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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 1920's-40's- Akro Agate Early Crow Marble Nice Size AB-301
Vintage 1920's-40's- Akro Agate Early Crow Marble Nice Size AB-301
$9.95
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Akro Agate Superman Shooters
Akro Agate Superman Shooters
$35.00 (8 Bids)
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VITRO AGATE ? - PURPLE / RED / WHITE  5/8  INCH
VITRO AGATE ? - PURPLE / RED / WHITE 5/8 INCH
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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L@@k Nine Vitro Agate Marbles  DT-8
L@@k Nine Vitro Agate Marbles DT-8
$4.95
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VITRO AGATE ? - GREEN / GREY / RED / WHITE  19/32  INCH
VITRO AGATE ? - GREEN / GREY / RED / WHITE 19/32 INCH
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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20 Antique Vintage Marbles Clay Bennington Germany Glass Swirls Shooters Pretty
20 Antique Vintage Marbles Clay Bennington Germany Glass Swirls Shooters Pretty
$13.99
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Vintage 1920's-40: Nice Akro Agate Corkscrew Marble  DT- 2-28-#10
Vintage 1920's-40: Nice Akro Agate Corkscrew Marble DT- 2-28-#10
$4.95
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Old Rare Vintage Antique Civil War Relic Clay Marble Recovered Atlanta Georgia
Old Rare Vintage Antique Civil War Relic Clay Marble Recovered Atlanta Georgia
$15.00
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250pc lot MACHINE MADE MARBLES swirl BLUE agate BLACK vintage SHOOTER glass CLAY
250pc lot MACHINE MADE MARBLES swirl BLUE agate BLACK vintage SHOOTER glass CLAY
$24.99
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MARBLE VARIETY FROM AKRO AGATE COMPANY
MARBLE VARIETY FROM AKRO AGATE COMPANY
$24.50 (11 Bids)
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Vintage akro agate corkscrew type marble 39/64
Vintage akro agate corkscrew type marble 39/64
$1.99
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Vintage 1920's-40: Akro Agate Black/White/Grey Corkscrew Marble  DT- 2-28-#13
Vintage 1920's-40: Akro Agate Black/White/Grey Corkscrew Marble DT- 2-28-#13
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Some marbles flouresce under black light due to uranium. Marble collectors call these 'flourescents'.