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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.

Brown Blue Bennington Marbles
Brown Blue Bennington Marbles
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10 BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES nice size mix
10 BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES nice size mix
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6 vintage GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES BROWN CHOCOLATE COLORS beautiful group
6 vintage GERMANY BENNINGTON MARBLES BROWN CHOCOLATE COLORS beautiful group
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22 OLD COLLECTIBLE COLORFUL MARBLE MARBLES LOT, BENNINGTON, RIBBON SWIRL...
22 OLD COLLECTIBLE COLORFUL MARBLE MARBLES LOT, BENNINGTON, RIBBON SWIRL...
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13/16 FACETED BULLS EYE BANDED AGATE MARBLE
13/16 FACETED BULLS EYE BANDED AGATE MARBLE
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Antique Clay Marbles Toys - 140ct
Antique Clay Marbles Toys - 140ct
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31/32" 'SPOTTED DICK' ENGLISH CHINA MARBLE
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Vintage Marbles Hand Made Bennington & Clay Marbles Estate Lot
Vintage Marbles Hand Made Bennington & Clay Marbles Estate Lot
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Antique Estate Hand Made Natural Agate Marble 3/4
Antique Estate Hand Made Natural Agate Marble 3/4"
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1 Akro Agate
1 Akro Agate " Pop-eye "Marble & 1 German Swirl PeeWee "Peppermint"
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marbles one vintage GERMANY PEE WEE BULLS EYE BANDED AGATE awesome color design
marbles one vintage GERMANY PEE WEE BULLS EYE BANDED AGATE awesome color design
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17 clay bennington china commies  marbles
17 clay bennington china commies marbles
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All marbles are spherical, but not all spheres are marbles. A good definition for a marble is any sphere less than about three inches wide originally sold as a toy marble.