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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.

3 LARGE Antique Hand Made Sulphide Sulfide Marbles
3 LARGE Antique Hand Made Sulphide Sulfide Marbles
$65.00 (9 Bids)
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MARBLE PRICE GUIDE COLLECTORS BIG BOOK Swirl Cloud Rarities Sulphide Lutz ++
MARBLE PRICE GUIDE COLLECTORS BIG BOOK Swirl Cloud Rarities Sulphide Lutz ++
$24.71
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Sulphide Marble Book Colored Clear ++
Sulphide Marble Book Colored Clear ++
$39.95
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SULFIDE MARBLE Vtg Antique Old German Large Shooter Clear Glass Rooster 1.5
SULFIDE MARBLE Vtg Antique Old German Large Shooter Clear Glass Rooster 1.5" Dia
$47.95
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Antique German Hand Made Sulphide Shooter Marble Easter Bunny Rabbit 1 1/2
Antique German Hand Made Sulphide Shooter Marble Easter Bunny Rabbit 1 1/2"
$349.00
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rare large 1 1/8
rare large 1 1/8" antique wolf sulfide clear marble
$299.00
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Old 1&7/8 Sitting Boy Sulfide
Old 1&7/8 Sitting Boy Sulfide
$100.00
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Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made Turtle Sulphide Marble
Sammy L. Hogue Hand Made Turtle Sulphide Marble
$29.95
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Antique German Made Falcon Sulfide Marble 1 and 3/4
Antique German Made Falcon Sulfide Marble 1 and 3/4
$250.00
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German #8 Number Eight 1 1/2 Inch Sulphide Marble Polished (Numeral)
German #8 Number Eight 1 1/2 Inch Sulphide Marble Polished (Numeral)
$175.00 (1 Bid)
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Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8
Beautiful Antique Large 1 5/8" Sulphide Marble with Standing Bear
$85.00
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Sam,s Crystal Creations  Hand Made Bird Sulphide Marble
Sam,s Crystal Creations Hand Made Bird Sulphide Marble
$29.95
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