Elegant Biscuits

English Arts & Crafts Blown Glass Biscuit Barrel with Silver-Plated Mountings (LEO Design)

Cookie jars commonly were found in American kitchens and old ones can be quite collectable.  In Britain, “biscuits” is the preferred term and they are served at tea—and with a good deal more elegance than in America.

The Biscuit Barrel, shown above, is just-received from my most recent English buying trip.  It dates from the English Arts & Crafts period and is crafted from vertically-ribbed, blown glass, not unlike early Powell or Whitefriars.  The silver-plated hardware is adorned with a simple, polished bone knob.

Today, some of my customers use biscuit barrels as elegant ice buckets when entertaining.

More tomorrow…