Victorian brass mounted coromandel four decanter tantalus box, English, circa 1870-80.
The square box is in good condition, with brass mounted banding on the corners in the manner of a Regency era campaign chest. There are minor age related shrinkage splits on the top of the box as shown in the photos. Complete with the original inlaid brass escutcheon and blank shield style plaque and ribbon, suitable for engraving.
The interior is fitted to hold four cut crystal liqueur decanters, which are cut in a cane pattern.
One of the stoppers is imperfect, wear consistent with age and use.
The box is 6 7/8” (17.5cm) square, 6 1/4” (15.9cm).
The decanters are 4 1/4” (10.8cm) high.
Coromandel, or calamander wood, is a rare now extinct hardwood from India and Sri Lanka. It is from the same genus as ebony, and sometimes confused with Macasser ebony, which originated in Indonesia. Coromandel is known for its figured, or patterned wood grain. During the reign of Queen Victoria it was considered one of the most exotic, luxurious and expensive woods to work with.