This unusual 19th century Victorian Staffordshire biscuit barrel was made by Taylor Tunnicliff & Co. The piece has a modified bell-like shape with molded foliate decoration and features colorful hand painted flowers with enamel accents set against a shaded dusty peach ground. The piece comes complete with its original EPNS lid and shaped handle made by Sheffield based firm Shaw & Fisher. The top of the lid bears well defined floral and foliate decoration and has a ribbed spherical knob at the center.
The biscuit barrel is in very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and is presented as found. As an antique item, the piece shows signs of age consisting of fine age related crazing to the glaze and discoloration to the top of the lid, both of which are mentioned for accuracy. The underside of the piece bears the blue Taylor Tunnicliff Queen's Crown mark in use from 1875-1898 consisting of the crowned encircled initials "TTC", the printed 1892 Registered Number "199453" and a hand painted mark "5587" . The underside of the lid bears the impressed Shaw & Fisher SF crossed arrows mark along with "EPNS 1703 1".
The 1lb 6oz biscuit barrel stands 8.25" tall as measured to the top of the handle when it is lifted up and is 5.5" tall as measured to the top of the rim. It measures 6.5" tall as measured to the top of the finial when the lid is in place. The body is 5.5" across at its widest point and the mouth is 4" in diameter.
This lovely 19th century Taylor Tunnicliff biscuit barrel would be a wonderful addition to a collection of antique English biscuit barrels. Great for display, or could be used to store cookies or crackers.
Antique English Taylor Tunnicliff Hand Painted Biscuit Barrel with Shaw & Fisher Etched Silver Plate Lid