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Morphy Auctions Marbles Auction Coming May 30th

May 24th, 2015,

Morphy Auctions will be featuring a fantastic assortment of marbles for auction on May 30th and 31st, 2015. Transparent Banded SwirlThe lots include many beautiful and unique handmade marbles, such as the 2 3/8" transparent banded swirl pictured here, which has a pre-auction estimate upper range of US$10,000.

Also included in this auction is a rare American sulphide political novelty marble made for the McKinley presidential campaign by theĀ  J.H. Leighton and Co. glass factory using ceramics from the American Marble & Toy Co.

With so many lots in this auction, you might get lucky if you can register now and bid online.

You can also view the digital catalog online but the photos are not as high-resolution as the online catalog. The digital catalog also offers a PDF download option (bottom left icons in the flipbook).


2015 Orange County Marble Show Coming March 21st

March 12th, 2015,

Orange County Marble ShowCalifornia, here it comes, the ninth annual Orange County Marble Show featuring a wealth of antique and contemporary glass art marbles.

Saturday, March 21, is the big day of the show starting at 9 AM through 3 PM. Be there early if you want dibs on the mibs!

This year's venue is the same:

Howard Johnson Hotel
222 W. Houston Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

For room reservations, call (714) 626-7830

The Center Ballroom on the ground floor will be the location of the 43 vendor tables.

Contact Rich Shelby at [email protected] for more information, and be sure to spread the word and remember this is California's only big marble show. Even if you do not collect vintage marbles, there are many glass artists offering unique, beautiful works of glass art that make exceptional gifts.


Chocolate Marble Truffles

January 2nd, 2015,

Marble Truffles BoxAs a lover of chocolate and of marbles, I was delighted to stumble upon these marble truffles by French Chef Yves Thuries at my local Costco warehouse. I promptly purchased them as part of an office white elephant gift exchange, secretly hoping I might win them back.

According to the box, Mr. Thuries created these truffles with inspiration from the marbles of his childhood. They are very round and polished, measuring about 15/16". From a marble collector's perspective they resemble a mix between the 19th-century polished foil clay marbles and the more recent Vacor de Mexico "Galaxy" marbles.

It turns out the co-worker who won these truffles was not a big eater of sweets, and the box ended up in the office lunch room. We quickly consumed the delicious chocolates and I managed to keep the box for myself as a new storage container for my 1" marbles.


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Marble Trivia

An Old World glass chemist named Arnold Fiedler is responsible for the vivid color combinations that Christensen Agate and Akro Agate marbles are famous for.