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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.

large vintage onionskin marble w/mica - free shipping
large vintage onionskin marble w/mica - free shipping
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OUTSTANDING ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMAN GERMANY ONIONSKIN SWIRL MARBLE 1 5/8
OUTSTANDING ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMAN GERMANY ONIONSKIN SWIRL MARBLE 1 5/8" INCH
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vintage handmade sulphide marble w/ cat figure - free shipping!
vintage handmade sulphide marble w/ cat figure - free shipping!
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Nice German Divided Core 21/32
Nice German Divided Core 21/32" Mint Marble, Gest1230-a19
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Nice German Divided Core 7/8
Nice German Divided Core 7/8" Near Mint+ Marble, Gest1230-a20
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Nice German Mellonball Blue 11/16
Nice German Mellonball Blue 11/16" Near Mint+ Marble, Gest1230-a17
$7.75 (2 Bids)
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8 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles...Some Shooter Size
8 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles...Some Shooter Size
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Nice German Mellonball White 13/16
Nice German Mellonball White 13/16" Near Mint+ Ballot Marble, Gest1230-a16
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Nice German Opaque Tan Base Banded 21/32
Nice German Opaque Tan Base Banded 21/32" Near Mint+ Marble, Gest1230-a18
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Antique German Sulfide Pug Dog Marble
Antique German Sulfide Pug Dog Marble
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TWO PLUS INCH WHITE CORE LATTICINIO HAND MADE MARBLE
TWO PLUS INCH WHITE CORE LATTICINIO HAND MADE MARBLE
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10 VINTAGE CAT'S EYE MARBLES LOT 01
10 VINTAGE CAT'S EYE MARBLES LOT 01
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Pink is a color rarely found in vintage marbles, probably because gold was required in recipes for pink glass.