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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.

hand ground banded Agate marble 9/16
hand ground banded Agate marble 9/16" Mint wet LOT# MAR 30
$0.99
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old vintage CLAY POTTERY GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES civil war to Victorian toys
old vintage CLAY POTTERY GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES civil war to Victorian toys
$17.99
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Large over 2
Large over 2" Agate Bullseye Marble Near Mint Weigbts 7.62 oz. Great Marble.
$5.74 (2 Bids)
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VINTAGE LOT OF 150+ CLAY HANDMADE MARBLES antique agate metal shooter tiny swirl
VINTAGE LOT OF 150+ CLAY HANDMADE MARBLES antique agate metal shooter tiny swirl
$41.00 (4 Bids)
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hand ground banded Agate marble 17/32
hand ground banded Agate marble 17/32" Mint wet LOT# MAR 29
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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LOT OF 5 VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES CIRCA 1870s - 1880s RARE VHTF
LOT OF 5 VINTAGE CLAY MARBLES CIRCA 1870s - 1880s RARE VHTF
$3.54 (9 Bids)
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20 antique HAND MADE MARBLES ASSORTMENT CLAY BENNINGTON GERMANY GLASS SHOOTER
20 antique HAND MADE MARBLES ASSORTMENT CLAY BENNINGTON GERMANY GLASS SHOOTER
$17.54
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antique clay marble
antique clay marble
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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#70 ANTIQUE CLAY & CHINA MARBLES
#70 ANTIQUE CLAY & CHINA MARBLES
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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Lot of 2 Vintage Handmade China Clay Unglazed Marbles .750 Shooter Size German?
Lot of 2 Vintage Handmade China Clay Unglazed Marbles .750 Shooter Size German?
$9.95 (1 Bid)
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Vintage/antique clay Marbles /INDIAN BLANKET. SPIRALS
Vintage/antique clay Marbles /INDIAN BLANKET. SPIRALS
$29.99
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17 early CLAY TRANSITIONAL AND SLAG GLASS MARBLES colorful collector lot
17 early CLAY TRANSITIONAL AND SLAG GLASS MARBLES colorful collector lot
$17.50
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'Wet mint' describes a marble that looks as new as the day it was made, so shiny it looks wet.