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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.

Vintage Akro Agate 19/32
Vintage Akro Agate 19/32" Cherryade Marble Red Pink Swirl Patch Mint - Wet
$5.24 (2 Bids)
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LARGE BENNINGTON MARBLE GOOD COLORS CLAY HAND MADE OLD
LARGE BENNINGTON MARBLE GOOD COLORS CLAY HAND MADE OLD
$20.00
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 51 Vintage akro agate & assorted marbles (glow uranium) and 5 in orig package.
51 Vintage akro agate & assorted marbles (glow uranium) and 5 in orig package.
$9.99 (2 Bids)
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ANTIQUE LOT 46 BENNINGTON POTTERY MARBLES GERMAN HANDMADE LARGE MANY COLORS
ANTIQUE LOT 46 BENNINGTON POTTERY MARBLES GERMAN HANDMADE LARGE MANY COLORS
$39.99
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Marble - China - Crockery (o3)
Marble - China - Crockery (o3)
$5.50 (2 Bids)
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VINTAGE MARBLES LOT OF 3 CLAY LOT # N-163  NO RESERVE!
VINTAGE MARBLES LOT OF 3 CLAY LOT # N-163 NO RESERVE!
$0.99
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Lot OF 100 VINTAGE ANTIQUE MARBLES 1 BIG BENNINGTON? CLAY  GLASS
Lot OF 100 VINTAGE ANTIQUE MARBLES 1 BIG BENNINGTON? CLAY GLASS
$150.00
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111 Vintage Marbles Machine Handmade Agate Clay Old Estate Antique Rare Steely
111 Vintage Marbles Machine Handmade Agate Clay Old Estate Antique Rare Steely
$15.16 (2 Bids)
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Lot of 12 Vintage Dyed Clay Marbles  Great Colors!  #2
Lot of 12 Vintage Dyed Clay Marbles Great Colors! #2
$11.49 (4 Bids)
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3 Antique LARGE (Clay) Hand-Made German Marbles (Early 1900's) *1.07
3 Antique LARGE (Clay) Hand-Made German Marbles (Early 1900's) *1.07" to 1.10"
$19.99
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LOT OF 12 LARGE VINTAGE DYED CLAY MARBLES, GREAT COLORS  #1
LOT OF 12 LARGE VINTAGE DYED CLAY MARBLES, GREAT COLORS #1
$9.99
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Mixed Lot of 10 Blue & Brown Bennington & Clay Marbles Unisex
Mixed Lot of 10 Blue & Brown Bennington & Clay Marbles Unisex
$14.95
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Buy It Now for only: $14.95

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Pink is a color rarely found in vintage marbles, probably because gold was required in recipes for pink glass.