Antiques challenge. In Stamford, Lincolnshire, Catherine Southon gets in a pickle trying to get her team to buy something, while Nick Hall's team pick up a pickle 'dish'.
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Make the biggest profit or the smallest loss?
Either way, you're still a winner.
Let's go bargain hunting!
We've raced along the A1 to the historic town of Stamford in Lincolnshire.
I'm about to let two lads loose in this fair with £300 to spend.
Their challenge? To find three items to take away and sell at auction for a profit.
But don't worry, I've got their parents along to supervise. Here's what's coming up.
Dad Terry takes charge of son Dan.
We'll dismiss that straight away.
Mum Dee gets to grips with son Neil.
-Let's have a look at this one.
-It's time to go.
And the Blue Team are off to a flying start.
Thank you very much. Good luck.
Unlike the Red Team.
Thank you for your time. Shall we carry on outside?
-Just have a go.
-I really think we should move away from it.
Let's get on with the show.
So, if you want to win at this game, would you enlist your father
or would you enlist your mother? How sweet!
-So you two are pretty close, aren't you?
-Yes, Tim, we are. Yes, yes.
-You're active and sporty together?
-Yeah, we do a lot of cycling
and Danny does a bit of running and swimming.
Tell me about this cycling lark then.
-We've got a cycle tomorrow, 50-miler round Northamptonshire.
-Is that for a charity?
-It's for a local charity, yeah.
-You like to help to care for people, don't you?
-It's your career.
I first started off about 25 years ago and I bought a house.
We decided we'd rent out a room, then we decided we'd rent out another room
and all the people coming into the house had mental health problems.
It took off from there and escalated.
-You've made a business out of it?
-How nice to have a business that is caring in that way.
-You have a passion for the job.
-I do. I still enjoy it after all these years.
-That's right. Not long(!)
-It's a good old innings.
But during your 26 years of caring for other people,
-you've also done a fair amount of collecting, Tel.
-I have, yes.
-I collect sovereign cases.
-How many cases have you got?
-220. All different and all British hallmarked.
-Yeah, I don't collect any...
-Any old rubbish.
-Any old rubbish.
-They send them in from France in brass and Germany...
-Stick with the British!
Danny, you've got an excellent team-mate here. Do you share your father's passion for collecting?
I have miniature alcohol bottles in my room.
Generally, full or empty?
-Some used to be vodka, which are now water. Put it that way.
You've just graduated or are about to finish the course?
-Yeah, I did a Masters in Global Security.
-What does that mean?
-Global terrorism, that sort of thing.
-Really? This is how to protect us or how to do it?
-This is what we need protecting from.
-Good. I'm pleased to hear it!
You've got climate change, terrorism, that sort of thing.
-It all sounds a bit "James Bondy", but you don't get an Aston Martin with it.
-This is going to start him off in the antique trade. It's a shove in the right direction.
-You're very competitive, you two, aren't you?
-Are you in this to win it?
-Are you going to beat this family?
-We'll leave 'em for dead.
-I love that fighting talk, Tel. Thank you very much.
-So are you quaking in your boots, guys?
-I love it.
You two have a lot in common, apart from mother and son?
Yes, we both like heavy metal music.
-Any particular group?
-Yes, Cradle Of Filth and Ozzy Osbourne.
Cradle Of Filth?!
-I'm afraid so.
-Do you mind my asking you how old you are, dearie?
You're 61 and your favourite pop group is Cradle Of Filth?!
-I'm afraid so, yes.
-What about your soft toys?
Yes, I collect Steiff when I can afford it
and anything else that's unusual.
I don't have the normal, sort of teddy type things.
I have anything that's slightly quirky, unusual, and I collect that.
-Neil, you like to be in the driving seat.
-Ordinarily, on a bus?
-Yes, I used to be a bus driver. Last year, unfortunately, I lost my licence.
-I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the end of last year.
-Oh, bad luck!
So I lost my licence. I can't drive buses now for about 20 years.
That's seriously bad luck, isn't it?
-What's your career plan now then?
-It is to go back into security.
I was a security guard before I was a bus driver.
I had to go to college and get my SIA licence.
I've passed all my courses and I'm now a fully qualified door supervisor.
-Brilliant. That should help you get some pretty good deals today.
-You can always frighten them into submission.
-Anyway, here's the money moment, £200 apiece. Here's your £200.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go and very, very good luck!
Oh, they're a bit rude.
Oh, oh! Yes, erotic.
Catherine Southon is keeping the Reds on the straight and narrow.
-Poor chap, look at him. He's been through the wars.
-He's a bit threadbare.
Nick Hall avoids the soft options.
-£300 - what do you want to spend the money on?
-A nice, big fireplace.
-A big fireplace.
That's very specific.
-Look at this.
-It's certainly unusual.
We spoke about period glass, but there is definitely a vogue for...
-..post-war studio glass by specific makers.
-I don't know who that is by, but it's a striking bit of glass.
-I like that.
-What do you think? Does it grab you?
-Yes, it does. I like that.
Jeepers creepers, she's not joking!
-I like that.
-Isn't that unusual?
-I like that.
I see and value and sell hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of glass.
-I've never seen one structured like that before.
-It's unusual, very unusual.
It's weird, isn't it? I can't quite make out if I love it or loathe it.
-You could imagine that in a minimalist flat.
-Yeah, very contemporary.
-Contemporary chic, like yourself.
Oh, thank you very much.
What have we got? I can't find any maker's marks. There's no signature on the base.
So it's hard to know exactly who made it and where.
I don't know if there's any information on the ticket. It just says a "glass ball tower", 36 quid.
-Would you be willing to take quite a sensible offer on it?
-I'd probably do that, yeah.
-Do you two like this?
-Do you think it might be worth a punt?
-It would be, yeah.
-How would £20 sound, to give us half a chance?
-It's a cold, windy day.
I'm an old-age pensioner and I'm cold, look!
I can do 30 on it. I can't...
-What if we met you in the middle? 25?
-Yeah, go on.
-Good man. Shake his hand.
-Thank you very much.
Dee liked it and Dee got it. Have the Reds made any decisions yet?
-I don't think that will fetch 50 quid.
-Can we have a think about that?
-Which way do you want to go?
-Any way at all.
We'll have a little think about that one.
Uh-oh, Catherine! You've got some indecisive shoppers on your hands.
-You like your blue and white.
-It's a sweet little thing. Do you know what this is?
-A pickle dish?
Spot on, a pickle dish. But what a quirky little antique, isn't it?
-Yes, that's nice.
-A pottery and porcelain dish made just for putting your pickles in.
Fantastic, isn't it? It's got a bit of age to it as well.
It probably dates to the very early 19th century, the late Georgian era.
-I know you like your blue and white.
-Neil, are you taken by the pickle dish?
-It is different.
-OK. Is there a price on there?
£40 - that's what you expect to pay at a fair.
-Bear in mind we've got to go to the auction.
-Do you like it?
-It's nice, yeah.
-It's thinner than what I thought it would be.
-It looks in good condition.
-It's remarkably in good condition.
If the price was OK, how would you feel about it?
-I would say yes.
-Yes, yes, I like it.
-Would 26 buy it?
-I'll do 28.
-That's not a bad price.
-I think she's done us proud.
-Are you going to shake her hand?
Thank you very much. Good luck.
Item number two, a pickle dish, and they've preserved plenty of time for that last buy.
That writing box, it's got the original leather cover,
but I just think it's in probably very good condition
because it's got this beautiful, old leather case.
-It looks like burr walnut. It may even be rosewood.
-It's nice quality. It's lovely quality.
Then you open this up...
I think there probably would have been some sort of tray here.
-You've got the bottles.
What worries me is that they're not all the same tops.
Then you press this button and that comes out.
-It looks pretty decent.
-It's a bit incomplete inside.
This is £240? It is.
What would be your best price?
I know it has the tray missing which I took into account. They're £350 when they've got their leather case.
They are rare. What price would you do it for us?
We have a limited amount of money today.
Could you do 180?
I will do 185, but that is my bottom line.
-Danny, what do you think?
-Go for it. We could talk about it for ten minutes. Just go for it.
My thoughts exactly, Danny.
-Are you happy?
-Are you sure?
I think he's happy, but it's a purchase anyway. Hurrah!
-What do you think?
-I quite like that.
-It's very nice.
It has all the pieces with it. They're nicely turned, lathe-turned,
with some quality as well.
Are they heavy? They're not that heavy.
Some of them have got weighted bases, then you know they're from one of the top manufacturers.
But they're a nice little set. Is there a price on them anywhere?
That doesn't sound too dear to me. What do you think?
I don't know how much you like it, really.
-What do you think?
-I like it. I do like it, yeah.
-Do you like it enough to buy it?
-I think so.
I would be happy with it if you think it's going to make us a profit.
-I think the price isn't excessive at all.
I thought they might have been asking more.
-Could you tell us anything about the history of the chess set?
-I don't know anything about it at all.
-You're as much in the dark as we are!
-You could tell me about it.
Checkmate, Nick! You are the expert.
My only thought was, do you think that has been later carved? I'm not sure that's an original.
-To the other one?
-Yeah, they're slightly different.
-And the colouring is slightly different.
-That was my only concern.
-Yeah. But it came from a good auction.
I was thinking maybe about 30 quid.
I don't think we could do it for 30. Not all of it.
What about 28?
My husband who's wandering around and he's disappeared a bit quick would be a little bit disappointed.
-I've got a walkie-talkie.
-Do you want to give him a ring?
-Would you? Thanks.
-Do you like it?
Just a brush? What, for a horse or for a human?
-Shall we pass on that one then?
Yes, trot on.
-Technology failed us.
-Oh, no. You've got to make an executive decision.
-I have and I'm always used to making them.
-I'm more interested in the chess set than the table.
-The chess set is more interesting.
So, 35 and you get to keep the table.
-I think 40.
-40 for the pieces. I think they're good quality pieces.
-I do like it.
It's nice to play with and it's also a good display because some of the display ones you can't play with.
-But that one, I think, is worth that.
-It's good advice. I agree with all of this.
-But it's if you like it or not, whether you want it?
-I chose the blue. You...
OK, yeah. We'll say yes on that then.
-Shake this lovely lady's hand.
-£40. Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
So Neil makes his move.
£40 and it's game over.
-Brilliant. That's the last one. All done and dusted.
And we've got half an hour left.
Ooh, they are smug!
-That's a nice little object.
-It's a good name.
Mappin & Webb. It's not very old.
That comes with the...? The little cream jug comes with it, yeah.
-It's quite sweet, isn't it?
-It's very sweet.
-It would be nice, wouldn't it?
-Yeah, you can tell by the thing inside there.
What can you do on that?
Again, I could do that for 60.
-Do you want to have a think about that?
-What do you think, Dan?
-We could come back to it.
Sorry, Danny. Catherine's got her teeth into this.
-Even more, 45?
If it's the difference between a sale and no sale, then all right.
-I think you should go for it.
-It's a good price.
-Are you sure?
-Yes, go for that one then.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
These boys could be on a roll.
One to go, guys!
-We've got £70 left.
-We've got £70 left now.
-And about 40... I don't know.
-And about 20 minutes.
-I love these things.
-Globes. Philips, great name.
-What have we got? 70?
If you could knock off a hundred, plus ten, we might be about there.
< We can go to 170 if you like.
-What about this then?
-What on earth is that?
It's what you use for cutting the grass and things, Danny.
-A lucky escape then for you, Danny.
-What price could you do on that?
-Or maybe not.
You wouldn't just show us how it works, would you? Do the old...
I'm not a farmer, you know. Go on.
-He's asking quite a lot here.
-That's it, the long grass.
-Do you really like that?
-I think it's absolutely fantastic.
It's a bit different from a sovereign holder, I suppose.
-I think it's...
-Just have a go.
-I think we should move away, but if you want to go for it, we can.
-Try it, Catherine. See what you think.
-To get me really excited about it...
-Pretend you're cutting the lawn.
I see you've never cut the lawn!
-You are so right. You are completely right.
-It's great, isn't it?
Oh, I could do with you in my garden, Catherine!
On the scale of one to ten, I would say "one", but if you like it...
-Only because it's not my...
-I'd say nine out of ten for that.
-Go for it then.
We've got five or ten minutes. We'll have another look round.
-I wouldn't even look at that, to be honest.
-I think it's useless, to be honest.
£75, £100, easy, I'd say, at auction.
-Unless the Grim Reaper is going to be in the auction room, I can't see that getting £100.
Do you want to get it? We've got ten minutes left. I know nothing about scythes.
-Let's hope he hasn't sold it.
-I don't think you need to worry about that.
-We were panicking. We thought you'd sold it.
-I wasn't panicking.
-I've never seen anyone quite so enthusiastic about a scythe. I think you should buy it.
Do we have a deal? We do. Thank you very much.
Can I take it with me now? You can indeed.
Come on then, gang. Let's go.
-# Heigh-ho, heigh-ho
-It's home from the shop they go... # With a scythe!
That's it. Time's up.
Did Mum make all the right moves or did Dad do all the damage?
Let's check out what the Reds bought, eh?
Eventually, Terry and Danny bought a writing box and case
Catherine got her teeth into a silver chocolate pot and creamer.
-I think it's fantastic.
-I think you should buy it.
And Terry did, for £20, the Grim Reaper!
-You haven't bought the scythe?
-A lovely scythe, Tim.
-Is this cutting edge or what?
-It certainly is.
-Oh, Lordy! How much did you spend all round?
-250, wasn't it?
-£50 of leftover lolly. I'll have that.
-Thank you very much. How much did you spend on the scythe?
-That's not too bad.
-A fantastic bargain. That's £100 of anyone's money, that scythe is, Tim.
-He is so passionate about that.
-And it's been restored as well.
Yes, lovely. Good. Sounds great.
-I think the scythe will be good, but I think the box, the first one we bought...
-You hated that.
You've convinced me that it's good.
-Don't fall out!
-I don't know much about antiques. These two know what they're talking about.
-There's £50, Catherine.
-Have you got a plan?
-I am going to buy something for Danny because he hasn't really liked anything so far.
-So it's all for Danny.
-It's all for Danny Boy.
-We'll be breaking into song! Good luck, Catherine. Good luck, chaps.
Why don't we check out what the Blues bought, eh?
Mum liked the colourful glass form. £25 paid.
-Does it grab you?
-Yes, it does. I like that.
And also getting the thumbs-up...
-Yes, I like it.
..was the pickle dish, bought for £28.
And Neil paid £40 for a chess set.
Cash, not "check"-mate!
Hey, what's all this then? Too much relaxing?
What are you doing, Dee? Making a Harvey Wallbanger or a nice little margarita?
We've got to give him some sustenance.
-Did you have a good time?
-How much did you spend?
-That is a pathetic amount of money.
So I want £207 of leftover lolly.
-Which is your favourite piece, Dee?
-Which is yours?
-The chess pieces.
-Which piece is going to bring the biggest amount?
-I think the chess pieces.
-There we go. We've got family friction already.
-There's a wodge.
-Thank you, Tim. Wonderful.
-Will you do your sterling normal stuff with this and spend most of it?
-I'll spend the lot, hopefully.
Don't you love the man? That's absolutely superb. Have a great time, kids.
We're going to head off now to the flat plains of Cheshire.
Arley Hall was built around 1840,
but some of the materials used in its construction came from a medieval house
that had stood here for hundreds of years.
So it should come as no surprise to us that littered around the new hall
are items which had been around for a long time in the old hall.
But on the face of it, this piece of furniture is not at all special -
simple, nailed together planks of oak
with slightly oddball reproduction brass handles.
But as they say, you can never tell a book by its cover,
so let's have a go at peeling this back.
There we go.
The front flap rises up to reveal a keyboard.
Look at that. But this is very special, isn't it?
This is a keyboard, the like of which we have never seen before perhaps
because each of the keys at the front is veneered in pear wood
and behind, these are solid ivory tablets,
literally, little tusks from an elephant.
And the front board itself is naively painted
in a sort of Renaissance style,
but centred, where you'd expect to find the maker's name in a later instrument, with a Tudor rose.
Now...we've got the opportunity of revealing the interior.
What do you think about that?
Isn't that magnificent?
And just look how early it is!
1675 - so this thing is 335 years old.
The first thing that grabs me is the inside of the cover, look,
crudely painted, but with an aristocratic scene
with characters walking across a classical landscape,
the odd dog being sick,
a man over there fishing.
And the centre section, the sound board itself,
is overlaid with these strings,
plus, of course, the name and date of the maker.
An interesting story about this instrument is that a similar one was installed
about five miles that way, the other side of the M6,
in a place called Tabley House.
And the ladies in Tabley House, five years before this one was made,
were showing off their instrument.
Therefore, the ladies of Arley just had to have one too.
And for those of you who know about playing the piano,
you know that when you press the key, up comes the hammer
and it hits the string, hence you get the noise.
But if you come down here and have a look at those little fellows
just in there underneath that bar, they're called jacks.
And it's that rising jack with this sticking-out piece of quill
that plucks the note.
Making that curious, tinny type of sound.
So what's it called?
Clearly, not a piano.
This instrument is called a virginal.
Yes, a virginal.
Why a virginal?
Well, it's supposed to date back
to the time that "virginalis...vox" sang.
And the voice of a virgin is supposed to have a special timbre to it
and hence, these early plucked string instruments are called virginals.
Now, I quite fancy myself as a bit of a pianist, so let's have a go.
You go round that side and I'll sit down here. Off you go.
Eat your heart out, Jools Holland!
We've motored 25 miles south to sunny Market Harborough
to be with Mark Gilding in the great family firm of Gildings Auctioneers.
-Lovely to be here.
-Good morning, Tim.
-Terry and Danny for the Reds, first up, went with this wee box,
described as "burr maple".
Yeah, I think it's burr walnut. Bit too dark.
Looks walnut, not maple, to me.
-It's got most of its fittings.
-It has, but a great-looking thing on the outside.
-I suppose that's why the box is in such good nick because it's got this tatty old leather thing.
So, gird up your loins. What's your best estimate?
150 to 200.
-They paid £185, which is pretty well on the money.
-They'll be lucky if they get that back.
Next is the little chocolate pot and cream jug
which has to be one of the world's most useless objects.
Yes. At least it's by Mappin & Webb.
-How do you rate it money-wise?
-£30 to £40.
-£30 to £40.
£45 they paid, but you could be struggling, as it's in plate, for only £10 or £15 on that.
-We'll see what happens on the day.
-He's not going to be led.
Lastly, the Grim Reaper is around for all of us.
-How much for the scythe?
-I've said 30 to 40.
-Have you really?
Well, happy days! £20 they paid. I mean, for £20, it's neither here nor there.
Somebody's restored it, they've varnished it,
they've painted the blade with silver paint,
so it's looking at its very best for television.
They've spent a lot of time for £20.
But I fancy they're going to need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
Hi, guys. You did very well. £250 you spent. You gave Catherine £50 to buy the bonus buy.
-Let's find out what she bought. Tel, give that a bit of a pull, that rag.
-That's a flourish.
-We have a pair of copper water jugs.
-But if I give you one and I give you one, if you turn them up...
-You can see there a little name. What does it say?
-Not quite "Cunrad". Cunard.
-Cunard White Star.
-Very nice, very nice.
-Now, Cunard White Star...
We know Cunard, associated with the Mauretania, the Lusitania.
-White Star Line we know, associated with the ill-fated Titanic.
I think a name like that on the bottom, Cunard White Star Line, should attract interest.
-Are they for milk or water?
-Just water jugs.
-How much were they?
-You don't look too impressed, Danny.
-We'll wait to see the other...
Do you like them, Danny?
-What about you, Dad?
-I'll go for them.
You don't have to decide right now. Pick them later if you want to,
but for the audience at home, let's see what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's pair of...water jugs.
Mark, I have to be very careful what I say about jugs on this programme.
-There is something special about them.
-If we turn that up, both are stamped "Cunard White Star Line".
You can't say they were on the Titanic and floated away and were picked up by a lifeboat,
in which case they'd be worth about £200,000.
-But they are old, aren't they?
-They are old, yeah.
-They could date back to 1910 to 1920 very easily.
-Yes, they're of that period.
-I think quite a clever buy of Catherine's.
If they didn't have that, they'd be plain old copper jugs.
-What's your estimate on them?
-40 to 60.
-With the White Star connection, £20 each is not a lot of money.
-For the collectors, White Star Line is the magical phrase to attract them.
Good. That's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Dee and Neil's first item is this, um...this, um...
glass thing, actually.
-Which is a kind of desk ornament, is it?
-It's a bit of an anywhere ornament, I think.
-It is just a bit of decoration.
-What's the estimate?
-40 to 60.
-Great. £25 they paid.
It's a pretty good lump for £25, isn't it?
-It's good value.
-It is. Somebody else has made a profit out of that, so they've done well.
Next up is the sublime to the ridiculous in a way.
The most traditional form of earthenware is transfer-printed, right?
-There we've got a charming little piece of pearlware
that would have had, I think, pickles in it around some smart, early Victorian table.
-I think that's great. Don't you?
-Yes, and there are specific collectors of pickle dishes.
-Yeah, they're all pickled.
-So how much for that one, do you think?
-30 to 40.
-Great. £28 paid.
And lastly, it's the Edwardian chess set which is described as being complete.
-Yes, it's all there, but there is one replacement.
-If we look at these two horses, there is one here which is the original in boxwood.
-And the replacement turned in beech wood.
-That beech wood one does look really rough.
-But they could have used better material.
-Yeah, it's a shame.
-What do you think it will bring in the way of money?
-I've said £40 to £60.
-Good. They paid £40.
-So we are predicting with our Nick Hall a small profit on all three items,
-which is quite unusual.
But it may go disastrously wrong, in which case they'll need their bonus buy, so let's have a look at it.
Now, Dee and Neil, you spent the most pathetic amount - £93. I mean, a shocker!
You gave the man £207. What did Nick do with it?
-Are you ready for this?
-Are you sure?
-Do you like?
-I do, yeah.
-Rather smart, isn't it?
-That's not all.
-Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we have the stand as well.
-A lot better.
The tray itself is original George III. The stand is later. It's a Victorian replacement.
-But the tray is the key. It's original.
-What wood is it?
-Solid mahogany through and through.
-The big question is how much did you pay?
-I don't like to hold back. I spent the whole £207.
-Not a penny left, I'm afraid.
-The whole lot?
-The whole lot, yeah.
-We blew the budget, I'm afraid.
-These two carefully garnered the 300 and only spent 97.
-He spent it all!
-You went straight out there...
-Squandered the lot.
-It is very nice.
-Will we make any money on it?
-There should be a profit in it, but you never know with these things.
-I would think 200 to 300.
-There is potentially on a good day another £100 in this,
which is where it gets interesting and where it will be a mighty difficult decision
for you lot to have to make in a minute,
but right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Nick Hall's investment.
Well, look at this, Mark,
a really honest piece of Georgian mahogany.
It is. Very nice. It's nice to see an honest piece, actually.
It just makes a jolly good drinks table. Oh, yes.
And it comes complete with a stand, look, on which the thing, hopefully, neatly sits.
Yeah, look at that. Just the job. Do you fancy it?
I like it. Good shape, good colour.
What Nick's done is he's gone out and he has seriously blown a huge hole through the budget.
I mean, he's torpedoed the budget, so I want you to think brave.
150 to 200.
-£207 he spent.
-Will he get there?
-There's a good chance. I think I've been a bit mean.
As long as we've got a couple of people here who like it, then...
-It ought to make £220.
-They should make a profit.
-OK, brilliant. Anyway, you're taking the sale?
-Yes, I am.
-We're in safe hands.
-Father-son combo, how is it working out on the nerves stake?
-I've been having to calm him down backstage.
-Very excitable, Tim.
I thought I would make a fortune on that scythe.
That scythe, which you paid £20 for, he has estimated at £30 to £40.
-Really? I knew it.
-I do find that pretty queer.
-It's French-polished and everything. It's lovely.
-I'm with you on that one.
-Anyway, he's done it.
-If the worst comes to the worst, you've got those copper jugs.
-Here comes Catherine's box.
Presentation box, part-fitted and in a leather carrying case.
And bidding opens me here at £85.
85. 90. 95. 100.
At 130 here then. At £130 I'm bid. At 130.
140, new bidding there at 140.
150. Bid at 150 now. 150. 160 now.
160. 170. 180? Bid now at 170.
Shaking his head, it's 170. With the lady at 170. I'll take one more.
170 I'm bid. At 170. 180, thank you.
I'll wait for you this time.
I'm bid then at 180. 190. New bidding at 190. 190.
Still seated at 190. Gentleman at 190, away at 190...
-Well done, Catherine. £90.
-We're in the money already.
-In the money already.
-Oh, dear, that was close.
Small, electro-plated chocolate pot and a cream jug. £10 I'm bid. 12.
15. 18. 20. 2.
£22 then. At 22. 5 to bid? At 22 in the room, at 22.
25, new bidding here. 28. 30. 32...
-It's worth double that.
-This side then at 32.
All out on my right at 32 and away at 32...
£32 is sadly minus 13.
-Is that all?
-Here comes the scythe.
A varnished ash handle. What do we say for this then?
This is it.
-You tell me. All I can do is start here at £5.
-No. Come on!
8. 10. 12. 15.
-This side then at £18.
-I'm bid at £18.
-It's really cutting edge, this, isn't it?
At £18 and selling...
£18 is minus £2. You were minus 8 before.
-You are minus £10 overall. No shame in that.
-Not a nightmare, is it?
-What about the jugs?
-We've got to go for the jugs.
-You don't have to.
-Those jugs are worth £100 at least.
-Where does he get all these prices from?
-On the basis that everything else has struggled.
-Steady him down.
-How much did we get them for?
They're worth at least £100. That's £60. We'll still make about 30, 40 quid.
-We're only here once. We might as well.
-I beg your pardon?
-We're only here once.
-On this Earth?
-We're going to live like lions.
-Are you sure?
-A pair of jugs like that?
-I know, but everything else has been a real struggle. Are you sure?
-Yeah, go for it.
-Terry is determined.
-I'm with him for once.
This is lovely. I love it when they're welded up from the hip.
Two lions going to the slaughter.
-Talk about the Christians! Here we go then. That's a decision?
-You're with me?
-Are you doing it?
-We're going with the bonus buy. Here they come.
Cunard White Star Line, a pair of copper jugs.
-And bidding opens at £20. The pair of these at £20.
22. 25. 28. 30. 32. 35. 38...
-Look at this!
-With the lady at 48. I'll take 50.
It's 48 here. Are you bidding? I'll wait all day.
At 48 and away at 48...
-That's brilliant. Good girl. That is plus £8.
-How much did we win?
-You are minus £2.
Which is only £1 each.
I thought you knew something about antiques!
-That was a bit of a roller-coaster.
-That could be a winning score, so mum's the word for these Blues.
-No, I won't say a word.
-Go out looking rather depressed.
-Shouldn't be difficult for you, Terry.
-Shouldn't be difficult.
-So, Blues, do you know how the Reds got on?
-We don't want you to know.
-How are you feeling?
-Looking forward to it.
You got some pretty good estimates, I have to say, on your £93-worth.
He is predicting a profit on every single item that you bought, which is lovely.
Anyway, first lot up is the Italian studio glass whatnot and here it comes.
Italian studio glass ornament. Bidding opens here at £22.
22 for the Italian glass here. At £22. 25. 28. Here at 28.
£30. Bid in the room at 30. I'm bid at 30.
£30. I thought this would make more, but £30 bid.
It's in the room at 30 and I have to sell here. At £30...
Well done. You made a £5 profit on that.
-Next is the completely opposite end of the scale.
Staffordshire printware pickle dish, early 19th century.
Leaf-moulded form. And £18 opens the bidding.
£18. I'm bid at 18. 20. 22.
-25. This side then at 25.
-28 I'll take. 25 I'm bid.
On my right at 25 and selling to the room at 25...
Good Lord! £25 is minus £3. This is nail-biting, this is.
You are plus 2 at this moment. Now the chess set.
An Edwardian Staunton-pattern chess set.
What shall we say for this? £50, is it? £18 bid then.
20. 22. 25.
28. 30. 32.
Standing then at 45.
Anyone else bidding? Right in the middle at £45...
£45, that's very good. That's plus 5.
God, he's sharp, this man.
Overall, it is plus £7.
-Hey, we're in profit.
-Listen, seriously, this could be a winning score, couldn't it? Yeah?
-It could be, yeah.
-It's very nice to have plus £7.
What are we going to do about the bonus buy, all £207-worth of it?
-I don't think we should go for it.
-Wise words. Listen to him.
-Just walk away.
-You've got a profit.
-Don't you chip in now.
Let Dee make her own mind up.
-Just her and the boy.
-I'll go with you both and stick with what we've got.
-Are you sure about this, Dee?
-Do you want to go for it?
-You only get one crack at this, you know.
It's got a lovely folding stand.
It's only £7, isn't it?
-Go on then.
-No, we'll go with it.
-You're going to go with it?
-We're going to go with it.
-You want to go with the bonus buy?
It seems to me we've gone all round the houses here, one way or the other.
-You make the final decision.
-You've got to make your mind up.
-Go with it.
-Which is it?
-We're not going with the bonus buy.
You're not going with the bonus buy. That is a decision now. Anyway, here it comes.
George III mahogany butler's tray and a folding stand.
And lots of bids on the book here. 100. 110. 120. 130. 140. 150.
160. With me here at 160 now. At 160. 160.
170 do I see? 160 bid and selling on the book here at £160...
-£160. That is minus £47.
-No, you did the right thing.
Eventually, you guys made exactly the right decision
and therefore, I congratulate you. That's really good.
-Now, you have £7 to go home with, all right?
-Just don't tell the Reds a thing.
-Cos that could be a winning score.
Well, what fun we've had today! Absolutely superb.
-Now, have you been chatting at all?
So results are still secret between the two teams.
Well, I can reveal that the scores are remarkably low today.
Both teams are in single digits.
Just one of those single digits has a minus sign in front of it and that's for the Reds.
-Sorry about that.
-That's it, Dan.
Minus £2 is your score today
which normally on Bargain Hunt would be a winning score,
but it ain't good enough today.
-Have you had a nice time?
-It's been great fun.
-We've loved having you on the show.
Well done, Catherine. But the victors today are actually going to go home with money - £7.
And you managed to keep it secret too, Dee, which is really very nice.
You didn't go with the butler's tray which was a very wise move and you preserved your £7 profit.
-You've had a good time?
-And you, Neil?
-You want to come back for more?
-Well done, Nick. Thank you very much. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?
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Bargain Hunt travels to Stamford in Lincolnshire, where Catherine Southon gets in a pickle trying to get her team to buy something. Nick Hall's team breeze through their shop and buy a pickle 'dish'. Tim Wonnacott explores a musical gem at Arley Hall in Cheshire.