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The birth of the Marble

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 to spread.


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.


http://www.amishbuiltlawndecor.com

http://www.amishhandcraftedmetalwindchimes.com

 

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