Antiques challenge. King Henry VIII and Katherine Parr make a guest appearance at Derby University Antiques Fair, with the assistance of experts David Barby and Mark Stacey.
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Today around about this time I normally give two lucky teams £300 each and,
do you know, I think I'm going to do the same again today!
Let's go bargain hunting!
I've popped over to Derby today, to Derby University,
because every so often the authorities fling this place open
to the wonderful world of antiques,
where there are literally thousands of objects for our teams to pick over.
Just look at what we've got coming up!
For the Reds, Josie and John, it's never mind the quantity, feel the...
Quality team. Definite quality.
You're so rough!
Sisters Zoe and Tracey give their expert a run for his money.
I like the little thimble there.
-Oh, do you? Never mind.
-You're not impressed with agate?
-No, I like pig.
Charming. Which team will come out on top at the auction, then?
-Keep going, keep going, keep going!
-Commission bid and I sell.
Before we meet today's teams, let me remind you about the rules.
Each team has £300 to hunt down three items
at this Jaguar Antiques Fair, which they must try to sell for a profit at auction.
So today we have husband and wife Josie and John, versus sisters Zoe and Tracey.
Welcome to Bargain Hunt.
So...the costume presumably relates to something you do, does it?
Yes, it certainly does, yes.
We go into schools and Women's Institutes
and talk about Tudor history in general and about Henry VIII.
And Catherine Parr, and the other wives as well.
-And how did you two meet?
-Well, we actually met...
We were both on a course, didn't know each other, in Blackpool,
and it was tea time and John hadn't appeared for the first night on our table,
so everybody else ate his tea, which was a little unfortunate, and he came in and we'd all eaten
his tea and left about two chips on the plate, and so we kind of got to know each other after that.
-And, John, you've got some unusual hobbies?
-Yes. Yes, I collect thousands and thousands
of little toy soldiers and then I recreate battles, 1066, Waterloo, and enjoy playing with them.
And, Josie, what do you collect?
I collect egg cups among other things, and I like Art Nouveau
jewellery and things like that. I've got 200 egg cups, actually.
And what are you expecting and hoping to find today?
Well, I'd love to find a very rare Tudor jewel
for about 5p, but I don't think that's going to happen, so...
But certainly jewellery and Art Nouveau ware, as well.
Yes, indeed, yes. I'd go along with that.
Well, extraordinarily good luck. Now, over to the opposition.
Well, girls, this is quite a formidable sight, isn't it?
-Do you feel underdressed at all?
-Just slightly! Well, don't worry about it at all.
Now, Zo Zo, you applied to be on the show. Tell me why.
Well, I applied... Well, Tracey didn't even know about it at the time.
I just thought it would be great to have a fun day together.
We're both busy with families and that, and it was just a bit of us time.
So it's an opportunity to get to know your sister again!
-I mean, do you see much of each other?
Not as much as we'd like.
-We live about 20 miles away, but Tracey works full time
so this was sort of an opportunity just to indulge.
Well, we hope you have a thoroughly lovely day.
But you both come from Stoke on Trent originally.
Yes. Both from the mother town of the Potteries, Burslem.
And therefore you collect, do you?
I collect Bunnykins figures.
I've done a little bit of the Beatrix Potter, as well.
-And Tracey, you're a big animal lover?
-I am, yes.
I do a bit of voluntary work at a local rescue centre
where they have farm animals.
Why do you think you love animals so much?
We've had pets, both of us, since we were dots.
I was brought up in a pet shop and so it was nothing to have tortoise walking up and down the yard at home.
Well, good fun, isn't it? It's no wonder I suppose.
-It's like, you know, all of us, our upbringing does rub off on you to a certain extent, doesn't it?
Now, have you got any tactics as to how to win Bargain Hunt today?
-We're going to spend the lot.
-Absolutely blow it, yes.
-I like the sound of that!
Well, we're going for quality and quality costs, so...
Well, good for you. That's a very good tactic.
-Now, here come the £300 actually right now. Your £300. £300 apiece.
-Thank you very much.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go and very good luck.
And off with your head!
So which experts are putting their heads on the proverbial block today?
For the Red team, ooh, David Barby!
And for the Blues, Mark Stacey.
Right, teams, get to it.
Now do tuck in there, girls, and have a look.
-How are you? Jolly good.
It's off with their costumes for Henry VIII and Catherine Parr, it's back to reality for Josie and John.
Right, here's your selection of militaria.
-Now, what are we looking for, British medals?
-Well, British medals are sort of common.
If you get something foreign, you know, German or Russian or French, anything like that...
But that is for a very select niche market, isn't it?
-Are you going to find that in a general saleroom?
No, this is the problem, isn't it?
Right, let's go and look for something else
and I'll keep churning things over in my mind and see what we can come up with.
And maybe cheer up a bit, eh(?)
-You're not impressed, are you?
-The strap's putting me off.
-It doesn't match the quality of the face.
I think it goes quite... That's what it would have had on it.
Oh, give it up, Mark!
Remember Josie wanted to buy some jewellery?
Well, she's spotted some.
-With the turquoise?
-Could I have a look at that?
-And what is it? It's 1950s...
-Yes. Hepworth period, isn't it?
-Ah! Is it silver?
-I would have thought so.
It looks Scandinavian, actually. That is rather nice, but I also...
-How much is that, sir?
-Has it got a price on it?
-There's no price, so it's free!
-I shall find out for you.
But I also like that as well, actually.
That's actually quite nice, though.
I quite like that. Do you think that would...
-You'd buy that, wouldn't you...
-I would. But would I buy...
This. And I also like that one as well.
-And you said it's actually 70 on that, didn't you?
-70 on that.
-Could I have a look at that one, please?
I mean, I like both actually, I have to say.
If I buy two, you could have one, is that all right?
Well, that's its original box, which is so good, isn't it?
And that is really...
-Not against the Bargain Hunt logo!
-On the top of the Bargain Hunt...
-Put it on that side there.
Stunning. I love it when you get the fabric coming through.
-I like that one.
-I like that.
-Do you like that one or that one?
I like both!
I look at that one and I think of St Ives, you know, Barbara Hepworth?
-Yes, yes, yes.
-And you have that tension of the metal,
from one particular arch to another and that's very, very sort of '50s.
So, is it possible, as I say, I can actually.. I! Sorry, we!
-The Royal we!
-Well, you saw it.
..to have both, or do we want to go for something different again?
-No, no, no, if you want to buy both, you can do.
-It's entirely in your hands.
So we could buy one now and then possibly come back if I don't find anything else for my side of it?
Yes. Now that... That... That's very good.
Yes, I think my side of it, so if we could buy that one now.
-You like that.
-I like that. She likes that.
-I like that.
Can you sort of get the gist that she really likes this one here!
Well, I like that because it's in its original box
and if you look at the box that's a statement of the period, as well.
-It's 925 quality, so that's equivalent to being English sterling silver quality. I like it immensely.
Yeah, I like that, so can I take this one, please?
I may be back for that one later, if my husband can't find two different ones.
It's a tough old game.
This is rather fun, the teapot.
War against Hitlerism.
-Yes, that's a bit different, a souvenir teapot.
-A souvenir teapot.
"For Dyson and Horsfall of Preston to replace aluminium stocks
"taken over for Allied armaments, 1939."
-So when was that made, then?
-Well, where do you think if it was 1939?
-Where do I think?
-No, WHEN do you think.
-If we look underneath, it's Crown Ducal.
They were based in Staffordshire.
And what I like about it is the fact that you've got a local piece of history, as well.
-So somebody on the internet is going to pick up on that.
And it's a great 1930s shape. This is very much an Art Deco style shape with that sort of stylised form.
And as far as I can see, it's in absolutely mint condition.
-I like that, you know?
-I quite like that.
-Do you like that?
-It's quirky, isn't it?
-It is quirky.
There's lots of people who collect teapots and war memorabilia and things.
-The only thing I'm a little bit concerned about is the price.
-Yeah, I don't like that price.
It's not unreasonable if you're buying something from a respected dealer,
but we'd like to try and get it down a bit.
-He's a nice man, he's got kind eyes.
-Oh, I see, he's got kind eyes!
-Oh, we're turning the charm on, are we, yeah?
-Nothing to do with me, so...
-What's your best on that?
-Right, the best on it would be 75.
You don't think you could do it a bit less? 60?
No, I can't come as low as 60.
-I'll do 65.
-I think that's reasonable.
-Are you happy with that?
I like it, actually, because I...
-You think we can make a profit on that?
-I think so, it's quality.
You wanted quality and you wanted quirky. I do like it, actually.
-We've got a deal, I think.
-Wonderful, thank you so much.
-Yeah, thank you.
So the Blues have their first item, and the Reds?
Well, they haven't moved an inch.
What are they up to?
-That's very nice, actually.
-You know, that reminds me of a sailing boat, actually.
-And how much are they, sir?
-And that's for all three pieces.
-They're rather nice, actually.
-Could you do anything else with the tie pin, or would you just...
-Well, you can have it on a lapel.
-You could, couldn't you?
Well, it's £30 for a pair of cufflinks and they're silver.
All this is cut out by hand.
-So it's not machine...
-It's not machine done.
-It's all hand cut.
-Well, I approve of handcrafted things.
Because these are rather nice.
-It's your choice this time.
-Yes, I like those because I would wear those.
-I really would.
So we have something for the lady and for the gentlemen.
-And we've got to find something for the weekend.
-Cor, you're pretty intent, you lot, aren't you?
-I mean, intent.
-Well, we've bought two items.
-Two in one stall.
-Two in one stall.
-So how much have you spent so far?
£100. Bought two items for £100.
-But quality pieces, Tim.
-Look at his face!
-That's us, quality.
-A quality team.
-Definitely a quality man.
-You're so rough!
I was told you liked a bit of rough, David!
Before you had telly, before you had movies, every single household
in the civilised world would have had one of these things.
It's called a stereoscopic viewer, which would enable the viewer to experience foreign sites without
having to leave their front room, because with every viewer came a series of photographic cards and,
sure enough, alongside the viewer we've got a box. It's a book called India Through The Stereoscope,
and what that includes is a whole bunch of cards,
each of which have got two photographic prints on them,
and when you look at them through this viewer, you see those images in stereo.
Oliver Wendell Holmes developed the process of looking at
two photographs on a card through a viewer like this.
Now, if I put the card in like that,
and I look through the two prismatic lenses, like this... What I see is
those two images, one slightly superimposed over the other, which gives you a 3D effect.
They were producing these cards to create that effect
from the 1880s and, actually, if you look on the bottom of this viewer, it's got a patent number for 1901.
..And these things remained in production
until films really got going in the 1920s, when all of a sudden all this stuff was made redundant.
What I love about this particular set is that it tells the story through the stereoscopic slides.
In the first slide, you see the quintessentially typical tourist's eye view of Taj Mahal
and so forth through a whole series of imperial images, hence the box -
India Through The Stereoscope.
The big question is how much this little lot would cost you.
Hang on a minute, I'll just take a quick squint.
Ah, yes, £150.
Well, £75 per eye, actually.
Eye, eye, back to the shopping.
You've got two objects.
-We've got one more...
-So what are we looking for? Quirky pottery?
-I think the Art Nouveau.
-Well, the Art Nouveau stand is just down there, so let's make our way down there, OK?
-That sounds good.
-We've done it again!
-It's a lot.
The team are desperate to get a nice little piece of silver, so...
Oh, right. Well, there's a piece that I might be able to help you out with.
-I think we should keep looking...
-..At the moment.
And the pig is terribly expensive, I suppose, is it? Is it antique?
He is indeed, 1906 or 1907.
-It's a little pincushion.
-Oh, I like that.
-He's got a cheeky face.
-What would be the lowest you could do?
-The very, very best...
-Bearing in mind that we're running out of time.
-That's not bad, you know.
-It's not a lot of weight in that?
-It's a collectable.
-It's a collectable. Want to hold it and we'll come back?
-Yes, I'll hold it.
-See, I think he's rather sweet.
You've got to look at the object.
I like the detail, I like the little ears and the squiggly tail.
-I like the pig, it's just...
-I don't think you can go by that.
Because it's a little object, they were meant as little fancies...
They're not going to be very heavy, because they're not cast silver.
-Do you think this is the original velvet?
-It looks like it, it's a nice deep colour.
A little piggie, isn't it?
You see, I think it would appeal to people that collect pigs and people that collect silver.
You're quite right. Do you want to hold it for 10 minutes or so?
We'll come straight back if we can't find anything.
Because we've got 20 minutes...
-We've got about 20 minutes or so, so...
-Right, well, we'll come straight back, yeah?
-Let's have one last quick look.
-Can you make yourself look very obvious?
We've come to relieve you of all those things you're going to reduce half price!
What's the little piece on the end?
I don't know, it's got a mark on.
I think it's Dutch. Ceramic, with a pewter overlay. It's just lovely.
I'll do it for you for 80.
It is stamped. A ceramic specialist may be able to tell you what the mark is.
-I like the feel of it.
-I like the mixture.
-The colour is lovely as well.
-It's a beautiful colour, isn't it?
-I know. And you know you're buying...
Well, you're buying an original piece.
That is a very good buy, it's very decorative,
but you don't have to like Art Nouveau for that, do you?
No. And it's small enough to be sort of...
You could actually use it, as well.
-And it looks great with a freesia in.
-It looks beautiful.
-I like it, actually.
-I think vases are useful.
I like the patterns round there too.
OK, now, this I'm going to put back, because this is something we shall come back to.
-Right, come on, we've got 15 minutes.
-15 minutes to drag us away.
-We shall be back to see you with a vengeance.
Oh, don't dilly dally, David!
-Where are you off to?
-I'm just having a look in these cases here.
I like the little thimble there.
-Do you? Never mind.
Are you not impressed with agate?
-No, I like the pig.
We could come back... We could have the pig if you want, Trace.
Well, shall we keep looking? ..Oh, look, there's an elephant.
The Blues need two buys in 10 minutes, and the Reds are closing the deal on their vase.
-Meet me in the middle at 70.
-Go on, go on!
Oh, thank you! That's brilliant.
I love that.
-You've made three of us very happy indeed.
-Thank you very much.
-Was it 60?
No, where are we going? How did we get down the stairs here?
-We've still got two items to buy, haven't we?
-Yes, we have.
Art Nouveau is all the rage today.
Oh, it's a box!
We said we weren't going to go for a box, didn't we? But this is nice. I like this.
Yes, it is nice, isn't it? I don't know whether it's a box...
-Sort of silver plated and continental, I would have thought, isn't it?
-It's very sweet, a very nice thing.
-I like the photo frame, as well, don't you?
-It's nice, isn't it?
-Yes, I like that.
-What's that? "East, West..."
-Oh, home is best.
-What piece could you do at a good price for us?
-Oh... I think really your frame...
The frames are popular and it's got the motto, it's got the Liberty Glasgow School association.
-It's, you know, really nice. What would be your best on the box? It's 180 at the moment?
140 is the best. Two minutes left. We've got 140 on this.
-So that would be within your budget, just.
-Do you like that?
And then you're leaving me a fiver to find something!
-You've got two minutes, guys, we need a minute to get to the other stall.
-I like the box.
-It's the box.
-Thank you very much.
Are we straight up here?
That corner, aren't we?
Come on. We've got... We've got to go, come on.
-Excuse me, please.
We've just about 30 seconds left!
Now, is that little piggy still at the market?
Hello, could we have the pig...
-But we're running out of time.
-I think we've got to have it, haven't we?
We haven't got any choice. Well, we need your very, very best...
The very, very best I can do is £90.
-Yes. Well, you're leaving me £5, girls, to find something.
-OK, OK. Sold!
-It has to be 90 and then you're leaving me with £5.
That was cutting it fine!
All items bought and paid for, but if the teams were at all worried about anything that
they have bought, they need not fret because the leftover lolly will be
given to their expert to find that fourth item, which will be produced at the auction. They can
decide whether to embrace it or to bin it, but right now let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought.
Josie and John are pinning their hopes on this silver brooch.
And the silver streak continues
with this sailing-themed cufflinks and tie-pin set.
And, finally, they bought that blue-glazed vase.
Oh, dear! Well, have you got matching tastes, you three? Is that what's going on here?
I think so, yes. We... We...
We've gone for arts and crafts, Tim.
Sort of Art Nouveau, arts and crafts.
Yeah, you seem to be welded from the hip, the three of you, which is really nice.
One major link in the middle.
How much did you spend overall?
So I'd like £135 of leftover lolly, please.
I knew you'd want it, and there you're. £135.
135. Well, that's actually quite a lot for you, David, isn't it?
Well, it is, but I think I've already established what they're interested in.
Not another arts and crafts piece!
-We're going to keep it a secret, aren't we?
All right, fine. Do you know what...
-Do you know what your bonus buy's going to be?
-Well, there you go, you see?
There is some mystery left in the programme.
-There is a little mystery.
-It could be anything, couldn't it?
-It could be.
-Well, we're just relying on his taste.
Rely on his taste at your peril!
Good luck. For us, let's remind ourselves what the Blues bought.
Zoe and Tracey were fascinated by this patriotic teapot.
..And hope for a massive profit from the Art Nouveau pewter box.
..And the silver piggy pincushion.
You've left me with a fiver.
I'm afraid so. You don't deserve that, but... You deserve more.
-I deserved a bit more than that.
-You did, bless you!
Well, done, girls. That's absolutely super. Are you all right, Trace?
-I'm fine, thank you.
-You had a good old dash there. What about you, Zo Zo?
-It was a bit of a sprint to the finish, but we got there.
-And you spent a magnificent total.
-Is it 295?
-It was, £5 left.
-I love that, don't you? £295 spent. I love you to bits.
Anyway, a £5 note left over.
-Which is the leftover lolly. Who's got the £5 note?
You've still got the £5 note? What are doing with the £5 note already?
-Well, I was so treasured...
-Well, you give it to them.
He didn't want us to spend any more!
You're going to give it to me.
-There we go, and I give it back to you.
It's rather like the Inland Revenue, this. It's like a kind of perpetual cycle.
Anyway, £5 only. Good luck with that and I'm glad you've had good fun.
-And well done for spending all that cash.
But, for me, I'm heading off to Bucks.
And while I'm away, our experts can look for their bonus buys.
Good luck, boys.
Claydon has been home to the Verney family for nearly 400 years.
In the mid-18th century, the second Earl inherited the estate and began to spend, spend, spend.
And this is a prime example of the extravagance lavished on the interior fittings
and decoration of this splendid house.
Your eye immediately is drawn up.
As your eye comes down, you begin to take in
how magnificent and beautiful this wrought-iron balustrade is.
It's the most delicate and exquisite example of wrought iron I think I've ever seen in a British house.
What we've got are swags draped between very delicate
tendrils of iron, each of which spout ears of corn.
And above that, on the next landing, you see one of their crests,
which is a Phoenix with outstretched wings.
But what you wouldn't realise at first sight, is that the underside of each of these stairways
is inlaid, this time square coffers filled with stylised oak leaves, and the underside
of this lower staircase matches the underside of the staircase as you go up, way up there, in the sky.
In short, this staircase is an absolute tour de force of inlay,
not just with one or two bits of timber, but with dense parquetry.
We've got holly, we've got box, you've got ebony, you've got walnut, you've got mahogany,
and all of those timbers together go to make up this jolly effect as you rise the staircase.
And, most amusingly, highlighted throughout the staircase is an arrangement of little ivory dots.
See how bright and white those dots are? Well, that's quite deliberate.
They are supposed to reflect the light so that when it's dimpsey
in the evening, perhaps you're only carrying a candle, when you go up and down these stairs, those little
white dots reflect a bit of light back at you so that you can tell exactly where the treads are.
This handrail, which executes an extraordinarily athletic double,
or even triple whirl at the bottom,
is also inlaid with geometric parquetry devices
and ivory spots.
And to finish the staircase off, we've got something that's called a flourish.
That's the term that's used for the twirly-curly bottom tread of the staircase,
except that at Claydon, the outset bottom tread comes far further than you would normally expect...
almost, in a way, making a step
that perhaps an auctioneer could
stand upon and conduct an auction.
The big question is today - are our teams over at the auction going to have a similar flourish?
We shall see, we shall see.
Right, the experts have their bonus buys in the bag, so off
-to Nottingham to meet auctioneer Nigel Kirk. He's a good egg. Nigel, good morning.
Now, Josie and John went with this brooch. Do you like that?
I do, yes. It's a splendid piece of Scandinavian arts and crafts.
Is it something that you think will find favour with your crowd?
-Yes, I do. I think it will sell very well.
-OK. What sort of estimate?
-30 to 50.
-OK, £70 they paid, so there may be a bit off the boil with that.
-I think they've got a chance still.
-Oh, great. Now, the cufflinks.
-Sweet little yachting tie pin and links. Any good?
Oh! What's the matter with it?
Well, they're unmarked and they're rather crude workmanship.
-What do you think it might make?
-They'll probably get the money back or make a pound or two profit.
-20 to 30.
Lastly, in their trio is this turn-of-the-century pot.
Yes, that's again a slightly strange object because it looks circa 1910,
but I'm not convinced it's quite as early as that.
-There's no indication of a maker on either the mount or the pot.
It's a good-looking thing and it's something you'd go and pick up straight away, but you might put it
down again rather quickly when you've looked at it closely.
-Yes. There's something about this overlaid metal, it's very crude, isn't it?
So, what's your estimate?
-I think it'll make 30 to 50.
-Oh, dear, £65 paid.
-This team is going to need its bonus buys, so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Josie and John, feeling all right?
-This is the bonus buy moment, you know.
-It is, yes.
You spent 165, you give £135 to David Barby. What did he spend it on?
What I bought was something extraordinarily good.
-It's a box of chocs!
-They are absolutely...
-These are Chinese.
I'd date them towards the middle of the 19th, end of the 19th century.
-Can I pick one up?
-Yes. They're silver, covered with gold.
And these have got little holes, as you can see, all the way round.
-And that would have been for stitching on to garments.
-Now, each one represents one of the Immortals.
This is kind of Buddhistic religion, isn't it?
-Yes, yes. I paid £55 for them.
-We're going to make a profit.
Well, done. That's a marvellous buy.
You couldn't have actually hit... With the sort of staffs on
instruments and things like that, just absolutely fits us completely.
-Aren't they extraordinary?
-I've never, ever seen anything like this at all.
-Well, there we go.
So, what's your prediction, David, of what these Immortals might make?
I'd like to see them go over 100, if not more.
On that happy note, then, you rest with that thought but, for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's Immortals.
Now, Nigel, there's something a bit glitzy.
Absolutely. They're splendid things.
-Yeah, they're good, aren't they?
-Chinese repousse silver gilt.
-And do you think they might have been sewn on a costume?
-I think so.
I'd have to do some delving in my reference books to try and
work out precisely what they're for, but I think they've got potential.
They're certainly silver gilt and beautifully worked.
No marks on them, but I wouldn't criticise them necessarily for that.
The date, I would imagine, probably late 19th or early 20th century.
And there's an incredible interest in Chinese things now, isn't there?
China is where it's at. I'm not suggesting that these are going
to make huge prices, but I think going to sell very well, nonetheless.
Oh, good. Mr Barby will be pleased.
-How much do you think he might get, Nigel?
-I think they'll probably make £100 or so.
Gosh! He only paid £55, the cunning monkey.
That does, of course, depend on the team deciding to
go with the bonus buy and we'll find out about that in a moment.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues - Zoe and Tracey.
-Very patriotic teapot that, what?
-Absolutely! Flags of the Allies.
I mean, it's so typically British though We're going into a World War conflict here
and we'll have a cup of tea and produce some patriotic teapots.
-Is it likely to be collectable, do you think?
Yes, it is. Certainly commemorative objects relating to the Great War,
1914 to 1918, have become much more sought in recent years, because we're
approaching the centenary, and I can see that the same thing will happen with the Second World War.
So, how much do you think, Nigel?
I think it'll probably make £40 to £60. It could make more.
OK, £65 paid, so they've got a chance.
Now, Zoe went with the polished pewter box.
I think that box is a slightly boring article, really.
It's a little over polished. Sometimes, things like this
have figures on them, you know, maidens reclining amongst lilies and whatnot and...
-Yeah, without much on.
-Yeah. They're rather more saleable.
-It's a bit dull, this one.
-Oh, I think probably about 80 to 120 on a good day.
-That's pushing it a bit, I fear.
-Well, she did splash out £140.
-I think that was very bold.
-Now, the silver pig pincushion.
-It seems to me that the price of these novelty pincushions is all over the shop.
They make crazy prices because there's practically no silver in them.
-They're purely novelty objects, but they are incredibly collectable.
If you're forming a collection of pincushions,
pigs and rabbits and little chicks, they turn up perhaps most frequently.
-How much do you think this little trotter's going to bring?
-I think that'll make 80 to 120.
I've sold many of them over the last few years and they always seem to make that sort of price.
-Well, that's a good fat pork profit on £90.
Because that's what Tracey paid.
But are they going to need their bonus buy?
I fancy if that boring box doesn't do as well as it ought to do
they are going to need it, so let's go and have a look.
-Now, Tracey, Zo Zo. Yes?
You spent £295, you magnificent creatures and specimens of womanhood!
And you gave £5 to Mark Stacey to find you a bonus buy, which the way we like to do it, isn't it, Mark?
-We do, Tim, we like a challenge.
-Lovely job. What did you spend the £5 on?
I spent the whole of the £5, Tim...
-On these little Guinness advertising buttons.
-Oh, I like them!
You can see the little seal there, the ostrich head and
creature there, but for a fiver I thought we can't go wrong with it.
-You've done well.
-It wasn't much, was it, to spend, so...
-You couldn't have much choice for a fiver!
I think it's a miracle that you found anything at all, really.
So, talk to us, Mark, about breweriana because it is a serious collectable, isn't it?
-Oh, it is and Guinness is right up there.
-I mean, Guinness is one of the main collectable areas.
I mean... And a lot of advertising ware can make serious money.
-As I say, this is not quite complete.
-Jolly good, Mark.
For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Mark's buttons.
-There you have it, Nigel. Look at that.
A wee set of four Guinnessy buttons.
Highly collectable. Breweriana, it's just what the market wants.
-And they're 1930s, so I'm sure they'll sell well.
-Well, Mark Stacey's spent £5 on these.
-I think he's done brilliantly.
I think he'll make a 400% profit and get at least £20 to £30, perhaps even 35 or £40.
-Well, all I can say to that is - cheers!
-Your very good health.
What we've got here is a woman with a prominent feature, and that is on the backside here,
because what she's got is a bustle, so this is an extremely fashionable
girl made of solid silver, which is hallmarked Chester, 1900, and if I turn it upside down
you can see it's been engraved with a little seal, which, of course, you do to seal up a letter or a parcel.
Now, I'm going to have a little experiment here.
I've got this miracle blue pad and I'm going to pretend that that's molten sealing wax.
If we push down here to get a good impression and take it off, perfect!
If I pick that up and I get my little spyglass
and we have a squint through that you can read "Hinc Orior", which in Latin means "Hence I Arise".
From that, you are able to determine
that the motto belonged to any one of six or seven Scottish families.
To decode the other part of the message, you look up what the other part of the seal shows you,
which is that hand holding a quill over a piece of mantling, and
once you've done that you might be able to identify the actual specific family that owned this in 1901.
Now, a lot of collectors of seals simply buy these things because they find that fun to do.
On the other hand, you might simply buy this one because it's got such a lovely prominent feature.
And it could be yours for £100 to £150.
Now, girls, if there's one dark hole in your trio of objects, I'm afraid to say it's that pewter box, yeah?
-Now, Zo Zo, you paid £140 for that, right?
-His estimate is £80 to £120.
-There's a great crowd of people here.
They're going to have to get enthusiastic,
and that's where most of where your money sits, I'm afraid.
-Well, we'll see.
-We will see, won't we?
The Crown Ducal War Against Hitlerism teapot with its cover.
£30 for it please. 30 I am bid at the back.
At 30. And five anywhere? 35.
-£40. 45. 50. 50. 55. 60?
-Oh, come on. A bit more!
That's a £10 note off that. £55.
You are minus £10 on there, babies.
-Now the box, all right?
-The box, right.
The continental pewter cigar box. £50 for this, please? 50?
30. 30 I am bid. At 30. Five.
40? 40, seated. 45?
45. 50, I'll take now. At £45.
-Oh, look out!
-55, sir? 55.
-60 for you? At £55 I shall sell it.
-I'm sorry about that.
We've got into at 55 groove here,
-haven't we? Here's the pig pincushion.
-Here we go.
The Edwardian silver pig novelty pincushion.
£50 for this, please. Always collectable. 50 I am bid.
At 50. Five... 60 anywhere?
£55 it is. 60. Five. 70? 70?
At £70 in front. You're out at the back and I sell at £70.
-That, I think is cheap enough.
-That was too cheap.
£70 is minus 20.
I make that £115 down the drain, right? £115.
85 is 105... It is £115.
It's £115 down the old toiletto!
They only spent 295...
This is not so brilliant, girls.
Now, what are we going to do about the Guinness... The Guinness...?
-I think we'll risk it!
-Can we claw it back, do you think?
-Going to try it?
-You're going to risk your last fiver, aren't you?
This is what they call clutching at straws.
A set of four Guinness advertising buttons of the 1930s.
-£10 only asked for them. 10? 10 I'm bid.
15 for them anywhere? At 10.
15. 20. 25. 30.
-Look at this!
-Oh, well, there we are.
£35. I mean, what a maestro, eh?
-Yes. All that smooching!
Look, you are plus 30 on that.
Now, that is how to do it, isn't it?
Spend £5 in a fair and translate it, in a whizz, into £35.
-That's why he's a genius.
-We should have just sent you out three times!
A genius of Guinness!
Good. So, you were plus 30 on that.
-OK, so that means overall you are minus £85. Oh.
That's not too bad if you say it quick.
It's nothing, is it, £85?
And it could be a winning score.
-Don't talk to those Reds, then, eh?
Next up is the silver seal, the lady with the protuberances.
OK, she's coming up now. £100 to £150.
That's about £50 per protuberance.
-Here we go.
-The Victorian cast silver figure or desk seal.
£30 for this lot.
30 I am bid. At 30. Five anywhere?
Five. 40? 40. Five. 50. 50. Five.
£50. Right at the back. At 55 now.
£60. 65. 70. 65 in front. 70 for it?
All done at £65.
Hello. Lovely to see you.
- We're at the auction. - Excellent, excellent.
Right, we keep very quiet in this auction because this auctioneer...
-Look at them, dead quiet everywhere, so we can't make any noise.
-So, no cheering, then?
-Well, you can cheer if you like.
Let's hope we've got something to cheer about. And here we come.
Danish arts and crafts silver open-work brooch in its original box,
and £20 only bid for it. 20. Five. 30.
Five. 40. 45 anywhere? 45. 50.
-70. And five from either of you?
-At £70, then.
-Oh, come on, it's worth more than that.
Selling at £70.
£70, then. £70.
Wiped its face. Well, now...
A pair of silver yachtsmen's cufflinks and a matching tie pin.
£30 for those. 30? 20?
20, I am bid, thank you. At 20. Five anywhere? £20. The maiden bid.
Selling them at £20.
Oh, come on, that's cheap!
£20. Minus £10 on that.
The pewter overlaid art pottery vase, and £50 for this, please. 50?
-30? Any interest? 30 I'm bid on my right.
-Oh, come on!
35 for it? 35 waving at me. £40. 45.
45. 50. 55?
£50. On my right and selling then over here at £50.
£50 is minus 15 on that. So, overall, chaps, you are minus £25.
Sorry, but, you know, there it is.
No hanging around here, right? No messing about.
What are you going to do then? Are you going to go with this bonus buy?
-Definitely going to go with it.
-I mean, you love them, don't you?
-Oh, they're marvellous.
-Whatever they are!
You will be eternally grateful to Mr Barby if he brings you immortality from this moment on.
-Yes, we're going with this bonus buy, right?
That's a definite decision, we're going with the bonus buy and here they come.
Set of seven Chinese silver gilt repousse costume
appliques. £30 for them?
30, I am bid. At 30. Five anywhere?
£30 it is. And five. 40. Five.
50. Five. 60. Five.
-70. Five. 80.
-You're in profit.
85 on my left. Any more now?
-At 90 here. 95 for you.
-Look at that!
-Selling in the room at £95.
£95. You are £40 up on that, which means overall you are up £15.
Plus 15. That's pretty good, isn't it?
-Now that could be a winning score, all right?
So, JJ, don't go saying anything to anybody.
I won't, no. Mum's the word.
£150 I am bid for this.
Oh, I do love this programme, don't you?
I particularly like it when both our experts make substantial
upsides on their bonus buys, which our two boys today have done.
-Some say they look a bit like father and son.
Well, I have to tell you today that they are linked in their expertise
-because they've both done extremely well. You been talking, you lot?
I have to reveal, we don't have losers any more
we only have runners up and winners, and the runners up are the Blues.
-But you did do spectacularly badly, didn't you...
Which is just the way it goes sometimes.
It was all minus, minus, minus until those buttons came to the fore and produced a £30 profit,
but overall, then, your finish was minus £85.
Which is not so terrible, and you were a great team.
But the victors - JJ, Josie and John, - you are going to take home £15.
-Here's your £15, Josie. That's pretty good, isn't it?
-Thank you very much.
Entirely made up, I have to say, by the great success, the £40 profit, on the Immortals.
Anyway, congratulations. I hope you had a great time.
We've loved having you on the show.
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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King Henry VIII and Katherine Parr make a guest appearance at Derby University Antiques Fair, with the assistance of experts David Barby and Mark Stacey.
Also on the show, Tim Wonnacott takes a trip to Clayton House to show viewers one of the most magnificent staircases in Britain.