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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.

Large 1&11/16 inch German Sulphide Marble of a Goat
Large 1&11/16 inch German Sulphide Marble of a Goat
$25.00
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 54m
Large 1&1/2 inch German Sulphide Marble of an Anteater
Large 1&1/2 inch German Sulphide Marble of an Anteater
$45.00
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 57m
Vintage Handmade German Sulfide Marble 1 5/32
Vintage Handmade German Sulfide Marble 1 5/32"
$35.00
Time Remaining: 23d 18h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Scarce 1&3/16 Purple Tint German Sulphide Marble of Cat Appears Polished
Scarce 1&3/16 Purple Tint German Sulphide Marble of Cat Appears Polished
$25.00
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 3m
Large 1&7/8 inch German Sulphide Marble of a Bird
Large 1&7/8 inch German Sulphide Marble of a Bird
$25.00
Time Remaining: 1d 7h
1 1/2
1 1/2" ANTIQUE SULPHIDE PONTILED SQUIRREL SHOOTER MARBLE
$49.99
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 23m
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(7) 1/2" ANTIQUE ONION SKIN PONTIL PONTILED MARBLE MARBLES NOT SWIRL SULPHIDE
$98.00 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 39m
RARE OLD GERMAN DOUBLE FIGURE SULPHIDE MARBLE GIRL PETTING DOG & HOLDING BASKET
RARE OLD GERMAN DOUBLE FIGURE SULPHIDE MARBLE GIRL PETTING DOG & HOLDING BASKET
$750.00
Time Remaining: 29d 20h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $750.00
1 3/4
1 3/4" ANTIQUE SULPHIDE PONTILED ROOSTER SHOOTER MARBLE NOT ONION SKIN SWIRL
$39.88 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 34m
Large 1&15/16 inch German Sulphide Marble of a Cow
Large 1&15/16 inch German Sulphide Marble of a Cow
$45.00
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 58m
HUGE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/BIG ELEPHANT  2 1/16
HUGE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/BIG ELEPHANT 2 1/16" (2.078")SUPER DETAIL
$225.00
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 49m
Rare 1&7/8 inch German Sulphide Boy Plays Horn While Riding Hobby Horse
Rare 1&7/8 inch German Sulphide Boy Plays Horn While Riding Hobby Horse
$150.00
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $150.00

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