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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.

Lot of 190 Antique Clay Marbles in Assorted Sizes & Colors
Lot of 190 Antique Clay Marbles in Assorted Sizes & Colors
$61.00 (10 Bids)
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40 ANTIQUE PRE-1900S MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON SHOOTERS CIVIL WAR ERA USED TOYS
40 ANTIQUE PRE-1900S MARBLES CLAY BENNINGTON SHOOTERS CIVIL WAR ERA USED TOYS
$25.00
Time Remaining: 4d 18h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
 Hand Painted China marbles
Hand Painted China marbles "Give Thanks", "New Year", "Lady bug"
$9.00
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GORGEOUS Vintage Agate Marble Brown Orange Yellow Swirls
GORGEOUS Vintage Agate Marble Brown Orange Yellow Swirls
$0.99
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GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Light Green Jade or Jadite Marbles Lot of 30!!
GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Light Green Jade or Jadite Marbles Lot of 30!!
$0.99
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GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Marble Orange Yellow & White Swirls
GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Marble Orange Yellow & White Swirls
$0.99
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15 VINTAGE/ANTIQUE MARBLES MIX BENNINGTON CLAY GEOMETRIC MICA FUN COLLECTOR SET
15 VINTAGE/ANTIQUE MARBLES MIX BENNINGTON CLAY GEOMETRIC MICA FUN COLLECTOR SET
$14.99
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GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Marble Forest Green & White Swirls
GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Marble Forest Green & White Swirls
$0.99
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GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Marble Turquoise!
GORGEOUS Vintage Rare Agate Marble Turquoise!
$0.99
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WHOLESALE LOT(40+) VINTAGE BAG OF TOY MARBLES CLAY SWIRLIES HAND MADE......
WHOLESALE LOT(40+) VINTAGE BAG OF TOY MARBLES CLAY SWIRLIES HAND MADE......
$0.99
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Clay Marbles
Clay Marbles
$7.16 (3 Bids)
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21 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles + 1 Small Brown German Bennington  *NICE
21 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles + 1 Small Brown German Bennington *NICE
$14.99
Time Remaining: 6d 7h 9m
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Marble Trivia

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