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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.

German Sulphide Marble - Lion
German Sulphide Marble - Lion
$25.00 (2 Bids)
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Antique Sulfide Lion Marble
Antique Sulfide Lion Marble
$39.99
Time Remaining: 13h
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
German Sulphide Marbles (3) - Squirrel, Monkey(?) & Lion
German Sulphide Marbles (3) - Squirrel, Monkey(?) & Lion
$25.00
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German Sulphide Marble - Polar Bear
German Sulphide Marble - Polar Bear
$25.00
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 2m
UNUSUAL OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE Figure of BEGGING BEAR w/ GREEN HEAD 1 1/4
UNUSUAL OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE Figure of BEGGING BEAR w/ GREEN HEAD 1 1/4"
$295.00
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(4) Large German Sulphide Marbles - Little Boy, Sheep & Two Rabbits
(4) Large German Sulphide Marbles - Little Boy, Sheep & Two Rabbits
$25.00 (1 Bid)
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9267m Huge 2.03 Inches German Handmade Rooster Sulphide Sulfide Marble
9267m Huge 2.03 Inches German Handmade Rooster Sulphide Sulfide Marble
$74.99
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SULFIDE MARBLE WITH SPREAD WINGED EAGLE, GERMANY, ca 1900,  glass
SULFIDE MARBLE WITH SPREAD WINGED EAGLE, GERMANY, ca 1900, glass
$15.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 30m
#10147m Vintage German Handmade Original Surface Sulphide Sulfide Marble 1.36 In
#10147m Vintage German Handmade Original Surface Sulphide Sulfide Marble 1.36 In
$74.99
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10028m Larger 2.04 Inches Original Surface German Handmade Ram Sulphide Marble
10028m Larger 2.04 Inches Original Surface German Handmade Ram Sulphide Marble
$74.99
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Buy It Now for only: $74.99
Large Antique German Sulphide Marble Squirrel Figure Shooter - Toy Box Find
Large Antique German Sulphide Marble Squirrel Figure Shooter - Toy Box Find
$65.00
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
SUPER RARE VINTAGE SULPHIDE MARBLE BEAR GERMAN 1.6
SUPER RARE VINTAGE SULPHIDE MARBLE BEAR GERMAN 1.6" 41MM
$5.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 19h 37m

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