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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 German 1-3/8 (1.38) sulphide w/lion marble (polished) #1253
Antique German 1-3/8 (1.38) sulphide w/lion marble (polished) #1253
$29.99
Time Remaining: 1d 12h
2 VINTAGE CONTEMPORARY SULPHIDE MARBLES
2 VINTAGE CONTEMPORARY SULPHIDE MARBLES
$43.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 55m
BB Marbles: Antique Horse Sulphide. 2”. Polished. (M302)
BB Marbles: Antique Horse Sulphide. 2”. Polished. (M302)
$39.99
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 36m
BB Marbles: Joe St. Clair Presidential Sulphide. 2-1/8”.  Mint. (M301)
BB Marbles: Joe St. Clair Presidential Sulphide. 2-1/8”. Mint. (M301)
$19.99
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 36m
BB Marbles: Antique Eagle Sulphide. 1-11/16”. Polished. (M304)
BB Marbles: Antique Eagle Sulphide. 1-11/16”. Polished. (M304)
$59.99
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 36m
 BB Marbles: Antique Lion Sulphide. 1-15/16”. Good.  (M303)
BB Marbles: Antique Lion Sulphide. 1-15/16”. Good. (M303)
$29.99
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 36m
Lot of 3 Sulfide Marbles w/ Squirrel and Dog Figure.  One large Swirl
Lot of 3 Sulfide Marbles w/ Squirrel and Dog Figure. One large Swirl
$40.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 11h 3m
#8450m Vintage German Handmade Sheep Sulphide Sulfide Marble Original Surface
#8450m Vintage German Handmade Sheep Sulphide Sulfide Marble Original Surface
$64.99
Time Remaining: 17d 8h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $64.99
Antique Vintage German SULFIDE SULPHIDE Glass MARBLE 1.25” ELEPHANT
Antique Vintage German SULFIDE SULPHIDE Glass MARBLE 1.25” ELEPHANT
$40.99 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $275.00
Marbles - Rare 1.33
Marbles - Rare 1.33" Sulfide Eagle with Wings Spread German Handmade Vintage Mar
$110.00
Time Remaining: 10d 17h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $110.00
GB***antique German sulphide marble bear
GB***antique German sulphide marble bear
$24.99 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6d 7h 24m
Vintage Hand made Germany 1.85 inches Sulfide Sulphide Sheep Marble!!!
Vintage Hand made Germany 1.85 inches Sulfide Sulphide Sheep Marble!!!
$37.39
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 41m

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