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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.

ALLEY AGATE FLAME - NEAR MINT MARBLE
ALLEY AGATE FLAME - NEAR MINT MARBLE
$10.00 (1 Bid)
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Handmade Clay Marble
Handmade Clay Marble
$7.50
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 CHRISTENSEN  Agate Corporation ??? Marble 5/8
CHRISTENSEN Agate Corporation ??? Marble 5/8" size #39
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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Akro Agate 1909-1911 first test run machine made 78-one inch original olddd mib
Akro Agate 1909-1911 first test run machine made 78-one inch original olddd mib
$15,000.00
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Akro Agate Superman Nice Corkscrew Marble Great Christmas Gift
Akro Agate Superman Nice Corkscrew Marble Great Christmas Gift
$5.50 (2 Bids)
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Vintage akro agate corkscrew popeye marble 41/64
Vintage akro agate corkscrew popeye marble 41/64
$2.25 (2 Bids)
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Vitro Agate 2000 Marbles, #21
Vitro Agate 2000 Marbles, #21
$3.99
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 Lot of 250+  Antique Clay Marbles Bennington German Civil War Era- many colors!
Lot of 250+ Antique Clay Marbles Bennington German Civil War Era- many colors!
$5.50 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Antique Glass Marbles LOT 100+ German Akro Agate Mixed Many Different
Vintage Antique Glass Marbles LOT 100+ German Akro Agate Mixed Many Different
$199.99
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SWEET AKRO  AGATE  SILVER OXBLOOD MARBLE   11/16
SWEET AKRO AGATE SILVER OXBLOOD MARBLE 11/16" NEAR MINT +
$10.50 (2 Bids)
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14 CHRISTENSEN AGATE COMPANY - NEAR MINT MARBLES
14 CHRISTENSEN AGATE COMPANY - NEAR MINT MARBLES
$25.00 (1 Bid)
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Marbles Christensen Agate Co. design 3.5
Marbles Christensen Agate Co. design 3.5" fantasy collector box with NO insert
$8.00
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