Original Boxes of German Handmade Marbles

German handmade marbles boxOnce again Morphy's Auction offers an opportunity to both drool over and bid on some rare marble items. This time in their February 2010 online catalog they have an assortment of original German handmade marbles boxes, including a salesman's sample case.

It's a wonder these antique marbles survived, much less their boxes! Now I can really imagine what the children of the late 19th/early 20th century saw when they peeked over the counter at the boxes of marbles.

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The first mass-produced children's toy was clay marbles by Sam Dyke in Akron, Ohio in the late 1880s. At peak production more than one million a day were made.