The East of England Showground in Peterborough plays host to this edition of the antiques challenge. Tim Wonnacott presents, with experts Thomas Plant and Charlie Ross.
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Hello, and welcome to Cambridgeshire.
Peterborough, to be precise.
Where the festival of antiques awaits our teams.
So let's go Bargain Hunting! Yeah!
Peterborough is world-renowned as a centre for brick making.
But today, it's home to literally thousands of bargain hunters.
Will our teams find the materials to build a solid foundation today,
or will they simply drop a series of bricks?
On today's show, the Reds find it difficult to agree.
-I don't think he likes it.
Don't think he likes it.
How about that? Any good?
-With the best will in the world, the answer is no.
Whereas the Blues get along really rather too well.
I love working with him.
He's so funny and he's just make it so fantastic. He's great!
-I beg your pardon?
Let's rein these teams in.
Today, we've got two teams of partners.
For the Reds, we've got Kerry and Terry.
And for the Blues, we've got Lulubell and Peter. Hi, everybody.
-Lovely to see you.
Kerry, how did you two lovebirds meet?
Well, we met at 17, at basic training for our RAF careers.
-Did you really?
We got engaged after two-and-a-half years,
but Terry got posted to Germany and things didn't work out, so, um...
Anyway, happy ending. We met 20 years later
and we've been together for three-and-a-half years.
Well, how lovely is that!
It's kind of super romantic, isn't it?
-I think so.
-Ah, how sweet!
So, what do you get up to now?
I'm a gymnastics coach. I teach pre-school children during the day
and then women's artistic gymnastics during the evenings and weekends.
So, Terry, we've heard from Kerry that you were in the RAF.
-Are you still in the RAF?
-I am. 26 years on.
-Man and boy.
So, what is your role in the RAF?
I'm an air traffic controller by trade,
however, for the last two years,
I've been teaching new incumbents for the officers.
-So you've become an instructor.
-Yes, I have.
-Kerry, you must be very proud of him.
-I am. He works hard.
Good on you. And you're going to make a great team, aren't you?
-That's what we're looking forward to. Very good luck.
Now, you two lovebirds. You're all lovebirds on the programme today.
-Where did you two meet?
-We met on internet dating.
Was that one of those sites that you go clickety-click...?
You scroll through and get rid of all the ones you think are a bit...
-Not up to the scratch, shall we say?
Anyway, so you met up and you hit it off and started going out.
-Yes. And two years down the line, here we are.
-Well, isn't that nice!
So, um...what do you do for your day job?
I'm a nurse and I work in the cardiac catheterisation labs.
Basically, um...in the X-ray department.
We put in all sorts of things like pacemakers.
-We take out the clots from the heart attacks.
-All the good stuff.
-So you're good at wiring, then?
I can wire anybody up these days.
And, um...Peter, you're also a medic.
Yes, yes. I'm a clinical scientist.
I started my career with the guys that invented test-tube babies.
Plus I'm also interested, also have expertise in stem cell biology,
-which everyone likes at the moment.
-'Course they do.
We all want some bit to replace some other bit that's not so good.
-Yeah. We can all live for ever.
-There we go.
I'll look to you, Pete, for the bit that I want replacing sometime.
Good. The joy is I'm about to give you £300 to spend at your leisure.
Hopefully profitably. You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go! Very, very, very good luck.
Stem cells, eh?
I wonder which bit I need?
I know what our teams need.
Guiding, counselling, chivvying.
Yes, our experts wear many hats.
Quite literally, in Thomas Plant's case.
But that won't stump Charlie Ross. A real all-rounder.
But he'll never get that ball back now.
-Now, what do you know about antiques?
-Not a lot.
That's not what I want to hear. What do you want to buy?
Oh. Some silver, perhaps.
-Pottery, a Ming vase.
Get real! Get real!
-What are our tactics?
-To win. I'm highly competitive.
Highly competitive. What are you going to do?
I'm going to try and keep her in check.
As an air traffic controller, I'll guide you into the bargains.
-Louise, what about you?
-I like silver.
Something Chinesey, as well, perhaps.
So we want a bit of Chinese silver.
OK. let's go.
I can tell, I can tell.
I'm going to be led on this one.
-Is this what normally happens?
The Reds are flying into formation.
I think Kerry plans to lead an efficient and smooth operation.
See anything you like? There's got to be something here for you.
-Terry's having a crashing time.
What was I saying?
-Come on, Terry.
-Oh! What have we got here?
Well, our medical wing aren't hanging around.
-Wonderful! Look at that!
-When you perform an appendectomy,
-you can weigh what you've taken out.
It's letter scales.
A letter scale, yeah.
-Are you going first class?
-All the time(!)
All the time(!) Is there any way else to travel?
-Isn't that a beautiful object!
-MAN: Tiffany & Co.
No! Isn't that lovely! Buy that for the name.
-So, what's, er...?
-Over to you, team.
-What's the list price first.
-What's the list price first!
The list price is about £153.
-That's very precise.
-That's very precise!
-Can we start at 50, or...?
-I could do it for 120.
-May I make a suggestion?
I think it's a fabulous thing,
but it's almost the first thing you've seen.
-That's a good point, actually.
-And you've got an hour.
And this lady will still be here, won't you, my dear?
You can't guarantee, of course, this will still be here.
This might well have flown. It's a lovely thing. Thank you.
I'm almost certain you'll see us later.
He may be right.
I've just found these medals. I know you're interested in militaria.
They are World War II medals.
They're a nice little group.
You've got the Defence Medal here, the War Medal.
So that's the Defence, the War Medal,
and the Star for, er...39-45 Star.
-Are they not quite common?
-They are quite common,
but they are getting more and more collectable.
What sort of price do they fetch at auction?
Between £20 and £30.
I think they're going to be a bit too much to make a profit.
-OK. We'll leave it for now.
-I think so. We can always come back.
In, out, no messing about.
These Reds are a tight unit.
Now, you silver people, have a look in here.
You might find something.
-All the silver's gone.
-All the silver's gone.
-All the silver's gone, you see.
-I have some pocket watches.
-Who's the silver pocket watch collector? Is it you?
-A little bit.
Right. What can you tell me about that?
-Go on, Peter, dazzle us.
-Well, it's a pocket watch.
May I say, congratulations.
You've won tonight's star prize(!)
What do you normally pay for your silver pocket watches?
Knowing you, not a lot!
Oh, no! The stallholder's gone!
-Has he fainted?
He shot himself, at that price.
We can ask. How much is it, sir?
-Well, I was looking for £70 for it.
I mean, would you take £50?
Um...I'll take £60.
What do you think? Well, it's the old game of profit.
Do you want to win the competition
or do you want to be the man who comes second?
-I have a gold-plated one, if you can't afford a gold one.
-That's a good make.
Elgin. Very good. That's an American watch, as you know.
In working order.
Handsome thing, isn't it? Isn't it handsome?
-And how much is that one?
-You know, that's deliciously tempting, to be honest.
An Elgin pocket watch for that sort of money.
-It's a beautiful thing.
-Would you do £35?
-What do you think, team?
-Yeah, let's go for it.
-You always wanted a pocket watch.
This is a damn good Elgin maker.
There can't be any downside in it.
-Shake our hands?
-Thank you very much indeed, sir.
That's really kind. You've been a real sport.
-Thanks very much.
-Look at that!
-It would look good in my waistcoat.
With 16 minutes gone, that's a timely first purchase by our doc.
Come on, Reds, I thought you were on a mission.
So in this stall here,
there's quite a lot of interesting items
relating to the RAF, etcetera.
Look here, you've got some trench art vases,
models of planes.
How well do they sell, the trench art?
Well, the trench art...it does sell.
These are obviously going to be...
because they've got the German emblem on.
-It is a pair. I think there's 48.
48 on the pair. So these are shells from the First World War,
-which have been obviously fired.
And I must admit, I've not seen double-headed eagle ones on there before.
- What's your best price on these?
- If you don't haggle me down, 40.
If we don't haggle you down! What is this?!
We'll haggle you down to 35.
-I can't. I won't, sorry.
-What about in between, then?
It's got to be 40, I'm sorry.
-No, I can't.
-We've got to make the best price, haven't we?
-The bottom line is 40.
-Right, £40, then.
-- Our first sale.
-Thank you very much.
-Your first item down.
-Get in, get in.
I think Terry's in the flying seat here.
Meanwhile, the Blues are still weighing up those scales.
It's unusual to find something of that quality.
I bet you could scour up and down every other stand here
and not find a piece of Tiffany.
-I would like to buy it for £100.
-I was thinking of £100.
-Something along those lines.
-I was thinking more 90.
-We could try 90.
-Yeah, settle on 95.
-Now, look, we're not concentrating.
-No, we're not.
-The clock is ticking.
Let's have a look.
But you've got to have a good look.
But is what you're looking at any good? Eh, Reds?
It's an aeroplane.
Yeah, you know, those aeroplanes never sell for that much money.
-They are always difficult. The military is always very popular.
-That's in quite good condition.
-That is, but it's not very old.
-Not very old at all.
-I like that. What do you think?
-I don't know. Has it got any age to it?
-No great age.
-Nothing at all?
-That's a shame.
-Sorry about that.
-No, it's all right.
Don't be sorry, Thomas. That's what you're here for, old boy.
There's an example of something 30, 40 years ago
you've have absolutely died to buy.
Late Victorian-Edwardian nursing chairs. Very appropriate.
They would originally have been part of a nine-piece salon suite.
Beautifully inlaid in the Sheraton style.
-How much at auction?
Well, they'll almost be given away. It's a tragedy
Because there's so much work in them. What a shame.
-Nice things. YOu can see the workmanship in them.
Well, at least the Blues seem to be of the same mind.
The Reds, however...
-What about this golf set?
-Bit of a mismatch, I'm afraid.
-Quite an exciting clock, sir.
-Don't think he likes it.
-Solid brass. Plated brass.
-No, I'm not bothered about that.
-How about that? Any good?
-With the best will in the world, the answer is no.
-Yeah, coming, coming.
Sorry. Thank you very much.
You didn't like that one? It's dispatched.
The flight hits some turbulence,
which usually happens just after they serve the drinks, I find!
Speaking of liquid refreshment...
What is it that the average Brit enjoys most with a delicious cup of tea?
You've got it. A biscuit.
And in the 19th century it took the biscuit manufacturers nanoseconds
to clock on to the fact that people liked a tin to keep their biscuits in.
And so they started producing all sorts of novelty biscuit tins,
which are extremely collectible today.
Take this one.
It looks just like a Georgian knife box.
A mahogany object that would sit on the sideboard.
Except this wasn't made as a biscuit tin.
It was made by a toffee manufacturer.
There you go - "Williams's Famous Chocolates & Toffees."
But Williams's knew that once they'd sold the tin box with the toffees in
and the toffees had all been gobbled up,
what the owner would do
was to use this on their smart sideboard as a biscuit box.
So, it's a toffee box AND it's a biscuit box.
Next door to it we've got another novelty tin box.
This time slightly rustier, but in the amusing form of a top hat.
Around the hat band it says "College".
And above that a little detail showing a smart schoolboy
wearing his shiny silk top hat.
Now, I guess this tin dates from before the First World War
around about 1910, 1914.
Try and remove the top, you can't.
Turn it upside down and it's got a little slotty.
It isn't a box for anything, apart from money.
What's nice about this thing is,
despite the condition, and it is quite rusty and a bit bashed about,
it's incredibly rare.
Today here in Peterborough you could buy this little fellow for £25.
What's it worth? Look it up on an internet site
and an identical one is available for £125.
That's an automatic £100 profit.
Sounds like a bit of a sweetie to me.
Now, both teams have two purchases to go,
and with less than half the time remaining,
Thomas is getting antsy.
I really want something to jump out at me and it's just not at the moment.
-That's never going to happen. It never happens like that.
-Does it not?
-No, you've got to look for it.
-It never jumps out at you.
You've really got to go, hunt, search, find what you can find.
-We need a plan.
-OK, let's go.
-The plan is to look, keep on looking.
-Don't stop. That's the plan.
-That's a great plan.
It's as good a plan as any.
Our medics, however, are having too much fun doing the rounds.
-Have you seen this?
-What is that?
should you be lucky enough to have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
If ever you have nonuplets, that's the thing you need.
You could feed them all at the same time.
And as a nurse, of course, a piece of cake for you.
I've always wanted one of them!
Me, too, Peter.
Agricultural feeders are a must-have. Aren't they?
What fun. I just have to say, when I go away today, if ever I'm ill,
I want Louise to be my nurse and I want Peter to be my doctor.
In fact, I might go away and invent an illness so that I can see them again,
they've been that good fun.
Oh, Charlie's brilliant.
Fantastic. A scholar and a gentleman.
Yeah. I love working with him. He's so funny and he's made it so fantastic.
He's great. Yeah!
I beg your pardon?
While Charlie and the medics enjoy a bit of a love-in,
the Reds haven't deviated from their mission.
That's a nice belt there, isn't it?
Can I have a look at that, please?
That's how it would look if it were cleaned up.
-Yeah. So what... Nurse's belt this was?
So that would be the front piece and this is the back.
DO yo know the reason why the nurses had silver and silver-plated belts?
-I've no idea.
Silver just doesn't carry it. That's why they're silver-plating hospital equipment now.
And this probably is made in about the 1900s,
late 19th century, early 20th century.
What have you got on that?
Er, the best on that is 50 quid.
I mean, is that your very, very best?
40 quid, that's it.
-No more than the 40?
35 and we'll take it.
-Yeah, go on.
Our traffic controller has landed a second deal for the Reds.
Interesting, very interesting.
Now, look, team, we've got 25 minutes left.
There's a nice lot of buildings over there with all sorts of things in.
What about heading over there?
Yeah, I'd like that Tiffany thing.
Ah, that is gnawing at you, isn't it?
How much... What was the price?
She wanted about 100 but we'll knock her down.
She wanted more than... Be realistic. She wanted 120, I think.
-If you can buy... Yeah, she did.
If you can buy it for 100, we'll buy it.
-Come on, I'll come with you.
-Come on, then.
Oh, blimey. The number of miles... I tell you what,
this Tiffany thing will owe me about eight pairs of shoes by the time we buy it.
-What have you found there?
-A little dress.
-That is so sweet.
-Do you think?
-Oh, it's marvellous.
You know who that is, don't you?
-And Queen Elizabeth.
Bowes-Lyons. Yeah. Queen Elizabeth.
-And that would be done for...
What a bit of memorabilia.
Hi. How much is the dress?
-It's with the Victory doll.
-The doll comes with it?
-That's the girl whose item it is.
-No, we haven't got enough money.
I suggest we move on. We've got one more item to buy.
-And time is always against us. Come on.
Yep, visiting time on the wards is nearly up, Blues.
My birthstone is diamond so I'm looking for a rock to go on my finger.
A big rock.
-A large rock to go on your finger.
Did you hear that? Large rock.
I feel faint!
I get that response a lot!
Have you a large diamond, sir? I've got a buyer here.
Look, concentrate, concentrate! Come on, team.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Yes, take them straight to theatre, nurse.
Operation - find two organs.
I mean, bargains.
-Right, one last item. I've got an idea. Just a quick idea. Let's split forces.
Um, have a look down there.
-Not a bad stand. Have a look there and I want to look on this side.
You look down there, I'll look on this side.
And then we'll meet back in a couple of minutes.
I just get very worried because they're not picking things.
I seem to be sort of leading it, so it's awkward.
That's why I've sent them off to do their own looking.
Cos I know there's something there. And I want them to spot it.
So, a solo flight for Terry and Kerry.
All of the Blue team are descending on the scales.
-There it is. Yeah.
-It's still there.
-It's still there.
-What does that tell you?
-It tells me it's mine.
-I'm not sure it does tell you, "It's mine."
-Or it's ours.
Well... SHE LAUGHS
Could we offer you £100 for that?
Um, I've seen them sell for 150.
Yeah, but I haven't bought it.
Is you've sold them to everybody else except me!
- It's really got to be 120, actually.
So, while the scales are hanging in the balance,
the Reds have found something Thomas likes.
-This is by Thomas Webb.
-So it's a really good make.
It's got a name on it. Webb. Webb's Glass.
It's a beautiful glass bowl.
Pretty colour. Really pretty colour.
And, of course, you can tell it's been hand-blown
because of this mark here. Do you know what that is called?
-A pontil mark.
-And then this is
the acid-etched signature for Thomas Webb.
My only concern
is it's not a vase. It's a bowl.
-But it's a nice bowl.
-It is a nice bowl.
You could put some lovely, big, thick...big flowers like hydrangeas
or something like that in there, and it would look very attractive
-on a centrepiece.
-Can we come back to it?
-Have we got time?
-Have you got time?
-12 minutes left.
-We could dash over there and back again.
What's your best on that for now?
Never mention a price.
No, I think probably 18.
-18 would be the best. I know what we paid for that.
I could see that in my house actually.
But you want to go... We've got the price of 18.
Do you want to go and have a look and you can come back if you really want...
-Love to. Come on, let's go.
-Quickly, quickly now.
Yes, the pressure is on, Blues.
How about 110 cash in your hand, no questions asked?
Is it just that piece you're interested in or would you...
There's a little piece of silver there.
What have we got here?
-A dice shaker with a silver...
-Oh, look at that.
Look at that. Coronation June 1911 George V.
Dice shaker. How much is this little object?
-It's a great thing that, you know.
-Yeah, I like that.
-So what can we do on the... balance?
-Of the two?
-The two items.
STALLHOLDER: On the two...
Don't say 100 because I think she will throw you out.
- Um... - It's always worth a try.
120 the two?
125 and you've got a deal.
So you're getting the Tiffany for 110.
-If that's 15, that's 110.
-There's a mathematical answer to everything.
Madam, thank you very much. You're an absolute angel.
Well done, Blues. You've got it all sewn up.
No such luck for Thomas, whose crew is still circling.
What do you think to the Tiffany light?
I'm going to go round and look from the other side.
-STALLHOLDER: It is modern.
-It is moderne.
-It's probably 30-years-old, I would have thought.
-You know, with these taps here simulating the gas, isn't it?
Five minutes left and Thomas is talking tough.
-We haven't got any time to look any more.
-If you want my honest opinion, we haven't.
-Back to the bowl, then.
-I'm afraid it could be.
-It's a pretty good bet.
Unless I said... Unless something happens, which I said wouldn't happen -
something jumps at you - but it's not going to. These are static items.
No, let's go for it. That bowl was nice.
Yeah, it's not a big risk. It's not a big risk.
-You can make a profit.
-You can make a profit.
-We can win.
-You can win. Come on!
Jump to it, Reds.
-I hope they've not sold it.
-Of course it's not sold.
-It'd be just our luck.
I think it's a good thing. It's a pretty bowl. It's a very pretty bowl.
Can we do a deal?
MAN SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY
-Shall we shake on it?
-Course we can.
Well done. God, I thought we'd never get there.
Don't worry, Thomas. It's all over now.
That's it, time's up.
Let's check out what the Red team bought before we fork out...
all that profit.
The trench art shell cases took their fancy first.
Then, after disagreeing on most items...
-I'm not bothered about that.
..the nurse's belt brought them together for 35.
And in a very last minute they settled on the art deco glass bowl
So, guys, that's it. I didn't think we'd do it.
-We left it to the last minute.
-YOu did leave it to the last minute.
-Yeah, but it's good fun leaving it to the last minute.
-Do you think?
-I think it is good fun.
-A bit of pressure.
You spent practically nothing, I know. What's the total?
-Is that all you spent?
-Who's got the £207?
-I don't know why we bother giving you £300...
-We tried, we tried.
..if 207 goes across as a bonus buy.
-Go on, Thomas.
-What are you going to spend the 207 on?
207 - I have no idea. But hopefully I'm going to spend all of it for you two.
I hope so, cos we failed miserably.
Don't feel badly about it. Thomas is very good at spending it all.
Good luck, Thomas. Have a cup of tea, team.
Meanwhile, we're going to check out what the Blue team bought. Eh?
Peter took the lead on their first purchase.
I wanted a pocket watch.
A gold plated full hunter for £40.
Louise really hung on for those letter scales.
Purchased eventually for 110.
Along with the dice shaker that snuck in at the end at £15.
-Well, wasn't that fun?
-It was fantastic.
-More fun that treating patients.
-You didn't need a doctor at all, did you?
-We were lucky.
Oh, yes, absolutely.
-So, did you have a good time?
-Fantastic, thanks, Tim.
And what was your total expenditure?
We spent £165.
That is quite a mature number. Thank you.
165. So I'd like £135 of left-over lolly.
If I could have that. That's lovely.
How did you get on with Charlie Ross today? Was it pretty good?
-Was it? Yeah.
-He's a star.
So if you had to write his CV, you'd give him a three-star write-up?
-Ten out of ten.
I've not seen the man stop smiling. And here comes £135.
I'm going off to buy some medical instruments.
And good luck, Charlie.
Meanwhile, we're heading west to Devonshire
to the cathedral city of Exeter. How lovely.
A trip to Exeter is not complete
without a visit to the city's Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Today I'm in the natural history galleries to look at the Sladen Collection,
named after William Percy Sladen,
who put together the most extraordinary collection of echinoderms.
What do I know about echinoderms? Not a lot really.
But someone who does is assistant curator Holly Morganroth.
So, tell us about these weird and wonderful creatures?
Cos you've got millions of them knocking around, haven't you?
We do. We do have a fair few.
Echinoderms are fantastic.
They are one of the few groups of animals that are found
solely in the sea.
There aren't any fresh-water species or terrestrial ones.
And to me they are a sea urchin or a starfish. Is that right?
Yes, sea urchins and starfish but there's also
sea cucumbers, which are long, thin, lumpy organisms.
And feather stars and sea lilies, which are beautiful.
They do look more like plants than animals.
Why do you think that Sladen was so particularly fascinated by these things?
I think one of the reasons was that echinoderms can be found
in some of the earliest fossils.
So particularly in this area, places like Lyme Regis,
are particularly famous for their starfish and their sea urchins.
They are found right from the rock pools
all the way down to the deepest oceans,
which some of the famous marine voyagers explored.
This echinoderm collection is second only to that found in the Natural History Museum in London.
But here in Exeter they also house the works of marine biologist
and author, Philip Henry Gosse
who is also an accomplished illustrator.
This is one of his books, The British Sea-Anemones and Corals.
And if I open it up to the title page,
there you can see the title of the book
and opposite it is an illustration of sea anemones,
and throughout the book the plates show
Gosse's artistic skills in spades.
What he's done is to group on each of these plates
a variety of marine creatures, but not necessarily in positions
that you would find them were you to go fishing about on the seashore.
What the museum has got is a series of his original pastel drawings.
So these are the component parts that he might have seen around British shores
that he then translated into the decorative plates
which would have gone to make up the popularity of his books
when they came to be published.
The big question today is, of course, just how starry-eyed
are our teams going to be getting over at the auction?
100. And 10. 20.
All bid at £120.
All done? £120. I'm selling.
Well, I can't tell you how lovely it is to be in Stansted Mountfitchet again
at Sworders sale room with John Black.
-How are you, John?
It's lovely to be here. First up are these bits of trench art.
-I think they are.
I think they're probably Austro-Hungarian with a twin eagle.
-Er, I think they're dated 1915 underneath as well.
So we've put £40-60.
£40 was paid.
Now, what about this belt?
Is it a belter?
I think it is. It's silver-plate rather than silver.
And how much do you think it's worth?
Between 30 and 50.
Yep. £35 paid, so that's OK.
Now this team's strategy is clearly to spend
the most miserable amount of money possible.
They only spent £93, of which 18 went on this blue bowl.
I think it's rather nice. I think 40-60 is...
-what we see it at.
-Do you really?
I think given a bit of space, I think it should do that.
So, we're predicting a decent profit on that,
which may save their bacon,
in which case they won't need the bonus buy,
but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
-OK, Kerry and Terry. Your eyes are shut.
-You won't open them till I tell you, will you?
OK. Well, on the word of "go", now you can look.
THere you are.
-I know you were quite competitive.
This is a very competitive game.
-Is it complete?
-It's absolutely complete.
It's all there. You have the clubs, you have the balls,
you have the sticks, you have the hoops.
-And it's good that you can wheel it in and out of your garden.
How much did you buy it for?
It was marked 110. I believe it should make a profit.
Do you think it could make £150, Tom?
-It should do.
-Could do, couldn't it?
-It's all there,
-it's well presented.
-I like it.
-I like it, too.
(GRUFFLY) I like it lots!
I think you like it more now than when you first saw it. Would that be right?
It's a shock. We didn't really know what to expect.
No, course not. You weren't expecting something on wheels.
-The boy's done good, hasn't he?
-I think so.
-I think so, too.
Right now let's find out whether the auctioneer thinks the boy's done good or not.
Well, John, I'm not going to pass it over to you.
But you can take it as read that it's a family nine-club set.
We've only put £50-80 but a great piece of kit.
When's the last time you saw a nine-person set?
I don't think I've ever seen a nine-person set? Have you?
Anyway, your estimate is 50-80.
Thomas paid £90. He really rates it.
And who knows, he could be right, couldn't he?
Right, that's it for the Reds. Now for the jolly old Blues.
First up for them is the hunter watch, but, sadly, in gold plate.
That's right. An American Elgin full hunter pocket watch.
-As much as that.
-..we estimate it.
-Have you really?
When I used to catalogue these things,
I used to put £8-12 on those
and think myself jolly lucky if I got a lot of ten of them in a plastic bag.
-Times have changed.
-£40-60. That's very good.
Next is the sterling-silver scales
Uh-huh. Another nice lot.
-We've only put £30-50.
That's completely out of balance.
-£110 they paid.
-We're out of kilter here, John.
-Off the scale, mate.
Next is the dice shaker. There's a must-have lot.
With the coronation of 1911, £20-30 is all we've put.
It's missing a little bit as well.
-On the top with the crown.
-No dice either.
£15 only paid, so that's at least potentially a profitable item.
Otherwise I think they're going to be whistling for it.
So let's look at the bonus buy.
-Lulu, Pietro, are you ready for this?
-We certainly are.
YOu spent 165. £135 went to the Charles Ross.
Charles, what did you spend it on?
I spent it on a large, large piece of...
-I love it. Yeah.
Something that drew me towards it was the quality of it.
This is really, really good mahogany.
Flame mahogany on the bottom.
We've got wonderful scrolling supports, delicate feet.
As an example, it's a really good one.
-How much did you pay?
-Well, what's it worth?
-That's the big question.
-What's it worth?
Oh, Doctor, Doctor!
-Give me a break, Matron, honestly!
-I don't know.
-£60. 110 did you say?
-I paid £60 for it.
-How much will it get at auction?
I would estimate it in my sale room at £60-80.
Hold on because we are going to find out from the auctioneer
what he thinks about Charlie's mirror.
Well, it's your turn to show me yours. How do you rate it?
Um, I would have thought it's probably going to be worth
between £30 and £40.
Charlie Ross paid 60. and really rates it.
It's quite an ordinary, plain Victorian mahogany mirror.
It's a fairly typical model
but the quality of the mahogany is quite high, isn't it?
-It's got a nice flame on the stand.
And those nice scrolly supports crisply carved.
Very nice arched top, too.
-Good. Well, we'll see, won't we?
-We will, Tim.
Five. 70. £70.
All done. Selling away now.
Kerry, Tel, you're on the edge.
How does it feel, Terry, to be on the edge?
I'm buzzing. It's brilliant.
A lot of people here, you know.
-I've seen. It's good.
-They pitched up.
-They have. We just want them to bid now.
First up are the artillery trench art shell jobbies
and here they come.
20 for the shell cases. 20, thank you.
-More than that.
£28 there. 30. 32. 35.
-Look at this.
£42 and I'm selling now.
-Plus £2. Nothing the matter with that.
-That's all right.
£30 for this lovely belt there.
£30. 20 if you wish now.
£10 for this belt. £10, thank you.
At £10. No-one else? We're going to sell, then.
-At £10. On my left now.
This is unexpected. £10 is minus 25,
which means overall you're minus 23.
Now, are you going to make it on the blue vase?
-This is going to do it.
-Here it comes.
-We can start the bidding here straight in at £40.
-40 I'm bid.
Any advance on £40 now?
42, 45, 48, 50.
At £50 now. Any further interest now?
That is plus £32.
That's a proper score, isn't it? Which wipes out your 23,
which means you are plus £9.
£9. Now there's a total.
Hang on a minute.
-You're not to say a word.
-I can't say anything.
This is your decision and your decision alone.
You can't refer to Thomas.
You've listened to everything he's told you in the past.
You have to decide. You have £9 of folding money in your pocket.
Are you going to go with the croquet set and have a punt or not?
-Yes, we're going to go for it.
-We're going to go for it.
The decision is made. We're going with it, and here it comes.
We can start the bidding here straight in at £40.
Any advance? 42, 45.
48, 50, 55.
60. Five. 70. Five.
80. Five. 90. Five.
£95 in the jacket. At £95 and I'm selling to you, sir.
-You clever, clever team.
-And you two thought it would make a loss.
Well, isn't that brilliant? You were confident, you were sure,
and I congratulate you.
It's just after that belt just crashed.
-Plus £5 on that. Well done.
Overall, you are plus £14 and I congratulate you.
-Thank you very much.
-Aren't they clever!
-I'm not going to kiss you.
-Don't say a word to the Blues.
-We don't want to spoil their day.
-So, Blues, do you know how the Reds got on?
-We don't, no.
-Good. We don't want you to.
First up is your hunting-cased plated watch and here it comes.
Straight in at £40.
And £40 is bid. Any advance of £40 now?
-42, 45, 48.
-We're in profit.
I'm selling now on commission at £60.
I can't believe that. That is well done.
I don't know why I can't believe it cos I'm out of date with my prices.
-But that's brilliant. Plus £20. I love it.
-Now, here come the letter scales.
-We can start the bidding here at £20.
-It's a low start. 22, 25.
28, 30, 32.
40, 42, 45.
48. Are we all done now?
At £48, seated, the bid.
£48 is two off 50.
That's 50. That's 62. Minus 62.
You had 20, you're now minus 42.
Anyway, here comes the dice shaker.
We can start the bidding here at £20.
-It's on the market. At £20.
-You're in profit.
Any further interest in the room today?
Or we'll sell this lot on the maiden bid
Plus £5 is plus £5.
You are minus 37.
-Oh, that's good.
-What are you going to do? Are you going to go with
-the bonus-buy mirror?
-Yes, we're going for it.
-You're a couple of punters, aren't you?
This is not going to be a question of good money after bad, is it?
-Not at all.
OK, fine. So the decision is made, you're supporting Charlie Ross
and here we go with the bonus buy.
We can start the bidding straight in here at £20.
Any advance now on £20?
I'll take two if you wish.
22, 25, 28, 30, 32.
It's a crime against humanity.
42. At £42,
lady's bid, I'm going to sell, make no mistake, at £42.
£42. £42 is minus 18.
There goes that Caribbean holiday(!)
37, 47. That's minus 55, lads.
Now, listen, that could be a winning score. Don't say a word to the Reds.
-Was that not great?
-It was great.
-Have you been chatting at all about the scores?
Because there is a world of difference between you,
and on Bargain Hunt we don't have losers any more, we just have runners-up,
and the runners-up today by a magnificent margin are the Blues.
It all started off so well, Charlie, didn't it?
That £20 profit on your watch
and then it went steadily...downhill all the way.
-But you're not in a drip about it at all.
Not at all.
You all right, Doc?
Yeah, we was robbed!
-How's your patient getting on?
Very, very good fun. Thank you or being such a sporting team.
-But the victors today...
I'm glad to say I'm giving them folding money.
Oh, look at this! 14 whole pounds. There we go. Four little ones.
Now, what are you going to spend all that money on, Kerry?
-What do you reckon?
-A pint on the way home, I think!
It's a good result, helped along by the croquet set, of course,
which was a magnificent bonus-buy contribution.
Thank you very much for that.
-And the £32 profit on your blue Webb vase...
So I shall never be crabby about somebody who only spends £93
-when you can turn in with a decent profit. So well done.
-Thank you very much.
-You enjoyed it, Terry?
-It's been brilliant.
-You can walk away with pride.
-Indeed I can.
-You can walk tall.
In fact, you can join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
The East of England Showground in Peterborough plays host to this edition of the antiques challenge. The red team have trouble getting their choices past expert Thomas Plant, and the medics on the blue team have fun doing the rounds with their expert Charlie Ross. Presenter Tim Wonnacott visits the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter to find out about their extraordinary natural history collection.