The birth of the Marble
The birth of the Marble by; Glenn Mast
The history of marbles and games involving the use of marbles goes back
perhaps before modern civilization. However, these first old marbles were found
throughout the world and show how far reaching the appeal of the simple marble is.
The first old handmade marbles consisted of different materials
depending on what was available, who was using them and what they were actually
used for. Typically, various basic stones, rocks and clay were used for marbles.
These old marbles and their styles remained essentially unchanged until
fairly modern terms. It was in Germany in the mid 19th century - 1848 to be
exact - that the first marble scissors were invented and put into use. These
were created by a glass blower and were a mold to be used to create glass
marbles. Thus the glass marble was born and the popularity of marbles continued
At this point however the glass marbles still had to be made from hand
and molds. It was not until World War I that glass marbles were made in large
amounts from machinery, stemming from the shortage of marbles due to the war itself.
Of course today glass marbles are the most popular and the most
prevalent. Swirl marbles feature many colors and a swirl design. There are also
other types of marbles used today such as mica marbles, while the old homemade
marbles and vintage marbles are rare and hard to find. There are thought to be
literally just several people left in the world making marbles by hand today.
Author Resource: Glenn Mast is a successful business owner of a couple websites that offer Amish Handcrafted Products. His sites offer products and information about Amish Made Products & decor for your home, lawn or garden.