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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.

5 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE SUPERMAN & INDIAN BLANKET CORKSCREW MARBLES
5 ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE SUPERMAN & INDIAN BLANKET CORKSCREW MARBLES
$61.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 19m
61 MINT ANTIQUE HANDMADE CERAMIC BENNINGTON MARBLES
61 MINT ANTIQUE HANDMADE CERAMIC BENNINGTON MARBLES
$26.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 8m
31 VINTAGE ALLEY AGATE FLAME & NEAR FLAME SWIRL MARBLES
31 VINTAGE ALLEY AGATE FLAME & NEAR FLAME SWIRL MARBLES
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 12m
16 LARGE ANTIQUE M.F. CHRISTENSEN & AKRO AGATE SLAG MARBLES
16 LARGE ANTIQUE M.F. CHRISTENSEN & AKRO AGATE SLAG MARBLES
$16.00 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 13m
8 MINT VINTAGE ALLEY AGATE CORAL SWIRL MARBLES
8 MINT VINTAGE ALLEY AGATE CORAL SWIRL MARBLES
$9.99
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 18m
9 MINT  ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE MOSS AGATE PATCH MARBLES
9 MINT ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE MOSS AGATE PATCH MARBLES
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 17m
21 MINT ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE PATCH MARBLES
21 MINT ANTIQUE AKRO AGATE PATCH MARBLES
$9.99
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 14m
M4562 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  7 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4562 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 7 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- NEAR MINT
$7.65
Time Remaining: 23d 32m
Buy It Now for only: $7.65
M4551 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  5 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4551 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 5 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- MINT
$8.55
Time Remaining: 22d 14h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $8.55
M4554 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  5 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4554 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 5 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- MINT
$8.55
Time Remaining: 23d 20m
Buy It Now for only: $8.55
M4553 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  5 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4553 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 5 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- MINT
$8.55
Time Remaining: 22d 14h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $8.55
M4560 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE  7 LOT MARBLES  5/8
M4560 VINTAGE AKRO AGATE 7 LOT MARBLES 5/8" +/- NEAR MINT
$7.65
Time Remaining: 23d 30m
Buy It Now for only: $7.65

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