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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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41/64" Akro Agate 4 Color Special Corkscrew
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5/8" Akro Agate Corkscrew
$19.99
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Antique NON-GLASS MARBLE Lot of 57 CLAY Agate CHINA Stoneware BENNINGTON FANCY +
Antique NON-GLASS MARBLE Lot of 57 CLAY Agate CHINA Stoneware BENNINGTON FANCY +
$78.47
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24 Akro Agate Corkscrews Marbles + a Slag in a Handmade Display/Storage Box
24 Akro Agate Corkscrews Marbles + a Slag in a Handmade Display/Storage Box
$11.50 (3 Bids)
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VINTAGE CHRISTENSEN AGATE GUINEA MARBLE
VINTAGE CHRISTENSEN AGATE GUINEA MARBLE
$103.50 (2 Bids)
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1877 13/16" Akro Agate SUPERMAN CORKSCREW
$95.00
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Christensen Agate 100 CT No. 00 Favorite Original Box Marbles
Christensen Agate 100 CT No. 00 Favorite Original Box Marbles
$520.00 (2 Bids)
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7 MINT ANTIQUE LARGE AKRO AGATE SLAG MARBLES
7 MINT ANTIQUE LARGE AKRO AGATE SLAG MARBLES
$13.00 (6 Bids)
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3 VINTAGE ALLEY AGATE HORSE HAIR OXBLOOD SWIRL MARBLES
3 VINTAGE ALLEY AGATE HORSE HAIR OXBLOOD SWIRL MARBLES
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LOT of HUNDREDS of Antique Marbles German, Peltier, Agate, Handmade NO RESERVE!
LOT of HUNDREDS of Antique Marbles German, Peltier, Agate, Handmade NO RESERVE!
$103.50 (15 Bids)
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VINTAGE 2 1/2 IN MARBLE CONTEMPORARY Agate MARBLE MINT CONDITION  Red Gray
VINTAGE 2 1/2 IN MARBLE CONTEMPORARY Agate MARBLE MINT CONDITION Red Gray
$34.99
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Vintage akro agate special color corkscrew marble lot... bright colors pretty
Vintage akro agate special color corkscrew marble lot... bright colors pretty
$4.40
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