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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.

LARGE LOT OF EARLY AMERICAN CLAY MARBLES
LARGE LOT OF EARLY AMERICAN CLAY MARBLES
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6 Early Painted Clay Marbles - Very Interesting and Beautiful - Vintage
6 Early Painted Clay Marbles - Very Interesting and Beautiful - Vintage
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marbles antique akro agate moss agates 5/8 very nice
marbles antique akro agate moss agates 5/8 very nice
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marbles antique akro agate 7-ups 5/8 very nice good+
marbles antique akro agate 7-ups 5/8 very nice good+
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Lot 110 Antique Bennington Marbles 20 Green 35 Red/Pink 52 Blue/Purple 3 Brown
Lot 110 Antique Bennington Marbles 20 Green 35 Red/Pink 52 Blue/Purple 3 Brown
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Lot of 180 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles Different Colors
Lot of 180 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles Different Colors
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Lot #2 7 Vtg Clay Marbles Asst Colors & Sizes / Stands
Lot #2 7 Vtg Clay Marbles Asst Colors & Sizes / Stands
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Old Vintage Unusual Clay marble 9/16
Old Vintage Unusual Clay marble 9/16
$4.25 (5 Bids)
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arko agate 5/8ths rare yellow sparkler marble  beautiful good++
arko agate 5/8ths rare yellow sparkler marble beautiful good++
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1" DIAMETER GERMAN HAND MADE UNGLAZED CHINA MARBLE WITH 6 PARALLEL RED CIRCLES
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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akro agate Imperial 1 inch shooter marble near mint very nice
akro agate Imperial 1 inch shooter marble near mint very nice
$5.99
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LOT 95 ANTIQUE BENNINGTON & CLAY MARBLES INC. SHOOTERS
LOT 95 ANTIQUE BENNINGTON & CLAY MARBLES INC. SHOOTERS
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An Old World glass chemist named Arnold Fiedler is responsible for the vivid color combinations that Christensen Agate and Akro Agate marbles are famous for.