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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.

Faceted Stone Agate -  Orb - Sphere - 1 inch Plus  -      062715-16  VW
Faceted Stone Agate - Orb - Sphere - 1 inch Plus - 062715-16 VW
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Vintage clay marble
Vintage clay marble
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Antique/Vintage Marbles 450+ Glass,Pottery,Agate
Antique/Vintage Marbles 450+ Glass,Pottery,Agate
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""LARGE FANCY BENNINGTON MARBLE""
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ANTIQUE/VINTAGE~CLAY~MARBLES~VARIOUS SIZES/COLORS~7/16
ANTIQUE/VINTAGE~CLAY~MARBLES~VARIOUS SIZES/COLORS~7/16"-3/4"
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50+ HAND MADE CLAY MARBLES-ASSORTED SIZES & COLORS
50+ HAND MADE CLAY MARBLES-ASSORTED SIZES & COLORS
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Over 100 Clay Civil War Era Bennington Handmade Marbles & 2 Steelies J
Over 100 Clay Civil War Era Bennington Handmade Marbles & 2 Steelies J
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4 Antique/Primitive Original Marbles Estate Found Fresh, Clay/Porcelain, Colored
4 Antique/Primitive Original Marbles Estate Found Fresh, Clay/Porcelain, Colored
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Antique Handmade German
Antique Handmade German "Fancy" Bennington Glazed Clay Marble 1/2 inch
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Bulls Eye Agate Marble 23/32
Bulls Eye Agate Marble 23/32"
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bennington marbles 3 colors
bennington marbles 3 colors
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22 Antique (Very OLD)Handmade Clay Marbles *Includes LIMESTONE (Read DESCRIPTION
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Pink is a color rarely found in vintage marbles, probably because gold was required in recipes for pink glass.