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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 Marble: Played With 5/8 Akro Agate Silver Oxblood - One Killer Old Mib
Vintage Marble: Played With 5/8 Akro Agate Silver Oxblood - One Killer Old Mib
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Vintage Marbles Lot -- Akro/ Germans/Christensen Agate & more
Vintage Marbles Lot -- Akro/ Germans/Christensen Agate & more
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BULLSEYE BANDED SAND LAYERS AGATE STONE MARBLE HANDMADE, 0.74” INCH DIAMETER.
BULLSEYE BANDED SAND LAYERS AGATE STONE MARBLE HANDMADE, 0.74” INCH DIAMETER.
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BULLSEYE BANDED SAND LAYERS AGATE STONE MARBLE HANDMADE, 0.69” INCH DIAMETER,
BULLSEYE BANDED SAND LAYERS AGATE STONE MARBLE HANDMADE, 0.69” INCH DIAMETER,
$7.00 (2 Bids)
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(2) Antique Bennington Marbles Glazed Crockery Brown 1+3/8
(2) Antique Bennington Marbles Glazed Crockery Brown 1+3/8" Ex-Large
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BULLSEYE BANDED SAND LAYERS AGATE STONE MARBLE HANDMADE, 0.72” INCH DIAMETER,
BULLSEYE BANDED SAND LAYERS AGATE STONE MARBLE HANDMADE, 0.72” INCH DIAMETER,
$7.00 (5 Bids)
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VINTAGE MARBLE LOT BUNDLE CAT EYE BLUE GREEN SWIRL POPEYE CORKSCREWS AGATE GLASS
VINTAGE MARBLE LOT BUNDLE CAT EYE BLUE GREEN SWIRL POPEYE CORKSCREWS AGATE GLASS
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 Vintage Akro Agate 2 shooters red blue and  green w/ red lot plus others
Vintage Akro Agate 2 shooters red blue and green w/ red lot plus others
$19.99 (2 Bids)
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Mint Alley Agate Deep Colors Swirl Marble 5/8” Pennsboro
Mint Alley Agate Deep Colors Swirl Marble 5/8” Pennsboro
$7.50 (6 Bids)
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  Alley Agate 1932-1936 The BLUE LADY Pennsboro marble A13b
Alley Agate 1932-1936 The BLUE LADY Pennsboro marble A13b
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Collection of 27 Akro Agate Co. Corkscrew Marbles .57
Collection of 27 Akro Agate Co. Corkscrew Marbles .57" to .93"
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43/64” Christensen Agate Co Swirl
43/64” Christensen Agate Co Swirl
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