Ah, Downton Abbey! How I miss my weekly fix of British propriety (laced with scandal). Perhaps what I miss most is observing the hide-bound manners of the English aristocracy (and the just-as-rigid manners of those who served them). The Victorians and Edwardians loved their accoutrements—there was always a tool or object for everything, especially when it came to serving food and drink. Shown above, an Edwardian English biscuit barrel, used to hold cookies served at tea. Made of glass, it is finely-etched with tight, horizontal ribbing, then finished with a silver-plated cover mountings. I suppose it would be the equivalent of an American cookie jar. And while cookies are as popular as ever, I seem to sell more of these biscuit barrels as ice buckets. They are practical, chic and contribute a dose of “vintage” to the most-stylish of bar carts. To learn more about it, please click on the photo above.
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