Antiques challenge. It's ladies' day on Bargain Hunt. Experts Mark Stacey and Jonathan Pratt navigate all-girl teams around the fair at Kedleston Hall.
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The Reds are taking on the Blues in a 60-minute shop-off.
So, let's go bargain hunting!
Kedleston Hall is the ancestral home of the Curzon family,
all avid collectors of furniture and works of art.
Would they find something of interest in this fair today?
I do hope so.
We've given our teams £300 and one hour to do just that,
here at the Jaguar Antiques Fair.
Coming up today - girl power! Mark Stacy gets red hot! Ooh!
-I'm going to start stripping off.
-Oof. It's all right for some.
-I know. Wait till the jumper comes off!
Jonathan Pratt gets collared by the Blues.
Will they ever get what they really, really want?
No. It's a bit too Victorian really.
Well, it's Ladies Day today on Bargain Hunt.
We've got sisters and good friends.
Let's start with the good friends, Shelley and Heidi.
-Lovely to see you. Shelley, you two know each other pretty well.
Yes, we do. We've been friends since primary school
and we've worked together, been on holiday together.
-We both became mums earlier this year.
How do you combine being a full-time mum and with being a poetess?
With some difficulty sometimes.
I'm also doing a part-time PHD on Victorian dramatic monologue.
-Is it the Victorian period that really gets you going?
I love the flowery language of the literature
and I love the silver trinkets and novelty items.
The great thing about Victorian objects
is that there are lots of them about in fairs like this.
Heidi, your days are taken up looking after your children.
My child, Molly. She's six months old now.
-So I go back to work at the end of January.
-What do you do?
I'm a business advisor,
but I also manage a team of advisors in Leicester.
Well, there's plenty of knowledge between you.
-Are you feeling confident?
-I think so. Quietly confident.
And with your special affinity for Victorian things,
you should do very well.
Now, for the Blues, the sisters. Are you as in sync as these two friends?
-I think so.
-Links of blood are very strong.
-Do you go out a bit together?
-Yes. We do a lot together.
-What sort of things?
-Tea rooms, we like going to different tea rooms.
Derbyshire, all round.
What do you get up to when you're not going to tea rooms?
I work for Slimming World.
How does that work out? I want to lose a ton of weight, I come and see you, you sign me up?
That's it. I give you lots of help and support.
-What do you make me give up first?
-Does that mean I can keep going to tea rooms?
Carol, you're heading for a pretty special anniversary any minute.
-Yes. Next June.
-Tell us about that.
It's our silver wedding anniversary,
25 years, and we've decided to renew our vows in church.
That'll be exciting. How will you get to the church?
-We've ordered a white limo.
-So have you sisters got any rules about this bargain hunting?
-Spend a small amount.
-But gain a lot at the end.
What's your predictions as to how much you're going to spend?
-I'm going to be giving you £300.
-Possibly around two.
So not that little then. That's OK. £300 apiece. There you go, girls.
You know the rules.
Your experts await and off you go! Very, very good luck.
What charming teams!
# Express yourself... #
-There's a wooden chair with a heart.
-Which one was that?
-I think it was at this stall here.
-Don't be frightened to shout out now because it's your show.
-Don't pass anything, then say later on.
-I've seen something like it before.
-Do you want to show me?
-Just over here.
-Come on. After you.
Oh, yes. Generally referred to as milk maid stools, these.
But they're not the best sellers. We've moved away from that fashion.
But it is nice with the heart. It's rather romantic, but we've still got a lot of time.
We'll keep our options open. You can always run back and I'll sit down!
That's it, Mark. Start as you mean to go on.
It's miniature. You'd never be able to stoke the fire with that though!
But isn't it cute?
-It's only £9.50, Jonathan.
-I know, but who's going to buy it?
Don't beat about the bush, Jonathan!
-You haven't got any writing instruments, have you?
-Something like desk stands or anything like that.
-I've got some silver.
-I've got these Sheffield salt and pepper.
-They're very decorative.
Quite decorative. Do you like those? If I hand you one over, girls,
-there's some sort of mark on the bottom.
-It's Sheffield plate.
-Do you want to have a look?
They're pepperettes, I would call them. That's a pretty word.
And the style of them, certainly, is Georgian. Do you like those?
-I think they're quite pretty.
-How much are they?
-They are Sheffield plate.
-What's the best you could do?
-Well, seeing as it's you, ladies, I'll take £35.
-What do you think, Mark?
-Well, it's not going to appeal to everyone.
But there will be some people who appreciate that as a pair.
-They've got a nice Georgian look to them.
If I was being terribly mean, in a general sale in Derby,
they'd probably estimate them at £20-30.
Is that the very lowest, 35? Could we go to 25?
I couldn't go to 25,
but I may be able to stretch just at the very lowest, £30.
-That's not bad, really.
-I do like them.
-It's only 30 quid.
-It's not much, is it?
-Let's go for it.
Yes? Happy with those? Your eyes lit up a bit when you saw them.
-I like them.
-I did see a twinkle there. We'll have them.
-OK, that's great. I'll wrap those for you.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Your first purchase in less than ten minutes. Well done.
We can't rest on our laurels.
The Red team have seasoned their shopping basket with a Georgian twin set.
But how about our sisters? Are you on a roll too?
-It's a bit too Victorian, really, for tastes today.
Look out, cute alert!
Shall we try and buy him? What do you think he'd make at auction?
-He's got to make a profit!
-He's got to make a profit, whatever we pay for him!
Aah! Right, got that out of the way, back to the antiques.
-It is nice, that.
-The shape is like a bottle and with...
OK, Medina is Maltese, that's a Maltese Cross on it. So it sort of gives it away a bit.
£38, it says on the bottom and it is signed.
Would you put that on your mantelpiece?
-The colour of it's pretty smart.
-Yeah. I'd put that in a window.
-Shows a bit of the light going through it.
-I quite like that.
-And that quirky one at the back.
It's quite cute, isn't it? I mean, it's only £20.
And it's a nice little bit of modern glass.
What do you think? That green one is very unusual.
-The label says possibly Kosta Boda.
Kosta Boda's Scandinavian and they did sign most things.
It's quite a nice colour. Something's going on inside though.
-Yes, it's like it's all marked.
-I don't like it that much. No. But that's kind of fun.
I'll think we'll try and see what the best deal is we can get for it.
I tell you what, you must be sweating in those fleeces.
-It's getting hot, very hot.
-I'm going to start stripping off. Far too hot.
-It's all right for some!
-I know. Wait until the jumper comes off.
# You can leave your hat on... #
-Do you want to buy it?
-I quite like this one as well, actually!
Put it down, Jonathan.
# Sisters are doing it for themselves... #
£28 for a clearly beautiful first item(!)
We're doing very well. Less than ten minutes and we've spent 30 quid.
So 270 and quite a lot of time, but let's not get carried away
because I warn you now, the time disappears very quickly.
They say that tree hugging is very therapeutic.
But that assumes that you're disturbed in the first place.
The big question is, are you going to be disturbed by this instrument?
On the face of it, it's not very impressive.
Rather a crude handle which supports a bar of flat iron
that frankly is pretty rusty and on the end, you've got two calliper-like arms.
The only indication that this thing is of any quality at all
is this angled piece, which is made of brass and has been beautifully crafted.
It regulates the position of the lower arm, just like a calliper,
and if we turn it this way round, you can see there's a maker's mark.
It reads "Dring and Fage, Makers, London".
Probably dating from the middle of the 18th century,
not a name that I know, but that can be researched and you could have fun doing that.
These two points that open up look as if they're supposed to measure a particular distance.
If I put the calliper ends on four inches and put my spread of fingers in between,
I know that the distance from one end of my spread fingers to the other is 8.25 inches.
But yet this is set at four. It quite clearly doesn't measure inches.
What it is in fact is a dendrologist's measure.
It will measure the girth of a tree trunk,
not in inches but in lengths that when you apply the mathematical computation,
you can work out how many cubic feet of wood
there is in a given length of a tree trunk like this.
If you were a timber merchant in the 18th century,
which is when this thing was made, there was a lot of money in trees.
A lot of construction took place using timber and if you owned a park like Kedleston,
with massive trees like this, they would be worth money, all according to their volume.
But how much volume of timber do you get out of a massive tree trunk like this?
This gadget would help you do that calculation.
The dealer's asking £160 for it.
And I'm thinking about going back and giving him a hug.
Aah! Now, teams, how are you measuring up?
-Oh, he's ferreting again.
-'That's it. Round him up, woof woof!'
-A pair of binoculars here.
-Oh, yes. Oh, they're fun, aren't they?
-I haven't got black rings on my eyes, have I?
OK, the military ones are what people really go for.
You've got this theatre and field, you can change on there.
So if you were out in the field and you're dog's chasing a rabbit or something, you can switch it round.
-Otherwise, you can put it to theatre mode to sit in the theatre.
-There they are, look.
-There he is, look.
-We're in the field now.
-Have a little look. See if you can get black eyes!
I haven't seen that on the television for a very long time.
-You should have done that. It would have been funny.
-Anyway, do they work?
They do work actually. OK.
-What do you think?
-It's either 180 or 18!
INAUDIBLE > There isn't. Oh, 18.
They have got some age, you see. 244 High Holborn, London.
Sold by C Baker Opticians. They're absolutely right for binoculars...
That's exactly what it was. This was probably covered in leather.
They've lost a lot of their original look.
-Just see if he'll take a tenner.
-Go on. You do it.
-Will you take a tenner?
-Yeah, we'll take 'em.
We're the big spenders today!
-I said - spend small, earn big!
-Yeah, we lose less.
Another Blue budget buy, £12. Hmm, lovely.
-Good luck, ladies.
-Hope you beat them Reds.
Charge them extra if they come to you!
That's sporting, isn't it?
I just saw this little Staffordshire figure group.
You wanted something Victorian. This is very classically Victorian.
This is a Staffordshire figure group
and it's got the three figures on it.
What I like and this tells you it's a nice early piece from 1860,
is it's very crisply moulded and it's got all this nice original decoration, bright colours.
-What's this for?
-What do you think?
-I have no idea.
-Do you have any idea?
-Is it a clock?
-It's for a pocket watch.
It's a night holder for a pocket watch.
You'd put that on the mantelpiece or on the side of the bed
and you'd put your pocket watch in there.
But I love the little two birds cooing up here.
It's very nicely decorated.
There's a little hairline crack here, but we're looking at something which is 150 years old.
But it is quite decorative.
-How much is that, sir?
-£45. That's not a bad price.
I'm sure though that if we were to talk nicely to him, he might be able to tweak it down a bit.
-Do you want to think about it?
-I do like it though.
-Shall we go for it?
-We couldn't do it for 35, could we?
-Split the difference - £37.50.
-Shall we go for it?
-I think that's a nice figure, £37.50!
-I think that sounds good. We've got a deal!
Decision made! £37.50. And Shelley gets her piece of Victoriana.
-We've had over half an hour now. But we've bought two objects and we've only spent...
Hmm, he's spent £40.
"As featured on BBC's Bargain Hunt, wow!"
I think we've publicised that enough, don't you?
This watch is hallmarked on the inside, it's nine carat. 160.
It's scratched at about 140.
GW Benson, basically, High Street, Bond Street jewellers, still going
-but deal with a lot more antique now.
Nine carat gold, hallmarked on the posts and presumably inside on the back.
-It's scratched at about 150.
How much does the whole thing weigh, do you know, with the movement in?
-I know it's with the movement in... 26.7 grams.
What would the movement be, probably about 15
so it's probably going to be about 10 grams.
-You're saying about 16 grams?
-I'm saying about 14, 16 grams.
I don't want to lead you.
I would say that's quite a good thing to buy because watches are,
at the moment, selling quite well.
I'll do it for 150... 140.
-There we go.
Hang on a minute, did Jonathan get you girls to part with £140?
So sadly, we've actually finished shopping about 20 minutes early.
-Time for a cuppa.
-I like that though. I think that's a good thing.
-Time for a cup of tea!
-I'm amazed actually.
-We can put our feet up.
-What a lot of chatter.
Well done, ladies. You've been absolute...
brilliant shoppers. You weren't too...
And the sun came out. You know what they say?
The sun always shines on the righteous.
I want you to find me something big, something beautiful
and something expensive, apart from me.
Shelly, I think that's quite pretty.
A little bit talking piece again
but I think you need something a little bit bigger.
Something which is going to be over £100. Thank you, sir.
-Let's be quick.
-I love that.
-Yeah, move on.
You did say big, Mark. She's doing her best.
-What do you think of that?
-Well, at auction, I suppose you'd put £80-100 on it.
-It's marked at 165.
-It's a bit much.
We're in that final stretch, all right. I'll just warn you of that.
These ladies have got interesting bits and bobs.
Some of them are on the stall.
-Do you know what these are?
-It is, it's a ladies'... .
Dressing table. You've got the little mirror.
These are the most commercial parts of it, the mirror. This should be silver
and I would have thought probably 1920s or something.
-Is that right?
-1932, that's exactly what I said.
Then you've got the little brush there,
it's all embossed and engine turned.
It's all complete in its case.
-Its original case?
-Yes, it fits perfectly, doesn't it?
There's another set here as well which is 1925. Which is more ornate.
-I like the look of that one.
-Can you get that out for me?
This is 1925, I think, but this is much more Victorian.
Look at the little face at the bottom, you see.
-I like that.
-And is that quite collectible?
-It's just the same as the other one.
-It's a limited market. You wouldn't use this, would you?
-On your dressing table. What is this priced at?
-It was priced at 95,
-but I'm sure we will take less than that.
-They will take less than that, priced at 95.
The fact that it's in its box, again, it's a very nice object.
I think we must think of what we want to pay for it,
-see if we can get it down to that price.
-What's your very best price?
-What do you think? 70, 75? 70.
-You'd have to look at about 50, really,
because then we've got a chance of a small profit, I think.
55, could you do 55?
Are you sure you couldn't do 50 on this?
What do you think, can we do 50?
-There's a kiss in it.
-Will you do it then?
-You happy with 50? Your choice.
-You've done it.
-With a few minutes to spare, well done.
And you have left me with oodles of money. You've only spent £117.50.
I'm very, very disappointed.
-We're going to be in trouble with Tim, aren't we?
In trouble with moi?
-Thank you very much. That's very sweet of you.
-Sealed with a kiss.
And time's up.
The Red team bought the Georgian pepperettes for £30.
Shelley's Victorian wish, the Staffordshire flat-pack,
watch not included.
And the dressing-table set,
there's for £50 and one little smacker from Mark.
-We can relax a bit now, can't we? You happy with those?
You look like blushing brides!
-I suppose it's nice to finish actually, isn't it?
Have you found this shopping rather stressful?
It's harder than you think actually.
What's been the good bit for you, Shell?
I quite like the little pepperettes, they're pretty.
Found those pretty quickly as well so we felt quite pleased with ourselves.
-And what did you spend overall?
-£117.50, that's quite precise, isn't it?
-In fact, not lot of money.
That means there's an awful lot of leftover lolly.
Who's got this terrible lot of leftover lolly including the 50p?
There you go.
-Looked like a rag-tag group, you'd better check it carefully.
You could buy half the fair with that, Mark, if you don't watch out.
-I'm thinking of a weekend away, Tim.
Is that an invitation or what? What a shocker.
-Anyway, very good luck with that, Mark. Good luck, girls.
Why don't we check out what the Blues bought, eh?
Judith and Carol started with a plan to buy low.
The blue glass vase was theirs for £28.
The clapped-out binoculars were only £12.
They then completely changed tack, spending £140 on a gold watch.
Well, I don't know!
-A good day's shopping.
-I think so. Oh!
Listen, you lot, you just had a tea-party or something, haven't you?
-I mean, how Speedy Gonzales is this?
-Marvellous, isn't it?
-It's a record, surely.
Yes, it must be something like that.
You sisters that hardly chat at all, I don't know how you do that.
-We're ever so quiet.
-Listen, you two, which is your favourite piece?
-The binoculars, definitely?
-What about you?
-Mine's the little vase.
-The little vase.
What about you, JP, what's your favourite piece?
Actually, I really like... she's trying to tell me.
I really liked the binoculars because they were cheap
and there's a nice little story about them.
-But I liked the watch.
-Let's get all this into focus now.
-How much did you spend?
That's £120 of leftover lolly, who's got the money?
-How lovely, £120.
All right, off you go and very, very good luck.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to somewhere so intellectual
it's positively challenging.
Regularly on Bargain Hunt, we buy utilitarian items.
Cups and saucers and pots and pans and the like.
But collecting truly decorative examples
of those utilitarian objects can be very exciting.
Often, the finest examples are to be found in museums.
Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge,
home to an extraordinary collection of the decorative arts.
Not surprisingly, the Fitzwilliam Museum is full of ceramics.
In fact, they have an excellent decorative arts department.
Traditionally, you wander in a museum
down lines and lines of cabinets like this.
What do you make of this?
Isn't this just ridiculous?
I've never seen such a big stoneware object in my life.
It's called stoneware because the clay that's used
is dense, flinty-type clay.
The sort of clay that was being used by Doulton's to make drainpipes.
This example comes from the celebrated Martin Brothers Pottery.
There were three brothers who they are associated
with the potting part of the business -
Robert, Walter and Edwin.
The fourth brother, Charles,
was involved in selling the products in their retail outlet.
Robert was a qualified sculptor.
He would have been responsible for the realistic potting
and sculpting of an example like this.
This owl is described as a punch bowl.
Doesn't look like any punch bowl I ever saw.
But it was made for a particular client,
the Bohemian Club in San Francisco in America.
Their mascot was an owl.
Not surprisingly, when they wanted a big, sociable punch bowl,
they ordered it from Martin Brothers in this peculiar form.
The first example that came out of the kiln had a firing crack
and that's this fellow.
You can see the big crack running down the middle.
That's because it's such a substantial lump of clay
that in the kiln it would have shrunk and behaved abnormally,
and as a result, got this crack. The Martin brothers didn't give up
and simply sculpted another one which came out perfect
and they dispatched it to America.
Just in time for the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.
The Bohemian Club building fell down crushing their example.
What we're left with today is this cracked fellow,
essentially a one-off.
What the Martin brothers did in their pottery was to produce
a range of domestic wares that could be bought by people
who were looking for things that they could actually use in their house.
Here we've got an example of Edwin's wares.
What we've got here is seaweed and fish all incised into the body
of what is, after all, quite a utilitarian type of jug.
What I love is the humour in these little marine creatures.
When did you see a fish that looked quite like that?
I mean, it's comic, isn't it?
Even the squid here seem to be having fun.
Here we've got an example of a pretty ordinary-looking vase
but beautifully decorated, again by Edwin.
Nearly every piece of Martin Brothers is identified and signed.
This one, you can see the script signature here,
London and Southall and they're usually dated.
This one 1901 with a hyphen, five,
to indicate it was made in May of that year.
But by far the most valuable and collectible
of the Martin Brothers productions today are these little fellows.
Don't you think this is a gas?
Just look at the expression on that bird's face.
Commonly called owls, they're not of course owls at all.
You've never seen an owl with a beaker like that.
The heads are detachable typically and what I like about them
is that you can revolve them like this.
With the revolution, their expression seems to change.
You could have a conversation with one if you wanted to.
The big question today is, of course,
is it going to be a hoot over at the auction?
-Good morning, Annabel.
-How lovely to be at Bamford's auction house.
Today, for Shelley and Heidi, their first item
is the pair of pepperettes which are in Georgian style, aren't they?
They are, yes.
I think this one probably a little bit bent at the bottom as well.
-Sloping a bit, isn't it?
-Yes. Quite nice to have on the table.
-20 to £30 is OK for them.
-They paid 30.
They might be lucky to make a profit on that.
What about the Staffordshire flat back watch holder?
I have noticed recently that Staffordshire is struggling
especially when it's quite a common model, as this one.
It's an OK example but overall,
the Staffordshire market's very depressed so £30.
£37.50 they paid.
-That's quite a precise amount.
-It is, yeah.
Do you think 30 to 40 then?
30 to 40, yes. Might be a little bit generous
but definitely the lower end it should make.
-Fine, and lastly, the silver cased dressing-table set.
It's in good nick, isn't it?
It is but it hasn't got a great deal of age to it.
-It's a copy of a Victorian one.
-When do you think it was made?
In the '60s. A 1960s hallmark on it.
-As a reproduction of a Victorian set.
-Nice set, nicely presented.
-OK, £50 they paid.
Actually, pretty well, they're spot-on around the estimates.
They may not need their bonus buy, but just in case, let's go and have a look at it.
Well, girls. You spent £117.50, which is pathetic.
You gave £182.50's worth of leftover lolly to Mark
which is a lot of money.
-Did you spend a lot, Mark?
-I didn't but I tried
to get something which I know you're interested in.
-You like writing.
-This is quite unusual.
This is a Victorian partners inkstand because you can open it both ways.
You can open it like that if you're this side of the desk
-but if you are the other side of the desk, you open it like that.
I thought that was a rather ingenious little idea
and it's got this rather nice hobnail glass on there.
It's about sort of 1880 to 1890, I suppose.
-It's really quite nice quality and I paid £85 for it.
-I think it's fantastic.
Quite chunky, isn't it? Is it quite heavy?
It is heavy, yes.
-Do you think it will make a profit?
-I hope so.
I bought it with you two in mind to give you something I thought might enthuse you.
We didn't find anything about writing.
I would hope on a good day with a fair wind behind it,
-I'd say 10 or £15.
-Would you have that on your desk at home?
-I would, I love it.
I mean, it's fun, this dual hinging arrangement, isn't it? Quite unusual.
If you didn't have ink, I suppose you could use it as a little flower vase.
-Yes, you could.
-Put water in it.
-Open it up.
And put a romantic rose in it, perhaps.
Yes, good. Anyway, you don't decide right now, girls.
You decide later after the sale of your first three items,
but for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneeress -
it's an all ladies' day today - thinks about Mark's inkwell.
-So, Annabel. Here we go, it's fun.
-It is. I quite like this actually.
It's well made, good quality, nice weighty thing to it.
-Would look good on any desk, wouldn't it?
This double hinged thing is intriguing, isn't it?
-It's a great little thing.
-You get inkwell collectors, don't you?
We get inkwell collectors or anyone who'd like that for their desk.
It's a good piece, isn't it?
Yes, it is. OK, how much?
-50 to £70.
-OK, £85 paid.
-That's all right, isn't it?
Who knows, it might well go and make 100.
It would be lovely for Mark Stacey because he's invested in that. His reputation for a kick-off.
-Judith and Carol now for the Blues. They've got the Mdina flask.
-Incredibly dull these bits of Mdina glass, aren't they?
-They are, yes.
They're a tourist thing, really.
-I wouldn't rate it at all.
-They paid £28.
They won't lose much but it's a particularly dull thing.
Next up are these rather peculiar field glasses
which are brassy but I don't think they started out being brassy, do you?
No, and the condition is against them as well.
They're a little bit ropey in places.
-Not very attractive either, are they?
I think if they are old, they had leather in these sections.
The leather's got worn-out,
somebody's then attacked it with a Brillo pad and tried to shine it
into brilliant brass and that hasn't worked.
-I truly think they are ghastly though, actually, if I'm being honest.
-12 to £18.
-Very generous of you. They only paid £12.
-Not worth any more.
-Not worth any more.
Lastly, Jonathan has taken them into this nine carat gold gent's wristwatch.
The peculiar thing about wrist watches is they are by and large very popular, aren't they?
Gentleman's are, ladies less so,
but it's just a fairly standardised nine carat Benson watch.
Nothing exciting about it.
£30 to £50 we'd put on it, mainly for the gold.
-Oh dear. Way too much.
-Way too much.
OK, well, on that basis they are going to need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it.
-Well, girls, you spent £180.
-Brave of you.
-I know! SHE LAUGHS
And £120 went to JP. What did you spend the £120 on?
When we bough our final object, I spied out of the corner of my eye...
-I said you'd go for that.
-I didn't know you saw me looking.
-Oh, yes. We popped our eye on it.
-Oh, there you go.
-I'd say two powerful women...
I give up!
Well, it's a little silver-framed sewing box or little pin cushion...
-I was going to say a pin cushion.
-Seamstress's box, whatever you like.
The material is perhaps a little on the worn side.
But perfectly functional. It's hallmarked for Birmingham 1913, and it's a rather neat little object.
-What did you pay for it?
-I spent the princely sum of £35.
-Is that all?
Exactly my point.
-Is that all?
-What would the little key be for?
-No idea, but I didn't want to take it off.
-Quite sweet, in't it?
But, with what you said, you know, "Is that all?", £35, I believe, is not a lot of money for it.
I think it's a good object, and I think there's a profit to make.
-Do you think it'll make £100?
-I think £60-£80, I'd quote £60-£80 at auction for it, I think.
-So if it doesn't, you'll pay us the difference?
That's a bit cheeky, that is.
-That's below the belt.
-If it does, you give me half of it!
-Thank you very much! Straight to the point!
-But it's a nice object.
-It is, very nice, yeah.
-I like that.
-It's a real collectable.
-So that might do quite well? Yes. Quite impressed with that.
-Good. Thank you.
-Is she always like this, Judith?
-Worse than me. I've mellowed over the years.
-Is that what it is?
-Old age and maturity.
Lovely. Such repartee between them.
-Well, if you can stop fighting...
-You don't have to pick right now.
What don't we found out what the auctioneer thinks about Jonathan's little pin cushion.
I like that, don't you?
-Yes, it's a nice little needlework box, very useful as well.
-It's not quite doll's house, is it?
Cos it would make a little bunkette or a bench in a doll's house.
-I mean, it is meant to be on a dressing table, I guess.
-It is, yes.
-Well, little pins.
-Pins on them.
-So I'd think £40-£60.
-Brilliant. £35 paid by Jonathan.
-That's a good buy.
-If the team decide to go with it.
-Anyway, are you all warmed up to take the auction?
-Absolutely. Ready to start.
Look forward to it. Thank you very much.
Five, 90, five...
Now, how are you feeling?
So which piece is going to do well for you, Shelly?
Well, I'm hoping that the Staffordshire pottery does well, cos I love that piece.
-I'd like to see it do well.
-And why not?
That nice watch. Lovely.
Anyway, first lot up is the pepperettes, and here they come.
..George III, Sheffield plate baluster pepperettes with the crest.
And £20 starts. 20 and two. 22. Is it £20? On commission.
Two, is it in the room anywhere? At 20. 22. 22. 25. 28. 28, surely.
28? At £25.
-28 is it?
-At £25, then, on commission at £25...
£25. Find another pair, that's what I say. Minus £5.
-You jolly well won't.
-No, you won't.
-..Watch holder with dancers.
And £20 for it, 20.
20's bid. 22. 22 for you.
22, it's at £20 at the back, 22. 22. 25.
And 2, 32. It's at £30, then, further back.
That is minus £7.50. Very disappointing, girls.
I'm sorry for you about that.
Now, the dressing table set.
-You must make a profit on £50 on this.
-..And £40, please, for it. 40.
Nicely in the case there for 40.
£40, is it? Anybody wants it, £40. It's got to be worth 40.
Nice thing there for 40. No bids. Make it 30, then. 30. 30's bid.
32. Competition. 35. 35. 38.
-40, no. At £38, then, at 38.
Minus 12 is £19.50, that's minus £24.50.
Um... How you can spend £117.50 and finish up by losing £24.50,
-when everybody has predicted that you'll make at least a small profit...
It's one of those things. So I don't understand it, girls, all right?
Be optimistic, though, what about the Partners inkwell, going to have a go?
-We're going to go for it.
-Going to do it?
-We love it, and we're going to.
-You love it.
I mean, you rate it as an object. You know it retails at £200, somewhere or other.
£85 found by you, Mark. I think we should have a group hug after this.
The 19th century Partners inkwell, lovely little lot here,
and bids on this starting at £65, 65 and 70.
70, is it, in the room, 70, 70, five, 80, five.
-90. 90 takes it, five is it?
-Oh, good, it's in profit.
-Against me at 90...
A £5 profit is a £5 profit, right?
Well done, Mark.
Broken the duck.
-That means you are now minus £19.50.
-Oh, well, that's... Could be worse.
It could be worse, couldn't it? Yeah.
I mean, it's a tiny loss, but I so hoped that you'd do better.
-Never mind. It could be a winning score. Don't say a word to the Blues.
-Here comes trouble.
-I take it from this giggling that you two girls aren't nervous at all, are you?
-Not really, no.
-Just a bit twitchy.
Anyway, first up is the Mdina vase, here it comes.
The Medina glass vase, and £10, please, for it. 10.
10. 12. 15. 15, surely.
-At £12. 15. 18. 18 at the front, 18, 20...
At £20 behind, 2 is it, at £20...
Your first loss, Jonathan, £20. Minus £8.
Now, the binoculars.
The pair of 20th century brass binoculars,
with field theatre attachment, and £10 for them. 10.
10 for the binoculars. £10.
Are they worth £10? 10 is bid. 12 for them?
12 anywhere? At 12.
-14. 14 in the red, 14.
-You're in profit.
At £14, lady's bid. 16, is it?
At £14, are you all done at £14...
Yes! £14 is plus two.
Well, that's a relief, isn't it?
...Gentleman's Benson wristwatch,
and there's bids on this starting at £60,
60 and five for the nine-carat watch. Five, 70, five. 80.
Five, 90, five, at £90, still on commission.
-Five, is it?
-Take him on, take him on!
-All done at 90...
-90 is minus 50.
-So that was minus £56.
Which is not so bad, is it?
Oh, OK, yes, it's not bad at all.
-Well, in relation to her estimate, which was £0-£50.
-Well, you sold that.
-It redeemed itself.
-What are you going to do about the pin cushion?
-We'll go for it. In for a penny, in for a pound.
-I don't blame you.
-I like it.
-Excellent. Her estimate is £40-£60.
She thinks you could double your money on that.
-So that's encouraging.
Anyway, we have a decision, we're going with the pin cushion, and here it comes.
-The George V seamstress box, silver, 1913, and £40 is bid.
40 and two, 42. 45. 48.
-Look at that for a profit.
-At £50. Two, is it?
-At 50, all done...
Well done, Jonathan, £50, just like that.
Very, very quick, I felt, but there we go. Plus 15, which means you are minus £41.
But it's only minus 41, and that could be a winning score,
-so, girls, don't tell the Reds a thing!
Well, well, well.
-What a lovely programme we've had. Been chatting?
-Talking about the score?
-Not about the score.
-Not about the score.
-Things in general.
-But you know what the score is, though, don't you?
Well, there are similarities between our teams.
-Both teams have managed to score absolutely no profits.
That should be no secret to you.
There is no secret that each of our experts today managed to produce a profit on their bonus buy items.
Thank you. Yes? Not at all.
But overall, the runners-up just so happen to be the Blues.
-Sorry about that, girls.
-Overall score, minus £41. But you sisters can take that on the chin, can't you?
You've had a wonderful day, and we've absolutely loved having you on the programme.
You've been superb. But the victors today, with a score of minus £19.50...
Pretty good, isn't it?
£5 profit from you, Mark, thank you very much. That was the grand total of the plus signs on your score.
But nevertheless, you've done enormously well.
-Have you had a nice time?
-Has it been good for you?
-Well, we've loved having you on the show. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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It's ladies' day on Bargain Hunt. Experts Mark Stacey and Jonathan Pratt navigate all-girl teams around the fair at Kedleston Hall. Tim Wonnacott visits a feathered friend at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.