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Antique Handmade Marbles

Antique handmade marbles are true works of glass art craftsmanship, highly prized by marble collectors. Most were handmade in Germany from the late 1840s until around about 1915, and most are the swirl variety. For this reason they are sometimes called German swirls; many collectors simply refer to them as handmades.

Vintage handmade marbles generally range in size from about ½” to 2 ½” in diameter. As a rule, the bigger and better their condition, the more valuable they are to collectors. Size and condition is a good place to start, but rarity and eye appeal determine the bulk of the value. Larger examples in mint condition can fetch more than US$1,000, with exceptional specimens exceeding US$20,000 at auction.

It goes without saying that no toy marble collection is complete without at least one handmade from Germany. Don't despair if you cannot afford a mint condition one. These antique marbles come in many sizes and all conditions, so you are sure to find one worthy affordable for your collection that you can afford. Popular types include onionskins, clambroths, sulphides, indians, lutz, and mica.

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Vintage Marbles shooters Very Old Lot Free Shipping!
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RARE EARLY PERIOD UNGLAZED CHINA MARBLE UNUSUAL BULLSEYE & YELLOW FLOWER PATTERN
RARE EARLY PERIOD UNGLAZED CHINA MARBLE UNUSUAL BULLSEYE & YELLOW FLOWER PATTERN
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BIG ANTIQUE GERMAN BANDED SWIRL MARBLE JOSEPH'S COAT ? SUPER COLOR COMBO 15/16
BIG ANTIQUE GERMAN BANDED SWIRL MARBLE JOSEPH'S COAT ? SUPER COLOR COMBO 15/16"
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BIG ANTIQUE GERMAN SWIRL MARBLE w/ BRIGHT ENGLISH COLORS 29/32
BIG ANTIQUE GERMAN SWIRL MARBLE w/ BRIGHT ENGLISH COLORS 29/32" (.917")
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12 old hand made marbles Belonged To My Father In The 1920's
12 old hand made marbles Belonged To My Father In The 1920's
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Handmade German Marble Soild Core Swirl
Handmade German Marble Soild Core Swirl
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MARBLES: ANTIQUE 43/64
MARBLES: ANTIQUE 43/64" GERMAN 6 BANDED DIVIDED CORE SWIRL FACETED PONTIL
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Antique Hand Made Sulfide Marble Cat German Pre 1900 – 2 Inch
Antique Hand Made Sulfide Marble Cat German Pre 1900 – 2 Inch
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ஜ 3/4"+ TRANSLUCENT OPALESCENT! LEMON CUSTARD LUTZ MINT MARBLE!! ஜ
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Lot of 2 Vintage Handmade Clay Marbles Dyed Blue and Maroon
Lot of 2 Vintage Handmade Clay Marbles Dyed Blue and Maroon
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The first mass-produced children's toy was clay marbles by Sam Dyke in Akron, Ohio in the late 1880s. At peak production more than one million a day were made.