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Antique Wood Downside Rifle Club 1907 Biscuit Barrel

Antique Wood Downside Rifle Club 1907 Biscuit Barrel

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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 decidedly handsome and classic in its design.

At your service, a magnificent Biscuit Barrel found at market in the north of England. Produced as a trophy for the Downside School Rifle Club's competition, the shield on the side of the barrel is beautifully engraved with its dedication and includes the competition year of 1907.

With a full wooden body and shining silver trim, the barrel also has a convenient ceramic liner. 

Perfect to safe-keep your biscuits (or your cookies!), it can also be called into service as a handsome ice bucket.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition with a couple missing decorative silver screws on the top trim. 6" wide x 6" tall, 8.75" tall 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 boxes, 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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