The teams go bargain-hunting in Edinburgh. Charles Hanson captains the red team, who have cakes on the brain, while Paul Laidlaw leads a team of tartan-trousered blues.
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Welcome to Scotland. We've got two teams,
two potty-trained experts ready for some Highland haggling.
Let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
Today we're north of the border,
at the Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors' Fair.
Here's a wee taste of what's to come.
Two teams of best mates go head-to-head. The feisty Reds...
-You haven't seen the boys.
-You haven't seen them yet.
We need to beat the boys.
..and the Tartan-troosered Blues.
We're gotta win this. You'll help us win this.
-I'll take you on a night out in Glasgow with the winnings.
Right, let's recap on the rules.
But surely everybody knows what the rules are.
-How long do they get to shop?
-How many things do they have to find?
-And how much do they have to spend?
Exactly right. The team wins that makes the most profit
or the least loss later over at the auction.
Now, let's meet today's contestants.
-Hello, everybody, welcome.
-Lovely to see you.
Now, Jane and Pauline. How did you first meet, Jane?
Well, Pauline and I both do...
are members of the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society,
-so we sing on stage each year together.
-Done HMS Pinafore yet?
-We have, yes.
-That's a rollicking good laugh, isn't it?
-Now, Jane, it says here that you've seen the world.
I've travelled to various countries throughout the world.
Loved every minute of it.
Why aren't you mentioning the Australian Navy?
Well, I was in that for seven years, communication sailor.
-Where did the Australian Navy take you?
-I saw a lot of Southeast Asia.
-Pacific Islands, went to Hawaii twice, New Zealand.
-It was tough. Hard.
-What do you do with your free time now?
Now I'm more into my cake decorating,
which I've been trying to establish as a business.
So, will you be baking a celebration cake especially
-if we win today?
Pauline, you're no stranger to being on the telly, are you?
Well, no. In my earlier life, when I was slightly younger,
I did quite a lot of extra work.
And did local shows, little Scottish shows like Rebus,
Taggart, River City, just plodding about in the background.
And they thought you'd got what it took to wander around?
-Yeah. I don't think you really need that much.
-Well, I don't know.
-Cos, you know, you can't go colliding with people.
And you've got to be very patient.
You do. You sit around for a long time. But it's good fun.
When I was younger, I got a real buzz out of it.
-Now, you find yourself quite often at antique fairs.
-I do, yes.
I love going to antique fairs.
-And I've now got my kids involved as well.
-And I drag them around with me.
-I think you'll do rather well.
In fact, I think you'll do so well
that these Blues are quaking in their boots.
-Are you quaking?
They look handy, these women, to me. Anyway...
Seb, you met Tom first as an opponent, didn't you?
We did, on the rugby pitch, that's right.
-Where did you play?
-I was on the wing.
-I'm not sure what position he was.
-I was on the bench.
Most of the time, Tom, I guess. Well, good fun.
What sort of things do you collect?
Um, I'm not a massive collector of any sort of objects,
but I studied archaeology at university.
I like the story behind objects.
-Things like that.
-Will you be going for something really ancient today?
-Some old lump of stone or iron, if you can find it.
-A bit of pottery.
-You never know, these things make money at auction.
-I've heard they do.
-And are desirable. Tom, it says here
-that you're a milk broker.
I've never met a milk broker before. Tell us what he does.
Well, basically, I work for a family friend's dairy company.
What we are trying to do is get everyone in the country
to have milk delivered instead of buying it from a supermarket.
Is this going to cream off the profit from the supermarkets?
I hope so.
-You're also a collector?
-Well, my father
used to take me to antique fairs when I was very young.
I remember the first thing I got was a 17th-century writing desk
-at Hopton House.
It had lots of little secret pockets, that's why I liked it.
What sort of things will you be going for today, do you think?
Got any idea?
-Yeah, I think so.
-Gotta be a vase, does it?
I don't think anything in particular.
You're going out there with an open mind. We'll have fun today.
Now, at the money moment. Here you go, £300 apiece. £300.
-You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go!
And very, very good luck.
17th-century writing desk, eh?
Mm. I could do with one of those.
It's going to be a hard-fought contest today,
I can feel it already.
And I've just the chaps to help them out.
With the Red Team is a man who knows an antique fair
like the back of his hand - Mr Charles Hanson.
And the Blues will be benefiting from the expertise
of the ever so knowledgeable Scot Paul Laidlaw.
Who's going to come out on top? Let's find out.
Seb, am I right? You guys are competitive between yourselves?
There's always been a bit of friendly rivalry between us.
-And what's the plan?
-Really? Just to win?
-Your rivalry today is aimed at the red blighters, yeah?
-We're going to win.
-We're going to win!
-We're not getting beaten by two guys in tartan trews.
-Let's go that way.
-Let's go this way.
And so, they're off to do some serious shopping.
Feel a love with the dealer, OK?
And that will then invite you into the object.
So, if it jumps out at you for whatever reason.
A strong reaction is what we need.
I quite like wee boxes.
-Looks rugged on top.
-Exactly. And what's it all about?
-This is for us.
-I've got too many at home.
-Too many at home?
Early days! Don't jinx us! Early days!
It's a bit early to be raising the silverware, blokes!
Both teams are scouring the aisles for that perfect bargain.
Jane has already spotted something right up her baker's street.
-I like the cake stand there.
-That looks really lovely.
-Could we have a look at it?
-Apt for you, with your cakes.
-That would be. ..Thank you.
-Why would it be apt for you, Jane?
-Because I bake cakes.
-And I just love it.
-I love it as well.
-Is that really...?
It is an ebonized wood. It's lacquered.
It's made to imitate maybe Japan, with these pagodas.
And the quality is really very good.
-It's barely been touched by sponge cakes over the years.
-Is it old, though?
-It's probably, I think, 1920s.
-It says 130, but that is too much.
-I would guide it cautiously.
Hello there. Best price, madam?
I have 130 on it, but I could come down to 90.
-Could you do 75?
-80 would be my very best.
We're early into the hour, aren't we? It's an early morning.
-Can we come back?
-Absolutely, we can come back, can't we?
-Of course, yes.
-There we are.
So, that's one to throw into the mix, Reds.
Let's see if it rises later.
How do you feel about instruments? I'm looking at the microscope.
-I think microscopes are cool.
-I like it.
I think it's an interesting object.
But I think, if we were taking it to an auction,
as far as like choosing something weird,
the chances of someone being there who is going to buy
a 19th-century microscope...
-I know, but...
-The markets' eyes are on that auction.
It doesn't matter how obscure it is.
It didn't jump out at me, that's all I'm saying.
Well, let's hope you find something that does jump out at you soon, Tom.
-A silver mint box.
-Made by Garrard.
It's only plate. It's just silver-plate,
but it has a good maker.
At your dining table...
Pass your mints, like so, with this lovely case.
-Novel, quirky, now the really important factor...
-We would use that at a dinner party.
-Would you really?
-I like that.
-Yeah, it's different.
-How much is it?
-Wait for it.
How does it go again? How does it go? Don't sound too surprised, OK?
18? That's quite expensive.
You'll have to work on your poker faces, girls.
-What would be your best price?
-I'd buy that.
-I really like that.
-Could you do it for 10?
-My lovely assistant.
-Thanks very much.
Reds have got themselves one in the bag,
but will dish make a mint at the auction? Not to be outdone,
Paul has spotted something that could fly in the sale room.
What do you have there? 1930s, 1940s.
Rather nice alabaster, onyx.
-It is quite solid.
-Good frame, rather nice enamelled gilt,
RAF pilot's wings.
-Very elegant. And no little chips or nicks or cracks.
-No, it's in good condition.
-How do you feel about that?
Pretty good, but can we get it for less than £50?
-I think you need to.
-25. It has to be 25.
The thing is, nobody uses picture frames any more.
It's all done by computer.
- 35, that's it. - 30. We'll pay 30 for it.
And then we'll win this, you'll help us win it.
35, you'll win anyway.
-32, we'll take it for 32. Done.
-Guys, you bought something.
Tom's brokering skills obviously aren't restricted to milk.
Well done, Blues. One down, two items and 45 minutes to go.
The Red Team are proving to have one-track minds.
-Charles, we saw another cake stand up there.
We saw another cake stand up there. It's just plain.
-Another cake stand?
-It's just plain, but in comparison to price, that's only £40.
Yeah, I think it's nice.
This is quite standard and has a bog standard price.
-The other one was much more fanciful and more...
I was only pointing this out to you because we can then see how much
-the bog standard one is.
I can detect a pattern emerging here.
Will the boys find that special vase they want
and blue-m at the auction? Ha! The Reds have only spent £10 so far.
Will they go for something big next or something more compact?
-What do you think of this, Charles?
-Oh, that's nice.
-Isn't it lovely?
A little compact. You've got your lipstick,
your powder and your perfume compact in this one here.
Yeah, you've got your powder there with your mirror.
-A musical one.
-Do you think we could get a deal on them with two?
-I thought you want to win.
-BOTH: We do.
-To win, isn't that spending big?
-Right. Well, then, let's go.
-Come on. Come on.
-What do you think?
-We'll go elsewhere.
If you could buy them for half price...
Knowing you need some money, knowing her female collectors
in her Glasgow sale room, that would happily make about £35.
-So there's a big profit there. How much?
-Look at me.
Seeing as it's my favourite, ten.
-I think it'd be rude not to say, "Go for it."
-Yes, please. Thank you.
£10. That's a wonderful thing.
-It's compact, quite literally. It's a neat object.
-I love it!
Well done, Reds, but you are hardly blowing the budget.
We've only spent £20 so far. For two items.
Charles wants to buy something...
bigger that we spent a bit more money on.
-Yeah, something that's not £10.
Most of the objects here are 100 or 200 years old,
but I've got my hands on a couple of interesting items,
one of which is considerably older than not.
What is the connection between this fancy, pink, lacy hat
and this cardboard box?
On the face of it, there is no connection,
until you open up the box
and you take out part of the contents,
which is...one of these. And, of course,
there is a very strong connection between the hat and the egg.
This is the largest avian egg in the world,
that came from the largest bird in the world.
It is, of course, the ostrich. What is it worth?
A £10 note would buy you this ostrich egg,
which is not a lot when you think about it.
The other interesting natural history specimen
that I found today is this fellow. What do you think about that?
This is actually a tooth, a tooth from an ancient shark,
and is about 90,000,000 years old.
This shark's tooth has a mathematical calculation
that can be applied to it to determine
how long the original shark was.
And the calculation is supposed to be ten metres per inch of tooth.
If that is a three-inch tooth,
we had a 90-foot shark swimming around
100,000,000 years ago that had some dentures just like this.
That's a thought, isn't it? So, what's it worth?
Well, there is a considerable difference in value
between this and the ostrich egg,
because these things are not as common as hens' teeth.
As such, one like that, a big one, would cost you all of £90.
Eat your heart out, Jaws.
Our teams are fighting tooth and nail.
So far, the cake-mad Reds
have the edge, with two items under their fleeces,
but the boys have proved that they can do a mean bit of haggling.
Whenever you go to Glasgow, you want to go to Glasgow
with an object really made for the place.
-This looks like Rennie Mackintosh.
Exactly. OK? Feel the romance.
-OK. Can we think about?
-Can we think about it?
-We've still got time.
-We have time.
-I love it.
At the very least, we can use them to find a bargain.
Well, they've managed to find something all right.
They've been looking for one of these.
-What's the vase?
Mind your language, please(!) LAUGHTER
Late 19th, early 20th century. The inspiration here...
It's made in Wurttemberg.
The inspiration is clearly Eastern and of the Orient.
-Was it made to be trendy?
-I love that question.
In its day, positively avant-garde, I suspect.
-Yeah, but we could get it for £60.
-No, you couldn't.
You did not say that.
No, seriously. No, no, no.
It's a 20 quid piece, and I've seen them at that.
I would do it for 45, but I'm not happy with anything less.
What do you think?
40? We've got to win this. You got to help us win this.
-We'll take you on a night out in Glasgow with the winnings.
40 and we nailed it.
-Loving your work. Thanks for that.
-Thank you very much.
-Hey, two down.
-One to go.
-Get in there.
I think we've done fantastically well so far.
I think we are doing tremendously.
I mean, we got two great, great bargains
and we've got plenty of time left to go hunting.
-So, both teams are after that all-important third item.
They both have plenty of moola left and the clock is ticking.
We should go for something really big. Something really big.
-Are we going big?
-Are we going really big?
Anything here that grabs your attention or move on?
-Let's do it. Thanks very much.
As time starts to run out, Jane is becoming obsessed.
-Another cake stand?
Listen, I think, let's leave the cake stands...
I don't think we've heard the last of those stands.
There's the microscope. Is there anything else we saw and went...?
I'm not keen on the microscope. I don't like it.
I think the chances of finding someone who is going to buy
a 19th-century microscope are not going to happen.
-Yeah, I knew you were going to say this, but...
-I think we should think bigger.
I'm just trying to come up with things that, a minute to go,
we could run and nail.
Feeling the pressure, Blues? You're not the only ones.
It's decision time for the Reds. And guess what?
It must be, I think, that lacquered cake stand with a bit more discount.
-If that's feasible. Where was it?
-Come on, then.
Oh, I hope it's still there.
Minutes to go, Paul has spotted a pair of potential prize-winners.
They're modern, so maybe the boys will take a shine to these.
-I like your Orrefors decanters.
-May we have a look?
-Yes. Good weight to them.
Guys, what do you think?
This is what they're famed for. This is wheel cutting.
And it does what it says.
Lovely, high quality crystal.
Bear that. What do you think?
I live above a pub called The Stag, so I think it's genius.
-90 would be the bottom.
If we could get it for 60, then we would be all over it.
Is there any more in that?
I'd go another fiver, but that is really pushing it. 85.
So it would be 85.
I think we should go for it.
I like them and I think it's a risk worth taking.
We've got two objects that we've spent little on.
Go on, squeeze out another fiver. Do us a favour.
You have to do it for 80, otherwise we'll end up
with this horrible microscope.
-Go on, then, £80.
-Thank you very much.
I'll be having chips without the fish for tea tonight(!)
Well done, Blues.
Down to the wire and three items haggled and bagged like proper pros.
Meanwhile, as the kitchen timer is about to ping,
our Red Team have returned to their cake stand.
Either it's still there or it's "scone"!
Our final curtain is almost here. We've got about three minutes to go,
-and we quite like your cake stand.
-I'd quite like it to sell.
-Would you really?
-How much? How much?
-Just for £80.
-I was saying...
-I know, it's just that we've got to beat these guys.
I know, I know.
-You haven't seen the boys.
-You haven't seen them yet.
We need to beat the boys.
And you'll say, "I did the girls a good turn."
-Right. Well, we have to stand up for girl power.
You'll leave me with all that money to go out and really blow it?
-Well, I'm in, then. We'll take it.
-Excellent, thank you.
-Well done, guys. £75, give her a hand.
That's it, time's up. Let's check out what the Red Team bought.
-'The number you have dialled...'
-I beg your pardon?
So the lady bakers in red couldn't resist a slice of the cake stand.
It cost them £75.
The silver-plated mint box was a snip added tenner.
Will the Garrard & Co name help sweeten that price?
And the plated and mother of pearl compact came with
a £10 price to match. They're hoping to make up wads at the auction.
-We came with thoughts of cake and we ended with a cake stand.
-You think you're going to get cake and eat it?
-You'll have your cake and eat it?
-Is it your favourite item?
-Same with you, Pauline?
-I like the little compact.
-That's your favourite?
-But is it going to bring the biggest profit?
-There we go, got a split decision here.
How much did you spend all around, you girls?
-On the lot?
-Oh, dear. £95?
-I know, I know.
-Who's got the 205 smackers?
205 smackers, thank you very much, Pauline.
That goes straight across to Hanson,
which is quite of lot of cash, isn't it?
I've learned, when you go somewhere like Glasgow,
that fashionable place, that boutique auction house,
or Anita Manning's, you've got to spend the whole lot, Tim. Spend big.
-It's going to make a huge profit.
-I'm going to burn the lot.
All right, lovely. Well done, Charles, girls.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?
The boys in blue, with their tartan trews,
snapped up the Art Deco RAF photo frame for £32.
They got a cracking discount on the WMF vase,
down from £125 to a much more presentable 40.
Ditto their final item, a pair of Orrefors engraved decanters.
-Tom, Seb, how was it?
-Did you enjoy it?
What did you spend all round?
-£152, that is a thoroughly good number.
Who's got the £148 leftover?
-I've got it.
-There you go.
Very good. Now, which is your favourite piece, Tom?
I particularly like the decanters that we've got.
I think they'll be really good.
-Yeah? Same for you, Seb?
-No, I've got the vase.
-As a favourite?
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-I hope so, I think so.
-Do you agree?
cos we managed to push the price down on that one.
I see. Well, you are not students of Professor Laidlaw for nothing.
Now, Professor, there you go. There is your wad of money.
Are you going to blow the lot?
I don't know, but I feel like buying something Scottish.
Well, we'll sell in Scotland, you're a Scot.
I think this is good thinking. Good luck.
Good luck, team.
Meanwhile, we are heading off to Pollok House. Ever heard of it?
Well, you're going to find out all about it any minute now.
Just outside Glasgow,
Pollok House was built in the 18th century
by the Maxwell family.
Used as a military hospital in World War I,
it opened as a museum in 1967.
It contains many displays of fine furniture and family heirlooms,
including the Stirling Maxwell collection of European paintings.
But it is an entirely different collection
that has brought me here today.
This room was originally designed as a billiard room
when it was added on to the main house early in the 20th century.
In the First World War,
when the place was turned over to a military hospital,
it was a ward for officers recovering from their wounds.
Today, it is a dining room.
And it is an activity connected with dining, actually drinking,
that draws me to this collection of silverware.
Now, the earliest piece out of this group is what is called
a nautilus shell, which is this fellow here,
that was so prized in 1615, when this thing was created,
the silversmith in Nuremburg plastered it in silver gilt,
hence the exotic wave form of the cover.
If you look carefully around the whole thing,
it is encrusted with elements
that relate to the mystery of the distant oceans.
The other intriguing piece is this fellow,
which is thought to be an ostrich egg form coffee pot.
The coffee dregs would accumulate in the bottom of this egg shape,
allowing you to draw off the amber nectar above.
And these other two pieces, well, they are just here for the fun.
This wise old owl cannot be faulted
for the quality of the workmanship in its construction.
If I am careful and I gently ease the cover off,
you'd have stored your alcohol,
another vicious brew, in the body of the owl and treated his head
simply as a wee tot,
a cup out of which you take a dram.
But perhaps the most extraordinary drinking object is this fellow.
It is called a wager cup.
In the pub,
you'd wager your best mate that he couldn't drink
both vessels without spilling a drop.
You could very easily glug, glug, glug that. No problem at all.
But the trick is to drink what is in this hinged vase.
I might get away with it.
On the other hand, if you have had a drop or two, I promise you,
the whole thing is down your shirt.
You'd lose your wager and all your friends in the pub would think
that's very, very amusing.
Fun, isn't it?
The big question today for our teams over at the auction -
is anybody about to be drenched or not?
Well, we have trotted across half of Scotland from Edinburgh
to Glasgow to get to Great Western Auction Rooms with Anita Manning.
-Anita, how are you, darling?
-I'm very well and welcome. Welcome.
It is lovely to be here in Glasgow, I tell you.
Jane and Pauline are looking to you to achieve stellar results,
as usual, no pressure.
What about this crested mint container?
Well, it is quite an ordinary, wee item,
but what makes it a wee bitty special is the fact that it was made
by Garrard & Co, who were the Crown Jewellers.
So it was retailed by a luxury firm.
They paid a ten pound note for it,
will you be able to convert that into some extra cash?
Well, I hope so. I have estimated it at 20 to 30.
I might be a wee bit generous on that,
but it was because it had a little quality.
Yeah, no, quite, and the right name.
-You are absolutely right.
Next is this little compact, lipstick and powder compact.
It's not something I use often.
-But they are collectible, aren't they?
-They are collectible.
And there are a group of people who are passionate about compacts,
so I am hoping we will have interest on the floor and from outside.
-Brilliant. And how much do you think you will get?
-Well, 15 to 20.
That's fair enough, they paid £10.
You can't do better than that, can you?
The last item is the three-tier cake stand.
This is in very good condition and the gilt decoration is perfect.
Yeah. I do fancy it with a few cupcakes, though.
-Perhaps a little bit of Dundee cake up here in Scotland.
-What do you think it is going to bring?
-Well, I put 40 to 60 on it.
They paid 75. So we could be a bit awry there.
In fact, if you did really well on these, you might cover
the losses on that, in which case they're going to need the bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
-Now, girls, you spent £95.
Which was truly pathetic.
And £205 of leftover lolly went to Charles.
Charles, what did you buy?
I always like to try and spend the whole lot. I really do.
So I bought something very stylish,
hopefully right for the area of Glasgow.
-And it is that.
-I knew it!
-What do you mean you knew it?
-We looked at that.
Oh yes, we did. I know.
-I knew you'd go back and buy that.
Because it just had a look about it.
I thought, well, knowing Glasgow and knowing...
Have a look. It is a barometer, of course.
It is. I know this because we looked at it.
-Did you reject it earlier then?
He went back and bought a reject?
They thought it was too expensive.
Well, you would, spending £95, wouldn't you?
Yeah, but look at the sinuous lines. It is so Art Nouveau
and it reflects almost the birth of the great arts
in Glasgow in the last century.
It ought to make maybe £100 to £150, because it cost me 70.
-Oh, well done.
-You are sure?
These girls have bucked up now when you said 70.
They were seriously depressed when they thought it was going to be 210.
Charles, you are a tease, I have to tell you that.
Anyway, good. Well done, Charles.
-You seem to have got a bit of a hit, there.
-I hope so.
Excellent. But for the audience at home, let's find out
what the auctioneer thinks about Charles' barometer.
So, Anita, is the weather set fair for Charles with his bonus buy?
Well, I hope so. This is a lovely little barometer.
It's very Glasgow.
The shape of it, this lovely heart shape
and the inlay of copper and ebony -
-the Glasgow buyers will love it!
-And it's a good maker.
The only thing is, we have some damage here and here
and that might take it away.
I still have estimated it 80 to 120,
because I'm hoping the design, the shape,
and the inlay will push the price up.
Charles paid 70 and it does depend, of course,
whether the team take it or not.
Anyway, that's it for the Reds. For the Blues,
what a mixture they've got. First item is the photo frame,
-which is patriotic, good quality.
-I love this,
I think it's absolutely beautiful. We have the addition
of the little pilots' wings here. A nice thing, I do like it.
They only paid £32.
I think that's pretty reasonable.
I've estimated it 40 to 60.
By the time you've worked your magic,
-Anita, anything could happen.
-You old flatterer!
Moving on then,
-we've got the WMF pot.
-I love it, I love the design.
We've got a standard shape, but an intriguing abstract pattern.
It's an intriguing piece and has captured my imagination.
-Difficult to value, I guess?
-I've put £40-£60 on it
and I really don't know where it will go. I think it will
be well-fancied, though.
Anything north of 40, happy with that. Good.
Next, the perennial favourites - a nice pair of decanters.
They are smart, aren't they?
These are Orrefors, so we've got wonderful Scandinavian design,
but the thing about these decanters is these stags at the front
have been engraved by Alison Geissler,
who was a prestigious Edinburgh engraver.
I wonder whether your fellow Scot, Paul Laidlaw,
realised there was an engraving Edinburgh connection with this piece of glass.
They've only got an hour, so he may not have had time to examine
it as carefully as an auctioneer would.
-What are they worth?
-I've estimated 80 to 120.
£80 was paid, so that should make a profit.
I think I'm smelling a bit of a golden gavel coming up here.
I might be completely wrong in which case
they won't want the bonus buy, but let's go and look at it anyway!
Seb and Tom, this is your exciting moment, the leftover lolly.
You spent 152, you gave the Laidlaw £148. What did you buy?
Oh! And where are the rest?
-No, I love a spoon.
Two pretty dull, fiddle-pattern silver teaspoons.
Worth what, £10 each on a good day?
I paid £70 for those,
but these are Scottish provincial silver.
I've seen dealers asking £100 a pop for such spoons.
An international market.
-That's why I'm presenting them to you now.
-I hope so.
-And what sort of profit d'you think we can make?
-If I'm lucky,
I can see them doing £100-£110.
-You're already fired up about this Tom, aren't you?
I can see it written all over your face. Fine.
Well, you've got the gen, you don't decide now, decide later.
For the audience at home, let's find out what the Scottish auctioneer
thinks about the Scottish spoons.
There we go, Anita, two wee Scottish spoons for you.
There's always demand for Scottish provincial silver and these
are by two prestigious makers -
Alexander Cameron and John Urquhart.
How much do you think they're going to bring?
I have put £50-£80 on them,
-and I might have been a little generous.
-Laidlaw paid 70.
Maybe the team shouldn't go with them.
But maybe they will.
Maybe we won't know until we get to the auction.
-Are you taking the sale today?
-As usual, we're in safe hands.
-So, you nervous at all, Jenny?
How excited on your excited scale?
-That's off the top, isn't it?
First up, then, is your Garrard mint box and here it comes.
Lot 51, ladies and gentlemen,
is this delightful little silver-plated and crested mint box.
Start me at £20. £20.
20, 25, 30,
35, 40... £40...
45, fresh bidder.
Any advance on 45?
Any advance on 45?
It's with the lady at 45. 45.
-Be careful there, Charlie!
-Well done, girls.
Lot 52, ladies and gentlemen, is this
very stylish vintage compact.
£20 for the compact. £20.
20 bid, 20 bid, 25,
-Settle down, girls, settle down!
-They can't believe it.
Any advance on £50?
Any advance on £50? £50.
£50, that's it. 50.
-That's plus £40.
-That means you are plus £75.
-Hang on a minute, this could all go very badly wrong.
-Well, it could.
This is a lovely example, here,
the Chinoiserie George V three-tiered cake stand.
Start me at 30, start me at 30.
30 bid, 30 bid, with the lady at 30.
Any advance on 30?
Any advance on 30?
40, 40 with you, sir,
£50. With the lady at 50,
60 fresh bidder, 70,
£70, with you, madam at £70.
Any advance on 70?
Any advance on £70?
All done at £70? £70.
£70. That is bad luck.
You're minus £5 on that,
-but overall you are plus £70.
-This is serious excitement here.
Girls, what are you going
to do about the barometer then? You can bank £70
-which could be a winning score.
-Let's go for it.
-Quickly, what are you going to do?
-Go for it.
-Fine, go for it.
You're going to do it.
-We'll go for it.
I think we finally got there. I think the decision is made, yes?
We are going with the bonus buy. Definitely? We're going with it. Here it comes.
Ladies and gentlemen, is this not so Glasgow?
Start me at 100. 50, then?
50 bid. 50 bid.
Any advance on 50, 60, 70,
Look out, you're in profit.
The bid's with me at £95.
100, 100 fresh bidder.
any advance on 100?
-Well done, Charles.
Charles, we love you!
Well, give him a kiss then. He deserves a kiss.
Give them a wee clap!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Well done. Give her a clap!
-Plus £100. Don't say a word to the Blues.
There there's no point in spoiling their day. All right?
So, boys, are we wearing our tartan trews for good luck?
-Is that what it is?
-Certainly is, yes.
-How do you rate your chances today?
-You reckon you're on for this?
-To lash those girls?
I think it'll be easy.
First up is the photo frame and here it comes.
Lot 73, ladies and gentlemen,
is this super art deco
onyx photograph frame. Start me at £30, 30 bid.
30 bid. With you, sir, at 30.
Any advance on 30?
35, 40, 45, 50,
It's with the lady at 55.
Any advance on 55? Any advance on 55?
Well done, boys. £55.
There's nothing the matter with that. That's £23 profit.
We like it, it's a profit. Good. Now, the baluster vase.
One of my own personal favourites is this unusual WMF vase,
with these abstract circles.
Start me at £30. Start me at 30.
Start me at 30. 20, then, 20 bid.
Any advance on 20? Any advance on 20?
Don't like the look of this. There's somebody bidding.
-It's with the lady at £50.
-It's cheap enough.
Any advance on £50? Any advance on £50?
£50 is a profit.
Let's just look at it like that, plus £10 on that,
that's not expensive but it's a profit, thank you very much.
Come on Anita, you've got to go for the decanters.
These will make money, I tell you.
Lot 75, ladies and gentlemen,
is a matching pair of Orrefors hand-blown crystal decanters.
£100. 100 bid.
110, 120, 130,
140, I'll catch you in a wee minute, 150,
Yes! Look at this!
170, 180, 190...
-Yes! What a woman!
200, fresh bid.
GASPS FROM AUCTION ROOM
Look at this boys. £200.
210, still in, 210.
Any advance on £210...
This is getting ridiculous.
220, back in.
230, 230, determined at £230.
Any advance on 230?
All done at 230?
-I think a round of applause for that.
£230, that's £150 profit.
-That's not bad.
-What do you mean, "not bad?"
You're so cocky, Tom.
Anyway, 150, 73, that's £183
you've got in the bank.
What are you going to do?
Are you going to risk 70 of your pounds on the fiddle-pattern spoons
or are you going to park them?
-We'll go for it.
-Really going to go for, are you?
-I love a gamble.
-Oh, you love a gamble!
We're going with the bonus buy, and here come the spoons.
Two early 19th century provincial silver fiddle pattern teaspoons.
Start me at £40.
£40, for the provincial silver. 40 with the lady.
40 with the lady.
Any advance on £40?
£55, with you, sir, at 55.
All done at 55? 55...
Minus £15, what a shame.
168 is your profit.
168 you're wandering home with, that's all right, isn't it?
-Very, very good.
Who's complaining, taking home 168 smackers?
Listen, don't tell the Reds a thing. All right?
OK, teams, grip fast.
-Have we been talking to one another at all? No communication?
Well, it's lovely to be able to reveal that today, on Bargain Hunt,
at last, we've got seriously substantial winners.
It's just a question of the scale of the winnings.
And the team that's marginally behind today
-are the Reds.
Which is very, very bad luck.
Actually, the Red's profits are exactly a ton, which is brilliant.
-£100, girls, which is lovely, isn't it?
50 smackers each.
-How good is that?
You look, Charles, as if you're the cat that got the cream.
You're very cosy. Congratulations all round.
But the victors today, go home with £168!
You had better look after that.
A mixture of English and Scottish money, there,
plus a bit of coinage.
As you made profits all-round, you also are entitled to be
entered to the ancient order of the Golden Gavel!
Here comes the Golden Gavel pad. Give it a yank.
And there's yours, and there you go, Paul.
-Couldn't have done it without you.
Remarkable day. In fact, so much fun.
Join us soon for some more bargain-hunting! Yes?
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
The teams have a bonnie time bargain-hunting in Edinburgh. Charles Hanson captains the red team, who have cakes on the brain, while Paul Laidlaw leads a team of tartan-troosered blues. Tim Wonnacott takes a trip to Pollock House near Glasgow.