Marble Repair and Restoration
According to the Marble Collectors Society of America, marbles are classified into the following categories: Handmade Glass Marbles, Handmade Non-Glass Marbles, Machine-Made Marbles, and Contemporary Handmade Marbles. Glass and sulphide (glass marbles with white frosted figures in the center) marbles, brightly colored marbles, and those with symmetrical or intricate designs tend to grab the best price.
Handmade glass marbles are a work of art and were very labor-intensive to make. The most sought after handmade glass marbles were produced in Germany from 1850 until just before the start of World War II, or the early twentieth century for the United States. No two handmade glass marbles are the same, and each bears the stamp of the craftsman who created it. Categories for handmade glass marbles include Core Swirls, Other Swirls, End of Days, Clambroths, Indians, Lutzes and Sulphides.
Ready made-marbles were available by the mid-eighteenth century. Clay marbles, which were manufactured in both the US and Germany, are the most common marbles from this period. One story on how marbles arrived in the US is that they were used as ballast in the keels of ships; once they arrived in America, the marbles were removed and sold. Clay marbles can be tan in color or dyed red, blue, brown, green or yellow. These colored marbles are referred to as polished marbles. A few popular machine-made companies include Akro Agate, Heaton, Lawrence Alley, M.F Christensen & Sons, and Christen Agate. Types of clay marbles include Crockery, Bennington and Carpet Balls.
Dean Schulefand & Associates specializes in restoring and conserving your marble collectibles. For over 30 years, Dean Schulefand is one of few specialists in the US who is experienced in marble repair and restoration. He is personally involved in the repair and restoration of every facet to ensure the best in quality with excellent results.
Our marble repairs and restoration services are 100% unconditionally lifetime guaranteed.
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