Lincoln 3 Bargain Hunt


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Lincoln 3

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,

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it's my job to send you lot into a spin,

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because I'm in charge of the Bargain Hunt musical selection,

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and boy, have we got some hits for you!

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So let's swing...

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and go bargain-hunting.

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Today we're at the Lincolnshire Showground in Lincoln.

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This fair has over 2,000 stalls. It's enormous,

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and by jingo, it's an exciting place!

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We have a galaxy of antiques, which are not only a visual delight, but also music to your ears.

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And here's a quick snippet of what to expect.

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The Red team are firing on all cylinders.

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-She's bringing them in fast and furious. Grab that.

-I saw that.

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Do you see that? Do you think that's good?

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-She's on to something else, hang on.

-A very pretty little thing.

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Let's just look at one thing at a time.

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And a Blue birthday girl wants everyone to know.

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80?

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-It's my birthday.

-Oh, you liar!

-No, it genuinely is.

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But that's all still to come.

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First I'll remind you about the rules.

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Each of the teams have an expert with whom they whizz around the fair, spend £300,

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buy three items, and the team wins that makes the most profits,

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or the least losses, later over at the auction. Simple, isn't it?

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Competing on Bargain Hunt today, we have two teams of friends.

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Or at least, they're friends at the moment.

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For the Reds, we have Clarissa and Jill. Welcome.

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-And for the Blues, we've got Rachel and Furry.

-Hello.

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What sort of a name is "Furry" we shall discover in a moment.

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Now, Clarissa, how did you meet Jill first?

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Through a Christian charity called Christians Aware, and the Church.

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-And you've always been involved in charity work, haven't you?

-Yes.

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I ran a Mind charity shop, and I ran a Help the Aged charity shop.

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And most of my clothes come from charity shops.

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-Really? I couldn't tell.

-My mother was Scottish and born in the war.

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So she was what they call "careful".

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-Make do and mend.

-And Jill, what do you do for a living?

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-I'm retired.

-Retired what?

-Primary school teacher.

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But what do you do now with all your new-found spare time?

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-I'm involved with a little local theatre.

-Are you? Is this am drams?

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Yes, but run on very professional lines.

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Oh, I see. What is your strategy, both of you, today on Bargain Hunt?

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-You said "to win"!

-To win, to win, to win.

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-And who's going to make the decisions out of your team?

-Ah!

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-That might be interesting.

-That will be very interesting.

-We like being interested. Very good luck.

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-Thank you.

-Now, to the Blues. Rachel, or should I say "Birthday Girl"?

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-It's your birthday today!

-It is indeed.

-Well,

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-an auspicious moment to come on Bargain Hunt! Are you feeling lucky?

-Hopefully, yeah.

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-How did you become friends, you and Furry?

-It was my friend's birthday,

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and I went along to bake her a cake.

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I completely messed up the cake.

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-Did you?

-But I covered it in icing and nobody noticed the difference.

-And are you in catering as a living?

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I am, yes!

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Well, that's terrible, isn't it? So what exactly do you do in the catering world?

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I work for YMCA Derbyshire as a hospitality manager.

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My first question to you, Furry, has to be, however do you get a name like Furry?

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Basically, I used to do a lot of DJ-ing around Nottingham, and my DJ name was Furry Hands.

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-And my friends just started calling me Furry.

-Why Furry Hands?

-It's more ironic than it is true.

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You've got a furry face, but not furry hands.

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One night, after a long night out, some friends decided it would be a good idea

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to go on the deed poll website and offer me the chance to change my name.

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So how many pints does it take, then, on the deed poll site, to change your name to Furry?

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That's the million-dollar question. It was a long night.

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Well, good for you.

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What do you do for a living now?

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I work with adults with learning disabilities.

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We're trying to promote independent living as much as possible

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and integrate them into society as much as possible.

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-Very satisfying from your point of view?

-It is. I love my job.

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What is your strategy for beating the Reds?

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I guess the gift of the blag.

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A bit of blagging, get the prices down.

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You are the birthday girl, and they say you're the mistress of blag...

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-We'll see how it goes.

-We'll stand by to see how you get on.

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Now is the money moment, the moment you've all been waiting for.

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There's your £300 apiece. You know the rules.

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Your experts await. Off you go! And very, very, very good luck.

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Isn't it lovely having a birthday girl?

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Let's meet the experts.

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Shopping with the Reds today is antiques dealer David Harper.

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And our Blue team are under the safe guidance of Kate Bliss.

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As they start their shopping, it's quite clear they all have very different tastes.

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-Do like that?

-It is nice. I like the colours and the pattern.

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I don't think it's got an enormous amount of age.

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They seem to like it. I don't.

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-Do you like Moorcroft?

-Not a lot.

-Oh!

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The Michelin man. Bibendum.

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-You did say completely different, didn't you?

-Maybe not that different!

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Do you like horsy things?

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-No.

-No, she doesn't.

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-Can we go on and look at a few more stalls?

-OK, we're off.

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-Have you seen anything?

-Yeah, these rabbits.

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KATE AND FURRY LAUGH

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What kind of taste has he got?

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I just wondered if they are at all collectible.

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The artwork on it is very delicate.

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Would you say that's hand-painted or transfer?

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-Transfer.

-Yeah. It is transfer.

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-I do like it.

-I love the fact there's a frog in the bottom.

-It's genuine. It's a genuine thing.

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Wouldn't you love to have a visitor to your home and give them a nice big mug of tea,

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and then watch their reaction as they get to the bottom and see a dirty great big frog!

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If they don't like amphibians, they might drop it in horror, then you've lost it.

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That's why it's quite rare.

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It could be 1840-1860, probably.

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-What's your best?

-What have I got on it?

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You've got 70.

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-Try and really tempt us.

-58.

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58. Really? Is that the absolute best?

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-- DEALER: 48. - 40.

-48?

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Go on, then. They've met us quite well.

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You've been very fair. 48 - we'll have it. Thank you very much.

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-Thank you.

-I'm happy with that.

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-And it's nice to get one in the bag, as well.

-Yes, exactly!

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This is up your street, isn't it?

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That's lovely. It'll fold out and everything like that.

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-You see...

-Oh, I see.

-Yes.

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Lying casks, standing casks...

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-This is for barrels, isn't it?

-Brewery.

-Yes.

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And stock-taking in pubs.

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"The standard slide rule for the entire wine and spirit trade."

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-Is that up your street?

-I like it. It's quirky.

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-RACHEL: It's up MY street.

-But how much is on the ticket?

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This is 48, but this gentleman does very good deals.

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-Really? Fantastic.

-You can have it for 35. There you go.

-35.

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So this is obviously wood and then with a veneer of...

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-It's not ivory, but it's a sort of ivorine.

-Ivorine. That's it.

-Yes.

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So it's a sort of early plastic, if you like, that was made to look like ivory,

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-but it was known as ivorine...

-So it's not going to upset anybody.

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..mounted on this wood, and then you've got nice brass mounts on the ends there,

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-which is rather nice.

-How old would you say it is?

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-Twenties.

-Yeah, it's got to be 1920s, hasn't it?

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-So you like this?

-I used to run bars myself a while back, so...

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-But we had...

-You'd need one of these.

-We had a computer, though!

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It's got all the right maker's marks on it. It's in lovely condition. I think we take a gamble.

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-I think so. Why not?

-Give it a go?

-Yes.

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-35, then?

-35?

-It's a deal.

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-Thank you very much.

-DEALER: OK.

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Isn't that lovely? The Red Arrows have produced that romantic symbol.

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Now, if you're of a sensitive disposition,

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and you don't care to think about the opposite sex at all,

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I suggest you go and make your sandwich or cup of tea now,

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because I'm going to reveal something

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the like of which you have never seen before on Bargain Hunt...

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# Ta-dum! #

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..which I've just found downstairs with a stall holder.

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What is the connection between it...

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..and it?

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All will be revealed, but first, let's have a bird's eye at it.

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It is indeed a perfect little ball, a ball that's been pierced

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with two lugs on the outer edges, and if I revolve it gently,

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you can see that, depending on the angle of dangle,

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those little sharp bits

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within each of the holes pop in and out,

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depending on the position of the ball.

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Indeed,

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if I put it on the back of my hand

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and I gently roll it along over the skin, it does indeed

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give a rather tingly experience.

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Because this thing is actually a ladies' stimulator -

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a Chinese, 19th century, ivory ladies' stimulator.

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How much? To you or me, it could be £100.

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That gets you going, doesn't it?

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Both teams have had 20 minutes of shopping time,

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and the Reds are fired up to find bargain number two.

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-What about that pistol in there?

-Yes.

-What's the story there?

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-DEALER: That's a cigar cutter.

-Is it really?

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-How lovely.

-That is interesting.

-Is it terribly cheap?

-No, it's not!

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CLARISSA: And that. DEALER: I know this guy,

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and what he's liable to say.

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-That is lovely, isn't it?

-Yes.

-I daren't... Oof!

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-Ouch!

-How much is it?

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We've got 125 on it.

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Date-wise, I'd have thought late 19th, early 20th. What do you feel?

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I reckon about 1880.

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-Right.

-It could be 1910.

-It could be. It's within that realm.

-It'd span the 1900s.

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-We pull back the hammer...

-Thumb back the hammer.

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-Your cheroot or cigar goes in there.

-Yeah.

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-You let the hammer go...

-Chop it.

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..and the cut-off is retained in there until you tip it to waste.

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-Tip it out like that.

-I do like it.

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I do, and a nice wooden handle. It's so well made. But the thing is,

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it's all down to price.

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What's the absolute death, double-death, trade?

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-The normal should be a ton.

-But we don't like doing normal.

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I know you don't like doing normal!

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Make it 80 and I'll talk with you.

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-OK. Girls, I totally love it.

-If you think it might make money, it doesn't actually matter

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-whether we love it!

-It should.

-If it does both...

-Exactly.

-..ticks both boxes, I think, why not?

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1900 in date. 80 quid. Good man, thank you very much.

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-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!

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Steady on, David!

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So Clarissa and Jill have two purchases in the bag.

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Meanwhile, Furry and Rachel have spotted some bling.

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Let's have a little look at this.

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-This is nice, Furry. Well spotted.

-Hey-hey!

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It's lovely, isn't it?

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This is probably a nine carat... I'll get my glass on it.

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..um...gold brooch.

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Obviously an openwork design, with the heart there.

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The heart is textured to look like the branch that it's sitting on.

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-Oh, yeah.

-Then we've got the little bird,

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set with tiny little seed pearls, and a ruby for its head.

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And it's obviously signifying or symbolising a love token,

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Victorian in date, I would say, and in quite good condition.

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Yes, it's nine carat. And the Victorians used a lovely...

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what's known as rose gold.

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£40, I have to say, is right on the nail.

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-Do you think it's a bit rich?

-At auction, you're going to get

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-between 30 and 50 for that.

-Right.

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So it's a gamble.

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-What do you think?

-I think maybe we could keep it as a reserve.

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-Yeah.

-See how we get on for the next 20 minutes or so.

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-Right.

-We know it's here. How does that sound?

-That's a good idea.

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We've done half an hour, two items and we've spent how much money, Clarissa?

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We've spent 80 plus 40.

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-48, 80 plus 48.

-OK, 128.

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-128.

-We've got plenty of money, then.

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-It's not bad.

-We have, but you've got to buy something too.

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Whilst the Red team are thinking about their third purchase,

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Rachel has bargained the price of the brooch down from 40 to £38.

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I'll leave this decision up to you, Furry. I'm pretty open.

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-I say we go for it.

-Go for it?

-Yeah.

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-What do you think, Kate?

-I think it's a lovely period thing. I think you've got a chance.

-Yeah.

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-Let's do it.

-Come on, then, let's crack on.

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Lovely. A decision made. Meanwhile, Clarissa and Jill have found a rather nice bowl,

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and there's some hard negotiating going on.

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It's a nice one, but I wouldn't pay the price he's asking.

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-What would you pay?

-How much was it again?

-40.

-I would pay 15.

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Wow, Clarissa! You are tough!

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These guys have to make a living, you know.

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-What can you do that one for?

-£100.

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-Original feet.

-Mahogany and satinwood.

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A lovely bit of mahogany.

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-And do you see that's got real patina of age?

-Yeah.

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You can tell it's a really nice Georgian example.

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You've got an ivory escutcheon here, lovely inlaid shell motif.

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See that? All that is inlaid with different woods. But unfortunately,

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open it up...

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-This started out life as a tea caddy.

-Ah, right.

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There would have been two internal boxes

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that slipped into there for two different types of tea.

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-Having said that, if you don't look inside, it's a lovely-looking Georgian box.

-Yes.

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£100. I would like to say...

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-80?

-I'd like to say 140,

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but... THEY LAUGH

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If it had the caddies inside, you'd be looking at 200, £250.

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-But it hasn't.

-I know.

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- But it's an easy thing to do. - It's my birthday.

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Oh, you liar! No, it genuinely is!

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-It genuinely is.

-It really is.

-I didn't know!

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-I mean, £80...

-It'd be the best birthday present.

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I'll do it at 85, as it's her birthday, and only because it's her birthday.

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Thank you!

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Come on, guys. Let's make a decision.

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-Let's go with it. It's a bit of a risk, but let's do it.

-Are you happy?

-Live dangerously.

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-There we go, sir. Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

-Pleasure.

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And happy birthday! Thank you very much.

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The Blues have all three purchases, but the Reds are running out of time. Come along now, girls.

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-She's bringing them in fast and furious!

-I saw that. Do you see that?

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-There's also a very pretty thing.

-But don't you think that's...?

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-And what about the candlesticks?

-We need to move on.

-You...

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Do you think that's good? No. HE LAUGHS

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She's onto something else.

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You're not panicking. Let's just look at one thing at a time.

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-This is all modern. We don't want it.

-No, it's not...

-There was a little silver tray.

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-Well, I saw that before you did the check-up.

-Let's go, then.

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Wow, time is disappearing fast and David's getting desperate!

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Sorry, I've got a Steiff squirrel with me.

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-A Steiff?

-Yeah.

-Wow!

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-I know.

-Is it really?

-Yes, we've got a little Steiff button.

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-Let's have a look. There's his button.

-Yes, yes you have.

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-That's worth something.

-What's the best trade on the Steiff squirrel?

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-What have I got on it?

-58.

-As it's you, I'll do 48.

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-You're very lovely.

-DEALER: But that is really the best.

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-What do you think? Tell us what to do.

-If it wasn't me, he'd be 38!

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I didn't know Steiff did squirrels...other than teddy bears.

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-I think it's rarer than a teddy bear.

-Well, maybe.

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It's not a really early one, but I think he's lovely, utterly lovely.

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-What do you think?

-I think he's a miserable old thing.

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You do not! How could you find that face miserable? How can you?!

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If you think he'll make money, we'll have him.

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-It's amazing.

-Can you do it a bit better?

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-I can do 45. That's the absolute death on the squirrel.

-Really?

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-We've got five minutes.

-Yep. I've made up my mind.

-I've made up MY mind. What about you?

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-I don't know.

-Does that mean it's two against one?

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-Three. I think it's three against one.

-Three against one.

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-You like that?

-I love him.

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Done.

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There's the lady - go and give her some money.

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-Right.

-That's it, we're done.

-40...

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-45.

-45.

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BOTH SIGH

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Right, that's it.

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Now it's up to those naughty experts to convert all that leftover lolly

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into a bonus buy which will be revealed over at the auction,

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and then the teams have the tough decision as to whether to go with the bonus buy or not. I love it!

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Anyway, right now, let's revisit what the Reds have already bought.

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Their first purchase was

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a Staffordshire novelty frog mug for £48. Ribbit!

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A gun-shaped cigar cutter was picked up for £80. Boom-boom!

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And finally, Clarissa and Jill bought a Steiff squirrel for £45.

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So...how lovely to have a team that's so keen on rodents.

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Is it a rodent?

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-I think we've handled every single item in the fair twice.

-Yeah.

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-They're thorough, you see.

-Oh, gosh.

-They're not the Red team for nothing.

-Oh, no.

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How much did you spend, Jill?

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-It was about...

-140...was it?

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-140, roughly?

-173.

-173, that's very good.

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-173. So I want 127 of leftover lolly. Have you got 127 there?

-I have indeed.

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That must be 127.

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I'm going to give you this 127. We're good at maths, anyway(!)

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-What are you going to do with 127?

-I'm going to run off immediately.

-Are you?

-Yes.

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-Immediately?

-Immediately.

-Have you got something you like?

-I've got lots of things in mind.

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-I have warned him not to squander it...

-Yes.

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-Yes.

-..on things that are not going to be a useful bonus.

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-Exactly.

-It's not often you see David Harper looking frightened.

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-He's looking quite frightened now.

-Yes!

-So on that happy note,

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off you shove, and let's remind ourselves of what the Blues bought.

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The Blues bought a wine and spirit measure for £35.

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They're pinning their hopes on a Victorian brooch which cost £38.

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And finally, they spent £85 on a Georgian mahogany box.

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-Are you happy?

-You do love a rabbit on, you two, don't you?

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-A good shop, though?

-Yes, it was good.

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-Ten minutes left over. I'm proud of you.

-Very good.

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Super. What did you spend overall?

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-158 in total.

-You spent £158.

-Mmm.

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So can I have £142, please?

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-Yeah.

-You got it?

-Hopefully.

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140 and two smackers,

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-coming over to Kate Bliss.

-Thank you so much.

-What could be nicer?

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-Any ideas, Kate?

-I don't know. I'm going to be very relaxed.

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-I don't think I've ever had ten minutes to spare.

-No, but it's good.

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-Brilliant.

-They're obviously a quality act.

-I think so.

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-Good team.

-A bit like you.

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Anyway, good luck, Kate.

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For me, I'm going to have a quick whizz down the motorway to Hertfordshire,

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where hurricanes hardly ever happen.

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Hatfield House was built on land adjacent to the Old Hatfield Palace

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between 1607 and 1611.

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Built by the first Earl of Salisbury, today it's still in the family and home to the 7th Earl.

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In the early years of the 17th century, lots of grand country houses had long galleries.

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Indeed, James I and Charles I walked up a gallery like this

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to take exercise because they didn't like to get their feet wet.

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And you have to admit, it is enormous.

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Next door, in the north gallery, we've got a chair with right royal connections.

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How do we know this? Well, if you look at the cipher in the middle at the back here, it says AR.

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This is the chair that Queen Anne was crowned in.

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This very chair would have been set up in Westminster Abbey for her coronation in 1702

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and, as such, represents the very best in the chair-maker's skills.

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And the chair-maker was most definitely wanting to show off.

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What we've got, apart from the cipher, is the royal crown above,

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the unicorn and the lion,

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and a delicious series of scrolls and shields,

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all carved out of actually rather an inferior wood.

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If you look at the back, it looks a bit rough, right?

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That's because the carved beech is covered in chalk, called gesso,

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to seal the timber so that the gilding doesn't soak into the wood directly,

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but it also gives the opportunity

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for the carver to sharpen up the edges of the carving on this side, the showy side,

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which he does on the chalk, not the beech, before the gilding is applied.

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What's this royal chair doing at Hatfield House?

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Well, Lord Salisbury became Lord Chamberlain in 1789,

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and this chair was given him by George III, or so they said,

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as a perquisite - that is a perk to go with the job of Lord Chamberlain.

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One of the things I love about English stately homes

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is the contrast of objects that you can get literally yards apart.

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There we've got the quintessential piece of English regal furniture,

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and here, something completely different.

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What do you make of this?

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Well, you'd be right if you said it was a flashy thing,

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because it certainly is.

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This was made for pure show,

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because the top is completely made of shells -

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a whole series of bits of abalone

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and oyster shell, most carefully selected and butted together.

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What's really impressive, though, is if you look at these pieces of shell in detail.

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The outer border is relatively straightforward -

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it's parquetry - but when you get inside,

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the first line looks like pineapple chunks.

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The next line is triangular-topped tombstones.

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More chunks, more tombstones, taller, rounded-top tombstones,

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before you get to the central panel of decoration

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which is made up of these marigold-type jobs.

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Quite extraordinary.

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Now, how this piece of furniture, which comes from India, got to be at Hatfield, nobody knows.

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In fact, the curators here regard this piece as a bit of a mystery.

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Date-wise, it could date from anywhere between about 1700 and 1900.

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The big question today is, of course, how much profit

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is going to be shelled out to our teams over at the auction?

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Whilst I've been off on my travels, our experts have been shopping for their bonus buys.

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Before I see what they've bought, I need to catch up with our auctioneer.

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Today we're with Charles Hanson at Hansons Auction House in Mackworth,

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just outside Derby, and a rare treat it is to be here, Charles.

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Tim, great to have you here.

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The Red team, Clarissa and Jill, had an entertaining shopping experience.

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They came up with this transfer-printed frog mug.

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Tim, I think it tells a great tale from a great age.

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You'd go to the tavern, have your drink and think you were seeing things,

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because by the time you've finished your ale, you saw a frog.

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You thought, "It's time to go home."

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By the time you've had 20 halves, you'd see five frogs, or what do you think?

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-I don't know.

-And it's a horrible, ugly, black old toad underneath.

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It is. It's a toad you'd probably jump out your skin from.

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-But it's a great tavern tale.

-Yes.

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I suppose 1830s, '40s, hand tinted.

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-Staffordshire, maybe, north-eastern.

-How much do you think it's worth?

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Tim, my guide price is between £30 and £50.

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-£48 was paid by Jill.

-Right, OK.

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-Could be slightly over the top?

-Possibly.

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Now, the walnut cigar cutter. It's good fun, isn't it?

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It is good fun, Tim.

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Ephemera from a bygone age, when smoking was popular, are collectible.

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Cheaply made. It's not an expensive thing.

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-No.

-It was just a bit of fun.

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-Difficult thing to value, don't you think?

-It is.

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-My guide price is between £40 and £50.

-£80 they paid.

-Right.

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-I think it might be difficult to sell to get that money back.

-Yes.

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Next you've got this handsome squirrel,

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sometime said to be by Steiff. Some people said to be by STIFF!

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-Yes!

-Definitely dead, though, isn't it?

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He's been gone a few years,

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-from the look of him.

-How do you know it's by this man Stiff...Steiff?

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Well, we have the label, Franz Steiff.

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He invented the button in 1905, so it's all part of its history.

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It has seen better days, but it is Steiff. And he is a rarity, being red.

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Oh, definitely not grey.

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-He's not a common.

-No.

-No. What's it worth?

0:26:020:26:04

Well, Tim, between £40 and £60.

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£45 was paid by David. So they're more or less in the frame there.

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It'll all boil down to how that cheroot trimmer does, frankly...

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-Yes.

-..as to whether they'll need the bonus buy or not.

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Let's have a look at it anyway.

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Now, Clarissa and Jill, you spent a massive £173, which is lovely.

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You left David with £127.

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-Did you blow the lot, David?

-Not quite.

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I bought the only thing, I think, that we didn't look at in the fair.

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Oh, David!

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-Oh.

-Oh? What do you think? Have a hold, have a feel.

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I like the shape, I like the shell.

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We were looking for silver, weren't we? We did like the idea of buying some silver.

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-Do you remember this?

-No.

-You didn't see this thing, did you?

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-She looked at 'most everything else.

-25,500 items.

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Quite, in only an hour. The Tornado of the North.

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I think it's absolutely beautiful. Big question.

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It's not British silver, but it is hallmarked London.

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It's an imported item, stamped 925.

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Probably made in France, I would imagine. Somewhere on the Continent.

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But it's of a good enough quality to stamp 925 with the London hallmark.

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-The shell design is gorgeous.

-Yes.

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It's very Regency, early 19th century in design. And, of course, it's a pill box.

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-Yes.

-Million-dollar question. How...?

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I'm going to ask you, how much would you pay for it?

0:27:200:27:22

-Oh...

-I don't think the inside looks entirely...

-Here we go!

0:27:220:27:27

What century did you say it was?

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-20th century somewhere. I don't know.

-20th century?

0:27:290:27:32

-Not very old.

-It's not very old.

-Isn't is interesting that you can tell by the inside?

-Go on, how much?

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-30?

-OK.

0:27:370:27:40

-45.

-OK. Ten quid.

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-Ten...?

-It's a bargain.

-It is. Did you have to beat somebody down for it?

-Of course I did.

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That's why they call it the Blood-Red team.

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Anyway, you don't have to decide now. You'll decide later.

0:27:500:27:53

For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's little box.

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There you go, Charles. It's solid silver and brand-Harry-Spankers, I'd say.

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Yes, it is, Tim.

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It is hallmarked, it is new, with this shell hinged lid.

0:28:050:28:08

Fairly tinny,

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meaning fairly light. Really, its value as a pill box is what it is.

0:28:100:28:14

-So will it make £10 or more?

-Yes. Guide price £15.

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Could be 10, could be 20. But no more than that.

0:28:180:28:20

£127 of leftover lolly the man had.

0:28:200:28:23

-Gosh!

-£127 to spend and he chooses to spend a tenner.

-He's cautious.

-He will make a small profit.

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Yes? But it may not be enough profit to dig these guys out of bad territory.

0:28:280:28:33

That's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.

0:28:330:28:35

A pretty wacky mixture.

0:28:350:28:36

The wine and spirit slide rule. That's odd, isn't it?

0:28:360:28:41

-But interesting. How do you feel about it?

-I don't see much value to it.

0:28:410:28:45

I just have a feeling that it's not much good. It's an odd-ball thing.

0:28:450:28:49

I don't see anybody buying it. What's your estimate?

0:28:490:28:51

-Our guide price on it is between £30 and £40.

-Well, fair enough.

0:28:510:28:56

£35 was paid. I think that's a very kind estimate.

0:28:560:28:59

-But you could be struggling at £10.

-I could. It will be sold.

0:28:590:29:03

Well, it's got to be sold. I don't just have the warmest feeling about that, I have to say.

0:29:030:29:08

The gold brooch, that's quite nice.

0:29:080:29:10

-Yes.

-Nicely made?

-It's lovely. I think it's delightful.

0:29:100:29:14

It's very much in that what we call "aesthetic" style of the 1890s.

0:29:140:29:18

Look at the almost... type of gnarled bamboo heart.

0:29:180:29:22

With this swallow or swift winging over the top. What's your estimate, Charles?

0:29:220:29:27

Well, Tim, our guide price on it is between...

0:29:270:29:30

I'd like to see it make £70 or £80, but our guide price is between 40 and 60.

0:29:300:29:34

-£38 paid.

-Good.

-And I mean, unusual for Furry to find this, too.

0:29:340:29:39

-He's a contestant, by the way.

-Yes.

-Yeah!

0:29:390:29:41

-Unusual thing for a bloke to find.

-It's a really good lot, Tim.

0:29:410:29:45

I think he's done well there. 40-60, that's great. Now, the mahogany box.

0:29:450:29:50

A tea caddy, we can see it opens up like so, two divisions,

0:29:500:29:53

later lined for the purpose of storing jewellery or whatever.

0:29:530:29:56

But this satinwood and the staining is all around 1810, surely, George III.

0:29:560:30:02

What is your estimate, then?

0:30:020:30:04

Between 40 and 60 is my guide price.

0:30:040:30:06

Well, unfortunately, if you regard 40-60 as the right price,

0:30:060:30:10

-they paid the wrong price, cos they paid £85.

-Oh, right.

0:30:100:30:13

£85 is the price,

0:30:130:30:14

and I think that's the retail price, cos it's been mucked about with...

0:30:140:30:19

-Yes, it has.

-..with the baize lining, but it's useful.

0:30:190:30:21

I think they paid a tad too much.

0:30:210:30:23

-Yes.

-I feel really dodgy about that slide rule for the drink,

0:30:230:30:26

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

0:30:260:30:31

-So, Furry and Rach, you left Kate with £142.

-Uh-huh.

0:30:320:30:37

I wonder what she's spent it on.

0:30:370:30:39

Well, I couldn't just spend £20, could I, if you left me that much?

0:30:390:30:43

So I had a bit of a splurge...

0:30:430:30:45

-Oh, silver!

-And do you know something?

0:30:450:30:47

I rate this.

0:30:470:30:48

I think this is a super little jug, and what's shouting about it is the Art Nouveau style.

0:30:480:30:54

It's octagonal in shape,

0:30:540:30:57

but it's got this lovely sinuous, leafage handle here,

0:30:570:31:00

and these particularly shaped feet

0:31:000:31:05

-in the Art Nouveau design.

-Love hearts.

-Yes, almost heart-shaped.

0:31:050:31:09

Now, it's hallmarked for London, dated 1904, but it's retailed in Glasgow. Here we are.

0:31:090:31:16

We have engraved on the bottom here, stamped, "R Stewart, Glasgow",

0:31:160:31:20

so made for the Art Nouveau market in Glasgow.

0:31:200:31:23

Gilt interior, which is another sign of quality.

0:31:230:31:26

I just thought it was a super shape and design.

0:31:260:31:29

-May I have a look?

-Yeah.

-Thank you. The bottom line is, how much did you pay, Kate?

0:31:290:31:33

Well, I told you I had a bit of a blow-out. I did pay £90.

0:31:330:31:37

-Right.

-How much?!

0:31:370:31:38

But for a good Art Nouveau silver collector, that is not expensive.

0:31:380:31:42

And do you think there's much mileage in it?

0:31:420:31:45

If people spot the quality, it ought to make more than that.

0:31:450:31:48

-OK.

-Would it be something that you might buy for yourself, Rach?

0:31:480:31:51

-No! Not at that price, no.

-There's the simple answer to that.

0:31:510:31:56

-What about you? Would you buy it?

-No, not me.

0:31:560:31:58

-But you know...

-It depends who's at the auction.

-Exactly.

0:31:580:32:01

Of course it does. Anyway, hold on to those thoughts.

0:32:010:32:05

For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about that little jug.

0:32:050:32:09

That's a lovely little jug, isn't it?

0:32:090:32:11

It is, Tim, it's just so stylish, and style is so important in the antiques market today.

0:32:110:32:17

It could almost melt or walk away.

0:32:170:32:19

Looking at the feet, they're free-flowing, organic,

0:32:190:32:23

with these almost Charles Voysey motifs and the sinuous handle,

0:32:230:32:27

very much Glasgow, Scottish Art Nouveau.

0:32:270:32:30

And of course on the bottom is a retailer's mark for Glasgow, but hallmarked for London, 1904.

0:32:300:32:35

-What's it worth?

-My guide price, I've been a bit cruel.

0:32:350:32:38

I've said between 40 and 60, but it could make 70 or £80

0:32:380:32:42

-on a really good day.

-And Kate's paid £90 for it.

0:32:420:32:45

-Right, OK.

-As a bonus buy.

-Right!

0:32:450:32:47

Yes, um...well, I think it's worth £90, I have to say.

0:32:470:32:51

I can see it retailing for £120 or £130, because it's so stylish.

0:32:510:32:57

-But whether you'll get somebody to pay that much, I don't know.

-We'll do our best.

0:32:570:33:02

-We will hopefully have a good sale.

-As they say, "Och, aye!"

0:33:020:33:05

Now, you girls, you look experienced to me.

0:33:110:33:14

-You know your way around the auction business.

-Yes.

0:33:140:33:17

Are you at all nervous?

0:33:170:33:19

Well, I'm excited rather than nervous. What about you?

0:33:190:33:22

Yes, I suppose it is, a mixture of both.

0:33:220:33:24

-A mixture of both - anticipation.

-That's the word.

0:33:240:33:27

The first lot up is the frog mug, and here it comes.

0:33:270:33:29

A delightful Staffordshire novelty pottery frog mug.

0:33:290:33:34

I've got one, two, three bids. I am bid 25, 30. Do I see two now?

0:33:340:33:38

30, I'll take two, five, eight. I'm out.

0:33:380:33:41

Do I see 40? 40, two, five, eight.

0:33:410:33:44

-50, two, five...

-Look, you're in profit, girls.

-60.

-Yes!

0:33:440:33:49

60 do I see? 60, new place. Two?

0:33:490:33:52

-You're in, sir, at £60.

-Come on!

-Do I see two now?

0:33:520:33:55

60, I'll take two, fair warning. I'll take two, come on!

0:33:550:33:58

-Come on!

-£60, come on!

0:33:580:34:00

Do I see two?

0:34:000:34:02

60, I'll take two! One more do I see?

0:34:020:34:05

Fair warning... Two, five...

0:34:050:34:07

-One more, sir!

-Go on, go on!

0:34:070:34:10

65, 65. 68, Miss White? You're out, but thank you very much.

0:34:100:34:14

You're in, sir, at £65.

0:34:140:34:17

-Oh!

-£65, so that's a proper job, isn't it?

0:34:170:34:20

-That's 50...

-Well done.

-..er...that's 15,

0:34:200:34:22

-that's £17 - plus 17.

-Brilliant.

-Now...

0:34:220:34:26

Cigar cutter being shown by Sandra, I've got some interest here at £30.

0:34:260:34:31

Do I see two? Five, eight, 40, two, and I'm out. Do I see five now?

0:34:310:34:35

-Come on.

-I'll take five, surely, come on.

0:34:350:34:38

-I don't like the look of this.

-No.

0:34:380:34:40

-One more do I see? Come on. Fair warning. I'll take five.

-Oh, Tim!

0:34:400:34:44

And we sell at £42. Gone.

0:34:440:34:47

-Minus 38, I'm awfully sorry.

-Sorry, girls.

0:34:470:34:49

-Next up is the Steiff squirrel.

-I loved that.

0:34:490:34:52

-OK.

-Here it comes.

0:34:520:34:53

You might like it, they are endangered, but there we are,

0:34:530:34:56

-it's a red squirrel.

-LAUGHTER

0:34:560:34:59

20th century. Where do we start? With the all-important ear...

0:34:590:35:04

-Piercing.

-..stud.

0:35:040:35:06

Piercing, quite right, there we are.

0:35:060:35:08

However, I have interest here at £30.

0:35:080:35:10

-Oh.

-For a lovely squirrel, do I see two?

0:35:100:35:14

-At £32, five...

-Yes!

-38, 40, two, five...

0:35:140:35:20

-One more, sir. Look at him.

-Go on, go on!

-Five!

0:35:200:35:24

-48, Miss White?

-Go on, Miss White!

0:35:240:35:26

50, sir?

0:35:280:35:29

Two?

0:35:290:35:31

-55?

-Go on!

-Thank you, sir,

0:35:310:35:34

very much, we appreciate it.

0:35:340:35:36

-Yeah!

-You're in, Miss White, at £52. I'll take five.

0:35:360:35:40

All out? We go to the lady, looking very elegant, at £52! All out!

0:35:400:35:45

-THEY ALL TALK AT ONCE

-..45, 55, that is £7.

0:35:450:35:51

You are minus £14 at the end of that tally-up, yes?

0:35:510:35:54

-Are you going to go with the pillbox and trust David?

-Yes.

-I would say yes.

-Yes?

0:35:540:35:58

-That was exciting, wasn't it?

-Yes. I'd like another excitement!

0:35:580:36:02

-But you are £14 down, yes?

-Yes, we need to make it, don't we?

0:36:020:36:06

You need to make it up.

0:36:060:36:07

-It could be a winning score, -14, so you could just do nothing, and leave it...

-Absolutely.

0:36:070:36:12

-No, no, no, let's go for it.

-Or go with the pillbox.

-Go with it.

0:36:120:36:15

-Yes?

-Yes.

-Go with the pillbox? Are you happy with it?

-Of course.

0:36:150:36:19

-Of course! And off we go.

-It's a small, modern,

0:36:190:36:21

silver pillbox with a hinged cover and hallmarked for London.

0:36:210:36:25

£5. Five and I'm out. At five, six, eight...

0:36:250:36:30

-and ten and 12...

-Oh, thank God!

0:36:300:36:32

12, madam. 14, sir.

0:36:320:36:35

16? 14, 16, madam. 16, 18, one more. I'll take 17 if that helps you.

0:36:350:36:41

-Go on!

-At £16, the lady. 17, 18... 18, 20.

0:36:410:36:45

One more. And two, I'll take £21.

0:36:450:36:49

-We want new bidders.

-23, 24, 25...

0:36:490:36:54

Are you sure? At 24?

0:36:540:36:57

-Have we made our money back?

-All done?

-One more!

-At £24...

0:36:570:37:01

-One more!

-One more, 25? Are you sure? "No more," she says.

0:37:010:37:05

-25!

-Yes!

-Yes!

0:37:050:37:08

27! Look at me, madam.

0:37:080:37:11

No? Are you sure? Thank you. We say sale.

0:37:110:37:14

You are £26, that is plus 16, which means overall you're plus two!

0:37:140:37:19

-Yes! Well done.

-Don't you love it? I just love this programme.

0:37:190:37:24

-OK. £2 up.

-Great.

-Thank you so much, Tim.

0:37:240:37:27

Well, thank him!

0:37:270:37:29

That's a peach of a result on that £10 item. Now, don't tell the Blues a thing, all right?

0:37:290:37:34

-You guys OK?

-Very good, thanks.

0:37:410:37:42

-Have the Reds told you anything?

-Not a word.

-We haven't seen them.

0:37:420:37:45

Well, your first item up is the wine and spirit measure-calculator jobby.

0:37:450:37:50

£35 paid, the estimate's 30-50, and here it comes.

0:37:500:37:53

There we are, "the standard slide rule

0:37:530:37:55

"for the entire wine and spirit trade". I'm only bid £20 for this.

0:37:550:37:59

--

-Ooh...

--

-I'm bid 20, I'll take two now.

0:37:590:38:02

22, 25, eight, I'm out.

0:38:020:38:04

Do I see 30? At two...five, 38...40.

0:38:040:38:10

You're in profit.

0:38:100:38:13

..48, 50, two... 50, I'll take two, come on. 50?

0:38:130:38:18

I'll take one more, Sir Paul. Look at me. "No," he says, at 50.

0:38:180:38:22

All done?

0:38:220:38:23

We say "sale" to you, sir... Two, five?

0:38:230:38:27

58... One more, sir, look at me.

0:38:270:38:30

Yes, one more? 58, 60.

0:38:300:38:33

-Two... Look at me.

-LAUGHTER

0:38:330:38:37

"Look at me"!

0:38:370:38:39

To you, sir, we say "sale" at £60.

0:38:390:38:41

-Snooge!

-That is happenin'!

-Yes! Come on!

-They're so sweet! £60.

0:38:410:38:47

-You've made £25 profit.

-Amazing!

0:38:470:38:50

-£25 up.

-Amazing!

-Huh. Now the brooch.

0:38:500:38:53

There we are, it might fly away.

0:38:530:38:55

A delightful, 9 carat gold heart and dove design brooch. Late Victorian.

0:38:550:38:59

I am bid £32. Do I see five now?

0:38:590:39:02

32, do I see five now? Good object, this, at £32.

0:39:020:39:06

On commission we go. Do I see five?

0:39:060:39:08

Fair warning... Five. 38, 40...

0:39:080:39:12

-One more now.

-One for luck!

-Yes?

0:39:120:39:16

-Go on, then.

-Thank you, sir.

-Good man!

0:39:160:39:19

I'm out, you're in, sir, at £40.

0:39:190:39:21

We go to you, sir, for £40.

0:39:210:39:24

-Ooh!

-That's £2.

-£2!

0:39:240:39:26

It's profit, that's all right. Both of your items made a profit,

0:39:260:39:29

-Furry, that's brilliant. Now, Kate...

-This one. Come on, Kate!

0:39:290:39:33

Uh-oh...

0:39:330:39:34

Mahogany and boxwood strung tea caddy with a hinged cover,

0:39:340:39:37

156, where do we start?

0:39:370:39:39

Bids here only at £30. Do I see two, please?

0:39:390:39:43

Good box for £30. Two, five, eight, 40, two, and I'm out. Do I see five?

0:39:430:39:47

48, 50, two... One more. No?

0:39:470:39:51

52, five. 58? Thank you. At £55. Do I see eight now?

0:39:510:39:56

-At 55, 55, we're all out.

-Uh-oh! Oh, no!

-And selling at £55.

0:39:560:40:01

-Pooge!

-£55.

0:40:010:40:03

I'm so sorry, that's minus £30 on that.

0:40:030:40:07

-Ouch!

-You had 27, you are currently minus three.

0:40:070:40:11

-Minus three, minus three.

-That is so close, isn't it?

0:40:110:40:14

-You're up there, you're down there.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:40:140:40:17

Are you going to go with the jug and rescue it?

0:40:170:40:19

-Minus three could be a winning score.

-What do you reckon?

-I don't know.

0:40:190:40:23

I genuinely don't know!

0:40:230:40:24

-I think we should risk it.

-OK, I'm going with you.

-We'll go for it.

0:40:240:40:28

-Just think this through, OK?

-Are you absolutely sure about this?

0:40:280:40:32

Well, minus three could be a winning score, but we wouldn't win anything so...!

0:40:320:40:36

What do you think? What's your gut instinct?

0:40:360:40:39

Ooh... Oh, no, I don't want the pressure!

0:40:390:40:43

-Are you going to go with it?

-Shall we do it?

-Let's do it.

0:40:430:40:46

-We'll do it, yeah, we'll do it.

-Let's go with it.

-He who dares wins.

-Exactly.

-OK, off we go!

0:40:460:40:51

Number 916 is a delightful silver cream jug.

0:40:510:40:55

I am bid at £40.

0:40:550:40:57

Two, five, eight, 50, two, and I'm out.

0:40:570:41:01

Do I see five now? I'll take five, 55, 58, 60. Two...

0:41:020:41:08

The lady at £60. Do I see two? Five, one more, 68. 70?

0:41:080:41:13

-Are you sure? Positive?

-Go on!

-70, two, five... Madam, no more?

0:41:130:41:20

You're in, sir, standing at £72...to you, sir.

0:41:200:41:23

-Darn it!

-I'm so sorry.

-Don't worry.

-Minus 18 equals...

0:41:240:41:29

minus 21.

0:41:290:41:30

-That's still not too bad.

-It could be a winning score.

0:41:300:41:32

Don't say a word to the Reds, and all will be revealed in a moment.

0:41:320:41:37

Cor, talk about snakes and ladders! It has been a contest today. Have you had a good time?

0:41:430:41:48

-Brilliant time.

-Absolutely.

-We've loved having you.

0:41:480:41:51

Have you been talking about the results at all?

0:41:510:41:54

-Not a word. Absolutely not.

-Well,

0:41:540:41:57

there's not much of a gnat between you, it has to be said,

0:41:570:42:00

but somebody's got to be the runners-up, and the runners-up today are Rach and Furry...

0:42:000:42:04

-ALL: Oh!

-..which is bad luck, really.

0:42:040:42:08

How could we win, with you about?

0:42:080:42:10

-Sorry, we're just so surprised!

-I love David, I love him!

0:42:100:42:14

I don't think I've got this wrong. It is amazing,

0:42:140:42:16

you are quite right to be surprised, because Furry, I have to say,

0:42:160:42:20

ought to get a special prize, because his two items made whopping profits.

0:42:200:42:25

-Then it went downhill.

-It did.

-It would have been fine without me, if they'd been on their own.

0:42:250:42:31

Don't you go crocking yourself, Kate! But anyway,

0:42:310:42:34

it is a minus 21 score, which is nothing in Bargain Hunt terms.

0:42:340:42:37

But today, of course, you have been up against a formidable opposition in Clarissa and Jill,

0:42:370:42:43

and bailed out essentially by David Harper's bonus buy of £16 on that miserable little pillbox.

0:42:430:42:49

Well, anyway, all I can say to David Harper is

0:42:490:42:53

continue taking the tablets, because it's working for your bonus buys.

0:42:530:42:57

Anyway, overall, you are winning today's competition by taking home £2!

0:42:570:43:02

That works out, by my math, at £1 each.

0:43:020:43:07

-So on that basis, join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?

-ALL: YES!

0:43:070:43:11

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0:43:290:43:31

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0:43:310:43:35

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.