This early 20th century Edwardian frosted glass and silver plated cookie container certainly lives up to its name. First of all, the filial was etched with the word, “Biscuit,” so that one’s guests knew where the goodies for one’s tea were kept. Secondly, its shape easily gives it away as well.
The lid features an unusual filial that has a tag-like flat plate for the engraving. This plate is attached to a plated rope that was wound in a pyramid shape. While the plate serves as a thumb rest, the rope is a place to grab the filial to remove the lid. The top of the lid has engraved lines on it, probably to resemble wood planks. There is an attractive swing handle that is held in place by two bell-shaped holders. This silver-plated handle swings well.
The design of the frosted glass barrel-shaped container is made imitate wooden slats with staves running around the diameter. Of course, all this is etched in the glass. The overall effect of the rope-like filial, the wood-like glass etching, and the wonderful barrel shape all add to its considerable appeal and charm.
It is relatively heavy; no doubt so that it would be less likely to tip over when reaching in for one’s favorite biscuit.
It is in excellent condition, with none of the usual flaws associated with this type of functional glass container. The silver has acquired a soft, beautiful patina. The glass has no chips, surface scratches of hairlines to take away from its beauty.
It measures about 6-3/4 inches high, 5 inches in diameter at the widest point, and 4-1/4 inches in diameter at the base.
Please note: The barrel's glass was not tinted purple; it's only the reflection of my walls! (See other photos.)