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Unique Colonial Anglo-Indian Pen-Engraved Bone Inlaid Spill Vase



A unique Anglo-Indian pen-engraved bone-inlaid spill holder or spill vase India, Vizagapatam, mid-18th century Of cylindrical shape, with the rimmed foot, bulbous and spreading to the rimmed top, with ivory rim, overall decorated with a foliate motif. Measures: H 17.4 cm Diameter of opening 6.5 cm Note: A spill vase is a cylindrical vase for containing splints, spills and tapers for transferring fire, for example, to light a candle or pipe from a lit fire. A spill vase was usually kept on the mantelpiece, filled with spills used to transfer fire from the fireplace to candles, lamps, a pipe or a cigar. Spills are made of tightly rolled paper or thin wood sticks. Spill vases can be made of wood, iron, porcelain, pottery, brass or even glass. Commercial matches surfaced in England during the 1820s but were a relatively expensive commodity until the end of the 19th century, and therefore spills, for a long time, were a more cost-effective solution to light a cigar.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.86 in. (17.4 cm)Width: 2.56 in. (6.5 cm)Depth: 2.56 in. (6.5 cm)
  • Style
    British Colonial (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1750
  • Condition
    Replacements made: Some internal parts of the sadeli work have been replaced by imitation. Enquire for more photos. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458220872852

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    Ships From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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