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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 Vintage German SULFIDE SULPHIDE Glass MARBLE 1 1/2
Antique Vintage German SULFIDE SULPHIDE Glass MARBLE 1 1/2" ELEPHANT
$36.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 18m
#8861m Vintage German Rooster Sulphide Sulfide Marble Original Surface 1 1/2 In
#8861m Vintage German Rooster Sulphide Sulfide Marble Original Surface 1 1/2 In
$45.00
Time Remaining: 10h 18m
German Sulphide Lamb marble free shipping from the Dr Marbles Jura Hoard
German Sulphide Lamb marble free shipping from the Dr Marbles Jura Hoard
$20.51 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 26m
RARE SULFIDE MARBLE W/COLORED TIGER INSIDE 1.25
RARE SULFIDE MARBLE W/COLORED TIGER INSIDE 1.25"
$37.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 33m
German Sulphide Stallion marble free shipping from the Dr Marbles Jura Hoard
German Sulphide Stallion marble free shipping from the Dr Marbles Jura Hoard
$27.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 22m
German Sulphide Turkey Buzzard marble free shipping from Dr Marbles Jura Hoard
German Sulphide Turkey Buzzard marble free shipping from Dr Marbles Jura Hoard
$26.90 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 32m
Large SULPHIDE Marble Glass with Girl Ballerina 2
Large SULPHIDE Marble Glass with Girl Ballerina 2"
$14.99
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 36m
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ DROMEDARY CAMEL Figure > 1 5/16
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ DROMEDARY CAMEL Figure > 1 5/16" (1.349")
$150.00
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 51m
Vintage Sulphide Marble in Old Cloth Marble Bag
Vintage Sulphide Marble in Old Cloth Marble Bag
$88.00
Time Remaining: 14d 21h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $88.00
LARGE ANTIQUE GERMAN CLEAR SILVER SULPHIDE DOVE BIRD PIGEON MARBLE - APPROX 2
LARGE ANTIQUE GERMAN CLEAR SILVER SULPHIDE DOVE BIRD PIGEON MARBLE - APPROX 2"
$70.00
Time Remaining: 22d 15h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $70.00
Large 2.2
Large 2.2" Antique Vintage German Sulfide Marble Rooster Chicken Glass Pontil
$175.00
Time Remaining: 21d 4h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $175.00
Antique Sulfide Clear Large Glass Marble W/ Sheep Inside 1 1/2
Antique Sulfide Clear Large Glass Marble W/ Sheep Inside 1 1/2
$33.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 3m

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