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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.

LARGE Sulphide Elephant  Marble    2 1/8
LARGE Sulphide Elephant Marble 2 1/8" #86
$78.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 16h 1m
Vintage / Antique German Handmade Glass Sulfide Marble nipper - Sitting Dog
Vintage / Antique German Handmade Glass Sulfide Marble nipper - Sitting Dog
$20.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 14h 10m
Lot of 5 Antique Animal Sulphide Marbles
Lot of 5 Antique Animal Sulphide Marbles
$29.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 12m
Vintage Handmade Sulphide Marble  1 & 15/16  Mountain Goat  Mint +
Vintage Handmade Sulphide Marble 1 & 15/16 Mountain Goat Mint +
$49.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 45m
Marbles: SULPHIDE. Kate Greenaway. Polished. 1-13/16
Marbles: SULPHIDE. Kate Greenaway. Polished. 1-13/16". (BB16.161). Free Shipping
$80.00
Time Remaining: 27d 8h 55m
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Antique German Sulfide Marble with Squirrel Eating A Nut 1.70
Antique German Sulfide Marble with Squirrel Eating A Nut 1.70"
$59.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 15h 13m
Sulphide 2
Sulphide 2" Silver Parrot German Marble Excellent Condition!
$175.00
Time Remaining: 20d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $175.00
vintage sulphide marble,1.5
vintage sulphide marble,1.5",songbird
$16.46
Time Remaining: 3d 16h 11m
Antique Large sulphide marble lot horse leaping deer doe
Antique Large sulphide marble lot horse leaping deer doe
$49.99
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $74.99
#6619m Vintage Handmade Monkey Sulphide Marble 1.16 Inches Original Surface
#6619m Vintage Handmade Monkey Sulphide Marble 1.16 Inches Original Surface
$59.99
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#6736m Vintage German Sulphide Sulfide Marble 1.21 Inches Original Surface
#6736m Vintage German Sulphide Sulfide Marble 1.21 Inches Original Surface
$74.99
Time Remaining: 22d 5h 5m
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Antique Sulphide Marble with  A Rabbit or Hare
Antique Sulphide Marble with A Rabbit or Hare
$99.58
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 46m

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According to a late 19th-century American newspaper ad, you could buy a 'flint' marble for 5 cents, a glass agate for 1 cent, a dozen Chinas for 5 cents, or two-dozen 'commons' for 5 cents.