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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.

HANDMADE INDIAN CLAY MARBLES
HANDMADE INDIAN CLAY MARBLES
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60+ COOL Old Vintage Antique Clay Marbles Lot 180Z
60+ COOL Old Vintage Antique Clay Marbles Lot 180Z
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94 Antique Handmade Marbles
94 Antique Handmade Marbles
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Lot of Bennington and handmade marbles
Lot of Bennington and handmade marbles
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15/32" German Handmade Solid Core / Mint condition. Pee Wee.
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11/16" German Handmade Solid Core / Mint- condition.
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70 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles with 2 Huge Shooters
70 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles with 2 Huge Shooters
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1/2" German Banded Core / Mint condition.
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#2957m Vintage German Divided Ribbon Swirl Marble .68 Inches *Near Mint Minus*
#2957m Vintage German Divided Ribbon Swirl Marble .68 Inches *Near Mint Minus*
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9/16"+ German White Latticinio Core / Mint- condition.
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23/32"+ German Yellow Latticinio Core / Mint- condition.
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Gorgeous Large 3/4" Peach Colored Glass Marble
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