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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.

  SULPHIDE  #  4,  1 7/8  inch. few chips  nicks bubble  #3
SULPHIDE # 4, 1 7/8 inch. few chips nicks bubble #3
$55.00
Time Remaining: 4d 2h 44m
 Large SULPHIDE  Fox 1 7/8  inch. few small nicks bubble
Large SULPHIDE Fox 1 7/8 inch. few small nicks bubble
$50.00
Time Remaining: 4h 22m
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ STANDING LION Figure 1 7/16
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ STANDING LION Figure 1 7/16" (1.431")
$50.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 31m
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ LONG EARED DONKEY Figure > 1 3/4
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ LONG EARED DONKEY Figure > 1 3/4" (1.763")
$95.50
Time Remaining: 6d 12h 23m
Rare Antique German Sulphide Razorback? Porcupine?  1.532
Rare Antique German Sulphide Razorback? Porcupine? 1.532"
$12.64 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 8h 42m
  Marbles: SULPHIDE,buflow 1-3/16  good detail  polished.  # 1
Marbles: SULPHIDE,buflow 1-3/16 good detail polished. # 1
$35.00
Time Remaining: 3d 7h 56m
#7785m Vintage German Handmade Sulphide Sulfide Marble Rabbit Original Surface
#7785m Vintage German Handmade Sulphide Sulfide Marble Rabbit Original Surface
$59.99
Time Remaining: 13d 10h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $59.99
  Marbles: SULPHIDE, lamb. 1-3/16  good detail  polished.
Marbles: SULPHIDE, lamb. 1-3/16 good detail polished.
$35.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 8m
SULPHIDE monkey  1-1/8.small bubble   Germany circa 1860 - 1960
SULPHIDE monkey 1-1/8.small bubble Germany circa 1860 - 1960
$35.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 9m
German Sulphide Razorback Boar Pig 1 1/2
German Sulphide Razorback Boar Pig 1 1/2" Marble
$45.00
Time Remaining: 5d 6h 54m
SULPHIDE standing bear ?  1-1/4.small bubble   Germany circa 1860 - 1960
SULPHIDE standing bear ? 1-1/4.small bubble Germany circa 1860 - 1960
$35.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 9m
Sulphide Marble with TURTLE Nice 1.679 inches
Sulphide Marble with TURTLE Nice 1.679 inches
$39.95
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $39.95

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