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  1. Good work! Thanks for keeping us updated.
  2. These boxes were labeled with the marbles they originally contained - onyx - or slags as most collectors call them. The bit about fusing metal and glass is not all spin. I suppose metal oxides incorporated into glass for coloring can be considered "metal".
  3. Chad, what a wonderful find! It would be immeasurably more informative if you could add the date these ads were published. Thanks again for your hard and diligent work. Hansel
  4. Very nice work! And thanks for sharing. One minor,irrelevant question : how did you manage to cross the border during covid?
  5. Your post of Friday, at 12.28 pm has at least 70 (seventy) pictures of original packaging and advertisement taken directly from posters made up by George Sourlis. The added dates, descriptions and origins of many of the items are typed in by him, which you have unashamedly, albeit without malice, copied. His posters are copyright, I believe. You should at the very least, acknowledge in your post where those pictures came from. Reposting a limited number of pictures found in public auction or "for sale" sites is probably OK to do without permission, but George painstakingly put those posters together and always acknowledged the origin of his information at the bottom of his posters.
  6. Be careful with large clear marbles on a sunny windowsill. Focused sunlight can ignite combustibles.
  7. Chad G., You should give credit to George Sourlis, whose posters many of these pics came from. I think he still sells posters of marble packaging.
  8. Hey Chad G., You say "I've never seen one in person, ever, in over 35 yrs." Well since I'm over twice that age, I'm allowed to have a couple. Here's an older pic of "three strikes" - top row. The one on the right is one of the few (maybe only) 4 colored one I've seen. The reverse side is pictured in Stan Block's "Marble Mania", 1998
  9. It would be nicer to require that someone with very low feedback contact you before bidding so you can then attempt to access their reliability. Better than an outright ban, which does not help if you have a legit bidder.
  10. Carskadden's book on Colonial Period Marbles mentions the Germans depleting their source of agate in the early 1800's and having large quantities shipped to Idar Oberstein from Brazil. Also, "In 1827, emigrants from Idar-Oberstein discovered the world's most important agate deposit in Brazil's state of Rio Grande do Sul. As early as 1834, the first delivery of agate from Rio Grande do Sul had been made to Idar-Oberstein." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idar-Oberstein Some large dyed agate marbles from Brazil have facets.
  11. Marble playing has long since lost its place in our culture. Other than generating nostalgia, what detrimental effects can be confirmed due to this loss? (speculation aside)
  12. Nice find! Yes, they did hand grind marbles from various semi-precious stones other than agate. Conversely, the occasional cube of agate or other stones were ground into marbles on the same mill wheels on which limestone marbles were made. Old semi-precious stone marbles without facets can be found. Most old goldstone marbles are not faceted.
  13. Appears to be pre 1900. The seller says the family these marbles came from were originally German and had lived in the Toledo, Ohio area since the early 1800's. A note with the marbles said "Grandma Kellogg's marbles, ca 1890".
  14. Recently on eBay as a single group. Many limestone, many very faded chinas, three faceted onionskins, large one with mica (and heavily played with), a nice marble marble "blood alley", one clay, one variegated porcelain, a large wooden marble, and a Codd bottle "bullet mold". Notably absent are ordinary swirls and more clays.
  15. When given the choice, most chose a good aged cheese over a board of checkerboard chinas.
  16. Yes, a good, informative video, even for non-glass workers. Presents more like an engineer than an artist.
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