Betjemann's Patent Tantalus
Betjemann's Patent Tantalus Betjemann's Patent Tantalus Betjemann's Patent Tantalus Betjemann's Patent Tantalus Betjemann's Patent Tantalus Betjemann's Patent Tantalus
Betjemann's Patent Tantalus

Betjemann's Patent Tantalus

  • This original model tantalus was patented by the celebrated cabinetmaker George Betjemann
  • Retailed by Tiffany & Co., the luxury piece comprises four handsomely cut crystal decanters
  • The locked silver-bound oak case ensures the safe keeping of one's favorite liquors
  • Few of Betjemann's tantalus' survive in this fine of condition, making this example a rarity
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Item No. 30-2672
$18,850
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Retailed by Tiffany & Co., this rare and wonderful tantalus was patented by Netherlander cabinetmaker George Betjemann in 1881. Typically containing two or three crystal decanters, this particular model holds four, and is crafted of fine oak and silver. The purpose of the tantalus was to keep one's favorite beverages safe from unwanted consumption while still showcasing the contents within. To gain access to the liquor, simply insert the key and turn to unlock the handle and remove the decanter of your choice. Few of Betjemann's tantalus' survive in this fine of condition, making this example a prize indeed. 

Handle marked "Betjemann's Patent 32782 London" 

Circa 1890

21" wide x 6 3/4" deep x 13 1/4" high
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Maker: Tiffany & Co.
Period: 19th Century
Origin: America
Width: 21 Inches
Height: 13 1/4 Inches
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