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20th Century Edwardian Silver Plated and Cut Glass Tantalus, circa 1900



Antique early 20th century Edwardian silver plated locking Tantalus. The word “tantalize” comes from the plight of the mythological Tantalus, who so offended the gods that he was condemned in the afterlife to an eternity of hunger and thirst. He was made to stand in a pool in Tartarus, the underworld zone of punishment. In the late 19th century spirits such as Scotch, Brandy, Gin were expensive and were kept locked away from the servants of the household. However the fact that they were so visible gave its name “tantalus” to these items which often would carry two or three decanters. These decanters are in great condition made with cut crystal glass. An extremely elegant manner to treat your guests and a great conversation piece or simply a superb gift and a must have item during the festive holidays. Measures: Height 33cm Width 36cm Depth 27cm.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 13 in. (33 cm)Width: 14.18 in. (36 cm)Depth: 10.63 in. (27 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - No Damage.
  • Seller Location
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A68161stDibs: LU1348222208202

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Woodham, United Kingdom
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