The teams descend on the Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors Fair. A professional swimmer and his grandmother team up with expert Nick Hall and bump into a past team.
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Gosh! Is it that time of day already? Let's go bargain hunting!
It's a generation game today
here at the Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors Fair.
I just hope we're not teaching a grandmother how to suck eggs.
'Yes, today we're in Scotland
'and raring to sniff out the best bargains in Edinburgh are a grandson and grandma.'
-It suits you, Jean.
-And it matches the sparkle in your eye.
'A mother and a daughter team.'
-Oh, that's lovely!
-Are you a fan?
'Then we head west to Glasgow. But will either team find their fortune under the hammer of Anita Manning?'
Any advance on £60? If you can't afford diamonds,
this is the nearest you'll get to it.
'But before we do all that, let's meet the teams.'
Hi, everybody. Lovely to see you.
So, we have got here Billy and Jean.
The grandson-grandma combo from heaven. I love them.
-So why did you decide, Billy, to link up with your grandma?
-Well, we live quite close together
so we spend a lot of time with each other.
I think with my youthful spirit and her wisdom, we make a good team.
Ah. So this is a tactical alliance.
-Across the generations.
-Billy, you're a student, but you've got an additional passion.
I was a competitive swimmer for about ten years and gave up last year and now I'm coaching.
You're very modest about our achievements as a professional swimmer.
So give us some statistics.
I was ranked top 50 in the world for a number of events so, yeah, it was good.
-Well, that's pretty cool.
-Yeah, it's good fun.
-But it involves, presumably, endless training.
That was a problem, 28 hours a week at peak time.
-It's just really too much to fit everything else in.
-It takes up a bit of the social life.
-Cuts down on the drinking time.
And when you're a student, you've got to enjoy that side life.
When you spend so much time in the water... If I spend more than eight minutes in the bath, to go crinkly.
How does it work for you guys doing all this practising in the pool?
You just turn into a prune pretty much, yeah.
I think you'll do swimmingly today. Jean, do you have an interest in antiques?
-It says here that you like your Royal Crown Derby.
-Yes, I do. And Royal Doulton and Wedgewood.
Will you two be able to agree what you're going to buy today, Jean?
-We'll compromise, put it that way.
-We never argue, do we?
-No, never argue. I'll just follow her lead.
Would you be going for more of the Victorian ornament
and you perhaps something modern or what?
Actually, I prefer Victorian stuff, as well.
A bit that's got something hidden inside it.
So if there's any items like that, definitely go for them.
A box with a sovereign hidden inside?
-Exactly. That sort of thing, yeah.
-I think they're going to be cunning enough.
-Now for the Blues, Shona and Eileen. Welcome.
-Tell us about your family, Shona.
-Well, we're kind of opposites
but we're all very creative.
My eldest daughter and my ex-husband are very clever
and Eileen and I are more creative.
But they're more into music and we're more into the art and design side of things.
-So would you say you're quite practical in your creativity?
I like to do landscapes and I do still lifes
and at the moment I'm doing a portrait, a double portrait
-of my girlfriend's grandchildren.
-So, Eileen, you're also artistic.
-Do you paint, too?
No, no. I have done jewellery classes, jewellery-making classes.
When I was younger, I used to make my own clothes.
-And I really love gourmet cooking. I think my creative side comes out in that
-cos you get the pleasure of eating it, as well.
-And give so much pleasure to others!
-Exactly! It's a win-win situation.
-But you love a bit of live music.
-Yes, I do. I love going to live gigs.
Glasgow's a great place to go and see them.
-I did say if I won the lottery, I would go to live music every night if I could.
What I love about coming to Scotland is that you get this great divide between the Glaswegians
-and the Edinburgh folks.
-We have an east and west divide!
We're shopping in Edinburgh but we're selling in Glasgow.
And the Reds come from Edinburgh
but you're going to have to go to Glasgow to do your selling, all of which is absolutely fascinating.
Anyway, now the money moment. Here's your £300.
You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go! And very, very, very good luck.
Ooh, I say, Glasgow meets Edinburgh.
A battle royal.
'And which experts will be guiding our teams today?
'Well, Reds Billy and Jean
'are being led by their very own man in the mirror, Nick Hall.'
-What are the tactics today?
-Well, I think, if we would buy it, hopefully someone else would buy it.
-Something unusual, quirky?
-Unusual and quirky works well.
Let's get stuck in. Come on.
'Hoping to bowl over the Blues is the one and only Jeremy Lamond.'
-Art Deco. Glass.
I can see a lot of Art Deco and ceramics over there
-so shall we go that way?
'So, both teams have a plan of sorts.
'Let's see if they stick to it. Yeah, right.
'Start those stopwatches, crew.'
-What about this large forklift?
-If you get that for 50, it'd be all right.
That's a spoon and a half, isn't it?
-Goodness me, look at that.
-You'd need a big mouth.
-Do people drink in Scotland at all?
-No, not really.
I'm not very keen on buying stuff if it's not got a price on it.
You want the profit. Show me the money. I know.
'Now, Shona wanted some Art Deco glass.'
-These are nice.
-What have you found?
-Now, that's nice.
-There's three of them.
-There's four of them.
-Oh, they're gorgeous.
They are chromium-plate, not silver.
-There's no silver mark on there.
-But that's engine-turned, is it not?
-This is foil-back Guilloche enamel.
-I love that design and the colour and the different shapes are beautiful, as well.
-Isn't it, yeah?
This one's got a wee bit of a crack at the top.
If you've got any problems with the enamel, it's really a no-no in terms of sale.
We could ask how much they are, so that we know.
-What's the price?
-The price is £75 but I'll do it for 45.
Well, I suppose that makes it £10 a piece.
-And they are damaged, so yes.
-Oh, thank you very much! That's wonderful!
-Just don't make too much money.
'Blimey! You don't waste any time, girls!'
-Well done, ladies. Four minutes in. All to play for.
-So we'll finish after 10, do you think?
'And Shona's stuck to her plan of buying some Art Deco glass with item number one.
'Now, Jean said she was looking for something quirky.'
This is something that's quite in vogue at the minute.
Post-war Scandinavian design. And this is a Danish dish.
It's Royal Copenhagen
-and it's from their Fajance range. This'll be 1970s.
I mean, that's sort of fashionable at the moment.
Very much so, yeah. I mean, at £60, I don't know if there's much profit left in it.
I think it's the sort of thing at auction you'd see with a £40 to £60 estimate.
I mean, there's a whole load of this sort of stuff on the stall.
It might be that we can find something else with more of a profit margin left in it.
'Nice try, Nick. I think you talked yourself out of that one.'
Aw, that's quite cute!
-The pussycat in the mirror.
-A bit dear.
-9 is more like it.
A bit of Carlton Ware for £15.
-Here's to ye. £15?
-With a Scottish theme at a Scottish saleroom?
-I don't know.
It could be rare, that. If you don't like it, you don't like it.
I'd rather leave it. But I'll think about it.
That £200 goes back on the shelf.
'You wish, Jeremy. The Reds have spotted another unusual-looking item.'
-That's a nice piece of decorative art.
-It is nice.
-Ceramic. I suspect this is Amphora, is it?
-Yes, it is. It's Austrian Amphora.
Very typical of these 1920s ceramics.
It's erring towards the Art Deco period
with these lovely enamels on there.
And then they're sat next to this very matted glaze, as well,
-so it's a nice contradiction.
-For me, having this stork on there is nice.
-I think that's something you could see someone buying.
-It looks to be in good condition. I can't see...
-There's no nicks on it.
-Is these any restoration?
-Why are you biting it?
-I'm just checking for restoration.
When ceramics are restored and they're reglazed, you get a softness
and it's hard to pick up with your fingertips,
but you'll get a grittiness and the softness will pick up on your teeth.
-But that seems to be all right, I think.
-What sort of money?
-£45, it's not...
-You can't go too wrong with that.
Is there any movement?
-I'll do it for 40.
-£40. That's fantastic.
-I think, for your first buy, we like it
-and you were saying if we like it, someone else will buy it.
I think for 40 quid, you've got a chance with that.
-Can you give the man the money.
-Thank you very much.
'And the Reds have a bird in the hand with their first buy.'
-We've only used eight minutes. We're well on track.
-Plenty of time to browse.
'Famous last words.'
These are from the Great Exhibition in Glasgow.
Without knowing anything about it, what would you pay for it?
Probably about £20.
-OK. So how much is it?
-70 for the pair.
You might get another knowledgeable dealer that will buy it but that's the risk you take.
'So, lessons in bargain hunting from Mr Lamond.
-'I hope you were listening at the back there.'
'OK, class over. Let's see if you can put that into practise.'
-Oh, that's lovely!
-Are you a fan?
-Oh, yes! THEY LAUGH
-You're a gardener, though, aren't you?
-Oh, I think it's beautiful!
It's different, isn't it? It's very difficult to know whether it's particularly old,
but it's following the Japanese aesthetic movement. And you like it. That's the point.
-You like it.
-I think it's wonderful.
-You like the fans.
-And it's practical, as well.
-It is practical. You can imagine three pots of beautiful geraniums on that.
-Yeah, it's wonderful.
-How much is that?
-It's a possibility, isn't it?
-Would you take 40 for it?
-All right, I'll take 40.
-Thank you! That's wonderful! Thank you very much!
'So, no messing about there. Shona knows what she likes and that's two items in the bag.'
You just never know when you come to these places
exactly what you're going to find.
Did I think this morning when I walked into this hall
that I was going to find a grand piano?
"Where?" you might ask.
"Here," I would say. Look at that.
Isn't that the most perfect miniature grand piano you ever did see?
All made out of filigree work.
Now, filigree work is simply
extremely fine little curlicues of solid silver wire
wrought expertly into all sorts of shapes and objects.
If you look at the detail on this grand piano,
it is extraordinary.
And that cover, effectively the cover on the top of the grand piano,
hinges open like that.
Apart from being very decorative,
I think this thing had a possible practical purpose.
Within the hinged cover, you could've secured a solid piece of scent
and this thing, with its perforations all over,
would've had the effect of a room freshener.
Dating from the 1860s to 1880s.
What's it worth? Well, you can buy it here in the fair for £35,
which is not expensive.
I mean, just look at all the work that's been involved in making it.
What would I expect it to make in a specialist sale?
Something like £150 to £200
should strike the right note.
-These are quite fun.
-Oh, they're nice.
These were made in the Georgian period.
The top will lift up. The snuff would go in there
and the gentleman would take a pinch, as you do about your daily business.
What's the best that could be?
58 would be my best price.
I quite like it. I just think it's whether it'll make a profit or not. That could be the difficult bit.
'Billy's got his thinking cap on, or should I say swimming cap?'
-Oh, I love that tea set.
-That's very nice.
-What's the maker?
-George Logan is the designer.
-A Scottish designer.
-See, I love that.
-Do you like that?
-That's the Glasgow rose.
-Yeah. How much is this?
-I've got £150 on it.
-No. It's lovely, though.
Now, this is pretty.
-It's very pretty.
-Isn't that nice?
-Stands out a lot.
-Very stylish, isn't it?
-It is, it's lovely.
It's made of glass, but it's what they call malachite glass.
-It's meant to simulate the stone malachite.
-It's very Art Deco.
How much do you think a piece like this could go at auction for?
With Art Deco collectors, the market is quite buoyant at the minute
and that's a really stylish thing.
That would be comfortable at somewhere in the £50 to £80 mark.
-How much is it?
-It's the high end of that.
At the moment it is, yeah, but maybe we could work some magic on the stall holders.
-What's your best price?
-The very best price I can do is 60.
-I can't come down any lower than that.
I think you've got a chance with that, cos that would appeal to a lot of buyers.
And if you both like it...
-And you can afford it, we've got plenty of money left.
It's a sweet little thing. But it's up to you two.
I think people would buy that at auction. I think people would go and buy that. Do you want to go for it?
-We'll go for this, thank you.
-Yep, go for it.
'A considered approach there by Billy and Jean
'who both fancy their chances on their second purchase.
'Now, who's this?'
-We've been on Bargain Hunt, my friend Effie and I.
-And we've just met Tim.
-So have you come to give us some pearls of wisdom?
-How did you get on when you did it?
-We won... BOTH: £252!
We could do with some of your luck, I think.
-Do you want to rub me for luck?
-Ohh, there we go!
'Yes, rub some luck off those lovely ladies! It can't do any harm.'
-It's topaz, isn't it?
-Is it not amber?
-It is amber, you're right.
-It's nice. The silver detail's lovely.
£45. A wee bit dear.
19th century, Indian, hand-engraved. A spice container.
-British Army shell in the Days of the Raj.
-That's pretty cool.
The damage is bothering me.
It's a big old lump all right, isn't it?
These are plate and they're modern reproductions.
All right to use at home, but you ain't going to get a bean in the saleroom.
'It seems their borrowed luck isn't helping the Reds track down that third elusive item.
'Time is ticking by. There's only 15 minutes left, Blues.'
-This is Royal Crown Derby.
-It's in the Imari palette.
-Which is a Japanese design, underglazed blue, iron red and gilding.
It's taken from a Japanese design shipped from the port of Imari
and it was copied by British potters in the 18th and 19th century
and was taken on in a big way by Royal Crown Derby.
-And that's what you've got here.
-You do know it's damaged just at the end there?
-Oh, so it is.
-That could be easily glued in.
-Yeah, but once you start with damaged porcelain...
-It's only £23.
If we had it for 15, that would be worth a go.
-Cos you've got the little box.
-Yeah, I like it. I think it's lovely.
-But it is a bit damaged, so...
-Shall we try to get some money off it?
-You want a bit of money off it.
'It's time to step up the plate, Eileen.'
-It is damaged. What would be your best price?
-I could come down to 15.
Thank you very much. That's great. Thank you. That's lovely.
'And with only a few minutes left, that completes the buys for the Blues. Well done, team!
'Come on, Reds, you're running out of time.'
-This is elegant, isn't it? Look at that.
-That's lovely, yeah.
-Very much in the Art Deco style.
-It's two separate things.
-Yeah, you've got a bracelet and a necklace.
-I quite like that.
The thing that makes it very special is the fact that it is an absolutely matching set.
-What sort of money are they?
-It's 110 for the set.
So many people have a beautiful necklace and they match it up with something
and it never quite comes off.
But to have a set like that is fantastic.
The nice thing is that they've stayed together all their life.
If we could get it under the 100 mark...
The lowest I could possibly go on it would be 95.
-It does sit so well there, doesn't it? Beautiful.
-It suits you, Jean.
-And it matches the sparkle in your eye, doesn't it?
'You old charmer, Nick.'
-You know these aren't diamonds, don't you?
We're looking at paste. That's why it's under 100 quid.
It's probably suited well for eveningwear, cocktail events.
'Cut to the chase, Billy!'
-Do you think it'll sell at auction?
-Oh, there'll always be buyers for something as beautiful as this.
-We'll go for it, I think.
-Are you sue?
-Yeah, let's go for it.
-Both in agreement?
-There is one piece each, of course.
Very fetching you'll look, too.
'Just don't wear it in the pool, Billy.
-'And with that...'
Boom, boom. Well, that's Edinburgh's way of saying time's up.
'So, let's see how the Red Team got on.
'Their first purchase was the stork pattern ceramic vase.
'But will it deliver some profit at £40?
'They both loved the malachite vase at £60.
'And they handed over a sparkling £95
'for the costume necklace and matching bracelet.'
-How did you get on, Jean? All right?
-Oh, very well, thank you.
-You were a bit nervy to start off with.
-A wee bit.
-A wee bit. But you settled down very nicely.
Of course, having such an athletic teammate helps, doesn't it?
-Is that me you're talking about?
Anyway, you've spent up. How much did you spend in the end?
-195. Can I have £105 of leftover lolly, please?
Thank you very much. 105.
So, Nick, what are you going to spend that on, old fruit?
I'm going to spend it very carefully. That's a lot of money to spend and there's a lot of good buys
so I'm very buoyed up with this. I think we could do well for you.
Well, that's quite the right sentiment. Good luck with it all.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out how the Blues got on, eh?
'Shona and Eileen steamed out of the blocks, buying dressing table jars
'Gardener Shona was a big fan of this metal plant stand,
'handing over another 40 notes.
'And Eileen negotiated the Imari butter dish and knife
'down to £15 for their final purchase.'
-How much did you spend all round?
-What, on the whole lot?
So who's got the £205 of leftover lolly?
-OK. Thank you very much, Eileen, that's lovely. I won't count it.
I'll trust you. I'll hand that wodge over.
-There's enough here to buy...
-A quality item that's going to bring a big profit.
Very good luck, teams. Meanwhile, we're heading off to the Borders
to Traquair House.
'Situated near Peebles on the Scottish Borders,
'Traquair House is heaped in history.
'The country residence has played host to no fewer than 27 Scottish kings and queens,
'one of whom was Mary Queen of Scots, who visited in 1566.
'This is the King's Room, where she was said to have stayed with her husband, Lord Darnley,
'and her baby son, who was to become James VI of Scotland
'and James I of England.
'Someone who knows all about the royal connections is Catherine Maxwell Stuart,
'the 21st Lady of Traquair.'
-Very nice to meet you. Now, your family name is, of course, synonymous with this house.
Yes, the Stuarts of Traquair have been here since 1491,
so that's over 500 years,
and the line started when the Earl of Buchan gave a house to his second son, who was James Stuart,
and he became the first Laird of Traquair,
and 21 generations later, here I am.
-Quite something, I have to say.
So what does history relate about Mary Queen of Scots' visit?
She came here in 1566, probably because the second Laird was the captain of her bodyguard.
And she was quite well recorded when she came and she was with her husband, Darnley,
and she brought her very newly-born son, who was later to be James VI of Scotland and James I of England.
And do you think the babe went a-bed in this very crib?
Yes, absolutely. Because the second laird was actually the captain of Mary's bodyguard,
-we had these very strong associations with Mary.
While she was here, unfortunately, herself and her husband had a strong disagreement
and apparently she felt she may have been pregnant again
and over dinner she whispered to her husband,
could she be excused going on the hunting expedition the next day?
And apparently, Darnley turn around to all the assembled company and said,
"But ought not we to work a mare well when she's in full?"
which was considered a very un-Christian-like thing to say
-and he was rebuked strongly by the Earl of Traquair.
-I bet he was!
I very much liked the look of the gates when I drove in on the left-hand side.
-Tell me about those.
-Those are very famous gates
because those gates have been closed since 1745, when Bonny Prince Charlie was reported to have come here.
And this was as things were going well and he was on his campaign to regain the Scottish throne,
and the Earl gave him his support, and as he left through the gates,
the Earl closed the gates behind him and promised they would never be opened
until a Stuart king returned to the throne,
thinking this was a nice gesture and they'd be opened again in a few months' time,
but sadly that never came to pass, so the gates have remained closed every since.
-And the drive you came down today is still referred to as the temporary drive.
Of course, Culloden happened and that was the cause smashed forever.
Yes, it certainly was. Sadly, that was the end of Jacobite hopes.
'Traquair also has some fragile glass which has survived from the Jacobite era.
'Keeping their allegiance secret, the flowers on this glass
'spell "Charles" in code,
'beginning with a chrysanthemum for C.
'But catching my eye is this rare Amen glass
'which dates to the early 1700s.'
This is a precious glass because it's been diamond engraved, hasn't it?
-With this incredible script.
Literally thousands of little dents into the surface
join up the indentations and make the script and so forth
and what I think is extraordinary is, one bad move, one heavy hammer tap on the diamond point,
-and you'd have broken the glass.
-But it's beautifully done, isn't it?
-The verse here is, "And God bless the Prince of Wales,
"the true-born Prince of Wales, send us by thee,
"send him soon over and kick out Hanover
"and then we'll recover our old liberty."
-Isn't that marvellous?
-We're still waiting.
'Now, I wonder if our teams will be left waiting for profits over at the auction.'
How lovely is this? We've nipped across Scotland to Glasgow.
Great Western Auctions is where we're at
with the lovely Anita Manning. Morning, Anita.
-Good morning and welcome.
Now, for the Reds, the Amphora vase with the old bird on the front. How do you rate that?
Well, these are very popular.
This factory only produced wares over 30, 40 years.
And their items were designed by students
from the Imperial School of Ceramic Design in Austria,
so we always have good design and it is quite popular.
-And how much?
-30 to 40.
-£40 they paid.
-So that might be a bit of a struggle.
The next item I think is absolutely fabulous, this malachite glass pot.
-That, to me, has style, there's real quality to the material,
-I think it's a lovely thing, as well.
Designed by Heinrich Hoffmann, who was one of the master glass makers.
-£60 to £100.
-OK, fine. They paid £60.
-And their last item, a bit of bling.
Your necklace and bracelet, all in the Deco style.
-Pity they're not diamonds, hey?
A big pity. But I think this is a wonderful piece of sparkly fun.
Now, I'm finding that period costume jewellery is doing very well in the saleroom.
So this might just appeal to those buyers.
-So how much, then?
-45 to 70.
That's a bit of a come on. They paid 95.
-So they paid a good old whack for it.
It's a wee bit dear, but I wouldn't be surprised
if it went there or even if they made a little profit.
Well, if the bracelet doesn't do so well, they're going to need their bonus buy.
So let's go and have a look at it.
So, Billy and Jean, you gave Nick £105 of leftover lolly. What did you spend it on, Nick?
-There we go.
-Oh, I love it.
-A nice Georgian tea caddy.
-You like that?
-Oh, I do.
-How much did you spend on it?
-I spent £80.
It's not in perfect condition, but it's a genuine Georgian tea caddy.
-Nice shape, bit of inlay.
-How much do you think it'll make?
Well, that's the million-dollar question. It's hard to say. They used to make a lot more than that.
The market's not what it was, but it's a good example and it's got a fighting chance.
After the sale of the first three items, you get your chance to have a go with it or not,
but right now, for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Nick's box.
-Well, this is the quintessentially standard piece of tea caddy, isn't it?
And probably more popular ten years ago.
But this is quite a nice example.
-We have handles missing here, which is really a wee bit of a shame.
-So they just plugged them with a bit of timber.
The inside in not complete
and they've reupholstered it
-in this brown velvet.
A bit of Dralon in the roof. That's not Georgian Dralon.
-And then we would've had three tea containers,
silver or shagreen or something, in those at one time.
But I do like the little bracket feet here, little Georgian item.
Nice little brass escutcheon and this chequered banding here. So it's not bad.
-So how much?
-50 to 70.
OK. £80 was paid by Nick Hall.
He's got great expectations set in that box. We'll have to see what happens.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
First of all, the dressing table jars, which I have to say I think are hideous.
They're chipped enamel and it's only chromium-plated mounts. How do you rate them?
-We have to be positive if we're going to sell them.
And I like the enamelling and I like the colour of the enamelling.
And I think they would look rather nice on a lady's dressing table.
-So what's your estimate on the four?
-30 to 50.
They paid £40. So that's slap-bang in the middle.
-If you do that, Anita, you've done very well for chipped examples.
Next is the cast-iron plant stand.
Not my favourite again, I'm afraid.
-I mean, it's black, it's slightly rusty and it's repro.
-But it is functional.
-It would look rather nice in a conservatory
with spider plants on it or ivy or whatever.
So it will appeal to the gardeners.
-Functional is the best that I can say for it.
-How much, please?
-40 to 60.
-OK, £40 paid.
So they paid the right price, that's the important thing, like it or loathe it.
And lastly is this little cased set-up which is a butter dish and knife
in its cardboard box. Any good?
Royal Crown Derby, wonderful, wonderful factory.
This is quite a late piece, probably from the 1940s or 1950s.
Little crescent-shaped butter dish, which is quite sweet.
But the little knife has some damage here. There's something missing
which will affect the price of it.
-Your estimate is £15 to £25.
-They paid £15, so they paid the right price.
Overall, depending on what happens with their plant stand, they may or may not need the bonus buy,
but let's have a look at it anyway.
Well, girls, you spent a miserable £95.
£205, a fortune, went to Jeremy. What did you spend it on, Jeremy?
I'm afraid I've bought junk. Sorry about that.
-Here it is! It's a Chinese junk.
-Oh, that's gorgeous!
-That's lovely, yeah.
So this is a little Chinese white-metal junk
made probably in the late 19th, early 20th century.
It's got characters on the back.
It's got all the little features, cannon, figures, it's ready to sail away into profit.
-Oh, that's lovely. Really good.
-What would you pay for that?
It really is junk, then. THEY LAUGH
-How much profit do you think it'll make?
I think you could get £80 to £100 on a good day.
-You don't pick now, you pick later,
but let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jeremy's bit of junk, I mean junk.
So, Anita, junk by name, junk by nature?
-Give us the lowdown.
I mean, there is a lot of detail in this little object
and I particularly like the little oars, the little Chinese script on the stern here.
But I quite like the wee cannons.
And you don't often see that sort of detail on this type of item.
This is not the best of quality but it has a certain appeal.
-What is your estimate?
-£50 to £80.
OK, £65 was paid by Jeremy. He clearly thinks that it's going to do well,
in the troubled waters that are ahead for his team.
And we'll find out what happens in a minute. Thank you very much.
-So, Billy and Jean, how you feeling, kids?
-Jean, are you looking forward to this?
-Very much so, yes.
Is there any item, darling, that you are at all worried about?
-Er, no, not really.
-No. Well, I don't think you have got any great worries here.
First up is the Amphora vase and here it comes.
Lot 48, ladies and gentlemen.
It's a superb little piece of Amphora.
It's Art Deco, it's from the 1960s,
decorated with the image of a stork.
Can we say £80? £60?
Start me at £20. £20 for the Amphora.
20 bid. 25.
30. 35. 40.
-It's creeping. It's agonising, isn't it?
-With the lady at £40.
45. Fresh bidder at 45. 50.
With the lady at £50. All done at £50? £50.
Well done. That's plus 10. Nothing wrong with that.
-That's all right.
-Now, the malachite vase.
It's the Heinrich Hoffman Ingrid vase.
Moulded in relief with six Bacchanalian maidens.
And I can see a few Bacchanalian maidens on the floor here.
-We've got one here, Anita.
-And there's a lady over there.
So this is a rare little piece, ladies and gentlemen.
Start me at 50 for the malachite glass. £50.
30 bid. 40. 50. 60.
80. 90. 100. 110.
Any advance on 110?
All done at 110? 110.
-Well done. £50 profit.
-Nearly doubled your money.
That's pretty good, isn't it? You must be pleased about that, Jean?
-Delighted, yeah. Here we go.
Are there any ladies in the room
that like diamonds?
If you can't afford diamonds, this is the nearest you will get to it.
Look how they sparkle.
Will you start me at £50 for the necklace and bracelet set?
£30. 30 bid.
40. 50. 60.
£60. 70. 80.
-We're so close.
No? With you, sir, at £90.
All done at £90? £90.
-Bad luck. £5 off. I mean, nothing really.
-That's not too bad.
Gosh, she worked hard on that, didn't she?
So that is £60 you had.
You've just lost a fiver, so you have plus £55.
£55 profit, which is lovely. What you going to do about this tea caddy?
-You've got £55, don't forget.
Do you want to risk losing it?
-You'd be sad if you lost it, wouldn't you?
-We'll just stick.
OK, you're parking your £55. Let's see what happens with the bonus buy.
Lot 54 is this superb little Georgian tea caddy.
I'll start the biding at £30. 40.
50. 60. £70.
Any advance on £70?
75, I'm out. With you, sir, at 75. All done?
-£75 is minus £5. You made exactly the right decision.
Anyway, you've preserved your £55 profit, which is absolutely super.
The big thing now is, don't say a word to the Blues.
-No, definitely not.
-Definitely not, OK.
-So, Eileen and Shona, how are you girls?
-Do you know how the grandmother and grandson got on?
-No. No idea.
So this is very interesting, this family show, isn't it?
How do you predict it's all going to turn out, Eileen?
Well, no idea, but hopefully well.
Yeah? You feeling confident, Shona?
Well, I like all my items but I don't know if they'll make a profit.
Stand by, then, cross everything. Here we go!
This set of four very stylish Art Deco dressing jars
and I can start the bidding at £20.
With me at 20. 30.
35 with me. 40.
-You've wiped your face, Shona.
-45. I'll take it in 5s.
55. With the lady at 55.
Any advance on 55?
All done at 55? 55.
Well done, girls. Plus £15. That's very good, isn't it?
And I was so rude about them, too. Anyway, there we go.
-Here comes the stand.
-..the cast iron Japanese plant stand
with three tiers modelled as fans.
A romantic piece, ladies and gentlemen. Very sweet piece.
Start me at £20. £20.
20 bid. With you, madam, at 20.
45. 50. Oh, 55, fresh bidder.
Oh, no, I've got another one. Catch you in a wee minute.
-70. 80. 90.
-Look at this!
With the lady at £90.
Any advance on £90? All done at £90?
Plus £50 on that. I must say, cast iron is terribly romantic.
Right, now we go for the Royal Crown Derby.
We have a little crescent-shaped butter dish and knife.
It's in the Imari palette
and it's in its original 1950s box
which gives it that additional charm. Can we say £50? 50?
Start me at £20.
£20? £10, then.
15. 20. 25. 30. 35. 40.
Lady at 40. Any advance on £40?
-Doubled your money.
-All done at £40? £40.
You've made £25 on that. That is just extraordinary.
50, 75, 85, you've made £90.
-You only spent £95 and you made £90.
-I told you, Tim, canny Scots.
-Canny Scots. Well, I'm taking my toupee off to you.
-You're doing very nicely here.
-Do you need the junk, though? No.
-I don't think we do. I mean, it's pretty but I don't think so.
-You're not going to go with it?
-You have a magnificent £90 profit, you're not going with the bonus buy. Is that a decision made?
OK. Well, let's see what it makes, anyway. Here it comes.
Lot 73 is a late-19th century Chinese silver model
of a junk in full sail.
And it's on a carved hardwood stand. 60?
£60? Surely. £40 then?
40 bid. With you, sir, at 40.
Any advance on 40? 45. 50.
-Look out, she's going on.
With the gentleman at 65. Any advance on 65?
All done at 65?
It's done it. 65, it's wiped its face, no profit,
no loss, no shame and no gain.
-OK? So that was a wise move, wasn't it?
-Well done, Jeremy, no shame in that.
Anyway, so overall, girls, you are £90, an unbelievable £90 up.
Anyway, we'll park that. Don't say a word to the Reds. No point spoiling their day.
-Well, what an exciting day we've had today. Have you been chatting, you teams?
Well, it should come as no secret that both of you are into monster profit country
as far as Bargain Hunt is concerned, anyway, which is always exciting.
To be able to give you substantial wodges of cash gives me great pleasure.
It's just a question of scale today.
And the team which are marginally behind in the profit stakes
-are the Reds.
-Oh, never mind!
I mean, it's a bad do this, isn't it? To say that you're the runners-up with £55 of profits.
-That's what you're going to take, £55. Boy, that's very good, isn't it?
You resisted the bonus buy, which was very, very close, Nick. But nevertheless, you preserved your 55.
-Have you had a great time?
-Very nice to see you both.
And congratulations, Nick. Now, the victors, who are going to go home with £90...
£90! Look at that!
Because you made a profit on all three items,
which is practically unheard of on Bargain Hunt,
-you are eligible for the ancient order of the golden gavel.
We've run out of golden gavels. So we now lob out these things. And not very many of them.
So if you take that one, well done. Shona, you take that and pin it on.
-And the maestro...
-J, there we go.
Something you can wear down the people's high street with pride.
-And we've had a thoroughly good day. In fact, join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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The teams descend on the Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors Fair. A professional swimmer and his grandmother team up with expert Nick Hall and bump into a past Bargain Hunt team, who try to pass on their winning luck! Jeremy Lamond takes a mother-and-daughter team under his wing and Tim Wonnacott heads to Traquair House on the Scottish Borders to find out all about the infamous visit of Mary, Queen of Scots.