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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.

11 old marbles swirls and lines take a look!
11 old marbles swirls and lines take a look!
$52.01 (11 Bids)
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Vintage Marbles
Vintage Marbles
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE LOT 140 MARBLES HANDMADE MACHINE MADE MIX GLASS AGATE CLAY
ANTIQUE VINTAGE LOT 140 MARBLES HANDMADE MACHINE MADE MIX GLASS AGATE CLAY
$44.68 (8 Bids)
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LOT of 36 ANTIQUE BROWN BENNINGTON MARBLES 7/16
LOT of 36 ANTIQUE BROWN BENNINGTON MARBLES 7/16" PEEWEES to 3/4" SHOOTER
$10.49 (2 Bids)
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11 ANTIQUE GLAZED CHINA MARBLES BULLSEYE LEAF INTERSECTING LINES  5/8
11 ANTIQUE GLAZED CHINA MARBLES BULLSEYE LEAF INTERSECTING LINES 5/8" - 7/8"
$10.49 (2 Bids)
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  HUGE LOT of VINTAGE MARBLES - PAPERWEIGHT - SHOOTERS - (2) Steel -146 MARBLES
HUGE LOT of VINTAGE MARBLES - PAPERWEIGHT - SHOOTERS - (2) Steel -146 MARBLES
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37/64" Antique Handmade Solid Core Swirl Marble...Bright Colors
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Antique Lot of Handmade 500+ Glass Blown MARBLES Pontil Marks~ Oxblood-Candy+ NR
Antique Lot of Handmade 500+ Glass Blown MARBLES Pontil Marks~ Oxblood-Candy+ NR
$109.38 (10 Bids)
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-:¦:- 1 5/8" YELLOW LAT.CORE IN BLUE GLASS! HANDMADE ANTIQUE MARBLE! -:¦:-
$57.00 (6 Bids)
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Vintage Lot of 19 Marbles Akro Peltier Corkscrew German Christensen Estate find
Vintage Lot of 19 Marbles Akro Peltier Corkscrew German Christensen Estate find
$19.99 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Lot of 12 Marbles Akro Peltier Corkscrew German Christensen Estate find
Vintage Lot of 12 Marbles Akro Peltier Corkscrew German Christensen Estate find
$19.50 (3 Bids)
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4 VINTAGE MARBLES LOT ACX4
4 VINTAGE MARBLES LOT ACX4
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According to a late 19th-century American newspaper ad, you could buy a 'flint' marble for 5 cents, a glass agate for 1 cent, a dozen Chinas for 5 cents, or two-dozen 'commons' for 5 cents.