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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.

UNUSUALOld Vintage German Handmade Latticino Swirl w/ Purple Marble Lot 80B
UNUSUALOld Vintage German Handmade Latticino Swirl w/ Purple Marble Lot 80B
$3.49 (4 Bids)
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11 old antique HANDMADE MARBLES/ EGG GERMANY AGATE BENNINGTON AND CLAY sweet set
11 old antique HANDMADE MARBLES/ EGG GERMANY AGATE BENNINGTON AND CLAY sweet set
$15.00
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PRETTY Old Vintage German Handmade Solid Core Swirl Marble Lot 80C
PRETTY Old Vintage German Handmade Solid Core Swirl Marble Lot 80C
$4.32 (3 Bids)
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AWESOME Old Vintage German Latticino Swirl Pee Wee Marble Lot 80D
AWESOME Old Vintage German Latticino Swirl Pee Wee Marble Lot 80D
$3.25 (2 Bids)
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DAINTY Old VintageBlue Based German Swirl Pee Wee Marble Lot 80F Tiny Ghost Core
DAINTY Old VintageBlue Based German Swirl Pee Wee Marble Lot 80F Tiny Ghost Core
$3.32 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Collection of Marbles Lot of 93 Multiples of Colors Sizes
Vintage Collection of Marbles Lot of 93 Multiples of Colors Sizes
$2.00 (1 Bid)
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20 vintage OLD HANDMADE MARBLES CLAY GERMANY HTF SMALL BLUE BENNINGTON sweet
20 vintage OLD HANDMADE MARBLES CLAY GERMANY HTF SMALL BLUE BENNINGTON sweet
$15.00
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Buy It Now for only: $15.00
6 Latticono Swirl Art Glass Marbles 1 Large Shooter Mutli Colored Spirals
6 Latticono Swirl Art Glass Marbles 1 Large Shooter Mutli Colored Spirals
$27.76 (4 Bids)
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ANTIQUE GERMAN JOSEPH'S COAT MARBLE SWIRL  15/16
ANTIQUE GERMAN JOSEPH'S COAT MARBLE SWIRL 15/16"
$39.00
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Vintage End Of Day - LARGE 1 & 3/4
Vintage End Of Day - LARGE 1 & 3/4" - Hand Made & Signed ONION SKIN MARBLE
$79.00
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Fantastic Antique marble collection
Fantastic Antique marble collection
$21.00 (5 Bids)
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Natural Stone Agate Marble  ** 1  1/4
Natural Stone Agate Marble ** 1 1/4"
$3.99
Time Remaining: 21d 16h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $3.99

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Some marbles flouresce under black light due to uranium. Marble collectors call these 'flourescents'.