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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1058951: Antique English Victorian Golden Oak 3 Crystal Decanter Tantalus Dry Bar 19th C

Antique English Victorian Golden Oak 3 Crystal Decanter Tantalus Dry Bar 19th C

£1,275    $1,656    €1,514
This is a superb antique Victorian golden oak cased three decanter tantalus with decorative silver plated cut brass gothic revival mounts and carry handles to the sides, the decanters with sterling silver labels, circa 1880 in date.
 
 
This magnificent tantalus features three wonderful hobnail cut square decanters with faceted ball stoppers and a mirrored back. The twin flap compartment in front revealing a delightful divisioned baize lined interior with four cut crystal glasses.
 
 
The decanters each with a decorative antique Victorian sterling silver label, for Whisky, Sherry and Brandy.
 
 
There is a secret compartment in the base, which can be opened by pressing the secret button in front of the central decanter, revealing playing cards, cribbage board with score markers and dice.
 
 
Complete with working Chubb lock and key.
 
 
It is a truly decorative piece which is also very practical and would make a lovely gift.
 
 
Condition:
 
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
 
 
Dimensions in cm:
 
Height 34 cm x Width 38 cm x Depth 30 cm
 
 
Dimensions in inches:
 
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 1 foot
 
 
Tantalus
 
is a type of liquor decanter in which the bottle stoppers are locked down tightly by a metal bar. This was to prevent the theft of the contents by servants. Like the name suggests, the decanters themselves are visible, drawing temptation while unattainable. A key is required for entry.
 
 
The most common types of tantalus holds three bottles or decanters while there are also smaller types housing only two. There are many different forms of tantalus. Often the encasement has metal handles on both sides and ornately carved decor. Crystal and metal versions are also a beautiful option when choosing a tantalus.
 
 
Tantalus derived its name from the story of the mythological Greek king, Tan...
Antique #SA1058951, showcased on this page, originates from 1880. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
1880
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