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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.

Antique German 1-3/16 sulphide marble with a Husky dog (polished) #476
Antique German 1-3/16 sulphide marble with a Husky dog (polished) #476
$19.99
Time Remaining: 6d 6h 54m
7477m Vintage German Horse Sulphide Sulfide Marble 1.10 In Mint Original Surface
7477m Vintage German Horse Sulphide Sulfide Marble 1.10 In Mint Original Surface
$74.99
Time Remaining: 26d 4h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
Large 2.05in
Large 2.05in "Number 8" Sulfide Marble
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 10h 37m
1.45in
1.45in "Lion" Sulfide Marble - NICE!!!
$9.99
Time Remaining: 6d 10h 31m
Nice Old Antique Sulphide Marble Squirrel Eating Nut 2 inch. 
Nice Old Antique Sulphide Marble Squirrel Eating Nut 2 inch. 
$19.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 10m
1.60in
1.60in "Monkey on Stump" Sulfide Marble - Nice!!!
$9.99
Time Remaining: 6d 10h 7m
Vintage German Sulphide Marble Man Soldier? Original Surface 1 5/8
Vintage German Sulphide Marble Man Soldier? Original Surface 1 5/8" 4cm Diameter
$52.00
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 20m
Antique German Sulphide Sulfide SEATED PEASANT MAN Glass Marble 1 1/2 Inches
Antique German Sulphide Sulfide SEATED PEASANT MAN Glass Marble 1 1/2 Inches
$27.50
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 13m
3 GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLES
3 GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLES
$180.00
Time Remaining: 12h 52m
ANTIQUE SULPHIDE MARBLE,  ELEPHANT 7/8
ANTIQUE SULPHIDE MARBLE, ELEPHANT 7/8"
$35.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 28m
Antique German 1.68
Antique German 1.68" sulphide marble with a sheep? (polished) #478
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 6h 51m
HUGE POLISHED GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ Highly Detailed FISH > 2 1/8
HUGE POLISHED GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ Highly Detailed FISH > 2 1/8" (2.163")
$95.50
Time Remaining: 10h 29m

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