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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.

Antique German Sulphide Marble Man Holding Hat
Antique German Sulphide Marble Man Holding Hat
$20.50 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 4h 30m
Giant German Sulphide Marble Child Reading Book 2 9/32” 8.8 Original Surface.
Giant German Sulphide Marble Child Reading Book 2 9/32” 8.8 Original Surface.
$129.00
Time Remaining: 17d 14h 11m
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SUPER  RARE NUMBER 2 SULPHIDE HANDMADE GERMAN LARGE MARBLE 1.6” INCHES
SUPER RARE NUMBER 2 SULPHIDE HANDMADE GERMAN LARGE MARBLE 1.6” INCHES
$68.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 1h 50m
German Lion Sulphide Marble 1 19/32” 9.4 Original Surface
German Lion Sulphide Marble 1 19/32” 9.4 Original Surface
$59.00
Time Remaining: 19d 16h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $59.00
Antique Vintage Handmade Sulphide Marble Sitting Rabbit ears up 1.94” Large RARE
Antique Vintage Handmade Sulphide Marble Sitting Rabbit ears up 1.94” Large RARE
$110.00
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 8m
German Sulphide Marble Labrador Retriever 1 31/64” 9.1 Original Surface
German Sulphide Marble Labrador Retriever 1 31/64” 9.1 Original Surface
$44.00
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HUGE Large vtg antique 1 7/8
HUGE Large vtg antique 1 7/8" Sulfide Marble Clear Glass White Dog Figure Poodle
$14.50 (7 Bids)
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ BIG Detailed BEAR Figure 1.78 inch
ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMAN SULPHIDE MARBLE w/ BIG Detailed BEAR Figure 1.78 inch
$85.00
Time Remaining: 18d 17h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
Vintage Antique German Clear Sulphide ELEPHANT Shooter Marble 1 1/2
Vintage Antique German Clear Sulphide ELEPHANT Shooter Marble 1 1/2"
$30.00
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 27m
Vintage Blue swirl Marble with Sulphide Bird on Nest
Vintage Blue swirl Marble with Sulphide Bird on Nest
$59.99
Time Remaining: 4d 22h 58m
Handmade Cute primitive Owl Sulfide Contemporary Glass Signed Marble 1 7/8”plus
Handmade Cute primitive Owl Sulfide Contemporary Glass Signed Marble 1 7/8”plus
$8.00
Time Remaining: 5d 23h 41m
Old Glass Sulphide Marble, 1 5/8
Old Glass Sulphide Marble, 1 5/8" w/ Bird - Crow
$45.00
Time Remaining: 1d 3h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $70.00

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