Shepton Mallet 7 Bargain Hunt


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Shepton Mallet 7

Antiques challenge. The Girl Guides take on the WI in Shepton Mallet. Experts Philip Serrell and Anita Manning do their best to steer the teams towards a profit.


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Today we have the ultimate showdown. We have the Girl Guides

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versus the Women's Institute. Let's go bargain hunting!

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Mmm! Will it be cakes at dawn

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or campfires burning

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here at the Bath & West Showground?

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Either way, I've no doubt it will be good, clean fun!

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Mmm! Concrete!

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Coming up...

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..a rift between the Red Team and their expert, Philip Serrell.

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-You've lost all confidence in us now.

-It didn't take long. Eight minutes, I reckon.

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..and a love-in between Anita Manning and the Blue Team.

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-Hey, look at that!

-Do you like these wee Scottish things?

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Of course we like wee Scottish things!

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THEY LAUGH

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And I escape the drama in the treasure-filled London home

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of architect Sir John Soane.

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-Veronica, you've known your mate here for ten years.

-Yes.

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-How did that all come about?

-We met in a drama festival for the WI.

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-What were you playing, darling?

-A New Age traveller,

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and my mate here was a maid of Taunton.

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Including being the innkeeper who swept up the dirty floor.

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She had the posh parts. I had the scruffy parts.

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And has your relationship developed wholesomely since then?

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-Oh, I think so.

-Absolutely.

-We've got on like a house on fire.

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Veronica, you've got a pretty cool collection.

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Yes. I collect cannons.

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-What - religious ones?

-No, no, dear.

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-Ones that fire.

-Oh!

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-Do you really?

-Yes.

-That's unusual, isn't it?

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-Not if you're a Gunner.

-Oh, you're a Gunner?

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-You support them, do you?

-I do.

-Oh, brilliant!

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So you don't go out with black powder letting these things off.

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Oh, no. No, no, no. They're sitting in my living room.

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Now, Sheena, you went to the National Ballet School

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-in Kensington?

-Yes. That was when I left school,

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and didn't become Margot Fonteyn.

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Bet you did a fair Swan Lake, though.

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Possibly!

-Well, we'll look forward to your performance.

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-Ooh, thank you!

-Thank you very much!

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Great! Now the Blues - or should I say the Brownies?

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-Yes!

-Brownies will do.

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You've been involved with the Brownies all your life?

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Yes, since I was seven. So not that long a time, obviously.

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-Quite. The last ten or twelve years.

-Exactly.

-Yes.

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-And you have your own pack, do you?

-Carol and I run one together.

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I do Girl Guides, as well, so the older ones,

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and we have the youth of today in our hands, as it were.

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What do you do apart from the Guides, Carol?

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I do like to give a few parties.

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-Do like to have a theme to the parties.

-Ooh, theme!

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-We do like a theme.

-I have to say that Theresa...

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one birthday let it slip she'd like a Titanic meal,

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-and we did 11 courses.

-Not recommended in a corset,

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I have to say.

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And we started at seven and finished at nearly midnight.

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Right. What tactics are you going to employ between you

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-on today's programme?

-I think we should buy, like us,

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-small and classy.

-Yes, absolutely.

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And as we're Girl Guides, we'll tie the other lot up in knots.

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Oh, yes. Very good. OK, fine. The money moment - here we go.

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Here's the cash. There's your £300. You know the rules.

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-Your experts await. And off you go!

-Yes!

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And very, very, very good luck.

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Well, we've never had the Women's Institute versus the Girl Guides.

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Whatever's going to happen?

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Well, whatever happens, it's bound to be intense.

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In...tents?

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Get it? Girl Guides?

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-Is there a plan, girls?

-Yes. Something local with social history.

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-Bit of silver, bit of treen?

-And something that's quirky.

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We like quirky.

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-Do you know where you want to go?

-Oh, yes.

-Top hole!

-Let's go.

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So they're divided from the off -

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Blues inside, Reds out.

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Does this chair need a bit of tender, loving care?

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-It's like me. It's a bit tired.

-It's lost its stuffing.

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What we're looking for is something superb, at a good price.

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-At no money at all.

-At no money at all. Absolutely.

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-That's pretty.

-It's pretty, yeah.

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But would the people be here for that?

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-Unusual.

-Ooh, that's pretty.

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-Are these silver?

-900 or something.

-Continental?

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-Continental.

-So it would go as white metal, would it?

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-Is it marked as silver?

-There is a mark here.

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I think it's very pretty. It's unusual.

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-It's a sweet little thing.

-It is, isn't it?

-Just like me!

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-THEY LAUGH

-Oh, definitely!

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-But there's a pair, so it must be us.

-It must be you.

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So what would you put on it - tiny little sweeties?

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-Very tiny earrings?

-Rings?

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You could put it on your dressing table and keep your earrings...

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You could hang it up,

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-and it makes a nice little pattern.

-That's quite sweet.

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It's pretty. I like the leaves at the top.

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So we all like it.

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Do we like the price?

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-Best is 20.

-SHE HISSES

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Best is 20, so we'd better offer him 18, hadn't we?

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That's being generous.

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Well, it's something unusual. Somebody will go, "Yes, I love it."

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Lovely. We like it.

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What a wonderful team we have here!

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-30 seconds into the game, and bought!

-Born to shop.

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Guides, you're pulling ahead!

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WI ladies, what's caught your eye?

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Ah! Sewing.

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-It's lovely!

-Have you got the rest of it?

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-The lid.

-Never had a cover.

-It's never had one?

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In the catalogue, you just bought them as they are.

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I think this has got a bit of a WI look to it.

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-Well, I don't sew.

-Neither do I!

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-"Jerusalem and jam", is that right?

-We can sing.

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We don't cook, we don't sew and we don't do crafts. We just have fun!

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Sounds like a really good reason.

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-THEY LAUGH

-But I think this is rather sweet.

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It's an interesting one, this, because this ceased to be a toy.

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-It's a collector's item now.

-Oh, I see.

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And I think it's quite sweet in its own right.

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-I mean, um...

-Well, how much is it?

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-How much is this, please, sir?

-75.

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-Is that the best?

-70's the best.

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70's the best? And that's it? There is no more?

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The paintwork's in mint condition for its age.

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-Oh, it's German.

-It's 1911, look.

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-That's far too much money.

-Just out of curiosity...

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-I would say 50.

-Would you?

-But that's too much drop.

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If we'd like you to hang on for an hour, would that be all right?

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-No problem.

-You're a gentleman. Thank you.

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I like the fish service, but they don't sell any more, do they?

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-That's very good fun, the box.

-Oh, that really is rather wonderful!

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Maybe we could come... If we can't see anything...

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If we don't see anything else. But how much was it?

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110.

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-It's a bit...

-A bit too steep.

-A bit rich for us.

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-That's a pump, isn't it?

-A pump for what?

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-Well, it...

-Oh, it is!

-As it turns round.

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-Do you like that?

-Yes.

-You know those toy engines?

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Is that off a steam engine or something like that?

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It's a Victorian model of a steam pump.

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-Oh, that's historical.

-How much is that?

-140.

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Oh, come on!

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Be repainted next week, mounted up - 240.

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-No!

-Oh, yes.

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It's a nice thing, and they're very collectable.

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-It's lovely.

-On a bad day, this could make 60 to 80 quid,

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and on a good day it might make 150, 160. That's what I think.

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It's a conversation piece, and it's social history.

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Do you come from an engineering background?

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-No.

-Nothing at all?

-No! But it's fascinating.

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-I think so.

-Absolutely fascinating.

-You can tell in your eyes

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that we're not going to see something that grabs you as much as this.

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-And it's not all about money.

-Veronica, shall we buy it?

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-Yeah, why not?

-You want to buy it?

-Yes.

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-Would you do 130 for us and we'll take it now?

-I'll do 130.

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-Oh!

-Thank you!

-Thank you!

-It's fantastic!

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-What have you found, girls?

-Moorcroft.

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Well, you're looking at quality, aren't you?

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Always does well, doesn't it? This is the one that caught my eye.

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THEY ALL TALK AT ONCE MacIntyre, and that's early.

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-It's an early piece, yeah.

-Collectors like that.

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-How much is that?

-That one's £800.

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THEY LAUGH It's far too rich for...

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Too rich for us, but beautiful nonetheless.

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-You like it?

-I do.

-Another thing you could try

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is something with a lovely red flambé glaze.

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This was a nice early version his warehouse would have been producing in the '30s.

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-I could give that houseroom!

-It's poppies, Theresa.

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-Poppies!

-How much is that one?

-£100.

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I think it might be nice to buy a piece of Moorcroft.

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-Oh, yes.

-You want to buy a piece of Moorcroft?

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I always want to buy a piece of Moorcroft.

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-Right, girls. The decision is yours.

-I love that.

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-Absolutely. That's fantastic.

-Small is beautiful!

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-Always!

-Ah, yes, always.

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-And we're quite small.

-Hang on. Let's go back to reality.

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THEY LAUGH High heels off!

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It's a money box.

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-Girls, can I be honest with you?

-What is it?

-Tat?

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Dreadful.

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THEY LAUGH Absolutely, truly awful.

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Put it back.

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-I thought you were being -

-Excuse me. Veronica found that.

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Well, I thought it was an evening bag, not a money box.

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-SHEENA LAUGHS

-She's my best friend.

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No. Was your best friend. Was. SHE LAUGHS

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You've lost all confidence in us now.

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Well, it didn't take long.

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Eight minutes, I reckon.

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-I wish you'd take this seriously.

-I am. I am very serious. Look.

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Let's step away from this craziness for a moment.

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I've got a question for you.

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Where do you suppose this might be?

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If I was clever, I'd be able to tell you

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what the outline of those hills in the background represent.

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Is this Hong Kong Harbour?

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It is Macao,

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opposite Hong Kong?

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I don't know, but it's somewhere in the Far East.

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And the curious thing about this painting is

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that although it's incredibly naive,

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if it is one of those Far Eastern ports,

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it's an early representation.

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Now, if I take the sheet of paper and hold it up to the light,

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like that, you can see it's got a watermark.

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Now, the watermark is put into the paper

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by the paper mill that made this particular sheet,

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and if you're lucky, they're dated, as this one is,

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and you can see that it says 1876.

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That would mean that this could be an incredibly early image

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of Hong Kong Harbour, which would be exciting.

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Now, the other sheet has got a most peculiar group

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of buildings and mountains on it.

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Again, it's foreign,

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yet in the middle of this clump of trees,

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we can see a spiky, Anglican-looking parish-church spire sticking up,

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which reminds you very much of a spire that you might find in Egham,

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except I can tell you this isn't Egham.

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The place that I think this is is St Helena in the South Atlantic.

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So, we've got two images that relate to the colonies,

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done in the 1870s.

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They're naively done, but nevertheless they're interesting.

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What are they worth? Well, you could buy them here in the fair

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for £50 for the two. That's £25 per image.

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If you were selling them in a topographical sale,

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I think you could get as much as £150 apiece,

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for the novelty and historic interest.

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I think that's pretty good, don't you?

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-Pierced work.

-Yeah, look at that!

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We're supposed to be going for something unusual.

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Oh, girls, you can't pass this stall!

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No rest for the wicked, eh, girls?

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-Shall we all have a little sit?

-Or maybe there is!

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-Oh, I say, it's very comfy!

-So, how much are these?

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-We don't want all of them.

-The bigger one's £75.

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-And the little ones?

-They're 50.

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We've got a factory. We make them ourselves.

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They're repros. We bought the original one -

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You do a good job of them. It needs to be a bit less than 50 quid.

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40, I'd say, is the best.

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30, and we take it away now?

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35 for one.

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No! No!

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-No! You have a sit in that.

-No. I'd never get up.

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-No, but... Go and sit in that one.

-Which do you like?

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Tell you what - we could be here all day now,

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trying chair after chair after chair. "What do you think, Sheena?"

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"No, I think this one." No, sorry! You just help yourself, girls!

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-I think this one.

-Told you. Really?

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Well, this is the same as this. This is the same as...

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-HE SNORES

-Oh, he's gone to sleep!

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-SHE LAUGHS

-35 for this one with the arms.

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-Yeah.

-OK. Deal, yeah.

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Thank you!

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Nice work, Red Team! Feet up, and you still get a deal.

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They are completely bonkers. But I love 'em to bits!

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Great company, but mad as a bag of frogs!

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Takes one to know one, Phil, eh?

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-OK, girls?

-Yes.

-Onward and upward!

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Oh, is that Brown Owl?

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Girls, can you tell me what these are here?

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Snuffbox, that one?

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A type of...

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Ah, it's a Scottish one.

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-Are you picking out Scottish things?

-I was just giving you a wee test.

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THEY LAUGH

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Actually, I think perhaps that one might have been a giveaway.

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That's right. And these are pieces of Mauchline ware,

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and they were made in a wee village in Ayrshire

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in the late 1800s, and everybody in the village,

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including all the children and old-age pensioners

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would be employed in making these little boxes.

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The egg, Theresa. Look at the egg.

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-Oh!

-And it comes apart.

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Hang on. It does something.

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-Oh!

-Oh, I say.

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-You've dropped it.

-Do you like these wee Scottish things?

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Of course we like wee Scottish things!

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-THEY LAUGH

-The egg is 33.

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-So keep that in mind.

-Keep that in mind.

-Keep it in mind.

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-What is that, sweetheart?

-It's a bottle opener.

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I don't know whether it's silver, though. Phil would have to see it.

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-Where's he gone?

-Where's he gone?

-Oh, he's bought a dog!

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He's bought a puppy dog.

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-How much?

-Oh, bless his heart!

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-Eh? Now, how much are you?

-Oh, sweet!

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-Lovely!

-How much are you? Are you priceless?

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Philip, you old softy!

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THEY CHATTER

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-Blues, have you fallen in love, too?

-Beautiful!

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-Norwegian.

-A Norwegian fjord?

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A Norwegian fjord. 125 at the moment.

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I just don't think it'll do at auction.

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-But you love it.

-I love it, yeah.

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-Where's Phil? We lost him.

-The handle went through there...

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Oh, he's over there. He's got some strange piece...

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-It looks a bit rude!

-Let's have a look.

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-What is this?

-This one here?

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It's a kettle tilter, so you hang it over your fire...

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-Oh, that's what we like!

-It's too much money for you.

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-How much?

-It's too much money for you.

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It's £55, which, I think, for you to get a profit out of that

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in an auction... It's not expensive to a specialist,

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but in a general auction, you'd get 40 quid.

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-But it's a nice thing.

-It's nice, isn't it?

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Really nice thing. I love that.

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-Oh!

-Oh!

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-I say!

-You like that?

-Oh, yes.

0:17:210:17:24

-Oh, yes.

-A knotted heart.

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Isn't that beautiful?

0:17:260:17:29

-What sort of date would this be?

-I think it's 1960s.

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It is a later bit, but that's quite unusual.

0:17:330:17:37

Have a look at it. Tell me what you think.

0:17:370:17:39

It's got some lovely weight.

0:17:390:17:41

It's a Lalique paperweight, and we have these entwined hearts,

0:17:410:17:47

a very nice motif. It will appeal to the romantics in the room.

0:17:470:17:51

Well, that's not your husband, then, is it?

0:17:510:17:53

Oh, come on! I've got a few bits out of a romantic husband.

0:17:530:17:57

Now, that's lovely.

0:17:570:17:59

We've got a good name and quality here.

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-Yeah. Yeah.

-Could you do 80 on it?

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-I could do 90.

-Ooh!

-Ooh!

0:18:050:18:08

-That's tempting.

-A name like that...

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-Quality.

-If you want to spend some money

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and you want to buy a bit of quality...

0:18:140:18:17

I think for once in our lives we should listen to somebody else.

0:18:170:18:20

We never do.

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You girls... You girls are doing very well on your own.

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I hate to break up three girls when you're hard at it,

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-but how are you getting on?

-Fabulously.

-Is it?

0:18:300:18:33

-Absolutely!

-These girls are wonderful!

0:18:330:18:37

Of course, you three would support one another.

0:18:370:18:40

You've been buying very, very quickly, haven't you?

0:18:400:18:44

-Yes, we have.

-Which means you can spend lots of time

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-over your third item. Is that right?

-Yes.

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-Three red-hot girls.

-THEY LAUGH

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-So...

-I still love that. That is lovely.

0:18:520:18:55

-Feel the weight.

-Oh, good grief!

0:18:550:18:58

-It's a really weighty piece.

-Yeah, I know!

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Let's look at a piece of jewellery, then we'll have three choices

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all close together, so we don't have to run far.

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-Would you look after it for ten, 15 minutes for us?

-Yes.

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-No, no. we don't want that.

-No, I know,

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but it reminds me of the xylophone we used to have.

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-What was that motto?

-Keep calm and carry on.

-Regardless.

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That's our one. The official one's "for home and country", of course.

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Oh, amber! Dark amber!

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A beautiful set of Victorian cherry amber.

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Oh, look at that! Perfect!

0:19:360:19:39

-Oh, yes!

-What a lovely length!

-Yeah.

0:19:390:19:43

They're beautiful. And they're graduated.

0:19:430:19:46

We have the largest one down here,

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and they're all graduated. It's absolutely lovely.

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-How much?

-120.

0:19:510:19:54

-What do you think? Do you like amber?

-I love amber.

0:19:540:19:57

-I've got a huge collection of amber.

-Have you?

0:19:570:19:59

-Now we're in a dilemma.

-Yeah, but at auction...

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I think we've got to let our heads rule our hearts on this.

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-I think we're going to have to go for the Lalique.

-Right.

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OK. OK.

0:20:090:20:11

Thank you very much. We love it,

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but we're being sensible!

0:20:130:20:16

-I'm sorry. We've sold it.

-No!

-No!

0:20:200:20:23

-No, we're only joking.

-THEY LAUGH

0:20:230:20:26

-It's there.

-We're all in agreement.

-We are!

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-We'd like to have the Lalique.

-Yes, please.

0:20:290:20:32

-Yes, please! Thank you.

-Lovely!

0:20:320:20:35

-Are you happy?

-Very, very happy.

0:20:350:20:38

I think you've made a good choice.

0:20:380:20:40

-That's a good trivet.

-Wow!

0:20:410:20:43

-That's lovely!

-Do you like that?

-That's a hefty bit of whatever.

0:20:430:20:47

Excuse me! How much is that?

0:20:470:20:49

-40.

-What's best on it?

0:20:490:20:51

-Do 30.

-30?

0:20:510:20:53

I think that's quite an interesting thing.

0:20:530:20:56

-I do, too.

-So, you've got that...

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-Do you like it?

-Mm.

-I do, actually.

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-Mm.

-How old do you think it is?

-I think it's probably 1910-ish.

0:21:010:21:04

-Oh, is it? How lovely!

-It's up to you, girls.

0:21:040:21:07

-I like it. Veronica likes it, don't you, Veronica?

-Mm.

0:21:070:21:11

-25 would be really handy, though.

-It's got to be 30, honest.

0:21:110:21:14

-That's got to be 30.

-Yes. Yes.

0:21:140:21:17

-Sounds to me like you've made your minds up.

-30.

0:21:170:21:20

-You going to buy me a cup of tea, then?

-Yeah.

-OK, fine. Done.

0:21:200:21:24

Happy with that.

0:21:240:21:26

Wow, that's it! Both teams have found their booty,

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with plenty of time to spare. Now, what did those Reds buy?

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The girls fell in love with a model of a steam-driven pump! Unusual.

0:21:350:21:39

They thought the Windsor chair copy incredibly comfy...

0:21:390:21:43

-Ooh, they are comfy!

-..trying chair after chair after chair...

0:21:430:21:47

..and a £30 brass trivet finished them off.

0:21:470:21:52

I want to know, Phil, are you about to join the Women's Institute?

0:21:560:22:00

-If they're all like these two, I would!

-We'll have him.

0:22:000:22:03

They've been absolutely brilliant, Tim.

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It's like a lovely club with you lot.

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-We've had such a good time with him.

-How much did you actually spend?

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-195?

-195. I'd like £105 of leftover lolly, please.

0:22:120:22:16

-Yes! This is a few coffee mornings.

-There you go!

0:22:160:22:19

That's all right. That's £105. That goes straight across to Phil.

0:22:190:22:22

Which is your favourite piece?

0:22:220:22:24

Oh, I think the little machine that we bought first of all.

0:22:240:22:29

-Little pump?

-The little pump.

-Is that your favourite, too?

0:22:290:22:33

-Is that going to make most profit?

-We hope so.

-It's just lovely.

0:22:330:22:37

-Good. And you've had a lovely time?

-They've been great,

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and I've got a new motto. I'm going to keep calm and carry on regardless.

0:22:400:22:44

Really? Well, that's a good motto.

0:22:440:22:47

-THEY LAUGH

-Anyway, good luck, girls!

0:22:470:22:49

Why don't we remind ourselves of what the Blues bought, eh?

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A silver dish whetted the appetite of our Girl Guides.

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They picked up a Moorcroft bowl decorated with poppies.

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And lastly, a Lalique paperweight captured their hearts.

0:23:050:23:09

You'd be the Blue Owl today, wouldn't you?

0:23:120:23:15

-I'm definitely a Blue Owl.

-Lovely! How much did you spend overall?

0:23:150:23:18

-210.

-That's lovely. £90 of leftover lolly, then, from somewhere?

0:23:180:23:23

Perfect. So, which is your favourite piece, Theresa?

0:23:230:23:27

See, I usually go for the small silver things, don't I, but -

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-Just your personal favourite. Not the most money.

-The Lalique.

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The Lalique is your personal favourite.

0:23:350:23:37

And which is going to bring the biggest profit?

0:23:370:23:40

-I think the Moorcroft.

-Do you?

-The Moorcroft.

0:23:400:23:43

All right. There's a prediction. £90 for you, my darling.

0:23:430:23:46

-Were you a Girl Guide yourself?

-I'm afraid not.

0:23:460:23:50

-Oh, shocking.

-I was a bit of a wild child.

0:23:500:23:53

I'm glad you didn't admit to that till after the shopping.

0:23:530:23:56

Anyway, good luck. Good luck, Anita. We're going to shove off now,

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all the way to London, actually. I'm going to give you a rare treat

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in one of those gorgeous London Georgian squares.

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Lincoln's Inn Fields - home to Sir John Soane,

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one of England's greatest architects.

0:24:130:24:16

When he died in 1837,

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he left his house and its contents to the nation.

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Lucky old us!

0:24:220:24:24

Sir John Soane wasn't just a brilliant architect -

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he was the most incredible magpie.

0:24:320:24:36

In fact, I think he had a seriously defective collecting gene.

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I mean, just look at all this stuff!

0:24:410:24:45

The inventory of objects includes some 3,000 items -

0:24:500:24:55

Greek and Roman and Egyptian antiquities,

0:24:550:24:59

casts, bronzes,

0:24:590:25:02

gems, silver,

0:25:020:25:04

furniture, clocks, ceramics...

0:25:040:25:07

You name it, he collected it.

0:25:070:25:09

And that doesn't include...

0:25:100:25:13

the paintings,

0:25:130:25:15

the 8,000 books,

0:25:150:25:17

nor the 30,000 architectural drawings.

0:25:170:25:20

Soane's most precious antiquity is probably this -

0:25:240:25:28

the most extraordinary alabaster-like sarcophagus

0:25:280:25:34

that was used to bury the pharaoh Seti I,

0:25:340:25:40

who ruled in Egypt about 3,300 years ago.

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It was acquired by Soane in 1824,

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and he spent £2,000 on it -

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a fortune at the time.

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One big problem for Soane, though,

0:25:550:25:58

was getting it into this space.

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Being an architect, he simply cut a neat hole

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in the outside boundary wall of the property,

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had the sarcophagus inserted,

0:26:090:26:12

and it was then lowered to its present resting place here.

0:26:120:26:16

This object caused a sensation in London.

0:26:160:26:21

Such was the fascination with the antiquity

0:26:210:26:25

of the Egyptian rulers,

0:26:250:26:28

that Soane was able to host a series of parties,

0:26:280:26:32

candlelit soirees, in this space,

0:26:320:26:36

where candles actually were inserted into the sarcophagus,

0:26:360:26:40

because it's slightly translucent.

0:26:400:26:42

Even the portly Prince of Wales came.

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He tottered down and peered inside.

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In 1806, Soane became professor of architecture

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at the Royal Academy, and he liked to invite the students here

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to look at examples in the museum before and after his lectures,

0:27:080:27:13

to enable them to experience a version

0:27:130:27:17

of the Grand Tour, without having to go to Italy.

0:27:170:27:21

All this material in the museum was incredibly important.

0:27:210:27:27

The big question for us, though, today, over at the auction, is,

0:27:270:27:31

how are our teams' acquisitions going to fare?

0:27:310:27:36

OK, big boy?

0:27:370:27:39

Welcome to Crewkerne!

0:27:410:27:43

Now, will Phil still be smiling when auctioneer Richard Kay

0:27:460:27:50

passes judgement on his bonus buy?

0:27:500:27:53

Now, Sheena and Veronica, you spent £195, which is magnificent.

0:27:550:27:58

£105 went to Philip Serrell, who seems to be in some pain

0:27:580:28:02

this morning. Phil, you all right?

0:28:020:28:04

-Oh, no!

-What?

0:28:040:28:06

-You rotter!

-Is that a bonus buy?

0:28:060:28:09

I say! I say, I say, I say!

0:28:090:28:12

-Oh, dear!

-I'm going to have to take this thing out. It's hard.

0:28:120:28:16

At lunchtime! People are eating, Phil!

0:28:160:28:18

-Is that our bonus buy, I ask myself?

-There was actually two of them,

0:28:180:28:22

but I'm afraid we had a slight problem at the optician's with this.

0:28:220:28:27

Seriously, there was a bit of damage in transit, wasn't there?

0:28:270:28:31

Don't ask me how that eye has been chipped,

0:28:310:28:35

but the aquamarine eye

0:28:350:28:38

with the bloodshot section is in perfect nick.

0:28:380:28:42

It's very interesting, and it is quirky.

0:28:420:28:45

-It is quirky!

-I'm intrigued.

0:28:450:28:47

I'm really intrigued that people will go for these.

0:28:470:28:51

How much did you pay for the two, my friend?

0:28:510:28:53

I paid £38 for the two when they were wholesome.

0:28:530:28:57

-Wholesome!

-You paid 38.

0:28:570:28:59

We'll treat the sale of the two as if it was less than half the price,

0:28:590:29:03

to be fair all round,

0:29:030:29:06

and all you have to do is get the bidding to exceed £15,

0:29:060:29:10

then you'll be in profit from £15, from that moment on,

0:29:100:29:15

if you decide to select them. And you don't have to take these eyes.

0:29:150:29:19

You'll decide, darling, when you've sold your first three items.

0:29:190:29:22

For the viewers at home, let's find out

0:29:220:29:25

what the auctioneer thinks about Philip's eyes.

0:29:250:29:28

I dread to think!

0:29:280:29:30

Richard, I was rather hoping you'd be able to turn a blind eye to this,

0:29:300:29:34

but unfortunately, in transit,

0:29:340:29:36

this blue eye has become damaged,

0:29:360:29:40

and, being made of glass, if it wasn't properly wrapped,

0:29:400:29:44

-I'm not really surprised.

-It's a shame.

0:29:440:29:47

They're very unusual things to see in an auction,

0:29:470:29:50

and they have very quirky appeal.

0:29:500:29:52

The best thing about it is that bloodshot white of the eye.

0:29:520:29:57

-Are they bloodshot? Isn't that what eyeballs look like?

-I don't know.

0:29:570:30:01

If you've been out and had one or two glasses of claret,

0:30:010:30:04

do you not find that your eye is not as pearly as it might have been?

0:30:040:30:08

-Perhaps.

-Anyway, we've had our bit of damage.

0:30:080:30:10

Philip Serrell paid £38 for the two.

0:30:100:30:13

-Yes.

-We will treat the insurance claim

0:30:130:30:18

as if he had paid £15.

0:30:180:30:21

I'd like to know from you what you think the surviving eye

0:30:210:30:24

-and the other bit might be worth.

-I can see these two items together,

0:30:240:30:28

just for their sheer quirky novelty appeal,

0:30:280:30:32

-making £20 at auction.

-Can you? Well, that's fair enough.

0:30:320:30:35

Now, Sheena and Veronica,

0:30:350:30:37

their first item is this charming little engineered pump.

0:30:370:30:41

It is. It's beautifully made,

0:30:410:30:44

and I don't suppose anyone will buy it to make it work,

0:30:440:30:47

but just to spin that wheel

0:30:470:30:49

-and watch the, er...

-The gubbins?

0:30:490:30:52

Yeah. Just watching the mechanism of it. It's beautifully smooth,

0:30:520:30:55

and it's very, very well made.

0:30:550:30:58

So I don't think it'll be bought for its use,

0:30:580:31:00

but it'll be bought for its decorative appeal.

0:31:000:31:03

-OK. We love it. What's the estimate?

-£60 to £80, perhaps.

0:31:030:31:07

£130 paid. So they've really loved it. But you never know!

0:31:070:31:11

-They could be surprised.

-Two people in an auction...

0:31:110:31:14

Next up is this so-called Windsor-type chair in front there.

0:31:140:31:18

-How do you rate that? Not old, is it?

-It's not old.

0:31:180:31:22

It's been quite skilfully finished with a paint finish

0:31:220:31:25

that makes it look old, so it's a furnishing piece

0:31:250:31:28

in the simpler sense of the word. It will sit in a dark corner,

0:31:280:31:31

and hopefully not be examined too closely.

0:31:310:31:34

What's your estimate on it?

0:31:340:31:35

Well, for all the reasons we've mentioned,

0:31:350:31:38

-probably only £15 to £25.

-They only paid the £35.

0:31:380:31:41

We'll see what happens. And last up

0:31:410:31:44

is this so-called quirky-looking trivet,

0:31:440:31:46

-which I think has just got bent.

-It's been sheared, I think.

0:31:460:31:49

But if you gave it another tweak, it would straighten up.

0:31:490:31:53

It is quite crudely made,

0:31:530:31:55

but it's got a sort of rugged, honest appeal about it,

0:31:550:31:59

and it's certainly strongly made. It's not going to fall apart.

0:31:590:32:03

You could put a big old jam pot on there, couldn't you?

0:32:030:32:06

It's not in bad condition, either. So taking all that into consideration,

0:32:060:32:10

-£10 to £20, perhaps?

-OK, fine. £30 paid.

0:32:100:32:14

So we're not that far apart, quite frankly, with any of these items.

0:32:140:32:19

Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Moving on to safer territory now

0:32:190:32:23

with the Blues, we start with the silver trinket dish.

0:32:230:32:27

Well, charming for being small.

0:32:270:32:29

Nicely made. I've never seen anything quite like it before.

0:32:290:32:32

They're in the form of cherries, but they don't have an obvious purpose.

0:32:320:32:37

They might have sat on a lady's dressing table for pins.

0:32:370:32:41

-She's called Cherry.

-Perhaps. It's a perfect gift.

0:32:410:32:44

Otherwise, perhaps you could even put cherry stones in them

0:32:440:32:48

-if you're serving cherries at the table.

-Not a bad idea,

0:32:480:32:51

because you do the "tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor" moment

0:32:510:32:54

around the edge of your plate traditionally -

0:32:540:32:57

-Dull meals in the Wonnacott family?

-Oh, terrible!

0:32:570:33:00

But if you were really smart -

0:33:000:33:03

But not sterling silver standard, sadly,

0:33:030:33:06

which will rule out a few of the silver collectors

0:33:060:33:09

who like to be reassured by a hallmark.

0:33:090:33:12

Nonetheless, the value of that little dish on its own,

0:33:120:33:15

-£15 to £25?

-£20 paid.

0:33:150:33:17

-Perfect.

-We'll do all right with that.

0:33:170:33:20

Now, the Moorcroft wee bowl.

0:33:200:33:23

Moorcroft is a tremendously popular name,

0:33:230:33:25

very popular factory, still producing large quantities of items,

0:33:250:33:29

very much in the same style, the same palette.

0:33:290:33:32

Many of their pieces decorated with poppies, as here.

0:33:320:33:35

Smaller pieces more affordable, but there is a lot of it about.

0:33:350:33:39

And the age is vital, and the rarity of the pattern,

0:33:390:33:42

and the Moorcroft-ness of the pieces is important.

0:33:420:33:46

This I don't think ticks all the boxes.

0:33:460:33:49

-It's dull brownish, isn't it?

-It's dull, it's rather small,

0:33:490:33:52

and it's not an inventive shape. So its auction value

0:33:520:33:55

-might be £30 or £40.

-£100 they paid.

0:33:550:33:59

Although, as I say, Moorcroft is a resonant name amongst collectors.

0:33:590:34:03

Sure is, but it's got to resonate quite a lot to get to the 100.

0:34:030:34:07

-It's got to go some, I'm afraid.

-Um, how do you feel about Lalique?

0:34:070:34:10

Lalique, again, is a very good name to look out for

0:34:100:34:13

if you're at an antiques market, but the important thing, as always,

0:34:130:34:17

with Lalique, in a factory that is still producing items,

0:34:170:34:20

you've got to establish that the piece you're buying is of some age,

0:34:200:34:23

rather than a piece you could buy from a high-street gift shop,

0:34:230:34:27

and this is not old. It's a lovely little piece.

0:34:270:34:29

-It's beautifully made, like all Lalique.

-Chunky.

0:34:290:34:32

-Frosted.

-Frosted, and it's a rather clever design, as well.

0:34:320:34:35

-Interlinked hearts.

-Yes.

-There's a lot of that going on.

0:34:350:34:39

-Don't look at me when you say that, please.

-Yes!

0:34:390:34:42

Good! But its auction value, it's £15 to £20,

0:34:420:34:47

-as a modern piece.

-Really? £90 paid.

0:34:470:34:51

This is turning out to be a bloodbath for the Blues.

0:34:510:34:54

They're going to need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it!

0:34:540:34:58

Now, Carol and Theresa, you spent £210,

0:34:580:35:01

a magnificent sum of money, and gave Anita 90.

0:35:010:35:04

What did you spend the £90 on, Anita?

0:35:040:35:08

-Oh!

-Oh!

0:35:080:35:09

ANITA LAUGHS Isn't that the sweetest wee thing?

0:35:090:35:12

It's a Mauchline box, and this little novelty item

0:35:120:35:17

is used to keep your thimble in.

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-Oh, I say!

-Sweet!

0:35:200:35:22

-You like it, girls?

-I do, very much.

0:35:220:35:25

It was behind the egg. It was behind the egg!

0:35:270:35:30

-Isn't that lovely?

-Oh, look at the work in that!

0:35:300:35:33

-That really is rather sweet.

-We like it.

0:35:330:35:37

We like it. We have a unanimous "we like it" there.

0:35:370:35:40

-How much did you pay?

-£20.

0:35:400:35:43

-Oh!

-We're liking that.

-We do like that.

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Is that because you think it's worth more than £20?

0:35:470:35:50

I think so, because you get the treen collectors,

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and you get the sewing bodies who want the thimble inside.

0:35:530:35:57

There you go. That's why you are where you are today, Carol.

0:35:570:36:00

-THEY LAUGH

-She's got all the strategic thought.

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How much would you get in your saleroom in Glasgow for this?

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-30 to 40.

-Would you? You'd nearly double your money.

0:36:070:36:11

It'll be interesting to see whether the thing has travelled well

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to Somerset or not. Let's find out from the auctioneer

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what he thinks about Anita's bit of Mauchline.

0:36:170:36:20

-There's a sweet little novelty.

-It is a little novelty.

0:36:200:36:23

It's rather nicely made,

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as Mauchline ware often is nicely made.

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The Lees in Folkestone is not, perhaps, the most desirable image

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to have printed on the outside, with greatest respect to the people of Folkestone.

0:36:330:36:37

-You can deal with all the hate mail.

-But there would be better views

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to have on the outside of a little thing like this.

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But when one lifts the lid off, inside is the thimble.

0:36:440:36:47

But it's an unusual little item in that respect.

0:36:470:36:50

I don't know how much sewing you get to do, Richard.

0:36:500:36:53

-Not as much as I used to, sadly.

-Me, neither. It's one of those things

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that could be a has-been in my household,

0:36:570:36:59

-but what do you think it might bring in the auction?

-£15 to £25.

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-Perfect! £20 she paid.

-OK.

-So that's absolutely spot-on.

0:37:030:37:07

-So, lovely. You're in charge?

-Yes, I am.

0:37:070:37:10

-You're taking the sale?

-That's correct.

-We're in safe hands.

0:37:100:37:13

Last time.

0:37:150:37:17

-So, Sheena and V, how you feeling?

-Excited.

0:37:190:37:23

-Are you? How excited?

-Very excited.

0:37:230:37:25

First up is the scratch-built pump, and here it comes.

0:37:250:37:28

And £30 is bid. £30 is bid.

0:37:280:37:31

£35. 40. £40. It's with me at £40. Any more?

0:37:310:37:35

45, and I'm out. It's 45 in the corner of the room.

0:37:350:37:38

50 now. 55.

0:37:380:37:41

-60.

-Yes!

-Five. 70.

0:37:410:37:45

Five. 80.

0:37:450:37:47

Five.

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90. Five.

0:37:490:37:50

-£95.

-Come on. Have another look. Have another look.

-I'm selling.

0:37:500:37:55

-Minus 35, but never mind.

-That's not bad.

0:37:560:37:59

Lot 147 is a painted Windsor chair.

0:37:590:38:03

And bids start me here at £18. £18 is bid.

0:38:030:38:07

20. 25.

0:38:070:38:09

30. Five. 40, and I'm out. £40 is bid.

0:38:090:38:13

45. 50. Five.

0:38:130:38:16

60. Five. 70. Five.

0:38:160:38:18

80. Five.

0:38:180:38:20

90. Five.

0:38:200:38:22

£95. It's all clear on that. At £95...

0:38:220:38:26

Yes! That's the business!

0:38:260:38:28

£95. That is plus 60. Look out! Here comes your trivet.

0:38:280:38:32

Lot 148 is a brass trivet. £25 is bid.

0:38:320:38:36

£25 I have on commission.

0:38:360:38:38

30. 35. 40, and I'm out now.

0:38:380:38:41

£40 to my right.

0:38:410:38:43

At £40. And selling at 40.

0:38:430:38:46

-40 is plus ten.

-Well done.

-Plus the 25 you had before,

0:38:460:38:48

is plus £35. You are in profit!

0:38:480:38:51

-Look at that! WI rules.

-Yeah!

-What was that thing again?

0:38:510:38:55

-Keep calm and carry on.

-That's what we did!

0:38:550:38:58

THEY LAUGH

0:38:580:39:00

Keep calm. Now, what are we going to do about this eyeball?

0:39:000:39:03

-It's fun. Let's go for it.

-Yeah. We'll go with your eyes.

0:39:030:39:07

-THEY LAUGH

-We've got to.

0:39:070:39:09

Frankly, the auctioneer hasn't got the faintest idea,

0:39:090:39:12

so this is going to be an excitement.

0:39:120:39:14

A first for Crewkerne. Anyway, here we go.

0:39:140:39:18

A curious lot - two bloodshot glass eyes.

0:39:180:39:21

And the bid's with me here

0:39:210:39:24

at 18. £20 is bid.

0:39:240:39:26

£20 is bid. £25 now.

0:39:260:39:29

25 in the room. It's on my far right. At 25 and I'm selling.

0:39:290:39:33

-Last time.

-25 is plus ten.

0:39:330:39:36

-They can have one of these.

-Yes!

0:39:360:39:39

You got plenty more where they came from. At least two.

0:39:390:39:42

OK, listen. Plus £45 is your overall score.

0:39:420:39:47

-Wonderful!

-Well done.

0:39:470:39:49

-Don't...

-Oh, God! The WI are like this, aren't they?

0:39:520:39:55

Thank you!

0:39:550:39:57

-Carol and Theresa. Do you know how the Reds got on?

-No!

0:40:050:40:08

We kept that secret. That's good. Now, Anita,

0:40:080:40:11

your trinket dish in the form of some cherries

0:40:110:40:14

I have to say I think is charming, and here it comes.

0:40:140:40:18

Continental silver trinket dish in the form of cherries.

0:40:180:40:21

£15 for this lot? £15 for this item?

0:40:210:40:24

£15 for it?

0:40:240:40:26

£10, if you will? Ten is bid.

0:40:260:40:29

£10 only. I'm selling at ten.

0:40:290:40:31

Oh, no! No!

0:40:310:40:33

Selling at ten. Last time at ten.

0:40:330:40:36

-Dear, oh, dear. Minus £10.

-I want it now!

0:40:360:40:39

I'm disappointed. Here comes the Moorcroft.

0:40:390:40:41

Lot 171, Moorcroft bowl, decorated with poppies.

0:40:410:40:46

1930s in date. £50 is bid.

0:40:460:40:49

-£50 is bid.

-50.

-55. 60.

0:40:490:40:52

Five. 70. Five. 80.

0:40:520:40:55

-No? £80. It's with me.

-More, more, more!

-At £80.

0:40:550:40:59

-90? £90.

-Hang on.

-It's still with me.

0:40:590:41:02

Commission still at £90, and I'm selling at 90.

0:41:020:41:05

-£90 is minus ten.

-Nearly there!

-So close. It really is.

0:41:050:41:09

This is a Lalique paperweight in the form of entwined hearts.

0:41:090:41:13

-£20 is bid.

-Only 20!

0:41:130:41:16

25 now, and I'm out at £25. It's in the room.

0:41:160:41:19

-No, no, no.

-30 now. £30 near the counter.

0:41:190:41:22

Selling at 30 now. At £30. Last time at 30.

0:41:220:41:26

-HE BANGS HAMMER

-Ouch! Ouch!

-Ooh, no, no, no!

0:41:260:41:29

That is minus £60. 70, 80... You're minus 80 all round.

0:41:290:41:33

-Oh!

-What you going to do about the Mauchline pot?

0:41:330:41:36

-Go with it.

-Go with it.

-Go with it.

0:41:360:41:39

-We're going with it. Here it comes.

-The Mauchline-ware thimble holder,

0:41:390:41:42

modelled as a saucepan.

0:41:420:41:45

£15 for it. £15 is bid. On my right at 15.

0:41:450:41:49

It's a main bid at 15. 18.

0:41:490:41:51

20. Five.

0:41:510:41:53

30. £30, nearer the counter. At £30, and I'm selling.

0:41:530:41:58

That's a £10 profit. That's the business.

0:41:580:42:01

That's why she does what she does. That's good. Plus £10,

0:42:010:42:04

which means you're minus 70. That could be a winning score.

0:42:040:42:07

Don't talk to the Reds, and all will be revealed in a moment!

0:42:070:42:11

Thank you!

0:42:110:42:12

It's been an extraordinary turnaround, really.

0:42:170:42:20

How can one team do so very well and the other team do so very badly?

0:42:200:42:25

-Oh...

-Oh, no!

0:42:250:42:27

And I have to tell you that the team that has done badly

0:42:270:42:31

-stands on my left.

-THEY MOAN

0:42:310:42:33

Overall score, girls?

0:42:330:42:36

-Minus 70. You had a good time, yes?

-Fantastic.

0:42:360:42:40

We loved having you on the show. The victors, though,

0:42:400:42:43

who are going home with folding money -

0:42:430:42:45

yes, £45 of hard-earned cash is going your way.

0:42:450:42:49

You'll be talking about this on the WI for years, won't you?

0:42:490:42:53

-Absolutely!

-Well, that's marvellous.

0:42:530:42:55

-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?

-Yes!

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The Girl Guides take on the WI at the Shepton Mallet antiques fair. Experts Philip Serrell and Anita Manning do their best to steer the teams towards a profit. Tim Wonnacott discovers a house full of treasures at Lincoln's Inn Fields in London.