That's £90, loving your work.
Plus 70 on that. You are £72 up.
-72 smackers in the back pocket, that's not so bad, is it?
What are you going to do about this telescopic lamp, because this is £150-worth of investment, right.
-This is a ticklish one to think through. You could trust our man here,
that he's spent 150 of your pounds wisely and you could invest and multiply.
Go with the expert, Fraser, come on.
-Right, let's go.
-We'll go with the bonus buy.
-You'll give it a punt?
-You're going to kick the ball in?
-We'll go with the bonus buy.
OK. Well, you heard it from the man.
They're going with the bonus buy.
-Could be a good one, this.
-And for better or for worse, here it comes.
Lot 100, ladies and gentlemen, it's the Messenger's Victorian gilt metal.
Now, it's a telescopic lamp.
Start me at £100.
100. 80 bid.
80 bid. Any advance on 80? 90. 100.
120. Seems cheap. At 120. 130.
-Fresh bidder at 130.
-That's no money.
-Any advance on 130?
-Sold for £130.
It's enough to make you spit, isn't it? £130.
But don't worry, that's only £20 off.
You've still got plus £52, all right?
That's minus £20, you have £52.
You've finished the programme with £52.
To finish this programme at all with a profit is a considerable achievement.
So, how are you feeling, Beryl?
The butterflies are dancing with the butterflies.
What does your mate Ellen think? What do you think about it?
-We've got as much chance as anybody else.
-And it'll be up to Anita.
First lot up, Beryl, is your Murano bonbon dish for £8.50, and here it comes.
Lot 116, that is a good piece of Venetian glass, ladies and gentlemen.
Start me at 20. Bid.
With you, madam, at 20.
-With you, madam, at 20 for the Murano glass.
With you, madam, at £20. One bid at £20.
-Come on, come on.
-All done at £20?
-I'm taking it all back.
This is very good. That's 50p up to nine, that's £11.50.
-I still don't like it.
-The flambe, here we go.
It's a piece of Doulton flambe.
Absolutely lovely. Start me at 100 for the Doulton flambe. 100, surely.
100. £50, then. 50 bid.
Any advance on 50? Any adva... 60.
80. 80 with you, sir.
£80 for the Doulton flambe. 80. 90, fresh bidder.
£90. With you, sir, at 90. All done?
-That is very nice.
-A genius already!
-What did I know?
-That's £20 and 50p profit.
Which is very good.
You've now made £32 profit.
You are plus 32, girls. Now, the mutton bone holder.
It's the electroplated ham bone holder.
50, surely. £50. 30. 30 bid.
No, come on.
Any advance on £40?
With you, sir, at £50.
60 with the lady.
She's got a ham bone at home. 60.
70 with the gentlemen.
£70. All done at £70?
All done at £70? £70.
-£70, it's plus £20.
-Well done, Catherine.
You are £52 profit.
You've made a profit on every item and you have a total of £52 profit.
-How about that? That's pretty good, isn't it?
Now you have to decide about the beaker.
-If the only way you can make a decision,
is to toss a coin, quite frankly, I will invest 2p in this, all right?
Right, so there you've got it, heads and tails.
-Call in the air.
-Heads I go.
-Heads we do it your way.
OK, heads you have it.
And it is heads. We're going with the little beaker. Here it comes
and we're going to see it sold.
One of my favourite lots.
It's this little antique horn beaker.
Start me at 30. 30. 30 bid.
Any advance on 30? Any advance on 30?
35. 40. 45. 50. Fresh bidder.
Please, please, just...
60. Any advance on 60?
-All done at £60? £60.
-Well done, Catherine.
Another £10 to swell the coffers.
I'm just so pleased that it made a profit...
Because I was killing you if you hadn't, that's it!
-My life would not be worth living.
-Dead, yes, you'd be dead.
Plus £62, then, girls. It could be a winning score.
-Don't mention a thing to the Reds, all right?
We'll reveal all in a moment.
It's no secret to the teams that they're both in profit today.
It's simply a question of scale of profit.
Well, at one point the trailers were the leaders, and then the leaders went with some bonus buys
and finished up as trailers, and sadly, the trailing team today are the Reds.
Because you were plus 72, you unfortunately had a bit of a slip-up
with the bonus buy, which takes you to plus 52. There's your £2... £52.
Congratulations on making your £52.
Well done, boys. But for the girls, who managed to stay ahead by having a profit of £62, I'll hand across
to Beryl, who's looking very pleased about this, her £62.
There we are, Beryl, that's fully complete. Have you had a good time, Beryl?
A wonderful time and may we please add this to their funds
for their memorial fund for their fallen colleague.
Absolutely. What a lovely thing to do, Beryl, and thank you very much.
-That comes across.
Well, that's lovely, isn't it?
And this is the Bargain Hunt family, we all get to feel better at the end of the programme.
And all you guys have to do is join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
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Tim Wonnacott is joined by experts Paul Laidlaw and Catherine Southon as the red and blue teams once again go head-to-head in battling to find antique bargains at an Edinburgh antiques fair.
While the teams experience surprising outcomes at auction, Tim pays a visit to Trinity House Maritime Museum in Leith.