Norfolk's Antiques and Collectors Fair is the venue for the bargain hunters. Tim Wonnacott pays a visit to the Usher Gallery in Lincolnshire.
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Welcome to rainy Norfolk,
which just over 1,000 years ago was a battle zone.
The Vikings were fighting the Saxons
and nearby Norwich got burnt to the ground.
Fortunately, today, we're only hoping to raise some profits.
So let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
Today, we're at the relatively peaceful Norfolk Showground.
Where we've got teams made up of a son and a daughter
with their respective fathers.
So, will it be a question of "Dad knows best",
or will the kids rule?
On today's show, Barby has his work cut out with the Blues.
-I don't like it.
-Thank you, but not at that price, David.
-I think we'll move on, David, don't you?
But there's no holding the Reds back
because girl power rules!
Could we get the one for 30? 115? Meet me halfway at 65?
I can't believe it. I'm going to take you shopping with ME!
However, who'll be boss down at the auction?
-Let's meet the teams.
So, we seem to have the Generation Game on Bargain Hunt today.
For the Reds,
we've got father and daughter Mike and Polly
and for the Blues, we've got son Neil and father Paul, welcome.
-Nice to see you, sir.
-Very nice to see you too.
So, Michael, I believe I'll be in good hands today if I keel over.
-I'm not planning to do so but, em, why would that be?
-I'm a GP.
-Jolly good. So, do you get to watch Bargain Hunt a bit?
Well, funnily enough, my secretary rather likes Bargain Hunt
and she tends to make us break at about 12.20.
So you just miss the beginning.
-I just miss the beginning.
-We're into the body of the show.
-So no patients...
-..between 12.15 and one o'clock.
Quite right too. She's got things organised, this secretary.
-Now, Polly, you're at University at the moment.
-Tell us about that.
I'm at Kings College University of London. I study biomedical sciences.
I've just finished my first year, which I just found out I passed.
-Oh, well done.
-So, that's pretty good.
And what do you do with all your copious time when you're not at uni?
Well, I work as a lifeguard in a swimming pool near where I live.
-Yes. And then also I do a lot of dancing.
I do ballet classes and a bit of jazz.
-It's a very good way of keeping fit, isn't it?
-Yeah, yeah, I enjoy it.
So, do you two reckon you're going to dance off with a profit today?
-Pretty confident about that?
It will be interesting to see how you get on.
Lovely to meet you anyway. Now, for the Blues.
So, Paul, you enjoy rather far-flung holidays, don't you?
Yes, When I get the chance,
but they can be dangerous can far-flung holidays.
-Well, many years ago I decided to go to a holiday resort,
called the Philippines.
And on the Saturday morning I met a young lady.
And on the Monday morning I got engaged to her.
-We got married two years later and this is one of the results.
Well, isn't that brilliant! What a lovely story.
-Now, Paul, have you ever been on TV before?
-I have, Tim, yes.
I was once on the well-known TV programme the Weakest Link
with the deadly Anne Robinson.
Paul, in history,
who was the British monarch throughout the First World War?
That is the correct answer.
That means, gorgeous Paul, you're today's strongest link
and you go away with £2,500.
Well, well done, Paul, that's extraordinary.
The winner, that'll make you scared over there on the Reds.
So, Neil, when you're not watching your father on the television,
what you get up to?
Mainly working. I've got two jobs at the minute.
I also love to tinker with cars and motorbikes, things like that.
-I enjoy the odd bit of kickboxing as well.
-I won't be arguing with you then.
Watch out, the stallholders, that's all I can say!
What are your tactics going to be on the show, chaps?
We're just in it to win, aren't we?
Basically, anything we think will make us a fat profit
and defeat the opposition into the ground.
-We'll kick them into the ground.
-Kick them into the ground?
You're up against a very fit girl here, you know - she's a dancer.
-She'll give me a run for my money.
-Good for you.
Anyway, the money moment. Here it comes - your £300 apiece.
You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go! And very, very, very good luck!
Gosh, whatever will happen next?
So let's meet today's experts.
A man of many talents -
David Harper can also juggle lemons.
He's never juggled lemons,
but David Barby can spot a bargain at 50 paces...we think.
So, father and daughter, are we going to agree on anything?
-Well, we don't usually!
-I don't know.
-What are you looking for, Paul?
-Ceramics are the main interest.
Now, you know we've only got 60 minutes, that's it.
And it'll go by in a nano.
I like motorbikes, I like cars.
So, possibly some sort of memorabilia?
-Are you ready, Polly?
-Yeah, I think so.
-Dad, are we ready?
-Yeah, go for it.
Right you are, lovely.
So, our Blues have completely different tastes.
Just scan the stalls.
And the Reds probably won't agree on anything.
This should be fun(!)
OK, so, anything on here?
-You know what it is?
Um...it's not my bag, but, you know,
sometimes it's a very good idea to buy things that aren't your bag.
-Because if you concentrate on...
-Stuff that you like...
-You're restricting the market.
-But I don't think we're over-excited by this?
-No, I don't like it.
Well, at least the Reds agree on what they don't like.
Now, has David found something for Neil?
Neil, you said you wanted something like this. There's a book stall here.
Look - Motor magazine! What's the date on that?
That's half a crown, so before decimalisation. Um...
-That's before my time.
I wouldn't have thought it would sell for much. We don't know the price.
-It's interesting, but I don't think there will be great demand for it.
OK, let's continue.
Now, what about canes? Look at that for a collection.
-Polly, do you like walking sticks, or...
-I quite like this one.
-Do you? Are you left-handed, Polly?
-No, I'm not.
-Mike, are you a left-hander?
-I am actually cross-laterality, but...
But I would actually hold it in my left...
Cross-lateral... I'm going to have to write that down
-and use it at some point!
It means I write with my right hand, I kick with my left foot
and I bowl with my left hand.
You know, just sort of generally mixed-up.
-A mixed-up kid!
So, maybe a no.
Lordy, you can tell we've got a doctor on board today!
I think they would screw onto the wall...
You'd pull those down and I think you'd put a candle on it.
-A bit fussy. What do you think?
I don't like it. I don't. I don't like it.
-Shall we come back to it then?
-Yes. It's good to say things like that rather than go through the whole rigmarole.
Yes, but you still have to buy three items,
which, with these two, could be tricky.
-What do you think about those?
-What are they?
Well, look at the plaque on there.
-That is a Panzer tank, isn't it?
-Second World War.
-Do they come as a pair?
-You can buy them as a pair.
-Well, there's two of them!
They're really unusual for stick collectors.
I mean, they're not the finest quality,
but I love that, with the tiger colouration.
I like that one more than this.
-Yes. So, your tank commander would do all that stuff with it.
-What kind of money, guys?
-£50 on each of them...at the moment.
-Well, have you seen another one?
The best I can do the pair would be...
-70 for the pair.
-70 for the pair.
The more I look at it, the more I like it.
Could you do 60 for the pair?
-She's a good girl.
-She's a good girl.
What about 65? You said 70 before. Meet me halfway with 65.
-Go on, 65 quid.
-She's on a roll, this one.
-You've done the deal.
That's it. Done the deal. Thank you, guys.
I feel nervous now, I don't know...
Yes, I think Polly surprised herself there,
discovering a natural talent for haggling.
-One down, Reds.
-Well, that's good.
I mean, you did that in good, quick time as well. Well done.
See why I brought her now!
Now, how's our strongest link getting on?
That's very kind of you, thank you.
-That's very pretty.
-What's the price on that, sir?
-£20 to us.
-I wish! 60.
-So do we!
So, a quick time check -
can you believe 20 minutes have gone already?
-It's like that, isn't it?
I'm glad to see our science buffs are keeping their eyes on the time.
Look at that.
-Do you want to lift that down and have a look at it?
-Yes. I'd like to have a look at that.
-Let's have a look at the mark underneath.
-That's a funny looking piece, isn't it?
There's the marks. Berlin.
-Very modern, but it's such a nice piece of porcelain.
Feel that, Neil, feel that.
-Don't drop it.
-It's lovely isn't it?
If you stick that on, I might buy it.
-I think that is lovely, I like it.
-It's a lovely piece, isn't it?
Humorous shape anyways.
Well, I think that's humorous and people do like collecting bears.
Don't tell me Barby's found something they both like!
-£75, that's what you'd pay in a shop for it.
-Right. Absolutely, yeah.
So unless it comes down to around about 45.
Let's have a word with the dealer.
Sir, love the bear.
£75 is a little on the top side.
It's comparatively modern.
I was thinking around about sort of 45.
55, would that be worth it, do you think?
Don't ask me now you've made the offer!
I'm saying to you would you think 55 would be worth a punt,
-and then I'll make the offer.
-I said 45
and I think we stand a chance.
£50. Right, have a look at it, Paul.
-Oh, is it OK?
-I can't see any damage. It sounds all right.
Oh, the stallholder won't like that!
-You don't tap it with a gold ring.
Hmm, thought not.
Can you not...45? Dave is such a lovely bloke, and I'm not too bad.
I'm just thinking of what I was paying for it
and to help the Blue team...
-I'm going to go to 48.
-OK. Let's go for it.
OK, done. Thank you.
And with that, the Blues have scratched up their first buy
and drawn level with the Reds.
-Oh, we've made our first purchase, that's marvellous.
A bit of silver here. Bit of silver for you, Polly?
So anything in there you fancy?
-Erm, well, there's the little snuff box which I think's quite cute.
-Oh, that's nice.
-Do you like snuff boxes?
-Erm, I don't really...
-You don't take snuff then?
Who is that?
I mean, It's dated 1806.
So that's George III period, but it's not George III.
-Although, it's very Romanesque, isn't it?
Let's have a feel of it, yeah?
Enamelled... Oh, here we go, what does that say?
"Intrepid champion of freedom.
"Enlightened advocate of peace."
-OK, so that is somebody that we don't know.
Charles Fox. I really like that.
What sort of a price have you got on him?
-I think that's a really nice thing. I would buy it.
What are you thinking, Mike?
Whisper a number to me.
I'd pay 30 quid for it.
-I'll go 35 on it, that's it.
-35. What do you think, Polly?
I'm not 100% convinced, but I'm not the expert, so...
Right. The lady's not convinced,
so it had better go back in.
-But we can leave it in reserve.
-Is that all right?
Thank you, yeah.
Never mind, Doctor Mike, take a look at this instead.
They say that in the blood of every Englishman
there's more than a pinch of salt coursing round the old stream.
That's because, of course, we're an island race.
And boats and ships in the sea have been a part of our life forever.
That's why I think marine collectables like this
have such a poignant significance.
What we've got here
is a particular type of fishing craft
that's called a coble.
And this one, you can see, is identified
as having been presented by J W Chapman, Boat Builder, Filey.
What we see here
is a representation of a vessel that Mr Chapman would've built.
Now, Mr Chapman's had great fun making this half model.
Not only is it to scale,
he's also included some oars and some rigging,
and then, in a delightfully naive style,
he's painted the background.
He's painted the Yorkshire coast.
He's done it in oil paint on panel,
and this thing I would date at around 1914.
And quite frankly,
if you find one of these things in a fair like this for £75,
you really ought to buy it.
Because not only is there a decent profit in the thing -
in a specialist marine sale you might get 300-400 for it -
but because it's simply a jolly nice thing.
That's lovely. Early Worcester. Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy.
Oh! Royal Worcester.
375. Beautiful, but...
Too expensive. Keep looking, Paul.
So what's that then?
-I think it looks like an inkwell.
-Well done, yeah, it is. Yeah.
-Shape of a bell.
A Novelty inkwell.
Oh, there we go.
Look at that, tell me what that says.
There you go, there's the brand.
Gorgeous, quality maker. And it's novelty, which is very, very good.
-What's it worth?
I know what I'd like to get it for.
Time to unleash your secret weapon, Reds - Polly power!
What's the best price you can go on that?
-What have we got on that?
-It says 160.
Could you go 110?
I would go 120 with you, and that's a good buy.
-Meet halfway - 115?
-I've got to make a profit, haven't I?
Are you sure you couldn't go 117?
-Are you sure?
I can't, I'm so sorry.
-You can't. At 118?
-Go on, 117.
I can't believe this!
I can't believe it. I'm going to take you shopping with me.
-That was your lovely smile, wasn't it?
-Thank you very much.
-I've got a lovely smile.
-Yeah, but you're not as good as her!
Polly's done the Reds proud again with their second purchase.
I like this.
What do you think this was used for?
It's jolly heavy.
It's some kind of a camera, isn't it, yeah?
This catch releases and there's your cartridge inside.
Ah. Oh, right.
Oh, look, and it's got the War Office.
Yeah, I see that, yeah.
So there's the War Office mark,
so we can assume it's from the Second World War.
OK, and this would be mounted in the actual aircraft
and as it was being fired - the gun -
they would actually record what was being hit.
-Amazing, isn't it?
-Yeah, it's brilliant.
-Can you feel the weight of it?
Oh, yeah, it is heavy, isn't it?
-And did you study Second World War history at school?
-I did, it was one of my favourite subjects.
-And now you're handling a physical element.
That's quite good.
Right. All we've got to do is establish the price now.
Your very, very best price, sir, please.
-45, go on then.
-As it's you.
-Shake his hand.
-Shake the man's hand.
And I'll do it as well. OK, and that's it. Item number two, David.
-Right, I'm very pleased about that. Are you happy?
-I'm very happy.
Glad to hear it. Now, get a move on.
Right, ten minutes left. There's something a bit girly.
What do we know about this thing, then?
I think it's a 1910-1920s set.
Obviously they're not real diamonds, are they? Can I test them?
Oh, look at this, I love these bits of kit.
-This is like a medical bit of kit.
-What is it? Yes, yes.
You simply put the prong
on the top of what you might think is a diamond...
If it's a diamond, it'll go, "Bleep, bleep." Have you got any real diamonds?
-Those emeralds there?
-That one? Are they diamonds? Here you go. Ready?
That's the sound you'll want to hear.
Thank you very much. We are wasting loads of time here.
You said it.
Right, we've got to quicken up, chaps.
Lovely, lovely. Pricey.
Have a look at this.
-How much is that?
You mean £1.80, don't you?
It winds up.
So what date are we talking about - 1960?
-I like it.
-What's the very best?
I wouldn't pay more than, say, £50.
I know it sounds silly, but to me that's all it'd be worth.
My instinct is, "Thank you, but not at that price, David."
OK, we'll put that back.
Careful, Paul, Barby might vote you off your own team.
Quick decision. Go on.
-You don't like the jewellery, do you?
-Shall we go with the snuff box, then?
-I like the snuff box.
-Shall we go with the snuff box?
-Let's go and get the snuff box.
-I'm getting slightly panicky.
-I'm getting more than slightly panicky!
-We've got to rush round, so come on, let's do it.
-Right. OK, let's go.
The clock's ticking, guys.
We do only have minutes. Hi.
The Georgian snuff, please.
If you don't mind.
Unless you were going to try and be horrible again, Polly.
-No, no, you guys can... I'm happy with that.
-Are you sure you're happy?
-Thank you very much.
-Marvellous, thank you.
And for £35 our medical team has it all sewn up.
But the Blues could fast become our weakest link.
-David, I'm panicking...
-So am I.
Browsing time's over, boys. Just grab something, Barby!
Right, have a look at that. Check for repairs.
-Check for damage. We've got three minutes. Three minutes.
-There are Doulton, these are Slaters Patent.
And what's so good about this - feel the texture.
It's lovely, isn't it?
The design is taken from lace which is pressed into the wet clay.
-It's removed and then it's fired
and then all the enamel colours and the gilt
was applied when it was fired.
-It's amazing, isn't it?
-So this is all quality, quality, quality.
These are standard fare for the Doulton factory
for middle class homes round about the...1910, that sort of period.
-We've got to go for these, haven't we?
So how much are the...?
-£165. Is that your very best?
We've only got a short time and limited finance.
-145...would be the very best.
-They're fresh to the market.
-140, that's what we can afford.
I'll spin you - 140, 145.
What are you calling?
-Oh, you've lost!
HE CHUCKLES Never mind!
-Thank you very much.
-No problem at all.
-Thank you. Good sportsman.
-And with that toss of the coin...
Halt the hunt. Time's up.
Let's go and see what the teams have bought.
Polly led the assault for the Reds,
haggling these Panzer dress canes down to £65.
Then she charmed the stallholder out of his novelty inkwell for £117,
before Dad got the snuffbox he liked for 35.
Well, look at that!
-What a lovely way of finishing! Did you have fun?
Now, what did you spend all round, Polly?
£217, so that means I want £83 leftover lolly.
-Have you got £83?
-That's 80 and 3.
David, you obviously had a masterful tour with this brilliant couple.
-Yes, I have.
We've bought a real eclectic mix,
so I think the challenge for me
is to buy something even more eclectic!
Good luck with that. Enjoy your cup of tea.
Meanwhile, we're going to check out what the Blues bought.
The Blues found something they both liked
in this porcelain bear for £48.
Neil went for the World War Two aircraft-mounted camera at 45.
And in a last-minute scramble,
the Blues ended up with a Doulton vase each for £140.
-We've done the worst!
-You've done your best!
-I hope you haven't done your worst!
-We want the very best!
Neil, have you had a nice time?
-We've had a brilliant time.
-Has the boy been good?
-He's not been so bad. We couldn't have done it without David.
That's what we hear all the time. Now, how much did you spend all round?
230 - that is a really good number.
-£67 leftover lolly, please.
-67 leftover lolly.
-Have you got that?
-I've got it.
-Well done, Neil. Thank you.
David Barby's very keen on the odd £2.
-You'll be counting that, won't you, David?
There you go, old boy. Anyway, good luck with your search, David.
Meanwhile, we're heading off to the heart of Lincoln,
to the lovely Usher Gallery.
The Usher Gallery in Lincoln was the last wish of James Ward Usher,
who, from a young age,
showed a keen interest in collecting antiques and works of art.
James Ward Usher turned out to be an extremely astute businessman,
becoming extraordinarily wealthy.
But all of his business profits
he ploughed back into his obsession with art.
He would travel tirelessly thousands of miles
in order to find exactly the right piece to add to his collection.
The Usher Art Gallery was completed in 1927,
six years after his death.
It is Lincolnshire's premier art gallery.
And his collection included ceramics, silvery, jewellery,
miniature paintings and enamels.
And I've selected a few
from the delightful collection of enamels to show you.
Each of these pieces date from
the middle of the 18th century
to the early part of the 19th century.
And one fun object is this curious case.
Looking at the outside, we've got two cartouches,
which are these painted panels.
If I press the button on the end,
it hinges open to reveal a series of tools.
And this little enamel box is called an etuille.
And if I take this little piece out, you can see
that it's sharp-pointed down one end,
that you might use to help you in some needlework capacity,
and a shallow-dished end which, curiously,
a genteel 18th-century Englishwoman would have used
to clear the wax out from her ear hole.
Also included in the Usher collection are a wonderful group on watches,
and I've selected this one not because it's a jolly good example
of a pear-cased verge watch
but because this particular case is of spectacular quality.
It's made of gold, it's been jewelled,
but also incorporates a panel of enamel.
This enamel, however, wasn't made in Britain -
it was made in either France or Switzerland.
And if I put the very best of British enamels
next door to the very best of Continental enamels,
you can see that there is a shocking disparity.
The British variety, from Staffordshire,
is crude and rather lifeless.
Whereas the Continental example is of supreme quality.
The most glorious box of all, though, has to be this fellow.
This thing is made of solid gold
and it has a multitude of functions.
If I lift that cover, it reveals an empty interior,
and that would have been used for snuff.
The two panels on either side are enamelled with landscapes,
and if I lift the left-hand one, inside there are two dials,
because inside this end rectangle is a watch movement.
The end compartment contains something that's really fun -
a clockwork device which, if it were working,
would revolve the windmill.
In short, two complicated pieces of mechanical clockwork
contained within a box designed to hold snuff
that just happens
to be made of solid gold and covered in exquisite enamel.
Hm! What could be more perfect?
The big question today is,
for our teams over at the auction,
will any of their objects turn out to be so perfect?
So we've trotted from Norfolk to Essex -
Stansted Mountfitchet, to be precise, just the outskirts -
to be at Sworders Saleroom, with our auctioneer, John Black.
Now, for Polly and Mike, first up,
so-called Panzer sticks. How do you rate these?
They are a bit later than World War Two period.
The inscriptions and the make-up of the canes
look a little bit later.
We've only put 30 to 50 on.
I don't blame you, quite frankly, cos these bits
look as if they're stamped out of cheap tin yesterday.
-30 to 50's your estimate.
-£65 was paid.
So they may be a bit of a dark hole there.
Next up is the novelty silvery inkwell.
I think we're on safe territory here, aren't we?
We are. Asprey's is a good maker. 1910, bell-shaped. It's a lovely lot.
100 to 150, should easily do that.
OK. £117 paid, so we're on the cusp of making a profit on that.
And what about Charles Fox and the snuffbox?
-Again, it's a reproduction.
-Yes. Well, I entirely agree with you.
I mean, all this green gunge here has been artificially simulated
to make it look as if it's old.
-Anyway, how much?
-10 to 20.
-OK. £35 paid.
Anyway, for a dead cert, in my mind,
they're going to need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
So the leftover lolly moment. £83 went to David Harper.
What did you spend it on, David?
Something probably more suited to you, Polly, and I hope you like this.
-I DO like it!
-Good! Have a feel of that.
-Weigh that up.
-That is quite heavy, actually.
-Isn't that lovely?
-Have a hold.
-But the great thing with that is its weight.
You can see it's quality.
And if you just turn it over - this is absolutely fantastic.
-Can you read that?
-Nancy in France.
Very good quality, founded in the late 19th century.
Still producing today. Stylish, refined and sophisticated piece of glass.
-Right up our street!
-What, you mean refined, sophisticated?
You've had the great build-up.
-What you haven't asked him is how much did he spend?
-20 quid is very, very...
I don't want to say cheap, because that cheapens the product.
-Very reasonable price.
You get a chance to pick it after the sale of your first three items.
But right now, let's find out, for the viewers at home,
what the auctioneer thinks about the Daum glass.
This is a lump, isn't it, John?
-And right up your street.
A Daum Nancy bowl or ashtray
-with these little indentations on, but are petal-shaped as well.
-OK. What's your estimate?
-30 to 50.
-OK - £20 paid.
-That's a good bonus buy, if the team decide to go with it.
And well done, David. Now, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
What a mixture they've got. My gosh!
-We've got a KPM Berlin bear scratching itself.
-Mm-hm. In the right place.
-When you've got to scratch, you've got to scratch, I suppose!
-Not very old, that, is it?
-It isn't, but a good little lot, quite fun.
And decorative - £50 to £100.
-OK - £48 paid.
-So, we're in for a small profit there, probably.
Now, what about this camera?
Have you got anything interesting you can tell us about that?
Well, we've had a look at it
and the code and everything relate to a Spitfire.
-World War Two period.
And they were fitted to all Fighter Command Spitfires and Hurricanes.
So it is an original.
I mean, you just say Spitfire, Hurricane - don't pound signs come up?
-It's an interesting lot. It's not going to be worth a great deal.
-We've only put 20 to £30 on it.
Well, that deflates that idea! £45 was paid.
Lastly, and for something completely different, a pair of Doulton vases.
They're a nice pair of vases.
The decoration is slightly out of taste now, but 70 to 100...
OK. £140 paid.
And on that basis, they're going to need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Neil and Paul, the sympathy vote goes to David Barby today,
who's had a nasty fall, haven't you, David?
-I have, look at that.
On a garden bench.
You are such a trooper to pitch up to work
and do your performance for us today.
-We take our hat off to you.
-How very kind of you to say that.
-Not at all.
You could have just said, "I'm not coming." But you've turned up, straight from A&E,
and here we go. Anyway, you had, David Barby, £67.
Before the fall, what did you buy?
-Well, I bought something I hope the guys will like.
-This is a silver-cased fountain pen by Sheaffer.
And it has a lovely ribbed body. You can actually grip this.
It's gold-washed at the top there.
-It's such an elegant piece of writing equipment.
-Can I...? Lovely.
-Oh, that is absolutely fantastic.
-It is lovely.
-Just feel that, Neil.
-That's really nice.
-It is quality.
-How old is it?
-It's probably 1950s, 1960s.
-How much do you think that's worth?
-Well, I paid £50 for it.
And I think, for a pen collector, they may pay up to about £80 to 100.
-Oooh, let's hope so. It's very nice.
-Anyway, treasure that opinion.
But right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about David's pen.
-That's handsome, isn't it?
-It is. It's a nice Sheaffer fountain pen.
There is a little bit of damage if you look along the ribbing.
-A few dents, isn't there?
-But it is solid silver, isn't it?
So, it's a nice quality thing. So, how much do you think for that one?
-We have put £30 to £50 on.
-£50 paid by David.
-It might just scrape that, mightn't it?
-Yes. We shall see.
Thank you very much.
-So, Mike, how is it with you? You're not having a palpitation?
-That's all right. "No, no!"
-I've got pills for that!
-How about you, Pol?
-How are you?
-Yeah, I'm good. I'm excited to see what happens.
First lot up are the stakes. Here they come.
A pair of World War II Germany Army dress canes,
each with a plaque, showing a tank. There we are.
It's a low start at £20. Any advance on 20?
I'll take 22, if you wish. At £20. 22. 25.
28. At £28. 30.
-Thank you, sir. At £30.
-32, are you sure?
-Oh, go on.
-Could have been better.
-Dead ahead, in front.
-I don't like this.
-£30 only, and I'll sell.
-Make an effort. Minus £35.
You say that quickly, it's not too bad. Moving on, now the inkwell.
This is going to make it all back.
Good quality item there by Asprey of London. It's a low start at £70. 75.
80. 85. 90.
-Bidders all over the place.
-Look at that. You need this profit.
-130. 140. 150.
-You need all this profit.
-Yes, that's more like it. That's quite right.
-In the centre there, £160. 170 anywhere now?
-Go on, go on, go on.
I'm going to sell. £160.
Yes, that's plus £43. We like that very much.
So you knock off 35, you're plus eight. This is great.
Here comes the box.
Commemorating the life of Charles Fox.
Little age there. All the same, a pretty little lot.
-I've got to start here at £15.
I've got some interest here at 15. 18. 20. 22. 25.
-We need 35.
-38. Lady's bid at £38.
-You're in profit, well done.
-How lovely is that?
-£50 on the count. £50 now.
-All done, and I'm selling...
-£50. Bet they don't know it's made of plastic.
Anyway, that's OK, who cares? It's plus 15, that's all that matters.
Plus your eight means you're plus 23.
That is a very respectable score.
Now, what are you two going to do about the bowl?
-What are you going to do about that?
-I think we should go for it.
-We have immense confidence in David.
-We all have immense confidence.
We're going with the bonus buy and here it is.
It's etchmarked, Daum, France, on the base as well.
We'll start the bidding here at £15. 15 I'm bid.
-Here we go, £15.
-Any advance? 18. 20. 22. 25. 28.
-At 28, lady's bid.
-You're in profit.
-Any advance on £28? 30 anywhere?
-There's somebody else.
-Well done, David.
-35 to bid, sir?
-Look at this.
-How does he do it?
-With the lady now.
-£55, or I'm going to sell. Make no mistake, 55...
It's plus £35.
-It is brilliant. And he said it was brilliant.
If the man himself says it is brilliant, it is brilliant.
No shadow of a doubt about it. Thank you very much for that. That means that you are £58 up.
-That is a very wholesome profit to be walking away with. You must be very pleased.
The big thing now is don't say a word to the Blues.
-So, Neil, Paul, how you feeling, OK?
-Yes. More or less.
What do you mean, more or less? What's the less bit?
I think we've done well on one, so-so on the other one,
and I think we're going to bomb on the third one.
-Which is the bomber?
-Well, you could be right. You paid £140.
His estimate is 70 to 100.
-He thinks that they're not going to do that well.
-But you never know. It's a busy saleroom, isn't it?
-It is, very packed out today.
First is the bear scratching itself. Here we go.
We have a KPM Berlin porcelain figure of a bear scratching.
There we are. It's a lovely figure there.
We can start the bidding here at £50.
-50 I'm bid.
-Any advance on 50?
Any advance at £50? 55. 60.
-Look at this.
-Well done, Paul, you spotted it.
-We all done there? 80.
-That's what we like.
-Fresh bidding. 85. 90.
Out in the room, on commission, £110, I'm going to sell.
Make no mistake, at £110...
-That is plus £62. Nice bit of auctioneering, nice object.
-Wait till the next lot!
Moving along to 161,
we have the World War Two aircraft gun-mounted camera.
The G45. It was slung underneath the Hurricanes
and Spitfires during the war.
We'll start the bidding at £20 for it.
20 is bid. At £20. Any advance?
It's a wing-mounted camera. At £20. Any further interest? 22.
25. 28. 30. 32.
35. 38. 40.
-45. 48, sir?
-48, we're in.
-At 48? It's on the pillar.
-£48, I'm going to sell now.
-Doesn't seem a lot, does it?
But it's plus £3, you can't sniff at that. There we go.
-Now the Doulton vases.
A pair of early 20th century Doulton mantle vases. There we are.
We can start the bidding here at £40. At 40. Any advance on £40 now?
-I'll take two if you wish anywhere. Any interest there?
-48. Thank you very much. At £48.
-Any further interest?
50 anywhere now? At £48.
-We all done? Selling now. £48.
-Oh, dear. I can't bear it.
48. It's two shy of 50, which is 90 down. It's £92, minus £92.
-70. That's 22. Which means you're minus £27.
That is such a disappointing position to be in.
What are you going to do about this pen?
-Are you going to go with the bonus buy?
It was a nice piece.
We're going with the bonus buy and here comes the pen.
Sheaffer fountain pen. 1930s. Ribbed case. Marked 95 sterling.
There we are. We have some interest here.
-I can start the bidding at £35. £35.
-That's what we like.
-Any advance on 35? 40 I'll take, if you wish, anywhere?
-All over the place.
-Look. Come on.
-55, lady's bid now.
-Well done, David, you're in profit.
-Any advance on £55?
£55. I'm going to sell, make no mistake, at 55.
It's plus £5. Nothing the matter with that. It's a £5 profit.
-It's a profit.
-It's a step-up on his estimate, anyway.
Minus 27 becomes suddenly minus 22.
-Minus 22 doesn't sound too bad, does it?
-Not too bad.
-Not if you say it quickly.
You don't tell the Reds and all will be revealed in a moment.
-Everybody happy, then? Yes?
You jolly well ought to be cos we've had a great programme.
-Any talk of scores? Have you been chatting? Personal best scores?
Just as well. Sadly, on Bargain Hunt, we can't all be winners, we have to have runners-up.
We never have losers, of course, just runners-up.
-The runners-up today are the Blues.
In a way, the Blues were robbed.
Minus £22 is the score that you walk away with today.
-But I hope you've had a nice time.
We've loved having you on the show. The victors today are actually going home with money - £58 worth.
And the £58 is coming up right now. There we go.
And £3 to make up the eight. Polly, I hope you've had a nice time.
-Yes, it's been really good.
-You should all be beaming with pleasure.
-Plus £58, well done, team. Excellent.
In fact, it's been so good,
-why don't you join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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Norfolk's Antiques and Collectors Fair is the venue for the bargain hunters. A father and son with very different tastes team up with David Barby for the blues, and David Harper finds he has a brilliant haggler on the red team.
Tim Wonnacott pays a visit to the Usher Gallery in Lincolnshire to take a closer look at some of the treasures that can be found there.