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I already posted pics of this marble in a digging forum topic, but I wanted to ask about it in Marbles because I'm very curious about it. UnderMiner suggested that it's a 19th century marble--and I agree--but every time I try to google "antique clay marble" for comparable images or similar marbles it pulls up images of smaller, unglazed marbles. I also find ones that look kind of like this one called "Bennington" marbles but I don't know enough about marbles to confirm this is one of them.

It's about 25-27mm wide

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next to a more 'regular sized' glass marble:
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Thoughts? Thanks :)
 

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First thing I thought of, Bennington. I think Bennington colors can vary a little between darker, lighter, more swirled colors or less swirled & combination of different lighter & darker browns combined ect., ect., LEON.
 

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Cool, thanks for the input guys :D
 

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Yup, Bennington from Germany. Looks over an inch which is harder to find compared to "standard" 5/8 size.
 

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I already posted pics of this marble in a digging forum topic, but I wanted to ask about it in Marbles because I'm very curious about it. UnderMiner suggested that it's a 19th century marble--and I agree--but every time I try to google "antique clay marble" for comparable images or similar marbles it pulls up images of smaller, unglazed marbles. I also find ones that look kind of like this one called "Bennington" marbles but I don't know enough about marbles to confirm this is one of them.

It's about 25-27mm wide

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next to a more 'regular sized' glass marble:
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Thoughts? Thanks :)
It is mid to late 19th century. Bennington Vt pottery made earthenware ceramics with somewhat similar glaze which is why bottle diggers call all of these brown, red, blue or green marble “Bennington “ but it really is a type name and not an attribution to a factory. They were made all over the USA, probably the biggest source was east Liverpool, Ohio. They were also made in England. Many call them Rockingham marbles because the glazes are similar. The unglazed ones can date back to the early 18th. Century and are indistinguishable from 19 th and early 20th century ones.
 

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Could someone please tell me what these are, I think thet maybe clay?
 

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Appear to be mill balls of some type based on shape/wear pattern
 

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Media mills - typically a large cylinder filled with these balls and a product you're trying to size reduce...say like a lumpy pigment or other powder. The cylinder rotates and the balls break up the lumps through contact and attrition. Over time the balls wear out (become out of round) and get replaced. Used a lot in pharmaceutical or industrial applications. Hope that helps.
 

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