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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.

2 ANTIQUE SPIRALS GERMAN GLAZED CHINA MARBLE + 1 UNKNOWN
2 ANTIQUE SPIRALS GERMAN GLAZED CHINA MARBLE + 1 UNKNOWN
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Lot of Bennington marbles
Lot of Bennington marbles
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Akro Agate  Popeye Vintage Marble  19/32
Akro Agate Popeye Vintage Marble 19/32" Exc Red White Blue Shiny [Twins 529]
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VINTAGE BENNINGTON MARBLES  Lot of 25  #B105
VINTAGE BENNINGTON MARBLES Lot of 25 #B105
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VINTAGE BENNINGTON MARBLES  Lot of 23  #B106
VINTAGE BENNINGTON MARBLES Lot of 23 #B106
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Pair of Handmade Glazed China Marbles Doughnut Bullseye Bird Tracks
Pair of Handmade Glazed China Marbles Doughnut Bullseye Bird Tracks
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Lot Of Vintage Clay Marbles
Lot Of Vintage Clay Marbles
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VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES  Lot of 50  #B107
VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES Lot of 50 #B107
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VINTAGE Colored CLAY MARBLES  Lot of 50  #B108
VINTAGE Colored CLAY MARBLES Lot of 50 #B108
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VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES  Lot of 50  #B109
VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES Lot of 50 #B109
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VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES  Lot of 50  #B110
VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES Lot of 50 #B110
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Large Bennington - Just under 1-1/4  -  Damaged -  031513-30  DG
Large Bennington - Just under 1-1/4 - Damaged - 031513-30 DG
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Some marbles flouresce under black light due to uranium. Marble collectors call these 'flourescents'.