1860-70's Cut Crystal 4 Bottle Tantalus Perfume Set
Item #: 0576450
This gorgeous perfume tantalus set has been a prized possession for years. It is a perfume set from the New Orleans area. Possible French origin. The case is ebonized wood, with elegant brass fleur de lis shaped corners and handle. The front of the case opens flat, and has a lock with the original key. The base of the case shows usual wear from many years of careful use and love. The front right brass corner shows a tiny bit of corrosion, with one tiny nail head missing. The brass has not been polished for quite a while, so it shows good patina. The four matching cut crystal bottles are square, beautifully and finely cut, with the original matching cut stoppers. There are no chips or cracks in any of the bottles. One of the bottles, however, is very slightly different, having no cut star on the base, and there is a slight lip difference, smaller, as if it was ground down a bit because of a chip, but we don't know that for sure. It is rare to even find a set like this with all of the bottles still matching, so the slight difference is minor. The dictionary definition of a tantalus set is: "a case in which bottles may be locked, with their contents tantalizingly visible." Usually sets like this belonged to the gentry, and the tantalus sets were locked to keep the servants from stealing. The bottles are 4 3/8" tall, with the stoppers, and the bases are 1 ½" square. The case is 9 ½" long, 3 ½" wide, and 7" tall to the top of the brass handle. This stunning and very beautiful tantalus perfume set makes one feel royal just to look at it!