Stamford 9 Bargain Hunt


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Stamford 9

Antiques challenge. Experts Nick Hall and Catherine Southon guide two teams of skydivers as they leap to the challenge of finding a bargain in Stamford, Lincolnshire.


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We always aim high on this programme,

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and today is no exception.

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We've got two teams of really high flyers,

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so chocks away!

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We're at Stamford in Lincolnshire, a county so well known

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for its airbases in World War II,

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it became known as Bomber County.

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And we're off!

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Why did I get you two? Why didn't I get the girls?

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Oh, stop moaning, Catherine!

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Now, look carefully at these teams,

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because the next time you see them,

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they're going to be...

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..skydiving!

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Oh, Lord!

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Here they come now.

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Oh, hello!

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-Nice of you to drop by!

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So, Bryn, how did you two chaps meet?

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We met the first time we went skydiving.

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There was a little trip of us together. Some guy dropped out,

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Chris took his place, and we've jumped together ever since.

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Was the fellow that dropped out OK?

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-He was absolutely fine.

-Oh, was he? Oh, good.

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What do you like most about skydiving, Bryn?

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I get paid to travel all over the world,

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-and go from one place to the other chasing the endless summer.

-Lovely!

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Chris, have you any other pleasures apart from skydiving?

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We don't get an awful lot of time, but I do like my motorbikes.

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-Anything fast!

-And will you make a good team?

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We make the best team.

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What are your tactics for beating the girls?

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Very simple tactics. We'll do anything it takes to win.

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-Gosh!

-Anything.

-That's a big mission statement!

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Now, you wee girls, are you quaking in your boots about this?

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-Not really.

-Not at all?

-They don't scare us.

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-Sort of.

-So, Ro,

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-do you work at the same airfield as these two jokers?

-Yes, I do.

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So you're all in the same business together.

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Yeah.

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And what does your job involve?

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I am a camera girl there, so I climb onto the outside of the plane

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and film these guys when they're taking students.

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And what's the biggest achievement that you've ever had?

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I think representing England in the European Skydiving League.

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Came home with a gold medal, which brought the trophy back to England,

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-so that was pretty good.

-That's a good achievement.

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-Yeah.

-And Lolly?

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Great name. How many jumps have you done, darling?

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I've done about 3,700 jumps.

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-Gosh, you're experienced, aren't you, at this jumping lark?

-Yes.

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-Do you think you can beat the boys?

-Oh, yeah.

-Definitely.

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That's got that lot sorted out. We'll have some fun today.

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

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-Your experts await.

-Thank you.

-And off you go,

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and very, very, very good luck.

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Crikey, that's a first!

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Now, let's get on with the rules.

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£300 to spend,

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an hour to shop for three items,

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and everything must go at the auction.

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Catherine Southon must steer the Reds in the right direction.

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Nick Hall hopes to outfox the opposition.

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OK, chaps! What's our plan of action?

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-How you feeling? Confident?

-Yeah.

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As long as we win. That's the most important part.

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What sort of thing are you going to buy?

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Quirky, silvery...

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So we can buy anything - we've just got to win.

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Girly things, eh? I don't know how much use I'm going to be to you.

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We're not competitive, but we're just going to win.

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-OK, where shall we start?

-Over here.

-Over there?

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I like to get in the marquee first,

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because you sometimes find the better little bits there.

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Anything you spot, just grab me.

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-Oh, wow! There's loads of nice stuff.

-Oh, that's fantastic.

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What have you found?

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A box, but I don't think it's got any age to it.

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-No.

-OK.

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I like the blue thing. That's quite cool.

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-The butterfly's quite cool.

-Ideally, with jewellery,

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-we want something with gemstones or gold-mounted.

-OK.

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As pretty as some of the costume jewellery is,

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it won't be that collectable at auction.

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-We're going to an antiques sale.

-Absolutely, yeah. I agree.

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'Looks like the Blues have got a plan!

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'But they're not the only ones.'

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It's very nice auction rooms. I'm thinking about buying good quality.

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-It's quite rural around there.

-Yes, it is, absolutely.

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-Foxes and hounds and...

-Absolutely.

-Country pursuits.

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-That's quite nice, isn't it?

-It is quite nice.

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It's nice that it's not a wooden... Wooden ones are a bit boring.

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Is there a price on it?

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Hi. May we have a little look at this?

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-Yes.

-Are these all the original stoppers and everything?

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They are.

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-I wouldn't like to... Oh, OK. It's not locked.

-No.

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Take one out?

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Can't get it out. Ah, there. Ah, right.

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-How much is on this?

-I've got 220 on it.

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-It's very stylish.

-It is.

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What's your best price on that?

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Do it for...

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185.

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-I think that's still a bit punchy.

-Yeah. Seem more like the 150 mark,

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-something like that.

-I'm losing money at 150.

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Really? OK. Cos it's really nice,

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but we'll have a look at some other stuff -

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Could you go down a bit more than that?

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-It needs to be the 185, really.

-Not even 180?

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-Go on. Twist my arm at 180.

-It is lovely, actually.

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Good quality. Have a lift.

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It's a heavy old unit, isn't it?

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-That's nice, isn't it? Very nice.

-Definitely.

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I could see that sitting quite nicely in the saleroom.

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-What do you think?

-Absolutely.

-Let's bear it in mind.

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-We said 180. We can come back to it.

-I'd definitely have that in my caravan. Definitely.

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Definitely.

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'Classy! They're tantalised, but not convinced.'

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I mean, it's a heavy, big bit of brass.

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Anyway, we've had about ten minutes. Where shall we go next?

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Silvery stuff in there. What's in there?

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Oh, that little cabinet! Well spotted. What have we here?

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-I quite like the little pots.

-Oh, the little condiments?

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Salt, mustard, pepper. The little three-piece condiment,

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-are they hallmarked?

-Yes.

-They are.

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-They're quite cute.

-How much is the set?

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-£60.

-That's for the three?

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-Yes.

-They're quite cute. I don't know.

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The liners are perfect, but the spoons match, as well.

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The nice thing is, these blue-glass liners so often get damaged.

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-They must be easily dropped, I would imagine.

-Absolutely,

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but that - absolutely snug as a bug in the salt cellar's rug.

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-Look at that.

-I think they're quite cute.

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What do you think? That's quite a nice shape, the tower.

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-What do you think to that?

-They're nice, cos they're small

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-and miniature and collectable.

-I like them.

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-Have you dated the hallmarks?

-Yes. 1925.

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1925. That's quite a good vintage, as well. I'm glad you said that.

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THEY LAUGH

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Do you think something like that would sell well?

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There's a market for it, yeah. Hallmarked silver is sought-after

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and collectable. It's ticking lots of boxes for collectors.

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-Do you like the things?

-It's shiny and cute.

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-I like it.

-It's shiny and cute,

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like the Blue Team.

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'Flattery will get you everywhere!'

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-How much you asking for the set?

-I said 60.

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Yeah. 75...

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-And to these girls?

-£55 max. That's it.

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-And if

-I

-smiled, would you -

-No.

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-If YOU smiled...

-It would go up again!

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I think I'm putting him off now. I'll shut up for a bit.

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-I think we should do it.

-Yeah, OK.

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-I think so.

-I think you've got yourselves a deal.

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-You going to pay the man?

-OK.

-Brilliant. Well done.

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'The girls have landed their first item,

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'but the boys still haven't taken off.'

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Oh, you've got a daddy-longlegs! No, we don't like...

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-Ooh, he's horrible!

-I'll do it.

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-You hero!

-I know!

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SHE LAUGHS

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'Heroic! But that's not what you're here for.'

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-I'm quite encouraged by that, really.

-Yeah, me too.

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Anything else really strikes you that you're looking for,

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-on your wish list?

-I think nice glass.

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-Yeah.

-Glass can do well, yeah.

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No.

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The face says it all.

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-'Concentrate!'

-It's a little...

-HMV dog.

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-What was he called? Um... Nipper.

-Nipper.

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-He's a very, um, dirty Nipper.

-Yeah.

-Put it back.

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'Keep them under control, Catherine!'

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Sorry, miss.

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Actually quite an abundance of glass over here.

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Come on. We need to start buying, start making a purchase.

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Toys!

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-Toys!

-Sorry, miss.

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I'm just worried that you're a little bit too relaxed, you know?

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-Well, we're going to win. The last five minutes, then we can panic.

-OK.

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-What about this lot?

-Oh, yeah.

-Ooh, I like that stuff.

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There's some really pretty things here.

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-Do you like that?

-The little jug, or the...

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-The big vase at the back there.

-It's quite cool.

-It is quite cool.

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I think that's really funky. But it's a good maker, as well.

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-I can imagine it in my house.

-It'd be quite trendy.

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-Yeah.

-Do you want to have a look at it?

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Could you pass it over? We don't want to drop the thing.

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No. Absolutely. Ooh, it's nice. Don't want to hold it long

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-because it's really heavy.

-OK, give it to me.

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-Oh, wow!

-That is quite cool.

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Look at the intricacy of the workmanship, as well.

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That actually is made of coloured glass

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that's then encased in a sandwich of clear glass.

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-A lot of work went into making that. It's not old.

-OK.

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-It's very much in the 1950s style.

-That's kind of trendy right now.

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It's a modern version of that.

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-What sort of deal would you do?

-What's on it?

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95.

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85?

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-I do really like it.

-Yeah. I do.

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I'm a bit worried. Maybe the price...

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-It's a bit risky.

-It's a bit high.

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We're a little worried about it being too much.

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I don't think it's frighteningly expensive at that.

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-OK.

-What do you think?

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-75?

-Yeah.

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I'll split the difference. 78.

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-OK. I do like it.

-Yeah, let's do it.

-Thank you.

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-Yeah, I'm pleased with that!

-Great stuff.

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Two down. You've got one more to go. You're a gentleman, sir.

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Thank you very much.

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Why did I get you two? Why didn't I get the girls?

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-The girls aren't nice.

-No. In fact, they're evil.

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They're worse than us.

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'Yeah, but at least they're buying something.'

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How's it going? Apparently you're being incredibly slow.

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-Relaxed!

-What's the matter with you?

-Relaxed.

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I don't suppose it's enough adrenaline,

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just going around a mere antique fair, for you guys, is it?

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-We're just a little bit relaxed at the moment.

-Yes.

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-When there's five minutes to spare -

-Well, I tell you,

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-Catherine can get mighty strict.

-Catherine already is!

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-We've had the look.

-If you aren't careful, you'll get smacked.

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-Really?

-THEY LAUGH

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Come on!

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Half an hour in. How much have we spent?

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133.

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We've got a good budget left, then.

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-Right. I'm getting panicky.

-You're getting frustrated now.

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I'm not getting frustrated. I'm getting panicky.

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Starting to worry. Bowls.

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These are really expensive. My mum and dad play all the time.

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-Do they?

-They are really expensive to buy.

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-Quite nice little vintage case.

-Exactly.

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They're about £15, £20 each to buy anyway,

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and at 22, and the case, I reckon that'd be a nice little thing.

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-Do you?

-Yeah, I do, actually.

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-OK.

-SHE LAUGHS

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-You're getting the face.

-Yeah.

-I don't know anything...

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-How much time have we got left?

-Not much.

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-Probably about half an hour.

-Plenty of time.

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Ask the man how much we can get it for.

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-Where is the man?

-This lovely man over here.

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-You've got a lovely smile.

-Oh, and so have you.

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Oh, thank you. Then, let's be friends

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-and get a nice price.

-15.

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-15's a bargain.

-Is it?

-Yeah, absolutely.

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We know nothing about balls. Balls? Bowls, even.

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-OK. On my head...

-Be it.

-Be it.

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-There we go.

-First purchase made! Hooray!

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-No need to panic. No need to panic.

-I can relax now.

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'Hurray!'

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'Now it's my turn to find something.'

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What do you do when you go on holiday

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about bringing back presents? It's a complete nightmare, isn't it?

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Well, if you were visiting Japan

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around about 1900 to 1910,

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you might have been tempted to bring back one of these things.

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It's a little carved wooden doll

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in the form of a rather rotund figure

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with a comical face,

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and that circular face has been carved out of a piece of coral.

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And then you've got two ivory eyes and a pink tongue.

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And it comes from a particular place,

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the port of Kobe in Japan.

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And apparently street vendors went running up and down the docks

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selling these things to visiting foreign sailors.

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Now, the sailor bought it because he was amused.

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Why was he amused?

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Well, if I take this rotund little person and give them a shake,

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look what happens!

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HE LAUGHS

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Isn't that wonderful? Out pop their ivory eyes

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and out pops a livid pink tongue.

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If I shake it the other way,

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back they go into their little receptacles.

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Now, I've seen, in my time,

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quite a few of these little Kobe dolls,

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and the early ones, like this,

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can be worth £40.

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I've never seen one that has this additional novelty feature.

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Because if I unscrew the base,

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underneath this fat little doll face

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is a section with some dice -

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real ivory dice that you could shake within the doll

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and have your little gambling den when on board.

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Hah! All in all, it's a bit of a gem.

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What's this little thing worth?

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Well, I think about £70 to £100.

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What would it cost you here on a stall?

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Well, today it could be yours for £12.

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That's enough to make your eyes come out on stalks.

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-What do you like now?

-This.

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-It's a bit rubbed, but -

-It's dented.

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-Yeah. It is a bit.

-Oh, it is hallmarked.

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-Exactly.

-But it's very badly rubbed, and I can't even read...

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-Do you want to borrow mine?

-Ooh! Go on, then!

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I told you we were here to win.

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-Yeah. I mean, the hallmarks are very rubbed.

-We'll leave that one, then.

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What have you found?

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Oh, Concorde. Right. OK.

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-Yeah.

-I'm sensing that voice again.

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-Move on.

-Move on.

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-It's a bit "deer"!

-THEY LAUGH

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You're good at these cheesy jokes, aren't you?

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They get worse, believe me!

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-I reckon you should go for that.

-Meerkat pen.

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Is it a press top or is it a twist? Press top. That means it's 2010.

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-We'll have this.

-'Oh, dear!'

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-Well, does that grab you?

-THEY LAUGH

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I don't know what it is.

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What do you think about this one? I know you quite like a hip flask.

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And what I like about this is the faceted glass at the top.

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Looks quite attractive, better than being a plain...

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That's very nice.

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And hallmarked on the top and the bottom, and it's B, which is 1897.

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But the price was... Sorry. 75, you said.

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-I really like that.

-Thing is, that's put us over...

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-If it was 72 - I know it's a bit of a stupid price...

-All right. 72.

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-72 would be good.

-Yeah, I'd go for 72.

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Then we get the other thing, and we'll be all squared away.

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-I like that a lot.

-Yeah.

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-Hold on!

-Sorry! Sorry!

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We haven't even actually looked inside, which we should do.

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Check the cork's inside.

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Check that everything's where it should be.

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Oh! What's in there?

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-Happy with that?

-Yes.

-More than happy.

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-I like that a lot.

-Yeah. Like that.

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Great. Time to put those hands back in those pockets, then, I feel.

0:17:140:17:18

-I actually really like it.

-I really like that.

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-That Meerkat pen was fantastic.

-A Meerkat pen?

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-You didn't buy it?

-We did.

-You didn't. You're not serious.

0:17:270:17:30

-Yeah, we bought it. So that's it - we're all bought up now.

-No!

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You're having me on.

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-THEY LAUGH

-You worried me then!

0:17:360:17:39

You really worried me.

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'Oh, give the poor girl a break!'

0:17:420:17:44

-Nick?

-Mm?

0:17:480:17:50

-What do you think of wooden boxes?

-People love boxes.

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Got quite an array here. My eye goes to that one first.

0:17:530:17:56

-What do you think?

-Pretty patterns.

-It's pretty.

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-It's decorative, it's useful...

-Yeah.

-It's clearly a desk stand,

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-a gentleman's desk stand, to sit on a nice big partner's desk.

-OK!

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Keep all his writing equipment nicely and neatly in there.

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Two gaps where inkwells are missing. Doesn't matter.

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Little pen tray, which is nice, at the back there,

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and then this little lid lifts off and you keep your stamps in there,

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which is a nice little thing. Nice bit of leather there, as well.

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And there should be a drawer some-... Ah.

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-At the front, I think, just there.

-OK.

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Um, and we've got nice oak linings on there.

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Now, do you know what it's made of?

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-Brass.

-Yeah, you got brass,

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but this other material here is tortoiseshell,

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which is nothing to do with tortoises. It comes from turtles,

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but it's all called tortoiseshell.

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But when you get tortoiseshell and brass inlaid,

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it becomes known as Boulle work - fantastic French word, Boulle -

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and it becomes very sought-after. And it just makes it a nice thing!

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-I like it.

-You both like it?

-Yeah.

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I like it. I was just a bit concerned about the bits of damage.

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Yeah, the bits of damage. That actually, oddly enough,

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-could be in our favour, because something of this quality would be hundreds of pounds.

-OK.

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But with the damage, it might bring it back within our budget,

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and then a buyer would buy it to restore it on again.

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So we just need to find out how much.

0:19:200:19:23

-Hello, there.

-Hi.

-Just admiring your desk stand.

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-What are you asking for it?

-Very best on it would be 135.

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That was more than I thought it would be.

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Yeah.

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Is there any room to manoeuvre on that? Could you get it down to 120?

0:19:330:19:37

No, I can't. It cost me more than 120.

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-Did it?

-I'll take the odd five off. 130.

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-130.

-The very, very best.

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I'm not sure.

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-I can hear lots of chatting.

-We're whispering.

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-We're whispering.

-What, what, what?

-About the tantalus.

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-Buying it.

-We might be short of time. We should really -

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That's a big, big price, though.

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-Made a decision, girls?

-We're going to do it.

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You're going to go for it? Go and shake that man's hand. Well done.

0:20:010:20:04

Thank you.

0:20:040:20:06

-Are we definitely going for this tantalus?

-We definitely are.

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Hang on. Let's see if it's there first.

0:20:100:20:12

-It is there.

-Aha! We're back.

-We're back!

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-We have returned.

-And we've got lots of money left,

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-just for you.

-She's got a big dog.

-I'm just going to stay back here.

0:20:180:20:22

It's a retriever. It won't do anything to us.

0:20:220:20:24

-Maybe lick us a bit.

-Lick us to death.

0:20:240:20:27

So we were down to 175, weren't we?

0:20:270:20:29

-No, it's got to be the 180. Sorry.

-All right, we'll do it. 180.

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-180.

-Happy?

0:20:340:20:36

-Happy!

-You're happy, I'm happy.

0:20:360:20:38

-Time for a cup of tea.

-That tantalus rocks my world.

0:20:380:20:42

'There, there, Catherine.'

0:20:420:20:44

Enough of this swanning around! Time's up!

0:20:440:20:48

Our laid-back Red Team convinced Catherine

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that a case of bowls was an all-round good buy,

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and they got into the party spirit

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when they spotted a silver-and-glass hip flask.

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Sticking with the drinking theme,

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the Reds spent a whopping £180 on this silver-plated tantalus.

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-Hands in pockets!

-Everybody seems to be happy round here.

0:21:090:21:11

It's almost as if you fellas are in freefall.

0:21:110:21:14

Now, tell me, how much did you spend overall?

0:21:140:21:17

-Quite a bit.

-Did you?

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-How much?

-£267.

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So I'd like £33 of leftover lolly, please.

0:21:220:21:24

-It pains me, but there you go, Tim.

-That's great.

0:21:240:21:28

Which is your favourite piece, Chris?

0:21:280:21:30

My favourite piece would have to be the...

0:21:300:21:35

Don't spend too long thinking about it.

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-Um, the tantalus.

-Oh, OK. The tantalus.

0:21:370:21:41

That took time!

0:21:410:21:43

You forgot what we bought then, hadn't you?

0:21:430:21:46

-Yeah. Very good, very good.

-I got there eventually.

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-What was your favourite piece?

-My favourite was the bowls

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in the leather case. A nice little item, and a bargain price, as well.

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-Really like them.

-Are they going to make the most profit for you?

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-They're the winners.

-All right. Now, you're not leaving much.

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-Thank you.

-Got any plans?

0:22:030:22:05

No, but this time I'll be relaxed. I've been very stressed for the last hour with these two.

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They were super-relaxed themselves about shopping. Have a great time!

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Why don't we remind ourselves what the Blue Team bought?

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The girls went for cute and shiny with the three-piece cruet

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in George III style. They came bang up to date

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with this Murano glass vase,

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and finished with a 19th-century Boulle desk stand at 130.

0:22:260:22:30

Well, you're having a very jolly time.

0:22:330:22:36

What are you up to - telling dirty stories or something?

0:22:360:22:39

-Something like that.

-Well, it was a good one,

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whatever it was. Now, listen - how much did you spend,

0:22:420:22:45

you two characters, in total? Ro?

0:22:450:22:48

I think it was 263. Yeah.

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-263. Check?

-Sounds about right.

0:22:500:22:53

Check, check, check. 263...

0:22:530:22:56

So I want £37, please. Who's got the £37?

0:22:560:22:59

-I have it.

-Lolly's got the leftover lolly!

0:22:590:23:02

Oh, how lovely! I've been longing for this all my life,

0:23:020:23:06

saying "leftover lolly". I've finally found someone called Lolly to ask for it!

0:23:060:23:10

OK, Lolly. Let's have the leftover lolly.

0:23:100:23:13

Well done, darling. I'm sorry to be so infantile.

0:23:130:23:16

Forgive me. But I haven't been drinking or anything, I promise.

0:23:160:23:20

-So, which is your favourite piece?

-I think I like the vase.

0:23:200:23:23

-You like the vase most.

-It's quite pretty.

0:23:230:23:26

-What about you, Loll?

-I like the silver set.

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OK. Which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?

0:23:290:23:32

-I think the box.

-You agree with that?

0:23:320:23:34

-Yeah.

-I know you're dead hot for this box.

0:23:340:23:37

Anyway, you've had a lovely time, haven't you?

0:23:370:23:40

We've had an absolute ball, Tim.

0:23:400:23:42

Does this mean you're going to be going up in an aeroplane and jumping out one day?

0:23:420:23:46

-Not sober.

-Not sober.

-Not sober.

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I suppose the other could be arranged.

0:23:480:23:51

Have you got a plan as to what you're spending that paltry amount on?

0:23:510:23:54

-It's not a lot, is it?

-Not a lot.

-Um, so no plan.

0:23:540:23:58

No plan. Best to go off with a completely blank mind.

0:23:580:24:00

-Going to wing it.

-THEY LAUGH

0:24:000:24:03

I love it! Cheers, girls. We're heading off somewhere really lovely.

0:24:030:24:07

We're going to Cheshire, and I'm going to show you the most splendid garden, for a change.

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The grounds of Arley House are rather special.

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They're a fine example of a Victorian country-house garden,

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with a series of "rooms" divided by avenues and walks.

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This is the ilex walk -

0:24:420:24:45

14 Quercus ilex trees,

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perfectly clipped into cylindrical shapes.

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It wasn't always like this, though.

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Originally these trees were pyramid shaped,

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but as a result of there being no labour during the First World War,

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they grew out, and afterwards have been forever maintained

0:25:020:25:07

in these curious cylinders.

0:25:070:25:10

The current owner, Lord Ashbrook, has invited me to take a stroll.

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Now, Lord Ashbrook, this is the herbaceous garden.

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Would you say that this is one of the unique features of Arley?

0:25:210:25:26

Oh, without question. It's the feature we're best known for.

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And it is interesting,

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because we think it's either the earliest in the country...

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It's difficult to be absolutely certain. We've not heard of an earlier one, put it like that.

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Because it's shown on a plan of 1846, and herbaceous borders,

0:25:390:25:43

as you probably know, came in to the latter part of the century

0:25:430:25:47

-with people like William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll.

-Yes.

0:25:470:25:51

So it is certainly an early one.

0:25:510:25:53

What I love is the way in which it's been divided up like this.

0:25:530:25:56

Was it originally two long strips, then?

0:25:560:26:00

Well, that's interesting, because when it was originally laid out,

0:26:000:26:04

it was one long flowerbed on each side,

0:26:040:26:07

and I think it was quite a clever thing they did in about 1870 -

0:26:070:26:12

my ancestors broke it up by planting, as you can see,

0:26:120:26:17

-these buttresses, as we call them.

-They're a very strange shape!

0:26:170:26:21

Well, they are a strange shape,

0:26:210:26:23

and my wife thinks they look like cash registers,

0:26:230:26:26

but I'm not quite sure whether you'd agree with that.

0:26:260:26:29

-Cash registers or fruit machines.

-Oh, fruit machines!

0:26:290:26:32

CASH REGISTER PINGING

0:26:320:26:35

Each generation of the family has added features of their own.

0:26:390:26:43

So, this is the Furlong Walk. Why so called?

0:26:460:26:49

Well, it's called that because it's exactly a furlong,

0:26:490:26:53

-exactly 220 yards long.

-Gosh!

0:26:530:26:56

And it runs straight as a die, too, doesn't it?

0:26:560:26:58

Yes. It was originally, in the 18th century,

0:26:580:27:01

it was the main approach drive to the then Arley Hall.

0:27:010:27:04

Oh, I see.

0:27:040:27:06

I mean, Rowland, my Victorian ancestor,

0:27:060:27:08

decided that he would turn it into a feature in the garden.

0:27:080:27:12

And, um, he went blind for the last ten years or so of his life.

0:27:120:27:17

He had glaucoma. And he rigged up, or there was rigged up,

0:27:170:27:20

a wire going along this wall all the way,

0:27:200:27:24

and when he was blind, it was a sort of guide for him, walking along

0:27:240:27:27

holding on to this wire, and at the end there was a bell that rang

0:27:270:27:30

-to say when he got to the end.

-So he sort of exercised?

0:27:300:27:34

-His constitutional!

-He'd walk eight furlongs.

0:27:340:27:37

That would be a mile. Yes! THEY LAUGH

0:27:370:27:41

The ever-changing herbaceous borders inspired garden designers

0:27:430:27:48

like Gertrude Jekyll...

0:27:480:27:50

..as well as artists like Lord Ashbrook's great-grandfather,

0:27:530:27:57

Piers Egerton-Warburton.

0:27:570:27:59

Well, it's lovely to be in Market Harborough

0:28:140:28:17

at Gildings auction house, with Mark Gilding,

0:28:170:28:20

-our auctioneer. Hello, Mark.

-Good morning.

0:28:200:28:22

Lovely to be back. And first up, then, for Bryn and Chris,

0:28:220:28:26

-are their two bowls.

-Yes. Fairly standard lawn bowls, aren't they?

0:28:260:28:30

Yeah. Nice leather case, ready to go.

0:28:300:28:32

-Worth more than £15?

-Hopefully 20 to 30.

0:28:320:28:36

Oh, that would be nice. They paid the £15 for them,

0:28:360:28:39

and it's remarkable how cheap some of these things can be, isn't it?

0:28:390:28:42

Absolutely. Things like this are very good value for money.

0:28:420:28:45

Quite right. Next is the faceted-glass little silver-mounted spirit flask.

0:28:450:28:51

Yes. I like this. Nice quality silver.

0:28:510:28:53

-The glass is in good condition.

-That's the important thing.

-It is.

0:28:530:28:56

So what's your bravest and very best price for that?

0:28:560:28:59

-70 to 100.

-Good! £72 they paid.

-Very good.

0:28:590:29:03

Catherine will be so chuffed!

0:29:030:29:05

-And last is the plated tantalus.

-Yeah.

0:29:050:29:08

Do these things sell as well as they used to, Mark?

0:29:080:29:12

Definitely not. Things like this are a real struggle to find buyers for.

0:29:120:29:15

Funny how fashions change! There was a time,

0:29:150:29:18

when you were in shorts, when buyers were falling over themselves

0:29:180:29:21

to get hold of these tantaluses. OK. How much, then, do you think?

0:29:210:29:25

-80 to 120.

-OK. £180 they paid.

0:29:250:29:28

So that is going to be the deep dark hole into which they fall.

0:29:280:29:31

Therefore they'll need their bonus buy,

0:29:310:29:34

and therefore let's go and have a look at it.

0:29:340:29:36

Now, Bryn and Chris, you spent £267.

0:29:360:29:39

Magnificent effort. You gave the lovely Catherine £33

0:29:390:29:42

to spend on the bonus buy. What did you get, Catherine?

0:29:420:29:45

THEY ALL EXCLAIM

0:29:460:29:49

-I had to get this!

-We remember this.

0:29:490:29:52

-Do you remember? Did you see it?

-Yes. Vaguely, yes.

0:29:520:29:55

-Looks just like my dad.

-Well, I had to get it,

0:29:550:29:58

with the bowling connection, and as we got the bowls.

0:29:580:30:02

-So, how old is it?

-Well, he's probably late 19th century,

0:30:020:30:05

early 20th century. It's WMF,

0:30:050:30:10

so nice name. Silver plated.

0:30:100:30:13

And look at that lovely movement! Look at the lovely detail here.

0:30:130:30:17

-And how much was it?

-I spent all of the £33.

0:30:170:30:20

-Oh!

-What do you mean, "oh"? I think that was quite good!

0:30:200:30:24

You think we'll make on that one?

0:30:240:30:25

Yes, I really do think you will make a profit on that.

0:30:250:30:29

She was very, very reluctant to let him go at £33,

0:30:290:30:31

and I think he's quite good for that.

0:30:310:30:34

Great. I like that a lot.

0:30:340:30:35

It seems you've excited just the right reaction here.

0:30:350:30:38

Yet again you've done it for these boys.

0:30:380:30:41

You don't decide now. You hang on to your ripcords

0:30:410:30:44

until after the sale of your first three items.

0:30:440:30:46

But, for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's little bowler.

0:30:460:30:52

-What do you think? More bowling.

-Yes, more bowling.

0:30:520:30:55

-Are you going to bowl us out with a decent estimate?

-30 to 40.

0:30:550:30:58

-That is a bowl-out, isn't it? £33 was paid by Catherine.

-Yeah.

0:30:580:31:02

Is there a big bowling community here in Market Harborough?

0:31:020:31:05

-Not that I'm particularly aware of.

-Anyway, that's it for the Reds.

0:31:050:31:09

Thank you very much, Mark. Now for the Blues, Ro and Lolly.

0:31:090:31:13

Three-piece cruet - staple diet of every saleroom, right?

0:31:130:31:17

Yes. We must see two or three a day.

0:31:170:31:20

And it's in good condition, but with no case, which is a pity, isn't it?

0:31:200:31:24

It is, but as you say, what is there is original to the set, and the glass liners are in good order.

0:31:240:31:30

-How much do you think, then?

-30 to 40.

0:31:300:31:32

OK. £55 they paid. Perhaps just a tad too much.

0:31:320:31:35

-Yes, that is too much, definitely.

-OK.

0:31:350:31:37

Moving on to the modern Murano glass,

0:31:370:31:40

which looks really bright and breezy, doesn't it?

0:31:400:31:43

-Yes. Good-looking thing, that.

-How much?

0:31:430:31:45

-Estimate here 50 to 70.

-£78 paid.

-There's a chance we might get there.

0:31:450:31:49

Might do. I mean, it's got that kind of funky look.

0:31:490:31:52

With contemporary things like this, who knows what people will go for,

0:31:520:31:56

-for modern interiors.

-Yeah, quite. But by far the most speculative

0:31:560:32:00

and, I think, exciting item is this encrier. Do you agree?

0:32:000:32:03

Yes, I do. I think the best buy for this team.

0:32:030:32:06

The overall look of it is great. A few losses,

0:32:060:32:08

but with a bit of good conservative restoration,

0:32:080:32:11

it will be a good object.

0:32:110:32:12

If that was absolutely beezer-good condition, with its bottles

0:32:120:32:16

-and all the rest, really, it could be £600, £900, couldn't it?

-Easily.

0:32:160:32:20

-Yes.

-Anyway, what's your estimate as it is?

0:32:200:32:23

-100 to 150.

-OK, fine. £130 they paid.

0:32:230:32:26

-Oh, yes.

-That's not too bad, is it? And if somebody fancies it,

0:32:260:32:30

-I can see it making a couple of hundred here.

-Yes.

0:32:300:32:32

In which case, they'd be on Easy Street.

0:32:320:32:35

Or it might not do so well, in which case they'll need their bonus buy.

0:32:350:32:39

Now, Lolly, Ro, you spent £263, which is a fantastic sum of money.

0:32:390:32:45

You gave £37 to the man. What has he bought?

0:32:450:32:50

Well, from little acorns do oak trees grow.

0:32:500:32:53

-Ooh!

-What about this? A little ashtray,

0:32:540:32:57

carved out of a piece of English oak by Acornman,

0:32:570:33:01

who was a pupil of the famous Mouseman.

0:33:010:33:05

-OK. And, er, how much did you spend?

-£30,

0:33:060:33:10

-which I thought wasn't a lot of money for what it is.

-OK.

0:33:100:33:13

-How much do you think it would make?

-Um, maybe £40, £50 on a good day.

0:33:130:33:18

-Oh, OK.

-Very collectable, this sort of thing.

0:33:180:33:20

-I quite like it, actually.

-I do, yeah.

0:33:200:33:22

-Yeah. It's nice.

-The thing I like are the patriotic nails!

0:33:220:33:26

I like these blue nails.

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They're my favourite bit so far, I have to tell you.

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-But it's a different variety on that whole mouse thing, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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There's quite a vogue for Arts and Craftsy bits and bobs,

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-so I'm quite hopeful.

-You done us proud, I think.

0:33:390:33:41

-Wonderful.

-Well, that's really nice, isn't it?

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-Anyway, it's one way of spending the leftover lolly, Lolly.

-Yes.

0:33:450:33:48

-It's a good way to spend it.

-Yes, absolutely.

0:33:480:33:51

Good. Well, on that happy note,

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let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Nick's little...

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Acornman dish.

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-Looks like Thompson but it's not.

-This is Alan "Acornman" Grainger,

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who was, I think, a pupil of Mouseman Thompson,

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-so very much in his style.

-Did he always sign with a nut, then?

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Apparently, yes. I've not seen many pieces,

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-but the ones I have seen do have a nut.

-Lovely.

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-Let's hope people are nutty about it, then. How much?

-40 to 60.

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Great! £30 paid. He'll be really chuffed about that.

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Overall, then, I think this Blue Team have got some real potential.

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Let's see what happens in a few minutes. Thanks, Mark.

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-So, how are you?

-Very good.

-Not too bad.

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Is this rather like leaping out of the back door on a Skyvan?

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-No. This is more exciting.

-Is it?

-More adrenaline-filled...

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-More nerve-racking.

-..than jumping from a plane at 15,000 feet.

-Is it?

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-Definitely.

-Oh, dear! Perhaps I COULD jump out the back of a plane.

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It's not as bad as all that. Anyway, first up, Bryn, are your bowls.

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We have ebony bowling woods, nice leather bag, as well.

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What are we going to say for these? I'm bidding here £15.

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£15 I'm bid on the book here. Bid at 15, bid at 15.

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18. 20. Your turn. 22.

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In the room now. I'm bid at 22. Five I'll take. Are you bidding?

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25 on the front. New bidder. 28 now.

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£28. £30 bid. At 30. 32?

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32 right at the back now. At 32. Five anywhere?

0:35:200:35:24

-32 in the room, then. At £32.

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:35:240:35:27

£32 is plus 17. That's very fair. Thank you very much.

0:35:270:35:31

Now, your hip flask.

0:35:310:35:33

London, 1897.

0:35:330:35:35

-I'm bidding here... £100, is it?

-Come on! That would be nice!

0:35:350:35:39

35 I'm bid, then? 35 for the flask here.

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£35 I'm bid. At 38. 40. 42. 45.

0:35:410:35:44

48. 50.

0:35:440:35:46

Five. 55 here.

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55, seated. At 55.

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-60, new bidding. 65. 70. 75.

-Yes!

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80. 85.

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£85, still seated.

0:35:560:35:59

85 I'm bid, then, and I will sell at £85.

0:35:590:36:02

£85 is plus £13.

0:36:020:36:05

-27... You are plus 30 overall.

-High-five!

0:36:050:36:08

Plus 30 overall. Stand by for the tantalus. Here it comes.

0:36:080:36:12

-Oh, Catherine!

-Don't blame me! It wasn't my choice.

0:36:120:36:15

..fitted with three decanters and stoppers.

0:36:150:36:17

Bidding goes straight in with me at £80.

0:36:170:36:20

On the book here at £80, I'm bid.

0:36:200:36:22

85. 90. 95. 100.

0:36:220:36:26

£100 I'm bid. At 100. Are you all out in the room?

0:36:260:36:29

Still on my book here at £100. Ten to bid.

0:36:290:36:32

-£100, then, and selling...

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:36:320:36:35

-£100.

-That's a big loss.

0:36:350:36:37

-Minus 80...

-You wanted it.

0:36:370:36:39

-..equals minus 50 overall.

-That's a shame.

0:36:390:36:43

It's a helter-skelter, that life, isn't it?

0:36:430:36:46

One minute you're up there, and then the next, down the snake.

0:36:460:36:50

I'm so sorry about that. What are we going to do about the bowler?

0:36:500:36:54

-We're definitely going to go for it.

-Definitely.

-Yeah?

0:36:540:36:57

-Decision made?

-Absolutely.

0:36:570:36:59

We're going with the bowler. Here comes the WMF jobbie.

0:36:590:37:02

White-metal figure of a bowls player on a wooden mount,

0:37:020:37:06

and bidding opens with me here at 18. 18. 20.

0:37:060:37:09

£22. £22 I'm bid.

0:37:090:37:11

£22 I'm bid here. At 25. 28 in the room now.

0:37:110:37:15

28. Bid at 28. 30 with the internet.

0:37:150:37:17

-At £30. Bid at 30.

-Come on!

0:37:170:37:19

Two, do I see? It's still with the internet at £30.

0:37:190:37:22

You're all out in the room. £30 I'm bid,

0:37:220:37:24

and selling that at £30.

0:37:240:37:26

-Oh, dear. £30.

-I've let you down!

0:37:260:37:29

-Badly.

-£30 minus three...

0:37:290:37:31

equals minus £53.

0:37:310:37:33

Now, listen, lads - that could be a winning score.

0:37:330:37:36

-Hope so.

-I think it will be.

0:37:360:37:38

I know you're best mates with these girls, the old jumping thing -

0:37:380:37:41

-just don't tell them, eh?

-Oh, no.

-Keep it quiet.

0:37:410:37:45

-Lol and Ro, do you know how the Reds got on?

-No.

0:37:520:37:55

-You don't know what their results were?

-No.

0:37:550:37:57

-Well, you won't want to, I tell you.

-HE LAUGHS

0:37:570:38:00

Anyway, this is your moment. First up is the cruet set,

0:38:000:38:04

and here it comes.

0:38:040:38:05

Three-piece silver condiment set

0:38:050:38:07

with pierced design and blue-glass liners.

0:38:070:38:10

And opening bid on the book here, £18.

0:38:100:38:13

£18 I'm bid for the silver here. At £18.

0:38:140:38:16

£18 I'm bid. 20. 22.

0:38:160:38:19

25. 28.

0:38:190:38:20

You bidding? 30.

0:38:200:38:23

£30, seated. At £30.

0:38:230:38:25

32. Anyone else, 35?

0:38:250:38:28

35. 38. Your turn. 40.

0:38:280:38:32

42. 42 here. 42. Shaking his head.

0:38:320:38:35

It's 42 on the front. At £42, and I will...

0:38:350:38:37

45 with the internet now. 45.

0:38:370:38:40

All out in the room, then, at 45. With the internet now, at 45.

0:38:400:38:43

-And selling at £45.

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:38:430:38:46

45. Oh, bad luck, Lolly! 45. It's only minus £10.

0:38:460:38:50

-So close!

-It's not too bad.

0:38:500:38:52

OK. Now the Murano glass, look.

0:38:520:38:54

Millefiori. Where are we starting this, then?

0:38:540:38:57

10. 20. 30. 40. 50.

0:38:570:38:59

-60. £70.

-We're in!

0:38:590:39:01

I'm bid at 70. For this one at 70. 70 I'm bid here. 75 I'll take.

0:39:010:39:06

£70. 75. 80.

0:39:060:39:08

£80 I'm bid. At 80 here. At 85, new bidding.

0:39:080:39:11

90 here. At 90. 95 in the room, and all my bids are out.

0:39:110:39:15

95!

0:39:150:39:17

My far left now at 95. 100 do I see? 95 I'm bid, then,

0:39:170:39:20

-and selling at 95.

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:39:200:39:22

Well, that's very good, isn't it? Two to 80. That's plus 17,

0:39:220:39:26

which means overall you're plus seven!

0:39:260:39:29

Girls, now the Boulle stand.

0:39:290:39:32

And bidding on this one, £80.

0:39:320:39:35

£80. I'm here at £80. I'm bid at 80. 80. At 90.

0:39:350:39:38

100. 110.

0:39:380:39:41

110 I'm bid, then. At 110. On the front at 110.

0:39:410:39:44

120 I'll take. 110 bid.

0:39:440:39:46

110 in the room. Selling away now at 110...

0:39:460:39:48

-Oh, £110.

-That's a shame.

0:39:480:39:51

£110 is minus 20,

0:39:510:39:54

which means overall you're minus 13. How rotten is that?

0:39:540:39:58

What are you going to do? Are you going to go with this Acornman oak thingumajig?

0:39:580:40:04

-I think we should just go for it.

-Yeah.

0:40:040:40:06

-Going to do it, then?

-Sure?

-Oh, yeah.

0:40:060:40:08

We're going to go with the bonus buy, then. Going to trust you, Nick. And here it comes.

0:40:080:40:13

Acornman, Alan Grainger, an Arts and Crafts ashtray.

0:40:130:40:17

There we go. Nicely carved. What are we saying for this one? £50, is it?

0:40:170:40:21

Anywhere? No? OK. £20 I'm bid, then. £20 for the ashtray.

0:40:220:40:26

-£20 I'm bid.

-Bit of a drop.

0:40:260:40:28

22. 25. 28. 28 I'm bid, and all my bids are out.

0:40:280:40:31

It's 28 here. At 28. 30 do I see?

0:40:310:40:34

Internet, can you pick this up? It's in the room, then,

0:40:340:40:37

-at 28, and away.

-HE BANGS HAMMER

0:40:370:40:39

-Oh, no! £28.

-Two quid!

0:40:390:40:41

£28 minus £2 equals minus 15. Now, listen, girls.

0:40:410:40:45

Very disappointing not to be taking home any folding money,

0:40:450:40:49

but minus £15 could be a winning score, all right?

0:40:490:40:52

So don't say a thing to those beastly boys.

0:40:520:40:56

-No. Keep shtum.

-Shtum.

-Absolutely.

0:40:560:40:58

Well, how lovely is this? Two teams of great mates!

0:41:040:41:08

But have you been talking to one another?

0:41:080:41:10

-Not a word.

-No.

0:41:100:41:12

I know there's been a big competition

0:41:120:41:14

between the boys and the girls here, and it's needle-sharp

0:41:140:41:18

between you boys and girls, and you haven't been talking.

0:41:180:41:21

And the fact that neither of you are going to be wandering home with any pound coins in your pocket

0:41:210:41:26

actually does not matter a scrap, does it?

0:41:260:41:29

-No.

-Cos you're not here for the money.

0:41:290:41:31

-Absolutely not.

-It's just for the competition.

0:41:310:41:34

And sadly every Bargain Hunt has to have a team of runners-up,

0:41:340:41:38

and they are today the Reds.

0:41:380:41:40

-THEY MOAN

-Yes!

0:41:400:41:41

THEY LAUGH

0:41:410:41:44

Look at how pleased...

0:41:440:41:46

Look at how pleased those girls are.

0:41:460:41:49

Look at the pleasure that we give out on this!

0:41:490:41:51

Can we have a re-count?

0:41:510:41:54

Yes. Minus £53. It's bad luck, really,

0:41:540:41:57

because you started off with a profit of £17.

0:41:570:42:00

It all looked very pretty. And you also got a profit on the next item,

0:42:000:42:04

-the hip flask, and then it went downhill, right?

-Yeah.

0:42:040:42:07

-SHE GASPS

-Hey, now...

0:42:070:42:09

We don't point fingers, all right? This is a team effort.

0:42:090:42:12

-Bad luck. You had a good time?

-A fantastic time.

0:42:120:42:15

-Will you be able to live this down?

-No.

-Can't go home.

0:42:150:42:18

In which case, I shall turn to the girls, who are looking very gleeful.

0:42:180:42:22

-Oh, yes.

-And quite rightly so. They too made a profit of £17

0:42:220:42:26

on the Murano glass vase. You managed to contain your losses

0:42:260:42:31

at £13. You then went with the bonus buy,

0:42:310:42:35

which increased your losses to £15.

0:42:350:42:38

So the scores are... minus £13 versus minus £53,

0:42:380:42:43

and I vote that the girls definitely are the winners today.

0:42:430:42:47

Well done, girls!

0:42:470:42:48

-Have you had a great show?

-Excellent.

-Brilliant.

-Thank you.

0:42:480:42:52

Just don't push any of these boys out of an aeroplane

0:42:520:42:54

without a parachute. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?

0:42:540:42:58

Yes!

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Experts Nick Hall and Catherine Southon take two teams of skydivers to the edge as they leap to the challenge of finding a bargain in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Tim Wonnacott takes a stroll around the gardens of Arley Hall.