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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.

Antique Human Figural SULPHIDE MARBLE Seated Boy on Stump Handmade Germany
Antique Human Figural SULPHIDE MARBLE Seated Boy on Stump Handmade Germany
$160.00 (1 Bid)
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Marbles - large vintage german handmade Hedgehog Sulfide marble
Marbles - large vintage german handmade Hedgehog Sulfide marble
$59.00
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ANTIQUE MARBLES 850 CLAY GREAT COLOR & SHOOTERS + GERMAN HAND MADE & SULPHIDE
ANTIQUE MARBLES 850 CLAY GREAT COLOR & SHOOTERS + GERMAN HAND MADE & SULPHIDE
$550.00
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 RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE WITH CHICKEN   SIZE 1.14
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE WITH CHICKEN SIZE 1.14" LOT5
$29.99
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4 Large Antique Sulfide Marbles Roster, Horse, Cow & American Eagle NR
4 Large Antique Sulfide Marbles Roster, Horse, Cow & American Eagle NR
$256.99 (29 Bids)
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german sulphide marble HUGE 2
german sulphide marble HUGE 2" with a bird or Angel in it. Jura Bottle Hoard
$13.50 (9 Bids)
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Old Collectible Sulphide Fox or Rabbit ?  2 1/8 inch Marble
Old Collectible Sulphide Fox or Rabbit ? 2 1/8 inch Marble
$25.50
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Rare German Sulphide marble from the late 1800's!! Great marble!
Rare German Sulphide marble from the late 1800's!! Great marble!
$53.00 (13 Bids)
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MINTY OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE Figure of ELEPHANT w/Curled Trunk EATING 1 5/8
MINTY OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE Figure of ELEPHANT w/Curled Trunk EATING 1 5/8"
$275.00
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 RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE WITH A BEAR   SIZE 1.11
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE WITH A BEAR SIZE 1.11" LOT 11
$29.99
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RARE BIG OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/MONKEY MAN WEARING HAT COAT
RARE BIG OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/MONKEY MAN WEARING HAT COAT
$250.00
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 RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE WITH A LION   SIZE 1.52
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE MARBLE WITH A LION SIZE 1.52" LOT 10
$29.99
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