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Antique Handmade Marbles

Antique handmade marbles are 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 size and better 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.

Lot of 3 Vintage Clay Marbles - 2 are 1 1/8
Lot of 3 Vintage Clay Marbles - 2 are 1 1/8" - 1 is 5/8" - Red & Green
$0.99
Time Remaining: 36m
1800's German Handmade Marble white latticinio  7/8
1800's German Handmade Marble white latticinio 7/8" K9
$0.95
Time Remaining: 2h 26m
LARGE VINTAGE HAND MADE ROUGH CLAY MARBLE 1 1/2
LARGE VINTAGE HAND MADE ROUGH CLAY MARBLE 1 1/2" DIAMETER
$8.00
Time Remaining: 29d 15h
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
Lot of (7) Vintage 1930's Marbles - Hand Made Unusual Colors - Red, Blue, Swirl
Lot of (7) Vintage 1930's Marbles - Hand Made Unusual Colors - Red, Blue, Swirl
$5.99
Time Remaining: 28d 19h 47m
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VERY OLD ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED, GREEN BANDED CLAY MARBLE w/RED FLOWERS - 1 1/8
VERY OLD ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED, GREEN BANDED CLAY MARBLE w/RED FLOWERS - 1 1/8"
$10.75 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 56m
LOT 7 - 2 VINTAGE HUGE  MARBLES,  BLUE GLASS, MARBLE STONE
LOT 7 - 2 VINTAGE HUGE MARBLES, BLUE GLASS, MARBLE STONE
$19.99
Time Remaining: 45m
1800's German Handmade Marble White latticinio 1/2
1800's German Handmade Marble White latticinio 1/2" K37
$0.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 21m
1800's German Handmade Marble White Latticinio  3/4
1800's German Handmade Marble White Latticinio 3/4" K11
$0.95
Time Remaining: 2h 24m
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1/2" diameter German Hand Made China Marble/White with 3 Parallel Red Circles
$8.00
Time Remaining: 28d 20h
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Antique Hand-Made Blue, Green & Brown Colored Clay Marble - 3/4
Antique Hand-Made Blue, Green & Brown Colored Clay Marble - 3/4"
$9.60
Time Remaining: 23d 22h 42m
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ANTIQUE 2-1/8
ANTIQUE 2-1/8" LATTICINO SWIRL MARBLE HANDMADE WHITE CORE BLUE RED GREEN OUTER
$130.00
Time Remaining: 9d 15h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
Very Old Antique Hand Painted Clay Marble BROWN BULLS EYES & GREEN DECOR 1 1/8
Very Old Antique Hand Painted Clay Marble BROWN BULLS EYES & GREEN DECOR 1 1/8"
$10.30 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 57m

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