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Czech Bullet Mold

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This showed up in the mail today. Described as a Czech Purple/Yellow Guinea. Transparent purplish/pinkish base and yellow ribbons. Pretty obvious bullet mold. Kind of small at 17/32.

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I've never seen any Czech marbles that weren't bullet-mold - did they produce any?

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I’m aware of one possibility - this was a “Czech guinea” that came up at one of Bob Block’s auctions over ten years ago (8/07.) It’s a rotten image, sorry...

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This was Bob’s description of the marble and its provenance:

“The core is essentially Guinea flakes packed together forming a corkscrew. About a dozen of these showed up at a mineral show in Connecticut about 20 years ago, with a Czech dealer. I bought four, not knowing what they were. Kevin Stump bought the rest (and I have been kicking myself ever since). The dealer said he bought them in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. These are exceptionally rare, I am not aware of any of these being auctioned off before. Czechoslovakia, circa 1920-1930. 19/32". Mint (9.9).” 

Here’s a link to the auction:

http://www.icollector.com/BB-Marbles-Rare-Czech-1920s-Marble_i7157026

If Bob has found any more info on these oddities in the last 10+ years maybe he’ll post it here. 

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I *really* don't consider mine to be a Guinea. Seller used the phrase to make the sale. Still think it's a pretty cool bullet mold marble.

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I agree Jerry - the transparent base and color combo is striking. Any but the drab moderns in these are really hard to find

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