1895 Sharratt & Lisle ‘Special Popular Star’

21” Frame. 28″ Wheels with pneumatic tyres

This rare safety bicycle survived with enough of its distinctive head transfer (decal) intact to identify it as a ‘Star. This example was actually Sharratt & Lisle’s 1892 model with minor updates. It still had slotted pedals and an upward sloping top tube like the older models, but the wheels were now equal 28″ and the seat post diameter followed Brooks 1895 patent (ie the size that was used for the following 70 years).
The Star came from a museum, where it was only ridden occasionally. Cream Schwalbe tyres were fitted when it was ridden in the London – Brighton Veteran Car Run. I sold it in my Xmas 2022 auction to an enthusiast in America, along with a pair of black 28” tyres. I look forward to getting some pictures of it after he unpacks it and fits the new tyres.