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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 Lot 27 Antique Hand Made Glass Marbles Shooters Latticino Swirl German
Estate Lot 27 Antique Hand Made Glass Marbles Shooters Latticino Swirl German
$157.50 (29 Bids)
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19 OLD VINTAGE HAND MADE MARBLE MIX CLAY BENNINGTON BULLS EYE MORE
19 OLD VINTAGE HAND MADE MARBLE MIX CLAY BENNINGTON BULLS EYE MORE
$17.00
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Precious Stone Marbles, 33mm, Set of 8, Various Minerals, Hand Crafted
Precious Stone Marbles, 33mm, Set of 8, Various Minerals, Hand Crafted
$17.50 (3 Bids)
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24 Antique/Vintage Marbles - Akro Agate
24 Antique/Vintage Marbles - Akro Agate
$26.99 (1 Bid)
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Made In Japan Studio Art Glass 25 Marbles +Multiple colors+Vintage+Hand Blown+
Made In Japan Studio Art Glass 25 Marbles +Multiple colors+Vintage+Hand Blown+
$9.00
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Marbles: MINT 11/16 German Hand Made Translucent Blue Melon Ball
Marbles: MINT 11/16 German Hand Made Translucent Blue Melon Ball
$16.01 (7 Bids)
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Lot of 12 Antique Glass Marbles - Some Handmade - #106
Lot of 12 Antique Glass Marbles - Some Handmade - #106
$1.25
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Marbles:MINT11/16  Hand Made single Melted Pontil Leighton/Navarre Transitional
Marbles:MINT11/16 Hand Made single Melted Pontil Leighton/Navarre Transitional
$15.50 (5 Bids)
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Lot of 10 Hand Made Antique German Marbles Latticino Onionskins Wonderful
Lot of 10 Hand Made Antique German Marbles Latticino Onionskins Wonderful
$48.99
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GORGEOUS Vintage Agate Marble Black & White Swirls
GORGEOUS Vintage Agate Marble Black & White Swirls
$1.38 (3 Bids)
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Lot of 3 Hand Made Antique German Indian Marbles Wonderful
Lot of 3 Hand Made Antique German Indian Marbles Wonderful
$48.99 (1 Bid)
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Old Marbles Vintage Marble Collection Shooters Clay Antique Toy Game
Old Marbles Vintage Marble Collection Shooters Clay Antique Toy Game
$9.99
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'Wet mint' describes a marble that looks as new as the day it was made, so shiny it looks wet.