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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.

UNIQUE SULPHIDE GLASS MARBLE WITH SQUIRREL INSIDE -  GERMANY (?)- approx 1.9375
UNIQUE SULPHIDE GLASS MARBLE WITH SQUIRREL INSIDE - GERMANY (?)- approx 1.9375"
$19.99 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Antique German Sulphide Marble 1 1/2
Vintage Antique German Sulphide Marble 1 1/2" Number # 4 Rare Toy Game Marbles
$199.95 (1 Bid)
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Marble: Vintage Antique Sulphide (Sulfhide) marble pig Near Mint
Marble: Vintage Antique Sulphide (Sulfhide) marble pig Near Mint
$39.95
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Antique Vintage Sulfide Squirrel Marble
Antique Vintage Sulfide Squirrel Marble
$18.00
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Early Sulfide Marble Fish Lion Sheep Ram (4)
Early Sulfide Marble Fish Lion Sheep Ram (4)
$89.00 (24 Bids)
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Early Sulfide Marble Lot Monkey Chicken (2)
Early Sulfide Marble Lot Monkey Chicken (2)
$34.00 (15 Bids)
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Early Sulfide Marble Lot Cow & Unusual Boy (2)
Early Sulfide Marble Lot Cow & Unusual Boy (2)
$91.00 (19 Bids)
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Vintage OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ Large Wolf Figure 1 5/8
Vintage OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ Large Wolf Figure 1 5/8"
$65.00
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Buy It Now for only: $65.00
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ FISH Figure 1>
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ FISH Figure 1>
$250.00
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#7522m Vintage German Running Horse Sulfide Sulphide Marble 1.38 In
#7522m Vintage German Running Horse Sulfide Sulphide Marble 1.38 In
$59.99
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German ...1850's.  Sulfide Large,  1 3/8 inches.  Handmade.
German ...1850's.  Sulfide Large,  1 3/8 inches.  Handmade.
$60.00
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Vintage Large German Clear Sulphide Standing Horse Shooter Marble 1 1/4
Vintage Large German Clear Sulphide Standing Horse Shooter Marble 1 1/4"
$38.04
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