The Biscuit Barrel

English Cut Glass Biscuit Barrel with Silver-plated Mountings (LEO Design)

To live graciously in the time of Downtown Abbey, one would best understand the rubrics of society—and follow them closely.  One rule:  biscuits are served with tea, not cookies. Another rule:  biscuits are presented in a barrel, not the plastic wrapping.

Above, a biscuit barrel—England’s version of the classic American cookie jar. Imagine the countless British schoolchildren, just home from class, reaching over the counter towards the sparkling container—and the delicious treats within.