Stafford 15 Bargain Hunt


Stafford 15

The antiques contest comes from the Staffordshire County Showground, with experts Jonathan Pratt and David Harper. Tim Wonnacott explores the Royal Crescent in Bath.


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Today we're in Stafford, once the home to a thriving shoe industry.

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The big question today is will our teams be putting their best foot forward? Let's go bargain hunting!

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Our contestants will be running round the Prestwood Centre at the Staffordshire County Showground.

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First, a quick reminder of the rules. Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items.

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The team wins that brings the biggest profit.

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So what are we waiting for? Let's get on with it.

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Coming up: our Red team doesn't always see eye to eye.

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-I quite like...

-The vase? Horrible.

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-I'd like to have a look at it. We always do what you want to do.

-No, I think it's hideous.

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You two are terrible! Come on!

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And the Blues find themselves well and truly under the thumb.

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-We should go for that.

-You like it?

-And then it's your decision next.

-I will let you have it.

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Did you hear that? Goodbye!

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OK, quick march. Let's get on with the show.

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On today's teams we have two couples. For the Reds, we've got Richard and Gary.

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-And for the Blues, Ian and Sarah. Welcome.

-Hello!

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-Lovely to see you. Richard, you're in retail.

-At the moment, yes.

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But that's not all you've ever done.

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I used to work on the cruise ships in my younger, thinner days as lead singer/dancer.

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The people on the cruises are very appreciative of live entertainment.

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They are extremely. We now go on cruises regularly and I was a bit wary when I first went, not working,

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-but I absolutely love it. All we do is go cruising.

-On boats.

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-On boats!

-Good. Let's get this quite clear.

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-Totally different meaning.

-Yeah.

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Talking of the other half, what do you get up to?

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-I work as a carnival artist.

-What does that mean?

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It's a bit weird. I use recycled supermarket shopping trolleys

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-and make big, 3D, push-along sculptures.

-As a job of work?!

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-It's a job.

-You get paid to do this?

-I do, yeah.

-That's amazing!

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-These structures people wheel along at carnivals?

-They do.

-Hence you're a carnival artist.

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-Has anybody else cribbed it?

-A few people, but they're nowhere as good as I am!

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-That's modesty for you!

-Well, it's true.

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-Thank you very much for joining us. Now you two lovebirds.

-Hello!

-How are you?

-Good, thank you.

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-What do you do, Sarah?

-I'm a teacher of children with profound learning difficulties.

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-That's the difficult end of teaching.

-It's challenging, but very rewarding.

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Tell me about this roller derby.

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Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

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It's a women's full contact sport. There's two teams and you have five skaters on each team.

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One player is allocated as a scoring player

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and you score points by passing players on the other side.

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-You need to stop the opposing score player.

-You tackle them?

-Yeah.

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It sounds pretty kind of hairy. Ever damaged yourself?

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-Just bruises.

-Just bruises.

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-Ian, you're a support engineer.

-I am, yeah.

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-But you'd rather do something else?

-I've always wanted to be a radio or TV presenter.

-Fancy Bargain Hunt?

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-Why not?

-You'd better have a bit of a go today!

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-So where's the broadcasting ambition taking you now?

-At the moment we film roller derby!

-Do you?

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-Is that where you met?

-Yes.

-How sweet.

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We broadcast all the teams all over the UK all over the world and get quite a large audience.

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How many people are doing this?

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It's quite a lot. It's mainly large in America, but is getting quite big in the UK now.

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-There's loads of leagues in the UK.

-Gosh. We're going to have fun!

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Here's £300 apiece, which is our money, not yours. It's there to spend. Your experts await!

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Off you go. And very, very, very good luck. Roller derby, eh?

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This could be something for me.

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# You've gotta roll with it... #

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Taking the Red team for a spin today we have David Harper.

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And sounding a call to arms for the Blues, it's Jonathan Pratt.

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We've got lots to choose from. What are you after?

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-Something a bit quirky.

-Quirky.

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What are we looking for, guys?

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-Possibly something Art Deco.

-Right.

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We're looking for something where if we like it, everyone will like it.

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Look! It just gets bigger! Can you see? It's such an amazing amount of stuff.

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-Let's get our skates on!

-Indeed.

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One hour.

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-I quite like... Is that an army jacket?

-A safari coat.

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A safari coat! You need the hat, though.

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You need a pith helmet, don't you?

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Then you can take the pith. No, let's not get that one.

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-Let's have a look over here, guys. It's so busy, we have to find a stall where we can get in.

-OK.

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-Now then, have we got anything on here?

-I quite like that box.

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-OK. Let's have a look at this box. Do we like it because it's Art Deco?

-No, it's not.

-Well done.

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You said it was and you collect Art Deco!

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That looks earlier than Art Deco.

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What sort of date would you say? Don't look at the ticket. You can't cheat.

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-That's mother of pearl in there.

-Yes, but how old is it?

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-Late-Victorian, I would say.

-Well, eventually he commits. Is he right, though?

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I will go yes with that.

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-You are right. You are right.

-How much is it?

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220.

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-That's a lot of money, isn't it?

-It's nearly everything!

-No, no.

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-Definitely not.

-Maybe we should look at the price in future

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before we waste all of our time talking about something. Well spotted, though!

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Well, those Reds have certainly got expensive taste. Meanwhile, the Blues have found this cabinet

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-which has just been reduced. Bargain! Maybe.

-I do like that.

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-Do you like this cabinet?

-A late-Victorian smoker's cabinet.

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-Every smoker had one to put his pipes in and keep his tobacco in.

-We're very interested in that.

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-Are you?

-The reason I think is because it can be useful for so many different things.

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-It would look nice in a bedroom.

-It would be great for jewellery.

-Definitely.

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It's well-made, it's small, functional,

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but because this is the Edwardian period, you've got turned finials like a neo-Classical style.

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This is sort of Baroque, Renaissance carving. Sort of medieval style.

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And it's oak, which again is the medieval wood people used.

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It sort of ties in with your feeling of Olde Worlde medieval.

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-It's a good little buy.

-Could you do it less than 65?

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65. That's my cost.

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-What do you think?

-It's sweet.

-Shall we go for it?

-Yes.

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-You may have to take up smoking a pipe.

-I'd look good with a pipe!

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-Let's go for it.

-I think so.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

-Good work, Blues. You're smokin'!

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But those Reds need to spark up a bit.

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-What's the little writing desk there?

-It's 75.

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Now that's decoration, its shape, the wood that it's made of

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and the metal material should tell you exactly how old it is.

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-Richard? Go for it.

-I haven't got a clue!

-Go for it!

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Gary?

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Victorian again. No, it's later than that, isn't it?

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-He's not very confident.

-No.

-Yet he gets it right.

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-It's Edwardian, then?

-It could fall into that. It's Arts and Crafts.

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It's got an Art Nouveau look, but it's Arts and Crafts. Copper.

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A real good, solid oak box.

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-It's in not bad nick.

-It's still got the key.

-Has it?

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-It says "With key".

-OK. Who's the best negotiator?

-Him!

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-Really?

-He's the one...

-I'm awful at negotiation! I just smile.

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-I'm sure it works.

-A kiss or a cuddle.

-Yeah, you know.

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-He's coming to kiss or cuddle you!

-To what?!

-I'll do the cuddles, he can do the kisses.

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-Right, we're interested in this.

-What would be your best price on that for us?

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- Where do you want to be on it? - Say about 40 quid?

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45. I've got to make something.

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-I think that sounds right.

-45. It's a deal. Can we shake on it?

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-Thank you very much.

-I'll give you a manly handshake!

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- What's with the manly handshake?! - All the way here and I was robbed!

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-Thank you.

-At least you weren't kissed!

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No kisses, but 45 smackers. Well done, Reds.

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We've found our secret weapon. We've got to give the threat of a kiss or a cuddle!

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-I'm not sure what it'll do for our reputation, but who cares?

-Marvellous. Come on then, you two.

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Meanwhile, the Blues have got their skates on and are swooping on their next item.

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Perhaps they've heard the Reds are dealing out kisses?

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Oh, what's this?

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-Oh!

-It's a projector, isn't it?

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-It's kind of fun looking.

-I like that.

-It has an ornamental feel.

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This isn't my field. Do you know much about this? Or is it just a nice-looking object?

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It interested me and was something I'd never seen before.

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I think it would interest people who are getting into photography.

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With the digital age, people don't see the older stuff anymore.

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-Absolutely, yeah. I'd guess it's from...

-And it comes with a box camera.

-..the Forties.

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-It comes with a box camera.

-This is right up your street. You should chat with the man

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and see what we can do on it. Excuse me, this gentleman here,

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-being a budding filmmaker...

-Yes?

-..is interested in the little camera.

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-I'm interested in the projector and these cameras.

-And you want me to lower the price.

-If you could!

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-I'll do you that for £50. That's taking 15 off.

-Is that with...?

-Everything.

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-Excellent. Three items for one. We should go for that.

-Would you like it?

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-Then it's you for the next one.

-I will let you have it.

-Did you hear that?!

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-I told you she'd take control.

-I'm quiet, but I'm steering the ship.

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-So £50 for that?

-Yeah.

-We'll go for a deal.

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-Thank you.

-Second item out the way.

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-Good buy. Good buy.

-Goodbye!

-Goodbye!

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Yeah, good buy, Blues. I think you may have snapped up a flash lot there.

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Meanwhile, the Reds are still looking for their Holy Grail,

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that tantalising piece of genuine Art Deco.

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-I quite like the...

-That vase? No, it's horrible.

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-It's Art Deco.

-Yes.

-I don't like it.

-But it's what's going to sell.

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-It looks reproduction to me, from here.

-Does it really?

-Yeah.

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-I'd like to have a look at it. We always do what you want.

-Is that right?

-Yeah.

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-Is he a bit of a nightmare?

-No...

-Is he, Richard? Spill the beans.

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-Honestly.

-I'm going to disagree, but I'll be wrong then, so...

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-I'll just...

-He's getting a bit shirty.

-He is! I'd like to have a look, please.

-Would you?

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Then why don't we have a look at it? Shall we? Yeah.

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Do you mind if we have a look at that vase? Over to you, Richard.

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-Why?

-Why do I like it? It's nice.

-It's fruity.

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You know I like...I like Art Deco.

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And just because it's something you wouldn't necessarily want, somebody else might do.

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-Looking at the price...

-Yeah, it's cheap!

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-I don't think it's mass produced. Can I have a look?

-Go on. Tell me all about it.

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-Made in England.

-That's reproduction, isn't it?

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-He's right.

-OK.

-You're both right. It's Art Deco, but you're right - not in period.

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-But for goodness' sake, it's £18. What do you want?

-I don't want that.

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-You don't want it for £18.

-I don't want it for £10. It's hideous.

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We're wasting loads of time with you two bickering,

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so what are we going to do?

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-No, we're going to leave it.

-Madam, thank you very much indeed.

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-You've got the patience of a saint.

-Good call, guys.

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That perfect piece of Art Deco must be somewhere.

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'And speaking of stashed treasures, I've found something rather special myself.'

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All things oriental are incredibly hot at the moment.

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And my find today is this little fellow.

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What we've got here are two lions. There's mummy lion and there's baby lion,

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snuggling at her feet.

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Overall, a nice piece.

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But what's it worth? The difficult thing about valuing jade is determining exactly how old it is.

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There are modern jade carvings and ancient jade carvings.

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If you were able to persuade yourself that this carving was 300 years old,

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this little lump of stone would be worth perhaps

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£200,000-£300,000.

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If you were to persuade yourself that actually this stone is, as I think it is,

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carved around about 1900, 1910, something like that,

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then potentially it's worth between £3,000 and £5,000, maybe even a little more.

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Because going round the sales, which is what I do all the time,

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I've noticed that actually nobody is really capable of valuing these things.

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They go into the auction, the mainland Chinese get excited, they bid online, from afar,

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and the most extraordinary results can take place.

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And what might it cost you today here in Staffordshire?

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£280.

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ROAR

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With half an hour left, the Reds are still doing the rounds

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looking for that elusive piece of Art Deco. Let's hope they don't come to blows!

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-I quite like the brown vase.

-Ah, OK. Hang on a minute.

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-Richard, you like the brown vase.

-He spotted it from over there!

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You mean you both like something?! Seriously?

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-Are you talking about the same object?

-I liked it from a distance.

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I'm glad we're all still getting along nicely, but it's not very Art Deco, boys, is it?

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I reckon we need to get Gary to tell us all about it.

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-Well, it's Denby ware. I only know that because I've just read it on the bottom.

-The old trick!

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-It's not that old, I don't think.

-To me it screams '70s.

-'70s, yeah.

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I could see this in contemporary apartments and on coffee tables.

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Absolutely. The colours, the browns and the golds, it is popular. It's a good shape.

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-I like it.

-Great. You two love it.

-I'm happy we're agreeing!

-Right.

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I think, as we agree on this, we should see if we can get this for a better price.

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-OK. Richard, are you going to do the negotiating?

-He can negotiate with a kiss.

-Who is it this time?

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-Shall I just pre-warn her?

-Possibly, yeah.

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Madam, this gentleman here is going to negotiate with you and he's going to throw in a kiss or a cuddle

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-depending on what you'd prefer.

-Right.

-You don't look very excited.

-No, not really.

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-Do your best, go on.

-OK. What was the best deal you could do on this?

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- Thirty. - OK. Twenty-five?

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No.

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- Even with a kiss and a smile? - No, I'm afraid not.

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- And a wink? - No.

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-28?

-What do you think, David?

-No kiss, no cuddle?

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-We're not doing very well here.

-We'll just shake on it, shall we?

-Is that a deal?

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-That's a deal.

-Thank you.

-Our kisses and cuddles are not going down very well.

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-I'm not feeling very sexy today.

-Right, OK. Are you happy?

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-BOTH: Very.

-Brilliant.

-Both at the same time as well!

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-First time. Item number two. Well done.

-Fabulous.

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Nice to see you fellows finally on the same page.

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Perhaps you can channel your energy into finally finding that Art Deco dream.

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-Have you found any Art Deco yet?

-No. There's a figure there.

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-Before I pick it up, is it real?

-No.

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-All right. Come on, then.

-Come on now! Time to focus!

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-There's still one item left to find.

-Oh, you two are terrible. Come on.

-Cor!

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It's like trying to herd cats, this.

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-You're interested in the medieval, aren't you?

-Yeah.

-Castles.

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-Is that something you'd like to find?

-That would be quite good.

-There's a lot of medieval style.

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The Victorian period's all about it.

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-Found any yet, Gary?

-Still looking.

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A set of five Spice Girls! Wouldn't that be a laugh?

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-I thought he'd have found some by now.

-Come on! Don't be mean, David. Time's running out.

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I think you should take charge.

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-Now then, we've got seven minutes.

-OK.

-Right.

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It's my job to show you a piece of real Deco. I know where a piece of real Deco is.

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I never did! So why wait all day?

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-Follow me, then.

-Lead the way.

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-That's quite fun.

-Ha! JP's off. What have you spotted, old fruit?

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Walking along, I saw that. It's an unusual thing.

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Then it says here it's from the Wedgwood factory. Stoke on Trent.

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Yeah. The Etrurian factory. He used to be in charge of the decorating department.

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-This chap Sheldon...

-He worked there. And he salvaged it.

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-I'm asking 250 for it.

-OK, we haven't got that.

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That's us out then, I suppose, isn't it?

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I'm wasting time, but I'm determined to show you a bit of real Deco.

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-Another minute gone.

-It's worth it.

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-You'll be pleased when you see it, I hope.

-So do I.

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-I mean, we've got...

-185.

-..£185.

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Would you take £184? Which leaves me a pound for my expert buy.

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-Yes, go on.

-I'll spend it on your stall!

-Yes.

-All right. OK.

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It's a cool thing.

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-Is it a deal?

-Yeah.

-It is.

-Thank you very much.

-Cheers.

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Money for old rope if you ask me!

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So that's it, we're done. And we've blown everything.

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-We've left you £1.

-That's very funny.

-You won't say that when you need something for £1.

0:20:180:20:23

Now where are those Reds?

0:20:250:20:28

# Hallelujah! #

0:20:280:20:30

Finally! The Reds have dug up some Art Deco.

0:20:300:20:35

My job is complete.

0:20:350:20:37

-Feast your eyes...

-Oh, wow.

-..on period Art Deco.

0:20:370:20:42

-Two garniture sets. The real McCoy.

-They are great.

-Yeah, I like them.

0:20:420:20:48

-But it says 275 on there.

-How much have we got left?

0:20:480:20:53

-£227.

-She's not going to give us that for that.

-She would.

0:20:530:20:57

She's lovely, this lady. What would be the best on the Deco clock here?

0:20:570:21:02

-225.

-Can you go down to two?

-I can't, love. I really can't go that low on that one.

0:21:020:21:08

We're just going to be risking a little bit there, guys. We've got four minutes left. Three.

0:21:080:21:14

Right, OK. We'll have a quick look round here.

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What about this teapot? This is Art Deco.

0:21:180:21:22

-A racing driver.

-That's Deco in style. I like that.

0:21:220:21:26

Sadler, Made in England. They do make copies of these. Do you think that's a period one?

0:21:260:21:32

-It's got the right mark underneath.

-What's the absolute best on that?

0:21:320:21:36

-Come on, be nice. Be lovely.

-It's 75. 50 would be the best.

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-It couldn't be 30? Would that be terrible?

-45.

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-40.

-Go on, then.

0:21:450:21:47

-Do we give her a kiss or not?

-Yes, you get a kiss.

-Come here.

0:21:490:21:53

-No, the price will go up!

-Thank you.

-You can have it for 40.

0:21:530:21:58

-Do you want it wrapped?

-Yes, please.

-Thank you. I don't care.

0:21:580:22:02

Thank you very much.

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The music has stopped. Time's up. Let's check out what the Red team bought.

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This Arts and Crafts writing box had profit written all over it

0:22:110:22:15

when our flirty Reds bought it. £45 paid.

0:22:150:22:20

And there was no argument about this 1970s vase. They paid £28.

0:22:200:22:25

-Very!

-And at the same time as well!

0:22:250:22:28

Finally, a cup of tea was definitely in order when they found their last item,

0:22:280:22:33

this Art Deco novelty tea pot. And a kiss!

0:22:330:22:36

You've finished, which is great. Which is your favourite piece?

0:22:380:22:42

I'm quite intrigued by the last one.

0:22:420:22:45

-Would you agree with that, Gary?

-I think so, yeah. If it's a genuine piece, yes.

0:22:450:22:51

-Doesn't make much difference at that money.

-No, not really.

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-How much leftover lolly is there?

-I believe we've got £187.

-OK, 187 just like that.

0:22:540:23:00

-You've done very well, squire. That's a lot of money.

-A lot.

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-I might even try to buy a proper bit of Art Deco.

-I hope so!

-I'll try.

0:23:040:23:09

Good luck, chaps. Good luck. Now check out that the Blues bought.

0:23:090:23:14

The Blues hope they won't get their fingers burnt with this smoker's cabinet, an investment of £65.

0:23:150:23:22

Ian is in the frame with this find, the 20th century projector, which they paid £50 for.

0:23:240:23:31

And, finally, the Blues went potty over a cast-iron pulley from Wedgwood. How odd is that?

0:23:310:23:38

-We've bought a piece of porcelain history.

-Have you?

-Look.

0:23:380:23:42

Oh, yes(!) OK, well, moving on...

0:23:420:23:46

-Have you had a nice experience?

-Indeed, thank you.

-Good.

0:23:460:23:50

-So what is the grand total of your spend?

-£299.

0:23:500:23:54

-Never!

-Yeah.

-This is a joke, isn't it? Who's got the £1 left over?

0:23:540:23:59

Which is your favourite piece?

0:23:590:24:02

-I think it's going to be this one. The history behind it.

-Lovely.

0:24:020:24:06

-What's going to bring the biggest profit? Surely not that!

-That's from the Wedgwood Etruria factory!

-Sorry!

0:24:060:24:12

Looks like a pulley to me. No, which will bring the biggest profit? Do you think the pulley?

0:24:120:24:18

-We got a good deal on that, so we hope for a good return.

-Because of the history.

0:24:180:24:24

There's a pound. Whatever you buy, you'll almost certainly make a profit on it! Double or quits?

0:24:240:24:31

Anyway, good luck, JP. Good luck, team. Meanwhile, we're heading off to somewhere stately.

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This is Royal Crescent, that was built between 1767 and 1775.

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And it's been described

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as the highest pinnacle of Palladian achievement in the city of Bath.

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It was built by John Wood the Younger,

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who was the son of John Wood the Elder, who presumably was once just John Wood,

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until he had a son.

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Nevertheless, John Wood the Younger went on to build some of the most significant buildings

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in the city.

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And I rather agree, don't you?

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When guests entered a grand house like this, the householder wanted to make an enviable impression

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and show off his good taste and finery.

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And so visitors were ushered in to the most splendid and imposing room in the house -

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the withdrawing room. Just look at that.

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And here, on the first floor of Number One Royal Crescent, Bath,

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is the drawing room to die for.

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The principal reception space in the principal house in the Crescent

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with dual-aspect windows.

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Gosh, these Georgians did get it right when they got it right.

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I love the way you can look through these sash windows and get a lovely view of Royal Crescent

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and those sash windows to see the now city of Bath.

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Now the focal point of any principal room like this is the fireplace.

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And there we have a particularly nice Palladian example

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in Breccia marble. That's the yellow-brown styrated bits,

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contrasting perfectly with the Carrara pure white marble.

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But what is the feature of the fireplace that grabs you?

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It is, of course, the pilasters, those columns on either side.

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Look through the window. The first floor of the entire crescent is divided by split columns.

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that almost match the columns in this drawing room.

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So a visitor to Number One Royal Crescent would be in no doubt

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that they were visiting the household of one of the grandest, wealthiest

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and most respectable hosts in Bath.

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Now one of the things that you would have done in an 18th-century room like this

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is to take tea.

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And on this side of the room it's perfectly set up for that purpose.

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Tea in the 18th century was typically taken from a table like this.

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A beautiful mahogany oval Pembroke table

0:27:230:27:28

with folding flaps and, on the top,

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we've got some 18th-century Caughley porcelain

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for the tea set,

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dating from the 1780s and with no handles, look.

0:27:370:27:42

Simply the fluted body of the tea bowl with matching saucers, plates,

0:27:420:27:48

tea pots et cetera. Plus, of course, some rather delicious-looking little biscuits.

0:27:480:27:54

And the delicious tea itself would have been kept

0:27:540:27:58

in a delicious little caddy like this. Oval and interestingly inlaid with geometric lines,

0:27:580:28:04

vertical on the sides and then into a parquetry pattern on the top.

0:28:040:28:11

You'd ladle the precious tea out into the tea pot

0:28:110:28:15

and all the while, bubbling away beside you, would be this hot water kettle.

0:28:150:28:21

How glorious is that?

0:28:210:28:24

A magnificent piece of Rococo silver,

0:28:240:28:27

dating from 1747,

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but therefore a little old-fashioned for the style of this room,

0:28:300:28:34

but nevertheless extremely impressive.

0:28:340:28:38

Of course, for our teams over at the auction it will be just a question of one lump or two.

0:28:380:28:44

# What a beautiful day I'm the king of all time

0:28:440:28:50

# And nothing is impossible in my all-powerful mind... #

0:28:530:28:57

We're very, very happy to be in Lichfield at Richard Winterton's saleroom, called Winterton's!

0:28:570:29:05

-It is. Delighted to have you.

-Now Richard and Gary have gone for a wacky look.

0:29:050:29:10

First up, the so-called Arts and Crafts oak writing box.

0:29:100:29:15

-It's a period thing, but Arts and Crafts is stretching it.

-It is. Bit of an insult to the movement.

0:29:150:29:21

It's an oak and copper box. Just a bog standard writing slope.

0:29:210:29:25

-Well, what's your estimate?

-£30-£40.

-£45 paid, so that could be a bit of a bummer.

0:29:250:29:31

Next is this rather depressing brown pot. 1970s Denby.

0:29:310:29:37

-Some would say the very worst of the 1970s.

-It is, but we're not far from Denby.

0:29:370:29:42

We're only 25 miles away. There's a bit of a following for it, but it's a bit boring. £30 on it.

0:29:420:29:49

-£28 paid.

-Oh, right.

-That's in with a shout, which is perfect.

0:29:490:29:53

-And lastly we've got this lime green Sadler's tea pot.

-OK.

0:29:530:29:59

-Which I think is fun.

-It is. They can make quite good money. £20-£30. They might make a touch more.

0:29:590:30:06

-Might they pay £40?

-They could do. It's got a look to it.

0:30:060:30:10

-It'll sell.

-If they put their foot down!

0:30:100:30:14

-They could accelerate into £40.

-I'm quite happy.

-Our lot paid £40, so that's the target price.

-Yeah.

0:30:140:30:21

But with the box and brown pot, this may not be a good outing

0:30:210:30:26

and they'll need their Bonus Buy so let's have a look at it.

0:30:260:30:30

-Richard and Gary, how are you?

-Very good, thank you.

-Excited?

0:30:300:30:34

-We are.

-Oh, yes. You gave David Harper £187.

0:30:340:30:38

A small fortune by anybody's standards. Did he blow all 187?

0:30:380:30:43

What do you think? What kind of style is under here?

0:30:430:30:47

As long as it's not that vase!

0:30:470:30:50

-Art Deco.

-Come on.

0:30:500:30:53

-Is that Art Deco or not?

-It is.

-I'm actually quite impressed.

0:30:530:30:57

Don't sound so surprised! What do you think? It's oak, quality.

0:30:570:31:02

It's got a home-made feel to me, although one piece does have a maker's mark.

0:31:020:31:08

It's French.

0:31:080:31:10

It sort of has a cottage industry feel to it, don't you think?

0:31:100:31:14

-Absolutely.

-But it's bang-on Art Deco. You couldn't say it wasn't.

0:31:140:31:18

-No, brilliant.

-How much did you pay?

-What would YOU pay for it?

0:31:180:31:22

-Mr Expert.

-You will put me on the spot!

0:31:220:31:25

-I think £30 or £40.

-Bang on. £45 I paid.

0:31:250:31:30

You don't have to take it. It all depends on how well you're doing.

0:31:300:31:34

For the audience at home, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks.

0:31:340:31:39

Here we go, then. This is David Harper at his best.

0:31:390:31:42

He's gone mad for the 1930s.

0:31:420:31:45

-It's got a nice little look about it.

-Do you think that's biscuits? Big butter, isn't it?

0:31:450:31:50

-What's it worth?

-We've put £20 on it.

-Have you?

0:31:500:31:55

-£45 Harper paid.

-It could get there, but I wouldn't want to rest my whole career on it.

0:31:550:32:01

-No.

-Or competition money. But it's got half a chance.

0:32:010:32:05

That's the Reds. Now the Blues, Ian and Sarah, who have got a strange group here.

0:32:050:32:11

What about the smoker's cabinet? That at least is a traditional-looking collectable.

0:32:110:32:17

It's £40-£50 to us. We see them quite regularly in that range.

0:32:170:32:22

And our team paid £65. Fair enough.

0:32:220:32:25

The next item, the Pathescope Princess film projector,

0:32:250:32:29

which looks like an object of torture rather than a film projector.

0:32:290:32:34

It's one of those that grows on you.

0:32:340:32:37

When we first catalogued it, we only put £20 on it, but the more we've looked,

0:32:370:32:42

I think we've probably underdone it and should have put £50-£70. It's got a look.

0:32:420:32:48

-If it gets picked up, it could make hundreds.

-It could.

-Excellent.

0:32:480:32:53

Now, talking about picking up things, how do you rate this pulley?

0:32:530:32:57

-To me it is just a pulley on a block of wood and it really is absolutely nothing.

-Is it?

-To me.

0:32:570:33:03

If I was to say to you that it came from the great Josiah Wedgwood's workshop at Etruria,

0:33:030:33:10

-the pottery from heaven, would that make a big difference?

-If you could prove it to me,

0:33:100:33:16

it would make a slight difference.

0:33:160:33:19

Well, the team, in fairness had a bit of provenance written on the back of a packet of fags

0:33:190:33:24

that sad it came from an auction in Cheshire

0:33:240:33:29

and it had come from a clearance sale or some sale somewhere.

0:33:290:33:33

There's lots of ifs and buts. So it's...

0:33:330:33:36

-We've put £30 on it.

-How much?

-£30.

0:33:360:33:39

£184 they paid for that. I mean the dealer was asking I think sort of £250-ish.

0:33:390:33:46

They thought they'd done a keen deal to get it to 184 and if you estimate £30-£40,

0:33:460:33:51

perhaps we'd better go and have a look at their Bonus Buy.

0:33:510:33:55

-Hi, Ian. What happened to Sarah?

-School wouldn't let her out.

0:33:550:33:59

Wouldn't they? Really? What brutes these educationalists are!

0:33:590:34:04

Don't they realise it's Bargain Hunt?! Poor kid. Anyway, we've got you, Ian,

0:34:040:34:10

-which is absolutely brilliant.

-Definitely.

-But what we want to find out right now is

0:34:100:34:15

what did you invest your pound in? It's a very difficult sum to spend.

0:34:150:34:20

-What did you buy?

-A letter. Well, it's like an advertisement.

0:34:200:34:25

It's not in great condition, but it's only £1. And it's from the early 19th century, 1807.

0:34:250:34:30

It's a letter from the East India Company talking about their quarterly prices for tea.

0:34:300:34:36

And so it lists on here... I've never heard of half of these.

0:34:360:34:41

-Boh tea?

-Well, I bet you're a bit of a connoisseur, Tim.

0:34:410:34:46

I don't know about that, but early teas are described in inventories

0:34:460:34:50

and sometimes in the tea caddies you get green tea, Boh tea, all these different types of tea,

0:34:500:34:57

which were clearly packed. I don't know what they are!

0:34:570:35:01

But in terms of the 18th and 19th century when all this luxury product, tea, was so expensive...

0:35:010:35:07

Tea caddies were locked and made of silver or tortoiseshell veneer.

0:35:070:35:11

There was so much tax on tea it was a luxury for the super rich.

0:35:110:35:16

-So you're not telling me you bought this for a pound?

-Yes.

-Really?

0:35:160:35:20

-Yeah.

-Brilliant.

-Gosh.

-And I didn't have to haggle, either!

0:35:200:35:25

To do it with a pound.

0:35:250:35:27

-Any idea what it might bring?

-I'd be surprised if it didn't double its money!

0:35:270:35:33

-What, do you mean to £2?

-I don't know. I've never sold one.

0:35:330:35:37

-Maybe it's worth £20.

-Let's check out what the auctioneer thinks of the list of teas.

0:35:370:35:43

-Do you like a cup of tea?

-I love things like this.

0:35:440:35:48

The East India Company. It's just a fab piece of memorabilia.

0:35:480:35:53

It won't make a lot of money! But I'm enthusiastic over it.

0:35:530:35:57

Jonathan Pratt was given a £1 note to go off into a retail environment and invest in something for profit.

0:35:570:36:03

-What's that going to make?

-£15, £20.

-£15-£20, really? That's marvellous, isn't it?

0:36:030:36:09

-Love it.

-Lovely. Very good luck on the rostrum.

-Very kind. Thank you.

0:36:090:36:13

-So, boys, are you on a roll?

-We are.

0:36:220:36:25

-A bacon roll?

-We actually did have a bacon roll.

-A sausage roll.

-Lovely, lovely.

0:36:250:36:31

Moving on, though. Your writing box is the first item. £45 paid. And here it comes.

0:36:310:36:36

We move to the writing box. Lot 429. £5.

0:36:360:36:40

10. 15. 20. 5.

0:36:400:36:43

30. 5. 35 I'm bid. 35.

0:36:430:36:46

-35. 35.

-Come on.

-Go.

0:36:460:36:48

-40. 45.

-Yes!

-The lady at 45.

0:36:480:36:52

-One more.

-£45. Everyone else out?

0:36:520:36:55

-50, sir?

-One more.

-Go on.

0:36:550:36:57

They're not listening to him. No? 45. Sold, then, at 45.

0:36:570:37:03

Wiped its face. No shame in that. That's good.

0:37:030:37:07

We go now this time to 430. The Denby pot.

0:37:070:37:11

£5 to start me? £5?

0:37:110:37:13

£5, £5, £5? The Denby pot at £5. 5.

0:37:130:37:17

£8. £10.

0:37:170:37:19

At £10 I'm bid on my left. £12.

0:37:190:37:22

£15. £18.

0:37:220:37:25

-£20.

-Yes!

0:37:250:37:28

-22? 22.

-Oh, Lordy.

0:37:280:37:30

No? £22. £22.

0:37:300:37:34

22. All finished, then? 24.

0:37:340:37:36

Yes!

0:37:360:37:38

-Oh...

-Come on!

-25.

0:37:380:37:41

LAUGHTER

0:37:410:37:43

25. We don't do this for everyone.

0:37:430:37:45

26!

0:37:450:37:46

-26.

-One more.

0:37:460:37:48

Don't take advantage later on.

0:37:480:37:51

-26. 27.

-Yeah!

0:37:510:37:54

-27.

-Yes!

-She's all finished.

0:37:540:37:57

£27. It's yours.

0:37:570:37:59

£27. Bad luck. Good auctioneering. That's minus £1.

0:37:590:38:03

That confirms my worst fears about Denby. Now...

0:38:030:38:07

-the teapot.

-£30 I'm bid.

0:38:070:38:10

The book comes in at 35. 35.

0:38:100:38:12

-Madam, you're out. Here at 35.

-Come on!

0:38:120:38:15

All finished then? £35.

0:38:150:38:19

-Commission at 35.

-That is bad luck. Minus £5.

0:38:190:38:22

Overall, you're minus £6, which is not a shameful score at all.

0:38:220:38:27

-What are you going to do?

-We can win on minus £6.

-Yeah, you might do.

0:38:270:38:33

You're more likely to win on minus 6 than on minus 51.

0:38:330:38:37

-Yeah.

-Thanks, Tim(!)

-Go for it.

-No, we're not going for it.

0:38:370:38:42

We're not going with the Bonus Buy. I can now reveal the auctioneer's estimate was £20-£35 on that.

0:38:420:38:48

And he really liked it.

0:38:480:38:51

-He did? Why am I looking so surprised?

-I think it was the French shed that did it.

0:38:510:38:58

5. 10. 15. 20.

0:38:580:39:00

-5. 30. With me at 30.

-Come on.

0:39:000:39:04

5. 35, madam. I have you at 35.

0:39:040:39:07

-35. 35.

-Come on.

0:39:070:39:09

-£35. To you at 35, madam.

-One more!

0:39:090:39:13

Sold at 35.

0:39:130:39:16

-Yours at 35.

-Here we go. £35 is minus £10.

0:39:160:39:20

-You have preserved your losses at minus £6, yes?

-Good decision.

0:39:200:39:26

-Well, Ian, all on your own.

-It's all on me.

-Have you talked to Sarah?

-About the Bonus Buy.

0:39:330:39:40

-The £1 excellent early-19th century...

-It might be the only one we make money on!

0:39:400:39:46

-You've got her instructions.

-Yeah.

-First up is the smoker's cabinet.

0:39:460:39:51

-Here it comes.

-£20 bid. Commission bids are with me. 25. 30.

0:39:510:39:55

5. 40. 5.

0:39:550:39:58

With me on the book at 45. The room is out. All done? Selling then at 45.

0:39:580:40:04

£45, I'm sorry, is minus 20. That's disappointing.

0:40:040:40:08

We go now this time to 452. A bit of interest.

0:40:080:40:12

We go to the film projector there. I have got commission bids all over it. £40.

0:40:120:40:18

I am 45. I am 50.

0:40:180:40:20

£50 I am bid. At 50. £60. 70. 80. 90.

0:40:200:40:24

£90 with me, then. All done? Selling, then, at £90.

0:40:240:40:29

-Result.

-You are now plus 20. Now what is going to happen to the pulley?

-Bye-bye.

0:40:290:40:36

The pulley. There is interest.

0:40:370:40:39

Starting at 40. 50. 60. 70. 80.

0:40:390:40:43

-At £80.

-I say!

-90. I have 100. Do you want 110, sir?

0:40:430:40:47

-110. I have 120.

-Yes!

-I have 130.

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130 in the room. At 130.

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Room bid. Sold...at 130.

0:40:530:40:57

-£130. Well done.

-That wasn't so bad.

-Not so bad.

0:40:570:41:01

That is minus 54, so you are minus £34. No shame in that. It could be a winning score.

0:41:010:41:07

-Are you going to go with the Bonus Buy? Yes?

-Yes.

0:41:070:41:11

You and Sarah are going with the Bonus Buy. Here it comes.

0:41:110:41:16

Interesting document. East India Company, tea sale announcements.

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I have £2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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7. £7 I am bid. £8. 9.

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10. 12.

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-12. 14. 16. 18.

-Well done, JP.

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£20 at the very back. At £20.

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-£20. Back at £20. All sold?

-Go on.

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-£20.

-Well done.

-Well done.

-That's not a bad profit.

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For a pound. Plus £19. It's fantastic.

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That's one shy of 20. You are minus £15 at the end of the day.

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Now listen, Ian, you and Sarah might easily have a winning score at minus £15.

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-Ohh!

-So don't talk to the Reds.

-I won't.

-All right.

0:41:570:42:02

It's no secret between the teams and the audience that, sadly, we're not going home with any winnings.

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There's no folding money changing hands. It's just a question of the scale of the losses.

0:42:160:42:23

-There's only £9 between you.

-Oh!

-That's interesting.

-So it's pretty needle-close.

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But the running-up team today are the Blues.

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REDS CHEER

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Think about it. You got that lovely £40 profit on the projector,

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which ought to have saved a lot of bacon, but it wasn't enough to stem the flow,

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created largely by the Wedgwood pulley. But there we go. We all learn something as we go along.

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The victors today are the Reds. You managed one wiped face and two insignificant losses,

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-so you're minus £6.

-Not too bad.

-Have you enjoyed it?

-Brilliant.

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We've loved having you. We've had so much fun, join us soon for some more bargain hunting! Yes!

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