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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 650+ ANTIQUE STONE CLAY MARBLES WITH BENNINGTON
LOT OF 650+ ANTIQUE STONE CLAY MARBLES WITH BENNINGTON
$152.50 (9 Bids)
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21 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles + 1 Small Blue German Bennington  *NICE
21 Antique Handmade Clay Marbles + 1 Small Blue German Bennington *NICE
$15.25
Time Remaining: 5d 15h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $15.25
3/4'' Antique Painted Clay Marble
3/4'' Antique Painted Clay Marble
$1.99 (1 Bid)
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42 VINTAGE MIXED LOT COLLECTION OF MARBLES CLAY AND OTHER KINDS LOT OF 42
42 VINTAGE MIXED LOT COLLECTION OF MARBLES CLAY AND OTHER KINDS LOT OF 42
$7.78 (21 Bids)
Time Remaining: 17h 58m
Antique Lot of 39 Clay marbles
Antique Lot of 39 Clay marbles
$12.55 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 49m
20 POUNDS Vintage Marbles Machine Handmade Agate Old Estate Lot
20 POUNDS Vintage Marbles Machine Handmade Agate Old Estate Lot
$21.50 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 15m
Lot of 25 Vintage Dyed Handmade Clay Marbles.  Great Colors!
Lot of 25 Vintage Dyed Handmade Clay Marbles. Great Colors!
$10.95
Time Remaining: 17d 13h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $10.95
ANTIQUE CLAY SHOOTER MARBLE
ANTIQUE CLAY SHOOTER MARBLE
$0.99
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 44m
Rare
Rare "Rose" Painted China Marble 1840-1860 BIG 1 1/4"---- Estate Collection
$157.50 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 53m

"Rose" Glazed Painted China Marble 1870-1890 -- Estate Collection--NEAR MINT!!!
$368.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 15m
RARE Highly Decorated Large Painted China Marble 1840-1860 -- Estate Collection-
RARE Highly Decorated Large Painted China Marble 1840-1860 -- Estate Collection-
$246.50 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 45m
VINTAGE HANDMADE BENNINGTON MARBLE
VINTAGE HANDMADE BENNINGTON MARBLE
$4.00
Time Remaining: 12d 6h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $4.00

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Marble Trivia

The glazed stoneware marbles called 'Benningtons' were popularly believed to have originated in Bennington, VT, but they in fact were imported from Germany.