Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott and the Bargain Hunt teams are at Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair. With experts Paul Laidlaw and Natasha Raskin.
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Today we're at the Newark International Antiques
And Collectors' Fair. The largest of its type in Europe.
So what are we waiting for, Fido? Eh?
Let's go bargain hunting! Yeah! Woof.
Cor, it ain't half busy here.
And there's 2,500 stalls for our teams to pick over their objects.
And it's here that the Reds and Blues are going to go head-to-head,
and hopefully find something to make a profit over at auction.
Let's have a quick sneak preview as to what's coming up.
It's all dogs today!
The Reds feel the pressure of the elements.
I'm absolutely freezing! Quick, buy something!
Whilst the Blues have a moment of realisation.
Oh, my Lord, I'm panicking! I want to buy something quick.
Panic's not setting in yet.
But who will be top dog at auction?
Yes, that's a profit.
SHE STIFLES A CHEER
On the programme today, we've got two couples.
For the Reds we've got Jo and Stephan.
And for the Blues we've got Janet and Peter. Hello, everyone.
Lovely to see you. Now, Jo, how did you two lovebirds meet?
Well, we met about eight years ago at a work's night out.
Was it caramba and you thought, crikey, did you?
I think I accosted you, didn't I?
There you are, that's why I asked. It was caramba.
What about your interest in antiques?
We really enjoy going to antiques fairs or flea-markets
whenever we can.
Stephan, it says here you make a living out of making peoples'
feet look better?
Well, I own a shoe brand, and I do freelance design for various
different retailers, high-street stores.
How do you think you two are going to get on today?
-Anyway, good luck.
-BOTH: Thank you.
-You've been married for 37 years.
-That's quite a long haul, isn't it?
-It's pretty good going.
-Yeah, you married as a child?
-Absolutely, yeah. Child bride, yeah.
-You have a teaching background.
-I do. Yes.
This summer I'll have been teaching for 40 years.
-Will you really?
-Tell us about the narrow boat business.
Yeah. That's maybe ten years ago now. We decided to take a career break.
-Mid-life crisis, possibly.
And we both left our careers, had a narrow boat built,
and went to live on a boat for a couple of years,
and just chugged around the canals of England and Wales.
You stuck that for a couple of years. Enjoyed it...
Enjoyed it for a couple of years. THEY LAUGH
-You enjoyed it for a couple of years.
-It just slipped out. Anyway, yeah, so you loved it for two years?
-Why did you come back to old base camp?
-We'd spent it by then.
-How lovely. It says here, Peter,
-that you've been working for charities in recent years.
After we came back off the boat,
I was looking for a job where I could give a little bit more back.
I got involved with a furniture re-use scheme.
-So it's like big charity recycling? Rather good idea, actually.
How do you think you're going to get on today? Brilliantly?
-I'm quietly confident...
..we may or may not do very well.
That is a good response, I have to say.
Anyway, here we go. £300 apiece. You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go! Very, very, very good luck. Narrow boating, eh? Oof.
Now, let's meet our experts.
Natasha Raskin is aiming for the jackpot for the Reds.
And hoping to fill the Blues' till with profits, it's Paul Laidlaw.
Anything on the shopping list?
-Glassware I like.
-I like dragons.
-I get it. And yourself, Janet?
I'm more into wooden boxes and nice little neat things. We'll see.
-Plenty to go at. Let's do it! Come on!
Joanna and Stephan, what are you going to spend the money on?
I really want something fancy for the home.
Something really interesting that will catch our eye.
Something for the home. Stephan? Big bucks?
Yeah, we're going to blow the budget.
Well, we've got no time to waste. So let's go, go, go!
Absolutely right, Natasha. Your 60 minutes starts now. Off you go!
-We are on the clock.
-We are on a mission.
Like it, point it, love it, pick it up.
I strongly suspect that an hour from now we'll go - how did that happen?
How did we end up with those?
-Oh, gosh, I don't have a clue.
Some sort of heat lamp, isn't it?
If we're going to go mid-century and retro, do we want a heat lamp?
Probably not. THEY LAUGH
-That's a dragon pipe.
When you said a dragon, I didn't think we'd actually find one.
-Is this new?
-No, it's 2005.
-Well then, it's ancient, isn't it?!
-Come on, the Reds!
-ALL: Come on, you Reds!
-Come on, Pete. Let's go.
What about these lamps?
-These lamps here?
It's actually all to do with what they are made of.
-What do you think they are made of?
That's what they want you to think.
I don't think these are going to be bronze. I could be wrong.
-Should we have a feel?
-If it's really heavy...
-Oh, my goodness! There is weight to that.
-Is it marble?
It is weighted on the bottom. They are spelter, aren't they?
Gosh! The marble base is a tricky thing,
because they are really weighty.
Oh, my goodness. But what it has is a patination over it.
And that's called bronzed spelter. So patinated bronze spelter.
But they are early 20th century reproduction pieces.
But I tell you what, they are doing the trick when it comes to
style and panache. She's nicely modelled.
The position that she is taking is called contrapposto.
So she's standing like a Venus or something. I like her.
-What do you think?
-I do as well. It drew me to it cos it's a pair.
-And they are light fittings.
-This has been cut off, right,
so we are not good to go as light fittings.
-There is work to be done on them.
But it's all about damage with these things. Condition is key.
What I'm looking for is fingers, I think
she's got five fingers on each hand. Her toes are good.
-Have we got the same over here?
-What are they on for?
-Oh, I don't know. We can ask the gentleman.
I would hope we would have an auction
estimate of something like £70-£100. That wouldn't be far off.
-How would you feel about bringing it down a touch?
-The very best is 125.
But we are here to make a profit. I think at 125...
It's a little bit stretched.
-It's a little bit of a gamble.
-I really like them.
-Let's have a think about it.
-Let's have a think. Thank you so much.
We might see you again.
OK, have a think. But bear in mind, time moves on quickly.
Meanwhile, how are those Blues getting on?
Oh, my Lord, I'm panicking. I want to buy something quick.
If you're panicking now,
what are you going to be like at the end of the shop?
-Don't panic, don't panic. It's early days, this.
-Do you fancy a bit of...?
-Let's go in and have a look.
There is a dragon. There's a dragon on that Burleigh Ware jug.
-Is that dragon crying out to you?
-It could be.
-Burleigh Ware - you associate them
with these mid-20th-century kitsch jug-cum-vases and so on.
They can be flamboyant, they can be ludicrous,
they can have budgerigars and cockatiels,
in this instance dragons, all sorts of things on them.
-Are we thinking like 1950?
Between the '30s and '50s, they used to do really well.
I remember about ten years ago selling these things
for £70, £80, £90 a pop. At the moment, that's history.
-What's it worth? What's it worth?
-If I said £20-£40, I'd be right. It's priced at?
It's not dear and that reflects what I've said. It has come down.
-We could give it a go.
-What would you want?
-Do you like him?
-Do you like?
-I think he is OK.
'I'm with you on that one, Janet.'
You're being polite.
-I like it.
-Well, it depends how kind she is to us.
You know what's coming next, don't you?
-I've been here before.
If I could get that for 20, I would be a happy man.
-You are very welcome.
-I wish I'd gone for 15.
So, the Blues make their first purchase. Well done.
Meanwhile, the Reds are still at the same stall where
they found the light fittings.
Could they be looking at item number two?
They are really nice. For a toilet.
THEY LAUGH What is that?!
Those ladies are too feminine but a floral toilet is not too feminine?
-I have to say,
never in my puff have I sold a toilet or a washdown closet.
Plenty of commodes.
You do see this Victorian blue and white transfer. What do you think?
-I quite like it.
-It's a first for a fair.
-I've never seen anything like that at the fair.
-What are you thinking?
What would you pay for a toilet?
-I would pay at least £100 for that.
-Why would you want it?
-Maybe you could plant flowers in it.
Think about damage. Has it got any damage?
Has it got a big crack in it or anything?
-It needs a good wash.
-I don't know. I quite like it.
-Not you now as well.
-Is it the wrong thing to sell at an auction?
-Is it more...?
-Well, what's right to sell at an auction?
How many toilets are going to be in that auction room?
-Tim can get all the toilet humour jokes in there.
-Absolutely. Potty mouth.
-'I beg your pardon!'
OK, what do you think? The time is ticking. Shall we ask the gentleman?
-He obviously likes it. Hi.
-We are really interested in your toilet.
-What's your best price?
-70 quid is my going home price.
-I'd keep it for 70.
-And if we took the two?
-Oh, look at this.
-125 really is the best, really, on those.
If you add those to 125...
That could be 50.
125 is pushing it, but you know what, they are nice.
-And there's no damage.
A toilet for 50 quid. What's the auction estimate going to be?
It's going to be £40-£60. It's going to be £30-£50. Maybe £70-£90.
Should we do it? Oh, my goodness, I can't handle it!
-We've still got a bit of time.
-How much time have we had?
20 minutes have passed. We are a third of the way through.
We've still got plenty of time. Shall we come back at the...?
-No! Let's buy it now!
-Let's go with it then.
-Yes, let's do it!
-Oh, my goodness, are we doing it?!
-Let's do it!
Excellent. Shall we shake on it?
Great. That's two items bought together.
So two thirds of the shop completed
in just one third of the shopping time.
And as luck would have it, I'm paying a visit to just
the place to lift the lid on the washdown closet.
Look at this! We are actually inside a kiln.
At Sharpe's Museum, Swadlincote, Derbyshire.
And this kiln was first fired up in 1821.
Although there is evidence in this locality of
pottery manufacture dating back to the 16th century.
These days, the site is a museum celebrating the handful
of potteries that were originally based within
four square miles of Swadlincote.
Today, I'm going to meet Tony Harrell, who's going to tell us
-all about these potteries. Now, Tony, good morning.
Tell me about your role first here, at the museum.
I chair the Trust and my job is really to keep
the heritage of the area alive for this generation and the next.
And these objects in front of us
are representative of the domestic pottery produced by the firms?
They are, yes. There were upwards of 30-plus firms through the 1800s.
But the clay here didn't lend itself
-to extremely fine production, did it?
What we've learned is that the make-up of our clay has two
important ingredients - plasticity and hardening.
Plasticity gives it flexibility
and hardening means you can bake it at really high temperatures.
So the potteries around Swadlincote moved into the development
of sanitary ware and top grade sewer pipes.
But you, in a way, specialise in the display of sanitary wares here,
We try to tell our story, which is a sanitary ware story,
and then we link it into the pipes and the public health story.
This is a jolly display. Tony, what do these three illustrate then?
It takes us on a journey - the evolution of the flushing toilet.
The engineers made it a very complicated valve-operated process.
The potters then get into the story.
What Edmund Sharp did was to build in an innovation that he then
patented in 1855.
And it was a genuine advancement because it created the first
power flush in the rim, and it created two words - wash down.
Until that time, toilets had been wash out,
and solids would remain in the base.
What the washdown created was an all through, leaving the pan clean.
And for the first time they established that water was
the problem with the disease.
So for us to link the toilet to the sewer pipe and keep waste water
out of public water is a real advancement in public health.
It's a fabulous side of potting that leaves a legacy.
This is a fascinating place to visit. So thank you very much, Tony.
Who knows, at the end of the day our teams might just be flush with cash.
So the loo the Reds have bought might just be a hidden gem.
Meanwhile, back at the shopping, it's 2-to-1 to the Reds
and the Blues are struggling.
-No to Toby jugs.
-Definitely no to Toby jugs.
That's absolutely for nothing.
-Owls are collectable.
-No, I don't really...
-No, I don't.
'Janet is proving hard to please.'
-It's not my taste.
-It caught my eye.
-What caught your eye?
Don't let something catch his eye again!
20 minutes in, one thing down. Bang on schedule. We are cruising.
-We are doing good.
-Panic is not setting in yet.
-We can't even see panic, it's so far over the horizon.
-OK, off we go.
-Are these for the candles?
I thought it was for paper.
Look at the amazing feet on that.
I'm no furniture expert, but it is a lovely thing.
-Shall we delve into that?
-Is it a little desk? Can it open?
-It comes this far.
-Here we are.
-It's a games table.
-It's a games table and it turns as well.
-You can open it as well.
Exactly. You've got all your pieces in there.
-Could you please give us your price for this table?
-So you were attracted, like magpies, to quality.
'Nothing wrong with a bit of quality.
'And there is plenty of furniture here to catch the eye.'
Guys, guys, guys! Do you want to buy a piece of furniture?
Unless there is a problem with it,
the X-frame chair in front of you priced at £35...
There has got to be a problem with it. Look at the price of it!
OK, so confirm what we are looking at. We are looking at mahogany.
We are looking at string inlay.
Bit of marquetry, a classical...
-Batwing Medallion there. Date wise - late 19th century.
Here are the problems.
-Joints. Joints have opened here.
-And you've got a nasty seat pad.
-That's not the original.
-No, that's awful. But I tell you what, it's easy to replace that.
Let's pick it up. Never mind the quality, feel the weight.
-Oh, look, it's got the...
-But that's an old repair.
-The plates are old.
-And it's all hidden.
From here, I just want to replace that seat pad and live with it.
-What do you think? Do you like it?
-I like it.
-I like it.
If I had no-one to impress and I got out of bed on the wrong side,
-I'd say it's worth £40-£80.
-That's a banker, folks!
-I'll wander off and see if I can get a price on that.
I'll be two ticks.
It's quite nice, isn't it? I love it, I love it, I love it!
-So you want this chair, basically.
-I want that chair.
I think the chair might be yours.
-I haggled like my life depended on it...
The guy came down to 30 quid. I think that's a gift.
-What do you reckon? It's a deal, isn't it?
-Are we buying it?
-I'll seal the deal. Well done.
-OK, thank you.
-Item number two.
It's item number two indeed, Janet.
Thank goodness she's happy at last. Well done.
-I think it's going good so far.
-We are two down.
-We've got about 20 minutes left, I think, so...
-..it should be in the bag.
What's the third thing? I've no idea, but we'll know soon enough.
Also, with just one more item to find, how are the Reds feeling?
We've got £125, so we can either do what we want to do,
which was buy something with a higher price,
or we find something that's slightly smaller
-and try and see if we can get a good profit.
-Let's blow as much as we can.
We've got to spend some money.
I'm up for that. Let's do it. What have we spent?
20 on the jug and then 30 on the chair.
We could do this for a living at this rate.
-There is a fortune to be made in this game.
-You never mind.
Sh! Don't let on.
-Do you like that?
-It's got a signature.
At the bottom.
-I like a big lump of...
-Is it just a big lump of nonsense?
Now, that's up there
with the best in your 60s important designer glasshouses.
Against it is the fact that it's colourless
and it's pretty darn plain. It's an oval bowl.
If it didn't have the name, I'd be saying, seriously,
it's the last one of its kind I'd buy. But with the name...
The question is, is it cheap? It would have to be cheap.
Because what's it worth? £20-£40.
Purely because of the name.
-I absolutely love it.
-You love it? Are you adopting it?
-This was exactly what I had in mind.
-How do you feel about it, Janet?
I really like it. I really like it.
Go and ask how much it is.
It's a little bit scratched.
-I won't charge you for that.
Oh, that's Kosta. Um...
We need to move it.
-Bottom line is 40.
-I'd think about it.
-Not to worry then.
-I like it.
-Thanks very much. It's just a shade too dear.
Let's walk for a while. We've got 12 minutes so we haven't got long to...
-A quick scout?
-A quick scout and we can come back.
Suddenly, both teams are feeling the pressure.
-How are your feet?
-Oh, me too! It's freezing!
I'm absolutely freezing. Quick, buy something!
-Let's keep scratching about here.
I don't know if there is much in there for us.
We don't have much time.
We are struggling a bit now, aren't we?
Nothing here. This all looks run-of-the-mill.
-Should we go and look over here?
-What's it worth? £50-£80. How much is your mallet?
-Everything half price for Bargain Hunt, right?
Yeah, but you don't know the original price.
What's in here?
-We've only got a few minutes left.
-I like that.
-It's 45 for that.
£45, OK. So what do we have here?
-You were thinking about a brooch when we spoke before.
And what you have here is Edwardian, very early-20th-century,
nine-carat gold aquamarine bar brooch.
It's really beautiful, isn't it? Stylish. It's really sleek.
You've got an oval emerald-cut aquamarine in there.
And it's a really nice colour.
With aquamarine, when you drop it into water,
you shouldn't be able to see it.
It's got its little safety pin here, which is great, for extra security.
It is a chic thing.
Certainly against your fleece it would be beautiful.
-I think you can see it on there.
-It is stylish.
It's quite plain and simple, rather than fussy and ornate.
I think it's quality. It's stamped nine carat gold.
And in the original box.
If we can get that for less than £40, we are absolutely cooking.
-If you made it 30... We've just got a couple of minutes.
-35. 35 is OK.
-35. You can't go lower?
-Come on, jump in, help me out.
-We've got two minutes left!
-The box is worth 20.
It's a lovely thing. It is nicely presented. Can you make it 32?
-Go on, then.
-Oh, my goodness!
-What do you think?
-Yeah, let's go for it.
'The Reds have raised the bar and found their very last item.
'The Blues, however, have decided to reconsider the glass bowl.'
Could you come down a bit more for me?
-I do appreciate you coming back, but I can't.
-What would you do for...?
It's 40, that's the bottom line.
-You are beat, aren't you?
-We are. We are beat.
-You may make a wee bit.
-Going for it?
-We are going for it.
-Well done, guys.
I can't believe you managed to get
the piece of glass you were looking for,
the wood you were looking for and, bizarrely,
That's all three purchases in the bag, Blues. Well done.
Let's check out whether the Red Team have found a big earner.
They were turned on by this pair of early 20th-century spelter
table lamps for £125.
They spent more than a penny on a late Victorian water closet.
£50 to be precise.
And finally, they are pinning their chances on this Edwardian
gold bar brooch set with an aquamarine,
which cost them £32.
How much did you spend?
-We spent £207 in total.
-£207, that's a cool number.
Please may I have £93 of the leftover lolly.
Thank you, Stephan.
I'm going to ask you which is your favourite piece?
-Figures, doesn't it?
-He's a man.
Which is your favourite piece?
I'm going to actually go with the brooch, the last piece.
-That's your favourite?
-Yeah, I think so.
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
It might do, yeah. Might do.
On that happy note, I'm going to hand all this cash over to Natasha.
-There you go.
Natasha, have you any idea what you are going to spend it on?
Absolutely no idea what I will spend it on,
but I know it will be something fun. I hope so anyway.
Why don't we check out what the Blue Team bought, eh?
They poured £20 into this Burleigh Ware Art Deco jug.
An Edwardian mahogany X-framed armchair cost them £30.
And they were bowled over by the Swedish glass, which cost them £40.
-How are you, Peter and Janet?
-Very well, thank you.
A little birdie told me that you didn't spend much.
No, it was a little bit embarrassing.
-How much did you spend?
-£210 of leftover lolly. Who has got that?
-Thank you very much.
Which is your favourite item of the £90 worth?
-I like the lump of glass.
-Lump of glass for you. Do you agree, Janet?
-Not at all. I like the chair.
-You like the chair?
-Is that going to bring the biggest profit?
-Without a doubt.
-Do you agree with that?
Best to agree with her about something,
otherwise you will be back on the canal again.
Anyway, talk about a serious watch.
-You could buy most of the fair with that, mate.
-Oh-ho-ho! If only!
Is your idea to spend as much as you possibly can, Paul,
or just go for value?
-I am driven by profit, Tim, as you well know.
-But I like buying interesting things.
-Then take a chance!
That's the thing, isn't it?
Now, time for me to head off to the auction.
Well, what a treat this is.
We've got a whole session with Charles Hanson.
-Charles, it's great to be here.
-Now, in this cosy corner we've got a selection which is amazing.
Kick on with these spelter lamps. How do you rate those?
Tim, I think they have a great look about them. I quite like them, Tim.
-I can see them probably hitting three figures. Maybe £100.
-120 on a good day.
-They need to make £125.
Moving on, we've got the water closet next.
Now, this is a washdown water closet.
The invention of taking water to the top rim means that any
residual foreign bodies are immediately cleansed.
It is a bit dirty, isn't it?
-Nobody has bothered to clean it up. That's a fact.
But if you want to go into a period bathroom,
well, there it is, ready to go, isn't it?
You need the right buyer. On a really good day, it could make £100-£120.
-On a really bad day, Tim, it could make £40.
-They only paid £50.
Moving on, we've got this brooch. The Edwardian bar brooch.
It's just what it is - a very nice nine-carat gold bar brooch.
-Probably George V.
Bunged in a box, ready to go. How much?
-Our guide price is between £50 and £70.
-Oh, that is good. £32 paid.
Well, it's lovely to know you are so enthusiastic.
In which case, they won't need the bonus buy.
But let's go and have a look at it anyway.
£93 you gave Natasha.
And what did you spend it on?
I spent 45 on...
a dinner gong.
A dinner bell... Gong even. On quite an interesting stand.
And do you know what? I enjoyed your company so much
and I just thought you were so sociable.
I could imagine you at dinner parties,
having all your friends round and just saying,
"Come on, everybody. Dinner's ready!"
I love it. It's silver plated, it's not silver.
And unfortunately, it's missing its little leather beater.
Which is why we've got these indentations here on the bell.
-But I just think it's really chic. I love it. It's quirky and fun.
Dinner parties, tea parties, all that thing. It's all the rage.
-What do you think?
-I think it's really good fun.
Paid 45 for it, what do you think we could get for it?
We should be making £50-£60 for it. I hope so anyway. On a good day.
-It's actually heavier than I thought.
You don't decide now, you decide later,
after the sale of your first three items.
But for the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Natasha's little bell.
There you go, Charles.
-Thank you, Tim.
-That will bring them flocking into the saleroom.
-Do you like that thing?
-Yeah, I do, Tim.
Table gongs, dinner gongs always seem to perform quite well at auctions.
I love this naturalistic cast stand it's on.
Which I suppose has all the aesthetics of being
from the 1880s-1890s.
The bell is quite plain in comparison, but it has got
the right level of wear to suggest it has always been together.
Probably Birmingham or Sheffield inspired.
Our guide price is between £40 and £60.
You've struck the right note there, Charles. £45 was paid by Natasha.
As a cunning bonus buy opportunity. I think it is good.
-Moving over to the Blues. We've got the Burleigh Ware jug.
I think it's lovely. Good factory.
Good name, which captures the Art Deco.
I have to say, for me, it doesn't really do it.
-Doesn't it cheer you up?
-It goes with your suit as well.
-Makes me feel rather ill.
Yeah. How much do you think it's going to bring?
-We hope it's going to make between £50 and £80.
-Do you really?
-Tim, we feel good.
-Well, that's marvellous.
-We are hungry for it.
You feel a good deal better than I do.
£20 was paid, and I think that was about the right price.
But we'll see. Now you've got
this X-framed Edwardian drawing room chair.
-Do you like that one?
Tim, I do like it, because, again, it just has that warm feel.
-That lovely urn inlay on the back.
It has lovely-shaped splayed back legs, but needs some reupholstering.
What we want to know is, is it going to be an 'urn-er'?
-Yes, it will, Tim.
-'Urn' a lot of profit.
-I've got you. E-A-R-N.
It will "urn" a lot of profit, Tim.
I'm hoping it will do very well. Between £50 and £80. I've got you.
-They only paid £30.
-Tim, what a bargain.
I can't believe it was that cheap.
Now, the next thing is this very, very plain bowl. Kosta Boda.
This is one of those which ten years ago, I had never seen before.
But now it's making money at auction.
And it's by a contemporary Swedish designer - a man called
Goran Warff, who obviously is the designer at the factory.
Anyway... So how much?
We've been quite mean because...you know I'm quite an old-fashioned man.
This is very modern and it's an emerging market.
-So we've gone in with a guide price of between £20 and £30.
-Is that all?
One way or the other, they're either going to need their bonus buy
very, very badly, or they're not going to need it at all.
Let's go and have a look.
-Janet, Peter, this is exciting.
-It certainly is.
-You gave our man £210.
He loves to blow the lot. Paul, what did you find?
Well, look, we bought from the 1960s - glass,
back to maybe the 1860s - the chair.
I've gone into the Georgian era with that little...
I think that's a joy, actually. Have a look at that.
What do you think it is?
-It's a ladle of some kind.
-Perhaps a ladle.
-A ladle for toddy.
Or we could use it for punch. But you get the picture.
I'd need a bigger ladle.
What's it made of?
This is Georgian... This is baleen with, I'd love to say, silver.
Not silver. Old Sheffield plate, bowl and mount.
What would you pay for that?
-I'll take £80.
-Your offer is 40. I'll take 40.
Because I paid 15.
-A proper antique.
-15. That's the value that's to be had.
-It's a no-brainer, this.
-It's a no-brainer.
OK, but for the audience at home,
let's find out if the auctioneer finds it a no-brainer.
Now, Charles, at last, an old-fashioned antique.
Tim, I love it, because it is, I suppose, 1780-1790.
Could be as late as 1810. But you're going back to George III, Nelson.
Just tell us about the handle. Cos that's whalebone, isn't it?
Yes, it is, Tim, whalebone. And obviously...
I think the early ones had more of a turned fruit wood handle.
I have to tell you, Laidlaw found all that for £15.
-To buy that for £15 is remarkable.
-At auction, what's it likely to bring?
Back on a wholesale market, Tim,
we're quite confident we'll steer it to perhaps between £30 and £50.
That's why Laidlaw's clever.
But on the other hand, the team may not go with it.
And that's the great excitement. We'll find out in a minute.
Thank you very much, Charles.
£40. Fair warning. 40. Yes, we are.
-How are you feeling?
-Are you? Are you confident?
-Is there anything you wish you hadn't bought?
Well, I'm going to be open-minded about the toilet.
OK, well, curiously enough, on your programme today,
we went to a museum down the road in South Derbyshire
and we looked at a whole collection of washdown lavatories.
-Made by a factory called Sharpe's.
So our audience today are well aware of the technological
advances in lavatory design displayed in your lavatory.
Because it's a classic 1880s transfer-printed washdown lavatory.
-With the siphonic action that gives it a swirl.
-So all the residual deposits are properly removed.
-Oh, my goodness!
My thoughts precisely when I saw the toilet.
When you look at your lavatory though, I have to
say that there are a few residual deposits that have not been removed.
-It's called patination.
Anyway, the first item today is going to be the spelter lamps.
He absolutely loves those. He thinks they're going to make £100-£120.
You paid 125. So you're on the cusp of making some money out of that.
And then, the bar brooch with the aquamarine. 50-70 on that.
And you paid 32.
-Anyway, first up though are your pair of lamps.
And here they come.
A really attractive pair of early-20th-century spelter bronzed
figural table lamps in the classical manner.
There they are and I'm only bid for these, straight in
I've got interest at 30, 40, 50, 60, 70. They are a wonderful pair. 70.
I'll take five. Five. 80. 85. I've got 95.
I'm out. 95 on my left. Bid me 100 now.
A bit more, a bit more.
95 I'm bid. Bid me 100 now. Fair warning. All done.
You're out online at £95.
95 he said, didn't he?
So it's minus £30. OK.
-Now, here comes the WC.
-We've got to claw it back.
Come on, toilet!
Late Victorian water closet. A lovely object. Circa 1880.
Where do we start this? It's a wonderful object.
I'm only bid here, straight in I'm bid, well...
Start me off. It's got to go. Do I see £20?
Start me off. 20, I'm out. Straight in. Five. 30. Five. 40.
-Five. One more, madam. Look at me.
-45. 50. Five.
50 I'm bid. Five. Lots of hands going up. Five. 60. Five. 70.
We made 80. We're back.
-85. 90? Are you sure?
You're sure. Thank you very much. £85. I'm asking 90.
90. Five. 100.
110. 120. Online, you're out.
I'm asking 130.
Miss Hornblower, 130.
She's come back!
-She knows her way around the lavatories
of Britain, Miss Hornblower does.
Yes! 160. 170?
Thank you very much. I'm asking 170 or I sell to John's client.
Fair warning for the first time at £160 today.
Well, how remarkable is that?! Is that not remarkable?
160. You are plus £110.
You were minus 30, which means you are plus 80.
-I can't believe it!
-£80 in profit.
-We've got the brooch.
An Edwardian nine-carat gold oval bar brooch.
With a lovely central, oval-cut aquamarine stone.
I've got £22. 25.
I'm asking now 28. £25.
-Bid me eight. £25.
It's nine carat gold. Eight. 32. I'm out.
£32. Five. Eight. 40.
Let's go. 42. Five.
-He's like a conductor.
45. 48. 50.
One more. No. 48 I'm bid. Do I see 50 now?
At £48. Fair warning. Sold.
That is plus £16. Which means you are plus £96 over all.
-What about that?
-Something else, isn't it?
-We're on a roll.
-You're on a roll.
-We've got to go for the bonus buy.
-You're going with the gong then?
Absolutely. I trust Natasha, yeah.
-I mean, you trusted her throughout.
-Are you sure?
Anyway, you're going with the bonus buy. And here it comes.
It's a wonderful object. It is a dinner gong.
The body in the form of tree branches supporting a very
large bell. And I'm only bid here £25.
That's my commission bid. I'm asking 30 for it now. 35. 40. 45. 50.
I'm out. £50 I'm bid. I'm asking five now. What a wonderful object.
£50 I'm bid.
I'm asking five now. 50. I'll take five. Who would like it?
Bid me a fiver or I sell to the man with the dog at £50.
Fair warning. All out. We are.
£50. Very good. Plus £5.
Which takes you neatly to £101 of profit.
-I'm so pleased!
-I'm thrilled for you.
-I'm still in shock.
The thing is, don't say a word to the Blues. Look a bit gloomy.
Plus £101 is a serious amount of profit. So congratulations on that.
-All will be revealed in a moment.
-You've been talking to the Reds?
-Not at all.
Well, we don't want you to. Let's just run through your items.
Now, Peter, the Burleigh Ware Art Deco jug.
-I've been very rude about that.
-But you're dressed to match it.
-I thought you would've enjoyed it.
Anyway, I've been pretty sniffy about it.
Cos I don't really like those things personally.
But Charles does. He's put £50-£80 on.
I mean, I think that's an unbelievable amount of money
for a bit of Burleigh Ware that's sparsely decorated.
Anyway, first up is going to be the Burleigh Ware jug.
Bright yellow, like me. Off we go.
Goodness me, what a wonderful object.
This is a Burgess and Lee Burleigh Ware Art Deco jug.
And I am bid here, straight in at 18, 20 and two and five. Not a lot.
Bid me 28 now. 28. 32.
I'm out. £32. Miss Hornblower. Lots of hands. Five. Eight. 40.
Dear, oh, dear, oh, dear!
50 I'm bid. Five. 60. Miss Hornblower?
Fair warning. You're out online as well. Bid me 60.
Make no mistake. At 50. £55.
Well done, Pete. £55 is plus 35.
Look at that. Now, here comes the chair.
Just have a sniff at this wonderful X-framed armchair.
It's Edwardian. It's lovely. And I'm only bid, can you believe it, £25.
That's my bid. £25. 30. I'm out.
It's a gorgeous chair. 30 I'm bid
for the Edwardian... Five. 40. Five.
50. Five. 60. Five.
Miss Hornblower again.
-She's an amazing buyer, Miss Hornblower.
Miss Hornblower? £85 I'm bid.
I'm looking for 90. What more do I see?
Fair warning. All done at £85.
OK, plus £55 on that. Which means you guys are plus £90.
And we've got a lot to go.
That oval glass bowl. You paid 40. He's only put 20-30 on it.
-I think he's wrong. I think it's worth more like £60-£90 or £70-£100.
Wow. Oh, wow.
This is a lovely Swedish Kosta Boda oval glass bowl,
by a very good designer called Goran Warff.
There it is. And I'm bid only £28.
£28 I'm bid. I'm looking for 30. 32. Five. Eight. 40. Two...
-Here we go.
Out. 45, your bid, John. Holding bid. Do I see 48 now?
45 I'm bid with your bid, John. I'm asking eight now.
45 I'm bid. I'm asking eight. Fair warning. All done.
I sell to your absentee buy, John.
Yes! That's a profit. Plus £5.
-Well done. A result there.
Kisses all round, eh? Profit on each item. Plus £95 is your total.
We're disappointed about that Kosta Boda.
-That should have cost-a a lot more.
But nevertheless, it's a profit. And that's all that matters.
What are we going to do about the toddy ladle?
-That's a no-brainer.
-We're going for it.
A wonderful whalebone twist-handled toddy ladle,
from probably circa 1780.
I've got a couple of bids here. I've got 12, 15, 18.
20 is my commission bid.
Bid me two. Two. Five. Eight.
I've got 32. I'm out.
Bid me five now. £30 I'm bid. I'm asking five now.
-It's going! It keeps going.
45. You can't leave it, Mel. But thank you ever so much.
All out. Sold to a lady in the centre at £42. All done and gone.
-45. That's plus £27, kids.
That's £122 of profit.
The 1-2-2 squadron.
How about that?! 1-2-2 squadron ought to be a winning score. OK?
Don't say a word to the Reds, and all will be revealed in a moment.
Why is it that both teams can be looking
so incredibly pleased with themselves?
-Do you suppose it's because both teams think that they've won?
Unfortunately on this programme we can only have one
team of winners and one team not of losers, but of runners up.
And it is great today to be able to say that each of our teams
have made a profit of more than £100.
Each of the teams have made a profit of more than £100.
This doesn't happen very often.
The bad luck team who are marginally behind today...
-Oh, my goodness! I can't believe it!
But the Reds go home with £101.
-Here's your £100, Jo.
-Thank you very much.
-And here comes the £1, Jo.
-Yes, thank you very much.
It was the lavatory, Steph, that made £110 of profit.
-Which transformed your chances.
-Did it not?
-It did indeed.
-And you made only one loss.
That was on those spelter lamps.
So you slightly scotched your chances with those.
But it was a magnificent effort.
And you were a great team. But not quite good enough today,
because the Blues are going home with £122.
-There we go. 120.
And here is your £2. You made £35 on that hideous yellow pot.
You made £55, as predicted, on that beautiful chair.
And then the glass bowl made a disappointing amount,
but it's still a profit.
Which means that you are eligible, as you have made a profit on each
item, to enter the ancient and noble order of the golden gavel.
Oh, yes! APPLAUSE
Now replaced by a pin made in Taiwan.
Anyway, there we go. Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
Tim Wonnacott and the Bargain Hunt teams are at Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair. As the reds and blues scour one of Europe's largest antique fairs, they are guided through the stalls by experts Paul Laidlaw and Natasha Raskin, who attempt to make them a profit.