SOLD ITEM 5106 - French wood and brass Tantalus decanter box c1840 to 1860

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French wood and brass Tantalus decanter box c1840 to 1860. This is the BEST Tantalus we have come across in all the years of selling fine antique boxes. This Tantalus or Liquor decanter box is made from solid French walnut with heavy brass adornment. This box even has its original rich old patina, key and decorative inside fabric. There is room inside for four glasses and a cut or blown glass decanter. The decanter and glasses we are selling with it fit but are not original too the piece. The box measures 12 and one quarter inches wide by 12 inches high and 8 and one quarter inches deep. The area for each glass is two inches wide and the decanter area is 3 and one half inches wide. This Tantalus weighs 17 and one half pounds ! The name tantalus comes from the word tantalize.The first tantalus decanters were made in the mid 1800s in the British Isles.
 
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