from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An urnshaped vessel with cover and faucet: usually a piece of plate, as of silver or of silver-gilt, and characteristic of the eighteenth century.
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A large silver-gilt wine-fountain, of good workmanship, presented to
Armada, an immense flagon or wine-fountain, like a gigantic old - fashioned smelling-bottle, and a modern Indian work -- a box given to the Queen by an Indian potentate -- were what interested me the most.
Then went the damsels to that wine-fountain, and drew thence cups of the best and brightest wine of the Dale, and went round about the ring, and gave drink to whomsoever would, both of the chapmen and the others; while the weaponed youth stood in the midst bearing aloft his sword and shield like an image in a holy place, and Redesman's bow still went up and down the strings, and drew forth a sweet and merry tune.