The English are known for laying a lovely tea.
An afternoon tea was an important part of the Victorian lifestyle. From the 1800’s, biscuits (the English word for cookies and shortbread) were served in biscuit barrels. Biscuit barrels are essentially a cookie server with a handle. They are fairly small, around 8 inches tall. Biscuit barrels are about presentation, not for cookie storage. Antique biscuit barrels were made from oak, silver, mahogany, glass, and crystal. Popularity waned in the 1930s and now, the highly useable biscuit barrels are becoming a new collecting trend.