Wooden bird bought for £75 belonged to Anne Boleyn

A wooden bird bought for £75 belonged to the second wife of Henry VIII, a Devon antiques dealer has said. The carved oak falcon, about 21cm sq, belonged to Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated queen and mother of Elizabeth I.

Paul Fitzsimmons, of Marhamchurch Antiques in Buckfastleigh, said he bought it in an auction because “I knew it had something” and it was a “wonderful find”.

He has offered for the bird to go on display at Hampton Court Palace.