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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.

STONEWARE ROCKINGHAM BENNINGTON GLAZED HAND MADE MARBLE BLUE SLIP GLAZE 1 1/2
STONEWARE ROCKINGHAM BENNINGTON GLAZED HAND MADE MARBLE BLUE SLIP GLAZE 1 1/2"
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Vintage Akro Agate Silver Oxblood Marble 21/32
Vintage Akro Agate Silver Oxblood Marble 21/32"+
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16 vintage Vitro Agate marbles Tiger/Bulls eye Styles awesome collector group
16 vintage Vitro Agate marbles Tiger/Bulls eye Styles awesome collector group
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Akro Agate Blue/Yellow Popeye Corkscrew. Mint
Akro Agate Blue/Yellow Popeye Corkscrew. Mint
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Handmade 19/32
Handmade 19/32" Glazed China w/Intersecting Lines Marble
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90 vintage antique clay marbles lot benningtons marbles + 3 color bennington
90 vintage antique clay marbles lot benningtons marbles + 3 color bennington
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100 MIXED VINTAGE VITRO AGATE MARBLES  FROM A LARGE MIXED LOT $19.99
100 MIXED VINTAGE VITRO AGATE MARBLES FROM A LARGE MIXED LOT $19.99
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Vintage Akro Agate Limeade Oxblood Marble Mint
Vintage Akro Agate Limeade Oxblood Marble Mint
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20 vintage Germany bennington marbles Shooter brown earth tone Sweet collector
20 vintage Germany bennington marbles Shooter brown earth tone Sweet collector
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Vintage Akro Agate Corkscrews Range 19/32
Vintage Akro Agate Corkscrews Range 19/32" to 11/16" Box Set
$4.99 (1 Bid)
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 Fancy Bennington GERMAN  marbles  Clays in a display
Fancy Bennington GERMAN marbles Clays in a display
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85 Antique MARBLES Colorful CLAY GERMAN BENNINGTON old original toys
85 Antique MARBLES Colorful CLAY GERMAN BENNINGTON old original toys
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The glazed stoneware marbles called 'Benningtons' were popularly believed to have originated in Bennington, VT, but they in fact were imported from Germany.