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  1. Rare Road & Tunnel Slag on Ebay

    Craig, Even more perplexed. I can't imagine what caused this. Sorry. Now, I can tell you that when we make larger marbles (1-1/4"+), we have to be very careful about when to remove from the marble machine. Even if the exterior seems cool and "set", the inner core can still be very hot. If you place a marble in the annealing kiln with a super hot core, that internal heat will migrate back to the surface. The surface can soften and the weight of the marble will create a flat spot (or an impression of the shelf material). Sometimes, a marble can slip through or jump out of the rollers. If it lands on something, it will make an impression. I just can't think of anything on Chris' machine that would make this mark. Again, sorry for not being much help. John P.S. I have always wanted to see Andy Davis make his marble/top stands. If you look at the bottom, they display a perfect "Road & Tunnel" pattern. A few years back, Alan sent me some beautiful examples.
  2. Rare Road & Tunnel Slag on Ebay

    Craig, No problem. Posts get buried quickly. As far as that indentation, I am puzzled. Could it have sat on something on the annealer? Maybe. Is that a concentric ring around the indentation? Does that area appear to be more "bubbly" than the rest of the surface? Sorry for more questions. John
  3. E-Bay Peltier Auctions

    Good morning, everyone! John
  4. E-Bay Peltier Auctions

    Shamrock says, "Howdy." Glad to see you post! John
  5. Veiligglas Original Packaging

    An additional thought... We know when the Closure was invented and when Veiligglas ended. One would suppose the dates were between 1957 and 1961. However, Craig noted the wording on the closure as "CARRY-SEAL II". Usually, when a patent approaches expiration, that invention is "modified" or "improved", so that product protection can be extended. Version 1 of the closure may have read "CARRY-SEAL" and Version 2 would be "CARRY-SEAL II". Maybe, the marbles were made before 1961 and stored in bulk boxes. They could have been packaged in smaller mesh bags much later (but before 1989) for Shackman to sell. Pure speculation on my part. Thanks, John
  6. Veiligglas Original Packaging

    Okay, here is what I was able to find... The closure device is of German Patent origin from c.1957-1960. Inventor Hans Brenker (assigned to Neoplastik Braunschweig Kunststoffwerk) was awarded US Patent 2951273. https://www.google.com/patents/US2951273 It would be safe to say that Neoplastik made the closures and Hans was an employee. So, these packages could have been made and boxed from 1957 (creation of closure) to 1961 (end of Veiligglas). Very cool! John
  7. Veiligglas Original Packaging

    Craig, What does the raised printing on the inside of the blue clip say? John
  8. Veiligglas Original Packaging

    New Old Stock from a warehouse find and packaged for contemporary consumption? Shackman had a retail store in Manhattan. https://retail.shackman.com/ "For children over 3 years" is a voluntary label applied by toy manufacturers/retailers. "The Child Safety Protection Act", 1994, enacted specific labeling for marbles. So, pre-1994 for sure. Possibly 1980's? John
  9. slag on the 'bay

    At least there was a dial caliper in the background. The lack of photos showing all sides and how the fingers can obscure possible defects or roundness would bother me. The cut-line is interesting. John
  10. Corky and his brother Patch

    Let's suppose... When getting the glass stream flowing, the spinning cup is retracted and the marble machine is pushed away. This glass piles up on the floor, to be later dug as cullet. Once the flow is consistent, the marble machine is rolled into place. Patch marbles are being produced, while the stream is adjusted to get the right size marble. Once all looks stable, the spinning cup device is engaged. Corks are now produced with the same colors as the patches before. If you look at the patent for the spinning cup, it is not overly robust. I also speculate that this device failed regularly and required it to be disengaged during a run. Corks stop and Patch production resumes. Corks would resume as soon as the device was fixed. My belief was that Cork production was the ultimate goal, but Patches are a natural by-product. Why toss a perfectly good marble? YMMV, John P.S. Both are awesome in their own way!
  11. Steph, The bottom right in the photo of six (first post) has not been identified. I brought some samples in bags with tags from Linda. I was busy doing something else when the marbles where pulled. Many of these runs have such a wide range in variation! Yes, maybe someone can help. John
  12. One more ID. "The Marble Buddies" Sisterville Run at Sammy's Mountain Marbles, 09/25/2012. John
  13. Okay, was able to identify the three marbles from D.A.S. "True North Marble Run", 09/29/2014. John
  14. morphys auction is up

    Some appear to be taken under water. Surface bubbles on some marbles. John
  15. Okay, how to classify these? Marbles from Linda Moore Simmons and Edna Eaton from various runs headed by Dave. These samples were made while at Mark Matthews' this past October 2017. Brett Young and Larry Zengel (Hot House Glass) did the gathering. Rounded in the Shamrock Mark II marble machine. Marbles range from 1.28" to 1.34" diameter. The one run I can identify as "Wonder Woman" 10/01/2013. For reference, the three small marbles are 0.59" diameter and the large marble is 1.32" diameter. Sincerely, John McCormick New info: Top Row of three: D.A.S. "True North" Marble Run, 09/29/2014. Bottom Row Left: "Wonder Woman", 10/01/2013. Bottom Row Middle and Right: "The Marble Buddies" Sistersville Marble Run at Sammy's Mountain Marbles, 09/25/2012. Thanks Linda!
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