Antiques challenge. Mark Stacey and Jonathan Pratt lead two teams into battle at Kedleston Hall. Tim Wonnacott is spoiled for choice at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
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Ah, there you are!
Ready for 45 minutes of fun and frolics with a smile on your face?
Well, I'll put a smile on it for you! There you go!
There you are!
That looks better. Let's go Bargain Hunting!
We're at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.
The location might be stately, but the atmosphere is carnival!
Mark Stacey gives us the laughs.
I would have thought we're probably nearer 40 quid with this.
Jonathan Pratt gives us the music.
As always, the shop might overrun...
-You've got 12 minutes left.
-That's all. 12 minutes.
Oh, no! Seven minutes!
Let's hope it's worth it!
-Yes, yes, yes!
Yes, get in there!
You've heard the rules so many times in the past, I'll get through them as quickly as possible.
Each team gets £300. They have one hour on the clock.
They have to buy three items.
Ooh, bit of a rush of blood to the head there!
Let's meet today's teams.
And here we all here. Patience, where did you and Anne meet?
We met at a church 40 years ago!
-You go off and sing in churches?
-We used to belong to the same choir.
-Do you still sing?
-Not so much!
What's funny about that?
She's too busy renovating the barn.
But one thing you are, Patience, is a practising Christian.
-But you do have some oddball prayers!
I do. I believe God believes in the little things in our life as well as the bigger things.
So I pray for things like parking spaces and the weather.
The sun's coming out today now.
-I find that whenever I go shopping, I'll pray for a parking space.
Will this be the case on Bargain Hunt today? Are we beaming up a few?
We've been very careful not to pray to win cos we didn't think that would be fair.
-That's absolutely right.
We can't have any external influences on us.
-Anne, you're the wife of a former pastor?
-And you were also a missionary?
A lot of years now, we went off to Jamaica.
And we built a church out there. Helped build a church for the people who were meeting in a little shop.
-That church is still standing. It's been through a few hurricanes.
-When the village goes down, it's the only church still standing.
-A testament to your building skills.
-A testament to God's building skills.
-What do you collect, Anne?
-I collect thimbles.
I have about 200 on show in my lounge.
Not buying any thimbles today, I hope?
-No, not today.
-Just resist, darling.
-Yes. I'll try to resist.
On that happy note, we'll move on. Lovely. Thank you, girls.
-Blues, you're lifelong friends.
You've therefore known each other all your lives.
-No, only for 36 years. We're older than that.
-A small slice of your life!
We met taking the children to school.
-Brenda, you're retired now?
-What did you used to get up to?
-What did I used to get up to?
I used to work. But now I do enjoy walking.
-I took up Nordic walking a few months ago.
-Is that the one where you take your kit off?
No. Unfortunately, no, Tim.
-That's Swedish walking, is it?
-No, get the Nordic bit right!
But what it does is to remove your Bar Mitzvah wings.
-Your dinner lady wings.
-Dinner lady wings.
That sounds nice. Susan, you also are a collector.
-Yes, I am.
-But it's not the most expensive of hobbies, is it?
No. When I was younger, as a child, I used to collect spoons.
-But now I like to collect blue and white.
Do you? Have you got a houseful?
I have a houseful and a garage-full!
-Have you ever found any bargains?
-Yes, I found two cranberry dishes in a stand.
I paid five pence for it at a school fete.
-That might be worth £100, mightn't it?
-It could be, yes.
We're talking experience here. It's code for experienced buying.
On that happy note, I'm going to give you £300.
You know the rules. Your experts await.
Off you go, and very, very good luck!
Right. We've got Nordic walking and thimbles today.
Spotting a bargain for the girls today
are Mark Stacey...
It's got the Queen's head on it.
..and Jonathan Pratt.
The marks are completely obliterated.
-Before the rain starts, what's our strategy? What are you after?
-You've got me.
-I'd like silver.
-We've got you.
-Silver's a good idea.
I'd like some blue and white.
-Some Poole pottery.
-You've got a limited budget.
-I know, but we ought to spend it all.
It's all done in mahogany. It's a 19th-century box.
It was 15. I'll let you have it for 12.
Don't squeeze the dealers too hard, ladies.
I've got one of those at home. You can have it for six.
Now, Patience and Anne. What's that?
Let's have a decent look at this now.
First of all, the inlay.
There's nothing much wrong with that, is there?
-Just that bit of age.
-That's the age. Things expand and contract.
I like these little age cracks
because that shows it's authentic and right.
This, of course, has been replaced. And the matching cartouche there.
But all the little inlay around it is in good condition.
What kind of wood is it, Mark?
The main veneer is walnut.
It's a lovely wood. When it's polished the grain comes up.
-I really like the shape.
-It's a lovely shape.
£35 is not a bad price.
If we open it up, we've got this nice fitted interior.
This, of course, would have been leather on here.
This has all been replaced. There's veneer missing there but that isn't a problem.
I think it's slightly unusual with this fitted interior
-where you press this here, and then you lift...
It brings it forward and stops it coming out.
Then you can take your envelopes out. Lavender-scented, of course!
But this is for doing up.
And at auction, what people are looking for is things that look like they've just come out of a cottage.
This looks like it's come from a deceased's estate.
Now if we could get this for 30 quid, or 25 quid,
I think that's a good bargain.
Time to start negotiating, girls.
-My girls like round figures.
-Round figures? Shall we say 40, then?
You couldn't possibly do it at 30 for us, could you?
-Of course he can! For cash.
-Go on, you can have it for 30 quid.
-Thank you very much!
-Shake his hand.
That's a good start, reds. Can Brenda and Susan get on the score sheet with as little trouble?
Jonathan, is this bone?
"Sam Swinburn 1874". That's a sign of bone, not ivory?
Yes, because it's tubular growth. So you can see these little spots.
Bone. What do you think of that?
It's a piece of scrimshaw.
It would be great to think it was early 19th-century, if we wanted a fortune.
-I'm not sure whether it's something...
-It says 1874 on there.
The problem is it's a very grey area. There are lots of fakes of this.
£30 on that.
-That's quite good, actually.
-It's a decorative item.
-£30 is quite fun, isn't it?
-If you like it...
-I'll hand that back to you.
It has a use. It's a paper knife. People call them page-turners, the longer blade ones.
It has that function. It's for when you've got your books out which you don't want to get your fingers on,
-you turn the pages so you can protect the paper.
-30 is my best.
-Are you sure?
-You've got that twinkle in your eye.
-No, I haven't!
You have. I can see it there.
Oh, I don't know. Can we come back and see if we can have it for 27.50?
You can come back, but it'll still be 30!
OK, we'll see. OK, can we move along then?
You can do what you like, Brenda!
Yes, she's trying to get £2.50 off. Very funny.
They're not afraid of making a decision, even though it takes them ten minutes to do it!
I think it's a nice object. But you found it. It's not a lot of money.
There's a chance, and I'd be very happy to walk away with one purchase being made.
I'd say, if you're happy with it, go for it. That's all I can say.
-Make a decision.
-Make a decision.
-I'll make a decision.
-The clock is ticking.
-OK, we'll have this one.
Jonathan's right, girls. Time's a-ticking!
And so is something else.
So you're in the countryside, strolling around, minding your own business
and you come across a galvanised tin box,
and you think to yourself, "It's ticking, this box!"
You might be tempted to open it up and fiddle around.
Because on this side of the tin cover,
it says D-A-N-G-E-R.
You've got it - "Danger"!
Anyway, let's be naughty, shall we?
We'll have a look inside and see what's going on.
What we've got is a very crude clockwork mechanism
with a built-in winding key
that winds a valve that's regulated by this top-hung pendulum,
which is making the tick, tick, tock.
The idea being that you would load this separate chamber with 12-bore cartridges
and as the clockwork motor works,
it depresses this arm which raises the bar until it gets to the critical moment
and then, "Donk!", down comes that bar
which strikes the 12-bore cartridge through that aperture
and "Boom!", the thing goes bang.
The idea being the farmer would pitch up in the morning,
arm it with half a dozen cartridges,
every 37 minutes, or whatever the timing is,
it would go boom, and you don't get the pigeons eating the corn.
Perfect! There is another purpose, indicated by this hole.
If you had a wood full of pheasants,
what you wouldn't want is a poacher.
So you could set this up on one side of a wood
with a long piece of string coming out of that hole
which acts as a trip wire so that when the poacher is walking along in the dark,
he trips over the wire, pulls that cable and that sets off the device,
alerting the gamekeeper that somebody is in that bit of woodland and he needs to investigate.
It is, in short, an extraordinary gadget.
I can see that in a rural bygone sale, this thing being rather collectible.
So does the dealer. That's why he's asking £165 for it.
-That's enough to scare a pigeon or two, isn't it?
Back to the shopping, and the reds have their eye on a chair.
-Would that sell?
-It will at the right price.
It's 120. That's a little bit much.
I would have thought it's probably nearer 40 quid.
I said I was going to be insulting, didn't I?
-Do you want to ask him to keep it for us for ten minutes?
-Could you keep it for ten minutes?
-The first person to give me money owns that chair!
-That's a real dealer.
Watch out - blue team incoming!
-Is it a nursing chair?
-Yes, it is.
-A nursing chair.
What do you think? I don't know whether, but...
I'm thinking it might be...
-Needs a shampoo.
-You've got the water. Just needs the shampoo!
I'm not a great fan of nursing chairs. I've nursed too many children...
I've done more TV time this morning than you have, on this chair!
-No way you're getting it for less than 60.
Hmm. None of our teams will be nursing that chair to a profit.
-Found everything we need, have you?
Because all the little silver things are too cheap.
-Nobody's ever said it's too cheap before!
-We want something more expensive.
-You've got expensive tastes?
Can I just remind you again about the time?
-What about these?
-That's quite modern.
They're very enthusiastic. One of them talks like there's no tomorrow,
but then, I've been accused of that. They're great but I'm worried about time.
Glad you're happy, Mark! What do you think about Brenda and Susan, JP?
They're seeing everything and trying to muscle the money out on it
to make a profit.
Which is fine. I'll leave them to it.
But I want to go and find something with a bit more substance.
How about this?
It's a trombone, yeah.
HUMS OUT "76 TROMBONES"
Goodness me! OK, well... I think I need to do some rescuing here!
Now, they've found some modern glass. But so has someone else.
-Let the lady do her deal! Carry on. Go on.
-I don't know if I want it now!
Oh - she's gone!
And Susan's taking charge.
It's Ditchfield and it's signed.
It may be not your field.
When I buy glass, modern glass, it's always functional glasses and things.
I tend to avoid the ornaments.
It's a slightly more collectors' market.
-But I don't know this Ditchfield.
-Oh, he's quite well known.
I think it will sell very, very well.
-If you want it, Sue, buy it.
-You never objected to me having mine.
Wrap it up well in bubble wrap, please.
I'm very pleased with that.
If we head down to the main concourse into the main tent, have a look round.
-Could do, yeah, cos you did say...
Did I hear a trace of sarcasm there, Jonathan?
-They're really pretty.
-They are pretty.
-Quite heavy, too.
-Quite a bit of weight there.
The first thing that strikes me is the quality of the engraving.
The scrolls are lovely, aren't they?
-And there's nothing in there.
The other nice thing is the hallmark itself.
It's Chester. Chester closed down about 50 years ago.
So it doesn't hallmark any more. There are specific collectors for Chester hallmarks.
The price goes with the weight. £75. We need to get that down a bit.
-Have you had a chat already or not?
-A little chat.
-A little chat.
-Yes. What little chat have you had?
-This wonderful gentleman here
said that he bought them for 50 and he'd give them to us for 55.
-You believe this lovely gentleman?
-Well, he looked so honest!
I think he does look honest, actually.
Your eyes seem to be telling me something.
-I like them.
-We like those.
-So you're going to have a punt on them?
-I think so.
-I use silver napkin rings at home sometimes.
-I use them all the time.
It's something useful and people will use it.
-Have you made an executive decision?
-We'd like them, please.
-I've got no say.
-Please may we? Please, sir?
Tell you what, weren't they nice people?
-They were nice.
-Really helpful. We could have been there all day.
But I've got to bring you back down to earth.
-You can slap me later.
-We've got 12 minutes left.
-That's all we've got. 12 minutes.
Come on, I want a Benny Hill run!
As one team leaves the big tent...
That one or that one?
..another one arrives.
£80 for a little bowl? I wouldn't get my peanuts in it!
I've seen something at the other end. It's £20. I'll show it to you.
You're going to hate it, but I'd be surprised if you lose money on it.
-We've got seven minutes.
-We've got plenty of time.
-We've got seven minutes!
-Plenty of time.
-No! Seven minutes! Walk this way.
He said, "Walk this way!"
-You don't mind us having a look?
-Thank you so much.
-That's silver plated. Lovely body.
You know, it's nicely engraved with this design.
And it's free cos it's got no price on it!
-And the handle's nice as well.
-How much is it?
-It is silver.
-Oh, it is silver?
-Put it back up.
-Oh, I'm so sorry.
Oh, yes, it says something sterling.
-Something and Co. Sterling.
-I do like it.
Which means it's 925, the equivalent of British standard silver.
What would it sell for in auction?
Obviously people like an English hallmark. But it is sterling silver.
I love the body. It's very late Victorian in style.
I would have thought they'd put 150 to 200 on it.
Would you still make a profit on it if we had it at 150?
I think we've got a chance with it.
Please? Pretty please?
-We'll both give you a hug.
Then he might put the price up!
You rotter, Mark! But at least you're done!
Come along, Jonathan. The fair's packing up!
I'll show you something else. If you don't like it, we're scuppered.
We'll have to run somewhere else and we've only got four minutes.
-While you were looking at something else, I snuck over here
to have a look and this is what I was looking at.
-Oh, that's nice.
-Little powder jar.
Cotton wool in the bottom with a little mirror.
-The piece de resistance...
Put make-up in there. Little bit like that.
It's hallmarked for Birmingham about 1920... a, b, c, d, 1923.
-Nice little object.
-How much is it, please?
It's £90, ma'am.
£90. Could you do a little bit better on that?
-Not an awful lot.
-I'm afraid my purse isn't that full.
Nor is mine!
I can do it for 85 for you.
-We'll take it.
-There we go. Job done. Thank you very much.
Our teams have spent their £300 on their three items
at this Jaguar antiques fair.
The big question is, who's going to make the biggest profit
and therefore the most bread?
Patience and Anne bought this Victorian writing box for £30.
You couldn't do it at 30 for us, could you?
Both were drawn to a pair of silver napkin rings for 55.
And Mark spotted the claret jug.
They paid £170. Wow.
Hello. You've been up to no good, you lot.
We've been spending the money!
Yes. How much did you spend overall? Cos this is a big buy.
-It is, yes.
-It was £170.
£170 for that. So overall, how much is your spend?
Check. Everybody happy with that?
-Happy with that.
-I'd like £45 of leftover lolly, please.
-You don't like doing that.
-Why should I hand it over?
I'll hand you the £45, Mark. It's quite a responsibility.
It's quite a nice sum of money. It's not too much or too little.
-I've no idea what I'm going to spend it on.
-But you never do!
-How can you until I give it to you and you know the amount.
Good luck with that, Mark. Lovely to see you girls.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out how the blues are getting on, eh?
Brenda and Susan haggled hard to get this bone paper knife for £30.
Susan was determined to get the Ditchfield paperweight, and she did
I'm very pleased.
And their last-minute purchase, Jonathan's powder jar for £85.
What was the total spend, then?
-That's quite modest. £95 from somewhere.
-If you insist!
£95, that's very kind. Thank you, Bren.
I won't count it cos I trust you.
Straight across to JP.
Got a plan, Jonathan?
Uh... I don't know now. I'm exhausted!
I'll have a lie-down and have a think!
-You'll be fine!
-Are you going to take him off for his lie-down?
-I suppose so. Thank you! Bye!
Meanwhile, we're heading off somewhere frightfully nice!
This is Cambridge University's very own museum,
named after this chap, Viscount Fitzwilliam.
He not only left a large collection of books and music to the university,
he also gave them the money to build this place.
With so much to see, where do I begin?
Isn't this the most extraordinary gallery?
I'll tell you, if you had to select two things to talk about
from the half a million or so objects in the place,
it ain't that easy!
But I've struggled away and have come up with these two jokers,
which do have a common theme.
That is that they're both plastered in silver.
Silver that's been gilt and silver that dates from roughly the same period,
around about 1570 to 1590.
This particular object which looks like a flagon and, indeed, is a flagon,
has some ceramic in it.
It was made in Turkey, in particular in a place called Isnic
and it's made directly in imitation of the more expensive Chinese porcelains.
What we've got here are stylised pomegranates,
and above, trails of foliage and flowers and this ceiling wax red
is peculiar to Isnic ceramics from the middle of the 16th century.
So precious was Isnic pottery from this period
that the silversmith then went on to show off
by mounting it with these delicious silver-gilt creations.
And of course, it is a practical object.
It's still got its hinged cover in working condition.
You could fill it with wine and use it at a banquet.
But what exactly you would have used this thing for, I cannot tell you,
cos it's just the weirdest and maddest creation
you could possibly imagine.
What we've got here is a Nautilus shell.
The shell was regarded as a great rarity.
Look carefully at the shell and it's been decorated.
It has scratched on designs showing palatial interiors.
But it's the silversmith who's gone to town on this thing.
His absolute imagination has run riot.
Look, over the top, in more ways than one,
we've got a crayfish which is clinging on to the top part of the shell.
On either side of him are a weird snail, crawling along at the back,
a merman with a wonderful six-pack tummy,
and the figure beneath that forms the stem is probably Neptune.
He's riding a mythical sea serpent over the ocean itself.
Look at the way the silversmith has rippled the surface of the plinth.
So what might the Tudor aristocrat have used this thing for?
Perhaps, on high days and holidays,
he filled it with wine, because you could pass it on a ceremonial occasion, around the table.
What gorgeous things!
The big question today is, of course,
for our teams at the auction, will their cup be overflowing?
12 at the back. 15. 20.
Well, it's lovely to be at Bamfords Auction House
on the outskirts of Derby, barely eight miles from where we did the shopping.
This is going to be fun!
-And we've got Annabel Lewis.
-Hello. First up
for the reds, Patience and Anne,
they've bought this banded walnut wee box.
It's not fantastic inside, is it?
No, it's a little bit tired.
It has got the rack for stationery. Do you like it?
It's a fairly standard model.
-So with the damage to the top, it's OK, but it's just normal.
What's the "normal" price for it?
-30 to £50.
-Is it? £30 they paid, so they'll be pleased about that.
-Not too bad.
Their second item, Annabel, are the two napkin rings.
-They look very bright and breezy.
-Nice clean lot. Unengraved.
When silver comes to the sale room, do you like it to come clean?
We generally leave it, unless it's for the fine art. Just so people know it's been in a drawer.
Occasionally give it a buff up, but nothing too much, really.
-What's your estimate on those?
-We did 20 to £40.
£55 paid. That could be a bit of a disaster, couldn't it?
Talking about disasters in the making, how do you rate this claret jug?
Shame it isn't English silver. It's just silver-coloured metal.
That's the problem. But it's got this lovely cut glass, though.
That's all pretty good condition.
It's nice and elegant. It would look good on any table.
Nice and clean, no chips or anything to it. So 100 to 150.
OK. 100 to 150. I have to say they paid 170.
So, what with the napkin rings and the claret jug not being so hot,
they definitely need their bonus buy. Let's have a look.
Now, Patience and Anne, you spent a magnificent £255.
You gave Mark Stacey £45. What did you spend the dosh on?
I spent it on...
-A Royal Crown Derby - as we're in Derby.
-A cabaret tray, transfer-printed in blue and white.
If you're going to sell a piece of Derby, it's good to come to a sale in Derbyshire.
Strategic thinking, isn't it?
It might come back to haunt us. But I thought it was rather nice.
-How old is it?
-It's probably around 1900 or so. It's got a bit of age.
-And how much did you pay for it?
-Not quite all the money you left me.
I paid £40 for it.
-I really, really like the shape.
-There's no chips on it or anything.
-Do you think you'll get a profit on it? Or we will?
You, hopefully! Unfortunately, if I do make a profit, I don't get it!
Super. OK, girls. Don't decide now. Decide later after the sale of your first three items.
But for the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneeress thinks about your tray.
-So, Annabel, how do you rate that?
-He's thought about where he's selling it,
but unfortunately, it is missing most of its pieces.
-So it came with something else?
-It would have had a pot, cream and sugar, originally.
-Dates to 1901, so nice and early.
-Complete with its entire set, it's worth quite a lot of money.
-Just as a plain plate...
-50 to £80.
-Is that its value?
-Mark will be delighted, cos he only paid £40.
-I can see him having a squiggle of glee at the thought
of it perhaps bringing 50 to 80. I'll shove it there for now.
Brilliant. Thank you.
Now, the blues. Brenda and Susan.
Their first item is this paper-knife. Or is it a dagger?
It's a bit of a weird thing, isn't it?
-It hasn't got a great deal of age.
-So this 1874 business is just nonsense?
-Absolute nonsense, yes.
-Fair enough. What is your estimate?
-My estimate is 20 to £30.
-OK. They paid £30. So it's not so far off.
But you're absolutely right. If that was a 19th-century piece of marine scrimshaw,
-it would be £400.
-I was thinking six, so...
-400 to £600.
So for £30 you get the look.
-But I'm not too sure it's the look I'd want.
Anyway, next up, on safer territory,
-is our Ditchfield and silver-mounted paperweight.
-That's a pretty standard item, isn't it?
They do well at the sale room. Always very popular with the people who come. Modern,
but it's a nice thing, really.
Not a lot to say about it, apart from it's Ditchfield glass.
-What is your estimate?
-40 to 60.
-OK. £90 paid.
And their last item is the powder bowl.
I don't know how many women still have powder bowls on their dressing tables.
-Not many I know!
-Not many I know!
Anyway, I suppose you could put bon-bons in it, couldn't you?
A little sweetie or something.
You could. The biggest problem with this bowl is that the lid doesn't shut properly. It smiles a lot.
-What did you call it?
-Just show us, will you?
Something's not quite right there. It's probably been dropped and bent back.
-Somebody has to spend a bit on that.
-Yes. You want it to shut flush.
Yes. "Smiling"! There's a little term for you!
how much for the "smiler"?
-40 to 60.
-OK. £85 they paid.
So, based on the estimates, they seem to be well awry here.
They won't be smiling when they see your estimates!
Anyway, they'll need their bonus buy, so let's have a look!
Now, Brenda and Susan,
you spent a magnificent £205, which is quite splendido.
And you gave Jonathan Pratt £95 to spend on your bonus buy. Jonathan, did you blow the lot?
-Ah, he has!
-It's not the sort of thing we were looking at.
-No, we weren't!
But I saw it on the shelf of a stall and I really liked it.
I like a bit of hand-made metalware.
It shouts out Arts and Crafts, late 19th-century.
It's a nice decorative tray. It might have been a stand for something, I suppose.
-Well, I had £95, didn't I?
-Yes, £95 you had.
-How much did you spend? We can't wait!
You were robbed! No, £12, I think that's quite good. Let's have a nose.
-I think that's quite good. It's not heavy,
but if you dropped it on your foot, you'd know.
I think Susan is clearly in love with it(!)
-Will it make a profit?
-I reckon we've got a tenner in there.
-Oh, well, then.
-What do you think?
-It's quite nice. I like it.
-Wait and see.
-That's not the point.
Don't decide now, cos you decide after the sale of your first three items.
For the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks.
-I think it's rather nice.
-I do actually quite like it. Very stylish.
A useful thing, as well.
-Do you think it's Arts and Crafts?
-A little bit later, probably.
-But it's definitely Arts and Crafts in its look.
I mean, it says, "Made in England"
in this little stamp here.
And there's a registration mark up here.
-Which is all a bit mass-produced sounding to me.
It's decorative. How much do you think it's worth?
-18 to £22.
-18 to 22. That's pretty precise.
Well, lovely Jonathan Pratt paid £12.
-Not too bad, is it?
-Are you taking our sale today?
-I will be, yes.
We're in heaven!
-Patience, how are you feeling?
-A bit nervous. I didn't think I would be, but I am.
I think we spent quite a bit of money on our last item.
-Your claret jug?
It is your big ticket, isn't it? That cost you £170.
Her estimate is 100 to 150 on a good day with the wind up its tail!
So that's a bit of a stinker, isn't it?
Anyway, first up is Patience's writing slope. Here it comes.
751 is the Victorian burr walnut rectangular writing box.
And five bids on this one and it starts with me at £38.
38 and 40, is it? 40 in the room.
38, then, on commissions. 40.
45. 48. 48, is it?
Second row. At 45, are you all done?
-Well done, £45!
That is plus 15. Patience, you're in luck.
Napkin rings. Nice clean pair.
Chester, 1947. Lovely pair of nick-nack rings.
£20, please for them. 20. 20 is bid. 22.
25. No? 25 behind. 28?
-28 anywhere? 28? At £25, still cheap.
-A bit more!
At £25. 28, is it? At 25.
£25. That is minus £30. Which means that overall you're minus 15.
Now, it's the claret jug.
Lovely lot. Marked sterling.
And we have four bids on this and it starts with me at £130.
130. 140? 140, is it? 140 in the room anywhere? 140.
130 on commission.
At £130, then, on commission.
130. That's minus 40
which is minus £55.
Minus £55 overall. Oh, dear!
Oh, dear! Sorry, chickens. What about the bonus buy, then?
We'll definitely go for it. We really like it. We trust Mark.
-You want to blame me, don't you?
-No, I don't want to blame you!
-It's a lovely tray and if we'd been there, we'd have said yes.
-We're going with the tray. That's positive.
And here it comes.
The Royal Crown Derby porcelain cabaret tray, circa 1900 in date.
£30, please, for it. 30. £30, is it? Got to be worth £30.
30, surely? 30 is bid.
32. 32. 35.
38 and 40?
40, surely? 40.
And two. 42, for you?
-Two, is it?
Two, anywhere, please?
£40 it is, then. To the side, at 40.
£40. It might be funny to you,
but a tragedy for poor Mark!
You wiped your face. Listen, girls, you're minus £55.
-That could be a winning score. Don't say a thing to the blues.
How are you feeling, girls?
-Do you know how the reds got on?
That's good. So how do you rate your chances now?
-Fair to middling.
-Fair to middling.
-Fair to middling. Are you as optimistic as you were, Susan?
I think you two girls are gorgeous.
The first thing up is your letter-opener. Here it comes.
773 is the bone scrimshaw letter opener.
And £20 for it? 20. £20 for the letter opener?
£20, surely. It's got to be worth £20.
Anybody want it? 20 is bid. Two for it? 22.
Surely. 28 to the side. 30. And two.
-You're in profit!
At 32, are you all done?
-£32 is a profit. Well done, Brenda.
-I didn't wipe my feet!
You didn't wipe your face, you wiped your feet!
John Ditchfield. Iridescent glass paperweight.
Again, three bids on this.
Start me at £50. 50 for the Ditchfield. And five.
At 50. Five. 60.
Are you sure? Surely? At £60.
Still on commission. Five is it, in the room? At 60.
All that rooting didn't do you that much good, did it?
-So am I, darling.
Lot 175, the George V cut powder bowl.
Birmingham, 1928. Nice little powder bowl.
And £40 for it? 40, is it? 40's bid. And five.
45. 50? 55?
At £50, standing further back.
Five, is it? At 50. Right at the back.
At £50. That's another £35 down the old proverbial!
-That was worth the money.
-35. 55. That's £63. Minus 63.
-Dear, oh, dear!
-The bonus buy is next!
Your £12 copper tray. What are we doing with the tray, girls?
-We'll go for it.
-Going with that?
-We have to make a hefty sum on this.
779 is the Arts and Crafts circular copper dish.
Quite a good thing. £22 is bid on commission.
25 for you? 25.
28. And 30. 30. And two.
40. 40. At £38. 40, is it?
At £38 are you all done?
Yes, Jonathan. Well done.
That is absolutely super.
That means you are minus £37 there.
That could be a winning score, girls.
Could be a winning score. Don't tell those reds anything.
-Chaps, have you been talking to one another?
-Not about the score, anyway.
-We've been talking.
-It's such a friendly programme, Bargain Hunt.
Remarkable. Even in glory and defeat,
everybody remains remarkably perky.
Today has been a particularly defeatist day, I have to say!
On Bargain Hunt, we don't have losers, we just have runners-up.
And the runners-up with a score of minus 55 are the reds!
What to say!
Patience, despite your brilliant profit of £15 on your writing box,
which was beezer,
not a lot else went in your favour, did it?
You've been a great team, but you're runners-up.
The winners today, who win by only losing £37,
as opposed to the £55 which you lost,
are declared the winners. How do you feel?
-Is that good?
-I predicted it!
-We can hold our heads up.
You predicted it, Susan. Well done.
But you could not have predicted the profit contributed by the bonus buy!
She didn't! I predicted that, Jonathan. I predicted that!
Top score of the day. Well done, Jonathan.
-We had a great day. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
At Kedleston Hall, the contestants, accompanied by experts Mark Stacey and Jonathan Pratt, negotiate to get the best bargains. It is a hard fought battle of wills, but all is revealed at auction. Tim Wonnacott is spoiled for choice at the Fitzwilliam Museum.