Natasha Raskin-Sharp presents from Nottingham racecourse with David Harper and Danny Sebastian. Natasha finds out about a lace designer who used politics as inspiration.
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We're in Nottingham today, once the heart of Britain's textile industry.
But the workers, who'd have used looms like these,
weren't just interested in powering the wheels of industry.
They wanted to turn the cogs of social change.
And they did so by burning down Nottingham Castle in 1831,
which confirmed the city's reputation as a champion for social change.
So let's hope that our teams channel that fighting spirit as we head to
Let's go Bargain Hunting.
As you can see, I'm at Nottingham racecourse today,
which is where our antiques fair will be held.
I'm going to let our teams loose amongst the stalls,
with £300 and one hour on the clock.
They're looking for three items to take to auction.
But before all that, let's have a look at what's coming up.
There's clowning around with the Reds...
One, two, three.
..and the Blues side-line their expert.
He was known as Lord Roberts of Kandahar.
Excuse me. What role are you playing here?
And at the auction, the Reds get a surprise...
..whilst the Blues ramp up the excitement.
But that's all coming up later.
First, there's time to meet our teams.
There's a good feeling in the air today,
because everyone is best of friends.
For the Reds, we have Jay and Ilona, and for the Blues,
we have Mick and Jason. Welcome, everyone, hello.
-You sound like you're in good form this morning.
We'll come straight to you, Reds.
Now, tell me, you both work for the same supermarket.
But this isn't your first time on television, is it?
No, it's not, is it?
We both applied to be on...
The place we work for were looking for their colleagues to go on to do
a Christmas advert, and then we both applied and we both got on it.
Now, Ilona, before you worked in the supermarket,
you had an entirely different career, so tell us about that.
Yes, I served five years in the army in the Royal Artillery,
and I worked on the rapier system, which is surface to air missiles.
Oh, wow. So, quite high pressure.
-Yeah, it was good.
-Yeah, so what made you move towards the supermarket?
-How did you give that up?
-Well, I came out of the Army for a family,
to start my family, so with twins, it was just more convenient to work
at the supermarket than shoot planes down.
Probably, I'd say so, yeah!
Now, Jay, you also had a different career before the supermarket.
And I think you're in the right colour today, is that right?
Yes, yes, I spent a few years at Butlin's being a red coat.
-And I believe you could very well trained as a red coat, so...
-Have you carried on any of those skills?
I have, yeah. I've brought my juggling balls with me today,
-to give you a demonstration.
-Of course you have.
Of course you have. OK, so, how many have you got, three?
-OK. And shall we start the clock,
or are you just going to give us a demonstration?
-You can count me down.
-OK, here we go.
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!
It went beautifully, well done, that was great work.
What are your team tactics, then?
Is someone going to be very much in charge?
-This one's always in charge.
Oh, really? So, specifically in charge of the buying of the items,
-or the money?
-He's got the eye.
The rest is mine. We're going for the gavel.
-Oh, you're going for the gavel?
-So you're here to win?
-Sorry, Blues, but we will.
Yeah, let's turn to our Blues on that note, actually.
Mick, Jason, they are here to win, those Reds.
-What do you make of that?
-Er, no, we're here for the golden gavel,
that's what we're here for.
We've got some stiff competition today I think.
OK, OK, well, first of all, you share the same career, or you shared,
because you're now retired, aren't you, Mick?
-So, tell me, what was it that you both did?
We both flew aeroplanes. Well, Jason still flies aeroplanes.
I did it for 26 years.
Really enjoyed it, but it comes a point where you've got to take the
money and run, so I thought I'd be a man of leisure.
But Jason still carries on.
I'm still slogging away. I work for a world-leading charter airline.
I enjoy it, and we go to some lovely places all over the world.
So we get to enjoy different cuisine, different cultures.
It's very pleasurable.
You also have another passion in common, don't you?
And it's not flying.
It's sort of everything with you guys, planes, trains, automobiles.
-Yes, very much so.
-Particularly the latter?
Yes, certainly automobiles. We both like our classic cars.
-I've got a few.
-Jason has got a beautiful Rolls-Royce, haven't you?
Rolls-Royce Phantom from 1927.
But I don't use it very often, as you can imagine.
But it's a wonderful machine, yeah.
Oh, that's cool, so you've got loads in common,
but I've not heard you mention antiques once.
You don't... We go around every weekend, looking for antiques!
Antique cars, I guess?
Auto jumbles are the sort of thing we've probably done in the past
rather than antique fairs, so we might have that sort of train of
thought, really, and I think the sort of things we're looking for are
probably more technical orientated.
Tell me, who's going to be in charge of money?
Who's going to be in charge of haggling? What's the team tactics?
Well, I think we're just going to have to see what's out there,
and then just go from there, really,
and see what the best course of action is, simple as that.
-But you can look after the money, mate.
-Oh, that's very kind of you.
-That's all right.
-OK. Do you think it's going to be a smooth flight path?
Hopefully no turbulence.
No, no bumpy rides, don't like that.
Listen, you won't be buying anything if you don't have any money.
And you each, of course, get the same.
The Reds get £300.
I think that's going to go straight to Ilona, yes.
And the Blues get £300, too.
And I assign each team an antiques expert,
and they're waiting to meet you, so off you go, and very good luck.
-OK, thank you.
What an eclectic bunch.
I can't wait to see what they come up with.
The fair is in full swing,
and our two experts are ready to steer the teams to profits.
Wheeling into action for the Reds is Danny Sebastian.
And hoping to propel the Blues to victory, it's David Harper.
OK, guys, what are we looking for today?
-Right, small, trinket-y sparkly stuff for me.
-I'm going to be looking for something mechanical.
Typical! Like a compass or something?
Anything precious. Precious metals, gems, retro items.
Something technical and something innovative,
something somebody hasn't seen before.
No time for horsing around, teams.
The race is on. Your 60 minutes start now.
-Come on, let's go looking.
-Hold on a minute.
And they're off. But before they get stuck in,
David has some wise words for his team.
Do your plans normally go to plan, or do they normally go terribly wrong?
-Oh, I hope they normally always turn out.
-Usually go to plan.
Well, welcome to Bargain Hunt. This is where it all goes terribly wrong.
Try and stay positive, David!
Now, the Reds are quick off the mark.
Is that a small sparkly thing they've spotted
from Ilona's wish list?
Oh, what's that?
-Oh, for threads.
Oh. Do you know much about this kind of thing, Danny?
Well, I think these things all... Yeah, anything sort of small, cute,
It's always nice when we're talking silver in silver, you know,
that's where you're really going to get your sort of value.
-I can't see any markings on it.
-What's that made out of?
-Is it brass?
-It's gilded, isn't it?
-It's a pretty little thing, isn't it?
-But we were looking for something like precious metal.
Yeah. We'll give that back to you, thank you.
Thank you very much.
Back with the Blues, and it looks like David's prediction is coming true.
You see, this is where it's going wrong already.
You were talking about instruments, and something technical,
and you're looking at a bit of silver.
-I know, but it's really...
-Patience, now, David.
Do you like it enough to feel it, get the tactile sense of it?
Take your time, guys, we've only got an hour!
I'd like to move on, I think.
-All right. Fair enough.
I think you've got your hands full with these two, David.
Over with the Reds, Ilona's found something else that small and sparkly.
Oh, what do you think to the perfume bottles?
Quite nice. Quite sweet.
But the thing is, they're fairly modern.
You can see that straightaway.
They're just quite modern.
And I think when it comes to, like, the saleroom,
we need it now have a little bit of provenance, a bit of age to it,
-and they're brand-new.
-I don't think it's a good decision.
-We'll pass on them ones, then.
Good advice, Danny. Back with the Blues,
it looks like David's services might be redundant today.
I've just seen this. Now, Lord Roberts,
he was a secretary of the Viceroy of India.
And he was known as Lord Roberts of Kandahar.
He is also the Boer War commander, as well.
So he was actually a famous figure who was probably second to sort of
Kitchener at that time.
Excuse me. What role are you playing here?
What's all this about? That's really interesting.
How do you know all about this character?
-Because I've looked him up.
-I just want to interrupt here.
You do realise we've only got an hour?
-OK, all right.
-And you've used up time on it.
-I like it.
-I like it.
I like it. Do you like it?
No. I don't. Sorry. I'm sorry!
-I don't really.
It looks like it's going to be a bumpy ride for the Blues.
But what about the Reds?
Could these get you out of the starting gates?
-What about the sledges?
-I wouldn't say they're very comfy.
You're too big for that, anyway.
You know, the kids might not think that.
Well you're a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
I'm sure you'd like to speed down a mountain on that.
-Absolutely. You could get some speed on that one, yeah.
I mean, it's definitely the biggest one, isn't it?
It's the biggest, it looks like the strongest one.
-What does it feel like?
-It's quite heavy.
-Lovely metal runners.
And they're in good Nick, they're not rusted.
There's no rust on it, or... I tell you what. It's in good nick.
£45, is it up for?
-That's not a bad press to start with.
We can always see if we can trim a little bit off.
Do you reckon we should offer about 30?
Let's test it for comfort first.
Shame there's no string, I could pull you along on it.
We can soon put a bit of string to it, don't worry,
we can soon add a bit of string.
Shall we ask the stall holder to come over,
-see if we can have a deal with him?
-Yeah, I think we should.
-Hey up. He's on his way already. How are you? All right?
-Yeah, very well, thank you.
-We're looking at this sled.
What's the best, the very, very best you can do on that?
It's got to go to auction.
-I can take a tenner off.
35 on that. That's all I can do.
Is that your very best?
-Shake the man's hand.
-We'll take that one, sir, thank you very much.
Put that down. Let's keep on looking.
-Thanks very much, mate.
-No worries. Thank you.
Nice one, Reds. Your first item is in the bag in just 15 minutes.
Blues, you're playing catch up.
Have you spied anything yet, gents?
Can we get a bit more exciting than binoculars?
Pretty standard, though, isn't it, really.
That's not the sort of thing that's going to make money, I think.
No. Good try, Michael.
I mean, bad, actually, if I'm honest, but...
Steady on, David.
Whatever happened to teamwork?
Oh, cricket balls!
Perfect for juggler Jay.
Hey up. I like these.
-Hey! Are they cricket balls?
-Yes. Can you juggle four of them?
-Can you do three?
-I can do three.
-Do you think I'm allowed?
-Yeah, go on, get in there.
He's not watching. Quick.
One, two, three...
He's caught them all! There's a show for you!
He's dropped it now. Come on.
Let's keep going. Come on.
While the Reds cause chaos,
the Blues have finally found something to get excited about.
Is that the sort of propellant or the actual extinguisher?
I don't know, I'm not really sure.
-I don't know.
Oh, hello. Can we have a look at that?
I think we should have a look at that.
I think that is absolutely lovely, and look at that typeface.
-Nice, I like that.
-Extinguishers and chemical patented in Great Britain.
You've even got a serial number.
-We could date it from that.
-1919, there you are.
1919, there it is.
So it's just after the First World War.
Pyrene started trading in 1914
and made hand pumped fire extinguishers for all occasions,
including ones like this, tailor-made for cars.
It's perfect for our petrol headed Blues.
I mean, the three of us love classic and vintage cars.
-That is absolutely stunning.
It's a piece of sculptural art.
It's beautifully made, isn't it?
-Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
-I know where I'm going with it.
-I do, too.
-And I think we're all thinking same thing.
-It's worth a punt, isn't it?
-If we can get this for under £12,
so perhaps even under ten?
-So let's see what we can do, so...
Shall we start haggling?
Whilst the Blues get down to business,
it's a blast from the past for ex-soldier Ilona on the Red team.
-I'm going to ask you something here, now, Ilona.
-What have we got here?
-It's mess dress.
An officer's mess uniform.
I think it's Royal Signals, if I've got that right.
So what are these badges for, these?
That's the rank, and that's your trade.
-It's in lovely condition, isn't it?
It's quite well-kept, but I don't think we should go for this one.
I think it's not a very saleable item.
-No. And its size.
-OK. If you're not happy.
Let's put it down. Let's keep moving.
No red coat for the Reds, then.
And the Blues have made a quick deal of just £9 for the fire extinguisher.
Well done, gents.
-First purchase, and a joint love here, classic cars.
Fantastic. Come on. Good.
That's one item apiece for our teams, and nearly 20 minutes gone.
As the Reds keep hunting for their second item,
there's no stopping the Blues.
Look, boys, it's another chance to show off your techie knowledge.
So, that would be, what, 1963, I would guess.
That sort of period. Mid-60s.
I would say early '60s, early to mid, yes.
Sometimes you can tell with the stations that are sort of pre-printed
on the card, and that gives you some...
So we've got here, light, which is light programmes,
so that's pre-1967, when Radio 1 and Radio 2 were formed.
-So it's definitely earlier than that.
OK, so pre-67. Pre-the summer of love.
Not bad condition. Do you want to have a feel?
-I mean, it's got a bit of weight to it.
-But it doesn't appeal to you?
I mean, we could be here all day talking about it.
It appeals to me.
Let's have a look at the sticker.
It is... It's 25.
Would you be keen to buy this?
If we could get it at the right price, yes.
-What's the right price?
-I'd say... 15.
-Are you there, sir?
It's the usual.
What's your best price?
25's a good price for it.
I'll come down to 20.
A little bit too much.
Could you do a bit better?
I've had them a little while. I can do 18. But that is the death.
I'm going to say, if you agree with me, that we will have it.
-Thank you very much.
-We'll have that.
-Thank you very much.
Just £18 for the radio.
Nice work, team. That's two items for the Blues, and only £27 spent.
David, despite all these cheeky comments, you must be impressed.
It really is quite surprising to me,
because whenever I meet a team and they say to me, they have a plan,
I'm kind of chuckling inside,
because I know that plan is all going to go terribly wrong.
But with these two, the methodical pilot brains know what they want,
and actually, they're getting it.
We're just over halfway through,
and the Reds have got some catching up to do.
Whilst they keep looking for that elusive second item,
I'm off to unpick the story of a Nottingham lace designer
who championed a revolution.
Here at Nottingham Trent University, there's an archive that celebrates
the city's long history of lace making.
Carefully stacked on these shelves are some 73,000 samples that date
back to the 1600s.
Among them is the fascinating work of one man who used his lace making
skills to further the cause of socialism at a time of great
In the 1920s and '30s, well-known Nottingham designer
William Hallam Pegg was heavily influenced by world events.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 and the rise of Communism
had turned Nottingham into a hotbed of socialist thinking.
The city had played a key part in the Industrial Revolution nearly
100 years before, so it was well versed in the championing of
I'm here to meet lace historian Doctor Amanda Briggs-Goode,
to learn more about the symbolism behind Pegg's extraordinary work.
As you can see very strongly referencing iconography
and insignia of communism, and obviously key significant buildings in Russia.
So you've got this image here with the biplanes,
and you've got the very well-known hammer and sickle image here.
There was a tradition from Russia in Russian constructivist textiles,
so from 1917, and they very much have that sort of feel to them.
I mean, for getting across a strong communist message,
you don't immediately think of lace as the ideal medium.
It's so subtle and delicate and almost quite bourgeois.
I think the fact that he chose lace as a way of communicating those
ideas is particularly interesting in that lace can kind of disappear and
become part of the background.
But actually, you know, you expect it to be decorative,
but actually to suddenly have these very striking, strong images,
and that being conveyed through this medium,
I think really does make you stop and think.
Another event that influenced Pegg's artistic work was a conference held
in the 1930s that brought together 64 countries with the aim of
tackling The Great Depression.
Pegg saw it in terms of it not supporting and looking after the
poorest and most vulnerable.
So I think this is a piece that he did as a response and a reaction to that.
I mean, he's certainly not exactly playing his cards close to his chest.
The central focal point is a skeleton with what looks like an
infant skeleton as well in its arms.
So he's not saying this was a positive meeting, is he?
-Not at all.
-It smacks of propaganda to me.
Do you think it actually was a piece of propaganda?
No, I think he did it because he had to do it.
He had to put down his feelings in a visual way.
I think that's the way he was built and that's the way he thought,
so I think he probably did it for himself,
but I think he would've had places that he maybe exhibited it.
So we know he exhibited some of his paintings at the Royal Academy,
and here in Nottingham,
so it may be that these did get an airing in some galleries.
And what is it that you love so much about Pegg, Amanda?
You're in charge of 73,000 samples.
What draws you to him in particular?
Well, I think because he's such a rounded character.
He was clearly incredibly talented,
and he brought that talent in commercial ways.
But then this just adds a whole other dimension to him, you know,
with somebody who had a political, moral stance on something,
and use lace as a way of conveying that.
I think the uniqueness of that is just really exciting.
Whatever the political message, there is no doubt these are
beautiful pieces of art which capture a moment
in Nottingham's history.
As they say, a stitch in time saves nine.
So no time to dawdle, let's see how our teams are getting on at the fair.
Just over halfway and it's 2-1 to the Blues.
And the Reds are all of a flutter over this piece of jewellery.
It's a lovely little silver brooch, 1906 it says on the ticket.
And it's also saying T5.
That tells you, trade £5 off.
Although the ticket is £25, in actual fact you can get it for 20.
To be honest, at that money, we aren't far out.
On closer inspection it's a little bit bland.
It's up to you. It's not my cup of tea.
You know, it's silver.
If you could chuck that box in and get it for 20 quid,
I think you're in with a chance at auction.
What is the best price you could do for us?
The bestest price?
Pretty please?! I've asked nicely.
If you want the box as well, I could do it for 18.
-Yeah, that's a bargain.
-What do you think, Danny?
-Probably ask the stallholder,
can you put it aside for 15 minutes, and we may come back to it?
At least we can go around, you might see something you really like,
and if we don't, we can come back.
-Would you be willing to do that?
-Yeah, that's fine.
-Come on. Let's keep rolling.
Just when the Reds thought they were safe,
it looks like the Blues are on their way to the same stall.
The Blues are going in the direction where that brooch is.
I've got a feeling, just to take the pressure off,
we go and get that brooch. I wouldn't like them to get it.
-Let's get it.
-That's true. Let's go and get it.
Can the Reds chase the Blues away?
Hello, Blue team.
David was calling you. David?
-He's been looking for you. He's calling you.
-See you later.
Success. The coast is clear.
But is the brooch still there?
You haven't sold it to them, have you?
-I've just sold it to the Blue team.
-No, he hasn't.
I'll tell you what, you'd do a good job at acting.
-That was close.
-Yeah, we are going to take you up on your offer.
-£18, including the box.
-Including the box.
-Shake the man's hand.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
That was a close one.
Well done, Reds. But don't slack.
You've only 20 minutes left to find that final item.
And that applies to you as well, Blues.
So, David, time to work some magic.
Let me tell you what absolutely screams out at me,
and I love it for it.
It's period. Therefore it's design.
Its design is so distinctive and it is screaming in my head right now.
Is it screaming in your head?
It is. It is a dictograph.
It is great because you have got these...
We're talking about the design!
What design is screaming in your head?
Yes, it's Edwardian, isn't it, to look at it?
-Come on Michael, what design would you say that is?
-Look at the angular.
Even earlier. There is a bit missing there.
-The earpiece is missing.
And that would affect the price.
I'm falling in line with what you're saying there, as well.
-Fair enough, fair enough.
Bad luck David. You lost that one.
With less than 20 minutes to go and one item still to
find, you'd better get a wiggle on.
Meanwhile, the Reds seem to have forgotten their budget.
I'd like that but what's the price?
-We haven't got enough.
-It's nice, but it is a lot of money,
and I don't think we'd make a lot of profit on it.
I've got a feeling we would have to halve that price really,
to go to auction and make a profit.
-That's out, then.
-That's a no-no.
-It's a lovely stool.
It's very nice.
It might be nice, but with £252 left and just over ten minutes on the clock,
they can't afford to doddle.
Now, it looks like the Blues are heading back to the same stall where
they bought the radio.
-What do you think of those?
-Field glasses, of course.
That's a better description. Talk to me about them.
Tell me what you think you might know.
I think they are pre-First World War.
I'm thinking about 1890.
It's not necessarily decorative but it's some nice form to it,
-I think, really.
Some nice engine turning here.
It has got a few dents, a few marks.
But that's the good thing about it.
Because something like this has got a story to tell,
especially if it's been on the battlefield, a ship, a dreadnought,
-Shall we hold them?
OK. Not as heavy as you might imagine.
-They're quite lightweight, aren't they?
Something tells me it is a military...
Yes. Just out of interest, you've got five minutes.
-So, do you want to know a price?
I'll tell you what, do me another favour.
Be interesting now and I'll go and get a price.
-OK, interesting now.
-Be interesting. Right.
While the Blues talk among themselves and wait for a price on
those field glasses, the Reds have honed in on a potential third buy.
-What you think of that?
-That box is quite nice.
-It's just a box though, isn't it?
-It is, but it has got lovely dovetailing on the side.
It's quite a big lump.
We've got to trim that price down.
It's a nice, big lump.
Is that your big box there?
What's your absolute best? Your death?
Help me out here. It's got to go to auction.
-60 quid, the very best.
-Can we do it for that?
-I think we could work with that.
-I think it's quite nice.
Erm, can we have a quick look inside?
-Yeah, go for it.
-Get in there!
So what do you think this metal is, then, Danny?
This metal is either tin or zinc. Quite nice, that.
Although you might look at it and it looks all dented and the nails are
out, we're not bothered about that.
It's got a lot of character,
a lot of age and people will like that when they see it.
Do you like it, Ilona? Do you think we should go for it?
Yeah, we're running out of time so I don't think we have much more option.
What did you say, 55 quid.
-Shake his hand. Come on, we ain't got time. It's a deal.
Well done, Reds. £108 spent and your third and final item in the bag.
Right, Blues, David's found the dealer, so it's over to you.
-We saw these earlier.
-You've got three minutes to do this, by the way.
Yeah, right, OK.
What's your best price again?
We've got to have a deal here. We've got to have a deal.
How does £10 grab you? Nice crisp £10 note?
Not well, I would say. It doesn't grab me at all.
Right, OK. It's not gone right.
And I know you've only got three minutes left.
Sorry about that.
-Meet us halfway.
-14, you'll make your money on them.
14, ten, halfway, 12.
I don't... I couldn't...
Come down another pound, another pound, 13 quid, job's done.
-We're going for the odd number, are we?
-Yeah, why not?
-Go on, then.
-I've got a £3 note. Have you got a £3 note?
-Go on, then.
-What, have we done it?
-One minute to spare.
That was close. Well done, Blues.
Fair warning, teams. Your time's up.
-Whether or not they're going to make money, I don't know, but...
-No, no, no, no, it's the fun.
-They are going to make money.
-Guys, it's now time to stop talking.
-We're going to go and have a nice bacon butty.
-That sounds good to me.
Let's remind ourselves what the Red team bought.
First up was this wooden sledge, £30 paid.
Next, they bought an Edwardian silver brooch for £18.
And finally they got £25 off this wooden chest.
Well, Jay, Ilona, thank goodness you had a full 60 minutes because you
only had a few to spare in the end.
So, Jay, which is your favourite item of the three?
My favourite is the sleigh.
OK. And why is it your favourite?
It's something we see a lot at antique fairs.
Yeah, it's a lovely piece, as well. On closer inspection it's really nice.
OK, so do you think it's going to bring the biggest profit?
I don't. Although it's my favourite,
I think the brooch might bring the best profit.
Ilona, do you agree? Do you think that'll bring the biggest profit?
-I do, yeah.
-OK. But is it your favourite item?
I don't know. It's a hard choice between the sledge and the brooch.
£108 is what you spent.
Who's got 192?
-Yeah, I should have known, actually.
192 from Ilona.
Danny, you did say a lot for you to spend.
You were not joking.
Have you seen anything you think would be appropriate?
I've seen something that they might like.
-Let's just say, I'm going to pick something up.
Pick something up... So, while Danny goes off to find his bonus buy,
let's remind ourselves what the Blue team bought.
First, they paid the tiny sum of £9 for this fire extinguisher.
Next, they bought this 1960s radio for just £18.
And, finally, the field glasses which they got for £13.
Well, gentlemen, I'm proud of you, because you stuck to a plan.
And David will tell you that never happens on Bargain Hunt, does it?
It's never happened with any of my teams in the history of my work on
Bargain Hunt. So, congratulations.
-Thank you very much!
-So, you bought three interesting items.
Brilliant, that one was car-related.
Which was your favourite, Jason?
My favourite, I think the field glasses.
I really like the field glasses because I just felt they had a story to tell.
Mick, what was your top item of the three?
It was the radio. It's exactly what I wanted,
it's tech and that ticked all the boxes for me.
Which do you think will bring the biggest profit?
I think the fire extinguisher. We didn't pay a lot for it.
I think that's the one that will make the best profit.
I think it was a quality item, as well. It was interesting to look at.
So, you only spent £40, so who's got 260 in their pocket?
-You've got it.
-I have, here.
-So, there we go.
I'll take it from you.
But, it does go to David Harper.
Because, David, it's your time to shine.
Really? I've got to shine?
Seriously, that's putting pressure on, Natasha, isn't it?
I think that for these two I've got to buy something...
Some kind of instrument, something a bit clever,
something maybe a bit scientific.
-So that's my challenge.
-Yeah, that sounds great.
OK, it does sound good, doesn't it?
Yeah. So while David goes in search of his bonus buy,
it's time for us to head to the auction.
We're in Lichfield now at Richard Winterton Auctioneers.
So, no prizes for guessing who's sitting next to me.
Richard, thank you for having us.
It's a pleasure, welcome to Lichfield.
Our Reds, Jay and Ilona, let's start with this big chunk of wood, the sledge.
-What do you make of it?
-I love it.
-Oh, do you?
-I do love it.
I love the look of it. It's got that kind of bent wood kind of look,
hasn't it? You know, you get sledges, you get sledges,
that is a particular, as sledges go, nice.
OK, so what do you reckon your bidders are going to pay for it?
-We've gone 30-40.
-OK. They paid £30 for it.
-They've done well.
-Could be a chunk of profit.
-They've done well.
Then we're moving on to the item that they both think
is going to bring the biggest profit, actually
and that's our Edwardian silver bar brooch complete with butterfly.
There's a lot that go around of these, aren't there?
You see a lot come through. You can get a lot nicer brooches.
We've gone 20-30.
They paid £18, so, if it makes the lower end of the estimate
-then £2 profit isn't huge.
-No, no. I'm happy with that. Happy with that.
-A profit's a profit on this show. For sure.
-Happy with that.
Now, the next item is, probably the opposite of an Edwardian bar brooch,
it's a huge, big tool chest.
-I like that.
-Oh, you like it?
Yes, it's the sort of thing which is in at the moment,
that sort of industrial kind of big chest that you can do anything with.
Yes, we've gone 50-80.
50-80, OK. Well, the team paid £60.
OK. Still, you might have your work cut out a wee bit on that one.
Yeah, a little bit. But that's OK, it's not too bad.
OK. Well, not too bad is our auctioneer's assessment.
So let's find out, just in case, what Danny bought as a bonus buy.
Jay, Ilona, you're about to find out what Danny bought with your £192.
It does not look like there's a lot under it.
Don't look like a lot. Don't look like a lot.
But it's small...
Nice little pair of 19th-century tongs.
-What are they used for?
-Well, primarily, I suppose,
just to pick up little pieces that was on...
Little pieces of coal that might have fell out the fire.
So, quite practical, quite useful.
And I think it will just look quite nice alongside your companion set.
They've got a bit of age to them.
They're 19th century, they're in great condition.
Quite nice, quite cute, dainty.
So, how much did you pay for them?
I paid £20.
-How much do you think they'll make at auction?
I'd like to think they'd make, perhaps, £25-30,
with a little bit of luck on our side.
A little bit of luck...
They're only £20.
Is that the only positive you can find, Jay?
Well, Reds, you seem to be clutching at straws a wee bit, but don't worry,
you don't need to make your mind up just yet.
For now, let's find out what Richard, our auctioneer,
thinks of Danny's lazy tongs.
These will not be the first pair of lazy tongs that you have seen here
-at the auction house.
-No, we've seen them, but they're fun, aren't they?
They're great, good fun.
And when I'm looking at it, they have got a bit of age, haven't they?
-I think so.
-We've gone 20-30, so...
Well, Danny paid £20, so, again, if it all hinges on a few pounds,
that could be a very vital moment. Right, that's it from our Reds.
Time to turn to the Blues. Mick and Jason. Their first item, actually,
they both think it's going to make the most profit.
It's their hand-held fire extinguisher.
It's the thing that would come through the auctions quite a bit.
And what do you do with it? It's not the prettiest of things.
So we've only gone 10-20, I'm afraid.
They were really enthusiastic about it but they only spent £9.
-Now, our next item is Mick's fave.
This is all the rage at the moment. It's a great name.
It's in a lovely little box. We've gone 20-30.
Well, another frugal buy from the gentlemen, £18 only.
-At a fair price.
-They did really well, didn't they?
-Yeah, really good.
Now Jason's favourite item is this set of field glasses
-The great thing about binoculars or field glasses is we're
looking for some maker's name on them,
so you can build a history about them.
But there's nothing on them at all.
-So, we've gone 15-20.
-They only paid £13.
-Very good. That's good.
Just in case it's a car crash for these car enthusiasts,
let's see what David bought as a bonus buy.
Well, Mick, Jason, £260 left to David, what did you buy?
You're going to have to help me out here because when I first saw this
box I recognised the wood. It's a mahogany box.
I really liked it.
I looked at the interior and I thought to myself,
I have absolutely no idea on earth what that is.
But luckily for me I was with the two most intelligent guys I've met in years.
What is it?
We'll look like a couple of idiots if we can't answer the question.
I think we are at times, with the things we've bought.
Wait a minute, there's a scale on here.
-Oh. It's an anemometer.
-Yes. It measures wind speed.
-I think, Tash, give them a round of applause.
-I didn't know that.
The guy had to tell me, I've got to be honest.
-I like that, actually.
-That's a nice piece.
Nice wooden box, as well.
Well, it's the box that gives you the date.
It's certainly 1900, 1910.
It's beautifully constructed.
So, we're at the question now, how much did you pay for it?
What would you pay for it?
Well, I'd be more than happy to pay £50-60.
Yeah. Bang on, I paid £40 for it.
How much is it going to make?
It's the kind of thing that could double its money.
-It's unusual, isn't it?
I feel that you're saying to yourselves, yeah, let's go for this,
but now is not the time to make up your mind.
Let's see, does Richard, our auctioneer,
think the wind will blow in the right direction?
I present to you David's wind measuring instrument, possibly.
A scientific instrument of some sort.
It's named, which helps a lot,
and I think he internet will get a good wind behind it.
Oh, I like what you did with that.
What do you think it's going to make them?
We've gone a little punchy, at 40-50.
OK, well, David spent 40 on it so could be on the money.
Do you foresee good things happening on the rostrum today?
The ever-hopeful auctioneer.
-I look forward to seeing you strut your stuff.
£40 in the front row.
£40 in the front row.
Jay, Ilona how are you feeling? You look awfully nervous.
Do you feel good about this auction?
I can't wait. I'm really excited, yeah.
OK, first item is the sledge. You love it, you paid £30.
Here it comes.
We've got interest on the book,
Internet is already kicking in and live, we're straight in at £60.
£60, £70 the internet.
£70 the internet.
£70 is on the internet.
My book's out, room is out,
we're going to sell it.
Team, you'll be chuffed with that.
-That's a profit of £40, straightaway.
-A good start.
Now, this is the item that you both think is going to bring the biggest profit.
Silver brooch, £18 you paid. Here it comes.
Interest again is kicking in with this Internet,
Internet is up and it's strong at £20.
£20, 25 I'm bid, 25 the internet,
25 the internet, 25 the internet, £30 the internet.
We're going up!
£30 the internet,
35 the internet, 35 the internet, room finished,
all done, hammer up, selling, 35.
Right, that's another profit and this time
it's £17 profit, so well done,
you're now at plus 57.
So we're onto the wooden tool chest, £60 paid.
A bid in at £30 on the book, £30 on the book.
£30 bid, 35, £40 on the book, £40.
Keep going, we need that gamble.
£40 on the book, £40 with me on the book, all done,
we are then selling at £40.
Oh! £40, we almost had a golden gavel.
Alas, not to be today.
So that's a loss of 20, but, hey, overall, plus 37.
Are you thinking about the bonus buy?
-I'll say yes.
-Do it, let's do it, let's go for it.
You're going with the lazy tongs.
£20 Danny paid for it.
Our auctioneer thinks 20-30.
£10 Internet's come in, £10 Internet has come in, at £10.
At £10, £10 he internet...
-Nobody wants it.
-£15 the room, £15 the room.
£15, far right at £15.
Internet, you've gone cold, there's nothing showing, mate.
£15, far right, anyone else going to come?
15, all finished, 15.
it's a tiny wee loss of £5.
Overall, Reds, well done, a profit of £32 on Bargain Hunt -
not to be sniffed at.
Right, Jason and Mick, this is nerve-racking, this is auction time.
Put your money where your mouth is time.
Not much money where your mouth is, you hardly spent anything at all,
OK, gentlemen, your first item is going under he hammer.
You paid £9. Here it comes.
A bit of interest on the book coming in, Internet as well,
we're all in at £10.
£10 I'm bid, £10 I'm bid.
£10 I'm bid, £15, £20,
five, £30, £30 I'm bid,
£30 I'm bid, at £30, commission bid at £30.
At £30, all done, £30, all finished, £30, all done.
£30 is a profit, as predicted. It's a £21 profit,
so let's lead onto the radio, Mick,
-this was your favourite.
-It was my favourite, yeah.
-You paid £18.
-And it's older than I thought it was.
The internet is in at ten, 15, 20, five, 30, five, £40,
£40, £40, £40 I'm bid,
all done at £40, room out,
all done and sold at 40.
Nice work, James, £40.
Well, first of all that's a profit of £22,
so currently you're at 43, gents, so here comes your binoculars, £13 bid.
Ten to start, ten, 15, £15.
£15. I'll take 18, sir.
£18, £20, at £20.
You guys are good, I'm telling you.
At £20, you going again, sir?
No. All done, you had the chat, it's a no, it's £20, it's here,
we're all done, sold at 20.
So that's £7 profit, we'll add that to what you had,
£50 in total.
And it feels kismet,
David bought you a bonus buy that relates directly to your careers,
but think with your heads.
Are you going to go with the anemometer.
Who dares, Rodney, wins.
OK, so that's a yes?
Good, sounds like a yes to me.
£40 is what David paid for it.
Richard, our auctioneer, thinks 40-50.
Internet is in at £25.
£25, right, come on, £25.
Who in the room knows what this is?
At £25, we have £30, £30.
-35, 35, 35, 35,
£40, 45, 45.
At 45, all done at 45,
All done and selling, 45.
You made £5 on your bonus buy, so that is a total of £55.
-It couldn't have gone better, really, could it?
-No, it's fantastic.
-We've really enjoyed it.
-And we introduced you to a friend for life.
-Yes, he likes cars.
Now let's not talk about friends, let's talk about enemies, the Reds,
and I want you to say nothing to them,
because they might have the winning score.
You never know. All will be revealed, OK?
Both teams made profits today.
Our winners today with the slightly bigger profit of £55,
it's the Blues!
But Reds, we are not turning our nose up at your very healthy profit of £32.
Well done, you must be chuffed with that.
Yeah, we still made profit, so we're still winners.
Well done, make sure you split it between you.
Ilona was party to that as well.
I think that's my half.
That looks about right. Let's turn to our victors today.
With a profit of £55 today, Blues, you are our winners.
-Thank you very much.
-How good does that feel?
-It feels excellent.
Profits were not too much of a surprise.
You didn't spend a huge amount,
but a profit on every item is a good surprise
and it gets you golden gravels, so team, well done,
a golden gavel for each of you.
Wear it with pride.
And on this show, if you get a golden gavel
and then your expert makes a profit on his bonus buy,
he or she gets one too.
-So, David, add that to your collection.
I'm so glad you had a good time.
And the experience, the auction, it was great, wasn't it?
-Oh, we really enjoyed ourselves. Can we do it again?
-Once is enough.
Sorry, but it was great fun.
But we're always looking for quality contestants,
so if you want to apply to be on the show have a look at our website and
you can always just join us again for some more bargain hunting.
The show comes from Nottingham racecourse. Presenter Natasha Raskin-Sharp explores Nottingham and finds out about a lesser-known lace designer who used politics as inspiration. Experts David Harper and Danny Sebastian lead the teams on their mission to buy three items with £300 in just one hour which will hopefully make them a profit at auction. The reds get an unexpected result and the blues teach their expert!