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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.

Guinea Marble M.F. Chistensen
Guinea Marble M.F. Chistensen
$250.00
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4 old ANTIQUE HAND MADE MARBLES GERMANY SWIRL BENNINGTON BROWN BLUE PEE WEE cute
4 old ANTIQUE HAND MADE MARBLES GERMANY SWIRL BENNINGTON BROWN BLUE PEE WEE cute
$10.00
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3 vintage MARBLE rare PEA-Green Flame Swirl? Blue Slag& Christensen Amber 9 Slag
3 vintage MARBLE rare PEA-Green Flame Swirl? Blue Slag& Christensen Amber 9 Slag
$8.49 (4 Bids)
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ANTIQUE LARGE 2 1/4
ANTIQUE LARGE 2 1/4" DIAMETER LATTICE AND SWIRL GERMAN GLASS MARBLE
$75.00
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Vintage Estate CHRISTENSEN SPIDERMAN W Pontil FLAME SWIRL MARBLE Red Blue
Vintage Estate CHRISTENSEN SPIDERMAN W Pontil FLAME SWIRL MARBLE Red Blue
$6.00 (6 Bids)
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*** TINY PEEWEE ONIONSKIN HANDMADE ANTIQUE MARBLE! 7/16
*** TINY PEEWEE ONIONSKIN HANDMADE ANTIQUE MARBLE! 7/16"!
$14.02 (6 Bids)
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vintage GERMANY MULTICOLOR SWIRL MARBLE HTF 15/16 very Beautiful
vintage GERMANY MULTICOLOR SWIRL MARBLE HTF 15/16 very Beautiful
$17.89
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.73'' German Handmade White Latticino Core Swirl Marble
.73'' German Handmade White Latticino Core Swirl Marble
$2.40 (2 Bids)
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Estate Find Antique Vintage Marble Lot #15
Estate Find Antique Vintage Marble Lot #15
$9.99
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Estate Find Antique Vintage Marble Lot #17
Estate Find Antique Vintage Marble Lot #17
$9.99
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Estate Find Antique Vintage Marble Lot #18
Estate Find Antique Vintage Marble Lot #18
$9.99
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Vintage German Divided Core Banded Swirl 11/16
Vintage German Divided Core Banded Swirl 11/16" NM
$14.00
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Early collectors of handmade marbles snubbed machine-made marbles as 'West Virginia trash' owing to the fact that most machine-made marbles were produced in West Virginia.