Betjemann's Patent Oak Tantalus

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An Edwardian oak three decanter Betjemann's patent tantalus.

The tantalus has a silver plated handle and locking mechanism, the decanters are square in shape and heavily cut with round cut stoppers.

The oak tantalus is carved with leaves, flowers and thistles and has a retail disc at one end "Harrods Manufacturing Silversmiths Electroplaters & Cutlers London S.W".

The silver plated handle and locking mechanism is stamped "Betjemann's Patent 60954 London", this style of tantalus was patented by the poet Sir John Betjeman's father, John Betjemann (who retained the original Germanic spelling of his name).

The lock barrel is pushed downward which allows the handles to rotate so the decanters can be removed.

The frame and locking mechanism are in excellent condition with an original working key, though the decanters have a couple of chips to the outer rim and the tips of the stoppers are chipped. (Circa 1910)

Height 33cm (13 inches)
Width 41cm (16.1 inches)
Depth 16cm (6.3 inches)