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Straight from Salem, Ma is a large blue and green witches ball.

A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or stained glass hung in cottage windows in 18th century England to ward off evil spirits, witch's spells or ill fortune, though the Witch's Ball actually originated among cultures where witches were considered a blessing and these witches would usually "enchant" the balls to enhance their potency against evils. Later, they were often posted on top of a vase or suspended by a cord (as from the mantelpiece or rafters) for a decorative effect. Witch balls appeared in America in the 19th century and are often found in gardens under the name "gazing ball". However, "gazing balls" contain no strands within their interior.

According to folk tales, witch balls would entice evil spirits with their bright colours; the strands inside the ball would then capture the spirit and prevent it from escaping.

Measures about 17" in diameter. One of the green glass areas has a crackled look (couldn't get a good photograph). I purchased it this way and it looks natural in the glass to me, but if it was a crack it doesn't seem to be harming the ball's condition.

Thanks so much for looking and please be sure to check out my other unique vintage items! :)

SUMMER SALE Gorgeous Blue and Green Glass Witch Ball from Salem, Ma

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Material: blown glass
  • Only ships to United States from Massachusetts, United States.
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  • Favorited by: 5 people