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Very rough/old draft, haven't checked the links for errors or redundancy

Marbles from outside the U.S.

See also Original Packaging



I.D. Help needed (euroflames)

Ravenswood?, Purchased from ebay (large flame)

German Ox, where was ya

Help Needed Here Who? What? When? (sort of guinea-like. not sure about Vacor, but foreign sounds right)

Any Info On These Please? (lovely sparklers)


Trip to Lauscha (includes info about wirepulls)

EYE CANDY! Just pics of amazing marbles! Enjoy! "From the collection of an European collector"

Peach Pretender (not CAC :))

German Sparklers I, inside / beachball

CATS?, New or old shooters, or Germans?

My First Sparkler!

Really Bad Picture, But, What Are They?? (German striped transparents, comparison to slags)

tell me about this one (original pix are replaced by pelts at the time of this writing, but there are other good pix, plus good discussion)

English Swirls / Flames

All That Glitters Is Not Gold...., ...Or Aventurine Or Lutz....

Ribbon Core Or Germany Sparkler Or ??

German Marbles, Original Packaging

German Corkscrew, (well, sort of)

Red Cac?...or German Stripped Transluscent?, wicked design!

Quote about marbles with Bonux printed on them: "Bonux appears to be a Procter & Gamble western Europe detergent brand product. heres a link." (This quote is from an old thread.)

Odd Shooter Oxblood's Any Clue

Akro, German Or Somthing Else?


Czech Fortune Telling Marbles?, on the Bay now

Czech Marbles? (pix of fortune telling marbles)

Speaking Of Czech Marbles...

An unseamly question....or two.... (See Post #7)

Czech Bullet Mold Guineas

Pre-wwii Czech. Or New Dusseldorf, Germany Bullet-molds?


House Of Marbles

Made In England? (British packaging)


Modern German Repro?



Tiny See-through Marbles...chinese?

Marble ID (See Post #19.)

Japanese Marbles, Original Packaging

WWW: Japanese Pinch Pontil Transitionals

Interesting Glass Beads (not marbles, but I wonder if beads might ever give a clue about marble makers. perhaps some glassmaker tried both marbles and beads, but finding beads most profitable went that route for the most part and never became well known for their marbles)

Pee Wee Blue Green Alley Aventurine Swirl BLUE GREEN ADVENTURINE SWIRL (Wales type in Union bag, on p. 2)

Chinese (or generic "foreign" marbles assumed to be from China):

Website For Marble Manufacturers In China

Help Needed Here Who? What? When?

Coral Marble

Hong Kong, Taiwan, ...

Mexican: (see the Vacor Company section)

South American:

Marbles From South America

Canada (esp. marbles often found there):

Color-base Variation

See also Handmades, Transitionals and Cat's Eyes.

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What are some keywords which might be used to google for marbles from out of the U.S.?

I have next to no idea what words to use. What I'm including so far are words which have given me some results, but I haven't found any motherlodes of marbles using these searches, so I am sure there are superior terms. Any help would be appreciated.


  • Knikker
  • Knikkers
  • with glas or glazen for extra keywords


  • Billes


  • Murmeln
  • Glaskugeln


  • Canicas

Thinkin' there may be a lot of keywords here:

Murmel und Murmeln. Einfarbig oder bunt, groß und klein. Das wohl älteste Spiel der Welt - nicht nur für Kinder!

Murmel, Schusser, Bucker, Klicker, Knicker, Marbel, Marmel usw. Viele Namen für eine meist runde Kugel. Schillernd, bunt, verzaubernd. Nicht nur für Kinder. Auch für Erwachsene immer noch ein Kinderspiel. Und natürlich auch ein Glasobjekt zum Ansehen und zum Dekorieren.

Murmeln und Kugeln aus Glas.

Mit Murmeln lässt es sich nicht nur trefflich spielen, sondern auch wundervoll dekorieren. Dekorationen im Wohnbereich oder bei Präsentationen wirken stärker, wenn Glas (Glasnuggets, Glasherzen, Glassterne, Glasbonbons und Murmeln) eingesetzt wird. Die runde Form der Murmel ist wohl das Geheimnis andauernder Beliebtheit. Glas hat was! Lassen Sie sich entführen in die Welt der bunten Murmeln und Glaskugeln. Murmeln aus Glas, das war und ist immer noch etwas ganz Besonderes.


Altavista translation:

Marble and marbles. A-colored or multicolored, largely and small. The probably oldest play of the world - not only for children!

Marble, Schusser, Bucker, Klicker, Knicker, Marbel, Marmel etc. many names for a usually round ball. Schillernd, multicolored, bewitching. Not only for children. Also for adults still a children's game. And naturally also a glass object to the reputation and to decorating.

Marbles and balls from glass.

With marbles it can be played not only to splendid, but also decorated wonderfully. Decorations within the apartment range or with presentations work more strongly, if glass (Glasnuggets, glass heart, glass stars, glass drop and marbles) is used. The round form of the marble is probably the secret of continuous popularity. Glass has which! Let kidnap itself into the world of the multicolored marbles and glass balls. Marbles from glass, that was and is still somewhat completely special.

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Links to sites selling foreign (or otherwise modern) marbles:

Here are a couple I go to fairly often. Recommendations welcome.

Foreign marbles:

  • emarbles.com: This link goes to their page for Loose Mega Marbles, which has a list of fairly current Mega names with pictures. I think the most recent varieties may not be listed there yet.
  • schusserland.de: This site appears to be under construction, and I am not currently seeing options for buying marbles, but they have a wonderful assortment of pictures, and seem to be in the business of selling. There are some Czech bulletmold style marbles in the picture section. Are they are will they be available for bulk sales? That's one thing I hope to see soon.

For purposes of having all the modern sites I find in one easy to reach location, and for promoting American-made marbles!

Marble Kings:

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I think this might be about playing marbles in Spain

From Burgos, Juegos Populares, by Fray Valentín de la Cruz, 1993:

CANICAS: Solían ser de barro o de cristal. Antiguamente se consumía una gaseosa cuya botella se cerraba con una bola de cristal que los chicos guardaban como un tesoro. A veces, aparecían unas canicas de piedra que eran temidas en el juego porque rompían las canicas de arcilla. El juego de canicas debe ser antiquísimo en la Tierra de Burgos, pues en algunas tumbas celtíberas, se han hallado tales bolitas sin que los arqueólogos nos hayan dado una explicación definitiva sobre ellas.

A las canicas se jugaba en cuclillas a ras del suelo, y la bolita se arrojaba impulsada con los dedos de la mano, abierta o cerrada, con el pulgar y también con el índice o corazón. Había una manera muy sencilla de jugar: Se hacía una apuesta entre dos o más jugadores y uno salía con su canica; el siguiente lanzaba la suya a ,"matar,", a tocarla y en este caso pasaba a ser suya. Con los disparos alternativos se recorría varias veces la plaza del pueblo y había quien volvía a su casa con un fardelico de canicas ganadas.

Otras dos maneras de jugar, más complicadas, eran al "huevo" y al "guá". Para la primera, se dibujaba un cuadrado en el suelo y cerca de uno de los lados se hacía un cerco en forma de huevo donde se colocaban las cosillas que se jugaban, por ejemplo, cartones de cerillas, canicas e, incluso, centimillos. El juego consistía en sacar a "canicazos·, las dichas cosillas y en "matar", a los adversarios. La canica no podía salir del cuadro ni tampoco quedar en el círculo oval y para "matar", se requería pasar por el "huevo", aunque no hubiera empujado nada.

El "guá", era un hoyico practicado en el suelo hacia el cual se empujaba a golpes de la canica propia la del adversario. Si caía en el "guá", el dueño perdía la propiedad de la canica. Si se lanzaba la canica y no tocaba a la del otro jugador se perdía el turno de lanzamiento.



AltaVista Babel Fish Translation:

MARBLES: They used to be of mud or crystal. Formerly a soda water was consumed whose bottle was closed with a crystal ball that the boys kept like a treasure. Sometimes, they appeared marbles of stone that were feared in the game because they broke clay marbles. The marble game must be ancient in the Earth of Towns, because in some celtíberas tombs, have been such small balls without the archaeologists have given a definitive explanation us on them.

Marbles one gambled squatting level with the ground, and the small ball was thrown impelled with the fingers, opened or closed, with the thumb and also with the index or heart. There was a way very simple to play: A bet between two became or more players and one left with their marble; the following one sent hers to, "to kill,", to touch it and in this case it happened to be hers. With the alternative firings the seat of the town was crossed several times and was one that returned to its house with a fardelico of gained marbles.

Other two ways to play, more complicated, were to the "egg" and "guá". For first, a square in the ground was drawn and near one of the sides a wall in form became of egg where the cochairs were placed that gambled, for example, cardboards of matches, marbles and, even, centimillos. The game consisted of removing "canicazos·, the these cochairs and in" killing ", to the adversaries. The marble could not leave the picture nor to be either in the oval circle and for "killing", it was required to happen through the "egg", although it had not pushed anything.

"guá", was a hoyico practiced in the ground towards which the one of the adversary was pushed blows of the own marble. If he fell in "guá", the owner lost the property of the marble. If the marble were sent and it did not touch to the one of the other player lost the launching turn.

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