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German Handmade Glass Marbles

German Handmade Glass Marbles - 1850's to Early 1900's

German Handmade's were one of the earliest type of marbles imported to the United States. These remain one of the most popular of collectible marbles worldwide. There are hundreds of color combinations and styles, but most fall into a handful of categories.

Latticinio Swirls - most common handmade

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Divided Core - Solid Core - Ribbon Core - Coreless Swirls

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Banded Opaques - Indian Swirls - Clambroth Swirls

Indian Swirls - almost always on black base glass

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Banded Opaques

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Clambroths

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Gooseberry - Caramel - Cornhusk

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Lutz Marbles - PepperMint Swirls - Micas

Banded Lutz - Clear Base - all Lutz marbles have the gold metallic bands

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Ribbon Lutz - Banded Lutz - all Lutz marbles have the gold metallic bands

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Peppermint Swirls

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Micas - clear glass with silver metallic flakes inside

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Onionskins - Joseph's Coats

Onionskins w/ mica flakes are much higher value

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Sulphides

Figures are animals, humans, numbers, fantasy characters, various objects such as watches, coins, etc. Painted figures and colored glass are the most valuable.

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