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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.

~✿~ MARBLES: AKRO AGATE PRIZENAME CLAUDIA CORKSCREW ~✿~
~✿~ MARBLES: AKRO AGATE PRIZENAME CLAUDIA CORKSCREW ~✿~
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Rare Shooter Early Period China Marble 25/32
Rare Shooter Early Period China Marble 25/32" Minus
$258.00 (12 Bids)
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Antique Assorted Clay & Bennington Marble Collection Lot  (61 Marbles)
Antique Assorted Clay & Bennington Marble Collection Lot (61 Marbles)
$39.98
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20 OLD ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMANY USED MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON MONSTER BOULDER NICE
20 OLD ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMANY USED MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON MONSTER BOULDER NICE
$15.00
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Vintage  Akro Agate Limeade Oxblood ???
Vintage Akro Agate Limeade Oxblood ???
$19.99
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Eight Nice Antique Fancy German Bennington Glazed Marbles, 19th c., NO RESERVE
Eight Nice Antique Fancy German Bennington Glazed Marbles, 19th c., NO RESERVE
$19.95
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4 Vintage  Marbles 1 1/2
4 Vintage Marbles 1 1/2" mottled White Clay China 3 shooters
$6.99 (1 Bid)
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huge marble king and jabo marble collection toy marble akro agate top
huge marble king and jabo marble collection toy marble akro agate top
$15.00
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PICK 5 CHINA/CLAY MARBLES COLORED/GLAZED/UNGLAZED:PICK5
PICK 5 CHINA/CLAY MARBLES COLORED/GLAZED/UNGLAZED:PICK5
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~✿~ MARBLES: BIG AKRO AGATE PRIZENAME CLAUDIA CORKSCREW ~✿~
~✿~ MARBLES: BIG AKRO AGATE PRIZENAME CLAUDIA CORKSCREW ~✿~
$60.00
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15 ANTIQUE VINTAGE MARBLES HANDMADE AGATES BENNINGTON GERMANY CLAY MORE
15 ANTIQUE VINTAGE MARBLES HANDMADE AGATES BENNINGTON GERMANY CLAY MORE
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~✿~ MARBLES: AKRO AGATE PRIZENAME CLAUDIA BROKEN CORKSCREW  ~✿~
~✿~ MARBLES: AKRO AGATE PRIZENAME CLAUDIA BROKEN CORKSCREW ~✿~
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The first mass-produced children's toy was clay marbles by Sam Dyke in Akron, Ohio in the late 1880s. At peak production more than one million a day were made.