A stunning and highly decorative example of a miniature Tantalus created with travel size decanters, providing a decent tot in each. These were also popular to be used as for the secure keeping of expensive perfumes, being able to be locked away from the household staff.
Each bottle measures 5 1/4" tall to the top of the stopper. The bottles are made from top-notch crystal with intricate and deep hand-cutting in the ever popular hobnail design ... all in excellent condition, the heavy cut stoppers reflect the light like large diamonds.
The frame is made of brass and lavishly covered in gold, made by the quality manufacturer Betjemann's and is marked Betjemann's Patent, London.
What makes this gem the star attraction is the beautifully engraved frame, with intricate engraved decoration and a beautiful and highly decorated handle.
The Tantalus comes with a working key (with a push and turn action) releasing the top bar to moved and allowing the bottles to be removed.
Excellent condition with a footprint measuring 9 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 7 1/4 tall to top of handle.