This Waterford Crystal biscuit barrel must have been custom designed for Bing Crosby's mansion in Hillsborough, CA. He and his wife Kathryn and their three children lived here, and then she permitted the Decorator's Show House to open it as a museum in 1998. It was one of the longest running Decorator's Show Homes ever. The house originally belonged to the Howard's whose racehorse Seabiscuit is legendary.
The biscuit barrel is almost identical to one Waterford produced in the 1970s. The only difference is that the finial is a bit flatter in the The Crosby version, and the cuts in the rim that encircle the top are a bit different. Otherwise, it is the same size, approx. 7" tall, and 5" in diameter with star cuts on the base and the lid, and the Lismore pattern encircling the exterior of the base. The barrel is marked on the base with the acid etched Waterford name.
This barrel also has a silhouette of Crosby smoking his pipe and with his trademark hat in a round, frosted panel on the front. Underneath, in frosted script is The Crosby 1998. This was probably either a souvenir purchased in the museum gift shop or perhaps a special presentation piece given to the organizers.
Condition is excellent with no chips, cracks, or other flaws.
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