Exeter 23 Bargain Hunt


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Exeter 23

The antiques challenge comes from Exeter, where a rock drummer and a singer try to work up a beat to befuddle two bubbly blondes. With Catherine Southon and Philip Serrell.


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Today, two teams of good friends go head-to-head

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in the ultimate game of bagging bargains.

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No doubt there will be lots of twists and turns,

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so let's go Bargain Hunting! Yeah!

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Today we're at the Devon County Showground

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where there's a vast assortment of antiques and collectables.

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But here is a snippet of what's coming up.

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The reds employ desperate tactics.

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You wouldn't take 50? No. Not 52? No, 55.

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Not 52 and a half? No, 55.

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Not even if... No, you're trying. Not even if I did a tap dance?

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To match, the blues go all-out for a bargain.

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32? No, 35.

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33? 35.

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34? 35!

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But will all that effort produce a profit at auction?

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But that's all still to come. First, let me remind you of the rules.

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Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items

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which they sell later at auction.

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The team that wins is the team that makes the most profit.

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Let's meet the teams.

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On Bargain Hunt today we have two teams of friends.

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For the reds, Gerry and Keith.

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And for the blues, Emma and Soph. Hi, guys. Hello!

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Lovely to see you. Gerry, how did you two become friends?

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We met 11 years ago. I was in a band and we needed a drummer.

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And Keith fitted the bill, so to speak.

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We've been friends ever since.

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We're not in the band any more, but we remained friends.

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Do you still like to sing? I love to. That's what I do for a job.

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I sing all the time. What do you like to sing?

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Anything from Nat King Cole, ZZ Top and, of course, Adele. Very popular.

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You're also a world record holder? I was. Don't be modest!

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A long time ago, five years ago, a group of 12 of us

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did a VersaClimber challenge over a 24-hour period.

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We climbed 210,886 feet in 24 hours.

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But it was beaten, so I'm not a world record holder any more.

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So are you going up a wall, then, rather than Mount Everest?

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It's a piece of equipment which is a long pole and you've got two pedals.

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And two handles.

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And you get on and you go... Thank you!

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We go like that. You don't actually go anywhere, you keep... You stay where you are but make an elevation.

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And you go as fast as you can and as far as you can.

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You must be terribly fit? I was.

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I've put on a few pounds since then! I don't know. Looks OK to me!

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Keith, you're quite a serious music fan, then?

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A professional. A professional session drummer.

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This is my 45th year. I started when I was 15 and I'm 60 now.

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Gosh. And it's inspired a collecting hobby for you, too.

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Yes, I've got a collection of 14 drum kits.

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Are you looking forward to today? Yes, it'll be a good competition. We'll have a good time.

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We look forward to the results. Good luck with that.

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Now, girls.

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Emma, what do you do for a living? Weekdays I work in a fashion shop.

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On Saturdays I work in a BMX and skateboarding shop.

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Can you do this BMX biking yourself? No!

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What about skateboarding? No.

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This is going rather well! How did your interest in antiques come about?

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When me and my twin sister were young, about six or seven,

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my grandma and granddad used to hide the coins granddad collected under various rugs in the house.

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We used to go with a metal detector and find them! Really? What fun! Yes.

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It became a bit tedious for my grandparents, though!

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You wanted to do it every ten minutes!

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Finding cash. Soph, what do you do for a living?

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I've just graduated from university. I currently work in an after-school club.

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Tell me about your middle name. My made-up middle name!

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When I was in school, I was jealous because all my friends had middle names.

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So lied and said it was Apricot and my granddad was an apricot farmer.

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Then the name stuck since. I've just kept it.

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Are you Sophie Apricot or Apricot Sophie? Sophie Apricot.

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Do you ever get Apricot on its own? No. It's a nice name. It's cute.

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Sophie, how do you think you'll get on today?

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I don't know. What we don't have in knowledge, we might make up in enthusiasm!

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That's a very good answer. Thank you.

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Anyway,

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the money moment. £300 apiece. There. You know the rules.

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Your experts await. Off you go, and very, very good luck!

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Hmm. Timothy Apricot Wonnacott.

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Doesn't really do it, does it?

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Escorting our bargain hunters today,

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distinguished expert Philip Serrell with the reds.

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And sassy Catherine Southon will guide the blues.

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Let's see how they get on.

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OK, girls, this is it. £300, one hour.

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Sorry, I can't stop laughing!

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Tell you what, the best plan is to have no plan.

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Open mind. We're with you on that one. I've got an open mind.

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It's got nothing in it! I'm with you all the way there.

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One hour, £300.

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Three things to buy. Are you excited? Yes, very.

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Do you know what you're going to buy? Something odd. Something odd.

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OK.

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Right. Let's get started. I think we should go that way. OK.

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So, two bubbly blondes versus a rock drummer and a record breaker.

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Who would you put your money on?

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Ah. Phil Serrell's spotted some of his favourite porcelain.

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Billy Powell was the best Worcester painter of birds.

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He was fantastic. There was a Walter Powell and a Billy Powell.

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Both signed their works W.Powell. No-one's sure which is which.

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If that came into my sale room, I'd put 80 to £120 as an estimate on it.

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So in my eyes, you'd need to buy that for around the £80 mark

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to show you a cast-iron profit.

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I think that's lovely. Do you like it?

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I can tell from the forest of enthusiasm behind me

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that it's time to swiftly walk on. I don't like it. It's beautifully made.

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I can take rejection. Honestly... I can take it.

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No, I'm not attracted to that at all.

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Sorry. There are some things you can't hide from the camera.

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I'll see you later. Thank you very much. Sorry. It's a no deal!

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I'd say... I love that dog! Which dog? I love that dog.

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Which dog? That dog! It's so cute!

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Let's see how much it is.

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What date is the dog?

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Sweetest thing you've ever seen.

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I think that's nice. Oh. The horse.

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Does that say £1,900? No, no, that's the date!

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Oh! That's the date! Right.

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1900, dear!

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A-hem! Important not to confuse dates and prices, dearie!

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145. Do you love it, Soph? I don't love it... OK.

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I think that's quite dinky. But it's a lot of money at 145.

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It would need to be about 60. Yeah.

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No, I don't think we can haggle that much.

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I like that. Is it 1,400?

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A child's rustic wooden toy priced at £1,900. That would be worth seeing!

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These little Vesta cases have come up massively in value.

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Silver, five years ago, was three quid an ounce.

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Scrap silver is now like £20-odd an ounce.

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So all of a sudden, things like this that used to be 20 quid are now 60 and £70.

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These are lovely. That's not overly dear. Personally,

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I'd leave that alone for auction. Right. There we go.

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You've been told, Keith. I've been told.

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Any of those that you really like?

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I really like that one.

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I really like that. Quite novel.

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It's different, it's smart. It would appeal to more people.

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I think that really is... You say it's 1906? Yep.

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It's a continental piece of silver and it's priced at how much?

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We've got 125 on it. Can we get it under 100?

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We could do 105.

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Would you put that by for us for an hour, if we come back? We can.

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The lady's nodding. Can't guarantee we'll buy it.

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Thank you very much. We've got to be fair. See you later on.

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Come on. Let's go.

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Come on.

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Now, can Sophie and Emma find something to appeal?

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I like this. Can you see that?

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Owls are my favourite things in the whole world!

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We're looking out for owls. I love them. Why do you love owls? They're cute.

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What do you think about the object? It's a tape measure, so you pull it out.

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Yeah. I like his eyes.

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It's really cute. How much?

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I love the feather detail. Yeah. Very pretty.

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I love the feather detail. Yeah. Very pretty.

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What would be your lowest on this, please?

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Do cute owl eyes!

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"Try your cute owl eyes"?

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It would be 35.

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Oh. I don't think so.

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Could we come back? You can do anything you like.

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Would that be OK if we have a potter around?

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Thank you. I do really like it.

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Thank you, sir. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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Shall we head down there? Definitely.

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OK. Both sides have something to think about.

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But I've been browsing, too.

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No Bargain Hunt would be complete without the discovery of a spectacular little box. Like this.

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Don't you think that's beautiful? And very unusual.

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This thing, basically, is made out of a South Sea island shell.

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Now, I'm no conchologist and can't identify precisely which shell this is.

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But originally, its outer surface would have been smooth

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and it would have had lots of brown and pink flecks.

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A bit like a tiger shell.

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Except the box maker that made this

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has very carefully and cunningly

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cut the surface with a series of vertical cuts

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making this radiating series of bands

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which rise from the bottom.

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Indeed, if I open it up, you can see the smooth shell inside

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and it's even more shiny.

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But it's when you come to the foot rim

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that you see something really unusual.

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Instead of that being a solid piece of silver,

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the silversmith has pierced this with an arabesque,

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a complicated series of piercings

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which go to make up meandering foliage.

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It's very unusual.

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So when does it date from?

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At earliest, it might be about 1840 or so. What's it worth?

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Well, here in the fair, it could be yours for £40.

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What might it make elsewhere,

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properly identified and decently catalogued?

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Well, shall we say about 400?

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Now, can our teams find something with equal potential?

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Is it an ashtray? No, it's not. This is quite cool, actually.

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It's a nutcracker. Oh!

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It's in the form of a ship's wheel.

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This is not the sort of thing you'd normally go for.

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I think we've realised maybe cute but functional as well.

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Like the tape measure wasn't just an ornament.

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Problem is, I'm not sure it's of the highest quality.

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Seeing that owl tape measure,

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I'm not going to like anything else as much!

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Oh, I'm sure you will, Emma. Keep at it, girl.

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I love this stuff. It's absolutely fantastic.

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I think it's a sure-fire way to lose money at auction! Yes, I'm not keen.

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I think you could spend 150 quid on something here

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and you could lose serious money.

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It's about cutting down the risks, this bargain hunting.

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We've got to cut down the risks. Yeah.

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So I think we should move on a bit.

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I love this here, Brian Wilshire. That's nice. Yes.

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I sold some Brian Wilshire not long ago and got between 300 and £600 for it. Really?

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It's different. Well, it is.

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To be truthful, when it first came in, I thought it was somebody's A level project!

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Emma and Sophie have come back to something that could measure up.

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I think we're going to have the owl.

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Shake the chap's hand. What did you say? 30? 32.

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Are you happy with that? Yes, I really like it.

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32? That's fine. Thank you.

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So, finally, the blues are off the mark.

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But will their owl tape measure fly at auction?

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The reds have bought nothing. Phil, you have to get them up to speed!

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I think we need to have a bit of a plan and walk a bit quicker! OK! My legs are old!

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Three-quarters of the shopping time has gone and only a single purchase so far.

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But the girls have their eyes on a fancy pen and letter opener.

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What do you think of that? I like it. It doesn't excite me. No.

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It's nice quality and in the original case.

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I'm just thinking about the time.

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What's your best price on that one?

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90?

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It looks continental, so probably French.

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This is silver.

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And ivory.

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And enamel.

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The thing I would say is there's quite a bit of wear. Yeah.

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But it's just unusual to have a nice set like that. I do like it.

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We've got 15 minutes and... Yeah.

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We'll go with it? Can we shake your hand and say yes to 90?

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Oh, she's going for it. I'm worried about the time.

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Do you not want to? It's entirely up to you. It's your call.

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You're passing the blame! What do you think, Emma?

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Can we just think about it for two minutes? Yes.

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We can think about it for two minutes, at £90.

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OK. Is that all right? Thank you. But we need to hurry up.

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Like you said, the condition.

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Yes, blues, you DO need to hurry up!

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But that's nothing compared to the reds. After 50 minutes, they have nothing to show for it.

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I think this fantastic.

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This is from the time of the Napoleonic Wars. It's made from straw on wood.

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You can see the design of it.

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This is a French prisoner of war straw-work box.

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It's got there somewhere between 1790 and 1815.

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Now, I spoke with the man earlier.

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His ticket price is £75. Yes.

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The best price he'll do it for is £60.

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What do you think? Um...

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I can feel enthusiasm waving over me! I like it. Yeah.

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You like it? I like it because of the history.

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I like this one, actually, Phil. You like that one.

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OK. I can sense a solution coming on here.

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You like this one? Why? It's the inlay and just the feel of it.

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You prefer this? Yes. This one is priced at £75.

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That's the ticket price. He may give you a bit off. You can buy both. See who's right!

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Oh, no! Oh, yes!

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Yeah! Oh, no! Yeah. Thank you, Phil.

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Basically, Gerry loves this. Keith loves this.

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So I suggested if they buy both, they can see who's right and who's wrong.

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He needs to talk to you on ticket price. I'm out of this.

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VENDOR: It's got 75 on it, but I'LL do it for 55.

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55. My very best on that.

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You wouldn't take 50? No. Not 52?

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No. 55. Not even 52 and a half?

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No, 55.

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Not even if... No, you're trying, Keith.

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Not even if I did a tap dance? I hate tap dance! And your best price on this one was?

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That one's 60. 60. I just wanted to test you.

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If you buy both, I'll take an extra fiver off.

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So I've got mine to 55. Then it's a totally even battle.

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We'll make a deal there. OK. Thank you. Thank you very much.

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So suddenly the reds have two items.

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And have set up a mini contest between themselves.

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We're going to get the pen. OK. Go and get the pen.

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While the blues run back for the pen set.

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My very best on this is £90.

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I can't do any less than that.

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OK. We will buy it, yes? Yeah. 90. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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Are you happy? Yeah. Good. Happy? Yes.

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We've still got one more thing to buy, ladies. We've got to run off.

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Only minutes left, and Gerry's doing a sprint finish!

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Hello. Hello.

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Hello. You haven't sold that silver match stick holder?

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I'd like to buy it from you if I may, please.

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No, we haven't. Good. I'm out of breath now!

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Brilliant. OK. Well, could I have it please? The price was?

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105. OK. We'll shake on that.

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Yes. Thank you very much. We'll wrap it for you. Thanks.

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Well done, reds. Home and dry.

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But look at the blues.

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No time to dither, girls!

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We are looking for our last piece. We want the most beautiful piece of silver at a beautiful price.

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Spoons? Enamelled spoons?

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I like them. Can they be really especially cheap?

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Please? Please.

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Please, please, please?

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We've got 85. Birmingham. 1919.

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Blues. Yes. Blue for the blue team.

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Yes, in a little presentation case.

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The thing is these aren't the easiest things to sell

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unless this lovely chap will give us a reasonable price on them.

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The condition is very good. Yes. I can do the very best at £45.

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Could you do 30? Please? Please?

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Say please, breeze.

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Can we agree on 35?

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32. No, 35.

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33. 35.

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34. 35.

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35 it is.

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Are you happy? I have to be. You tried hard.

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Yeah, that's fine. We haven't got any time anyway, so yeah.

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I'm not worried. Happy? Yeah. Happy.

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Happy. As long as we're happy.

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So, in the nick of time, the blues agreed on their third purchase.

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Phew!

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Right, that's it. No more time left to shop.

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But before we give the experts the leftover lolly,

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let's check out what the red team have bought.

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Gerry sang the praises of a prisoner of war straw-work box at £55.

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Keith drummed up enthusiasm for a marquetry box at the same price.

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And the reds sprinted home with a silver box shaped like a shirt

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at 105. Let's hope they don't lose theirs!

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Has that reached resolution with those boxes? Who's going to win?

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I'll definitely win. I'll win, Phil. No, I've got history in mine. No, but...

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Is there an argument here? Mine's bigger! I beg your pardon?

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Listen, how much did you spend all round?

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£215. 215. Who's got the £85?

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I have. £85. Thank you very much, Keith.

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Which is your favourite piece? I like the silver match holder.

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Do you? Yes. And you, Gerry? Same. I really like that. What are you arguing about?

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The boxes, Tim. It's the size of them. I want to win.

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And yours is bigger. It is. I see. OK.

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But mine is older. Yours is older. More history.

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So you think yours will bring a profit. I hope so. We'll see.

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We will. That's the lovely thing about going to auction.

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I'm keeping well away from the boxing match. Very sensible. Spend your £85 wisely!

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Good luck. Meanwhile, let's check out what the blue team bought.

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Emma pulled out a 1930s tape measure

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with owl eyes for £32.

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Sophie drew up a 1920s cased French pen and paper-knife set for £90.

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And the girls completed their trio with six silver teaspoons

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that cost them 35.

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Emma and Sophie, are you happy, girls? Yes. A bit frantic.

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I mean three beauties all together. Amazing, isn't it?

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Which is your favourite piece?

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The owl tape measure. Do you agree, Sophie? Yes, it's cute and weird.

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Will it bring the biggest profit? I don't think so, but maybe.

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Life's like that, isn't it? Yeah.

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How much did you spend all round?

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£157. 157.

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Then I would like, please, £143 of leftover lolly.

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Thank you. There you go, Catherine. What are you going to spend it on?

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I'm going to buy something beautiful and stylish like these lovely ladies.

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Ooh, you're such a one, you are!

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Anyway, good luck. Good luck, girls.

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Do you know, I feel a bit of a castle coming on!

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Sherborne Castle, actually.

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It was built originally by Sir Walter Raleigh in the late 16th century.

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It houses an assortment of treasures and some breathtaking furniture

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including pieces created from a fascinating catalogue,

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a craftsman's bible.

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By the middle of the 18th century, the firm Ince and Mayhew

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were set to rival the great Thomas Chippendale.

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Because in 1762, they brought out their own design book

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and here we've got an original 1762 edition of that.

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It was called The Universal System of Household Furniture.

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Look how beautifully a firm like Ince and Mayhew went about advertising their wares.

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If I flip through the design book itself, you can see

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the sheer variety of these 300 designs.

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All manner of objects could be produced by Ince and Mayhew themselves

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or, if you were an aristocratic property owner,

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and you fancied one of these pieces and didn't want to use Ince and Mayhew,

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you'd simply buy the design book and give it to your local cabinet maker

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and say, "Make me one like this."

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If I flip to this particular page,

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there's a piece of furniture that's of particular interest to us today at Sherborne Castle.

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What we have here is a ladies' dressing table,

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two varieties of that type of dressing table.

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They each have a hinged folding top

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and the one on the right has a rising rectangular mirror.

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Just take a look at that a bit closer.

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Yes, you're right, we have got in the house

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the almost matching ladies' dressing table.

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I say almost matching, because there are a few differences

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from Ince and Mayhew's drawing.

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This one doesn't have the fancy decoration on the legs

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that the drawing book shows.

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Nor has it got the elaborate pierced gallery

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going around the platform.

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But it has got identical rectangular hinged flaps.

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It has got the fitted pigeon holes and compartments

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that ladies would have used for their powder and rouge.

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And it has got, of course, the all-important hinged central mirror,

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so vital to a dressing table.

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What I love is the way that these hinged sides neatly fold in together

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to give you a useful rectangular work surface as well.

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But how do you tell in a market or sale room

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that you've come across a piece of Ince and Mayhew furniture

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if you haven't actually got the drawing book with you?

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Well, there are some signature elements to Ince and Mayhew.

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Apart from the normally very high quality to the cabinet work itself,

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it's the veneered surfaces which are important.

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If you look at this veneered frieze running round the outside,

0:25:530:25:56

you see it's got all this vertical grain,

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almost in sticks,

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which is a bit odd-ball.

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It's repeated again in the top.

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And the timber that Ince and Mayhew seemed to favour

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is yew wood.

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The big question today is, over at the auction,

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rather than Ince and Mayhew, is it going to be instant mayhem?

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I'm looking forward to today's auction, bargain hunters.

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But first, let's get the auctioneer's opinion on our teams' lots.

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At 120 it is. Do I see 130 anywhere?

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At £120. All done.

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We've trotted from Exeter in Devon to Bridgwater in Somerset,

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to be at Tamlyn's Auction House with Claire Rawle. Good morning!

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Good morning! Lovely to see you. First up,

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a novelty silver box cast with a shirt,

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apparently from 1906.

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But unfortunately from 1965!

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It's not 1906? No, it's got a modern mark on it.

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Oh. Hmm. What's it, as a reproduction, worth?

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30 to £40. Uh-oh! It's quite heavy. Yes.

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Quite decorative. Yes. But no age.

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But not £105?

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No. No. No. Right.

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That's not so good. What about the Napoleonic straw work box and cover?

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Well, it's lost its colour. It's a fairly standard design. Nothing very unusual on it.

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When they're in good nick,

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all those straws are coloured very brightly. Wonderful colours.

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Greens and reds, and all the different yellows and oranges.

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They did the most intricate designs on them, beautiful designs.

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That's a more standard vase of flowers. Oh, dear!

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How much for that? 30 to 50. Not too bad.

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They paid 55. Oh, well. Not bad. Getting closer!

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Now, this is rather a magnificent little box, isn't it?

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It's very attractive. It's beautifully worked. I like it.

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But the only problem I felt was if you look at the lid rather carefully,

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it looks as if somebody's been drawing on top of it. It's gouged.

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Yes, it's got quite deep marks in it.

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I think it will put people off. It put me off. What a pity!

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Otherwise, it's very fine. How much? 20 to 40.

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OK. £55 paid. Overall,

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what with the silver box and all,

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they'll need their bonus buy. Let's go and have a look.

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Now, Gerry, Keith. Are you looking forward to this? Yes, Tim.

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If you had a guess, just looking at that rag, what P.Serrell spent your £85 on?

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He's such a tease, Philip. Here it comes. Here we go.

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Yes.

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Bet you didn't guess it was that! No. I think it's really nice.

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It's very nice. It is. Very nice. What is it?

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"It's nice, but what is it?"!

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What is it? I love that, Gerry.

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It's a little 19th-century gilt figure of, the guy said, the harbourmaster or postmaster.

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He's a nice little figure.

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It was only 14 quid. £14. £14. It's got a bit of weight. Is it heavy?

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Got a bit of weight, there. Has it got a hole on its bottom?

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Yes, it has got a hole. What did it do? Where's it come from?

0:29:090:29:12

Has it been stuck on something?

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How long have we got?

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She's quite full-on, isn't she? But there is a hole. I've no idea what it's off or where it's from.

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But I thought it was really sweet. I do like it. Good.

0:29:220:29:25

He's very smart. I'm not overly fond of it. You're not?

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But we've been against each other all the time so it's no surprise that you don't like it and I do!

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One out of two is a result! I do.

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Thank you. Well, you've heard the prediction.

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For you at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about it.

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Isn't that nicely cast?

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It's actually very decorative and got some good colouring to it.

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I think it might be more commercial if it was a pretty lady. Yes.

0:29:500:29:55

I see your point there.

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Could be sort of 1830s, 1840s, couldn't it?

0:29:580:30:01

Yes, I think it has got age to it.

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Fortunately, it hasn't been polished or stripped. It's still got all its natural colours.

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How much? 15 to 25.

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OK. That cunning monkey Philip Serrell only paid £14, so that's good. Now,

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that's it for the reds. Now for the blues.

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Their first item is the tape measure that has the look of Woolworths about it, to me!

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It is a little cheaply made. But it has got an owl on it!

0:30:230:30:27

Owls are quite popular. That's a saving grace.

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And it's a tape measure, a collectable item.

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But no great quality in the making of it.

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How much?

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Ten to 20. £32. OK.

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Emma loved it. She'll have to dream up an excuse if it only makes a fiver!

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OK. Next is the lilac enamelled pen set.

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It's a very attractive item.

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It would have been more attractive had it not been damaged.

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Unfortunately, the enamel on the paper knife... That front edge.

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Yes, quite a bit of damage to it.

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And there isn't a lot you can do about that. OK.

0:31:010:31:04

The pen's nice, though.

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Is the pen worth £90 on its own? No. No.

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What do you think the combo's worth?

0:31:090:31:11

Thirty to fifty. OK. Well, they paid 90.

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So that could be a bit nasty.

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And the six spoons.

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Their saving grace is they've got some enamel on them.

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Yes, they have, but unfortunately, same thing applies,

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there is damage to those as well. I thought at first the enamel was graded in colour.

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But if you look closer to the bowl of the spoon, the enamel's come out.

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What are they worth? £35 to 50.

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OK. 35 to 50 is a nice estimate

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because they only paid £35.

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So that's our only ray of hope, really.

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But whether it's enough to help them out on the pen set is another matter.

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So let's go and have a look at the bonus buy.

0:31:510:31:53

Now, Soph, Emms, you gave the girl £143 of leftover lolly.

0:31:540:32:00

What has she blown it on? Catherine?

0:32:000:32:02

Well, I have bought you two girls...

0:32:020:32:04

..an hors d'oeuvres dish.

0:32:050:32:07

Wow. What is it?

0:32:070:32:09

An hors d'oeuvres dish for putting your nuts and bits in. It's sweet.

0:32:090:32:13

It is quite sweet. It's pretty.

0:32:130:32:15

Have a feel. And it's rather nice quality.

0:32:150:32:17

It's chrome, frosted-glass, Bakelite.

0:32:170:32:20

I like it. Yeah. How much did you spend?

0:32:200:32:22

Ooh, about a hundred and...

0:32:220:32:24

£17, I spent, in total.

0:32:250:32:28

£117?! £17 in total.

0:32:280:32:31

£17.

0:32:310:32:33

Are all these bits of glass in good nick? Absolutely.

0:32:330:32:36

All individual dishes. Look at that.

0:32:360:32:39

Look at them. Love them. I think they're beautiful.

0:32:390:32:42

Like it, Emma? I really like it. I like it.

0:32:420:32:45

You don't love it! I don't LOVE it.

0:32:450:32:47

You don't love it? No. You don't.

0:32:470:32:49

I... But, yeah.

0:32:490:32:51

You feel that. That's beautifully made. It's glass. None of this plastic nonsense.

0:32:510:32:56

What sort of period are we talking? Are we talking 1930s, Catherine?

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I would say so. 1930s.

0:33:000:33:02

For £17, I think that is a bargain.

0:33:020:33:05

That should definitely make a profit.

0:33:050:33:08

OK. Happy, girls? Yes, very. Any other information you'd like?

0:33:080:33:12

How much do you think it'll make? Hopefully. You're putting me on the spot!

0:33:120:33:16

Good for you. Good for you.

0:33:160:33:18

Profit-wise, it should make £10.

0:33:190:33:21

OK. We trust you. Do you?

0:33:210:33:24

So sweet! For the audience at home, let's see what the auctioneer thinks about Catherine's Deco dish.

0:33:260:33:32

Would you like a little nut?

0:33:330:33:35

Oh, that's terribly kind of you!

0:33:350:33:37

Not at all. Or a gherkin or a pickled onion?

0:33:370:33:40

That's all there, isn't it? Yes. Yes, indeed.

0:33:400:33:42

Very useful if you wanted to put out your hors d'oeuvres.

0:33:420:33:46

I don't think it's seen a lot of use.

0:33:460:33:48

It's the only thing that might deter people from buying it. I'm not sure people would use them.

0:33:480:33:54

Oh, right. You could put it on your desk with paper clips in!

0:33:540:33:58

You could. In between eating your nuts! You could.

0:33:580:34:01

I don't know. It's got some style to it anyway. I like the Deco feel to it.

0:34:010:34:06

Do you reckon it'll sell all right?

0:34:060:34:08

I did put five to ten on it. How much?

0:34:080:34:10

Five to ten. Is that all? Yes, I was a bit mean with it.

0:34:100:34:13

You might have been a bit mean with that.

0:34:130:34:15

Catherine paid £17 and she really rates it. Yeah.

0:34:150:34:20

It might make 20 or 30. Yes, it might catch someone's eye.

0:34:200:34:24

Yes, let's hope so.

0:34:240:34:25

Indeed. Yes, indeed!

0:34:250:34:27

So, Gerry, Keith. Excited?

0:34:360:34:39

Yes. Look at it. Crowded out, this room.

0:34:390:34:42

It's got a lovely buzz. It's nice.

0:34:420:34:44

Are you nervous at all, Keith? No.

0:34:440:34:46

Good. You, Gerry? I know we've done well.

0:34:460:34:48

You're going to do well. Yeah. Lovely.

0:34:480:34:51

What about you, Gerry? I'm excited, but I'm a little worried.

0:34:510:34:55

Are you? Worried, Philip. Anything you're particularly worried about?

0:34:550:34:59

I'm worried that my box won't make more than Keith's box.

0:34:590:35:02

If his box makes more than mine, I'll never hear the end of it.

0:35:020:35:06

I'm more bullish, to be frank, about your box than yours, Gerry.

0:35:060:35:10

Thank you, Tim! But we do have a problem with the match case.

0:35:100:35:13

£105. Because she's found the hallmark isn't 1906, it's 1965.

0:35:130:35:19

Anyway, her estimate is 30 to £40.

0:35:190:35:21

The first lot up is that silver box, and here it comes.

0:35:210:35:26

Lot 138 is this little silver hinged box in the form of a shirt.

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There we are. Import marks on it. Lot 138.

0:35:320:35:34

And I start straight in.

0:35:340:35:36

I have got £40 on it. At £40. Do I see five anywhere?

0:35:360:35:40

Bid's with me at 40. At £40. Now five.

0:35:400:35:43

45. £50. Now five?

0:35:430:35:45

No. At 50, the bid's with me.

0:35:450:35:47

At £50, then. All done? Selling here with me at £50.

0:35:470:35:51

£50. Minus 55.

0:35:510:35:53

Ouch! Now, here comes the straw-work box.

0:35:530:35:56

Lot 139 is the Napoleonic prisoner of war straw-work box.

0:35:560:36:01

Straw box. Start me away this time. What can I say?

0:36:010:36:05

£20 anywhere for it, please.

0:36:050:36:06

Napoleonic box. £20.

0:36:060:36:09

All the straw-work. £20?

0:36:090:36:11

Nobody?

0:36:110:36:12

£10, then. Ten I have here. At £10. Do I see 12 anywhere?

0:36:120:36:17

Bid's at ten. At £10.

0:36:170:36:19

12.

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15. 18. 20.

0:36:200:36:22

No?

0:36:220:36:23

Are you sure? At £20. At 20 here, then.

0:36:230:36:27

At £20. Now two.

0:36:270:36:28

At £20 it's going to sell.

0:36:280:36:30

Are you all done? Selling then at 20.

0:36:300:36:32

Bad luck, sweet pea. Minus £35.

0:36:320:36:34

Lot 140 is this very decorative continental marquetry box.

0:36:340:36:39

Lot 140. Start me away this time at £20, please.

0:36:390:36:42

£20. Nice marquetry box. £20?

0:36:420:36:45

£20? Anyone, £20?

0:36:450:36:48

Thank you. 20 I have.

0:36:480:36:49

At £20. Jokesville! £20. Five anywhere?

0:36:490:36:52

Bid's there at 20. At £20. Now five.

0:36:520:36:54

At £20 it is, then. All done? It's going to a maiden bid of £20.

0:36:540:36:58

Both exactly the same!

0:36:580:37:01

Minus 35! Well, it's fair.

0:37:010:37:03

There's no shame. You're not walking.

0:37:030:37:06

Nobody is carping on in the car with you lot! No.

0:37:060:37:09

An identical score on your boxes. Brilliant for that.

0:37:090:37:12

Just sadly it's a minus number. So that's 70. That means minus 125.

0:37:120:37:17

What are you going to do, pray, about the bonus buy?

0:37:170:37:21

£14 bonus buy. I don't think we've got any option. No.

0:37:210:37:24

Thanks, Philip, we'll go with this.

0:37:240:37:27

I doubt it'll make 120 quid or whatever it is! Thank you.

0:37:270:37:31

You're going with it. I don't blame you.

0:37:310:37:34

Have a punt. You're a great team. Here's Phil's standing figure.

0:37:340:37:38

Lot 144. This mid-19th century cast and gilded figure.

0:37:380:37:43

Possibly of a harbourmaster or postmaster.

0:37:430:37:46

A bearded gentleman in a tail coat.

0:37:460:37:48

What can I say for this one, then? £10 anywhere?

0:37:480:37:51

Ten I have. At £10. At ten.

0:37:510:37:53

£10 it is. Do I see 12 now anywhere?

0:37:530:37:57

12. 15.

0:37:570:37:58

No. Took 15 in the alcove. At £15.

0:37:580:38:01

18 anywhere?

0:38:010:38:03

At 15 it's going to be. All done. Selling at 15.

0:38:030:38:06

All done. Wa-hey! Woo!

0:38:060:38:08

Plus one pound. That's great.

0:38:080:38:10

Which reduces the overall problem to £124.

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I'm going to give up, I think.

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I feel like George Osborne trying to reduce the deficit here!

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But there we go.

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£125. Equals minus 124.

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All right? Which could be a winning score.

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So, girls, have you been chatting to the reds?

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No. So you don't know how well they've done? No.

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Or how badly they've done! OK. Hopefully!

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So first up is the owl tape measure. Here it comes.

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160 is the little tape measure.

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With the face of an owl on one side. Lot 160.

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I have to start this one at £20.

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20. 22. 25.

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28. In the alcove at 28. 30, anywhere?

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At £28 it is, then. At 28.

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All sure? Selling, then, at £28.

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To-wit, to-woo!

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That's minus £4.

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That's not so bad. Better than we thought!

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Lot 161.

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The little cased lilac enamelled paper-knife and matching pencil.

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Lot 161.

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And I start this one away. I've got £55. At 55.

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Do I see 60 in the room? The bid's with me at 55.

0:39:280:39:31

Oh, no. At 55. 55 it's going to be, then.

0:39:310:39:34

All sure in the room? It's going to my bidder at £55.

0:39:340:39:37

I don't believe it. £55. That is just terrible.

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55. Such a shame! So it's minus 35.

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OK. Now the teaspoons.

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Lot 162. The set of six silver teaspoons in a case.

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Birmingham 1919.

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Start me away this time, please.

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£20 anywhere for the teaspoons? 20 I have. At £20.

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22. 25. 28. 30.

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32. No.

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Back of the room at £32. At 32. Now five anywhere?

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All done. Selling then at 32. So close!

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At £32. You're minus three pounds on that.

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38 and four is 42. Minus 42.

0:40:130:40:17

That's just the pits. I could burst into tears. But let's not cry.

0:40:170:40:21

Let's decide whether to go with the bonus buy or not. Yes. Yeah.

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You're going to do it for £17.

0:40:240:40:26

That's a decision. Yeah. OK, fine.

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I think it's a brilliant dish.

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I think Catherine is very clever to find that for £17.

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We trust Catherine. Another day, another place, I see that 40 to £50, no trouble.

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What's going to happen today, though, is anybody's bet!

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You've made your decision. We shall find out. Here's the hors d'oeuvre dish.

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Lot 166 is the Art Deco hors d'oeuvre dish.

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A nice little chrome, glass and Bakelite one.

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Lot 166. Start me away. What can I say for it?

0:40:560:40:59

£10 anywhere? Stylish little thing.

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£10? £10 anywhere?

0:41:010:41:04

They're a mean lot, aren't they?

0:41:040:41:07

£5, then?

0:41:070:41:09

Five at the back of the room. £5. Do I see eight anywhere? At five.

0:41:090:41:13

At £5 now. Eight?

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At £5 it is, then. All done?

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Selling at the back at five.

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That was very quick. £5.

0:41:180:41:21

Well, got to keep the record up.

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Minus 12. That means you are minus £54.

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But that might be a winning score.

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It could be a winning score. Don't despair. Don't talk to the reds.

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Not a word.

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Well, well, well, well, well.

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When things go badly, they sure go badly, don't they?

0:41:450:41:48

Teams, have you been chatting to one another? No. Just as well.

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We've got monumental losses.

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One team has made nearly twice as many losses as the other.

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And that team is the reds!

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Yay! Your end score is minus 124.

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Which is pretty hot stuff, I have to say.

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You were, however, redeemed by your expert and his bonus buy

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because that made a profit... It did! ..of one pound!

0:42:100:42:14

Thank you, Philip. You can walk away from this feeling great!

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But minus 125 was the score before the pound came along so you're minus 124.

0:42:180:42:23

Had a good time? I've had a lovely time, thank you. Had a great time.

0:42:230:42:27

Don't give up the day job.

0:42:270:42:30

The blues have won by losing £54.

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Yay! Yay! Yeah.

0:42:320:42:34

Who says that youth versus experience doesn't sometimes win out?

0:42:340:42:38

That's what's happened. We're shocked. Can't believe we won!

0:42:380:42:43

That's rather lovely, then.

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So what's been the high moment for you?

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The actual auction. Yeah, I liked the auction. Never been to one before. It's fun.

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Well, they're not all as bad as this when it comes to the end result!

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Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes? Yes!

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Bargain Hunt comes from Exeter. The red team are a rock drummer and a singer who try to work up a beat to befuddle two bubbly blondes in blue. Expertise comes from Philip Serrell and Catherine Southon.

Tim Wonnacott pops over to Sherbourne Castle in Dorset to look at a fascinating Ince and Mayhew furniture pattern book and a fine example of one of their classic designs.