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What a beautiful day.

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The sun is out, our teams are so happy.

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So let's go bargain hunting - yeah!

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We're at the Newark and Nottingham Showground,

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one of the largest antique fairs in Europe.

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I hope our teams don't get lost.

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They shouldn't, with two smashing experts to guide them.

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Paul Laidlaw, ingratiates himself with the Reds.

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Something the matter with you, isn't there?

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Jeremy Lamben feels confident with the Blues.

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You could double your money or not.

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Do you think so?

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Do you know what, you're looking at millionaires now.

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So, let's meet the teams.

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Well, today for the Reds, we've got best friends Andy and Dom

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and for the Blues, we have Louise and Karen.

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Now Andy, how did you two meet?

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We're archaeology students at Nottingham University.

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We met on a field trip to Hadrian's Wall doing a bit of study on the Romans.

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How did you finish up doing archaeology?

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I spent ten years working in call centres for financial companies.

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I was working, not enjoying it and not getting rich.

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I wasn't going to be rich, I'd do something I'm interested in.

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There were a few fields I was interesting in going to uni,

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I put them on the wall, threw a dart and...archaeology.

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-Was that the correct choice?

-Yes, definitely.

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Dom, I understand you're a great fan of Bargain Hunt.

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Yes, I certainly am.

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I've been watching for many a year with my grandma.

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-She lived across the road from the school. So every dinner time...

-You'd sneak off.

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I go off and have dinner with my grandma and watch Bargain Hunt

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until it was time for lessons again in the afternoon.

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-Do you mind my asking how old you are?

-Only 20.

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Only 20? Well I've been doing this for 10 years,

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so you'd be a ten-year-old nipper,

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going off to your gran's to watch your favourite programme.

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-Very true.

-Quite something. You weren't even shaving when you first watched it.

-True.

-Brilliant.

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Will you be looking for archaeological remains today?

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-They don't tend to get you a great deal of money.

-No, definitely not.

-Probably not, no.

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It'll be interesting to see what you do spot with your eye

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attuned to such ancient objects.

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Very good luck chaps.

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Now moving on to the girls, how are you? All right?

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-Fine, thank you.

-You are sisters-in-law.

-Yes.

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-But also great mates.

-I'm married to Karen's older brother,

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so we've known each other about 24 years.

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24 years, you must have been terribly young when you met.

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We were, very young!

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-Where do you both work?

-RAF Cranwell.

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Karen, you're being rather shy here about what you do,

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what's your role at Cranwell?

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I'm the head chef at Cranwell,

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-in York House Officers' Mess.

-Stand to attention.

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How have you got on with our Royal Princes? They've been through Cranwell.

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Yes, really, really nice guys. We didn't see Harry for very long.

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William was there for a couple of weeks.

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He mucked in with the other guys. Yeah, really pleasant, lovely.

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Louise, what's it like with this ogre of a chief chef standing beside you?

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It can be difficult at times but you know, I just have to grin and bear it.

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-No family favours there.

-No, quite. Couldn't have favouritism, could we?

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Here we go, the money moment.

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Here we go, £300, you know the rules, your experts await and off you go.

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Very, very, very good luck. Gosh, what lovely teams.

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-OK, strategy?

-Anything that grabs us.

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We could start here and then go round the corner.

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-What does your instinct tell you, left, right, ahead?

-Left.

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-Lots of things to look at. Fancy a gun? Or a sword?

-Or a hat.

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A helmet. Silver jewellery.

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-Belgian waffles.

-Don't think they'd get to Yorkshire.

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That's right, you keep Louise on track, Karen.

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-What do you make of that?

-I wouldn't even go there. You can't afford it.

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-They're heavy, aren't they?

-Really old.

-What would you say on that one?

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-That's expensive. £600.

-£600, crikey Moses.

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It appears to have a Wanli reign mark, which is an early Ming mark.

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-We haven't got £600.

-No, we haven't. So I'll put that back carefully.

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What about the one next to it, is that the same?

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That's later. You've got good eyes, she's picking things, isn't she?

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These are stylised good luck symbols in Chinese mythology.

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-Is that expensive as well?

-I could do £150 on it, I suppose.

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-That's still a lot.

-Yeah, it's a lot.

-What do you think?

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-Do you think we could make a profit?

-It is speculative.

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-Could you not do a bit cheaper?

-No, not really. It was expensive.

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I've had it quite a long time.

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-You really like it, don't you?

-Do you like it?

-I do like it.

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-Do you think it's selling at the moment?

-It is selling at the moment. Chinese is up.

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Cross your fingers and hope for Chinese good luck.

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Oh, let's do it.

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Can we take that one then, please? Great.

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You girls are quick off the blocks.

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The lure of oriental riches.

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Do you know what, I think you're looking at millionaires now.

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There's optimism for you. What are your thoughts, Jay?

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I think the girls are terrific. They're funny, bubbly, decisive.

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They got that bowl very quickly indeed.

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-They're a good team to work with.

-Brimming with confidence.

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-Paul, are things going as smoothly for you?

-What have you seen?

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-Nothing yet.

-You're walking down the middle.

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What do you want to see here, pebbles, dust? Help me.

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Get in amongst it.

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That will be a "no" then.

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You're doing a lot of looking at tarmac,

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and we're not going to find anything that way.

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Get in the thick of it.

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That's right, Paul, time to take control.

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-Amazing pair of oriental bronze spurs.

-They're quite cool.

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Academically, I can tell you nict about them

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but I think they're amazing.

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-Look at that, that's not an ornament.

-Is that a sign of wear?

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What do you think, archaeologist?

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I think they're good things, they're all right.

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These would be leather straps and doing a lot of work.

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You'd want to see this polished up and worn underneath here.

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-I'd say how badly wrong can you go?

-60 quid.

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-They've got an age to them, yeah.

-They've got age to them, yeah.

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They've probably got a decent survival rate as well.

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They could may be...

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£40 at auction.

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We couldn't go far wrong on that, it's trade for me.

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Make it another fiver?

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I'm hard faced and I'd dig my heels in.

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Have we got a deal at 40 cash?

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-All right, yeah.

-What do you think?

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-All right.

-Thanks very much.

-Thank you very much.

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Did that come out of nowhere for you boys?

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I'm surprised how quickly we've got off the mark really. I'm glad.

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-They could do something. They'll either do something or they'll bomb.

-There's a prediction, Dom.

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-OK, that's Doulton.

-This one?

-Yeah, that's quite nice.

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I'm just going to check it's not restored.

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Oh, yeah it's been repainted.

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-There's a huge hairline crack down the bottom.

-Oh, yeah.

-That's a shame.

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Oh, yes, some you win, ladies, at least you're trying.

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Unlike those boys.

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I'm going to have a look over here, guys.

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You're walking down the middle of the road again.

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He's crossing the road, he said.

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# We're busy doing nothing... #

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Come on, Dom and Andy, you can't let Paul do all the work.

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Get stuck in there.

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# We're busy going nowhere, isn't it just a crime... #

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-Inside?

-Outside.

-Inside, there could be some good stuff inside.

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Ah, finally, a decision of sorts. Let's go inside.

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-I don't think we've gotten into this, have we?

-Not yet.

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We've been trying to go fast and have a look as we're going past, trying to pick it out quickly.

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-If we're going too quickly, let's rein that in.

-No problem.

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What we're doing wrong is, we're not picking stuff up.

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Two talented guys, somewhere, something tells me, let's get this done, yeah?

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OK.

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Paul, you sound nervous, mate.

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You need to get some focus, like the Blue team.

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It'll become a 3D image.

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You have to adjust it. It's complete and good condition.

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-I've got 110 on it.

-No, that's a bit above our budget.

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I can be really honest, I feel for the guys. This is high pressure.

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You've only got the hour, that's ticking away

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and you've never done this before. I think they're dazed and confused.

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We need to get in the thick of it, start picking material up and asking the right questions.

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At the moment, I think we're just drifting, we're idling,

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it's not happening and I'm panicking.

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Have you heard of the expression, having your face in the trough?

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Well, try this little fellow on for size.

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It is a trough, but a miniature trough.

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This one is solid silver, look at the end, it has a hallmark, Birmingham 1905,

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which puts it slap bang in the mid-Edwardian period when Britain

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was truly prosperous with rising standards of living and so forth.

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What's its purpose?

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Well, instead of having your face in the trough,

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what you actually do is put your finger in the trough.

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Well not literally!

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You take a ring off your finger and insert it at night

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into the ring trough like that.

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If you're lucky enough to have six rings,

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which you might well be able to afford in the Edwardian period,

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you'd simply fill the trough up.

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In the morning, select the one you're going to wear today,

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pop it on and walk away from your dressing table.

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It's a very nice whimsical, novelty value to it,

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which I like so very, very much.

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How much? £140, well, £130 to you.

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Now that's enough to make you want to pull out your finger.

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# You can ring my bell

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# Ring my bell! #

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Talking about pulling your finger out, how are the boys doing?

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-See anything?

-Yeah, we quite like this thing here. That's quite cool.

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-Is it any cop though?

-It's cheap enough not to really lose much.

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-Tell me why it's quite cool.

-It reminds me of a sundae glass.

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I'd have it in my house, to be honest with you. I think that's cool.

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-I like that.

-There's something the matter with you on the inside.

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-That is brown.

-It is.

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-That's a piece of brown glass.

-That's rubbish is it?

-No, it's not.

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I'm being really harsh. It's in the eye of the beholder.

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Pressed glass is the field, it's moulded glass, marbled with it.

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I've got to be honest, as I look closely,

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I love what they've done with the inclusions.

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Davidsons of Stourbridge, it tells me on the label, are a good name.

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But I see no audience for a brown glass,

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but I agree with you, it's a low risk exercise.

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You're the bosses. It's priced appropriately at £12.

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At the end of the day,

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I think I probably steam-rollered you with the spurs.

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It's your time, guys. You liked it. I see the rationale.

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You've done the sums. It's up to you. What do you want to do?

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-Should we carry on having a look?

-It's not going to fly.

-OK.

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You're not wrong there, Paul.

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They come as a set of six.

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-They're silver plated but that probably puts them in your bracket.

-Yeah, absolutely.

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Anything with a fox or dog motif at the moment is a popular subject.

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-And you just rest a knife on them.

-Yes, absolutely.

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Keeps your gravy off the table.

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They don't look old though.

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I'd say they're probably around about 15-20-years-old.

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They're quite modern. I've not seen any in, say the last five, six years.

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The price is reflective of the fact that they are, they haven't any great age.

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-How much are they?

-I have £35 on the set of six.

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They're modern, but you've got six and they're quirky.

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It's one of those things that's quirky enough to sell.

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-What's your bottom price on them then?

-I could do £28.

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Go on.

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Oh, we have a very small budget.

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Another decisive buy.

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Two down, one to go.

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This was quite offensive to someone once. September 1917.

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It's a German shell made at Magdeburg.

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They call it trench art. The thought is that troops fill their time.

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Nonsense. They're made in the 1920s, commercially,

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and sold to the huge numbers of tourists touring the battlefields at the time.

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How much for the trench art shell case?

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Er, 120.

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-(What?! What?!)

-Yes.

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-OK. Maybe pass on that one, what do you think?

-Definitely.

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-I'm all up for haggling, but that's a long way to go.

-Yeah.

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Starting to like your glass vase more and more, funnily enough!

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Now, what is that? It's probably too modern to be valuable, but well spotted.

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-Thank you.

-Thanks.

-Thank you very much.

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-What about the cavalier helmet?

-It's a re-enactor piece, isn't it?

-Exactly.

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Who knows? We've got to start doing something here,

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we've got to start spending money. You guys were drawn to it.

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I'm trying to see a way that it can be made to work for you.

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Is there anything here that you can see sense of?

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The problem is things like medals can be good,

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-but they'll be selling them at a high price.

-Indeed. But, here's a thought.

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If he's got a British medal, and there are hundreds of thousands circulating,

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you may be able to get a common-or-garden pair from the guy

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to the Royal Artillery, the Engineers, for an easy sum, £30, £40.

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In a general auction environment, you may get a casual browser go,

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"£40 sounds like nothing for a pair of First World War vintage medals."

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-There may be mileage in it.

-I'll do a pair for £25.

-Yeah.

-I'll do that for £35.

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My advice? Six and two threes. That's not an antique, that's the problem with that.

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But you get a hell of a lot of metal for your bucks.

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We've seen these all before, but, at the money, in a general auction,

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you could get some speculator, or just a casual buyer thinking,

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"My word, that is no money. £50 for some chap's medals, what he went through and the story behind it."

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-There may be mileage in it.

-Absolutely.

-I think we have more chance with the medals.

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So, you're making a decision? This is good. It's up to you guys.

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-I'm happy with that.

-I'm happy.

-Thanks for that.

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-Cheers.

-Thanks very much.

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Excellent, boys. That's your second item.

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Paul, you're getting through to them.

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What do you think of these, ladies?

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These are Chinese, famille rose.

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I would put them in the first half of the 19th century or very late 18th century.

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They're quite early things. £90 they are.

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-There's a little bit of a hairline crack.

-Yes, there is.

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-Put your nail over it and you can't feel it.

-But it's there, isn't it?

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It could be a firing flaw.

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We've got a bit more time. But they are good early things.

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-When you think they've been around all these years.

-That's right!

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-I'm 83. I'm almost an antique myself!

-Maybe we'll buy you(!)

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Oh, Lou-Lou-belle, you charmer!

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Have a look at this. I love it. I love them.

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Ah, OK. You might find you're looking at £300 worth there. I don't know, ask.

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Er, they're £300 for the set.

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-You can't afford them.

-No.

-Fine.

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-That's pretty.

-Isn't it?

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-Now, those are really quite early. They are Worcester, hand painted.

-Very nice.

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-And first period, so that puts them around 1760, 1770.

-Gosh!

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-They're old, then.

-They are.

-That is lovely.

-There are two of them here.

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I suspect, with what we've got left, we won't be able to afford these.

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But we might be able to afford one. I don't know.

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You can buy one if you wish to.

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-What's your best price on one of these?

-Er, it would have to be £100.

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£100 for one?

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It is hugely important that we pick the right one from the front. There's a bit of...

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-..stain on that. So, a collector wouldn't like that.

-No.

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The good news is that the enamels are really strong.

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Often with these, the enamels, especially the gilding, comes off.

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If I was going to choose one to display

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and I like 18th-century English porcelain, I'd have that one, because that one is just...

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-Every time you'd look at that, it would annoy you.

-Yeah, you're right.

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-We'd go for that.

-We'll have that.

-I'm happy. That's great.

-Have we got a deal?

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-Excellent.

-Yes?

-Thank you very much.

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Girlies, you are done.

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Boys, you better get your skates on.

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Doesn't really jump out at me.

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No, me neither.

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-Five minutes.

-Five minutes. We've got to be quick.

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I still like the glass.

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I mean, it is a last resort.

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Paul, you hated that vase!

0:20:320:20:34

Haven't you got anything else up your sleeve?

0:20:340:20:36

Silhouette of a Georgian gentleman, do anything for you?

0:20:360:20:40

What would you actually do with it?

0:20:400:20:42

-Have a look?

-I'm not sure about it.

-What are we talking about?

0:20:420:20:46

The World Cup Willies thing, it's a 1966 mascot.

0:20:460:20:50

It's a lot of money for what it is.

0:20:500:20:52

Yeah, I'm not even going to ask about the price.

0:20:520:20:55

-I think it's time for the glass.

-Glass?

-Yeah.

0:20:550:20:59

Paul thinks it's all over.

0:20:590:21:01

It is now.

0:21:010:21:02

Excuse me, what's the best price on that?

0:21:020:21:05

£11.

0:21:050:21:07

Can you go down to ten?

0:21:070:21:08

Tenner, done.

0:21:080:21:11

Unlucky, Paul.

0:21:110:21:13

Cheers, thanks very much.

0:21:130:21:15

So the brown vase won in the end.

0:21:180:21:21

Why don't we remind ourselves what the Red team bought?

0:21:220:21:28

'Paul spurred his team on to buy the Chinese stirrups.'

0:21:280:21:32

I think they're exquisite.

0:21:320:21:33

And at the price we paid, how badly wrong can you go?

0:21:330:21:37

The dawdling finally paid off with a pair of World War I medals.

0:21:370:21:42

-Thanks for that.

-Cheers.

0:21:420:21:44

'In the end, they made a mad dash for the glass vase for a tenner.'

0:21:460:21:49

Well, you're looking pretty cocky, you lot.

0:21:510:21:54

I don't know what you've got to be cocky about. How much did you spend?

0:21:540:21:58

-£75.

-Total? £75?

0:21:580:22:00

-Not a lot.

-That's a disgrace.

0:22:000:22:02

Where's the other £225?

0:22:020:22:05

OK, £225 in that roll.

0:22:050:22:08

What are you going buy in this splendiferous place?

0:22:080:22:11

I'd like to find something that resonated

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with what I know about your taste.

0:22:130:22:15

On the other hand, just anything that will make a huge profit.

0:22:150:22:19

Never mind their taste.

0:22:190:22:21

Just something that you get the pulse for would be extremely fine.

0:22:210:22:24

Anyway, good luck with that task. Thank you very much, chaps.

0:22:240:22:28

Meanwhile, why don't we remind ourselves what the Blues bought, eh?

0:22:280:22:32

'Louise got them quickly into the game with the Chinese censor.'

0:22:330:22:37

I think you're looking at millionaires now!

0:22:370:22:40

'A set of six silver-plated foxy knife rests took their eye at £28.'

0:22:400:22:46

'And they all loved the Worcester plate at £100.'

0:22:460:22:50

I think the plate is a really good piece of early Worcester.

0:22:500:22:53

They got a good buy there.

0:22:530:22:54

'Ah, we'll see.'

0:22:540:22:57

How much did you spend?

0:22:570:22:58

-£278.

-Yes! That's what I like.

0:22:580:23:00

A big old expenditure. £278.

0:23:000:23:03

So, do I want £22?

0:23:030:23:07

£22 for our expert.

0:23:070:23:10

-It's not much copper.

-There we go.

0:23:100:23:12

You don't mind handing them over, do you?

0:23:120:23:15

Anyway, £22 goes to the maestro. Very good luck.

0:23:150:23:19

Meanwhile, we're heading off to Solgrave Manor.

0:23:190:23:21

Heard of it? It has a Yankee doodle flavour to it.

0:23:210:23:25

'That Yankee flavour comes from none other than George Washington,

0:23:300:23:36

'first ever President of the United States.'

0:23:360:23:38

George's ancestors built this modest Tudor manor house in 1560.

0:23:400:23:47

'They made their money in the wool trade

0:23:470:23:51

'and what's nice for the visitors today

0:23:510:23:53

'are all the needlework treasures to look at.'

0:23:530:23:57

And probably the most exquisite of all needleworked objects -

0:23:580:24:04

a frame like this.

0:24:040:24:06

It's made up exclusively

0:24:060:24:09

of needleworked elements,

0:24:090:24:13

all raised in tiny, tiny stitches

0:24:130:24:17

on a sort of padded background.

0:24:170:24:20

Now, this is called stumpwork.

0:24:200:24:23

It's the ultimate achievement of a needleperson

0:24:230:24:27

in the 17th century.

0:24:270:24:29

What's lovely about this mirror frame

0:24:290:24:32

is that it comes in its very own tooled leather travelling box,

0:24:320:24:37

so precious and highly regarded was this,

0:24:370:24:41

you want to protect it in its own special box.

0:24:410:24:45

Over here, we've got another piece of needlework

0:24:450:24:49

that looks exactly like the mirror frame.

0:24:490:24:54

It's also got stumpwork, look, a palace,

0:24:540:24:57

possibly a representation of the Palace of Nonesuch.

0:24:570:25:01

But in the middle,

0:25:010:25:03

we've got an oval painting on canvas showing Adam and Eve.

0:25:030:25:08

What's special about this item for Solgrave is that it belonged

0:25:080:25:14

to George Washington's great-great grandmother, Ann Phyllis.

0:25:140:25:18

The connections between America and this house remain firmly enmeshed.

0:25:200:25:27

The property was bought in 1914 by a trust,

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who have maintained it and furnished it, permanently,

0:25:320:25:37

for the benefit of both the American and British people.

0:25:370:25:41

'The restoration carries on today, including this bed canopy.'

0:25:410:25:47

Strictly speaking, these are called crewel-worked hangings.

0:25:470:25:52

They're hangings which are needleworked in a variety of stitches

0:25:520:25:57

that are then applied, in this case, to a velvet background,

0:25:570:26:02

and this is the most extraordinary 20th century project

0:26:020:26:08

because it took some 11 years,

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being completed between 1995 and 2006.

0:26:130:26:18

The work was done by over 500 skilled needleworkers

0:26:180:26:24

split more or less equally either side of the Atlantic.

0:26:240:26:29

Each of whom have worked on each on these individual pieces

0:26:290:26:35

that have then been applied to the velvet background

0:26:350:26:39

going to make up the four-poster bed coverings.

0:26:390:26:42

It was done simply as a celebration

0:26:420:26:45

of the glories of Solgrave Manor.

0:26:450:26:49

What could be more glorious?

0:26:490:26:51

Well, apart from the prospect of our teams today

0:26:510:26:54

making enormous profits, perhaps, over at the auction.

0:26:540:26:59

'Which, today, is at Golding Young Thomas Mawer in Grantham.'

0:27:010:27:05

'Auctioneer Colin Young awaits us.'

0:27:050:27:07

Now, first up for Dominic and Andy are these stirrups.

0:27:160:27:21

I don't know how these grab you,

0:27:210:27:24

but I'm really rather excited by the look of these objects.

0:27:240:27:29

Cast bronze, and they seem to have the age to them.

0:27:290:27:31

Undoubtedly 19th century at the very latest.

0:27:310:27:35

My gut feeling is that they're probably even 18th century.

0:27:350:27:38

-What do you think they're worth?

-I suppose £50-£80.

0:27:380:27:41

Is that all?

0:27:410:27:43

Well, that's not impressed then!

0:27:430:27:45

Well, £40 the team paid.

0:27:450:27:48

They paid, in my view,

0:27:480:27:50

less than the scrap value of the bronze in the things.

0:27:500:27:54

-Right.

-So if we've got some age and we're romantically excited by them,

0:27:540:28:00

£50 to £80 ought to be a right "come-on" estimate.

0:28:000:28:03

Next we have two service medals.

0:28:030:28:06

How do you rate those, Colin?

0:28:060:28:08

The market for these in recent times has shot up.

0:28:080:28:12

For so long, pairings such as this made so little money.

0:28:120:28:16

Now, they're being recognised. The market is getting stronger

0:28:160:28:19

and we're starting to get some sensible prices for them.

0:28:190:28:22

Like what?

0:28:220:28:23

In today's market you're certainly looking at £30 to £50.

0:28:230:28:26

That's marvellous, £25 they paid. They'll be really chuffed.

0:28:260:28:30

Lastly is this smoky, moulded glass vase.

0:28:300:28:33

Mmm.

0:28:330:28:35

1930s?

0:28:350:28:36

Yeah, very typical of the period.

0:28:360:28:38

It is popular, but it just doesn't make a lot of money.

0:28:380:28:41

No, like how much?

0:28:410:28:42

£10 to £30.

0:28:420:28:44

-£10 is all they paid.

-OK.

0:28:440:28:45

So it slightly depends on how the stirrups work out.

0:28:450:28:50

What fun.

0:28:500:28:51

Let's have a look at the bonus buy.

0:28:510:28:55

Now Andy and Dom, this is the moment we're going to discover

0:28:550:28:59

what Paul Laidlaw spent your £225 of leftover lolly on.

0:28:590:29:04

I mean £225, the man could have gone out there and bought the fair.

0:29:040:29:08

What's he laughing at?

0:29:080:29:11

I found a mangy old pair of binoculars in a box.

0:29:110:29:17

HE CACKLES

0:29:170:29:19

However, you guys, there was a military interest somewhere in the background

0:29:190:29:24

and I know we invested shrewdly

0:29:240:29:26

in an extremely unexciting pair of medals,

0:29:260:29:29

which will make you money.

0:29:290:29:32

These are imperial German fernglas, 1908 pattern,

0:29:320:29:37

standard military issue field glasses or binoculars.

0:29:370:29:41

Get away!

0:29:410:29:42

-These really do it for me. This is history.

-How much did you pay for them?

0:29:420:29:46

Straight in there, Dom!

0:29:460:29:48

Straight in there!

0:29:480:29:50

If you want to buy a pair of these over the counter,

0:29:500:29:53

you're going to need £40, £50, £60. And you paid?

0:29:530:29:57

-£10.

-10?!

-No need to be shy about it. 10.

0:29:570:30:03

-Sounds like a bargain.

-They are a gift at £10.

0:30:030:30:07

I didn't think you'd be as tight with your wallet as we've been.

0:30:070:30:11

Oh, believe!

0:30:110:30:14

There you've got it, boys.

0:30:140:30:15

Your moment to decide is after the sale of your first three items.

0:30:150:30:19

Let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Paul's field glasses.

0:30:190:30:24

What's your vision with these?

0:30:240:30:26

Looks like something that will do rather well.

0:30:260:30:28

-What's on the horizon with them?

-Monetary wise £25 to £40.

0:30:280:30:34

Well, Laidlaw, the legend, paid £10 for them.

0:30:340:30:40

-How brilliant is the man?

-Very good.

-That's it for the Reds.

0:30:400:30:43

Now, for the Blues, the Chinese bronze censor,

0:30:430:30:47

what period would this be then?

0:30:470:30:49

It's likely to be early 19th century, possibly late 18th.

0:30:490:30:54

But the six-character mark on the bottom of it is Xian Di,

0:30:540:30:57

the Emperor that reigned for a short period in the early 15th century.

0:30:570:31:02

-So it's looking as if it's 15th century.

-It is.

0:31:020:31:05

But 300 or 400 years later. So what's it worth?

0:31:050:31:08

-We have an estimate of £80 to £120.

-£150 paid.

0:31:080:31:14

-Yeah.

-Next up, the cased set of knife rests.

0:31:140:31:18

Look like sausage dogs to me.

0:31:180:31:20

They're probably foxes. You see plenty of them.

0:31:200:31:24

-Just good decoration, really.

-How much?

-£25 to £40.

0:31:240:31:28

£28 paid. We're not far off.

0:31:280:31:31

Lastly is the decorated plate, which is said to be creamware.

0:31:310:31:36

-It looks a bit porcelainy to me.

-It does.

0:31:360:31:39

It has more of a pearly finish to the glaze.

0:31:390:31:43

I would more likely go with pearlware.

0:31:430:31:48

Dating is early 19th century, most probably English.

0:31:480:31:52

It's just sad to say that they don't make so much money as they used to.

0:31:520:31:58

One of those collectors markets that the finest pieces are racing along,

0:31:580:32:02

but something such as that, £25 to £40 I've placed on it.

0:32:020:32:06

-How much?

-£25 to £40.

-That's terrible. £100 paid for it.

0:32:060:32:12

-That is terrible.

-That is terrible.

0:32:120:32:15

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

0:32:150:32:19

Well, girls, this is exciting, you spent £278, you're so great.

0:32:190:32:24

-You only gave him £22.

-Jeremy, what did you spend it on?

0:32:240:32:28

I spent a tenner.

0:32:280:32:29

-GIRLS: Ah!

-A blue and white plate, of course.

0:32:310:32:34

-It's about 1790 to 1810.

-Gosh!

-Not bad for £10.

-No, that is good.

0:32:340:32:40

Staffordshire potters tried to make a Chinese scene to imitate

0:32:400:32:44

Chinese-export porcelain flooding into the country at the time.

0:32:440:32:48

Do you think it's going to make us a huge profit?

0:32:480:32:51

-I think at £10 you can't really go wrong.

-No.

0:32:510:32:56

-It might make £22.

-Well!

0:32:560:33:01

I think you've lit up our effervescent girls, which is lovely.

0:33:010:33:06

For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jeremy's blue and white plate.

0:33:060:33:12

-So, Colin, one plate.

-Yeah.

-Do you rate that plate?

0:33:120:33:15

For starters I've placed an estimate on of £25 to £40,

0:33:150:33:21

so I did quite rate it.

0:33:210:33:22

But I must admit now having seen this wonderful pearl finish to the glaze,

0:33:220:33:27

in the light, there's a big crack through it just there.

0:33:270:33:32

-So I think I may have to revise my estimate.

-You're going to de-rate it?

0:33:320:33:37

-£10 to £20.

-£10 paid by Jeremy.

0:33:370:33:41

Anything more than a £10 note would be brilliant.

0:33:410:33:44

-It's going to be lucky, I think.

-You're a lucky auctioneer. Thanks, Colin.

0:33:440:33:49

270, 280, 290, 300, 20 anywhere else? At 300.

0:33:490:33:56

GAVEL BANGS

0:33:560:33:57

-Boys, how are you feeling?

-Good.

-Confident.

0:33:580:34:02

-What do you think about those stirrups?

-It's an unknown quantity.

0:34:020:34:06

I wasn't sure about them. I thought we were straight-armed a bit.

0:34:060:34:10

But the more I see them, the more I like them.

0:34:100:34:13

Lot number 176 - a pair of antique, Asian, bronze stirrups,

0:34:130:34:17

modelled as shoes, probably Chinese.

0:34:170:34:19

Who will start me at £100? I'm already to £50 on the net.

0:34:190:34:24

Five now, surely. Look at what we're selling here. At £50.

0:34:240:34:29

Five from any other quarter?

0:34:290:34:32

At £50 we're all done. 55, I knew it wouldn't be long.

0:34:320:34:35

60, they're up to 65 already they're up to 67.

0:34:350:34:39

At 67 then, nobody else going to dip in? 75 we're up to.

0:34:390:34:44

What is the stop going to finish up at £1800?

0:34:440:34:48

95.

0:34:480:34:49

If there's a man out there, or two, that rate them.

0:34:490:34:53

The excitement's up, now. 110.

0:34:530:34:55

-At 110 bid.

-Strong now.

0:34:550:34:58

-I'm glad we were strong armed.

-You can strong arm me more often

0:35:000:35:03

if you're going to get me this much money.

0:35:030:35:05

Going at 130.

0:35:050:35:07

All done and finished then. The hammer's going to fall at £130.

0:35:070:35:11

£130.

0:35:110:35:14

Well done, Paul Laidlaw. All right.

0:35:140:35:16

So that gives you plus £90.

0:35:160:35:19

That's a fantastic profit.

0:35:190:35:21

Now, here we go. Here comes your medal.

0:35:210:35:23

Word War I medal - an Allied Victory Medal,

0:35:230:35:25

for a gunner Crossly of the Royal Artillery.

0:35:250:35:29

Who's going to start me at £50? £30 to go then. £30, anybody?

0:35:290:35:33

30? £20, 20 bid. Make it two.

0:35:330:35:35

-Five bid.

-28, 30, 32...

0:35:350:35:38

-Look at this.

-38 now, 35,

0:35:380:35:41

38, surely,

0:35:410:35:43

40 again now.

0:35:430:35:45

At 38 bid. 40 again now.

0:35:450:35:46

This is profit.

0:35:460:35:48

At 38 bid, any more bidders? Going this time on the internet at £38.

0:35:480:35:53

Except we're in at £40.

0:35:530:35:55

£42 again now.

0:35:560:35:57

Selling then. The hammer falls at £40.

0:35:580:36:01

That is plus £15.

0:36:010:36:03

Nothing the matter with that. You are plus £105.

0:36:030:36:07

£105, chaps!

0:36:070:36:09

Now, we want a small profit on this, please.

0:36:090:36:11

A Davidson brown cloud glass vase, nice fluted side to it.

0:36:110:36:16

Who going to put me straight in at £10? £10, anybody?

0:36:160:36:19

£10 to go. Just look at what we're selling here. £10.

0:36:190:36:23

£10 at the back of the room. 12 now. £10 now, 12 do I see?

0:36:230:36:27

Make it £11 then. At £10.

0:36:270:36:31

You can't say I didn't try. All done and finished,

0:36:310:36:34

selling then at £10.

0:36:340:36:37

Wiped his face, fair enough.

0:36:370:36:38

You are plus £105.

0:36:380:36:41

Are you going to risk £10 on the binoculars?

0:36:410:36:45

Yeah, definitely. Absolutely.

0:36:450:36:48

Is it a no brainer? I think it's a no brainer, don't you?

0:36:480:36:51

Trust this man, whatever you do. Trust him.

0:36:510:36:53

182 pair of imperial German Fern glass 08 binoculars this time.

0:36:530:36:59

Start me at £50 for them, £30 to go. £20, £10 if we have to.

0:36:590:37:05

10 on the net. 10 bid. 2, surely?

0:37:050:37:07

At 10 bid, 12 bid, 15 bid, 15 surely.

0:37:070:37:14

Up to 18. 20 again now. At 18,

0:37:140:37:18

20, anywhere else? 22 now.

0:37:180:37:21

At 22 and five?

0:37:210:37:23

Selling all done at £22.

0:37:230:37:27

Well done. Another solid £12 profit. Thank you very much.

0:37:270:37:31

You are plus £117 overall.

0:37:310:37:34

Now that is what they call a result.

0:37:340:37:36

You'll have to give up your degree and go into antiquing.

0:37:360:37:40

Now, PhDing, forget it.

0:37:400:37:43

Anyway, the answer is don't say a word to the blues, all right? No point in ruining their day.

0:37:430:37:48

So how are you predicting the outcome?

0:37:560:37:58

Are you going thrash them?

0:37:580:38:01

-We hope so.

-We would like to thrash them.

0:38:010:38:03

-We would really like to.

-I think we've some nice items.

0:38:030:38:05

-Yes, I think we have.

-No regrets about what you've bought?

0:38:050:38:08

No, absolutely not.

0:38:080:38:10

First up is the Chinese censor and here it comes.

0:38:100:38:13

Lot 197 Chinese bronze censor or incense burner.

0:38:130:38:18

This is a big deal. This is your big hope.

0:38:180:38:20

What shall we say for this?

0:38:200:38:22

Who's going to start me at, well start me at £100 for it?

0:38:220:38:25

£100, 80 to go then.

0:38:270:38:29

50 bid. 60 now, do I see?

0:38:290:38:32

50 bid, I'll take five if we have to.

0:38:320:38:37

55. 60. And 5? 65.

0:38:370:38:40

Bid 70? 5 now?

0:38:400:38:43

-Keep going.

-80, 85 now.

0:38:430:38:46

90, 5? 95 bid.

0:38:460:38:51

100, 110 now? Surely.

0:38:510:38:54

At £100 we're on the market at £100.

0:38:540:38:57

Last call then, selling at £100.

0:38:570:39:01

Oh, £100, bad luck.

0:39:010:39:02

It never paid off. Minus £50.

0:39:020:39:05

-Oh, heck!

-Now for the knife rests. Here you go.

0:39:050:39:08

Set of six modern silver plated knife rests modelled as foxes.

0:39:080:39:13

£30 anybody? £20, £10? Bid.

0:39:130:39:18

12, 15, 18, 20, 22,

0:39:180:39:25

25, 28 now.

0:39:250:39:27

25 bid. 28 and 30 now.

0:39:270:39:30

32, 35 now.

0:39:300:39:34

38 now. 40. 42 now?

0:39:340:39:41

No. Net buyer has them at 40. Selling this time at £40.

0:39:410:39:46

-That's plus £12.

-I can't believe that.

0:39:460:39:51

Now here comes your plate.

0:39:510:39:53

Good English early 19th century creamware plate.

0:39:530:39:56

Who will start me at £50?

0:39:560:39:59

30 to go, then, surely.

0:39:590:40:01

£20 if we have to?

0:40:010:40:04

£10, surely, nobody wants it.

0:40:040:40:08

Ten, I'm bid.

0:40:080:40:11

12 now, surely. Look at what we're selling,

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-12 anywhere else, maiden bid has it, are we going this time at £10.

-Ooh!

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That is minus £90.

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£90!

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90 smackers.

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Minus £100....

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Not so good that, is it?

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-Minus £128. Just as well it's our money not yours.

-It is!

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That's why they're looking so jolly about it. What are we going to do about the bonus buy then?

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-We're going to have to take it.

-It's all gone terribly wrong so far.

-We better go with it.

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We're going to go with the bonus buy

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and I don't blame you going with the bonus buy cos things are otherwise looking very dire.

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-Very bleak.

-Going with the bonus buy, here it comes.

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19th century pearlware plate in the Chinese island pattern.

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Who's going to start me at £30?

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30? £20 to go, then. £10 to go, then.

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£5? Thank you.

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5, 6, 8, 10, 12,

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-Oh, double figures.

-10 at the back of the room.

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12 anywhere else now? I'll take 11. 11 is the last call.

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We sell then. Gentleman's bid at £10.

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And it's wiped its face.

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No profit, no loss. But no shame either, Jeremy, so that's good.

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-Well done.

-So there we are. Minus £128. There's no point bursting into tears about this.

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Just go out looking terribly confident and don't say a word to those boys.

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No, we won't.

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-Good fun. Thank you.

-Thanks.

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Well, well, well.

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Teams, been chatting?

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-No.

-No talking about the score?

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-Not at all.

-Perhaps that's just as well because there is a chasm between our two teams today.

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Without beating about the bush, I'm afraid the blues are on the wrong side of the chasm.

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LAUGHTER

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-Let's not go into the score!

-No need to say that bit.

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£128, then. If I just leave it at that, as a minus score.

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I've never known such bubbly and enthusiastic people on the wrong side of the chasm.

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See what I mean? You've been fabulous.

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I hope you've had as good a time as you've given us.

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-We've had a brilliant time.

-Thank you very much.

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In adversity, you have taken it all on the chin.

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Thank you very much, blues,

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because the reds are going home with £117 of real money.

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And how you have been able to be mum and not tell these girls about this

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great victory of yours, I don't know really.

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It was quite difficult.

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-I bet it was, Dom. Have you enjoyed it?

-Absolutely.

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-It's been brilliant. Opponents have been great fun as well.

-Yeah, bless their hearts.

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We've had a fabulous time.

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-Join us soon for more bargain hunting, yes?

-Yes!

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