View Full Version : Marble experts please help?

10-24-2010, 11:40 PM
This little guy turned up in the leftover dirt from a privy of a few weeks back where I had dug a beat old pontiled paperweight...I was killing some time while we awaited the excavator today, and scratched through what we left, to see if we missed anything....It looks pontiled, and has some weird creases in the glass, almost like the sides of a pumpkin? It also has silver looking "flecks" inside of it...they are sort of mettalic looking? It's darn tough to get good marble close ups with our camera....Can anyone please give me any info on it??? Marbles I know not.


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10-24-2010, 11:50 PM
Last one...


10-24-2010, 11:51 PM
Why yes, Jeeves, bring the excavator here, old chap, would you? [:D]

10-25-2010, 06:20 AM
Hey Joe ,that is a ground pontil ,mica marble.They were made in different colors ,with red i think being the least common . https://www.antique-bottles.net/forum/micons/m16.gif

10-25-2010, 01:09 PM
Cool info Rick,..thanks. That's just what the 'flecks' do look like, now that you mention it. Any idea of aprox. age?

10-25-2010, 10:10 PM
Dates 1890 - 1910 and German. Basically TOC. Value is hard to say. Marble collectors are like bottle collectors. They like them what they call wet mint. Look on ebay in the toy category. Then to marbles pre 1970. Type in mica. Marbles can be buffed, sort of like a bottle tumbled. We like tumbled bottles, but marble collectors sort of frown upon buffing. Robert

10-25-2010, 10:24 PM
Thank you also Robert for the great info...interesting stuff, and I keep thinking that one day I'll teach myself about marbles...

10-26-2010, 10:35 PM
I think green micas are a little harder to find than clear blue or brown, but red is definitly valued higher than any except purple or amythest. I would say that if that is aroud 5/8" it probably values in the 15- 30 range in the condition it is in, I would think a mint green 5/8" would be around 45-50.....but just my opinion....cool marble to find. Jay

10-27-2010, 02:27 AM
Thanks Jay...I think it's a hair over 3/4"...I wasn't careful with my ruler placement for the pic. I don't know marbs, but even I noticed it was different in a cool way.

10-27-2010, 06:32 AM
I don't know marbles either but I'd love to find one of these.

My father has a 3/4 full old fire bucket of marbles from when he was a kid. It's a little contaminated now though. I used to cut the bottoms off the old spray cans to get the marble out and put them in there. Even those a probably pre 1970.

10-27-2010, 06:49 AM
Sorry Joe im in the same marble boat [8D]

Road Dog
10-27-2010, 08:16 AM
Common green mica. Maybe 5 or 10 bucks on a good day.

10-28-2010, 12:06 AM
well mabey my estimate was a little high, but i think you get at least 30 for a mint example on ebay. Jay

Road Dog
10-28-2010, 07:28 AM
Probably could. This marble I'm afraid didn't have a chance. It wasn't the purtiest even when newly made.

10-28-2010, 08:29 PM
Yea that one looked like it had alot creases in it, although I wouldnt buy it it is a really cool marble to find while digging.