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1-21/32" Antique German Handmade 4-RIBBON DIVIDED CORE

Item# GM2093
Here's one of those big old toe-breakers that you usually find all beat to pieces from things like kids trying to get to the candy inside with a hammer. Not so with this beauty. The unusually clear surface allows a complete view to the four brightly colored ribbons in the core that run unbroken from pole to pole in a slight twist the makes a lobed pattern when viewd from the ends.
From the pattern of the DIVIDED RIBBON CORE and the triple lattice lines mirrored just below the surface; as well as, the exquisitely ground and faceted pontail mark on one end, fifth picture, and the other almost melted to oblivion, the date of manufacture can be deduced to the mid-ninteenth century, circa 1859-1870--the earliest of all glass marbles to be made. This is a piece of our great and great, great, grandparents history.
CONDITION: NEAR MINT 8.99 The beautiful wet shiny surface at first gives the illusion of a wet mint marble, but closer inspections reveal some slight and insignificant impact marks in the form of small circles that you can see in the pictures if you look closely.
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Size 41.95mm or 1.652" at the equator.

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Price $195.00

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Akro
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Christensen
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Peltier
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M.F.
Christensen

West
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