Antiques Road Trip expert hides face as inkwell makes loss ‘One of those days!’

Antiques Road Trip: Expert left disappointed by £10 loss

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As Paul Martin and Margie Cooper continued their Antiques Road Trip journey through Cornwall in a recent episode of the BBC show, the pair searched for hidden treasures that could make them the most money when going to auction. During one of their stops, Margie stumbled upon an inkwell and bell, thinking it would be a soaring winner. However, she was disappointed when the value of the item fell short of her initial valuation.

Upon finding the item, she explained: “This is pretty unusual, I’ve never seen an inkwell and a bell together.

“Never, ever seen one of these before, it’s Edwardian, it’s about 1910, it’s in super good nick and in lovely condition.

“I was rather excited because it was £95. I thought it was silver but it’s a silver plate, this is silver plates on copper.

“You could put it on your desk, decide you want to post a letter or something, maybe you go for one of the servants to come and take the letter for you,” she said, dinging the bell.

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“It’s a bit expensive, maybe Vicky will be able to help me with it. Vicky, can you help me?” Margie shouted, dinging the bell to get owner Vicky’s attention.

Laughing at her humour, Vicky exclaimed: “You rang?” to which Margie said: “I quite like this but it’s £95.

“Now I have a figure in mind, but I would, wouldn’t I? What’s the figure in your mind?” she asked to which Vicky revealed: “Could we start at £80?”

Margie immediately responded: “I was thinking a tad under £70,” to which Vicky agreed, leaving Margie delighted with her find.

Along their trip, Margie also managed to pick up a 1930s children’s chair, a 19th-century milking stool and a mid-20th century slate plaque.

When buying the plaque, she said: “That’s quite interesting, I like things like this, it’s self-explanatory, it’s slate and weighs a tonne.

“It’s been nicely carved and not terribly old, it looks good and looks solid. If it’s a reasonable price, I might buy it.”

Owner Martin offered: “Look, I was going to turn it around at 30, but I can do 20 as it’s just come in today?”

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Happy with the price, Margie paid for her last item on their stop off, and the pair headed over to the auction to see who would be left in the lead.

When it was time for her inkwell to be auctioned, Margie had high hopes as the auctioneer began the bidding at £25.

As the bid grew higher, Margie eagerly listened in and eagerly encouraged: “Come on,” to which Paul supported and exclaimed: “Yes!”

The bidding finally ended at £60, which meant a deflated Margie suffered a loss of £10, saying: “Oh, sold! Well, that’s a tenner gone.”

At the beginning of the day, Margie started with £342.76 and ended with £276.76, giving her a loss of £66 altogether.

Paul started his day off with £232.46 and, along with Margie, made a tiny loss at the end of the day, leaving him with £230.16.

The gap between them was shrinking, and at the end of the auction, Paul reminded Margie: “It’s just one of those days.

“One more buying leg, one more buying leg,” Margie reminded Paul before they set off on their final leg of the road trip.

Antiques Road Trip is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 
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