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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.

Antique Stoneware Clay Marbles: 130 Pee Wee + 1 Shooter, Assorted Colors, Estate
Antique Stoneware Clay Marbles: 130 Pee Wee + 1 Shooter, Assorted Colors, Estate
$15.99 (10 Bids)
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9 STONE, CLAY & AGATE MARBLES ALSO  AUTHENTIC CIVIL WAR BULLET & SPEARHEAD!
9 STONE, CLAY & AGATE MARBLES ALSO AUTHENTIC CIVIL WAR BULLET & SPEARHEAD!
$28.95
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE LOT 134 MARBLES HANDMADE MACHINE MADE MIX GLASS AGATE CLAY
ANTIQUE VINTAGE LOT 134 MARBLES HANDMADE MACHINE MADE MIX GLASS AGATE CLAY
$17.00 (12 Bids)
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old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 15
old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 15
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 16
old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 16
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 17
old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 17
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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LARGE LOT OF 152 EARLY AMERICAN CLAY MARBLES
LARGE LOT OF 152 EARLY AMERICAN CLAY MARBLES
$25.00
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old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 18
old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 18
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 19
old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 19
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 21
old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 21
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 22
old Handmade marbles Swirls, Mica,,Akro Agate multicolor marble lot 22
$16.50 (2 Bids)
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Lot#7  Antique Vtg Hand Rolled CLAY Bennington Estate MARBLES shooter mixed
Lot#7 Antique Vtg Hand Rolled CLAY Bennington Estate MARBLES shooter mixed
$14.95
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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.