Antique Silver Plated Tantalus Cut Glass Decanters C1880


Antique Silver Plated Tantalus Cut Glass Decanters C1880


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This is an attractive silver plated tantalus with two cut glass decanters and a cut glass and silver plate ice bucket in the classic English style circa 1880 in date.

It bears the makers mark GCW for G.C.Whiles of Birmingham England.

The beautiful cut glass antique decanters are ideal to display your favourite spirits and the matching cut glass ice bucket has a lid, so it could also be used to store your favourite biscuits.

The craftsmanship is second to none and this beautiful set is sure to add an elegant touch of class to your dining experience.


In excellent condition with clear makers marks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 33 x Width 47 x Depth 17

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 7 inches

Tantalus is a type of liquor decanter in which the bottle stoppers are locked down tightly by a metal bar. This was to prevent the theft of the contents by servants. Like the name suggests, the decanters themselves are visible, drawing temptation while unattainable. A key is required for entry.

The most common types of tantalus holds three bottles or decanters while there are also smaller types housing only two. There are many different forms of tantalus. Often the encasement has metal handles on both sides and ornately carved decor. Crystal and metal versions are also a beautiful option when choosing a tantalus.

Tantalus derived its name from the story of the mythological Greek king, Tantalus. To be tantalized is to be tempted with the unattainable, and the king, condemned to an eternity in Hades, was sorely tested. He was forced to stand forever in water that, when he bent to drink, would recede and to gaze upon foods he could only reach for and never grasp.

The 1800s saw our Victorian predecessors apply the King's name to the lockable decanter.

Width: 47.0 cm
Height: 33.0 cm
Depth: 17.0 cm

Estimated Time: Less than one week

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Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Period: 19th Century

Style: Antique

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SKU: 61626882