Antiques show. Tim Wonnacott and the team visit Hemswell in Lincolnshire. Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson hand out expert advice to the reds and the blues.
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Today we're in the village of Hemswell,
in the county of Lincolnshire.
A county famed for its pork-related products.
Let's hope that there are no weak links in today's programme.
Huh! Who writes this stuff? Let's go bargain hunting. Yeah!
These antiques centres are crammed full of goodies for our teams.
And therefore, they should be like pigs in...
Slurry. Right now thought, let's take a squint at what they root out.
On today's show, the Reds know who's boss.
Sometimes I do feel completely superfluous to the situation.
Well, that's true. As long as you know your place.
As long as you know your place.
Whilst the Blues have one thing on their minds.
-What's Black Forest? I'll test you.
No, you're right. It is.
Before that, let's all get acquainted.
Well, on today's show we're keeping it in the family,
because for the Reds we have sisters Pat and Barbara.
And for the Blues we have mother and daughter combo from heaven,
-Jo and Anne. Hello everyone.
Very nice to see you. Now, Pat, you are passionate about gardening.
I love it. My hobby.
So you're a bit of a country girl then?
-Yes, I love the countryside. Yes.
-And have you lived there all your life?
No, I was in a town until about 20 years ago.
-Dear old Luton.
-So, you moved away from Luton.
-And you came up here to God's country.
-We did indeed.
-What was your incentive to come here?
We wanted to get out of the rat race, basically.
Yes, so what was your plan?
We did up a derelict cottage. That was our plan.
We were going to keep ourselves by doing up derelict places...
-Moving from one to the other?
-Yes. Then my husband said,
"I'm too old now. I'm getting a brand-new place."
So that's what we live in now.
A brand-new place with a pocket handkerchief of a garden.
-Which you cultivate.
-Which I cultivate.
-Now, Barbara, you were in fashion, right?
-Was this catwalk stuff?
-Yes. Only for charity, you know.
And I said, "I like all of these clothes. Can I get a job?"
She said, "Yes, of course you can." So she gave me a job.
I never brought any wages home cos I used to buy clothes all the time.
That's the trouble, isn't it, too much temptation.
-You are pretty handy around the house.
I used to be very handy.
My husband often used to open the door and think,
"This is not my house," and go back out because I'd decorated
-the hall or something.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-You can put your own shelves up and all that?
-Yes, I do.
-That's very handy, isn't?
-Wonderful with a drill.
-Wonderful with a drill.
So you are going to get on pretty well today, you two, are you?
We think so. She bosses me around but I just let her.
As long as she does as she is told.
But that's the whole sisterly thing though, isn't it?
It is. I respect my sister's age.
That is a double-edged complement, I would say.
-Anyway, good luck when it comes to your shopping.
-BOTH: Thank you.
Lovely to have you on the show.
Now, Jo, you have an active work-life, tell us about that.
I do, yeah. I'm a lifeguard and yoga instructor.
Tell us about the yoga. You know how to do the lotus position?
Yeah, yeah, I'm quite comfortable in the lotus.
But I was quite lucky because I've done yoga ever since I was a child.
My dad has always been into yoga.
-We used to just do it for fun, really.
But your interest in the East doesn't stop with the yoga, does it?
-No, I do a Japanese martial art as well.
Yeah. Aikido. I do Aikido.
Don't tangle with this one. Tell us about Aikido.
It's all about balance, you know.
Are you going to give us one of your moves?
One of your moves, yeah. Well...
Not your attack mode but one of the relaxation moves.
-The first move of Aikido is going like that.
And then like that. Getting your sword out.
But also, if someone was going to attack you
and you go like that, you are not in the place any more.
You remove yourself from the situation.
There's a lot of harmony. It's like self-defence.
It's self-defence, it's not an attacking art.
-No, no. Quite. That's nice to know, isn't it?
Now, this sportiness springs from you, Anne, doesn't it?
-It does, yeah. It's in the blood.
-What do you get up to?
-I'm a swimming teacher.
-Do you take little ones, do you?
-Right from two to 81 years old.
-Do you really?
-That the oldest lady I had.
When you're not splashing about, you like a bit of writing.
-I do, yes.
-Tell us what you get up to.
The latest book is going to be a psychological thriller.
A bit of hypnotism as well. Which I may try when we go buying as well.
-Look into my eyes.
-What, make the dealer...?
You've got all the tips there, haven't you?
Have you got any tactics between you?
Apart from hypnotising the dealers?
Jo is going to follow you because
you always find something really good.
-You've got a good eye. Lurking round the corner.
Seeing what you're looking at.
OK. Fine. I'll look behind me as I go round too.
-Anyway, very good luck.
Now, the money moment. Here we go. 300 smackers each.
You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go!
Very, very good luck!
My favourite stroke was the breaststroke.
Oh, yes. But that's our teams.
Who do we have to help them out?
Looking after the Reds today, it's Phil Serrell.
And hoping to drive a hard bargain for the Blues, it's Charles Hanson.
I kid you not, we are
at one of the biggest antiques centres in the world.
-Have we got a plan?
-Yes, we have indeed.
-Which is what?
-Spend as much as we possibly can.
Well, we are going to try to buy cheap and make loads of money.
What are you going to spend, spend, spend on?
I like a bit of pottery or a nice bit of glass. Something like that.
Get some nice things. Sell big.
-Just one request.
-Leave me something.
-Leave you something?
The teams clearly know what they are going to do with their shop,
which starts now.
Straight out of the traps, the Reds are as keen as mustard.
Right, you guide us as to where we've to go first.
Listen, I know my place in life.
Good. He's a man who knows his place in life.
I think I might have real problems here.
-Those are nice.
-Are they? She's good this girl, isn't she?
-Set of salts. Silver.
-They are in the case as well.
-They are indeed.
-How much are they?
They are priced at £98 and they are going to make, I would think,
somewhere between 50 and £60.
-We have only just started.
-Yes, we have.
Let's have a look around and they are still going to be here...
-Yeah, they are.
-Which we shall we go, that way?
-Yep. Right, onwards.
The Blues are also quick to the boil as they find something that's
just their cup of tea.
-Have a good look.
-I like the colours of that plate down there.
-The cup, saucer and little plate.
-It's not a bad price either.
I know, that's why I was drawn to it.
-I am, yeah.
It's a really wacky design.
But that reflects the Foley Factory,
which was a Staffordshire factory working in around 1920, 1930.
And that's its period.
To buy that on its own it's priced at £18.
What is it worth in a saleroom?
It's probably worth between 15 and £25. It could make 30.
It could be a steady, secure first buy.
-But then, it's whether you want to go big.
-I want to go big.
It's all big.
You know what they say, go big or go home.
I think that's quite fun.
-It's a bagatelle game, isn't it?
Does it fold up? It's a game that folds up.
Whilst bagatelle is recognised
as a traditional indoor British pub game,
its origins lie in the 16th century French high society.
-How old is it, do you think?
This is somewhere between 1830 and 1860.
-And it's made out of mahogany. This is boxwood.
And the balls are turned wood as well.
But what I love about them, let me just go up here...
-I just love these cups.
-Yeah, they are lovely, aren't they?
-They are beautiful.
-Nicely turned, aren't they?
-But it's priced up at £175.
Which means you might get it for 150 quid, if you like it.
-I don't mind it.
-I quite like it.
-That's a nice bit of inlay.
It's something to bear in mind, if we can get it for around 150.
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He's quite nice, isn't he?
-It's cool, yeah.
-Stick stand. A rare, amusing stick stand.
Would you put umbrellas as well as sticks in there?
Yeah, you would.
-Is he heavy?
-No, he's quite light.
There we go, look, he wants a big cuddle.
He wants a big cuddle. Look, put him in between the two.
-There they are, look at that.
What I like about him, if you see, he's got a small gin flask,
maybe a whiskey flask,
in his top pocket. Clearly, he is quite a jovial...
Yeah, that's why he's got a smile on his face.
You know what, I love him and I like him. He is well made.
-The only thing that puts me off is the price.
-Have a guess.
-Has anybody got a pen?
-Change that six to a one.
-He wants a really big cuddle for 650.
Let's get real, we can't do that.
-Say goodbye to him.
-Wave him goodbye. Come on.
Oh bless. No wonder he looks like he needs a hug.
What about this glass, Phil?
-I like glass, you see.
-I personally don't.
-Yeah, I do though.
-I know and it's your... That's put me in my place.
I think you need to buy something.
You choose whichever piece of glass you want.
-In my eyes, these things are worth between 20 and £50.
-That's what I think.
What about that pinky bit there? Do you like that?
-I quite like that. That's nice, look at that.
You get that then, Barb.
Let me have a look. Get it by all means.
There aren't any chips or anything on it.
-I'm guessing that it's 1960s. But you want to get it for £25-£35.
You go and buy that. I'm going to find
a darkened room to sit down and just for a minute or two.
It's not that psychedelic, Phil.
38. What would be your best price for that?
-No, I would only be able to do you 36 on that one.
-No, I'm afraid not.
36 for that then? We will take that then.
-I quite like it.
-OK. If you like it...
-I like it. 36 then.
Nice try, girls.
The dealers aren't budging much on their prices, are they?
What, on that top shelf, has caught my eye?
I will see if you've got a Hanson mindset.
-Yes! That's it!
-That was my first choice, to be fair.
-I quite like it.
Shall we have a look at that? If the cabinets will open.
-It does stand out, doesn't it?
Is it quite heavy, first of all?
Bronze cigar cutter in the form of a ship's capstan,
ie - a ship's wheel.
Look, can you see, as I turn that wheel,
the mechanism pulls that across
which would enable you to cut your cigar.
And OK, smoking ephemera is a bit out of vogue at the moment,
-But I like that.
-Have a feel, Mum. Weigh it in your hand.
-Is it heavy?
If your captain was to speak to you, I would say, you know,
let's get it bought. No rough seas ahead.
I can feel calm waters, steering that through the saleroom.
-As a cigar cutter, I love it.
That a lot of puns, Carlos.
-Priced at £38.
-A good price.
In a nice antiques centre like this we tend to get 10% off.
Why don't you go and ask the lady. Maybe try 35, maybe try 30.
You never know. Go and ask now, I'll wait here.
-Good object that.
-Yeah, it's really nice.
That's a really good object. I see a big profit there.
Even if you say so yourself, eh, Carlos?
-We are interested in this.
We were just wondering if there is any leeway on the price at all?
There is. We cannot ring a dealer under £100, so his trade is 10%.
-That could be it then, the bottom?
So the discount is £4. So that would be £34.
-Is that the lowest you can go? Not anywhere near 30?
-That's your lowest.
-What do you think? We will take that, yeah.
-Thank you very much.
Now, the Reds want a closer look at the salts they saw earlier.
Right, let's have a look and see what we've got.
-Mappin and Webb.
-That's a good make, isn't it?
It's a very good make.
There's a problem with these before we go any farther. What's that?
Come on, ladies, what's missing?
Absolutely. We've got four oval salts,
-all Mappin and Webb.
All hallmarked in Birmingham. 1914.
But in terms of value...
you are going to be paying £98 for something that I think is
worth between 40 and £60.
But we have decided that my views are totally irrelevant.
-No, not really. We appreciate what you're saying.
-I think they are good.
-Yes, I do.
OK, let's turn the tables then.
What you think they are going to make auction?
I wouldn't be surprised if they made the price.
-Yes, I do. Really.
Because I think they are a bit unusual. A bit different.
We've got the box. People like these sort of things on a table.
-My sister likes this sort of stuff, you see.
-So what's the answer?
-We will buy it.
-We'll buy them.
Depends on how much that nice young lady wants to give them to me for.
-As I've said to you, they are £40-£60 worth. All right?
-We will see if we can get a good price on them then.
-Right, you can do this one.
-OK, I'll try. I will try my best.
Well, Phil, you've made yourself quite clear,
but I think these girls are determined.
What is the very best price you could do that for us, please?
I can do you those for £96.
-Just £2 off?
-I'm afraid so. Yes.
-No, unfortunately not.
£2 off. That's not even 10%. Still, every dealer is different.
-I really do. I think it's nice.
-And you like it.
We will have those then. That will be fine.
-Thank you very much.
So who will be proved right at the auction? Phil or Pat?
In the meanwhile, come with me on a trip to Papua New Guinea.
These things are going to help us on our journey.
We've got a group of five very rare hair ornaments
that came from a Sepik tribe up the Sepik River in New Guinea.
It's a pretty desolate place
and it wasn't until the 1920s that anthropologists
set about seriously exploring waterways in New Guinea,
and became fascinated by the Sepik people.
One of the indigenous animals
in Papua New Guinea is something called a cassowary.
If you know about ostriches and emus, well, it's a
very similar flightless bird. But it is enormous.
It can grow to 6ft in height.
And these bones are removed from the cassowary.
At the terminal here, we've got some naive carvings and piercings.
That one is pierced with a hole.
That one is pierced with almost a comb on the end.
If you were one of those Sepik people,
you would wind your hair into a coil and decorate your hair with
a series of these pins, sticking into it from all angles.
What I like about this group is, apart from telling
the story from a tribal perspective of those peoples, is the colour.
The brown patternation on these bones
would indicate that these are of considerable age and were
probably collected in the very early point of discovery on New Guinea.
For collectors of ethnographic objects these are a delight.
If you look at this one, it's got a section of something that
looks suspiciously like human hair tied to one of those bones.
Look at the gnarled and aged patternation on this top finial.
What would you be likely to have to pay for a rare
group of five of these Sepik hair ornaments?
Well, if they came from a renowned collection, and these did,
they came from the collection of a man called Maurice Bonnefoy,
then you could expect to have to pay the top end of £250.
But that's a good deal less than having to go
and fund your trip to Papua New Guinea.
Back to the shops, where the Reds have two items
and the Blues have just one. Some way to go yet.
But they are getting plenty of mileage from the same cabinet.
Look at these.
These are wonderful. 1907. Where were you in 1907?
Not even a memory. This is it, yeah.
-It's a beautiful design.
-Sometimes objects can be too good to be true.
My concern is, the way the frill sits on this fairly stylised,
restrained design, and the fact that you have these swags in the
neoclassical, they don't really go with the actual silver design.
These probably would have had coloured inserts,
in green or cranberry. I think we ought to think about them.
Put them to one side rather than be too keen.
-Do you agree?
-I like that.
-Do you like that?
-That's pretty. What's that?
-That's out of our price range.
-I can tell you that without even looking at it.
-Those little drawers are nice.
-They're not worth £185.
Yes, they are. They're dovetailed.
She's got all the terminology, hasn't she?
We'd rather like to buy that.
-I don't know what I'm doing here.
-Well, we're teaching you.
-It's a scatter-gun approach this.
I like that. How much is that? How much is this? I like this.
I like that over there. How much is this here? Now, let's just chill.
But if we throw enough at it, we're going to find something.
Crikey! These Reds are keen to buy everything.
Remember, you can only buy three items, girls.
Is Charles about to put him team in the picture?
Do you know what I think it is, I think it's a photo frame.
-I thought it was a photo frame, yeah.
-Yeah, of course.
I think, basically,
it's the type of object you would have perhaps brought
over in World War II, from Jerusalem, from that region,
-because it's olive wood, you see.
But it's quite nice. Like an olive branch?
Yeah, exactly. Like an olive branch.
And it's obviously got initials on. Can you see?
-Yeah, at the top.
So you wonder whether it was made for someone in particular.
My passion for this whole industry is sentiment, nostalgia.
And that is history, you know?
-Yeah, that is.
-Is it talking to you?
-No, right. Well, let's move on.
Well, that puts an end to that then.
No place for sentiment with these girls, Charles. They want to win.
A few marks. A bit of a stain, but that polishes out.
What about the veneer.
"That'll polish out!"
-I just love you two. Absolutely right. Let's go...
-With Mr Sheen.
Other furniture polishes are available.
What wood is it made out of?
Useful in a modern house as well,
because it doesn't take up a lot of room, does it?
-Sometimes I do feel completely superfluous to the situation.
Well, that's true. As long as you know your place, Phil.
-As long as you know your place.
-I like that.
-That is pretty.
-It has been through the mill.
-Haven't we all.
-This has had Botox, tucks and everything.
Yes. What do you reckon we should buy it for?
Honestly, I think you need to get it for £100-£120.
That would be my shot for it.
Let's just have a quick look around. OK.
These legs look all right. No damage on them.
-Yep. I'd have a go at that, girls, I really would.
We are running out of time
and I don't think you're going to find anything else.
I would, I'd have a go at that. I quite like that. Nice bit of timber.
Take the ticket to the desk and see what they can do for it.
Do hurry though, girls, nine minutes remaining.
Still, you have less to be fearful about.
The Blues still have two items to find.
That's a big boot.
My mum collects boots but I've not seen one like that.
That's good, you know. What is it? You can see the label and
I can tell you it's a Black Forest match-striker ashtray in boot.
-This is it.
-What's Black Forest?
-I'll test you.
No, you're right. It is. That's a good answer.
But actually, it refers to a region of Bavaria,
all the pine forests where so much softwood was carved.
-I love that.
-I think we should buy that.
Take it out of the cabinet.
-There we go.
-What do you think, Charles?
This is your ashtray. Here, lift that section there...
-Look at that!
-Look at that.
Clearly you can see your match case, your striker, and your ashtray.
You can close that up.
And what I like is the fact that you've got some nice wear on here.
And you can see where hands have rubbed over the years.
I would say that probably is 1930s.
-Yeah, I do.
-I didn't think it was that old.
-What do you think about the price? 68?
If this came into my saleroom
I would guide it probably to fetch between 30 and £50.
But again, if you're getting the vibe...
You know, if you got that premeditated thought that it
might fly, this boot is made for walking, isn't it?
You know, take a chance because, do you know what,
we've got a wholesome five minutes to go.
-It's a nice big boot.
-We'll go for that then.
Let's go and buy it. Yeah? Come on, bring that boot with me. Follow me.
OK, you've found your second item. But hurry paying for it.
And finding your third!
The Reds are on their third buy.
The question is, can they get it for Phil's £100-£120 estimate?
-It's on at 145.
But there is some damage to the table.
They're just wondering if you could do around £100.
OK, thank you very much. See you later. Bye.
He said he will definitely do £100.
-That will please Phil no end that will.
-That's brilliant, isn't it?
-That's good. We'll definitely take that.
-Thank you very much. That is lovely.
Well done, team.
Now collect your expert and take a well deserved rest.
The thing is, guys, we've got four minutes to go.
I think we've almost got to do a two-for-one now and go back and
find that one other item which can go with this and be our third lot.
-You know what, let's go for the cup and saucer on the stand.
-Do you agree?
-Do you think?
-Or there was the photo frame as well.
-I'm more leaning towards the photo frame.
-Is that what you prefer?
-OK. Why don't you get that.
See you at the counter. And we'll try and pay for the two together.
-OK, let's go.
We've got a minute to go.
Every step now counts. Quickly, quickly, quickly.
-Is it in good condition?
I just had a good look at the back.
-And you like it?
-Yes. I do.
-Is Mum happy with that?
-I'm happy with that.
-It's gorgeous. Priced at £45.
I think it's a good buy as well.
-I do. I like it.
-I think we'll take the two.
OK, that's lovely. I can do 10% on both of those for you.
-That one's £40.
-And you've got £7 off that one, so 61.
-And that's the very best?
That's the very best, yeah? Look at me, yeah. That's it. Happy?
-That's it. We have three items.
-Shake her hand.
-Thank you very much.
-Thanks very much.
Time's up. Let's check out what the Red Team bought, eh?
They bought the Murano-style glass vase for £36.
Following this, they shook hands on the boxed silver salts for £96.
Rounding up their purchases was the oval walnut table
Well, girls, that was fun, wasn't it?
-It was indeed, yeah.
-A whole hour with P Serrell.
-Millions would pay millions.
-Who could ask for more?
-I don't think he knew what hit him.
-Anyway, it was good, was it?
-It was fun.
-Which was your favourite piece?
My favourite piece? The silver salts.
Silver salts. And the sister?
Although I bought the vase, I like the table best.
-OK, that's very nice.
-To be contrary.
Does that mean the table will bring the biggest profit?
-We think so, yes.
They always used to be incredibly popular, didn't they, those tables?
And it's a particularly nicely-made thing. So good luck with that.
-You spent in total?
232. I'd like 68 please of leftover lolly. Thank you.
There's 68 of leftover lolly.
-Which is a tidy sum for Mr Serrell.
-It's not much really.
We need a nice profit out of that, young man.
HE GROANS AND THEY LAUGH
It's time to box clever, and I'm going to spend every penny.
-I don't blame you. I would too.
Just tell us confidentially, Phil, has it been a bit of a nightmare?
Oh, no, we were completely united in our differences.
THEY ALL LAUGH
That is the right answer. Right then, on that happy note,
let's check out what the Blue Team bought, eh.
Halfway through their shop,
they bought the bronze ship wheel cigar cutter.
A snip at £34.
Continuing the theme,
they paid £61 for the boot-shaped match-holder and ashtray.
And finally, they picked up the pierced olivewood picture
frame for £40.
Well, here are two very happy looking girls.
-You happy, girls?
-BOTH: We are.
You should be. In unison, mother and daughter combo.
So, which is your favourite piece, Jo?
The nice Italian photo frame. Very unique, very different.
OK. That's your favourite. Ma, what's your favourite?
-Mine is the boot. I love it.
-Would you like to own it yourself?
-Well, you can't.
So, is it going to bring the biggest profit?
-Yes? Do you agree with that?
-Yeah, you do? Support the mother.
-That's the best thing. How much did you spend in total?
135, that's £165 of leftover lolly.
-She's got the money.
-Great blue nails. That's very nice.
Colour coordination. Charles...
-What's your plan, Charles Hanson?
I want to go light and airy.
Not be too fairy about it, but find something really quite special.
-Colourful, alive, Tim.
-Firing and feeling fantastic.
-OK. Well, you can't ask for more than that, can you?
I mean, I'm already excited. Very good, Charles.
With the shopping over and experts dispatched, let's enter
the excitement of the auction, where the auctioneer awaits us.
We have come due south from Hemswell to the glorious city of Lincoln,
to Golding Young Mawer, to be with Colin Young.
-Colin, good morning.
-How are you?
Very well, and very happy to be in your glamorous sale room.
-I appreciate that.
-Gosh, this is a nice place.
OK. Now, the Reds kicked off with this glass vase.
Do you think it is Murano or is it just a glass vase?
I think it is just a glass vase, but it is that generic term that
everybody applies to it, even if it didn't come off the island.
I think at £25 to £40, as an estimate,
it really doesn't matter where it comes from. Good decorative lot.
Get the sunshine going through that and it is going to look glorious.
OK, fine, you are such an optimist. £36 was paid.
Next, though, are the salts - case set, with the liners, ready to go.
But does anybody want them?
That's the problem. I'm sure they would get used, but...
The case adds a little bit of value to it, but it also takes away
-a little bit in this instance because the spoons are missing.
Exactly. So, what is it worth as is?
Well, I suppose it has got to be worth a minimum £50 to £80,
-that sort of range.
-OK, £96 paid.
-I will be surprised if there's a profit on that one for them.
Are you going to be surprised by this Sutherland table?
Fairly common model, but at least it is walnut.
It is in not too bad condition.
I suppose it comes down to how much was paid for it, really.
Well, what I like about these Sutherland tables is
they take up very little room.
Yeah, it is a very good lot,
it is just not a great commercial piece.
OK, they paid £100, I'll put you out of your agony.
All right, OK.
Well, that's pleasing, then, because that is in the centre
of our estimate that we published - 80 to 120.
It certainly should be £80 minimum of anybody's money.
OK, well, fine. On that basis,
they might just about wiped their face for this lot.
In which case, they'll need the bonus buy,
so let's go and have a look at it.
Now, Pat and Babs, this is exciting, isn't it? £68 you gave to P Serrell.
Too much, really.
You can never give Philip Serrell too much. Anyway...
-So, Phil, show us what you bought.
-Well, I spent every last penny.
-We thought you would.
-Oh, my God. What is that?
-Well, I don't know what it is, but...
-That's a good start.
-But it is clearly a box.
There's been suggestions it might be for cigars,
which I don't think, because it's not airtight.
But I think it is sort of '20s, '30s.
And it is really, really decorative.
-And I can see that in a London shop at 350 quid.
But the only similarity between London and Lincoln
-is they both begin with L.
But hang on a minute, Phil, cos this is no rubbish, is it?
That is sculpted out of wood and then applied on the top.
And then lacquered look. But he is so sweet with his skis, look.
-Well, I can tell you, it cost £68.
It wouldn't surprise me
if it made 30 quid and it wouldn't surprise me if it made 150.
I've seen the odd box or two,
and I think that one is just a bit special.
-Yeah, it is a bit unusual.
-OK, lovely. Well, we all love it.
-Yes, we do.
-Nobody really knows what it's worth, right?
But it is there for you to speculate on if you decide that you want it.
But right now, for the audience at home, let's find out
whether the auctioneer can put a price on it.
Well, Colin, I don't know if you are an alpine man or not, but
if you are, that is a peach of a box, isn't it?
It is cracking, isn't it? I think that's a great looking thing.
Nice combination of materials on there. It is just a fun item.
And I must admit, I haven't come across anything like this before.
No. And if we open it up... Because that interior is nicely veneered.
And I guess it dates from the '20s or '30s.
Yeah, that's where I was going to be with it.
-No comparable, so total guesswork on estimate.
-Um... £50 to £80.
If that made £100, £120,
you'd just shrug your shoulders and say, "Well, it was worth it."
Exactly. I've never seen one before.
And I think it is delightful.
£68 was paid by Philip Serrell.
Now, moving on to the Blues.
We have for the first item, this little cigar cutter, binnacle thing.
The condition seems to be good throughout,
apart from just a little missing piece off the bottom,
just a cover, but that is fairly easy to replace.
-I think it is a sweet little lot.
-£25 to £40.
£34 paid, so that's OK. They're pretty well on the money.
You know, it's just smoking accessories, isn't it?
Slightly like their next lot, which is for holding maybe spills
and matches, in the form of an old boot.
Beautifully carved, but is it what people want, Colin?
I don't know whether it's what people want,
but you look at it, and you look at it twice,
and you do wonder whether it actually is a boot.
And then you look at it a bit closer and realise, yes,
it's Black Forest, it's late 19th century.
I think it's a great little thing.
-How great you think it is?
-I think it is just as great as the last one.
Do you? That would be £25 to £40 worth, then.
-Snip at the price as well.
-Well, it is not going to ignite at that,
-cos £61 was the price that was paid.
But continuing with their theme of tourist-type wares,
-we've got this Sorrento ware photo frame.
-Which is very elaborate.
-Yeah. Mass production pieces.
-But obviously very popular and what the tourists wanted.
What is your estimate?
-Well, I rate it a little bit better than the other two items.
-Yeah. I put 30 to 50 on this one.
-Crikey, Moses, don't overdo it!
£40 is what they paid.
So that's about right.
I mean, it just depends on how funky the audience are going to
be in the auction today. Cos if they are not that funky,
they're going to need their bonus buy.
And let's go and have a look at it.
-Well, girls, this is exciting, isn't it?
What did Charles Hanson spend the £165 on? Charles.
I really dug deep. I'll give you that first of all.
That's a very nice, I suppose, Chinese or Japanese bronze mirror.
Perhaps 1880, 1900. Beautifully cast.
-And then you might want to see my nuts.
-I beg your pardon!
-My walnuts, Tim.
-There we are.
And these are Chinese-carved walnuts.
Again, probably late 19th century. And they are a work of art.
Look at the carving, look at the figurative detail.
-Very intricate, yeah.
-They are, aren't they?
-Is that all a set?
I thought the mirror just gives the lot a bit of a freshness.
-Can I have a look, Charles?
-That is, that is really lovely.
We've got all these trees and amazing storks winging round.
And that side is polished, which is the mirror bit.
So if you just polish that up, all right, and then you can have a look.
-What do you think?
-OK, fine, so you get the bronze mirror and the two nuts.
-How much? Well, that is the all-important question.
I spent the princely sum of £60 on all three.
And I feel they have got legs, in the sense, they could race away.
You never know. this fun Chinese market,
they could make £200 or £300. Honestly.
Or they could make 50. But I think it is a gamble well worth taking.
OK, girls, well, you don't have to decide right now.
You choose after the sale of your first three items,
so let's find out from the auctioneer
whether he thinks that Charles is completely nuts.
Here we go, then, Colin. Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
I mean, pretty useless piece of kit, but there we are.
-Made of bronze, isn't it?
-Yeah. It's a nice thing.
It just needs a bit of a polish up and, yep.
Oh, it does work quite well.
So park that one, Colin, and have one of these walnuts.
How do you rate that, then?
-Well, there has been a lot of work going into that.
-Every centimetre is carved, isn't it?
-Little monkeys, look.
How much, do you think? Are they worth ten pounds each?
-Five pounds each?
-Five to ten, they have got to be that.
And by the time you add the mirror into it as well,
-£40 to £60, say?
-Something like that.
Well, Charles paid £60 for all three pieces,
and I think that is plenty and I don't see it making any money.
But anyway, there we are. We'll find out in the trueness of time,
£40, who's going to be first in for the brooch?
-Pat, Babs, how are you feeling?
How excited are you on the excitement...?
-Scale of one to 100, about five.
-Are you? That's all right.
-The temperature will rise, won't it, Babs?
Now, we are looking forward to the Murano glass vase, which is
coming up right now.
Lot number 94 is a Murano-type glass vase. There we go.
Who is going to start me at £50 for it? £50, anybody? 50.
-50. 40 to go, then. £40, anybody?
-Oh, come on, come on.
Anybody at 30?
£20, anybody? 20. £20, anybody?
Over there. £20 bid.
Two now to us here.
Go on, go on, more.
Two anywhere else now, surely? 20, bid. Your bid, then, two.
22, bid. Five is a last call.
-At £25, bid.
Going this time, then, at £25...
Uh-oh, that's minus.
Better than we thought, though.
Now the salts.
1914 cased set of Mappin & Webb silver salts. There we go.
£50, anybody, 50?
£30 then, surely. Anyone, £30 bid?
60. 65. 70. 70 bid, and five now.
75 bid. 80, do I see?
-Five now do I see? At £80. Only £20 each.
At 80, bid. Two. 82 on the net.
85, 85, 85. 88 now, do I see?
Anymore bids, then? At 85 in the back seated row.
Seated, at £85...
£85, you have minus £11.
Two lots of minus £11. Minus 22.
This is the choice bit, though.
The Victorian walnut Sutherland table.
Good-looking Sutherland table, ought to be well over 100.
Start me at 80 for it. 80. £80, anybody? 80. 50 will do, then.
£50, anybody? 50.
Straight in, £50 bid.
65, bid. 70. 75 now. 75.
90 now. 85, bid.
-Come on, come on.
-Come on, 100 at least.
-At 85, last call. Selling in the doorway here, then.
22, 32, is 37. Minus 37.
-That's not as bad as I thought.
-Not quite, it could be worse, girls.
So, are we going to trust Phil, then?
-You're going to go with the bonus buy?
-Yes, we will have to.
We are going with the bonus buy, we are going with the Deco skiing box.
Very, very smart. And here it comes.
Lot number 100 is a very unusual Art Deco birdseye maple rectangular box.
£30, whose first? 20 if you like. £20, anybody? At 20.
20 I've got already. At two. And five.
28. 30. 32. 35 now.
32, bid. Five now, surely. 32, bid.
Interesting lot. 35. 38. 40, bid.
40. 40, bid. 42. 45.
£45 in the front here. At 45. 48 on the Internet.
48. Bid 50. 50 bid? £48, are we all done, then? Last call, then.
You are out in the room. Selling on the net at £48.
£48. I could weep.
That is minus £20,
which is minus 57.
-That could be a winning score. Be brave. Walk tall.
And all will be revealed in a moment. Thank you very much.
-Now, Joan, here we go. Do you know how the Reds got on?
-We don't, no.
You don't know. We don't want you to.
First up, then, is the cigar cutter in the form of a binnacle,
and here it comes.
Early 20th-century novelty bronze cigar cutter. Start me at 30, then.
It'll be a snip of the price. £30.
£30, anyone? 30?
30, look at what we are selling here. £20, anybody?
£20, anybody? £20, bid. Two do I see now? 20, bid, two now, surely.
-At £20. 22, bid. 25.
25. 28 now. At 25, bid. Eight is a last call. Selling at £25....
Sold at 25.
Bad luck, girls!
25 to 35, that's minus nine pounds.
OK, now the old boot.
This is the match holder and striker there. What shall we say for this?
£20, anybody? 20, bid. 22 now. Making it two. Two do I see?
20 on bid, two. Five. 28 now.
28, surely. 28, bid.
30, bid. 32 now. At 32. Have another one. You might have got it sewn up.
-At 32. 35 anywhere else now?
It is on the net, then, you're all out in the room. Anymore?
No, selling at £32.
£30 would be 62,
so it is minus £29.
-We're doing well, we're doing well.
There we go. In olive wood, there. £30, anyone? 20 to go, then.
-£20, who is first in?
Two now. 22, also on the Internet.
25. Five bid. 28 now. 28.
Do I see a bid from the room at all?
No? Nothing in the room.
Going then at £25, all done. Sold.
-That's minus £15.
They've got some good bargains there.
They certainly have, that's...
29, 30... That's 44...
53. Minus £53.
-What are we going to do about the Chinese items?
-We should go for it.
-But they're not bidding.
-I know, but I love it.
-But we've got nothing to lose.
-We'll go with Charles.
That's a good attitude, isn't it? Let us see what happens,
cos here it comes.
Two walnuts that have been highly decoratively carved
and you also get a 19th-century Chinese bronze hand mirror as well.
£50, anybody? 50.
£50. 30 to go, then. £30, anybody? Who'll give 30?
30, in the room or on the net, don't mind which. 30 on the net.
-At 30 bid. 32 now, surely. At 32 bid. 35.
35. 38. Bid 40 now. At 42. Bid's in the room at £42.
There's also 45. 48, madam, thank you. 48 bid.
-50 now. At £48, are we all done?
-Come on, Internet.
-One more, one more!
-No? Selling, then, at £50...
-Minus ten pounds, 53, minus 63.
Anyway, girls, minus £62 could be a winning score.
Say not a word to the Reds and all will be revealed in a moment.
-Thank you very much.
Well, teams, here we stand, broken hearted but not defeated, yes?
Because none of you made a profit on any item at all.
Not one single item in today's programme made anything.
But who's ahead and who's behind?
Despite the massive losses on both sides,
there is only £6 between you.
And the team that is marginally behind the behind are the Blues.
Well done, ladies, well done.
But there is a sheet of Bronco in there,
so there's no shame in this result at all.
I'm not going to dwell on the prices, there's no point in dwelling
on the prices, I just want to ask you two, did you have a good time?
Well, you've been thoroughly supporting.
The victors today, who managed to win by losing £57.
-Are the sisters from heaven.
Anyway, it's been great, yes?
-You enjoyed it? Thanks very much, Phil.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes? Yes!
Hemswell in Lincolnshire is the destination for the red and blue teams.
Philip Serrell and Charles Hanson are standing by with all the experience and insight needed to guide their team to victory. Tim Wonnacott, meanwhile, transports us to Papua New Guinea without ever leaving the antique centre.