Three Unusually Large 19th Century Mercury Glass Witches Balls.


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A collection of three large rare handblown English mercury glass witches balls. Circa 1880-1900. Each hollow sphere has a good gauge thickness of glass whist the interior is coated with mercury. Later added cast bronze galleries with hanging loops. 

Witch balls were hung up in 18th and 19th-century windows to ward off evil spirits. It was believed that witches could be entrapped by their own reflection.

Each in good order, no damage or cracks.  Tarnishing/spotting and scatted loss of mercury.

Largest green ball 30cm diameter.

Smaller blue and green 21cm diameter.