What is an antique tantalus?

What is an antique tantalus?

A tantalus is a small wooden open cabinet/case/box or metal frame used to store and secure 2, 3 or even 4 decanters.It appeared in the Mid 19th century and it’s defining features were that they were open (for all to see) but had a lock and key.

What is a tantalus Decanter?

A Tantalus is a small wooden cabinet containing two or three decanters. Its defining feature is that it has a lock and key. The aim of that is to stop unauthorised people drinking the contents (in particular, “servants and younger sons getting at the whisky”), while still allowing them to be on show.

Are old decanters worth anything?

Depending on the manufacturer or the rarity, a complete set of crystal decanters can cost thousands of dollars. Decanters are valuable to red wine as they can aerate the drink making it more tasty and aromatic. While decanters can be worth a lot, their value is not given much recognition.

What do you keep in a tantalus?

A tantalus might hold one decanter, two, three, or more. They might have an open framework, or be a closed box. Some were full-sized pieces of furniture. The lock might be placed in the bar over the top of the decanters, or in the rail at the front.

When was the tantalus invented?

1881
Originally patented in 1881 by George Betjemann, a tantalus is a wooden container for glass decanters, characterised by a lock and key.

How do you unlock tantalus?

Operating the lock and key: You have to push key into the barrel of the lock and whilst keeping the key pushed in to the sprung barrel turn the key anti clockwise will unlock the Tantalus, then push down on the barrel allowing you to pull the handle either towards or away from you to remove the decanters, if its …

Why did God punish Tantalus?

For attempting to serve his own son at a feast with the gods, he was punished by Zeus to forever go thirsty and hungry in Hades despite being stood in a pool of water and almost within reach of a fruit tree. His terrible punishment was set as a warning for humanity not to cross the line between mortals and gods.

What is Sisyphus and Tantalus?

A Roman sarcophagus showing three infamous figures from Greek mythology who were punished for their impiety: Sisyphus (who had to forever roll a stone up a hill), Ixion (who was tied to an ever-spinning wheel), and Tantalus (who could never quench his thirst).

Are old liquor bottles worth anything?

While not all old bottles are valuable, an older bottle is more likely to be worth more than a newer one. Seams and pontil marks are two of the ways you can determine a bottle’s age. The pontil mark is the mark at the bottom of the bottle where it was attached to the glass blower’s pontil rod.

What is a cave a liqueur?

A cave à liqueur is a liqueur caddy that has diminutive crystal liqueur decanters (typically 4) along with a set of small glasses (typically 8).

What did Tantalus do wrong?

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