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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 1900 Marble Blue Swirl Glass Hand Made 5/8
Antique 1900 Marble Blue Swirl Glass Hand Made 5/8 " Cape Cod Barn
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1/2" diameter German Hand Made China Marble/White with 3 Parallel Red Circles
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5/8" diameter German Hand Made China Marble/White with 3 Parallel Red Circles
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Handmade 1930 to 1940 Cobalt Blue and White 5/8
Handmade 1930 to 1940 Cobalt Blue and White 5/8" Irregular Glass Marble
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antique 16  Marbles Blue and white Hand made very old
antique 16 Marbles Blue and white Hand made very old
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 VINTAGE HANDMADE LEATHER MARBLE BAG WITH MARBLES
VINTAGE HANDMADE LEATHER MARBLE BAG WITH MARBLES
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LOT 2  VINTAGE HAND MADE MARBLES 63/64
LOT 2 VINTAGE HAND MADE MARBLES 63/64"GROUND PONTIL
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Huge Swirl VASELINE Art Glass Marble Hand Made VIntage
Huge Swirl VASELINE Art Glass Marble Hand Made VIntage
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ANTIQUE GERMAN HAND BLOWN OPALESCENT BLUE MARBLE 5/8
ANTIQUE GERMAN HAND BLOWN OPALESCENT BLUE MARBLE 5/8" 14MM
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Vintage Lot Of 5 Large Size Marbles Wood Ceramic Steelie 1 1/2
Vintage Lot Of 5 Large Size Marbles Wood Ceramic Steelie 1 1/2" Plus
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Old Large 1 1/2
Old Large 1 1/2" Red White & Blue End of Day 4 Panel Onionskin Handmade Marble
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Antique Handmade Hand-Painted Purple Clay Marble with White Band - 3/4
Antique Handmade Hand-Painted Purple Clay Marble with White Band - 3/4"
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Early collectors of handmade marbles snubbed machine-made marbles as 'West Virginia trash' owing to the fact that most machine-made marbles were produced in West Virginia.