Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott presents as antiques experts Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson guide two teams around the antique centres of Hemswell in search of bargains.
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Many flock to Lincolnshire for its great outdoors,
the traditional seaside resorts and beaches
and the famous Fens with their flora and fauna.
But me, I'm winging my way indoors and who's with me?
Let's go bargain hunting, yeah!
The former RAF base at Hemswell is host to our event today,
this is one of the largest antique centres in Europe.
All's well at Hemswell, then.
Let's take a squint as to how the teams got on.
On today's programme, the Reds take control.
She's got that way of going, "Hmm." Right, OK, I know me place.
It was a 1950s...
It's nice to be in the company of an expert, isn't it?
-Whilst the Blues lose control.
-We're just running out of time.
-It's just getting desperate.
-And their grip.
-Oh, dear, dear, dear.
Oh, dear. Before all that, though, let's meet the teams, eh?
On today's show, we have siblings Becky and Russell, and for the Blues
we have best mates - at least they are at the moment - Liz and Carla.
Now, Russ, you're the bearer of good luck today,
-because you're a chimney sweep.
-I am a chimney sweep, yes.
Yes, I've been a chimney sweep for many years now.
I started off some years ago, we needed a chimney sweep at home
and I'd just been made redundant from my previous job
and we couldn't find one, they were all too busy.
So my wife suggested that I do it and I've never looked back.
When you aren't working like a madman dealing with people's flues,
what do you do to relax?
I do own a 1968 Morris Minor van.
It is in bits at the moment, it's one of those things that
I will get around to putting back together eventually.
-But music is your great passion, isn't it?
-Yes, it is.
-Tell us about that.
-Yes, I'm in two bands.
I'm in a folk band where we sing anything with five-part harmonies
-and then I also sing in a punk band as well.
-Do you really?
Yes. I have to remember which one I'm rehearsing with,
-so whether I screech or whether I sing properly.
-Now, you're also a trained horticulturalist?
-Yes, I am.
Yes, but I've "branched out", actually into arboriculture,
which is more the study of trees.
Many years ago I decided I love trees a lot more than
-I did the smaller plants.
So, will you be able to agree about anything today?
You will, won't you?
OK, moving on and good luck.
Now, you both have something in common with Becky, don't you?
Yes, we both met studying plants at a laboratory in Sheffield.
Well, that's nice, isn't it?
Doesn't stop you wanting to beat them like anything, though, does it?
-What, the plants?
-No, no, no.
No, I wouldn't want you to do any harm to a plant.
So, you're doing some interesting research for your PHD, Liz?
Yes, I'm studying synthetic biology,
so it's like applying engineering to biology, so I'm getting some
-bacteria to change colour if they detect cholera in water.
Yeah, going to save the world.
Well, if you could predict what drop of water had got cholera in it,
-visually like that, that would be amazing, wouldn't it?
Because that's just the sort of modern development in science
-that can bring incredible benefits, isn't it?
-Exactly. We hope, anyway.
From a clever old sausage like you, which is very good.
Now, Carla, you like your science so much
so that you can talk for Britain about it, right?
Yeah, well, I also do a PHD and that's where we met,
in the lab I work in now.
And so I'm just finishing off, but it's really got me
into communicating science to a wider audience.
And as a part of that,
I'm actually a presenter on a radio show where we talk about science
and it's a weekly radio show called Science Brainwaves.
-I could tell you had that kind of smooth sound to you.
Anyway, good fun at the shopping, no doubt. Now, the money moment.
-There is your £300. £300 apiece.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go.
And very, very, very good luck. Poor old microbes, eh?
That's our teams, let's formally introduce their experts.
The Red team's rebel without a cause today
is the revved up Philip Serrell.
As for the Blue team, it's soldier of fortune, Charles Hanson.
So, have we got a plan?
-Give me a yes.
-Do you know what?
I kid you not, this next hour could change your life.
We've got to have some sort of a plan.
Well, being a chimney sweep,
anything chimney sweep related would be good.
You don't look a bit like Dick Van Dyke.
-You never know what's out there, do you?
-No, no idea.
-Hopefully you know.
-I think so, yeah. Follow me.
-Come on, let's go.
-OK, your 60 minutes start now.
I think, let's look for some cabinets first? Cabinets.
Oh, I do like cabinets!
We've got a lot of Chinese stuff there, actually, or Japanese. Oh.
Might be worth something, yeah.
-Oh, this is nice. Is this nice or not?
-Tell me about it, sell it to me.
-Well, it is a lovely bowl.
-You could put your oranges in there.
-But you might lose them cos it's orange.
-A banana might contrast better.
-Oh, this looks like a leaf as well.
Is it in good condition?
-Just get a feel for the rim.
-This is when I drop it, isn't it?
-It's quite crude.
-Yeah, it looks a bit crude. We don't want this.
-Don't you like it?
-No? I like your style. Literally.
From like to dislike in seconds.
Clinical thinking from our scientists.
-And the Reds have already combed the area.
-I'm really, really pleased.
Minute gone, two minutes gone and I found this little...
I've got a little bit of a vested interest in it
because I come from Worcester.
And this was made about 50 yards from my office, OK.
Now, this is silver, hallmarked but...
-What is that?
And then we've got a little brush here and it says on the label
that it's Royal Worcester but it's quite a lovely little panel, that.
Do you know that it's Worcester, that it's definitely...?
There were seven Stintons who worked at the Worcester Porcelain factory.
-So is this actually hand-painted?
It's priced up at...
It's a big chunk of money, it's priced up at £235.
I've had a word with the dealer, he says we can have it for 195.
Now, I reckon, if that came into my saleroom,
I'd put a £300 to £500 estimate on it.
It's quite a lot out of the budget, isn't it?
But saying that, if you, you know, you're right...
I think we've got to play percentages a little bit.
-I think the most you could lose on that is 30 or 40 quid.
Right? You could make £100 to £200.
-Like the sound of that.
-Do you know what I mean?
Incredible piece of artwork.
We've done two minutes and we could be doing 200 quid.
-So, what do you reckon?
-It's quite a lot but, yes.
-Go for it?
Right, I'll go and see the man.
Crickey, Phil, that's a strong opening gambit.
Will it pay off, though? Now, are those Blues off their rockers?
-Oh, look at this! It's a little baby chair.
-That's really cute, isn't it?
-That is actually really cute.
-And it's a rocking one.
How much is it worth?
A baby's rocking chair, which is probably made in beech
and stained to look like mahogany and looking at it,
I think it's going to be priced at about...
-How much is it?
-That's a no.
We're putting that down. It's lovely, though.
-Don't forget, we are going to the wholesale market.
Up here, we're in retail,
we need to come down and find those wholesale bargains, OK?
-We need to get the bargains.
Sound advice, Carlos, but that's what they're here for.
So I think we need to buy something different now,
something daft and dangerous,
perhaps some chimney sweep brushes or something like that.
-That would be fantastic.
-Let's go and have a look, shall we?
Large Japanese Satsuma. I quite like it.
-I don't know, is it in fashion at the moment?
-Not really. No, not really.
-Russell, it seems, has spotted his next renovation project.
Hold him back, hold him back.
-Hang on, hang on, I think I've seen what he's looking at.
-Look at this.
-It's not quite the same as mine.
-Oh, my goodness.
-That's just lovely, isn't it?
-Oh, it's wooden as well.
Oh, that's fabulous.
And it's WRVS, which is the Women's Royal Voluntary Service, isn't it?
Absolutely right. Isn't that just lovely?
-What date is that, then, Russell?
-Well, it's 1940.
It says so on the label.
-It is way out of our budget.
-Shall I put it down?
Yeah, let's swiftly move... Gently, Russell, gently.
In case you are wondering, the WVS was founded in 1938
as the Women's Voluntary Service,
mainly to help people during air raids.
The role expanded to assisting the evacuation of children
during the war. It was given royal status in 1966.
The Royal Voluntary Service, as it is now known,
is the largest volunteering organisation in British history.
-What is it?
-SHE IMITATES A BELLOWS
-I presume the way you would... How do you work it?
If you're lady in the country house back in the mid-Victorian time,
how would you get your fire going?
-You'd need a tube in.
-Would you need a tube in?
I think the way you'd do it is probably like that, wouldn't you?
Oh, yes. With a foot.
And then I'm sure there'd be some sort of link here
to obviously keep your fire...
-I quite like that.
-I don't know.
-Do you like it?
-I like it, but would people buy it, is the question.
-This is the thing.
-I like everything.
That's the problem.
A good problem to have, Blues, but time is moving on.
-SHE GASPS Cheesy retro!
Come on, we've got to have a look.
Now, now, Phil.
Portmeirion. I mean, I like them.
I'm afraid you're on your own here
cos my knowledge of such things is...
-No, no, it doesn't mean you can't buy it!
-It was a 19...
I think about 1950s and...
It's nice to be in the company of an expert, isn't it?
That's the sort of thing you would normally buy anyway, Becky.
-My house is filled with stuff like this.
-Tonnes of it.
-You can talk!
-Let's think about that and come back to it later.
-Thank you very much.
Oh, this is an exciting room.
Wait a minute, guys. I have found it. Come back, come back.
What have you found?
This delightful St John's Gate, London...thing.
Sell it, go on. If I'm a budding bidder at auction for this...
-If I were a doctor, or had a doctor as a family member...
..perhaps I need to buy them a present but they're
so rich cos they're a doctor, they've got everything in the world.
-They do not have this.
I'm pretty sold. Liz?
-Um, I'm not going to try and sell it to you because...
-You hate it.
..I hate it.
First of all, what's quite nice is it is an early example of its type.
It must be what, 1930s? What's the tag say up there? Let's...
-Oh, no, you can't see, you have to give us an estimate first.
So this a knee joint, the hand and obviously other bones.
I have no idea what it's worth.
I suppose at auction it might fetch, what, £25, £35?
40? How much is it?
If you can get two doctors competing for, as you say,
what is a wonderful wall filler in their office and it's vintage
-and it's got pedigree, it might make some money.
-It caught my eye.
It might look good on a wall. We could gamble with it.
-Yeah, let's do it.
-Let's buy it.
-First one out the gate.
-So who's going to broker the deal?
-Are we going to team up?
-Two of us, first buy?
-OK, thank you.
-See you shortly.
Not keen, eh, Charles? Well, I like it.
I also like that they've finally found something to take a punt on.
Break a leg, girls, go on.
-I love trees...
-You love trees?
I am a tree surveyor by trade and I'm really, really interested in this.
It's black forest Bavarian and you want those wares
-to be much, much darker in colour.
I did wonder because they're quite pale for...
-I think that's £20 or £30 worth.
-Yeah, I do.
-Oh, it's a shame.
-But you want something like that?
-Sort of quite like that tray.
That is a nice tray.
No? She's got that way of going, "Hmm."
And you know the way the lips are going, don't you,
that she just hates it, don't you?
-Right, OK. I know me place.
-Well, that told you, Phil.
-Is it a deal done?
-It is a deal.
Yeah, so we managed to get down to 30 and our first item is in the bag.
-You bought it?
-Yeah. Spot me.
You're so down with the kids, Carlos!
I feel like you're breaking my hand like that man's on there, you know?
See what it makes at auction, hey? That's great.
So one down, two to go. We've got about 30 minutes, halfway through.
Where do we go next?
-That way, OK, go on.
-Go on, after you.
Cracking stuff, Blues.
After a disjointed first 30 minutes, that's just what the doctor ordered.
We've had half an hour, OK? Time's pressing.
Is there anything else in here for you, you think?
-I don't think so, no.
-Time to move?
-Right, come on.
So, the halfway point finds both Reds and Blues at one apiece.
Time to up your game, teams.
What I like about these antique centres is that certain sections
are often set up, like this one,
to illustrate a particular collecting field.
This one is all about rustic and rural furniture and domestic
and industrial bygones, all of which are now collectable.
In other places around the antique centre,
I've come up with my variety of these novelties. Take this measure.
Your challenge is to guess what this thing was made for.
Well, if you look carefully and you had time to look it up,
you'd see "Ullathorne & Co" stamped on one end.
And Ullathorne And Co, late in the 19th century,
were leather manufacturers and shoemakers.
This, effectively, is a measure to measure the size of your foot.
You jam your heel down that end and this sliding scale will then
read off your shoe size when it's pressed against your big toe-toe.
And this asking price certainly measures up
because it is only £38
and I think that is well worth trying on.
The other delicious bargain in this antique centre is this rather
tatty triangular shaped tin box because if I open it up,
inside it reveals three chamois leather covered pads.
The hint as to what this is used for is the glass phial because
inside that little glass bottle is something called jewellers' rouge.
Actually, ferric oxide, which is used for a number of purposes.
Apart from rouge to redden your cheeks, it's also
used as an abrasive agent in polishing soft and precious metals.
And if I were to want to polish a piece of gold jewellery,
there's the piece of jewellery,
put a bit of jewellers' rouge on the pad and literally buff it up.
To have survived with its three old buffers, ha-ha,
and the phial and the tin box, I think is extraordinary.
I have never seen one in all my long life and at an asking price
of only £48, I think this well worthwhile polishing off.
Now, back to the teams, who have got 20 minutes left.
Having started off so well, we really are under the cosh of it now.
-So let's apply the mind.
-Oh, phone bid already.
You'll be lucky, Phil.
-Becky, come here.
-Oh. SHE GASPS
It's a little child's commode.
Oh, my goodness me.
-Looks like they've missed.
What is going on?
-We've found a chair.
Yes, obviously a little child's commode, we've got
a little bit of a missed bit, but...
-How much is it?
-How much is it...?
-Let me have a look, my love.
I just think it's completely made up of old bits of timber
and you know... But if you like it, have a go with it.
Do you like that?
-I like it, yeah.
I think, if we can get it for a little bit less,
under £30 say, I think we'll definitely take that.
Well, seeing as we are really short of time...
-Let's go with it.
-Yeah, let's do it.
-Another risky buy, Reds?
-Now, have the Blues finally found their focus?
-A microscope, Carla!
-Let's have a look at it.
-OK. Charles, look.
Now, well, that's quite good, isn't it?
Now, doesn't this epitomise your careers, where they're going?
Yes, I spend my life looking down a microscope at leaves...
It's really exciting.
But then do you really rate these?
Can these still be used today as fairly accurate machines?
-I've never seen one of these.
-And I've worked in a lab for quite awhile.
-Yeah, no, I haven't.
How many antiques though...?
And this isn't quite antique,
it's obviously 1930s and it just is a work of art.
-And it's you, isn't it?
-And it's you, Liz.
-Not so much Liz.
-Used to be.
-Used to be.
The price, it's on at £75, OK?
And if I was, I suppose, valuing this with a view
to the wholesale auction market, it's probably worth between,
let's say, 40 and 60.
-It's got to go back, yeah?
-We'll leave it. Sorry about that.
Considering you have just ten minutes left,
you're awfully relaxed.
OK, we're interesting in the commode, the child's commode.
It's up for 34, what's the best you can do on it?
I can do that for £30 for you.
What do you reckon? Let's go for it.
-Oh, I was just about to bargain, then.
-Yeah, OK then.
-Thank you very much.
-Will that prove to be a potty purchase?
-Let's go, go!
Finally, the Blues realise the task in hand,
with so little time left and now they're lost in the car park.
So, have the Reds reached their last stop?
Quick, quick, quick, come here.
-That's the panel out of a railway carriage.
-Oh. Ah, now railway...
Think that's from the original Manchester South Junction
and Altrincham railways, looks like a coat of arms.
And it's transfer printed, but I think things like that
are quite decorative and I think that's really, really nice.
It's priced at £55, you'll surely get it for £50.
If you could get it for 40 or 45, that would be lovely.
-I actually quite like that.
-Yeah, I do like that.
-We have only got a certain amount of time.
-Can we get it down?
Go on, then, Russell, do your business.
Right, this could all go pear-shaped.
Let's have a look.
Well, one thing's for sure, it's definitely 20th century, isn't it?
-Do you know what? I'd buy that.
Because I just think that's quite a decorative, bright thing.
-I like the colours.
-I'd buy that.
And even if you weren't into trains, it would be actually
something that I...I would put this on my wall.
Well, we've now got about two minutes left.
-All right, shall we see how much we can get it for?
-We'll take it to the counter.
-Go and do your stuff.
-OK, which way is the counter?
-Where's the counter?
So let me know how much I've got left.
We'll come to that in a couple of minutes, Phil.
No longer lost, the Blues have even less time to waste.
Two to go, team...
that's items AND minutes.
There's a fossil there.
-Oh, that is so cool.
-An antique is 100 years old.
That object there, 150 million years old and it could be yours for £34.
-I want it.
-I'd want to keep it, though.
-OK, you're welcome.
Absolutely amazing. Do you want to give it a handle?
-I think we want it.
And that's probably the oldest object ever, ever on Bargain Hunt.
-Except Phil Serrell.
-You can't really go wrong.
What's the best, Madame, on that?
Your best price on that would be 32.
-Look at me. How much?
Look at me, I love your smile.
Well, literally we've got two minutes...
-I think you've got to buy it, don't you?
-We'll take that, done.
-And now one more thing. Come on.
One more thing to find in literally one minute only.
What have you found over there?
-Go on, tell me you bought it for £40.
-We didn't get it...
-Go on, how much?
-We didn't get it for 55. We paid 50 for it.
Well, I tell you what, that's real skin of the teeth job
and I still think it stands a chance because we are now done, just.
-All right, all money gone, off we go.
Well, you may be done, Reds, but...
We're just running out of time.
It's just getting desperate.
I just love the fact that you can buy a medieval beehive type thimble,
found in Lincolnshire where the auction is, in Lincoln,
and it can be yours for another £34.
Can we try the thimble on for size?
-Let's do it.
-30 seconds, team.
Wonderful, that's a medieval thimble of probably the 15th century,
found in Lincoln. Look at that.
So, best price?
Your best price on that would be £32.
-Do you want to?
-You have 10 seconds.
-Go on, sold.
-Thank you very much.
We'll take it.
-Spud, spud, spud.
Time's up! Let's find out what the teams shelled out.
In mere minutes, they paid a whooping £195 for the tiny
Royal Worcester brush and comb set.
Feeling less flush, they paid £30 for the child's commode.
Finally, they were chuffed to get
the railway carriage door panel for £50.
Did you find this Philip Serrell quite a fast expert
-to go around with?
-He is, yes.
So which is your favourite bit, then, Becky?
I think the, my favourite is the railway plaque.
Railway plaque is your favourite, what about you, Russell?
-I quite like the loo, actually, the commode.
Which is going to make the biggest profit, Russell?
I think the loo might make the biggest profit.
-Yeah, I think you'll be surprised.
-Sister agree with that?
-No, I don't.
I think the Worcester hair thingy combie brushie thing...
-Is going to bring the biggest profit.
-Yes, I think it is, yes.
-All right. And how much did you spend in total?
Yes, that's a grown-up total.
-Can I have the £25 of leftover dolly, please?
-Yes, you can.
Thank you, that goes straight over to P Serrell.
Now, that's not so much, is it, in your scale of things?
-It's a round of drinks and a sandwich, isn't it?
That's what I'll go and get.
Come on, he's such a teaser.
OK, well, shove off and do your shopping. Meanwhile, we're going
to check out what the Blue team bought, aren't we?
After considerable toing and froing,
they broke their duck with a medical poster, £30 paid.
They then unearthed two items in the last two minutes.
First the fossil of a prehistoric fish
followed by a medieval beehive thimble,
each bought for an identical £32.
-Well, girls, was that fun or was it fun?
-It was great.
-You've spent £94.
-Now, why did you spend such a paltry amount of money, you girls?
-Was it him?
Sorry, it's just in the nerves of going for the big blockbuster find
and I just couldn't quite do it in the hour.
What you wanted was, you wanted plenty of leftover lolly
so that you could go out and spend it all, Charles.
-Is that right or wrong?
Well, anyway, I'll have it, thank you.
Now, Liz, tell me, which is your favourite piece?
My favourite piece is the fossil
-but I don't know whether it's going to sell.
And Carla, which is your favourite?
I liked another sciencey thing.
-We bought a poster, an old medical poster which I liked a lot.
Good. And which piece is going to bring the biggest profit?
-I think it's going to be the thimble.
Well, we've got lots of predictions there, Charles,
but one thing's for certain.
There's a huge amount of money for a young chap like you
to be going out with.
And it's nerve-racking because it's a huge sum,
but I do intend to spend it all.
Something hot and something really creative.
-Away from the science mind, Tim.
Happy hunting, Charles.
We're off to auction in the cathedral city of Lincoln.
See you there!
This looks a bit like the old school room.
Not quite sure, but I know who he is. Colin Young.
Thank you very much for having us and for the Red team,
they got some rather good items, I think. First up is this brush set.
Beautifully painted with this pheasant. Typical Stinton subject.
It is the benchmark of the pieces that were being done,
these panels were put into the top of boxes, a whole variety of things.
I guess it would be better on top of a box than a hairbrush?
It would, unfortunately.
That's the only negative I can come up with this.
The painting is exquisite,
the item is really the issue there.
Does everybody want a brush set? I'm not sure.
Putting your bravest and best foot forward, Colin Young,
what is your estimate on this?
My estimate is 80 to 120 and that certainly should encourage
people to have a go at it.
Jolly well going to need to,
cos P Serrell paid £195 for this.
Mark you, that Philip Serrell, he's a cunning monkey and we'll see.
Anyway, thank you for that.
Next is the rustic child's mahogany commode stool.
Looks to me as if it's made out of bits of skirting board and that.
Yes, I'm not really sure what to say about it because it sort of
-doesn't seem all that functional, nothing seats correctly...
What would you do, then? You put a doll on it, would you?
I think that's about it, but even then,
it's got such a flat surface, the doll would probably fall over.
Yes, exactly. Anyway, there we go.
-It doesn't tick the 'elf and safety box for modern infants.
-What's it worth?
-I've put an estimate of 25 to 40 on this one.
-Oh, you're a brave man. £30 paid. I think that's just about right.
And lastly, bit of railwayana interest.
What a bright and breezy panel from a railway door, that is, isn't it?
It is. I think that's a good decorator's piece, really.
Well, a good decorator's piece and I think, more importantly,
for the railway collector.
They are pretty potty about their subject, aren't they?
They are and if they haven't got one in the collection, then certainly
they would spend a little bit more than you would anticipate on it.
-What's your guesstimate, then?
-Well, I've put an estimate of 30 to 50.
OK, £50 is what they paid.
they're on the money with the exception of this Worcester
brush set job and if that doesn't go well then they're going to need
the bonus buy so let's have a look at it.
-This is exciting, isn't it?
-Rebecca, how are you?
-Very well, thank you.
-You up for the competition today?
-Yes, yes, raring to go.
-Yeah, and what about you, Russ?
-Absolutely, can't wait.
Now you will recall you gave your man £25 of leftover lolly
which is a fortune for him, man from Worcester.
£25, Phil, what did you spend it on?
-There's a bit of dough left in these.
These little bread moulds and they're the sort of thing,
I don't suspect they've got great age, probably '50s or '60s.
And I just thought they were great fun,
decorate a kitchen fantastically well.
I don't see them losing more than perhaps a fiver, I don't see them
making more than 10 quid, but I've bought them because I like them.
They're 25 quid, so I spent every penny.
Yeah, I think they're actually quite wicked,
because you could use them for little plant holders or anything really.
You are so imaginative.
-You can stick plants in everything,
can't you, really?
Could you bake a sponge in one, do you think?
-I don't know, I can't cook!
OK. Russell, could you...?
-The brother will know.
-Yeah, he'll know.
Yeah, you could certainly do something in those, couldn't you?
Yeah, bake a little cake, if not some bread.
-Think on, kids.
Cos right now, let us find out whether the auctioneer thinks
that Phil will make some bread out of his tins.
-Well, there you go, Colin.
Tiny little tins for loaves.
Yeah, they're quite sweet and...
interesting, should we say?
-What would you do with it? Kitchenalia?
-Kitchenalia, that's it.
Just, it's a display item, isn't it?
-I doubt you would want to put these in the oven.
-We've got six, then.
How much for six wee tins like that?
Well, I thought £10 to £20 would be a good estimate.
OK, to lead them on,
because Philip Serrell paid £25 and he clearly rates them. Anyway.
Now, for the Blues.
We're going to have the St John's medical poster.
There's a lot you can learn from this, isn't there?
There is an interest in all these things, isn't there?
I go round the fairs a lot and I see a lot of these.
Usually they come from Germany
or they've come from behind the Iron Curtain, something like that.
I think there's going to be plenty of these out there, actually,
so I've put an estimate of £10 to £20, 10 to 30,
-that sort of range, really.
-OK, £30 paid, so they're not too far off.
They're next item is the fossilised fish.
Now, I don't know about you but I see a lot of these in the fairs.
Yeah, there's not a lot you can say about these things.
They're old, they're interesting, but rarely do they have any value.
So, how much?
Well, I would say 25 to 40 would be sedimentary, my dear Tim.
"Sedimentary", oh, dear.
£32 paid, so well done, Colin.
The last item, though, I think is pretty fantastic, if it is medieval.
-How do you rate it?
-I think it's quite good, actually.
-The question would be, why would anybody bother faking it?
But again, age doesn't always bring value.
I've put a £10 to £20, 10 to 30, estimate.
That kind of cautious man is creeping out of you here,
isn't it, Colin? £32 was paid.
Anyway, frankly, they didn't spend much and I fancy they're
going to need their bonus buy so let's go and have a look at it.
-OK, girls, this is exciting, isn't it?
I mean, you spent a miserable £94.
I say that because it's such a modest amount.
You've analysed everything, haven't you, before you came on the show?
-It's about winning big, not spending big.
-Oh. Oh, Carla.
OK, £206 went to the maestro. What did you spend it on?
I really tried to spend and I have gone big.
-Here it is.
OK. It's magical, it's a mystical material,
it's a Chinese jade vase and it just has something which,
if the internet online buyers here in Lincoln today tap into it, Tim,
and if they like it and they want it, they could pay £1,000 for that.
-They really could.
At the same time, it could flop and make 40 or 50.
You're absolutely right, Charles. And to take the punt is everything.
The fact of the matter is that jade is difficult to carve
and that is beautifully carved.
And I think, looking at it and seeing...
How do you carve a ring which has no joint on it that goes through
a lug on the side of a miniature jar like that. Just look at that ring.
Look at that ring and look at that lug and think on, because...
-What a lug.
-What a lug-hole.
-Oh, no, Tim.
-One of the lugs is bust!
-And a chip, look.
One ring is OK, Tim, but I'm afraid, ladies, we've just lost the other...
Oh, dear, dear, dear.
What a shame, Tim. We've lost it.
Oh, my God, I'm so sorry.
No, no, don't worry a scrap,
because that actually is a clean break, isn't it, Charles?
It is, Tim. It's a clean break.
OK, the fact of the matter is, it's nearly perfect.
And the auctioneer will have to make an announcement from the rostrum,
because it's been on view during the sale, perfect,
and he'll have to make an announcement that this has happened.
It's still a jolly nice jade object,
it's not just as perfect as it was a few seconds ago.
-Before we touched it.
-But, no, no, don't worry about that.
Don't, honestly, girls, please worry about it.
But that's what's happened.
Anyway, the auctioneer,
for the benefits of the viewers at home, looked at the pot earlier
and this is what he thought about it in perfect condition.
OK, Colin, this is the flavour of the moment, is it not?
Well, it can be if it's old and interesting and of quality.
Is that old, interesting or of quality?
I would be surprised if that's any more than 50 to 80 years old,
at the absolute outset.
The quality of the carving is OK, but at the end of the day,
most of the buyers are connoisseurs, they do know what they're buying
when it comes to the higher quality.
But on something like this, I hate to use the word,
-but a good result will come through luck.
OK, well, how lucky do you think Charles has to be?
What's your estimate?
Well, my estimate is 50 to 80 and I'll be honest,
that reflects what I think it's probably worth.
OK, £140 was what Charles paid. Thank you very much, Colin.
In its broken state,
the vase's £50 to £80 would now be significantly reduced, giving
the Blues an even bigger mountain to climb if they choose to go with it.
Now, Becky, Russell, we are on the edge of the precipice.
-This is exciting, isn't it?
The first item is the Royal Worcester high quality
brush and comb set and here it comes.
Royal Worcester porcelain and silver mounted brush set.
A wonderful landscape on there by James Stinton.
Who's going to start me straight in, £100 for it? £100, anyone? 100?
80 to go, then. 80? 50, if you like. £50, anyone?
50, 60 now, 50 bid, 60 now, surely.
70, 70 bid. 80, 80 bid. 90, 90 bid.
100, 100 bid. 10. 10, 120, 130, no?
120, on at 120. 130, anywhere else?
-120 is on, 120.
-30 or not, sure?
130, at 130 bid. 40 now?
130, 130, all done and finished, then?
-Selling at £130.
Where's the internet, then? £130.
-I'm going to come and buy here.
You're kippered. Anyway, that is minus £65.
Here we go, then, here comes the rustic chair.
There we go, it's got a bit of a look about it, this one, hasn't it?
Who's going to start me at £50? 50, anybody? 50? 30 to go, then, surely.
£30, anyone? 30?
It's all going down the pan.
£20. 20 down there. £20 bid?
We're hardly on a roll, are we?
Can I here £20? At 20 bid.
All done and finished then? Selling at £20.
Surely somebody else wants this, just look at what we're selling.
-This is potty!
You desperately want it? It's going then.
Sold then at £20.
Completely potty. Minus £10.
It's all going well, isn't it?
-It's gone very well.
Now, have faith.
Lot number 52 is the railway coach panel, there. Interesting lot, this.
Who's going to start me at £100 for this? 100? 80 to go, then. 80?
£80, anyone, 80? 50 to go, then, £50 anybody? 50? 30, if you like.
£30, anyone, 30? Who's going to be first in? 30, there.
5 now to accede. At 30 bid, 5 now.
32 on the internet. 32 will do, 32.
35 bid, 38 now. 38, do I see?
38, now, surely. 38 coming in now.
At £35, 38 bid, 40. £40 bid.
We appear to have hit the buffers.
What's the reverse of the golden gavel?
-I think we might just be in for it.
-Go on, 48 now.
45, are we all done then? Last call, I'll sell this time at £45.
-Bad luck, team.
-We lost on everything!
-Well, I tell you, that was not brilliant, was it?
-It was terrible.
-65, 75, minus £80.
Now, what are you going to do about these bread tins?
-I think we'll go for it.
-I think we'll go for them.
You're going to go with the bread tins?
You're going with the bread tins and here they come.
Good bit of kitchenalia here, there we go.
Two sets of three miniature loaf tins.
Who's going to start me at, what, £30 for these?
30, 20 to go, then, surely? £20, anybody? 20?
10 to go, then, £10, we'll start low and it'll rise after that.
10 bid, 12, 12 bid, 15 now.
15, 18, 18, 20.
20 bid, 2, 2 bid and 5, at 22 bid,
25. At 25 bid, 28 now.
Are we all done then?
On my left here, then, selling at £25, all done?
-Wiped its face at £25.
-There we go.
No profit, not loss, no pain, no shame.
How extraordinary is that?
Well, it's not going down your gutter but quite frankly,
if it's not going down your gutter, it won't be going down the
Blues' gutter, in which case minus £80 might be a winning score.
-You could still be winning today.
-Now, Liz, Carla, how you feeling?
-Recovered from the drop?
-Sorry about that again.
Don't worry. I mean, these things happen
but it's still exciting to find out how it will do.
First up, though, is going to be your St John's Ambulance poster.
-And here it comes.
Who's going to start me at, what, £20 for it? £20, anyone? 20?
10, to go then, surely. £10, anybody, £10? £10?
Come on, ladies and gentlemen, give me a "break".
Thank you, 10 bid, 12 now, 12 bid,
15, 15, 18, at 20, 20 bid.
22 bid, at 5 now, 25. 28.
28 bid, 30? 30 bid, 32 now, surely.
(We're in profit!)
-30 bid, 32 now do I see, 32. 35.
-Yes, you're in profit.
A lovely start.
At 38 bid. 40, £40 bid. 42 now? At £40 bid.
- I told you it was going to be all right.
This is the last call, I'm going to sell,
then you're out of the room this time, out on the net.
-Selling then at £40.
-£40 is plus £10.
-There's nothing fractured about that.
Now, here comes the fish.
There we go, it's from the late Jurassic period.
Interesting lot, this. There we go, what shall we say for this?
£20, anybody? £20?
10 to go, then, £10, anyone? £10?
£10, ignore the chip that's on the corner. They go together very well.
£10 bid, 10, 12, 15 bid.
15 bid, 18, 18 bid, 20, 20 bid,
2 now, make it 2, 5, at 25.
28 now, 28. Bid 30, £30 bid.
At 30, 32 bid. - Come on.
35 bid. At 35.
38, now. 38 bid. We all done? 40.
-£40 bid? 2 now, £40 bid.
I'll sell this time, make no mistake. We go, then, at £40.
-Another £40, gives you another plus £8.
How lovely is that?
-Here comes the thimble.
Medieval cast-iron thimble, by repute.
Who's going to start me at £50?
Come on, real history.
Just put your finger up for this one. £50?
- Thumbs up.
40 to go, then, surely.
£40, anyone, 40? 30? £30?
It's a rare object.
-5 up. Fiver, anybody?
-5 bid, 5, 8.
-Come on, let's go.
-9, 9 bid,
10, 10 bid, 12, 12 bid, 15 now.
15, 18 bid. 20? £18 bid,
20 anywhere else, now, surely?
-I can't bear it.
-It's the last call.
It's on the market, it's going to sell. At 18, are we all done then?
-Selling at £18...
-Charles, this is so sad.
-Isn't it value for money?
-Isn't it just?
-The history of the object.
-Not for what we paid for it.
-2 off of 20 which is minus £14.
You had £18, you have now £4 of profit.
How about that?
Now, I have to tell you girls that £4 could be a winning score
-today, couldn't it?
-It could, yeah.
On the other hand, you could speculate to accumulate,
and go with the jade pot.
-We've made a deal.
-And what's your deal, then?
If we made less than £5, we'd go for it.
Never. That's the pact?
-You going with it? Quickly.
-Yeah, we're going with it.
There is no time, it's coming now.
We're going with the jade pot and here it comes.
Chinese pale green jade bottle.
There we go, so it's a lovely little snuff bottle
but unfortunately, it has received some damage during the viewing.
So who's going to start me at £200? £200?
100 to go, surely, £100, anybody?
-50 to go, then, £50, anyone?
30 to go, then. 30?
£30, anybody, 30?
The pieces are there.
£20, anybody? 20?
-It's got to be sold. £10?
A few six-inch nails and you wouldn't recognise it.
10 over there, thank you, sir. £10 bid, 10. 12 now do I see?
At £10 bid, 12 on the internet.
12 bid, 15 bid, 18 now, £18 bid now?
Do I see a 18 bid?
£20 bid now, 20, no? At £18.
My bid's on the internet.
-We need an under-bidder online.
Selling, then, on the internet at £18.
I dropped it.
£18 is 2 off 20,
which is £122 down the old plughole on that.
And you had plus 4 before,
which means you are minus £118.
Which is not so bad when you say it quickly. Right?
The big thing is that minus £118 could be a winning score.
-And be positive about this.
Loving you loads. Brave kids.
Well, teams, I wish I could say that that was dazzlingly successful,
because it wasn't.
And the downward groove of prices effected both teams
However, we have to have winners and we have to have runners-up
and the runners-up today
by a sizable chunk are the Blues.
Oh, what a shame.
Nobody has a lot to celebrate, though, I can tell you,
because were there a moral victory,
the Blues would be sitting on the top of a pinnacle at the moment,
but strictly speaking, they were £4 up until we came to the bonus buy.
So, you know, hug each other and be happy together, all right?
And runners-up you may well be, but incredibly bad luck.
So, park that issue, we've loved having you on the show.
The victors today have managed to win by only losing £80.
Genuinely did lose £80, cos they lost on practically everything
that they touched, not that that was your fault, I have to say.
The closest you got to making a profit was on the bread tins.
-But we got out.
-But you got out and you wiped your face.
-Anyway, have you had a good time?
-It's been brilliant.
We've had a great time, too.
-Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
The antique centres of Hemswell in Lincolnshire play host to the red and blue teams, who have a smashing time in more ways than one. Experts Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson are on hand with a wealth of experience and knowledge but will the teams take it?