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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.

30 MIXED CLAY MARBLE LOT 1
30 MIXED CLAY MARBLE LOT 1" FANCY BENNINGTON 1/2-5/8 DYED 3/4 LINED CHINA SEEPIC
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LOT OF 8 ANTIQUE GERMAN HANDMADE FANCY BENNINGTON MARBLES, BEAUTIFUL!
LOT OF 8 ANTIQUE GERMAN HANDMADE FANCY BENNINGTON MARBLES, BEAUTIFUL!
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170 Vintage Glass Marbles Swirls Shooters Patch Alley Agate Patch Slag Clearie
170 Vintage Glass Marbles Swirls Shooters Patch Alley Agate Patch Slag Clearie
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 Vintage marbles  Bennington Christensen j8
Vintage marbles Bennington Christensen j8
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LARGE ANTIQUE BENNINGTON POTTERY MARBLE 1.4
LARGE ANTIQUE BENNINGTON POTTERY MARBLE 1.4"
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Vintage 1920's-40' Akro Agate Rebel Red/Black/White Corkscrew Marble Dt-6-22-5
Vintage 1920's-40' Akro Agate Rebel Red/Black/White Corkscrew Marble Dt-6-22-5
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Authentic Original Akro Agate arble Cullet - Beautidful!
Authentic Original Akro Agate arble Cullet - Beautidful!
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Alley Agate marbles and cullet from 1932-1936   found during large Excavation
Alley Agate marbles and cullet from 1932-1936 found during large Excavation
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Akro agate tri color corkscrew
Akro agate tri color corkscrew
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4 Old Primitive Marbles, Estate Found Fresh, Clay/Porcelain, Colored, FREE SHIP
4 Old Primitive Marbles, Estate Found Fresh, Clay/Porcelain, Colored, FREE SHIP
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Akro agate  corkscrew
Akro agate corkscrew
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9 ANTIQUE GLASS CLAY MARBLES
9 ANTIQUE GLASS CLAY MARBLES
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In 1925, Akro Agate Company marbles cost a penny each.