This is Aunt Lil’s biscuit barrel, at least that is what Aunt Lil called it. Aunt Lil was married to Uncle Arthur and they had no children, so now and again she would distribute her treasures amongst her nieces and nephews. I left England for Switzerland, and married a few years later, but it was just me and Mr. Swiss at the wedding and no members of my family, so no wedding presents at the time.
One day I was visiting my famile in England and Aunt Lil asked if I would like her biscuit barrel. I had no idea what that was, but she said it was made of glass and I could have it. It was not just glass. Aunt Lil never bought rubbish and so this biscuit barrel was a heavy piece of glass, but we made a parcel of many layers of paper and packed it in our case to take back to Switzerland after the holiday. I was sure that this biscuit barrel in its life had never seen a biscuit, or contained one, and so it was when it arrived in our home.
It sat many months on the cupboard and through some sort of special offer in the local supermarket we were collecting marbles with our purchases. I think the idea was to play with these marbles, as they all had a special design on them, but my kids had long grown into adults and grandchildren were not yet on the horizon. Someone had the brilliant idea of putting the marbles in Aunt Lil’s biscuit barrel, which we did. I am not sure but from the weight of this biscuit barrel empty, it might be crystal glass, who knows. Aunt Lil and Uncle Arthur are now long gone, but I have the biscuit barrel in their memory.