Antiques challenge. Presenter Tim Wonnacott is joined by experts Anita Manning and Christina Trevanion to help the red and blue teams pick out Ardingly's best bargains.
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We're in Ardingly today, at the largest antiques fair in the south.
Will our teams go continental? Will our teams go oriental?
Will our teams simply go completely crackers?
There's only one way to find out. Let's go bargain hunting! Yeah!
So, with more than 1,500 stalls here,
attracting thousands of people,
our teams need to be quick, decisive and...
on the ball.
You could try and convert this one for £45.
Coming up on today's show...
the Reds are competitive with themselves.
I think mine's going to make more money.
-Mine's going to make more than yours.
-Don't know about that!
While the Blues compete against the dealers.
But, before I give too much away, let's meet the teams.
On the programme today, we have two pairs of happily married couples.
Well, they're happy at the moment.
For the Reds, we have Richard and Sue,
and for the Blues, Sarah and Kelvin.
Lovely to see you. Now, Sue, tell us what you get up to.
Well, for a job, I work for the Metropolitan Police as a typist.
SHE LAUGHS Hello, hello!
And what sort of things do you type up?
Mainly transcripts, statements, just make sure they're ready for court.
And you've done this for how long?
-31 years, so...
I'm older than most of the furniture there now!
You mustn't own up to that.
And, Richard, it says here you've got incredibly green fingers.
-Yes, I'm a gardener for about ten years now.
-And where do you do that?
A couple of nursing homes in Surbiton.
All the residents are fantastic and you can have a chat to them
and that, and mow the lawns and cut all the shrubs and the bushes,
-so I really enjoy it.
And you've been doing this for ten years?
Yes, at least ten years, yes.
Do they give you a long service award or a free place...?
-Not at the moment.
-..a free place in the home when your retirement comes?
Now, you're extremely competitive with each other.
We are, we love beating each other...not literally!
And how did you meet?
We met swimming at our local pool and I saw the lovely Sue
-on the other side of the pool and I thought I could beat her!
-But I jumped in and there was in absolutely no way.
I was a whale, she was a dolphin.
Well, therefore, you were for endurance and she was for speed.
-That's a lucky partnership, isn't it?
-Yes, it is.
-Are you looking forward to this bargain hunting lark?
-I'm really looking forward to it.
-You're very competitive.
Are you going to be as competitive with the Blues?
Definitely with the Blues, but more with my husband.
-But more with your husband?
-We'd love to beat the Blues, but as long
-as I beat Sue.
-I tell you, sparks are going to fly today. This is fun.
Kelvin, you've had a very special wedding, I hear.
We did, yes, we actually went to Vegas and, on the spur of the moment,
we decided we'd get married in Vegas,
so we arrived in Vegas very jet-lagged and we got up
in the early hours of the morning and decided that
we'd have a wander round. We then got into a taxi
to take us to a different place and mentioned it and he said,
"Well, you can get all your documents sorted out,
"cos the town hall's open 24 hours,"
and we got the licence and on the way back, he said,
"Well, the chapels are open 24 hours so you can get married
"if you wish." And we both looked at each other, decided we would,
so, at 3.30ish in the morning, we got married
with the taxi driver as the witness and my stepson as the best man!
I don't believe it! Well, that's one way of going about it, isn't it?
-It's very reasonable.
-It cost us about 70, it's very reasonable.
-What, for the whole do?!
Yes, for the whole do.
I think you're going to be a bit cheap today on Bargain Hunt,
aren't you? Not spend any money at all.
Um, now, you have an unusual job, Kelvin, tell us about that.
I'm an equine dentist, I do horse's teeth and I really enjoy it.
-I love working with the horses...
-Do they like you working with them?
Once I get them in the chair and sit them down, they're not too bad.
-It's getting them in the chair that's the problem.
Yeah, very good. You're not so keen on horses,
but you love the donkeys, is that right?
Yes, I breed miniature Mediterranean donkeys.
So, how big are your little donkeys?
Generally, they're from 30 to 33 inches in height.
-Oh, so they're like a dog then, really.
Probably about the same sort of size as an Alsatian dog, yes.
Good lord, well, that's extraordinary.
Now, look, the big question is with you two, today,
we don't want any horsing about, right?
We want you concentrating on the issue in hand.
-Are you happy for that?
-Are you competitive too?
-Are you going to beat these Reds?
-Oh, definitely, that's what we're here for.
-That's what I like to hear.
-Anyway, now the money moment. £300 apiece. There's £300.
You know the rules, your experts await,
and off you go and very, very, very good luck.
Now, I would not put my hand inside a horse's mouth. Oh, no!
Anyway, enough of my horsing around. We need some experts.
The star of the fair for the Reds today is...
And hoping to direct the Blues to a win is...
Watch your back, girl!
OK, guys, we've got 300 quid!
But we've got to have some tactics.
So, team, what are we looking for today?
What's your plan?
Probably something horsey.
-I'd like to get something unique and wacky.
And I'd like something quirky and with a bit of character.
OK, so who's the decision maker?
-Always the woman.
-He's well trained! Well done!
Yes, we can be very competitive. I want to win.
-I am going to win.
-No, I'm going to beat Sue on her item.
I want to make a bigger profit than Sue.
But we're competing against the Blues?!
We can hopefully beat the Blues as well.
-We're competing against each other.
-Yes, we are.
Oh, a bit of marital disharmony?
I wouldn't say that, just competitiveness.
I'm looking forward to this!
Well, let's just keep our eyes peeled
and get those trotters going.
Well, those 60 minutes will fly by, so get stuck in, teams.
How old would this be?
Oh, this is from probably
the 1940s or 1950s.
Um, it was a time just post-war,
women wanted to get away from uniforms
and they wanted a bit of glamour.
They're not expensive things, but they're the sort of things that, if
you put on your dressing table, you would feel like a Hollywood star.
-Quite nice things.
-I could do with that myself.
-Oh, yeah, me too!
£12 for four pieces.
What I would like to see in that item would be in a nice
-fitted case so that it would make it complete.
So, although it's not dear, I don't think we've got a great chance
of making a profit on it,
so I think...unless you've fallen in love with it...
-It wouldn't earn me profit over my hubby at the moment.
So, I'm caught between the two of you?!
It looks like a bit of old tat to me!
-Give him a smack!
-You go for it, you go for it!
If you think that's going to make a profit, you go for it!
-We've got two competitions going on here.
-I'll have a think abut it, then.
-Which side am I going to be on?
-Oh, you've got to be on mine.
-I'm both, vote on both.
Good answer, Anita. Crikey, this is going to be a battle!
-Look at this.
-Is it, like, a weathervane?
-What do you think?
Yeah, it looks like it, doesn't it?
We've got a bit missing there and then,
obviously, as it turns around...
..your horse, the mechanism...
Let's...there you go, you can have that bit.
It's...the horse, at one point...
-What do you think of that?
-Uh! He's going backwards!
I love that! That's brilliant, isn't it?
It just appeals to my very childish nature, obviously.
What do you think?
-I don't really like it.
It's a bit quirky, it's got a horse on it...
It hasn't got a proper tail.
-It's lost its tail!
-I can get you a tail!
We're not fussed? No?
-OK, all right, fair enough.
So, it's a neigh for the weathervane
and it's all about weather for the Reds, too.
Anita, what's that? What's this?
This is a barometer.
-Very old or...?
-It's very old. It's Victorian, it's quite a nice thing.
Um, what it does is...you hang it in your hall, you give it
a wee tap, and the arrow will tell you what the weather's like.
For myself, I like to just look out the window!
-But that's quite a nice thing.
-It's very heavy as well.
Uh-huh, it's quite substantial.
How much is your barometer?
-Oh, it's a bit steep that, isn't it?
-Do you like it, Rich?
-Is it working? Let's have a look at
what it says today. It says change. Is that right?
TRADER: It's possible. We might get a shower.
(Come here. Closer, closer, closer...)
(Offer him £20.)
-He won't take that, but it'll give you a platform for bargaining.
Now, do you want to bargain, or do you want to bargain?
I think it might be better for you to start with it.
I'll bargain, I'll bargain.
So, you're competing against him, but you're trusting him to bargain.
-Yeah, I am.
-I'll try and get you the best deal, if you like the item.
If you can't, then I'll have a go.
-What's your best price on it?
-I'll drop a fiver on it.
It's new stock, it's fresh to the market today.
We were thinking about £18, £20.
I can't do it, I'm afraid.
As I say, it's brand-new stock today, so everything I put out today at the
moment is brand-new, apart from... Me old friends are coming out now.
-How about 34, cos it normally goes up in 5s in the auction?
-Cor, dear! For a pound?
Yeah, well, that pound could make us a profit!
-Go on, then, 34 is OK.
So, that's Sue's items in the bag with a little help from her hubby.
That's rather beautiful, isn't it? Great figuring to the wood.
So, before you had your tea bags, obviously,
you would blend your tea, so you would have your black tea here and
green tea and you'd be storing them in these caskets,
and you would make your own blend.
So, the bigger examples have a central mixing bowl as well,
so that you can make your own mix,
and it would be kept under lock and key because tea was so expensive.
What's your thoughts? Do you like it?
-I do like it, yeah.
-Do you want to ask a price on it?
-Yeah? See what he says.
-No, it is not, surely!
Can we take a few noughts off it?
-It is that price.
-It's just nice. It's mechanical, it's...
-Yeah, but it's not that, surely?!
I've been offered 300. We'll take 320.
Well, it's lovely, but it's not that lovely.
-Obviously, we've got terribly good taste!
I think we'll put it straight back there.
I think you should, Christina. Crikey!
Perhaps there was a pot of gold inside.
Meanwhile, Richard's spotted one of the big five.
This is a cast metal.
It's rather naively cast, you know, where the form has been simplified?
-I don't think it's terribly, terribly, terribly old.
I don't think it's a Victorian one, it's probably 20th century,
but I do like it.
It's like the...
-It's almost a stylised shape.
Tell me what you like about it.
I think it's a bit unusual and a bit rugged.
-It's rugged just like you!
And it's fat, a bit like me as well! Yeah, a bit around the middle, yeah!
My daughter's just got back from Africa,
looking after baby rhinos.
That must be there for you, then.
There's a little rhino called Timby.
-So, this is a wee Timby lookalike.
Well, we all like a Timby.
I suppose it all depends on...what do you think this would be worth?
You're not talking about huge amounts of money, but let's ask
about it, because I think it's got something to do with your family.
-It's a stocky sort of creature, a bit like yourself.
And it looks a bit like Timby, your daughter's baby...
-I thought you were going to say it looks like me!
-No, no, no, no!
-I'm not answering you two! Jeez!
-Let's go and find the dealer.
So, as the Reds track down the owner,
the Blues have moved inside to look at something shiny.
-It's quite light, it doesn't feel very...
Oh, it is quite... OK, so, enamel work was always really quite popular.
Really, really quite popular. Let's have a look.
So, we've got a little locket in there and it's got £78 on it.
-That is quite pricey.
-That's quite expensive for its weight, isn't it?
Yeah, but it is quite pretty. What do you think?
I don't mind it, but it's not something I would choose, but...
OK, well, let's put it back and keep wandering,
but I do think we need to get something bought,
so let's have a really good look and I want you to really shout out
-what you really, really like, OK?
You do need to shout out, Blues.
You've still to buy your first item,
but how are the Reds getting on with Richard's rhino?
-Have you done the deal?
-We have. It's a hollow bronze.
And he wanted 45, and we've got him down to 40.
That's fine. That's fine.
I think he's a great wee chap.
He's a bit unusual
and I think he was just standing there waiting for you to come along.
-Are you both happy?
-Number two down, one to go and well done.
-We love our items, don't we?
-Come on, let's go.
So, that's one item each, Reds, and two up on the Blues.
-We've had 20 minutes, so we really need to get buying.
So, is there anything on here that you think looks like
it might be a possibility?
-I like this.
-This one here? OK.
It looks like it's been made into some kind of jewellery cabinet.
It's been re-lined and made into 21st century use,
which is quite nice.
-Rather than being your average box.
-Are you interested in that?
-I do like it, yes.
-Do you want to ask on a price?
-Yeah, I can do that.
How much do you think value wise for that?
Well, let's just see what he thinks.
Is there any flexibility on the price?
-What are we talking?
I love you already.
-80? Is that your bottom book on that one?
-That's me bottom book.
-That's your bottom book.
What's your thoughts?
Um...I think 80's a bit expensive, can you do any better than that?
HE GROWLS AND THEY LAUGH
-He's sticking to it. I like a man that sticks to his guns.
I'm trying to help!
-If you like it...
-Yeah, let's take that then.
Let's do it. There we go, shake the man's hand.
Well done, Blues, that's your first purchase,
but keep that energy up. You're still one behind the Reds,
who have found a new friend.
It's a bit rich for us. It's good though.
Very colourful, very unique!
Christina's just found something related to Kelvin's past.
"Coventry Climax fork lift trucks."
-I used to work on those.
-Did you? Really?
Yeah, really, yeah, I used to work there. When I originally started,
I'm a mechanic by trade.
And we used to work on Coventry Climax fork lift trucks.
That's amazing. You used to work on Coventry Climax fork lift trucks,
-and I've just picked that up.
-You have, yes.
We used to have a few of them in the warehouse which
-we used to work on now and again, gas-powered, usually.
-You can't leave without that, Kelvin.
-It's found you.
-Yeah, I suppose so.
-We haven't found it, it's found us.
-It's found us.
£35 is a bit expensive for a yard, isn't it, though?
What's your best on that one?
-20, you can do it for 20.
-20, he can probably do it for 20, yeah.
-Do it for 20. We'll have that for 20.
-You don't need me here at all!
-Thank you very much.
Can we ask Sarah whether she wants to buy it, or...?
-No, no, it's my choice, my choice.
-Fine, fine, yeah, I'm happy.
She'll beat me with it later.
I'm sure she will, but good job, Kelvin.
You've certainly lifted our spirits.
Now, teams, you both have one item left to buy.
Will it be team efforts all round?
-OK, Sarah, you bought something that you love.
Kelvin, you bought something that...
-Well, it's different, yes.
-Oh, yeah, yeah.
You've bought an item that you like. You've bought an item that you like.
So, what happens next?
Do we try and agree for once?
What are we going to go for now? I think we should buy
something that we're a bit together on, maybe.
-Something horsey, right.
It's starting to rain.
There's a change in the weather, we'd better get inside.
-You know, I reckon your barometer is absolutely right.
That's a spot of luck, Reds.
Now, jump to it.
There's a nice one there,
but it's quite expensive. £420, the frog.
Although you maybe want to spend some money,
you do have a limited budget.
-Yes, we do have a budget.
-We do, we do.
Yes, hop on, Reds!
What do you think of this little chap?
-It's cute, isn't it?
-It's a stripy horse, sort of.
So, originally, I mean, this is a little tin plate toy.
It says, "Made in China" there, so relatively modern, really,
and he would have had a key originally.
-Do we have the key?
-TRADER: I don't have the key, no.
We don't have the key, sadly.
He would have probably galloped along, originally.
I think, if he had the key, he'd probably sell quite well really,
-cos I've not seen a zebra before, they're quite fun.
-But without the key, really, that's quite fundamental.
All right. We'll put him back.
Leave him there to gallop along the top of that box and we'll carry on.
So, from a zebra to a bird of paradise,
these teams are animal mad.
That's exquisite. What a good eye you have. She's a clever girl.
She is, she is.
What we've got is one of the best silversmiths
of the 20th century, David Andersen.
From Oslo, he was one of the best enamellers
and the best designers of that period.
What we've got to look for here is, um,
that there's no damage on the enamel, that's very, very important.
And, as far as I can see, it's in perfect condition. Perfect.
But what I really do like about this, and we see lots of this
artist's work in the salesrooms, but this is quite a big statement piece.
What price have we?
TRADER: It's 245 on it.
-How much money do we have left?
-We don't have that much.
-What would your best price be?
195, that is the bottom price. Sorry.
- Well, that's a very small profit. - I think that's a very good offer.
-So, that's a good...
-Are you happy?
-I'm happy, yes.
It's unusual and it's...you don't see it every day.
It stands out and...you know.
-It has that wow factor.
It's very delicate and it's totally the opposite to the rhino.
Yes, Beauty and the Beast!
Beauty and the Beast indeed, Richard.
Well done, Reds, that's your last purchase,
but are the Blues on the final stretch?
-You guys, look, look, look, look, look!
-So, horsey and foal, well, they don't come as a pair.
-That's a shame.
-But this little chap, he's solid silver.
He's got a London hallmark.
It's definitely 20th century, I'd say probably 1980s, 1990s,
it's not "old" old, but it's solid silver.
I think it's really quite commercial.
-I mean, he's a good-looking thing, isn't he? If you like horses.
And then I thought this is an alternative, potentially,
and that's a little foal, which is really, really sweet.
Again, solid silver, it's got a good British hallmark.
Probably not as finely cast, I don't think.
The features aren't picked out quite as beautifully,
but it is smaller, obviously, so more difficult to create.
This one is 75, this one is 55.
Up to you.
I think the foal is more miniature for us, so, yeah, definitely.
Because you do miniature...is it miniature donkeys?
Well, I can't magic him into a donkey!
I like them both actually, I do, but I think I prefer the foal.
-I prefer the foal, definitely.
-I would advise you that I think this has more commercial appeal.
But, if you like that one.
We need to go with the commercial appeal, don't we?
-No, it's up to you.
I want you to buy it because you love it, and
if you love that one, then that's the one that you should go for.
-It's your call.
-I do like the foal, yeah.
Definitely the foal then. I think we need to agree on something
-at least today.
-We'll agree on the foal.
-Have you agreed on it?
-Yes, it's a first.
-Oh, my gosh!
So, it's the foal for £55.
Oh, it's great when a plan comes together, teams.
I think I've done pretty well today,
-and I think mine's going to make more money.
-Mine's going to make more than you.
-I don't know about that.
-I think mine will make more.
Not too keen on your box much, I must admit.
It's not exactly what I would have chosen myself.
Yeah, but it's better than a stick.
You're not going to live that one down, Kelvin!
So, after all that fun and games,
let's remind ourselves what the Reds bought, eh?
First up, Sue spent £34 on the Victorian carved oak barometer.
The contemporary cast bronze rhino cost Richard £40.
And they came together for the blue enamel and silver
Scandinavian brooch paying £195. Wow.
-So, everybody happy?
It seemed like a great experience. Was it?
-It was, it was fantastic.
-Now, which is your favourite piece?
My favourite was the bird of paradise brooch.
The bird of paradise brooch. Good.
And that would naturally be your favourite too,
wouldn't it, Richard?
-No, mine was the rhino.
And will the rhino bring the biggest profit?
-I'm hoping so, I'm hoping to beat Sue.
-Oh, really? Like that, is it?
-Oh, dear! OK, and how much did you spend?
-269 is one short of 70,
so I'd like £31, please, of leftover lolly.
Thank you very much.
Now, Anita Manning,
you are the expert in transforming one thing into the other.
What's your idea today?
Well, I've had a wonderful time working with this pair
and I have my idea, keeping on that theme,
-about another pair of somethings just for you.
Not more lovebirds, I hope! Whoa, she's very coy!
-OK, well, we're longing to find out and thank you very much, Anita.
Meanwhile, why don't we check out what the Blue team bought, eh?
'Sarah spend £75 on the Victorian rosewood and maple jewellery box.'
To Kelvin's delight, he got the fork lift yardstick for £20.
'And, finally, as a team,
'they bought the silver miniature study of a foal for £55.'
-Well, team, was that fun?
-Now, how much of your lolly did you spend?
I'd like £150 of leftover lolly, please.
Thank you very much, Kelvin, that's lovely.
Tell me, Sarah, which is your favourite piece?
I would say the silver foal is my favourite piece.
-That's your favourite. Would you agree with that?
-I did like the little silver foal, very nice.
-That was the last thing we bought.
-The last thing.
And is the foal going to make the biggest profit?
-I think maybe the wooden box might.
-The wooden box?
I'd have to agree, unfortunately, because it wasn't my buy,
but I do think the wooden box, the jewellery box,
is probably the one that might make it.
Well, that's got the predictions and that's brilliant.
£150 of leftover lolly goes straight to CT.
-Why, thank you!
-So, what are you going to spend that on?
Ooh, gosh, I don't know.
It's all been quite equine, so I'm thinking I might veer away slightly.
What? Go bovine?
-Yeah, maybe, you never know!
-Which would be marvellous, wouldn't it?
-Maybe something without legs.
-What? Some legless herbivore?
Anyway, very, very, very good luck, teams.
Meanwhile, why don't we put our best foot forward, what?
Cha, cha, cha! Hey! Well, I'm going to be very glad to put this down.
Now, when was the last time you went maypole dancing?
I suspect a wee while ago,
but you know, you're never more than 364 days away from the 1st of May,
which could be a very good reason to trot off out there
onto your village green and have a bit of a fertility dance,
because the whole maypole dancing tradition goes way back.
All you've got to do is to find a few maidens to hang onto
the end of these ribbons and, hey presto, you will be away!
What's nice about this particular maypole is that it's portable,
as you've seen.
It dates from probably the 1950s and it's been in the wars
cos one of the girls, a bit too enthusiastic,
has managed to break the tape.
And what they did in 1965 was to take a bit of stylish
paisley material and stitch that on, and then they ran out of that
colour, and they stitched on the purpley-blue bit onto the end.
Marvellous, isn't it?
Anyway, fancy a bit of maypole dancing, come to Ardingly,
go to the dealer and make him an offer
on the £65 asking price for this particular maypole.
And, curiously, associated with maypoles in my mind
are morris dancers. I know they don't actually go round the pole,
but it's the same sort of tradition, and, lo and behold, here,
if you want to seriously invest in Ardingly is, apparently,
a morris dancer's staff.
Now, I'm not an expert on this morris dancing lark,
but when I saw this old boot, I knew that this boot was special.
OK, fine, it's been painting pink, it's got a white toecap look,
but look at the sole of that boot.
Has that not got character?
It certainly has. This is a boot that dates from 1900.
Maybe that somebody in 1960 has applied a wooden pole,
painted it with pink and white bands,
a few ribbons added to the top,
and then, of course, like all good morris dancers,
a trip to the pub, which has involved a series of beer tops,
which have been nailed to the staff.
But they are, of course, not just beer tops.
They're part of the musical accompaniment. For example...
How good is that?!
This, believe it or not, is a collectable,
and if you're in the morris dancing fraternity,
you would probably pay a lot of money for this.
How much, for example? Well, could be...
£20, if you're lucky.
Well, we've made an amazing leap from West Sussex, Ardingly,
to Chiswick High Road to High Road Auctions to be with Ross Mercer.
-Ross, good morning.
-Good morning, Tim.
-Well, what have our teams got?
The pressure's rising. How do you rate the barometer?
A good example of an English made barometer.
They do sell, but not as well as they used to.
OK, fair enough. How much?
Well, we said £30 to £50.
Good enough for us. £34 is what it needs to achieve!
So, we're happy with that. Now, what about the not-so-old rhino?
Not so old, indeed, and a pretty loose cast really,
but a lot of people collect them and it speaks for itself, really.
It does, really. How much do you rate it at?
Well, we've said £40 to £60.
Good enough for us.
£40 is all they paid, so we're doing very well at the moment,
Ross, thank you.
And, lastly, we've got this
Scandinavian blue enamelled on silver gilt brooch.
-How do you rate that, Ross?
-I like that, Tim.
Lovely quality for what it is and it screams Scandinavia in the middle of
the 20th century and, luckily, good condition when it comes to enamel.
Yes, it's quite a chunky thing, isn't it?
It is, it's quite ostentatious, but on the right overcoat, perhaps.
-Yes, and blue's your favourite colour.
-It is, actually.
Oh, OK. How much is it worth, do you think?
Well, we've gone in quite cautiously
because it is only silver and silver gilt,
we've said £60 to £100,
but, I dare say on a good day, following wind, £120, £150 perhaps.
Do you feel the wind rising?
-I do today.
-Oh, good. That's helpful, cos they paid £195...
-..which is a big old number, isn't it?
And that could be their comeuppance, and if it is, they're going
to need their bonus buy, so, let's go and have a look at it.
Well, well, well, this is the leftover lolly moment.
-Are you excited by this, Susan?
-What about you, Richard?
-Yes, can't wait.
-You gave Anita £31. Anita, what did you spend it on?
Well, these were such a lovely pair, I felt that I had to buy a pair
of something, so I bought a pair of these lovely little WMF vases.
-I think they're lovely.
-Have a wee look at them.
These date from probably the turn of the century, the early 1900s.
WMF, the best of German manufacturers,
and they were terrific in that they seemed to embrace
the style of the day and a period that they were particularly famous
for was the Art Nouveau period, and these come from this period here.
-They're looking very good.
-They look lovely. They really are nice.
I think they're lovely, I really do. If I didn't like them, I'd say.
-I think they're lovely.
-What did you pay for them?
-Woo! That's good.
-That is good.
-That's really good.
-I hope that they'll go to maybe around about 35.
-You could double your money.
-Or maybe I'm a bit optimistic on that.
No, you go marching forward ever confident, Anita. That's my girl.
Anyway, you don't have to choose right now,
but, right now, we'll find out, for the audience at home,
what the auctioneer thinks about Anita's little vases.
There we go, look, chaps. A pair of 'em.
And are they embossed or cast? Probably cast, aren't they?
They...yes, they look cast to me.
A great manufacturer started back in the 18...early '50s, um,
and represent a lot of modernist metalware in the late 19th
and early 20th century, probably for the Dutch market, of course, with...
Well, these would be, wouldn't they? Absolutely.
I've got a pair of Dutch children here having a kiss.
How's yours getting on?
I think they might be saying goodbye, and hence the boats on the back.
-The young sailor's farewell.
-OK, how much then?
Well, for these, we've said £30 to £50.
OK, well, £15 was paid by Anita Manning and she's very cunning
when it comes to these things, so, hopefully,
if the team go with them, they'll bring a profit.
Now, that's it for the Reds. Now, for the Blues.
And what a weird mix we've got here, Ross, haven't we?
So, for a kick off then, the jewellery box, which has got,
I guess, a brand-new interior and all that.
It has, yes, it's been re-lined and it's been re-polished.
Someone's looked after it, probably the last time it changed hands.
In essence, a good quality box.
What's it likely to bring in the auction?
Well, we've said £60 to £80.
I think it's a very attractive box,
it's going to go, at that level, to a private buyer
who falls in love with it, come and put their Cartier in, perhaps.
Exactly, and it is very practical from that point of view.
60 to 80, you say, £75 paid,
so, they're pretty well on the button, really.
Now, the measuring stick...
Do you know anybody who collects fork lift trucks by any chance?
-Funnily enough, I don't, Tim.
-And I know less people who like to measure their trucks as well.
But it is a passionate collecting field, commercial vehicles,
and we've had quite a lot of interest on the internet.
-So, how much?
-We said £30 to £50.
-Oh, goody! £20 paid.
At last, a straight-up profit without a breath, we hope.
-They've done well, though.
Now, have they done so well with their miniature silver foal?
Well, it's contemporary,
which will put out any of the antique silver collectors.
-However, the equine market is very strong.
-OK, how much?
-We've said £40 to £60.
-OK, £55 paid. That could be a bit of a problem.
Let's check out the bonus buy.
-Kelvin, Sarah, this is exciting, isn't it?
You gave Christina £150. Darling, what did you spend it on?
-Are you ready?
-We think so.
-There we go.
-Ah! We've seen...
-We've seen that before, yes.
I know you two, and I know I said I was going to veer away
from equine things, but I couldn't leave it there,
I just couldn't, but it's solid silver hallmarked for 1985
and there is a maker's mark on there as well,
so it's a really attractive little thing.
-Has it got a good maker's mark, do you know?
-Yeah, I think so.
I think it's JS & MJ from memory, which is...it's not antique, it is a
-relatively modern thing...
-..but I thought that you guys would
-It is lovely, and we couldn't decide at the time which
one to go for, could we? So, it was quite difficult, I must admit.
It's very well put together as well, isn't it?
-It is very well cast, yeah.
-It ain't a donkey though, is it?
-It's got four legs!
Now, I paid £70 for it, OK?
So, I would say, at auction,
we would be looking maybe somewhere in the region of 80 to 120.
I think, if you make a profit, it will probably be quite
a small profit, but I just thought...I couldn't leave it there.
-I did like it as well.
Anyway, you've got the information. You don't pick now, you pick later.
Why don't we find out whether the auctioneer likes Christina's pick.
Well, the way we're going on, we're going to need a horsebox!
Probably the next purchase!
Slightly larger than the last lot we handled and similar execution,
quality wise. Nicely hallmarked, again, a strong collecting field.
-We should get this away.
-At how much?
-Well, we've said £60 to £80.
-OK, Christina's invested 70.
Again, there isn't anything that's likely to ignite anybody
and go stratospheric, but, still, there we are.
We'll have to rest on your skills as an auctioneer, Ross.
-Your confidence is well placed, Tim.
Your bid, sir, at 100 and done.
So, Richard, Sue, how are you feeling?
-Absolutely fine. I'm positive.
-Very excited. Can't wait.
How do you think your barometer's going to do?
-I think it's going to do well.
-So does the auctioneer.
-£30 to £50 he's put on it.
-You put £34.
How do you think your black rhino's going to do?
-I'm not sure about that. I'm hoping it's going to be lucky.
Well, I think it's going to be OK.
-According to the auctioneer, he says £40 to £60. You paid £40.
How do you think your Scandinavian jewellery's going to go?
-I think it's going to go fine,
but I went on a bit of a spending spree with it.
-I've spent quite a lot.
-You spent £195.
The auctioneer doesn't think it stands a snowflake's chance in a
-warm place of going for more than £100.
-But what you have got,
is the two spill vases to fall back on, haven't you?
-Anita's lovely vases.
Anyway, first up is the barometer, and here it comes.
We've got high hopes for this one,
the Victorian carved aneroid barometer.
A lot of interest in the lot.
Bids start against you all, £30 I am bid at 30. 5...
(A good start. That's a good start.)
-- 5 now. £45, bid 50.
£50 now I have at 50. Any further interest?
55 now on the internet at 55.
At £55, he shakes his head at 55. All done? Selling now at £55.
-Well done, well done.
-What a start.
-So, 34 to 55 should be plus 21.
That was your gain.
Lot 21, the contemporary cast bronze study of a black rhino.
£20, surely. 20 bid. 5 now.
25, bid 30. 5, 35, 40.
At £40, left-hand side at 40.
All done? Last chance at 40.
-You paid 40.
Sue won, hands down there, Richard!
-Now, the brooch.
-It looks beautiful.
-Beautiful. A beautiful thing.
A lot of interest again in the peacock brooch.
Bids start against you all at £75. Bids start at 75.
It's got a long way to go.
At £80, I am bid 5. At 85, 90.
At £90, it stands at 90. 95, 100, 100 bid.
At £100 I have in the room, 110.
-At 110, all done? Selling now at £110...
-Unfortunately, that's minus £85.
Which means that's 4, and it means you're minus 64.
-We've got Anita's.
-We've got Anita to go.
-You're very brave.
-She'll get us out of it.
Are you going to go with the pair of vases?
-The next lot then is lot 26.
-(Come on! Come on!)
The 20th century WMF electroplated spill vases.
How do you value it? It ought to be £20, £10 then.
£10 bid at 10. £15, coming in at £15.
Bid 20. £25, bid 30. 30...
-Anita, you've doubled your money.
Last chance. Selling now at £30 only.
-Well done, Anita.
-Pleased with that.
Which takes you...50, £49.
-Which is nothing, really, is it?
And, who knows, that could be a winning score.
-You never know.
-In which case, say nothing to the Blues.
-God, you're brave!
Now, Sarah and Kelvin, do you know how the Reds got on?
-We don't want you to. Good, that's perfect.
First up is your jewellery box. You paid £75 for that.
The auctioneer has estimated 60 to 80.
Now, you've got this Coventry Climax stick, which is seriously weird.
-£30 to £50 is the estimate.
-And you paid 20,
so he reckons you're going to double your money, which would be lovely.
-That'd be nice.
-But, anyway, first up will be the jewellery box with
the replaced interior, and here it comes.
The next lot, 39, is the rather fine Victorian rosewood
and bird's-eye maple jewellery box,
one of my favourite items of the sale.
-Oh, that's nice.
65, 70, may I say 70?
-5 now. £75, bid 80.
-£80 now on my left at 80. Gentleman's bid now...
-Look at that!
On the net at 85. Make it 90.
Come along. At £90, on my left at 90.
95, 100, a nice round figure.
-Round it up, round it up, round it up!
All the best, sir. £95 and on the net.
You know you want to, go for it!
-£95 is plus £20.
That's the way to do it!
Vintage commercial yardstick there for Coventry Climax fork lift trucks.
Measure your truck to your heart's content at 20 quid.
Come along. £10 then, £10 bid.
15 may I say, sir? It does work. £15, 20, 5, £25, bid 30.
£50 stood at the back.
At £30, all done. Selling now at 30.
The next lot, lot 41, the sterling silver miniature study of a foal
and bids start against you all at £20.
With me at 20,
they say 5, 25. 30, 5, sir. 35 bid, 40. £45.
-Keep going, keep going, keep going.
-Make it 50, someone.
Selling now at 45.
£45 is minus £10, which means you're plus £20.
-Now, that's folding money, isn't it?
£20 of profits. What are you going to do about the bonus buy?
-Are you going to bank it? Or risk it?
-What do you think? Bank it?
-We didn't crash and burn.
-Yeah, I think we'll bank it.
-We're going to bank it.
Are you sure about that?
Do I need to speak to the marriage guidance counsellor?
Lot 45 is the sterling silver miniature study of a horse.
£55 I am bid. At 60, now at 60.
5, at 65, 70.
Last chance at £65.
£65 is minus £5, so you made exactly the right decision.
-It looked a bit close there for a minute, didn't it?
-Anyway, you are plus £20. Don't say a word to the Reds, OK?
And all will be revealed in a moment.
-Thank you very much.
Well, teams, have you been chatting at all?
-No communication about the score?
Well, you're very sociable and lovely,
but you've not been talking about that, which is good.
I have to reveal today that, on Bargain Hunt, as usual,
we don't have losers anymore, we have runners-up and winners,
and the runners-up today, by a fair old chalk,
are the Reds.
You went with the bonus buy, which is your wisest move.
Because you got £15 profit courtesy of the cunning Anita Manning,
-which reduces your losses to minus £49.
Which is not too bad, is it? When you say it quickly.
-Have you had a nice time?
You've been gorgeous on the show, thank you. But the victors today
-are going home with £20!
-Look at that note coming your way!
-Thank you. I'll be taking that.
No spectacular scoring in all of this,
just solid performance I'd say.
You didn't go with the bonus buy, which was...
-It turned out to be quite a smart move.
You preserved your £20, so you could walk home with pride.
Are you happy with that, Sarah?
-Yes, thank you.
-Well, we've loved having you on the show.
In fact, join us soon for some more bargain hunting. Yes?
The Bargain Hunt teams are in Sussex at the Ardingly Antiques and Collectors' Fair. Antique experts Anita Manning and Christina Trevanion are on hand to help and inspire, whilst presenter Tim Wonnacott dances a happy tune.