Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott hosts the show from the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Experts Kate Bliss and David Harper assist the red and blue teams.
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Today we've headed east.
Well, to the east of England, actually, to Peterborough,
where there are 1,700 stalls waiting for us to do our stuff,
so what are we waiting for? Let's go bargain hunting!
Apparently, this antiques festival attracts
the top end of 15,000 people,
but fortunately, our teams are relatively easy to spot,
so let's take a peek as to what's coming up.
Both teams find themselves really up against it.
But who will be the ultimate victor at auction?
Well done, girls. Winners.
-This is looking seriously good.
But before all that, let's meet today's teams.
So, on Bargain Hunt today
we have a team of friends.
Well, they're friends at the moment.
We have Amy and we have Dawn. Welcome.
And for the Blues we have father and son combo Stevie and Craig.
Lovely to see you.
Now, Amy, how did you two first meet?
Well, we both enrolled on an access to higher education course
and we've been friends ever since.
You've had a previous career before you went for further education.
Well, I actually originally went to do nursing,
but then changed my mind
and ended up applying for a place on a psychology degree.
Are you going to become a clinical psychologist? Is that the plan?
That is the plan, yes.
Ideally, I'd like to be working in the neuroscience side of it,
because I have a vested interest in patients with Alzheimer's
and Parkinson's, things like that.
It's quite a good old path, that, isn't it?
Yeah, and it's not cheap either.
But if you've got the ambition and you've got the ability,
-why not go for it?
Dawn, you've got plans to be in the nursing profession too.
I have, yes. I'm just in my first year of my adult nursing degree
and I hope one day I'll be a Macmillan nurse.
And what were you doing before you're doing what you're doing now?
I worked in schools. My last job was with special needs children.
So you decided that nursing might be the next logical step?
The caring profession was always kind of in me, I think.
And what about your interest in antiques and collectibles?
At one point, I like to think I was a little bit clever
and I used to buy little pin dishes and cool pottery on the internet.
-You know - last-minute buys, 99p specials.
And thought maybe I could make a bit of a profit.
Never really made that much of a profit.
When you say you thought you were, I bet you were jolly clever at it.
-Didn't do too bad.
-Well, there we are.
-It's certainly not as easy as some people make it look.
-But quite fun to have a go at.
All right, well, there's going to be a lot for you to go at, I tell you,
with your £300. Anyway, good luck, girls.
Now, Steve, it says here that your interest in antiques
started when you were a nipper.
That's right, yep. I've been in the glazing industry for 30-odd years.
I used to do a lot of work on churches,
doing a bit of putty bashing here and there, glazing.
That's what got me involved in antique glass.
Over the years, obviously the double glazing side came in,
so I went over to the dark side.
But when it comes to this old glazing, the old leadlight glazing,
-that was quite a skilful business, wasn't it?
The damaged ones -
you get children throwing little stones or birds flying in,
so we did a lot of repair work,
which involves peeling the lead back,
taking the old piece out and trying to match the glass in.
-That's the hardest bit.
Some of the glass had been there hundreds of years,
so we've got to get something that's very close,
but still wants to look right
-when you're stood there singing your heart out.
Craig, what's it like working with your dad
in the double glazing business?
-It's a nightmare.
-You've got to keep an eye on him at all times.
Is he good on cost control?
-He's not bad.
-I bet he's good on controlling your wages.
He is. Definitely on a Friday.
Friday afternoon, about five o'clock, he is.
And what do you get up to when you're not working?
I'm a sport person. I play for my local football team.
I think they just ring me up for the numbers, really.
And antiques - what do you know about antiques?
Not a great deal.
-You'll do very well on this programme.
-I'm relying on Dad.
I'm relying on Dad for that one.
Well, right on. Anyway, here we go, look.
You know the rules, your experts await and off you go!
Very, very, very good luck.
Double glazing, eh? Hmm...
Now, let's meet our experts, who are both in "reflective" mode today.
David Harper hopes to strike the right chord for the Reds
and in the driving seat for the Blues is Kate Bliss.
-Are you excited?
-Raring to go?
-Just a bit, like.
We're up bright and early this morning to study everything.
What are we going to be looking for, Dawn?
Maybe some Victoriana.
-Victoriana? My gosh!
-Something with a story.
-Do you like something with a story?
-I love a story.
I love a story! Amy?
Art Deco? Fantastic!
-Right, teams, are you ready?
-Let's crack on.
Your 60 minutes starts now.
No, no, no.
Down there, Kate. There's enough plastics there.
-What have you spotted?
-I like the sewing box.
My grandmother had something very similar, but nothing like this.
Sell it to Dawn, tell her all about it.
Come on, bring it out.
How old do you think that is?
Maybe, like, '40s?
Yeah, I think you're absolutely right.
Hinges look very Victorian, don't you?
-But they're not, it's just the style.
Made from plywood, I think.
The materials themselves are quite cheap,
so I suppose made during a time when supplies of solid timbers,
teaks, mahoganies, were very restricted.
This is just after the Second World War, probably.
I like the sewing box idea, but I'm not sure about this particular one.
We can keep it in the bank, though, can't we?
I think it's a little bit shabby.
I quite like it, but...
-What's it going to make in auction, this is the thing.
-How much is it?
-I'd say it's more 20.
-You might be very lucky for that to make £40,
-I'd think you'd have to really appreciate...
-Vintage is in but I don't think it's 40 quid.
-Shall we keep looking...?
-It's a good warm-up. It's a warm-up, isn't it?
-OK, we'll leave it there for now.
That's right, take your time, and don't get "stitched" up. Ha!
Meanwhile, Kate has spotted a rather nice piece of glass.
-It's in the style of Lalique.
-It's definitely not Lalique.
This is moulded,
but I like it cos you've got some very geometric things,
which are quite Art Deco.
You've also got wings,
which are very reminiscent of the Art-Deco period.
It was an age of speed
and wings were used a lot.
You think of car mascots with the Spirit of Ecstasy,
with wings outstretched.
-I quite like that.
-Think there's any age to it?
I would say it's certainly 20th century.
It's in the Art-Deco style,
but I think it's probably quite a bit later.
-'50s, '60s, maybe.
-What sort of value do you think we're looking at?
I don't know. We'll have to go and ask.
-You have a little look here while I go and have a word.
Whilst the Blues wait on a price for the bowl,
David has a challenge for the Reds.
There's a good tester, then - what is that?
-Some sort of mould?
-Oh, no, it's...
-What's it for?
-Feel it, it's lead, isn't it?
-Is it lead?
-Got to be lead, hasn't it?
Got the weight of lead, hasn't it?
What was it made for, do you think?
-Well done, you!
-Did that just come to you from nowhere?
But do you like it? Do you love it or not?
-I like it, but I don't know what you'd use it for.
-Are we saying no?
-I say no.
OK. We're saying no.
Kate has chatted to a shy stallholder
away from our cameras and now has a price update on the glass bowl.
Right, guys, I thought it was rather nice.
-The stallholder thinks it is period, it's '30s,
and it's very definitely French.
-The bad news is...
That's the best price, so obviously that's a huge chunk of our budget.
We can always come back to it, so we'll put it back for now
and have a little think. Carefully put it back.
Move on and have a think, Blues.
Seems the Reds are of the same mind.
Right, you two, you've had two or three good warm-ups, right?
-But you've bought nothing and you've had...
Hey, no need to panic,
because neither have the Blues. However, they look set for takeoff.
What do you think, guys?
-That's different, innit?
-That's a bit of fun.
Little bit of a chip to the paint there.
Douglas DC-3, that's the plane.
That's not liable to be silver on top, is it?
No, that's chrome-plated.
Do you think the plane's a 1950s plane?
No, I'd say it's an earlier plane, maybe?
Hmm, I'm not sure.
I'd say the lighter's probably '70s. Difficult to say.
What about the price?
35 is on there.
I'd really like it at £10-£15, I think.
I think somebody would have a go at that for a bit of fun.
-I think so, yeah.
-What do you think?
-I think it's got to be 30 quid.
-It's got to be 30?
What do you think?
I don't know. I'd prefer, like you said...
-I think that could be the quirky item we're looking for.
-Could be for 25.
Does it come with a full fuel tank?
-Would have paid 28 for a full tank.
-STALLHOLDER: 25 quid.
-What do you reckon, guys?
-I think so.
-Let's go for it.
-Is that OK?
-It's a good boy's toy.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much, young man.
Fasten your seat belts - the Blues are away.
Despite the huge number of dealers here,
just as soon as the Blues jet off...
-..the Reds check in at the same stall.
Amy, you like that, eh?
-And they match your trousers, David.
Well, I'm going to do a bit more testing on you two.
I like the colours. I really like the colours.
Do you like the design?
I do, actually. I like the fact it's all crackled as well.
That's probably the finish, actually.
That's probably how they were originally.
It's Art Nouveau.
Yeah, very clever(!) You've just read that.
What date does that mean?
I'm sure it's 1920s.
-I got it the wrong way round.
You did. '20s is Art Deco.
Art Nouveau - 1890 to about the beginning of the First World War,
because if you think about it,
when the First World War arrives in 1914,
no-one is that interested
in all these flash, floral, organic designs,
because the world is just exploding,
so Art Nouveau pretty much comes to an end.
So what do we think about the cracks, though?
-Well, the crazing is OK, the cracks aren't good.
Shall we ask this lovely gentleman?
Allowing for the fact that four are broken,
I put it at 145,
so I'm not too far away from that, so I will take 120.
I'm going to let Amy be the decider.
As she wanted an Art-Deco/Art-Nouveau piece.
-So basically the responsibility is on your shoulders.
-I'm feeling so relaxed right now.
-So am I!
If it all goes wrong, it's got nothing to do with us.
This now, that's it? That's the bet?
-We'll have them.
-We're going to do it.
Thank you very much. Shake the man's hand.
- Thank you very much. - Thank you.
So after half an hour out on the tiles with David,
the Reds make their first purchase.
Over to the Blues and Craig is playing detective.
There's a name here.
Kate, for the stamp, JC Vickery, is that?
Let's have a little look.
That's quite nice. Regents Street,
-and the maker, yes, JCV you've got as the initials on there.
-How much is that, please?
-95, that one.
It's a lovely quality piece.
Is there any movement on that at all, on the price?
Not a lot. I can go ten, 85.
-I paid a fair bit for it.
-It's lovely condition.
-It is a lovely quality piece.
CRAIG: I think it's too much.
-I don't think it's going to bring us a huge profit.
Unfortunately. It's a lovely thing,
but at auction I don't think it's going to bring us very much.
Yep, if you're unsure, move on, Blues.
Now, I've got the chance to have a poke around.
But talk about a distraction!
Oh, hello, Tim!
Ah, this is a moment, isn't it?
-Look at those trousers.
-I knew you'd be jealous.
Did you buy 'em here?
-I did not!
-BOTH: They had to be specially made!
-Anyway, how's the shop going? All right?
-Oh, it's very stressful.
Have you bought anything yet?
-Yes, one thing.
-On his recommendation?
-It's on my head.
Is it? Oh, Amy.
You've got Dawn patrol with you, haven't you?
-Who's going to be there for you.
-She's reining me in a bit.
Make sure everything's all right.
-Anyway, very good luck, all right?
-Well done, team.
-See you soon!
-There's another minute wasted!
I'll give you a minute wasted.
In this game, it's all about seat-of-your-pants stuff.
Anyway, moving on and Steve is still looking
for that elusive piece of glass.
Thank you very much.
-Look at that!
-That's different, isn't?
You could say that.
It's very tactile, isn't it?
-That's... What do you reckon, Craig?
-That's quite nice, actually.
-I do like that.
-Can I just have a look at the bottom?
-There's certainly not much age to that.
You're being very diplomatic, Kate.
I think the bloke who was heating it up
it seems he was trying to get it off the end of his thing
and it kept twisting round and he's ended up with that!
You're not selling it to me.
I'm trying to get the price down before we start.
What sort of price are we looking at?
I'd do that one for £20.
You've got to imagine this in a saleroom full of antiques.
It has its own niche - it is a piece of Murano,
it's not pretending to be old.
-Would you class that as an antique of the future?
If somebody bought that now,
would they think, "In a couple of years' time, I think that'd look..."
They could put it back in auction and think, "Hmm..."
I think you need more than a couple of years.
-Couple? You sure?
-Yeah, like, quite a lot more than a couple of years.
It's not going to cost us a lot of money if it goes wrong.
but then we could buy something else which could get us a good profit,
so we're buying that instead of something which has more potential.
I know, I can see how struck you are on it.
There is Murano collectors as well, isn't there?
There are Murano collectors indeed, yeah.
Now you've done it, haven't you?
-You certainly wanted a piece of glass, didn't you?
-Is it worth a punt?
-I think so.
-I think so.
-OK, let's make a decision.
-That's what I'm thinking.
You're not letting go of it, I can see.
-Could you take a £10 note, madam?
We've got to put it into auction.
Meet me in the middle.
-Have we got a deal?
Yeah, I think we have. Lovely, thank you very much. Thank you.
Ta, ducky. Thank you.
OK, despite Kate's reservations,
the Blues have found their second item, well done.
Now, I have a sticky question for you.
What's a stick pin?
Well, if you want an example of a dead bog-standard stick pin,
this is it.
A slab of gold that's been cut in a heart shape
and then inset with a seed pearl.
You can use them simply to put in a lapel, like this one,
to show that you're in love,
or you could use it, perhaps, as a tie pin,
with a little protector on the end.
If you decided to start your collection of stick pins today,
that one, as a little sweetheart stick pin in gold,
might cost you £30.
Now, this one is much more utilitarian.
M-O-T-H stands for the Memorable Order of Tin Hats.
This is a club that was available to service people
who had served in the First World War,
founded in 1927 in Durban, South Africa,
but it was a place for ex-service people to go
and remember their time in that ghastly conflict,
but because it's non-precious metal,
you could buy it here in Peterborough
for just £3.
But the piece de resistance is in the leather case -
the stick pin case from heaven,
with its gorgeous, rich, green gilt interior
and this stick pin is a cracker.
Look carefully at the mount - it's a tooth from a shark,
once was in the jaws of a shark off the coast of Australia.
How do I know it was off the coast of Australia?
Well, look at the name stamped into the gold on the top.
It's stamped with the maker's name, Basse,
above some numerals which read "15 carat".
this is 15-carat gold that once upon a time was mined
from the South Australian gold reefs
and was formed by an Australian goldsmith called Basse.
What would it cost you?
Well, if you found a dealer who couldn't read the mark,
who didn't realise that Basse was a South Australian goldsmith,
you might be able to buy it for £80 or £90.
On the other hand, if you know all that
and you were to sell it in South Australia,
you'd be quite likely to get the top end
of 500 Australian dollars for it.
And at that, you really ought to bite the dealer's hand off.
Now, back to the shopping,
and are the Reds about to bite a dealer's hands off
to buy their next item?
Remember, purchase-wise, it's 2-1 up to the Blues.
I've got to tell you something - I love an object there.
-Yeah. Shall I tell you what it is?
-You'll have to tell us.
-It's a knife box.
-A knife box. From 1770, 1790.
There should be a sectioned interior...
And there isn't, no sectioned interior.
-You've got parquetry decoration on the interior.
-I do love that.
I love the inside of the lid.
-Yeah, that's about as much as I love, really!
-You don't love the whole body of it? The shape of it?
-But it is a usable thing.
-It's been loved a bit too much.
-But that's its character, if you look at...
-It's from the 1700s!
-How much is it?
-I don't know. I'm going to find out.
-What have we got on the beaten-up knife box?
-55! It's really beaten up.
-Nice try, Dawn.
-Lovely colour, though.
-This is lovely.
-It's a good colour, the colour is the best part.
The colour is delicious. And the shape is very good.
For me, it's one of my first loves, wood, mahogany,
You passed the responsibility of the tiles to me,
so I'm passing the responsibility of this to you.
If we can get it for 30 quid, it would be...
-I would be happier if it was 30.
-I'd be happy at that.
-I can do 45.
-40? Go on.
-I can do 40.
-40 quid, are we going to have it for 40 quid?
Yes, shake his hand.
-Thank you very much.
-Appreciated. Brilliant, lovely.
So, living life on a knife edge, the Reds acquired their second item.
Well done, girls. It's now two-all.
Right, we've got 15 minutes, 15 minutes, you!
-Run, Amy, run!
So, we've got one more item to find, guys.
We haven't spent very much money, so let's find something a bit neater.
Time is ticking, I can't believe how hard this is.
I'm going to start piling the pressure on in a minute.
OK, come on, then.
-OK, let's focus in.
Yes, focus, teams!
-Look at you two!
-Aren't they gorgeous?
-Oh, my God!
-We're having a party!
Now, come on, teams, that third item is out there somewhere.
12 minutes, fellas, 12 minutes! Right, where are we going to go?
Don't panic, don't panic!
But the Blues have just remembered something they spotted earlier.
It was really nice quality. Do you want to run back and have a chat?
-I think so, yeah.
-I think so.
Go for it.
Panic really is starting to set in. Come on, Blues, get those knees up!
-Oh, no! Oh, no!
-OK, seven minutes.
-OK, do we still like it?
-I do like it, yeah.
-You said you wanted something shiny, didn't you?
And it's lovely quality. What is your absolute best, sir?
-80 has got to be the best.
-I can't go any lower.
-I think we should go for it.
I think at auction, it is the top end,
but it is a lovely quality thing.
You've got the name on it, you've got the makers
and the retailers, it's in great condition, it has got a chance.
-Let's go for it.
-Thank you very much.
And with that, the Blues make
their third and final purchase. Congratulations!
Well, some might call it a cricket table,
only because it has got a cricket scene... Oh, dear!
-Right, that just needs a little bit of restoration...
But with only a few minutes left, the Reds are still hunting.
You two are not leaving until you have bought something.
-What if we don't like it?
I don't care, you've got three minutes and 35 seconds.
-You have no choice! Stop being distracting!
We might need that!
I don't want this.
-There is a Deco clock.
-What's in that cabinet?
It is a smoker's cabinet. Edwardian.
So, that is mahogany with some satinwood banding,
that's quite nice. There is your mixing pot.
What's the best on the tobacco cabinet?
-75, could be 60.
-I quite like it.
-I quite like it as well, I think you could get it.
What do you think?
OK, so, it's mahogany, and look, the side linings of the drawers
are also mahogany, that's a good sign of quality.
-There is the original lock, missing its pipes...
-Edwardian, 1910, so it is a Georgian revival peace.
-I really like that.
-Do you like it? We've got 30 seconds. Take your time!
-I love it.
-We'll buy it, we'll buy it!
-We both love it.
-Thank you very much indeed.
-Thank you very much.
You two have been a complete and utter nightmare.
At last, Reds, congratulations!
There has been an awful lot of flying around on today's show.
-I feel I might faint.
Stop bugging me, will you? Ha-ha!
60 minutes are up,
let's buzz off and check out what the Red team bought, eh?
A set of 12 Art-Nouveau tiles set them back £120.
They forked out £40 for a George III mahogany cutlery box.
And finally, a mahogany smoker's cabinet was bought for £60.
-How was it?
-It was fantastic.
-Yes. And only an hour, right?
-Oh, my goodness!
-Completely underestimated the...
-Amy, how much did you spend?
-We spent £220.
-£220, lovely number.
Who has got the £80 of leftover lolly? You do?
Thank you very much, that's very kind of you.
Now, which is your favourite piece, Amy?
-Going to have to go with my tiles.
-Do you agree with that, Dawn?
-No, I think the cabinet is better.
-Which piece will bring the biggest profit, Dawn?
The Dawn patrol says the cabinet! Do you agree with that, Amy?
-It's going to have to be the tiles again.
It's still about those tiles.
-Right, you had a good shop up, David. There is £80.
Absolutely, and right to the wire, Tim. To the wire, wasn't it?
-To the second, every second.
-Good luck with your spend, David.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought?
They took off with a Douglas DC-3 aircraft cigarette lighter, for £25.
£12 was sculpted from their budget to buy the piece of Murano glass.
And they spent £80 on the last item, a JC Vickery circular silver box.
Now, Steve, Craig, how did you get on with Kate Bliss, all right?
-Very good, very professional.
-She certainly is.
What she doesn't know is nobody's business, right?
-And very blonde as well.
-And very blonde!
-A bit like my eyebrows.
Well, that's one way of putting it, I suppose!
I bet you put in better double glazing than she does, right?
I've not seen her double glazing yet, but I'm pretty confident.
-Now, tell me, how much did you spend, Steve?
£117, I would like £183, please, of leftover lolly.
Craig, thank you very much, £183.
Now, Craig, which is your favourite piece?
My favourite piece has got to be the silver round box.
-OK, do you agree with that, Steve?
-I'm OK with that one, yeah.
And which bit will bring the biggest profit, Stevie?
I'm going again for my little Murano sculpture.
-And do you agree with that, Craig?
What do you think will bring the biggest amount?
I think the aeroplane, the lighter with the aeroplane.
The lighter with the aeroplane on it.
Well, those are our predictions, lovely.
The next thing that's going to be difficult to predict is
-exactly what Kate is going to buy.
-Yes. Wouldn't you like to know!
-I can tell you one thing.
It won't be Murano glass!
-Well, thank you for that.
Anyway, good luck, chaps, have a nice cup of tea, and good luck, Kate.
Now it's time to catch up with our auctioneer.
How lovely is this, to be at Richard Winterton's Lichfield saleroom,
with Richard Winterton himself?
And what a mixture of objects we've got. How exciting!
We've got 12 Art-Nouveau tiles in this frame, which is
pretty hot, isn't it?
-What do you mean, OK?
-What would you do with it?
I think the thing is, because they are so stylish, in that German,
late Art Nouveau way, I think that's the whole point of it, isn't it?
It's all happening there in a kind of sick, pea-green colour,
which would be uber popular in Germany in 1900.
-You're really trying to sell it to me!
-Yeah, I really am, Rich.
Because for me, that is a very stylish object,
you could put it as a hotplate or something...
To me, I think it would be better having them loose, you could do what you like with them.
We see loads at the back of a washstand.
Do you know, I've got a funny feeling that you no likey!
No, everything's got a price, it depends what they're going to pay for it, but we've put £40-£50,
because that's what you could pick up on the back of a washstand,
and you've got a nice washstand to go with it.
-£120, they paid.
-To me, that is a lot of money for that.
You may well be right, actually.
On the other hand, the thrill of the auction is,
-you just can't tell what's going to happen.
Moving on, though, to what is the most traditional and kind of
ordinary, in some ways, piece of 18th-century dining room kit.
-Our cutlery box.
-I like things like this. Look at the shape of it.
And I know it's distressed, but people do like buying
it like that, in that condition, they can do what they like with it.
It's a nice thing. For £50-£80, that is a good buy for somebody.
-Brave man. £40 paid.
-Isn't it good?
If you achieve the estimate, they will all be jumping up and down.
No, you will be jumping.
And lastly, we've got the Edwardian-looking piece of kit,
-a smoker's compendium.
-It doesn't do a lot for me.
We see a lot of smoker's cabinets coming through.
It's not of any great quality.
And I can't see what else you would do with it.
And at 50 to 80, I might... Are we miles away?
No, £60, you are spot-on. You can value this kit, I tell you!
We are just a bit off on the secessionist tiles,
-but the rest of it, we're OK.
-We are OK.
I think you are absolutely spot-on. But if the tiles
don't do well, in other words, you are right and I'm wrong,
they're going to need their bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Amy, Dawn. Now, Amy, you've been in the wars, darling!
I have, a little bit, yes!
What happened, you met a dealer one dark night...?
-No, seriously, what have you done?
-I was riding my friend's horse and we had a parting of ways.
You fell off? Oh, dear, how embarrassing!
It was, a little bit, yes!
-But David, more to the point, had £80 of your leftover lolly.
-So... That is a bit underwhelming!
-It's not what I expected.
It is a fascinating thing, this, I've never seen anything like it.
Made by Doulton, incredibly good-quality maker,
and retailed by Phillips of Oxford Street, London.
But this is fascinating, the date of 1646,
obviously this is the period around the time of the Civil War,
so it is commemorating something from that time in 1896,
250 years after the event.
-I like it.
-How much was it?
-I paid £50 for it.
-It's different. It's different, David.
-Is that good?
-Pretends she doesn't like it.
-What did you think it will make?
It might make £100 - a Doulton collector,
somewhere in Australia, might be sat right now in his pyjamas,
ready to bid, that's the exciting bit.
We have a prediction here that Dave thinks it could make north of £50.
-Rather than south of £50. So, you girls think about it,
you don't have to decide right now.
But we will find out from our auctioneer of the moment
what he thinks about Dave's beaker.
Well, isn't that a gorgeous beaker?
It's got a bit of something going for it, it's not in bad shape, is it?
But it's the research that people would buy this for,
because it's got a registration mark on it, they'd find out about Phillips,
people who like this, that's what they like buying,
they will go off and do a bit of their own research on it.
And Doulton were so clever, because if you
look at the back, there is a seam, that looks like a bit of leather.
-So they tried to make, in stoneware, a leather vessel.
That looks as if it is 17th-century,
but doing it at the end of the 19th century, and as you say,
for this commemorative purpose, it's all very clever.
It is very clever, and I always think they just don't make what they
should really make for the amount of work that has gone into it.
How much money do you think it will make?
We've got £30-£40, and it will probably make just the top
end of that, which is no money for that, really. It's a nice object.
£50 paid by David as a bonus buy.
I think it's a clever thing to find, and as you say,
with a bit of research, who knows?
OK, well, that's it for the Reds, thank you, Richard.
Moving on swiftly to the Blues, we have one of those lovely
DC-3 Dakota aircraft cigarette lighter jobbies.
-Always popular, always easy to sell.
-What is it worth?
-£20-£30, all day long.
-OK, £25 paid, so they paid the right price.
Now, you've got this Murano bit of glass.
To be really honest, Tim, I think it's an absolute load of nonsense.
And for some reason, I put £20-£30 on it and for the life of me,
I don't know why. Because when you look at it, like, here,
it looks like the end has been cut off, and what would you do with it?
-It is modernist design, that's what it is.
-It's just a twisty bit of...
It looks like leftover glass where someone has got bored,
they have twisted it all up and just sold it on.
-OK, well that's nice! Actually, your estimate is £30-£40.
-Oh, my gosh!
-According to the catalogue, you've put £30-£40.
But do not fret, my old friend, because they only paid £12 for it.
So if you can get anything more than £12, you are an all-round hero.
Yes, that's about right.
Now, we've got a bit of quality for you.
The very nice Vickery circular box.
Did that, once upon a time, do you think, come from a dressing case?
I think you're spot-on, and it is corking quality, it's lovely.
-So, how much?
-We've gone £70-£80, all day long.
-OK, £80 paid.
-That is a good buy.
-At a fair!
-That is a good buy.
I frankly can't see much going wrong for that team, but if it does, they
will use their bonus buy, perhaps, so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Steve, Craig, this is exciting, isn't it?
You spent only £117, you've risked it for a biscuit with Kate,
Now, she's found something that is very appropriate for you chaps,
and Kate, reveal all.
-Well, we had a lot of fun, chaps, didn't we?
-We did, yeah.
And for two cheeky fellas, I thought,
what more could you ask for than a pair of lady's bloomers?
-Oh, my word!
-There we go. And I think it's better that way round.
-So, you've got front bloomers, back bloomers,
but it is, of course, a Vesta case.
Which, in itself, is very collectable.
Lift up the lid, that's where you put your matches.
I would say this is early 20th century in date, Edwardian,
pre-war, it is brass, as you can see, and on the bottom,
you've got this little serrated edge, any ideas what that's for?
-It's your striker, is it?
-That's your striker.
Certainly, cheeky things are commercial.
And being a period piece as well, I think
-that's quite a desirable object.
-How much did you pay?
-I paid £80.
What sort of price range are we looking at in auction?
This is a very collectable piece, so I think it's got a chance.
-I would probably estimate it, hand on heart, as £60-£80.
So, it's the top end, perhaps, of an auction price, but I still think...
-Possible small profit.
-A possible teeny bit.
OK, we've gripped that, chaps. You don't decide right now, you decide later.
But right now, let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Kate's little box.
-Right, so, Victorian bloomers...
With a hinged top and a serrated bottom.
-That can only mean one thing.
-Good old Vesta case.
-Strike a light!
-We see hundreds of them.
-Hundreds of them?
-Well, loads of those.
-We do, all sorts of different and...
-But, it's a novelty, isn't it?
-And it would amuse
a gentleman, who had never seen, perhaps,
ladies' underwear much himself,
to have his matches in such a thing,
and he would then offer it to some other old codger and...
-They would all have a little giggle.
-A little nudge-nudge.
You see quite a few of these?
-We do. They make £30-£40.
-Do they? Oh, dear, £80 paid by Kate Bliss.
But never mind, perhaps the team won't go with it.
On the other hand, perhaps they might. We'll find out in a minute.
-You taking the sale?
-Aah! We are in safe hands.
-Now, Dawn, Amy, how are you feeling?
You've hobbled over all right? I tell you, this saleroom is hot!
Look at all these people in here.
-Now, your 12 tiles, the auctioneer doesn't like them at all.
-So, on that basis...
-What does he know?
He has put £40-£50 on them, you paid £120,
so that is a high-risk strategy. And I just hope he's wrong, frankly.
Anyway, here come the tiles.
This set of 12 Art-Nouveau tiles, where are we going to start?
£20 I'm bid. £20, 25. £30, 35, £40.
£50, 50. £50 down here.
At £50 I'm bid, at £50 I'm bid, on my left at £50,
on my left at £50, internet, you're out, back of the room,
you're out, sold, then, at £50.
-Who liked those tiles?!
-£50, minus £70. Now, the flatware box.
This is gorgeous.
The George III mahogany flatware box there,
£20 I'm bid. £20 I'm bid.
25, 30, 35, 40. 45, 45, the lady at 45. 45 at the back.
At 45, 45, 45.
You're in profit.
Lady at the back with 45, £45, all finished?
Sold at £45.
Good, that means overall, you are minus 65, we are
going in the right direction. Now, here comes the cabinet.
With presentation plaque on the top dating 1920,
-£20 I'm bid, £20 I'm bid. At £20, the smoker's cabinet at £20.
£25 I'm bid. Internet bid, 25 I'm bid.
-Internet bid, £30 at the back, £30 in the room.
-Come on, come on!
£30 I'm bid, back of the room, sold at £30.
-£30 is cheap!
-The sound of pain there.
-Overall, you are minus £95, girls.
-Oh, my gosh.
-It wasn't supposed to be like this, I know.
That is seriously rough, but you're big girls, you can take it.
-I can, on the chin!
-On the chin.
So, what are we going to do with the bonus buy,
-are you going to go with the Doulton beaker?
-You've got nothing else to do, really!
What's the worst that could happen?
OK, we are going with the beaker, we believe in Dave's beaker,
-we trust him...
-We do, we do!
-And we are going with it.
Cross everything, kids.
The Doulton Lambeth stitched leatherware royal commemorative
beaker, commission bids on the book, straight in at £20.
£20 I'm bid, at £20. £20 bid. £20 in the room. Internet, you are out.
25, internet. 30 in the room. £30, 35, internet. £40, room.
-Internet, 45, 45, 45. At 45...
-Five more, come on!
-45 in the room now, room is out.
-It isn't even breaking even!
All done, sold at £45.
That was horrible, that was horrible.
It's minus £5, which rounds it up to minus £100.
-That's all right, that's good!
-A round figure!
-Well done, girls.
-In our own special kind of way.
They sold, that's true!
-Good thinking, positive thinking.
That's very, very, very, very positive, Dawn.
I've seen things that have not sold, though.
Listen, it has been such a bloodbath for you guys,
it's likely to be an equal bloodbath for the Blues.
-So, £100 - minus - could be a winning score!
Well, guys, you were cautious in your purchases,
which may be the right strategy today.
Anyway, the DC-3 lighter, his estimate is £20-£30,
you paid £25, so with any luck, it will take off.
And here it comes.
The Douglas DC-3 aircraft, bid's on the book, £5 bid.
-Five bid, five bid. Five, six, eight, 10, 10, 15, £20.
£20 I'm bid, 25, internet. £30, room. £30 in the room, at £30.
-35, internet. 35, internet. £35, are your all out?
-You only paid 25.
Sold, then, at £35.
Marvellous. Good old internet.
That is plus £10, super. Now, Murano.
We go to the sculpture now.
£5 to start me, £5 to start me, the sculpture.
Five bid. Five, six, eight, 10, 15...
-On my left at £15.
-What do you know, Kate? What do you know?
-Left at £15. £15, £15.
-I don't believe it!
-I want a written apology.
-I will eat my hat. Well done.
-Plus £3, lads.
This is building up rather nicely.
The circular silver box, £70 bid, at £70 I'm bid, at £70, £80, £90.
At £90 I'm bid. At £90, on the book at £90. The room is out.
Get the gavel here, get the gavel here!
At £90, all done? Sold at £90.
Yes! That's very good, £90.
That's plus £10, look, you are plus £23,
you have a profit on all three items,
this is looking seriously good.
Now, what are you going to do about the Vesta case?
I'm not being horrible to Kate,
but I think we are going to have to stick.
-We'll pass on that.
-You're going to pass?
-Yes, if that's OK.
-The bloomers aren't doing it for you?
Well, they would on a normal day, but not today, no,
thank you very much.
Well, that's so beautifully put!
I mean, there's no denying you, Steve, is there, in this?
-And you are with your dad on this, Craig?
OK, fine, a united front, you're not going with the bonus buy,
but not to worry, we're going to sell it anyway,
you have preserved your 23 well-earned pounds of profit,
and why don't we see what the bloomers bring right now?
The novelty brass Vesta case there. £5.
£6, £7, £8, £9,
£10, £15, £20, 25, £30, £30 there,
at £30, £30, 35,
35 on my left, £40, internet, 45 on my left, in the room, sold at £45.
Well done, good decision!
Just short of 50, that is minus £35, lads, you have done well there.
-Plus £23, could be a winning score. Say nothing to the Reds.
OK, brilliant. Well done.
Well, what excitement! Haven't we had a great time?
-Yeah, very good day.
-We had a great time.
What I find extraordinary on this programme is sometimes,
the chasm that can open up between two teams,
two teams who shopped with the same amount of money in the same
place and sold in the same place,
how can there be such a difference in their performance?
Anyway, without giving anything away,
the runners-up by a good old chasm today are the Reds.
-I felt that one coming, didn't you?
Minus £100 is the overall number.
-There wasn't much in the way of hope on the horizon, was there?
-The gods weren't with you.
-But anyway, you had a good time?
We've loved having you on the show.
But we are going to be giving folding money to the Blues today.
Just look at Steve and Craig, have you ever seen happiness so...? £23.
-There we go.
-Thank you very much.
Not only do you get a splendid heap of cash, you also get
admitted to the ancient and noble order of the Golden Gavellers! Yes!
-Here we go. There's your golden gavel.
-Thank you very much.
-Steve, Craig, there you go, boys.
-Back of the net!
-And Kate, for your collection.
-Thank you very much.
Something to pop on the dressing table at home.
Isn't that marvellous? Anyway, have you had a nice time?
-Absolutely brilliant, thank you.
-And it is a triumph, isn't it? An absolute triumph.
Anyway, it's been great to see you, we're going to have a little
kick now, but for a change, we are kicking up our left leg.
We've not done this since about 1948.
So, gird up your loins and get ready for the left kick.
So, join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
-Oh, I like it!
Tim Wonnacott hosts the show from the East of England Showground in Peterborough.
Experts Kate Bliss and David Harper assist the red and blue teams as they attempt to find three objects each to try and make profit at auction.