A fine English drinks tantalus of silver-mounted patinated oak with three decanters and a games drawer compendium from the Edwardian era. Featuring a top mount enclosing three square cut-glass spirits decanters within a fitted mirror-back compartment.
The decanters with original faceted stoppers. The front with escutcheon and working lock and key. Lifting the two top doors to the internal compartment reveals a spring-loaded secret button which, when pressed, releases the games drawer and contents.
The top internal compartment reveals six cut-glass liqueur or shot (dram) glasses.
The games drawer includes a fitted area with space for dominoes and playing cards.
These handsome 'drinks cabinets' with lock and key were created so that the domestic staff or any non-family member could not secretly drink the very expensive whiskies and brandies that these decanters would have held.