For Christmas this year I got the best gift I can imagine: a Betjemann Tantalus decanter set.



The locking set has been in my wife's family since her grandfather bought them as a wedding gift for his wife when they were wed. Something to the tune of 63 years ago and the set was an antique even then.



Legend has it that the locking decanters, which debuted in 1881, were invented by George Betjemann to keep the butler out of his stash of spirits. While that might be true or not, I do know that I'm going to cherish these things just as much as the butler loathed them.