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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.

vintage 9/16
vintage 9/16" Marble - orange/red/green corkscrew - very unique fine
$5.50 (2 Bids)
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39/64
39/64" Antique Handmade Blue Mica Marble
$10.95
Time Remaining: 6d 52m
Buy It Now for only: $10.95
VTG LOT Of 340 Marbles MF Christian/Arko/Marble King/Pelter ?? Some are handmade
VTG LOT Of 340 Marbles MF Christian/Arko/Marble King/Pelter ?? Some are handmade
$60.00
Time Remaining: 2h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $125.00
ANTIQUE HANDMADE MARBLE SHOOTER/.93
ANTIQUE HANDMADE MARBLE SHOOTER/.93"/CLEAR WITH 3 OXBLOOD & BLACK FLOWERS/RARE
$5.50 (5 Bids)
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Assorted clay marbles. Set of 10.
Assorted clay marbles. Set of 10.
$10.99
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Vintage handmade PEPPERMINT SWIRL MARBLE   3/4
Vintage handmade PEPPERMINT SWIRL MARBLE 3/4"
$26.36 (13 Bids)
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Vintage Marbles, 130 yellow/orange/white swirls Marbles
Vintage Marbles, 130 yellow/orange/white swirls Marbles
$15.99
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Buy It Now for only: $15.99
Vintage handmade PEPPERMINT SWIRL MARBLE   5/8
Vintage handmade PEPPERMINT SWIRL MARBLE 5/8"
$15.50 (7 Bids)
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RARE PRE 1900's 7/8
RARE PRE 1900's 7/8" GERMAN CLAMBROTH MARBLE
$100.00
Time Remaining: 16h 15m
*NR* Antique Stoneware Clay Marbles: 196pc. Estate Lot, Assorted Colors
*NR* Antique Stoneware Clay Marbles: 196pc. Estate Lot, Assorted Colors
$28.53 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 49m
Antique German Marbles Clambroth, Mica,Joseph coat , 2 latticinio swirls nice
Antique German Marbles Clambroth, Mica,Joseph coat , 2 latticinio swirls nice
$33.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 55m
vintage Marbles collection - mixed sizes and types over 150
vintage Marbles collection - mixed sizes and types over 150
$19.50
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $19.50

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