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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 Upright Rabbit Sulfide Marble 2 1/2
Antique Upright Rabbit Sulfide Marble 2 1/2", Seriously Played With
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/SPREAD-WINGED FLYING GOOSE Figure  1 13/16
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/SPREAD-WINGED FLYING GOOSE Figure 1 13/16
$149.99
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Vintage Handmade Sulphide Marble with Labrador Retriever inside 1.1
Vintage Handmade Sulphide Marble with Labrador Retriever inside 1.1"
$75.00
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HAND MADE VINTAGE MARBLE GERMAN SULPHIDE RARE BLUE GLASS 1.50
HAND MADE VINTAGE MARBLE GERMAN SULPHIDE RARE BLUE GLASS 1.50" inch RARE COLORED
$749.00
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HAND MADE VINTAGE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE EAGLE, FALCON, OR PHOENIX OR HUGE 2.12
HAND MADE VINTAGE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE EAGLE, FALCON, OR PHOENIX OR HUGE 2.12"
$375.00
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Antique German Sulfide Marble - Rabbit  Sitting with Ears Up- Circa 1880-1900
Antique German Sulfide Marble - Rabbit Sitting with Ears Up- Circa 1880-1900
$125.00
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Antique Running Horse Sulfide Marble 1 1/2
Antique Running Horse Sulfide Marble 1 1/2", Played With
$66.58 (7 Bids)
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Antique 2 7/16
Antique 2 7/16" German Sulphide Marble With Baby Figure
$585.00
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#4572m Vintage German Camel Sulphide Marble Original Surface With Pontil Mint -
#4572m Vintage German Camel Sulphide Marble Original Surface With Pontil Mint -
$59.99
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3/4" Rare Antique German Sulphide Marble Dog Figure
$135.00
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Antique sulphide marble Dog with green ribbon swirl good condition
Antique sulphide marble Dog with green ribbon swirl good condition
$79.99
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Antiue Germany Sulfide Marble Standing Deer
Antiue Germany Sulfide Marble Standing Deer
$95.00
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