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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.

15 Vintage HandMade Marbles Germany Clay Bennington Glass Swirl Nice Coollection
15 Vintage HandMade Marbles Germany Clay Bennington Glass Swirl Nice Coollection
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Estate Find 150 Vintage Glass Marbles Swirls, Akro Agate, ETC
Estate Find 150 Vintage Glass Marbles Swirls, Akro Agate, ETC
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"2 HUGE BENNINGTON MARBLES"
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"ANTIQUE FANCY BENNINGTON MARBLES"
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4 Old Primitive Marbles, Estate Found Fresh, Clay/Porcelain, Colored, FREE SHIP
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48 Vitro Agate JABO Classic Set of Marbles Early 1990's RARE Swirl 5/8 inch diam
48 Vitro Agate JABO Classic Set of Marbles Early 1990's RARE Swirl 5/8 inch diam
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Vintage Akro Agate Popeye Oxblood Patch Hybrid, 5/8
Vintage Akro Agate Popeye Oxblood Patch Hybrid, 5/8"+, Very Rare, Mint w As-Made
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20 Vintage WV Swirl Marbles Alley Agate Ravenswood NM-Mint Red Yellow Orange
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RARE VINTAGE AKRO AGATE SPARKLER 11/16
RARE VINTAGE AKRO AGATE SPARKLER 11/16
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Vintage Lot of 32 German Blue and Brown Bennington Marbles
Vintage Lot of 32 German Blue and Brown Bennington Marbles
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Vintage bennington marbles
Vintage bennington marbles
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Lot of 61 Vintage BENNINGTON MARBLES
Lot of 61 Vintage BENNINGTON MARBLES
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Marble Trivia

The glazed stoneware marbles called 'Benningtons' were popularly believed to have originated in Bennington, VT, but they in fact were imported from Germany.