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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.

Vintage Fancy Clay Bennington Marble 3/4
Vintage Fancy Clay Bennington Marble 3/4" ~ Has Gold Color First For Me! ~
$1.99 (2 Bids)
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Older Champion Agate Pearl Swirl Marble 9/16
Older Champion Agate Pearl Swirl Marble 9/16" ~ Spectacular ~
$1.99
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11 Vintage Blue BENNINGTON CLAY MARBLES various sizes
11 Vintage Blue BENNINGTON CLAY MARBLES various sizes
$9.00 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Vitro Agate Opal Patch Marble 5/8
Vintage Vitro Agate Opal Patch Marble 5/8" ~ Not Perfect But Still Sweet! ~
$0.99
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Vintage Alley Agate Swirl Marble 5/8
Vintage Alley Agate Swirl Marble 5/8" ~ Dazzling! ~
$1.99
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vintage marbles akro agate .703 blue slag nice!!!!!!pwc
vintage marbles akro agate .703 blue slag nice!!!!!!pwc
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RARE VINTAGE AKRO AGATE MILKY OXBLOOD SWIRL 5/8
RARE VINTAGE AKRO AGATE MILKY OXBLOOD SWIRL 5/8
$10.00
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Older Champion Agate Purple Swirl Marble 5/8
Older Champion Agate Purple Swirl Marble 5/8" ~ Beaming! ~
$1.99
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Alley Agate marbles and cullet from 1932-1936   found during large Excavation
Alley Agate marbles and cullet from 1932-1936 found during large Excavation
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COLLECTION OF ROUGHLY 50 ANTIQUE MARBLES AKRO AGATE VARIOUS COLORS
COLLECTION OF ROUGHLY 50 ANTIQUE MARBLES AKRO AGATE VARIOUS COLORS
$9.99
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PAMSSTUDIO HANDMADE CLAY MARBLES***#103*** FLUORESCENT PINK & PEARLED SWIRL
PAMSSTUDIO HANDMADE CLAY MARBLES***#103*** FLUORESCENT PINK & PEARLED SWIRL
$7.99
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3 Large ANTIQUE HANDMADE  BENNINGTON MARBLES
3 Large ANTIQUE HANDMADE BENNINGTON MARBLES
$9.99
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