Antiques challenge. Mark Stacey and David Harper guide two sets of teams in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. Presenter Tim Wonnacott visits Stourhead in Wiltshire.
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I'm in Somersetshire in a delightful, pastoral location
surrounded by rolling hills and delicious countryside,
but don't be fooled!
There's still shedloads of antiques - so let's go bargain hunting!
Hello, and welcome to Shepton Mallet in Somerset.
Just look what we've got in store for you on the show today,
you lucky, lucky people.
'The Red team takes on David Harper at his own game...'
You see, you're telling the truth
-and you're pretending not to be an expert.
-I'm not. You're the expert.
-I'm Tim's driver!
'..while the Blues take it easy with Mark Stacey.'
We may as well just continue because he's going to stay there for ever!
'But there are surprises in store for everyone
'when it comes to the auction.'
In for a penny, in for a pound.
Once upon a time, you were a confident,
forward-looking woman and now you've become a gibbering wreck.
All that and much, much more to come,
so, let's get cracking and meet the teams.
On the Red team today, we have jolly good friends Yvonne and Tricia.
Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
And, for the Blues, a married couple, Holly and Josh. Hi, guys.
Now, I promised not to make any mother-in-law jokes, right?
-We don't mind.
-You don't mind? Because you are mothers-in-law.
-We are mothers-in-law.
-So, tell me how all that came about.
My son married Yvonne's daughter.
But being mothers-in-law is not the only thing that you
-have in common, is it?
We were catwalk mannequins as they were in those days.
-In our young days.
-Well, glamour nowadays, you know, uh...is not quite...
-The same thing.
-I see. No, no, quite.
-We were the catwalk models, yes.
-And what sort of things did you model?
-I was known as a bride and... Were you a bride's mother?
-Uh, no, no!
-I was always a bride.
-We are good friends, I'm just saying that!
That was a barbed comment, wasn't it! Lovely.
-Now, Tricia, you've got exceptionally small feet.
That's very nice to know, isn't it?
Isn't it just, yes.
So, this has led you to great fortune, has it? Small feet?
-No, afraid not.
It's just that when I was working as a model, nobody else could
-wear my shoes cos they all had large feet and I had small feet.
I think you girls are going to do terribly well on Bargain Hunt.
-I hope so!
-Very, very good luck. Now, we go across a continent or two.
-In fact, we go down under.
Tell us about your meeting and how it all came about.
We met when we were at church together in Adelaide
in Australia, where we're from. I met him and I thought...
-You thought, "Great."
-He's a bit all right.
-Yes, quite, and this is in church!
-Yes, in church!
Goodness knows what you thought when you got outside!
You began dating and then Josh discovered that your mother's
a big Bargain Hunt fan.
Yes, she is the biggest fan in Australia, I would have to say, yes!
-So, is she really proud you're on the show now?
She's very, very, very proud, but, at the same time, extremely jealous!
Super. Josh, is there anything else that we ought to know about you?
I'm pretty much an all-round sports fan,
but definitely from the armchair.
-And tell us about these biographies of famous people.
-Yeah, I've just...
I collect biographies and I have just a small collection of them,
which is growing vastly,
so I'm just waiting on the next Tim Wonnacott biography, really.
Well, funny you should say that...
Right, now, the money moment. Here's your £300. £300 apiece.
You got that? Grab the £300.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go and
very, very, very good luck!
'As always, our experts are here to help.
'Racing for the Reds, it's David Harper.
'And, striding out for the Blues, it's Mark Stacey.'
'And they'll need to get a sprint on today,
'as they'll be helping not one, but two lots of Reds and Blues.'
It's... Oh, I like that blue and white.
Now, tell me why you like that, then.
I like the blue colour, and I don't think it's chipped.
Can we have a look underneath?
Abbey, England - so that's after 1891.
And it's not made in England, is it? It's England...
-It can be made in England.
-But that's later.
-It's later. Well done.
-If it's just stamped "England"...
..it's 1891 onwards, not before.
Prior to 1891, they weren't generally marked.
-That will be 1891 to about 1905, 1910.
-After that, made in England.
Now, is it hand-painted or is it transferware?
-Transferware, I should think.
-You've got 38 on that one.
-What would the death be on that one?
A bit less?
Oh, they're in there!
If I go less, you've got a deal. £20.
-We will have that. Thank you.
-You're welcome. Thanks very much indeed.
-Gosh. They do not muck about.
-And I hope it pays well.
-It should do.
Yes, it should. I like it, it's very pretty. And for £20, yes. Thank you.
'The girls work their charm and get off to a storming start.
'Now, they've spotted something else
'and they're still at the same stall.'
There are enamelled things here, with crests on.
-Are they RAF crests?
-Yes, they're RAF.
You'd need to put them in an RAF sale, I suppose, would you?
Well, I mean, ideally, you would want to put them in a special sale,
but anything like that with an RAF connection is always very good news.
-I think, though, the real piece is this one here, because...
-Are they silver mounted or plated?
-It's just plated, that.
But this one is silver.
-And then again we've got...
-Oh, I like that.
-Personally, this is the one for me...
..that I think is absolutely lovely.
Machined on the back and it is silver.
Nice hallmark. You've got an anchor there,
-so it was hallmarked in Birmingham...
..in 1936, and the hallmarks are very crisp, aren't they?
-Don't you think that's lovely, like that?
The pattern is great, but I didn't know whether...you know?
-I like the enamelling. That's very pretty.
-And the crest...
-I think the enamelling on the front's gorgeous.
What's the best on this one?
Well, how much have I got on that one? "One...two...?"
Meet us halfway at 60.
Well, 65 is halfway.
65, I'll shake your hand.
-It's done. Thank you very much.
-What a dealer this guy is!
DROWNED OUT BY LAUGHTER
Good man. Are you happy with that, by the way?
-Yes, I love it. I think it's beautiful.
I'm very happy with that.
A second buy from the girls after just 14 minutes!
And I'm just relieved it was only his glasses,
David considered removing for that deal!
A beautiful RAF card case bought
and it looks like the blues are heading down a military route too.
-What are those? Those are book ends.
-Book ends, yeah.
Those are quite fun and they've got little regimental here -
"Army Service Corp."
So, maybe... Somebody's obviously made those
and they're rather fun, actually.
-They're pretty, um, pretty clean.
-Yeah, I mean, I think...
If they were sort of...
-I don't know, 20 quid or something...
-..they'd be a cert.
-That'd be lovely.
Do you want to find out how much they are?
Yeah, let's see how much they are. I think he's the gentlemen down there.
-Excuse me, I'm just wondering how much?
-15 they'd be.
-That's the best price.
-Your best price?
-The camera's on you.
-It's still the best price.
That sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
What do you think?
I do like them and especially for that sort of value
based on what...he said, what Mark said.
Yeah, why don't we offer him 12 and see if he takes it?
Well, we've got to get them for that, haven't we?
-Get our first purchase?
-Well, what do you think? Do you like them?
-I do like them.
-I think for £15...
What do you think they're going to make at auction?
Well, if I was putting those in to sell... I think I would put...
£20 to £30, maybe even £30 to £40.
-Quite unique, you won't see another pair.
-Yeah, sounds good.
-Let's do it. Let's do it.
-One down, two to go.
I'll let you sort it out.
'Two oak book ends and the first buy for the Blues.
'Looks like dissension in the ranks could be slowing
'the Red team down with Yvonne proving very hard to please.'
-Do you like a bit of that? Bes-ick or Beswick.
-No. No, no, no. I don't like that.
-What do you think?
It's a bit samey.
I don't think so.
'Those Reds sure need to come to a truce soon,
'as Josh is on a mission to find the perfect chair.'
Look at him. You can see him in it in his London club, can't you?
Look, relaxing there in his Adelaide club.
'Now, it looks like the Blues have found something rather special.'
If this was an ordinary Victorian chair, it would be worth
40 or 50 quid, but because it's got...
Well, maybe a little bit more than that.
But, because it's Holland,
because look at the quality of the turnings here.
-I think people collect Hollands.
-We sell it at fairs.
-And it's buttoned there.
-They sell at a good fair.
-It's a lousy colour, but...it's a good chair.
-It is a good chair.
-You see, I think that's not bad for £70.
-I really actually like this...
You prefer this than the other one?
-To be honest, I do.
I just think I just fixed on, like, a chair, I think, today.
Something that just would...bold, you would just put in a room.
-If all you want is a chair, I like that one better.
-Let's go with this one though.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Excellent. Thank you very much. Thank you.
'So, Josh is finally sitting pretty with his
'Holland armchair for just 70 smackers.'
I think it's working. They're really happy.
They're a lovely young couple.
They're obviously thrilled to be on the show.
They've got a good strategy.
They've chosen...very good items with my help, of course.
'And now Holly is taking control of the Aussie team.'
I would really like to get something that I pick now,
because, I think, Josh has got his chair.
-We've got something a bit quirky...
-Josh, is she always this bossy.
There's no right answer! There's no right answer!
-There's no politically correct answer.
So, Yvonne, I mean, look at the stamp there
and what does that tell you?
-Yeah, but there's no "England" or "Made In England".
-Oh, you're right. Yes!
-So, what do we know immediately, then?
-Yeah, which is nice.
And, you know, that typical oriental design,
which was incredibly popular in this country in the late 19th century.
We just had a mad fascination for anything with an oriental twist.
What's the best on this? What's the trade price? Really? OK.
A whole Stilton in there. Wouldn't that be good?
-That would be utterly gorgeous, wouldn't it?
-Yvonne, what do you think? You've been very quiet here.
I've got to be honest. It's not my favourite thing,
but, if you two, um, feel that,
uh...you know, we would do well with it,
I am more than happy to go along with it.
-Oh, that's a get out if ever I've heard one!
-Well, I know it is.
-I'm telling you. I'm just telling you that, uh...
-It doesn't appeal.
-You're not sure.
-Let's push on, then, shall we?
-Let's put it down for now, right?
-We'll agree on that, then.
The Mason's cheese dish is clearly not to Yvonne's taste,
but with just ten minutes left, she might just have to compromise.
Even under pressure, our Bargain Hunt teams are always
very careful when walking around antique fairs.
STALL OWNER: Hey! Hey! Come on. Steady on.
Oh, I thought it was something valuable there, for a minute!
We almost lost all our budget!
-It's a bit loose, so don't drop it.
Thankfully, Holly's spotted something a bit less delicate
to take a closer look at.
I like this...I like this a lot.
Well, it's a very feminine shape, isn't it? A heart shape.
Yeah, and it's sewing, so I kind of like it.
A bit of knitting and sewing and those kinds of things.
-It's GB from Y.
-It's a little present to a loved one.
So, it's marked at 150.
Why don't we see if we can get it down a little bit?
-What's your best price on this?
-To the people of Bargain Hunt.
Oh, don't tell him that! He'll put the price up!
£120, but that would really be it.
I think let's just get it. Let's take a risk. I like it.
I like it - let's get it!
-I think we should.
-Happy with that?
-Yeah, I'm happy with that.
-I think, let's do it.
-We got it in the end.
-Thank you very much.
-Thanks a lot.
'The Blues make their last buy of the day with five minutes to spare
'and the Reds, who started with such decisive action,
'are not running out of time.
'Can they agree on that cheese dish?'
-How are you feeling about...?
-..the cheese dish?
-Yes, let's, yes.
-What do you think? I mean?
-Literally minutes to go.
-We have, yes.
Yes, I was outnumbered on that.
Yeah, it looks like you were, Yvonne,
but this is no time for sour grapes.
You've only got three minutes left.
-He's kept it out for us.
-If we said 90...
as we're walking by. If we said 90, would that get it?
-90? Good man. Thank you very much indeed. So, that's 90 quid.
-We're done and we've only got a couple of minutes to spare.
-Well done, girls.
-Thank you, thank you.
'So, both teams have all their items.
'Let's remind ourselves what they bought.'
'The Reds hit the ground running
'and snapped up a Mason's bowl after just two minutes.'
'Tricia spots an RAF silver card case and is flying high
'when she pays just £65 for it.'
'And, after much debate, the Reds finally buy the cheese dish
'for a generous £90.'
What did you spend then, overall? What was it in the end?
-175 is the total spent.
So, I'd quite like £125 now, if we could just calculate this.
-In your pocket?
-Let's go bargain hunting again!
"Let's go bargain hunting again," she said. You can't.
You've already done it. £125. I'll just blow the dust off that one.
-That's very nice. Shove that over at David Harper.
Now, there are no safer hands to take that £125 than David Harper's.
-His record for buying bonus buys is ridiculous!
-So, you'd better leg it and good luck.
-I'm off to the pub.
Why don't we check out how the Blues are getting on, eh?
'After a slow start, the Blues bag a pair of oak book ends for just £15.'
'Josh finally settles on £70 for
'a Holland & Son easy chair. Easy, tiger!'
'And with Holly's heart set on the Victorian ring box,
'she pays £120 for it with just minutes to spare. Romantic, eh?'
-Now, how's it all gone? All right? Had a lovely time?
How much did you spend overall then, Josh?
-£205, that means you've got £95.
-95 smackers goes to the man.
-There you go, Mark.
-That's not a bad amount, is it?
-95 - that's quite good.
-Enough for you to...
-..go out there
-and find something splendid.
-Yeah, I've got my eye on a few things.
I must say, they've been brilliant shoppers.
They've had a plan...which they haven't stuck to,
but they had a plan, and it worked really brilliantly
and they're really, really good shoppers.
Well, we've popped south from Shepton Mallet to Crewkerne to
be with Richard Kay, our auctioneer at Lawrences Auctioneers today.
-Very nice to be here.
-Nice to have you.
Well, now, for our first team, Yvonne and Patricia,
we've got this rather boring blue and white bowl.
I'm not sure it's too boring.
I think it's a useful size and it's in reasonable condition,
and it's a pattern that a lot of people would like,
-so I'm not too disappointed with that.
That puts me right in my place! Lovely.
And what do you think it's worth?
-I think we could expect it to make £10 to £20.
-OK, £20 they paid.
Now, um, everything's going patriotic these days.
We've got our RAF visiting card case, which is
-just the business, really, isn't it?
-It's beautifully made.
It's a little small to be practical, but I don't think people
buy these things to use them.
How much do you think it'll bring, Richard?
-I think that would make £40 to £60.
-£65 they paid.
that's absolutely fine, I think, to pay for it.
-I hope we might get close to that.
-Lastly, then, is the cheese cloche.
-Said to be Mason's, but late period Mason's ironstone.
Our heroic team paid £90 for this.
That strikes me as plenty, I'm afraid,
because I think it shows some signs of use and wear,
and, um, they're not the sort of things people fall over
themselves to buy at the moment, I'm afraid.
What would your estimate be?
-Probably not more than £30 to £50.
-Gosh, that's hard cheese, isn't it?
It is hard cheese!
Anyway, looking at that, I think
they're going to need the bonus buy, so, let's go and have a look at it.
Tell me what you think of this one.
Ooh! What is it?
-You tell me. What do you think?
It is a cigarette dispenser, 1938, Birmingham, nicely hallmarked,
-Good year that was.
-Is it a good year?
-You weren't born in '38?
-No, no. '38.
You could use it for crayons, cocktail sticks,
-a paperweight, a novelty item.
-And what did you pay for it?
How much do you think I paid for it?
-You're the expert, I don't...!
Well, 80 would be good, wouldn't it? 30.
Ooh, very good. I was thinking 50.
Still, you don't have to decide right now.
You choose after the sale of your first three items,
but, for the viewers at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's little pot.
Well, I think this is rather nice.
Good quality engine turn decoration, the marks on it are quite clear.
-I think that's a rather attractive little piece.
-£30 to £50.
-That seems very fair.
-That's our cunning David Harper, you see.
-Yeah, that's quite a good buy.
If the teams decide to go with it... That's it for the Reds.
Now, for the Blues, Holly and Josh.
First up for them are their rather Cenotaph-looking book ends.
Yes, monumental, aren't they?
-Yeah, I feel something in the way of a memorial coming on here.
-They do have quite a sort of military theme to them.
What sort of estimate?
-Not a great deal. £10 to £20, maybe?
-Fair enough, £15 they paid.
That's fair enough.
Now, the next item I think is absolutely splendid, which is
the chair, which is that kind of classic Victorian,
-button back, almost balloon shaped, little bedroom chair.
-£80 to £120.
Well, that's fantastic because they paid £70, actually.
I think there's a profit in it at that.
I think it's a dead cert profit.
And, lastly, I think, an enchanting object - the little pincushion.
Lovely. Anything heart-shaped and silver is always popular,
and particularly when it's in good condition, as this piece is.
So, I would think that that is probably going to be £80 to £120.
-£80 to £120? They paid £120.
So, that might be a bit of a struggle.
On the other hand, you're never far away from Valentine's Day, are you?
-Or a suitable romantic moment?
-Are you looking at me to buy that?
Cos you can forget that!
This team just might not need their bonus buy,
but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
-Now, you two love birds, you spent £205...
-Yes, we did.
-..which is really Australian of you. And £95 went to Mark Stacey.
Did you blow the lot, Mark?
-I didn't, no, but I bought a rather nice cabinet plate.
It's...actually, looking at the quality,
you would think it was a big firm like Coalport or Royal Worcester,
but it's made by a much smaller company called Bishop & Stonier.
-What do you think?
-That's quite striking. I really like it.
-Do you want to know what I paid for it?
It should be worth £40 or £50, so there might be a small profit.
-£35, that's your number anyway.
-Hmm, not quite!
-You never know.
In your dreams, Josh! Anyway, for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's little plate.
So, Richard, your next...
continental holiday sorted out. There's the view that you might see.
-I think we're nearer home than that.
I'm not sure that very far afield.
I think that might be North Country, transfer-printed,
and only, of course, a single plate. Not exceptional quality, sadly.
£20 to £30?
£35 is Stacey's punt on this and it's his bonus buy,
so, perhaps, our rather clever team here might not go with it.
-Anyway, we shall see. You're taking the auction?
We're in safe hands.
-How are we, girls?
-Very well, thank you.
-Not at all shifty? No nerves?
-No, no nerves.
-That's what we like to hear.
Next lot is yours.
It's coming up right now and here is the Abbey bowl.
£10 for it? £10 I see.
15, 18, 20. £20. Lady's bid at 20.
-You're in profit!
No. 28. Gentleman's bid by the counter at 28 and I'm selling at £28.
-Last time... HAMMER FALLS
-Well done, you lot. £28.
Lot 153 is a silver and enamel card case.
Bids starts me at £50.
-£50 we bid, £55, 60, £65 and I'm out.
£65 now, by the counter and selling at £65. For the last time, at 65.
Wiped its face. £65. No profit, no loss. No shame, no gain.
..is a cheese dish.
£10 for it. Ten is bid quickly. Ten is bid. I'm selling at ten.
15, 18, 20, 22, 25,
25, the gentleman's bid. Any more?
-Tim, that's awful.
-It's not over yet.
£50 by the counter. Selling at 50. For the last time then at £50.
All done at 50 and I'm selling. HAMMER FALLS
I'm afraid it is £50. That's a lot of Camembert on the floor.
-That's minus £40. It's not your best Stilton moment, this.
-Overall, you're minus £32. OK.
-Not so bad, really!
-It could have been better, David.
-So, what are you going to do?
-Are you going to go with the silver dispenser or not?
-Come on, Yvonne.
In for a penny, in for a pound. Once upon a time, you were a confident,
forward-looking woman, now you've become a gibbering wreck.
What's the matter now? Eh? Go on, go for it.
-Have a tickle.
Have a tickle. It's coming up now.
Seriously, you have to decide, darling. What are you going to do?
Yes, you're going to do it?
-Can we risk it?
DROWNED OUT BY LAUGHTER
-Are you going to do it or not?
They're going with the bonus buy. Here we go.
Lot 160, £45 is bid. £50.
I don't believe it!
I'm selling at 50. Any further bids at £50 to the absent bidder.
For the last time at 50, then, all done.
Yes! That's the business. £50.
What a great thing you made that decision, Yvonne.
Didn't you do well there, Yvonne? That was so good. How good is that?
-That is good.
-Oh, that is.
-You are plus £20 on that transaction.
-I'll tell you...
OK, that's enough of that, thanks very much. This is a daytime programme.
-Well, who says...?
-All right, Patricia. Now, you were minus £32.
-You are now only minus £12.
So, the technique now is don't tell the Blues a thing. Right?
Mum is the word. Not a thing. Well done, girls,
and I'm so glad that you could make up your minds so decisively.
-Now, how are you doing? All right?
-Great. Ready to go.
I'll bet you're ready to go.
I mean, this is a humming saleroom, I have to tell you.
Look at all this people here. It's fantastic, isn't it?
The first lot up is your book ends modelled on the Cenotaph
and here they come.
£10. £10 is bid. Quickly at £10.
12, £12. 15, 18, 20, £20.
£20, we've made a profit.
£25 to my right.
Selling at £25. At £25, all done.
For the last time, 25 all done. HAMMER FALLS
£25, that's a tenner, easy. See?
Lot 182 is a Victorian easy chair by Holland & Son.
Bids start me here at £45. 45 is bid. At 45,
-50, 55, 60, 65.
70. Bidding 75, 80, 85, 90...
You paid 70, you jammy toad!
140, 150, 160.
No, £180. It's to my left at 180.
And I'm selling it... Are you quite sure?
-He's got another. 190. Good chap.
200 smackers. Josh, you should be in the business, mate. Plus £130.
Yes, that was my choice.
-£130. That is really good. Now, sweet pea, it's down to you.
-The silver ring box...
..shown for you there. Thank you, Ruth. I'm bid £75 here.
It's on commission. And I'm selling at 75. Any more? At £75.
80 now to my left. At £80 and I'm selling.
To my far left at 80, for the last time at £80. All done.
-Did he let that go for £80?
-Where is the romance in Crewkerne?!
A heart-shaped jewel box going for £80?!
It's a bit sad.
-Well, it's not too bad.
-Your chair was amazing!
Well, I'm really sorry about that, darling,
because I honestly thought it would do better. You know? It just shows.
How can you predict this very strange business?
Anyway, I'm afraid to say that you're minus £40 on that,
but don't worry, because that only takes you down to £90...
You're still £100 up. £100! I mean, that's cash in your back pocket.
-Listen, what about this bonus buy?
-Are you going to go with the cabinet plate?
-I would say no...
-I'd say leave it.
-It's nothing personal.
No, I won't take it personally. Cash is king, you know, so...
-You're going to bank your money?
-You're not going to twist.
-Let's bank it.
-Let's stick with it.
Thank you, but we'll definitely stick.
I think they're determined, this couple.
You're not going to go with the bonus buy.
-No bonus buy, Mark.
-Don't take it personally, mate.
-And up comes your plate, mate.
Bids here start me at £15. £18, 20 I have, on commission. At £20 is bid.
-22 and I'm out. £22 now. At 22, lady's bid at £22.
And I'm selling at £22 for the last time. All done at 22.
-Good decision, then.
You banked your 100.
-Very good, very, very good.
-I'm happy with that.
-Now, don't tell the Reds a thing, right?
-Keep this quiet. In fact, go out looking rather gloomy.
-I might start crying.
-Oh, no! Don't cry!
So, a healthy profit of £100 for the Blues, making them
the winners as, remember, the Reds made a loss of £12.
'Coming up, two more teams go on the hunt for bargains,
'but first, I'm off to somewhere rather grand.'
Imagine you were heir to a palatial Palladian pad
Think how chuffed you'd be
and if you were anything like the owners of this place for
over 200 years, you'd want to add a personal touch or two of your own.
Oh, yes! Morning!
In the early 1700s, wealthy banker Henry Hoare bought an estate
in Wiltshire for a sum of £1,400 and commissioned fashionable architect
Colen Campbell to create the magnificent Palladian villa
we see here today.
This was the ancestral home of the Hoare family for the next 230 years.
Such was the prestige and wealth of the family,
that it guaranteed a never-ending flow of high quality works of art,
paintings and furniture to the house,
and one of the most enthusiastic patrons was
Henry Hoare's great-grandson, Sir Richard Colt Hoare.
A scholarly and artistic man with an appreciation of
classical culture, he created this magnificent regency library in 1802,
and today, much of it remains exactly as intended.
His appreciation of classical Italy is most keenly
illustrated on the end wall of the library, because here we've got
a series of lunette panels, which are made of stained glass.
These stained glass panels are illuminated naturally by daylight,
which is coming through windows on the other side,
and what we have here is a scene that is taken from
Raphael's Cartoon in the Vatican, which shows the School of Athens.
What's great about these panels is that they were
created by an artist called Francis Eginton,
and he invented a method of producing mechanical pictures,
so each of these sheets of glass are clear glass that this man has
decorated with coloured stains on the reverse,
but what's so brilliant about these pictures is,
because they're on panels of glass, they haven't faded,
they haven't deteriorated in any way, and the colours that we
see coming through this classically inspired
theme are exactly as bright as they would have been for Colt Hoare when
he sat here and enjoyed the window when it was completed in 1805.
Meanwhile, back at Shepton Mallet,
will our two teams be able to shed some light on a few bargains?
Time to meet our next pair of Reds and Blues.
Today, we have two teams of very, very, very good friends.
Well, at least, they're good friends now.
For the Reds we've got Audrey and Jenny,
and, for the Blues, Moira and Shelley.
-Welcome to Bargain Hunt, teams.
Now, what's this I hear about you two being crazy ladies?
-Oh, you could say that. Very true.
We want to live life to the full, so we're crazy.
Audrey, you're the joint captain of the mixed
-Weston-super-Mare Skittles team.
So, that means you're playing with the boys. Is that right?
That's right. That's even more fun.
-It says here, Audrey, that you're a great antique lover.
-Yes, I love antiques.
-What do you like most?
I love crystal.
-I have a bit of Clarice Cliff and Gladrow.
-And, on the non-antique, I've got a lot of soft toys.
-Soft toys. You'll not be going for those today, I hope.
What about you, Jenny? Are you a hoarder, darling?
-Oh, no, I'm very normal, me.
-It says here you like garden benches.
-I like antiques, but I can't afford them.
-Oh, I see.
But you're going to have a good time on today's programme?
Oh, definitely, yes. I know what I'm looking at, you see.
-You know what you're looking at?
-You do? Oh, that's good.
-I watch all these programmes of yours.
You've learnt everything you know from my programmes!
Yes. Well, I think you're going to do very well on Bargain Hunt.
Now, girls, on a different plane, you two met in a book club.
-Is that right?
-Well, we met in a design agency, actually,
but we do run our own book club.
Um, I say book club, well, we don't read that many books.
-We do a lot of eating and drinking and gossiping.
If you bring Maltesers and a bottle of wine,
then you'd be very welcome to our book club.
Now, Moira, you're a published author in your own right.
Tell us about it.
I'm a children's author, I went to work in publishing in 1982,
uh, I worked my way through a number of companies
-and I've been freelance for about 20 years.
So, what do you do now in your spare time?
Well, I took up cycling in 2005 and I actually cycled through Rajasthan
in India with 70 other ladies in 2007,
raising money for medical research.
Quite an organisation, that. Well, well done.
And, Shelley, are you a great cyclist, darling?
No, I used to cycle quite a bit,
but these day I'm much more of a party girl. I like my karaoke!
-Karaoke! Do you have karaoke parties?
-Yeah, we do. All the time.
We've gradually gone up in karaoke style.
We started off with a funny little machine
-and we now have a full professional kit.
-Do you? Gosh! What fun!
Now, the money moment. £300 apiece, girls. There you go - £300.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go and
very, very, very good luck.
'So, three items with one hour to find them.
'Couldn't be simpler, could it?'
-Is it a little ashtray?
-It's a little ashtray or
-it could be a pin tray.
-A pin tray.
-But what I like about him is the dog.
-It's the original...
-He's not been messed about with, has he?
-I don't think so.
-Is it smelter or is it bronze?
-No, it's smelter.
-No, it isn't.
He's cold painted, meaning...that he was painted when he was cold.
He hasn't been fired,
which means that the paint will rub off very easily.
-He's not bad, is he?
-He's not bad at all. He's actually quite sweet.
-Yes, quite sweet.
-That's quite nice. Yeah.
-I think it's continental.
-Shall we get a price?
What's the absolute death on that?
-55? Is that really the death?
-It is, really.
-Well, what do you think?
Well, I think it might do that in a sale, but, um...
it also might not.
-No, it's a bit much, isn't it?
-It'd be nice for 30, I think.
What about 30?
-I can't do it, I'm afraid. Honestly...
50 quid, the absolute death on it.
It is a bronze one, they're nearly always smelter.
What do you think?
-But it is bronze.
-It is bronze.
It is cold painted and it's quality and it's a dog.
So, it would appeal to several people. It's not just a one...
-Cor, you are a pair of devils.
We'll have it at that. Thanks a lot.
'Woof! Woof! Devils they are and quite decisive
'since that's one in the bag for the Reds.
'Let's sniff out the Blues and see if they're lifting their legs.'
Glass? Let's go and have a look.
It's you and your colourful glass again, isn't it?
-You're obsessed with it.
-It's very colourful. It looks very modern.
Well, do you want to lift it up? I can't tell from over there.
I don't think it's terribly... Lime glass with red handles?
-Not terribly old?
-I don't think it's very old.
I don't think it's very old, but it's quite funky, isn't it?
If you like bright colours in a bathroom or kitchen.
-I'm not sure about that.
-You're not sure about it?
-Shall we consider it as a possible
and then we can always come back to it if we don't find another?
'Well, girls, you do need to start making some decisions,
'because you haven't bought anything yet.'
I don't want to panic you, ladies, but I think we need to
sort of start, you know, formulating a plan of action here, you know.
-Look, lovely glassware.
-Do you want to look inside that?
-I think we do.
Well, let's go and have a look.
-Oh, it's quite fun, isn't it?
-I do like these. It is quite heavy.
Do you think...? Is it modern?
I don't think it is, you know, I think it's Art Deco.
Late 1930s with these lovely sort of angelfish going around it
-and you can see all the moulding.
-It's got a crack in it.
-Oh, has it?
-Or is that the seam?
-No, no, that... No, these are moulded.
-These are moulded glass.
Do you want to ask how much the bowl is?
We'd like to know the price of this? What's your best price?
-Eh...what price have I got on it, madam?
-There's no price. It's free!
Oh, it's free! I'll have to consult my colleague.
Ally, what is the best price on that Art Deco bowl?
-What have we got on it?
-Nothing, it's free.
-It'd be 35.
25 for us?
-Yeah, go on.
-Yeah? Do you think that's OK?
Well, if you're happy with it. I always like dealing in
-Well, it'd be 30 then.
I meant 20 because it's a nice round figure, cos we've got to sell
-it in auction, you see.
Well, I think we're going to hook that one in, aren't we?
-We've caught ourselves a bowl.
'So, both teams have one item in the bag, but time is ticking away.
'Now, have the Reds found something
'that will really fly in the auction?'
Isn't that lovely?
-That is really, really sweet.
-Oh, I say!
It's even better!
I think that's French. What's he made out of?
OK, so some kind of plaster.
I really rate that.
-So, that's, I would think, 1920s, 1930s - very, very stylish.
I love the colour.
You wouldn't want it looking bright and garish like it did 80 years ago.
-That's aged and that's nice.
-I really rate that, I really do.
What's the absolute death on...?
-45? Oh, come on, be kind.
It needs a good home and look at these two.
-They'll give it a good home.
38? What about 30?
I can't. I can't do 30.
-All right, yes, we can do it for 35.
Right, well, get your hand in your jazzy trousers, Audrey,
-and go and give the lady some money.
'I think Audrey's trousers hypnotised that dealer.
'Still, onwards and upwards, and the Blues have some catching up to do.'
-So, what have you found here, girls?
-We love bowling balls.
-Look how beautiful they are.
-They're wonderful, aren't they?
-I love this sort of thing.
-They come in a box.
They're lovely that they've got the box and everything.
And I love them cos I think they really are tactile objects.
-And you get some free spoons with them.
-Yes, I see that.
Bowling spoons, which is great, actually.
So, we really, really like these.
I mean, we really need to get them down to somewhere near £40.
-I can't do it. I can do them for about 55.
-What do you think?
-Yeah, I think they're fun.
-You both like them.
-And I have to just warn you of time.
-They're in lovely condition.
OK, we'll take them. I'm really pleased about those. They're lovely.
'It's all a lot of bowls to me.
'So, another item for the Blues, but, with 20 minutes left,
'both teams still have £200 to spend.
'Has David found something for the Reds to blow it all on?'
Yes, I love it.
How's she fitted on?
Oh, I don't care how she's fitted on. I like it!
I'm just wondering if it's missing anything.
Often you see these French pieces made out of marble and with
figurines and you might find them in garniture sets,
so there'll be three items together.
-Something in here, you mean?
-No. I'm just wondering.
-Oh, yes, yes.
It could possibly be missing a tray.
Let's turn her upside down without her falling off.
So, let me just grab her.
Now, there are the square,
obviously kind of hand-cut nut fixings, there.
-She is nice, isn't she?
-Hi, there. What have you got on this one?
Very best, uh...
-Is that the absolute death?
-The absolute death - a £50 note.
-A £50 note.
-Would 40 buy it?
Honestly, £50 is the cut off.
Do you think there's mileage in it?
I do, and I think at the right sale, I really do.
-If you're happy, let's have it.
-I'm happy, let's go for it.
Right, excellent. We'll have it, thanks. 50 quid, that it.
And we've got...
-15 minutes left.
-What are we going to do for 15 minutes?
15 minutes? I could mention something, but I won't!
-Hmm...cheeky! Look out, David!
'However, back in the real world,
'the Blues still can't make up their minds.'
I'm really impressed. That is silver, actually,
-that's Georgian silver.
-I love that. How much is that?
-I don't know.
Do you want to ask the dealer?
-How much would this be, please?
It's an English hallmark from London, 1821.
I like it, but not enough.
Ooh, it's hard, isn't it?
-It's a wonderful colour, isn't it?
-Yes! Is it a milk dish?
Yes, it is.
-What do you think?
-We've still got plenty of time.
-No, I don't...
-Well, we haven't really, actually.
'That's right, Mark. The pressure's really on and time's ticking.'
I'm coming. I'm coming.
-Wow! What's that?
-Oh, that's lovely.
Well, it's to do with books.
I wonder what it was for. Do you think it was from a church?
From a school, perhaps.
I love the little plaque there, "Literature," don't you?
-Isn't that fun?
-What are the legs like?
Well, they're almost arts and crafts.
-You said you like arts and crafts, don't you?
I think that's smashing.
We're quite interested in this. Can we negotiate over it, do you think?
You can negotiate. You can always negotiate.
Because it's one of those things. I think it's really quirky,
but we're selling it at auction, as you know, so we don't want to
be too mean to you. I mean, could you do it for 80, do you think?
Can you do it for 110?
No, sorry. 120 is the absolute death on it. I'm sorry.
-It's your call, girls, really. It's unusual, isn't it?
-It is unusual.
I think it's really great. I love it.
I think we should definitely go for it. I think it's a lovely piece.
'But will it write them a profit at auction?
'We'll find out later.'
Time's up. Let's remind ourselves what the Reds have bought.
First up, the Reds walked away with a bronze dog on an onyx tray,
but were they barking paying £50 for it?
Next, they took an illuminating decision,
spending £35 on a cherub flying light.
And, finally, they bared all, picking up another tray,
this time mounted with a nude lady.
Now, listen, how much did you spend overall?
-Uh, 135, I think. Yeah.
-You spent £135. So, I want £160...I want £165.
-There you go, there you are.
No, I'm not going to check it, I trust you, girls.
-Oh, isn't that nice?
-I'll be checking it.
-Yes, you will be!
-I've been spending time with them!
Rumour has it that you bonded out really rather nicely, David.
Yeah, I think we've bonded quite well, girls, haven't we?
-We have, definitely.
-So, that's always nice, isn't it?
-So, that's quite a lot of cash.
-Yeah, a lot of cash.
-And what are you going to do in this busy fair?
-Well, I'm going to
move on from this corner, because I think we've probably walked about
20 paces and bought our three items,
so I'm going to explore the rest of the fair.
Well, I've just walked about five miles around about,
-and I'll tell you, there's a long old distance.
-So, you better nip along and good luck, David.
-See you later.
-Why don't we check out how the Blues are getting on, eh?
'The Blues served up a glass fruit bowl, decorated with angelfish,
'They're hoping to roll in a profit with a set of wooden bowls
'and the three bonus spoons.
'And, finally, they stumped up £120 for an oak book trough.'
£195 you spent altogether, which is a brilliant total, I have to say.
-I'd like £105 of leftover dosh, please.
-Here you go.
Oh, thank you very much. That's £105.
We won't count it cos we trust you. £105 goes to Mark Stacey.
£105 is a lot of money, so I think I've got a few ideas,
but they'll be very difficult to please, these two.
-Have they been difficult throughout?
-They've... You know, they've...
They've had their moments. But at the last minute, they pulled it off.
Did they? What off?
Well, he's disappeared. He can't stand it any more.
-The difficult ones?
-Oh, I know. The cheek!
-Is this the pot calling the whatnot black?
-Yeah, absolutely. Oh, yes.
MUSIC: "Lust For Life" by Tom Jones
Well, we've remained in the county of Somerset,
mainly come to Crewkerne
to Lawrences saleroom to be with Richard Kay, our auctioneer today.
-Richard, extremely nice to see you.
Now, Audrey and Jenny went with this cold-painted little hound.
Little dogs on a little tray like that, little onyx tray,
quite a popular little thing. I think
-they're probably barking up the right tree with that one.
-£80 to £120.
-Good Lord! They only paid £50.
-That seems very fair.
-They'll do all right with that.
-Next is this cherub light job.
Does that grab you, Richard?
It's got a sort of rococo nonsense about it.
It's a shame that it's modern and it's a light fitting.
-And it's made of plaster.
-And it's made of plaster.
I don't think it's got a lot going for it, I'm afraid.
What do you think it might bring?
Not that I'd pay it, but £15-20, maybe.
-Really? £35 they paid.
But there is redemption in sight because next up is this
very nice Breche marble dished base.
Is it a bit mean-spirited to say that she is not terribly well-modelled?
-Although it is bronze and it is on marble.
And it's a good, big slab of marble, too.
And it's not chipped or cracked either.
-I think that might make £80-120.
No, I think £50 is not a lot. You'd pay retail for something like that.
We've got two predictions here of quite reasonable profits.
Two quite promising and one that might go bottoms up.
On that happy note,
we'll go and have a look at the bonus buy, I think.
-Oh, that's lovely.
-Do you like it?
-I've seen them before, yes. They're lovely.
A bit of class for a couple of classy ladies.
-That's exactly what I thought when I saw it.
-Look at that.
It's Royal Crown Derby so it's got the stamp of quality.
-But you can buy them new.
-I've seen the catalogue.
-So how much do they sell for new, do you know?
-That would be about 175.
-Probably about right.
-How much of our money did you spend?
-I spent £30 on a little bunny.
-Oh, that's good.
-Anyway, girls, you don't decide now.
You decide after the sale of your first three items
but, for the viewers at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's little rabbit.
It's a nice little piece but being modern I think it's going
-to have a rather narrower market than an older piece would have.
The rabbit might save it, I think.
What do you think it might bring in the auction?
Well, I think it might only be £15-20, I'm afraid.
Well, thank goodness David Harper didn't go bonkers
cos he only paid £30 for it and he might just get out of trouble.
-He might just.
-Excellent. Anyway, that's it for the Reds.
Now for the Blues, who've got a similarly eclectic mix.
The Art Deco and amber glass fruit bowl.
I think it's very much a piece of the 1930s, which is appealing.
People certainly like that. I think that could be worth £15-25.
-Great. £20 paid.
-That seems fair.
-They paid a modest price.
I fancy slightly more difficult territory is ahead,
-though, with this box of bowls.
-It's an odd combination.
Particularly to only have three spoons with four bowls.
-I feel that something is missing there. £30-50.
Now, rather more intriguingly is their final item.
-This book trough, if it is a book trough.
-It's very odd, isn't it?
-It looks like it was designed to sit in a hall or a...
-..library or something.
-Yes. And how much do you think it is worth?
-I think that could make £70 to £100.
-OK, they paid £120.
So it's got to be sufficiently intriguing to take the potential
bidder those few extra stages forward
if it's going to make a profit.
If it doesn't, they're going to need the bonus buy so let's go
and have a look at it.
-Look at that.
This is loosely an Arts And Crafts mirror from the sort of 1900s,
early 1900s. I mean, it's not the best of its type.
I mean, I would have liked some sort of enamelling on there or
something, but you have got those little beaten panels
-and I thought it was rather nice.
-Yes, it's very stylish.
-It is, isn't it?
-Can I just take one end, Mark?
I think it is quite nice to just feel the weight of it.
You get hold of one end. It's quite a lumpy thing, isn't it?
-It is quite a lumpy thing, Tim. I quite like it.
-How much did you pay?
-Which I thought was quite a good buy. 30.
Any predictions as to how much you think it might make, Mark?
Well, I certainly would be disappointed
-if it made under 50, Tim.
I think there is a £20 profit there.
That is the voice of confidence coming from behind.
Just hold on to that thought.
For the viewers at home, though,
let's check out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's mirror.
It's a nice thing, this. And 1920, something like that, in date.
Good condition. Shows signs of its age but nothing wrong with that.
People do like this sort of Arts And Crafts copper metalware.
I should think that might be £30-40.
Well, Mark Stacey rather cunningly only paid £30 for it.
On that optimistic note, let's wait and see what happens.
Thank you, Richard.
MUSIC: "I Got A Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
# Here we come, here we go We gotta rock
# Easy come, easy go Now we on top. #
-Now, Aud and Jen, how are you feeling, kids?
-A bit nervous.
-Is she normally on the nervy end?
-Yes, she is.
First up is your little dog tray and here it comes.
Lot 210. Cold-painted bronze dog on an onyx tray. £25 is bid.
25 is bid.
28, 30. And five.
£35 now. 35. Who will say more? £35.
Selling, then, at £35, if you're all done. £40 to my left now.
-Selling at £40.
-All done at 40. Last time.
-There you go, you see.
It can go wrong. £40. That's a cheap little dog, that.
This is a French plaster cherub light and £15 is bid. £15 I have.
On commission. 18, 20. 22.
25. 28, 30. 35.
40. £40 is bid.
£40, I have. I'm selling at 40.
Come on. Get a bit of style.
For the last time at 40. All done.
£40. I eat my words.
It's a French marble tray mounted with a nude lady.
The bids start me here at £45 on this. At 45.
50, 55. £60, I have.
At £60. 65. 70.
£85, the gentleman standing.
-At £85. I'm selling.
-The last time.
It's a nice profit. £85.
That's plus £35 on that.
I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed with that.
-I saw that doing a ton or £120. But there we are.
A profit is a profit. OK. So, you are plus 40, minus ten is plus 30.
-Plus £30. £30, that's pretty good, isn't it?
What are we going to do about the rabbit? 30 quid, that rabbit.
-We love the rabbit, don't we?
-You like it?
Here comes the bunny rabbit.
It's a Crown Derby modern paperweight. £15 for it.
£15. £15 to start me.
-£10 for it, then?
£10. £10 is bid. 12 now. 15.
£15. By the cabinets at 15.
18 nearer me. 20. 22.
35 nearer me now. Selling at £35.
At £35 for the last time at 35.
So, overall, you had £30, you've made a further £5 profit
on the bonus buy, so you are £35 up, which is pretty good, isn't it?
-Don't forget, don't say a word to the Blues.
MUSIC: "Bohemian Like You" by The Dandy Warhols
# Ooh-ooh-ooh. #
-How are you doing, girls?
-All good, yes. We're resigned to it now.
Shifty at all about anything in particular?
-Uncertain about any of you lots?
-Well, you never know.
It ain't over until the fat lady sings
and, talking about singing, here comes the auctioneer right now.
Lot 239. This Art Deco amber glass fruit bowl.
£20 for that. £20 for it.
Five, then, to start. £5.
£5 only. Surely more than that.
£5. All done at five.
Last time, then. £5. I'm selling at five only. All done.
-They weren't angelfish after all.
Lot 240. Box set of bowls and three plated teaspoons.
£20 for these.
£20 for them. £20 for the bowls? £20 is bid.
At £20, I can see. At £20 and I'll sell.
30, 35, 40.
£40 to my right and selling at £40, then.
All done at 40. Last time.
£40. Bad luck, team. It's minus £15.
There's a depressing pattern here.
The back is set with a brass panel.
And bids here start me at 110.
120, 130 is bid.
£130, I have. 130.
170, to my left.
180, new bidder.
240. 260. Are you bidding?
£300 to my left. At £300, and I'm selling.
By the counter at £300 for the last time. All done.
You just made £180 profit.
£180. 180. Good Lord!
Less the 30 which you'd lost before means you are plus £150.
£150 up. What are you going to do about the bonus buy?
Are you going to risk £30 on that glorious copper?
-Yes, we like it a lot.
-You like it a lot. You're going to go with it.
-£30 for it. At £30.
That's £30. 20, then. 20 somewhere?
At £20 for it. £20.
£10 is bid. Looking for more.
£10. I'll sell at ten. £10 only.
All done at £10. Last time at ten.
12. Bidding? 15.
£15 at £15.
-I'm sorry, girls.
-At £15 for the last time.
£15. That is a gift.
-It should have made a lot more than that.
-It should have done. 15...
-You're still plus £135, girls. That ain't half bad.
-No, it's great.
So, don't tell the Reds a thing, right?
No point in making them miserable.
MUSIC: "Bohemian Like You" by The Dandy Warhols
# Ooh-ooh-ooh. #
Well, it is lovely to have two teams who are looking incredibly
confident that they are both winners today.
Because, of course, both teams have made substantial profits.
Well, I have to reveal, for them, to put them out of their agony, that
the runners-up today, very sadly, just so happen to be the Reds.
I mean, irrespective of having your 35 smackers' worth of profit.
£35 worth of profit, which is brilliant, isn't it?
I mean, nice little string of profits through all of this.
You went with the bonus buy, got a profit out of that, which is great.
The marble tray, which I loved. You made a nice £35 profit on that.
-You made a profit on that cherub thing.
-Look at his face.
Just remind him of the cherub. They are all lighting up.
-Don't let him forget.
-That terrible object.
-It made my day, that did.
It's made your month, actually. No, £35 worth of profit.
-Have you had a nice time?
Because you have been what they call divine contestants,
I have to tell you.
It's been a real treat meeting you and you've been thoroughly
sporting and an enormous amount of fun, but not good enough to
beat the Blues, who are going to go home with £135 worth of profit.
£135. Now, that's what they call folding money, isn't it?
You had done really badly in every respect.
It's minus, minus, minus, minus,
until we come to a book trough.
And the book trough sold for £300. A very, very good result.
-It was a big surprise.
-And it's been a hoot, actually.
-It's been a hoot knowing you.
And I hope you had a lovely day.
-And join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
Shepton Mallet in Somerset is the location for a special hour-long edition of Bargain Hunt. Experts David Harper and Mark Stacey are on hand to guide two teams of reds and two teams of blues through the antiques fair and then off to auction. Presenter Tim Wonnacott pays a visit to Stourhead in Wiltshire.