It is constructed of solid oak with nickel-plated brass hardware. I have personally owned this item for over 30 years. This Tantalus was manufactured by BETJEMANN of London. By depressing the button near the lock, the handle is released and folds down, allowing easy access to the decanters.There is NO KEY INCLUDED, but the decanter handle is not locked and functions properly to clear the provided facet-cut circular stoppers. There are two fold-up panels on the sides of this Tantalus for storage of what I believe was perfume or potpourri. In fact, after all these years, there is still a very faint fragrance of flowers when they are opened.
In addition, there is a drawer that slides out in the base. Is rather unique and more functional than most of these units that I have seen. The Tantalus is structurally sound with the original finish, which is in overall nice condition. There is typical wood imperfections consistent with the age of the piece. The nickel-plated hardware shows some wear, but retains an overall beautiful patina.
The crystal decanters are not original to the decanter but all match and are the appropriate size and shape, and they function properly with the unit. The decanters are in their original, undamaged condition, and have never held liquid. Please study the pictures carefully.
They are to be considered as a definitive part of the listing, as they paint a better picture of what is being offered than I can describe. Dimensions of this Grand Scaled Tantalus are approximately 16" tall including handle, 14 3/4 wide and 10 5/8" deep.
It is a useful and handsome cabinet that can be displayed proudly. The item "Antique BETJEMANN'S Patent TANTALUS Large Nickel & Oak 3 Bottle Decanter Set" is in sale since Thursday, April 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Glass\Decanters". The seller is "jpallan" and is located in San Carlos, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Chile, Costa rica, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras.