Antiques Road Trip: Izzie Balmer loses money on bronze dog
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Antiques Roadshow experts Izzie Balmer and Charlie Ross continued their journey to find Britain’s most valuable antiques, all whilst competing to see who would gain the most profit at the end. When stopping at an antique centre in Salisbury, Izzie found a pair of 19th Century wooden chairs which she decided to take the risk on. But was this risk worth it when it came to the auction?
“I do love a chair and I love how honest these are,” Izzie exclaimed when finding the chairs.
“But Charlie has managed to get ahead of me by taking risks, so I feel like it’s time for me to do the same and take a risk.
“But wouldn’t it be brilliant if they did really well? Because Charlie loves his chairs.
“I just don’t know! I’m going to have a think. I’ll see if I spot anything else”
After another look around the centre, Izzie returned to the chairs with dealer Chris to talk more in-depth about where the chairs came from and the all-important price.
Izzie explained: “Chris I do like a good chair, and I’m presuming they’re made from oak?”
“No, I think they’re beech,” the owner explained. “Almost certainly they’re beech, probably early 19th century. I’ll do them for £40, that would be my best.”
“I’m going to take a risk, I’ve been playing it safe, and Charlie has not only snuck ahead but he has properly leapt over me into the lead – and I don’t really want him to stay there,” Izzie replied.
Her chairs were her biggest gamble of the day and the items she hoped would get her back in the lead after Charlie had stormed ahead earlier in the week.
After their search was done, Izzie also came away with an Italian bronze lid from an old teapot, a 1780 Austrian silver dish engraved with Maria Teresa, a Victorian cast iron boot scraper and a 1913 Silver pedestal dish.
As the auction began, Charlie expressed his amazement at how well the chairs were performing: “Here we go, come again. Izzie, Izzie… you’re stealing it.”
“No I’m not” she exclaimed trying not to get her hopes up.
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Unfortunately, the chairs were only sold for £30 meaning a £10 loss for expert Lizzie.
“Why did I ever think buying chairs was a good idea? Why did I listen to you?” she asked Charlie.
Turning to his co-star, he joked: “I cannot possibly imagine.”
Izzie had hoped to add to the £245 she had at the start of the day, but after costs, she made a loss of just over £50 and has £193.62 for the last leg of the trip.
The voiceover assured viewers: “She’ll pull it back I know she will.”
Charlie, however, started the day with just over £327 and after fees, he made a profit of £43 which added to his new total of £370.80.
He maintained the lead over Izzie but anything is possible and she still had the chance to catch up with him.
Antiques Road Trip is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.
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