Cats Eye, Steelies, and Latticino Core are all different types of marbles that you’ll run across. One of my favorite type of marble is what’s called a sulfide.
Sulfide marbles were made from the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s. More often than not, they are the size of a shooter. This type of marble is made of glass with a chalk inside–and that piece comes in a wide variety of shapes from an animals, buildings, people, flowers and even numbers.
The most common type of glass that you’ll see is clear, but different colors like green and blue have been found.
There are some things that you need to remember when you are either starting to collect these. Since this was a shooter (and sulfides were actually played with), there is a very good chance that there will be some surface chips or cracks in the marble.
Another thing to remember is that the chalk piece was inserted into molten glass when these were made. The chalk piece stands a good chance of breaking in half when the marble is made.
Beware though—there are modern varieties of sulfides out on the market. It’s easy to tell the old from the new marbles when you are looking at them. The quality of the glass and chalk figure are of a better quality on the new marbles. Pay attention to the chalk piece itself—it’s almost always painted on the new ones too.
What kinds of Sulfide marbles have you run across?
This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is the WhimZies store that’s run by Bev. Bev has been a folk artist for over 30 years and finally realized that she has many more supplies than she can ever use so she decided to set up a whimzical shop on Etsy.
This way she can share some of her interesting and unusual finds. Her collection of “stuff” includes ephemera, vintage lace, patterns, books, photos, postcards, aprons and unique bits and pieces. All of the items in her shop is perfect for altered artists.
One of these great items is this book from 1912.
This book is a vintage copy of “English Readings” of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King published in 1912. Idylls of the King, originally published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. You can see this terrific book in Bev’s shop here.
Another great item in the WhimZies shop is this terrific paper road map.
This fun mid-century road map is for Fulton county Ohio. This is perfect to frame for your wall or to give as a gift, especially is someone lives in Ohio! You can see this great conversation piece in the WhimZies shop here.
As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the WhimZies shop here. Head on over and check them out!
This weeks Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight features the PECollectibles shop that is run by Erica.
Erica has enjoyed collecting since she was a little girl, whether it be Care Bears, dolls, or even stickers. Although what she collects has changed over time, her passion for collecting and preserving the past is still strong.
She loves selling vintage because there is always something new to learn, and has a wide variety of items in the shop on Etsy. One of the items is this terrific silver tone leaf brooch.
The vintage pin would go with a wide variety of outfits, weather it’s casual or dressy. It can be seen in Erica’s shop here.
Another great item in the PECollectibles shop is this great Tin Type featuring a group of three men.
The Tin Type dates to the 1800’s, and I love the way the men are dressed. You can see the Tin Type here. If you love to cook, this Cook Booklet is perfect for you.
It dates to 1942, and is Quick Freezing Birds Eye Brand Advertising (I also like the dog on the cover). You can see this great item in the PECollectibles shop here.
As a matter of fact, you can see all of the great items that are in the shop here. Head on over and see all of the great items!
With Christmas coming up pretty fast, you still have time to find a great vintage goodie to put under the tree!
The Etsy Vintage Team has a wide variety of items to choose from for that person who loves to look for anything vintage. It could be a pottery item like this great hand painted Elephant Creamer Pitcher by Trico Nagota that’s made in Japan.
You can see this terrific creamer here. You can also find items that have free shipping, like this great lamp.
You can see this great 1800’s Amethyst Oil Lamp here. As a matter of fact, you can see more great items from the team here.
I hope that everyone has a great Christmas!