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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.

RARE EARLY PERIOD UNGLAZED CHINA MARBLE UNUSUAL BULLSEYE & YELLOW FLOWER PATTERN
RARE EARLY PERIOD UNGLAZED CHINA MARBLE UNUSUAL BULLSEYE & YELLOW FLOWER PATTERN
$149.99
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21 (Old)Antique Handmade Clay Marbles Includes 1 small China/1 Blue Bennington
21 (Old)Antique Handmade Clay Marbles Includes 1 small China/1 Blue Bennington
$13.99
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Lot of 52 Vintage Antique MARBLES Clay Germany Bennington  AGATE, Christensen
Lot of 52 Vintage Antique MARBLES Clay Germany Bennington AGATE, Christensen
$34.99
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VINTAGE HANDMADE MARBLES  LARGE FANCY BENNINGTON CLAY - 1
VINTAGE HANDMADE MARBLES LARGE FANCY BENNINGTON CLAY - 1"-1 1/2"
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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Over 65 Antique Clay & Bennington Marble, Germany, 7/8
Over 65 Antique Clay & Bennington Marble, Germany, 7/8" to 3/8" Dia.
$20.00 (1 Bid)
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Antique Lot of Clay Marbles
Antique Lot of Clay Marbles
$17.50 (13 Bids)
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antique  clay marbles lot of 32 some plain some colored
antique clay marbles lot of 32 some plain some colored
$20.00
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LINED CLAY OR ROLLED COMMIE MARBLE, .76
LINED CLAY OR ROLLED COMMIE MARBLE, .76" INDIGO BLUE, MINT CONDITION
$0.99
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antique clay marbles
antique clay marbles
$9.99
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9/16" Hand Made Banded Agate Bullseye Marble
$9.50 (3 Bids)
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10 Brown  Faceted Stone Agate Marbles Size 5/8ths Lot # C
10 Brown Faceted Stone Agate Marbles Size 5/8ths Lot # C
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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29 Antique Clay Marbles Found near Railroad tracks in PA  *My LAST SET!
29 Antique Clay Marbles Found near Railroad tracks in PA *My LAST SET!
$8.99
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All marbles are spherical, but not all spheres are marbles. A good definition for a marble is any sphere less than about three inches wide originally sold as a toy marble.