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Antique Calamander & Satinwood Games Drinks Cabinet


Antique Calamander & Satinwood Games Drinks Cabinet

Antique Calamander & Satinwood Games, Drinks and smoking Cabinet, with silver plated straps, escutcheon and vacant shield shaped initial plate. This ultimate entertainments box comes complete with three hobnail cut glass decanters housed at the back of the box in front of a mirror. While the box is closed the decanters cannot be removed.
Opening the box reveals four cut glass spirit glasses housed in velvet lined compartments. A cigarillo cutter and two removable silver plate ashtrays either side of a mounted silverplate match striker.

Underneath are two drawers, one is lined in cedar wood with a removable compartment divider perfect for storing cigars. The other draw contains various gaming items, including playing cards, dice, counters, whist markers and brass peg board, which is labelled: W. & J. MILNE. Makers. 126 Princess St EDINBURGH A wonderful item to entertain and delight your dinner guests.

This drink entertainment cabinet comes complete with a fully working lock and tasselled key.

The Tantalus is named after Tantalos, a character from Greek Mythology who offended the Gods and was condemned to eternal hunger and thirst in the afterlife. He was imprisoned in a pool of water surrounded by fruit trees. When he reached out to drink the water or eat the fruit, the water drained away and the branches of the trees moved out of his reach! It is from Tantalos's punishment that the word tantalise originates.

Tantalus is a decorative stand, case or box for glass or cut glass decanters. The first lockable Tantalus appeared around the mid 19th Century and was first seen in England around 1870. The decanted alcohol can only be accessed by unlocking and raising or lowering a handle or bar. The Tantalus was popular with owners of large, grand houses of this period to protect the decanted alcohol from being drunk by their butlers & other staff. Therefore the alcohol was kept just out of reach to tantalise - just as in the story of Tantalus!

Our varied selection of Tantalus & Decanters make excellent corporate gifts, aswell as for special occasions such as a retirement or wedding. They also make a great focal and talking point at a Dinner Party, or simply to look handsome in a Dining or Drawing Room!

Calamander is a valuable wood found in India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It has a contrasting hazel-brown colour with black grain. It is a dense, heavy wood that is so popular it has been logged to extinction over the last few hundred years.

All our items come with authentication certificate with image, as well as our latest catalogue, how to look after your antique booklet, care instructions and separate invoice for insurance purposes. On top of this our items come with 14 day no quibble money back guarantee and are all fully insured for when shipping.

Shipping Cost:
United Kingdom £25
Europe £85
US £130
Rest of the World £180

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Material Wood, Silver plate, Glass
Age C. 1900
Dimensions Width 14.50 in  (36.83 cm)   Depth 13 in  (33.02 cm)  
Height 14 in  (35.56 cm)