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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.

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50 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles With 1 Shooter....Very Good Condition
50 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles With 1 Shooter....Very Good Condition
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MARBLE GERMAN ANTIGUE HANDCUT AGATE .555
MARBLE GERMAN ANTIGUE HANDCUT AGATE .555
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Civil War Era Clay Marbles And Other Older Marbles Over 220 Total See Pics
Civil War Era Clay Marbles And Other Older Marbles Over 220 Total See Pics
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170 Clay Marbles Civil War Era Colored and Non-Colored Some Glazed Lot # N
170 Clay Marbles Civil War Era Colored and Non-Colored Some Glazed Lot # N
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1-Large 1.425
1-Large 1.425"-36.21mm-Mint German Handmade Fancy Bennington Marble-1.77oz
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Green & Tan Pee-Wee Sized Clay Marble Vintage M525
Green & Tan Pee-Wee Sized Clay Marble Vintage M525
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Marble Lot 175+  Clay, Bennington, Stone, Mud Estate Sale Find  Early Marbles
Marble Lot 175+ Clay, Bennington, Stone, Mud Estate Sale Find Early Marbles
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MARBLE GERMAN ANTIQUE AGATE
MARBLE GERMAN ANTIQUE AGATE
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Vintage clay marbles 3+ Pounds
Vintage clay marbles 3+ Pounds
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4 OLD MARBLES/VINTAGE HANDMADE MARBLES/HAND GROUND AGATES/FACETED AGATE MARBLES
4 OLD MARBLES/VINTAGE HANDMADE MARBLES/HAND GROUND AGATES/FACETED AGATE MARBLES
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50 Colorful Hand Made Pee Wee Clay Marbles Excellent Condition 3/8 Inch w/Case
50 Colorful Hand Made Pee Wee Clay Marbles Excellent Condition 3/8 Inch w/Case
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Marble Trivia

An Old World glass chemist named Arnold Fiedler is responsible for the vivid color combinations that Christensen Agate and Akro Agate marbles are famous for.