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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.

Rare old vintage clay (?) marbles multi mixed color colour Akro (?) or Germany?
Rare old vintage clay (?) marbles multi mixed color colour Akro (?) or Germany?
$17.99 (13 Bids)
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Antique Civil War Era Clay Marbles, X5, Hand Rolled & Painted
Antique Civil War Era Clay Marbles, X5, Hand Rolled & Painted
$3.50
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Rare old vintage clay (?) + glass marbles - multi color / colour - Akro? German?
Rare old vintage clay (?) + glass marbles - multi color / colour - Akro? German?
$18.49 (9 Bids)
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Rare old vintage glass marbles
Rare old vintage glass marbles
$10.66 (15 Bids)
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Rare old vintage glass marbles
Rare old vintage glass marbles
$10.62 (17 Bids)
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Latticino Swirl Marble
Latticino Swirl Marble
$5.00
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Lot of 8 Various Clay Marbles..Old Clay Marbles..Clay Marbles..Antique Marbles
Lot of 8 Various Clay Marbles..Old Clay Marbles..Clay Marbles..Antique Marbles
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Latticino Swirl Marble
Latticino Swirl Marble
$11.50 (7 Bids)
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BEAUTIFUL HUGE ANTIQUE 2
BEAUTIFUL HUGE ANTIQUE 2" MARBLE COLORFUL SWIRL ORIG 1800's UNPOLISHED 3
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BEAUTIFUL HUGE ANTIQUE 2
BEAUTIFUL HUGE ANTIQUE 2" MARBLE COLORFUL SWIRL ORIG 1800's 4
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BEAUTIFUL HUGE ANTIQUE 2.25
BEAUTIFUL HUGE ANTIQUE 2.25" MARBLE COLORFUL SWIRL ORIG 1800's UNPOLISHED 6
$79.95
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Vintage Glass Marbles Lot 155 Mint Estate Unsearched Games Play
Vintage Glass Marbles Lot 155 Mint Estate Unsearched Games Play
$12.99
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