witch ball


This is a green glass witch ball with a small hole. The donor of this witch ball was Mr Leslie Armstrong who wrote to the curators of the Museum in 1936 explaining that he believed it was of St Helens manufacture. He stated that the ball came from a cottage at Billinge Higher End near Wigan, Lancashire, England. Witch balls were hung in a window to repel evil spirits.

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