Museum snaps up 18th century Starr tankard

The 18th century tankard purchased by Steyning Museum for �500
The 18th century tankard purchased by Steyning Museum for �500

A LATE 18th century tankard, with the inscription Starr Inn, has been purchased by Steyning Museum.

The English creamware tankard came up at auction with a guide price of £650 and the museum managed to buy it for £500.

Publicity officer Erica Gayler said it was a fantastic opportunity for the museum as it was an item of great interest relating to the past of one of the town’s public houses.

“By examining the material and the style of the tankard, with its rather distinctive lettering, Lars Tharp, from Antiques Roadshow, had no difficulty in confirming that it dated from the second half of the 18th century,” she added.

“The item is now on display in the museum. It is a tankard that would have held two pints, so it certainly comes from a time when the men of Steyning enjoyed good long drinks.”

The tankard has a warm creamy look to it and the material from which it is made is known as ‘creamware’. The words ‘Starr Inn Steyning’ are clearly written on the side.

It stands about 16cm high and has a slightly swollen, cylindrical body, painted in dark brown, with a loop handle. There is a small chip to the rim and footrim.

The museum, in Church Street, Steyning, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm; Sunday 2.30pm to 4.30pm; and all day Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. Entrance is free.

There is a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday, April 11, from 10.30am to midday. The charge is £1, to include coffee, and stalls will include cakes, bric-a-brack, plants and a raffle.