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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.

HTF Antique Vintage 2
HTF Antique Vintage 2" Round Clear Glass Marble With RARE Sulphide WOMAN Figure
$289.88 (19 Bids)
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Antique 19ThC 1 3/4
Antique 19ThC 1 3/4" Sulphide "Lion" Marble
$110.00
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Antique German Sulphide - Dog
Antique German Sulphide - Dog
$40.00
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Antique German Sulphide Marble with Owl Figurine 1 5/8
Antique German Sulphide Marble with Owl Figurine 1 5/8" diameter
$148.74
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Marbles: old marbles, sulphide, akro, mfc
Marbles: old marbles, sulphide, akro, mfc
$58.50 (9 Bids)
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Sulfide COLORED Marble - Standing Fox like creature - L@@K!!!!
Sulfide COLORED Marble - Standing Fox like creature - L@@K!!!!
$1,000.00
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Vintage Marble Lot #13 : (1) MONKEY SULPHIDE MARBLE excellent condition
Vintage Marble Lot #13 : (1) MONKEY SULPHIDE MARBLE excellent condition
$54.00
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VINTAGE 1 5/16
VINTAGE 1 5/16" GERMAN LION SULPHIDE MARBLE EXCELLENT L@@K
$94.95
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Large Old Antique Sulphide Marble with Pontil, Buffalo
Large Old Antique Sulphide Marble with Pontil, Buffalo
$45.00
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MARBLES/TOYS:ANTIQUE Rooster SULPHIDE 1 1/2
MARBLES/TOYS:ANTIQUE Rooster SULPHIDE 1 1/2"+ German MID 1800's Ex.Con 9+ w/GP
$225.00
Time Remaining: 29d 9h 38m
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Vintage 2-1/8
Vintage 2-1/8" Glass Sulphide Marble with Elephant Inside
$20.00
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Sulphide Marble Book Colored Clear ++
Sulphide Marble Book Colored Clear ++
$39.95
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