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Thanks Steve! hi5.gif

Jaspers are one of my favorites among the seldom seen earthenware. I had a great one - white lines on blue. Alas, it's also one of the first mibs I ever sold, because it was one of the first I could identify! (lol)

I have a large marble from the American Marble & Toy Mfg. Co. I also picked up a very inexpensive digital camera. Might be a good time to see if I can get it to work on mibs. Of course BJ already has some great pix of those. I don't think he'd mind if I posted them.

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Here are some American-made stone marbles. From the California Onyx Co., AKA the California Agate Co.

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That's one of the pix Doug Mitchell sent me. He's the grandson of the company founder, George Douglas Mitchell, shown in the photo.

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Speaking of Stone's......They sure are pretty to look at.

I'm NOT up on what type of stone any of these are, so I'll leave that to the ologists in that arena. What I DO know is that there were generally 2 methods in "producing" stone sphere's, by machine and by hand. I believe it was Galen who posted a picture of the hand-grinding process,(men laying on there stomachs using a large grinding stone to shape the stones into orb shapes),I have a few really nice examples here amongst the below pics.






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I thought I knew where Galen's pic was but couldn't find it right off. Since this is already one of the cooler threads and could be better if someone besides me played with you :-) I think I'll bump it and temporarily relocate it to see if anyone else wants to join in.

Huge thanks already to Steve, and thanks in advance to anyone else who can help with this stone and ceramics primer.

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Here's a REAL moss agate!! This is an old picture and I should re-do it... But, the green is so "leaf-like" it looks like it was fresh yesterday!! LOL

I'd have to dig it out to see if it's faceted... I believe it is.


A Penn. Dutch

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A couple of gold band china's that I never knew existed.... Until I learned that even an old dog can learn from a relative newbie.... LOL ;)


And, a cool contemporary china, by Shawn Weaver!!


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Yes the blue is faceted, got from a marblealan auction couple 3 months ago. More rings than any i'd seen!!!!! They are all faceted, even in the case, top row right side, green peewee moss was bought in 1939 at the Crescent store in Ogden, Utah by Que Eugene Shupe, for Ronald Que Shupe who then gave it to Scott Que Shupe in 1994!

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Sweet sweet sweet.

Here are some auction pix I've posted before. Many (all?) of the boxes said "Made in Germany". I read somewhere that "Made in Germany" means 1921 or later.

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china marbles, black ballot:


1" bennies, original tissue in box:

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1 and 1/8":

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stock box with peewee clays:

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The "agate cutter" pics are hilarious. Can you imagine laying down on the job all day (literally).

A pic of some more non-glass marbles, I think a couple are actually ground stone rather than clay/ceramic, maybe a couple ivory or bone too. Plus a neat note that came with some agates as I got them. (7th grade in 1927 wasn't me) I never paid much attention to the non-glass marbles and didn't think I had so many until I started rooting around



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