A Victorian tantalus frame inlaid with satinwood veneers and mounted with silver-plated fixtures and lock.
This is a particularly attractive example features beautiful classical inlays giving a lovely contrast between pale and dark woods.
The bottles and stoppers are in excellent condition, each hand cut with diamond and hobnail patterns.
To release the bottles, turn the key to the left, remove the key and push down on the lock mechanism and swing the handle left or right.
The concept of lockable decanters where the contents could be viewed but not opened or poured unless the case was opened by a key was named after the Greek mythological mortal, Tantalus.
37.5cm X 14.5cm
Condition - Good.
Light fading to one side.
A few minor scratches typical for age.
One bottle has a small chip to underside of rim (see last image)
Item No, 5650
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