Two sets of teams hunt for bargains in Edinburgh with experts Charles Hanson and Paul Laidlaw. Tim Wonnacott visits Pollock House near Glasgow.
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Welcome to Scotland. We've got two teams,
two potty-trained experts ready for some Highland haggling.
Let's go Bargain Hunting, yeah!
Today we're north of the border,
at the Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors' Fair.
Here's a wee taste of what's to come.
Two teams of best mates go head-to-head. The feisty Reds...
-You haven't seen the boys.
-You haven't seen them yet.
We need to beat the boys.
..and the Tartan-troosered Blues.
We're got to win this. You'll help us win this.
-I'll take you on a night out in Glasgow with the winnings.
Right, let's recap on the rules.
But surely everybody knows what the rules are.
-How long do they get to shop?
-How many things do they have to find?
-And how much do they have to spend?
Exactly right. The team wins that makes the most profit
or the least loss later over at the auction.
Now, let's meet today's contestants.
-Hello, everybody, welcome.
-Lovely to see you.
Now, Jane and Pauline. How did you first meet, Jane?
Well, Pauline and I both do...
are members of the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society,
-so we sing on stage each year together.
-Done HMS Pinafore yet?
-We have, yes.
-That's a rollicking good laugh, isn't it?
-Now, Jane, it says here that you've seen the world.
I've travelled to various countries throughout the world.
Loved every minute of it.
Why aren't you mentioning the Australian Navy?
Well, I was in that for seven years, communication sailor.
-Where did the Australian Navy take you?
-I saw a lot of Southeast Asia.
-Pacific Islands, went to Hawaii twice, New Zealand.
-It was tough. Hard.
-What do you do with your free time now?
Now I'm more into my cake decorating,
-which I've been trying to establish as a business.
Pauline, you're no stranger to being on the telly, are you?
Well, no. In my earlier life, when I was slightly younger,
I did quite a lot of extra work.
And did local shows, little Scottish shows like Rebus,
Taggart, River City, just plodding about in the background.
And you've got to be very patient.
You do. You sit around for a long time, but it's good fun.
When I was younger, I got a real buzz out of it.
-Now, you find yourself quite often at antique fairs.
-I do, yes.
I love going to antique fairs.
I think you'll do rather well.
In fact, I think you'll do so well
that these Blues are quaking in their boots.
-Are you quaking?
They look handy, these women, to me. Anyway...
Seb, you met Tom first as an opponent, didn't you?
We did, on the rugby pitch, that's right.
-Where did you play?
-I was on the wing.
-I'm not sure what position he was.
-I was on the bench.
Most of the time, Tom, I guess. Well, good fun.
What sort of things do you collect?
Um, I'm not a massive collector of any sort of objects,
but I studied archaeology at university.
I like the story behind objects.
-Things like that.
-Will you be going for something really ancient today?
-Some old lump of stone or iron, if you can find it.
-A bit of pottery.
-You never know, these things make money at auction.
-I've heard they do.
-And are desirable. Tom, it says here
-that you're a milk broker.
I've never met a milk broker before. Tell us what he does.
Well, basically, I work for a family friend's dairy company.
What we are trying to do is get everyone in the country
to have milk delivered instead of buying it from a supermarket.
Is this going to cream off the profit from the supermarkets?
I hope so.
-You're also a collector?
-Well, my father
used to take me to antique fairs when I was very young.
I remember the first thing I got was a 17th-century writing desk
-at Hopton House.
It had lots of little secret pockets, that's why I liked it.
What sort of things will you be going for today, do you think?
Got any idea?
-Yeah, I think so.
-Got to be a vase, does it?
I don't think anything in particular.
You're going out there with an open mind. We'll have fun today.
Now, at the money moment. Here you go, £300 apiece. £300.
-You know the rules. Your experts await. And off you go!
And very, very good luck.
17th-century writing desk, eh?
Mmm. I could do with one of those.
We have just the chaps to help out
not one but the two sets of Reds and Blues today.
With the Red team is a man who knows an antique fair
like the back of his hand - Mr Charles Hanson.
And the Blues will be benefiting from the expertise
of the ever so knowledgeable Scot Paul Laidlaw.
Who's going to come out on top? Let's find out.
Seb, am I right? You guys are competitive between yourselves?
There's always been a bit of friendly rivalry between us.
-And what's the plan?
-Really? Just to win?
-Your rivalry today is aimed at the red blighters, yeah?
-We're going to win.
-We're going to win!
-We're not getting beaten by two guys in tartan trews.
-Let's go that way.
-Let's go this way.
And so, they're off to do some serious shopping.
Feel a love with the dealer, OK?
And that will then invite you into the object.
So, if it jumps out at you for whatever reason.
A strong reaction is what we need.
I quite like wee boxes.
-Looks rugged on top.
-Exactly. And what's it all about?
-This is for us.
-I've got too many at home.
-Too many at home?
Early days! Don't jinx us! Early days!
It's a bit early to be raising the silverware, blokes!
Both teams are scouring the aisles for that perfect bargain.
Jane has already spotted something right up her baker's street.
-I like the cake stand there.
-That looks really lovely.
-Could we have a look at it?
-Apt for you, with your cakes.
-That would be. ..Thank you.
-Why would it be apt for you, Jane?
-Because I bake cakes.
-And I just love it.
-I love it as well.
-Is that really...?
It is an ebonized wood. It's lacquered.
It's made to imitate maybe Japan, with these pagodas.
And the quality is really very good.
-It's barely been touched by sponge cakes over the years.
-Is it old, though?
-It's probably, I think, 1920s.
-It says 130, but that is too much.
-I would guide it cautiously.
Hello there. Best price, madam?
I have 130 on it, but I could come down to 90.
-Could you do 75?
-80 would be my very best.
We're early into the hour, aren't we? It's an early morning.
-Can we come back?
-Absolutely, we can come back, can't we?
-Of course, yes.
-There we are.
So, that's one to throw into the mix, Reds.
Let's see if it rises later.
How do you feel about instruments? I'm looking at the microscope.
-I think microscopes are cool.
-I like it.
I think it's an interesting object.
But I think, if we were taking it to an auction,
as far as like choosing something weird,
the chances of someone being there who is going to buy
a 19th-century microscope...
-I know, but...
-The markets' eyes are on that auction.
It doesn't matter how obscure it is.
It didn't jump out at me, that's all I'm saying.
Well, let's hope you find something that does jump out at you soon, Tom.
-A silver mint box.
-Made by Garrard.
It's only plate. It's just silver-plate,
but it has a good maker.
At your dining table...
Pass your mints, like so, with this lovely case.
-Novel, quirky, now the really important factor...
-We would use that at a dinner party.
-Would you really?
-I like that.
-Yeah, it's different.
-How much is it?
-Wait for it.
How does it go again? How does it go? Don't sound too surprised, OK?
18? That's quite expensive.
You'll have to work on your poker faces, girls.
-What would be your best price?
-I'd buy that.
-I really like that.
-Could you do it for ten?
-My lovely assistant.
-Thanks very much.
Reds have got themselves one in the bag,
but will dish make a mint at the auction? Not to be outdone,
Paul has spotted something that could fly in the saleroom.
What do you have there? 1930s, 1940s.
Rather nice alabaster, onyx.
-It is quite solid.
-Good frame, rather nice enamelled gilt,
RAF pilot's wings.
-Very elegant. And no little chips or nicks or cracks.
-No, it's in good condition.
-How do you feel about that?
Pretty good, but can we get it for less than £50?
-I think you need to.
-25. It has to be 25.
The thing is, nobody uses picture frames any more.
It's all done by computer.
- 35, that's it. - 30. We'll pay 30 for it.
And then we'll win this, you'll help us win it.
35, you'll win anyway.
-32, we'll take it for 32. Done.
-Guys, you bought something.
Tom's brokering skills obviously aren't restricted to milk.
Well done, Blues. One down, two items and 45 minutes to go.
The Reds have only spent £10 so far.
Will they go for something big next or something more compact?
-What do you think of this, Charles?
-Oh, that's nice.
-Isn't it lovely?
A little compact. You've got your lipstick,
your powder and your perfume compact in this one here.
Yeah, you've got your powder there with your mirror.
-A musical one.
-Do you think we could get a deal on them with two?
-I thought you want to win.
-BOTH: We do.
-To win, isn't that spending big?
-Right. Well, then, let's go.
-Come on. Come on.
-What do you think?
-We'll go elsewhere.
If you could buy them for half price...
Knowing you need some money, knowing her female collectors
in her Glasgow saleroom, that would happily make about £35.
-So there's a big profit there. How much?
-Look at me.
Seeing as it's my favourite, ten.
-I think it'd be rude not to say, "Go for it."
-Yes, please. Thank you.
£10. That's a wonderful thing.
-It's compact, quite literally. It's a neat object.
-I love it!
Well done, Reds, but you are hardly blowing the budget.
We've only spent £20 so far. For two items.
Charles wants to buy something...
bigger that we spent a bit more money on.
-Yeah, something that's not £10.
So far, the cake-mad Reds
have the edge, with two items under their fleeces,
but the boys have proved that they can do a mean bit of haggling.
Whenever you go to Glasgow, you want to go to Glasgow
with an object really made for the place.
-This looks like Rennie Mackintosh.
Exactly. OK? Feel the romance.
-OK. Can we think about?
-Can we think about it?
-We've still got time.
-We have time.
-I love it.
At the very least, we can use them to find a bargain.
Well, they've managed to find something all right.
They've been looking for one of these.
-What's the vase?
Mind your language, please(!) LAUGHTER
Late 19th, early 20th century. The inspiration here...
It's made in Wurttemberg.
The inspiration is clearly Eastern and of the Orient.
-Was it made to be trendy?
-I love that question.
In its day, positively avant-garde, I suspect.
-Yeah, but we could get it for £60.
-No, you couldn't.
You did not say that.
No, seriously. No, no, no.
It's a 20-quid piece, and I've seen them at that.
I would do it for 45, but I'm not happy with anything less.
What do you think?
40? We've got to win this. You got to help us win this.
-We'll take you on a night out in Glasgow with the winnings.
40 and we nailed it.
-Loving your work. Thanks for that.
-Thank you very much.
-Hey, two down.
-One to go.
-Get in there.
I think we've done fantastically well so far.
I think we're doing tremendously.
I mean, we got two great, great bargains
and we've got plenty of time left to go hunting.
-So, both teams are after that all-important third item.
They both have plenty of moolah left and the clock is ticking.
We should go for something really big. Something really big.
-Are we going big?
-Are we going really big?
Anything here that grabs your attention or move on?
-Let's do it. Thanks very much.
As time starts to run out, Jane is becoming obsessed.
-Another cake stand?
Listen, I think, let's leave the cake stands...
I don't think we've heard the last of those stands.
There's the microscope. Is there anything else we saw and went...?
I'm not keen on the microscope. I don't like it.
I think the chances of finding someone who is going to buy
a 19th-century microscope are not going to happen.
-Yeah, I knew you were going to say this, but...
-I think we should think bigger.
I'm just trying to come up with things that, a minute to go,
we could run and nail.
Feeling the pressure, Blues? You're not the only ones.
It's decision time for the Reds. And guess what?
It must be, I think, that lacquered cake stand with a bit more discount.
-If that's feasible. Where was it?
-Come on, then.
Oh, I hope it's still there.
Minutes to go, Paul has spotted a pair of potential prize-winners.
They're modern, so maybe the boys will take a shine to these.
-I like your Orrefors decanters.
-May we have a look?
-Yes. Good weight to them.
Guys, what do you think?
This is what they're famed for. This is wheel cutting.
And it does what it says.
Lovely, high-quality crystal.
Bear that. What do you think?
I live above a pub called The Stag, so I think it's genius.
-90 would be the bottom.
If we could get it for 60, then we would be all over it.
Is there any more in that?
I'd go another fiver, but that is really pushing it. 85.
So it would be 85.
I think we should go for it.
I like them and I think it's a risk worth taking.
Go on, squeeze out another fiver. Do us a favour.
You have to do it for 80, otherwise we'll end up
with this horrible microscope.
-Go on, then, £80.
-Thank you very much.
I'll be having chips without the fish for tea tonight(!)
Well done, Blues.
Down to the wire and three items haggled and bagged like proper pros.
Meanwhile, as the kitchen timer is about to ping,
our Red team have returned to their cake stand.
Either it's still there or it's "scone"!
Our final curtain is almost here. We've got about three minutes to go,
-and we quite like your cake stand.
-I'd quite like it to sell.
-Would you really?
-How much? How much?
-Just for £80.
-I was saying...
-I know, it's just that we've got to beat these guys.
I know, I know.
-You haven't seen the boys.
-You haven't seen them yet.
We need to beat the boys.
And you'll say, "I did the girls a good turn."
-Right. Well, we have to stand up for girl power.
You'll leave me with all that money to go out and really blow it?
-Well, I'm in, then. We'll take it.
-Excellent, thank you.
-Well done, guys. £75, give her a hand.
That's it, time's up.
The shopping's done.
We can now take the items to auction, and we've travelled across
to the Great Western Auction Room in Glasgow,
but first let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
The lady bakers in red couldn't resist a slice of the cake stand.
It cost them £75.
The silver-plated mint box was a snip at a tenner.
Will the Garrard & Co name help sweeten that price?
And the plated and mother of pearl compact came with
a £10 price to match. They're hoping to make up wads.
-Now, girls, you spent £95.
Which was truly pathetic.
And £205 of leftover lolly went to Charles.
Charles, what did you buy?
I always like to try and spend the whole lot. I really do.
So I bought something very stylish,
and hopefully right for the area of Glasgow.
-And it's that.
-I knew it!
-What do you mean you knew it?
-We looked at that.
Oh, yes, we did. I know.
-I knew you'd go back and buy that.
Because it just had a look about it.
I thought, well, knowing Glasgow and knowing...
Have a look. It is a barometer, of course.
It is. I know this because we looked at it.
-Did you reject it earlier then?
He went back and bought a reject?
They thought it was too expensive.
Well, you would, spending £95, wouldn't you?
Yeah, but look at the sinuous lines. It's so Art Nouveau
and it reflects almost the birth of the great arts
in Glasgow in the last century.
It ought to make maybe £100 to £150, because it cost me 70.
-Oh, well done.
-You are sure?
These girls have bucked up now when you said 70.
They were seriously depressed when they thought it was going to be 210.
Charles, you are a tease, I have to tell you that.
Yeah, and we'll see if it teases some hard cash
at the auction later on.
In the meanwhile, though,
let's remind ourselves of the Blues' three items.
The boys in blue, with their tartan trews,
snapped up the Art Deco RAF photo frame for £32.
They got a cracking discount on the WMF vase,
down from £125 to a much more presentable 40.
Ditto their final item, a pair of Orrefors engraved decanters.
Seb and Tom, this is your exciting moment, the leftover lolly.
You spent 152, you gave the Laidlaw £148. What did you buy?
Oh! And where are the rest?
-No, I love a spoon.
Two pretty dull, fiddle-pattern silver teaspoons.
Worth what, £10 each on a good day?
I paid £70 for those,
but these are Scottish provincial silver.
I've seen dealers asking £100 a pop for such spoons.
An international market.
-That's why I'm presenting them to you now.
-I hope so.
-And what sort of profit do you think we can make?
-If I'm lucky,
I can see them doing £100-£110.
Mr Laidlaw is confident, but we'll see about the boys later.
Now, though, we're ready to start selling.
Anita Manning, take it away, girl.
-So, you nervous at all, Jenny?
How excited on your excited scale?
-That's off the top, isn't it?
First up, then, is your Garrard mint box and here it comes.
Lot 51, ladies and gentlemen,
is this delightful little silver-plated and crested mint box.
Start me at £20. £20.
20, 25, 30,
35, 40... £40...
45, fresh bidder.
Any advance on 45?
Any advance on 45?
It's with the lady at 45. 45.
-Be careful there, Charlie!
-Well done, girls.
Lot 52, ladies and gentlemen, is this
very stylish vintage compact.
£20 for the compact. £20.
20 bid, 20 bid, 25,
-Settle down, girls, settle down!
-They can't believe it.
Any advance on £50?
Any advance on £50? £50.
£50, that's it. 50.
-That's plus £40.
-That means you are plus £75.
-Hang on a minute, this could all go very badly wrong.
-Well, it could.
This is a lovely example, here,
the Chinoiserie George V three-tiered cake stand.
Start me at 30, start me at 30.
30 bid, 30 bid, with the lady at 30.
Any advance on 30?
Any advance on 30?
40, 40 with you, sir,
£50. With the lady at 50,
60 fresh bidder, 70,
£70, with you, madam, at £70.
Any advance on 70?
Any advance on £70?
All done at £70? £70.
£70. That is bad luck.
You're minus £5 on that,
-but overall you are plus £70.
-This is serious excitement here.
Girls, what are you going
to do about the barometer then? You can bank £70
-which could be a winning score.
-Let's go for it.
-Quickly, what are you going to do?
-Go for it.
-Fine, go for it.
You're going to do it.
-We'll go for it.
I think we finally got there. I think the decision is made, yes?
We are going with the bonus buy.
Definitely? We're going with it. Here it comes.
Ladies and gentlemen, is this not so Glasgow?
Start me at 100. 50, then?
50 bid. 50 bid.
Any advance on 50, 60, 70,
Look out, you're in profit.
The bid's with me at £95.
100, 100 fresh bidder.
Any advance on 100?
-Well done, Charles.
Charles, we love you!
Well, give him a kiss then. He deserves a kiss.
Give them a wee clap!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Well done. Give her a clap!
-Plus £100. Don't say a word to the Blues.
There there's no point in spoiling their day. All right?
So, boys, are we wearing our tartan trews for good luck?
-Is that what it is?
-Certainly is, yes.
-How do you rate your chances today?
-You reckon you're on for this?
-To lash those girls?
I think it'll be easy.
First up is the photo frame and here it comes.
Lot 73, ladies and gentlemen,
is this super Art Deco
onyx photograph frame. Start me at £30, 30 bid.
30 bid. With you, sir, at 30.
Any advance on 30?
35, 40, 45, 50,
It's with the lady at 55.
Any advance on 55? Any advance on 55?
Well done, boys. £55.
There's nothing the matter with that. That's £23 profit.
We like it, it's a profit. Good. Now, the baluster vase.
One of my own personal favourites is this unusual WMF vase,
with these abstract circles.
Start me at £30. Start me at 30.
Start me at 30. 20, then, 20 bid.
Any advance on 20? Any advance on 20?
Don't like the look of this. There's somebody bidding.
-It's with the lady at £50.
-It's cheap enough.
Any advance on £50? Any advance on £50?
£50 is a profit.
Let's just look at it like that, plus £10 on that,
that's not expensive but it's a profit, thank you very much.
Come on Anita, you've got to go for the decanters.
These will make money, I tell you.
Lot 75, ladies and gentlemen,
is a matching pair of Orrefors hand-blown crystal decanters.
£100. 100 bid.
110, 120, 130,
140, I'll catch you in a wee minute, 150,
Yes! Look at this!
170, 180, 190...
-Yes! What a woman!
200, fresh bid.
GASPS FROM AUCTION ROOM
Look at this boys. £200.
210, still in, 210.
Any advance on £210...
This is getting ridiculous.
220, back in.
230, 230, determined at £230.
Any advance on 230?
All done at 230?
-I think a round of applause for that.
£230, that's £150 profit.
-That's not bad.
-What do you mean, "not bad?"
You're so cocky, Tom.
Anyway, 150, 73, that's £183
you've got in the bank.
What are you going to do?
Are you going to risk 70 of your pounds on the fiddle-pattern spoons
or are you going to park them?
-We'll go for it.
-Really going to go for it, are you?
-I love a gamble.
-Oh, you love a gamble!
We're going with the bonus buy, and here come the spoons.
Two early 19th century provincial silver fiddle pattern teaspoons.
Start me at £40.
£40, for the provincial silver. 40 with the lady.
40 with the lady.
Any advance on £40?
£55, with you, sir, at 55.
All done at 55? 55...
Minus £15, what a shame.
168 is your profit.
168 you're wandering home with, that's all right, isn't it?
-Very, very good.
Who's complaining, taking home 168 smackers?
Listen, don't tell the Reds a thing. All right?
Wow, remarkable profits on today's show, eh?
Even the Reds' amazing £100 profit wasn't enough to beat
the Blues' whopping £168 profit.
Brilliant work all round.
Coming up, will our next two teams of Reds and Blues
find items just as profitable?
Meanwhile, we're heading off to Pollok House. Ever heard of it?
Well, you're going to find out all about it any minute now.
Just outside Glasgow,
Pollok House was built in the 18th century
by the Maxwell family.
Used as a military hospital in World War I,
it opened as a museum in 1967.
It contains many displays of fine furniture and family heirlooms,
including the Stirling Maxwell collection of European paintings.
But it is an entirely different collection
that has brought me here today.
This room was originally designed as a billiard room,
and today it's a dining room.
And it's an activity connected with dining, actually drinking,
that draws me to this collection of silverware.
Now, the earliest piece out of this group is what is called
a nautilus shell, which is this fellow here,
that was so prized in 1615, when this thing was created,
the silversmith in Nuremburg plastered it in silver gilt,
hence the exotic wave form of the cover.
If you look carefully around the whole thing,
it is encrusted with elements
that relate to the mystery of the distant oceans.
The other intriguing piece is this fellow,
which is thought to be an ostrich egg form coffee pot.
The coffee dregs would accumulate in the bottom of this egg shape,
allowing you to draw off the amber nectar above.
But the most extraordinary drinking object is this fellow.
It's called a wager cup.
In the pub,
you'd wager your best mate that he couldn't drink
both vessels without spilling a drop.
You could very easily glug, glug, glug that. No problem at all.
But the trick is to drink what is in this hinged vase.
I might get away with it.
On the other hand, if you have had a drop or two, I promise you,
the whole thing is down your shirt.
You'd lose your wager and all your friends in the pub would think
that's very, very amusing.
Fun, isn't it?
Back at the Edinburgh Antiques and Collectors' Fair,
we have another set of teams raring to go.
Today for the Reds, we've got Allen and Lori.
And for the Blues, we've got Jackie and Abby. Welcome.
-Hi, how are you?
-Lovely to see you.
Now, Lori, how did you become friends?
We met in school, from early on, on the football pitch,
having fun together and just having a good laugh.
Good. And what did you study at the University?
-I'm still there.
-I'm doing English Literature and History of Art.
-Is this at Edinburgh University?
-Yeah, at Edinburgh.
-Having a good time.
-I bet you are.
-So, Allen, you are at a different university, is that right?
West of Scotland, Hamilton and Paisley.
It says here, you're keen on football.
Yeah, pretty much. But I'm a utility man.
-What you call handy.
So, do either of you know anything about antiques?
I know a wee bit. My gran has kind of drummed it into me.
My dad is a jeweller, as well. He owned his own shop in Glasgow.
So, from then on, I was playing about with silver and diamonds...
Losing them. I don't think he knows yet.
-I am very impressed by this. So, you looking forward to it anyway?
-It's lovely to have you on the show and very good luck.
Now, turning to the girls. Jackie, how did you two meet?
We worked together in Spain in a restaurant,
about six years ago.
You've been doing a certain amount of travelling.
Yeah, we like to sail quite a lot.
And we did some backpacking for about a year around South America
and then went sailing for ten months in Mexico.
It was good, good fun. A lot of experiences.
-The odd earthquake and hurricane.
-What do you do now?
-I work in a retail environment.
Right, in a shop that you can't mention.
Yes, but they do a wonderful dine-in for two.
Well, then. So, Abby, what do you do for living?
I work in a high-street bakers.
-That also can't be mentioned.
-That can't be mentioned.
I've only worked there for three weeks now.
-Yeah. And it says here that you can speak fluently backwards.
It sounds like Klingon. It's nonsense.
Can you give us "let's go Bargain Hunting" backwards? I can. It's...
Stel og niagrab gnitnuh.
I love it, don't you? Stel nob... I can't do it.
-Anyway, well done.
-If you write it down, it's right.
I believe you. Now the money moment. £300 apiece.
There goes. £300. You know the rules. Your experts await,
and off you go! Very, very, very good luck.
I can hardly say "let's go Bargain Hunting" frontwards,
leave alone backwards.
-You guys are sailors. Bargains ahoy?
-Well, hopefully. Hopefully.
-OK, guys, feeling keen?
-Yeah, getting into it.
Feeling mean, Lori?
-Let's have a wee look.
So, it's all hands on deck,
but will it be our footballers who set the pace?
-Are you looking at that?
A letter knife. It's rather nice, isn't it?
A Japanese-Chinese thing, is it?
You know, everyone's speculating on anything Oriental at the moment.
There you go. You see the visage? It's a dragon or a lion. A lion.
-It's rather nice. I mean, it's a sweet thing, but what is it worth?
20 to 30 quid. It could be a wee gift.
-What's it selling for today?
13 and I will give you a wee kiss on the cheek.
-That is an unlucky number.
-And a kiss on the cheek.
-14 and a kiss.
-£13.50 and a kiss.
-Mwah. There you go, done.
-Whatever it takes, loving your work.
I admire your persistence.
Good work, Jackie. That's the first haul for the Blues.
Now it is Lori's turn to show us his skills.
So, Lori, come over here and tell us about it.
-It's a silver teapot.
-Is it silver, though?
-What do you look for?
-Hallmarks at the bottom.
-Do you have an eye glass? Can I use it?
What are the telltale signs of a hallmark? What do you need?
Well, you've usually got one that is a design
and it'll give you the date of it, as well.
-And it also tells you where it is made.
-Has it got EPBM or EPM on the base there?
-It that a G? A G...
Put it this way, if it were silver, it'd be about £300,
how much is it?
-Is it really?
-Oh, it's £30.
-So it must be...
-Is it plated?
-Big Al, comments?
-I'm going to say no.
-Why not? Look at me, why not?
-Electromagnetic, that's why.
Well, it caught him out. It magnetised him.
-Put it back. Thank you.
-Thanks very much.
I think that is what you call a own goal.
May I just have a quick look at one of these watches here?
-Yeah, which one?
-This one here. That makes it very elegant.
It is a mid-20th-century shape that the military sometimes used.
There's nothing much the matter with that.
-Is your Omega expensive?
Maybe a wee bit too much. What about your Jaeger?
-Now. It is.
-He's still got another cheek to kiss.
So, we've picked up on this, Jaeger-LeCoultre,
up there with any horological name you can mention.
This particular one was bought by
the British military during the Second World War.
But it's too expensive. I need that for a double-digit sum.
My very bottom on that is 90.
-50 and a kiss on the other cheek.
-I have to make something on it.
50 and a Frenchy, not from me.
Gosh, this is getting a bit fruity.
Not on my watch, eh, Paul!
What did you say was on the Omega?
I said 80.
-What's on the two?
-Where do we get from 100?
-130, are we offering 130?
-All right, just to get rid of you.
-That's the spirit!
-I appreciate that.
-Can I get that kiss, dear?
There you go!
It's two-nil to the Blues. The trailing Reds have yet to score.
I'm actually very nervous.
We've had half an hour so far, and I don't quite know where
the other half hour is going to go. I have no idea.
I think Charles might be getting a bit anxious.
Yeah, I know, I think is worrying a tad, as well.
We are not shopping properly. Come on, Charles, get to grips,
let's find these bargains.
Let's go buy!
So, will the half-time pep talk rally the team?
-What is that there?
-It's a rifle bullet.
That's what it started life as. Do you want to know what it really is?
You're good, but it's a very special pen.
It's not actually a pen, it's a pencil.
In 1914, Princess Mary gifted the troops
at Christmas and New Year a present,
and it was what's called the bullet pencil.
-That's one of them.
-Are these quite rare now?
-They're... They're scarce.
They make about £30 at auction.
-We could always come back on it.
-Could you hold on to that for us?
-Give us an option on it?
-Absolutely. The price goes up, but never mind.
Storage fee. Thanks very much. Thank you.
Always good to have an item in reserve.
Are the boys going for a bit of tick-tock, too?
This little pocket watch down here, tell me about it.
-It's a chronograph watch, it's brass-plated.
I've got 55 on it.
-Did Big Al spot this?
-Al, tell me about it.
What's the origin on it? Is it Swiss?
1910? Yes, and circa 1910, 1900.
-That sounds good.
-Yeah, it's quite nice.
-Is it in working order?
It's a small, gilt brass chronograph.
£55 isn't expensive, really.
Could we haggle on the price, as well? Would that be possible?
45. I'll give you a chance at 45.
If we could acquire it for a bit less, I think it is worthy.
-Could we get...? 35?
-I'll meet you halfway at 40.
I'll meet you halfway again, 38?
Can I get beans with toast every night? 38, OK, 38.
I think, guys, let's get the show on the road. Do you agree?
-Let's do it. Yes?
-We'll take it.
-Thanks ever so much.
Back of the net! And about time.
Now, with ten minutes left, what has Paul found for his cabin crew?
Is your telescope an expensive one?
-I can go for 30.
I'm just going to...
I know I'm looking down there the wrong way here,
but this is the easiest way to test the optics.
-You've got at least dirty lenses there.
Everything becomes apparent when you look the wrong way down a telescope.
But, importantly, the optics are complete and they focus.
-We are missing a baffle.
-A sleeve here that would draw forward
to shade this objective lens.
But the leather is intact.
It is a splendid marine -
marine, nautical -
I mean, it's got to be worth 40 to 60 any day of the week.
-It's got legs.
-You said £30 was your price for this?
-Is that the best price you can do for it?
-That's the best.
-Cos it is missing a big piece of it.
The cover for the top, you know, for shading it.
-It depends how much you expect for it.
-I was looking at
round about ten for this.
This girl's got gumption.
You know, a cover, for looking through, for the sun.
If you can go to an auction and buy it for ten pound,
I'll take it from you.
-The man has got a point.
-Right. Well, what do you think, Paul?
Cos I thought... Can we get you down to 25?
Give us a wee chance?
My hair is grey, you've got me turning pale.
25? Thank you.
Five pound for the carrier bag.
We don't need one, Paul is going to take it.
-Well done there.
-Excellent. That's our three pieces.
-I spy...top drawer.
So, the Blues can drop anchor and relax,
unlike the Reds, who have two to go and only six minutes left.
We've got to dig deep, we've got to just...
I know, we've got to get something quick.
Spy out the bargains, don't we?
Here's a nice stand. Look at this. Now we're talking. I'm feeling...
-Your little mantel clock, madam?
-It has some damage to the enamel.
-Is it an early one?
-Well, 1920s. It's gorgeous.
-135, but I would...
-And between friends?
-I love that.
-It works perfectly.
I love that. Look at that, guys.
You know what? The problem is, this is champleve enamel,
which is inset or dripped in. And its wonderful engine turning...
has had some damage there, can you see? I love that.
Although, as Mr Wonnacott says, and I can hear his voice now...
"Stay away from damaged goods, Charles, it's your downfall."
And we must, because it's damaged.
I'm glad you have been listening, Charles.
Look at that. Austrian, silver and enamel, little cigarette case.
The best price on your silver
cigarette case would be how much, please?
-Guys, we've got five minutes to go.
-We've got five minutes, guys.
-Would you do it for 50?
Since red is my favourite colour, I'll do it for 55.
Time is of the essence. How about...?
Your best price on the blue enamel mantel clock?
Well, I've already said £100 and it was 135.
-Yeah, so no less than that.
Oh, look at me.
Look at me. Look at me. 95?
-Look at me. Look at us.
-I'll give you a really big hug.
-95 is good.
-£95, OK. We've got 180 seconds.
I think we ought to buy, my opinion, is the canary yellow, ground...
May I come behind here, madam, have a look behind here?
-Of course you can.
-Thank you. Guys, I think... Thank you. Sorry.
-I think we ought to buy that, first of all. And that's good.
-What's your best price?
-It was 50?
Would you take 50 for it?
-Would you take 50?
-Look at this, that's gorgeous.
-That's nice. Is that English?
-We'll have it.
-Yes, it is.
-How much is that?
That's a gorgeous box, guys. Best on that?
-I would do it at 175.
-Guys, I really rate this box.
This is a George V silver and agate hard stone rectangular silver box.
And I would guide that at auction between 150 and 200.
So, at 175, it's got a good chance.
-If that's 55, could we do...?
-200 for the both?
-Look at me.
-Look at me, look at me!
-No, 220, I'll do.
-Guys, these are great items.
I kid you not. These are quality.
And with that frantic goalmouth scrabble,
the boys finally have their hat trick.
Group hug? Yeah!
-What are we going to do now?
-A milkshake, I guess?
-Something stronger, man.
Ha! With the shopping all done and three items each in the bag,
it's time to go back to the Great Western Auction Rooms in Glasgow,
but, first, let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
The boys finally got their show on the road with a fob watch for £38.
Then, after lots of umming and ahhing,
they did a deal on two items.
The cigarette case worked out at £52.
And the silver snuff box, which appeared from left field
in the last seconds, cost them £165.
Somehow I think we achieved the great escape, the unbelievable.
In fact, I think we'll win.
Al and Lori, you naughty boys,
you spent £255, which is a magnificent total,
-giving Charles Hanson only £45 to spend.
-What did you spend it on?
-I'll give you a clue.
It might be a furry thing, OK?
-It's not alive, but you're almost there.
-Because it's an owl.
-Look at that. Look at those eyes.
-That's so cool!
OK? Look at those eyes.
He's bronzed, he's gilded, he's got some wear and tear,
but there are a huge pool of owl collectors.
You know, he's quite unusual with these big,
bulbous bulb eyes.
It's a bedside light. He must be, I suppose,
70 or 80 years old.
-Quite novel, isn't it?
-Exactly, you hit it on the head.
It's novel, and that is the all-important factor.
How many people have a novel owl lying by their bedside?
I prefer not to, I would think.
You could start off a new fetish here.
-What is he worth to you as young collectors?
-He cost us £25.
I feel, with the novelty value, he might make £40, £50.
-No guarantee, though.
-No, no, naturally.
Will those big eyes turn into big profits later on, I wonder?
Now, then, the Blues - what did they buy?
The Blues opened their shop
with a letter knife,
which cost them £13.50 and a kiss on the cheek.
The same lucky store holder got another kiss
and £135 for the military pocket watch and gent's wristwatch.
Omega, Jaeger, military timepieces -
no-brainer, big bucks.
And finally, they're hoping for a safe harbour at auction
with a marine brass telescope for £25.
The other team are going to have to do something to beat us
with this one.
Very good, girls. Now, you spent £168.50.
We had 131.50 to give to Paul Laidlaw.
With all that money, Paul, what did you decide to go and buy?
I don't know whether you've ever seen one of these before.
-I had to go back and buy it.
-I love it.
-You did, didn't you?
-Yeah. We absolutely loved it.
It works for me all day long.
And I'm pretty sure you're going to do well with that.
I couldn't get the price down more, we know it was ticketed at 12.
-I think that will do well anyway.
-Smart money, know what that is,
you're going to do well.
-Can we just buy it?
Good. Well, there we are.
It gives you the choice
to decide whether you go with Paul's bullet or not.
No time to think too long, though, as we're going to the sale now
to see Anita Manning, the auctioneer, in action.
-Now, Allen and Lori, how are you feeling?
I don't know how many adjectives I can come up with.
First up is your open-faced chronograph,
and here it comes, chaps.
-Here we go, guys, good luck.
is this early 20th-century chronograph pocket-stopwatch.
Start me at £30. 30 bid.
Any advance on 30?
-Any advance at £30?
With the lady, at 40.
Any advance on 40?
-I'll take five. 45.
50. 50. Any advance on 50?
-All done at 50? 50? 55.
Fresh bidder at 55.
-Are you sure?
-She's standing up. It's always a good sign when she stands up.
In the last minute, at 55.
With you, sir, at 55. 55...
55 is plus £17, chaps.
-£17... Yeah, I know.
It's getting a bit sweaty Betty, isn't it?
Isn't that a beautiful yellow enamel, ladies and gentleman?
Isn't that absolutely lovely?
Start me at £50.
50, come on!
With you, sir, at £50.
-With you, madam, at £60.
65, I'll take 65.
With you, sir, at 75. Any advance?
-All done at £80?
-All done at £80. £80.
Well, that would be plus 26, then.
That will be plus 28!
50, 60... Yeah, plus 28.
So, 17, 28, 38...
You are plus 45, lads, overall.
This is a George V silver and agate snuffbox.
100 bid. 100 bid.
Any advance on £100?
110. 120, sir? 120.
130. Any advance on 130?
140. Back in, 140.
It's only a tenner.
150 for this superb box.
-That's what we need!
170. Go on, go on!
-Go on, crack it!
-Any adva...? 170.
He's back in again. £170.
Any advance on 170?
Any advance on 170?
Yes! Good girl, Anita.
£170, that's what we like.
Plus a fiver, which means,
overall, you are plus 50.
You can't translate everything into beer.
It's a nice way to think of it.
Now, what about this bedside lamp? Are you going for the owl?
-We trust you.
-We've got a profit, we're going to go for it.
-We're only here once.
-You live once, don't you, Charles?
-Live the dream, OK?
-I believe in the owl.
OK, fine. They're going with the wise old owl.
-Here it comes. Here comes the owl.
And, ladies and gentlemen,
-I'm holding bids on the book.
-And I can start the bidding at £20.
-There you go.
That's OK, we're in.
With me at 20.
Come on, you want it, go on!
60. It's with you, sir, at £60.
Any advance on £60? £60?
Well, that is plus £35.
-That is plus 35. That's pretty good, isn't it?
-It's not bad.
Overall, you have £85 to go off with.
-And not a blast penny more.
-Not a blast penny more.
Anyway, the big thing now is, when you see the Blues,
look a bit miserable, all right?
Don't talk to them at all.
The tears...tears wailing already.
OK, Jacks, Abs, how are you feeling, kids?
-You haven't been chatting to those Reds, have you?
-No, not at all.
That's just as well.
Anyway, first up is the paper knife.
Don't look so worried, it'll be all right.
First up is the paper knife, and here it comes.
Lot 117 is...
the Japanese Meiji period bronzed letter knife, page turner.
Can we start the bidding at 50? 30?
£20 for the knife turner?
-35. 45, fresh bidder. 45.
Any advance on 45?
All done at 45? 45...
£45 less £13.50...
Next up is...
the lot of watches, here we go.
Two per lot here, ladies and gentlemen.
We have the World War II military Jaeger-LeCoultre
and a 1940s Omega wristwatch.
Start me at £100.
100 bid. 110. 120.
150. 160. 160.
£190, and I'm also out.
Any advance on 190? All done at 190. 190...
Yes! That is plus another 60.
-Not too shabby, is it?
means you are £91.50 up.
is a mid 19th-century Marine brass
and leather-bound single-draw telescope.
Can we see £150?
Start me at 50.
-You've doubled your money.
With you, sir, at 50.
Any advance on £50?
Any advance on £50?
With you, sir, at £50.
-Thank you very much.
Doubled your money. Plus 25.
£116.50 is the worth of profits.
I congratulate you, the three of you. That is phenomenal.
What will you do about the bullet pencil? You'll have it, won't you?
-We're going to have it, we love it.
-Support the man with that.
-£12 paid. Yes?
Well, we can move quickly on with that. No doubt.
And here it comes.
Lot 123, ladies and gentlemen.
It is a First World War silver bullet pencil. £50.
Start me at £20.
With the lady at £50.
Any advance on £50?
All done at £50? £50...
That's four for four.
That, my dear girls, is...
Thanks to our hero, Paul Laidlaw.
£154.50 is a very, very good score.
So, I commend you.
-Don't talk to the Reds until we do our review.
-Lips are sealed?
-Thank you very much. Excellent.
Well, what excitement we've had today.
You been chatting between the teams at all?
I think it's fair to say,
there is a buzz of excitement between these two teams.
I guess both teams are feeling pretty cocky
because they both got profits.
-And I don't think I'd be giving anything away
if I handed out a small black pad
on my right to these guys,
who have each made a profit
and therefore are entitled to the golden gavel.
Nor would I be giving anything away
to take a black pad out and reveal
to the girls that they, too, are entitled to a golden gavel,
because they, too, have made a stellar profit on all three items.
It's simply a question today
of the scale of the winnings.
I don't want to tease this to death,
but it is my duty to reveal today
that the team that are the runners-up are...the Reds.
-I'm sorry, lads.
You have made a profit of every single item.
A grand total of plus £85, I'm going to give you now.
-£85, there you go.
But, sadly, it was not sufficient to stunt the flow of profits going
for these Blue girls,
-who made twice as much.
They're going home with profits of £154...
There's all your change, all right?
Very, very well done, girls.
That is just phenomenal, isn't it?
In fact, we've had so much fun,
join us soon for some more bargain-hunting, yes?
Two sets of teams hunt for bargains in Edinburgh. Charles Hanson captains the red teams - one of which has cakes on the brain - while Paul Laidlaw leads one team of tartan-trousered blues and another who try trading kisses for bargains. Presenter Tim Wonnacott takes a trip to Pollock House near Glasgow to have a look at some of their silverware collection.