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Here are some photos of a few of the marbles in our collection, grouped into categories. Sorry, these marbles are not for sale!
Akro Agate Co. "Corkscrews" - These examples are all in transparent glass. When it is an opaque corkscrew in clear glass, it's a "Spiral." When it is an opaque corkscrew in transparent colored glass it's an "Onyx." These are the names used by Akro Agate. Other terms used to describe corkscrews are "single-twist," "double-twist" and "triple-twist", which are used to describe how many times the corkscrew spirals around and "snake," "ribbon" and "auger," which describe the look of the corkscrew itself. "Snakes" lie on the surface glass, and do not extend into the base glass. "Ribbons" look like flat ribbons and extend partially into the base glass, but don't quite reach the core. "Augers" reach right from the surface to the core. Here we have (from left to right) a purple "Moonie" corkscrew (transparent opalescent glass), a double-twist four-color "ribbon" corkscrew in clear (a yellow corkscrew, with faint, but separate orange and white "snake" corkscrews), a triple-twist green "ribbon" corkscrew, a double-twist blue "snake" corkscrew in a cream-soda-colored base, a triple twist ribbon "Onyx" in transparent ruby, an odd tri-color blue "Spiral" (the corkscrew is blue on the side facing the surface, but white on the surface facing the core!), and a double-twist ribbon "Onyx" in aqua glass.
Akro Agate Co. "Prize Names" - Two color corkscrews were marketed as "Prize Names." These are some of the rarer color combinations. The first is an opaque yellow and transparent red. There is some black aventurine on the yellow corkscrew, which makes it a very rare marble. Next is a double-twist green and yellow, then black and green, an opaque yellow and transparent orange corkscrew. (Opaque yellow and opaque orange is very common.) Then a double-twist blue and red, a double twist black and orange, and a double-twist blue and orange.
Akro Agate Co. shooter "Specials" - "Specials" are corkscrews with 3 or more colors. These are all tri-colors, although some are blended, giving the appearance of more colors. These are all 3/4" or larger. The second marble from the left is an Akro Agate "Indian Blanket", or so they're being called. It is an opaque black base with a wide opaque yellow corkscrew. A semi-opaque red corkscrew lies on top of the yellow corkscrew, splitting it in two and adding eye appeal. Red, yellow and green is called a "Lifesaver," and red, yellow and blue are called Superman corks. The second marble from the right is a tri-color "Ace" (a corkscrew in a milky translucent base).
Akro Agate Co. "Popeye" corkscrews - These color combinations are pretty common, except for yellow/purple. The third one in from the left is a fluorescent Popeye, the yellow glows under UV light. The 7th marble is a rarer "snake" Popeye. The marbles is transparent clear, and the white, red and green corkscrews lie on the surface only.
Akro Agate Co. "Ades" - All "Ades" have a translucent, fluorescent base glass with strands of opaque white and one other opaque color. All the "Ades" fluoresce. From left to right, we have a "Lemonade" (yellow), "Limeade" (green), and an "Orangeade" (orange). Next is called "Carnelian Agate" (brown). This is one of the "Ades", although the name does not reflect it. Next is a "Limeade" with a touch of Oxblood. All of the ades can be found with oxblood. The last two are called "Cherryade" (red).
Akro Agate Co. "Oxbloods" - From left to right we have a "Silver Oxblood", a "lemonade oxblood", another "silver", an "eggyolk oxblood", another "lemonade oxblood", another "silver", and the last is another "lemonade oxblood". The "silver" differs from the one known as a "milky" oxblood in that there are opaque white swirls in the translucent base. "Milky Oxbloods" have the translucent white base without the opaque white swirls. Oxblood is a wonderful color. It is often misidentified, but once you see the real thing in the flesh, you'll never mistake it again (well, not as often...)
Christensen Agate Co. "Swirls" - C.A. marbles are prized by many for their vivid colors. These are all opaque swirls, some of which exhibit flaming. The yellow and purple flame is especially tough to find! The third one is especially pleasing, with the orange flames giving way to red half way across the marble.
Christensen Agate Co. "Swirls" - Some more examples. Can you see why the swirl pattern on the 5th from left is known as a "Turkey head?"
Christensen Agate Co. Shooter "Swirls" - These are all 3/4" or larger. The black white and grey at far left is largest at 27/32" (and it is fluorescent!) the blue and brown at far right is the smallest at 3/4". Shooter Christensens are a rare find.
Christensen Agate Co. "Bloodies" - Some collectors will call any marble with transparent red and white a "Bloodie". These rare Christensen Agate "Bloodies" (the name used by the company) have transparent red swirls edged with translucent brown on an opaque white base and are considerably harder to find than "common" Bloodies.
Champion "Corals" - It was once believed these were made by Christensen Agate, but none have ever been found in a Christensen Agate box. It is now generally believed that they were made by Champion Agate.
Peltier Glass Co. - The first four from the left are called "Transparent Swirls". They have transparent green bases with opaque colored swirls. They are much harder to find than the more common "Transparent Ribbons" which also have a transparent green base with 6 opaque ribbons running from seam to seam; 2 each of 3 different colors. These are almost always in a transparent green base, but we have also seen them in clear and transparent blue. The last three are National Line Rainbos; a "Superman", "Liberty" and "Golden Rebel", from left to right.
Peltier Glass Co. "National Line Rainbos" - From left to right is a "Zebra" with black aventurine, "Girlscout", "Bumblebee" with black aventurine, "Tiger", two "Dragons" and a "Spiderman."
Peltier Glass Co. "National Line Rainbos" - From left to right is a "Zebra", "Flaming Dragon" (a pea-soup green with red in yellow/orange ribbons), a "Christmas Tree", "Spiderman", "Girlscout", "Superman" and a "Liberty".
Marble King Inc. "Rainbows" From left to right is a hybrid "Tri-Color Rainbow" (red in the yellow patch, and brown in the green and blue ribbons), a hybrid "Tiger/Bumblebee," an aventurine green "Rainbow" (also called a "Grasshopper"), a blended hybrid "Tiger/Green Hornet" (Really stretching it to name that one!), a blended "Ruby Bee," a hybrid "Rainbow" (with so much color I don't know what animal to call it) and the last is another hybrid "Tri-Color Rainbow" with red, blue, green, yellow, brown and orange. There has been some confusion over the difference between "hybrid" and "blended". In my humble opinion, a "hybrid" exhibits the colors of 2 or more types, such as a cub scout/girl scout hybrid (blue/yellow/green, some call it a "Hermaphrodite") while a "blended" marble is showing the correct colors for it's type, but they are blended together somewhat, rather than exhibiting the more distinct patch and ribbon pattern.
Marble King Inc. "Rainbows" - At far left is an "Orange Wasp" with a little yellowy/orange in the red. Second and third are two hard to find transparent base Rainbows. These were dug on land previously used as a dump by Marble King in 1959-1960. Both of these marbles are transparent blue-based (one more blue than the other) with opaque yellow brushed on the surface and are called "Blue Boys." Next are two "anemic" Marble Kings...a "Bumblebee" and a "Cubscout". Marble Kings are usually white inside, with the colors veneered on the surface. When the white bleeds through the colors, some call it "anemic." The last two are more hybrids/blends/whatever-you-want-to-call-them, they are neat and difficult to find!
"Oxbloods" - First we have a 13/16" M.F. Christensen & Son "American Cornelian", also known as a "Brick". This one has a beautiful "9" and tail. Second is an Akro Agate Chocolate oxblood...These tend to be patches. Next is a Leighton transitional with Oxblood. It is about 50:50 oxblood/transparent clear with wisps of opaque white. It has a nice "faceted" pontil. Next is The biggest Akro Agate "Patch oxblood" I've found...31/32"! Next to it is the more usual 5/8" patch oxblood. These usually have a patch of blood, and a patch of green or blue opposite it. Next is a Vitro Agate "Helmet Patch" with an Oxblood stripe on the helmet. Last is another M.F.C. "Brick".
Cat's-Eyes - First we have a "Beachball" (three-color, six vane crossthrough, opposite vanes share the same color.) The next one is the Gladding-Vitro aqua cage-style, only this example has yellow or light green vanes rather than the usual white. Next is a white vane cage-style in transparent brown glass. Cat's-eyes in colored base glass are relatively rare. Next is the Japanese three-color, nine vane cage-style. I have found these with aventurine vanes in them. Next is a peewee three-vane in transparent blue glass. The vanes are opaque blue, a little hard to catch with the scanner, but very pretty. This one is a small 13/32". Next is a tri-color Vitro-Agate "hybrid." These were made intentionally, are very eye appealing and there are dozens of color combinations, many with aventurine. The last is a "fat-core" five vane green cat's-eye in transparent clear base glass. One of the five vanes is enveloped in transparent blue glass. The examples I have of this cat's-eye (and the few I sold) are the only examples known, to my knowledge.
Cat's-EyesAt the far left is a shooter cat's eye with four white vanes. One of the vanes is enveloped in a transparent yellow, that glows like crazy under UV. Next is a Vitro-Agate aventurine cat's-eye. Check your green cat's-eyes, aventurine cat's are kind of common, but neat. Third looks like a hybrid cage style, but this purple/white cage is common, I think it was intentional. Next is a cat's-eye with an inclusion, a big rock! Next is another Vitro Agate with aventurine. This one is a hybrid, with aventurine green edged in a golden yellow. I have also found aventurine in the blue and once in the red of Vitro-Agate hybrids...look for it with a very bright light; direct sun or a halogen lamp is best, and will make the aventurine sparkle and dance as you turn the marble. The last two marbles are Marble King St. Mary's cat's-eyes. They are 4 vane, 2 colors, and the colors alternate, red, white, red, white, or whatever colors it is. The colors often bleed onto the adjacent vane. I was going through my Vitro-Agate hybrids recently and discovered I had a few bleeding St. Mary's in there by accident. Check yours...St. mary's are worth considerable more! They were manufactured at Marble King's St. Mary's plant, before they moved.