Rare Large 19th Century Blown Glass Mercury Egg Shaped Witches Ball
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A Fabulous Large Antique Victorian Kugel Or Witches Ball In A Rare Egg Shape. Blown Glass With Mercury Lining Which Is In Excellent Condition. A Lovely Gold Colour With A Good Weight Highlighting The Quality Of The Piece. Nice Air Bubbles In Glass.
Historically, witches balls were hung in cottage windows to ward off evil spirits, witches, evil spells, ill fortune and bad spirits.
According to folk tales, witches balls would entice evil spirits with their bright colours; the strands inside the ball would then capture the spirit and prevent it from escaping.
Another tradition holds that witches balls or spherical mirrors prevented a witch from being in a room, because witches supposedly didn’t have a reflection or couldn’t bear seeing their own reflection.
Condition is good, commensurate with age and use. Structurally sound and functions well. No chips or cracks. Mercury lining in excellent condition.
Measures 23cm x 16cm
Weighs 650 grams