Tim Wonnacott is joined by experts David Harper and Kate Bliss as the red and blue teams once again go head-to-head in battling to find antique bargains in Lincoln.
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Today, with a bit of fine-tuning,
it's my job to send you lot into a spin,
because I'm in charge of the Bargain Hunt musical selection,
and boy, have we got some hits for you!
So let's swing...
and go bargain-hunting.
Today we're at the Lincolnshire Showground in Lincoln.
This fair has over 2,000 stalls. It's enormous,
and by jingo, it's an exciting place!
We have a galaxy of antiques, which are not only a visual delight, but also music to your ears.
And here's a quick snippet of what to expect.
The Red team are firing on all cylinders.
-She's bringing them in fast and furious. Grab that.
-I saw that.
Do you see that? Do you think that's good?
-She's on to something else, hang on.
-A very pretty little thing.
Let's just look at one thing at a time.
And a Blue birthday girl wants everyone to know.
-It's my birthday.
-Oh, you liar!
-No, it genuinely is.
But that's all still to come.
First I'll remind you about the rules.
Each of the teams have an expert with whom they whizz around the fair, spend £300,
buy three items, and the team wins that makes the most profits,
or the least losses, later over at the auction. Simple, isn't it?
Competing on Bargain Hunt today, we have two teams of friends.
Or at least, they're friends at the moment.
For the Reds, we have Clarissa and Jill. Welcome.
-And for the Blues, we've got Rachel and Furry.
What sort of a name is "Furry" we shall discover in a moment.
Now, Clarissa, how did you meet Jill first?
Through a Christian charity called Christians Aware, and the Church.
-And you've always been involved in charity work, haven't you?
I ran a Mind charity shop, and I ran a Help the Aged charity shop.
And most of my clothes come from charity shops.
-Really? I couldn't tell.
-My mother was Scottish and born in the war.
So she was what they call "careful".
-Make do and mend.
-And Jill, what do you do for a living?
-Primary school teacher.
But what do you do now with all your new-found spare time?
-I'm involved with a little local theatre.
-Are you? Is this am drams?
Yes, but run on very professional lines.
Oh, I see. What is your strategy, both of you, today on Bargain Hunt?
-You said "to win"!
-To win, to win, to win.
-And who's going to make the decisions out of your team?
-That might be interesting.
-That will be very interesting.
-We like being interested. Very good luck.
-Now, to the Blues. Rachel, or should I say "Birthday Girl"?
-It's your birthday today!
-It is indeed.
-an auspicious moment to come on Bargain Hunt! Are you feeling lucky?
-How did you become friends, you and Furry?
-It was my friend's birthday,
and I went along to bake her a cake.
I completely messed up the cake.
-But I covered it in icing and nobody noticed the difference.
-And are you in catering as a living?
I am, yes!
Well, that's terrible, isn't it? So what exactly do you do in the catering world?
I work for YMCA Derbyshire as a hospitality manager.
My first question to you, Furry, has to be, however do you get a name like Furry?
Basically, I used to do a lot of DJ-ing around Nottingham, and my DJ name was Furry Hands.
-And my friends just started calling me Furry.
-Why Furry Hands?
-It's more ironic than it is true.
You've got a furry face, but not furry hands.
One night, after a long night out, some friends decided it would be a good idea
to go on the deed poll website and offer me the chance to change my name.
So how many pints does it take, then, on the deed poll site, to change your name to Furry?
That's the million-dollar question. It was a long night.
Well, good for you.
What do you do for a living now?
I work with adults with learning disabilities.
We're trying to promote independent living as much as possible
and integrate them into society as much as possible.
-Very satisfying from your point of view?
-It is. I love my job.
What is your strategy for beating the Reds?
I guess the gift of the blag.
A bit of blagging, get the prices down.
You are the birthday girl, and they say you're the mistress of blag...
-We'll see how it goes.
-We'll stand by to see how you get on.
Now is the money moment, the moment you've all been waiting for.
There's your £300 apiece. You know the rules.
Your experts await. Off you go! And very, very, very good luck.
Isn't it lovely having a birthday girl?
Let's meet the experts.
Shopping with the Reds today is antiques dealer David Harper.
And our Blue team are under the safe guidance of Kate Bliss.
As they start their shopping, it's quite clear they all have very different tastes.
-Do like that?
-It is nice. I like the colours and the pattern.
I don't think it's got an enormous amount of age.
They seem to like it. I don't.
-Do you like Moorcroft?
-Not a lot.
The Michelin man. Bibendum.
-You did say completely different, didn't you?
-Maybe not that different!
Do you like horsy things?
-No, she doesn't.
-Can we go on and look at a few more stalls?
-OK, we're off.
-Have you seen anything?
-Yeah, these rabbits.
KATE AND FURRY LAUGH
What kind of taste has he got?
I just wondered if they are at all collectible.
The artwork on it is very delicate.
Would you say that's hand-painted or transfer?
-Yeah. It is transfer.
-I do like it.
-I love the fact there's a frog in the bottom.
-It's genuine. It's a genuine thing.
Wouldn't you love to have a visitor to your home and give them a nice big mug of tea,
and then watch their reaction as they get to the bottom and see a dirty great big frog!
If they don't like amphibians, they might drop it in horror, then you've lost it.
That's why it's quite rare.
It could be 1840-1860, probably.
-What's your best?
-What have I got on it?
You've got 70.
-Try and really tempt us.
58. Really? Is that the absolute best?
-- DEALER: 48. - 40.
Go on, then. They've met us quite well.
You've been very fair. 48 - we'll have it. Thank you very much.
-I'm happy with that.
-And it's nice to get one in the bag, as well.
This is up your street, isn't it?
That's lovely. It'll fold out and everything like that.
-Oh, I see.
Lying casks, standing casks...
-This is for barrels, isn't it?
And stock-taking in pubs.
"The standard slide rule for the entire wine and spirit trade."
-Is that up your street?
-I like it. It's quirky.
-RACHEL: It's up MY street.
-But how much is on the ticket?
This is 48, but this gentleman does very good deals.
-You can have it for 35. There you go.
So this is obviously wood and then with a veneer of...
-It's not ivory, but it's a sort of ivorine.
-Ivorine. That's it.
So it's a sort of early plastic, if you like, that was made to look like ivory,
-but it was known as ivorine...
-So it's not going to upset anybody.
..mounted on this wood, and then you've got nice brass mounts on the ends there,
-which is rather nice.
-How old would you say it is?
-Yeah, it's got to be 1920s, hasn't it?
-So you like this?
-I used to run bars myself a while back, so...
-But we had...
-You'd need one of these.
-We had a computer, though!
It's got all the right maker's marks on it. It's in lovely condition. I think we take a gamble.
-I think so. Why not?
-Give it a go?
-It's a deal.
-Thank you very much.
Isn't that lovely? The Red Arrows have produced that romantic symbol.
Now, if you're of a sensitive disposition,
and you don't care to think about the opposite sex at all,
I suggest you go and make your sandwich or cup of tea now,
because I'm going to reveal something
the like of which you have never seen before on Bargain Hunt...
# Ta-dum! #
..which I've just found downstairs with a stall holder.
What is the connection between it...
All will be revealed, but first, let's have a bird's eye at it.
It is indeed a perfect little ball, a ball that's been pierced
with two lugs on the outer edges, and if I revolve it gently,
you can see that, depending on the angle of dangle,
those little sharp bits
within each of the holes pop in and out,
depending on the position of the ball.
if I put it on the back of my hand
and I gently roll it along over the skin, it does indeed
give a rather tingly experience.
Because this thing is actually a ladies' stimulator -
a Chinese, 19th century, ivory ladies' stimulator.
How much? To you or me, it could be £100.
That gets you going, doesn't it?
Both teams have had 20 minutes of shopping time,
and the Reds are fired up to find bargain number two.
-What about that pistol in there?
-What's the story there?
-DEALER: That's a cigar cutter.
-Is it really?
-That is interesting.
-Is it terribly cheap?
-No, it's not!
CLARISSA: And that. DEALER: I know this guy,
and what he's liable to say.
-That is lovely, isn't it?
-I daren't... Oof!
-How much is it?
We've got 125 on it.
Date-wise, I'd have thought late 19th, early 20th. What do you feel?
I reckon about 1880.
-It could be 1910.
-It could be. It's within that realm.
-It'd span the 1900s.
-We pull back the hammer...
-Thumb back the hammer.
-Your cheroot or cigar goes in there.
-You let the hammer go...
..and the cut-off is retained in there until you tip it to waste.
-Tip it out like that.
-I do like it.
I do, and a nice wooden handle. It's so well made. But the thing is,
it's all down to price.
What's the absolute death, double-death, trade?
-The normal should be a ton.
-But we don't like doing normal.
I know you don't like doing normal!
Make it 80 and I'll talk with you.
-OK. Girls, I totally love it.
-If you think it might make money, it doesn't actually matter
-whether we love it!
-If it does both...
-..ticks both boxes, I think, why not?
1900 in date. 80 quid. Good man, thank you very much.
-We've got to live with you for the rest of the day.
-I thought you were going to say the rest of my life!
Steady on, David!
So Clarissa and Jill have two purchases in the bag.
Meanwhile, Furry and Rachel have spotted some bling.
Let's have a little look at this.
-This is nice, Furry. Well spotted.
It's lovely, isn't it?
This is probably a nine carat... I'll get my glass on it.
Obviously an openwork design, with the heart there.
The heart is textured to look like the branch that it's sitting on.
-Then we've got the little bird,
set with tiny little seed pearls, and a ruby for its head.
And it's obviously signifying or symbolising a love token,
Victorian in date, I would say, and in quite good condition.
Yes, it's nine carat. And the Victorians used a lovely...
what's known as rose gold.
£40, I have to say, is right on the nail.
-Do you think it's a bit rich?
-At auction, you're going to get
-between 30 and 50 for that.
So it's a gamble.
-What do you think?
-I think maybe we could keep it as a reserve.
-See how we get on for the next 20 minutes or so.
-We know it's here. How does that sound?
-That's a good idea.
We've done half an hour, two items and we've spent how much money, Clarissa?
We've spent 80 plus 40.
-48, 80 plus 48.
-We've got plenty of money, then.
-It's not bad.
-We have, but you've got to buy something too.
Whilst the Red team are thinking about their third purchase,
Rachel has bargained the price of the brooch down from 40 to £38.
I'll leave this decision up to you, Furry. I'm pretty open.
-I say we go for it.
-Go for it?
-What do you think, Kate?
-I think it's a lovely period thing. I think you've got a chance.
-Let's do it.
-Come on, then, let's crack on.
Lovely. A decision made. Meanwhile, Clarissa and Jill have found a rather nice bowl,
and there's some hard negotiating going on.
It's a nice one, but I wouldn't pay the price he's asking.
-What would you pay?
-How much was it again?
-I would pay 15.
Wow, Clarissa! You are tough!
These guys have to make a living, you know.
-What can you do that one for?
-Mahogany and satinwood.
A lovely bit of mahogany.
-And do you see that's got real patina of age?
You can tell it's a really nice Georgian example.
You've got an ivory escutcheon here, lovely inlaid shell motif.
See that? All that is inlaid with different woods. But unfortunately,
open it up...
-This started out life as a tea caddy.
There would have been two internal boxes
that slipped into there for two different types of tea.
-Having said that, if you don't look inside, it's a lovely-looking Georgian box.
£100. I would like to say...
-I'd like to say 140,
but... THEY LAUGH
If it had the caddies inside, you'd be looking at 200, £250.
-But it hasn't.
- But it's an easy thing to do. - It's my birthday.
Oh, you liar! No, it genuinely is!
-It genuinely is.
-It really is.
-I didn't know!
-I mean, £80...
-It'd be the best birthday present.
I'll do it at 85, as it's her birthday, and only because it's her birthday.
Come on, guys. Let's make a decision.
-Let's go with it. It's a bit of a risk, but let's do it.
-Are you happy?
-There we go, sir. Thank you very much indeed.
And happy birthday! Thank you very much.
The Blues have all three purchases, but the Reds are running out of time. Come along now, girls.
-She's bringing them in fast and furious!
-I saw that. Do you see that?
-There's also a very pretty thing.
-But don't you think that's...?
-And what about the candlesticks?
-We need to move on.
Do you think that's good? No. HE LAUGHS
She's onto something else.
You're not panicking. Let's just look at one thing at a time.
-This is all modern. We don't want it.
-No, it's not...
-There was a little silver tray.
-Well, I saw that before you did the check-up.
-Let's go, then.
Wow, time is disappearing fast and David's getting desperate!
Sorry, I've got a Steiff squirrel with me.
-Is it really?
-Yes, we've got a little Steiff button.
-Let's have a look. There's his button.
-Yes, yes you have.
-That's worth something.
-What's the best trade on the Steiff squirrel?
-What have I got on it?
-As it's you, I'll do 48.
-You're very lovely.
-DEALER: But that is really the best.
-What do you think? Tell us what to do.
-If it wasn't me, he'd be 38!
I didn't know Steiff did squirrels...other than teddy bears.
-I think it's rarer than a teddy bear.
It's not a really early one, but I think he's lovely, utterly lovely.
-What do you think?
-I think he's a miserable old thing.
You do not! How could you find that face miserable? How can you?!
If you think he'll make money, we'll have him.
-Can you do it a bit better?
-I can do 45. That's the absolute death on the squirrel.
-We've got five minutes.
-Yep. I've made up my mind.
-I've made up MY mind. What about you?
-I don't know.
-Does that mean it's two against one?
-Three. I think it's three against one.
-Three against one.
-You like that?
-I love him.
There's the lady - go and give her some money.
-That's it, we're done.
Right, that's it.
Now it's up to those naughty experts to convert all that leftover lolly
into a bonus buy which will be revealed over at the auction,
and then the teams have the tough decision as to whether to go with the bonus buy or not. I love it!
Anyway, right now, let's revisit what the Reds have already bought.
Their first purchase was
a Staffordshire novelty frog mug for £48. Ribbit!
A gun-shaped cigar cutter was picked up for £80. Boom-boom!
And finally, Clarissa and Jill bought a Steiff squirrel for £45.
So...how lovely to have a team that's so keen on rodents.
Is it a rodent?
-I think we've handled every single item in the fair twice.
-They're thorough, you see.
-They're not the Red team for nothing.
How much did you spend, Jill?
-It was about...
-173, that's very good.
-173. So I want 127 of leftover lolly. Have you got 127 there?
-I have indeed.
That must be 127.
I'm going to give you this 127. We're good at maths, anyway(!)
-What are you going to do with 127?
-I'm going to run off immediately.
-Have you got something you like?
-I've got lots of things in mind.
-I have warned him not to squander it...
-..on things that are not going to be a useful bonus.
-It's not often you see David Harper looking frightened.
-He's looking quite frightened now.
-So on that happy note,
off you shove, and let's remind ourselves of what the Blues bought.
The Blues bought a wine and spirit measure for £35.
They're pinning their hopes on a Victorian brooch which cost £38.
And finally, they spent £85 on a Georgian mahogany box.
-Are you happy?
-You do love a rabbit on, you two, don't you?
-A good shop, though?
-Yes, it was good.
-Ten minutes left over. I'm proud of you.
Super. What did you spend overall?
-158 in total.
-You spent £158.
So can I have £142, please?
-You got it?
140 and two smackers,
-coming over to Kate Bliss.
-Thank you so much.
-What could be nicer?
-Any ideas, Kate?
-I don't know. I'm going to be very relaxed.
-I don't think I've ever had ten minutes to spare.
-No, but it's good.
-They're obviously a quality act.
-I think so.
-A bit like you.
Anyway, good luck, Kate.
For me, I'm going to have a quick whizz down the motorway to Hertfordshire,
where hurricanes hardly ever happen.
Hatfield House was built on land adjacent to the Old Hatfield Palace
between 1607 and 1611.
Built by the first Earl of Salisbury, today it's still in the family and home to the 7th Earl.
In the early years of the 17th century, lots of grand country houses had long galleries.
Indeed, James I and Charles I walked up a gallery like this
to take exercise because they didn't like to get their feet wet.
And you have to admit, it is enormous.
Next door, in the north gallery, we've got a chair with right royal connections.
How do we know this? Well, if you look at the cipher in the middle at the back here, it says AR.
This is the chair that Queen Anne was crowned in.
This very chair would have been set up in Westminster Abbey for her coronation in 1702
and, as such, represents the very best in the chair-maker's skills.
And the chair-maker was most definitely wanting to show off.
What we've got, apart from the cipher, is the royal crown above,
the unicorn and the lion,
and a delicious series of scrolls and shields,
all carved out of actually rather an inferior wood.
If you look at the back, it looks a bit rough, right?
That's because the carved beech is covered in chalk, called gesso,
to seal the timber so that the gilding doesn't soak into the wood directly,
but it also gives the opportunity
for the carver to sharpen up the edges of the carving on this side, the showy side,
which he does on the chalk, not the beech, before the gilding is applied.
What's this royal chair doing at Hatfield House?
Well, Lord Salisbury became Lord Chamberlain in 1789,
and this chair was given him by George III, or so they said,
as a perquisite - that is a perk to go with the job of Lord Chamberlain.
One of the things I love about English stately homes
is the contrast of objects that you can get literally yards apart.
There we've got the quintessential piece of English regal furniture,
and here, something completely different.
What do you make of this?
Well, you'd be right if you said it was a flashy thing,
because it certainly is.
This was made for pure show,
because the top is completely made of shells -
a whole series of bits of abalone
and oyster shell, most carefully selected and butted together.
What's really impressive, though, is if you look at these pieces of shell in detail.
The outer border is relatively straightforward -
it's parquetry - but when you get inside,
the first line looks like pineapple chunks.
The next line is triangular-topped tombstones.
More chunks, more tombstones, taller, rounded-top tombstones,
before you get to the central panel of decoration
which is made up of these marigold-type jobs.
Now, how this piece of furniture, which comes from India, got to be at Hatfield, nobody knows.
In fact, the curators here regard this piece as a bit of a mystery.
Date-wise, it could date from anywhere between about 1700 and 1900.
The big question today is, of course, how much profit
is going to be shelled out to our teams over at the auction?
Whilst I've been off on my travels, our experts have been shopping for their bonus buys.
Before I see what they've bought, I need to catch up with our auctioneer.
Today we're with Charles Hanson at Hansons Auction House in Mackworth,
just outside Derby, and a rare treat it is to be here, Charles.
Tim, great to have you here.
The Red team, Clarissa and Jill, had an entertaining shopping experience.
They came up with this transfer-printed frog mug.
Tim, I think it tells a great tale from a great age.
You'd go to the tavern, have your drink and think you were seeing things,
because by the time you've finished your ale, you saw a frog.
You thought, "It's time to go home."
By the time you've had 20 halves, you'd see five frogs, or what do you think?
-I don't know.
-And it's a horrible, ugly, black old toad underneath.
It is. It's a toad you'd probably jump out your skin from.
-But it's a great tavern tale.
I suppose 1830s, '40s, hand tinted.
-Staffordshire, maybe, north-eastern.
-How much do you think it's worth?
Tim, my guide price is between £30 and £50.
-£48 was paid by Jill.
-Could be slightly over the top?
Now, the walnut cigar cutter. It's good fun, isn't it?
It is good fun, Tim.
Ephemera from a bygone age, when smoking was popular, are collectible.
Cheaply made. It's not an expensive thing.
-It was just a bit of fun.
-Difficult thing to value, don't you think?
-My guide price is between £40 and £50.
-£80 they paid.
-I think it might be difficult to sell to get that money back.
Next you've got this handsome squirrel,
sometime said to be by Steiff. Some people said to be by STIFF!
-Definitely dead, though, isn't it?
He's been gone a few years,
-from the look of him.
-How do you know it's by this man Stiff...Steiff?
Well, we have the label, Franz Steiff.
He invented the button in 1905, so it's all part of its history.
It has seen better days, but it is Steiff. And he is a rarity, being red.
Oh, definitely not grey.
-He's not a common.
-No. What's it worth?
Well, Tim, between £40 and £60.
£45 was paid by David. So they're more or less in the frame there.
It'll all boil down to how that cheroot trimmer does, frankly...
-..as to whether they'll need the bonus buy or not.
Let's have a look at it anyway.
Now, Clarissa and Jill, you spent a massive £173, which is lovely.
You left David with £127.
-Did you blow the lot, David?
I bought the only thing, I think, that we didn't look at in the fair.
-Oh? What do you think? Have a hold, have a feel.
I like the shape, I like the shell.
We were looking for silver, weren't we? We did like the idea of buying some silver.
-Do you remember this?
-You didn't see this thing, did you?
-She looked at 'most everything else.
Quite, in only an hour. The Tornado of the North.
I think it's absolutely beautiful. Big question.
It's not British silver, but it is hallmarked London.
It's an imported item, stamped 925.
Probably made in France, I would imagine. Somewhere on the Continent.
But it's of a good enough quality to stamp 925 with the London hallmark.
-The shell design is gorgeous.
It's very Regency, early 19th century in design. And, of course, it's a pill box.
-Million-dollar question. How...?
I'm going to ask you, how much would you pay for it?
-I don't think the inside looks entirely...
-Here we go!
What century did you say it was?
-20th century somewhere. I don't know.
-Not very old.
-It's not very old.
-Isn't is interesting that you can tell by the inside?
-Go on, how much?
-OK. Ten quid.
-It's a bargain.
-It is. Did you have to beat somebody down for it?
-Of course I did.
That's why they call it the Blood-Red team.
Anyway, you don't have to decide now. You'll decide later.
For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's little box.
There you go, Charles. It's solid silver and brand-Harry-Spankers, I'd say.
Yes, it is, Tim.
It is hallmarked, it is new, with this shell hinged lid.
meaning fairly light. Really, its value as a pill box is what it is.
-So will it make £10 or more?
-Yes. Guide price £15.
Could be 10, could be 20. But no more than that.
£127 of leftover lolly the man had.
-£127 to spend and he chooses to spend a tenner.
-He will make a small profit.
Yes? But it may not be enough profit to dig these guys out of bad territory.
That's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.
A pretty wacky mixture.
The wine and spirit slide rule. That's odd, isn't it?
-But interesting. How do you feel about it?
-I don't see much value to it.
I just have a feeling that it's not much good. It's an odd-ball thing.
I don't see anybody buying it. What's your estimate?
-Our guide price on it is between £30 and £40.
-Well, fair enough.
£35 was paid. I think that's a very kind estimate.
-But you could be struggling at £10.
-I could. It will be sold.
Well, it's got to be sold. I don't just have the warmest feeling about that, I have to say.
The gold brooch, that's quite nice.
-It's lovely. I think it's delightful.
It's very much in that what we call "aesthetic" style of the 1890s.
Look at the almost... type of gnarled bamboo heart.
With this swallow or swift winging over the top. What's your estimate, Charles?
Well, Tim, our guide price on it is between...
I'd like to see it make £70 or £80, but our guide price is between 40 and 60.
-And I mean, unusual for Furry to find this, too.
-He's a contestant, by the way.
-Unusual thing for a bloke to find.
-It's a really good lot, Tim.
I think he's done well there. 40-60, that's great. Now, the mahogany box.
A tea caddy, we can see it opens up like so, two divisions,
later lined for the purpose of storing jewellery or whatever.
But this satinwood and the staining is all around 1810, surely, George III.
What is your estimate, then?
Between 40 and 60 is my guide price.
Well, unfortunately, if you regard 40-60 as the right price,
-they paid the wrong price, cos they paid £85.
£85 is the price,
and I think that's the retail price, cos it's been mucked about with...
-Yes, it has.
-..with the baize lining, but it's useful.
I think they paid a tad too much.
-I feel really dodgy about that slide rule for the drink,
and I think they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
-So, Furry and Rach, you left Kate with £142.
I wonder what she's spent it on.
Well, I couldn't just spend £20, could I, if you left me that much?
So I had a bit of a splurge...
-And do you know something?
I rate this.
I think this is a super little jug, and what's shouting about it is the Art Nouveau style.
It's octagonal in shape,
but it's got this lovely sinuous, leafage handle here,
and these particularly shaped feet
-in the Art Nouveau design.
-Yes, almost heart-shaped.
Now, it's hallmarked for London, dated 1904, but it's retailed in Glasgow. Here we are.
We have engraved on the bottom here, stamped, "R Stewart, Glasgow",
so made for the Art Nouveau market in Glasgow.
Gilt interior, which is another sign of quality.
I just thought it was a super shape and design.
-May I have a look?
-Thank you. The bottom line is, how much did you pay, Kate?
Well, I told you I had a bit of a blow-out. I did pay £90.
But for a good Art Nouveau silver collector, that is not expensive.
And do you think there's much mileage in it?
If people spot the quality, it ought to make more than that.
-Would it be something that you might buy for yourself, Rach?
-No! Not at that price, no.
-There's the simple answer to that.
-What about you? Would you buy it?
-No, not me.
-But you know...
-It depends who's at the auction.
Of course it does. Anyway, hold on to those thoughts.
For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about that little jug.
That's a lovely little jug, isn't it?
It is, Tim, it's just so stylish, and style is so important in the antiques market today.
It could almost melt or walk away.
Looking at the feet, they're free-flowing, organic,
with these almost Charles Voysey motifs and the sinuous handle,
very much Glasgow, Scottish Art Nouveau.
And of course on the bottom is a retailer's mark for Glasgow, but hallmarked for London, 1904.
-What's it worth?
-My guide price, I've been a bit cruel.
I've said between 40 and 60, but it could make 70 or £80
-on a really good day.
-And Kate's paid £90 for it.
-As a bonus buy.
Yes, um...well, I think it's worth £90, I have to say.
I can see it retailing for £120 or £130, because it's so stylish.
-But whether you'll get somebody to pay that much, I don't know.
-We'll do our best.
-We will hopefully have a good sale.
-As they say, "Och, aye!"
Now, you girls, you look experienced to me.
-You know your way around the auction business.
Are you at all nervous?
Well, I'm excited rather than nervous. What about you?
Yes, I suppose it is, a mixture of both.
-A mixture of both - anticipation.
-That's the word.
The first lot up is the frog mug, and here it comes.
A delightful Staffordshire novelty pottery frog mug.
I've got one, two, three bids. I am bid 25, 30. Do I see two now?
30, I'll take two, five, eight. I'm out.
Do I see 40? 40, two, five, eight.
-50, two, five...
-Look, you're in profit, girls.
60 do I see? 60, new place. Two?
-You're in, sir, at £60.
-Do I see two now?
60, I'll take two, fair warning. I'll take two, come on!
-£60, come on!
Do I see two?
60, I'll take two! One more do I see?
Fair warning... Two, five...
-One more, sir!
-Go on, go on!
65, 65. 68, Miss White? You're out, but thank you very much.
You're in, sir, at £65.
-£65, so that's a proper job, isn't it?
-that's £17 - plus 17.
Cigar cutter being shown by Sandra, I've got some interest here at £30.
Do I see two? Five, eight, 40, two, and I'm out. Do I see five now?
-I'll take five, surely, come on.
-I don't like the look of this.
-One more do I see? Come on. Fair warning. I'll take five.
And we sell at £42. Gone.
-Minus 38, I'm awfully sorry.
-Next up is the Steiff squirrel.
-I loved that.
-Here it comes.
You might like it, they are endangered, but there we are,
-it's a red squirrel.
20th century. Where do we start? With the all-important ear...
Piercing, quite right, there we are.
However, I have interest here at £30.
-For a lovely squirrel, do I see two?
-At £32, five...
-38, 40, two, five...
-One more, sir. Look at him.
-Go on, go on!
-48, Miss White?
-Go on, Miss White!
-Thank you, sir,
very much, we appreciate it.
-You're in, Miss White, at £52. I'll take five.
All out? We go to the lady, looking very elegant, at £52! All out!
-THEY ALL TALK AT ONCE
-..45, 55, that is £7.
You are minus £14 at the end of that tally-up, yes?
-Are you going to go with the pillbox and trust David?
-I would say yes.
-That was exciting, wasn't it?
-Yes. I'd like another excitement!
-But you are £14 down, yes?
-Yes, we need to make it, don't we?
You need to make it up.
-It could be a winning score, -14, so you could just do nothing, and leave it...
-No, no, no, let's go for it.
-Or go with the pillbox.
-Go with it.
-Go with the pillbox? Are you happy with it?
-Of course! And off we go.
-It's a small, modern,
silver pillbox with a hinged cover and hallmarked for London.
£5. Five and I'm out. At five, six, eight...
-and ten and 12...
-Oh, thank God!
12, madam. 14, sir.
16? 14, 16, madam. 16, 18, one more. I'll take 17 if that helps you.
-At £16, the lady. 17, 18... 18, 20.
One more. And two, I'll take £21.
-We want new bidders.
-23, 24, 25...
Are you sure? At 24?
-Have we made our money back?
-One more, 25? Are you sure? "No more," she says.
27! Look at me, madam.
No? Are you sure? Thank you. We say sale.
You are £26, that is plus 16, which means overall you're plus two!
-Yes! Well done.
-Don't you love it? I just love this programme.
-OK. £2 up.
-Thank you so much, Tim.
Well, thank him!
That's a peach of a result on that £10 item. Now, don't tell the Blues a thing, all right?
-You guys OK?
-Very good, thanks.
-Have the Reds told you anything?
-Not a word.
-We haven't seen them.
Well, your first item up is the wine and spirit measure-calculator jobby.
£35 paid, the estimate's 30-50, and here it comes.
There we are, "the standard slide rule
"for the entire wine and spirit trade". I'm only bid £20 for this.
-I'm bid 20, I'll take two now.
22, 25, eight, I'm out.
Do I see 30? At two...five, 38...40.
You're in profit.
..48, 50, two... 50, I'll take two, come on. 50?
I'll take one more, Sir Paul. Look at me. "No," he says, at 50.
We say "sale" to you, sir... Two, five?
58... One more, sir, look at me.
Yes, one more? 58, 60.
-Two... Look at me.
"Look at me"!
To you, sir, we say "sale" at £60.
-That is happenin'!
-Yes! Come on!
-They're so sweet! £60.
-You've made £25 profit.
-Huh. Now the brooch.
There we are, it might fly away.
A delightful, 9 carat gold heart and dove design brooch. Late Victorian.
I am bid £32. Do I see five now?
32, do I see five now? Good object, this, at £32.
On commission we go. Do I see five?
Fair warning... Five. 38, 40...
-One more now.
-One for luck!
-Go on, then.
-Thank you, sir.
I'm out, you're in, sir, at £40.
We go to you, sir, for £40.
It's profit, that's all right. Both of your items made a profit,
-Furry, that's brilliant. Now, Kate...
-This one. Come on, Kate!
Mahogany and boxwood strung tea caddy with a hinged cover,
156, where do we start?
Bids here only at £30. Do I see two, please?
Good box for £30. Two, five, eight, 40, two, and I'm out. Do I see five?
48, 50, two... One more. No?
52, five. 58? Thank you. At £55. Do I see eight now?
-At 55, 55, we're all out.
-Uh-oh! Oh, no!
-And selling at £55.
I'm so sorry, that's minus £30 on that.
-You had 27, you are currently minus three.
-Minus three, minus three.
-That is so close, isn't it?
-You're up there, you're down there.
Are you going to go with the jug and rescue it?
-Minus three could be a winning score.
-What do you reckon?
-I don't know.
I genuinely don't know!
-I think we should risk it.
-OK, I'm going with you.
-We'll go for it.
-Just think this through, OK?
-Are you absolutely sure about this?
Well, minus three could be a winning score, but we wouldn't win anything so...!
What do you think? What's your gut instinct?
Ooh... Oh, no, I don't want the pressure!
-Are you going to go with it?
-Shall we do it?
-Let's do it.
-We'll do it, yeah, we'll do it.
-Let's go with it.
-He who dares wins.
-OK, off we go!
Number 916 is a delightful silver cream jug.
I am bid at £40.
Two, five, eight, 50, two, and I'm out.
Do I see five now? I'll take five, 55, 58, 60. Two...
The lady at £60. Do I see two? Five, one more, 68. 70?
-Are you sure? Positive?
-70, two, five... Madam, no more?
You're in, sir, standing at £72...to you, sir.
-I'm so sorry.
-Minus 18 equals...
-That's still not too bad.
-It could be a winning score.
Don't say a word to the Reds, and all will be revealed in a moment.
Cor, talk about snakes and ladders! It has been a contest today. Have you had a good time?
-We've loved having you.
Have you been talking about the results at all?
-Not a word. Absolutely not.
there's not much of a gnat between you, it has to be said,
but somebody's got to be the runners-up, and the runners-up today are Rach and Furry...
-..which is bad luck, really.
How could we win, with you about?
-Sorry, we're just so surprised!
-I love David, I love him!
I don't think I've got this wrong. It is amazing,
you are quite right to be surprised, because Furry, I have to say,
ought to get a special prize, because his two items made whopping profits.
-Then it went downhill.
-It would have been fine without me, if they'd been on their own.
Don't you go crocking yourself, Kate! But anyway,
it is a minus 21 score, which is nothing in Bargain Hunt terms.
But today, of course, you have been up against a formidable opposition in Clarissa and Jill,
and bailed out essentially by David Harper's bonus buy of £16 on that miserable little pillbox.
Well, anyway, all I can say to David Harper is
continue taking the tablets, because it's working for your bonus buys.
Anyway, overall, you are winning today's competition by taking home £2!
That works out, by my math, at £1 each.
-So on that basis, join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
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Tim Wonnacott is joined by experts David Harper and Kate Bliss as the red and blue teams once again go head-to-head in battling to find antique bargains in Lincoln. With surprising outcomes at auction, Tim also pays a visit to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.