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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.

marbles - mint bear sulphide
marbles - mint bear sulphide
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Vintage Large clear sulphide marble 1 1/2 inch - porcelain bear figure
Vintage Large clear sulphide marble 1 1/2 inch - porcelain bear figure
$43.00
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fine antique large clear glass bear sulfide marble
fine antique large clear glass bear sulfide marble
$125.00
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ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE BUNNY MARBLE
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULFIDE BUNNY MARBLE
$34.00 (1 Bid)
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marbles - 1-3/4 large shaggy dog sulphide
marbles - 1-3/4 large shaggy dog sulphide
$80.00
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LARGE Vintage Sulfide Marble 1.75
LARGE Vintage Sulfide Marble 1.75" with Swan MUST SEE
$19.99 (2 Bids)
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Marbles - large vintage German dog sulfide marble
Marbles - large vintage German dog sulfide marble
$75.00
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Sulphide Marble ~ Horse Foal (STAND NOT INCLUDED) - EUC
Sulphide Marble ~ Horse Foal (STAND NOT INCLUDED) - EUC
$29.95
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German Hand Made Sulfide Marble, Dog, Near Mint ++, Large 1 5/8
German Hand Made Sulfide Marble, Dog, Near Mint ++, Large 1 5/8"
$75.00
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ANTIQUE Mid 1800's GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/DOG ALL ORIGINAL
ANTIQUE Mid 1800's GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/DOG ALL ORIGINAL
$62.00
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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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#3827m Rare Huge 2.25 Inches German Pocket Watch Sulphide Marble Near Mint Minus
#3827m Rare Huge 2.25 Inches German Pocket Watch Sulphide Marble Near Mint Minus
$299.99
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