Large tantalus decantor from late 1800s

Feb 06, 2020. 01:24 UTC
Large Tantalus Decantor from late 1800s
United States of America

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3 crystal bottle decanter set,with tantalus lock. All crystal in perfect condition except for one with a chip at bottom corner which is not seen. All mechanisms work and have the original key and chain. Not sure the wood, but it’s all hand engraved. There is also a piece of random newspaper from the time that is attached to the bottom. It’s ablsoliutely clean In every way. Super unique.


Got from a family I did work for who are from London. They said it’s been in there family for a long time. But they said during there move I helped with that they had no need or space for it, so I said I would take it. I have had it for about 3 years. It was very dirty and oxidized when I got it so the last few years I have maticulasey cleaned it. There is some type of crest on the very top I have not been able to discern. Perhaps you guys can figure it out.

$200 - $300 (United States Dollar)
Answered within about 16 hours
Feb 06, 17:41 UTC
By Delia

Good afternoon, Justin,

Thank you for using Mearto for your appraisal inquiry. I can't quite make out the monogram on the handle, of what look like at least 3 and possibly 4 initials - I can make out an E and maybe a C but it gets complicated after that. I would need to see a clearer photograph of the "crest" above the words "THE TANTALUS"; it could be Betjemann's crest. It is possible this tantalus was given as a wedding present and those are the initials of the couple who got married. These are not as rare as you might think, and nearly always bring less than $500 at auction.

Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A Gothic Revival silver plated and carved oak tantalus
Mappin and Webb, marked BETJEMANN'S PATENT/ --- / LONDON
With three cut-glass square decanters
CONDITION: not examined in person; appears to be in good condition. Decanters may be original to the tantalus.
PROVENANCE:acquired from a London family that had owned it for years
*Represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary. The following recent auction sales have been used to research the value of your tantalus:

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

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