Antiques show. Europe's largest antiques fair - Newark - provides the hunting ground, as Natasha Raskin and Paul Laidlaw offer their expertise to the red and the blue teams.
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We're in Nottinghamshire today
at the Newark International Antiques and Collectors Fair.
There's no excuses for our teams today, because...
there are 2,500 stalls here for them to choose from.
Let's go bargain hunting!
This site truly is huge -
84 acres in total, of which over seven acres
are under cover inside.
Coming up on today's show, the Reds are jumping for joy.
Whilst the Blues are taking the strategic approach.
You said to me early on,
-"We're going to go in quick and buy something cheap."
Well, on today's programme we've got a couple of couples.
For the Reds we've got Helena and David
and for the Blues we've got Nick and Linda.
How did you two meet?
We met at Sutton House in Hackney.
I was a conservation intern
-and David was a conservation volunteer, weren't you?
So I was in charge of him.
And you took one look at him and you thought,
"I think I could conserve this one."
-Over a Worcester tea service.
-Is that what it was?
-You were cleaning it at the time, were you?
So is this essentially a National Trust-led profession,
or will you come and do conservation for any old bod?
I actually work at Tatton Park in the mansion there
-monitoring the collection.
-All that gorgeous Gillow furniture?
Are you a collector, Helena?
I am, I like to do myself as a collector.
-What do you collect?
-I collect Russian lacquer boxes,
but I'm more interested
in the actual pictures on the surface of the boxes.
-So, you like those little boxes.
Will you be buying them today on Bargain Hunt when you get a chance?
I'll be looking for some Russian pieces, definitely.
Now, David, when you're not struggling away and fretting
about all this history, what do you do to relax?
Well, I have a particular technique for dealing with all of that stress.
I do Kundalini yoga.
Do you? What's Kundalini Joker?
Well, yoga which most people know, of the hatha type,
is holding positions and so forth.
-Yeah, lotus position!
-That's one of those.
I know about that...
Have you tried that one?
What, lotus position? A few years ago!
I don't think I'd be flexible enough now.
But tell us about this... What is it?
-Oh, Kundalini yoga. Very good.
It focuses on movement, so it's not about holding a position,
it's about actual movement and breath.
Cos once you're happy in yourself then you're not so worried
about what you look like or how fat you are or things like that.
No need to be personal!
So once you deal with the mental state,
-the physical state will follow.
Well, I suggest if you get a bit stressed out today
with the shopping, you just have a quick lie down.
Sounds like the business, really. I could do with some of that.
Anyway, very good, and good luck, team.
Now, Linda, you have been working in a very challenging field
and it's nothing to do with agriculture.
I've been a social worker for 22 years now.
But for the last five years I've been a social work consultant
with Sheffield City Council.
Basically, what that means is that I'm responsible for mentoring
and supporting social workers in their first year of practice
-just out of training.
-They really need help.
Yeah, a lot of handholding cos it's a very stressful job.
Now, Nick, it says here that you're a no-nonsense presenter.
What does that mean?
Well, absolutely, Tim.
Nick's No-nonsense Review is something we set up,
-not because we're simply bluff Yorkshire people.
We've done it because we wanted to address all the nonsense
that is spoken about the caravan industry
by certain groups of people.
So, you take a few trips in your caravan, do you?
-Very regularly, at least once a month.
-Where do you go?
-Well, all over the place,
but we've taken to France.
And, of course, the French take caravanning
quite seriously, don't they?
I mean, a campsite is a campsite in France.
It's a luxury standard, too.
Anyway, I think you're going to do very well on the programme today
and I wish both our teams the very best of luck.
Here's your £300, £300 apiece.
You know the rules, your experts await, and off you go!
And very, very, very, very good luck.
I think I could do with a bit of yoga myself.
With only an hour to shop,
I don't really think there'll be anyone lying down on the job today.
Helping the Reds put a spin on things is Natasha Raskin.
Keeping his eyes on the scoreboard for the Blues is Paul Laidlaw.
History, conservation - that's your world, so what are you thinking?
I am so excited.
I am looking for something Art Deco, maybe Nouveau,
something sculptural and visually appealing,
and I'm going to go with my gut instinct.
OK, and Russia is your bag but, David, what's yours?
Well, I think my role here is really to hold the purse strings.
No-nonsense - is this my clue to your negotiating technique?
-What, is he scary?
-Er, he can be, yeah.
-Should I be?
-It's her you need to be scared of.
Well, we will see, because that hangar over there
is full of treasure and we're going to go find it. Come on.
Well, we all know our roles, so let's get on our way.
That's it then, teams, the clock has started.
With an hour to go, the race is on.
I just saw it out of the corner of my eye when we came in.
I absolutely love it.
-Oh, my goodness.
-I think it's stunning.
Are you sure you don't just want to clean it?
-Because it is a bit grubby.
-We can clean that, though.
I'd like to do a time check,
we're four seconds off the block, that's amazing!
OK, so you clocked that straight away.
It's typical Victorian, isn't it?
Look at how ornate it is.
It's almost like a fancy piece of Kings patterned silver or something.
It's not silver, though, is it?
-No, it's spelter.
-It is spelter.
-Spelter and copper.
And we know it's copper cos it's oxidised a little,
so it's gone the way that domes go on libraries and things,
that greeny colour.
But I love the ornate feel of it.
It's typical Victorian.
It does have, actually, thinking that you love Russian,
-it's got that real heady sort of feel to it, doesn't it?
165 I saw there when you flashed the tag -
it is quite a lot, but shall we get a feel of it?
-Shall we see if it's a big lump?
-Can I lift it?
there's probably the odd one or two, you know, defects there
but I think overall it's in good condition,
considering the age, as well.
I didn't see, just when you turned it round here,
we've got almost like a sort of...
-It almost like a religious figure.
-A King or a Bishop, isn't it?
Yeah, something like that, so someone in high office, anyway.
And, also, you've got these typical Victorian
kind of Gothic revival, grotesque lions on the side here.
-It's quite desirable.
-Mmm, it is quite desirable.
The style is good, you know, it's a kind of stand-out piece, isn't it?
To be honest with you, I think 165 is very punchy.
I'd be looking for it to get to around £100 at the auction.
So, I think that, you know, we're sort of in the territory
where we want to make the price that is lower than the asking price.
But you were excited, I love the fact that we had...
I'm out of breath! So, it's up to you.
If you want to do some negotiating we could ask kindly.
I'd like to.
OK, I think, Helen, this is very much yours,
-so what are you thinking?
-Are you willing to come down for 100?
-You want it for 100?
-Go on, you can do it for 100.
-This is very much your piece, so...
-I love it.
Thank you very much. OK.
Wow, that was fast off the blocks!
A salad bowl and server. Quite nice, actually, yeah, OK.
-No price on it, must be free.
-If only life was like that!
They're a wee bit old hat.
It looks like yesterday's antique to me.
I couldn't have put it better.
So, does that damn it to us?
-I think it might.
-I think it does, yeah.
So, I guess that's a no then, Blues,
but the Reds are already eyeing up a second item.
I would put something in the high tens,
something like 60 to 80 on it.
If we get a mad price from the dealer
then we know it's older than it is.
You're going to have to get a good price then, Reds.
-I paid £250 for it. So I would like a profit.
Sadly, it's not going to be today, is it?!
Well, you never know, it's not over yet, but it's not going to be us.
But thank you so much for all of your wisdom.
It is no good having expensive tastes on this show.
Natasha, move them on.
And come on, Blues, the clock's ticking.
-Just wondering about that, it's silver.
It seems to suggest it is, but I've not seen a hallmark.
-Yeah, there's the hallmark.
-Yes, it's got London marks.
It's a trinket box, that's all it is.
-It's got an initial on it, but...
-I like the form.
I like this dish top and the oval section of the dish top.
The lid closes well...
A few dings on the site there, Paul, just there.
There are and, in fairness, there's no meat to it.
I think a it's priced very reason... Is that the price?
-That is the price.
-Yeah, it's very reasonably priced.
You want to take that home, frankly.
Silver traders are harsh.
They're going to weigh it and value it on that basis.
The price is just a bit too high to get a profit.
Let me show you something that might be closer to sexy.
Silver buttons, Art Nouveau influenced
and presumably of that period.
They're sweet. Five of those are priced up at £68.
No, you know, these people are pricing fairly,
I think that's reasonable.
-BUT it's reasonable for you to take home and enjoy.
You take it to option and try to turn up profit,
they're worth £40-£60.
I mean, it really is fairly priced, but is it us here and now?
I don't know.
While the Blues stand and debate, the Reds are motoring on.
These wee salon sofas are absolutely gorgeous.
I mean, it is just joyful, isn't it?
-Do you mind if we have a look?
-No, you help yourself.
Thank you very much.
I mean I'd be looking for a nice hallmark on this,
so let's see...
I think it's English hallmarks.
What would be your best price on that?
-No lower than 70?
-No, I'm sorry.
-No lower than 70.
I mean, it's something to think about.
We've got absolutely gorgeous motifs all over the little sofa.
It's got the beautiful Queen Anne style legs,
so it really is just a beautiful thing.
We've got a very clear maker's mark, Levi & Salaman.
We've got the assay mark, the Birmingham anchor mark,
we've got the date, it's all clear,
this hasn't been rubbed away.
So, well over 100 years old and in absolutely perfect condition.
It's a really tricky one.
I would ask you to think about it and, you know, discuss it, perhaps.
My advice is that we're moving on to a price there
I think the auction estimate would be something like 40-60, or 50-70.
I am tempted not to, but I think maybe we need to.
-Then that's two down.
-I think so, as well.
-I think maybe we take the risk.
Come on, then. It's the end of the day, we'll go for it.
-You want to go for it?
OK, thank you very much, we'll take that then.
Thank you very much, cheers.
Right, OK, £70. Done.
Thank you. We can go and have a sit down.
No, we can't, cos we've got one more thing to buy!
But that is better than still having all three to buy, like the Blues.
I don't think they've moved off that stall yet.
What's the story with the perfume with the watch holder in the lid?
Is it as good as it looks?
DEALER: I've dated it. It is 1903.
But the watch doesn't work.
That's rather smart, isn't it?
It's a nice piece.
In its favour, it cries out quality.
It cries out originality, as well.
It's not another grenade-form perfume.
-It's unusual, isn't it?
-It has this novelty feature.
It could appeal to multiple markets -
the silver buyer,
the private buyer because it's a sexy thing,
make a nice gift, a treat to yourself,
watch collector? Why not?
And it's a lot of money.
The price has given me heart failure.
But, but, but, you've got to ask. Is there a trade price on that?
Give me £200.
You said to me early on,
"We're going to go in quick and we're going to buy something cheap."
-It's just a lot of money.
-It's an awful lot of the budget.
I mean, I think if it was one 180 I would be happier.
Oh, you're committing now! You're starting to talk...
Be careful! Yeah, yeah.
That's a bridge too far for me, but have a think about it.
My feeling is I don't mind taking a risk,
as long as it's a reasonable risk,
and I just wonder what kind of deal we'd get for all three.
HE SUCKS HIS TEETH
All chips in!
-Double or quits, yeah.
-Oh, my word.
Well, I like the way you think.
It would work for us if, as a portfolio,
in some way we took the risk out of that
by these being priced competitively.
Goodness, a portfolio - that's a first!
Could these be sold at, I mean, scrap,
to seal a deal and balance the risk?
So that's 55..
I'd do those for 100 for the two items.
Even if we buy that, they're they still have to be 100?
Let's have a look.
280. That's it.
Don't say it like that, I hate finality!
No, it's easy to do.
-Cos I can sell it some other day.
-You can, I know that.
There's no more give at all?
DEALER: I've got no more, I've given as much as I can give.
It's up to you. I think what'll happen
if you spend 280, you'll get 280.
I mean, it's obviously your decision.
How do you feel? Do you want to walk away?
We've only spent 20-odd minutes.
-I think we need to look.
Yeah, I think we can always come back.
If they've gone, they've gone, but...
-You don't look so certain!
I know why you're saying that. Shall we?
Let's have a look. We've got 40 minutes yet.
Man, that was close!
While our teams are up to their ears in shopping,
I've had a little find of my own.
So, what have we got 'ere?
Well, if you were a medical student, your professor would produce this
and he says, "What you need to do is to make an incision
"and then rip the ear open
"and proceed through the ear 'ole tunnel
"into the labyrinth of chambers inside to do your operation
"to remove the mastoid bone."
This object, when it becomes redundant
from a teaching hospital in Hungary,
finds its way to Newark and becomes a collectable.
Now, if you had a nasty skin complaint,
in which case one of these would be handy.
Another plaster of Paris model, this time coloured
and moulded perfectly to represent your skin.
But if you decided that you wanted to go to school
to learn about moo-cows and maybe become a vet,
then one of these is pretty important.
This represents the bit that dangles from underneath the moo-cow.
We have four teats,
and if you're of a squeamish disposition
because you're watching this at lunchtime,
you might like to avert your eyes, because on the back side
we have the partly dissected
inside of the teats.
I think these are joyous objects.
Why? Because they're wacky.
But who would possibly want to buy
these redundant veterinary and medical models?
Well, they'll make your friends laugh or recoil in horror.
What would these cost you, these models,
all the way from an eastern European teaching hospital?
Well, the ear 'ole could be yours for £40,
and the epidermis could be yours for £20.
But the teats - that's an UDDER matter.
They'd cost you £40.
For the four.
Let's drop in on the Blues.
Perhaps the Reds are having more joy.
-I quite like this one here.
-Really? I don't.
If the enamel, if we have a look at it,
if the enamel's in good condition, if it's a lovely box
and if we've maybe got nice lining inside,
-what a gorgeous little item.
-Shall we have a look inside if we can?
Beautifully lined in velvet.
-Is this appealing to your...
Yeah, it really is beautiful.
But we don't know the price and we don't have a lot of money left.
-Maybe it will be disappointing then.
-The price is £350.
-Oh! My goodness!
Well, even if you were to shave off half of that
we wouldn't be able to afford it.
That's out of their league.
But, back to the Blues - they're up to something.
If we pop back now while we still have a bit of time,
what about that?
Then he hasn't got us over a barrel.
He does. He knows, come on.
If you were playing cards with us now, you'd know you had us.
All right, well...
-I tell you what, we have got 20 minutes.
This is the time to make the decision
to go and offer him the 270, and if he won't take it...
..we've still got 20 minutes, and we can be honest with him, be straight.
Do you want to do that and we'll keep looking?
And if you come on fingers and say, "I've bought it, are we happy?"
-Yeah, we'll go with that.
-OK, I'll do that.
-But, if not, we've still got options.
-Still got 20 minutes.
You guys keep looking. Great plan, Paul, I'll go and do that.
We'll be roughly here.
Good tactics, guys.
So, what are we looking for whilst we've not got much time left?
-I fancy a piece of glassware.
-Maybe, ideally, a piece of Lalique.
Well, how did I know, knowing your penchant for luxury items?!
Or maybe some cranberry glass would be beautiful. A nice vase...
Probably Victorian cranberry glass is a lot more in our price range
than a fancy bit of French Lalique, so let's get looking for it,
because people are going to start wrapping them up.
While Natasha reins in the Reds,
Nick's trying to pull off the deal for the Blues.
They're still looking, so before we end up at panic stations,
if you would do for 270 I'll shake now.
270 cash and I'll shake right now.
I want to do it now before any panic sets in.
270 and we've got a deal.
-Right now we'll do it, while we've still got time.
-Yeah, go on, then.
270, it's a deal.
-Well done, yeah.
Well, what can I say? They had me over a barrel.
Brother, you did it!
Well, we'll see at the auction.
Yeah, we will.
Talk about the tortoise and the hare.
It's anyone's guess which team will end up at the winning post.
-You like the figure?
-OK, so let's have a little look.
So what have we got?
So it's pretty heavy. I think it's probably bronze.
-So it's a Bergman blackamoor figure.
It's patinated bronze.
-Are we making a decision? We've just got to go for it.
-I like him.
-Let's see if we can get 80.
-I think so.
-I think at £85 it's a little bit expensive.
-We don't have much time to think about it.
-Let's try and get it down.
-I'll see what I can do.
-Before you go, I'd like a price on this one.
I really like this Russian Orthodox box.
OK, let's have a look. It is marked down as Russian.
It's a nice bit of poker-work. I like it. Boxes are good.
OK, I'm coming back with two prices.
Seriously, guys, we've only got moments left.
-Time to make a decision.
-OK, I've got two prices.
-I've got 75 on our Bergman figure and I've got 30 on our box.
Which, although Russian in feel, is actually Iranian but it's Eastern.
-It's a beautiful thing.
-I think boxes are hotter than potentially not bronze.
-Shall we do it?
-£30, let's do it.
-£30 and probably about 30 seconds left.
We got there. High-fives all round. Thank you so much.
That's it. Time's up. Let's check out what the Red Team bought.
You're not getting "board", are you?
Huh, within minutes,
they spent £100 on this Victorian, Renaissance style ewer.
They then spent £70 on the tiny, hallmarked, silver sofa.
And with just 30 seconds to go,
they splashed out £30 on the decorated box.
-Well, you look very happy.
-Tell me, which is your favourite piece?
I think the jug from the start, the bronze and spelter jug.
That's your favourite?
-That's my favourite.
-Do you agree, David?
My favourite... No, no, no. My favourite is the Iranian box.
-Which we bought right at the very end.
Is that going to bring the biggest profit, your Iranian box?
-I think so.
-Do you agree with that?
-I agree with that.
-Oh, lovely, we are of one mind,
-which is good. And what did you spend in toto?
-We spent £200.
That's a lovely amount. I feel it's a lovely amount,
-don't you? I feel it's an auspicious amount.
OK, £200, I'd like £100 of leftover money, please.
Thank you very much. Thank you. I'll grab that away.
I won't count it because I trust you.
And it goes straight over to Raskin.
-And goodness only knows what she's going to do with that!
That was mad!
We had all the time in the world and then, no time at all.
So I'm going to take my time to try
and find something great for you guys.
You deserve it. It was brilliant.
OK, well, that's a nice send off, isn't it?
Well, off you trot to do that. Have a nice cuppa tea, teams.
Meanwhile were going to check out
what the Blue Team bought, aren't we? Yeah!
They sniffed out the Edwardian scent bottle for £180.
This set of five Arts and Crafts buttons cost them £45.
And they spent another £45 on the silver lidded trinket box.
Would you say that you were obsessed by silver items, or what?
-It wasn't the plan.
Not the plan at all.
And I said, "I'm certainly not spending over 100 quid on anything."
-And how much did you spend?
Like I say, it's not the plan, is it? Anyway good for you.
-So £30 of leftover lolly, please.
-There you go.
-Let's hope that
the silver is going to go well in the auction,
otherwise you're in trouble. Super.
Which is your favourite piece?
I think it has to be the box. I really like the shape of that.
-So box for you. And your favourite piece?
I think it's a real quality item.
And will it bring the biggest profit?
It'll either be the biggest profit or the worst defeat on record.
Oh, well, that takes us somewhere, doesn't it?
Which is going to bring the biggest profit, do you think?
-I think it could be the box.
-Do you reckon?
Well hang in there. And with 30 paltry pounds...
But it's not the number of pounds
it's what you find with it, isn't it?
Isn't it just?
I think I need to find something that's a fail-safe.
With the shopping all done and dusted, it's time for the auction.
Well, isn't this lovely.
We're in Etwall in Derbyshire, just outside Derby,
and we're with Charles Hanson.
-How are you, Charles?
-Long time, no see, Tim.
Long time, no see but it's cracking to be here.
Now, for these Reds, what about
that weird, Gormenghastian type ewer?
Tim, I think it's what you might call a statement piece.
And if you are quite haunted and Gothic inspired,
and you might perhaps wear black, it's something which might just
spook your interior and give it a real affection.
Although it looks reproduction, I think
-it's of the late 19th-century and probably Germanic.
It's come from Austria,
-one of those mad castles with Ludwig of Bavaria.
Good. OK, we like that
but it should be one of a pair and on its own, how much?
-Tim, I've guided it to fetch between 60 and £80.
-They paid £100. I think they played the ton and they paid plenty.
But there we go.
From the sublime to the ridiculous
because that little, miniature sofa is a beautifully crafted
-piece of silver, isn't it?
-You almost go from that, as you say,
"garish" to the petite and the beautiful.
And this, obviously,
is a beautiful, Edwardian, miniature salon sofa in silver of that
heightened Rococo feel, made by Levi and Salaman of Birmingham.
And it's beautifully hallmarked.
And you get the internet interest
because it's small and can be mailed easily
around the world. I mean, all that's good, isn't it?
-OK, how much, Charles?
Our guide price, I think we've been a bit cautious,
is between £30 and £50.
Is that all? For solid silver?!
-Mm. It's quite light though.
-Oh, quite light.
The team paid £70 and I personally would be very disappointed
-if it didn't get close to that.
I think you might do by the time you've tempted them, Charles.
The last object, though, this poker-worked,
polychrome, little coffer, where do you think that's come from?
It has that sort of Eastern look about it, that folk art,
and you tend to think maybe Bulgaria, Hungary, that region,
and I'd have thought, Tim, probably age wise 1920s-'30s.
-I think it's a nice interwar object.
Again we're being quite cautious.
We have guided it between £30 and £40.
I don't think that's cautious. I think that spot-on.
They paid 30.
If you can get anything more than 30, they'll be jumping up and down.
Overall, though, it looks slightly dodgy, in which case
they may need their bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
-Now, Helena and David, this is exciting, isn't it?
You spent £200, which is a good number.
You gave Natasha £100, Which is good number.
What did you spend it on, Natasha?
-Well, I spent it on a...
..late-Victorian, double cornucopia vase.
Oh, do you know, I thought of you both?
I thought of stately homes
and I thought of something that just packs a punch
but is also quite discreet, that you would have on the mantelpiece.
-Which you put flowers in here?
-It is a vase, yes, yes.
The thing about it is quite often you do see them with no adornments,
but they are chic if they have nice arrangements in them as well.
They are officially vases but quite often, especially ones like this
that are double, quite often just doing the talking all on their own.
It's not really my type of thing but it's quite interesting.
These are lovely, that the little rams' heads. So, is it Victorian?
I don't think it is a repro, later 20th-century piece.
My gut feeling is that it is period, and I love it.
I really, really love it.
Doesn't look like it's been used even.
No, somebody's been too terrified to even touch it
until Natasha came along.
And here we are. And now it's bobbing around like a good 'un.
-How much did you spend?
-What you think, Natasha?
I spent £40 on it, which is not small change, as you know.
But I do think that it has a fighting chance.
The fact that it's a double vase might well
double our chances of making a profit on it.
-Would you pay £40 for it?
Honestly, I wouldn't.
And David doesn't really like it
and 'er indoors wouldn't pay the money for it.
-But apart from that, everything's going...
-I do love it.
I thought I was going to have you swooning over this.
I thought, "National Trust. Yes." Oh, my goodness!
You put your trust in me, maybe it was the wrong idea,
-but I hope it does well for you.
Anyway, we shall see.
Right, now though let's find out what the auctioneer
thinks about Natasha's little vases.
-OK, Charles, there's an unusual object.
-It is, Tim, isn't it?
You see these cornucopia vases individually on a plaque.
I don't think I've ever seen to join together
on a porcelain plaque, have you?
No, Tim, you're quite right.
In style it's what we call the Rococo revival,
originally made probably 1820, 1830 and then
revised by the likes of Copeland or Minton in the 1880s-1900 period.
I suppose it's that age. What I love are these rams' heads -
that great neoclassical motif -
and they've got that lovely burnished, worn look about them.
Nice object, Tim.
I think it's worth today at auction between £30, £40 £50.
OK, well, Natasha paid £40. I think she's been very cunning with that.
I can see it making 70 or 80, quite frankly. I think it's quite unusual.
Now, I'll push that carefully, look, to the front.
And moving on from the Reds, we're coming to the Blues, look.
And you've got the scent bottle -
that green scent bottle - which has an unusual feature, doesn't it?
it is unusual because the way the silver plaques were applied
you tend to think, "Gosh, did they always belong on there?"
They are embellished in a fairly ad hoc way.
But William Comyns a wonderful maker.
But what is really unusual, Tim, is, when you open the lid up,
you've got this very peculiar pocket watch stand
within the actual lid of the hinged cover.
So I suspect that, rather than being a scent bottle,
it could be an inkwell.
-And a desk piece for a gentleman.
-Or a lady.
-It's a nice thing.
-Tim, it's frivolous.
-You've got a couple in a parkland setting. It's very romantic.
-And you love the romantic.
-I do, Tim.
How much do you like that?
Our guide price is between £150 and £200.
OK. Spot-on. £180 they paid.
They spent their money, they took a chance and, as we know,
Charles, he who dares sometimes wins.
Exactly. Life in the short-term, yes.
Moving on them, you got the Arts and Crafts buttons.
They're not too tinny and weren't we elegant back then?
-You still carry that on, the elegance and...
-..sophistication in dress - wearing the fob chain.
-Today we don't tend to wear them, these wonderful buttons.
And it should be an inspiration for fashion designers to go and buy
these things up and stitch them onto some of their bespoke clothes.
-They definitely are wonderful accessories.
-And Birmingham 1901 -
-the dawn of the 20th century, as well.
-How much in the auction?
Because it's really missing one to make the set of six - there's
only five - we put a guide price on of between £40 and £60.
OK, £45 paid.
Which just illustrates that they're jolly cheap.
we've got the rather intriguing shaped little trinket box.
Tim, it is a peculiar shape,
and the way that lid is slightly concave, you tend to think,
"Gosh, could it be a big, overgrown snuffbox?"
And do you know what, it came out of a dressing table set?
If you look at the shape of that, it is EXACTLY the shape
-of an ivory topped hairbrush.
-How many hairbrushes have we seen like that?
-Exactly. You're right.
So what you've got is a case
that had half a dozen ivory topped hairbrushes in
and the shape of the silver boxes is to mirror the hairbrush.
I couldn't quite picture it
-but you've pictured it for me.
-That is it.
Mappin & Webb, they were great makers, weren't they?
Absolutely. They were formed way back in 1774. What a great object.
OK, how much?
-Our guide price for the auction will be between £40 and £60.
Well, we'll soon find out, whether this rich treasure
of silver that the Blue Team plumped for is going to pay off or not.
And in case not, let's go and check out their bonus buy.
Right, Nick, Linda, excitement. You spent very well.
You spent 270. You gave your man £30.
Paul Laidlaw, what did you spend it on?
I spent it on, I'm sorry to say, MORE silver!
What is it with us and silver today?
-There you go. Look at that.
-It's a pendant necklace, clearly.
Have you ever seen one like that?
The central element is an Imperial German Iron Cross.
After the Victoria Cross,
-is that the most famous gallantry award in the world?
-It's going to date to the 1914-18 war era.
And it was bought by some German soldier for his sweetheart or wife.
-Go on, how much did it cost?
-I blew the lot.
-It cost me £30.
-But then you only had the £30.
Can you believe you can buy that for £30?
-I think you've done really well there.
-How would you value it?
-It's got to be worth £30-£50.
-It's got to be worth that.
You've got your prediction. It's an ace object, he says.
Why don't we find out right now
whether it gets the AWARD from our auctioneer today?
There you go, Charles.
This is a typical bit of bonus buying from the Laidlaw.
It's an object which obviously has emotion
because it captures obviously what, in current interests,
is from the First World War - but on the other side.
And the equivalent exists in the UK.
-So, I guess that's the same in Germany.
It's 800 standard, isn't it? So that is continental.
It's stamped 800, Tim.
I've never seen one before and it's a very interesting
keepsake which would have been retained within Germany and somehow
has come over here, perhaps with a relation.
So, what's your estimate, then?
It's an interesting object because the market for
militaria and regalia really is very buoyant at the moment.
We've put a guide price on of between 30 and 50.
-It could really motor.
Well, Paul Laidlaw was only given £30 of leftover lolly.
He's blown the lot.
All £30 on it. He clearly rates it,
so it'll be interesting to see if the team go with it.
-Thank you, Charles.
-Tim, a pleasure.
-Now, Helena and David, this is exciting, isn't it?
-It certainly is.
I think we have to be positive. All right, you spent £200.
You were brave, you were big, you were strong, you deserve to do well.
Your first item, which is the ewer, is coming up now.
Is a mid-to-late-Victorian copper and spelter overlaid ewer.
There we are. It's grotesque,
but that's a term of endearment. I haven't seen one before.
-I bid £20. That's my bid.
-On, come on. Come on!
20 I'm bid, but it is period. I'm asking five. Come on!
What an object! 20. I'll take 2. 22 I'm bid. I'm out. 5. 8. 30?
Are you sure, sir?
I'm asking 30.
-Come on, internet.
-You're all out.
-Oh, no, I can't bear it.
I shall say, going, going, Oh, dear, gone.
OK, fine. That's 2 off 30. That's -72.
That's quite a big old wodge, that,
--72, but still we can claw it back.
-We will. Come on.
Let's claw it back with the sofa. Let's be positive.
Little silver sofa. It really is sweet, from 1907.
I'm bid, straight in I've a couple of commission birds,
I've got 22,
25, 28, 30, and 2, 5, 8, 42, 5...
-45, that's a bit more like it.
-..Bid me 50 now.
45. 50. Online, do I see 5 now?
55 rest of the world. Derbyshire 60?
-60, online? Do I see 5 now?
-Come on, Derbyshire.
-60, I'll come to the room first. £60?
£60 the lady on the second row. 5 online. 70?
-Yes. Yes. Come on. Come on.
-Are you sure?
-Oh, go on. Go on.
-On the net £65.
-Mrs Cox, bid me 70, why not? 70 I'm bid.
Five online now? Make a name, online. Come on, bid me a fiver.
-Or I sell at £70.
-Well done. Wiped its face. Very good.
Coming up for you now is a very, very nice Eastern box.
Full of charm. It's what we call "folk art".
Circa 1910 to 20, and I'm bid nothing. Please start me off.
Do I see £15? Surely £15?
15. How much? 5. £5.
Thanks for coming(!) Oh, well. Five pounds. Any more? Five pounds.
Thanks. Eight. Ten.
12. 15? She's out. £12.
-15. 18. 20. 2?
-He's on 22. Oh, come on.
-At £20. Gone.
-Sold it for £20.
Which is, I'm afraid, -£10.
-72 before. You're now -82
-So what are we going to do about the double cornucopia vase?
-We have to go for it.
-We have to go with it.
-We're going with it now.
-It's our only hope. It's our only hope.
-Yes, we're going with that.
So, we're going with the double cornucopia?
-OK, are we going to do that?
-Are you happy? OK.
The decision is made.
And here it comes, the bonus buy. Here we go.
Wonderful late-Victorian, maybe Edwardian, double cornucopia vase.
I've got interest here. Straight in at £20. It's very unusual this.
-20. Bid me
-2. Go on.
20 I'm bid. What a fine object. 20 I'm only bid. Bid me 2 now.
-One more do I see?
-Why's it so low?
-Going once, going twice. All done.
So it sold for £20.
Which means you're -£20, which means you are -102.
-Oh, my goodness.
You never know, that might be a winning score
so don't say a word to the Blues, all right?
-You've been so brave, you two.
-We have, haven't we?
It must be the yoga.
-Are you happy?
Well that's marvellous. I'm pleased to see you're happy.
-Have you chatted anything through with the Reds?
-Nothing at all.
OK, fine. Your first lot is coming up now. Here it comes.
Probably an inkwell or maybe a scent bottle. It has a dual purpose.
I got for commission bids. I can start this is at 160, 170,
-..220 I'm bid.
Bid me 230.
230. 240. Online, bid me 250. I've got 260.
-Internet, bid me 270
-That's marvellous, isn't it?
-It's a warm feeling, isn't it?
-It's a very rare object.
We sell this lot, make no mistake, at £270, all done and gone.
-Yes, well done.
-That is marvellous. That is +£90.
Nice work. Straight up and no worries.
Well done, Paul, that was a good spot.
Now, here we come with the buttons.
We have five wonderful, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, silver buttons.
I've got 18, 20, 2, and 5, 25, 8 and 30. Bid me five.
35. 8. 40. Internet, 5 do I see?
-40. I'm asking 5 now. Online? You're out.
-Go, Charles. Go, Charles.
Make no mistake, the lady is in at £40. Fair warning. Yes, we are.
-Oh, bad luck. That's -£5. So close.
-Close, but no cigar.
OK, here we go. Here comes the trinket box.
A very nice Edwardian
silver, importantly it's made by Mappin & Webb, 1906.
Bid me 40 now. It's solid silver. 45. 50. 50, I'm out.
I'm asking five now.
You're all right. You're all right.
5 I'll take. £50. 5 online.
5? Back in a sec, sir. 5. 60?
5 online. You're first, sir. 5? "No," he says. At £65.
Going, all done, at £65.
Selling. Yes, we are. Sold.
£65 is +£20. You had £90.
Less the £5 of losses is +105.
-Happy with that?
-I have to say I do feel good.
-That's pretty good, isn't it?
What are you going to do about the pendant? The Iron Cross?
-We've had a tip, trust in Paul.
-TIP, trust in Paul.
That's a very good by-line, isn't it?
Well, there we go. All right, you're going to do it?
-I think we should do it. Do you?
-I think we should go for it.
I hope that trust won't be misplaced. I'm sure it won't.
Anyway, that's your decision.
-Trust in Paul?
-That's your tip?
Everybody happy? Happy to go with the bonus buy.
Thank you very much and here it comes.
Interesting World War I silver enamelled Iron Cross pendant.
There we are. 18. The net's going wild. I've got 20, 2, 5, 30.
Online, bid me 5.
-Yeah, look at this.
-Online 40. 5. 50. 5. 60.
No, the man on the aisle is in. I sell to you sir. I'm asking 60.
60, Miss Hornblower. I've got you. 60. 5? Look at me, sir,
one for the road.
5. 70. 5. Are you sure? Well, thank you ever so much, sir.
70 I'm bid. Do I see 5 now?
Fair warning. All done. I sell to a lady at £70. All out.
-£70. That's +£40.
-Well done you.
-A good team that.
-£40 profit. Well done, Paul Laidlaw.
I feel like awarding you the Iron Cross.
Anyway, perfect stuff.
That means overall you are +£145, which is folding money.
Don't say a word to the Reds
and everything will be revealed in a moment. Well done, team. Super.
-Well done, Paul. Thank you.
-Nice one. Yeah.
Well, well, well. This has been an amazing programme. Had fun?
I mean, AMAZING!
Talk about poles apart.
I cannot remember a programme
where the poles have been further separated.
And I'm afraid in the non-profit pole, the prize has to go today...
to the Red Team,
who've managed to lose £102.
-Oh-ho-ho... There's no point in rubbing it in, is there?
Pretty difficult to lose that amount of money.
Well, no, not on this programme it's not.
-We made it look easy.
-Not at all.
The closest you got to anything was a wiped face
and there's nothing shameful in that.
But apart from that, I see no point in picking over this corpse.
-It doesn't really matter, does it?
It's a question of taking yourself,
-David, to another plane, right...
..very successfully. And you had a good time, yes?
-Seriously, joking apart, we've loved having you on the show.
And thank you for coming. The victors today go home with £145!
-Oh, my goodness.
And that is why the poles are far apart on this programme today.
£145 is a phenomenal profit and well done.
-Did you enjoy it, Nick?
Linda, what are you going to spend the money on?
Oh, it'll buy a few pints down the pub.
That's the RIGHT answer!
such fun. Join as soon for some more bargain-hunting. Yes?
Europe's largest antiques fair - Newark - provides the hunting ground for Bargain Hunters in this episode.
Natasha Raskin and Paul Laidlaw offer their expert help to the red and the blue teams, who hope to make a profit at auction from their three items.
Tim Wonnacott, who has his ear to the ground at the fair, finds some unusual medical models.