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Clay, Ceramic and Stoneware Marbles

Before glass marbles became common, antique toy marbles were made from ceramics, including clay, stoneware, and china or porcelain. From the late 1500s through the early 1700s salt-glazed stoneware marbles were made first by the Dutch and then later by the Germans.

Clay marbles were first made in America in 1884 by The Akron Toy Company. Prior to 1884 they were imported from Germany.

Billions of the plain clay marbles were made in the USA from 1884 until about 1950. Despite being antiques, these clay "commies" are still common today and not really collectible.

On the other hand, certain ceramic marbles are quite collectible. These include the very affordable glazed Bennington marbles colored brown, tan, blue or "fancy" as well as the early "China" marbles that were painted with often intricate line patterns, or even miniature painted scenes. Especially rare and desirable are the "Pennsylvania Dutch china" marbles from the late 1800s, which feature charming hand painted designs. These can easily fetch more than $500 when they do come up for sale.

VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES Lot of 50   #109 Colored Clays
VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES Lot of 50 #109 Colored Clays
$12.50 (7 Bids)
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Akro Vitro Agate Peltier Master marble lot 2.50lbs vintage
Akro Vitro Agate Peltier Master marble lot 2.50lbs vintage
$45.00
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Buy It Now for only: $45.00
Vintage 1800s Hand Made Painted China Marble Lines Quadrants Leaves 3/4 inch
Vintage 1800s Hand Made Painted China Marble Lines Quadrants Leaves 3/4 inch
$34.00 (4 Bids)
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Vintage COLLECTIBLE MARBLE LOT 100 Plus Antique Unique Clay Glass Estate Find
Vintage COLLECTIBLE MARBLE LOT 100 Plus Antique Unique Clay Glass Estate Find
$9.95 (1 Bid)
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Rare Asprey Marble Agate Cigarette Box MINT NR
Rare Asprey Marble Agate Cigarette Box MINT NR
$499.00
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2 BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE/VINTAGE HAND BLOWN AGATE CORK SCREW PURPLE'S MARBLES
2 BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE/VINTAGE HAND BLOWN AGATE CORK SCREW PURPLE'S MARBLES
$10.99 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 2m
Lot of Vtg. Bennington Clay Marbles
Lot of Vtg. Bennington Clay Marbles
$15.00
Time Remaining: 6d 8h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES Lot of 55 #111 Colored Clays
VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES Lot of 55 #111 Colored Clays
$11.50 (9 Bids)
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Blue Bennington Marbles lot of 10
Blue Bennington Marbles lot of 10
$7.00 (5 Bids)
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Rare White Bennington Marbles lot of 14
Rare White Bennington Marbles lot of 14
$12.70 (3 Bids)
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6Lb. Vintage Marbles German Swirl Akro Agate Peltier Christensen Vitro OVER 500
6Lb. Vintage Marbles German Swirl Akro Agate Peltier Christensen Vitro OVER 500
$227.50 (21 Bids)
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Lot of Vtg. Bennington Clay Marbles
Lot of Vtg. Bennington Clay Marbles
$12.00
Time Remaining: 6d 9h
Buy It Now for only: $12.00

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Marble Trivia

An Old World glass chemist named Arnold Fiedler is responsible for the vivid color combinations that Christensen Agate and Akro Agate marbles are famous for.