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
versus the Women's Institute. Let's go bargain hunting!
Mmm! Will it be cakes at dawn
or campfires burning
here at the Bath & West Showground?
Either way, I've no doubt it will be good, clean fun!
..a rift between the Red Team and their expert, Philip Serrell.
-You've lost all confidence in us now.
-It didn't take long. Eight minutes, I reckon.
..and a love-in between Anita Manning and the Blue Team.
-Hey, look at that!
-Do you like these wee Scottish things?
Of course we like wee Scottish things!
And I escape the drama in the treasure-filled London home
of architect Sir John Soane.
-Veronica, you've known your mate here for ten years.
-How did that all come about?
-We met in a drama festival for the WI.
-What were you playing, darling?
-A New Age traveller,
and my mate here was a maid of Taunton.
Including being the innkeeper who swept up the dirty floor.
She had the posh parts. I had the scruffy parts.
And has your relationship developed wholesomely since then?
-Oh, I think so.
-We've got on like a house on fire.
Veronica, you've got a pretty cool collection.
Yes. I collect cannons.
-What - religious ones?
-No, no, dear.
-Ones that fire.
-Do you really?
-That's unusual, isn't it?
-Not if you're a Gunner.
-Oh, you're a Gunner?
-You support them, do you?
So you don't go out with black powder letting these things off.
Oh, no. No, no, no. They're sitting in my living room.
Now, Sheena, you went to the National Ballet School
-Yes. That was when I left school,
and didn't become Margot Fonteyn.
Bet you did a fair Swan Lake, though.
-Well, we'll look forward to your performance.
-Ooh, thank you!
-Thank you very much!
Great! Now the Blues - or should I say the Brownies?
-Brownies will do.
You've been involved with the Brownies all your life?
Yes, since I was seven. So not that long a time, obviously.
-Quite. The last ten or twelve years.
-And you have your own pack, do you?
-Carol and I run one together.
I do Girl Guides, as well, so the older ones,
and we have the youth of today in our hands, as it were.
What do you do apart from the Guides, Carol?
I do like to give a few parties.
-Do like to have a theme to the parties.
-We do like a theme.
-I have to say that Theresa...
one birthday let it slip she'd like a Titanic meal,
-and we did 11 courses.
-Not recommended in a corset,
I have to say.
And we started at seven and finished at nearly midnight.
Right. What tactics are you going to employ between you
-on today's programme?
-I think we should buy, like us,
-small and classy.
And as we're Girl Guides, we'll tie the other lot up in knots.
Oh, yes. Very good. OK, fine. The money moment - here we go.
Here's the cash. There's your £300. You know the rules.
-Your experts await. And off you go!
And very, very, very good luck.
Well, we've never had the Women's Institute versus the Girl Guides.
Whatever's going to happen?
Well, whatever happens, it's bound to be intense.
Get it? Girl Guides?
-Is there a plan, girls?
-Yes. Something local with social history.
-Bit of silver, bit of treen?
-And something that's quirky.
We like quirky.
-Do you know where you want to go?
So they're divided from the off -
Blues inside, Reds out.
Does this chair need a bit of tender, loving care?
-It's like me. It's a bit tired.
-It's lost its stuffing.
What we're looking for is something superb, at a good price.
-At no money at all.
-At no money at all. Absolutely.
-It's pretty, yeah.
But would the people be here for that?
-Ooh, that's pretty.
-Are these silver?
-900 or something.
-So it would go as white metal, would it?
-Is it marked as silver?
-There is a mark here.
I think it's very pretty. It's unusual.
-It's a sweet little thing.
-It is, isn't it?
-Just like me!
-But there's a pair, so it must be us.
-It must be you.
So what would you put on it - tiny little sweeties?
-Very tiny earrings?
You could put it on your dressing table and keep your earrings...
You could hang it up,
-and it makes a nice little pattern.
-That's quite sweet.
It's pretty. I like the leaves at the top.
So we all like it.
Do we like the price?
-Best is 20.
Best is 20, so we'd better offer him 18, hadn't we?
That's being generous.
Well, it's something unusual. Somebody will go, "Yes, I love it."
Lovely. We like it.
What a wonderful team we have here!
-30 seconds into the game, and bought!
-Born to shop.
Guides, you're pulling ahead!
WI ladies, what's caught your eye?
-Have you got the rest of it?
-Never had a cover.
-It's never had one?
In the catalogue, you just bought them as they are.
I think this has got a bit of a WI look to it.
-Well, I don't sew.
-Neither do I!
-"Jerusalem and jam", is that right?
-We can sing.
We don't cook, we don't sew and we don't do crafts. We just have fun!
Sounds like a really good reason.
-But I think this is rather sweet.
It's an interesting one, this, because this ceased to be a toy.
-It's a collector's item now.
-Oh, I see.
And I think it's quite sweet in its own right.
-I mean, um...
-Well, how much is it?
-How much is this, please, sir?
-Is that the best?
-70's the best.
70's the best? And that's it? There is no more?
The paintwork's in mint condition for its age.
-Oh, it's German.
-It's 1911, look.
-That's far too much money.
-Just out of curiosity...
-I would say 50.
-But that's too much drop.
If we'd like you to hang on for an hour, would that be all right?
-You're a gentleman. Thank you.
I like the fish service, but they don't sell any more, do they?
-That's very good fun, the box.
-Oh, that really is rather wonderful!
Maybe we could come... If we can't see anything...
If we don't see anything else. But how much was it?
-It's a bit...
-A bit too steep.
-A bit rich for us.
-That's a pump, isn't it?
-A pump for what?
-Oh, it is!
-As it turns round.
-Do you like that?
-You know those toy engines?
Is that off a steam engine or something like that?
It's a Victorian model of a steam pump.
-Oh, that's historical.
-How much is that?
Oh, come on!
Be repainted next week, mounted up - 240.
It's a nice thing, and they're very collectable.
-On a bad day, this could make 60 to 80 quid,
and on a good day it might make 150, 160. That's what I think.
It's a conversation piece, and it's social history.
Do you come from an engineering background?
-Nothing at all?
-No! But it's fascinating.
-I think so.
-You can tell in your eyes
that we're not going to see something that grabs you as much as this.
-And it's not all about money.
-Veronica, shall we buy it?
-Yeah, why not?
-You want to buy it?
-Would you do 130 for us and we'll take it now?
-I'll do 130.
-What have you found, girls?
Well, you're looking at quality, aren't you?
Always does well, doesn't it? This is the one that caught my eye.
THEY ALL TALK AT ONCE MacIntyre, and that's early.
-It's an early piece, yeah.
-Collectors like that.
-How much is that?
-That one's £800.
THEY LAUGH It's far too rich for...
Too rich for us, but beautiful nonetheless.
-You like it?
-Another thing you could try
is something with a lovely red flambé glaze.
This was a nice early version his warehouse would have been producing in the '30s.
-I could give that houseroom!
-It's poppies, Theresa.
-How much is that one?
I think it might be nice to buy a piece of Moorcroft.
-You want to buy a piece of Moorcroft?
I always want to buy a piece of Moorcroft.
-Right, girls. The decision is yours.
-I love that.
-Absolutely. That's fantastic.
-Small is beautiful!
-Ah, yes, always.
-And we're quite small.
-Hang on. Let's go back to reality.
THEY LAUGH High heels off!
It's a money box.
-Girls, can I be honest with you?
-What is it?
THEY LAUGH Absolutely, truly awful.
Put it back.
-I thought you were being -
-Excuse me. Veronica found that.
Well, I thought it was an evening bag, not a money box.
-She's my best friend.
No. Was your best friend. Was. SHE LAUGHS
You've lost all confidence in us now.
Well, it didn't take long.
Eight minutes, I reckon.
-I wish you'd take this seriously.
-I am. I am very serious. Look.
Let's step away from this craziness for a moment.
I've got a question for you.
Where do you suppose this might be?
If I was clever, I'd be able to tell you
what the outline of those hills in the background represent.
Is this Hong Kong Harbour?
It is Macao,
opposite Hong Kong?
I don't know, but it's somewhere in the Far East.
And the curious thing about this painting is
that although it's incredibly naive,
if it is one of those Far Eastern ports,
it's an early representation.
Now, if I take the sheet of paper and hold it up to the light,
like that, you can see it's got a watermark.
Now, the watermark is put into the paper
by the paper mill that made this particular sheet,
and if you're lucky, they're dated, as this one is,
and you can see that it says 1876.
That would mean that this could be an incredibly early image
of Hong Kong Harbour, which would be exciting.
Now, the other sheet has got a most peculiar group
of buildings and mountains on it.
Again, it's foreign,
yet in the middle of this clump of trees,
we can see a spiky, Anglican-looking parish-church spire sticking up,
which reminds you very much of a spire that you might find in Egham,
except I can tell you this isn't Egham.
The place that I think this is is St Helena in the South Atlantic.
So, we've got two images that relate to the colonies,
done in the 1870s.
They're naively done, but nevertheless they're interesting.
What are they worth? Well, you could buy them here in the fair
for £50 for the two. That's £25 per image.
If you were selling them in a topographical sale,
I think you could get as much as £150 apiece,
for the novelty and historic interest.
I think that's pretty good, don't you?
-Yeah, look at that!
We're supposed to be going for something unusual.
Oh, girls, you can't pass this stall!
No rest for the wicked, eh, girls?
-Shall we all have a little sit?
-Or maybe there is!
-Oh, I say, it's very comfy!
-So, how much are these?
-We don't want all of them.
-The bigger one's £75.
-And the little ones?
We've got a factory. We make them ourselves.
They're repros. We bought the original one -
You do a good job of them. It needs to be a bit less than 50 quid.
40, I'd say, is the best.
30, and we take it away now?
35 for one.
-No! You have a sit in that.
-No. I'd never get up.
-No, but... Go and sit in that one.
-Which do you like?
Tell you what - we could be here all day now,
trying chair after chair after chair. "What do you think, Sheena?"
"No, I think this one." No, sorry! You just help yourself, girls!
-I think this one.
-Told you. Really?
Well, this is the same as this. This is the same as...
-Oh, he's gone to sleep!
-35 for this one with the arms.
-OK. Deal, yeah.
Nice work, Red Team! Feet up, and you still get a deal.
They are completely bonkers. But I love 'em to bits!
Great company, but mad as a bag of frogs!
Takes one to know one, Phil, eh?
-Onward and upward!
Oh, is that Brown Owl?
Girls, can you tell me what these are here?
Snuffbox, that one?
A type of...
Ah, it's a Scottish one.
-Are you picking out Scottish things?
-I was just giving you a wee test.
Actually, I think perhaps that one might have been a giveaway.
That's right. And these are pieces of Mauchline ware,
and they were made in a wee village in Ayrshire
in the late 1800s, and everybody in the village,
including all the children and old-age pensioners
would be employed in making these little boxes.
The egg, Theresa. Look at the egg.
-And it comes apart.
Hang on. It does something.
-Oh, I say.
-You've dropped it.
-Do you like these wee Scottish things?
Of course we like wee Scottish things!
-The egg is 33.
-So keep that in mind.
-Keep that in mind.
-Keep it in mind.
-What is that, sweetheart?
-It's a bottle opener.
I don't know whether it's silver, though. Phil would have to see it.
-Where's he gone?
-Where's he gone?
-Oh, he's bought a dog!
He's bought a puppy dog.
-Oh, bless his heart!
-Eh? Now, how much are you?
-How much are you? Are you priceless?
Philip, you old softy!
-Blues, have you fallen in love, too?
-A Norwegian fjord?
A Norwegian fjord. 125 at the moment.
I just don't think it'll do at auction.
-But you love it.
-I love it, yeah.
-Where's Phil? We lost him.
-The handle went through there...
Oh, he's over there. He's got some strange piece...
-It looks a bit rude!
-Let's have a look.
-What is this?
-This one here?
It's a kettle tilter, so you hang it over your fire...
-Oh, that's what we like!
-It's too much money for you.
-It's too much money for you.
It's £55, which, I think, for you to get a profit out of that
in an auction... It's not expensive to a specialist,
but in a general auction, you'd get 40 quid.
-But it's a nice thing.
-It's nice, isn't it?
Really nice thing. I love that.
-You like that?
-A knotted heart.
Isn't that beautiful?
-What sort of date would this be?
-I think it's 1960s.
It is a later bit, but that's quite unusual.
Have a look at it. Tell me what you think.
It's got some lovely weight.
It's a Lalique paperweight, and we have these entwined hearts,
a very nice motif. It will appeal to the romantics in the room.
Well, that's not your husband, then, is it?
Oh, come on! I've got a few bits out of a romantic husband.
Now, that's lovely.
We've got a good name and quality here.
-Could you do 80 on it?
-I could do 90.
-A name like that...
-If you want to spend some money
and you want to buy a bit of quality...
I think for once in our lives we should listen to somebody else.
We never do.
You girls... You girls are doing very well on your own.
I hate to break up three girls when you're hard at it,
-but how are you getting on?
-These girls are wonderful!
Of course, you three would support one another.
You've been buying very, very quickly, haven't you?
-Yes, we have.
-Which means you can spend lots of time
-over your third item. Is that right?
-Three red-hot girls.
-I still love that. That is lovely.
-Feel the weight.
-Oh, good grief!
-It's a really weighty piece.
-Yeah, I know!
Let's look at a piece of jewellery, then we'll have three choices
all close together, so we don't have to run far.
-Would you look after it for ten, 15 minutes for us?
-No, no. we don't want that.
-No, I know,
but it reminds me of the xylophone we used to have.
-What was that motto?
-Keep calm and carry on.
That's our one. The official one's "for home and country", of course.
Oh, amber! Dark amber!
A beautiful set of Victorian cherry amber.
Oh, look at that! Perfect!
-What a lovely length!
They're beautiful. And they're graduated.
We have the largest one down here,
and they're all graduated. It's absolutely lovely.
-What do you think? Do you like amber?
-I love amber.
-I've got a huge collection of amber.
-Now we're in a dilemma.
-Yeah, but at auction...
I think we've got to let our heads rule our hearts on this.
-I think we're going to have to go for the Lalique.
Thank you very much. We love it,
but we're being sensible!
-I'm sorry. We've sold it.
-No, we're only joking.
-We're all in agreement.
-We'd like to have the Lalique.
-Yes, please! Thank you.
-Are you happy?
-Very, very happy.
I think you've made a good choice.
-That's a good trivet.
-Do you like that?
-That's a hefty bit of whatever.
Excuse me! How much is that?
-What's best on it?
I think that's quite an interesting thing.
-I do, too.
-So, you've got that...
-Do you like it?
-I do, actually.
-How old do you think it is?
-I think it's probably 1910-ish.
-Oh, is it? How lovely!
-It's up to you, girls.
-I like it. Veronica likes it, don't you, Veronica?
-25 would be really handy, though.
-It's got to be 30, honest.
-That's got to be 30.
-Sounds to me like you've made your minds up.
-You going to buy me a cup of tea, then?
-OK, fine. Done.
Happy with that.
Wow, that's it! Both teams have found their booty,
with plenty of time to spare. Now, what did those Reds buy?
The girls fell in love with a model of a steam-driven pump! Unusual.
They thought the Windsor chair copy incredibly comfy...
-Ooh, they are comfy!
-..trying chair after chair after chair...
..and a £30 brass trivet finished them off.
I want to know, Phil, are you about to join the Women's Institute?
-If they're all like these two, I would!
-We'll have him.
They've been absolutely brilliant, Tim.
It's like a lovely club with you lot.
-We've had such a good time with him.
-How much did you actually spend?
-195. I'd like £105 of leftover lolly, please.
-Yes! This is a few coffee mornings.
-There you go!
That's all right. That's £105. That goes straight across to Phil.
Which is your favourite piece?
Oh, I think the little machine that we bought first of all.
-The little pump.
-Is that your favourite, too?
-Is that going to make most profit?
-We hope so.
-It's just lovely.
-Good. And you've had a lovely time?
-They've been great,
and I've got a new motto. I'm going to keep calm and carry on regardless.
Really? Well, that's a good motto.
-Anyway, good luck, girls!
Why don't we remind ourselves of what the Blues bought, eh?
A silver dish whetted the appetite of our Girl Guides.
They picked up a Moorcroft bowl decorated with poppies.
And lastly, a Lalique paperweight captured their hearts.
You'd be the Blue Owl today, wouldn't you?
-I'm definitely a Blue Owl.
-Lovely! How much did you spend overall?
-That's lovely. £90 of leftover lolly, then, from somewhere?
Perfect. So, which is your favourite piece, Theresa?
See, I usually go for the small silver things, don't I, but -
-Just your personal favourite. Not the most money.
The Lalique is your personal favourite.
And which is going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think the Moorcroft.
All right. There's a prediction. £90 for you, my darling.
-Were you a Girl Guide yourself?
-I'm afraid not.
-I was a bit of a wild child.
I'm glad you didn't admit to that till after the shopping.
Anyway, good luck. Good luck, Anita. We're going to shove off now,
all the way to London, actually. I'm going to give you a rare treat
in one of those gorgeous London Georgian squares.
Lincoln's Inn Fields - home to Sir John Soane,
one of England's greatest architects.
When he died in 1837,
he left his house and its contents to the nation.
Lucky old us!
Sir John Soane wasn't just a brilliant architect -
he was the most incredible magpie.
In fact, I think he had a seriously defective collecting gene.
I mean, just look at all this stuff!
The inventory of objects includes some 3,000 items -
Greek and Roman and Egyptian antiquities,
furniture, clocks, ceramics...
You name it, he collected it.
And that doesn't include...
the 8,000 books,
nor the 30,000 architectural drawings.
Soane's most precious antiquity is probably this -
the most extraordinary alabaster-like sarcophagus
that was used to bury the pharaoh Seti I,
who ruled in Egypt about 3,300 years ago.
It was acquired by Soane in 1824,
and he spent £2,000 on it -
a fortune at the time.
One big problem for Soane, though,
was getting it into this space.
Being an architect, he simply cut a neat hole
in the outside boundary wall of the property,
had the sarcophagus inserted,
and it was then lowered to its present resting place here.
This object caused a sensation in London.
Such was the fascination with the antiquity
of the Egyptian rulers,
that Soane was able to host a series of parties,
candlelit soirees, in this space,
where candles actually were inserted into the sarcophagus,
because it's slightly translucent.
Even the portly Prince of Wales came.
He tottered down and peered inside.
In 1806, Soane became professor of architecture
at the Royal Academy, and he liked to invite the students here
to look at examples in the museum before and after his lectures,
to enable them to experience a version
of the Grand Tour, without having to go to Italy.
All this material in the museum was incredibly important.
The big question for us, though, today, over at the auction, is,
how are our teams' acquisitions going to fare?
OK, big boy?
Welcome to Crewkerne!
Now, will Phil still be smiling when auctioneer Richard Kay
passes judgement on his bonus buy?
Now, Sheena and Veronica, you spent £195, which is magnificent.
£105 went to Philip Serrell, who seems to be in some pain
this morning. Phil, you all right?
-Is that a bonus buy?
I say! I say, I say, I say!
-I'm going to have to take this thing out. It's hard.
At lunchtime! People are eating, Phil!
-Is that our bonus buy, I ask myself?
-There was actually two of them,
but I'm afraid we had a slight problem at the optician's with this.
Seriously, there was a bit of damage in transit, wasn't there?
Don't ask me how that eye has been chipped,
but the aquamarine eye
with the bloodshot section is in perfect nick.
It's very interesting, and it is quirky.
-It is quirky!
I'm really intrigued that people will go for these.
How much did you pay for the two, my friend?
I paid £38 for the two when they were wholesome.
-You paid 38.
We'll treat the sale of the two as if it was less than half the price,
to be fair all round,
and all you have to do is get the bidding to exceed £15,
then you'll be in profit from £15, from that moment on,
if you decide to select them. And you don't have to take these eyes.
You'll decide, darling, when you've sold your first three items.
For the viewers at home, let's find out
what the auctioneer thinks about Philip's eyes.
I dread to think!
Richard, I was rather hoping you'd be able to turn a blind eye to this,
but unfortunately, in transit,
this blue eye has become damaged,
and, being made of glass, if it wasn't properly wrapped,
-I'm not really surprised.
-It's a shame.
They're very unusual things to see in an auction,
and they have very quirky appeal.
The best thing about it is that bloodshot white of the eye.
-Are they bloodshot? Isn't that what eyeballs look like?
-I don't know.
If you've been out and had one or two glasses of claret,
do you not find that your eye is not as pearly as it might have been?
-Anyway, we've had our bit of damage.
Philip Serrell paid £38 for the two.
-We will treat the insurance claim
as if he had paid £15.
I'd like to know from you what you think the surviving eye
-and the other bit might be worth.
-I can see these two items together,
just for their sheer quirky novelty appeal,
-making £20 at auction.
-Can you? Well, that's fair enough.
Now, Sheena and Veronica,
their first item is this charming little engineered pump.
It is. It's beautifully made,
and I don't suppose anyone will buy it to make it work,
but just to spin that wheel
-and watch the, er...
Yeah. Just watching the mechanism of it. It's beautifully smooth,
and it's very, very well made.
So I don't think it'll be bought for its use,
but it'll be bought for its decorative appeal.
-OK. We love it. What's the estimate?
-£60 to £80, perhaps.
£130 paid. So they've really loved it. But you never know!
-They could be surprised.
-Two people in an auction...
Next up is this so-called Windsor-type chair in front there.
-How do you rate that? Not old, is it?
-It's not old.
It's been quite skilfully finished with a paint finish
that makes it look old, so it's a furnishing piece
in the simpler sense of the word. It will sit in a dark corner,
and hopefully not be examined too closely.
What's your estimate on it?
Well, for all the reasons we've mentioned,
-probably only £15 to £25.
-They only paid the £35.
We'll see what happens. And last up
is this so-called quirky-looking trivet,
-which I think has just got bent.
-It's been sheared, I think.
But if you gave it another tweak, it would straighten up.
It is quite crudely made,
but it's got a sort of rugged, honest appeal about it,
and it's certainly strongly made. It's not going to fall apart.
You could put a big old jam pot on there, couldn't you?
It's not in bad condition, either. So taking all that into consideration,
-£10 to £20, perhaps?
-OK, fine. £30 paid.
So we're not that far apart, quite frankly, with any of these items.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Moving on to safer territory now
with the Blues, we start with the silver trinket dish.
Well, charming for being small.
Nicely made. I've never seen anything quite like it before.
They're in the form of cherries, but they don't have an obvious purpose.
They might have sat on a lady's dressing table for pins.
-She's called Cherry.
-Perhaps. It's a perfect gift.
Otherwise, perhaps you could even put cherry stones in them
-if you're serving cherries at the table.
-Not a bad idea,
because you do the "tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor" moment
around the edge of your plate traditionally -
-Dull meals in the Wonnacott family?
But if you were really smart -
But not sterling silver standard, sadly,
which will rule out a few of the silver collectors
who like to be reassured by a hallmark.
Nonetheless, the value of that little dish on its own,
-£15 to £25?
-We'll do all right with that.
Now, the Moorcroft wee bowl.
Moorcroft is a tremendously popular name,
very popular factory, still producing large quantities of items,
very much in the same style, the same palette.
Many of their pieces decorated with poppies, as here.
Smaller pieces more affordable, but there is a lot of it about.
And the age is vital, and the rarity of the pattern,
and the Moorcroft-ness of the pieces is important.
This I don't think ticks all the boxes.
-It's dull brownish, isn't it?
-It's dull, it's rather small,
and it's not an inventive shape. So its auction value
-might be £30 or £40.
-£100 they paid.
Although, as I say, Moorcroft is a resonant name amongst collectors.
Sure is, but it's got to resonate quite a lot to get to the 100.
-It's got to go some, I'm afraid.
-Um, how do you feel about Lalique?
Lalique, again, is a very good name to look out for
if you're at an antiques market, but the important thing, as always,
with Lalique, in a factory that is still producing items,
you've got to establish that the piece you're buying is of some age,
rather than a piece you could buy from a high-street gift shop,
and this is not old. It's a lovely little piece.
-It's beautifully made, like all Lalique.
-Frosted, and it's a rather clever design, as well.
-There's a lot of that going on.
-Don't look at me when you say that, please.
Good! But its auction value, it's £15 to £20,
-as a modern piece.
-Really? £90 paid.
This is turning out to be a bloodbath for the Blues.
They're going to need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look at it!
Now, Carol and Theresa, you spent £210,
a magnificent sum of money, and gave Anita 90.
What did you spend the £90 on, Anita?
ANITA LAUGHS Isn't that the sweetest wee thing?
It's a Mauchline box, and this little novelty item
is used to keep your thimble in.
-Oh, I say!
-You like it, girls?
-I do, very much.
It was behind the egg. It was behind the egg!
-Isn't that lovely?
-Oh, look at the work in that!
-That really is rather sweet.
-We like it.
We like it. We have a unanimous "we like it" there.
-How much did you pay?
-We're liking that.
-We do like that.
Is that because you think it's worth more than £20?
I think so, because you get the treen collectors,
and you get the sewing bodies who want the thimble inside.
There you go. That's why you are where you are today, Carol.
-She's got all the strategic thought.
How much would you get in your saleroom in Glasgow for this?
-30 to 40.
-Would you? You'd nearly double your money.
It'll be interesting to see whether the thing has travelled well
to Somerset or not. Let's find out from the auctioneer
what he thinks about Anita's bit of Mauchline.
-There's a sweet little novelty.
-It is a little novelty.
It's rather nicely made,
as Mauchline ware often is nicely made.
The Lees in Folkestone is not, perhaps, the most desirable image
to have printed on the outside, with greatest respect to the people of Folkestone.
-You can deal with all the hate mail.
-But there would be better views
to have on the outside of a little thing like this.
But when one lifts the lid off, inside is the thimble.
But it's an unusual little item in that respect.
I don't know how much sewing you get to do, Richard.
-Not as much as I used to, sadly.
-Me, neither. It's one of those things
that could be a has-been in my household,
-but what do you think it might bring in the auction?
-£15 to £25.
-Perfect! £20 she paid.
-So that's absolutely spot-on.
-So, lovely. You're in charge?
-Yes, I am.
-You're taking the sale?
-We're in safe hands.
-So, Sheena and V, how you feeling?
-Are you? How excited?
First up is the scratch-built pump, and here it comes.
And £30 is bid. £30 is bid.
£35. 40. £40. It's with me at £40. Any more?
45, and I'm out. It's 45 in the corner of the room.
50 now. 55.
-Come on. Have another look. Have another look.
-Minus 35, but never mind.
-That's not bad.
Lot 147 is a painted Windsor chair.
And bids start me here at £18. £18 is bid.
30. Five. 40, and I'm out. £40 is bid.
45. 50. Five.
60. Five. 70. Five.
£95. It's all clear on that. At £95...
Yes! That's the business!
£95. That is plus 60. Look out! Here comes your trivet.
Lot 148 is a brass trivet. £25 is bid.
£25 I have on commission.
30. 35. 40, and I'm out now.
£40 to my right.
At £40. And selling at 40.
-40 is plus ten.
-Plus the 25 you had before,
is plus £35. You are in profit!
-Look at that! WI rules.
-What was that thing again?
-Keep calm and carry on.
-That's what we did!
Keep calm. Now, what are we going to do about this eyeball?
-It's fun. Let's go for it.
-Yeah. We'll go with your eyes.
-We've got to.
Frankly, the auctioneer hasn't got the faintest idea,
so this is going to be an excitement.
A first for Crewkerne. Anyway, here we go.
A curious lot - two bloodshot glass eyes.
And the bid's with me here
at 18. £20 is bid.
£20 is bid. £25 now.
25 in the room. It's on my far right. At 25 and I'm selling.
-25 is plus ten.
-They can have one of these.
You got plenty more where they came from. At least two.
OK, listen. Plus £45 is your overall score.
-Oh, God! The WI are like this, aren't they?
-Carol and Theresa. Do you know how the Reds got on?
We kept that secret. That's good. Now, Anita,
your trinket dish in the form of some cherries
I have to say I think is charming, and here it comes.
Continental silver trinket dish in the form of cherries.
£15 for this lot? £15 for this item?
£15 for it?
£10, if you will? Ten is bid.
£10 only. I'm selling at ten.
Oh, no! No!
Selling at ten. Last time at ten.
-Dear, oh, dear. Minus £10.
-I want it now!
I'm disappointed. Here comes the Moorcroft.
Lot 171, Moorcroft bowl, decorated with poppies.
1930s in date. £50 is bid.
-£50 is bid.
Five. 70. Five. 80.
-No? £80. It's with me.
-More, more, more!
-It's still with me.
Commission still at £90, and I'm selling at 90.
-£90 is minus ten.
-So close. It really is.
This is a Lalique paperweight in the form of entwined hearts.
-£20 is bid.
25 now, and I'm out at £25. It's in the room.
-No, no, no.
-30 now. £30 near the counter.
Selling at 30 now. At £30. Last time at 30.
-HE BANGS HAMMER
-Ooh, no, no, no!
That is minus £60. 70, 80... You're minus 80 all round.
-What you going to do about the Mauchline pot?
-Go with it.
-Go with it.
-Go with it.
-We're going with it. Here it comes.
-The Mauchline-ware thimble holder,
modelled as a saucepan.
£15 for it. £15 is bid. On my right at 15.
It's a main bid at 15. 18.
30. £30, nearer the counter. At £30, and I'm selling.
That's a £10 profit. That's the business.
That's why she does what she does. That's good. Plus £10,
which means you're minus 70. That could be a winning score.
Don't talk to the Reds, and all will be revealed in a moment!
It's been an extraordinary turnaround, really.
How can one team do so very well and the other team do so very badly?
And I have to tell you that the team that has done badly
-stands on my left.
Overall score, girls?
-Minus 70. You had a good time, yes?
We loved having you on the show. The victors, though,
who are going home with folding money -
yes, £45 of hard-earned cash is going your way.
You'll be talking about this on the WI for years, won't you?
-Well, that's marvellous.
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting. 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.