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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.


"MICA"SWIRLS"CHINA"NICE LUTZ"INDIAN"SET OF 17 MARBLES"BEAUTYS"
$154.49 (20 Bids)
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60+ COOL Old Vintage Antique Clay Marbles Lot 180Z
60+ COOL Old Vintage Antique Clay Marbles Lot 180Z
$19.49
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8! VGE ANTIQUE AMERICAN HAND MADE STONEWARE CLAY POTTERY MARBLE MARBLES TOY TOYS
8! VGE ANTIQUE AMERICAN HAND MADE STONEWARE CLAY POTTERY MARBLE MARBLES TOY TOYS
$3.00
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Vintage Mixed Clay Marbles - Lot of 83 w/ Variety of Sizes/Colors
Vintage Mixed Clay Marbles - Lot of 83 w/ Variety of Sizes/Colors
$8.50 (7 Bids)
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Fancy Bennington Pink Bennington Green Bennington & Pee Wee Bennington Lot
Fancy Bennington Pink Bennington Green Bennington & Pee Wee Bennington Lot
$9.55 (8 Bids)
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Bennington Marbles Pee Wee bennington Marbles plus two larger Marbles
Bennington Marbles Pee Wee bennington Marbles plus two larger Marbles
$3.11 (4 Bids)
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25 wonderful VINTAGE MARBLES CLAY GERMANY BENNINGTON SMALL FOIL hand made old
25 wonderful VINTAGE MARBLES CLAY GERMANY BENNINGTON SMALL FOIL hand made old
$22.00
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4 ANTIQUE HAND-CUT FACETED AGATE MARBLES 17/32
4 ANTIQUE HAND-CUT FACETED AGATE MARBLES 17/32" to 13/16" BANDED
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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ANTIQUE UNGLAZED CHINA CROCKERY MARBLE w/ DOUBLE PINWHEEL PATTERN   11/16
ANTIQUE UNGLAZED CHINA CROCKERY MARBLE w/ DOUBLE PINWHEEL PATTERN 11/16"
$39.99
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100 Clay Pottery Bennington China Crockery Marbles Antique Hand Made German Old
100 Clay Pottery Bennington China Crockery Marbles Antique Hand Made German Old
$24.50 (13 Bids)
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53 Beautiful Vintage/Antique Bennington/Clay Marbles
53 Beautiful Vintage/Antique Bennington/Clay Marbles
$24.99
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15 old time vintage CLAY MARBLES W WONDERFUL SHOOTER hand made early 1900s
15 old time vintage CLAY MARBLES W WONDERFUL SHOOTER hand made early 1900s
$15.00
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Buy It Now for only: $15.00

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All marbles are spherical, but not all spheres are marbles. A good definition for a marble is any sphere less than about three inches wide originally sold as a toy marble.