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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.

german sulphide marble
german sulphide marble
$28.00 (1 Bid)
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Antique Glass Sulphide Rooster/Chicken Marble, 1 1/2
Antique Glass Sulphide Rooster/Chicken Marble, 1 1/2"
$85.00
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Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8
Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8" Sulphide Marble with Standing Bear
$85.00
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ANTIQUE SULFIDE MARBLE of CHILD ON A ROCKING HORSE
ANTIQUE SULFIDE MARBLE of CHILD ON A ROCKING HORSE
$125.00
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GIANT ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ STANDING BEAR HOLDING POLE   2 1/4
GIANT ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ STANDING BEAR HOLDING POLE 2 1/4" 2.24
$75.00
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Large Glass Sulphide Marble Sitting Bear Marked Letter P/ A+ Condition
Large Glass Sulphide Marble Sitting Bear Marked Letter P/ A+ Condition
$45.00
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Large Marble 1-3/8
Large Marble 1-3/8" Antique Handmade German Sulphide Owl Marble - Polished?
$16.39 (4 Bids)
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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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ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE DETAILED ROOSTER Figure 1 1/2
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE DETAILED ROOSTER Figure 1 1/2" Cock A Doodle Doo
$95.00
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1.5" BIRD CHICKEN EAGLE 1870-1890 SULPHIDE GLASS MARBLE GERMAN AMETHYST? TINT
$34.99
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BIG OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/PERCHED BIRD Figure PARROT ? FALCON ? 1 15/16
BIG OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/PERCHED BIRD Figure PARROT ? FALCON ? 1 15/16"
$110.00
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""1 7/8 SULPHIDE DOG MARBLE""GREAT SHAPE"".
$75.00
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