Antique Victorian or Edwardian Gaming Tantalus Three Decanter Set

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$ 695.00

The Tantalus was named after the son of Zeus, who got himself into trouble after stealing some ambrosia. Originally introduced by George Betjemann in 1881, the Tantalus provided a means for liquor to be seen but inaccessible without a key. This tantalus is a later piece, dating to the late Victorian or Edwardian period.  The backing behind the decanters is mirrored and allows an excellent presentation.

A gaming tantulus has storage for games as well, generally with a hidden drawer that is accessed through a pressed 'secret' button located in the top section.

This tantalus is in good appearance but overall fair condition. The lock has been removed and the locking mechanism for the drawer is no longer functioning.  There is general wear. The decanters are in good condition with some chipping of the stoppers.  Two of the decanter labels are replacements and are silverplate hallmarked to 1966.

Fairly rare to find stateside. Pricing includes free shipping.

Ca. Proposition 65 WARNING: Consuming foods or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded crystal products will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.