Pair of Spode spill vases Circa 1820. Cobalt blue and gilt with finely painted scenic panels, both depicting Cathedral City views. Marked to bases ‘Durham/Spode’ and ‘The Cathedral and port of the city of Hereford/Spode’ respectively. A spill vase is a small cylindrical vase, usually kept on the mantelpiece, for containing splints, spills, and tapers for transferring fire, for example to light a candle or pipe from a lit fireplace. Spills are made of tightly rolled paper tapers or very thin wood sticks.