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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.

Antique Vintage Marbles Lot of 100
Antique Vintage Marbles Lot of 100
$19.99
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50 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles With 1 Shooter....Very Good Condition
50 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles With 1 Shooter....Very Good Condition
$15.95
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HUGE Group of Vintage Antique Marbles 10+ lbs  OLD NEW HAND MADE BUMBLE BEE
HUGE Group of Vintage Antique Marbles 10+ lbs OLD NEW HAND MADE BUMBLE BEE
$20.50 (2 Bids)
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An Assortment of Peewee Marbles
An Assortment of Peewee Marbles
$4.25 (2 Bids)
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antique marble handmade estate sale white pattern
antique marble handmade estate sale white pattern
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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RARE BOYS & GIRLS ANTIQUE GERMAN MADE 1/2
RARE BOYS & GIRLS ANTIQUE GERMAN MADE 1/2" "PEEWEE" INDIAN MARBLE
$16.50 (8 Bids)
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HAND BLOWN BLACK GLASS MARBLE 4 COLOR BLACK ORANGE BLUE WHITE RARE MARBLE
HAND BLOWN BLACK GLASS MARBLE 4 COLOR BLACK ORANGE BLUE WHITE RARE MARBLE
$10.00
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Huge lot of 450 vintage & antique old estate marbles. 7.5 pounds. Many VERY old!
Huge lot of 450 vintage & antique old estate marbles. 7.5 pounds. Many VERY old!
$61.00 (27 Bids)
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170 Clay Marbles Civil War Era Colored and Non-Colored Some Glazed Lot # N
170 Clay Marbles Civil War Era Colored and Non-Colored Some Glazed Lot # N
$20.49 (3 Bids)
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RARE Onionskin Antique amazing Handmade Marble POINT marbles TIGER SWIRL
RARE Onionskin Antique amazing Handmade Marble POINT marbles TIGER SWIRL
$25.90
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RARE Onionskin Antique amazing Handmade Marble POINT marbles TIGER SWIRL
RARE Onionskin Antique amazing Handmade Marble POINT marbles TIGER SWIRL
$49.50
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NICE Vintage Handmade Solid Core Swirl Marble ORANGE AND WHITE
NICE Vintage Handmade Solid Core Swirl Marble ORANGE AND WHITE
$18.00
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Buy It Now for only: $18.00

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A 'clambroth' marble is made of milk glass (hence its brothy appearance) with many thin swirl lines on the surface of various colors.