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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.

RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN TRANSPARENT PANELLED SUBMARINE INDIAN STYLE MARBLE  25/32
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN TRANSPARENT PANELLED SUBMARINE INDIAN STYLE MARBLE 25/32"
$69.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 12m
 $  12 GERMAN ANTIQUE MICA  HANDMADE MARBLES!! $
$ 12 GERMAN ANTIQUE MICA HANDMADE MARBLES!! $
$100.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $100.00
RARE ANTIQUE  GERMAN ONIONSKIN LUTZ MARBLE 3/4
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN ONIONSKIN LUTZ MARBLE 3/4" BEAUTIFUL COLOR COMBO
$195.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 29m
#11 VINTAGE GERMAN PEE WEE SWIRL MARBLE 9/16
#11 VINTAGE GERMAN PEE WEE SWIRL MARBLE 9/16"
$6.49 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 51m
#13 VINTAGE GERMAN PEE WEE SWIRL MARBLE 5/8
#13 VINTAGE GERMAN PEE WEE SWIRL MARBLE 5/8"
$5.49 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 58m
#15 VINTAGE GERMAN PEE WEE SWIRL MARBLE 19/32
#15 VINTAGE GERMAN PEE WEE SWIRL MARBLE 19/32"
$5.99 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 1m
Multi-Colored Divided Core German Handmade 3/4 marble.
Multi-Colored Divided Core German Handmade 3/4 marble.
$4.95
Time Remaining: 29d 13h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $4.95
Handmade German Indian Swirl Maglite Marble 3/4 ...sharp
Handmade German Indian Swirl Maglite Marble 3/4 ...sharp
$35.99
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 VERY RARE GERMAN JOSEPH COAT PINK PEE-WEE MULTI-COLOR  MARBLE....
VERY RARE GERMAN JOSEPH COAT PINK PEE-WEE MULTI-COLOR MARBLE....
$15.89
Time Remaining: 3h 28m
Set of Seven Assorted Antique Marbles Blue Red Green Etc.
Set of Seven Assorted Antique Marbles Blue Red Green Etc.
$0.99 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 50m
Superb antique 3/4
Superb antique 3/4" size onion skin marble In Danish Paro Cast Beskyttet Holder
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5h 59m
ANTIQUE GERMAN HAND MADE SWIRL MARBLE 2
ANTIQUE GERMAN HAND MADE SWIRL MARBLE 2"
$400.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $400.00

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Pink is a color rarely found in vintage marbles, probably because gold was required in recipes for pink glass.