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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.

Vintage Antique Handmade German Sulfide Elephant Marble 1
Vintage Antique Handmade German Sulfide Elephant Marble 1"
$31.00 (11 Bids)
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Buffalo Sulphide Figure Collectible Glass Marble Toy
Buffalo Sulphide Figure Collectible Glass Marble Toy
$50.00
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Lion Sulphide Marble, 1 5/8
Lion Sulphide Marble, 1 5/8"
$54.99 (14 Bids)
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Antique EAGLE Sulphide Marble Pre-1900
Antique EAGLE Sulphide Marble Pre-1900
$225.00
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Rare Sulphide Marble  1930-1940
Rare Sulphide Marble 1930-1940
$250.00
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Banded Lutz with sulfide Marble approximately  17.9 mm in diameter No Reserve
Banded Lutz with sulfide Marble approximately 17.9 mm in diameter No Reserve
$9.99
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Old German Sulfide Marble lion
Old German Sulfide Marble lion
$8.50 (2 Bids)
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vintage marbles german handmade 1800s  1.153 huge sulphide tiger!!!!!!!!nm
vintage marbles german handmade 1800s 1.153 huge sulphide tiger!!!!!!!!nm
$31.00 (11 Bids)
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Large Handmade Sulphide Marble
Large Handmade Sulphide Marble "Laying Lion" 1-7/8" (1.875) Polished
$33.50 (4 Bids)
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Large Handmade Sulphide Marble
Large Handmade Sulphide Marble "Running Rabbit" 1-1/2" (1.532) Polished
$11.50 (2 Bids)
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Sulphide Marbles Hardback  Book with Price Guide
Sulphide Marbles Hardback Book with Price Guide
$19.99
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Sulphide Marble Large-Cow
Sulphide Marble Large-Cow
$200.00
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Buy It Now for only: $300.00

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