Marilyn Barrett's vivid photographs brilliantly showcase more than fifty different types of marbles, from machine-made varieties to handmade masterpieces both antique and contemporary. Children considered them must-haves, driving many American companies out of business. Those marks show the spheres were handmade. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Included among the handmade marbles are old marbles of glass, earthenware, minerals, and steel; machine-made marbles are identified by their manufacturers; and contemporary handmade glass marbles by artisans recapturing the old styles and creating exciting new styles all their own. This stated first edition is clean, tight, square with sharp corners and unmarked in an equally fine dust jacket. The slightly hardened segments rotated in a wooden barrel to become rounded before heading into an annealing oven for cooling, 10-20 marbles at a time.
Some marbles are also made from cullet, or scrap glass. Akro Agate Company, founded in 1911 and originally based in Akron, Ohio, became the next major marble manufacturer. The speed and force of the injection determines the final design of the marble. Book and jacket are lightly rubbed a bit more so at the edges. Resources Aggies, Immies, Shooters, and Swirls, The Magical World of Marbles by Marilyn Barrett Big Book of Marbles, third edition, by Everett Grist Collecting Antique Marbles, by Paul Baumann Collecting Early Machine-made Marbles, by Robert S. Only the game they play has changed. I really am glad to have found this book! Another compound used in marble manufacturing is silica, a white or colorless crystalline found in agate, flint, quartz, and other rocks.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, glassmakers sometimes used leftover glass at the end of the day to make individual marbles that were taken home. Online purchasing holds no interest for this enthusiast … and never will. Cohill Marbles by the bag But is that bag old or new? Bookseller: , Massachusetts, United States. They remain pricey today, especially rare flowers. Some companies marketed to girls with special colors such as Oriental green and Persian turquoise. The primary component, sand, is essentially loose, granular particles of disintegrated rock. Participants are urged to come earlier in the week if possible.
Buy what excites you and is affordable. The useful text provides essential information on marble valuation, definitions of marble conditions from mint to collectible, tables with pricing for a wide variety of marbles by size, form, and condition, and current values in the captions. It is packed with tons of great information about marbles! The use of uranium oxide gives marbles an eerie, greenish-yellow cast. Automatic cutting devices slice the mixture into equal parts. Those growing up in the mid-1900s probably recall springs when marble bags came out of hibernation. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
This tool resembled a pair of tongs with a small cup on one end and a slicing device on the other. Most of these photos, over 400, are new to this edition and the text is entirely rewritten. This device produced marbles much more quickly and reduced the labor necessary by nearly two-thirds. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. More than 500 color photos display marbles of all types in this informative, highly popular, revised guide. Please report any problems with this site to the. Here you will find Indian swirls, bumblebees, Benningtons, cat's-eyes, and many more - all accompanied by detailed descriptions and colorful marble lore.
There an opening in the tank injects molten colored glass. Squeezing the tongs shut sliced off the rest of the glass. Marbles recently have become highly prized on the collectors market, the rarest selling for thousands of dollars, while others can be found by the dozen at the local flea market. It was the 17th-century German invention of water-powered mills that ushered in marbles made of stones. Marble production reached its peak in the late 1920s-1930s.
The Great American Marble Book. The first machine-made marbles were manufactured in a barn behind Christensen's house in Ohio, which eventually led to a prosperous manufacturing facility. Next, they travel down a second metal slide and are sorted by hand. Competition between American companies meant cheap marbles … and lots of them. Also featured are handmade marbles by contemporary crafts artists, valuable information for collectors, a glossary of marble terms, and even a sampling of popular marble games.
Soon the mills began grinding out versions from agate, limestone, brass, and gemstone, and these large operations could grind a marble into shape at the rate of about 800 an hour. It is debated whether they originated in Venice, where glassblowing had become a well-developed industry since the ninth century, or back in Germany. In words and pictures, this wondrous treasury captures these splendid glass spheres in all their beauty and variety. Even those made of semi-precious stones are aggies. Estepp reports there will be about 40 reputable dealers and exhibitors attending. A green marble has been injected with glass containing iron oxide; cobalt results in a blue marble; and manganese will yield a purple one.