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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.

#249  STUNNING AKRO AGATE POPEYE  SEMI MINT 15.73 MM
#249 STUNNING AKRO AGATE POPEYE SEMI MINT 15.73 MM
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Champion Agate Company -  Pennsboro W. Va. Cloth salesman's sample bag - RARE
Champion Agate Company - Pennsboro W. Va. Cloth salesman's sample bag - RARE
$175.00
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100 Vintage Clay Marbles Handmade Green Red Blue Purple Silver Foil Rose More
100 Vintage Clay Marbles Handmade Green Red Blue Purple Silver Foil Rose More
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#227 AKRO AGATE MEGA SHOOTER CORKSCREW 23.79 MM
#227 AKRO AGATE MEGA SHOOTER CORKSCREW 23.79 MM
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5lbs of Marbles Vintage HandMade Antique Mineral Agate Style Akro Peltier
5lbs of Marbles Vintage HandMade Antique Mineral Agate Style Akro Peltier
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Vintage Akro Agate Marbles
Vintage Akro Agate Marbles
$5,900.00
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Akro Agate Popeye Marbles
Akro Agate Popeye Marbles
$250.00 (1 Bid)
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Akro Agate Popeye Marbles
Akro Agate Popeye Marbles
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AKRO Agate PoPeYe Marbles
AKRO Agate PoPeYe Marbles
$250.00
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#207  L@@K Stunning Akro Agate  RARE HYBRID DOUBLE INGOT CUB SCOUT 19.72 MM
#207 [email protected]@K Stunning Akro Agate RARE HYBRID DOUBLE INGOT CUB SCOUT 19.72 MM
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Handmade German Bennington, Clay , Swirl Marbles Lot of 89
Handmade German Bennington, Clay , Swirl Marbles Lot of 89
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Akro Agate Popeye Marbles
Akro Agate Popeye Marbles
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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.