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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.


"HUGE BENNINGTON FANCY MARBLE"BEAUTY"
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 Antique Hand  Made 9 Bennington
Antique Hand Made 9 Bennington
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Clay handmade marbles qty 28
Clay handmade marbles qty 28
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Handmade lot of Clay Marbles
Handmade lot of Clay Marbles
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Handmade  31/32
Handmade 31/32" Glazed Bennington Marble - Blue/Brown
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Green Bennington - 3/4 Plus  -  Excellent Condition -  062715-16  VW
Green Bennington - 3/4 Plus - Excellent Condition - 062715-16 VW
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50 vintage marbles lot CLAY MARBLES
50 vintage marbles lot CLAY MARBLES
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81 antique handmade clay marbles
81 antique handmade clay marbles
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6 antique handmade clay blue Bennington marbles
6 antique handmade clay blue Bennington marbles
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Faceted Stone Agate -  Orb - Sphere - 1 inch Plus  -      062715-16  VW
Faceted Stone Agate - Orb - Sphere - 1 inch Plus - 062715-16 VW
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ANTIQUE HAND MADE LARGE GERMAN BENNINGTON POTTERY GLAZED CLAY MARBLE 1 3/8
ANTIQUE HAND MADE LARGE GERMAN BENNINGTON POTTERY GLAZED CLAY MARBLE 1 3/8
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE LOT OF 160 HANDMADE MARBLES BENNINGTON & COLORED CLAY
ANTIQUE VINTAGE LOT OF 160 HANDMADE MARBLES BENNINGTON & COLORED CLAY
$22.00 (4 Bids)
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