Glass Biscuit Barrel, c. 1900
Glass biscuit barrel with silver-plated rim, lid, and handle features an etched and frosted design comprising a diamond pattern and stylized floral motifs. The bottom half of the barrel is decorated with a picket-fence motif. The silver-plated rim features a rope-trim outer edge, which is repeated on the edge of the finial topping the lid. 6W x 5.25D x 6.375T, 9.625T with handle. From England.Historical BackgroundA sort of English cookie jar, the biscuit barrel was used to store small cookies (English biscuits) meant to be taken with afternoon tea. Making appearances in a wide variety of materials, decorative biscuit barrels were intended more for serving than storage as they were not airtight.