Bargain Hunt comes from Norfolk's Antiques and Collectors Fair. Tim Wonnacott visits the Usher Gallery in Lincolnshire to see their impressive grandfather clock collection.
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It is terrifically simple. You have got to find three items. We have
got two teams and one hour to do it Today, we are at the the collectors
fair in the heart of East Anglia and somewhere out there in all
these hundreds of thousands of objects on all these stalls are
some smashing bargains, but the big question is will our teams be able
to sniff them out? Oh, yes! Demr on today's -- on today's show,
it is a battle of the sexes. The boys want to be boys.
Will the girls flirt their way to victory?
That's great. All will be revealed at the auction.
But first, let's meet the teams. Now Reds, how do you know each
other? Well, we both work for the same newspaper group and we got on
really well and we have a reputation for being practical
jokersment you could come back to your desk with someone else's
drawer with someone else's stuff in this.
And were you egging each other in this? Yes. Steve, I understand you
are a cat lover. One evening there was a knack on the doo and one of
the neighbours said you better come quick, I think your cat has been
run over. I dashed out with a blanket and pick the cat up and
rang the vet to get a quick appointment to see him and he had a
look at the cat and said, "No, we are going to have to put it to
sleep and it cost me over �100. "I went home to the waive and to the
wife and as we were having a cup of tea and the cat came in and I don't
know whose cat I killed. You must have been relieved? Not really, it
cost me over �100. You work for the same company?
a commercial web developer. A different department now, but you
remember the days when you worked with Steve with fondness? Yes,
plenty of memories. What do you know about antiques?
Nothing. We didn't even apply. Did you not? So why are you here?
lady we worked with decided to put our names forward and here we are.
Well, I shall think you will do well on Bargain Hunt, admit to go
having no knowledge -- admitting to having no knowledge knowledge will
be interesting. Welcome. You are old muckers too,
aren't you? We have been best friends since school and we used to
spend at least every other day with each other, but then since I've
moved to London, it has been every other weekend or so.
She joined me with regular theatre trips and cocktails and we're
hoping to make enough money today to buy us at least one Cosmopolitan
each. At London prices that will be a
massive fortune in Bargain Hunt terms. I love that. So you running
scared, you Reds then? Oh terrified. You are also drawn to the bright
and shining objects? I am, mike like a magpie. That has probably
filtered through to my choice of wedding presents for Kelly.
What did you get her? Bonbon dishes and they were heart heart shaped.
Sweet. Kelly, what do you get up to? I work as a sales
representative for a big company. Does this involve a lot of trifg
around, -- driving around, your job? I do. I am not known for my
great driving skills. I crashed my car seven times in my first two
years of passing my driving test. The first crash - my dad was most
disappointed because he was once a driving instructor. He does get
really distressed every time I have an accident.
Have you been clear of accidents for a bit now? My husband stopped
taking a crash helmet everywhere we go now!
Who is going to be in charge today? Saffron will probably find more of
the items and I will be harder on the bargaining.
Is that what it is? You are going to run the money, Kelly? Yes.
Here comes your �300. You know the rules, your experts
await and off you go. Good luck. await and off you go. Good luck.
Well, what fun. With the puppy dog eyes and alert
stance, David Harper is just raring to sniff out a bargain and digging
deep to unearth the profit is David Barby. Oh yes yes, so what are we
waiting for? Are we feeling nervous then, guys? Not at all.
What are you going to look for? Something shiny, sparkly and fun.
A heritage toy, that would be good. Some furniture, hopefully.
I think I will have my work cut out. Come on.
I love the clock. Right, come on. Oh what's this, David? That's
interesting. Oh it is a little money ture mangle.
It is -- it is a little miniature mangle and the box as well. Is it
the original box? There is the bog owe. "made to take to pieces and
fit together again." Precision-made models.
I think it is the kind of thing that you just hold on to forever
really. The fact that that it can be dismantled and you have the
original aluminium - I suppose that would catch the water, wouldn't it?
It is meticulous in its detail. That's quite nice. Yes. And in good
condition. I note the price is �45. It is a
lot to pay, actually. You girls have such lovely smiles.
LAUGHTER �35 and not a penny less.
What about �32? Go on �32. �3. �3 and a kiss on the cheek from
us two. �34 and two kisses.
�32 and three kisses. �32 and three kisses then!
Thank you, that's great. A deal is a deal, Barby. So using
their feminine skills, the girls and Barby have wracked up their
first buy. What a nice guy. What a nice guy.
Do you fans fancy him? Time to see how good David Harper's powers of
persuasion are. Do you like that? Personally, no.
The thing behind I would like to grab at this moment. Because it is
made of wood. What kind of wood? Bamboo.
Bang on. It is a brush pot. It is for an artist. It is �185, but a
good one. What's your gut feeling? I think we could make a spectacular
loss. I think you could be right. It could be a record.
If that makes a fiver. Yeah, rock on Harper.
Get on with the programme, Barby because the girls have a plan
unlike the boys. What do you like on here, Steve? Nothing.
It is not easy, is it? Honest, but what do the girls,
really, really, really want. Bling-bling, silver.
Is it grabbing you? No, something else that grabbed my eye. I can
imagine William Shakespeare having a puff on this. Can we have a look
at it? Do you mind? You will like it because it is heavy.
Why do you like that? Just the age and... Is it really 17th century?
have no idea. I love that face. There is a lovely
face there. That's the head of the pipe. So what do you think, Olly?
It sounds reasonable. It is a bit manly as well, isn't
it? We are competing against those girls. You do need to butch up your
image, don't you. Yeah, that's the spirit.
What's the trade price on that? �30. You got got �30 on it.
I will do it for �22 for you. I think it is a fantastic thing. I
think people will say, "Is the pipe really 17th century?" because this
business is full of doubters. At �22 it is fantastic and if you
don't buy it, I will buy it. The first purchase, thank you very much
indeed. Thank you. That's lovely.
So a bloky item for our blokes! And both teams have a target in their
sights, something macho for the lads and for the Blues... Bling-
bling. How does it feel? Is it great.
First purchase. We have had 20 minutes. You are not fast shoppers.
By the standards of my wife that is lightening!
Really?. Can we have a look at the charm
bracelet, please? I like all the charms.
Actually, I think it is quite a unique item.
What's the best you can do on that? How much... I can probably do �90
for you, I think. I'm going to say something to you,
�60. I'm going to ask my boss. What's
the best you can do on the charm bracelet, �70. I suggested 60.
That's a definite maybe. Well, keep the bracelet up your sleeve for now
girls because I want to talk tea leaves. What do you suppose the
connection between drinking tea is and this little table? OK, fine,
you could have a few teacups on it. You could have a teapot on it, but
actually this Victorian piece of mahogany has a secret and hidden
purpose. If I take the top like that, look at that, I can rise it
up, it comes up, twiddle a a knob underneath and reveal a hidden
series of compartments. Originally each of those compartments would
have held a tea caddy. I suppose could put them out on the top here
and mix the green tea with the black tea, the Earl Grey and the
Jasmine and take yourself a complete tea cocktail. Craze ci,
isn't it -- crazy, isn't it? This is called the tea boy and I have
never seen one with a circular rising top containing eight caddies
so it is a rare object. What's it worth? According to the dealer, it
could be yours for �280. Do you like yours with milk?
Another oriental piece. We are missing the male. You need a pair.
We couldn't have our boys buying a As the heavens open, the Blues make
a dash inside. Quickly, just look across the
stalls. You know what you're looking for. Go for it. But don't
pick up everything. You look that way, I'll look that
way. Well, it is time to pick up the pace.
Hello. Could we have a look at the little purse, please, sir?
Is it silver? Yes, I believe it is. 1930s. Do you like it? I do. I do.
Let me have a quick look at the mark. That's it.
Yes, it is made in Birmingham. Birmingham 1919. It says Birmingham
down Birmingham, Downton Abbey. That's quite nice, but it is �100.
Sir, could you just tell me, you have got �100 on that. Is there any
concession? It is going to be �70. �70.
The best on it. Chine the -- between the charm
brace neth and what would you go for? This over the charm bracelet.
I prefer this to the charm bracelet. It is a toess-up between a charm
bracelet and this. I'll do it for for �62.
Our girls are all blinged up. are you thinking boys, you have
well over had half an hour spent already. I don't normally worry,
but you two are worrying me. Come on, this way.
Right Olly, talk to me. I am a crick man. I -- cricket man.
I haven't played for a couple of seasons. I'm not sure if I will be
giving that a nothing. Hi, I brought them back again.
This is fantastic. There is only one thing we can do,
don't you? There is only one thing, Olly. I think that goes with my
outfit a bit better! The green and red.
I'm colour-blind. It doesn't make any difference. What do you reckon?
Do we look like professional cricket players?
OK. We have three caps, a lovely bat and what have we got in there?
Shoes, the the pads. Yes, we know what that is for.
What would be the best trade price? �45.
Definitely. We'll run with that. I think it is cracking. We have got
a pipe, a cricket set. How butch are we? Marvellous.
Thanks a lot. So another boys own buy for the
chaps. We are firing on all four cylinders.
This is more like it. So one more item. 15 minutes. Come on. It seems
the appeal of cricket knows no boundaries today. Right, girls,
look... Does your husband wear wear cuff
links Yes. They have got the novelty factor.
Well, yes, these are ideal for the males in your life because these
are cricket. I don't know anybody male that doesn't like cricket.
they modern? These are late 20th century. They are probably 20 or 30
years old. I think they would do quite well.
Yeah, do I. A popular sport. Lots of interest in cricket.
These are priced at 38. What's the very best you can do on those
will just check. I will do them for �28.
They are fun. What do you honestly think, it is
our last item? The last few minutes looking.
You have got a cabinet over there full of silver which belongs to
this lady. Do you want to look around there and look at the things
in that cabinet. Can you put though on hold? Thank you very much. Thank
you very much. It won't be long because there are
only five minutes. Steve set out looking for an oriental item.
that Chinese or Japanese? I say Chinese.
The decoration, what would you call that? That's your satsuma.
Katsumi. It is a lovely thing. It is �45. It
is not expensive. I will just ask the chap or lady,
sorry. Hello. What would be the death on that for us? The trade
price. Be kind. Be lovely. Look at these two.
I can do �35 on that. �35.
Go or it. There you go, we went out looking
for oriental, and we have got oriental. Thank you, marvellous.
Good. Well done, and you have got five minutes left.
We need a nice, strong cup of tea. Yeah.
You enjoy your butch brew, lads. Come on girls, don't let the side
down. It is make or break time, ladies. Can you tell me the price
of your bonbon dishes? �65. Is that for the pair?
What do you think would do better at auction between these and the
cuff links? What's the best you can do on those, please? I will do them
for 55. The cuff links will be more appealing. Go with the cuff links.
Thank you very much, I think we're going for the cuff links.
You are on your last minute, Blues. Does it always take so long for
ladies to make up their mind? We have decided on the cuff links.
Certain? Yes. Let's do it. . With ten seconds to spare. Thank
you very much indeed. That was well done.
Right, that's it, time's up. The deals are done. Let's check out
what the Reds have got up to. The first purchase was a masculine
cased pipe for �22. Olly as bowled over by the vinnage
cricket set for �45. Finally for Steve a Chinese teapot
was bought for �35. Five minutes and we got the
oriental piece. That made my day. I love oriental.
Has it made your day though Olly? Mot mine personally. I'm happy for
Steve. He wanted oriental and he got it.
Well, you spent a pathetic amount. Your total is �10. That is -- �102.
That is really tiny. I don't know why I bothered giving
you �300. David Harper is going to spend the lot? It is said that men
love spending money on themselves. We have proved today that we are as
tight as anyone else. I don't know, Tim.
Why don't you go and get yourselves a treat. Something that will make a
profit. That's all we care about. Have a nice cup of tea. We are
going to check out what the Blue Team bought.
For the price of �32 and three kisses, the Blues rung out a deal
on the mangle. They made a snap decision on the silver compact case,
paying �62 and the cuff links, the boys would have approved to these
because they became their last purchase for �28. Another kiss.
David, you look like the man who has had the cream today, which you
have... It has been embarrassing today. I have been wandering around
and everybody has been staring at us. They haven't been staring at
you. Two glamorous birds by my side.
They have been saying, "Lucky old, David.". Has it been fun. Do you
rate him still as your number one expert? Definitely.
You spend how much? �1 22. And could I have �178 of left over
lolly? Look at that. �178. There you go David. That's a lot of cash,
isn't it? It is, yes. I'm going to enjoy this shop
because I will have no distractions. You mean they won't all be staring
at you again! Good luck. Have a nice cup of tea.
Situated close to Lincoln Cathedral and the city centre, the Usher
Gallery was gift to the city by local businessman, James Usher.
When he died in 1921, he left a substantial amount of money to
construct the gallery itself and to display his extensive collection of
This is a piece that would have been particularly dear to James
Usher's heart, not because it has his name on the top necessarily,
because the J Usher, Lincoln inspired on the silver dial is his
dad and his father had a jewellers and clock-makers shop in Lincoln
and this is the clock that his father had installed in his shop in
1853. It is an unusual long cased clock because it is a regulator and
regulators are designed with a more complicated movement to keep more
accurate time. The dial arrangement is unusual because instead of
having the hours and minutes around the outside, what you have got
going around the outside are just the minutes. Typical for a good
quality regulator and the hours are recorded on their own dial inside
that outer minutes chaptering along with the seconds. The pendulum is
filled with mercury which doesn't expand at the same rate that other
metals would, therefore allowing the pendulum to swing and maintain
its accuracy irrespective of the outside temperature. Very
interesting. But, it is not the only long cased clock in this
Without doubt, the most important long cased clock in the collection
is this fella. It is certainly tall. It is beautifully veneered in
walnut and of course, either side of the dial we have got on the hood
these curlyQ barley twist columns. They are a signature from late 17th
century English cabinet making, but if I open the door itself and you
look carefully at the bottom of the square dial, it says, "Tho-
Tompion." This is a clock made by Britain's most famous clockmaker.
The quality of those hands for example, in polished steel with
their plates and then we have got very high quality cast spandrels,
they represent the points of the compass.
Of course, the big question for our teams over at the auction, are they
about to be a bit windy? At the sales room is the venue for
our auction today. Now, first up for the Reds are these completely
bogus pipes. Completely. They are not 17th century. They are a modern
reproduction. Made probably in Taiwan in 1983. Yes.
It is amazing the trouble that people will go. Anyway, how much do
you think the bogus group is worth? �10 to �15. That's all.
You must just get there, you never know. Next up is the village
cricket set. It has a sort of odour about it, I have to say.
Well worn caps, well used bts bats. It is only going to be �25 to �35.
If you are lucky. If you are lucky.
They paid �45. Lastly is the can'ton, Chinese -- -
- Canton Chinese teapot. Very colourful, Tim and only worth
�20 or �30. �35 paid. All in all, I'm getting a
gloomy feeling about this trio. They are going to need the bonus
buy. Let's look at it. Steve and Olly, left over lolly, you gave
David Harper �198, a small fortune by anybody's standards. What did
you spend it on? Where did this item have to come from come come?
China. What do you think it is? Solid gold.
If only! It is a Japanese piece. It is
bronze. It is a beautiful golden colour and it is an incense burner.
You just take the lid off and you can see it has been burnt many,
many times. It is probably 100 years old. What do you think,
Steve? I think it is rather attract ive. I would like to know how much
you paid for it. �90.
I will say �1 to. -- �110. I paid �30.
It would be difficult not to make a profit.
Let's see hat auctioneer -- what the auctioneer thinks.
With all the shrimps and the fish and archaic looking.
Do you think it is 1920s? Exactly. What do you think it is worth?
is not going to be worth more than �40 to �60.
That's all right, David Harper won't minute. He only paid �30.
Now for the Blues, their first item is this toy mangle. It is a good
looking lot, isn't it? You can tighten up the rollers and squeeze
the water out of your doll's clothes. Unfortunately it hasn't
got the box. Hasn't it. When they went shopping
they had the box and the instructions. We unpacked it
without instructions or box. That's got lost in transit.
We will have to value it without the box and instructions. What do
you think that's worth, John as is? It is most probably going to be �20
to �30. What would it have been worth had
it got its box and instructions? Double that. �40 to �60.
We are going to have to pay them an insurance sum. Do you think if we
give them �20 to make up the difference for it not having a box,
do you think that would be fair? That would be. We better do that
then. What about the lady's compact in silver? It is pretty and nicely
engine turn and nicely initialled. There is a little bit of damage on
the hoop, but �50 to �500. �40 to �50.
They will be doing all right. What about the cuff links? They are good.
An interesting little little subject matter, but only �0 to �30.
-- �20 to �30. They are a modern set.
That's not so far off the beaten track. This team will do all right.
Just in case, I'm wrong, let's look at the bonus buy.
We have to come miss rate with with -- come miss rate with David Barby
who had a fall. It wasn't the cat. I fell over a
paving slab and hit a bench. Are you in great pain? Just a dull
headache. I am really sorry, but thank you
for coming to do the left over lolly with us. You took �178 from
the girls. What did you buy? Something blingy. It is one
bracelet where I lost count of so many charpse. I know how you like
these -- charms. I know how you like these.
I do like that. I really like that.
Would you buy it yourselves? Yes. You were interested in the other
one. This one knocks spots off that one.
How much did you pay? �110. Let's say you would pay how much for each
charm. How many are on that? More than 50 charms. Let's Hear what
auctioneer thinks. Some of the charms are silver, but
some ant. So that will affect the value. We have only got �30 to �50
on that. Really? Barby will be disappointed
with that. We won't tell him or the team. We will see what happens in
the auction. How are you feeling kids?
Confident? Yeah. I would cross everything if I was
you, Olly. The first up is the fake pipe set.
It is the repro duction gentleman's pipe in a case. It is 17th century.
There is not much more you can say about that. Who would like to start
the bidding at �10? At �10. It is here to sell, �5 to bid. Any
interest? �5 in the centre. Thank you very much. I will take �6.
Anywhere else in the room? No. It is here. At �5 only, �6, come on.
It is here. At �5 only, �6, come on. �7. At �6, it is here. At �6 only.
That is minus minus �16. Not a bad start.
Steve. Here is your bat and ball set.
And it is the vintage cricket set. �30 to start, surely. Any interest
at �30. �20 even to start if you wish. 10, 12, 15, 18, 22, 25, 28,
28 there in the centre of the room. At �28. �30, sir? Are you sure? �28
then. On the table there and I'll sell.
�28 is two short of �30, so you're minus 16, now you're minus 17.
Let's hope you're not minus 18 for this one and here it comes.
A Canton Chinese teapot. Who would like to start the bidding at �20?
Any interest at �20. �10 sir, if you want to bid. Any advance at
�10? I will take �12. �10 only, 12, yes? 15, at �15, at 15, 18 sir, if
you want to bid. No. �15. All durnings are we going to to, all
done, are we going to sell? This has not been your morning. Are we
going with the bonus buy? Who would like to start the bidding at �20?
At 20. 20 is bid. Thank you, started there at 20. At �20, any
advance on 20? I'm looking for 22. Do you want to bid? At �20, still
there at �0 and I'm going -- �20 and I'm going to sell.
Minus �10, you never know it might might be a winning score.
Don't Say a word to the Blues. Bad Hi girls, how are you doing? I have
got bad news to report about the first item which is your model
mangle because the box and instructions have got lost. I said
to the auction auctioneer what is it worth �20 to �30 and with the
instructions �40 to �60. Mangled by not having its box and instructions.
Here it comes. We have the precision-made toy or
doll's model mangle. It is shown with Amy. We can start the bidding
at �30. At �30. Any advance, I will take �3, take 32, 50, any advance
at �50? 55 anywhere now? Look out, girls.
I'm going to sell at �50. Plus your �20 credit which makes it
25 is bid. It is on commission. At �25. �28. �30. �32. At �32, the
commission is out. �32. �32 in the centre.
�32 is minus �30. You are only plus �8. Now your cuff links. Here we go.
Where shall we start? �20. �20. �10 only then. Anyone to start? At �10.
�10 is bid. At �10. Any further interest? 12, thank you. 15, sir?
15. �18. At �18. A lady's bid. �20 the bid in the doorway. No. At �18
and I'll sell. That's minus �10. You were plus �8
and you are minus �2. I can't believe this. How
ridiculous is this? I can't believe that.
What are you going to do with the charm bracelet then? Everybody
likes a charm bracelet? We might as well go go with it.
. The silver charmed bracelet shown with Amy. It is a good little charm
bracelet with the charms. �30 is bid, �20, yes. �20 there. 22, 25,
28, 30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 65 on the counter now. At
65, are we all done? At �65, �70 if you want. No, he shakes his head.
At �65. I'm going to sell at �65. That is minus �45. That is minus
�47. The only thing is, don't say a word to the Reds because minus �47
could be a winning score. It could Well, well, well, well, well. Out
of our eight lots seven of them have a minus score in front of them.
So it hasn't been just the greatest auction for either of our teams
today and the team that is running up by a substantial margin today
are the Reds. ? All in all, we are not going to
dwell on it, are we? Did we have a nice time? Yes.
Did you say no? You didn't say no? Confused or not.
We loved having you on the show. Thank you.
Girls are the victors today so congratulations girls, you won by
only losing �47 which is what is marvellous about this programme.
The bargain hunters take their chances at Norfolk's Antiques and Collectors Fair. And it is a battle of the sexes with David Barby teaming up with two ladies in blue who love all that glitters and haggle over kisses while David Harper finds he has two chaps in red who want to keep it butch. Tim Wonnacott takes time out to visit the Usher Gallery in Lincolnshire to look at their impressive grandfather clock collection.