The Victorians (and the Edwardians, who followed them) loved their accoutrements. From asparagus tongs to celery vases to velvet-boxed sets of fish knives—the aspiring middle classes of the late 19th Century had a utensil or receptacle for every possible type of food. And, though most of those fish knives sat permanently in their velvet boxes, a few of those copious items are still useful today. Shown above, a collection of crystal biscuit barrels which I purchased recently in England. While they still are perfect for biscuits (or “cookies” as we Americans know them), I sell these to people looking for nice candy jars, small ice buckets or even bathroom canisters. Also shown above: a silver-plated hotel toast rack (c. 1905). It would make a perfect desk-top letter rack—and it can still hold toast.
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