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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.

RARE EARLY GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/Graceful Curved Neck SWAN Figure 1 3/8
RARE EARLY GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/Graceful Curved Neck SWAN Figure 1 3/8" MINT
$51.00 (7 Bids)
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Antique 2
Antique 2" dia sulphide shooter marble with white dog
$39.99
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2 1/8 inch sulphide marble cow ground pontil
2 1/8 inch sulphide marble cow ground pontil
$75.00
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ANTIQUE SULPHIDE SHEEP MARBLE
ANTIQUE SULPHIDE SHEEP MARBLE
$70.00
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two sulphide marbles
two sulphide marbles
$50.00
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RARE LARGE OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/AMERICAN EAGLE PERCHED on ROCK   2 3/16
RARE LARGE OLD GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/AMERICAN EAGLE PERCHED on ROCK 2 3/16"
$695.00
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Antique Sulfide Marble  RCA Nipper Dog 1 3/4
Antique Sulfide Marble RCA Nipper Dog 1 3/4"
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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Sulphide Marble Purple Tiny Glass With Rooster. 1 1/2 Inch Plus
Sulphide Marble Purple Tiny Glass With Rooster. 1 1/2 Inch Plus
$39.99
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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
$359.99
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Sulfide  Sailor Navy Ducky Duck Figurine Marble 2 1/16
Sulfide Sailor Navy Ducky Duck Figurine Marble 2 1/16
$45.99
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antique POLAR BEAR SULFIDE MARBLE  2-1/4”
antique POLAR BEAR SULFIDE MARBLE 2-1/4”
$129.00
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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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