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Set of marbles

Set of marbles

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Graeme Brudenell

  • Museum number:

    B.406:1 to 8-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Marbles are one of the oldest known toys and are known to have been played with in pre-Christian Rome. It is a simple toy, but one that has stood the test of time, going in and out of fashion throughout the ages.

Originally made in the late 19th century, these marbles were found on the banks of the River Thames by a professional 'Mudlark'. This set consists of eight clear glass marbles, six with orange internal swirls, and two multicoloured internal swirls.

Physical description

These 8 marbles are all made from clear glass and all have unique orange swirls inside. Four of them have large swirls, two have small swirls, and two have small multicoloured swirls. The surfaces of the marbles are chipped, scratched, and generally worn, presumably from play.

Place of Origin

England (made)


late 19th century (made)


Unknown (maker)


Diameter: 1.4 cm smallest marble approx., Diameter: 1.6 cm largest marble approx.

Object history note

This marble, along with others that have been donated, were found on the banks of the Thames by a professional 'Mudlark'.

Descriptive line

A set of 8 clear glass marbles with orange internal swirls, made in England in the late 19th century






Children & Childhood; Toys & Games; Games; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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