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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 1
ANTIQUE 1" STANDING RAM ANIMAL SULPHIDE SHOOTER MARBLE
$24.99
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rare large 1 1/8
rare large 1 1/8" antique wolf sulfide clear marble
$149.00
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Handmade German Sulfide Marble Sheep 1.821
Handmade German Sulfide Marble Sheep 1.821
$65.00
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Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8
Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8" Sulphide Marble with Standing Bear
$75.00
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""1 7/8 SULPHIDE DOG MARBLE""GREAT SHAPE"".
$49.99
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ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/Figure of BEAR STANDING on ALL FOURS 1 1/2
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/Figure of BEAR STANDING on ALL FOURS 1 1/2"
$95.00
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Antique Sulphide Semi- Opaque Glass Marble With Pig Insert Germany
Antique Sulphide Semi- Opaque Glass Marble With Pig Insert Germany
$45.00
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Handmade German Sulfide Marble 1.652
Handmade German Sulfide Marble 1.652
$10.95 (2 Bids)
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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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✰✰✰ VINTAGE SULPHIDE LION MARBLE ✰✰✰
✰✰✰ VINTAGE SULPHIDE LION MARBLE ✰✰✰
$49.99
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RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ BIRD Figure QUAIL ? 1 13/16
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ BIRD Figure QUAIL ? 1 13/16" (1.868")
$225.00
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c.1870-1915 German Sulphide Clear Glass 1 1/2 inch Marble with Deer Figure NR
c.1870-1915 German Sulphide Clear Glass 1 1/2 inch Marble with Deer Figure NR
$95.00
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