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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.

30 old toys MARBLES GERMANY AMERICAN CHINESE BENNINGTON CLAY FOIL WHITE GLAZE
30 old toys MARBLES GERMANY AMERICAN CHINESE BENNINGTON CLAY FOIL WHITE GLAZE
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2- Bennington Shooters w/ 35 Civil War Era Hand-made Clay Marbles
2- Bennington Shooters w/ 35 Civil War Era Hand-made Clay Marbles
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Lot of 22 ANTIQUE BENNINGTON MARBLES.    #210
Lot of 22 ANTIQUE BENNINGTON MARBLES. #210
$14.50 (8 Bids)
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 Antique Hand  Made 5 Brown Bennington Marbles
Antique Hand Made 5 Brown Bennington Marbles
$5.00
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Vintage Lot of 56 Clay Marbles.        #204
Vintage Lot of 56 Clay Marbles. #204
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Lot of 54 ANTIQUE BENNINGTON MARBLES.    #211
Lot of 54 ANTIQUE BENNINGTON MARBLES. #211
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antique TOY 33 MARBLES CLAY FOIL GERMANY BENNINGTON AMERICAN COBALT SLAG GLASS
antique TOY 33 MARBLES CLAY FOIL GERMANY BENNINGTON AMERICAN COBALT SLAG GLASS
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BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE 25 MARBLES CLAY GERMANY BENNINGTON MORE red blue brown sweet
BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE 25 MARBLES CLAY GERMANY BENNINGTON MORE red blue brown sweet
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+V+ HUGE GREEN BENNINGTON GERMAN MARBLE
+V+ HUGE GREEN BENNINGTON GERMAN MARBLE
$50.89 (9 Bids)
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FANTASTIC LOT OF 25 OLD MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON GERMANY FOIL huge RED shooter
FANTASTIC LOT OF 25 OLD MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON GERMANY FOIL huge RED shooter
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25 old antique MARBLES CLAY GERMANY FOIL BENNINGTON civil war to victorian era
25 old antique MARBLES CLAY GERMANY FOIL BENNINGTON civil war to victorian era
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RARE!! **** Old German BENNINGTON MARBLE walking stick top! 1800's Lauscha ****
RARE!! **** Old German BENNINGTON MARBLE walking stick top! 1800's Lauscha ****
$8.00
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