Animal Sulphide Marble Look-alikeBy Mark Chervenka
Animal Sulphide Marble Look-alike
Reproductions of three sulphide style marbles with animal figures were available through the mail. Figures included a turtle, cat with ball of yarn and a rabbit in 2½ diameter clear glass marbles. None should give experienced marble buyers any problems because of their crude construction and use of brightly colored figures.
Nearly all antique sulphide marbles have all white figures; colored figures are very rare. Antique colored sulphides with three colors, for example, are valued at $2,000-$8,000. The new marbles cost about $20 each. The clear glass surrounding antique sulphides fluoresces a yellow green under long wave black light. Glass around the new figures does not fluoresce.