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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 Handmade Sulfide Marble with Dog inside
Antique Handmade Sulfide Marble with Dog inside
$30.00
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NICE 1.282
NICE 1.282" Old Handmade "PORCUPINE" SULPHIDE MARBLE HTF
$250.00
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Buy It Now for only: $250.00
ANTIQUE SULFIDE MARBLE PAPERWEIGHT LAMB OR RAM INSIDE MIDDLE OLDIE 1 1/4
ANTIQUE SULFIDE MARBLE PAPERWEIGHT LAMB OR RAM INSIDE MIDDLE OLDIE 1 1/4" WIDE
$45.00
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vintage handmade sulphide marble w/ cat figure - free shipping!
vintage handmade sulphide marble w/ cat figure - free shipping!
$75.00 (1 Bid)
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Antique German Sulfide Pug Dog Marble
Antique German Sulfide Pug Dog Marble
$29.99
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Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made Turtle Sulphide Marble
Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made Turtle Sulphide Marble
$29.95
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1 & 7/16
1 & 7/16" German SULPHIDE Marble (W5)
$69.99
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LARGE 1.293
LARGE 1.293" Old Handmade HTF "MONKEY" SULPHIDE MARBLE ORIGINAL
$10.50 (5 Bids)
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LARGE 1.567
LARGE 1.567" Old Handmade "HORSE" SULPHIDE MARBLE ORIGINAL
$32.00 (6 Bids)
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Sam,s Crystal Creations  Hand Made Bird Sulphide Marble
Sam,s Crystal Creations Hand Made Bird Sulphide Marble
$29.95
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Buy It Now for only: $29.95
GERMAN HAND MADE SULPHIDE MARBLE LYING CAT PANTHER 1 3/4
GERMAN HAND MADE SULPHIDE MARBLE LYING CAT PANTHER 1 3/4"
$30.00
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GERMAN HAND MADE SULPHIDE MARBLE LARGE LYING LION 2
GERMAN HAND MADE SULPHIDE MARBLE LARGE LYING LION 2"
$30.00
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