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  1. Snipe, snipe, snipe! Watch about putting too high of a price to win something - someone else may have done the same thing and you could get stuck over paying for an item big time. I snipe and still only use a bid I would be happy to pay. I will add $6 to $11 bucks over my max comfortable amount sometimes as a cushion if I really want something. The majority of the time I get what I want for a lower price. Do not get pulled into over paying! Do not bid early. On ebay it is only the last second that matters. I set my snipes for 3 seconds or less. The great part about sniping is you get to relax and get a pleasant surprise when ebay sends you a winning email.
  2. Glass recipes referred to as "canary yellow" from this time period and a bit earlier are generally uranium based colors.
  3. No prob Dan....Could be 80's or 90's - they are still making glass that looks similar to this. Their skill set has just about caught up with the Italians on cane making.
  4. The yellow glass used in the hand gathered example is lead antimonate or lead stanate based and would indicate a mid 19th century or earlier manufacturing date. Probably German. Later yellows are cadmium sulphide based and have a different look to them.
  5. It is from India - the glass canes are typical of Indian made products from that time period.
  6. Galen - I believe yours is from the late 20's / early 30's.
  7. Here's a few more. I have been chasing these for about 30 years. Small one left front with the face on the tower is German. Paul Baumann's 2nd edition has one like this pictured on the rear cover if memory serves me correctly. The metal banded example is probably the first version of the game made by Milton Bradley - 1890's. The three other wooden tower examples all date to around 1905 and are what is shown in the last ad I shared.
  8. No marbles came with it when I acquired it. A 5/8" marble would go down it no problem. Milton Bradley was a customer of M.F. Christensen & Son Co. Here is an ad for the same Down and Out game from 1906 - I have several versions of this model as well.
  9. Cool old Milton Bradley "Down and Out" marble game. Dates to around 1914 based off of Butler Brothers catalog listing.
  10. "MIller Swirls" are fully automated IMHO. The glass constructions on these marbles clearly is from a 'stream" which shows continuity with other marbles within the same types. The race was to be the first to have a gravity fed stream with a shear fast enough to cut individual gobs at a fast rate. Faster the rate the more you produce - this is why machines eventually went duplex. The problem lays in glass conditioning - in the forehearth area where glass would make its fall into a machine- viscosity and temperature must be perfectly dialed in. This may seem very easy now, but this was the golden goose egg for the entire glass industry at the time. Most of the solutions for this problem resulted from a cross pollination derived from the container and pressed industry. There are 100's of patents on glass feeders and glass conditioning forehearths that had nothing to do with marbles. The money for R&D was in the greater glass manufacturing industry. The other interesting part is that Arnold Fiedler worked first for Akro, then for Peltier, and finally at CA. This is the rate that automation had to overcome in order to have an advantage over your competition: Akro was still hand gathering when Peltier came onto the scene.....
  11. May 1927- hand gathering is still the name of the game. In my opinion - CA was the first to try and successfully utilize the fully automated process. I usually do not offer an opinion unless I have stacks of newspaper and trade journal articles to cite.
  12. If you look....there are quite a few easy to find newspaper articles which will back this claim up.
  13. The first marbles made by Peltier are hand gathered and machine rounded - just like MFC. Akro and CA are in the same boat.
  14. I have always thought that 1865787 patent was only filed for as a security measure in case they lost the appeals case.
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