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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.

!! ANOTHER SUPER BANDED GERMAN AGATE FROM THE DENNIS WEBB COLLECTION!
!! ANOTHER SUPER BANDED GERMAN AGATE FROM THE DENNIS WEBB COLLECTION!
$9.99
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ESTATE FIND OVER 500 EARLY  CLAY MARBLES MANY COLORS
ESTATE FIND OVER 500 EARLY CLAY MARBLES MANY COLORS
$71.00 (25 Bids)
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6-Handmade Vintage German Glazed China Marbles, ( Near Mint + )...
6-Handmade Vintage German Glazed China Marbles, ( Near Mint + )...
$166.00
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Buy It Now for only: $166.00
!! BEAUTIFUL FACETED BANDED GERMAN AGATE FROM THE DENNIS WEBB COLLECTION!
!! BEAUTIFUL FACETED BANDED GERMAN AGATE FROM THE DENNIS WEBB COLLECTION!
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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Awesome Pattern Alley Agate 23/32
Awesome Pattern Alley Agate 23/32
$2.99
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7-Handmade Vintage German Early China Marbles..( Near Mint +)...
7-Handmade Vintage German Early China Marbles..( Near Mint +)...
$140.00
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Buy It Now for only: $140.00
Lot Of 5 Akro Agate Snakes Orange Blue Green White Yellow Blue
Lot Of 5 Akro Agate Snakes Orange Blue Green White Yellow Blue
$2.99
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14 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE POPEYE, LIMEADE, ETC MARBLES
14 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE POPEYE, LIMEADE, ETC MARBLES
$48.00 (8 Bids)
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Vintage Akro Agate Liberty Corkscrew. ( Special )
Vintage Akro Agate Liberty Corkscrew. ( Special )
$8.00
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VINTAGE AKRO AGATE POPEYE HYBRID  MARBLE SIZE.68 INCH.
VINTAGE AKRO AGATE POPEYE HYBRID MARBLE SIZE.68 INCH.
$14.50 (7 Bids)
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Great Looking Akro Agate Corkscrew 19/32
Great Looking Akro Agate Corkscrew 19/32
$3.99 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Akro Agate Green/white Snake Corkscrew Marble.size.63 inch.
Vintage Akro Agate Green/white Snake Corkscrew Marble.size.63 inch.
$5.49
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