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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 Marble Handmade SULPHIDE Boar 1.16
Vintage Marble Handmade SULPHIDE Boar 1.16" Near Mint
$14.55 (10 Bids)
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JIM DAVIS GLASS SULFIDE PAPERWEIGHT GEORGE WASHINGTON GERALD FORD LIBERTY BELL
JIM DAVIS GLASS SULFIDE PAPERWEIGHT GEORGE WASHINGTON GERALD FORD LIBERTY BELL
$124.99
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Antique 2
Antique 2" dia sulphide shooter marble with white dog
$39.99
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Unusual LARGE 2 Inch SULPHIDE Marble - CERAMIC Looking ROCKING HORSE Inside !!!!
Unusual LARGE 2 Inch SULPHIDE Marble - CERAMIC Looking ROCKING HORSE Inside !!!!
$100.00
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RARE 1800S GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE ( RABBIT ) 1 1/2 IN 1.50 ( ORIGINAL ) ANIMAL
RARE 1800S GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE ( RABBIT ) 1 1/2 IN 1.50 ( ORIGINAL ) ANIMAL
$49.99
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Large 1.5
Large 1.5" Vintage Clear Sulphide Marble w/ Standing Animal (?) Figurine
$26.00 (2 Bids)
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1800S GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE ( ARMADILLO ) 1 1/4 IN 1.25 ( ORIGINAL ) ANIMAL
1800S GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE ( ARMADILLO ) 1 1/4 IN 1.25 ( ORIGINAL ) ANIMAL
$69.99
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Sulfide  Sailor Navy Ducky Duck Figurine Marble 2 1/16
Sulfide Sailor Navy Ducky Duck Figurine Marble 2 1/16
$45.99
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SULFIDE MARBLE ,HAND MADE 1800's WITH LION 1 3/4
SULFIDE MARBLE ,HAND MADE 1800's WITH LION 1 3/4" or 48mm
$70.00
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Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made 1 3/4
Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made 1 3/4" CAT Sulphide Marble signed made in 2014
$69.44
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MARBLES: HUGE 2-9/16
MARBLES: HUGE 2-9/16" GERMAN HANDMADE BLANK SULPHIDE - NO FIGURE
$100.00
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Marbles - German handmade numeral six on a disk sulfide marble
Marbles - German handmade numeral six on a disk sulfide marble
$219.00
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