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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.

Lot of 4 Antique GERMANY HAND MADE FACETED BULLS EYE AGATE Etc MINT
Lot of 4 Antique GERMANY HAND MADE FACETED BULLS EYE AGATE Etc MINT
$10.49 (2 Bids)
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15 ANTIQUE TOY MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON BROWN BLUE COBALT CORELESS GLASS SWIRL
15 ANTIQUE TOY MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON BROWN BLUE COBALT CORELESS GLASS SWIRL
$20.00
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Vintage clay marbles
Vintage clay marbles
$100.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 7h 7m
Large Handmade Scenic China Marble Farm scene
Large Handmade Scenic China Marble Farm scene
$66.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 42m
German marbles,agate swirl onion skin Lutz,ribbons,swirls, mica mixed Cats
German marbles,agate swirl onion skin Lutz,ribbons,swirls, mica mixed Cats
$2.35 (2 Bids)
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German marbles,agate swirl onion skin Lutz,ribbons,swirls, mica mixed Cats
German marbles,agate swirl onion skin Lutz,ribbons,swirls, mica mixed Cats
$1.36 (2 Bids)
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20 VINTAGE ANTIQUE CLAY TOY MARBLES ASSORTMENT WITH SHOOTER SWEET COLLECTOR LOT
20 VINTAGE ANTIQUE CLAY TOY MARBLES ASSORTMENT WITH SHOOTER SWEET COLLECTOR LOT
$20.00
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Vintage Indian Blanket marble Black Orange Red & yellow Akro Agate corkscrew lot
Vintage Indian Blanket marble Black Orange Red & yellow Akro Agate corkscrew lot
$5.50 (6 Bids)
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Vintage Old Antique Marble Lot Clay Marbles Glass Ceramic Black White Circa 1880
Vintage Old Antique Marble Lot Clay Marbles Glass Ceramic Black White Circa 1880
$6.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 19m
  Akro Agate. Experimental Patch & Slag Variation Popeye Master,Snow Clouds Lot
Akro Agate. Experimental Patch & Slag Variation Popeye Master,Snow Clouds Lot
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 46m
Vintage Indian End-Of-Days,Alley Agate Swirl,Christensen,Akro Patch Lot
Vintage Indian End-Of-Days,Alley Agate Swirl,Christensen,Akro Patch Lot
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 5h
12 VINTAGE OLD GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES MIX BROWN BLUE FANCY SHOOTER
12 VINTAGE OLD GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES MIX BROWN BLUE FANCY SHOOTER
$20.00
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00

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