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  1. Like Ron said, all early US manufacturers made hand gathered machine rounded "slags". Starting with MFC, Akro, Peltier, and Christensen Agate for sure in Payne, Ohio and quite possibly still in Cambridge at the very start there. If you could date the marbles on the board prior to 1914ish - then it could be likely attributed to MFC.
  2. Bunch of boulders - 1"ish
  3. These all measure from just under 1" to 7/8"
  4. SC Dyke & Co was first. American Marble and toy 2nd. Then J.H. Leighton & Co - Navarre - Steubenville - Barberton - Shadyside
  5. I excavated two units in Navarre in the late 90's. As far as I have heard, the current property owner will not let any more exploration take place. Steubenville last time I visited and scratched around (probably late 90's as well) was an open area with dirt and concrete. It is at the SW corner of Slack and Railroad Streets. Google Maps shows a bunch of colored shipping containers sitting at the site today. I found marble pieces and other waste glass similar to all the other sites I have excavated at. Shadyside is kind of covered by the Ohio River Scenic Byway / RT 7. I haven't physically been to this site yet but it is on my field trip list. I know that a marble researcher named Fred Wright visited here in the early 60's and found scrap glass exactly like what he had found in Navarre. I have a few letters about his research there. I discovered and excavated the Barberton site in 2001. This factory by far had the greatest variety of glass colors produced. I have material from two other sites in Akron: SC Dyke & Co and The American Marble & Toy Manufacturing Co. There was a third Akron location which I know existed. It was obliterated by a flood in 1913 and later covered over by a 6 lane highway.
  6. There really isn't a good source. James H. Leighton made identical looking glass marbles at multiple factory locations. Before Navarre there were three in Akron. After Navarre there were three more locations around Ohio. All J.H. Leighton marbles will have a melted pontil. That is a key feature of his patent and manufacturing process. All of the factory sites I have been able to investigate (five total) have an almost identical artifact assemblage showing continuity of process over time.
  7. FWIW - I have cobalt from Navarre and Steubenville as well. Barberton yielded the most cobalt blue.
  8. Barberton was melted pontil - all handmade.
  9. Chuck and Diane's room was always a favorite stop at the Ohio shows. Chuck was so trusting, he would always try to sell me marbles without even expecting me to pay for them at the show. He would say - "Take this...you need this." Good people. Right up there in my mind with Les Jones. The marble show landscape has changed much in the last 30 years. RIP.
  10. Alan - nice cullet! You even have the opaque oxblood orange phase in the first piece. I know of two marbles made of the solid orange phase both attributed to MFC.
  11. Here's a few MFC examples from inside the factory building. Wish these were whole marbles!
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