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Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C

Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique English Victorian Three Crystal Bottle Tantalus c. 1880 19th C | Ref. no. A2477 | Regent Antiques
Ref: A2477
Price: £1,750.00
This is a fabulous antique English tantalus, circa 1880 in age. It consists of three cut crystal liquor bottles with stoppers,...

This is a fabulous antique English tantalus, circa 1880 in age. It consists of three cut crystal liquor bottles with stoppers, 6 etched stemmed glasses, a silver plated tray and a fitted cribbage board - all housed in a magnificent mahogany casket inlaid with satinwood and boxwood with shell fan inlaid corners, the interior lined with a bevelled mirror and accented with brass handles and details .

Inside it has 2 drawers, one with a decorative brass handle, providing space for playing cards. The second one is a hidden drawer which opens automatically when the tantalus is opened.

It is fitted with a working high quality Bramah lock complete with key.

Condition:

In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 34 x Width 41 x Depth 30

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot

Our reference: A2477

Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.

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, Tantalus, mortal son of Zeus and Pluto. To be tantalized is to be tempted with the unattainable, and the king was sorely tested. He was condemned to an eternity in Hades for angering the Gods and was forced to stand forever in water that, when he bent to drink, would recede and to gaze upon foods he could only reach for and never grasp.

The 1800s saw our Victorian predecessors apply the King’s name to the lockable decanter.


Bramah
is London's oldest security company. Established at 124 Piccadilly, London in 1784, and today based in Marylebone, London and Romford, Essex.

Bramah made their first lock in 1784 and the patent was awarded in 1787. The designer was Joseph Bramah. Joseph Bramah was a leading inventor of the industrial revolution, patenting over 18 new ideas, including a new valve for the water closet (toilet), the hydraulic pump, a fountain pen, and a fire engine.

Bramah also introduced a beer hand pump for use at the bar, to prevent fluid loss when barmen went downstairs to pour a new jug! Due to the quality of his manufacturing, his name became a by-word amongst British Engineers for engineering excellence and many of his inventions are on display in the Science Museum in London. You can find one of his original toilets still working in Osborne House, Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight.

The Bramah lock was unique and advanced property and valuables protection enormously. Indeed it was 50 years ahead of any Chubb lock and 70 years ahead of Yale. Original Bramah locks are most often found on the highest quality homes and furniture.

 

Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for score-keeping, the eponymous crib or box (a separate hand counting for the dealer), two distinct scoring stages (the play and the show) and a unique scoring system including points for groups of cards that total fifteen.
 

Mahogany 
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect. 

 

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 34 x Width 41 x Depth 30

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot

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