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Miniature Butlers Ball Popular During Victorian Era Fiery Orange on Silver with Inlaid Black Base OOAK Handmade

“A Bit of Knowledge Goes a Long Way”…

Gazing balls have had many uses and been called different names since their creation in the 13 century. They range in size from very small to very large and the material they were made from included, and still includes, along with the original glass, copper, steel, and aluminum.

They have been use to ward off evil witches; bless and protect a home and its crops; protect inhabitants of a home from illness and disease; given as wedding presents to bring the new couple happiness, a long marriage, and many children; alert residents that an unexpected guests has entered their gate; as a garden accent, and as butler balls.

They are not to be confused with crystal balls. Crystal balls are psychic tools, whereas a gazing ball is a decorative item or used for one of the purposes mentioned above. A crystal ball is for looking into, whereas a gazing ball is highly reflective.

Gazing balls reached their height f popularity during the Victorian era. Placed on tall pedestals, large gazing balls were used as garden accents. Plus, in well to do homes, smaller gazing balls or butler balls were strategically placed on small stands in the Dining Room on a sideboard or buffet near the kitchen door so that the butler or other servants could gaze into the reflective ball and see when anyone needed anything or it was time to serve the next course.

Today, gazing balls, as garden accents, in all sizes and made of all types of materials, are enjoying a renewed popularity.


Because the Victorians embraced so many new traditions, ideas, and concepts, I was inspired to create this butler’s ball in a gorgeous fiery orange with a very ornate rich looking “silver” base with inlaid faceted black glass. The beautiful base with the outstanding butler’s ball would; no doubt, be something a well to do Victorian family would posses and due to its uniqueness, want to show it off to guests.

It measures 5/8” in height. The glue is non toxic and this is one of a kind. My enchanted art studio is smoke free.

This is not a toy. Thus, it is inappropriate for small children. It is a “fantasy” item and has no powers, magical or otherwise.

This enchanting butler ball is not limited to only Victorian dollhouses or room boxes; it would be ideal for dollhouses of all types and periods. In fact, because of the color combination, this would be great for Halloween, witches, vampires, and haunted dollhouses and room boxes, as well!

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Miniature Butlers Ball Popular During Victorian Era Fiery Orange on Silver with Inlaid Black Base OOAK Handmade


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glass, metal, non toxic glue
  • Only ships within United States.
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