3035 – Witch Ball: Large Red Witch Ball

Physical description:
A large red glass witch ball with chain for affixing to ceiling.
Museum classification:
24 cm x 24 cm
These reflective glass balls were manufactured in England by Nailsea glass-makers from 1788 onwards. The balls were intended to be suspended in a window or dark corner where they will reflect away evil and ill-fortune. Some believe that the glass ball will itself attract the influences of ill-luck and ill-wishing that would otherwise have fallen upon the household. Hence the witch ball should be regularly wiped clean. Generally the balls are around 7 inches (18 centimetres) in diameter although some are much bigger. They are silvered in various colours or decorated in elaborate swirling patterns.
Glass and metal