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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.

 LOT of 100 Antique German Bennington Clay Stoneware China Crockery Marbles
LOT of 100 Antique German Bennington Clay Stoneware China Crockery Marbles
$37.00 (12 Bids)
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HAND MADE MARBLES DISPLAY KEEPER BOX FREE MARBLES MIRROR BACK HIGH GLOSS
HAND MADE MARBLES DISPLAY KEEPER BOX FREE MARBLES MIRROR BACK HIGH GLOSS
$64.00
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $64.00
39 natural Stone Agates  vintage marbles lot in great condition 1/2 to 15/16
39 natural Stone Agates vintage marbles lot in great condition 1/2 to 15/16
$20.00 (9 Bids)
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11 Handmade Marbles of varying types
11 Handmade Marbles of varying types
$51.00 (25 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 46m
LOT OF 2 ANTIQUE  GERMAN SWIRL PEE WEE MARBLES (15/32 & 27/64) --  MINT COND
LOT OF 2 ANTIQUE GERMAN SWIRL PEE WEE MARBLES (15/32 & 27/64) -- MINT COND
$13.00 (3 Bids)
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Mixed Lot of 7 Black, White and Pink Bennington Marbles Mint German Handmade
Mixed Lot of 7 Black, White and Pink Bennington Marbles Mint German Handmade
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 13m
10 VINTAGE CAT'S EYE MARBLES LOT 01
10 VINTAGE CAT'S EYE MARBLES LOT 01
$1.18
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $1.18
VINTAGE MARBLE LOT 125 PCS. VERY NICE LOT
VINTAGE MARBLE LOT 125 PCS. VERY NICE LOT
$4.79 (9 Bids)
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Marble 1 5/8 (1.67) Latticinio Core Swirl
Marble 1 5/8 (1.67) Latticinio Core Swirl
$50.00
Time Remaining: 2h 19m
Joseph's Coat 9/16 inch Marble
Joseph's Coat 9/16 inch Marble
$10.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 19m
Latticinio Core Swirl 5/8 inch
Latticinio Core Swirl 5/8 inch
$5.00
Time Remaining: 2h 20m
SIXTEEN Green & White Opaque & Swirled Marbles- Good Condition-2 Sizes
SIXTEEN Green & White Opaque & Swirled Marbles- Good Condition-2 Sizes
$7.00
Time Remaining: 27d 21h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $7.00

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