Tim Wonnacott presents the antiques contest from Derby, with experts Thomas Plant and David Harper. Tim also visits the Holburne Museum in Bath.
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Yes, it's that time of day again.
In fact, it's a delightful day here in Derby.
We're going full steam ahead, so let's go bargain hunting! Yeah!
We're at an antiques and collectors' fair
in a space that was once a railway roundhouse.
We're hoping that our teams today will be able to turn in a decent profit.
Right now, though, let's have a quick peek at what's coming up.
'There'll be some shocking items. '
Human hair. Real human hair.
'And some equally shocking jokes.'
MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: My mate bought a greyhound.
I said, "What are you going to do with it?" He said, "Race it."
-I said, "By the look of it, you'll beat it!"
'Just like that! That's all coming up.'
Now, let's meet today's teams.
Today it's a family show, with two teams,
each with a father and daughter combo from heaven.
-For the Reds, it's Dave and Kelly. Hello.
And for the Blues, it's Gary and Zoe. Hello, everyone.
Great to see you. Now, Dave, what is it you do for a living?
I'm a shipping agent, Tim, which basically means I ship things abroad for people.
And it can be anything from excavators to drawing pins,
and it's the paperwork side of things, really.
Now, tell us about your love of football.
Well, when I was 16 or 17, I signed on for Leicester City.
-In those days, they called it schoolboy terms.
And I was a goalkeeper.
The downside was the first team goalkeeper was a guy called Gordon Banks.
-The second team goalkeeper was a guy called Peter Shilton.
-And both of them went on to be two of the best goalkeepers England have ever had.
-So when I went training, I was able to train with these two guys.
-And it was absolutely unbelievable.
-I bet it was.
And they were really nice. It was fantastic.
Kelly, what do you do to earn you crust, darling?
I'm a self-employed singer and a dancer. So trained in it for three years.
And loads of different jobs and gigs throughout the year
but my main income is from an ABBA tribute band that I sing with.
-I play the blonde one, I wear a wig.
We do loads of gigs nationally, internationally,
-we've been as far as South Korea.
-We do a lot of European...
-Do South Koreans, are they into ABBA?
-Apparently so. Who knew?
Well, we know that now. That must be quite fun.
Yeah, it is fun. No two weeks are the same.
-And that's what I like about it.
-It is good.
-Very glamorous and great fun.
-Good luck today on Bargain Hunt.
-Very, very nice to meet you.
Well, actually, for the Blues, we've got some more performing talent, haven't we?
Gary, tell me about the business you run with Zo-Zo.
-Er, we were fortunate enough to buy a club nine years ago in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
It's from the late 1950s.
It's been a live music venue.
I bought it nine years ago when it was on its heels a little bit.
And we've brought it back up to scratch where we get now full houses.
But you do a bit of singing yourself, don't you?
-I was on the road for 25 years as a pro.
I must admit. So we've a lot in common, actually.
So when you perform, you do your gigs in your own club, what sort of things do you get up to?
At the moment, into the rock thing, bit of Free and Bad Company, that kind of thing.
Prior to that, on my cabaret shows
it was more Tom Jonesy, Neil Diamond, Elvis.
Are you feeling in good voice this morning?
This morning? We had a late night last night.
We had a Madness tribute on at the club.
We were still there till four, I'm now here at eight o'clock in the morning.
You're not going to give us the voice?
# I saw the light on the night that had passed by the window #
-Oh, I'm with it.
-I should stop while you're ahead.
-So what's it like working with your dad?
Er, brilliant. We get on really well.
We've sort of got, erm, with booking the bands,
Dad's sort of the 60s, 70s, I'm more of the 80s kind of bands, and we work well together.
It seems to me that your dad has passed on his love of music to you, girl.
Absolutely. Yeah. I've always been a lover of great music anyway.
I can remember from being a young age
being brought up on bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin,
Billy Joel, The Stones. I just love all that kind of music.
-It's pulsing round your blood stream, isn't it?
What are your tactics going to be today to beat the Reds?
-We're going to do our best.
-And spend a lot of money.
Well, it'll be interesting to see what you actually do in a minute.
Anyway, here we go, here's the money, £300 a piece.
You know the rules. Your experts await. Off you go!
And very, very, very good luck. I feel like bursting into song.
But I won't.
'In reflective mood today, Thomas Plant will be assisting the Reds.
'Whilst happy snapper David Harper
'will be focusing on capturing cheesy moments with the Blues.'
Right, come on, you two. What are we going to be looking for?
-Well, I think we're going for quality today.
We know you specialise in jewellery so we thought we'd go for a bit of jewellery,
make all the money on that, and then see what happens after that.
And I've got to say, that is worrying me deeply.
-This is going to be the answer to our prayers.
-I've been looking for that answer for a long time.
-MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: I've only to do that, and I'll make some money.
-Oh, my Lord. Let's rock and roll, guys.
-Let's go for it.
-Let's do it.
Do you like the old charm bracelets, Zoe?
I think it's decorative and it would appeal to somebody,
because it's got the car, the cat...
-Are they all silver?
-All silver, yes.
The lowest I could go, and really the lowest, is 100.
-What about if I make you laugh, would you take £10 off?
-You'd make me cry.
MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: Thank you very much. I'll come back to that one.
-It's still 100.
-I think we'll come back to that.
'Aye, aye. I think we've got a bit of a joker on our hands.
'He thinks he's Tommy Cooper.'
-MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: What time is it?
'And I think Zoe's heard these gags before.
'Looks like the Blues aren't the only jokers around today.
'Preparing for battle, Dave?'
That's rather fun, isn't it? The military badge.
-Those are always lovely.
-We're interested in military things.
-Always lovely, those things.
So what exactly is that, Tom?
This is an Artillery Corps World War I sweetheart brooch.
Think of this poor woman who wore this brooch
as her chap was there in the mud, in the theatre of war.
You know, the grimness, the noise, the death.
And actually, you evoke all of that,
you think, actually, this has got a lot of history to it.
And it's actually assayed for London 1917.
-Yeah. By Collett & Anderson. That's actually quite a sweet thing.
-I quite like that, actually.
-What's the price on that, then?
-It's £45. What's your very best on that?
-I can do 40 on it.
Can you do a bit more?
-I'd like a bit more.
-You'd like a bit more?
-Can't do 30.
-I can do 38.
-It's got to be 35.
38, it's the death, she said 38.
I think we've sort of... You have to draw a line somewhere.
-Yeah, 38, that's...
-It's a fair price.
-You're too soft, Kelly.
I'm just trying to be fair. I think that...
I can see a bit of bickering going to happen today.
It's worth a punt at £38, and it doesn't seem...
-If you're happy, you're happy...
-I'm happy. Yeah. Are you happy?
-Of course I am.
-We're all happy.
-Are you happy?
-Well, that's fine.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
'# I'm HAPPY, I'm HAPPY #
'So, it's smiles all round as the Reds make their first purchase. Well done!'
That's a bit funky.
-You'd have to have the house for it, if you know what I mean.
You're going to have someone who's interested in boats,
someone who's interested in the Art Deco period. I think it's a bit funky.
I... You know, it's a bit rock and roll, baby.
-Do you think it would sell well at auction?
-I do think it would sell well at auction.
I just like it. But I might be completely wrong.
It has been known before for me to be completely wrong.
-Yes, I've been watching the programme.
-Yes, you have seen the programme.
-Watch it every day.
Shall we see if we can do a deal or not?
-I think get the hat on, don't you?
-I think we're going to do it.
-Can you help me with that, on a price?
-I can do it for 65.
Hang on a minute. If he makes you laugh... Don't look!
If he makes you laugh, can you do it for 55?
-'Uh-oh. Here we go.'
-Yep? Three, two, one.
MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: Excuse me. I'll tell you a joke.
My mate bought a greyhound yesterday. I said, "What are you going to do with it?"
He said, "I'm going to race it." I said, "By the look of it, you'll beat it."
-Looks like it's 65.
-I can't believe it!
Do you know what, I was never a great Tommy Cooper fan.
Can we do it for 60, love? And it's a deal.
He's a rubbish comedian, but he's not a bad negotiator.
-I'll buy you a pint later.
-I don't drink. Go on, then.
-Sorted. All I've got to say is...
MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: Thank you very much.
'Surprisingly, this so-called comedy tactic seems to be working.
'The Blues have now bought their first item only ten minutes into the shop.'
It's going really well, and I've got to say,
I'm loving Gary's negotiating techniques.
It's absolutely ridiculous, the fact that he's getting discounts for telling rubbish jokes.
It's fantastic! I've never experienced anything like it before.
I'm going to start doing it.
'Mm. I hope you don't, David. I've heard some of your jokes before.'
I've seen something that you might not like.
-It's a watch chain.
-But what do you think it's made out of?
Hair. Human hair. Real human hair.
Just like your hair there, snipped off when you have it cut,
and it's been plaited into a watch chain.
In the 19th century, obviously,
-there was a lot of jewellery made out of this.
For mourning jewellery, but also...
..just for the sake of having a memory of somebody, you know, on your person.
As much as I really don't like it and would never think of buying it,
I can imagine it selling, I suppose, if it's collectable.
-What do you think?
-It's your turn to negotiate.
-Are you going to negotiate?
I don't think I'm going to be any good.
Do you want me to do this for you? Do you want me to have a chat?
-Yes, please, I'd love that.
-Yeah, go for it.
-I'll have a quick chin wag and then I'll come back and report.
I promise you I won't do anything rash. Although I'm quite tempted, David.
'Ah, what a gentleman.'
1929, it's good quality, it's all hallmarked.
I think it's really cute, as well. It's got, erm... Is that salt?
Let's have a look. That will be for pepper.
-Because your salt is that one.
The little bucket with the blue liner, the spoon.
Yeah? So that's how you dish your salt out, and then this one is your mustard.
-Isn't that lovely?
-With this mix spoon.
Now, silver's very soft so it's prone to denting.
-So look out for little dings and dents. There are a few here and there.
-I like that.
I really like that. I said we'd get something silver.
I like that, it's about the price, really.
-No, you should've said 80.
-To give you a chance.
-Give us a chance.
-I think that is a great price, genuinely, I do.
It's a good thing. However, I've got a bit of a challenge for you.
-This is the challenge. Right?
-If this gentleman here can make you laugh...
-If he doesn't make you laugh, 95.
-'Oh, here we go again.'
-Go on, then.
-OK. Are you ready for it?
-I'm ready for it.
-Because he never fails. He's so good.
-Right, we'll try.
-OK. Three, two, one, go, Gary!
MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: Thank you very much.
The wife rang me the other day, she said, "I've got water in the carburettor."
-I said, "Really? Where are you?" She said, "I'm in the river."
-Oh! Oh! Oh!
I'll do it for 90, just for the effort.
Good man! Thank you very much.
'This is extraordinary. Gary's tactic is working again.
'Meanwhile, I wonder if Thomas is having any luck striking a deal.'
-Right. And is that... Do you think that's OK?
I don't think that's too bad.
-I don't think that's bad.
-Not bad at all.
I mean, I know you've negotiated, but,
excuse me, could you do it for 29?
It's just that at an auction it goes up in tens, doesn't it?
So, if you get, you know... We're after the Golden Gavel.
-That extra pound can make all the difference.
-She said yes.
David, David, David, David. You need to quit while you're ahead,
-otherwise they start putting it up again.
-Thank you very much.
-We'll go for that?
-I think I need to zip you up sometimes.
'Now, that's two items in the bag for the Reds,
'and they're halfway through their time.
'But it's not just jewellery that can pull at the heart strings.
'Take a look at what I found.'
Some of the pieces you find in these antique fairs
are poignant and moving.
Take this little group. The key sits with this dog tag,
so called because for members of the armed services
who were issued with two like this
in the First World War,
they were attached to you by a cord
and the troops regarded them, rather like a dog would wear a tag,
as dog tags, and they have become known as dog tags.
This one is particularly nice.
It's a piece of stamped card and you can see the recipient's name,
Ball, at the top,
and then underneath that, the long military number.
And the dealer who's selling this
cleared a house and found, in the same drawer as the dog tag,
these three spent bullet ends
and a lead crucifix.
And that would give him protection, perhaps, from a German bullet.
Now, this is not my subject,
so I've consulted a specialist dealer here at the fair
and he tells me that this little group
is worth about £30.
All that history. Sad, isn't it?
But very interesting.
'Back to the shopping. It's two-all, and the Blues are talking tactics.'
I'm just thinking probably something that appeals to animal lovers,
maybe something that's...
Well, this is an interesting tactic. Where has this come from?
They're collectable and people love their pets and stuff like that.
So anything that's sort of appealing on the animal side of it.
-What about owls? Owls is good.
-I like owls. That always sells well.
'From comic turns to owls, eh? What a hoot.
'But whilst the Blues start to look for animals, the Reds have homed in on a silver dish.'
-What are you looking at now?
-Either one or t'other, really.
-It would appeal to people.
It's functional, I suppose, isn't it? It could be on somebody's table.
-I like it.
But I'm not taken with it.
-Shall we carry on?
-Let's go and have a look, yeah.
'Let's hope it doesn't get sold, then. Now, what have the Blues found?'
It's a Chinese boy, it's a Chinese peasant riding a water buffalo.
-So it's made out of boxwood, probably.
But, look, you've got silver inlay there.
-Can you see these little silver inlays?
And look at his gorgeous face. He's got a real, kind of, twisted face.
-I just think it's nice.
-Do you think it's worth 15 quid?
-Maybe might knock a few quid off with a gag.
-With a gag?
What shall we offer him?
If you can make me laugh, we'll do the ten. And if you don't, I want the 20.
'Here's a setup, if ever there was one.'
I'm up for that challenge. Are you up for it?
Will you try and be a bit better this time?
-I'll do my best.
-Oh, right. OK. Are you ready?
He's going to come round. Zoe.
Be warned. You've been warned.
MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: I went to the pet shop yesterday,
I walked in like that, well, it might have been like that, I think it was like that,
and I said, "I want to buy a wasp." He said, "We don't do wasps."
-I said, "Well, you've got two in the window."
-Are you struggling inside?
-'If you're not, we are.'
-I struggle with the word comedian.
OK. Er, Gary, I think you do have some issues, my friend.
-Yeah, I think...
-And the biggest issue is that's just cost you 20 quid. Shake his hand.
'Thank heavens we don't have to hear any more corny comedy.
'As the axe falls on Gary's final gag, that's the Blues done
'with all three purchases made.
'However, with ten minutes to go, the Reds need to find their final item.'
We've got a couple of unusual items, but mainly jewellery,
so let's just try and find something slightly different.
'What's this, then? Another love-related item?'
Well, it's a little box for your dressing table to put your rings in or something.
It's Victorian, Chester,
and it's sort of a similar price as to...
-..as to the bowl.
That's better quality silver.
-It is English silver.
-English silver, yeah.
-Absolutely English silver.
-Ooh, I like that better.
-What's the very best on the box?
Very best, 110.
Personally, I prefer that. I think it's more useful and more...
-It will appeal to females in the audience.
105 would be the absolute minimum. I couldn't budge below that.
-You're happy with that?
-I think so.
-Are you sure?
-Let's do it.
-No, but let's do it.
-No, let's do it.
'Feeling the lurve, the Reds have now also found all three of their items.'
Right! That's it. Shopping time's over.
Let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought, eh?
'All three purchases follow a theme of love and romance.
'First up, for the sum of £38,
'they're pinning their hopes on a silver and tortoiseshell brooch.
'A former love token, this rolled gold and plaited hair watch chain
'was purchased for a trim £29.
'And finally, they paid £105
'for a Victorian silver heart-shaped box.
'Ahh. How sweet.'
Hello, hello. What's all this to do with love, then? What's going on?
Pure coincidence, Tim. What we've bought is pure coincidence.
I think David is revealing his true, female, sympathetic ways.
-Is he known for this, Kelly?
-He's not known for it, no.
-No. All right. OK.
It's going to be embarrassing down in the pub, isn't it? Just a tad.
Now, without dwelling on that, how much did you spend?
-172. Then I would like £128, please. Who's got that?
-I've got it.
-Thank you very much, Kelly. Thank you. 128.
Which is your favourite piece, Dave?
I like the hair bracelet pocket watch. I thought that was quite nice.
-Do you agree with that, Kel?
That's not my favourite piece, no.
I liked the first one we bought, the sweetheart brooch.
-That's my favourite.
And is that going to bring the biggest profit?
Do you know, I think it might do.
We got quite a good price on it, didn't we?
And I think it's collectable, people will like it.
-You agree with that, Dave?
-No. I think it will be the hair thing, again.
You're going to stick with that. All right. Fine.
OK, Tom, are you going to find something lurverly with that?
-Yes, I am. I see what you've done there!
-Anyway, have a nice cup of tea, you lot.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
'The Blues set sail with their first purchase,
'a French Art Deco brass yacht,
'picked up for £60.
'They forked out £90 for their cruet set.
'And finally, they whittled £20 out of their budget
'for a Chinese boxwood carving.'
-They've got no sense of humour.
-No sense of humour.
No sense of humour? What, the folk in Derby?
-Oh, the stallholders. OK. Fine.
I tried it on them all, it didn't happen.
No. How did you get on with your shopping, though?
-Which is your favourite piece?
-The shopping was fantastic.
-The silver cruet set.
-That's your favourite?
-Fell in love with it.
-Is that your favourite, too?
-That's good, Zo-Zo.
-And is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think so, yes.
-All right. Fine. You agree with that, Dad?
-I actually do, yeah.
Lovely. We've got total agreement. Super.
-And what did you spend?
-MIMICS TOMMY COOPER: How much? Ha, ha!
Oh, OK. So, 170, £130 of leftover lolly then, please.
-Yes. There you go, Tim.
-Thank you very much.
£130. David Harper, what are you going to spend it on?
I think I'm going to have the hat and I'm going to try the comedy role and see if I can do a better job.
Hey! That doesn't half suit, does it? Meanwhile, we're heading off to the glorious city of Bath,
where we're going to the Holburne Museum, which is very special.
'World-renowned for its graceful Georgian buildings,
'the Holburne Museum is one of the greatest jewels in Bath's architectural crown.
'Built in the late 18th century,
'this charming edifice provides a fitting home for the treasures held within.
'The museum was endowed with the immense private collection of Sir William Holburne,
'who collected everything from paintings to silver,
'and from miniatures to Majolica.'
Now, we all like to think that we've got great taste
and we keep up to date with fashion and change everything in our houses
so that it reflects that current fashion.
Well, here in The Holburne, there are objects that illustrate
that the idea of keeping up with fashion is not new.
This enormous portrait by Thomas Gainsborough
was painted between 1762 and 1766.
That's a long period of time to be painting a single portrait, isn't it?
Well, the subjects, Mr and Mrs Byam,
resided in the West Indies
and it's thought in 1762 that painting would've started
when they were a young, married couple.
And when they did return, they returned with a little daughter, Selina.
So Thomas Gainsborough altered it
to reflect the addition of their child
and also a change in style and fashion.
Because Mrs Byam's dress originally was painted pink.
And on her return from the West Indies, she wanted it updated.
She wanted it to be the very latest fashion. So Gainsborough changed it.
The colour changed from pink to pale blue,
and if you look very carefully, particularly in the train of the dress,
you can see areas of pink showing through the blue paint.
Smart, isn't it?
But there are lots of other objects in the museum
that illustrate these changes in style.
As the 18th century progressed,
so the middle classes grew
and had an appetite for tasteful objects.
And if they weren't commissioning fine portraits, they might go with the decorative arts.
They might have gone to the Derby factory
and chosen this figurine of Shakespeare.
The base is uber-fashionable for the 1760s
with this Rococo swirl.
If we move to the next figure,
if you look carefully, it is nearly identical,
except that the material isn't glazed and coloured.
It comes from the same factory,
but by 1800, tastes had changed.
This is biscuit porcelain
and the factory at Derby simply upgraded the figure
to reflect that change in taste
and have given it a neo-classical, simpler base.
The Holburne's collection of objects is so rich,
we're able to trace the development in style
for a particular type of object through a century.
This caster is known as a lighthouse caster
and would've shaken sugar over your soft fruit.
It was made around 1690.
The elaborate fellow in the middle dates from the 1750s
and is a first-rate example of a Rococo piece of silver.
But only 20 years later, the style has completely changed again,
because this silver sugar box and cover
was made in 1774 in the neo-classical style.
It jettisons all this superfluous, fancy, Rococo decoration
and returns to something that is completely pure
and sublime and neo-classical.
The big question today is, of course,
will our teams' taste in objects
turn up with a sublime profit or two?
Now, Charles, give us a geography lesson.
-We're in Etwall. Where's Etwall?
-Heart of England.
-How far from Derby?
-About four miles.
-I can't tell you how happy I am to be here.
-Thank you, very kind.
Super-duper. David and Kelly are equally excited. They want to know today how they're going to get on.
So, how do you rate the Royal Artillery tortoiseshell and brass brooch?
Tim, I'm often surprised at how well these smaller brooches can do.
I think, importantly, it's hallmarked for 1917.
And it takes you back to some memories
and what our fellow men died for.
It's a lovely brooch which I'm sure a collector would happily pay between £30 and £40 for.
-They bought it for £38. They rated it and I think they're right.
Similarly sentimental, in a way, is this guard chain for a pocket watch.
I mean, this girl, for certain, had lovely chestnut hair.
-Auburn hair, yes.
-That's a lovely colour.
It has that great insight into history
and it's real history because it's someone's hair.
And I would guide it to fetch between £30 and £40.
-Fair enough. They paid 29. So we're doing rather well so far.
Continuing the trio of romance,
we finish up with a heart-shaped, embossed, solid-silver box,
which is pretty fun, isn't it?
Ah, Tim, love is all around on this wonderful red table.
This box is beautifully embossed.
It's in that Rococo, light, airy form.
I would guide it, Tim, to fetch between £60 and £100.
A wide guide because on a good day, it could just make £90 or £100.
-OK. They paid £105.
-Which is a bit on the top end.
And all being well, they won't need their bonus buy, but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
Now, Kelly, David, you spent £172.
You gave the boy £128. Thomas, what did you spend it on?
-Well, I followed our theme, if you remember.
One for you. Begrudgingly, I give the small one to you.
-Yes, I thought you might.
-And I'm holding here three silver roses.
-They're for a display to have on your table or something, but they are fabulous.
-They are lovely.
-I really like them.
-How old are these, then?
I wouldn't say they're that old. I'd say they're probably 60, maybe even 40 years old. Not that old.
-Go on, then, how much?
-£80 was paid.
-For three silver roses.
-They are the flower which almost keeps on giving.
-I think they're lovely.
I think love springs eternal, Thomas. Anyway, on that happy note,
you pick later, team, if you want to, but right now, for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Thomas's bunch.
Now, Charles, I don't want you to get the wrong idea here.
I know it's not Valentine's night or anything like that,
but can you believe it, the old Planter has been out and found
-something that epitomises love.
-I think they're wonderful things
and I'm hoping there'll be a lot of love in the saleroom.
Do you think they're worth £50 each? Are they worth £150?
Do you know, I think they're probably going to fetch, on a really good day, up to £100.
-I'm being quite cautious and a bit mean.
-What's your estimate?
-Between £40 and £60.
-Well, I don't blame you, cos you just want to get these lovers lined up.
Tim, if they all come in together, it could be a match made in heaven.
Well, the Planter paid £80. As you say, it's a bit of a risk,
-but great fun.
-They are great fun.
-And a nice theme for their team.
We don't have much of a team theme going on with the Blues, though.
-There's a mixture here.
-First up, we've got the so-called Art Deco yacht.
-Has that got any age?
-It looks to me to be 1950s.
-But it could be a lot later.
-50s copying the 30s.
-It's quite crude, I think.
But it's decorative, Tim, and I think the word decorative is how I'll describe this.
So what sort of pitch of money will you give it?
My guide price would be probably around £40 to £50.
-That's quite serious choppy water here.
-£60 paid. So a bit of a gap there.
Next is the cruet set. Now, these are perennially sellers, aren't they?
Yes, they are. It's complete, as well.
I love the covered mustard. It's a good set.
And you could buy this at auction today for anything between £60 and £100.
-In my opinion.
-Very good. Zoe paid £90.
Last of all, we've got this little bullock. Well, it's more of a water buffalo, I suspect.
Anyway, there it is. It's in carved hardwood
and with these rather nice silver bits of wire.
I quite like this, Tim. I don't know why.
But it feels quite tactile and you feel it and it has a presence of real age.
And I suspected at first it was a typical 1920s example,
-but when you look closely...
-Come out of Hong Kong.
But you look closely at the extremities, you can see there's been some real wear and tear.
-Knocks and bruises and all of that.
-Been around, hasn't it?
-It has been around, maybe, possibly 150 years.
-So what's your modest estimate?
-I'm being very cautious, Tim.
I've put a guide price of between £20 and £30.
-Well, that's very good, isn't it?
Cos the old Harper paid £20 for it.
-That was his pick. And I think he's done well.
-I do, Tim.
Overall, they probably won't need their bonus buy, but let's go and have a look at it.
So, Zoe, where's Gary?
Unfortunately, he couldn't be here today.
There's been a family bereavement, so he had to represent the family.
Oh, well, thank you for turning up. I'm sorry if you've had some bad news.
Anyway, David Harper is looking expectant
because he's spent maybe £130 on your bonus buy. Maybe not.
-And they're underneath that little cloth.
-Yes. And a pair!
-One for each, as well.
-So, we have... Do you want to take one of them?
-A pair of really heavy, cast-iron, Rococo-style...
-I really like those.
-Aren't they good picture frames?
-Yeah, really nice.
-And look at the old pictures in there.
We don't know who these people are, but that is a snapshot of somebody's life.
-Isn't that lovely?
-Aren't they gorgeous?
They were very important to the people at that time. And I paid £70 for the two.
-And I think that's great.
-I really do.
-Because they're just good.
Your moment to decide will be after the sale of your first three items, but right now,
for the viewers at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Dave's frames.
Here we go, Charles. Cast-iron. Lowest of the low quality
-when it comes to metalwork of this type.
-But popular in the Victorian period, weren't they?
Tim, they are, and I today tend to call them dust-gatherers.
-They're not, in my opinion, in current taste.
-I would place a guide price on these of between £30 and £50.
-£70 Harper paid. And he's very canny.
-Could be that he'll be right and we'll get a decent profit out of them and we'll all look silly.
OK, fine. I'm prepared to look silly.
-What about you?
-I'm prepared, too.
-Sometimes one looks silly every day.
-No, not you. Me. Thanks, Charles.
200, 220. 250.
-250. 280. Sold.
-David, Kelly, how you feeling?
I'm just looking forward to seeing what happens.
-It's scary, isn't it, the prospect?
-Yes, it is.
And exciting, everything. Fantastic.
First item up is the Royal Artillery First World War brooch, and here it comes.
Number 242 is a very fine World War I silver and tortoiseshell
Royal Artillery brooch from the year 1917.
I'm bid £15. 18. 20. And 2. 5. 8.
-I'm out. I'm looking for £30.
30. 2. 5. 38.
One more, sir.
-No, he says. £35 now.
-Oh, come on.
-I'll take 8. Fair warning.
-8 do I see? All done.
Well, it's a good price. £35 is fair enough.
You're minus £3. OK? Bad luck on that.
Now, the watch chain. Here it comes.
Plaited rope watch chain.
And the chain is made from human hair.
There we are. I'm bid 20. I'll take 2 for it now.
20, I'll take 2. Victorian hair.
20, I'll take 2. Come on! Let's see one more.
2, I'll take 5 now. Come on.
-It's like pulling teeth, this.
-5 I'll take.
At 22. 5 I'll take now. Come on! It's got to go.
Pre-Raphaelite or not, it's not a lot of money, that.
Anyway, it's minus £7, which means overall you're minus 10.
Now, is this thing going to win it all back for you?
-I can't see it happening.
-It might happen, Kelly. It just might.
On a love theme, a wonderful Victorian
heart-shaped box and cover. There we are. Chester, 1897.
Look at it and believe it. I'm only bid £45 here.
50 I'll take now. 55.
60. 5. 70. I'm out.
70, a heart-shaped trinket box.
70, I'll take 5. One more. Fair warning, all done.
5. 5. 80.
5. One for the road, sir. You've come so far.
-You may as well.
-And selling. Well done, sir.
£80 is minus £25.
Plus 10 is minus £35. It's nothing, really.
Minus £35. Will the roses win it back for you?
-I think definitely.
-We've got to go for it.
-You've got to go with them.
I mean, you have kept plugging on here with your romantic theme.
-Yes. I don't know why there was a romantic theme.
-So the bonus buy is a no-brainer? We're going with the roses?
-We're not even phoning a friend?
-No, don't need to.
-We don't need to phone a friend.
-Haven't got any.
-Haven't got any friends!
Not after this lot, you haven't. No, that's it, then?
-We're going with the bonus buy?
-I think you're absolutely wise to do that and here he comes.
Oh, look at these. These are a wonderful set of three silver roses,
stamped 800, solid Italian silver. 30's my opening. I'll take 2 now.
30, I'll take 2. Do I see 2?
They are beautiful Italian with love roses.
At £32 now, I'll take 5.
Are we sure? I'll take one more. Fair warning, all done. 5 I'll take.
-All right, at £32, they're going.
A loss on the roses, I'm afraid, at £48. Overall, you're minus 83.
Now, let's be positive about this,
-because what's not going so well for you probably isn't going so well for anybody else.
-So minus 83 could be a winning score.
No shame in that. Don't say a word to the Blues
and everything will be revealed in a moment.
Now, Zo-Zo, have you had a word with the father, then?
-I've had a word with the father, yes.
-And got his instructions about the bonus buy?
-He likes the bonus buy.
-Is that him underneath there?
-He's there in spirit.
-In absentia. Anyway, no, it's bad luck, actually.
But, anyway, nice to have the fez as a reminder.
Your first item up is that boat and here it comes. Very good luck.
264 is a stylish French Art Deco brass yacht.
I'm only bid 15. 18. 20.
I'll take 2 for it now.
Art Deco in style. All the hands.
2. 5. 8. 30. 2.
5. 8. 40.
-Come on, come on.
-It could be yours. 50 I'll take.
One for the road.
50, I'll take 5 now. It's a wonderful boat.
50, I'll take 5 now. One more do I see?
Fair warning. Yes, we are. Well done, madam.
-It's a tough business. You're minus £10 on that
but it could so easily have been the other way, Zo, I can't tell you.
-Now, I'm going to give you a hug on this, cos I feel you could get close.
A three-piece cruet set with the silver spoons.
I'm only bid £40
40's mine but I'll take 5 now. Come on!
40, I'll take 5 now. 40, I'll take 5.
5. I'm out. Do I see 50 now? At £45. 50 I'll take.
-The bidders aren't here.
-At £40. We're going, going and gone.
Minus £50 on that. Overall, minus 60.
OK, now, the water buffalo. My gosh. This has got to canter on.
Very interesting Chinese boxwood carving of a water buffalo.
I'm bid only 15, 18, 20.
I'll take 2 now.
-2. 5. 8. I'm out. 30. 2.
-40. Interesting object, this.
I look for 40 now. I'll take 2.
Or at £40, we're going. 2.
-Yes! Come on!
Oh, go on! You've come so far!
No more? £45 on the aisle, sir.
-We sell to you at £45.
-We're doing all right.
-£45. I love that boy. That's really good.
Really squeezed that out. That's plus 25.
-You're minus 60. So now you're minus 35.
OK, you're minus 35 overall. What about these iron frames? Going to have a tickle?
-I think so, yeah.
-Here we go, then.
-Let's hope you and Gary are right here.
Perfect. Here they come. A pair of frames. We're going with the bonus buy.
A wonderful pair of late Victorian Rococo-style cast-iron frames.
I'm only bid here £20.
They are a pair. 22. 5. 8. I'm out.
30. 2. 5.
-8. 40. 5. 50.
Look at me. One for the road. Look at me.
Don't walk away. One for the road!
-What do you think?
-Yes! Come on!
No more? One more bid, they're yours, madam.
Well done. Thanks for coming.
50! I'll take 5 now. 50, I'll take 5. Fair warning, all done.
Miss White, you're out. The lady, you're in.
-At £50. Going, going, they're yours.
£50 is minus £20, which means it's minus 55.
-Minus 55 in total?
-Minus 55 in total.
-It's not horrendous.
-It's not horrendous.
And frankly, darling, it could be a winning score.
-Now, ring up Gary, tell him what the form is and we will reveal the final episode in just a moment.
-Well, guys, what fun, hey?
-Was it good?
-Poor Gary. I'm missing him.
-Anyway, there we go. It is no secret that no team today is going home with any cash.
-It's not a cashed-up type of day.
-But you've been great teams, giving us loads of fun and entertainment,
so thank you for that. We can only have one team of winners
and we don't have losers any more, so I have to announce who the runners-up are.
-And they're the Reds.
-Come on, Gary!
-Erm, you guys didn't do so well on the old profits stakes.
In fact, I can find no plus sign at all across the whole of your performance.
-So I don't intend to dwell on it.
-Because there's no point.
It just wasn't running down your gutter today, was it?
-The love wasn't in the air.
-The love wasn't in the air,
-but have you had a nice time?
-Enjoyed every single moment.
-Well, you've been great. Thank you.
But moving to the solitary Blue who's managed to win by only losing £55,
which is still a pretty shocking total, I have to say.
And you'll be on the blower to dad?
I'll be letting him know, yeah. He'll be very happy with that.
-He's been here in spirit.
-We do sense his presence.
Well, do give him a squeeze from us. Much missed on the day, but we had a lovely shop with him.
Anyway, good fun all round. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting.
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Derby is the destination for this edition of Bargain Hunt, as Tim Wonnacott oversees the red and blue teams competing to find well-priced antiques and collectables to sell at auction. Expertise comes in the form of Thomas Plant and David Harper, and Tim makes a visit to the Holburne Museum in Bath.