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  2. Steph

    All modern shooters

    Ron, why do you think older MK? Any clues to look for between newer and older?
  3. Steph

    All modern shooters

    yes
  4. Marian

    All modern shooters

    So do most Marble King do that? Fill the marble more?
  5. Steph

    I.d req.

    yessir!
  6. wvrons

    Sad news -- Lloyd Huffer

    Sad news once again. Condolences to his family. Rest In Peace
  7. wvrons

    All modern shooters

    The three on the left are older Marble King. The others are foreign.
  8. Yesterday
  9. DINDO

    I.d req.

    Hello. Is this a Dutch wirepull? It is .989". Thanks
  10. Marian

    Steelies

    Yes! I'm learning a lot of information! Plus I got Marble Mania book the other day!
  11. Steph

    Steelies

    They guy who invented the marble rollers which have been used for the past 115 years first invented a machine to make steel bearings inexpensively and reliably round. That was a BIG deal back in 1902. He was Martin F. Christensen. He sold his patent for a lot of money but retained royalty rights on the production of bearings. It let him retire in comfort. And THEN he switched over to making marbles. Which has nothing to do with your question! But it's interesting, no?
  12. Steph

    Steelies

    Put 'em in a jar in some out of the way place and forget about them until you find someone who goes gaga over steelies.
  13. Steph

    Vane blowout? And debris.

    That last picture looks like something from outer space.
  14. Marian

    Steelies

    Interesting...I hate getting them in my marbles!!
  15. Marian

    Vane blowout? And debris.

    Here is another shot...and I guess it is probably just another large piece of debris, but it looked like the white vane came out of inside at first glance.
  16. Steph

    All modern shooters

    Not sure. The fuller the vanes the more likely I am to wonder if they could be Marble King. But I'm not seeing enough detail to have a feel for that. So, early Asian (likely Japanese) ... or Marble King. Hard to tell age on Marble Kings. Could be early. Could be modern.
  17. Marian

    Vane blowout? And debris.

    I can't get a good picture of it, but it has the 3 vanes, red, white and green, and then the Red has a big chunk that looks like a shark's fin sticking out of it that has a tinge of yellow to it? Odd duck, for sure.
  18. Steph

    Steelies

    Keep them away. Save or not. Ball bearings were sold as marbles. I had an old newspaper ad or story about kids going to the bike shop in the very early 1900's to get ball bearings to use for marbles. And ball bearings were sold as steelies. There's a more special kind of hollow metal ball which some like to think of as the only kind of steelie officially made as a marble. But bearings were sold as marbles. And of course they were used as marbles. But they're brutal on glass, so keep them away. You might not have any but there are also some cute little metal balls which have figures etched into them, which are used in Pachinko games.
  19. Steph

    Vane blowout? And debris.

    Neat. Where's all the green coming from in the first picture? Is it from the vanes and the pale green base or is there even more green in it? And am I seeing yellow in addition to the red, white and green vanes? Asian cat's eye. Yes, furnace brick debris. Not sure about "blowout". Are you seeing a bubble in the vane?
  20. Marian

    Steelies

    How do you know if they are steelies or ball bearings? Just keep them all together away from others or pitch?
  21. Steph

    Jabo's?

    Yes. Check out the lavender ones with a blacklight.
  22. Steph

    Peerless patch maybe

    Yes, Peltier. You would be safe putting it in with your Peerless Patches. Probably 1930's. (Looks like a translucent base so I don't know if technically Peltier was making what they called Peerless patches at the time this was made, but if it's not a Peerless it is a very close descendant.)
  23. Marian

    All modern shooters

    Any distinctions in these shooters? For example, the three on left, the vanes seem to fill up the marbles, where as the others are slimmer?
  24. Steph

    Some kind of patch

    Akro Moss Agate
  25. Shamrock Marbles

    Porcelain? These marbles are HEAVY.

    Corundum mill balls are molded and heat fused for strength (sintered). The molding process leaves a ring around the equator. This ring wears down/off as it is used. https://www.unionprocess.com/grinding-media.html#nonmetallic This is just speculation, but I looks as if someone attempted using enamels to decorate the surface. https://thompsonenamel.com/ To make the powder enamel stick to the surface, it is mixed with a wetting agent to become like a paint. The lack of surface porosity of the ball mill resists the attachment or even spreading of the enamel paint. Hence, the splotchy appearance. Once painted, the ball is placed on a 3-point stand (trivet) and then quickly kiln fired. Or just placed on a kiln shelf with release or on a kiln shelf paper. As always, your mileage may vary. John
  26. Post from Mike Barton on facebook today: To my marble collector friends...with great sadness and a heavy heart, I am here to report that Lloyd Huffer, long time marble collector, author, and all around good man, passed away peacefully at home yesterday morning, after several years of declining health. Such a joy Lloyd was.
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