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English Arts & Crafts Glass Biscuit Barrel with Softly-Paneled Walls and Silver-Plated Mounts (LEO Design)


One hundred years ago, nearly every English household of sufficient means would have a biscuit barrel—like the one shown above—to store home-baked cookies.  Such a vessel could be carried-out when serving tea (bring the tongs!) or raided from the kitchen shelf.  Today, the majority of people buy their cookies at the store and they usually come in a convenient, air-tight and resealable package.  Transferring a tray of Oreos into a biscuit barrel (or cookie jar) seems unnecessary and quaint. Sadly, biscuit barrels have been getting less use—for storing cookies, that is.

Today, I sell biscuit barrels for a wide variety of uses.  Most commonly, hipster entertainers like them for holding ice on a bar cart.  Others use them in the bathroom to store bath salts or other bath time necessities.  In the kitchen, they can be used to hold pasta, rice, sugar, or dog treats.  And, of course, they can always be used to hold one's biscuits—and look swell doing it.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome accessory.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248