Silver Wine, Beer, and Champagne Ice Bucket
This beautifully proportioned alpaca silver champagne bucket is hand crafted for Babel Luxury in Argentina by descendants of the Inca tribesmen who were conquered by the Spanish conquistadors. The Incas were famous for their silver and the workmanship they invested in their treasures, which is why the Spanish wanted to conquer them. The Spanish further refined their silver smelting and working techniques to the high level evident today in their descendants' work.
Alpaca silver is the alloy incorporating copper, nickel and zinc that is used today by these artisans. Because of its natural beauty, it will tarnish with time, so the occasional use of silver polish is advised. However, the rich, deep luster of the polished silver is worth the effort to keep it beautiful.
The stunning dark brown handles on the champagne bucket are made from native rustic (natural and unpolished) horn collected by the artisans from wild mountain goats, not from animals raised on a farm. Therefore, the horn handles may show evidence of the natural clashes that take place among the wild mountain goats using their horns to fight for a mate. These horns are from animals that have died naturally. The animals have not been killed for their horns.
This impressive ice bucket stands approximately 9 inches tall and is approximately 12 inches by 12 inches at the top opening.