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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.

50 Vintage Mixed Lot Marbles, Hand made Swirls, Bennington, Clay, Akro, Peltier
50 Vintage Mixed Lot Marbles, Hand made Swirls, Bennington, Clay, Akro, Peltier
$20.00
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Gorgeous Vintage Antique Ribbons Double Pontil Marble #375
Gorgeous Vintage Antique Ribbons Double Pontil Marble #375
$4.99
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Nice German Latticiinio Core 11/16
Nice German Latticiinio Core 11/16" Played With Marble, Gest1230-a98
$1.80 (2 Bids)
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Nice German Onionskin 23/32
Nice German Onionskin 23/32" Played With Marble, Gest1230-a100
$1.80 (9 Bids)
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Nice German Swirl 13/16
Nice German Swirl 13/16" Played With Marble, Gest1230-a99
$5.50 (10 Bids)
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Rare Orangeaid Akro Ages Marble With Blue Opaque Band Egg Yolk Near Mint
Rare Orangeaid Akro Ages Marble With Blue Opaque Band Egg Yolk Near Mint
$32.00
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old, very colourful glass marble, from the 1900 HANDMADE
old, very colourful glass marble, from the 1900 HANDMADE
$9.00
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Nice German Latticinio Core 19/32
Nice German Latticinio Core 19/32" Mint- Marble, Gest1230-a114
$4.99
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Nice big vintage handmade sulphide marble with a sheep - free shipping !
Nice big vintage handmade sulphide marble with a sheep - free shipping !
$75.00
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MARBLES BEFORE WWII
MARBLES BEFORE WWII
$20.00
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sweet little antique handmade sulphide marble with a little lamb - free shipping
sweet little antique handmade sulphide marble with a little lamb - free shipping
$55.00
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Vintage Marbles-Vintage/Antique Dice-Playing cards/junk drawer
Vintage Marbles-Vintage/Antique Dice-Playing cards/junk drawer
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Pink is a color rarely found in vintage marbles, probably because gold was required in recipes for pink glass.