Large 19th Century Witch Ball (Purple) - Glass

Description
Large 19th Century Witch Ball (Purple) - Glass
England - Second half 19th century

Witches' balls were used as early as the 18th century to hang in front of the window or in the hall, with which it was believed to ward off the evil spirits, witches and spells and bounce back through the mirror effect, this mirror effect was caused by mercury (Armeluis silver) that was poured in the glass ball.
According to the survival, a witch or someone with the evil over himself would not have a mirror image in the glass ball. This could distinguish between good and evil people, and the invitee was expelled from the house as well as evil from the house.

Later in the 19th century, the witches' balls were mostly used as decorations in the garden or above the chimney and also placed on vases for decoration. The witch ball is the early forerunner of the current Christmas ball.

The lot will packaged with care and shipped registered.

Lot details
Object
Large 19th Century Witch Ball (Purple)
Material
Glass
Estimated Period
Second half 19th century
Country of Origin
England
Condition
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
Dimensions
20×20×20 cm
Weight
540 g
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