Firemen take on the police in another edition of the antiques challenge. Catherine Southon's firemen give her a lift, while policewomen keep James Braxton in check.
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Hello. Let's meet today's teams.
For the Reds, naturally in red, it's firemen, Terry and Olly.
And for the front view of the police girls, it's Donna and Rachel.
Hello, hello, hello.
Let's go bargain hunting!
Let them down, let them down.
We're at the outskirts of Norwich at the Norfolk Show Ground.
It's a busy old fair which means we're going to have a busy old show.
The policewomen won't lose their man today, oh, no!
You keep wandering away from me and I'm not having it.
They're cuffing James Braxton.
While the firemen have just the thing to lift Catherine Southon's spirits.
And someone's left their mark on this beautiful manor, but can you guess who? We'll find out later.
For now, let's meet the teams.
And here they all are. Back on terra firma, thank goodness.
Now, Terry, when did you first meet Olly?
I met Olly at Wattisham Air Field Fire Service, a defence fire service
about two years ago and he was put on to Red Watch.
-But tell me, because it'll be confusing people,
you are firemen but you're attached to the Ministry of Defence.
-Right, but all the basic training and everything is the same?
Except you're specialists in more military related things?
Yes. Firm related, we are.
Yes. Now, Terry, you get up to the odd practical joke, don't you?
Obviously, Tim, I'm not going to admit to anything on TV.
-Because I always say it isn't me.
No, quite. So what sort of practical jokes happen but don't have anything to do with you?
I've got up one morning and gone to the toilet
and blackened it with boot polish.
The milkman turned up early and he then went to the toilet and got a black ring on his rear.
-But at least you didn't do any Superglue or anything.
-No, no, no.
Quite. Now, you raise a lot of money for charity, don't you?
We do, we try, yes. We always try to raise a bit of money for charity.
There have been occasions when you've gone that extra mile.
That's right, Tim, I assume you're talking about my Full Monty strip that I did when I was in the RAF.
-Oh, yes. Everything off, like?
-Well, we were spared a little bit
of dignity, they provided us with a little thong and it looked like
it was made out of a pair of Y-fronts and stained with teabags to make it look skin-coloured.
The policewomen look absolutely horrified.
Anyway, how do you think you're going to get on today on Bargain Hunt? Do you think you'll do well?
Yes, I think we will. We're a good team, aren't we, B'ner?
-He's called Terry, why do you call him B'ner?
-That all I know him as,
-he's probably better at explaining the nickname.
-Why are you called B'ner?
For ten years I worked in a factory which used to have pigs and we used to bone the pigs out.
I've been called B'ner from training.
-B'ner is like Boner.
-Boner, yes, Boner!
-Boner! Come here, Boner!
And you had to take all your kit off?
-No, he did, I didn't.
-Oh, he did.
-I was too big for that job.
Good for you. I think you're going to do terribly well.
Rachel, attention here, girl.
How did you two meet then?
-We met through work, didn't we? About a year-and-a-half ago.
Yes, and is that in the force then?
Yes, we work for a Safer Neighbourhood team, that's in Wotton, a little village.
-Now, Donna, your husband's also in the police?
-He is, yes.
And how did you meet him?
I was working in Surrey at the time and I came to Newmarket
on a girls' night out and we got rather drunk.
Walked to go get a burger at the end of the night and he was stood there
on his own, so we went over and I asked him for his phone number.
-You thought I won't have a burger, I'll have a bloke.
-I'll have a copper!
-I'll have a copper!
-Were you a policewoman yourself at the time?
-Oh, you weren't?
-No, no, no.
-I asked for his phone number and he said no so I went and gave him my phone number.
-And he was on duty?
-Yes, so he wouldn't take my phone number.
So I gave him mine and then some woman collapsed in the nightclub
so he had to run over and deal with her but I was a bit drunk so we got our burger and went home.
And then he text me and we met up from then.
Really? And it was caramba, was it? Brilliant.
-So have you girls got any tactics today?
Well, I think we're going to handcuff our team so they can't actually go out and buy anything.
They've already picked you up, haven't they?
You might just as well tie them up.
What a programme we'll have today! Anyway, here's the £300 apiece, yes?
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go.
And very, very, very good luck.
So they have their money, they have an hour on the clock, they need to find three items.
But have they got a plan?
Spend as little as we can and make the biggest profits we can.
Anything that looks nice.
OK, so this is going to be a challenge, isn't it?
-I've got a better plan.
-I think we should shout "fire".
Clear the area and then we've got our choice... Let's go!
Come on, we've got no time to lose.
What do you think of spoons?
-You always see a lot of spoons on there. Ghastly.
Very good. So what date is this one?
-Maybe we need to ask Terry, he's a bit older.
-Yeah, he's a bit older.
Oh, it's going to rain.
And a bit of blue and white.
Yeah, I was looking at those, thinking these are nice.
-They're the serving dishes.
-Some of those funny...
they have those big sort of thing so gravy goes in there.
-You'd use a big serving spoon.
-There's no marking on
-that one, is there?
-Oh, yes, there is.
Spode is Staffordshire.
-Still rings, so it's fine.
Mid-early 1840s, something like that.
How much are you after for that?
-I'm asking 55.
Which I think is a good price.
Yeah, it's a good price, isn't it?
What's the very, very best you'd do for two lovely ladies?
-42, what do you reckon?
40, you've got a deal, come on.
£40, come on. Go on, all right.
Lovely, thank you. Thank you.
First one bought and very handy shelter.
How prophetic, James. The heavens have opened.
-Now, have our firemen got their hands on a damp squib?
-How much is it?
-£10, I think.
I think it's cracked right the way through.
-Let's have a look.
-Yes, it's cracked right the way through.
-Well spotted. We don't want to buy anything which is...
-OK, shall we head off?
Can we have an umbrella, please?
-Bubbly, isn't it?
-Now, there's Donna and Rachel, but where's James?
-Ah, having a chinwag.
-He lived with a boxer and they didn't get on
-because he has quirky ways about him.
-Where is he now?
Hold on. James, come here.
-What about this bowl as well?
You keep wandering away from me and I'm not having it. Come on.
-Come on, this way.
-Come on, watch my bowl.
-Haven't been this excited in years.
James seems to like dominant women. What about the firemen?
Does she appeal to you?
Come here often, love?
Can we just go and have a look at this? I've passed this one.
-I like the cups.
-It's not Lalique.
It's not Lalique but I still like it.
It's a ceiling light, a sort of bowl.
They sometimes called a bowl.
It's got nice definition, pressed glass, undamaged
and quite a sort of trendy item. Typical sort of '30s.
-No, not for me.
-You don't like that?
-I wouldn't pay 45.
-You don't like that?
-God, these handcuffs are beginning to hurt a bit.
Can you release me now?
Are these standard issue?
-No, they're not.
-"Made in China!"
No wonder he's smiling. Now, have our firemen found anything job appropriate?
What about our nice bucket?
I know, that's what made me think of it, I saw your bucket.
I've got two firemen here, you see.
It's got a hole in it, hasn't it?
-There's a hole in my bucket...
-Down there. Oh, no.
It's had a load of coal in it.
See that polished up. I ain't winding no-one up here, see this polished up.
Polish the brass up.
And all this done in black, in one of your silly centres, you're talking about £150.
-And I ain't winding you up.
-It's quite suitable for us, you know, a bucket. Yeah, go on.
-You've go to have a bucket, I suppose.
-Shake on it?
Do you really, really want this?
-Is it that bad?
-We're trusting this guy here.
He's got an honest face. What do you reckon, Olly?
OK, let's have a look at this.
I mean, I suppose it's quite decorative.
You can see there, all the copper, that will clean up.
-It's very badly scratched and discoloured.
-How old is it?
But then that's its appeal.
It's entirely up to you, chaps.
Give me £38 cash and you've got it.
-We'll find you £38.
-Shake his hand, Olly.
-I want to see you on telly doing that.
-Yes, we're buying it.
OK. First item, hurrah!
-Thank you, cheers.
Are you happy about that bucket, Catherine?
I just mentioned 18th century leather fire bucket,
next thing I know, we've got a 20th century copper bucket.
Am I happy? Not that happy but you never know.
Very modern though, isn't it? Too modern.
You'd need a certain type of house.
-I quite like this.
-Oh, my word.
-Rubbish, is it?
-Why do you like that?
-Will anyone be happy?
I can imagine my wife putting things in the top of it.
You've got to stop imagining your wife in whatever and start thinking about profits.
-Start listening to Catherine.
-Mm, I wonder if he will.
Now, the girls have spotted something.
Look at that. It's only £50.
Can I sit on this?
Is it all right to...
Oh, look. That's nice, I like that.
We like this.
-How much is that?
That's what it says on the sticker. What do you think, James?
I think it's marvellous.
I could've searched all over this fair and I wouldn't have found anything as remarkable as that.
Is that a good thing?
The jury's out!
-See if he'll take 30, girls.
-We're going to give a bit of Bargain Hunt magic here and try to do a deal.
-One of the arms has come a bit loose.
-I don't want them to buy it.
Would you give 25?
I'll take 40.
Oh, my goodness.
No, I think it's a bit of fun.
It's a traditional Bargain Hunt lot.
-It's a bit of fun, isn't it?
-Thank you very much.
Thank you. Fantastic.
Oh, my thing's come out.
Well, the Blues have found their chair and thankfully, I've found mine.
Oh, this is very nice, isn't it?
To be able to have five minutes to relax and for a change
not just to sit down but to lie down and relax.
I mean, put your feet up pukka style.
And where would you have to go to find a chair like this?
Well, actually, only just around the corner in the fair.
You have to admit that this chair looks just like a contemporary or modern deckchair, doesn't it?
Except in this example, we've got these lovely, long,
swooping arms which enable you to hook up your legs
and truly get down there and relax.
It was made around 1880-1910, just at the end
of the last days of the British Raj,
and it was made for an Anglo-Indian planter
and this isn't a deckchair, it's a verandah chair.
It's the chair that the planter, when he comes back at the end of his long day
supervising the tea plantation, down you go like that, look at that,
get your feet up like that and he'd go....order up a drink.
What does a magnificent late 19th century teak verandah chair like this cost you?
It could be yours for 60 notes.
It's a bargain.
Back in the buzz of the fair, Terry's a bit of a worry.
Terry is always wandering off. He just keeps going off on a tangent.
They keep picking up glass, modern glass.
I think he's gone again, actually.
No such worries about the Blues though.
-That is nice.
-Oh, yeah, that's nice.
Quite heavy as well.
-That's really nice.
-Somebody's spent some work staining it, haven't they?
It's nice though, isn't it?
So it's an octagon.
-Just like that.
-That is nice, actually.
-How much would you say for something like that?
I don't know, sort of 50 quid? Something like that.
The table? 45.
And what's your best offers you can do on that?
I'll do you it for 35.
35. I think that's a no-brainer.
Would you let us have it for 30?
-Yeah? All right, then. Lovely.
Thank you! Love it. That's great!
I think I could learn something here!
Too late now, James, you've finished your shop.
The Reds, meanwhile, have only one bargain, and they're starting to panic.
-Shall we go inside? If so, it's that way.
We've got 15 minutes to buy two items.
-Should be some more stuff in here.
We're really pushed for time. We've got no time at all.
It's impossible to keep track of these guys.
I don't want to worry you, Catherine, but look, Terry's spotted some more glass!
-What make is this?
What price would you take on that? Best price.
-40 on each.
-I quite like that one, actually.
Could you sell one for 35 for us?
Yeah, I could do that one for 35.
-I'll buy that.
-I don't rate me mates, OK?
-Oh, my goodness!
-It's on my head.
You might lose your head, Terry.
-What have you found?
Actually, I've bought it.
-Just a vase.
"Just a vase"?
I was desperate, because we were running out of time.
-I like it.
Right, OK. Can you just hold this for me for five minutes?
-How you doing?
-Oh, you're friends! Oh, big discounts, then.
-I went to school with him.
Oh, well, you've got to give him a discount.
We'll come back in one minute.
-I've never sold anything like that in my life.
-What make is it again?
-Oh, it's Murano.
-What makes you think...
-Right, OK. But it's not very old.
-For 35, all right, are we?
-What price was it?
-I mean, it's very striking.
It's a beautiful ink blue.
I like the colour.
-We'll do that.
-So that's our second item, yeah? Do you agree, Olly?
-Well, you've bought it.
-He bought it.
-I have never, ever had two like you before.
I don't know where we are, what we've bought, I don't know how much we've spent.
It's just gone whoosh!
Welcome to our company!
I just... Do you know what I need? A gin and tonic. That's what I need.
We've got seven minutes, and I'll buy you one.
Right, after seven minutes promise me you will buy me a gin and tonic.
Make mine a double!
Now, I want to show you something. Right, what do you think about this?
A bottle stopper. I quite like it.
Quite cute. Is it real silver?
No, it's not real silver. Well, it's silver plated.
It's by WMF, so a German maker.
This one was probably about 1920, something like that, in date.
They're asking £45, but as you went to school together...
-Yeah, we went to school together.
Bestest mates. Imagine that, Roggie?
A bit lower than that.
Yeah, 35 and that's it.
-Just have a little look for a minute.
-Let's have a look.
-Does he ever stop?
Will you, boss? 32?
Go on, 32 will be fine.
-Thank you very much.
-Do you want a couple of minutes to look?
No, I'm happy with that if you are.
-I want a gin and tonic. Don't you?
-You want a gin and tonic as well?
You probably want a gin and tonic after this!
I think everyone deserves a gin and tonic after that!
Now the shopping's over, the leftover lolly will be handed to the experts to buy their bonus buys.
First up, the Reds.
Firemen Terry and Olly bought a fire bucket for £38.
And Terry went off on his own to buy a glass vase for £35.
And finally, Catherine found the bottle stopper from heaven for 32.
-You two are probably actually the worst team I've ever had.
Terence, you're a shocker, running off like that. What did you mean by doing that?
Oh, well, I just panicked and bought the vase.
-Yes, I did.
-And the bucket.
-And the bucket.
No, Olly bought the bucket.
I'm getting the blame for the bucket.
You wait till you see the film.
Well, I've heard about the hole in the bucket. Why does a fireman buy a bucket with a hole in it?
It's going to be our worst nightmare when the lads at work see this hole in the bucket!
I know! That's what I mean - your professional reputation's on the line here.
Anyway, how much did you spend overall, Ol?
We spent £105.
£105. Well, that's pathetic, too.
£105 is pathetic! £105!
£195 of leftover lolly, please. Who's got that?
-You've got that, Ols?
-I haven't got it!
-You've got it.
I see exactly what you mean.
Thank you very much!
That's all there. Hand on heart.
Anyway, your girl now has got £195, and she, hopefully, will go and blow the lot.
-Are you going to do that, Catherine?
-I've got to do something to pick up this team, because
it's all going to go horribly wrong otherwise!
I think it's gone pear-shaped already!
-Anyway, good luck, Catherine. Good luck, chaps.
Why don't we find out what the Blue team bought, eh?
Policewomen Donna and Rachel collared this Spode meat dish
Then they seized this invalid's chair for 30 and gave it a ticket.
And they were arrested by the octagonal table at the same price.
-Very, very tough negotiating.
Now, Jim, I'm sorry to interrupt you, but I've seen you've got two very satisfied customers here.
-Yeah, they're very good. Very good. Very focused, these two.
-And have you seen better grins in your life?
-She's very pleased.
-They're winning grins.
-You've invested in this table. You're happy with this?
-Yeah. Love it.
I said to the girls they'll have a price of around £50,
and the lady comes out with 45,
Donna gets her in a sort of full arm lock, and the poor lady
sort of concedes at 30!
Well, that seems pretty good, doesn't it?
It's quite clean and ready to go.
So, that's 30 of your pounds. What did you spend overall?
-What's the total?
-What, on the lot?
-£100 on the lot?
-Dear, oh, dear.
Traditional Bargain Hunt bargains, I would say!
OK, fine. Well, this is exciting.
£200 of leftover lolly, please.
-Who's got that?
Nicely tucked away, darling. Thank you very much.
-There we are.
-'Ello, 'ello, 'ello! There we go.
200, then, Jimmy. Happy about that?
-Yeah, very happy. Yes!
-Well, you ought to be.
Yeah, I think I can go and buy a Norfolk terrier.
You're going to be able to buy most of this fair!
Anyway, good luck with that. Good luck with that, girls.
-We're going to shove off now to the gorgeous Melford Hall.
Ever heard of it? Well, you'll find out about it any minute now.
Melford Hall sits in the heart of Suffolk and is the ancestral home of the Hyde-Parker family.
Not very many houses these days have a visitors' book, but this place sure does.
And I have to tell you, it's rather special.
On the face of it, the visitors' book doesn't look all that special, does it?
OK, fine, it's leather and it's been embossed or raised with the family's coat of arms.
Open it up and it starts with the title of the house, Melford Hall, and the date, October 1912.
List of visitors. Nothing very special, until you get to page two, and who do we find?
Beatrix Potter, with Mr Todd and Jemima Puddleduck.
Beatrix Potter was a cousin of Ethel Leach,
wife of Sir William Hyde-Parker.
Cousin Beattie became a regular visitor and would often sketch
the house and its grounds.
And to entertain the children at mealtimes, Beatrix Potter devised
what I guess must be a pretty novel, if not unique, form of place card.
Here she's taken a simple rectangle of paper,
she's cut it with those slits there, so that an additional
slip of paper with the child's name could be inserted there.
And then in pen and ink and watercolour,
she does Jemima Puddleduck with the question,
"Who sits here?"
How charming's that?
Can you believe this?
Auntie Beattie, which is how Beatrix Potter was referred to
by her young cousins, used to sleep in this bed
when she came to Melford.
When she's lying in that bed,
she's thinking about her stories, and she painted this little picture,
guess what, in this bed,
except instead of her lying in the bed, it's her old friend, Ratty.
There he is, look, underneath his duvet
with his great long tail sticking out underneath.
I mean, this is a facsimile of the original, but how lovely is that?
This thing, however, is no facsimile.
This would have been originally made probably in Germany or France.
It's a blond mohair duck, except that Beatrix Potter, when visiting,
made up this costume and transformed the toy duck into Jemima Puddleduck.
How charming is that?
Well, almost as charming as dedicating your books
to the cousins, because here are the three Hyde-Parker children,
in particular the gorgeous little girl in the middle
with her long tresses, who's Stephanie.
And when it came to dedicating the title page for her book
Mr Jeremy Fisher, who does she do it but "For Stephanie, from Cousin B"?
Charming, isn't it?
The big question is today, of course, is it going to be
child's play for our teams over at the auction?
Well, it's a treat to have trotted into Norfolk
to TW Gaze auction room in Diss to be with Elizabeth Talbot. Elizabeth!
-Hello. Nice to see you again.
-Very nice to see you, too.
First up, then, Terry and Olly, our firemen, not surprisingly,
-went first off with a bucket.
-A bucket. But when that bucket's
-got a hole in it...
It was once a grand piece, wasn't it?
I mean, it's very much from the Arts and Crafts period, almost.
I can see it having had something about it.
What makes me smile is somebody's had an attempt to polish, just to see what was under all the surface.
They're given it the wire wool.
But I think it needs a little more TLC to bring it back to its full potential.
It's got something about it, you're quite right.
-So, how much, do you think?
-£40 to £60.
-Well, they'll be delighted. They only paid £38.
-That seems very fair.
For a fireman! Good.
Next is the Murano so-called blue trumpet-type vase.
Mm, yes. I have doubts about the attribution to Murano being specific.
It's not a wizard, to me. It's just blue glass, isn't it?
It's large enough to be of a decorative nature that will strike a pose in a nice interior.
Having said that, we do quite like it, and we have got a good market
for modern glass, so we have rated it reasonably highly. About £60 to £80?
You're hinting that I might live to regret that one.
It's just they paid £35.
-Their last item I think has got a bit of potential, which is this little stopper.
It's quite an amusing little object.
Well, it's both practical and amusing, and I think it's the sort of thing which
country folk might buy as a stocking filler for someone, even if they didn't use it,
because the subject, whether it's a dog or a fox, is a good,
aesthetic sort of image, and they like those sort of things round here.
-Yes. So, what's your estimate?
-We think £30 to £40.
-Great. £32 paid.
-So, all round,
I think our firemen have managed to spend £105 quite wisely.
Well, we hope so, yes, absolutely. A good cross section, yes.
So, for a change, they probably won't need their bonus buy,
but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
OK, Tel, OK, Ol, this is out moment for Bonus Buy Land, all right?
You gave Catherine Southon £195 of leftover lolly,
an enormous amount of money.
Did she spend the lot? Catherine?
This is what I bought. Are you ready?
It might not look much like this, but open it up, and look at that.
It is a beautiful set of perfume bottles, a gentleman's set.
Isn't that lovely? Look at all the different colours.
I think they're absolutely beautiful.
I've seen that colour blue somewhere else on our buys.
1930s Art Deco, and I paid £70 for it.
-Is there substantial profit there?
-I think you're going to make a profit on that, cos it's a very smart piece.
-Food for thought.
-Food for thought, yeah.
-Well done, chaps.
But for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's little set.
Now, there, Elizabeth.
-A little something to tickle you.
That is lovely. And they're all different colours.
-Look at that!
-Now, I like that. I think that's very, very nice.
When's the last time you saw one with different-colour bottles in?
When's the last time you saw one with four bottles and in such good condition of any colour?
-Quite extraordinary, really.
-And in its day, to have a bit of tanned red leather inside...
Chic as chic could be, but within a brown leather outer that's, as you say, in pretty good nick...
Ooh, good, well. Well done, Catherine Southon, I say.
This is a bit of a bonus buy with potential, perhaps.
How much do you think it might bring?
We're hoping for between 100 and £150 because
that's quite a rare opportunity for people.
I think you're absolutely spot-on.
-She paid £70 so it's a bonus buy with legs.
If the team decide to go with it.
Now, that's it for the Reds.
Now for the Blues. Donna and Kebab, I mean Donna and Rachel!
And first up for them is the meat dish.
Yes. I like this.
Which is chunky, isn't it?
I like the fact it's got the double wells in it.
-Often everything gravitates to one end.
You can have oil down one end and blood down the other.
Oh, Tim! But, no, again, a good make, a good period.
It's not a rare, rare pattern but it's not the most obvious.
It's not just a normal willow pattern.
It's a little bit fuzzy if you're going to be critical
about the transfer, but as a piece it's in good condition.
-I mean, it's a belter for the turkey.
-Yes, it is.
I think that's very nice. Yes, I do.
Perfect. How much in the old money department?
Well, about 50 to £70.
-Well, I think they should do that fine.
-Next up is the invalid's chair.
As a bit of social history, I would imagine
it's kind of post-First World War, when there are literally millions of servicemen returning disabled.
There's something emotive about this.
Yes. We do see quite a few chairs of various designs and ages.
It's a tricky market at the moment.
We're finding them difficult to place
and I think it's because that's quite a big chair to take up room.
-It's a chunky thing.
-Yeah, it is. Museums are often interested.
So it isn't terribly commercial although it might pull the heartstrings a bit.
-I rather agree with you. So, how much then?
-We think about 40 to £50 on that.
Yeah, it's difficult, isn't it? £30, they paid. I mean, only £30.
Well, in the interests of the game they probably will be all right
but not a tearaway success.
-It's not going to run away.
-Well, we hope not anyway!
It's braked! Lastly is the octagonal hardwood table.
-Fairly standard piece, aren't they?
-They are standard.
Good use of carving over the whole surface so it's a little more ornate than some examples.
People do like them, I think, because they're quite versatile.
So although they're not a rarity, there seems to be a sort of steady demand for them.
-Again, nothing too extraordinary.
-Yes. So don't get carried away?
Would you be able to improve on £30, do you think?
Marginally. If we sort of put 40 to 60 as a sort of guide on that one.
Good. Well, there seem to be one or two holes in this team's opportunity
so they may need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
So, Donna and Rachel, you spent a miserable £100.
-You gave him the 200 notes. Did he spend all the 200, James?
-Of course not.
-Here we are.
-It's a rather nice ceiling light.
There we are. A sort of 1920s, 1930s, possibly more to the '30s.
Lots of '30s houses around, lots of people wanting to do them up in a similar manner.
Ooh, happy days, bargain!
I think they're overwrought with enthusiasm, aren't they?
Do you want to handle the goods or not?
-Yeah, come on, take it.
Do like it, Rachel?
-Yeah, sort of.
-What about you, Don?
It's not to my taste. But I could see it in an older house.
Good. Quite frankly, girls, you don't have to like it.
But you might be in such a desperate position that you have to have it a bit later on.
But for the viewers at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about James' light fitting.
-That's a pretty standard item, isn't it, actually?
-I quite like it.
Again, as they go, a lot of good, decorative usage, and it's nice when you hold it up.
You see the benefit of the light coming through and you can see the decoration from underneath.
I think that's not too bad. It's quite pleasing.
-Yes. You're quite right, it's a horse chestnut, isn't it?
-With its spiky conker.
So, it's not Lalique but it could be Sabino or one of those other minor jobbies, couldn't it?
Yes. It's of its type, it's reasonable quality.
I have seen much worse lampshades and light shades that
purport to be something exciting and they're not.
-Got some potential?
-I'd like to think so, yes, indeed.
-What sort of money do you think?
-50 to £70 on that one.
OK, £35, James Braxton paid. So that was the right price.
-Yes, indeed. Yeah, that's fine.
-And if you got fed up with it
-on the ceiling, you could use it for a fruit bowl.
-You could indeed!
£55 only. Any advance?
Here we go, then. And here comes your meat dish, love.
-Meat dish. Come on, Spode.
-It's not Meatloaf, it's meat dish.
Mid-nineteenth century, lovely plate, this one. Start me at 50.
If that doesn't make £100, it's a bad job.
30, I'll take to start. 30 bid, thank you. 30, I have only.
It's for nothing. 35, 40, 5, 50, 5, 60, 5, 70.
70's on my right, at 70.
75, new bidder.
See, you're smiling now.>
75. Any advance on the 75? 80.
They bought my bowl.
That is plus 40.
Yeah? Plus... Ooh!
Ah! Hot flush!
Have a quick fan down. Shh, shh, shh, shh.
The beech and cane Carstairs invalid's chair and wheels there.
There really is no excuse for this item, is there?
Start me at £50.
£50, surely? 30, I'll take.
-We'll take ten!
20, I'll take to start.
Come on, we'll volunteer to push you out if you need to. Come on!
Ten bid, sir.
Thank you. A low start at ten.
Ten only, where's 12? At £10 only.
Surely worth more, come on.
Are you all done? All done.
-It was pretty inevitable, I think.
-£10 from minus...
You're minus 20 on that, which means you're still plus 20.
Don't give up. Keep at it.
The Indian octagonal carved, hardwood table on folding stand.
Always useful, these ones. Start me at 30.
£30. 20, I'll take.
With its folding stand there, 20, surely, anybody? Ten, I've got.
Ten, I have. Where's 12?
I don't like the look of this.
Where's 15? Are you wanting this one as well, sir?
Oh, you've not spent very much today yet. £12, the gallery. Where's 15?
18. 20, two. At 22, gallery's bid, and 22, it sells.
£22 is minus eight, which means you are plus 12.
-Are we plus 12?
-You are plus 12.
So that's good, isn't it?
-Can we go now?
-No, you can't!
You've got to decide... You've got to decide....
Do you want to preserve...?
His ceiling light.
-Ceiling light. At - how much was it?
-£35. What are you going to do?
Stick, I think. Stick.
-Why do you want to stick? You shouldn't be risk-averse.
-Oh, go on then.
The 1930s-style glass ceiling light there.
Good detail to this one, start me at £50.
30 I'll take. Come on, this is pretty.
£20 only. I'll take two.
Not sure this is the best advice here, James.
At £20. Are you all done?
I don't believe it. I'm going to kill him!
I'm going to kill you!
You are minus £15.
You had 12 before, but that means you're just the minus three.
Just minus three. That's all. Don't say a word to those beastly boys.
Those fireman are out of this.
This £28 little runner at 28.
Now Terry and Noel, how you feeling?
A little bit nervous now we're getting near the end.
Yes, because you've been pretty cocky.
We've been giving the girls a lot of stick.
You've been giving everybody a lot of stick!
You're not big brave firemen for nothing.
Anyway, first lot up is your coal bucket, and here it comes.
The copper and white metal bucket in the Art Nouveau style there.
Start here at £10.
Oh. Not that much interest.
I'll take 12. 12. 15. 18. 20.
-22. 25. £25.
-I don't like this.
Hole in our bucket!
£25. That's leaky. Minus 13.
We have the 1950s Murano-style vase there.
Lovely shade of blue this one.
Start me at 30. Come on. £30 sir.
Thank you. Straight in at 30.
I'll take two. At 30 only. Where are you?
At 32, gallery.
45 is downstairs, at 45 the front, at 45 now, may I say eight?
At £45 now on the vase, a lovely vase at 45 all done?
Well done, Terry. That's very sound.
That is plus 10.
That is plus ten, which means overall you're minus £3, that's all.
We've got to scrape this back.
The 1920s WMF German bottle stopper.
A lovely item, this one here, starting at £22. £22 bid.
-We need a bit more.
-28. 30. 2.
35. 38. 40. 2. 45. 48.
With me at 48. Now 50 may I say?
It's £48 here, looking for 50. Lovely item at £48.
Come on a bit more. Oh, well.
We got a little bit of profit.
£48 is plus 16.
Plus 16 minus three is plus 13.
You have £13 in the bank. That is remarkable, isn't it.
What are you going to do about the scent bottles?
Are you going to back Catherine and go with these fellas or not?
-I trust Catherine.
-We trust Catherine.
-You're going to do it?
-You're going to go with the bonus buy.
Gentleman's leather case with perfume bottles.
-Art Deco in style.
This one here starts at £50. £50 on the set there, at 50.
I'll take 5.
On the set of bottles 5 and 60, 5 and 70, 5 and 80.
80, with me at 80. A good quality item, at £80 surely worth more.
At 85. 90. 5. 100. 110.
120. Where's 30?
At £120. Case and bottles at 120.
That is brilliant, isn't it. That's plus 50.
That's plus 50 before you started, plus the 13 is plus 63.
-Now I know this is going to be difficult for you to keep your mouth
shut, but don't tell the Blues a thing.
-So, teams, been chatting amongst yourselves?
-So the emergency services have not been colluding.
-Well, I'm delighted cos that's what we don't want you to do
just so that you've got the excitement of this
final moment of discovering who is ahead and who is slightly behind.
And the team that's slightly behind today, I am afraid are the police.
Don't get too cocky about it because they've only lost by losing £3, which is not so much.
In fairness, they were well in profit before they
had their bonus buy debacle, which didn't help them on their way.
-Nevertheless girls, you have been great competitors, and have you enjoyed it?
-Yes, we've had a great time.
-Donna, you've had a good time?
-Yes, loved it.
-It's been good fun, hasn't it.
But the victors today, thank you very much, behave boys!
By taking home £63 I have to say, there we go.
There's your 63.
It was entirely down to your very good buying skills, Catherine.
Thank you, Tim.
If I ever have a fire I do hope you come round.
We've had great fun. Join us soon for more bargain hunting, yes?
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The fire service takes on the police in another edition of the antiques challenge. Catherine Southon's firemen give her a lift, while policewomen keep James Braxton in check. Tim Wonnacott, meanwhile, is chasing the tales of Beatrix Potter.