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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.

Estate Christensen and German Handmade Lot Vintage Marbles
Estate Christensen and German Handmade Lot Vintage Marbles
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LARGe Latticino Handmade Marble BuyItNow 40.00 #60
LARGe Latticino Handmade Marble BuyItNow 40.00 #60
$40.00
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LOT 100 Vintage CLAY MARBLES Bright Colors
LOT 100 Vintage CLAY MARBLES Bright Colors
$19.99 (1 Bid)
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One 11/16
One 11/16" Handmade German Joseph's Coat Marble (26W)
$4.99 (1 Bid)
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Marble 5 German Handmade Swirl Marble
Marble 5 German Handmade Swirl Marble
$27.00
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Super Rare Antique Marble Lot Onionskin Mica Peltier Comics Yellow Lat And More
Super Rare Antique Marble Lot Onionskin Mica Peltier Comics Yellow Lat And More
$400.00 (16 Bids)
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Group of 8 Handmade German Marbles
Group of 8 Handmade German Marbles
$49.00
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CUTE BLACK AND WHITE CAT SULFIDE MARBLE 2 3/8
CUTE BLACK AND WHITE CAT SULFIDE MARBLE 2 3/8" SIGNED JIM DAVIS NEAR MINT
$45.00
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* antique ONIONSKIN handmade MARBLE toy PONTIL 20mm PEPPERMINT SWIRL joseph coat
* antique ONIONSKIN handmade MARBLE toy PONTIL 20mm PEPPERMINT SWIRL joseph coat
$10.50 (4 Bids)
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Lot of 25 Antique&Vintage Bennington Latticinio Akro Popeye Marble King Marbles
Lot of 25 Antique&Vintage Bennington Latticinio Akro Popeye Marble King Marbles
$51.00 (7 Bids)
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Lot of 24 Antique&Vintage Bennington Latticinio Akro Popeye Marble King Marbles
Lot of 24 Antique&Vintage Bennington Latticinio Akro Popeye Marble King Marbles
$56.00 (8 Bids)
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Swirl Hand made German Marble,Blue,Pink,Green,White.
Swirl Hand made German Marble,Blue,Pink,Green,White.
$9.00
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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.