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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.

4 Vintage Vitro Agate Hybrid Shooter Glass Cats Eye Marbles Nice Collector Set
4 Vintage Vitro Agate Hybrid Shooter Glass Cats Eye Marbles Nice Collector Set
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FANCY MAJOLICA GERMAN CHINA/BENNINGTON FAMILY MARBLE
FANCY MAJOLICA GERMAN CHINA/BENNINGTON FAMILY MARBLE
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° Box Vintage Collection of Marbles ° Akro German Peltier Mica Clay Swirl Slag °
° Box Vintage Collection of Marbles ° Akro German Peltier Mica Clay Swirl Slag °
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Antique Clay Marbles (11) 1800's
Antique Clay Marbles (11) 1800's
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Marbles: Akro Agate Cobalt Blue Egg Yolk 21/32
Marbles: Akro Agate Cobalt Blue Egg Yolk 21/32"
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431 Marbles vintage Hand made , Boulders , Mineral Agate style , Denim bag
431 Marbles vintage Hand made , Boulders , Mineral Agate style , Denim bag
$75.00 (11 Bids)
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Jabo Vitro Agate Marbles 1
Jabo Vitro Agate Marbles 1" 30ct, 015
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Marbles: Akro Agate Yellow and White corkscrew on champagne base
Marbles: Akro Agate Yellow and White corkscrew on champagne base
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440 Marbles vintage Hand made , Boulders , Mineral Agate style , Denim bag
440 Marbles vintage Hand made , Boulders , Mineral Agate style , Denim bag
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Vintage akro agate blended corkscrew popeye marble 3/4+
Vintage akro agate blended corkscrew popeye marble 3/4+
$3.00 (2 Bids)
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Vintage akro agate corkscrew marble 39/64
Vintage akro agate corkscrew marble 39/64
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20 Vintage Akro Agate Colorful Patch Marbles
20 Vintage Akro Agate Colorful Patch Marbles
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According to a late 19th-century American newspaper ad, you could buy a 'flint' marble for 5 cents, a glass agate for 1 cent, a dozen Chinas for 5 cents, or two-dozen 'commons' for 5 cents.