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Sulphide Marbles

Sulphides, or figure marbles, are large translucent marbles manufactured in Germany from the mid-19th century up until the 1930s. Usually 1 1/2" or more in size, they always feature a figure encased in the center, which early collectors mistakenly thought was made from sulfur. In fact these figures are made from porcelain and are usually animals but the rarer ones include people or numbers or other objects. No one knows exactly how many different figures or objects were made, but hundreds are known to exist.

On average sulphide marbles sell for about $215 but rare sulphides featuring painted people or extremely rare objects can easily sell for more than $2,000.

RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ JENNY LIND BUST Figure 1 1/2
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ JENNY LIND BUST Figure 1 1/2" (1.489")
$250.00
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SMALL ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/DETAILED ROOSTER Figure  1 3/16
SMALL ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/DETAILED ROOSTER Figure 1 3/16" (1.174")
$150.00
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Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8
Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8" Sulphide Marble with Standing Bear
$67.50
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SMALL ORIGINAL Old Handmade SULPHIDE LION  MARBLE  NEAT
SMALL ORIGINAL Old Handmade SULPHIDE LION MARBLE NEAT
$75.00
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POLISHED ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ EAGLE Figure 1 3/8
POLISHED ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ EAGLE Figure 1 3/8" SUPER NICE
$129.99
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VINTAGE ** SULFIDE MARBLE ** WITH LAMB
VINTAGE ** SULFIDE MARBLE ** WITH LAMB
$14.99 (1 Bid)
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Large Antique Glass Sulphide Marble Rooster/Chicken Figure 1-1/4
Large Antique Glass Sulphide Marble Rooster/Chicken Figure 1-1/4" German
$148.50
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RARE GIANT ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ CRUCIFIX Figure 2 1/4
RARE GIANT ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ CRUCIFIX Figure 2 1/4"+ (2.295")
$1,200.00
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#160# Horse Sulphide Marble Antique 1-9/16
#160# Horse Sulphide Marble Antique 1-9/16" Rare . . WET MINT
$499.00
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Rare Vintage Sulfide Handblown Marble
Rare Vintage Sulfide Handblown Marble
$90.00
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ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE GLASS MARBLE DETAILED ROOSTER Figure 1 1/2
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE GLASS MARBLE DETAILED ROOSTER Figure 1 1/2" chicken
$79.99
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Buy It Now for only: $140.00
Sam,s Crystal Creations  Hand Made Bird Sulphide Marble
Sam,s Crystal Creations Hand Made Bird Sulphide Marble
$32.95
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