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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 Antique Glass Toy Hand Made German Swirl Marbles Large 1.50 inch
Vintage Antique Glass Toy Hand Made German Swirl Marbles Large 1.50 inch
$59.00
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21 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles With A Fancy Bennington Shooter
21 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles With A Fancy Bennington Shooter
$15.95
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Lot Vintage /Antiqued Glass Marbles Green Orange/Red, Yellow Blue Black Swirl
Lot Vintage /Antiqued Glass Marbles Green Orange/Red, Yellow Blue Black Swirl
$5.00 (1 Bid)
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Vintage German GREEN & BLUE Bennington Marble 11/16
Vintage German GREEN & BLUE Bennington Marble 11/16" - 3/4" or 0.7335"-0.6860"
$13.49 (5 Bids)
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ANTIQUE CLAY MARBLES LOT OF 14
ANTIQUE CLAY MARBLES LOT OF 14
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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LOT OF 92 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
LOT OF 92 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
$9.01 (3 Bids)
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 RARE HAND MADE SWIRL MARBLE
RARE HAND MADE SWIRL MARBLE
$20.00
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LOT OF 98 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
LOT OF 98 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
$8.01 (3 Bids)
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LOT OF 90 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
LOT OF 90 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
$9.01 (3 Bids)
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Vintage Pee Wee German Glazed China Marble Intersecting Lines 0.5195
Vintage Pee Wee German Glazed China Marble Intersecting Lines 0.5195" SWEET!
$6.00 (7 Bids)
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LOT OF 37 PAINTED CLAY/CERAMIC ? MARBLES – 36 REGULAR + 1 SHOOTER
LOT OF 37 PAINTED CLAY/CERAMIC ? MARBLES – 36 REGULAR + 1 SHOOTER
$4.74 (5 Bids)
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"2 ANTIQUE SAME CANE HANDMADE GERMAN MARBLES"BEAUTYS"
$22.00
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A 'clambroth' marble is made of milk glass (hence its brothy appearance) with many thin swirl lines on the surface of various colors.