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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 Vintage Antique German Sulphide Marble Big 1-27/32 Rabbit Hair Pretty
Marbles Vintage Antique German Sulphide Marble Big 1-27/32 Rabbit Hair Pretty
$125.00
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# 1 Colored Sulphide Sulfide Vintage Marble German 1890's Original Surface
# 1 Colored Sulphide Sulfide Vintage Marble German 1890's Original Surface
$1,500.00
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Small 1.097
Small 1.097" ANTIQUE SULPHIDE " BARNYARD PIG" HANDMADE Marble NICE
$2.99
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2-1/8
2-1/8" ANTIQUE HANDMADE SULPHIDE w/ "ROMAN WOLF" FIGURE MARBLE
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 4h 26m
RARE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE NUMBER 5 COIN 1 1/4 INCH
RARE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE NUMBER 5 COIN 1 1/4 INCH
$76.00 (4 Bids)
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VINTAGE SULFIDE LAMB MARBLE
VINTAGE SULFIDE LAMB MARBLE
$10.40 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 1h 42m
SULPHIDE SULFIDE MARBLE SMALL FELINE GOOD DETAIL 1-1.4
SULPHIDE SULFIDE MARBLE SMALL FELINE GOOD DETAIL 1-1.4"
$22.72 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 9m
SULPHIDE SULFIDE MARBLE SMALL CAT GOOD DETAIL 1-1.4
SULPHIDE SULFIDE MARBLE SMALL CAT GOOD DETAIL 1-1.4"
$22.72 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 28m
1-17/32
1-17/32" ANTIQUE HANDMADE SULPHIDE w/ "BIRD" FIGURE MARBLE
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4d 4h 26m
Antique Sulfide Sheep 1 3/8 diameter Mint 9.5 Original Surface
Antique Sulfide Sheep 1 3/8 diameter Mint 9.5 Original Surface
$22.72 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 22h 36m
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE SEATED BEAR 1 ½”
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE SEATED BEAR 1 ½”
$45.00
Time Remaining: 4d 6h 41m
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE SEATED BEAR 1 ½”
ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE SEATED BEAR 1 ½”
$100.00
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 20m

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