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Lot #50 Antique Late 19th Century Witch Ball
Lot Number: 50 Ask Seller Question
Item Location: CITRA (Northeast)
Preview Date/Time:
Pickup Date/Time: Friday, January 20, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Start Date/Time: 01/16/23 6:00 AM
End Date/Time: 01/19/23 6:25:00 PM
Opening Bid: $5.00
Bid History: 12
Current Bid: $15.76
Minimum Bid:
Highbidder: Tillie
Auction has ended.

Description:

A witch ball is a hollow sphere of glass. Historically, witch balls were hung in cottage windows in 17th and 18th century England and British Colonies like New England to ward off evil spirits, witches, evil spells, ill fortune and bad spirits.
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. Another tradition holds that witch balls or spherical mirrors prevented a witch from being in a room, because witches supposedly did not have a reflection or could not bear seeing their own reflection. Yet another variation contends that witch balls were used to avert the evil eye, by attracting the gaze of the eye and preventing harm to the house and its inhabitants.

 


 


 


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