The antiques contest comes from Derby with experts Thomas Plant and David Harper. Plus Tim Wonnacott visits the Holburne Museum in Bath.
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Today, we're in Derby, a town given its city status by the Queen,
at the time of her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Today, our teams will be looking for a right royal gem,
so let's go bargain hunting!
Today we're at the Jaguar Antiques and Collectors Fair
at The Roundhouse in Derby,
which is a Grade II listed building.
This is a new venue for us but there are 200 stalls,
selling a wide range of collectables and antiques.
But before the hunt starts, let me allow the crew to tell you
what the rules are.
The teams have to find three items, while I chase after them.
I check the receipts to make sure they don't spend more than £300.
And I've got the stopwatch, as the Reds and Blues only have an hour to make the deal.
Today, our teams go for broke, trying to find that special item
that could just save the day.
Oh, I love that!
It's a risk, you would be taking a risk.
We are making a decision with our hearts and not our heads.
And just how much of a gamble are they prepared to take?
We could lose everything, we could lose £100.
You could so easily lose the £100 but isn't that exciting?
-Are you a gambler?
-Yes! You've got to be a gambler to make money.
But first, let's go and meet our teams.
Today on the show, for the Reds, we have friends and workmates.
Deborah and Naomi, very nice to see you.
-For the Blues, we have Sally and another Naomi!
-Hello, Naomi. Hello, Sally.
-Mother and daughter,
how lovely. Now, Deborah, where do you two work?
We both work for the British Red Cross.
-It says here you're a first responder.
-What does that mean?
Sounds like an amplifier in a piece of kit!
I probably could, with my American lungs, I could shout out
when there's an emergency.
In the village I live in, which is very small and very remote,
it could take a bit longer for an ambulance to get to us,
so there's a small band of us that have little back-packs
with defibrillators, oxygen, things like that.
Just a little bit of Americano in there, not a heck of a lot
-but still a little bit.
-Thank you! Usually people say, "You're so American still!"
I'm like, "Not if you have me next to a regular American."
Naomi, you have a lot of fun in your office, don't you?
-Tell us about your wild swimming parties.
I'm a founding member of SAS - Sheffield Adventure Swimmers
and we like to drive out to the Peak District and jump in our nearest river or lake.
We wear wetsuits, or the brave among us wear swimsuits.
If ever you'd like to come and join us, Tim...
So you like getting in any old kind of pond water, or...
No, it's got to be, you know, a nice river, good, fresh water.
A few days ago, I was swimming in the River Derwent, which runs through Chatsworth.
Really? So a whole flotilla of you going up the River Derwent?
-When you do this in the morning, what do the old moo-cows think?
They're having a nice old chew on the bank
and suddenly, looking like seals in your rubber suits...
Like seals, Tim? I think we look a bit more glamorous than that!
So, you girls, what are your tactics going to be today?
Haggle hard. Debs is a great haggler.
-She's got that American charm.
-Some people call it "wearing people down!"
-You're good at that though, are you?
And we want to buy nice things that we would want to have.
-On the basis that your lovely taste that you have yourself will be reflected.
-We've got amazing taste!
-Yeah, that's it.
-And mo... And modesty...
-That top quality!
-Well, good luck. We're going to have fun, I tell you.
-Great. How are you both?
-Good, thank you.
-We're really good, thank you.
Seems to me you've got some serious competition over here but your love of antiques runs in your family?
My dad was an antiques dealer.
Everything in our house was for sale when we were young.
Everything had a price ticket on!
So I got into going to auctions and things,
and Naomi came along, obviously did the same with my children!
Oh, brilliant. But you've got quite an eye for design, haven't you, Sal?
Mainly textiles, curtains, the carpets, more interior design.
-Interior design. Is that good fun?
-Naomi, what do you do?
-I'm a restaurant manager, it's an Italian,
it's quite a family-based restaurant which is good
because it means we get lots of nice families in and parties, so it's good like that.
It says here that you're a bit of a heroine.
-Well...they do say that.
-Don't be modest, tell us about it.
Well, I worked as an air hostess. We were just about to take off,
everything was all fine, we'd done our checks. Next thing I know,
this man's shouting, "Come here, come here! I need some help!"
-I went over there.
-It's a crisis.
-His son was choking on a boiled sweet.
So I was like, "What do I do? What do I do?"
I ended up having to do the Heimlich manoeuvre on him.
As I looked round, after it had all gone, the whole of the plane was silent,
just staring at me.
-The boy was absolutely fine.
-You saved the boy's life.
He slept the whole way, completely unfazed by the whole thing.
-Did they thank you?
-They thanked me, yes, which was really nice,
and the captain thanked me as well, which was very nice.
Anyway, it's a lovely story. Let's hope we don't have an incident like that anywhere today
because we are very well-qualified today on this programme,
if we have any sort of emergency.
-Just goes to show why you need to learn first aid!
-It certainly does.
Anyway, we've got the £300, the money moment, £300,
you know the rules, your experts await, and off you go!
And very, very, very good luck.
I never liked boiled sweets, me.
Guiding the Reds with his expertise is Thomas Plant.
And making a fresh appearance for the Blues is David Harper.
-You're North American, aren't you?
-Yes, I am.
-So does that make you uber-competitive?
-Really? Is that right?
-In everything that she does.
My tactic is to find an old wooden trunk with an undiscovered Faberge egg inside.
-What do you think of the chance here?
-Are we going to absolutely beat eggs with a stick?
OK, three, two, one! One hour now, go!
All this egg talk is making me hungry,
but it seems to have whipped the Reds into shape.
They've spotted something already.
I love this beautiful leaf bowl.
-Isn't that beautiful, Debs?
-That is lovely.
-Do you like that?
It looks quite new. Is there any age to that?
It's not new at all.
No, it's not new at all. It's by WMF.
WMF is a manufacturer from Germany, from about the 1900s.
And it stands for "Weimar Metallfabriken".
Something like that.
But it's in the art nouveau style, so early part of the 20th century.
It is silver plate, it's not solid silver.
And you can see a little calling to the art nouveau there.
So I'm guessing it's in this lovely curve
and maybe the grapes at the bottom there?
Absolutely. And it's what we would call a sinuous stem.
Oh. Will it matter that it's plated rather than solid silver?
Will that affect it in the auction?
"Woomf" as we call it in the business, WMF,
normally...well, it's always going to be plated.
-What did you like about it?
-I love anything inspired by nature.
I just thought the leaf looked lovely, like it had fallen from a tree onto your table or something.
That's exactly what they tried to incorporate
when they were doing this, the art nouveau period.
But Tom, have you seen the price? That dish is £85!
It's quite a strong price for us to pay.
I think we can look at 70 for you.
-70. How much do you think that's going to fetch at auction?
It's very difficult, because the thing is,
WMF has slightly gone off the boil a little bit.
So, Thomas, what do you think it is worth?
I was more like thinking 50 but that's my opinion.
I'll go to 60 and that gives me a very, very small profit.
Very kind of you, very kind.
Well, I think, as you're being so kind, we're going to take your kindness!
-That's a very nice piece for £60.
-And I can see some little bonbons in there.
-Let's get our next...
Bonbons, yes, much nicer than boiled sweets.
Well, the Reds have their first buy
but the Blues aren't wasting any time.
-Tell me why you like that.
-I like the shape of it.
Yeah, it's really unusual, isn't it?
I do actually quite like that.
It is rather nice, isn't it? And why's it doing that?
-It's to go on a boat, isn't it?
-It is, well done!
-Yeah, I'm impressed!
-Where did that come from?
It says, "French boat clock"!
French boat clock. That is a real cool thing.
That's really nice.
So obviously, as the boat is moving around, hopefully the clock will stay in position.
It's got an alarm on it as well.
-1950s. But a good-looking thing.
-I quite like it.
-It's really unusual as well, I really like it.
It's got a real art deco feel to it.
Yes, which we quite like, we like that look.
-No, it is nice, I like it.
-Yes, really nice.
Shall we ask the lady... What do we know about the clock?
Well, it's made by Bayard, which is a very reputable French manufacturer.
What do you think it would get at auction?
I think...I think, to be cruel, it might be £20-40 in auction.
So, depending on what we can get it for...
Would you do it for 20?
We're really looking for 35.
-What about 33?
-Yes, you can have it for 33.
-First purchase! Hey, this is very quick.
First stall and we're buying. Well done!
Yup, well done indeed. Although I doubt that timepiece
has ever seen a life on the ocean wave.
However, if anyone does make a profit today,
what better place to store wads of cash than in the pretty little purse the Reds have found.
That's quite beautiful, isn't it?
Why do you find it beautiful?
I just love the design on it, it's kind of timeless.
-Where do you think it's from?
-It's probably Indian, actually.
No, it's probably made in the Far East,
probably art deco, it is going to be 1920s, 1930s.
-1920s evening bag.
-The thing is that birds are really in this season.
-Are they? Are they now?
-And handbags fit everybody.
I think 35 is a bit steep, my honest opinion.
-Think about it.
-Weirdly, you two, you've got plenty of time!
-Happy with that?
-Happy with that.
-Let's move on.
Well actually, you've hit the 20-minute mark,
so don't get left on the shelf, eh, Blues?
-It's just a shelving unit, yeah?
-I just love it, it's just really different.
Is it Chinese?
I think it's positively Japanese, as opposed to Chinese.
That little mark there, that little signature,
is a Japanese signature, that's not Chinese script.
And the decoration...
-This raised decoration.
-It's so ornate.
In enamel, with butterflies representing longevity, happiness.
And there's an awful lot going on in Chinese and Japanese pieces.
I like it.
It's good quality, isn't it? Early 20th century, late 19th century.
But...do you think there's going to be a market for it?
That's a very, very good question. Very good,
because the market for Japanese pieces is not like the market for Chinese pieces.
Chinese items, some of them can absolutely rocket.
But you do have that little bit of damage.
That would put me off buying it, I think.
It will put people off but I do think it's very, very good.
And this gentleman here, he wants to give us such an unbelievable deal,
we might collapse!
-It's too much.
We need all the help we can get.
The absolute best price on it would be 200.
-If it was my money, I'd buy it.
-200, it worries me.
I think that's it. We could lose everything, we could lose £100!
You could so easily lose the £100 but isn't that exciting?
-You could make 100! Are you a gambler?
Yes! You've got to be a gambler to make money!
Ah well, in for a penny, in for a pound, as they say.
-It's so risky, it's unbelievable but it's so exciting.
-Such a risk,
but it makes it more exciting.
What are you going to do? Are you going to buy something ordinary, Doulton or ordinary silver
and just make a £2, £5 profit?
Or are you going to take something you could lose 100 or make 100?
We're going to go for it.
At the auction, I'll be saying to you two...
Yes, you probably will.
-But we're going to have a good day out.
Done? Yuppity doodah! Shake the man's hand and give him some money.
Thank you so much.
Girls, it's nice to see you're up for the challenge.
I think our game plan has gone completely out of the window, to be honest!
-We never planned to spend £200 on one item!
..24 minutes in, two items and we've still got £67 left?
I think that's brilliant!
If it bombs at the auction, we're going to be in really deep trouble!
Yes, David, it is a long shot
but they may not be the only ones putting all their eggs in one basket.
Time will tell.
Oh! I love that. I tried to get one of these for my dad,
he collects pocket watches.
So this is a travel clock, isn't it?
-And it's the Goliath size.
-So it's a big boy.
-I love that.
What are you thinking, Thomas?
The face has got to be perfect cos they always do crack.
So the whole watch is silver plate. It's in its own travelling leather case here.
Whether that's the original one is something one has to take a view on.
This crown looks like the Rolex crown, to be honest with you.
What's lovely... I'll just put that down. ..is this movement.
-That is nice. I don't think I've seen that before.
What was your very best on that?
I'll do 140. That's as far as I can go.
It's a risk, you would be taking a risk.
-I think the romantic, beautiful...
-..and I'd love to tell my dad
I bought a travel pocket watch and we sold it in an auction!
-Is that OK?
-Yeah, go for it!
-Hang on, you've just let her walk all over you!
Because of the emotion of it!
But...we are making a decision with our hearts and not our heads.
You are making that decision, so right, you're making that decision!
There's no business element to this decision, is there?
MAN: Twist my arm!
120! Oh, come on!
-Oh, thank you!
I really want that, I love it!
I'm telling you, we are going to make money on that.
I can feel it in my bones.
Naomi, I don't think you had a choice, really.
With both teams living on the edge, this could get quite painful.
-Is it a musical box?
Ooh no! It's so not musical.
The only noise... It could create a noise, this,
but it wouldn't be a noise you'd want to hear.
So just imagine that we're on a ship in the 19th century.
You're a pair of sailors - good-looking ones, I've got to admit!
You're feeling a bit peaky, yep? You're under the weather.
I am the ship's surgeon.
I will come to you, to visit you,
and I will say, "You need to lose a bit of blood."
In those days, we thought by letting blood,
we'd relieve pressure on the heart, we'd relieve fever.
So you load it, you would place it onto a vein, over a vein, yeah?
-And you'd shoot it, bang.
You didn't see what happened there. If you just look, very carefully...
Can you see those blades?
-How much do you think it is?
What's the best on that one?
-We can't do it anyway.
-No. We've spent all our money!
-Amazing. Thanks anyway.
Something less piercing, perhaps.
But stay sharp, teams, you've only got 20 minutes left.
-That is gorgeous!
-I love that.
-Can I have a...
-Oh, I love that.
Oh dear, hold on. Debs is going gooey again!
Uh-oh, Debs has got that look in her eye!
-What substance do you think this is?
-I'm thinking mother-of-pearl?
-You're quite right, mother-of-pearl.
-This is a little silver bit here.
-That is sweet.
-That is precious.
-You like that?
-I love that.
-I do like that.
I love that. That's in really good condition on the inside.
-How old is that?
A little silver cartouche. That's what we call a cartouche,
-without any engravings in there.
-That's good. So could somebody get it engraved, if they wanted to?
-Could get it engraved. And a silk interior.
-Do you like it?
I do love it, I think it's beautiful.
What's your very best on this?
I think, let's go for it. 25 is a good price.
-I think it is.
-This is our first consensus item!
-I think we'll have it.
That's got those two sorted.
Blues, there are only ten minutes to go so don't buckle under the pressure!
-Oh, these, definitely.
-OK, let's have a look.
-They're shoe buckles, aren't they?
-Well done, yes.
-Two of them, is there two?
-They're really different, aren't they?
-Sally, what are you thinking?
I think they're quite nice. You could make them into brooches
or you could actually use them as shoe buckles.
That would be jazzy, wouldn't it? Would you wear them as shoe buckles?
I might do, if I was having a jazzy moment!
-Are they Victorian?
-They look even earlier to me. What do you think?
-Are they 19th century?
-I think so, yes.
-And...and no hallmarks.
-They're not marked so they're sold as white metal.
-When something's not hallmarked...
-Is that a problem?
..put it into auction, it's always described as white metal.
They could be silver but the auctioneer won't put his neck on the line and say they're silver.
What kind of money are they, to us?
I've got 38 on them.
-Would you do them for 25?
-I can't really come down to 25.
-I'll do 28.
That's leaving me quite a bit, in actual fact, isn't it?
-It's up to you.
-Yes, I think so.
-I think you've got a very good chance of making a good profit on those buckles.
-I really do. Are we done?
Thank you very much indeed. Thank you.
That's it, time's up. The teams have spent their money
and taken their chances.
Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought, eh?
The team fell for the sinuous beauty of this art nouveau dish,
but knocked the price down to £60.
Next up was the Goliath fob watch and case.
A time bomb at £120, perchance?
Finally, the Edwardian silver-plated and mother-of-pearl purse,
a gift at just £25. Maybe...
Well, this is fun, isn't it?
I mean, didn't they do well? Do well, do well. What was your total?
-We spent £205.
-That is such a mature amount of money.
-£95, is that what you're clutching there?
-Yes, that's what I'm clutching here.
-I'm going to re-clutch it, thank you very much.
-Which is your favourite piece?
-Mine is the mother-of-pearl purse
-that we bought last. Beautiful.
-That's your favourite.
-Do you go along with that?
-My favourite, I'm sticking with my travel clock, pocket watch
-which is, I think, fantastic.
-Is that going to be a winner?
Is that going to make you the most profit?
I think so but I am in a bit of a minority there.
A minority of one! Well, there you go, Tom.
-I think another quality item for you two.
Well, Tom, you're our number-one man for finding quality.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought?
Sally and Naomi stepped back in time with this art deco jobby.
They made a daring nod to the East
with this Japanese hardwood wall shelf, at a whopping £200.
And finally, these dandy 19th-century shoe buckles
tickled their fancy at £28.
Well, buckle my shoe.
Aren't they cool, these girls, David?
So which is your favourite piece?
-I quite like the clock.
And I like the buckles. I like the shelf but it worries me!
-Naomi, what do you think?
-I like the shelf. We're going to go for it,
-and that will be our winner.
-And you finished up spending how much?
-261, I'd like £39 of leftover lolly, please.
Who's got that?
Ma's got the housekeeping, very nice. Thank you.
Straight across to David Harper. Any idea what you're going to spend it on?
Oh, maybe something medical and painful, girls?
-You like that sort of thing.
-You never know.
-He's such a tease, isn't he?
Anyway, go and take a tablet, girls!
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Bath.
Not to take the waters, but to take in a museum or two.
Prominently positioned at the head of Great Pulteney Street in Bath
sits the Holburne Museum.
It was the private collection of Sir Thomas William Holburne
that formed the nucleus of this museum.
Sir William's purchases were intended for his Bath townhouse,
where literally every single surface was covered,
every nook and cranny filled with the thousands of items
that were in his collection.
Sir William assembled a varied selection of delights.
Some of the most interesting are to be found in his collection of miniature objects.
That's what I've come to see today.
When I say miniature,
most of us tend to think about things that look like this -
a miniature image, painted on ivory,
providing a record of somebody's features
before the advent of photography.
Indeed, this portrait miniature is of Sir Thomas William Holburne.
It says on the back, "Painted by Jagger of Bath in the year 1827.
"Price 30 guineas."
That is a considerable amount of money to pay
for a miniature at that period.
It shows Sir William looking his most cherubic.
He was indeed a dandy. He's got a black cravat
and an extremely neatly fitted green coat.
The whole composition is designed to show his facial features
as it stands out so brilliantly from the darkish background.
Who knows? Perhaps Sir William was interested in miniatures
because he'd run out of space in his collection.
For those who set out on their Grand Tour of Europe,
particularly Italy in the 18th and 19th century,
they were almost bound to buy a little piece of pietra dura.
The important thing being the fineness of the little chips of stone
that go to make up the picture.
If I put my glass on this, you can see literally thousands
of little chips of glass and stone that go to make up the picture
of Pliny's doves from Rome.
The plaque is mounted on the top of a stone and gold box
that would have been used for snuff.
But one of the most spectacular, and probably locally made, objects
in Sir William's collection of miniatures is this small frame.
It's a scene that's entitled "Garlanding The Herm",
the herm being a piece of garden statuary.
He's the bloke in the middle.
The two stark naked girls are putting garlands of flowers
around his neck.
And then consider that this is made out of carved ivory.
The wafers of ivory are then set in an ingenious way
that trick your eye into seeing what you think is some depth of field,
or perspective. And the craftsmen that created this
were Stephany and Dresch, two characters who were recorded as working in Bath
between about 1792 and 1798.
But the big question today is, will our teams be capable of carving out
any more than a miniature profit over at the auction?
Now, we all got used to Charles Hanson's sales being down the road in the pub,
but now, they're in your new saleroom, aren't they?
-Etwall, four or five miles out of Derby.
Well, it's great to be here, Charles.
Now, Deb and Naomi, their first item is the WMF leaf-form dish.
-Pretty standard item, isn't it?
-Yes, Tim. It's almost 30 years too late.
We think back to the great early 20th century for WMF's art nouveau production,
this has that loose nouveau feel but on those fairly heavy bun feet,
it's probably 1950s.
-Guide price between £30 and £40.
Oh dear, they paid 60. Too much. Now, we've got the eight-day watch,
in what is a slightly dodgy-looking case. How do you rate that case?
This morocco case is obviously carrying a Rolex mark,
and obviously, Rolex, over the years, have altered their crown mark slightly.
I can't be sure if it is a Rolex case but it doesn't really matter
because the actual Goliath pocket watch inside isn't.
-Probably again, 1900 and period.
I mean, what you want is a Rolex movement inside a Rolex case, don't you?
Course you do, Tim.
If you haven't got that, you've just got the Rolex case,
-it's a bit of a how's-your-father.
It's in quite good condition, it's a pretty timepiece
which still a collector today would probably race away
-and make between £50 and £70.
-They paid 120, they paid too much.
That's two too muches.
What about this mother-of-pearl and silver-mounted purse?
-Isn't it sweet, Tim?
-It is, but is it just a bit of clutter?
-I think it's a wonderful love token.
-Oh, I do.
-You're so romantic, Charles!
-If a gent's out there,
wanting to buy a wonderful purse for his wonderful lady...
-What's she going to do with it?
-You can put the odd sovereign in there.
How many young people do you go out with, with sovereigns in their palm?
-Maybe a sixpence.
-Right then, Charles, how much?
I think it will do very well, Tim, I think it'll make between £30 and £40.
That's lovely. Thank goodness you're predicting a profit on one item,
they only paid £25. So we have two unprofitable ones,
one vaguely profitable one, which may not be enough, in which case
they're going to need their bonus buy, let's have a look at it!
Now, Debs, Naomi, how are you feeling?
-This is not the nervy moment, this is the easy bit.
Calm. £205, you spent. And you gave the boy £95.
-Thomas, what did you spend it on?
-Well, I said I'd buy quality.
And I bought you a very fine little ladies' or gentlemen's travelling penknife
for one's fruit. And even better, it's by Asprey.
We're not talking regional department store,
we're talking Asprey, the Bond Street retailer.
-This is what everybody wants.
-Tom, you're getting scary.
-You're frightening them.
-You've sold it to me!
-But it is quality.
-Forget any of the other houses you've heard of.
-These are gold?
-Are you building us up to say you've spent the whole £95?
-No. It's sumptuous, I spent £70...
..on a very fine... Oh, it's got two blades.
Careful you don't cut yourself, Debs.
-That is lovely.
-I think it's beautiful and I would buy that.
-How did you know that, Tom? You're so clever.
Well, you know, these girls, such quality with them.
How much do you think that's going to make us at auction?
-Good on you, Naomi.
-It's a small profit, I have to say,
of about £10. It could fly but 80-100 is what I'd put it in at,
-just because of the name.
-It depends how desperate you are.
You may not be desperate at all.
-We think we probably will be!
-You're that confident!
This could save us, could get a bidding war.
That's the attitude to take.
Right now though, for the audience at home,
let's check out what the auctioneer thinks about Tom's little knife.
Now, Charles, don't you go slitting your wrists before the auction.
-Life's too short.
-I think it's a wonderful thing.
I think it's got that great name, Asprey.
Ivory-cased and then obviously you've got the gold-plated mounting.
It could even be 1920s, 30s. It's Asprey, a wonderful name going back
to 1781, but this is more like 1920s, I'd have thought. A bit exotic.
-Between £40 and £60.
-But it has got some mileage.
Thomas has paid 70, so you're going to have to canter at it, Charles.
I'm being quite cautious, I'm that sort of person.
That's it now for the Reds.
-Next for the Blues is this so-called boat clock.
This is no boat clock. That sat between two single beds
and when madam wanted to see what the time was,
she pressed it like that, looked at the things in the middle of the night.
And when her old man, the other side of the crack, wanted to have a look,
he pressed it like that and had a look. It's nothing to do with a boat. The fact it's an alarm clock
is the secret to the whole thing really.
And you'd be checking the time perhaps in the night,
so that's why it's in that novel thing.
I think it's beautifully made, I have to say.
-I'd put it in with a guide price of between £20 and £30.
They paid 33, but if somebody picks up on it that it is quite an unusual jobby,
you might just get there.
This is vaguely typical, speculative Oriental-looking object,
this bracket, isn't it?
The market today, it's so buoyant for all things Eastern.
-Cos this is Japanese, isn't it?
-It is, it's Japanese Shibayama,
because we have the inlay of the mother-of-pearl
into this hardwood shelf stand.
And it's probably Meiji period. M-E-I-J-I.
-I know the one.
-1868-1912. I think it's decorative.
-It's circa 1890, 1900.
-I quite agree, what's it worth?
We've got some minor... A bit of gilding wear and damage,
only very minor, it will do very well, Tim.
-I can see it making up to £100.
-Is that all?
-Well, it might make a bit more.
-OK. They paid 200.
-Let's cross our legs, shall we?
-We will do, Tim.
Cross everything else! Now, what about the buckles?
I think they're quite sweet buckles, because I enjoy wearing shoes,
and one looks at buckles, I think it's a wonderful send-off
for a man's attire.
These buckles are probably 1820, 1830 in date.
-You wouldn't buy them and put them on your shoes, would you?
-Yes, you would.
-I definitely wouldn't. Why not?
-I've never bought a buckle
and put it on my shoes in all my life.
Delightful buckles, they'd be great!
I'm seeing a completely different side to you, Charles!
-I had no idea you were into this sartorial lark.
-No, I think...
I know you're a sharp dresser and all the rest of it...
Tim, I'm no dandy but I think buckles have a certain style about them.
Being that enthusiastic about them means they're probably worth a great deal of money, right?
I've been quite mean in my guide, meaning between 20 and 30.
-Well, they paid £28.
-After all that then,
they stand a good chance of getting there,
-that's what we're saying?
-I think so, Tim.
Overall it doesn't look too bad.
I think they won't need their bonus buy but let's look at it anyway.
-Tell me, Sal, how are you feeling?
The auction's just around the corner. Do you get the flutters?
-Yeah, it's quite a buzz, I'm loving it.
-Ooh, are you? That's good.
The big thing is, are you going to love David Harper's bonus buy?
You gave him £39, he's been out, so let's see what David's bought.
OK. Sal, will you reveal?
-I did say something medical and painful.
-I've gone with medieval and painful!
They're magnificent! Have a grab of that.
-What is it?
-It's a mace, it's a medieval mace.
It wasn't made in the medieval period!
It's a medieval-style mace.
-But what a piece of kit!
-Is it something to do with the theatre,
do you think? Some Shakespearean production.
Possibly, or maybe a re-enactment group
-or just in a pub.
-How much was it? Come on!
-First of all, are you impressed with it?
-Impressed but a bit scared!
-Yes, you look a bit worried!
-It was unexpected for me.
-Unexpected all round!
-What do you think, Sal?
-Somebody would probably pay a fiver for it.
I'm horrified and devastated.
It was 20 quid and probably the best 20 quid I've spent all day.
-Ask him how much it's going to make.
-Come on, how much?
-I don't know.
-We need to know these things.
Come on, it could make a tenner, it could make 50 quid.
You don't have to decide until after the sale of your first three items,
but for the audience at home, let's find out what Charles Hanson...makes of it all.
OK, Charles, now for something completely different.
-Sadly not made in the medieval era, but made in the 20th century,
-cos they're reproductions.
-What's all this frilly business?
This hasn't a flange on. If it had a flange on,
you would sort of do this, whip it round your head
and I'd strike you. Obviously, the force of these heavy balls
would cause you injury and if there's a flange on,
in the Middle Age, it would have ripped your arm off as well.
Oh, lovely! Anyway, it's not come out of a dungeon,
-it's come out of a modern catalogue.
This is something that Mr Harper thinks is a suitable object as a bonus buy.
-They might make between £20 and £30.
-Yes, all right, lovely.
That's £20 to £30 worth there which is lovely
-cos the Harper paid £20.
The cunning monkey may have paid the right price and who knows what will happen in the saleroom.
The only thing we can ask from you now is a well-conducted sale,
-which we always get here.
-I hope so, Tim, God willing.
How excited are you, on an excited scale?
-Oh, off the scale, Tim.
-Definitely above ten.
-What about you?
-I'm an American so I'm about 150.
-That's OK then.
If the worst comes to the worst, you've got the penknife to fall back on.
The first item is the WMF leaf-form dish, and here it comes.
WMF, a plated leaf dish, with a sinuous, organic, free-flowing
veiny design on its leaf.
-He's talking it up!
Bid's here, 25, 30. 35, 40, I'll take 2 now.
I look for 50 now.
50, 5, 50, I'll take five, sir, one more, I'll take...
say, if it helps you, 2. 2, 5...
Oh, he's off again. Good old Charles! He is a lovely man.
One for the road, sir, 60 I'll take. 60.
5, no, he says. 60, I'll take 5.
At £60, fair warning.
-Wiped its face, marvellous.
-I'm sorry, I'm sorry!
-No profit, but still.
-Now the Goliath watch.
Interesting, eight-day, open-face Goliath silver-plated fob watch.
And I've got two bids here, £35, 45, 55,
65, 70. I'm out. 70, I'll take 5.
It could be worse.
Interesting watch. 70, I'll take 5 now,
one more do I see? 70, I'll take 5.
-I don't like that look of this, girls.
-That's pretty grim.
-Sorry about that, Debs.
-Do not blame me!
What do you mean, do not blame you?!
-You're the only one...
-Minus 50, girls, let's not fall out.
Minus 50. You could get it all back with this purse.
-Absolutely. Come on.
-It was worth it for the look on your face!
Silver-plated, mother-of-pearl purse.
It's a wonderful love token for a loved one, I'm sure.
£15, it's a wonderful thing.
18, 22, 5, 8, I'm out.
-You're in profit.
-I look for 30 now. 29 bid, do I see 30?
Going, going, gone to you, sir.
So, you made £3 on that, that's excellent, which means overall,
you are minus £47.
-That could be a winning score, couldn't it, Tim?
-But are you going to go with the bonus buy?
-Why? You're going to go for it?
-Yeah, we're doing it!
-I love that knife.
-We play to win.
We're going with the bonus buy, here it comes.
This art deco ivory and gold-plated... I'm only bid £25.
It's Asprey. I'll take 8 now.
-8, 30 and 2.
5, 8, I'm with 40 and 2.
-At £42 now,
I'll take 5, 48? 48, 50.
2! Fair warning to you, sir, at 50.
-Minus 20, minus £20.
-So there you are.
So, overall, you're minus 67.
..perhaps today, a winning score!
-Anyway, don't say a thing to the Blues, all right?
Sally, Naomi, have you been talking to the Reds?
No, not at all, it's been tempting.
It's been tempting. You saw them, did they look comfortable?
-They gave us a big thumbs-up!
-Did they? Ah...
-I've seen it all before, Tim.
The big thing is, nobody knows what's going to happen at this point,
-which is what makes it so much fun.
-Bring it on!
-Bring it on. The first lot, then, is the deco-style ship ornament, and here it comes.
A very fine French art deco bedside clock.
Stamped Bayard, circa 1950s and I'm bid £10.
£10, 15, 18.
I'm out, £18.
-20, 20, 20...
£18, 20 I'll take now. Look at it. One more do I see? All done.
-£18, we're going at £18.
-Not good, is it?
Fair warning. We're going, going, gone.
-Minus 15, bad luck, team.
-Now, Oriental shelf.
-Just a blip.
Japanese hardwood, Shibayama decorated, two-tiered
hanging wall shelf, 25, 35, 40, I'll take 5 now.
40, I'll take 5, come on.
Not looking good.
55, 65, one more...
5, I've got you, 5, I'll take now 70,
or we sell, make no mistake. I'm out, you're in.
-That's not good, is it? I'm sorry about that.
-That is a massive loss.
-I don't think we can come back from that.
That is minus 135.
-Overall, you're minus 150.
Now, the buckles.
Nice buckles, I like them. They are circa 1820, 1830.
And they maybe belonged to a dandy.
I'm only bid £20,
for a piece of Regency social history, where they walked.
20, I'll take 2 now, 25, 8, one more or are we out, sir? Are you sure?
For a fine pair of buckles, come on.
For a fine pair of buckles. Fair warning, we'll go on commission.
-I can't watch any more!
-One more, sir? No, he says.
-We sell at £25...
-He's going to sell them, look out.
..on commission. Fair warning. Gone!
-Minus £3. So overall, you are minus 153
-which doesn't sound too bad when you say it quickly!
-Sounds all right.
Are you going to go with the medieval thwacker?
Oh yeah, we've got nothing to lose. I think we've got to.
-Just go with it.
-Go with the flow.
Well, we're going with the weapon then, here it comes.
There we are... CROWD LAUGHS
It's a reproduction, cast-metal, medieval or Middle-Aged style mace.
We like it for its novelty appearance and I'm bid nothing.
Oh, for goodness' sake!
Do I see £10? Sir, you have great taste, £10.
I'll take now 12, at £10, I'll take 12 now, come on.
-He's done well to get £10.
-He's trying hard.
-He's doing well.
£10 I'm bid, one more do I see now?
-It's got to go.
-No, no, no.
No more, he says, at £15. At £15, we'll sell it.
Fair warning to you, sir. All out at £15!
-Well, it's worth that for the entertainment.
And to be honest, I never thought you'd get 15 for that.
I hope it'll make somebody very, very happy.
-I'm sure it will.
-Anyway, there we go, it is minus 158,
is your grand total.
That might be a winning score, don't say a word to the Reds.
-Keep it quiet.
-All will be revealed in a moment, thank you.
-Keep it quiet.
-Well done, you two.
Well, some days it's good days, and some days it's bad days.
I'm afraid for both our teams today, today is a very, very bad day!
Well, I've given you a hint, it's been an appalling day all round
but for one team, it's been particularly appalling.
It's been nearly as appalling as I can possibly remember,
And that team is the Re... Blues!
Yes, Blues, it's you. Minus £158.
Largely contributed by the Oriental bracket.
Don't look... I can feel the burning eyes!
I'm not looking at you! I'm looking at the camera.
Anyway, there we go. To lose £135 on one object is a fairly big old strike to recover from.
I'm amazed you didn't.
But there it is, and I hope you had a good time.
-You're so good!
-Such a liar!
-You're so good. Anyway, there we go.
It's been great, lovely to see you.
But the victors today, who've managed to win by only losing £67...
-Still a victory, Tim!
They've got nothing to crow about.
They made a profit of £3
on Tom's purse, and that was about it, really.
So let's not bang on.
Minus £67 is not so bad, considering everything else!
It's been great fun though, so join us soon
-for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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The Bargain Hunt crew are in Derby today, where the contestants compete to find antiques and collectables that will make a profit at auction. Thomas Plant and David Harper dazzle us with their expertise while Tim Wonnacott visits the Holburne Museum in Bath.