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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.

Nice big vintage handmade sulphide marble with a sheep - free shipping !
Nice big vintage handmade sulphide marble with a sheep - free shipping !
$75.00
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Antique German Sulfide
Antique German Sulfide "Eagle" Marble (Large)
$200.00
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sweet little antique handmade sulphide marble with a little lamb - free shipping
sweet little antique handmade sulphide marble with a little lamb - free shipping
$55.00
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Antique 2 Sulphide Marbles Dog and Squirrel
Antique 2 Sulphide Marbles Dog and Squirrel
$50.00 (8 Bids)
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Marbles: Rare Antique 1 25/32
Marbles: Rare Antique 1 25/32" German "Crane Eating a Fish" Sulphide Marble
$125.00 (5 Bids)
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Fabulous Antique Large 2
Fabulous Antique Large 2" Sulfide Marble with Standing Horse
$125.00
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ANTIQUE CHICKEN SULPHIDE CLEAR GLASS MARBLE  1 7/8
ANTIQUE CHICKEN SULPHIDE CLEAR GLASS MARBLE 1 7/8" inches- Pre 1900's
$9.99
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✩✩✩ VINTAGE SULPHIDE DUCK  MARBLE - NICE ✩✩✩
✩✩✩ VINTAGE SULPHIDE DUCK MARBLE - NICE ✩✩✩
$49.99
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1 3/4
1 3/4" + Large Vintage Sulphide Marble Bear Original and NICE
$69.95
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RARE Large Antique 1 3/4
RARE Large Antique 1 3/4" Sulfide Marble w/ Animal ? Cow Inside **AWESOME**
$150.00
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1 1/2
1 1/2" + Large Vintage Sulphide Marble Frog Original and NICE
$59.95
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1 & 3/4
1 & 3/4" German Handmade Sulphide Marble (1N)
$21.50 (6 Bids)
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