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Antique Handmade Marbles

Antique handmade marbles are works of glass art and Old World craftsmanship, highly prized by marble collectors. Most were made 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 but most collectors refer to them as 'handmades'.

Vintage handmade marbles sizes usually range from about 1/2" to 2" in diameter. Bigger ones in better condition hold more value to collectors, but rarity of style and "eye appeal" are major factors in value.

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

100 Vintage Clay Marbles Handmade Green Red Blue Purple Silver Foil Rose More
100 Vintage Clay Marbles Handmade Green Red Blue Purple Silver Foil Rose More
$33.75
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Set Of Six Vintage Handmade Venetian Swirl, Latticinio, and Clambroth Marbles
Set Of Six Vintage Handmade Venetian Swirl, Latticinio, and Clambroth Marbles
$2.25 (3 Bids)
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20 Vintage Clay Marbles Handmade Old Toys Natural Civil War Era 5/8 Free Ship
20 Vintage Clay Marbles Handmade Old Toys Natural Civil War Era 5/8 Free Ship
$19.99
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9995m Vintage German Handmade Divided Ribbon Swirl Marble .51 Inches
9995m Vintage German Handmade Divided Ribbon Swirl Marble .51 Inches
$14.49
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20 Vintage Handmade Marbles German Solid Core Swirl Bennington Clay Early Toys
20 Vintage Handmade Marbles German Solid Core Swirl Bennington Clay Early Toys
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Antique & Vintage 20 Marbles Handmade and Machine Large Swirls? Indian? Peewee
Antique & Vintage 20 Marbles Handmade and Machine Large Swirls? Indian? Peewee
$4.29 (10 Bids)
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Vintage Marble 13/16
Vintage Marble 13/16" German Handmade Lutz Onionskin
$4.25 (3 Bids)
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6678m Rare Vintage German Handmade Butterscotch Marble .72 Inches
6678m Rare Vintage German Handmade Butterscotch Marble .72 Inches
$14.49
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5075m Vintage German Handmade Corn Husk Marble .64 Inches
5075m Vintage German Handmade Corn Husk Marble .64 Inches
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5lbs of Marbles Vintage HandMade Antique Mineral Agate Style Akro Peltier
5lbs of Marbles Vintage HandMade Antique Mineral Agate Style Akro Peltier
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20 Vintage Marbles German Glass Handmade Swirl Clay Bennington Onionskin Pretty
20 Vintage Marbles German Glass Handmade Swirl Clay Bennington Onionskin Pretty
$21.00
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Antique & Vintage 20 Marbles Handmade and Machine Swirls? Arko Agate? All sizes
Antique & Vintage 20 Marbles Handmade and Machine Swirls? Arko Agate? All sizes
$3.48 (4 Bids)
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According to a late 19th-century American newspaper ad, you could buy a 'flint' marble for 5 cents, a glass agate for 1 cent, a dozen Chinas for 5 cents, or two-dozen 'commons' for 5 cents.