The Greek mythological figure, "King Tantalus", had so enraged the gods that that they punished him as the gods were so wont to do. They secured him in a pool of clear water below trees having hanging ripe fruit. The fruit, of course, was just high enough to be out of reach and the water receded when he bent to drink. Hence the English devilment of the open frame liquor caddy locked up and "tantalizing" the observer whose satisfaction is thwarted. Happily, the modern Tantalus can be opened for the chosen. This English oak tantalus is about 15in. wide, 5in. deep and 12in. high overall with handle up. Hardware is all electroplated nickle silver. (EPNS.) The high quality decanters are cut with basket pattern,flutes and miters. Stoppers are cut faceted and all fit their decanter. Bottoms are ground and polished and are cut with a 16 point star. Two of the decanters have chips to the rim of the mouth as shown in the images. All three are clean inside. George V period (1020's). Price is adjusted to reflect blemishes described.