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Posted 6 years ago

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I have always found Marbles to be one of the most intriguing and beautiful pieces of glass. As a kid just about all the marbles were called cats eyes,or pruies. I liked to play Marbles, I just was not good at it and most of the time I lost. Marbles in the last few years are the toys of old people and I fit right in that group. So for the last 30 years I have picked them up one by one or in small groups never more the 5 or 6 at a time. I always look in button cans or tin cans with mixed items in it, just to see if there is a Marble or two some where in the can. Not until about 15 years did I research marbles and a hole new world opened to me. There is several good reference books about marbles and I have one. I have seen Marble collections with each marble displayed separately but that's not me. I just put them in a large glass candy container from before the turn of the century where I can see them when I want. I do not play with them because I know I will lose. I have learned that the German's made a large amount of the marbles imported into the U.S. before the turn of the century. The marble with the small ceramic person or animal inside is called a Sulphides and have a real good market value, sometimes into the thousands. The German Swirls also bring a good amount. One thing matters and that is condition to the serious collector that is but not to me. I have one Sulphide (Crow) and about 8 Swirls as well about 60 other marbles. I like them all the same. This is one thing I learned when at a garage sale, if I see a marble that I want in a button or mixed object tin, I always ask the price for the hole tin. Once I say the word Marble most sellers do not want to lose their marbles. When that happens I always leave disappointed. After answering a question about one of the marbles pictured in this listing, I took some close up pictures of individual marbles that I pulled out of the candy container. Three of the Marbles I have identified but three I could not, that is why I have now asked for help in identifying the unknown marbles. Please see the last picture of the 4. A little help please Hardbrake


  1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Oh one of my favorite things to hardbrake and you have a wonderful Sulphide !!
    I love marbles they intrique me and love the colors too. I pick them up when I can and I have found many while tilling soil . Always happy to find a buried one . Wow thanks for sharing your more than beautiful collection of some very nice examples , Love love them !!
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Really lovely passion.
    Great tip too!
  3. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 6 years ago
    Thanks all three of you and by the way, I was not just kidding when I wrote about not saying anything about the Marbles. I can remember at least 2 time I lost what would have been my marble, by opening my big mouth. As you can tell it's hard for me to keep my mouth shut. Hardbrake
  4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Hi, they're beautiful! May I ask what kind of marble is the one in the first photo - the one that looks clear with thin parallel spirals of cobalt blue, turquoise, white, and pershaps some others. Thank you..
  5. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 6 years ago
    miKKoChristmas, that is a German Swirl and it is well used, I found that at a yard sale. Hardbrake
  6. AQUA69, 6 years ago
    Too funny Hardbrake! With your luck, I wouldn't either. You've got some real gems there. I especially like the 1800 circa ones (spirals) you have. I have a handful of the sulfide ranging in various sizes. All dug in the Grass Valley area. Thanks for sharing you collection.
  7. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 6 years ago
    Thank you Aqua69
  8. purpledog purpledog, 6 years ago
    These are AMAZING! Have you thought of writing a book? You are very articulate and inspired me to wax nostaligic for about 10 minutes! That's a yummy feeling. Right up there with a caffeine rush. All is well with the world. :
  9. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 6 years ago
    Thank you for you're much to kind comment and the answer is yes I have given thought to writing a book. I have wanted to produce calenders base on antique for quit a long time. I will post a new show and tell item soon and it will contain a photo that I have been working on for a while, Hardbrake

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