David Barby and James Braxton advise the teams at Detling Antiques Fair in Kent, while Tim Wonnacott heads to Scotney Castle in nearby Royal Tunbridge Wells.
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Today, we've got two pairs of friends pitting their wits
against one another, so who's going to be the aces
and who's going to be the jokers?
Let's go bargain hunting!
Our good friends today are bargain hunting
at the Detling antiques and collectors' fair.
They've got £300 to spend and one hour to do it in.
The big question is, will they gamble and spend big?
'Today, it's all about R&R for the Reds.
'Rest and relaxation.'
The best way to test a chair is by actually sitting in it.
'Not for the Blues, though. They just can't stop.'
Come on! For goodness sakes!
'But will it be a story of the tortoise and the hare at the auction?
'Let's meet the teams.'
Here we are. Hello, everyone.
ALL: Hello, Tim.
So, Will and Rob, you're practically inseparable, you two. Why's that?
We work together, we've been to university together,
-we've lived together for five years.
-Play rugby together.
What are your plans for the future?
-I want to be a millionaire by the time I'm 30, actually.
-No worries at all, then.
But how many years have you got to go?
-Oh, seven. That's quite long enough for you to become a millionaire.
It's the leisure industry that you're interested in.
It's where I currently work, yeah.
So let's hope you make a bob or two at the auction.
-Might be enough to start your capital base for your new business.
Are you a competitive man, Rob?
I try to be. I play a lot of rugby.
I've played for county level, three counties level, when I was younger.
You're not averse to a bit of extreme sports either.
I want to try to get into skydiving eventually, do some free-falling.
Why do you want to do that, do you think?
It's just a bit of fun. Why not?
You only live once.
What are your team tactics today?
Are you going to spend a lot of money or a small amount of money?
Not too much, hopefully.
Are you going to take the advice of your expert?
I think we may need it.
That could be your first mistake. No, no, no. Only joking.
We'll have fun, right? We'll look forward to it.
Girls, are you quaking in your boots?
Not at all, we're looking forward to it. Absolutely.
Veronica and Jules, how did you first meet?
We met at the residential special needs school
that I still work at and discussed music and discovered we both had a lot of music.
How important is music for you then, V?
It's my profession but it's also my major hobby.
I run an a cappella jazz group.
-Yes. I do some arranging - I have done an arrangement which you may hear later on.
Oh! I think there's a bit of a tease coming on here.
-Now, Jules, you've experienced quite a different type of musical fame, haven't you?
In the '60s, I ran a folk singing club
and we did have everybody that was on the circuit.
The Americans, the Brits,
-and I was the first club to give Paul Simon a booking.
He wasn't known. We were taking a chance.
You didn't keep his letter of engagement or anything like that?
No, but he wrote the first two verses of Homeward Bound on his way to our club.
He'd just left his girlfriend and played the two verses at our club. The song wasn't finished.
It's actually one of his best-loved and most well known songs,
-I would say.
-From that, the man blossomed.
-I didn't quite claim that.
-Claim whatever you like, darling.
That's quite something, isn't it? Anyway, now the money moment. £300 apiece.
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go.
Very, very, very good luck.
Goodness gracious me, whatever's going to happen next?
And who's guiding our teams through this huge fair in Kent?
Hoping to keep the Reds on track is our expert James Braxton.
And David Barby is steering a straight line for the Blues.
If not a straight face.
So it's time to make hay while the sun shines.
-Speaking of which.
-I think garden stuff. It's the right time of year.
Look at that. You have the sort of gazebo there.
-It's great with the sun shining.
-Something smaller maybe? Please?
-There's masses here to look at.
What I want you to do is fairly quick, scan the stalls
because we've got nearly 1,000 to look at.
Good advice from Mr Barby. The clock is running.
David, I saw this pewter...
Nice little pewter jug. £15.
Not bad price, but I don't think you'll get 10 at auction on that.
-No, I don't.
-No, I think we'll lose on it.
Well, I'd give £10 for that.
-Yeah, well then you'd be losing a fiver, Jules.
Losing a fiver? That's no good. You're after bargains.
Lighting is always sought after,
although you have to rewire some of it.
That's quite a nice design. Do you like them or hate them?
I'm unsure myself.
I'm not 100% confident with it.
-What about that for a fiver?
-"When you've finished pouring tea, place the teapot down on me."
This is lovely. This is made in Torquay.
It's known as slipware, but also for collectors it's called motto,
because there's this little comment on it,
and you get mugs and jugs, and there are collectors of motto ware.
How much do you think it would actually sell for?
It could go up to about £15.
So that would be a profit of only £10.
Yes, but I'd rather have a profit of £10
-than a loss of five or whatever.
-Don't be rude!
Let's put it back for emergencies, shall we?
I'm sure it'll still be there.
You've established the parameters now, so no more £10 or £15 pieces.
-That's the Blues told. Barby wants to spend big. Atta boy!
Come and have a look here.
-What have you found?
-It's a nice pencil.
We've got sterling silver here. It's got a maker's name.
But, slightly fascinated by here, 21st June 1918.
Now I know the Great War ended in 1918, any of you history boys?
-I know it coincides kind of that year and everything.
-I'm sure it was round there.
-It was around then, I believe.
I think you'll find it was the 11th November 1918, boys.
I quite like that, actually.
The nice thing about these pencils is so often they're very small.
This one's quite big.
It's quite a nice item and it would have hung down there.
The best he can do is £35. It's a good item. Good, fat fellow.
-Usable, and actually it's serviceable.
Made when things were made to last slightly longer than they do today.
It's fab, isn't it? Do you want to go for it, 35?
-Yeah. Let's try it out. You happy with that?
It's good to get our first one in. Let's go for it.
-You've talked these laid-back lads into their first purchase, James. Well done.
Veronica, there's your musical piece.
-Yes, but it's the ugliest thing I've ever seen!
-Course it's the ugliest thing!
It's absolutely fantastic, really.
Notes of discord among the Blues.
Where's the harmony? Where's the beautiful music?
-Ronnie, you're into your music. I've just noticed the quaver earrings.
-I am. You're right there.
I'm a professional musician and it's also my big hobby.
I run a jazz a capella group, and especially for yourself
and the team I have done a version of the Bargain Hunt theme, a capella.
Just the choir.
And for the audience at home, this is what it sounds like.
A CAPELLA THEME TUNE PLAYS
Mmm, I like the tune.
Not sure about the dancing though. Are they in time?
There are some peculiar things about, you know. What about this chap?
What do you make of that?
Looks a bit like a four-inch shell from an artillery piece, doesn't it?
I mean, you've got this piece at the top here that's faceted,
and then it goes into a spiral, just like the end of a screw in a woodworking kit,
and then you come down to the shaft of it itself, which is solid porcelain.
Well, not solid, it's been thrown on a wheel,
hence this spiral inside, but only half of it's been properly glazed.
That's this lower part.
If you look at the lower part, there's a panel of blue,
which is stylised foliage,
then you've got these stylised magnolia pink bits of petaling.
And then the tricky part starts,
which is this line of Japanese script.
Now, I do speak Japanese? Sorry, no, I don't.
So I can't read what that says.
And if you said to me, 'what is this used for?' in all honesty,
I couldn't tell you.
I do think it's something that was inserted into the ground.
Literally screwed into the ground.
Not heavyweight clay-type ground, but lightweight sand or loam.
Having screwed it into the ground, only that piece would protrude,
and it could be used for any number of purposes.
You might, in a Zen-type garden, perhaps have a series
of these vessels inserted into the sandy ground,
and perhaps put candles or rockets, or even the bases of tent poles.
How about that? What does the dealer want for this object?
He hasn't got the faintest idea what it is. £20.
Why not invest the £20 and go off and do the research
and see what happens, because for a piece of Japanese porcelain
that is this intriguing, for £20, is not a lot of money.
Got it? Got it. 'Now, the question is, have the Blues got anything?'
-What's the price like, dear chap?
-What sort of price is that?
-I could do it for 100. It's got 115.
-Oh lordy, lordy, lordy lords!
-That's a no, then.
-How much is that?
Ooh, sugarsville! I shouldn't have touched it.
Oh dear, the Blues aren't having much luck.
-I'm starting to get panicky.
-Are you really?
-I really am.
-No, David, don't panic, darling.
Will, what have you got?
-It's a whistle.
-Is that what it is?
Is it a whistle? Oh, it's a whistle. Isn't that fun?
I wonder if it's a different-pitched whistle.
I think it's a different-pitched whistle.
I think you've made some new friends here, James. Woof!
And it looks like David's been let off the leash,
so the girls can get their photo taken.
Ah. This is hardly the time, is it, David?
-Here he is. Hooray! We thought we'd lost you.
-We thought you'd gone.
They want a picture of you, David. Not us, you darling. You're the celebrity.
What a picture! No, not that one.
Anyway, it's time to snap to it, Blues,
because the Reds are cracking on.
-Good, solid fella.
-What do you think, Rob?
-Yeah, I quite like it. It's nice and big.
-It's big enough. Got a good weight.
Is there any way of telling where it's come from?
It has. It looks a mixture between a Grecian oil jar.
I don't think it's Grecian though, or something Chinese, isn't it?
It has a sort of oriental look about it.
Without knowing the price, I'd estimate that
somewhere between 40-60, 40-80, that sort of mark.
It's a big fellow. It's pottery, it's an attractive colour blue.
Yeah, I think it's more Chinese than Grecian, really.
-It's got the five loopholes. Good weight.
Yes. It's heavy enough.
If you like it, we'll see what price she wants.
If it's £100, walk away. If it's 35, buy it.
Let's see what we can do, then.
Right. We've reached that time limit where we said we would spend
half an hour outside and then we'd go into the marquees.
-Rock 'n' roll.
Are you into running? Come on, Jules.
That's it, David, best foot forward old chap. Bossy boots.
-Time is running out. Now, how's that haggling going?
-I'll do it for 50 for you.
50. You see, that's getting better. We're getting warm.
I think it's as warm as I'm going to get!
47. How about 47?
47. Cor! That's a lot of money you're knocking me, you know.
48. How's that? 48.
That sounds very fair. Do you like it?
-Yes, it's nice.
-I really like it.
-I like the colour, I like the size of it.
-Yeah, the weight's good.
-It's a good, sound fellow, isn't it?
What about these chairs?
Yeah, I like those, Will. They're very nice.
Shall we go and sit down in them?
Take the weight off.
-They're very comfy, aren't they?
Always the best way to test a chair is by actually sitting in it.
And James has tested a few in his time!
But come on chaps, find the bargains.
The Blues are on the case.
What have we got?
That's a garment.
It's a garment. It's silk.
But this design is called Homemaker.
-It's a 1950s design.
-And loads and loads of pottery,
almost as common as willow pattern was produced in the 1950s
in this pattern. They've got all 1950s shapes here.
-What was the price?
-Well, he wanted 30, but he'll come down to 20.
I would think this is retrospective of the period.
So I think it was probably made in the '70s or '80s,
but looking back to the '50s design.
-Go on - model it for us, David.
-Actually, David, it would fit you!
-I don't think it's a chap's shirt.
-It is, because the buttons are down the left.
-'Oh dear. Still no decisions.'
What are we going to do with this?
I'd leave it for the moment. We really must go and look.
-Well, it's right by the door.
-Ask him to put it by.
'I think the stress is starting to show.
'He's looking rather windy.
'And the Reds, they haven't even moved!'
Are they all sound? Have they got all their various ribs?
-This appears to have all its various bits, doesn't it?
-All of them do.
The seat has all its ribs. This one's in good condition.
OK, it's been left out a couple of nights,
-A little bit of damage on this one.
-What is it, just the whipping?
-Yes, just the whipping on it.
That's easily fixed.
I think there's great glues available these days, isn't there?
I would suggest, Will and Rob, that you go and see the lovely lady
and see if you can negotiate a special price for the two,
so the vase and the four chairs.
You've got 20 minutes to do a really good haggle.
-Fantastic let's go.
'Relaxing on the job again!'
'Now, has David finally found something to win the girls over?'
All right. Sell it to me, David.
-OK. This is a cartoon character.
-Very popular during the 1920s.
This is porcelain, made in Japan.
It's a little oddity, but they're quite collectable.
Yes, that's very true. It's definitely a little oddity.
It's, er, £9.
'The Blues are making poor David really work hard. What about James?'
-I'm getting far too comfortable.
-It was great.
-I think so, yes.
We got 48 for the vase
and 48 for the chairs and they threw in the table as well.
I think that is a very good deal.
-I think that's a great lot for £48, plus the table - another bonus. Well done!
Well done, Will. Well done, Rob.
I think you've got three really fun items.
'The Reds are done, but the Blues haven't even started. David, what's happening?!'
-We've reached the stage where we've got 15 minutes.
And we haven't made a purchase.
We haven't looked at anything in here yet...
Jules, if you start looking at modern reproductions,
you're not going to make a profit.
'Tick, tock, tick, tock, time to buy!'
-You want the shirt?
-We'll have the shirt, yes.
OK. I quite agree with you.
Here's the shirt. Is that £20, sir?
-No, it's 25.
-Can you do it at 20?
-No, I can't.
Sorry, I misled you. It's £25, not 20.
-Could we get a plate thrown in as well, do you think?
-No problem at all.
-That would be super.
-Thank you very much.
-How much are we? Well done.
-Thank you very much.
-You're wearing it.
-We've made a purchase!
'David IS stressed and they've still got two to buy.
'James and the Reds though are just chilling.'
-Have you played this before?
-It's table skittles.
'Only one down. Ha!
'Just like the Blues, or is that about to change?'
-What about the Tunbridge box?
-What do you think?
-I think 45 is a good price.
-Do you think it will sell for 45 at auction?
-Could you do it for less than 45?
-Could you come under 40?
-There's a little bit of damage.
-Damage on the edge.
-It needs a bit of polishing.
Do it for 38. You've got me.
I love it. Personally, for myself, I would buy it
-without any hesitation.
-Jules, this is your buy, do you like it?
I certainly do. Yes, 38.
-It's a deal.
-Thank you very much indeed.
But if you make a profit, I shall be very upset.
-If we don't make a profit,
-shall be very upset!
'If you don't get the third item, we'll all be upset.'
-Thank you very much.
-It didn't look very promising.
-You did quite well.
-We have got 30 seconds. 30 seconds.
-Oh God! Are we still here?!
There we are. Can I open the lid, sir?
'Quick, buy him! Haggle Barbie.'
-So that's £9, sir. OK. Will you take any less?
Will you take eight?
-You'll take eight pounds?
-Thank you very much, sir.
Can we have it gift wrapped?
Are you happy, girls?
-We like to push to the limit.
-Talk about panic stations.
-deserve a cup of tea. I don't know what you want, gin and tonic?
-Ooh, sounds good.
-Double scotch on the rocks!
Time's up, guys and girls.
Let's recap on what the Reds spent.
'The Reds scratched up their first buy with that silver pencil for £35.
'Then they went for a bit of garden decoration
'with two buys in one, a pottery vase for £48
'and to complete the look, they had a leisurely time choosing a set
'of four cane armchairs with coffee table and a magazine rack
'thrown in for good measure.'
It looks like the front row here, doesn't it?
You're the hooker and two dirty great props.
-So, give us the news. Was it good?
-It was great. We got some good buys.
-What did you spend overall?
-So I want, I think, £169, don't I?
-Is that what I need?
169. Check the maths. Which is your favourite piece?
My favourite piece is the pencil that we've got.
-I like the blue vase, actually.
Which is going to bring the biggest profit?
Erm, probably the bonus buy.
Talking about the bonus buy, what are you going to spend that on, Jimmy?
-There's something to look forward to.
Good luck, boys, James.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
'Well, they raced off, did a few laps of the circuit
'and after much hand wringing,
'they plumped for the Homemaker patterned shirt and side plate.
'In a last-minute dash, they found the Tunbridge Ware box for £38.
'And they limped over the finish line
'with a novelty dog pepperette for £8.
'Let's hope all their leg work will pay off, eh?
-That was the most exhausting moment I've had.
-Hey, you guys!
You're jolly lucky to have got your three items at all, aren't you?
-A little, yes.
-What do you mean, "a little, yes?"
-Well, did take a bit of time.
-Took a bit of time?!
You bought nothing and then you bought a whole lot of what?
-How much did you spend?
-£71? I rest my case.
-Who's got the £229?
You've never had so much leftover lolly to spend.
-No, it's going straight to the head, actually.
Are you going for hair care?
Look at the look of horror! Anyway, girls,
look after yourselves, good luck, good luck with your buy.
Meanwhile, we're heading off somewhere absolutely fab,
down the road, right here in Kent.
Completed in 1843, this is the new house at Scotney,
the result of a six-year collaboration
between the Victorian architect Anthony Salvin
and his local wealthy client squire, Edward Hussey III.
Edward Hussey's grandson, Christopher Hussey
and his wife Betty were the last couple to live here.
And it was only following Betty's death in 2006
that we have had our opportunity to be able to explore inside
'this magnificent Jacobethan home.'
The interior of this house is relatively unchanged.
It looks indeed as if the previous owners
have simply upped sticks and left it.
When the National Trust took it over, they found
'it was literally crammed full, every drawer,
'every cupboard, every surface, covered in precious objects'
and they've kept it that way,
just like Christopher and Betty requested.
'Christopher Hussey proposed to Betty in the garden at Scotney
'and so it was fitting that shortly after their marriage in 1936,
'it became their home.'
'Betty was keen to modernise the antiquated services
'but very little on the ground floor was changed.
'Even adapting the small drawing room to make a study for Christopher was done with care
'so as to preserve the period character of the house.'
This is one of the few rooms that Christopher and Betty altered on the ground floor,
but they did it very sensitively,
because they retained the Salvin original details,
'including the Jacobethan strapwork plaster to the ceiling'
and of course this magnificent neo-Renaissance fire surround,
complete with its split parcel gilt columns.
And rather fun, I think, stored in the glazed compartment
above the fireplace itself are a series of bottles.
Almost as decorative as these volumes.
Now there is a tradition in the Hussey family
with regard to scrapbooks.
There are all sorts of scrap-decorated screens around
the house, but this particular volume dates back to the period
of Edward Hussey III, and we've got a number of colourful examples.
Effectively, sheets of paper cut up, and in this case, pasted
and sewn on linen pages in this volume.
And here we've got a volume that was created by Christopher.
This one is one of nine albums which survive here in the house,
and it shows how on the 10th of February 1939,
Christopher and Betty visited Corsham Court in Wiltshire.
We've got watercolours and photographs
and signatures that provide on an almost weekly basis throughout 1939
a visual record of where Christopher Hussey and his wife went.
This of course is particularly interesting in Christopher Hussey's case, because he was employed
or associated closely with the Country Life magazine.
That magazine continues to this very day
to record country life in all its aspects.
The big question today of course is what sort of life
are our teams about to enjoy over at the auction?
And today, we're in the East Sussex
town of Rye at Rye Auction Galleries with auctioneer Kevin Waugh.
Very lovely to be here.
Now, we've got this rather fancy silver propelling pencil.
-Is that a good item?
-Yes, rather a nice item.
It is dated 1918, so during the First World War still,
not at the end of the war, but it could have been an officer's pencil.
Does have a few little dinks and dents to it though,
which doesn't help it. But it's still a good item.
With the silver prices as they are,
it is a possibility that it could be scrapped.
But we've estimated it between £30-£40.
Fine, £35 was paid.
So they'd be very happy if you got £40 or more.
Next is this hideous Chinese pottery vase.
Chinese, I'm not sure.
There's no marks to it.
One of these items that could have been made three or four weeks' ago.
There's not a great age to it. It's still a decorative item.
It'd look nice in a porch or hallway.
We've estimated the item at £40-£50.
Brilliant, they paid £48,
so it'll be interesting to see what you make of it.
Next is this half a forest of bamboo.
We've got the four armchairs, this joker and some other pieces.
What's all that lot worth, Kevin?
The items again, £10-£20. The four chairs...
What, all of them?
All of them together, I'm afraid. The four chairs are a little bit tired, very flaky and loose,
The magazine rack is the newest piece, probably made in about 1980.
Yes, and the best of it.
And the best piece out of the lot.
-You don't rate the coffee table then?
-I don't rate the coffee table at all, I'm afraid.
-Very loose as well.
-They paid £48 for the lot.
They thought they'd done well. It means they'll need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Will and Rob, this is your bonus buy moment.
£169 you gave to the veteran James Braxton.
-Done this a few times, haven't you James?
-Yes, ten years.
All the benefit of the things you've experienced on this show, and what have you come up with?
Well, it's been concentrated in this Tim.
All things Indian, that's what we like.
-How much was it?
It's Indian. Rather nice brass figure, very heavy casting.
-What do you think it's going to make?
-I think it should be, I don't know, £30 plus.
-No, selling price.
-Do you like it, Will?
It isn't my cup of tea.
It's probably going to make more money than the stuff we've bought though, so...
OK, chaps - for the audience at home, let's find out
what the auctioneer thinks of James' little brass figure.
Here we go. Here's something else out of a container.
Over to you, Kevin.
Yes, Indian deity figure. Possibly Balarama.
-It does look to have the moustache there.
Got a fair bit of weight to it. Not sure about the age.
We've estimated this item between £10-£20.
£25 paid by Braxton and he's hoping for a profit.
Anyway, I'm going to park the little fellow up there.
Perhaps he'll bring them some luck.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds, now for the Blues.
Another wacky selection, look.
Starting with the Homemaker printed silk blouse and plate.
The date of the shirt is a little bit later than originally thought.
Under investigation, we found out that this company
didn't start manufacturing these shirts until 1990.
Ah, Kevin, you've done your homework. Good man.
It's a later reproduction type shirt?
Because it is a reproduction and a later model, but still quirky,
-25 to £30.
-They paid £25.
-So pretty well spot-on with that, actually.
Next up is the Tunbridge Ware box.
-Now, that's a pukka thing, isn't it?
-Nice little box in very good condition, really.
We've had a look at it, just make sure it is Tunbridge Ware and not Sorrento.
We've estimated this, again, 30 to £50.
-Very good. £38 paid, so they paid the right price on that.
That's two good items, then. And what about Bonzo?
Bonzo. We have the pepper pot, we don't have the salt.
Oh, I see.
-We want the other half, really. We've estimated ten to £15.
-That's all right.
£8 only was paid, so they paid the right price.
-I think they'll do all right. I don't see them in the red.
I see them in the black or blue,
so they may not need their bonus buy, but let's look at it anyway.
Now, Veronica and Jules,
you gave dear David £229 of leftover lolly.
I rather hope you've blown the lot, David!
Well, I wish I could've done, but I didn't.
Two fascinating ladies and I had to buy two related objects.
Tim, would you do the honours and remove the rag cloth?
Yes, here we go.
Veronica, can you hold that one and I'll explain why I like this.
This is 1950s, '60s, and it's a good-time girl.
Very, very collectible. The arms or legs go up in the air like this.
And I'd like to think of you probably in your 70s or 80s
jazzing around and having cocktails.
Now, this one here, I think, has got class.
And this one is pewter and it is Liberty.
Designed by an artist called Archibald Knox,
and this is typical of the Art Nouveau pieces
produced for Liberty's, with the handle coming out there
and two sort of tendrils going either side as the support.
Then you've got the little medallion here, can you see that, of a golfer.
The reason I bought this is just outside Rye
is one of the world's famous golf courses.
I think anybody interested in golf coming to Rye
might go for that.
I paid £148 for the two objects.
-I think the corkscrew is wonderful.
-I love her.
-She is fun, definitely.
-Should feel a cocktail coming on!
Yes, my dear, I think we should!
Hang on to those thoughts, girls, as right now, for the viewers,
we're going to find out what the auctioneer thinks
of David's lot of brewery-ana!
So, Kevin, here's a bit of a combo. What do you make of this?
Rather an unusual combination. A Liberty's Tudric pewter tankard,
and it comes along with a novelty corkscrew and bottle opener.
Which is aluminium, isn't it?
Yes. Cast aluminium.
-That would be '30s or '50s? '50s.
-'50s, I would think, here.
The paintwork is missing on part of it but still a quirky little item.
And we've estimated this somewhere around 50 to £70.
-What, for the two?
-For the two.
Ooh, dear! This is David Barby's bonus buy.
-He paid 148 for the two pieces.
It could be just a question of a bit of a bogey.
OK, boys, how you feeling?
-Yeah, a little bit nervous.
-Beginning of the match nerves?
-Not quite that bad.
The next lot is your propelling pencil, and here it comes.
-Here we are.
-Good luck, boys. This is really happening.
An E Baker & Son sterling silver propelling pencil
with inscribed date, 21st June 1918. What do we say for this one?
-I've got £30 to start me. 30, I'm in. 32, 35.
I'm out, 35 here. 35, 35, do I see 38? Nice little pencil.
35 in the room. 35.
Am I missing anybody here?
At 35! At the back of the room at £35...
That's wipe-face. Sorry about that. But anyway, there we go.
It's no loss, anyway. That's OK.
That's all right. We're even Stevens.
That was the one we were banking on!
The 20th-century large stoneware vase, having blue glazed decoration.
I can start it at £10.
£10, £10, do I see 12?
12, 15, 18, 20, two, 22 here.
22, 22. Do I see 25?
At £22. We're all done, then, at 22.
£22, so you're minus 26. Bad luck.
Now, are we going to get caned?
Number 96 is the 1960s, '70s set of four cane armchairs.
Cane and glass coffee table, and a later magazine rack.
-There it is, showing over there.
Yes. Don't you just love a magazine rack?
What do we say, £20? Start me, somebody.
-£10 I'm bid. Thank you, sir.
-We've actually got a tenner(!)
At least it's gone.
12. £10, £10. 12 on the net.
12, 12, do I see 15?
15 on the net. We'll play with the net.
On the internet, at £15.
At 15, 15. Do I see 18?
-On the internet, then, at £15...
HE BANGS GAVEL
£15 is minus 33.
-Minus 33... That's 26.
59. Minus £59.
What are we going to do about this Indian figure, then?
-I think it's worth a shot.
-There's no harm in trying.
-You're going to have a shot?
-Yeah, we'll take a shot.
-We're trusting you, James.
-We trust you here. Come on.
-You're going to do it. OK.
Right, that's it. Decision's made -
we're going with the Indian brass figure, and here it comes.
It is the 19th-century cast brass Hindu deity figure.
I have some bids.
They start me at 10, 12, 18, 20,
-22, I'm bid.
22, 22. Do I see 25?
At 22, here on commission. At 22, 22.
Do I see 25?
-It's against you all now.
It's here, at £22. We're all done at 22...
HE BANGS GAVEL
Bad luck. £22, James. It's only minus £3.
-No shame in that. Minus 62.
-It was worth a punt.
That is the way to think about it. You had a punt.
You stood there. You took it on the chin.
The big thing now is don't talk to the Blues, all right?
Veronica, are you worried about anything?
I think I could be a bit worried about the silk shirt.
-Why are you were worried about that?
-I love it, but it's just...
-Well, he's estimated £25 to £30 on it and you paid £25 on it.
It's a peach. He rates it.
-He says he's had some interest, internet-type interest.
-Your first item is the Homemaker plate and shirt.
Here it comes.
Lot number 114 is the 1970s Homemaker side plate
and there's a shady character Homemaker silk patterned shirt.
They tell me this is very rare, this shirt.
Somebody start me at £20.
Somebody start me at £10, then. Let's go.
£10 there. There we go. 12, 15, 18, 20,
2, 25, 28, 30.
-You're in profit. Well done.
-30 I have.
30, 30. It's well worth it.
-At £30, then.
-On my right hand side, we're all done
-HE BANGS GAVEL
That's OK. Plus £5. Don't moan about that.
It's a profit. Fantastic.
Now, the Tunbridge Ware box, Jules.
-I like this. This is your box.
is the mid-19th century domed-top Tunbridge Ware trinket box.
"Domed-top" makes it more interesting.
I have some bids. I start the bidding here at 15.
20, 5, 28, 30 I'm bid. At 30 I'm bid.
-Up a bit, please.
32, 35, 38.
Come on. Come on.
-Yes! You're in profit. Well done.
45, 48, 50.
Yes! Well done, Jules.
At 50 upstairs. 50, 50.
Do I see 5? At £50, with the young lady there, at £50.
£50 is plus £12. That's plus 12 on that.
-You are plus 17 overall.
-Here's sweetie pops.
Lot 116 is the 1920s Japanese porcelain pepper pot
in the form of Bonzo.
There we are. Where are we going with this one?
Who's got about £50 to start me for him?
-Oh, my Lord!
-Come in at 10, then. It's a quirky little piece.
£10, somebody? Thank you very much.
£10 and you're in profit.
12, 15, 18, 20.
-18 on my right.
-Come on - 20!
18, 18. Do I see 20?
At £18, then, we're all done.
Going away at 18.
That is plus £10. Overall, girls, you are plus £27.
Now, before you break out the champagne,
what are you going to do about the mug and the corkscrew?
-Are you going to go with it?
-We're torn. We love them.
-With the greatest respect to you...
-No, not at all.
-I think it's a no.
-You're going to park it?
-You're going to ring-fence your £27 profit.
-Decision made, girls?
Right, we're not going with the bonus buy, but I can reveal now
that the auctioneer's estimate is £50 to £70.
The purchase price was 148,
and I think his problem is that you've got two disparate objects -
something from the '50s and something from the Tudric, kind of Art Nouveau period.
And whilst they're both good things, together, strangely enough,
they're likely to bring less than what the two parts are worth.
Had they been sold separately... Interesting.
We're not going with it, but we'll see what it brings anyway.
Hand-beaten pewter tankard. Stylised handle and motif.
1950s and '60s Italian cast metal bottle opener and corkscrew.
There they are, showing. Nice quirky corkscrew.
Tankard's a very nice piece.
Somebody start me at about £80, I should think, for Liberty's.
Start me at 20, then? Let's get it going.
20, 2, 25, 28, 30, 2, 35, 38.
-I'm trying not to laugh.
-This is cheap, David.
-Oh, come on. This is so cheap.
It's not over yet.
-What about the Internet, David?
-There's nothing coming in.
-Nothing coming in.
Upstairs, at 45.
HE BANGS GAVEL
-That's a steal.
£45. That would have lost you £103.
-But you didn't do it.
You stuck to your true...
You stuck to your instincts. Well done, girls.
-Don't tell the Reds a thing, all right?
-Mum is the word.
-Super. Well done.
Well, well, well, well.
As they say, some days is good days and some days is bad days,
and today has been a particularly bad day
for the Red team.
I mean, let's not dwell on this, eh?
Minus £62 is not just dazzling, is it?
-No, it wasn't the best.
-Did you have a nice time?
-Yeah, a great time.
That's the most important thing. We loved having you. Thank you very much
for being so British and taking all this on the chin.
But I have to say, the victors today, the Blues,
-are going home with folding money. They're going home with £27.
-Here we go.
£27 coming your way. Look at that.
You made a very wise decision not going with the bonus buy,
cos that would've lost you £103.
So that was a very smooth thing, not going with that.
But you did make a profit on all three items,
which means you get to receive
the Order Of The Golden Gavel. Here we are.
We've run out of golden gavels and so now we present chromium-plated tie pins.
To wit you are both entitled, and of course your expert earns one too.
So, please do take, with our love and compliments, your special order.
-There we go.
-Here you are, David.
-One to add to your collection. You have to make profit
on all three items and then you get the Golden Gavel Award, which you girls have done today,
and I congratulate you.
And we have had a splendido day!
Why don't you join us soon for some more bargain-hunting. Yes?
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The antiques challenge comes from Detling Antiques Fair in Kent. James Braxton provides expertise for a pair of sporting lads in red, while David Barby has trouble getting his local ladies in blue to stay still for long enough to spend their money. Tim Wonnacott heads to Scotney Castle in nearby Royal Tunbridge Wells.