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07-05-2012, 09:47 PM
Hi Folks. I bought a small collection of sulphide marbles a couple days ago. I bought them from a guy who is in college and decided to part with his collection. He had collected them over 15 years so I guess he bought one a year? There are 15 total. I don't really know much about sulphides but have always liked them so we struck a deal and now they are with some other marbles I have. Anyway, just sharing. I will try and get a closer pic of them. I am also sharing some other marbles I have in the same case. Hope you like them. Best regards and good luck finding or digging items for your collections. Paul :)


07-05-2012, 09:51 PM
some more marbles


07-05-2012, 09:52 PM
and a few more


07-05-2012, 10:17 PM
nice! I like those.

07-06-2012, 01:11 AM
Gotta love marbles. Dug a sulphide with a unicorn in it. The wife found out what it was worth and talked me in to selling it. Wish I had kept it.

Great collection. Lovw the Flaccus jars too.

07-06-2012, 01:08 PM
Great Info and Love The Jars!!![:D][:D]

07-06-2012, 01:27 PM
I think marbles with figures in them are still made today aren't they ?

07-06-2012, 09:02 PM

Het Paul,

Great get, sir. I've always thought those were cool.

They look lonely and so far away... [8D]

I would not be insulted in the least bit, were you to decide to get all macro on them...

http://www.cowanauctions.com/itemImages/cp7962.jpg From. (http://www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=12770)

07-09-2012, 10:40 PM
Sulphides are some of the great ones!Yep they are reproduced,because they are so good...the rarer the figure inside the more the marble is worth....I have long wanted one ,but can't afford one...one I would love to have is Moses in the basket...CAP. the unicorn one is very cool!

The other marbles I would love to have are the ones that have cartoon or comic strip characters on them..

any way great buy !Just noticed I am under Nina...they are sulphides that have numbers and letters,but animals and human figures are better.JAMIE

06-07-2013, 01:07 PM
Nice sulphides,

Here are some that I own


06-07-2013, 01:11 PM
Closeup of some rarer ones, Santa is my favorite.


06-07-2013, 10:51 PM
ORIGINAL: Skycollect

Closeup of some rarer ones, Santa is my favorite.


Yo Skyler,

There's some beauties! I'd invite you to go all Macro on some of these guys, too. I've always thought these were very cool, but never dug a lick of even one of em, alas.

What's the backstory?


06-10-2013, 11:59 AM
The sulphide marbles I have pictured are all German. They are single-gather marbles with one pontil. They were produced from the mid 1800's to around 1910. The most common have roosters, lions and other animals. You can find numbers, humans, and all sorts of odd things. The rarest and most expensive examples have painted figures or colored base glass. Sulphide marbles are worth anywhere from $60-$5000, with the bulk of them being worth $60-$100.

Marble collectors typically frown on polished marbles, but sulphide's don't loose as much value as other types due to the fact that they do not loose any design in the process.

The glass magnifies the figure in the center. I have seen them busted open and its amazing how small the figures actually are!