Marbles are always a fun little discovery. It seems one or two always seems to find its way into every dump and outhouse I’ve ever dug. Occasionally I will find a small collection of them together, perhaps dumped as punishment by a disgruntled parent. In very early sites the marbles tend to be clay with hand painted designs. If only these little orbs could talk!

1860s-Dug-Marble

This marble was dug in an 1860s pit at a homestead in the Pacific Northwest. It is a clay marble with hand-painted decorations. The earliest marbles were clay like this.

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A collection of my earliest marbles. Notice how crude and bumpy these early versions are. Perhaps that is why they were thrown away! I once got into a cache of 20 early clay marbles, all very lumpy and likely rejects.

Dug-Marbles-Collection

All of My Dug Marbles as of 2014. These range in age from 1860s to 1940s.

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