Marbles are made from glass and clay. Early marbles were hand made. Marbles have a long history as a favorite children's toy. It is still fun to play marbles today.
Marbles are first identified in the archaeological record in medieval England. The most common ones were made of common clay which was glazed and fired in the furnace. Prized marbles were made of Agagte.(Daiken 1958. p 34)
American Indians and Colonial children payed with marbles that were made from unfired clay.
In the 1860's and 1870's marbles reached the zenith of their popukarity. Marbles made of glass with colored veins are the most highly prized among collectors. (Daiken 1958, p 34.