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Wheelah23
10-02-2011, 04:42 PM
I dug for less than an hour at a 40's-50's dump today. I guess I've been spoiled by digging older stuff, I didn't feel like digging it much at all. Anyway, I got a cool Bennington marble that is older than the dump was. It's got a "pontil" typical of the 1890's marbles, and the flat unpainted end where they sat to dry. It is clearly hand rolled into a mostly round shape. All typical stuff, except for the fact that it has a face painted on it! Clearly intentional, there are two blue splotches with a white dot in the center, and below that, a blue splotch that is a mouth. I don't think this was an accident; maybe it was a German marble maker being funny? This thing saw some serious use. It's covered in little impact marks from other marbles. I bet a kid in the 40's got it from his dad, who used it in when he was a kid. Either way, I like it. I dug one just like it in my 1890's dump.


https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/D7EA7441CD1448CD942B62A26032389A.jpg

Wheelah23
10-02-2011, 04:43 PM
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https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/2A3D92C8F6B242B2A48CBA4506760279.jpg

Wheelah23
10-02-2011, 04:43 PM
SpOoKy...

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/6165E4AB32F04A0AA8F8F6987EBB6026.jpg

Wheelah23
10-02-2011, 04:44 PM
SpOoKy

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/E47F9D1FFA764298AB3DF94D5E2D43CB.jpg

Wheelah23
10-02-2011, 04:45 PM
SpOoKy

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/209171F637174CB2B9B177E14D9749AF.jpg

Wheelah23
10-02-2011, 04:47 PM
I found a dunce cap for it... [:D]

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/214FC1AF33CB49D9B9752AE43F56008C.jpg

RICKJJ59W
10-02-2011, 06:36 PM
ORIGINAL: Wheelah23

SpOoKy

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/209171F637174CB2B9B177E14D9749AF.jpg





https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/7728/0E38CD7D7B4B497D8EADF47F5B8E31D2.jpg

Wheelah23
10-02-2011, 07:43 PM
The mouth isn't right, but it's certainly got the eyes...


https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/06A9E889DD2D46A3874AE3EEAE3C2180.jpg

Wheelah23
10-03-2011, 09:34 PM
Anyone else think this was made like that on purpose?

RICKJJ59W
10-03-2011, 09:45 PM
It looks like only the "youngins" replied to this thread [8D]

No I dont think it was made on purpose but then again some one could have been messing around when they made it

LtlBtl
10-04-2011, 08:47 AM
I believe those marks are from where the marbles came into contact with others during manufacturing process.
Put a handful of marbles onto a flat surface. Push them together. Notice where they touch.

madman
10-04-2011, 12:02 PM
heres one i found BOO!

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/3268/4C3D794A176E4CD7ABCE927507D5D8F6.jpg

surfaceone
10-15-2011, 01:54 AM
ORIGINAL: Wheelah23

SpOoKy...

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/6165E4AB32F04A0AA8F8F6987EBB6026.jpg


Hey Connor,

Might be the heralded Dragonfly Eye Bennington.

http://pic.anhuinews.com/0/02/82/66/2826650_425157.jpg From. (http://english.anhuinews.com/system/2011/10/12/004484612.shtml)

loris19
11-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Found one just like this today out of a 1890's dump. I have no ideas about marbles. Anyone ever figure out anything about this one?

Wheelah23
11-08-2011, 09:50 PM
ORIGINAL: loris19

Found one just like this today out of a 1890's dump. I have no ideas about marbles. Anyone ever figure out anything about this one?


Let's see a picture! The consensus seems to have been that it was a coincidence of how the marbles happened to clink together when they were being made, but if yours is similar, maybe it wasn't just a coincidence...

loris19
11-11-2011, 10:47 PM
Here it is.

loris19
11-11-2011, 10:52 PM
another pic

Wheelah23
11-12-2011, 12:09 AM
Wow, yours is pretty much the exact same as mine! I wish some of the marble experts would chime in, it's like there's some kind of conspiracy... [:-]



https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/13010/AE01997FDF25415784EFD7B3A324A287.jpg

epackage
11-13-2011, 09:45 PM
Bennington marbles are a type of glazed clay marble. They are not very dense. The marbles are fired clay with a salt glaze on them. Benningtons are readily identifiable by both their coloring and the little 'eyes' that they have on them.These are spots where the marbles were touching each other while they were being fired, resulting in those spots being uncolored and unglazed. The term 'bennington' is actually a misnomer. There is no evidence that they were ever made in Bennington, Vermont, or that they have any lineage to the Bennington pottery that they resemble and from which they get their name. It appears that all Bennington marbles were imported from Germany.

Wheelah23
11-13-2011, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the help! I figured that was what caused them. I just have to wonder, what are the chances that on TWO marbles, the spots are arranged like that?

creeper71
11-18-2011, 12:05 PM
ORIGINAL: epackage

Bennington marbles are a type of glazed clay marble. They are not very dense. The marbles are fired clay with a salt glaze on them. Benningtons are readily identifiable by both their coloring and the little 'eyes' that they have on them.These are spots where the marbles were touching each other while they were being fired, resulting in those spots being uncolored and unglazed. The term 'bennington' is actually a misnomer. There is no evidence that they were ever made in Bennington, Vermont, or that they have any lineage to the Bennington pottery that they resemble and from which they get their name. It appears that all Bennington marbles were imported from Germany.
Pretty much said exactly thing I was going to say

loris19
11-18-2011, 03:34 PM
Any idea as to the rarity of these?

loris19
12-31-2011, 04:34 PM
Guess not?

Wheelah23
12-31-2011, 05:58 PM
Benningtons in this coloration are common. I don't know if a 'face" makes them any rarer, but still they must not be very rare.

AntiqueMeds
12-31-2011, 06:24 PM
what are the chances that on TWO marbles, the spots are arranged like that?

it seems to me pretty good odds. Take a plate of marbles and make a single layer covering the bottom. Then stack one marble on that layer of marbles. The stacked marble will sit touching at three points. I havent tried it ..I lost all my marbles long ago[;)]. I would guess the contact marks would be similar to yours.