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Rare Antique English Burr Walnut and Sterling Silver Tantalus - 1901
A fabulous and rare find, most Tantalus like this are all the metal fittings made in silver plate, this one has all of it's fittings made from English sterling silver, all hallmarked for London 1901, making this a late Victorian / early Edwardian example.
The frame is made from wonderful burl Walnut with it's rich toffee colouring which only comes with age. This would have been a travel sized Tantalus, each cut crystal bottle measuring 2 1/2" square x 7" tall. All the decanters came with these wonderful hand painted ceramic labels made by Crown Staffordshire, I think one may have been skillfully replaced by the previous owner, having a slightly later mark but purchased from the creme de la creme of Mayfair retailers, Thomas Goode and Co.
A superb example in excellent condition. 11 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 9 1/4" tall to top of silver handle.
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