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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.

Colorful Antique /  Vintage Marbles
Colorful Antique / Vintage Marbles
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Gorgeous Vintage Antique Ribbons Double Pontil Marble #375
Gorgeous Vintage Antique Ribbons Double Pontil Marble #375
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Antique glass marble ground pontil 29 mm diameter
Antique glass marble ground pontil 29 mm diameter
$23.05 (6 Bids)
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Nice German Clear Overlay With Mica 1/2
Nice German Clear Overlay With Mica 1/2" Mint- Pee Wee Marble, Gest1230-a145
$12.31 (6 Bids)
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Nice German Clear Overlay With Mica 15/32
Nice German Clear Overlay With Mica 15/32" Mint- Pee Wee Marble, Gest1230-a144
$2.99 (1 Bid)
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Nice German Latticiinio Core 5/8
Nice German Latticiinio Core 5/8" Played With Marble, Gest1230-a142
$2.14 (3 Bids)
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14 Vintage Hand made German Marbles Lot #15
14 Vintage Hand made German Marbles Lot #15
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Nice German Naked Core 9/16
Nice German Naked Core 9/16" Mint- Marble, Gest1230-a143
$3.99 (1 Bid)
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Nice German Swirl 5/8
Nice German Swirl 5/8" Near Mint+ Marble, Gest1230-a141
$11.34 (4 Bids)
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Handmade German Glass Marble
Handmade German Glass Marble
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handmade marble.german swirl 9/16'' blue line lutz,excellent surface!
handmade marble.german swirl 9/16'' blue line lutz,excellent surface!
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SINGLE VINTAGE MULTI COLOR 5/8
SINGLE VINTAGE MULTI COLOR 5/8" MARBLE LOT OC18
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