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Marbles from the 1896 homestead?

Skadman4

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Feb 6, 2020
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They really do look like the bee waters ones but more green wen in water. But either is possible, there are big farms around and the smoke house is 5ft from where these were found

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Skadman4

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Feb 6, 2020
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Industrial marbles we're also used for making fiberglass, shipped by trains to fiberglass manufacturers.
Would make sense since the home owner at one point worked for the railroad and ran the home as a boarding house before the hotel was built for the stop

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shotdwn

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Jan 13, 2018
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Macomb, IL
I don't think you will ever know what they were for exactly. Any one of the suggested uses could be the right answer. The best thing to do with them is to just enjoy them and the memories of finding them.
 

Skadman4

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Feb 6, 2020
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I don't think you will ever know what they were for exactly. Any one of the suggested uses could be the right answer. The best thing to do with them is to just enjoy them and the memories of finding them.
Probably so, I am keeping a few. But having 65 of them isn't feasible. So they will find themselves a new home when someone sees them and wants them more than me.

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Skadman4

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Feb 6, 2020
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I don't think you will ever know what they were for exactly. Any one of the suggested uses could be the right answer. The best thing to do with them is to just enjoy them and the memories of finding them.
Well after a few weeks of searching I found a fb group and a guy who knew exactly what they were!





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treeguyfred

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Mar 9, 2013
300
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Northern N.J.
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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Glass spheres like these were also produced for moving shipping crates around. And they were also used to add light reflection to stop signs and railroad signs.... so many possibilities
~Fred
 

Skadman4

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Feb 6, 2020
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Glass spheres like these were also produced for moving shipping crates around. And they were also used to add light reflection to stop signs and railroad signs.... so many possibilities
~Fred

Interesting read on these guys as well

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