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Antique Silverplate and Glass Biscuit Barrel

Antique Silverplate and Glass Biscuit Barrel

$225.00

Before America had the cookie jar, Great Britain had the Biscuit Barrel. While our cookie jars tended to be whimsical, the biscuit barrel has always been more classic in its design.

At your service, an exquisite Antique Biscuit Barrel found at market in the north of England. With its magnificent glass body embellished with sparkling details, this lovely biscuit barrel is sure to shine. The gleaming silverplated lid adds richness and is dressed with beautiful floral engraving. Likewise, the elegant swing handle is detailed with delicate leaf engravings and has a handsome turned design.

An exceptional biscuit barrel that would also serve wonderfully as an ice bucket, it is sure to take pride of place in your home and be a glistening addition to any collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1900. In excellent antique condition. 5.5" x 8.5" with handle raised.

Learn More About Biscuit Barrels

Demand for commercially produced biscuits soared in the 19th century, as did the demand for tea and coffee. Along with the large scale manufacturing of biscuits and the popularity of taking afternoon tea with sweets, biscuit boxes and barrels became necessary for storing biscuits and bringing them to the table while taking tea. As biscuits were fragile by nature, these tins, boxes or barrels also provided protection and helped keep biscuits fresher for longer.

The popularity of afternoon tea during the Victorian era increased the demand for highly decorative biscuit barrels, which would take pride of place alongside elegant tea and coffee services. As afternoon tea was often a social event, these serving pieces were an opportunity to display the family's social standing and wealth.

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