Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott and the team visit the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. Jonathan Pratt and Caroline Hawley hand out expert advice to the reds and the blues.
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Today, the show comes to you from north of the border.
We are in Edinburgh.
They are a top lot around here, I can tell you,
and gagging to do some decent deals.
So, let's not mess about...
Let's go Bargain Hunting, yeah!
Today, we are at the Royal Highland Centre,
and more specifically,
the Lowland Hall.
And with 4,200 metres for our teams to trot around,
there are bound to be some highs and lows on today's show.
Coming up, the Blues have drawn up an item hit list.
Knocked two things off the list. Not too bad.
This is Wemyss ware here.
That was on our list, wasn't it? Yeah, you had that on the list?
But at the auction, it's the Reds that are all smiles.
?80, you've doubled your money. Look at those girls!
Which of our teams will come out on top?
Let's get acquainted, shall we?
Well, we are all frightfully pally on today's programme because,
for the Reds, we have a team of best friends - Marie and Linda -
and for the Blues, we have a mother
and daughter combo who are also very good friends - Claire and Jean.
Hello, everyone. TEAMS: Hello.
Good. Now, Marie, you have known each other for 30 years?
And you met in kindergarten. I wish.
Linda was a teenager and I was just...
just a little bit older than that.
But, yes, we met working in Paisley, on the west of Scotland.
We worked for a company that employed people to go
and work in Saudi Arabia to build a city in the desert.
And who's teaching what the local protocols are?
The burqa, when to say hello...
That was my department's responsibility, yeah.
So we had to learn quite a lot about it. I bet you did.
And then try and explain it to a whole series of tradesmen,
really, who were going to be there for six months to a year.
Exactly. Linda, we are doubly blessed in having you today
because you have travelled all the way from London. Yes.
That's where you work, is it? I do work in London, yes.
What do you do there?
I work for a city think tank. I'm the office manager there,
so I do everything from filing, account, payroll...
Just make sure everybody...
You're keeping all the big thinkers on track, are you? Yes, I am.
So, how are you going to beat these Blues, then, today?
We are going to buy cheap, sell high. Are you? Maybe.
Have you consulted the think tank about this?
What does the think tank have to say?
They'd have charged us far too much for that.
However it works out, you'll have a great time, I hope.
Now, the competition.
Claire, it says here that you are a bit of a singer. Yes, yes.
I sang in Tenerife in the '90s, a Tina Turner tribute show.
Did you really? Yes. I love that.
Are you going to give us a turn, are you going to give us
a bit of a trill? OK. As long as you are going to join in.
You've to do that finger thing.
Are we ready for the finger...?
We like a bit of finger clapping. OK, come on, kid.
# Left a good job in the city
# Workin' for the man
# Every night and day
# But I never lost a minute of sleep
# Worryin' 'bout the way things might have been, oh
# Big wheels keep on turnin'... #
Here comes the mother!
I think that will probably do. That is so cool.
No, seriously, you have to be so brave.
Did you know I was going to ask you to have a little sing? No.
No, I didn't. And up she comes and she does it.
I think that is so cool.
Do you not sing anymore, then? I sang for a little while in a duo.
And then I had my son and we kind of had put it all on a shelf.
Now, Jean, you are retired? Yes, I am.
What did you do before you retired?
I worked in a laboratory office for some time.
And I worked at Nairn, the linoleum people,
in the offices there as well.
And do you miss it? No. No!
That is the honest answer. I miss the company, but not the work.
So what do you get up to in your retirement? I go to yoga classes.
Oh! Do you do lotus position? A bit of it, mm-hm.
Not revealing anything, a very sensible woman.
So what are your tactics today, then, girls?
We have got a list of the things we are to look for. Really?
Will you reveal that during the shopping process?
We will, yeah. You're just teasing us now, aren't you, Jean?
That's the answer.
Anyway, talking of teasing, here comes your ?300,
?300 to go and spend. You know the rules. Your experts await.
And off you go!
And very, very, very good luck. What a great voice, eh?
And of course, our two experts are ready in the wings.
For the Reds, just like that, it's...
And Caroline Hawley is a big fan of the Blues.
Do you have a game plan, either of you?
Well, I kind of am thinking that, you know, buy low, sell high is the hope.
But I do like a bit of Art Deco, and that comes a bit expensive. It does.
Oh, gosh, you have got a list! A long list.
Are these my instructions? This is options. Options. Options.
I just want to buy something that I would probably have in my own
house, really. Well, they are both very, very good things to do.
So let's go and start, shall we? OK. Excellent.
That's a very good tip -
"Please note, faded labels means old stock."
Excellent. We've been doing our homework. Brilliant.
Thank you very much. Right, no pressure.
Come on, ladies. Okey-dokey.
So, that's the game plan sorted.
Revved up for an hour on the clock,
and they are off!
Morning. Good morning. How are you today?
When you buy glass, it has got to be...
It's all about name and statement and condition.
And it has got to be low-priced
and something you would put in your home.
You know, if you were to look at things like that,
there's a strong market for Monart. You think it would have legs?
The thing about buying named pieces is that the dealer will know
the name and he'll ultimately know the price.
Do you want to look at it or should we come back to that?
We'll come back to that one. Thank you.
One for the back burner, eh, ladies?
Some good advice, JP.
Meanwhile, Caroline's ruffling some feathers with the Blues.
Oh, I like. Oh, it's lovely. Oh, I do like that. A bit of burlesque.
A bit of burlesque indeed! Oh, yes.
I could just see you doing some burlesque with that, Mum.
You're going to claim that for yourself.
I think I need a bigger fan.
This will just be in plastic, but it's late Victorian, I would say.
Right, OK. It's absolutely gorgeous,
and this would just zhoosh you up a little bit. A bit of zhooshing.
Can you see you in this on stage? Oh, yes.
Do you like it? How much is it? I don't know, should we find out?
Are they a pair, Caroline? No. Well, this one...
Can you see the ribbon in it, holding it together?
This one is very similar.
There is a bit of damage on it and it's missing its ribbon.
OK. So this one is probably nicer quality.
I think that one is better in that it is not damaged
and it has got its ribbon joining it together.
You can, of course, dye this if it doesn't go with your outfit.
Oh, yes. I just think it is gorgeous. I do, I love it.
It makes me want to... The language of fans.
It makes me want to sort of do something with it.
I think they are very sexy.
Excuse me, sir, may I ask you your very best price?
I can do it for ?15. Oh, that is a steal.
That is a very generous offer.
Shall we go for it?
I think we have to go for it. We bought our first item!
Thank you, sir. Thank you.
Excellent. It's gorgeous.
I do like that. Can I have a wee hold of it? Yes!
I didn't want to give it up. I know!
So, those plucky Blues have plumped for some plumage whilst
the Reds have picked up some Poole.
What do you think of that? I quite like this. Do you? Yeah.
It's quite nice. It is a nice shape, nice colours.
Yeah, I think I quite like this. What is it?
It's Poole. Poole Pottery. Yes,
so it's really nice. And the price on that? 40.
It's nice, but what would be your best price?
Might be able to. What have I got on there, please?
Do you think there is a strong demand in Scotland
for Poole Pottery, which is a very southern England thing?
That thing is, if you go out and look at some of the shops
and things at the moment,
the colours and everything are all this mustard-y, orange-y.
Why I'm saying that is, we may not have the buyers come in.
We may not sell it well. People go,
"I don't want to buy that, that's southern English stuff."
How much is on it? Sorry.
35... The Internet might carry it further.
It meets my kind of nice price.
It meets your liking. I like it, yeah.
Shall we take a risk on this one? Could you do 32?
Yeah. OK, 32, yeah, that's fine.
If you really like it, it's not terribly expensive, it is
a name, there is an Internet auction. Yeah.
I see my little, cut-up baguette, bits of bread on that.
Thank you very much. Thank you. Pleasure. Brilliant, so we are?
Purchase number one in minutes only, thank you. Brilliant. Thanks a lot.
That's one apiece already. These girls are going great guns today.
And the Blues are back on the attack.
Well, that's quite sweet.
That's lovely, isn't it? A little dresser. Yeah.
Do you know what I could see that being used for? Jewellery?
Jewellery, yes! We think alike, don't we?
I can see that as a jewellery chest.
Yeah. I like that.
It's mahogany. How old do you think it is?
I would think it is about 1860, 1870. Wow.
Do you think the handles are original?
You're reading my mind, aren't you? Let's have a look. Hang on.
Nice, I like that. I like that.
Right, we'll pull it out and we'll have a look.
Now, it is soft-wood lined, which here, this is pine. OK.
And I think that those are the original handles.
Yeah, cos there's no screws, is there? No.
Is that just a bit of damage?
No, that is where a knot was struck out of the wood. Of course.
Do you see what I mean? You see, I think that is nice.
I would have that for my jewellery.
There is a little bit of veneer...
I know, I want to keep them all.
That's the trouble! This one here has got some damage, can you see?
It's like the veneer off the front.
Yeah, the veneer has come off. Would that bring the price down
significantly? It'll bring the price down, yes, but...
But can we use that as bargaining power? Yes.
Good thinking, Claire. But I think that is gorgeous.
Should we ask the price? Yeah. Hello, sir. Hello.
We are looking at your lovely miniature chest of drawers.
It is a Scottish chest, I believe, is it?
The serpentine that is used is Scottish, yes.
What is your very best price? 120, that's definitely it.
There's a bit of damage on it, as you know. Yeah.
Also has this on it. Yeah. He's batting back, isn't he?
That's OK. You won't go wrong with it.
What was the lowest? 120. 120.
Do you...? I think so.
Be decisive. Do you think so? Do you like it? I love that.
And I love the fact that it has got the original handles.
Is it a deal, do you think? Yeah, go for it. Let's go for it.
Thank you, sir, we shall go for that. Thanks very much.
I can't keep up. Look, two for the Blues in 20 minutes.
This list seems to be doing just the job, Jean.
How about a bit of modern design, ladies? A bit of modern design?
Leather-covered, chrome-framed, steel stool. Oh, yes.
It's probably a copy.
There's an architect, German architect,
called Mies van der Rohe, who designed a chair that has been
ripped off so many times, called the Barcelona chair.
This is the sort of stool that would go with a Barcelona chair.
All the rage, you know, in the city flats. I'd like that. I mean, I...
I've sold the copies of the chairs.
Honestly, if you left me ?200, I'd have a punt at it.
We'll see how much we've got left after the next one. And then we'll
see how much you can negotiate on it. May come back for that.
That's nice, I like that. What would be your best on it?
Death trade would be 200, and that is death. Death would be 200?
Death. Well, we'll bear it in mind. Good, thank you.
That is two thirds of your budget, although you do seem pretty keen.
Definitely another one for the back burner.
Now, back with the Blues and time for some ticking off.
So, Jean, how are we doing?
We've knocked two things off the list. Not too bad.
We got the fans. Yes. Oh, good. And a wooden item.
That's great, two off your list already. OK, no pressure.
Let's go, then. Come on!
One item left with half an hour still on the clock.
What could go wrong?
Meanwhile, the Reds seem to have taken things into their own hands.
What have you done with JP, girls?
Are these cairngorm stones in this long, orby one?
Yes, silver and cairngorm. Yes. ?35.
It's just a kind of clasp. Cos it would go on something quite heavy.
So, ladies, what have we found? A bit of jewellery.
Oh, a Scottish brooch! That's the cairngorm stone. That is silver.
Can I have a look? Yes. Thank you.
It has got a vicious pin on the back. Has it? Is it hallmarked?
And what would be your best price for it? 30. 30?
What do you think?
It meets my... When I get these down south...
OK, I clear a lot of houses from people whose family
originate from Scotland, so I see quite a lot of these things,
and we have little brooches and Celtic kilt pins
and we tend to put a group together,
so it is difficult to say what their individual value is.
They're always very popular. And you are in the heart of the buyer here.
You know, also, it's not terribly expensive so it makes it very
easy and affordable to a lot of people in that environment.
There's not a lot of silver there,
so its intrinsic value is very little.
It is more to do with the style and the symbolism, really. Yes.
I like it. I like it. Would you take 28? I'd do 28, yes. Brilliant.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much, thank you.
They're making this look far too easy.
That's two each, with just under a half an hour to go.
Oh, there is a lot of great stuff, isn't there?
I know, there is so many nice things.
Which way do you want to go, this way? I'm following you.
You just shop, you don't have to feel the panic yet.
Don't forget to keep checking that list, Jean.
Some Wemyss ware here.
Oh, yeah, that was on our list, wasn't it?
Yeah, you had that on your list.
There is a bit of damage, can you see here? Oh, yeah.
But it does knock the value quite a lot.
A little curling stone. That's sweet, isn't it?
That's rather nice, isn't it? Maybe it's a mustard pot.
You could possibly use it as sugar or preserves or...
You know, it's anything that you can fit a little small spoon in.
It has got to be silver plate, but an ebonised handle
and it was probably made in the '50s or middle of the 20th century.
Yeah, think so. Probably 50s, I would have thought. Absolutely.
It looks kind of '30s, but probably '50s.
Yeah, there is a mark.
Let's have a look. There is a plated mark, as you'd expect.
That's a solid thing, isn't it? And there is no damage.
Run your finger around the rim.
You don't want any chipping or anything. It's rather sweet.
Would you take 40 for just that? Yeah, that's fine. Yes?
Yes, that's good. Lovely, thank you.
That's it done. You do make your mind up, don't you, very quickly?
Yes. It is a cool thing. I think it's lovely. It's nice, yeah.
I like the weight in it. It's good quality,
that's what it is, I think. There's no kind of maker's marks on it?
It just says EPNS under the lid.
You know, electroplated nickel silver.
So that's it, you spent 100 quid. Three items, very well done.
A shake of the hand and the contract is done. Thank you.
You're welcome, cheers. Thanks so much.
That was a good spot, I like it. I think it's a nice...
Yeah, it's a really good... It's a nice novelty. A novelty, it sells.
You take it from here, you put it in an auction
and you get a different environment. Who knows.
Crikey, girls, 20 minutes left,
and you swept the board with your three items.
We are done with the Reds, now time for some teds, eh?
He's a nice old ted, isn't he? He has been well loved.
Yeah, and he's missing a bit of his mohair plush.
But you can tell he's an early one. He has long paws. Right.
And there's a bit of damage here, can you see? Yeah.
And he is straw-filled, I would think. OK. I don't know pricewise.
I can't see any prices. No. Excuse me, how much is your ted, please?
I could do him for 35.
As lovely as he is, I think there's not going to be any profit in that.
What do you think? I think we need to move on. Thank you very much.
We might well be back. We might be back.
Now, girls, don't forget, that clock is still ticking
and you still have your final item to buy.
Let's leave you to it whilst I size up something
I found a little earlier.
Did you ever use a slide rule when you were at school?
Well, if you did, you will be intrigued by this,
which has to be one of the largest slide rules ever produced.
Like all good scientific instruments,
it's marked up with its maker, which is Dring Fage Limited, London.
And if you look them up, you'll find that they were scientific
instrument makers from 1790 until the 1970s.
It's also stamped with a code - DP419 J9 -
which indicates that it was made between 1935 and 1940.
It is also stamped Customs Excise, which is
a big old clue as to what this enormous slide rule was used for.
Customs are duties which are levied on import into a country.
Excise are duties which are levied on things produced in the country.
Most typically, excise is collected on alcohol.
And that is what this slide rule would have been used for.
The design of this slide rule is really neat.
At this end, we've got a cast brass foot.
That is designed to go inside the top edge of a barrel,
like so, it kind of grips it.
And then you've got this pendant brass arm.
And if you slide it like that, that gives you one edge of the barrel.
That lodged under the other one gives you the other edge.
And you can calculate the diameter of the barrel.
This thing should come in a kit with a dipstick,
because sometimes the excise officer wants to be able to calculate
the volume of part of a barrel leaving the brewery.
And the calculation that you do is assisted by the slide rule,
which is made of boxwood, which is the traditional hard and stable
wood for scientific instruments, rules and measures and the like.
And what this hardwood enables the maker to do is to accurately
stamp all these incredibly complicated graduations
so that the calculation can reliably be made.
You don't want a timber that is going to warp or split.
You don't want it to move in any direction
because that will upset the calculating principle.
Down at the other end,
we can see another example of how well this is made.
A piece of cast brass expertly fitted and beautifully crafted
so that it can protect this end from being damaged
if it gets whacked about.
In short, no pun,
if you are a scientific instrument collector,
this is a pretty dreamy object.
And I've noticed over the years that if there is one thing that
sells well consistently, it is rules and measures.
What do I calculate its value at?
Frankly, I couldn't tell you cos I've never seen one of these sold.
What I can tell you, though, is that here in Edinburgh,
you could by this for ?50.
Which is not so much.
If I had a guess at it, I would guess that in a scientific
instrument sale, this thing must be worth in excess of ?200.
Pretty good, eh?
It's back to business. Surely those Blues have found their final item.
Still feeling confident, girls?
Panicking? Yeah, panic mode now. Right.
We need to really get something.
Should we just rush down this stall
and then we'll have another meeting in a minute's time? OK. Come on.
Uh-oh, panic stations, and it was all going so well.
You've got three minutes left, girls.
We've not got time for it.
I think that list of yours has gone out of the window, Jean.
Oh, my goodness! Sorry, sorry. Sorry.
Now, there's a nice tray here. Oh, yeah. Look at this.
Now, do you like that? Is that a good wooden object?
Inlaid tray. Now, it's Edwardian, inlaid. Not too much, is it?
No, I've got enough. Do you like this? It is quite nice, I like that.
I like that more than the teddy. Do you? Yeah.
What is the very, very best on that? You can have that one for 75.
To get a profit, I think it is going to have to be 60 nowadays.
I don't clean anything up. Now, I don't either.
I'm terrible, I'm terrible. 60 and you've got a deal?
I'll have to speak to my husband.
Could you speak to him really quickly?
We've got less than two minutes.
At 60, I think it is all right.
At 75, I think we are going to have to get it anyway,
but I think at 60... Is it OK? Oh, my goodness!
She's phoning him. She's phoning him.
How can this be?
Please don't be engaged! Please do not be engaged!
Less than a minute left.
Too much, honestly.
I don't even know that I could run back for that teddy.
What's the code on it? The code, what's the code?
30 seconds. Yes.
Yes! Yes! Woo-hoo!
Oh, what joy! What joy, we got there in the end.
In the very, very end.
There was less than ten seconds. It was terrible. Terrible!
That was cutting it close, Caroline.
Time to recap on what those Reds bought, eh?
First up, it was a Poole Pottery piece. They paid a dishy ?32.
Next, was the silver brooch that they bagged for ?28.
And finally, can they slide to victory with the glass curling jar?
They paid ?40.
That was pretty cool, girls, wasn't it? Yeah.
Did you enjoy the shopping? Thoroughly. Did you? Yes.
It was a good experience, yeah.
Lovely to be with JP for a half-hour? Yes. Of course.
Exclusive attention. It was. Now, which is your favourite piece?
My favourite piece was probably a little glass curling bowl.
And do you agree with that?
No, my favourite piece was the Poole Pottery.
And is that going to bring the biggest profit? I think it might.
I think it might as well.
I'm hoping that it's maybe an unusual piece that somebody is
looking for their collection. You never can tell. Might do.
Which is interesting. So, how much did you spend in total?
Spent ?100. Who has got ?200 of leftover lolly?
I have. Thank you very much.
Straight over to JP. So what are you going to do with ?200?
Well, I'd love them to think that I can be sort of discrete
and have no idea what I'm going to buy.
But they left me ?200, pretty much knowing what I might buy. Really?
Yeah. Whether I go for it or not is the dynamic.
Well, you keep your tease up, JP. Right now, though, we are
going to find out what the Blue Team bought, aren't we?
First on Jean's list was the ornate fan. They paid out a cool ?15.
The next item to be ticked off was the miniature dressing chest
And they got there in the end.
Their final item was the butler's tray - ?60 paid.
Well, this is a happy trio, isn't it? All the Corinnes, eh?
So, how much did you spend in total, Jean? 195.
And who has got the ?105 of leftover lolly?
My mum has the money. Please, may I have it? Thank you very much.
Thank you. Jean, which is your favourite piece? The fan.
The fan is your favourite. Yes. Do you agree with that?
Oh, I love the fan. It is a bit burlesque.
Is the fan going to bring the biggest profit?
No, I don't think so. What is going to bring the biggest profit?
I think the tray is going to bring the biggest profit.
Have you had a confusing morning, Caroline?
A very confusing morning and a very stressful last moment.
The last moment, yes, absolutely.
But then you like a bit of stress, don't you? I do! It keeps me going.
You thrive on it. Yeah, I do. What are you going to do with the cash?
I've seen something that I like. Really? Yeah.
I'm not going to tell them. I really like it.
Is it going to be really, really profitable? I think so.
And profit's the name of the game, Caroline.
It's time to dash off to the auction.
Well, McTear's is our destination today for the auction,
and Natasha Raskin is our auctioneer.
Natasha, how are you?
I'm great, Tim. I hope you're well, too. I am. I am great, too.
Now, the Poole Pottery plate, which follows the traditional Poole
palette of rather splodgy. Yes, it is perfectly Poole, isn't it?
It's 1970s, it is an Aegean pattern, it is a sort of yacht design.
I've seen it before and, yes, Poole might have had its day,
but I like it for what it is and I quite like the '70s style.
But I think the market decides that it is a little bit dated.
I don't know, anything could happen.
Cos we're not talking big bucks here, are we? How much? 20 to 30.
Come on. ?32 paid. I mean, come on, you're quite right.
For ?32, you buy yourself a little icon from a decade or
two, and there it is. Exactly.
And whether it is the flavour of the moment, it will return.
Now, this little fellow here, looks like a kilt pin, but it's not,
it is too small for a tilt. It's more of a brooch, isn't it?
But it's lovely. It's got that basket hilt sword design,
it's got the hard stone, they always do well. And how much?
Well, a mere ?30 to ?40 will get that for you today.
?28 paid. Oh, yes! Perfect. That looks pretty good.
And this thing, I have to say, I absolutely adore. Yes.
I can't buy it because it is one of our contestants' lots.
Curling, actually, is always collectible.
It's always exciting, especially in this neck of the woods, but UK wide.
So the fact that it is silver-plated doesn't really work against it.
The fact it's lacking its spoon, so what?
It's nicely made, curling is cool,
and hopefully we will get a cool price for it, too.
How cold will the price be? Oh, lukewarm - ?30 to ?40.
OK, ?40 paid. So this team, I think, have done remarkably well.
They have only spent ?100.
I think each of their items are intriguing and stand a good chance
of making a small profit, which is what we are really after.
So, ?200 of leftover lolly.
Whether they'll need their bonus buy or not remains to be seen,
but let's go and have a look at it.
OK, girls, this is exciting, isn't it? We've got a creation here.
You gave JP ?200. Yes. So, JP, show us what you bought, please.
It's a Barcelona stool.
The Barcelona stool was designed in 1929 by Mies van der Rohe
for an exhibition in Barcelona at the time, hence its name.
Architectural-led design, early 20th century, very,
very fashionable. Reproduced, reproduced, reproduced.
Chromed steel and leather. Very fashionable at the moment.
When do you think this was made, roughly?
All I've got to go on, really, is the leather has been worn
a bit, so probably the '80s. Probably not earlier than that.
I'd love to think it was earlier,
but then you are talking thousands of pounds. Right.
How much are we talking? We're talking ?200.
Well, that is a great vote of confidence, I have to tell you.
How much do you think it will make?
I'd like to think the estimate at auction would be 200 to 300.
Or 150 to 250. There is ?50 to ?100 profit, possibly.
And that's sticking my neck out there. Aren't I? What do you think?
Like the style, it's very trendy.
But again, it's just whether the people want...
You live and work in London, you go up and down Tottenham Court Road,
you look in some of those smart, contemporary furnishing shops.
Oh, yeah. I mean, the prices make your eyes water, don't they? Yeah.
For contemporary bits of furniture.
What's to stop it making ?400, J? Not a lot.
There you go. Rest with it, girls, think about it.
Right now, though, let's find
out for the viewers at home what the auctioneer thinks about JP's stool.
Ta-dah! There it is, JP's bonus buy.
What a great buy JP has made there.
In the Barcelona design style,
we have got this ottoman here, with the X-frame legs.
It is probably from the mid-20th century, after the famous Ludwig
Mies van der Rohe, who was a real pioneer of design
at the early 20th century. And how good he was,
because that would fit into any contemporary home of any style.
You're right, really.
I mean, it has got a little bit of damage to the webbing
underneath, but I like it very much, I have to say.
Well, I looked up the maker - Form of London -
and I can't seem to find any current output from this manufacturer,
so I think it is a company that has been and gone, which is a good sign.
That dates it. OK, well, how wild are you owing to be?
What is your estimate?
Not too wild, ?70 to ?100.
?200 JP paid for that.
I'm going to regret that 70 to 100, aren't I? Not necessarily,
because I could be smirking on the other side of my face,
looking really sheepish,
but I think it is a ?200 to ?400 jobby, with a bit of luck.
Well, fingers crossed. Well, I'm going to cross everything, actually.
OK, moving on, that's it for the Reds. Now for the Blues.
Do you like the feather fan? That's the first thing. I do.
What lady doesn't need an ostrich-feather fan in her life?
It can both attract attention to you
and then cover up any unwanted attention. I love it.
It is so chic and fabulous.
I absolutely have confidence in this lot.
Well, having said that, how much? Well, 30 to 50.
That's lovely, ?15 paid. Oh, great! Good, good, good.
Good, good, good. Now, the mahogany miniature dressing table looks to me
like a late 19th century sideboard, and me no likey so much.
You don't like it so much. Not so much, no. Do you likey?
I'm going to look to the positive side of things.
Yes, OK, so we can catalogue it quite confidently as a fretwork
design, but they have got a very simple design, and I know
that you have your suspicion that this is quite an amateur-ish piece.
I don't see it... It's not an apprentice piece. Well...
It's more of a man in a shed, really.
It is more shed work than it is apprentice work.
I think it is what it is. Pity about the damage, isn't it?
Yes, a little bit of damage down here. It has got a scar. OK.
So slightly damaged. How much?
Well, ?50 to ?80 isn't going to trouble anyone, is it? No.
I think that is a perfect estimate.
They paid ?120, and I fancy they may have just paid a tad too much,
if I am being perfectly frank.
I think your estimate is peachy.
Now, talking of peachy, how do you feel about this tray?
Um... It doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy, but I do like it.
I do like that typical Edwardian inlay.
You've got the cross banding and the marquetry and the parquetry
and the brass handles.
And why not have your peaches delivered to you by the butler
on this tray? Why not, Tim? Exactly.
Slightly yesterday's antiques, don't you think? Well...
You know, when you've got this, maybe compare it with a nice
bit of Art Deco cut glass or something else functional. Yes.
This is never going to come cream of the crop, is it? Not really, no.
But that one, ten years ago,
would've made ?120 to ?150 every day of the week.
Now, how much?
Times have changed. We have put it in at only ?40 to ?60.
I think that is the right estimate. ?60 the team paid.
I have a horrible feeling that, apart from the fan,
they may have paid a tad too much for their stuff, in which case,
they are going to need the bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Claire, Jean, this is exciting, isn't it?
You gave Caroline ?105. Caroline, what did you buy?
Do you remember me?
It's the teddy! Lovely. Do you remember? Yes, it's lovely.
It's been well loved. He has.
But he's early 20th century, articulated,
and I think he's rather gorgeous.
Teddies normally sell quite well, don't they? They do.
They sell very, very well.
And how many spondulix did you have to spend? 20.
Oh! ?20 in the end. And I think he is well worth ?20.
Oh, yeah. Do you want a cuddle? Give us a hug. Oh, Teddy.
Would you like a hug? Yes, I want to hug.
This, I think, it's nice.
And I think he's going to do all right. How much?
Do you think there's some profit in it, then? Yes, I do. Up to 40.
I think he is going to get between ?30 and ?40.
You could double your money. Yes. OK, well, you happy with that?
You don't pick now, you pick after the sale of your first three items.
Right now, for the audience,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Caroline's ted.
Now, Natasha, did you have a teddy?
Um, I didn't have a head turner like this, no.
I have to say, whoever did own this teddy, they cuddled it an awful lot.
Didn't they. He has been well loved.
Do you think two or three generations might have cuddled it?
Cos it could date from the '30s, couldn't it? Well, it could, yes.
I wouldn't go any earlier, might go a touch later.
But I am no expert when it comes to teddy bears. OK, well, how
carried away do you think they'll get with our ted?
Not much above ?30 to ?40.
Doesn't need to, cos Caroline only paid ?20.
Oh, good on her. Good on her. Yes.
Anyway, we will find out in a minute. Thank you.
When all will be revealed, as Natasha is taking to the rostrum.
Go on, bid ?30.
Now, Marie, Linda, how are you feeling? Well, a wee bit nervous.
A wee bit nervous, yeah. What have you got to be nervous about?
Nothing really. Now there you are.
When you think about it, this is just pure pleasure, isn't it?
Yes. Unalloyed pleasure.
For a kickoff, you've got the Aegean patterned Poole plate.
All right? You didn't pay much, ?32.
She has estimated ?20 to ?30. All right.
It is what it is.
Now, here is an icon of the 1970s.
We have a Poole Pottery dish.
It depicts a yacht of sail, and surely all you sailors,
we know you've got your boats parked outside.
Let's see if we can get just ?30 for this.
Come on now, who is bidding at ?30? Let's get started at 30.
20 then. Let's get ?20.
Come on now. Do we see it, 20?
I'll take ten, then.
?10, a meagre ?10.
And where is 15, please? 15.
20? No. 20 online.
25? Yes, 25.
You said online might do it. Come on, come on.
Up it goes. More!
?25, and that's last call now.
Oh, no. I think we are done. 25.
25 is minus seven.
Not so far off, actually.
But I think your brooch is fab. You paid 28.
And surely we can start the bidding at ?25. No, we can't. ?40 to start.
Surely we'll get 30. Come on now.
30 online, straightaway. ?30.
35, thank you. Against you online, it is 35 in the room.
Now 40. 45. Go on.
Looking for 50. I want ?70.
45 on the aisle. At ?45. No, no, no, keep going!
50. 50! 55?
No, ?50, thank you for getting us there.
At ?50, are we all done?
It's ?50 and last call.
?50 on 28.
?50 on... That's 30.
Plus 22 on there. Thanks very much.
Now, the curling stone.
Who doesn't love this?
A silver-plated and glass curling stone preserve jar.
Now we have a good opening bid of ?40 on our preserve jar.
?40, who is bidding 50?
At 45 even. 45...
There we go, 50. This will do well. This will do well, don't worry.
I'm out. It's 55 on the Internet.
Whose bidding 60? 60, new bidder. Yes! At ?60 in the room.
65 now. 70? ?70 is bid.
It's such a good thing, though.
It's lovely. I like it. 75. 80?
I'm liking it more.
I'm really getting in love with it.
Are we all done then? It's ?80.
We are selling at 80.
Money! Look at those girls!
That's plus 40 on that.
You had 15 before, you're plus ?55.
Now, you have ?55, could be a winning score, all right?
You got cash in your back pocket.
What are you going to do about the Barcelona stool?
I think we may... RED TEAM: Park it.
I'm sorry. Park it? Park it.
And you said that in harmony, you said park.
I can tell you now what her estimate is, which is ?70 to ?100.
?200 was paid. She doesn't rate it.
I personally think she is wrong. I think it is a really nice thing.
If it gets picked up now, it is going to make a lot of money.
If it doesn't, it doesn't. So here it is. We're going to see it sold.
This is a beauty!
A chrome and black leather Barcelona ottoman,
after Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, no less.
Who is bidding ?80 on this ottoman?
You need this at ?80, it's fabulous.
Who is bidding 60, then?,
Come on now. I'm going to burst into tears about it.
Gosh! Who is bidding ?60 online?
?60, we are off the mark, so let's get five. 65.
I'm looking for 65. At ?60 for this ottoman.
Are we sure we're done?
At 65 online. That did it for you. At 65.
I'm looking for 70. Gosh, it's slow.
At 65, I'm looking for 70. She's struggling. At ?65...
Are we done at 65...?
65. That's ?65 to you. ?65 on the Internet.
It has gone on the Internet for ?65.
That's remarkable. Yeah, it's remarkable.
Anyway, there we go, it's -135.
You parked it. Yeah. You did the right thing, you girls.
They are very, very canny, these girls. I take my hat off to them.
Cos if it was me, I would have been tempted with that lot.
I would. Anyway, ?55. Thanks very much.
Don't say a word to the Blues. No. It could be a winning score.
Could be. It's folding money to take home, what could be nicer than that?
Blue Team, how are you feeling? Fine. Excellent.
Do you know how the Reds got on? No! No.
Were they quite closed about that?
Very. Oh, yeah. Well, there you go.
OK, now, your white ostrich fan.
I'm not so sure that they're ivory sticks.
They could be ivorine, those sticks. I don't think they're ivory sticks.
I think they are ivorine.
And ivorine is another word for plastic, actually. Right.
It sounds so much nicer.
I don't think it makes any difference, frankly, to the
end value. No.
Just if you were exporting them outside the EU,
you wouldn't need a CITES certificate. Of course, yes.
If it's plastic. And I think it is ivorine. But anyway, there we are.
It's only ?15.
And the auctioneer, she loves it. 30 to 50, she thinks it is worth.
Excellent. You only paid 15.
So she reckons you'll double or triple your money, so that's good.
And here comes your fan.
A 19th-century white ostrich fan. It is a fabulous thing.
It has got nice pierced sticks. And let's see if we can get ?50.
Come on, ?50 for this fan.
Let's get 30, then. That's a... Who is bidding ?30?
Straightaway online, you are in at ?30.
And five. Yes! You doubled your money.
At ?35, where's 40?
35... Come on now, don't cool down. Well done, Caroline.
At 35. Come on!
At ?35 for sale...
?35, I'm loving it. That's plus ?20, girls.
OK, now, this retched
A Scottish mahogany miniature dressing chest with a nice
fret-cut raised panel.
And what can we say about this?
Someone likes it. We have got an opening bid here of 65.
65, that's OK. At ?65, where is 70?
At ?65, 70? 75. I'm looking for 80.
At ?75, I'm looking for 80.
Who is bidding? 80. 85 I've got.
At ?85, where is 90?
Come on now! ?90.
I'm out, but you're in, Internet. At ?90. 90.
Come one, come on.
At ?90, are we all done? Who is bidding 95? Anywhere in the room?
Fair warning, then, it is ?90, and we'll sell.
It's minus ?30, which means overall, you are minus ?10.
But don't despair, cos we've got the tray to follow.
An Edwardian mahogany marquetry oval Butler's tray with
a foliate inlaid decoration.
Let's get bidding at ?40.
Will you start the bidding at 30? Will you appease me at ?30?
It needs to be 100.
At ?30, who is bidding 35?
At ?30, are we all done? Oh, no.
No! Oh, no.
Come on! At ?40. Yes!
Do we see five? At ?40,
we're getting there. It's ?40.
I think we are done now. It's ?40.
Last call, 40.
Kids, ?40 is minus ?20,
which means overall, you are minus ?30.
Are you going to go with the teddy or what? We have to go with teddy.
I think we do. You're going to go with teddy, OK.
You paid ?20.
I can tell you now, the auctioneer has estimated ?30 to ?40.
Oh, we are going to be in profit. Well, you could be, couldn't you?
Something potty could happen. I'm being positive.
Here comes the bald teddy.
Look at this face!
How can you resist this early 20th century gold plush teddy bear?
Will you bid ?40 for this wee teddy?
Give teddy a home for ?40. Go on now.
Who's bidding ?30? Don't make me ask you twice for ?30.
Exactly right. 20. Oh, come on now.
Look at him, he's looking at you.
He's got a wee wonky smile and everything.
?20. Any bidders? It's hard work, isn't it? There's 20.
It appeals to someone at home. ?20, I'm looking for 25 next.
At ?20, will you bid 25?
It is ?20.
And that looks like all we're getting here.
At ?20, are we all done for this teddy bear...?
?20. All that, "Let's give it a bit of love." Anyway...
It has wiped its face. Let you down, Teddy has. Oh, Teddy!
"Oh, Teddy(!)" I never liked him anyway.
Here we go.
I was just friendly with it to go with the flow.
Anyway, overall, girls, you are still minus ?30,
which could be a winning score, so say not a word to jolly old Reds,
OK? Poker face. Poker, that's it.
Well, we have had a thoroughly overexciting day, haven't we?
We certainly have. Has it not been just brilliant? Yes.
And vaguely exhausting through all the excitement.
Anyway, we have winners.
And we don't have losers anymore, we simply have runners-up.
And the runners-up today by a chalk are the Blues.
Minus ?30, which is normally a winning score on this programme,
but not today! I can tell you. Anyway, OK?
Did you have a good time?
Oh, we've had a great time. You've been very sporting.
Thank you very much.
The victors today, going home with ?55... Oh!
Marie, here you go, doll. Thank you. That's good, ?55.
You have been very, very canny, as they say north of the border.
Have you enjoyed it? Thoroughly. Very good, thanks so much. Good.
Linda, been good for you? It's been a great, great time.
We are so proud of you.
Anyway, it has been a super show, so super, in fact, join us
soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes? Yes!
Tim Wonnacott and the gang visit the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.
Jonathan Pratt and Caroline Hawley hand out expert advice to the teams, Tim sizes up an interesting find at the fair and Natasha Raskin takes centre stage at the auction.