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  1. Kinda makes one wonder how they ever figured this stuff out in the first place.
  2. Don't forget you can boil your agates in lard to hide those moons!
  3. Hi there! Right now the gallery settings appear to be very generous, even unlimited. Movies aren't allowed, however. Since I took over running the site there hasn't been a lot of gallery usage or questions, but galleries should definitely stay on topic, i.e. no cat photos unless your cat is playing with marbles. Posting limits are pretty generous too, but members can't hide or delete their own posts (this setting was set when I inherited the site). To save disk space the board will resize post images to 1920x1080. I just increased that from 1024x768. This has proven helpful to the inexperienced users who did not know how to resize their own camera photos prior to posting, and therefore could not fit their photos in a post. I believe the per post size limit is 50mb. I hope that helps!
  4. Those are fun and colorful. If they came with marbles, I assume most came with clays or slags?
  5. In a similar vein, this Aug 22, 1863 Lancaster Gazette article quotes the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine:
  6. From The Ottawa Free Trader, Dec. 15, 1855. I had not seen this article before. It has interesting details on the dyeing processes. There isn't a legible OCR text so I'll try to post images of it here in order.
  7. That's just fine. Collect what makes you smile, not what others say are top shelf. Some of my $10 hand cut agates give me more warm fuzzies than a CAC cobra marbles that somebody paid $300 for. Of course, if CACs were common, I'd certainly collect more of them.
  8. Joe's family rescued his site hosting and it's back up, hopefully indefinitely: http://joemarbles.com/
  9. bumblebee

    dyed agate

    I have a couple that are this darker brown color with bullseyes. In my experience these are less common than the black and white "striped onyx" ones. Structurally they look just like other banded agates to me. I glanced at the book Colonial Period and Early 19th-Century Children's Toy Marbles which says the Brazilian agates (which are naturally grey or or bluish-grey and were sold as "flinties") would first turn brown when left in the sun, then eventually red. Perhaps this style of agate is just the brown stage of sun dyeing? To my eye they are less appealing than the red ones. I don't recall seeing agate ware such as letter openers in this color either, but perhaps someone has. What I couldn't find in the book are descriptions of the colors of locally mined agate used prior to the mass importation of South American agates starting around 1834.
  10. Another sad loss. Very young too. 😭 I referenced his site many times over the years as a great source to see a variety of different marble types.
  11. Wow some great and unusual stuff!
  12. I got a great "owl eye" agate from a privy digger. Had what appears to be a shovel mark on it though. These marbles all have interesting stories. Some were likely thrown in to punish somebody else. Some slipped out of pockets. A few may have been, um, deposited by children who may have swallowed a marble, perhaps?
  13. These folks show their marble finds from 50+ years of digging old privies: https://www.antique-bottles.net/threads/50-years-of-privy-digging.691383/#post-724003
  14. Those are neat! Patterns resemble vintage rubber balls but look made of sandstone.
  15. Try going to https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl Then search for marbles window and see what shows up. I see some very neat ones. What would be really neat is to find a double-pane window wide enough to drop clearies into.
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