I have noticed and wished for antique English oak wooden biscuit barrels with silver plated handles for a while. I first discovered these in my favorite Atlanta shops: Boxwoods, B.D. Jeffries, & The Plantation Shop (Tennille & Co.).
I was delighted to find several at excellent prices at a local Magazine Street fave, Aux Belles Choses.
So far, I have three of these displayed on the parlor mantle.
Beginning in the early 1800's biscuit barrels were used as a part of the everyday English lifestyle and tea time ritual. A standard in almost every English home, biscuit barrels were used to store and serve biscuits (the English word for cookies and shortbread). Antique biscuit barrels can be found made from oak, silver, mahogany, glass, and crystal. Most are of the same basic design - barrel shaped with a lid and handle. Some are embellished with silver, engravable trophy shields, and feet. The removable porcelain liner makes for easy clean up.
Add these to my list of collectible items.
Biscuit barrels, y’all!