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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 GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLES
3 GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLES
$190.00
Time Remaining: 6d 8h 18m
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Elephant. 1-7/16
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Elephant. 1-7/16".Polished. Free Shipping. DD8
$29.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 2m
2 ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLES w/ Damage DUCK & BEGGING DOG Figure
2 ANTIQUE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLES w/ Damage DUCK & BEGGING DOG Figure
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 5h 39m
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Running Rabbit. 1-1/4
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Running Rabbit. 1-1/4". Polished. Free Shipping. DD7
$21.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 3m
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Seated Pigeon. 1-5/16
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Seated Pigeon. 1-5/16". Near Mint-. Free Shipping. DD7
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 3m
vintage sulfide marble sheep hand made glass toy
vintage sulfide marble sheep hand made glass toy
$27.00
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE, Razorback Boar. 1-5/8
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE, Razorback Boar. 1-5/8".Polished. Free Shipping. DD11
$24.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 3m
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE.Lion. 1-1/2
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE.Lion. 1-1/2".Polished. Free Shipping. DD9
$21.75 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 3m
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Sheep. 1-3/16
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Sheep. 1-3/16". Polished. Free Shipping. DD6
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 3m
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE, Duck or Grouse. 1-5/8
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE, Duck or Grouse. 1-5/8".Near Mint. Free Shipping. DD12
$23.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 3m
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Sheep Nursing Lamb. 1-5/8
BB Marbles: SULPHIDE. Sheep Nursing Lamb. 1-5/8".Polished. Free Shipping. DD13
$21.38 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 3m
VINTAGE OLD SULPHIDE SULFIDE MARBLE 1 5/8
VINTAGE OLD SULPHIDE SULFIDE MARBLE 1 5/8" WITH LAMB
$29.99
Time Remaining: 28d 8h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $29.99

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