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SOLD - Italian Silver and Cut Glass Two Bottle Tantalus – Vintage Circa 1960

A fine and impressive vintage Italian silver and cut glass two bottle tantalus; part of our continental silver collection

SKU: W5659

SOLD - Italian Silver and Cut Glass Two Bottle Tantalus – Vintage Circa 1960
SOLD - Italian Silver and Cut Glass Two Bottle Tantalus – Vintage Circa 1960


This fine vintage sterling silver tantalus has a rectangular plain form onto four bracket style feet.

The silver frame is embellished with applied cast pierced decorated stylised scroll and leaf designs.

The frame has turned baluster shaped supports to each corner.

The upper portion of the Italian silver frame has a rounded spreading form with a hinged locking* cover surmounted with a shaped carrying handle.

The handle is embellished with applied cast shell and scroll decoration accented with shell decorated terminals.

The tantalus retains the original square cut glass decanters fitted with original cut glass stoppers.

The hallmarks struck to the surface of this impressive antique tantalus decanter include:

Maker's mark: 1 AL (A.Cesa S.C**)

Silver quality/purity mark: .800 (800/1000)

* The locking mechanism is fully working and retains the original removable key.

**A.Cesa was the first silversmith in Alessandria to register on the 25/03/1935, he was given the number 1 as his makers mark.

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The frame is a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and in excellent presentation condition.

The decoration to the tantalus is very sharp.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the frame are all very clear.

Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this antique tantalus decanter.


Height to top of handle 35cm/13.75"

Length 23cm/9.1"

Depth of base 12.5cm/4.9"

Depth of decanter 8.5cm/3.3” square


53 troy ounces/1648g

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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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