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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.

0.72 inch Handmade Glass Marble | Lampwork by Dusty Gamble
0.72 inch Handmade Glass Marble | Lampwork by Dusty Gamble
$100.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 14m
WILLIS MARBLES 1
WILLIS MARBLES 1" RED INK BLUE SILVER PLANET MARBLE - HANDMADE ART GLASS MARBLE
$20.00
Time Remaining: 28d 6h 29m
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handmade art glass marbles
handmade art glass marbles
$10.31
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HANDMADE GLASS MARBLE
HANDMADE GLASS MARBLE "WOOD NYMPH'S CROWN" 22mm SHOOTER
$7.50
Time Remaining: 21d 3h 9m
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Handmade Marble Gold Stone ! ( Flame - Spin ) 1 1/2 + Inches ! Y
Handmade Marble Gold Stone ! ( Flame - Spin ) 1 1/2 + Inches ! Y
$5.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 35m
vintage lot of 5 handmade german marbles
vintage lot of 5 handmade german marbles
$16.74 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 54m
Marbles - Vintage handmade caged divided core marble
Marbles - Vintage handmade caged divided core marble
$8.00
Time Remaining: 27d 4h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
(2) EYEBALL Marbles eyes (blue or brown) Handmade art glass ball 7/8
(2) EYEBALL Marbles eyes (blue or brown) Handmade art glass ball 7/8" SHOOTER
$6.95
Time Remaining: 7d 18h 23m
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Winlock Marbles ~ Handmade Glass Marbles ~ Lampwork Art Marble ~ 15/16 in.
Winlock Marbles ~ Handmade Glass Marbles ~ Lampwork Art Marble ~ 15/16 in.
$11.30 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 6h 19m
Marble Handmade Art Glass Transparent Blue White Ribbon SwirlTwist WigWag 1-1/2
Marble Handmade Art Glass Transparent Blue White Ribbon SwirlTwist WigWag 1-1/2"
$30.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 8h 3m
22mm Edelweiss Flower White Green Blue Handmade art glass Marble 7/8
22mm Edelweiss Flower White Green Blue Handmade art glass Marble 7/8" SHOOTER
$7.95
Time Remaining: 24d 1h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $7.95
HANDMADE GLASS MARBLE FLORALS
HANDMADE GLASS MARBLE FLORALS "ALYSSUM" 22mm SHOOTER
$7.50
Time Remaining: 6d 5h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $7.50

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