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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.

RaRe Akro Agate Striped Blue Oxblood Red HybriD 5 Color
RaRe Akro Agate Striped Blue Oxblood Red HybriD 5 Color
$40.00
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Buy It Now for only: $55.00
Vintage Blue Bennington Glazed Clay Marble Made in Germany
Vintage Blue Bennington Glazed Clay Marble Made in Germany
$10.50
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Buy It Now for only: $10.50
3 Unbelievable Handmade China Marbles PA Dutch Style Quadrant And Helix Rare!
3 Unbelievable Handmade China Marbles PA Dutch Style Quadrant And Helix Rare!
$365.00 (11 Bids)
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Vintage German GREEN & BLUE Bennington Marble 11/16
Vintage German GREEN & BLUE Bennington Marble 11/16" - 3/4" or 0.7335"-0.6860"
$4.24 (4 Bids)
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ANTIQUE CLAY MARBLES LOT OF 14
ANTIQUE CLAY MARBLES LOT OF 14
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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LOT OF 92 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
LOT OF 92 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
$7.49 (2 Bids)
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21 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles With A Fancy Bennington Shooter
21 Antique Handmade Bennington Marbles With A Fancy Bennington Shooter
$15.95
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Buy It Now for only: $15.95
LOT OF 98 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
LOT OF 98 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
$7.49 (2 Bids)
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LOT OF 90 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
LOT OF 90 COLORED CLAY MARBLES
$7.53 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Pee Wee German Glazed China Marble Intersecting Lines 0.5195
Vintage Pee Wee German Glazed China Marble Intersecting Lines 0.5195" SWEET!
$6.00 (7 Bids)
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LOT OF 37 PAINTED CLAY/CERAMIC ? MARBLES – 36 REGULAR + 1 SHOOTER
LOT OF 37 PAINTED CLAY/CERAMIC ? MARBLES – 36 REGULAR + 1 SHOOTER
$4.74 (5 Bids)
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vintage marbles clay bennington foil germany glass swirls civil war to victorian
vintage marbles clay bennington foil germany glass swirls civil war to victorian
$20.00
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Buy It Now for only: $20.00

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