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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.

Group of 12 old marbles
Group of 12 old marbles
$12.00
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Rare Early Period Unglazed Eagle and Stylized Flower China Marble ca. 11/16
Rare Early Period Unglazed Eagle and Stylized Flower China Marble ca. 11/16"
$1,200.00
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Buy It Now for only: $1,200.00
Group of 12 old marbles B
Group of 12 old marbles B
$12.00
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ANTIQUE VICTORIAN? 2 15/16
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN? 2 15/16" BONE CARPET BALL
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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ANTIQUE VICTORIAN? 2 5/16
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN? 2 5/16" EBONY COLOR BONE CARPET BALL
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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Vintage HANDMADE Domino Set made from marble or granite
Vintage HANDMADE Domino Set made from marble or granite
$9.99
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6 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles with Huge 1 and 1/2
6 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles with Huge 1 and 1/2" Shooter Marble
$13.95
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OLD ANTIQUE MARBLES - Lot of 45 - Brown & Red Colors Speckled Hand Rolled
OLD ANTIQUE MARBLES - Lot of 45 - Brown & Red Colors Speckled Hand Rolled
$6.99
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 Vintage Collector Marble
Vintage Collector Marble
$2.99
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Vintage Glass Marble White Clear
Vintage Glass Marble White Clear
$5.00 (1 Bid)
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antique and vintage shooter marbles
antique and vintage shooter marbles
$0.99 (2 Bids)
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Antique ONIONSKIN GLASS MARBLE Handmade Huge! 1 13/16
Antique ONIONSKIN GLASS MARBLE Handmade Huge! 1 13/16" Excellent Vintage
$395.00
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Buy It Now for only: $395.00

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According to a late 19th-century American newspaper ad, you could buy a 'flint' marble for 5 cents, a glass agate for 1 cent, a dozen Chinas for 5 cents, or two-dozen 'commons' for 5 cents.