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Hopefully they won't mind quoting their text and using one of their pictures for educational purposes.
From the web site:
"The Fuseruola is a little sphere used to balance the spindle when spinning.
Known from Etruscan and Roman times, between the 14th and 17th centuries, it was glazed and then decorated in coloured “scales”. Its central area or band was then stamped with delicate well-wishing or virtuous designs, or the name of a girl, to whom the distaff and the spindle, equipped with its fuseruola, were presented as a pledge of love.
The town of Corciano, near Deruta, with the patronage of the Region of Umbria, held a competition to find the “Typical Umbrian Souvenir” which was won by “Le Antiche Fuseruole”, S. Angelo di Celle, Deruta, Italy. We advise you to pay a visit to Corciano and Deruta……… You’ll be enchanted…."