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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 MARBLE Lot CLAY Earthenware Bennington Civil War Stoneware Glazed 64
Vintage MARBLE Lot CLAY Earthenware Bennington Civil War Stoneware Glazed 64
$75.00
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Christensen Agate (CAC) Swirl Marble
Christensen Agate (CAC) Swirl Marble
$10.00
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One VHTF 3/4
One VHTF 3/4" Akro Agate "Crow" Marble (also Kingfisher)
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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 AKRO AGATE/M.F. CHRISTENSEN EARLY MARBLES:HANDGATHERED!!!!
AKRO AGATE/M.F. CHRISTENSEN EARLY MARBLES:HANDGATHERED!!!!
$9.99
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#3489m Vintage Pair of Alley Agate Aventurine Marbles .60 Inches *Near Mint*
#3489m Vintage Pair of Alley Agate Aventurine Marbles .60 Inches *Near Mint*
$14.99
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Vintage Bennington Marbles and Medal from Trenton Times large half dollar size
Vintage Bennington Marbles and Medal from Trenton Times large half dollar size
$40.00
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HTF 39/64
HTF 39/64" *Akro Agate Sparkler (or Darkler)* (73H)
$16.99
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KEITH BAKER HANDMADE MARBLE END OF DAY SUBMARINE GUINEA ONIONSKIN AGATE LUTZ
KEITH BAKER HANDMADE MARBLE END OF DAY SUBMARINE GUINEA ONIONSKIN AGATE LUTZ
$16.99 (1 Bid)
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KEITH BAKER HANDMADE MARBLE SHRUNKEN CORE GUINEA CLOUD CANE AGATE LUTZ
KEITH BAKER HANDMADE MARBLE SHRUNKEN CORE GUINEA CLOUD CANE AGATE LUTZ
$16.99
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VINTAGE LOT OF 30 AKRO AGATE MARBLES
VINTAGE LOT OF 30 AKRO AGATE MARBLES
$20.00
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VITRO AGATE ? -  RED / LILAC / BLACK / WHITE  19/32  INCH
VITRO AGATE ? - RED / LILAC / BLACK / WHITE 19/32 INCH
$0.99
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VINTAGE LOT OF 30 AKRO AGATE MARBLES
VINTAGE LOT OF 30 AKRO AGATE MARBLES
$20.00
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