This gorgeous old biscuit barrel or biscuit jar was made in England by Wiltshaw & Robinson at the Carlton Works in Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, England. Their crown mark is found on the bottom of the barrel, and dates the piece from 1894-1926. The company itself was operating from 1890 to 1966, when following the death of Wiltshaw's son Frederick, who was running the company, it was sold to Arthur Wood and Sons. The Carlton Ware trademark was first used in 1894.
The metal works on the piece is marked only EPNS which stands for electroplated nickel silver. The lid, handle and bezel has a brass colored hue, and a few areas of discoloration.
The colors on the jar are so beautiful. The background is a yellowish beige with a light green blending in around the bottom and rim. The beautiful floral design is done with pink, white and yellow flowers on brown branches with green and brown leaves. The pattern appears to be a decal with some hand painted details.
The biscuit barrel is in excellent condition for its age. There are no chips or cracks. The barrel measures 5.75" tall to the rim, and about 8.5" tall with the handle upright. The fullest part of the body measures about 6" in diameter.
This would be a gorgeous piece to add to your collection or just showcase on its own.