Mass production of marbles started only in 1800’s. Vintage marbles are only limited in number, which is why they are more expensive. If you want to start making them part of your collection, you should know how to identify vintage marbles. Watch this video, summarizing a book on collecting antique marbles and identifying them by Paul Baumann:
Marbles have been made from non-glass materials such as wood, clay and stone, for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. There are a number of types of non-glass marbles that collectors seek out. This section discusses these types, and offers an image identification library.
Prior to the introduction of machine made marbles, almost all were hand-blown. Certain examples of these miniature pieces of art have since become very valuable, but unless you know exactly what you’re looking out for it can be difficult to tell if you’ve just found the big one.
Collecting marbles is a game, and the person with the greatest skill is the winner. Winning at marble collecting requires practice and knowledge and is not child's play. Identifying rare marbles requires playing with the big boys by reading their books, attending marble shows and shopping where you can engage in ...
His website, Alans Marble Connection/MarbleAlan.com crashed in 2007 and all the information was lost. His site was an invaluable resource to collectors on how to identify marbles, reproductions and fakes, and general knowledge for the beginner and expert alike on grading marbles and much more.
Marbles also have an entire slang language built around them. Aggies, for example, are marbles made of agate while some alleys are made of alabaster. Over the years, increasingly intricate and beautiful marbles have become available; as a result, collectors have become interested in finding rare or interesting examples.
Collecting marbles is a game, and the person with the greatest skill is the winner. Winning at marble collecting requires practice and knowledge and is not child's play. Identifying rare marbles requires playing with the big boys by reading their books, attending marble shows and shopping where you ...
Collecting marbles may be as easy as a few purchases, but mastering the identification, pricing and grading can take a lifetime. Identify marbles with pictures for comparison. Learn the types of marbles with attention to the artistic merit, as pricing can depend on the number of colors, color combination, and maker.
Collecting marbles is a popular hobby. By understanding these six differences between old and new marbles, one is prepared to make informed decisions while shopping for marbles on eBay or elsewhere. Tags: marbles handmade machine made quality of glass level of perfection.
In reality, handmade non-glass marbles do not get much attention by marble collectors. These marbles tend to get caught in the shuffle of the pursuit for the prettier and more colorful glass marbles. However, you should take your time and look at them while building your collection.