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    Age of these marbles??

    Anyone know much about marbles? I tend to keep them when I find them bottle digging. Some are quite pretty. The big ones with the flowers and dogs painted on them sell quickly, but these I don't know much about. Any help would be appreciated :O)
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    Generally these look to date from 1870-1890 or so I would guess. We dig a lot of them in Texas as well. There is definitely some value to them if they are in good condition, particularly the glass swirls. I am sure one of the marble collectors will chime in.

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    Thank you nhpharm. I didn't even know the date range.

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    The ceramic ones are called geometric china marbles. They range from the early 1850's and throughout. We don't see the shinny geometrics until the 1870's.
    I have never seen a china with a dog before. The sulfides have animals in them though. The glass ones are 60's and 70's, there are a couple of ceramic ones that are 90's.
    Good age to be digging in.

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    Nice, looks like a coupe natural agate marbles as well, look for the hand faceting . The glass blue one close to the bottom is a Mica, and a couple divided core swirls. Probably all German marbles from the late 1880's +/- 30 or so. Nice geometric patterns on the "Chinas".

    As a marble collector, it's great to see what else you guys come across



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