A Fabulous English Edwardian Era large cased Tantalus or DECANTER SET. The handles appear to be Art Nouveau as do the lovely brass escutcheon mounts to the lid corners. This is a large very solid Tantalus with the case measuring 13 1/2 inches in height and 13 5/8 inches in width, with a depth of 10 inches. The three Decanters are Cut Crystal and are fault free from what I can determine....they fit the spaces very well but would think that being in perfect condition they are probably replacements. The Tantalus has the usual secret 'sprung' drawer plus a utility drawer at front for playing cards, cigars etc, There would have been a small serving tray in the area above the drawer but this is no longer there....it would not be at all difficult to have a replacement made. The box has a key and is lockable.
A superbly made and very attractive piece.....and very well priced against similar items.
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At Molloy's MEGA ANTIQUES CENTRE, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
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