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Marbles from the 1896 homestead?

Skadman4

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With all the glassware, trinkets, and tools, I'm not surprised to find over a quart jar full of marbles. But I wasn't expecting to find over 20 1" clear glass marbles in one spot. I don't know if they are actually marbles, but from a quick Google search, they could be. Most are chipped and or cracked. All have air bubbles. Any ideas of what they are and an age? All were found in a 2ft square, 1-2" under the topsoil by a cedar tree stump that was removed over 40 years ago. Not that it matters where, but just an odd location to me. Especially since it isn't in a direct line of site of the home and is on a fairly steep embankment, 20^ from the leveled areas.


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FloridaDigger

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Aug 21, 2008
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Hi. They are marbles. But no where near as old as the house. And quite common as well. They are early Japan produced marbles. Not sure what company. The give away is the manufacturing crease. These marbles were also produced in a greenish hue.
 

Skadman4

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That makes sense, the home and property was occupied by the same family until late 90's. They still own it but have moved off. I know that two members of the family traveled over seas a good bit. One military in Vietnam and one as a engineer. Both would have been there in the 1950-80. I was told that one of the children collected marbles, and found several that looked like I know marbles to look. These were just different and with so many it was a puzzle. Is there a market for resale or desire for them? Value is more sentimental or actual item worth? TIA

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embe

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Those look like industrial marbles, meaning the quality and pattern was limited, compared to marbles meant for kids to play with. Cool find, but probably not worth much other than sentimental value
 

Skadman4

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I wonder if they had been mounted in a sun catcher or some other such ornament and it sat on the stump and just deteriorated.
Bruce
Very good possibility, lots of broken hanging wires and such have been found with the metal detector.

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Skadman4

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Those look like industrial marbles, meaning the quality and pattern was limited, compared to marbles meant for kids to play with. Cool find, but probably not worth much other than sentimental value
I've found several examples of the same thing for sale in bulk lots. But I think that it is more likely they were a buy of damaged or non QC.

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shotdwn

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To me they look like the marbles that come out of a spray paint cans. That's what makes the rattling sound and mixes the paint when you shake the can.
 

Skadman4

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Feb 6, 2020
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To me they look like the marbles that come out of a spray paint cans. That's what makes the rattling sound and mixes the paint when you shake the can.
Could be, all the ones I've ever gotten out of the cans I've cut open before. And other than "shooter" marbles I've never seen ones this large before. Other than like the others have mentioned they could be for decorative or visual impact. Just one of the curiosities I have come across in this little adventure. My kids like them and they are pretty in their own odd way. If you look at then for a while or try to sort them they are all different really. Color, clarity, shape ( even with the chips and blimishes) so they have perked my imagination into find out their story. I appreciate all the answers and possibly the truth to what they are. Thanks guys!

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