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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.

VERY RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN AMETHYST SULPHIDE MARBLE FIGURE OF CHICKEN STANDING  2
VERY RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN AMETHYST SULPHIDE MARBLE FIGURE OF CHICKEN STANDING 2"
$199.99
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Victorian Sulphide Jesus on Cross Marble Allie 2 Inch Sulfide Vintage Old
Victorian Sulphide Jesus on Cross Marble Allie 2 Inch Sulfide Vintage Old
$375.00
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VERY RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN AMETHYST SULPHIDE MARBLE FIGURE OF CHILD SITTING  2
VERY RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN AMETHYST SULPHIDE MARBLE FIGURE OF CHILD SITTING 2"
$199.99
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Vintage Victorian Sulphide Owl Marble Allie 2 1/4 Inch Sulfide Antique Old
Vintage Victorian Sulphide Owl Marble Allie 2 1/4 Inch Sulfide Antique Old
$375.00
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Marbles: Large 1 17/32
Marbles: Large 1 17/32" Antique German RARE Sheep Nursing Lamb Sulphide
$224.50 (4 Bids)
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RARE GERMAN Beautiful Large 1 9/10th Sulphide MARBLE with LAYING Sheep ALMOST 2
RARE GERMAN Beautiful Large 1 9/10th Sulphide MARBLE with LAYING Sheep ALMOST 2"
$49.00
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German handmade Sulfide marble Polar Bear 1
German handmade Sulfide marble Polar Bear 1" fairly well centered
$25.00
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Antique Large Sulphide Marble..Grazing Cow..1 7/8
Antique Large Sulphide Marble..Grazing Cow..1 7/8" size
$58.00
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Antique German handmade Sulfide marble Dog not centered 1 7/8
Antique German handmade Sulfide marble Dog not centered 1 7/8" excellent cond
$45.00
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German handmade Sulfide marble Parrot well centered 1.5
German handmade Sulfide marble Parrot well centered 1.5" excellent/NM condition
$95.00
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1 3/4 " HAND MADE VINTAGE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE DOG -- GREAT CONDITION!
$100.00
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Nice  Lot Of 3 Large Hand Made Antique Marbles 1 Sulphide & 2 Swirls
Nice Lot Of 3 Large Hand Made Antique Marbles 1 Sulphide & 2 Swirls
$185.00
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Buy It Now for only: $185.00

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