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. Cut crystal biscuit barrels are especially beautiful.
Antique English salad bowls are not as easily found as biscuit barrels. They are usually trimmed with brass, silver, or silver plate. Usually they are made of oak with a removable porcelain liner. Quite often the liner is missing or has been replaced. Matching wooden handled tongs can be found. Pedestal salad bowls are the most desirable, and pedestal height varies. Some salad bowls have handles as an added decorative feature. Large salad bowls make beautiful focal points.