A superb Czech crystal fortune telling ball from c.1930.
This rare and unusual piece of Czech glass is a 32 sided die. It was manufactured around 1930 for the purpose of fortune telling but as divination was illegal, it was marketed as a fortune telling game.
As these beautiful crystal balls were individually crafted, each one is unique. They all differ in appearance, size, weight and, as they are now aged, they also differ in condition. From the course of my collecting and research, it appears that there are roughly three sizes; large, being about 3cm in diameter, medium being about 2.5cm and small, being about 2cm in diameter. To tell each apart from the other, I have given each divination ball a name taken from constellations. This beauty has been named ‘Aiday’.
I have written a short blog on these wonderful crystals, so if you’d like further information, you can read it here: www.kimscurios.com
Here are the details for the unique Czech crystal ball, Aiday:
- Meaning – Moon Child
- Size - Small
- Weight – 8.97 grams
- Markings – The numbers have no paint and the 0 has the words - Made in Czechoslovakia
- Condition: Good condition with one small chip to the middle of the ball near the number 29 and a few other very tiny chips.
- Container – A fabulous vintage or antique pewter-like metal ring or pill box with a millefiori lid with slight damage in vibrant colours. The box is lined with dark blue velvet and the sides of the box have a diamond shaped design. There is sign of age to the bottom of the box where there are a few tiny dents and the sides are slightly out of shape.
- Accessories – A yellow velvety drawstring bag.
Each Czech crystal fortune telling ball comes with an instruction booklet produced by Kim’s Curiosity Shop from a collection of 1930’s vintage instructions. The booklet also includes a short history of the Czech fortune telling die and information about Czech glass. The booklet is printed on high quality parchment paper, bound with ribbon and sealed with gold wax and comes in a wax-sealed brown craft paper envelope.