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MIdigger
11-25-2011, 08:46 PM
I know this is a 2nd post (wrongly put other in). Anyways dug a clay and a blue/white swirl at dump site. Just wondered about the years they were made?

surfaceone
01-07-2012, 02:42 AM
Hey Rich,

Are'ya speaking of the plain clay ones? http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/0/9/9/2/0/3/webimg/466280163_tp.jpg
I've found them in the oldest holes in my area. Sometimes, they were actually kid made, rather than factory.

They're really prehistoric in origin. Some of the earliest toys / gaming pieces...

There's a pretty good article HERE, Dial "M" for Marbles. (http://twipa.blogspot.com/2011/06/marvelous-marbles-or-dial-m-for-marbles.html)

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/tinsley1941.jpg Talk Like a Mibster (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/109753)

JOETHECROW
01-07-2012, 10:50 PM
I've found them in the oldest holes in my area. Sometimes, they were actually kid made, rather than factory.

Interesting info...I always felt unglazed ones were pretty old, although I was never sure...I've dug and found more of the plain ones than any other type....I have at least one more larger jar full.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/4459/19E2CD4A61EE4B95A326A63EE8CF6F19.jpg

JOETHECROW
01-07-2012, 10:52 PM
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https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/4459/62AA40C7F7454B6EB979E15519045C58.jpg

MIdigger
01-11-2012, 10:22 AM
Surf--those look like the ones i have, just regular sized marbles. But I thought it was neat to finally find some.

Joe--Those are some big marbles there. Havent seen any that size yet.

RED Matthews
01-11-2012, 11:14 AM
Well up in my NY home, I have a wooden box with a little brass hook that has some really early clay marbles that my Grandfather gave me when I was a kid. He said he had them since he was a kid. No other knowledge. I have a box of collected marbles from my youth playing.
I also have a box of early play tops, that just set waiting for someone to visit about them. RED Matthews

JOETHECROW
01-11-2012, 07:34 PM
Joe--Those are some big marbles there. Havent seen any that size yet.

LoL,...Thanks,...they're really just std. sized marbles,...but that's a midget mason they're in!....[:)]

glass man
01-11-2012, 09:54 PM
The clay marbles were cheaper then the glazed ones long ago...so poorer kids had those....late 19th early 20th century?I THINK!They came in many colors the brown being the most common though old not worth much...JAMIE

akronmarbles
01-19-2012, 02:18 PM
Clay marbles were made as toys into the 1940's. They are still manufactured for industrial applications today. In the 1890's and early years of the 20th century - the US plants made over a million a day. Most clay marbles are not as old as people believe they are.