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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.

48 Clay China Bennington Marbles 31/64”-1 11/64”.
48 Clay China Bennington Marbles 31/64”-1 11/64”.
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25 Vintage Marbles Handmade Bennington Clay Peewee Clay Old Time Antique Toys
25 Vintage Marbles Handmade Bennington Clay Peewee Clay Old Time Antique Toys
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Nice Lot of Marbles with Boulders, Shooters Players Pee Wee swirls MK agate SB 1
Nice Lot of Marbles with Boulders, Shooters Players Pee Wee swirls MK agate SB 1
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214 Vintage Antique Marbles Agate Bennington Stone Clay Patch Amethyst Handmade
214 Vintage Antique Marbles Agate Bennington Stone Clay Patch Amethyst Handmade
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VINTAGE, CHRISTIAN AGATE YELLOW GUINEA/COBRA MARBLE, 43/64-.671
VINTAGE, CHRISTIAN AGATE YELLOW GUINEA/COBRA MARBLE, 43/64-.671
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Vintage Handmade Benningtons China Clay Mica Agate Peewee
Vintage Handmade Benningtons China Clay Mica Agate Peewee
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#5542m Very Rare Vintage Christensen Agate Company CAC Submarine Marble *Mint*
#5542m Very Rare Vintage Christensen Agate Company CAC Submarine Marble *Mint*
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(5) Christensen Agate Company * Pee Wee *  Swirls    072017-13  CBM
(5) Christensen Agate Company * Pee Wee * Swirls 072017-13 CBM
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Marbles: Lot of (57) 19/32 to 1
Marbles: Lot of (57) 19/32 to 1" Mint to n/Mint Akro Agate Corkscrews
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Akro Agate popeye shooter super rare!!!!!  .720 look!!!!!! nm
Akro Agate popeye shooter super rare!!!!! .720 look!!!!!! nm
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Akro Agate Prefrees SuperMan Corkscrew Original Condition With 3 SuperMan Cullet
Akro Agate Prefrees SuperMan Corkscrew Original Condition With 3 SuperMan Cullet
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Akro Agate popeye shooter super rare!!!!!  .725 look!!!!!! nm  as made
Akro Agate popeye shooter super rare!!!!! .725 look!!!!!! nm as made
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Marble Trivia

An Old World glass chemist named Arnold Fiedler is responsible for the vivid color combinations that Christensen Agate and Akro Agate marbles are famous for.