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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 Akro Agate Popeye Marble  Mint+, 11/16- Beautiful
Vintage Akro Agate Popeye Marble Mint+, 11/16- Beautiful
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Christensen Agate  Rare!! .681 awesome !!nm
Christensen Agate Rare!! .681 awesome !!nm
$4.25 (4 Bids)
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KILLER AKRO AGATE EGG YOLK OXBLOOD SHOOTER!!
KILLER AKRO AGATE EGG YOLK OXBLOOD SHOOTER!!
$31.00 (6 Bids)
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 Alley Agate marbles  2 POUNDS 1932-1936 PENNSBORO w/ 2 BLUE SKIES
Alley Agate marbles 2 POUNDS 1932-1936 PENNSBORO w/ 2 BLUE SKIES
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Marbles Vintage Christensen Agate Sub Coral Swirl Mint .580 Beautiful Example
Marbles Vintage Christensen Agate Sub Coral Swirl Mint .580 Beautiful Example
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100 Vintage Marbles WV Swirls Alley Agate Christensen Ravenswood Red Blue Green
100 Vintage Marbles WV Swirls Alley Agate Christensen Ravenswood Red Blue Green
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 Heaton Agate HORSEHAIR OXBLOOD  from   the marble capitol of the world j25c
Heaton Agate HORSEHAIR OXBLOOD from the marble capitol of the world j25c
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KILLER AKRO AGATE COBALT BLUE OXBLOOD SHOOTER!!
KILLER AKRO AGATE COBALT BLUE OXBLOOD SHOOTER!!
$81.44 (10 Bids)
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Vintage Vitro Agate Parrot Marble. 5 Color With Adventurine. .90 Inch Near Mint
Vintage Vitro Agate Parrot Marble. 5 Color With Adventurine. .90 Inch Near Mint
$75.00
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ஜஜ  AKRO AGATE (TEAL) BLUE BLOOD OXBLOOD CORKSCREW MARBLE
ஜஜ AKRO AGATE (TEAL) BLUE BLOOD OXBLOOD CORKSCREW MARBLE
$16.48 (3 Bids)
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10 Old Vintage Vitro Agate Co. Tiger Eye Marbles With HTF Shooter Sweet Set
10 Old Vintage Vitro Agate Co. Tiger Eye Marbles With HTF Shooter Sweet Set
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100 Vintage Cats Eye Marbles Vitro Agate Peltier Marble King Multicolor Old Toys
100 Vintage Cats Eye Marbles Vitro Agate Peltier Marble King Multicolor Old Toys
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