Dealer Paul Fitzsimmons.

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1 How did you get your start?

I launched Marhamchurch Antiques in 1991 shortly after my father died. He was also an antiques dealer and being brought up around the furniture business it was something I wanted to be around myself.

2 One great discovery you have made?

The recent discovery of Anne Boleyn’s carved Falcon badge (pictured below), c.1532-33, from Hampton Court Palace, was something ‘great’, now that it has been accepted as from the palace. It is now on show in the Great Hall for everyone to see [see News, ATG No 2533 for more].

Anne Boleyn’s carved Falcon badge

Anne Boleyn’s carved Falcon badge.

3 Do you travel to buy?

I used to travel extensively around the UK and Europe, but now with the internet and phone technology travel is less needed.

4 What is one thing you couldn’t do without?

I have my own collection of furniture consisting of Elizabethan Exeter items – I need them all!

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

Bottle of beer and a cup of tea.

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