from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A small ornamental vase meant for the decoration of a mantelpiece, etc., and to hold spills or lamplighters.
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Thus Foster would take up a spill-case, expecting to find material wherewith to light his evening pipe; but instead of spills, it was full of greasy hair-pins.
True to his Colours The Life that Wears Best Theodore P. Wilson
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