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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.

2 German Sulphide Marbles Cat/DOG
2 German Sulphide Marbles Cat/DOG
$54.95
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Vintage Sulfide Marble
Vintage Sulfide Marble
$35.00 (3 Bids)
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Vintage Marble Sulfide
Vintage Marble Sulfide
$42.98 (3 Bids)
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 Antique German Sulphide Animal Marbles Shooters & Two Vintage Marbles (9) E1065
Antique German Sulphide Animal Marbles Shooters & Two Vintage Marbles (9) E1065
$449.99
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Rare 43.5mm Antique German Sulphide Marble with Porcelain Dog Inclusion 109gm
Rare 43.5mm Antique German Sulphide Marble with Porcelain Dog Inclusion 109gm
$95.00
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Sulphide Marble with Dog inside
Sulphide Marble with Dog inside
$90.00
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Marbles: SULPHIDE. (Obscene) Bear. NM(+) (8.8). 1-11/16
Marbles: SULPHIDE. (Obscene) Bear. NM(+) (8.8). 1-11/16". (BB16.88)
$120.00
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 :germany SULPHIDE  11/2 inch bear ?  polished to a fine  marble
:germany SULPHIDE 11/2 inch bear ? polished to a fine marble
$35.00
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Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made 1 3/4
Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made 1 3/4" - TURTLE Sulphide Marble signed made in 2014
$53.50
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VINTAGE MARBLE COLLECTION INCLUDING SULPHIDE WITH SHEEP  - 24 MARBLES
VINTAGE MARBLE COLLECTION INCLUDING SULPHIDE WITH SHEEP - 24 MARBLES
$175.00
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SULPHIDE MARBLE with RARE GARGOYLE FIGURE, VINTAGE, 2 1/8
SULPHIDE MARBLE with RARE GARGOYLE FIGURE, VINTAGE, 2 1/8"
$975.00
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Antique / Vintage Sulfide Marbles Lot of 2
Antique / Vintage Sulfide Marbles Lot of 2
$27.00 (10 Bids)
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