Two teams scour the largest antiques fair in Europe for bargains, assisted by Natasha Raskin and Paul Laidlaw. Tim Wonnacott takes a closer look at a rare snuff box.
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We're at the Newark Showground today, all primed and ready to go,
so, no dawdling!
Let's go bargain hunting! Yeah!
Nottinghamshire, home to the Sherwood Forest,
and in the 18th century, this area was simply stiff with highwaymen
hiding in trees.
Today, though, will our teams be able to stand up to
the challenge and deliver a decent profit over at the auction?
Here's a quick sneak preview as to what's coming up.
How hard did you push him?
Well, from 180 to 120, I think that's quite good.
The harsh reality of the competition hits home for the Reds.
-It's harder than you think, isn't it?
-It is hard.
We'll have to ask for 125, and if not,
we're buying the cheapest thing that he's got on his stall.
Right, come on then. We'll run!
And the pressure is getting to the Blues too. The girls are on the run.
Well, we've got boys versus girls today, and they're all good friends.
-And welcome to Bargain Hunt.
Now, how did you two meet, you boys?
Well, we first met in a little town called Penistone
up in South Yorkshire.
We bought a house on a new housing development
and the sales agent, a lady called Geraldine, knocked on my door
and told me that there was a chap moving in next door
who had no mates, and I thought, "Hang on a second, Geraldine.
"He's got no friends for a reason!
"I'm not sure I want to socialise with this type of person!"
Well, quite! Could be dodgy!
Yes, so erm... But we went out for a drink, didn't we?
I remember it slightly different.
I believe I was sent there to help you to eat curries
and speak to women!
Well, anyway, the two roles bonded together and you became great mates.
-And you're keen on mountain biking?
Yes, just recently, cos my knees have stopped working,
so myself and Darren and a few mates,
we get out on our bikes quite regularly
and we did the Trans Pennine Trail, which is 230 miles,
from one side of the country to the other.
-My gosh, that is a ride, isn't it?
-How were your knees after that? All right?
-Not too bad.
-It was my bum that hurt!
when you're not cycling with Matt, what do you get up to?
About a year ago I picked up a sport called Octopush
or underwater hockey. I found that there was a club near me and,
-well, a small hockey stick...
-..a pair of flippers, a snorkel
and a pair of budgie smugglers,
-and I was all right.
-So, you had all the right investment, then.
So what do you do in this funny sport, then?
It's like a combination of hockey and rugby underwater.
-It's a very tough sport.
-What an extraordinary thing.
Sounds like a magical partnership we've got going on.
What fun! Anyway, good luck.
Now, girls. Louise, you're quite a musician. Tell us about that.
Um, yes. I started doing brass, which I never thought I'd be able
to do really, cos I can't even play a recorder!
-Have you got the puff though?
-Yeah, just about!
But, yeah, I'm in Dinnington Colliery Training Band,
so it's just, like, at weekends we do things like charity raising
and going out to old people's homes and things, and playing at weekends
-and at people's birthdays, and things like that.
So is this like the movie Brassed Off?
-Sort of, yeah.
-Oh, lovely. And good fun?
-Yeah, it's good fun.
Now, just tell us about that piece of jewellery you've got on,
cos that's a mammoth good luck horseshoe, is it?
Yeah, it's going to bring us some good luck, hopefully!
Well, there you go. You may need it up against these boys, I tell you.
Now, Beth, you're another creative soul. Tell us about your creativity.
Oh, I do all sorts, really. I'm well into, like, arts and crafts.
I started out at uni, in illustration,
so I do, like, a lot of greetings cards and drawings,
and then I do, like, knitting and crochet is quite a new thing.
-I learned that last year.
So I'm doing, like, granny blankets and stuff.
Is this how you spend your evenings, or do you go out much?
-Yeah, I go out as well!
-Oh, that's fair enough.
And you collect as well as create?
I like, sort of, '50s sort of stuff,
but I've recently got the taste for, like...
kitsch kind of ornaments.
-Which are quite tacky!
Are you going to be going for this stuff on Bargain Hunt today?
-I don't know. We'll see.
-Are you quite confident?
Well, for Christmas, Beth bought me, from a charity shop,
-the Bargain Hunt board game.
So in preparation, we played that with us friends, and we did win, we won.
-So, we think it might be a good sign for today.
I'm not sure that is going to be
the qualification to beat all qualifications,
but you never know, and that's the joy of the show.
Anyway, now is the moment to give you £300 apiece. £300...
-Thank you very much.
-You know the rules, your experts await,
and off you go and very, very, very good luck!
Let's meet the experts.
Aiming for victory for the Reds, it's Natasha Raskin.
And hoping to spot a few bargains for the Blues, it's Paul Laidlaw.
Darren, you've got no taste! Is this true?
-I know what I like. And I like what I know.
-And I'll stick to it.
Right, so no messing around. Matt, what are you thinking?
He's got a wardrobe full of bad shirts!
There's no way I'm letting him pick anything!
You're passionate about food, cooking and music, yeah?
-Does that help us today?
-Help me here, please, help me!
-Yeah, of course.
Right, teams, you're on the clock. Get shopping.
These old bikes...?
-Old bikes, OK, so.
No, I think it's one of these things that probably has
an appeal for interior decor purposes.
So, the boys are already checking out the wheels - and meanwhile,
Paul's got some advice for the girls.
If it grabs your attention, we're in business.
If it doesn't, we just keep moving, yeah?
Of course, it's up to you, but I don't know.
-I like the look of it, but maybe we'll come back to it.
-OK, OK, yeah.
-What do you like?
But it grabbed THEIR attention, Paul.
-Oh, yeah, OK.
So, I'm not a trainspotter, but, is something like that, um...?
-It's heavy. It's cast iron.
-Oh, my goodness.
-Dear me, that has got some weight to it.
There's a lot of "Buyer, beware," isn't there,
when it comes to these sort of things. Is it reproduction?
But the fact that it's cast iron, it's a great big lump of metal,
the auction's in Derby, it's a Derby sign, it's in three figures.
You can put it down, you can put it down! Oh, my goodness!
-Are you weakening?
-So, what would be your best price, sir?
95, it could be.
-It's clean, the lettering is nice and crisp and sharp.
Sometimes, if they get to be rusty, it can get very pitted
-But it's nice and crisp.
Someone will have repainted this at some stage.
It has been restored. I mean, we couldn't bring you down to 80?
-I'll do 90.
-You'll do 90.
I think it's too much. What do you think, Darren?
I think we should have a bit of a think about it.
-My gut says that we should go for that.
If you listen to Natasha, the estimate's 60 to 80.
We're paying above that, aren't we? 90's the lowest.
Darren, your call, go on.
-Let's do it.
Oh, my goodness! He's doing it! OK, shall we shake on it?
It's the polite thing to do. Thank you very much.
The Reds are chuff-chuffed with that, their first item.
I think it's just me that wants that.
-Why do you want that?
-I just like it.
No, that's not lined up with the rest of it though.
Brass, I think, patinated brass, and it's a Viking longboat.
I don't think it'd make any money, but I just kind of like it.
Why are we looking at it, then?
I mean, seriously, you've got to have some conviction.
-You started saying, "I like that."
-I know, I do,
but we're not in unison on this, so we can't go with that, I don't think.
-Well, there's a clock ticking.
-It would depend how much it was.
There's a wee bit of substance to it. It's brass, oxidised.
Longboat... I've got to be honest with you, there's some work in that.
It is Tron Art of Denmark, no surprise about the origin.
But I've got to be honest with you...
Earlier we saw something I referred to as tat - this is not tat.
It may not be your taste, but it's not tat,
-because there's workmanship in that.
You know, someone modelled it, it's cast in brass then it's
multi-piece construction all wired together.
It might not be to your taste,
but you cannot knock it as junk, because it's not.
There's liking it, and then there's being able to live with it.
-Could you live with it?
-Yeah, I'd have that in me house!
-Is that absolute? Is there any...?
I wouldn't have it in my house, but...
-someone might enjoy it.
-What's it worth?
-I don't know.
-It might be worth 20 or 30 quid.
It might be priced up at a fiver, in which case,
that would be looking good. It might be priced up at 30
and then that's looking bad. Are we going to ask the question?
Yeah, go ask him.
Right, it's your baby. Get in there.
I wanted to know what's your price on your longship?
-Is there no...?
-I'd do 15.
I don't know. We're taking a risk on it.
What do you reckon? See, there's some nice symptoms there.
-Yeah! Yeah, go on, then.
-Yay! Get in!
Nice one! It's getting better by the minute!
Right, so that's one down. Let's go.
If you were taking a stroll in the 18th century in the fresh air,
there's probably one thing for certain that
you would have about your person.
It's a wee snuffbox, isn't it?
Mashed up tobacco, mixed with some aromatic stuff to make it
smell nice, and you shove a pinch of that up your hooter
and immediately feel a bit better.
Actually, these snuffboxes are extremely collectable.
It's made of an unusual material - looks like ivory, but it's not.
It's blond horn.
And once upon a time,
this horn was attached to the top of a bovine-type creature,
I reckon a water buffalo,
and I think that water buffalo came from India.
This isn't in a variety of pieces, it's one bit of horn,
that has been steamed and shaped.
And to make it grip,
you've nailed inside a little bit of pine or softwood,
so when the snuff's inside, you snick it shut like that
and it ain't going to open. But this has not been made, necessarily,
by a professional snuffbox maker. It's been made by
an amateur craftsman, who I think has been part of
the Portuguese-Indian Empire, and he's done it in exactly 1811.
How can I be certain of that?
Because, glory of glory, turn it upside down and it says 1811.
So we're in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars,
and this Portuguese craftsman is making a delicious snuffbox
over there in India.
The condition is brilliant, it's an extraordinary horn survival,
and as such, to a collector, might be worth as much as £200 to £300.
What would it cost you here today in Newark?
It could be yours for 80 quid. Now, that's not to be sniffed at, is it?
So, the teams have an item each and the Reds are on the move.
That gas pump, gas pump.
If that has a price tag on it of less than £200,
-I'd be very surprised.
-It's going to be very expensive.
-I mean, isn't that a stand-out piece?
-I think it's encouraging, because, see this panel here
and see the font - what does it remind you of?
-Well, the sign we've just bought.
-The sign we've just bought!
It shows you that there's a market for this kind of thing.
-Yeah, what did we get ours for? 90 quid?
You don't want to sell this for 90?
Well, is the writing on the wall for the Reds?
It could be a sign!
-This is good, good! We are ahead of the game.
Have you got a strategy, spend-wise? Are you skinflints, or...?
We were thinking two cheap and then one more expensive.
-Yeah, like the two cheap ones, hopefully, under £20 spending.
You'll have to suffer the wrath of Tim if you go down that route,
-but I'm with you!
-You tell them, Paul!
I think our teams are indulging in their passions today.
I'm inquisitive about this one. What have we got?
So we've got our balls...
and then, in here, we've got scoreboard...
Oh, we've got the nets that actually screw onto the table.
The original instructions, aye.
All right, OK. I quite like this.
So I think it's probably going to be 20th century.
-There must be something missing.
-Do you think that's for the cues?
It might have been for the cues. £180 is the price tag.
For me, it's far too high.
I'd be looking to get this around £80, £90, something like that.
I think we should speak to the gentleman, see what we can do
and make a decision from there.
They're not going to give it away,
but let's see the best that we can do.
-Shall we leave you to it?
No rest for Darren. He's off to pocket a deal.
< Anything specific you're looking for?
-We're looking for...
The Blues certainly seem to be in unison now.
-I walked into that one, didn't I?!
-It's not antique, is it? I do love it though.
-How old is that? '70s?
-How much is it?
-'70s bike, is it? '70s?
I can't really ride a bike though, so...
You don't need to, you just sit on the back!
You don't want to take that home.
I'll tell you the very, very base on it, was 170, the very base.
Right, we need to move on, I think. We're beat here.
My friend, good to see you, buddy.
Yous will regret it! THEY LAUGH
So, the girls are passing on the tandem.
How did you get on?
It's not good news. 120.
-120. It's a bit rich, isn't it?
-It is a bit rich.
How hard did you push him?
-Well, from 180 to 120, I think that's quite good.
What do you think, though, given the advice we've had?
I honestly don't think we should go for it, not at that price,
-not at the moment.
-OK, I agree. I'm happy with that.
Thank you very much.
Well, that snookered the Reds, then.
Right, how long have we got left, Paul?
-Uh, 20 minutes! 20 minutes! We're not panicking yet.
Yeah, we're panicking, we're totally panicking!
Would you believe that we have less than 20 minutes left?
-I don't want to scare you!
We've found something that both of you like. Why do you like it?
I know why you like it.
-Oh, be nice, Paul!
-But, I'm desperate. See this?
This is Laidlaw desperate! And I'm going to...
I love this(!) This is the nicest thing I've ever seen(!)
Oh, no, that's horrendous!
-What is it? 1950s.
It's either a very small dog or a massive lantern.
Cos that's what it is. It is a Chinese lantern.
I think it might be French and 1950s.
Many would say 1930s and suggest Deco. I think it's '50s Moderne.
This is in base metal, patinated, I don't think that's even brass.
Moulded glass with a bit of nasty gilding on it.
I am being scathing, but let's... Serious hat on.
You like it. It taps into that whole kitsch aesthetic
and if you saw that illuminated in the right environment,
I think it would be charming.
And you're going to get a laugh if nothing else.
It's the only horrible thing that
-we've seen that Beth doesn't like!
-It's hideous, but I do quite like it.
-Well, this is, this is, this is...
-We need a price on it.
-Why do we keep finding ourselves
with things that we hate, but we love?
-I can't help it, it's just my taste.
-That lamp's not expensive!
Tell me that's not expensive!
-What's it worth to you?
-You love it, remember.
-I'd pay about £15 for it, I think.
-Yeah, I'd pay about 15.
-There you go.
I'd buy it for myself for my house.
What I'm loving is the agreement - you both like it, you both know what
you want to pay for it, but this is the lady you've got to convince.
Start crying! Start crying! Start crying!
-Woo-hoo! Get in there!
Well, the Blues are tickled pink by the lamp,
and they're not the only ones.
-We've got a nanosecond left, and something else to buy.
-BOTH: I know.
Keep looking. Is there anything else here that you both love?
Yeah - with 20 minutes left on the clock,
there's no time to waste, teams.
What about those scales there? Is that...?
-Those scales are lovely.
-They're too modern, or...?
-I don't think they're
-very modern, I just think they're going to be expensive.
-I've got expensive taste, haven't I?
-You do. £88? Do you know what?
That's actually less scary than I thought. Let's have a look at them.
We've got a little drawer there.
Very late 19th century I would say, and I like them.
£88 is a bit rich, but I don't think I would quibble
if we got them for about 55, 50, 55.
What do you think?
-Yeah, that sounds reasonable.
-I quite like that.
-How does it work?
-You have to pull that? Ah!
Maybe they're a little newer than they seem,
but they are for decorative purposes.
So, I don't think we need to worry too much about the age.
What do you think?
Let's go for it. Let's go and have a chat.
88 on them. How would you feel about 50?
-No haggling price. £60.
-I think that's a fair reduction.
-I think it is a fair reduction.
-I'm happy with the price.
What do you think, Darren?
On balance, I think that's probably all right!
Easy, Matt! That's my line!
Yes, well, I think it's a deal. What do you think?
You've got to shake on it.
-Thank you very much. Thank you.
Well done, boys. Your second item, and you certainly managed
to lose a few pounds off the marked price there.
It's a Hardy's vintage fishing rod. Two piece, 65...
Doulton Natural Foliage Ware, I love that as a series. But it...
I'd call that a wine glass!
-They're not jumping out. I don't mind the fishing rod.
-I like it.
You like? Like and don't mind.
-That's not bad.
-I'm not overly bothered about the pot, though.
I understand that, I understand that. Do we keep looking?
-We're not doing very well.
-They were close, they were close.
No, they're just not biting, Paul.
-So, we've got 150 left. We've got exactly half left.
-and keep it cheap this time.
-OK, keep it cheap.
-It's harder than you think, isn't it?
-It is hard.
You're not wrong there, Matt, and the clock is ticking.
Well, plenty up here. Let's go. We're going to do it. Ten minutes!
Come on, girls! I think it's decision time!
-We really want the tandem, but it's too much.
-Ah, now, see, see!
You could go back there, but if you do, you're committed to
buying something off that stall, because we can't look.
-We have to run right across there and haggle.
-How much was it?
-So we CAN afford it.
-But it needs to be less than that.
-Shall we go and try?
-If you can get it for 125, you're in with a punt.
Do you think we can...? Do you want to go for it and beg?
We'll ask for 125, and if not,
we're buying the cheapest thing that he's got on his stall.
Right. Come on then, we'll run.
-Are we running?
-Yes, we are! We're running! Come on! Run, run!
So, the girls are hot-footing it to the bike
but the boys are still browsing.
Right, OK, OK. This looks like a nice stall. Nice things here.
-What about this tea caddy here?
-TRADER: It's decorative.
It is decorative.
Yeah, it's inscribed, isn't it?
TRADER: Yes, and it's very of the moment,
being Chinese as well, which is quite hot.
I mean, it's quite tricky to age these Asian things.
I mean, what's your gut feeling as to its age?
I'd say about, sort of 1920.
I like that, actually. And what's your price on that?
-£30. Oh, that's quite fair. I mean...
-I'm very cheap!
I mean, what do you think?
It's a fair price, but it is a wee bit tricky to tell exactly
how old this is, but it's in lovely condition.
It's got that gorgeous gilt decoration on it.
It's got exactly what you would expect from oriental decoration.
It even says, "With best compliments for Lo King Kee, Hankow, China."
That's a real seller for me.
Would you take 20 for that?
-I can't, really. 25 and that's it.
And that is very, very reasonable.
I think, before we agree, I think
I'll tell you why I think it's reasonable because boxes are in,
people are buying lovely boxes, decorative things.
-Very good sellers.
-Tea is in.
All things to do with tea, China, they're selling well,
and I think, for 25 quid, she's doing us a real favour.
-You've sold it. Go on, let's go.
-Oh, my goodness!
Shall we shake on it?
Oh, thank you so much. You're very kind. Thank you very much. £25.
Well done, Reds, you can go for a cuppa. Whereas the Blues...
Right, through here. Short cut!
It's still there, it's still there. It's over there.
Look, it's still there.
You guys love this tandem.
Right, dude, we're back. Get real with the bike, man, get real!
Honestly, I bought it to tour the world, right,
and I've decided to change my plans, right?
It's going to make 100 quid, isn't it? A second-hand tandem?
It's not! It's beautiful! Show me another one in here the day.
-Seriously, is it 175 quid?
-I need that, Paul, every penny.
Oh! Woo, woo, woo!
Right, I reckon it's worth...
Maybe that is the mother of all tandems!
Um, I suspect it's not, and I suspect it's worth 120 quid.
-So you're taking a punt.
-No, I couldn't, honestly.
I'd take 160, I'm losing 15 quid at that.
Honestly, this is the new ecological friendly thing!
Everybody's buying them now!
It's a strong and varied pitch.
Take Beth's generous offer of 150. It's a round number, man.
Seal the deal...
and get rid of that bike that's been an albatross round your neck!
TRADER SIGHS AND PAUL LAUGHS
Hey, you did it.
You spent 15, and then you spent another 15,
and then you waded in deep on a tandem.
You couldn't have scripted this little road trip, could you?
Not even in a Hollywood classic, Paul. Now, come on, girls,
let's get pedalling, shall we?
# Raindrops keep falling on my head
# But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turning red... #
Time's up! Let's check out what the Red team removed.
The Reds steamed ahead with the railway sign for £90.
They weighed up their options before choosing their second item.
The set of scales left them £60 lighter.
And, finally, they bagged the tea caddy for 25 notes.
Well, chaps, you were lucky, weren't you?
Natasha, for a whole hour, you took it to the last moment!
Anyway, no wonder you're all smiling. OK, super-duper.
Now, how much did you spend?
-You spent 175. I'd like £125 of leftover lolly, please.
Thank you. £125. Which is your favourite piece?
-Favourite piece is the scales.
-What about you, Matt?
-I like the sign.
-The sign is your favourite?
-Yes, the weight of it.
Is the sign going to bring your biggest profit, do you think?
-Probably not, no.
-Oh. What will, then?
I think, maybe the tea caddy that Natasha got us.
There's a lot of maybes going on here!
Yes, I doubt we'd get any profit, actually.
You're Mr Confident, aren't you?!
Which is your prediction as to the biggest profit, then, Darren?
-I think the sign.
-The sign, do you?
-I think the sign's a real collector's item.
-I like this.
This is a confident note coming into it.
Now, I can see why it took you for ever, Natasha.
But you've had fun, right?
I had a great time, but hopefully I'll bring them a nice,
-interesting bonus buy.
-Is that what you're going for? Interest, are you?
-I think so.
-Very nice too.
Why don't you lot shove off while we check out
what the Blue team bought, eh?
The first buy was plain sailing for the Blues -
just £15 for the brass model of a Viking ship.
A further £15 bought them the table lamp.
Small dog, huge lantern... The jury is still out on that one.
And the girls just made it
across the line in time on their bicycle made for two.
That cost them £150.
-OK, now, Louise, Beth. Did you have a good time?
-Yeah, yeah, good.
-We had a really good day.
-OK, so which is your favourite piece?
-My favourite is the lamp.
-Even though it's hideous-looking!
But it appeals, and that's your favourite. OK. Do you agree, Beth?
-I like the lamp as well.
Well, I hate it, but I like it as well at the same time.
OK, so this love-hate thing. This means it stirs an emotion, right?
-But will they pay any money for it?
What's going to bring the biggest profit then, you two peas?
-The lamp, definitely the lamp.
-I think the Viking ship.
Well, that's what I liked the most.
As soon as I saw it, I wanted to buy it,
-so I would buy that anyway, probably.
-Would you? OK, brilliant, brilliant.
Well, we seem to have got there very beautifully.
And the total amount of spend was?
-180? I'd like £120 of leftover lolly. Who's got that?
-That's me. There we go. It's a bit of a mess.
-We don't mind that.
We don't mind a mess, do we, Paulus?
Cash messes? There's nothing the matter with cash!
What are you going to spend it on, Paul Laidlaw?
Do you know, I have no idea. I've been out with these girls
and I've only been focusing on the mission!
Now, I've got to start again.
Well, we've trotted from Newark to be with Charles Hanson at Etwall
just outside Derby, and very, very nice it is to be here, Carlos.
-We've got Matt and Darren, who've gone with their trio.
-They've got the Midland Railway notice board.
Now, this is bulletproof, isn't it? Cast iron.
Tim, I think it's a wonderful thing to buy for the auction here
in Derbyshire, because, obviously, Derby is a wonderful railway town.
The railway began in Derby in 1844.
It's amazing these objects, you know, almost like posters,
people do enjoy them. The teams have bought with a good eye.
It's a cracking thing, isn't it? 1899, it's in brilliant condition...
Tim, I think with a wave of enthusiasm
-I hope it might just make up to £100.
-Oh, do you?
-Yes, I do.
-Well, that's all right. They paid £90.
-So, that's a relief.
-Next is the brass scales.
I'll tell you what I like about these,
is the collapsible nature of them.
I like the colour of the box,
I like that you've got very much an early 19th-century set there,
which is so much better than the ordinary Victorian, don't you think?
I think that whenever you look at furniture or veneer
you look at the depth of colour, and it glows,
it has a wonderful patinated look about it.
It's got that depth of the 1820s, 1830s,
and it really is, as you say, a wonderful complete contraption.
Exactly. So, how much for a complete contraption then, Carlos?
Tim, on its original feet we would guide it to fetch...again,
-we are realistic, we want to vroom-vroom.
-So, between £40 and £60.
-OK, £60 paid.
But by the time you've accelerated, Charles, with any luck,
we'll be past the starting post.
-Now, black lacquered tea caddy.
It's a pretty chunky old tea caddy, isn't it?
-I did some research, Tim, into this, and it first came over in 1875.
The gilding is in good condition.
It's just a wonderful object from a bygone age, when the history
of tea and the tea ceremony and tea drinking were so exotic.
Yeah, well, there we go. What's your estimate?
I expect it will make between £40 and £60.
-Do you really? Good lord, Charles. £25 paid that is.
So that should be an automatic profit.
It all depends, really, on how this cast-iron sign goes,
cos if it doesn't do too well,
then the signs are going to be going against our team and they're
going to need the bonus buy, so let's go and have a look at it.
Well, chaps, this is exciting, isn't it?
You gave the girl £125, and I'm going to help her
take off the cloth, and we're going to find out what she spent it on.
Yes! And that is it.
-Oh, right, wow.
-There we have a ship's compass. What do you think?
That's really good.
It's early 20th century, it's quite hard to date it,
but what's really nice is that the face is in good order.
No big cracks or smashes and it's moving around.
I didn't pay very much for it.
-What did you pay?
-I only paid £30 for it.
-Yeah, so I think that was quite all right.
I would be disappointed if it didn't make £40, £50 at least.
-So, it's a bit of a gamble, but I love it!
-We'll go with that.
-Excellent. Thank you.
How far are we from the sea here in Derby?
-There's a canal.
-Oh, yes, you go by canal.
-There's a canal!
-Take your compass with you.
-Oh, dear! Well, hopefully...
There we are. Hold those thoughts from Natasha, all right?
She spent £30. She's saying it should bring at least £40 to £60.
That's what you have to recall at the moment after you've
sold your first three items,
that I ask you whether you want to go with the bonus buy or not.
But right now, for the audience at home
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Natasha's compass.
-There you go, Carlos.
Something for a bit of yachting, I suppose.
Yeah, I admire sailors, because I would not be able to sail.
I think it's a most complex and confusing pastime.
Charles, you would take to it like a duck to water if you had a good go.
It's a lovely object, Tim, and these contraptions again,
with the scientific interest,
there's a huge marketplace for these objects in our salerooms.
I have to say, it comes with its sliding lid there, look,
so, you are ready to go to sea, Charles.
Aye-aye, Captain. We think it's worth between £40 and £60.
OK. I think you're going in the right direction, Charles,
-for that compass. £30 paid by Natasha.
-So, she's done well with that...
..potentially, if the team decide to go with it.
Anyway, that's it for the Red team. Now, for the Blues. What a mixture!
We've got the Viking sailing ship.
Very, very relevant in today's market
because of all these exhibitions and things relating to the Vikings.
I love history, and that period of the 8th to the 11th century,
it has so much more to reveal, and of course, I think I'm a descendant.
-Hansons come from the Vikings.
-Oh, do they?
So, it's something which could perhaps be quite close to my heart.
-I could see you in one of those helmets with the horns, Charles!
But it's a good-looking item. Probably circa 1900.
-OK, well, bearing in mind your Scandinavian roots, Charles...
..what's your estimate?
Tim, we hope it will sail away and fly high
and make between £50 and £80.
-Do you really?
-Yes, we do.
-Gosh! £15 paid.
-Is that all?
-That's Louise found that.
-Very good, Tim.
Lovely. Now, the table lamp, which is an oddball object really,
-cos it looks a bit like a powder bowl...
-Yes, it does.
..from a dressing table, with this woofer next door.
Yes, it does, Tim. I don't know, I think
in the last three or four years we've seen
a re-emergence in terms of interest in these Art Deco
bronzed speltered garnitures,
but it appears to be all original, in nice condition. I think...
But it's a novelty lamp, Charles! It's clever, isn't it?
Yeah, and the canine passion across Derbyshire is huge.
-Well, it screams Art Deco.
-It does, Tim.
How much money does it scream to you?
We, Tim, would hope... If I pictured a price now, I think
-it's going to make probably around £45.
-Do you really? £15 paid.
-That's that Beth found that.
-Clever old Beth.
Now, that Laidlaw, he's challenged us with the tandem bike.
It's a really wonderful bike, and Rudi Altig,
he won his first championship in 1952 and designed the bike, but of
course, with tandems and bikes, they can be very hit and miss at auction.
-Hopefully more hit than miss.
-How much, then?
-Between 150 and 250.
-OK, well, the Laidlaw paid 150.
We know he's very careful when it comes to these things.
So I think this team are going to do all right,
they've got two bargains there and if the bike doesn't let them down
then they'll be away and they won't need their bonus buy
for a change - but let's go and have a look at it, anyway.
Now, Paul Laidlaw, you had £120. What did you buy the girls?
-You've seen it before...
-Oh, yeah, I remember that!
-You remember that?
-I thought you were going to get the fishing rod, so it's not too bad.
-This was a better buy.
-It's just a Doulton pot.
However, this is from their Natural Foliage Ware series.
It's a proper antique. There's serious design craftsmanship.
Handle it, see how heavy it is. Do you like the feel of the glaze?
Has it got something? Does it do it for you?
It doesn't, really, do it for me to be honest!
Hand it to Beth! Hand it to Beth!
OK, Beth, does it do it for you?
-That's a no.
Well, moving on. That's a very nice reaction. Thanks, girls!
Just ask him how much profit it's going to make.
So, how much is it going to sell for, then?
Well, I'll tell you this much, it's going to make a profit.
If I'm unlucky, it makes £20.
Could it make £60? Yes, it could. If the gods are with us, and a few
Doulton collectors that don't have this shape and form like it,
there could be good profit in this, but I'm telling you this much, there is a profit.
OK, we've got the message there.
That's all you really care about - is it going to make a profit? Yes,
he promises you it's going to make a profit, and on that happy note,
let's find out, for the viewers at home, whether the auctioneer thinks it's going to make a profit.
One little pot, look.
-Oh, it's lovely, Tim, isn't it?
-No, don't you think so?
Well, I think what's lovely about it is the price.
I mean, do you like those bits of Doulton?
I just think, Tim, when you look at this, you've got to
believe that these were leaves that were alive in the 1890s.
-And it's pretty.
-So, we envisage it making probably between £30 and £50.
-Well, that's very nice, cos the Laidlaw paid £15.
That's why I like it, cos it's only £15 worth.
So for him to find it at 15 is very clever,
and as a bonus buy is a very good buy for his team,
-if they decide to go with it.
-Now, Carlos, you're taking the sale today?
-Tim, I can't wait.
-Oh, we're in safe hands.
-I'm in the cockpit, Tim.
Oh. Are we going to take off?
-Matt, Darren, how are you feeling?
-You're not nervous, are you?
-Oh, I am nervous.
-What have you got to be
-nervous about, Matt?
-Everything. Every item we've bought.
-Do you know,
I've a horrible feeling you might be right! No, that's not the case,
actually. Here comes the railway plaque from heaven!
This is a wonderful Midland Railway notice board.
I've got interest here at £45. I'm asking 50 in the room now.
55, 60, sir,
65, 70, I've got 5, 80.
One more. No? I'm bid £75.
Give me 80 now in the room. Do I see one more bid, surely?
Fair warning. Commission bid on the phone.
-"80, I'm out." 80, I am bid.
Do I see 5 now? Fair warning, all done. Bid me a fiver.
-Oh, dear, chaps!
-£80, all out.
How disappointing! £80 is minus £10, which is bad luck.
-It's nothing though, is it?
-That's not too bad.
-It's a whisper.
OK, let's get this back into kilter.
Let's see whether we can balance this out with the scales.
The brass scales, there we are, straight in at £25.
Do I see 30 for it now? 35, 40, sir.
40, I'm out. I've got you.
40, I'm asking 5. On the phone, 45.
45, 50. Look at me.
Look at me! One for the road!
No, he says. 45 I'm bid, do I see 50?
Fair warning, all done.
Oh, dear. Minus £15. No amount of dancing around will get around that.
That's cheap enough, I tell you.
Now - his favourite black tea caddy.
A really interesting late 19th century black lacquered tea caddy.
I'm bid £20 on commission.
I'm asking, the hands go up, 2, 5, 8... I've got 30.
35 I am bid, I'm asking 40 now.
What a fine box. 40, 5, 50, 5, 60, 5...
I can't handle it, I can't handle it, I can't handle it.
-Look at me. 80!
85, I've got you. 90...
-Go on! Round them up.
Fair warning. Thank you, sir. I sell to you, all done.
-That's fair enough.
That's 5 short of 30,
which is plus 65. You lost 25,
which means you're plus 40.
That rather transforms things, doesn't it?
What are you going to do? Are you going to go with the compass or are
-you going to park it?
-We're here to enjoy ourselves, we're going to go
-You are definitely going to do it?
-You're going to place
-all your faith in Natasha, yes?
-She's more than earned that.
The decision is made, we're going with the bonus buy.
I've got lots of interest in this compass,
and I can begin here with interest at 60.
I'm asking 5, what a wonderful compass!
Maritime interest for the local canals, maybe.
60 I am bid... Not the coast, of course. 60, I'm asking 5 now.
Fair warning, now, bid me a fiver. Come on! All done.
You're out online. Gone.
It's gone, well, how brilliant is that? That's £60, that's plus £30.
You are so clever. Isn't she clever?
-That's a fantastic thing to do.
Anyway, 40 and 30 is plus 70. That could be a winning score.
Don't say a word to the Blues, all right?
-Not a dickybird. OK, brilliant.
-OK, girls, you happy about this?
-What do you mean, "Yes?" You sound very...
-I think so.
Loulou, you sound very shifty, girl!
Well, I've had time to think about it.
Your first item is the Viking longship, and here it comes.
There it is. I've got a couple of bids here at £18.
That's my bid, bid me 20. 20, 2, 5.
I've got 8, 30, I'm out.
£30 I'm bid.
-Come on, man!
-One more. 35, 40.
-One more, sir.
-Madam. You're hovering, sir, again. One more.
-Like a hovercraft... 55!
-That's the badger!
-Well, thank you very much. 50 I am bid.
Do I see 5 now? Fair warning, all done. The gentleman secures it.
Fair warning. Yes, we are.
Well done, girls. That's plus £35. How good is that?
-£35 profit on the first item.
OK. Now, here comes the Deco lamp.
It's Art Deco, it's a table lamp and figure with a Chinese lantern.
A wonderful lot with a dog.
I am only bid 10, 12, 15, £18. It's cheap. Bid me 20.
22, 5, 8, 30.
Lady in red, you're in online. Do I see 5 now? Online, bid me a fiver.
-35, 40. One more?
35 your bid, sir. Bid me 40 now.
35 I am bid. 40, 5.
The dog says yes. 45!
-Go for it!
Against the world, sir, one more in Derbyshire! Stroke the dog!
5 online, 60!
One more. Are you sure?
Bid me 70. There are two conflicting bids.
-There are two on the internet battling it out.
It could be yours, or I sell on the internet at £70.
45, 55, 60. It's £55 that, plus £55.
Look at that! £55!
German Rudi Altig world champion tandem bike. There we are.
It'll keep you fit.
-It's a super example...
-Keep two of you fit.
Commission bids at 110,
-Do I see 140?
-"130, 140, I'm out."
-I can't bear it, girls!
We are going, going, gone, at £140.
-That's so unfortunate.
Oh, dear. Minus £10, that is bad luck. Nevertheless, you're plus 80,
which is nothing short of miraculous, isn't it?
-And you were shifty...
-..and nervous about it?
Listen, girls, there's no shame in that.
Good. £80 could be a winning score.
What are you going to do about the jardiniere,
are you going to risk another 15?
-I don't know.
-You did sell it to me.
-You sold it well.
You don't like it, but you want to make a profit on something.
You're in for a punt.
-Yeah, go on.
-Yeah, go on, then.
-We'll do it.
-You're going to do it?
-We're doing it, we're doing it.
-Don't have to.
-No, we're doing it.
Fair enough. You've trusted Paul,
and we're going with the bonus buy and here it comes.
A really fabulous Royal Doulton jardiniere. There we are.
And I'm bid here...
15 and I'm out. I'm asking 18, 18, 20. There's hands everywhere.
-22, 5, 8, 30.
-See?! You've got to trust him!
Are you sure? Fair warning, all done. 40.
5. The wife's nudging you, 45.
-50. £45 on the front row. We say...
-He's got £45.
Internet is out as well, and gone.
Yes, very good. That is plus 30, which means, overall, girls,
you are plus £110.
-Listen, you were brave,
you went with the bike. You just missed on that,
but everything else is just perfect.
-That could be a winning score...
-I am surprised.
-You are surprised?
Are you really surprised? You didn't think anything was going to make
-anything. There you are.
-I thought it would be three no sales.
Anyway, you've done well. Don't say a word to the Reds
and all will be revealed in a moment.
-Well done, anyway.
-Thank you very much, Paul.
Well, isn't this lovely?
-You teams have not been chatting with one another, have you?
So you have no idea where the individual scores are, do you?
Who is ahead and who is behind?
Both teams are looking remarkably cocky,
because you are going home with profits, both of you, aren't you?
-And you're going home with substantial profits for
both teams, which is really exciting.
But it's just which team is marginally ahead
or not in the profits stakes, because it happens
so rarely that we make substantial profits for each team.
-I can't deal with it!
Well, of course, we can't have two teams of winners.
You have to have a team of runners-up
and the runners-up today, by a chalk,
just happen to be...
-Oh, no! How did that happen?!
But you are runners-up today, taking home the masterly sum of £70.
How about that? £70.
£65 on that black lacquered tea caddy did a lot to pull back
the earlier losses. Yes, chaps?
-Yes, it did.
-It certainly did. It was a great team effort.
And £70 is a very serious chunk of money. And I congratulate you.
But it is not a substantial enough chunk to defeat the Blues, oh, no.
Who are going home with £110!
-Look at that!
£35 off that Viking jobby,
£55 off the table lamp,
which was brilliant.
Then you had a slight hiccup with the tandem bicycle,
which spoilt your chances of getting the Golden Gavel,
and then in came Laidlaw with the most hideous - I mean,
most marvellous jardiniere, which made a profit of £30,
so well done for that.
I trusted you in the end, didn't I?
But the greatest fun of all, yes?
-To win all round and have such fun.
Anyway, so much fun.
-Why don't you join us soon for some more bargain hunting? Yes?
Two teams of intrepid bargain hunters scour the largest antiques fair in Europe. Ably assisted by experts Natasha Raskin and Paul Laidlaw, the reds and the blues hope to make a profit at auction from their three items. Tim Wonnacott takes a closer look at a rare snuff box found at the fair.