Sulfide marbles—what exactly are they?

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.

Sulphide Shooter Marble With Lamb

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?

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: WhimZies

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.

tennyson-book

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.

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!

Great things for Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day approaching pretty fast, the Etsy Vintage Team has a wide variety of items for the big day.  You can find great items from cards to items for the dinner table for a romantic dinner.

One of the great items that you could give as a present is a vintage Valentine card, like this set from the Tparty shop.

valentines

This lot of 5 cards have different scenes, and the cards date to the 1930’s.  I like the one on the top with the children reading, and this set can be seen in the Tparty shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get is this great pair of candlesticks for that romantic dinner.

candlesticks

They are in the MyHeirloomEssentials shop, and the pair of Wedgewood Jasperware candlesticks date to the 1960’s.  The candlesticks can be seen in their shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get this terrific vase to hold some red roses.

vase

This stunning antique Nippon white floral porcelain two handled vase was made in the early 1900’s, and it was made by the Morimura Brothers.  You can see this great vase in the Farmhouseattic shop, here.

As a matter of fact, you can find even more items from the entire Etsy Vintage Team for Valentine’s Day here.

I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!