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Antique Handmade Marbles

Antique handmade marbles are true 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 and better their 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 Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles  - Lot # 6
Group Of Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles - Lot # 6
$4.38 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 11m
Vintage Handmade Glass Marbles Irregular swirl Collection Lot (2) I1
Vintage Handmade Glass Marbles Irregular swirl Collection Lot (2) I1
$24.79
Time Remaining: 29d 21h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $24.79
Group Of Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles  - Lot # 7
Group Of Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles - Lot # 7
$12.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 14m
Lot of 4 Blue Bennington Clay Marbles 1 inch plus
Lot of 4 Blue Bennington Clay Marbles 1 inch plus
$12.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1h 14m
Group Of Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles  - Lot # 8
Group Of Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles - Lot # 8
$8.50 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 16m
Group Of Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles  - Lot #9
Group Of Old Vintage Clay / Stone / Other Hand Made Marbles - Lot #9
$15.35 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 18m
Vintage Handmade Glass Marbles Irregular swirl Collection Lot (3) I1
Vintage Handmade Glass Marbles Irregular swirl Collection Lot (3) I1
$24.79
Time Remaining: 29d 21h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $24.79
Lot of 37 Spectacular Vintage c.1940s Speckled Clay Marbles - 12.7mm Diameter
Lot of 37 Spectacular Vintage c.1940s Speckled Clay Marbles - 12.7mm Diameter
$20.00 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 21m
Lot of 21 Vintage Green & Yellow Stardust Marbles Games Collect Play Speckled
Lot of 21 Vintage Green & Yellow Stardust Marbles Games Collect Play Speckled
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1h 42m
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11/16" Antique German Divided Core Swirl Marble
$7.11 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h
Pair of Antique Latticinio Marbles ~ Brilliant Colors ~ RARE circa 1890
Pair of Antique Latticinio Marbles ~ Brilliant Colors ~ RARE circa 1890
$25.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 22m
Vintage Handmade Glass Marbles Irregular swirl Collection Lot (1) I1
Vintage Handmade Glass Marbles Irregular swirl Collection Lot (1) I1
$24.79
Time Remaining: 29d 21h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $24.79

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Some marbles flouresce under black light due to uranium. Marble collectors call these 'flourescents'.