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    grandsons,glass,coins,metal detecting,bottles,artifacts,relics and junk. and glass.

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  1. Hey Rick !!! Burning a big doobert for you .....
  2. Thank you Lou and Stephanie, and Jason, too !
  3. You would have to think that they must have been aware of the tremendous aventurine in these marbles, but I had never before seen a reference such as this. Thank you for finding this, Dave !
  4. Yes, most interesting, I haven't seen this ad before. Could that be the early zebra/ tiger/bee/ wasp types with the heavy black aventurine, maybe ?
  5. The black and white ones are interesting, too...
  6. Good morning, John, and a happy hello to you... I have no idea what a CAC flint marble is, and I don't recall that Peltier made anything that sounded similar to compare them to. I can compare the above prices to Peltier's prices from about the same period, 1925-28, for perhaps some small insight. (Listed prices for size #1 marbles) Onyx - $4.90 M - all regular colors, white, amber, green, royal blue, azure blue, purple - Made in size #00 - #6. Cerise Onyx - $10.06 M - Cerise (red) was much more difficult to make than the other colors, and cost twice as much to produce.* Made in size #0 - #6. Prima Agate - $20.00 M - Prima marbles had an opal base glass that required special processes and a different furnace, which, when combined with cerise cost four times as much as their regular onyx marbles. Made in size #00 - #5. Milky - $12.00 M - The opal glass was somewhat more expensive to make than the cerise glass. Made in size #00 - #2. *Fun fact...in the early years, the cerise glass had to be made into glass sheets first, before it could be used in marbles. Peltier hired women as "strippers", whose job it was to cut the sheets of cerise glass into strips, so it could be used for the marble striping.
  7. If I remember correctly, the Peltier-Gropper Marble Venture ran from 1924 to 1930. They made all colors of onyx marbles, including cerise, at first, soon adding Prima Agates , with cerise and opal glass, and milky (opal) marbles by 1927. Before Victor Peltier started his Novelty Glass Works, he was manager of the Ottawa Flint Glass and Bottle Company, primarily making medicine bottles with a clear lead glass, which is what I always thought flint glass was. Some Peltier marbles have a clear glass that is especially prone to turning iridescent when buried, as bottles do, and I suspected that they may have recycled clear bottles for some of their cullet. I think they slowed down on making the earlier marble types around 1928, and began trying different things with the development of new feeders and equipment.
  8. Peltier did make marbles with what appears to be oxblood, but this sample just looks like red glass to my old eyes.
  9. Boy, I wish, but I don't have the contacts to get permission to go inside any more.
  10. The actual factory property is still fenced off, isn't it ? I'm from California, but a friend bought the factory in 2002, and allowed me to dig inside the factory several times over the period of a few years. I found marbles going back to the beginning of their marble years.
  11. I dug quite a few completely clear ones at the factory. I don't know how early they made them, but they made a lot of them in the '50's and later. Is the factory demolished yet ? Can you get on the property ? I don't know if the very small ones were intentional, or if they just happened while making peewees...
  12. Yes, Peltier did make clearies of all colors, including completely clear, and as small as 1/4".
  13. Happy hello, John and Sami ! (and Stephanie !)
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