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?


Great last minute gifts for Christmas from the Etsy Vintage Team!

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!

Different Types Of Depression Glass

Depression glass is a colored glassware that was distributed either free or at a very low cost in the United States and Canada around the time of the Great Depression.

The great thing about Depression glass is that it comes in a wide varieties of both colors and shapes.  They are even very functional, like this green kerosene lamp from the circaonetsy shop:

kerosene lamp circaonetsy

While not in use, you can have this on the corner of your retro desk or on a bookshelf.  You can see the lamp on Etsy here.  Another terrific Depression glass item that would be great to use or display is this black glass serving bowl with an Art Deco design on it.

KitschyVintage bowl

The great thing about it is that it could be used to hold fruit on a kitchen table or even potpourri on a side table.  You can see it in the shop of KitschyVintage here.

As you can tell from the few examples, there are so many different examples of Depression glass on the market today.  You can see all of the great examples that the Etsy Vintage Team has to offer here.

What kinds of Depression glass have you run across?