Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott presents as antiques experts Nick Hall and Kate Bateman guide two teams around the antiques shops of Hungerford in search of bargains.
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If you've got a hunger for antiques,
then Hungerford is a great place to be.
They've certainly got a great appetite for them round here,
because there are shops and arcades
simply stuffed to the rafters.
No point in mucking about -
let's go bargain hunting. Yeah!
Whether travelling by coach in the 17th century,
or taking Brunel's
Great Western Railway route in 1862,
Hungerford has always been an important stopping-off point
when travelling across the country.
Let us find out
what the journey will bring forth for our teams today, eh?
Coming up - the Reds' expertise is questionable.
-How much is it?
-I don't know.
-What does it say?
-Not for sale.
No, that's the stand not for sale, you nanas!
And over with the Blues,
it's Nick's taste that's called into question.
Do you like that?
Let's all get acquainted.
So, it's married bliss on today's programme - we hope.
For the Reds, we've got Ashley and George,
and for the Blues we have Kirsty and Glen.
-ALL: Hi, Tim!
How lovely. Now, Ashley, it says here that you were destined to meet.
Yes, we met in a pub called The Little George,
and then we got married,
and we've been happily married ever since.
How lovely. You had a special wedding, didn't you?
Yes, we did, we had a medieval-themed wedding.
A re-enactment society came and did sword-fighting and archery.
How did you have sword-fighting at a wedding?
Well, it was quite exciting.
There were loads of knights fighting...
-Over the women.
Now, George, it says here you do a first-class job - and that's a hint.
-Yes, I'm a postman.
-You're a postman.
You're a postie and you're wearing red!
I know, perfect, isn't it?
-Star Wars is one of your passions.
I fully enjoy Star Wars
and I collect toys, memorabilia, magazines.
I've spent a fair few pounds over the years.
How do you feel about this, Ashley?
Well, ever since he changed his middle name to Jedi,
which was just before our wedding,
really, I should have maybe thought...
-Put your foot down? Yes.
-Thought about marrying him!
If the Force isn't with you today, right,
what sort of tactics are you going to adopt?
Well, I think we're going to go for some glass,
we both love glass, and silver,
and maybe a bit of Art Deco.
-You've got a kind of game plan, then?
-Fingers crossed, yes.
Well, I'm reassured.
We'll cross everything, actually, George.
Anyway, lovely. Well done. Now, Kirsty,
you had an unlikely object which drew you together.
Yes, we did.
I work for a distributor, selling large format printers.
And Glen called to the office one day, as a customer,
wanting a price for one.
So we got chatting,
and then we started e-mailing,
Did you give him a big discount?
And so we decided to have a first date.
All went well, but I said to Glen, "I will never move to Basingstoke,
"I'm a Nottingham girl, don't expect me to move."
-Nine months later I moved to Basingstoke,
and I've lived there ever since.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
OK. Well, that's sweet. Just shows that something's working.
Have you always worked with computers?
No, I was originally in the Royal Navy after leaving college
-and working on Sea Harrier aircraft.
-Oh, were you?
Were they great bits of kit, the Harrier?
Yeah, excellent bits of kit, and the public loved them at air shows
and called them the jump jet, flying backwards and sideways,
up and down, that kind of thing.
But difficult bits of kit, quite small,
lots of equipment inside them,
but, yeah, fun.
Mainly the lads that you work with. Brilliant.
-And you have been known to wear a mankini.
What exactly is a mankini?
It's a... It's a...
-It's kind of a....
-A bikini for men.
-A bikini for men.
Really? What, no top bit?
It covers part of you.
-Oh, it has a bit of a top bit.
-Very little of you, it covers!
Well, that's nice to know. Here comes your £300. £300.
You know the rules. Your experts await, and off you go!
And there we are. Mankinis, eh?
So, the teams tear off on their travels.
Helping them to navigate are our experts,
and having a ball with the Reds is Kate Bateman.
And swotting up for the Blues is Nick Hall.
Right, now, I've heard you two are quite the bargain-hunters.
-That's right, yes.
-So do we have a plan?
-Yes, we do.
-Buy glass, I think, would be good.
-Nice bit of silver.
OK, bit of silver.
Well, there's lots of that inside, so what are we waiting for?
-Let's get in there.
So the Reds are revved up and raring to go.
Do the Blues have a battle plan?
-Military? Yeah, not a bad thing.
-A bit of quality. No tat. Quality.
-No tat - quality.
No tat, Kirsty - a girl after my own heart!
That's quite cool. What's that?
It's a Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin.
You ever seen it? It's an advertising tin, shaped like books.
-That's not a bad price, actually.
-How much is that?
I know that sounds a lot for a tin of biscuits without any biscuits in,
but it's got the strap, and often you see it without the strap.
-It is pretty cool actually.
-I quite like that.
That's something to keep in mind.
Crumbs, you guys are quick off the mark.
Glass can be good news if the quality's there,
and there's some fantastic hand-cut 19th-century glass
on the top there.
-I'll go and get the key and we'll see what we do.
-OK. Do you like that?
Oh, dear! But think, Glen - will it make a profit?
I like that pansy plate myself.
Clarice Cliff. Quite expensive.
It's £75 for a tiny little tea plate.
-In world of reality, that's a lot of money.
That's quite good.
-Do you like the cigarette case, the Deco one?
That's actually all right.
-I like Art Deco things.
-85. That's quite cool.
What's nice is, that doesn't have somebody's initials all over it.
"To Charles, love Vera." And it's 1932, so that's a proper...
That is proper Deco. It's not a repro.
No, I love the Art Deco period.
What's the picture on the front then?
It's that kind of thing that you get in the Chrysler Building.
All those sort of clean lines,
really cool skyscraper kind of things.
-Obviously people don't use them as cigarette cases any more.
And it's a bit out of fashion in that sense,
but they're cool, you can have them as calling-card cases.
They're cool as little wallets and stuff like that.
Is it silver? Open it up. There should be a hallmark.
That is the question.
-Yeah, there we go!
Well, that's all the same hallmark.
So what you've got is the maker here,
and then you've got anchor for Birmingham.
And then you've got the lion passant,
which just tells you it's a British sterling silver.
And then H is the year mark.
It's good. Silver gilt.
This is because gold is an inert metal,
it doesn't react with anything.
It's not going to react with your tobacco or your salt
or whatever you put in here.
-I think that's cute.
-I think that's lovely.
Right, so it's on at 85.
There might be a profit if you can get it for 50.
Crikey, I hope you Reds
have some good bargaining skills up your sleeves.
Anything under the asking price I think's reasonable.
-Do you think it's going to go for about £80?
-You'd hope so.
Well, there it is. Thanks, Alex.
So, important thing with this is we're checking the condition,
and is it a genuine early one.
How can you tell?
Wear and tear underneath here.
What you're looking for is in excess of 150 years' worth of wear.
I think it might be nearer to 1900 than 1850,
so late 19th century.
But it's nice quality.
Would there be any maker's marks on the glass
to suggest where it came from?
-Well, you tend not to get maker's marks on the majority of glass.
The odd designer piece, you might get a monogram or something.
-I mean, it's something to put in our think-tank, isn't it?
Could we leave it with you to speak to the owner of that
and, if we were interested,
would something around about the 50, 60, 70 quid be possible?
Well, you know, I'll do my best, we'll see.
He might not like it, Glen.
But your expert thinks you could be on to a winner.
How are those negotiations going?
The best they can do is £60.
60. What do you think?
-That's not bad.
-I think we should go for it.
-I think we should go for it.
-Do you like it?
-I like it. Yes.
-Let's go wild.
-All right, go on, then.
Yes, we'll have it at 60.
That's our first in the bag. Yay!
Are the Blues having such luck?
Alex is back with a price on the vase.
-Best price that he can do is £75.
-That's not a bad price.
It's something to fall back on if we can't find anything else.
OK? We've got a plan B, haven't we?
What about something like that? That's Shelley.
I know you like Deco and you like Clarice Cliff,
and that's a bit out of our price range, with a £300 limit.
But what about that? Look. Do you like that?
This is called Maytime, it's one of their iconic chintz patterns.
It's pretty cool. It's the same time period - like, '30s -
as the Clarice Cliff. Lots of people collect Shelley.
That's a nice big piece,
and it's £45.
Now, there might also be some wriggle room.
-Do you like it, is the first thing?
-I don't like it at all!
You don't like it! What is it about Clarice Cliff?
-It's the funky colours?
-Yes, and the simpler design.
That looks a bit like my nana's old bedspread!
How rude! That's so sweet.
-It's too girlie, is it?
-Maybe a bit too girlie.
-It is nice.
-It's not rocking my world, I'm afraid.
I thought I was in with a winner there. Right, come on!
So, there'll be no shelling out on Shelley.
for the Reds today.
Oh, goodbye, Shelley, my love!
Come on, Kate, no time for crying -
time to start buying.
Ah, here's something interesting.
-Do you like that table?
-I do, yeah.
The sort of table you just stand a big Chinese vase or a pot on.
-The Chinese market is really strong at the moment.
And this hardwood furniture
is doing very well in the salerooms.
How old's that, do you think?
It's not as old as you want it to be.
It's an 18th-century style,
a lot was also made in the 19th century.
This, I would think, looking at the patina...
You've got to get really underneath
and inside these things,
and just check the construction, but...
Early to mid-20th century, I would think.
But it's got the look.
-I mean, it's...
-Not a bad price on it.
-What is the price?
Is that right?
-That's a good buy.
-We could get that for 20, easily, couldn't we?
-I could see a big pot on there, like you say.
The warning is it's not a period piece,
it's not old, but it's got the look.
And with so many people collecting Chinese porcelains now,
you need a stand like that to put a vase on.
What sort of price do you think it would go for?
I'd pay that much for it.
-I'd pay about 50-60 quid.
-No, you wouldn't, love.
Uh-oh, no time for a domestic!
Nick's off to do battle,
whilst Star Wars fan George
has spotted a familiar face.
Papier-mache snuff box.
-Princess Leia hair.
-It is, the original look!
-Princess Leia hair.
-That's what caught my eye.
Never mind, George!
Let her go.
Someone's looking pleased with themselves.
-Good news, guys.
It's ours for the princely sum of £26 if we want it.
-Wow, that's good.
-I think that's a yes.
-I think we want it.
I think we'll make a profit on that.
Well, you wanted quality, you've certainly got quality there,
and it's bang on trend at the moment. So, for £26, are we agreed?
-OK, that is ours.
Numero uno for the Blues.
Now, what have the Reds found?
It's cool, but it's... I mean, how much is it?
-I don't know.
-If it's a fiver...I might...
I was going to say, if it's a fiver I might let you have it.
-What does it say?
-Not for sale.
-Not for sale.
No, that's the stand not for sale, you nanas!
There's no price.
And no hope...
That made me laugh.
Only one item for the Blues so far.
Can they claw it back with this carved Bavarian bear?
That is a bargain price of £30.
There are collectors for these.
I think it'd probably make 40 or 50 quid.
It does say £30, it's not £330.
£330 would be far too grizzly.
-Here all week.
All week? I hope not!
You've got an hour,
and you're fast running out of time.
-You're joking! Is that it?
So we've got to start buying.
And both teams still need to find two items.
That's quite medieval.
That is cool. Look at that. What does that say?
£23. That's a bargain.
It is a bargain. "EPNS". Oh, that's all it says.
Electroplated nickel silver.
Surely there's a make on there.
-It's quite nice.
-Do you like it?
-That, I love that.
-It's a big Lord Of The Rings-y.
It is a bit, isn't it?
-I know it's only silver plate, but it is quite cool.
-That's mid-20th century, that's cool.
-Oh, I do like that.
-And if you had rings, you could keep them in there.
-So what is it?
-It's called a tazza.
I don't know why. T-A-Z-Z-A. And it's just...
Translated from the Italian word for a cup,
a tazza is a shallow bowl on a pedestal.
-How much profit do you think we could get?
-Not a huge amount,
but I would estimate it 20-40.
I mean, would you have that in your house?
I possibly would've had it at our wedding, we had a medieval wedding,
and that would've looked really good on the top table.
-I'm amazed you didn't say you had a Jedi wedding.
-No, we didn't.
-I wish. I tried.
-Did he try?
He did try, but I wouldn't wear the bikini.
Let's go and see what the lady will do.
Well, you're clearly the man with the ladies. Go on!
Use the Force, George.
-As low as you like. Ten.
-Right, Lynne, £10?
-Let's see what we can do.
Meanwhile, our two Blues
have found a set of miniature bottles.
I think, for the money they're asking for it,
it's not going to make a fortune,
-but it's got to make more than that, surely.
Well, let's make a decision then. We'll buy the glass vase.
-I think so, yes.
-We've got a couple of plan Bs to fall on
and 15 minutes to see if there's anything better.
That's the spirit, Nick.
Plan Bs, plan Cs -
it's almost as if you've done this before, you two.
We're pleased that we've made it so easy for you.
Oh, look, look. Here we go. News on the tazza.
-What is the good or bad news?
-I don't think you could say no.
-No, I think that's a really good deal.
Shall we get that as our second item?
We'll definitely get that as our second item. Thank you very much.
"Obi-wan" left, Reds!
The Blues are hot on their heels, though.
-Decision made. The yellow Bohemian vase, if we can, at 75.
-We'll have that.
-So, how's that plan or yours working out, Glen?
We came here with a game plan of buying something military,
something Art Nouveau,
and we've got a piece of glass and a reproduction table.
-It's going splendidly.
It was back near the front, wasn't it?
And the Reds are on a rocky road
as they try and track down their first "spot" -
the advertising biscuit tin.
-Is it still there?
-It has gone.
-Oh, no, no, no - we were banking on that.
-We should have grabbed it to start with.
-We should've done!
When you see a bargain, you should grab it.
That's the way the cookie crumbles.
Glen, Glen, put the accordion down, Glen.
That was my wife singing.
-You know those little miniature bottles you found?
-Well, I can trump that.
That's a proper bottle of booze if you're going to buy one, isn't it?
-And is it full?
It's actually a display piece from the shop of a vintner's.
Got a bit of age about it as well.
I just really like the decorative appeal to it. What do you think?
Yeah, it's nice. It's different. So what sort of age?
It says 1838 established, but...
That's when the vintage would have been established,
but the bottle is probably 100 years old.
-Yeah, I would think so.
Don't drop it.
The best they can do is £47.
What do you think that would make?
It's difficult to say cos it's a bit of a niche market,
but there are collectors for wine-related goods.
The wine market is buoyant.
OK. It's another one to consider.
I'll put it on the side as a possible maybe.
How many plans does one team need?
Come on, Blues, make a decision. Remember that Clarice Cliff plate?
The Reds are making a move.
We're going to be really cheeky and ask if we could have it for 45.
I don't know whether that would be possible.
-I will call the dealer and see what we can do.
-Right, let's use our Jedi powers.
-You will take it for 45.
45 is the offer you're looking for.
Ah, the good old-fashioned Jedi mind trick, eh, George?
Back with the Blues, they've decided against the miniature set,
which has left them with a conundrum.
Would you prefer to go for the bottle rather than the bear?
COUNTDOWN TIMER CLICKS
-Bottle, I think.
-You're going bottle. That was 47.
-You're going bottle over bear.
Hang on, are we in the right game show?
You want to shake this man's hand and give him £47, the cognac's ours.
That was thirsty work, Kirsty. Cheers.
So the Blues reach the finish line.
But are the Reds about to do a U-turn?
Perhaps we could get this Shelley jug.
I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that.
Are you coming round?
Hello. What about the Clarice Cliff then?
I think what it is, is the top's quite delicate
but the bottom's quite...
-I see what you mean.
-Do you see what I mean?
For me, it belongs more on a tea cup than it does on quite a chunky jug.
-Just think of your interior design with your artful...
That would look lovely.
It looks a lot better with five minutes to go, doesn't it?
-What was it again?
-If you think that'll make a profit.
I just think it's a great make, it's good condition.
I reckon you could haggle it from 45 to 35 or even 40.
-Find her and ask her.
-Yeah, let's go and ask her.
Looking rather smug there, Kate.
-I've got 45 on it now. How about 40.
-35 and we've got a deal?
Look at his face.
Seeing as you're pleading with those lovely big brown eyes,
we'll do a deal.
-And you're not even... Are you sure?
You're not going to wait for the Clarice Cliff?
No, we'll go for that. That's brilliant.
That's our three items bought. Two minutes to spare.
-With Granny's old jug.
-This might be my smuggest face ever.
A storming job, troops. Well done.
It's the end of the road for the teams. Stop shopping.
Let's check out what the Red Team bought, eh?
A smoking deal was first up. They paid £60 for their cigarette case.
I think that's cute.
The silver-plated tazza was their next buy for £12.
It is quite a chunky jug.
Eventually, Ashley was sure about Shelley. The jug cost them £35.
-OK, well, you're a jolly couple, aren't you?
-Yes, we are.
Now, tell me, which is your favourite piece.
-I think it's probably the cigarette case.
-That's you're favourite?
-Do you agree with that?
Is it going to bring the biggest profit, the cigarette case?
-No. I think it's going to be the tazza that we...
-Do you reckon?
-Your tazza, eh?
-You spent in total?
I'd like £193, please.
There you go.
190. Oh, and there's the three too, brilliant.
That goes straight over to Kate Bateman. There you go.
Nice little heap of cash, that, for you.
Yeah. Well, they like their Art Deco, so I've got a few ideas.
I might get something '30s for you if I can afford it.
You've got plenty of cash there.
Very, very good luck with that.
Why don't we check out right now what the Blue team bought?
The jardiniere stand stood them in good stead for £26.
Whilst the Bohemian vase cost them £75.
We all needed a drink after their final deal -
the cognac bottle set them back £47.
Well, you two look very naughty.
Have they been naughty, Nick?
I can confirm they've been that and more.
Good. Which is your favourite piece?
I think probably the bottle, actually.
-OK. Your bottle.
-Would you agree with the bottle?
-No, I think the Chinese table.
Chinese table is your favourite.
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
Quite cunning with all this Chinese stuff doing so well.
-Do you agree that it's going to bring the biggest amount?
-You spent in total?
I'd like 152.
-Here it comes 152.
There we go. That's lovely, with a tissue.
You can have the tissue back,
and we'll give the cash over to our Nicholas.
I can spend the tissue. I'll try, but I don't think they'll take it.
Got any ideas then?
It's a good sum of money, actually. No idea.
-You're a bit of a maestro though on these bonus buys, aren't you?
It isn't easy finding the bonus buys.
I don't envy you this task, actually.
-It's not now cos this lot have picked well.
-They've done so terribly well. Isn't that lovely?
He is not a man who gives out false praise, I tell you.
-Well, good luck with that.
Enjoy yourself on your search.
Meanwhile, I'm going to look at something that you could
describe as a bit of a GILT-y pleasure.
This pair of gilt-bronze candlesticks...
Well, they don't look so gilt-bronze at the moment,
because they're in a pretty tatty state.
But with a bit of TLC and decent restoration,
these things are world beaters.
What's so special about them?
Well, they're made of this miraculous cast-metal bronze,
and they're made to the design of a man called William Bateman II,
the great-grandson of the famous British silversmith Hester Bateman.
They are of a peculiar and wacky design.
That's what makes them great.
We've got a three-sided lobed base.
On each of the projections sits a swan.
No ordinary swan though - a swan with a curious,
elongated neck and upheld beak.
All three swans are looking and concentrating on the central stem.
This is a pretty peculiar make up,
but when you look at the detail of quite how exquisitely
the bronze has been cast and chased,
you get to see quite how splendid they are.
The feathers on the wings of each of the swans are exquisitely tooled.
You get this curl of feathering,
just like you see on real swans
paddling up and down the Thames.
That makes these very special, because they'll restore beautifully.
What they need is a really good clean and to be re-gilt.
In fact, in some of the examples I've seen,
the swans aren't gilt at all, they're silvered.
If you can imagine how smart these silvered swans would look
nestling up against a gilt metal, it would be simply breathtaking.
As a result of all of that, these candlesticks
are actually worth a lot of money.
They don't look it now,
but they will be when they've had the treatment.
Decently restored, they're worth the top end of £5,000.
What do you do when you come away from Hungerford?
You go 15 miles down the road to Newbury to Special Auction Services,
which is what we've done today to be with Tom Plant.
-Tom, great to be here.
-It's great to have you.
For the Reds, they're looking forward to big profits
like on their silver and gold Deco cigarette case.
-That's a period thing.
-It is a period thing.
Engine-turned with a bit of gold to it. What do you do with them now?
-I've got an idea.
My idea is actually open them up and put photographs inside.
That's my idea.
-Oh, is it your idea?! Is it?!
-I had that idea years ago.
-Did I tell you about it?
-You may have told me.
There are thousands of redundant engined-turned 1920s,
1930s cigarette cases knocking about,
so making them into something else is a good idea.
But that one cost this team £60.
-Did it now?
-Yes, it did.
-With no enamelling, that's a lot of money.
Really, that's being generous.
It is. We quite like the gold bit on it, really.
It looks quite period and Deco.
Fine. What about this tazza. That looks stylish.
It's really stylish.
-We had three of us looking at that.
We were looking at it thinking, "Is this period?"
It's not yesterday. It's marked EPNS.
The legs are a little bit thick and clumpy,
but otherwise it's an extremely stylish thing.
-It looks like it's German or Austrian.
-Very, very strong in style.
You think it does date from the '30s. '20s, '30s.
We put it at 70-90.
-Have you really?
-I can't believe it. They only paid £12.
-Really? What a bargain!
-Well, it's a steal, isn't it?
Well, if you achieve £70-90, there will be a team jumping for joy,
and they'll be the Reds.
I'm not sure there's a lot to whoop about
when it comes to this green jug.
Well, it is not my taste, it's a very female taste,
but it has that vintage look, which is what people are going for now.
It is Shelley. Shelley is a good factory.
It's a good factory, but it has that vintage appeal.
Almost Cath Kidston-esque with that apple blossom. They're good colours.
It's very now.
-OK. It's very now and on-trend, so how much?
-We put £20-30 on it.
-OK, they paid £35, which is not so on-trend.
So they paid a tad too much for that.
They paid a tad too much for the silver cigarette case,
but everything is going to be fine for them
as a result of the tazza.
In which case, they won't need the bonus buy,
but let's go and have a look at it anyway.
Well, this is fun.
You gave a mammoth amount to Kate - £193 leftover lolly.
Kate, what did you spend it on?
I bought this little beauty.
It's very lovely. It's a cigarette case.
It's 1930s, so it's hallmarked 1931.
All enamel top, little sunburst here. I think this is so sweet.
I would eat this myself. I love it. What do you think?
-How much did you pay?
I think that's worth it cos it's a lovely thing.
It's perfect condition, which for enamel,
if you've got chips off it, it takes a lot of the money off.
How much do you think it'll make?
On a good day, you might make £50. It would be nice to see it at £200.
I think there's a good chance for profit here,
-cos it's a really nice thing.
-Yeah, it's beautiful.
I know you like your Deco stuff as well, so I thought of you.
Excellent. That is gorgeous.
Well, rather lovely that the modest amount of money that you
spent on your first three items has been considerably expanded by Kate.
-An expenditure of 150, you say.
-We had to spend some money.
-Well worth it.
-Yeah, it's beautiful.
Well, you don't pick now, you pick later.
Why don't we, or at least the audience at home,
find out what the auctioneer thinks about Kate's little case?
-Now, TP, yet another opportunity to shove a photograph inside.
-Sunburst Art Deco design.
-Very stylish, isn't it?
-It is very stylish.
-Very Vera Lynn. That's 1931.
That's the best that Birmingham could produce, isn't it, in 1931?
Heavy silver, beautifully engine-turned,
That's the object that you would want to take the Regal cinema
that had just opened in the middle of your town in that dynamic decade.
Kate loves it. She's invested £150.
-£150. That's a whopping amount to pay, isn't it?
-70-100 is what it's worth.
-It might only make 60.
-Or it might only make 50.
-Absolutely. But it's not bad.
The team may not go with it at all. In which case, it won't matter.
If they do, they better watch out. That's a government health warning.
Moving on from the Reds to the Blues.
What about that hardwood stand, Tom?
-Well, it's very stylish.
-Not very old.
No, not at all, but modern, stylish, decorative.
It's what the market is after.
That Nick Hall is a bit obsessed with this stuff. He paid £26 for it.
-Which is nothing.
-Nothing. We put it in at 40-60.
Think of the work in cutting it, moulding it,
-sanding it, polishing it.
And producing a beautiful table out of hardwood.
At the end of the day, old Hall comes along and he pays £26.
-And then we put it in at 40-60. It seems there's no justice.
-What about the bohemian flashed glass vase?
-Well, I am a glass fan.
I think glass is a fabulous material.
There's a lot of work has gone on with this.
Hand-blown, then dipped in the citrine, the amber colour.
Then it's been wheel engraved in a traditional design, but with little
highlights of Art Deco on here, with the circles and the dashes.
Just brings it up from a Victorian example to a '30s.
Yes. '20s or '30s.
-Yeah, jolly good. How much?
-We put it in at 50-80.
You might get that. It's got the quality, hasn't it?
It's got the quality.
-Condition's good. Bit dirty.
-It just needs a jolly good clean.
Rather like the shop display. That's a dirty bottle.
It is a dirty bottle.
But if you were somebody who enjoyed a bit of brandy,
-you had a little cellar or a shrine to alcohol, this would be ideal.
Of course some people just collect advertising material, don't they?
They do. It's a very pretty piece of lithograph.
-It's got the look.
-Mm, got a great look.
-We put £50-70 on it.
-Quite right too. It could make £100, I think.
£47 paid by Nick anyway. So that was a good buy.
All in all, this team are not going to need their bonus buy,
I don't think, but let's go and have a look at it.
Well, this is so exciting.
You spent £148, £152 went to the great Nicholas. What did you buy?
Well, I'm quite excited about this.
I think these are great things. I hope you like them.
-Look at those.
Hold them under the back there. Aren't they cool things?
-I am speechless.
-They're quite different.
Gosh, they are heavy.
Well, the ball at the back is the counterweight.
So you put a candle in there and it won't tip forward.
But what they actually are, are Arts and Crafts, I think from the
studio of WAS Benson, which is a big name in arts and craft metalware.
I think they're a really cool shape.
To Arts and Crafts aficionados, I think they're a must-have lot.
How much, sir?
-I paid 65.
-I'd be really disappointed if they make less than £100.
It looks like a win, win, win, doesn't it?
Hopefully, if you decide to go with them. If you need to.
Let's find out right now,
though, what the auctioneer thinks about Nick's sticks.
Well, well, well, there you go, Tom, something special for you.
-These are lovely.
-They are superb.
We've called them in the style of WAS Benson, this very famous
counterweight designer of lighting, electrics, candlesticks.
-Fabulous in brass and copper.
-And so much of the moment, aren't they?
They are really quite cool.
We rate these. We put them in at £80-120.
-Really? £65, Nick Hall paid.
-He's done very well.
They've got great potential, haven't they? Will these be on the internet?
Yes, it's all online.
Well, we look forward with confidence then, don't we?
-This is going to be exciting. Thanks, Tom.
OK, Ashley, George, what is your expectation now?
Well, fingers crossed we'll make a very good profit.
Is that what you reckon?
Well, that's what I'd like. In real life, I'm not sure.
You've got this silver-plated tazza. Who found the silver-plated tazza?
Well, he thinks it's unbelievable. He's estimated £70-90 on it.
Are you kidding me?
£12 you paid for that.
They can't believe that you bought that so well at £12.
Oh, I'm really chuffed.
First up, then, is your first cigarette case,
the one with the gold band.
Here it comes.
Art Deco silver cigarette case with rose, gold and geometric designs.
Bids here with me, jumping straight in at 45. 50 with me.
50 the bid.
At £50 on my book. Is there any advance at 50?
-At £50 I have.
55. 55 and I'm out.
55 it's online. Any advance at 60?
Selling at £55.
I can't bear it. £55. That's bottom-tighteningly close.
Here comes your big, old tazza.
Good-looking thing, this one. Marked EPNS.
Start the bidding with me here at £30. At £30 at 30.
30. 35 we have. 40 it is. 40, 40, 40.
Lady's bid in front at £40. At 45.
Go on, one more.
No, make it a nice 50.
50, 50 I have.
£50, I have 50.
At £50. Five against you. A round 60?
No? Done. 55 once.
Well done, Ashley.
At £55, that is marvellous.
Here comes your jug.
Right on the button of fashion. Start me here, £10.
Ten I've got. Any advancement on ten?
At £10, at ten. 12, 15, 18...
I'd have this in my house.
Five, eight. 30? No?
-28, go on.
£35. Imagine this with daffodils in. £35. 40 now.
At £40, at 40, it is. All done, then, at 40. Selling.
That's £40. That means you're plus five, OK? You were plus 38,
now you've got the £5 back, you're back at plus 43.
How lovely is that? £43 worth of profit.
What are you going to do about the bonus buy?
Are you going to go with the cigarette case?
It's a difficult one.
-We should go for it.
-We should go for it.
-Let's go for it.
-You really want to? I mean, it's a big number, £150.
-Do you want to go home with some money?
-OK, let's leave it.
-We'll leave it.
-You've decided not to go with the bonus buy.
-Are you sure?
We were so close to saying yes.
We're going to sell it anyway to see what happens.
Art Deco cigarette case.
I can start the bidding with me here straight in at £50.
Straight in at 50. Any advance at 50? Five. 60. Five.
70. Five. 80. Five.
90. 90 I have. 95 now online.
At 95. It comes to 95 online.
100 now. At £100 it is.
110 now online, carrying on.
120. 120 now.
At 120 once, 120 twice.
All done, then.
-It was the right call.
-Well done, chaps.
You made the right decision. That would have been minus £30.
As it is, you are taking home £43 of profit in your back pocket,
-and ready to go. Well done.
-Thank you very much. Thank you.
-Kirsty, Glen, do you know how the Reds got on?
-Not at all.
You've got your big advertising cognac bottle, which is
filthy dirty, will clean up beautifully.
I think it's a lovely object. 50-70 he's put on that. You paid 47.
Anyway, first up.
This is a modern Chinese hardwood jardiniere stand, here.
Very nice looking.
You could imagine your aspidistra on here.
Lovely looking thing. 149.
Start me here at £20.
Start me here at 20. £20 the jardiniere stand. 20 I have.
Is there any advance at 20? At £20, is there any advance?
Surely it's worth more than this. Are we all done? I do not believe it.
20 once, 20 twice. Are we done? 20 it is.
-I can't believe that.
-Boo. Minus six.
Wheel-engraved glass vase. Here we are. Circa 1910.
I can start the bidding with me here at £30.
Start me here at 30. Very fine thing at £30.
-Uh-oh. We know what's coming, don't we?
40 it's in the room. £40 in the room. Is there any advance at 40?
40 once, 40 twice.
I sell at £40. All done.
Don't like the sound of that. That's minus 35.
French cognac bottle. Bit of interest in this lot.
I have to jump straight in with me here at £140.
-That's my mother.
-Good old Mum. She likes a drop.
£150 is on my book. Is there any advance at 150?
At £150 it's on my book. Are we done? All done then.
I can't believe it. That's marvellous.
150, which gives you a profit of 103 on that item.
You were minus 41 before.
So that means you are plus 62.
-Did you find that thing?
-I did indeed.
I told you he's a genius.
What are you going to do about the candlesticks?
Are you going with the candlesticks or not?
Well, we've got a profit.
There it is. It's a difficult one to decide.
-£65 he paid for the pair of candlesticks.
-What do you think?
Risk the 65?
No, yes, no.
There's no need to canter, just consider what he said.
He said they're stylish.
He said they're potentially attached to a designer.
We came with nothing.
-We came with nothing.
-It's like life, isn't it?
You came into life with nothing and you'll leave with nothing.
We trust Nick explicitly.
Oh, no pressure on me at all, then.
Are you going to do it? You're going to go with the bonus buy.
Thank goodness for that. Here it comes.
Counterweight brass and copper candlestick holders.
-These are fabulous.
Start me here at £40. Start me at 40.
-45 I have here online. At 45 it is online.
-Is that each or for the pair?
A slow start. At 55 now.
55, 55 we have. Is there any advance on 55?
65 now. 65 online. 65 it is online, any advance in the room?
At £65 once. 65 twice. I'm selling online.
£65, you've wiped your face.
You're exactly where you were before, which is plus £62.
Marvellous. Congratulations on that.
Well done, sir.
Group hug, group hug.
Have a group hug, have a group hug. This is a group hug.
Well, it is a delight to reveal that today we're going to be
giving profits, substantial profits, to both teams.
How lovely is that?!
So the team today that's marginally behind
but is nevertheless going home with cash are the Reds.
Which is really rather super, isn't it? You are going home with £43.
-There's your 40, look.
We've got a couple more smackers coming out here
in the way of shrapnel. There we go.
You made £43 on your tazza,
which was the most brilliant of brilliant things.
What you didn't do was to go with the bonus buy, thank goodness.
Otherwise you'd have taken £30 off that,
-but as it is, you stuck sure, didn't you?
-Very well done.
Now to the victors today, the Blues.
They're going home with £62 entirely as a result
of Nicholas' discovery of the brandy bottle, which made a profit of £103.
How about that?
-£103. Was that an exciting moment? Yes, it was.
It was spiritually revealing, I felt. Well done.
£62 is a good score. We hope you have had a wonderful day all round.
We sure have. Anyway, join us soon for some more Bargain Hunting, yes?
Two teams of married couples join Tim Wonnacott on a buying bonanza in Hungerford! The contestants are joined by experts Nick Hall and Kate Bateman. Both teams are in for a big surprise at the auction. Meanwhile, Tim tracks down a pair of ornate candlesticks that have an interesting past.