Antique Tantalus

A tantalus is a small wooden open cabinet/case/box or metal frame used to store and secure 2, 3 or even 4 decanters.It appeared in the Mid 19th century and it's defining features were that they were open (for all to see) but had a lock and key. It was not possible to retrieve the decanter or indeed remove it's stopper. This was to stop unauthorised people from drinking the contents. It is believed Mr. John Betjemann patented a design for a wooden tantalus in 1881. The small compartment you see on some would have enclosed playing cards or counters.

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Edwardian 1908 Oak And Silver Plated Tantalus£495 $626.18   €578.56 Edwardian 1908 Oak And Silver Plated TantalusPaul Doran Antiques Lovely Quality Antique Edwardian Oak Tantalus £545 $689.43   €637 Lovely Quality Antique Edwardian Oak Tantalus Unique Antiques By Emma Jade     Edwardian Tantalus£290 $366.85   €338.95 Edwardian TantalusSalisbury Antiques Centre Large 19th Century Coramandel Tantalus£1250 $1581.25   €1461 Large 19th Century Coramandel TantalusMartlesham Antiques
Tantalus, Circa 1890£550 $695.75   €642.84 Tantalus, Circa 1890Frank Craig Antiques Antique Edwardian Games Tantalus £325 $411.13   €379.86 Antique Edwardian Games Tantalus Vertu Antiques And Textiles Antique Quality Oak Tantalus By Mappin & Webb£795 $1005.68   €929.2 Antique Quality Oak Tantalus By Mappin & WebbLondon City Antiques Lovely Edwardian Three Decanter Tantalus£275 $347.88   €321.42 Lovely Edwardian Three Decanter TantalusThe Dorking Desk Shop
Black Forest “Cave De Liqueur” £2950 $3731.75   €3447.96 Black Forest “Cave De Liqueur” Elmgarden Triple Decanter Tantalus, Circa 1880£550 $695.75   €642.84 Triple Decanter Tantalus, Circa 1880Frank Craig Antiques Fantastic Victorian Cut Glass Decanters & Stand £575 $727.38   €672.06 Fantastic Victorian Cut Glass Decanters & Stand Unique Antiques By Emma Jade French Serpentine Cave A Liqueur Or Tantalus Box£3850 $4870.25   €4499.88 French Serpentine Cave A Liqueur Or Tantalus BoxLoveday Antiques Ltd
Victorian Oak 2 Bottle Tantalus£349 $441.49   €407.91 Victorian Oak 2 Bottle TantalusSturmans Antiques Ltd Late Victorian Polished Oak Three Bottle Tantalus£695 $879.18   €812.32 Late Victorian Polished Oak Three Bottle TantalusSturmans Antiques Ltd Circa 1890 Three Bottle Oak Games Tantalus£895 $1132.18   €1046.08 Circa 1890 Three Bottle Oak Games TantalusBuchanan And Laing (Prima Finds) Super Three Bottle Silver Plate Tantalus£495 $626.18   €578.56 Super Three Bottle Silver Plate TantalusFernyhough Antiques
Tantalus Three Decanter’s In Oak Case£695 $879.18   €812.32 Tantalus Three Decanter’s In Oak CaseSovereign Antiques Super Oak Three Bottle Tantalus£495 $626.18   €578.56 Super Oak Three Bottle TantalusFernyhough Antiques Rare Antique Tantalus - Greyhound / Dog Handle £2200 $2783   €2571.36 Rare Antique Tantalus - Greyhound / Dog Handle Puckerings Antiques Hukin And Heath Double Spirit Tantalus C.1900 £2600 $3289   €3038.88 Hukin And Heath Double Spirit Tantalus C.1900 Puckerings Antiques
A Good Quality Oak ‘Betjemann’s’ Tantalus £635 $803.28   €742.19 A Good Quality Oak ‘Betjemann’s’ Tantalus The Dorking Desk Shop A Very Unusual Plated Three Decanter Tantalus £790 $999.35   €923.35 A Very Unusual Plated Three Decanter Tantalus The Dorking Desk Shop A Wonderful Brass Betjemanns 3 Decanter Tantalus£1250 $1581.25   €1461 A Wonderful Brass Betjemann's 3 Decanter TantalusThe Dorking Desk Shop Vintage Spirit Tantalus £1295 $1638.18   €1513.6 Vintage Spirit Tantalus London Fine Antiques
3 Bottle Tantalus Circa 1900£275 $347.88   €321.42 3 Bottle Tantalus Circa 1900Frank Craig Antiques 19th Century 3 Bottle Silver Plate Tantalus£650 $822.25   €759.72 19th Century 3 Bottle Silver Plate TantalusBuchanan And Laing (Prima Finds) 19thC Silver-plate Stand & Glass Decanters£695 $879.18   €812.32 19thC Silver-plate Stand & Glass DecantersBuchanan And Laing (Prima Finds) Vintage Locking Spirit Tantalus, English£1295 $1638.18   €1513.6 Vintage Locking Spirit Tantalus, EnglishLondon Fine Antiques