The Sign of the Golden Ball

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The Sign of the Golden Ball


Golden Ball (Firm)
Block 17. Building 09.
Historic buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg
Margaret Hunter Shop (Williamsburg, Va.)
Stores, Retail - Virginia - Williamsburg


Lantern slide featuring a photo of the Golden Ball Shop in the early 1930s when it was located in what is today the Margaret Hunter Shop. It is the eleventh slide in a set produced by the Pacific Stereopticon Co. of Los Angeles, California, now defunct, to illustrate the story of Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin's dream to restore a portion of Williamsburg, Virginia to its 18th-century appearance as a shrine to early American ideals.

When Colonial Williamsburg first opened as a museum in the 1930s, Duke of Gloucester Street consisted of a combination of exhibition buildings and commercial establishments, and several retail establishments rented space in restored or reconstructed structures. The Golden Ball offered a selection of silver and pewter objects for sale. A neighboring structure, the James Craig House, houses today's Golden Ball, where visitors can watch silversmiths at work.

This building, " original structure, occupies a favorable spot on the busy 'downtown' end of the main street. Typical of commercial buildings, it has a gable-end facade, and its interior is divided between a large unheated storefront and a smaller counting office with a fireplace in the rear. Like many buildings, this one served as both workplace and home for its occupants." The first occupant (and later owner) of the building was Margaret Hunter, a milliner, who both "...imported and...made diverse and stylish accessories for men, women and children."

(Source: Michael Olmert and Suzanne Coffman, Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg [Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2007], 57).


Pacific Stereopticon Co.

Is Part Of

Pacific Stereopticon Company Lantern Slide Collection







Rights Holder

Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Lantern slide

Physical Dimensions

2 x 3 inches


“The Sign of the Golden Ball,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed August 10, 2022,