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It seems that many companies had the chemistry down for making and using oxblood in the production of marbles. I am beginning to think that there is a whole spectrum of colors that might be called oxblood. I feel like I have seen the real (Christensen & Akro) ox, burgandy ox, chocolate ox, brownish ox, pinkish ox, maybe even a lavender ox and many shades in between. Am I barking up the wrong tree and one must go by a strict definition or is there something to what I just posted? Weigh in please.

Sorry but I never figured out the way to put pictures here or I would show some examples but I think there might be others out there who can post variations on the color ox.

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Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but..................

Some of examples from Akro:

oxbloods.jpg?t=1383861481 thanks

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It seems that many companies had the chemistry down for making and using oxblood in the production of marbles. I am beginning to think that there is a whole spectrum of colors that might be called oxblood. I feel like I have seen the real (Christensen & Akro) ox, burgandy ox, chocolate ox, brownish ox, pinkish ox, maybe even a lavender ox and many shades in between. Am I barking up the wrong tree and one must go by a strict definition or is there something to what I just posted? Weigh in please.

Sorry but I never figured out the way to put pictures here or I would show some examples but I think there might be others out there who can post variations on the color ox.

Back in the 1800's or early 1900's some of what we call oxblood now would likely have been called other things based on the up close and personal knowledge which people of that era had with the blood of various animals.

The French name for oxblood ceramic glaze was "sang de boeuf". Other glaze names were sang de poulet and sang de pigeon (chicken blood and pigeon blood). And then there were less gory names like peach bloom, crushed strawberry, crimson and liver.

I looked those up a long time ago and don't remember my sources now but I think those names were all given to different copper-based colors --- the spectrum of what we now might lump under the name oxblood.

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Great marbles and photos from Dan and Jeeperman.

And some likewise great technical stuff from Galen,

which, if I'm reading it correctly, would suggest that

the answer to your question is "Yes, there's something

to what you're saying. But it isn't contrary to the idea

of a strict definition."

(And some more good info from Steph which must

have posted while I was hunting and pecking this message!)

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At one time long ago, there was a very long and heated debate/discussion on Alan's marble board about what constituted "true" oxblood. I wonder if anyone can dig it up. It was one of those controversies that keeps resurfacing.

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This one has two shades of oxblood. Very noticeable contrast.

Two color oxblood

This old timer has an almost orange looking shade of oxblood.

faceted pontil

The oxblood goes subsurface on this one and has a neat effect on the color.

subsurface oxblood

printed oxblood

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More nice mibs!

What's the story with the 'Western' marbles?

Here are two examples of what could arguably be

called the most 'seriously oxblood' Jabo ever.

From the Oxblood/Aventurine run.

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You are correct Andrea, but it was another lost cause(lol). It is really hard to prove it is, or is not, "True" oxblood glass or not. I do still believe only the German makers, MFC and Akro actually made and used Oxblood glass on purpose. And while much "Accidental" oxblood glass shows up, Alley especially, I believe it was all just accidental occurances. And maybe someday we will even find out Alley did make it.

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Here’s my contribution to the thread…..A “chocolate oxblood” that I seriously regret selling……has an opaque chocolate tan base with strands of grey and white throughout the ox…..
chocoxblood001.jpg
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The “fold” really put me in the mind of a CAC but I’m pretty sure it was Akro and it was listed as such…but boy doesn’t that turkey curve like a CAC?….Here’s what it looks like in a collection of other Akro oxbloods
chocoxblood012.jpgchocoxblood013.jpg

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Hi Chuck. the big chocolate? yep we still have every single one of the marbles pictured. :-)

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I like the background in Galen's second photo.

Not easy to pull off a fancy background with a fancy subject.

But here it actually adds to the marble's 'oomph',

rather than being distracting.

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