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privvydigger
04-22-2011, 07:10 PM
heres one from the very bottom of old woody seemed older than all the glass

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/6370/4BA21F5B15B442BBAB642C0D4B1DDE75.jpg

Jim
04-22-2011, 07:49 PM
Nice painted china marble. I have only dug one, it's pink and green. It came out of an 1840s pit. ~Jim

privvydigger
04-22-2011, 09:16 PM
whats a good way to clean these gems?

Jim
04-22-2011, 11:08 PM
I'm not sure, I just rinsed mine off. WD-40 or Blaster might take the rust off, but hopefully it won't damage the paint. ~Jim

Digswithstick
04-23-2011, 09:01 AM
Yep ,nice one ! There are glazed and unglazed ones ,yours look like unglazed .I think that spiral pattern is not common . Most are complete circles not spirals ,like these.
I would mix small amount of Bar Keepers Friend or other mild cleanser with water to make a paste .Use Q -tip and rub paste in a area near the end of painted spiral to test .[:)]

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/9287/47A60B5C5BE444EDB985B52B070C8290.jpg

privvydigger
04-23-2011, 01:56 PM
thx I looked in my marble book and didn't see this design thought it might be uncommon.
so I thought nothing can remove paint once its fired?

Digswithstick
04-23-2011, 03:43 PM
Some were painted with or without clear glaze then fired ,some were painted after firing .The ones i have found with out clear glazing seem to be faded badly by soil .
There have been rash of fake painted Chinas on e-bay ,so maybe the stains are good proof of age if selling .
For more info you might try posting on marble web site like _Land of Marbles _Marble Connection ,or _ All About Marbles .
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