Marbles



Marbles are small, hard balls made from clay, stone, wood, glass, steel or any other suitable material. They have been made for thousands of years and games with marbles are popular in countries around the world.

The earliest marbles were made of flint and stone and baked clay. Examples have been found in archaeological sites around the world and some of these, from Rome and ancient Egypt, can be found at the British Museum. Small, round objects made from stone have been unearthed in the excavations of ancient cultures all around the globe. The antecedent of the marble was probably the nut, polished by youngsters in ancient times into a smooth surface for playing games. Both Greek and Roman youths played games with small balls made from clay, and marbles were discovered in the tomb of the young Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen.

There are frequent references to marbles in Roman literature and it is probably fair to assume that the Romans took this popular form of entertainment with them to all parts of their empire.

For centuries thereafter the marbles were made of common stone or in some cases, real marble. China and crockery marbles were introduced around the year 1800 and before that glass marbles had been made in Venice. However, it was only when a German glassblower invented a tool called the marble scissors in 1846 that production became quick enough to make the sale of glass marbles to the public an economic proposition. These marbles became increasingly popular throughout Europe and America. An enormous variety of colors were used and intricate patterns were created within the glass.


CHINESE CHECKER REPLACEMENT MARBLES

CHINESE CHECKER REPLACEMENT MARBLES $2.50

This set of Chinese Checker Replacement Marbles contains thirty 100% glass marbles measuring 14mm. These high quality marbles come in six vibrant colors for use with any Chinese Checker board (not included). A full set of Chinese Checker Marbles requires 60 marbles. This is a half set to replace marbles that have been lost from a complete set.

MARBLES - BLUE JAY

MARBLES - BLUE JAY $2.99

Marbles - Blue Jay contains 24 - 16mm 100% glass player marbles and 1 - 25mm 100% glass shooter marble. This set comes in a black mesh bag and two display rings are included. Marble stock is limited.

MARBLES - BUMBLEBEE

MARBLES - BUMBLEBEE $1.99

Marbles - Bumblebee contains 24 - 16mm 100% glass player marbles and 1 - 25mm 100% glass shooter marble. This set comes in a black mesh bag and two display rings are included. Instructions are included. Marble stock is limited.

MARBLES - OILY

MARBLES - OILY $2.50

Marbles - Oily contains 24 - 16mm 100% glass player marbles and 1 - 25mm 100% glass shooter marble. This set comes in a black mesh bag and two display rings are included. Marble stock is limited.

MARBLES - SNOWFLAKE

MARBLES - SNOWFLAKE $1.99

Marbles - Snowflake contains 24 - 16mm 100% glass player marbles and 1 - 25mm 100% glass shooter marble. This set comes in a black mesh bag and two display rings are included. Marble stock is limited.

MARBLES - STREAMERS

MARBLES - STREAMERS $1.99

Marbles - Streamers contains 24 - 16mm 100% glass player marbles and 1 - 25mm 100% glass shooter marble. This set comes in a black mesh bag and two display rings are included. Marble stock is limited.

MARBLES IN A TIN

MARBLES IN A TIN $9.99

These great Marbles in a Tin bring back the memories and fun of the old days! Contains 48 marbles, a 20-page handbook, and 2 large shooters.

MARBLES - RAVEN

MARBLES - RAVEN $2.99

Marbles - Raven contains 24 - 16mm 100% glass player marbles and 1 - 25mm 100% glass shooter marble. This set comes in a black mesh bag and two display rings are included. Marble stock is limited.