A ball of decorated, typically coloured or silvered glass, originally used as a charm against witchcraft.
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- Visitors can also create their own ghostly greeting cards and discover the superstitions behind ‘witch balls’ - big ceramic balls which were once hung in windows as a way of warding off evil from the house.
- Winchester was responding to a question about ‘witch balls’ and described hollow glass spheres that were used as covers for pitchers, bowls, and so on and also as floats for fishing nets.
- It can thus be seen that the breaking of a witch ball was probably not considered to be a very good thing.