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Started Marble Collecting

Skadman4

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So I just bought a marble collection to get the jar they were stored in. Only information given was they were part of a lot from an estate sale. Wish me luck when I get them here that they are enough to cover their own cost :) I'm very excited to start my Marble collection and see where it goes.

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embe

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Cool. The first jar looks like mostly cat's eye marbles. 2nd jar looks to have a few as well so that's an easy way if you want to start sorting them. Or just leave them as-is they look great.
 

treeguyfred

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embe has it right about the jars ... first one is definitely art, game and cats' eye marbles. Some american cats eye marbles and mostly Japanese and other foreign makes. The second jar has a pretty good mix of machine made marbles. Looks like some patches, swirls and opaques... I'd love to see the second jar's contents laid out in a baking tray cookie tray and photographed! Could be some happy surprises in that one!
Good luck! ~Fred
 

treeguyfred

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Of course I looked again after posting the above and saw some newer art marbles and there is a large quantity of cats eyes in the second jar.
But! I see some Alley Agates , Vitro Agates, Heaton and possibly Ravenswood and possibly some Akro Agates in that second Jar
~Fred
 

Skadman4

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Of course I looked again after posting the above and saw some newer art marbles and there is a large quantity of cats eyes in the second jar.
But! I see some Alley Agates , Vitro Agates, Heaton and possibly Ravenswood and possibly some Akro Agates in that second Jar
~Fred
I'm on call this weekend for my dad and grandmother so I won't be able to get to sort them until Tuesday night possibly. But I'm super excited to see myself as well! I like the sorting and searching as much as I like looking at them. So no chore on my part to lay them out and see what's what!

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Skadman4

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Feb 6, 2020
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Of course I looked again after posting the above and saw some newer art marbles and there is a large quantity of cats eyes in the second jar.
But! I see some Alley Agates , Vitro Agates, Heaton and possibly Ravenswood and possibly some Akro Agates in that second Jar
~Fred
Well I finally got chance to separate and look at them all. I picked out all the ones that were cats eye, you were right lots of them! But some are very different. See attached for the " I have no clue" ones.


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Dogo

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There is a book, "Antique and Collectible Marbles", by Everett Grist that I found to be a big help when I ought a collection. The price guide might be a little off due to age, but it is great for identification.
 

Skadman4

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There is a book, "Antique and Collectible Marbles", by Everett Grist that I found to be a big help when I ought a collection. The price guide might be a little off due to age, but it is great for identification.
This is the one I got, a place to start?


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embe

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Most of the published books deal more with antique (handmade) marbles, but there are a couple newer ones out there that focus on machine made. Good luck :)
 

Skadman4

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Most of the published books deal more with antique (handmade) marbles, but there are a couple newer ones out there that focus on machine made. Good luck :)
Thank you, I have no clue what the difference is so I will just keep buying books and learning. I have a couple of kiddos who are very excited to help mom look them up and figure them out, so win win for me either way :)

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