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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.

2 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE SPARKLER MARBLES
2 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE SPARKLER MARBLES
$26.00 (6 Bids)
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4 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE SUPERMAN CORKSCREW MARBLES
4 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE SUPERMAN CORKSCREW MARBLES
$125.00 (15 Bids)
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9 MINT ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE ORANGE ON YELLOW CORKSCREW MARBLES
9 MINT ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE ORANGE ON YELLOW CORKSCREW MARBLES
$10.50 (2 Bids)
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M4554 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  5 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4554 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 5 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- MINT
$8.55
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M4551 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  5 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4551 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 5 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- MINT
$8.55
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M4473 VINTAGE 7 LOT  AKRO AGATE MARBLES  5/8
M4473 VINTAGE 7 LOT AKRO AGATE MARBLES 5/8" +/- NEAR MINT
$7.20
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M4474 VINTAGE 7 LOT  AKRO AGATE MARBLES  5/8
M4474 VINTAGE 7 LOT AKRO AGATE MARBLES 5/8" +/- NEAR MINT
$7.20
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M4562 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  7 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4562 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 7 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- NEAR MINT
$7.65
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M2906 VINTAGE VITRO AGATE VARIOUS 5 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M2906 VINTAGE VITRO AGATE VARIOUS 5 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- EXCELLENT/NEAR MINT
$6.30
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M4558 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  5 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4558 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 5 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- MINT
$8.55
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M4480 VINTAGE 7 LOT  ALLEY AGATE MARBLES  5/8
M4480 VINTAGE 7 LOT ALLEY AGATE MARBLES 5/8" +/- NEAR MINT
$7.20
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M4560 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  7 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4560 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 7 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- NEAR MINT
$7.65
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Marble Trivia

Pink is a color rarely found in vintage marbles, probably because gold was required in recipes for pink glass.